Sensual Massage and Desiderata


I was at Sanctuario Spa in Malate last week. The silence, the ambiance, and the oh-so-sensual massage from my hunky, goodlooking masseur made me recite Desiderata in my mind. (Weirdo!) I found myself contemplating on life, love (and lust? hahaha!) amidst the greens of the outdoor pool and jacuzzi. There is something about the flickering flames of floating candles and the vibrations of bamboo all around that inspire pondering and reflection.


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Max Ehrmann


Go placidly amid the noise and haste,
and remember what peace there may be in silence.
As far as possible without surrender
be on good terms with all persons.
Speak your truth quietly and clearly;
and listen to others,
even the dull and the ignorant;
they too have their story.

Avoid loud and aggressive persons,
they are vexations to the spirit.
If you compare yourself with others,
you may become vain and bitter;
for always there will be greater and lesser persons than yourself.
Enjoy your achievements as well as your plans.

Keep interested in your own career, however humble;
it is a real possession in the changing fortunes of time.
Exercise caution in your business affairs;
for the world is full of trickery.
But let this not blind you to what virtue there is;
many persons strive for high ideals;
and everywhere life is full of heroism.

Be yourself.
Especially, do not feign affection.
Neither be cynical about love;
for in the face of all aridity and disenchantment
it is as perennial as the grass.

Take kindly the counsel of the years,
gracefully surrendering the things of youth.
Nurture strength of spirit to shield you in sudden misfortune.
But do not distress yourself with dark imaginings.
Many fears are born of fatigue and loneliness.
Beyond a wholesome discipline,
be gentle with yourself.

You are a child of the universe,
no less than the trees and the stars;
you have a right to be here.
And whether or not it is clear to you,
no doubt the universe is unfolding as it should.

Therefore be at peace with God,
whatever you conceive Him to be,
and whatever your labors and aspirations,
in the noisy confusion of life keep peace with your soul.

With all its sham, drudgery, and broken dreams,
it is still a beautiful world.
Be cheerful.
Strive to be happy.

Max Ehrmann, Desiderata, Copyright 1952. Massage and Desiderata  digg:Sensual Massage and Desiderata  spurl:Sensual Massage and Desiderata  newsvine:Sensual Massage and Desiderata  furl:Sensual Massage and Desiderata  reddit:Sensual Massage and Desiderata  fark:Sensual Massage and Desiderata  Y!:Sensual Massage and Desiderata


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40 Responses to “Sensual Massage and Desiderata”

  1. neon Says:

    how much is the spa and how long. i love the pampering touch of good looking masseur

  2. Migs Says:

    for a swedish massage, it’s about Php800+.

  3. anton maton Says:

    i’ve tried that place the last time i was back in manila. pretty nice place … but …

    yun lang! bitin no?

  4. Migs Says:

    @anton maton- nabitin ka? same here. kaya nga napa-desiderata na lang ako. kainis! hahaha!

  5. anton maton Says:

    hi migs … yeah! what a tease! ha ha ha! actually mas magaling akong mag-masahe hanggang all-the-way! gusto mo i-try? ha ha ha!

  6. boytoi Says:

    I’m an athlete so i always go for a sports massage, well it does served it’s purpose but not in a sensual sort of way.
    I tried contacting a male massuer (from the ads) and presto! ALL TENSIONS RELEASED! P.S all tension came back as soon as my libog vanished..what have i done? “sex with a stranger is dangerous to your health and life”….funny but true.

  7. marvin Says:

    whats the name of your massuer

  8. Mark Says:

    God that’s one of the things I miss back in Manila! Sanctuario! Been going there every (other) week for two years and I had the most fun Friday/Saturday nights there. :-) I miss my masseur! Wonder if he’d still be there when I get back.

  9. DENNIS Says:

    SANTUARIO is indeed a nice place to go to destress. I see to it that I get there every month.

  10. josh Says:

    hay naku….

    paano ba yan…

    masyado na liberated mga tao ngayon….

  11. DENNIS Says:

    For MARK:

    Please describe your masseur. I know some of them.

  12. L.A Says:

    Hala kakabasa ko lang ng Desiderata ni Max Ehrmann kanina sa chicken soup for the teenage soul….nakakaaliw!

    at ang pics mahalay! haha

  13. josh Says:

    hey, josh masyadong liberated, pareho pala tayo pangalan d2, ikaw ba c groban??? - josh pogi

  14. Ares (ng Dubai) Says:

    Ang lalandi nyo mga pootah kayoh!

