Last October 2017, I got invited by Nailaholics Salon and Spa to join their second year anniversary of National Pampering Day. As I have heard, their introduction last 2016 was a huge success. That is why I grabbed the chance to join them on their 2nd year. It would also be a great opportunity to bond with my girls.
The branch closest to us is the one at Glorietta, Makati City. My girls and I came in just in time and there are no long lines yet. We were greeted by their friendly staff and was introduced to the services they are offering. There are packages for hand care, foot care and all-in packages like the Lush Lagoon, Color my Cabana and a lot more. They also offer nail extension, nail art, eyelash extension, threading and waxing.
As of writing, I already forgot the package I chose but I have them do both, hand and foot care. For my girls, they got to experience the free service offered by Nailaholics for the National Pampering Day, they chose the soothing manicure.
For the VENUE – it was very relaxing and peaceful, clean and well ventilated.
For the STAFF – they were very friendly and accommodating, especially the nail technicians. The salon is prepared for their big event, they have enough number of manpower to render services to customers as the count goes high.
For their SERVICE – they gave us our well-deserved pampering though I think they can do more. I felt they are slightly in a hurry, maybe because it’s past lunch time already.
You may check out our short video to see a glimpse of what happens during Nailaholics’ National Pampering Day.
Our over-all experience was a blast! Our mother-daughters bonding time was superb! We couldn’t have thought of anywhere to get pampered and have fun than in Nailaholics Salon and Spa. We hope to get invited again on their 3rd year anniversary.
Last August 2016, our family get to experience for the very first time the Toy Kingdom Toy Expo. It was held at SMX, SM Mall of Asia. It ran for 3 consecutive days. The expo featured NEW and amazing toys that the kids will definitely LOVE!
We were very lucky to have the privilege of coming in early on the first day and get to see the toys first. 🙂 Raix and I went in together with our very dear friends Mommy Em of touringkitty.com and Ate Aria! 🙂
As soon as we entered SMX, Raix and Aria couldn’t wait and hurriedly went straight inside the area where the toys are.Our first photo op was with Raix’ ultimate fave (and mine too! 😉 ), TMNT Leader, Leonardo!
We were greeted by this awesome set up from the halfshell heroes.
Next display that caught our attention was Lego’s amazing exhibit! You can even go in the middle to have a better view of it!
Of course they set up a play area for the kids.
Kids are having a hard time to decide where to go first, they keep running around and never settles down in just one place! 🙂 Plus! There are character appearances almost every hour! The stage appearances are good because parents get to rest awhile, and have a seat.
Of course! Cars! Cars! & more cars!!! At the Hot Wheels Make It Epic Booth! Dozens of basic cars to choose from! They even featured this cooooollll car!
Another hit with the kids, boys and girls alike was the booth of NERF! They allowed kids to try and check out their new products!
Of course, they showcased toys that are proudly Filipino made. Cutie fruits and veggies.
What’s cute is that you can have your pictures printed for FREE when you post your pictures in Instagram by joining the hashtag party.
Acts of Kindness Hosts Art Exhibit Benefiting Smile Train, the World’s Leading Cleft Charity
On July 19, Acts of Kindness and Solaire Resorts and Casino unveiled, “A Celebration of Smiles: Creating smiles and second chances at life through art,” an art exhibit benefiting Smile Train, the world’s leading cleft charity. The exhibit is being held at Solaire’s The Shoppes Artway.
The exhibit features artwork by local and international artists, and some of Smile Train’s former cleft patients. The artwork will be available for sale until September 2 and will help raise funds and awareness for children with clefts in the Philippines.
“We are grateful that Acts of Kindness is hosting this art exhibit to help raise awareness for Smile Train and our local programs here in the Philippines. Through this initiative, not only is Acts of Kindness able to showcase local and international talent, they are also able to help create a brighter future for children born with clefts,” said Kimmy Coseteng-Flaviano, Area Director for Smile Train in Southeast Asia.
A portion of the proceeds will be donated to Smile Train to help fund various local programs to provide free cleft surgery and comprehensive cleft care for Filipinos.
The art exhibit showcases pieces from Roberto Sanchez, a DJ and entrepreneur by trade, but creatively a self-taught artist. Sanchez works are primarily expressionistic, dramatic portraits replete with distorted, thick lines and incongruous forming gnarly surfaces of painted faces.
This artist duly approaches his paintings with a process that aims to capture the essence of the portrait subjects. While he technically addresses physicality and form, he is keenly interested to understand and capture in his canvas real presences from his subjects.
He takes particular cue with the eyes which for him spells and define the character of the subjects. And even if the frames are still unfinished, they already evoke such entrancing stillness, energies, and completeness. They have the ability to charm and confuse.
Sanchez finds affirmation when his painted subjects find themselves in his works as they connect with their painted likeness in canvas.
