We were given gift certificates to use at Oriental Spa six months ago for a photography gig we did for a friend.  Since we had 3 days off from work this weekend (today being a public holiday in celebration of Labour Day in NSW), we booked an appointment for our Aromatherapy Massage on Saturday.

Oriental Spa is located in Chatswood, a suburb in the north shore of Sydney.  I’ve been here a few times but only to have lunch or shop but have never really explored the place.  There’s a certain homey-and-cool vibe about Chatswood.  They have quite a busy CBD for a Saturday morning with lots of cafes and shops bustling with people. 

Good thing we booked our appointment with Oriental Spa early as the moment we stepped out of Chatswood train station, we found out that there’s a lot of things we can do while we’re here.

But first, we had to be in Zen mode at Oriental Spa.  I missed having spas, it’s been ages since I’ve had a massage. 

Oriental Spa

The statue of Quan Yin can be seen as soon you enter the lobby of Oriental Spa.  She is the goddess of compassion, mercy and healing. 

DOriental Spa

The staff welcomed us with Ginger and Lemon Tea.
Oriental Spa

I love little details.

Oriental Spa

This was outside our room.

Oriental Spa

We had the Aromatherapy Massage.  For one hour, our body were treated with long stroke massage techniques combined with aromatherapy oils.  It was soothing and relaxing to the body.  We totally enjoyed it.

Oriental Spa

After our massage, we went straight to Westfield Chatswood and had lunch at Soban The Grill. 

Soban

Soban The Grill is a Korean restaurant that specializes in skewers and fresh-from-the-grill dishes.  There’s another Soban restaurant in Level 6 of Westfield Chatswood that serve traditional Korean dishes.

The Husband taking a photo of me…

Soban

..while I take a photo of the restaurant.

Soban

They served garlic bread while we waited for our food.

Soban

The Husband’s Pork Skewers with rice, green salad and mashed potatoes.  Mild barbeque flavor of the pork, not as tasty as it looked.  But their mashed potato tasted great.  We wanted more of it.

Soban

My Chicken Cordon Bleu with rice and green salad.  Chicken was crispy outside but tender inside.  I loved that they used asparagus and sundried tomato as fillings for the chicken.

Soban

The next time we visit, maybe we’ll try the other Soban on Level 6.

Too full from lunch, we went around Westfield for a bit then moved on to Chatswood Chase (the other mall a few blocks away) and checked out the Apple Store there. 

Before we went home, we had dessert at Hello Happy, a Korean cafe and bakeshop.  We got intrigued by the name of the cafe (it sounded very positive!) and we wanted to try an authentic Korean cake.

Hello Happy

Hello Happy

Fresh and packed breads available for customers wanting to take home their products.

Hello Happy

Their cakes looked yummy.

Hello Happy

Little cakes for just one serve.
Hello Happy

Hello Happy

Hello Happy

We just had hot chocolate drinks and a slice of their Strawberry cake.

Hello Happy

Hello Happy

It was delicious.  It’s the kind of cake that I want: light, not too sweet and the icing not too overwhelming.

We decided to buy a Mocha Roll to bring to a party we attended that night.  The guests loved it too! 

Mocha Roll from Hello Happy

Mocha Roll from Hello Happy

A reminder from Hello Happy…
Hello Happy

…and just because I love almost everything Korean….
Hello Happy

Saturday was such a great day and exploring a new suburb is so much fun.  Because of this experience, we plan of going to suburbs that will catch our fancy once in a while. 


Oriental Spa – http://orientalspa.com.au

Soban Korean Restaurant – http://www.soban.com.au/

Hello Happy – http://www.hellohappy.com.au/
Chatswood branch: 345 Victoria Ave, Chatswood NSW 2067
Strathfield branch: 22 The Boulevarde, Strathfield NSW

    4 Comments

  1. kayni

    the cakes you took at the Korean bakery is so similar to the cakes they sell here. could it be a Korean thing?

    oh yes, i miss going to the spa too. it’s just too expensive so it’s a rare treat for me.

  2. evey ♥

    ahh i love spa! once and a while actually in a bluemoon that I and paul can actually go there hehehe …

    Good to know u had the best relaxing experience.. u both deserved it! Great pictures.. yummy cakes! and chicken cordue ..

    have great day!

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