Spa (A 5-Minute Short)
"Jenny, will you join me?" A stranger called out. I nodded and slowly slipped into the hot spring, testing the temperature first with a dip of the toe.
It was the weekend after accreditation of the company and everyone from the office agreed to go on a weekend retreat if we survived the bloody week. We took a three-hour bumpy ride to the mountains early in the morning and arrived with sore butts at half past seven am.
The place was indeed cool and refreshing despite its lackluster name "The Spa". On second thought, it offered a sense of mystery, which I thought it really had. A beautiful resort situated on an escarpment that offered a full view of trees, rivers, and one majestic fall. It was hidden by a forest of pine trees and the only entrance was through a cut made on a big rock such that the rock was cut in the center offering 2 equal split pieces as a pillar to guard the entire place.
In the heart of the resort was an ancient building named Ishiwata Bath House, inside were private rooms which we immediately occupied for the day. The rooms were smaller than expected, about only 3-4 people could fit in. I decided to get some alone time and went to the farthest room. To my surprise a man was there, sitting all alone, lost in thought. His face was so serene but had a tinge of sadness. Peace and sadness, who knew they could perfectly go together?
I kept staring at him, spellbound. It took a while for him to notice my presence and when he did he looked up and said, "Jenny, will you join me?" I nodded and slowly slipped into the hot spring, testing the temperature first with a dip of the toe.
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Photo credits to Mambukal. Mambukal Resort is a great place to relax and unwind. If you plan to visit the Philippines, don't forget to come to Negros Occidental and dip in this natural sulfur hot spring. It will melt your worries away! It was one of the most relaxing swims I ever had. Check out the link provided for more information about the place. ;)
P. S. - Here's a real sneak peek inside the Ishiwata Bath House and one of the open hot spring. (Pictures were taken from the official Mambukal Website).