Tuesday, December 16, 2014

#MeTime at Nail Tropics Rustan's Shangri-la Plaza

Beautiful. I made it back. Yay!

I love Rustan's Department Store, and a nail salon in it...how perfect is that!

After the whole hullabaloo named medical emergency I needed to de-stress! Oh well, even prior to that, my toe nails are in bad, bad condition, they were chipped, brittle, and discolored given little or no break at all from varying shades of bright red and sometimes dark polish. They needed some tender loving care. I gave Nail Tropics a try.



Prior to my visit, I found time to check out their website, to gauge their services and price...sweet, their basic services and blissful treatments are reasonably priced.

I set out for the Lactol Pedi. Sharing my initial thoughts.

Breath of Milk Blissful Treatment boasts of an ultraluxe hands and/or feet facial composed of warm milk and shea butter, followed by a nail wrap to soften severely dry cuticles and whiten stained nails, inclusive of a signature massage and polish. Lacto Pedi for Php 540. 
I love the treatment. See my after photo (with my latest FitFlop pair, Pietra II :-D). Although there were still some discolorations, so I was advised better not to put on nail polish just yet. Perhaps another treatment, and I'm good to go. Hello, Red Nails soon!

I'm too shy to do a before picture. It's so unflattering, promise! I'm mighty pleased that my precious toe nails were saved! I almost decided to cover them up with another go of dark nail polish. So yes, the Lactol Pedi does its job of softening, fixing, and managing stained nails.

The place is nice (of course, it's in Rustan's), love the plush seats, service is generally okay, and staff are friendly. But I have some wishes, just a little bit more massage time, please. And please, try not to obviously upsell. I can appreciate a good sales pitch, but please look for positive buying signals. I will not be swayed, I don't need gel nail polish for my toe nails! For my hands, I might reconsider, but you will know, when I don't show up with super trimmed nails.

Hmmm,  it seemed I'm emotional (hahaha!), because it would have been a perfect "me time", but so far, so good! Haay! That's all!

Hmmm, other than those, I'm still compelled to get another round of Lactol Pedi. The forgettable massage, I can let go, but the upselling... I said it already, right, I will not be swayed! Perhaps, I will try another branch, let's see how it goes! Cheers! ^_^

Cheers! ^_^



Monday, December 15, 2014

Seoul-ful Shopping Time

Annyeonghaseyo! ^_^ Happy Monday, friends!

Here goes the good stuff... retail therapy!!! Love, love, love Lee Min Ho Innisfree!

Hmmm, let's see, let's cover Seoul-ful stuff first.

#SeoulShopping Re-purchased my skin care must-haves, (formerly Jejubija now only) Bija Anti Trouble Skin,  Soybean Firming Serum, and gifting my hubby a Forest for Men Skin Care Gift Set. *Thinks of Lee Min Ho  ;-D and Innisfree Freebies. Total Damage 84000 KRW or Php 3400. Thanks Mommy Wendy for taking the time yet again! ^_^
Hello, Korea! I'm going to Seoul soon with nothing to do but fangirl! Thanks to my Chinggus! #GratefulHeart

Muji Ladies Coat in beige (not in photo is the same Muji Coat Style in Black. You can never have too many Winter Coat.  I love the vintage a la Jackie O, my photo doesn't do justice, I hope my OOTD in the future does. ^_*), Cardigan, Sleepwear and Fitflop Crush Boot (after my 11th FitFlop pair post, I just lost count!) All set for Winter Wonderland (almost), let's go!
I can't wait to see Lee Joon Gi Seoul in Lunar New Year!

Because yours truly is a glorified busy bee (I do hope with things that matter, or else...), will cover the other love of my life (Louis and Kobe ;-D) next post! Please don't go away!

Have a wonderful Christmas Time! Saranghaeyo! Cheers! ^_^


Thursday, December 11, 2014

#OutofCommission was on Medical Emergency

Hello, December! (It feels so good to be able to say that albeit very late!) I hope everyone is having a wonderful Christmas Time. It's so good to be back!

