Kojic Salt Body Scrub (Your Skin’s New BFF)

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It’s holiday season and we wanted to look young and fresh–it’s the perfect time to destress and give yourself a break.  In my Christmas Glow feature, part of the treatment I had in Soulscape Spa & Wellness Lounge is the 90 minute Kojic Salt Body Scrub. I personally chose this because of its anti-aging and lightening effect on the skin.

Here are the reasons why I included BODY SCRUB  in my beauty routine:

  1.  It hydrates your skin, making your skin silky and smooth.
  2. It gives you a youthful glow
  3. It helps reduce stress
  4. It helps you get rid of old skin cells
  5. It releases toxins
  6. It improves blood circulation

There are three types of body scrub offered to me (coffee, cream and salt), but I settled for the Kojic Salt Body Scrub because my purpose that time is to have the Christmas glow.  Kojic Acid is known as an agent used to lighten and tighten skin, remove age spots and decrease the appearance of scars.  It exfoliates and regenerate new skin cells that help achieve that youthful glow (that is why it’s sometimes called the Anti-Aging Body Scrub).

 

For busy persons like me, I highly recommend that you should have at least twice per month destressing session like this or once a week if you can afford it.  Pampering yourself is one of the best gifts that you can give to your family— once you are stress-free, you can even work better and bond with them.

Note:  This post is brought to you by Soulscape Spa & Wellness Lounge.

 

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My Baguio 4-Day Itinerary 2017

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It’s been a tradition for me to go to the City of Pines every year and probably it was blessing in disguise when we rescheduled our trip after Christmas due to the typhoon last August.  We were not able to refund the bus tickets, but thanks a lot to Microtel Baguio because they granted our request to rebook.

I have already experienced to go to Baguio City after Christmas and as expected, the places were jampacked with people.  It was very difficult for us to have taxi or private car rides. Anyway, though the case is like that, it’s relaxing to bond with your family and lucky for me— it’s like hitting two birds with one stone!  It’s actually family bonding and press trip at the same time 🙂  To be organized, I designed a 4-day itinerary for out Baguio trip.

baguio day 1

9:00 am-  Arrival to Baguio City

9:00-9:30 am– Leave the luggages to Microtel Baguio Frontdesk

10:00am–  Cafe Review

12:00 nn.–  Lunch

1:00 pm- Check in and unpack

3:00 pm– Camp John Hay Strolling

4:00 pm-Spa Review

8:00-8:30 pm-  Restaurant Review

9:30-10:00 pm-  Back to the hotel to have a good night sleep

baguio day 2

7:00 am- Breakfast

8:00-12 nn– Strolling and lunch

(Mines View Park, Burnham Park, Wright Park, Botanical Park, The Mansion, Grotto, etc.)

1:00pm- 7:00 pm – Cafe and Restaurant Reviews

7:30-8:00 pm- Go back to the hotel

baguio day 3

 

7:00 am- Breakfast

8:00-11:00 am- Strolling, Biking, Horseback Riding and Pasalubong Shopping

12nn–  Cafe Review

2:00-6:30 pm- Spa Review

7:30 pm- Restaurant Review

8:30-9:00 pm- Go back to the hotel

day 4 baguio

7:00 am Breakfast

8:00-9:30 am– Strawberry Farm

10:00-11:00 am- Buy veggies at the supermarket

11:30 am- Check Out

12:00 nn – Restaurant Review

2:00 pmProceed to the bus terminal

 

There might be some changes but at least there is something that we will follow for an organized trip this Christmas break.  I will be posting about this very soon.  HAPPY HOLIDAYS!

My Christmas To Do List 2017

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It’s more than a week before Christmas and I can feel the Christmas rush.  To keep myself organized for the holidays, I’ve created my To Do List for Christmas 2017.

box blank1.  Shop for Christmas presents 

Though I have already bought some presents for my family, I haven’t completed the list.  I would like to give something also for my 80 students 🙂

box blank2.  Achieve the Christmas Glow for the Christmas Party

This is the perfect time to have a break from all the stress and it’s time to pamper myself.  After attending my students’ Christmas Party on the 20th, I will head to Soulscape Spa & Wellness Lounge in Marcos Highway, Cainta for destressing session to achieve my Christmas glow.  (A separate article will be posted about this soon!)  My nails will be taken cared of Nailaholics Metro East Branch for my red and green pedicure.

box blank3.  Buy the rest of the food for Christmas Eve and Christmas day in the grocery.  