Jon Ray Fernandez is an airline professional turned mixed media artist. A self-taught visual artist, Fernandez started off with zero art education since it never occurred to him that art could possibly be a career.
Originally from Bacolod City, he left the country to travel the world. After being based in London and the Middle East for a number of years, he came back to the Philippines in 2015 with plans to continue his aviation career. Eventually, he stumbled upon the world of art and there found his true calling.
As a visual artist, his main objective is to bring beauty and fun back into local art. He started posting his works on social media, gaining a fan base around the globe. With Pedro Almodovar, muse Rosie De Palma, and actress Emmanuele Beart admiring his works, this led to patrons buying his pieces. Camy Cabral, a full-time artist with a background in design and advertising; and Albrecht Behmel, an award-winning artist and best-selling writer whose works have been shown in Paris, Beijing, New York, Moscow and London. Despite coming from different backgrounds with different styles of artwork, these artists came together to offer their pieces all for a good cause.
Apart from the seasoned artists, some of the artwork is from Smile Train’s former cleft patients including: Julia Robert Capili, Angel Ibo, Pearl Angeli Miranda, Jervy Hobo and Nickson Cabote. Having interacted with the guests, these individuals have shown how far they’ve come since their initial cleft surgery.
“We hope that we can continue to raise awareness for children with clefts in the Philippines and all over the world through these small acts of kindness,” says Flaviano. “We want to continue to spread smiles and encourage others to do the same.”
For more information about Smile Train’s global efforts and to make a donation, please visit smiletrain.org. Follow Smile Train Philippines on Twitter and Instagram @SmileTrainPh, and like us on Facebook at @SmileTrainPhilippines.
For the past 45 years, the National Music Competitions for Young Artists (NAMCYA) has remained the most prestigious and biggest national musical competitions for young Filipino musicians.
In celebration of their 45th Anniversary, NAMCYA is pleased to announce a jam-packed season, commencing this August. The exciting line-up of activities, includes concerts at the Ayala Museum, and the Cultural Center of the Philippines, featuring world renowned Filipino musicians and NAMCYA winners. Workshops will be conducted in different provinces. This milestone will be capped with NAMCYA’s Annual National Finals this coming November, bringing the country’s most promising young artists from their respective provinces to the halls of CCP.
To kick off the workshops is the NAMCYA Choir Workshop on July 26-28, 2018 at the Lyceum Northwestern University in Dagupan, Pangasinan. Award-winning conductors Dr. Arwin Q. Tan (conductor, Novo Concertante Manila) and Prof. Ramon Lijauco, Jr. (conductor, Philippine Meistersingers) will be the Resource Persons of the workshop. This is open to conductors, music teachers, and advanced singers, and will be held at the Salvador T. Duque Fieldhouse, LNU Gymnasium of the Lyceum Northwestern University. Registration for the choir workshop is free. For inquiries and registration, please contact Ms. Jean Llamas 0915-1358400. 2016 Ten Outstanding Young Men AwardeeMr. Saturnino Tiamson, Jr., is spearheading a series of Band and Percussion Workshops.On July 30-August 1, Mr. Tiamson will lead a group of trainers for a Brass and Percussion Workshop exclusively for the MMDA Drum and Bugle Corps. This is sponsored by the Metro Manila Development Authority.
NAMCYA and JB Music present a Percussion Workshop at Imus Cavite on August 4 and 5. Facilitators include some of the country’s best percussionists and drummers: Gian Vergel, Ryan Peralta, Karmi Santiago, Jacques Rivas Dufourt, IYSB Drumline, Brigada and Gip Chan from Hong Kong. Admission is free. For inquiries and registration, e-mail email@example.com.
The NAMCYA continues to propagate Filipino music through its commissioned works which become part of the Philippine music literature. Likewise, it is instrumental in preserving and nurturing Philippine traditions through the Rondalla and Traditional Music Categories.
To kick-off the celebration, NAMCYA brings the strings on center stage, “Minsan Lang Kami Maging Musiko” at the Tanghalang Nicanor Abelardo of the Cultural Center of the Philippines. The concert featuring NAMCYA winners, the Manila Symphony Junior Orchestra, and Kuwerdas Filipinas (Philippine Rondalla Ensemble) will be staged on August 15, 2018 at 8:00 pm. Guests performers will include world renowned Filipino choir Novo Concertante Manila, and International opera singers Jonathan Badon and Stefanie Quintin.
Outstanding winners of the National Music Competitions for Young Artists will captivate our hearts with “Serenata sa Ayala” on August 29, 2018 6:30pm at the Ayala Museum. Bask in a night of classical, contemporary and Filipino music eargasm featuring 2016 NAMCYA Youth Symphonic Band First prize winner Cardona Ocho Band conducted by 2008 NAMCYA Oboe Category First prize winner Franz Ramirez, 2011 and 2015 NAMCYA Piano Category First prize winner Gabriel Allan Paguirigan, and 5-time NAMCYA Flute Category First prize winner Raymond Sarreal. The concert is part of NAMCYA’s 45th Anniversary celebration, presented in partnership with Ayala Museum.