November was crazy (the worst kind of crazy!)...I hope not to bore you with so much details since I was keen on not to talk about horrible bad stuff in my blog, but reading about others' experiences helped me so much, so I hope to be able to do the same. Oh well, life!

For November, we had two trips to the Emergency Room of The Medical City, one because of my son, while the other lead to my admission from Partial Small Bowel Obstruction secondary to Post-Op Adhesions. (And behold, it earned us a Platinum Membership in TMC. Shocks!)


Anyhow, thankfully it resolved after that dreaded NGT (Nasogastric Tube) insertion. Reason from the obstruction was post-op adhesions from my C-Section Operation 9 years ago. Surprise! It was very sudden as there were no notable episodes before that time. Although, now that I think of it, the symptom was something I experienced once in a while, but I always associated it with Urinary Tract Infection. It basically felt like cramping a la dysmenorrhea. Only last time, it went up from the pelvis area to the stomach, felt worse than labor pains, plus I was nauseated the whole time and had several episodes of vomiting. Pain started 5 pm, by 10 pm, I had to be rushed to the ER.  I had to stay in the hospital for 4 days.

In the span of 4 Days, I had blood works done, urinalysis, pre and post abdominal x-ray, and a lengthy CT-Scan procedure with an IV contrast, which all showed that there was a partial block in my small intestine. Conservative treatment required bowel rest, meaning NPO, no food and liquid should be taken orally, and then NGT, or else Surgery. The NGT worked like black magic, so yes, I felt better, and had to condition myself to meet all the requisites of recovering without the need of surgery (meaning passing gas, bowel movement, urinating, not nauseated, etc.) I was crazy bloated the whole time, and a couple of days after discharge.

After the NGT, I was allowed to go on liquid diet, the soft liquid, and quick try of full diet, I had to be able to tolerate it and do all the requisites I mentioned. What helped hasten my recovery while in the hospital were the Peppermint Tea, Yoga's Child Pose, and a lot of walking in place. Haha. (Plus Smith's Rosebud Salve...I had the worst episodes of chapped lips ever, by Day 5, kissable lips are back...and I'm back home! ;-D)

The experience made me revisit my lifestyle. I'm compelled to diet eat healthier, and to exercise. Soon, I will commit myself to do yoga. 2 weeks, I'm 8 pounds lighter, because I have to take my sweet time eating, (and no buffet for life!). Waah! I'm still on a low residue diet or low fiber diet, and I'm still avoiding pork and beef. Although doctors, after a week, already gave me may-go-back-to-normal-life minus cheat days overeating! I'm still paranoid, I was specifically worried eating a full serving of rice and pasta. Last time, I ate a serving of pasta, worrying so much lead me to think I'm having tummy pains again. #WorrywartMuch So meantime, I'm taking it slowly but surely. To supplement my other nutrient requirements, instead of always soup, I drink Vanilla Herbalife Shake for breakfast. And I drink overflowing Peppermint Tea (I like the Mint Tea of The Coffee Bean and Tea Leaf) all day long. Plus massage therapy. Yay! I now have reasons to treat myself with a message once or twice a week.

It's a life changing experience. My doctors say there is no real cure, no prevention, and yes, it can recur anytime! Aissh! Shocking! But with a grateful heart, I look forward to espousing a healthier lifestyle...no cheat daysss! Sad news, it meant giving up on some of my fave Seoul-ful food, and yes no buffet! But my goodness, I hope NOT to meet my surgeon ever! So better safe than sorry.

That's all!

To my readers, and my PR friends, please don't go away. After this, I hope to be able to talk of only happy, girly, Seoul-ful stuff! Have a wonderful Christmas Time! Cheers! ^_^


Tuesday, November 4, 2014

2014 McDonald’s Coca-Cola Modern Glass Collection

Hooray! It's Noovember! Hope everyone is doing great. ;-D

For the avid collectors of Mc Donald's Coca-Cola Glasses, this year's Glass Collection is definitely not to be missed as McDonald’s takes customers’ dining experience up a notch with the 2014 Coca-Cola Modern Glass collection. Definitely a collection with class of its own!