I already have bought some but I haven’t completed it yet.  This afternoon, I might be able to complete it.  I will design low-calorie meals if that is possible, hehe 🙂

box blank4.  Shop for green shirts/dress for our family attire on Christmas Eve

We couldn’t wear red because our curtains are already red.  Green will be a good match for red for the colors of Christmas.

box blank5.  Organize and decorate our home for the upcoming Christmas celebration.

We already set up the Christmas tree loaded with ornaments and garlands.  We have also purchased the red curtains, but few things are still missing.  Let me have few days to do something about this.

box blank5.  Reward myself with a camera and powerbank for my blogging needs.

I will be needing those for my press trip to Baguio after Christmas for quality photos and uninterrupted posting through social media accounts.  I have already ordered a powerbank through Zalora and I am just waiting for it to be shipped.  As for the camera, i will see if I can get one (I will try to use the Home Credit).

box blank6.  Bond with my family on Christmas Day 🙂

I’m thinking if we will watch a movie or have another activity, but definitely I do not want to have a boring Christmas.

These are just few of the things I have in mind.  I will update this just in case I forgot something.  HAPPY HOLIDAYS, dear readers and may you be filled with blessings for the upcoming year!

Note:  There will be a post about the accomplished checklist.  Watch out for this soon!

Eyebrow Threading @ Nailaholics

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So, you are thinking that Nailaholics Nail Salon & Spa is only limited to nail, hand and foot related services?  Well, you are absolutely WRONG!  In fact, there are packages and additional services that you won’t even think that they are offering.  I tried their eyebrow threading while having foot spa last week and I was very pleased with the result.

 

 

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Before and After the Eyebrow Threading

Special thanks to Mian 🙂  She was very careful and patient with me.  She made sure that the pain was tolerable.  She consults first before making a decision and gives her suggestion also.  Threading of the brows costs P190 and it can be done in about 15 to 20 minutes.

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Aside from their traditional hand and foot spa packages, here are other services that you might be interested with:

  1.  Waxing (underarm, half or full arm, chest or back, leg, bikini and Brazilian).  All of these services come with a choice of hand or foot spa.
     2. Scalp, Neck and Head Massage and Back Massage
    3.  Eyelash Enhancement
You may check the other services and branches here:
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How to Deal With Stress

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Everybody deals with STRESS  and nobody can escape it no matter what status do you have in life.  Whether that is family, health, work, financial or heart-related stress, you need to find a way to get over it.  So, how do we do that?  I have here some tips that actually worked for me .  It may not work for the others but it’s worth a try anyway 🙂

  1.  Have a COFFEE BREAK (alone or with a buddy)

If you cannot afford to go to a coffee shop, a cup of coffee with a special someone or your best buddy at home will be perfect to have a nice chitchat or share your troubles.

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2.  Have a GOOD SLEEP or power nap especially if you have a headache.

Most of the time, the cause of stress is lack of sleep so you really need the time to take a nap or have a long sleep.  I won’t recommend taking sleeping pills;  instead, you may drink a glass of milk.  Reading or playing games in your mobile phone may help you sleep.

3   Have a STAYCATION with friends or your family even for a day to help you unwind.  Traveling to a far place can cause you even more stress, so choose a nearby hotel.

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4.  DESTRESSING SESSION in a Spa or Wellness Center near you

A soothing massage, facial, body scrub and foot spa can be helpful to achieve relaxation.  One of the spas I recommend is Z Spa, a 420 square meter spa located in 2/F Ace Hotel, Kapitolyo, Pasig City.  All the furnishings and equipments are NEW and of high standard and the beauty products used are all naturals and were ordered abroad.  I have found another spa near our area but I will tell more about the details in my separate post.

 

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5.  CUT DOWN ON YOUR EXPENSES especially if you are dealing with financial problem.  (I am only going to choose 2 credit cards and will deactivate them once I have settled all my bills).

6.  HAVE A HEALTHY DIET and do not starve yourself.

If you need to destress, you need to have a healthy and strong body and sharp mind.  Refrain from eating too much or too less because your body needs food to have enough strength and energy for your daily activity.

