Jun 20, 2010

The SOP in Queeriosity Palace

I’ve talked about the SOPs of both Epitome and Club Bath before so let’s now tackle the SOP in Queeriosity Palace. One thing I have to say is that if you’ve ever been to Fahrenheit, then you would feel right at home with how things work in QP. This should not come as a surprise since Queeriosity used to be a sister bathhouse to Fahrenheit before the former was sold by the latter’s owner to this guy. The SOPs of QP and F are not exactly the same but the similarities are more prominent. But before we continue, you should review Queeriosity’s floor plan so you can follow the rest of the article.

So let’s get cracking! The first thing you will encounter in Queeriosity Palace is the “bouncer” (not the big, muscular type) who guards the door and would be the one to let you in. This is unlike Epitome and Club Bath who both have security guards manning the entrance but who would not screen you before you can get in.

Upon getting inside, you will immediately see the counter where you need to register. If you’re a first time member, you will need to fill out a membership form, pay the annual membership fee of 100 pesos as well as the entrance fee, which depends on the time you arrive and the day of the week. You can check out QP’s website to find the current rates. Like E and CB, you will also need to provide a valid ID so you can’t give a pseudonym on the form. But other than your name, I think you can get away with not declaring anything else like your address or contact details. However, if you like to be informed of promos and special events, then you should provide your mobile number. You will also be handed the membership card where you need to write your name and sign your signature at the back. Your ID and membership card (to be laminated) will be given to you later when you leave.

If you’re a returning member, you just need to provide a valid ID, your membership card and the entrance fee. If you are also renewing your membership, then you will additionally fill out a membership form again and sign a new membership card as well as pay an additional renewal fee. The old membership card will be surrendered.

After paying for the entrance, you’ll be given two keys attached to a bracelet. The bracelet will also have a tag with a number on it. You then turn to your right where the shoe and bag counter is. You will be given a pair of slippers by the nice shoe lady as well as a claim tag (which doesn’t necessarily match the number on the bracelet). You then surrender your shoes and bag and wear the slippers. There’s a bench beside the counter so you can sit down while changing footwear. I guess if you’re wearing slippers and have no bag in the first place, then you can skip this step. (I’m not sure because I’ve always worn shoes when I visit QP.) After this step, you will now proceed to the safety deposit boxes room which is located to the left of the registration counter.

At the safety deposit box area, there is a small table and a staff member to whom you will hand your key bracelet. He will provide a small plastic bag into which you will deposit all your valuables—wallet, cellphones, keys, wristwatches, etc.—including your shoe claim tag. The staff will log your bracelet number and these valuables into a logbook including the color of the wallet and the model of the cellphone. The staff will then have you sign the logbook, wrap the bag up and put it inside a safety deposit box bearing a number that matches your bracelet. One of the keys on your bracelet is for the box.

After depositing your valuables, you then get back your bracelet and then you will proceed to the locker room. A staff is there to assist you find your locker, which has a matching number as well. Using the other key on your bracelet you can then open your locker. Try the other key if the first key doesn’t work. Or ask the staff for help since some locks are hard to open. :-) Inside your locker is a plastic bag containing a bath towel and a small towel (if I remember correctly). There should also be a free condom inside. Queeriosity didn’t provide free condoms before because law enforcement agencies often used the presence of condoms as proof that an establishment is used for prostitution. But because of the heroic efforts of QP’s current owner, free condoms are now a regularly provided service.

So you now take off your clothes and don the towel and from there on you’re on your own. Explore the red-lit hallways on the second floor. Watch some porn in the video room. Have wild unforgettable sex with the guy you fancy in one of the numerous rooms. Relax in the ice-cold jacuzzi (I’ve never seen it warm). Or surf the web at the Internet cafe area. You can also avail of some food and refreshments at the bar and you will be billed when you leave. I’m not sure about this since I’m not a smoker, but I think you can smoke in the lounge area and at the bar, both on the ground floor.

After a few hours, and a round of sex (or two, or three), it’s now time to go home. Just go back to the locker room, wear your clothes and deposit the towel in a basket in the vanity room (where you can freshen up) located between the locker room and the safety deposit boxes room. At the safety deposit boxes, you give the staff your bracelet and he will fetch the plastic bag in the corresponding box and give it to you at the table. You will then sign the logbook to declare that there’s nothing missing.

After that, you go to to the registration shoe deposit counters and claim your ID, membership card, shoes and bags. Sometimes, the nice lady at the shoe counter will provide tissue so you can dry your feet, especially if you’ve taken a shower just before. Once everything is in order, just leave the place and come back some other day! :-)

As for Queeriosity’s membership card, it's just a laminated piece of stiff paper. The card contains the club’s contact details, the card number, the issue and expiration dates and some barcode. I didn’t bother taking a picture of it unlike with Epitome and Club Bath since it’s not worth it. Club Bath’s membership card is still the best I’ve seen being a piece of plastic that’s like a credit card.