Fusing modern imagery and contemporary design to create six visually distinctive patterns—diamond, linear, mosaic, pixel, ripple, and steel— this year’s Coke Glasses take inspiration from graphic elements and will all be offered in a light grey color, adding a premium yet playful touch to one’s dining experience.
“The Coca-Cola Glasses are a much-awaited tradition among McDonald’s markets across the Asia Pacific, especially in the Philippines. We are very thankful that our Filipino customers continue to be excited to collect iconic Coke Glasses every year,” said McDonald’s Philippines President and CEO Kenneth Yang. “The Coke Glass campaign, which is already on its 7th year in the country, is a testament to the strong partnership of McDonald’s and Coca-Cola, here and around the world, as both companies continue to connect with customers by injecting fun into everyday experiences,” Yang added.
Throughout the years, consumers across Asia Pacific have collected close to 200 million Coke Glasses, with various memorable designs, such as the 2008 Beijing Olympic Games Coca-Cola Contour Glasses, the 2010 FIFA World Cup Coca-Cola Glasses, the 2011 Coca-Cola Glasses in the shape of a Coke Can, and the 2013 Coca-Cola Glasses, which turned things upside down.  
Ours. It's starting to feel a lot like Christmas.#Hooray
Truthfully, we are seasonal collector of McDonald's and Coke Glasses, we live in a condo, and we don't have a lot of space, plus we use water goblets. Haha. We like things fancy! Hah. But we were super compelled to get these! Yes, we had help jumpstarting our collection (thank you!;-D), but I'm almost done on collecting another set of six of the diamond-patterned glass. *Thinks diamonds are a girl's best friend! The designs and the light grey color are perfect for us (because folks at home only like black and white!)

Customers can take home any of the six 2014 Coke Glasses by adding only Php 25 to a purchase of a McDonald’s Extra Value Meal. The promo is also valid for purchases of a BFF Burger or Chicken Bundle and breakfast Extra Value Meals.
Side story. I've been yet again missing in action. Life has been extra challenging super exciting! I'm grateful for this little space of mine in the world wide web (drama!) that allows me to fangirl on brands that I love. And awww,  the goodies and perks are icing. It feels like Christmas every time! Cheers! ^_^

Get your #McDoCokeGlass now, collect all designs!  These are available at McDonald’s stores nationwide via Dine-In, Take-Out, Drive-Thru, McDelivery (86-2-36 and www.mcdelivery.com.ph) and the McDo PH App, all day, including breakfast hours.

For more information, like the official McDonald's Facebook fan page  www.facebook.com/McDo.ph or follow @McDo_PH on Twitter.






Friday, October 17, 2014

Belo Collagen Powder Drink #BeYOUTHiful

#BeYOUTHiful Friday, everyone! Here's my latest addiction addition to my anti-aging must haves...Belo Collagen Powder Drink. For the love of anti-aging, to complement my already exhaustive skincare routine, I drink collagen (and a whole lot more)! Ye, the more, the merrier! ^_^

Advanced Anti-Aging Collagen Powder Drink with Hayaluronic Acid by Belo Nutraceuticals
I dream to be Belo-fied, okay, Laser Lipo Arms by Belo to be exact. So tempting. I need to save. Oh well. Who doesn't know Belo, right? So I was delighted to get these goodies. I'm ready to feel even more beautiful and yes, more youthful. Every so often, I like to indulge and treat myself with collagen supplements, but oh my, admittedly a bottle is a bit pricey. I'm so very grateful for these. As Dr. Vicki Belo says, it's time to youthify!

Sharing excerpts from The Elixir to Staying Young By Victoria G. Belo, M.D.
Ever wonder why children from ages one to eight have such beautiful skin? It is precisely because of this abundance of collagen.   
But as we age, the production of collagen in our bodies naturally decline.  This is further affected by stress, daily wear and tear, sun exposure, and other negative factors.  From the age of 20 to 40, the collagen in our skin decreases by about 20%; from the age of 40 to 60, we lose another 40-50%.

That is why in line with our vision to deliver the best and latest in beauty solutions to Filipinos, we have decided to launch our own version. We are proud to introduce a breakthrough product that truly revolutionizes how we look at skin care. Belo Nutraceuticals Collagen Powder Drink provides remarkable anti-aging benefits that work from within.