Whether you like it or not, we can encounter STRESS, so it’s already an advantage if you know how to deal with it 🙂

 

This post is brought to you by:  NAILAHOLICS Nail Salon & Spa

 

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TBIP’s Upcoming Baguio Trip

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Hello!  Since December is the only month this year where I can have a short break and unwind, I decided to have my press trip in Baguio City.  We are really busy and we still have work until 22nd and a lot of parties and other events are also scheduled that’s why I have chosen to have our vacay on the 27th til the 30th of this month.  We will be staying in Microtel Baguio (one of my favorite places to stay when I am in Baguio).

In our four-day stay in the Summer Capital of the Philippnes, I will be featuring different cafes, restaurants, bakeries/pastry shops and spas to visit.  (Watch out for that- I will be posting these establishments in my Facebook and Instagram account as well.)

Aside from that here are the activities that we will be having:

  1.  The Lourdes Grotto Challenge
  2.  Pasalubong Shopping
  3.  Strawberry Picking
  4. Horseback Riding and Biking
  5.  Oh My Gulay (Vegetables)  and Fruits Haggling Challenge
  6.  Halukay sa Ukay-Ukay

Originally, we are booked only until the 29th but since I have a lot of businesses to feature, I extended another day.  Thank you, Microtel Baguio for granting my request 🙂    I will see if I can still squeeze some time to have more activities.  Any suggestions?  Feel free to leave a comment below.

 

My Fitness Challenge Update

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By now, you already know that i’m currently enrolled in Fitness First for 18 months.  I haven’t been in the Metroeast Club for quite a while because lately I felt strange and it’s like I was physically drained and exhausted.  I think it has something to do with the last two sessions I had in the club.  Last Thursday, I had my 3rd session with my PT and based from MY assessment (not theirs) , I am not fit for strenuous activities.  Though I know that their goal for the said assessment is to see how far can you go and from there, they can design the right exercises or workout for you.  I’ve been very vocal with my trainer that I do not intend to participate in any group classes like Zumba and freestyle dancing.  I enrolled there so I can use their machines for cardio workout.  I just want simple exercises that would help me achieve that beach-ready body on April 2018.  Since I only get the chance to go to the club for twice or thrice per week, I do the daily workouts at home.

 

 

 

 

The videos above were taken last Nov. 30, 2017.

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10 minutes using the stationary bike (Dec. 1, 2017)

The day after my assessment (Friday), I still managed to go to the club and use their machines but then that particular night then the whole Saturday, I felt really weak and drained.  I didn’t manage to go out like I do every weekend.  I ended up in bed the whole day to rest and luckily, on Sunday, gradually I felt the energy coming back.  I think another factor that affected what I have experienced is STRESS.

Upon reflecting,  I remembered that you don’t have to rely on workouts or exercises alone, 80% would depend on the kind of diet that you have so I really need to plan about my meals and it will just be supplemented with exercises.  Also, aside from the workout, I am also planning to have my relaxation routine as part of my preparation this coming summer.  Hopefully, I can scout for my perfect spa partner (along Marcos Highway) within the month.

I will give you an update in a separate post about my last PT session.  Have a productive week ahead 🙂

 

TORMOJ CAFE- An Alternative Hangout in Ortigas Center

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It’s quite unusual to discover a cafe that offers inexpensive food and drinks. especially if you are in a business district like Makati or Ortigas Center– Well, I’m fortunate enough that I have discovered TORMOJ Cafe in 8137 Plaza, Escriba Drive, Ortigas Center, pasig City.   You might be amazed why the prices are affordable and you might think as well that they just offer the usual food that you see in sidewalk eateries or cafeterias.  The menu can be compared with the popular restaurants or cafes, but the difference in Tormoj Cafe is that even the students and ordinary employees/workers can afford to hang out here.

 

Just last week, my kids and I were able to try their bestsellers.   As a food blogger, a visit to a restaurant or cafe won’t be complete without trying chicken, dessert and the coffee.  We started with their rice meals since we arrived at past 1pm already.   When the lemon chicken was served, I felt the excitement.   I liked the blend of cream and lemon in their sauce.   Even my daughter who is also a picky eater like me enjoyed this and the Pork Belly.  (Usually it would take her an hour to finish her meals, but not this time!)

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Lemon Chicken for P139.50

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Pork Belly for P129.00

I tried the Pesto Pasta which was very tasty but because my son Kyle enjoyed it, I ended up having the Chicken Cajun Pasta instead.  I actually prefer it over the Pesto Pasta because I don’t get sick with the spicy and strong taste.   I do not have any complain at all– the noodles were cooked al dente and no unpleasant taste.