20 comments:

Tony wrote on June 21, 2010 at 2:43 AM:

noooo you just 'outed' me. :P

 
~Carrie~ wrote on June 21, 2010 at 3:15 PM:

I can relate to this entry. LOL

 
Tristan Tan wrote on June 21, 2010 at 11:55 PM:

@Tony Haha.

@Vince thanks for this and the other informative stuff you have here. Next time I go home, I'd try the bath houses na talaga. Wanna come? Hehe.

 
Ming Meows wrote on June 22, 2010 at 9:01 PM:

wow. very detailed!

 
Vince (Discreet Manila) wrote on June 23, 2010 at 12:21 AM:

@Tony, ay, closeta ka pala? :-P

@Carrie, ow? Paano?

@Tristan, talaga? Sure, I could tour you around. :-D

@Ming Meows, salamat!

 
Taikoboyy wrote on July 28, 2010 at 11:05 AM:

I actually tried my first bathouse the other day with my friend. It was quite the experience i must say. though ive come across occassions where i would enter a "dark room" and there would be "happiness" all over the bed. Otherwise it was rather enjoyable.

 
Vince (Discreet Manila) wrote on July 30, 2010 at 1:40 AM:

@Taikoboyy, welcome to my blog! (And to the Philippines?) Glad you enjoyed it and I think you can ask the roving staff regarding the "happiness." :-)

 
Anonymous wrote on July 31, 2010 at 11:53 AM:

Went to QP last night, third time in a week.

It's an okay place, but it takes a bit of an effort to shack up with someone (or two or three) for the night....

 
Vince (Discreet Manila) wrote on August 3, 2010 at 1:46 AM:

@Anon, third time in a week? Isn't that too frequent? :-)

 
Anonymous wrote on September 24, 2010 at 7:54 AM:

for the second time...Queeriosity Palace was raid again last night...truly embarassing and a night of shame...

 
Anonymous wrote on September 24, 2010 at 7:56 AM:

nakakahiya na tuloy pumunta ng Queeriosity Palace.kala ko ba sagot ng management....un pala nagbigay ng lagay sa mga pesteng pulis na yun....

 
eman wrote on September 25, 2010 at 8:44 AM:

what? i thought di na mauulit yung raid before. sabi ni william they protect the costumers but look what happen. hays. kakatakot na magpunta tuloy.

 
Anonymous wrote on September 25, 2010 at 2:09 PM:

actually pang apat na raid na daw yan...ung unang management 2 times nangyari nangyari....den eto 2nd management na, 2 beses na rin nangyari.....grabe matakot na kayong pumunta ng Q....

 
Anonymous wrote on September 25, 2010 at 4:48 PM:

tapos sabi nung manager ng q... may pagkain pa raw padating..... masyadong pinabayaan ng management ng q ang mga parokyano....

 
Vince (Discreet Manila) wrote on September 26, 2010 at 3:32 AM:

Guys, I have posted an article about the recent raid (September 24, 2010). Please place your comments there to consolidate everything.

@eman, William is no longer the owner of Q. He sold it early 2009.

@Anon (Sep 25 2:09pm), are you sure about that? I asked around and this raid was only the second time.

 
Anonymous wrote on September 21, 2011 at 9:55 AM:

So one free condom is provided per visit?

How about lube? Is it available in each room, or do you have to bring your own?

 
Anonymous wrote on March 11, 2012 at 8:34 PM:

Commenting on your blog from the Q Palace. :)

 
Anonymous wrote on March 18, 2013 at 8:40 AM:

Is this blog still active?

 
elverth cortez wrote on April 1, 2013 at 4:48 PM:

i have a boyfriend kinukwento niya sa akin itong lugar na ito., natatakot nga ako kasi akala ko bukas pa ito., pero nagulat ako kasi dumaan kami dito sa last december 2012, sarado na. sabi ng bf ko naraid daw ito. buti na lng hindi siya nadampot. madalas siya dito dati eh. ayoko na kasi mainvolved pa siya sa mga ganitong places kasi nakakatakot magkasakit at mahuli kung sakaling maraid ito.

 
elverth cortez wrote on April 1, 2013 at 4:57 PM:

i have a boyfriend naikwento niya sa akin about sa q.member siya dito. madalas siyang nandito nun kinuwento niya sa akin na naraid daw ito. akala ko bukas pa ito pero dumaan kami dito last december 2012 nakita ko sara na ito. i'd never been pa dito. masaya din ako kasi nagsara siya nung naging kami na. marami siyang nakilala dito. as far as i am concern, ayoko na mainvolve ung boyfriend ko dito sa mga ganitong places kasi dito nagmumula ung mga sakit at nakakahiya kung maraid pa ito at mahuli ka ng pulis at malaman pa ng family and friends mo. buti na lang nung time na niraid ito for the last time. kakauwi lng ng boyfriend ko at buti rin hindi siya nadampot ng mga puliis. ako as an 18 year old bisexual it is still a very good lesson for us