It is made with high-absorption collagen that provides our skin an abundance of strength, elasticity and resilience. And unlike some collagen drink already available in the market, Belo Nutraceuticals Collagen Powder Drink is infused with Hyaluronic Acid. This increases efficacy, as hyaluronic acid is a moisture magnet that improves skin hydration.

One sachet a day dissolved in your favorite hot and cold beverage, be it coffee or tea, milk or yogurt, is all you need to help keep your skin hydrated and moisturized, restoring its health and suppleness, while minimizing fine lines and sagging.

At the age of 40 though, it is best to take two sachets a day. Its breakthrough patented formulation has undergone extensive study to ensure its quality, safety and efficacy.  You can expect to see a visible difference in just two weeks.
I'm a firm believer of the potency of collagen. Reinforced by Belo and Jun Ji Hyun's Cheon Song Yi in Korean Drama's My Love from Another Star, I'm sold! (You ought to know I'm a big fan of almost-everything-Korean, and my, my, Korean Dramas are great source of anti-aging agents! *teehee)

I take the Belo Collagen Powder Drink with my juice, pressed juice, and coffee. 
Recommended usage of Belo Collagen Powder Drink. Dissolve a sachet in hot and cold beverage, be it coffee or tea, milk or yogurt. In my experience, the jar that came with the press kit, makes dissolving easier for cold beverage.  Almost effortless on coffee. 
Here are more Belo Collagen Powder details...
Belo Nutraceuticals Collagen Powder Drink is safe to drink because the ingredients are mainly composed of vitamins, proteins and amino acids that are either naturally synthesized in the body or a needed supplement. Caution though is given to individuals who are allergic to marine substances, fish being the source of the active collagen ingredient. 
There are no ingredients that will cause an individual to gain weight. *Very important to note! ;-D
It is recommended to start drinking collagen powder drink at 25 years of age. Although, taking the collagen powder under 25 years of age may further prevent the appearance of fine lines/wrinkles. Please note that this is a subjective experience.  
I mentioned that I layer anti-aging goodies, right, but taking Belo Collagen, once a day, minimizes, if not altogether prevents my seasonal breakouts. I did brows and upper lip waxing, without lingering irritations too, which I usually get. Noticeable too is my stronger nails, I usually do something that makes them chip, but not as easily lately. Although, I'm so tempted to up my dosage to 2 sachets per day, maybe once in a while, if I'm feeling indulgent! ;-D  I owe you a #Selfie #Selca (or meantime, please do check out my IG @chicsassymom ;-D). So yes, Collagen is it! Cheers! ^_^

Belo Nutraceuticals Collagen Powder Drink is available in Belo Medical Group clinics, Watsons, Mercury Drugstores and other leading online stores nationwide. It costs Php 113.75 per sachet and Php 1,592.50 for a box of 14 sachets.

#BeYOUTHiful , like Belo Nutraceutical on Facebook, on Twitter @Belo_Essentials, and on IG @belo_essentials






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Wifey to JB and Mommy to Chasey :) It's said that one's eyes are windows to one's soul. True! My eyes twinkle when I'm happy, they light up with my smile. I’m no frills! I'm easy to read (except during Poker). I easily get teary eyed on practically both happy and sad things. I'm overly emotional! UP,Toy Story 3, and Glee made me cry with delight.My hubby is my source of strength. He balances that side of my personality. He made me a more self-reliant person.I love being a mom. But be it known that I tend to be OC, paranoid, and definitely see my self as a stage mom.I can't help but throw him parties every year.I love to read. If there is a lifetime membership to Book Lover's Club, I've probably signed in as early as Grade 1. I'm blessed to have a special relationship with God. He is my confidante. I practically talked to him anywhere and anytime about anything. I'm a Kapampangan and supposedly known for having culinary skills.This still needs to be found perfected, but for sure, I can say I'm a gourmand!I love to eat and it shows!Oh well!Beauty is in the Eye of the Beholder and Happiness is only a state of mind. From today onwards, I intend to live in a Happy Mode!Cheers!