 

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Pesto Pasta for only P105.00

 

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Chicken Cajun Pasta and Iced Coffee

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Chicken Cajun Pasta and Choco Java Chip Fraffe

And because I am a certified COFFEE ADDICT,  my visit won’t be complete without trying their coffee.

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Iced Coffee

I loved the Iced Coffee– not too sweet and strong.  It was perfect to pair with the Chicken Cajun Pasta.

 

The kids loved the Choco Java Chip Fraffe and Halo-halo.  If you would just like to chill or have a place to do your assignment, finish a project or conduct business or group meetings, this place is perfect for you.

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Vietnamese Coffee with Kahlia

The highlight of my visit is experiencing their Vietnamese Coffee with Kahlia.  I couldn’t get over the taste- soooooo addictive!  Below is a video of the actual preparation of their Vietnamese Coffee (personally prepared by Ms. Sharen Mojares)- the daughter of the owner, Tita Mojares.

 

The only thing that they need to work on with in the future is providing more space to their customers.  They already have a clean, decent place with cozy ambiance, but it can only accommodate up to 15 to 20 pax.  Other than that, we do not have any issues at all.  They serve delectable dishes and you can even request them to cook a special dish if ever it is not in the menu.  They are open from Monday-Friday from 8am to 5pm.

I highly recommend TORMOJ CAFE– this cafe is worth a visit when you are in Ortigas Center or near the area.

TORMOJ CAFE

8137 Plaza, Escriva Drive, Ortigas Center Pasig City

Mobile Number:  0917 4282879

 

Achieving My Beauty Routine @Nailaholics

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I have a BIG revelation this coming summer and I am carefully planning about it.   Part of my preparation for this is to have a fitness and beauty routine.  I am already working on my achieving my beach-ready body by being a member of Fitness First.   I get to visit the club at Robinson’s Metroeast thrice per week, but I do my workout at home daily so I also burn some calories.  I am already working on creating my own meal plan that will help me achieve my fitness goals.  I know that I am already in the right track but it isn’t enough yet.

Because of the nature of my job, I am superstressed all the time so I need to devote a little of my precious time to destress.  Aside from having facials, body scrubs to achieve the perfect glow of my skin on April, I also need to have hair, foot and nail pampering.

In this post, I will share about the Vitamin Sea Package that I had in Nailaholics Nail Salon & Spa after my workout.  It is so convenient for me because it is also located in the 3rd Floor of Robinson’s MetroEast, Marcos Highway, Cainta, Rizal–so, right after my workout, I can also have my destressing session there.

 

 

Upon entering Nailaholics, I was relaxed by the clean and quiet ambiance.   They have a summer backdrop that will set your mood to relax.  I had their Vitamin Sea Package (manicure, pedicure and foot spa)  I loved the feeling while my feet were soaked in the warm water.   

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I met these gorgeous and friendly staff (Jho- who did the foot spa and pedicure & Rubie who did the manicure).  I have chosen the color of my nail polish– guess what?  Yes, you’re correct, hihi!  I have chosen pink 🙂  I would have tried nail art, but then they do not have the tools.  They have it in the other branches– it just happened that they do not have it when I came.  In the Vitamin Sea Package, they use the regular but branded nail polish.  They recommend the gel polish as it stays longer than the regular ones.  Hmmm, probably next time I will have the gel manicure and pedicure.  I was informed that they have an ongoing 15% discount to their gel manicure and pedicure.

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Compared to the other salons, Nailaholics makes sure what the customers want.  Rubie asked first about the desired length and shape of my fingernails.  She gently massaged the fingers  and asked me if I felt any pain at all.  You will totally feel comfortable and would like to stay for the rest of the day, hehehe 🙂

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I’ve been to other nail salons and I was used to the experience that the attendant was always in a hurry so in about less than 15 or 20 minutes, I’m already done with the foot spa and pedicure and of course, I ended up dissastisfied with the service.   I was surprised  that it took them more or less one hour for the whole service.

 

 

If you would like to try the Vitamin Sea Package and their other packages as well, you can visit Nailaholics.  Please click their website for their services and branches.

Nailaholics Nail Salon & Spa

3rd Level, Robinsons Place Metro East, Marcos Highway, Cainta, Rizal

www. nailaholics.com