    Sana nasa Manila din ako…

  15. Kaleena Says:

    anton maton, gusto kita i-try. Do you offer extra service? I don’t have money. Can i pay you in kind na lang?

  16. coolblue Says:

    totoo bang ganyan outfit ng mga nagma-masage s sanctuario? san b meron massage parlor n ganyan ang service? =)

  17. mykiru Says:

    ive never tried that…ahmm seems like a good idea

  18. anton maton Says:

    Kaleena, in kind ba kamo? sure … shoes & bags please … more shoes! more bags!

  19. Mark Says:

    For DENNIS:

    About 5′9″, straight hair, well-developed chest, kinda chinky-eyed, has a goatee, don’t know lang if he keeps it pa. His name starts with A. :-)

  20. protractor Says:

    How did the pic capture? is it from mobile phone or from a hidden camera in sanctuario?

  21. astroboi Says:

    protractor… that pic/screen cap is from the VIVA hot men video something.

  22. DENNIS Says:

    For Mark:

    OK. I’ll ask around if he is still there. I will inform you then.

    Are you here in Manila? Perhaps we can visit him one of these days? Hehehehe.

  23. DENNIS Says:

    For Mark:

    Just a clarification - Does he wear his straight hair long?

  24. Mark Says:

    Hey Dennis,

    I don’t know now. When I last saw him, which was around 8 months ago, he has short hair. He gives the best massage - ever. Nope, I’m here in Norway. But when I get back to Manila this year, I’ll surely come and visit Sanctuario again. :-) His first name ends with N. :-) Thanks!

  25. DENNIS Says:

    For Mark:

    I have an idea who’s your masseur. I will ask around if he is still there. Will inform you then. Anyway, enjoy the beauty of Norway.

  26. Mark Says:

    Thanks much, Dennis!

  27. DENNIS Says:

    For Mark:

    He is still there!!!

  28. Mark Says:

    Might be back in Manila in August so I hope he’d still be there by then!!! Thanks a lot Dennis!

  29. DENNIS Says:

    For Mark:

    Shall I tell him you will be home by August? Hehehehe.

  30. Mark Says:

    Hahaha. So have you tried him yet?

  31. DENNIS Says:

    For Mark:

    No. The fact is, I didn’t know he works at Sanctuario not until I read your comment about the experience of Migs on the said place. Also, I don’t know how he looks like.

  32. sage Says:

    Can anyone tell me please where sanctuario spa is…exact add in malate please…how much should I prepare and what should I expect….thanks….the amateur

  33. Rolly Naigal Says:

    Oo nga! Ano ang complete address ng sanctuario spa at magkano?

    Isa pa, nasaan na ba ngayon ang Question Mark(QM)? Dati kasi nasa Orosa Street malapit sa Court of Appeals.

  34. spa lady Says:

    i would like to try sanctuario spa if the masseur are really good…please give me a name of the best massuer there….thanks

  35. ryan Says:

    hi, I like to go there….how will I go there????

  36. kyan Says:

    take a cab. Tell driver to drop you off at nakpil corner j. bocobo st. You’ll see sanctuario there

  37. giu Says:

    Hey there Robbie and also to all of you guys there, would love to get some more stories about Sanctuario, like with Arvin, which masseur you can recommend (if there is someone willing to massage shirtless if possible), acceptable tip, stuff like that since i plan to go there for the first time… really appreciate any feedbacks, just email me at Thank you so much!

  38. ken Says:

    i’ve been there at sanctuario, nice place… i had more action in the pool and in the steam room / sauna but the masseur, no hanky panky daw… that’s all

  39. FuNkyMate Says:

    I am a regular guest at Sanctuario Spa. I know for a fact that management is tolerant of guys cruising each other at the steam room and sauna, as long as they are discreet about it and not bother other customers. Anyway, things like these happen in Golds, Fitness and other gyms. Pero sex between masseur and customer is strictly prohibited. They fire the masseur kapag nahuhuli. There is even a notice at the reception area on this. Kaya lang nga it’s hard to prove kung may nangyayari behind closed doors.

  40. gene69 Says:

    i will be doing sanctuario late october, after a long 26-hour trans-pacific flight. might be needing several (2-4) sessions to knead all the accumulated toxins away. will try to look for jericho and/or arvin, based on your posts. i will then post a feedback. this will be my very first spa experience sa Pinas, EVER !! Demasyado akong excited tlga !! PS…. i am enjoying this virtual support group…very helpful ang lahat.

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