Next in the series of concerts for the 45th Anniversary of the National Music Competitions for Young Artists features world class performances from the ABS-CBN Philharmonic Orchestra, under the baton of Maestro Gerard Salonga and Prof. Renato Lucas with Mr. Diomedes Saraza on piano, multi-awarded baritone Andrew Fernando, international soprano Rachelle Gerodias, and 2017 NAMCYA Senior Voice Category winners Radnel Ofalsa and Nicole Pugeda. The event dubbed “Bayan ng Musika, Alay ng NAMCYA” will be held at the main theater of the historic Cultural Center of the Philippines on October 26, 2018.
This year’s categories include Junior Voice, Junior Piano, Junior Strings, Guitar, and Youth Solo Rondalla Instrument for the Solo Categories. For the Group Categories: Children ‘s Rondalla Ensemble, Youth Choir – Equal Voices, Youth Choir – Mixed Voices, and Traditional Music Category (open for solos and ensembles).
Entries must be submitted until July 27, 2018. To join, visit bit.ly/NAMCYA2018
This 2018, Father’s Day was extra special. Our much awaited Disney Pixar movie is finally showing in cinemas! 🙂
Yes! Our family is a BIG FAN of The Incredibles Movie. It was in 2014 when it was released by Disney Pixar Movies. From then on we kept on waiting for it’s part 2.
We were all excited when finally it is here. The Incredibles Movie II is showing here in the Philippines and on Fathers’ Day! Woohoo!!! Guess daddy will treat us on his special day. 😉
And to make it extra exciting, my son and I got an exclusive invite to The Incredibles 2 Media Launch. It was held at S’Maison at Conrad Manila. Upon our arrival at the mall we were greeted by this large logo of The Incredibles.
While inside are fun activities for the kids. You can collect balloons in the Violet Force Field Booth. Test your speed in Dash’s Timed Obstacle. Feel the rush, jump and fly at Elastigirl’s Trampoline Area and show off your creativity with Mr. Incredible’s logo builder by Nutri-Asia’s Papa Catsup.
Not only that. Raix and I got the chance to watch it’s premiere. Call it luck, back-to-back. 🙂 It’s premiere was at SM Aura, IMAX Theater at Bonifacio Global City. The day of the premiere was a rainy one, in fact there was a storm. But it didn’t stop us from watching it. I decided to grab the opportunity to accept the invitation to join the premiere even if we planned to watch it together with our fam, because being invited to a Disney Pixar Movie premiere was totally wicked. Haha.
As expected it was worth the 14 years of wait. So my son and I went home and kept the excitement to ourselves so as not to spoil his sisters and daddy. We were very silent about it for about 5 days. Imagine how we did that? Especially with my very “madaldal” son. He can actually talk non-stop while watching a full movie. 😀
Then came Father’s Day. Everybody’s excited! My youngest sister even tagged along. The greatest challenge for Raix was to keep quiet while inside the cinema and not to mention what would happen next. Hahaha. And would you believe that for the first time he was not a spoiler. 😀 It was one unforgettable Fathers’ Day for our family. We can’t wait for part 3.
Dark spots has always been a common problem for women especially for Filipinas like us who often find ourselves under the sun. Good thing there’s Pynocare – the first ever, safe and effective skin depigmentation capsule. The best part? Pynocare is 100% natural and consists only of ingredients which have long been proven effective.
Manufactured by MegaLife Sciences, a renowned Thai beauty pharmaceuticals
company, Pynocare is a dermatologist-proven effective to combat dark spots and
melasma. Each capsule is packed with vitamins and nutrients that are good for your skin such as Betacarotene and Ascorbic acid.
Additionally, Pynocare contains MSCC Complex (Melasma Skin Clear Complexion) which is a patented combination of powerful antioxidants. By taking it 2x a day after meals, you’ll see results in as early as two months.
PYNOCARE PRODUCT INFO
Pynocare is an OTC medicine for Melasma or dark spots.
• It is made by Mega Lifesciences, a renowned Thai pharmaceutical company.
• It is an oral capsule available that is DERMATOLOGIST-TESTED proven to lighten dark spots or Melasma.
• It has MSCC complex (Melasma Skin Clear Complexion) which is a patented combination of powerful antioxidants such as Procyanidin and Vitamins A, C and E that can lighten dark spots. • Recommended dosage:
• 1 cap 2x daily (after meals) per day for two months
• After two months, 1capsule per day as maintenance.
• Each box has 20 capsules.
• Price is 1355/box; 67.75 pesos per cap
• Available in Mercury, Watsons, Rose Pharmacy, South Star Drug, St. Joseph Pharmacy and all leading drugstores nationwide.
WHAT IS MELASMA?
Melasma is a kind of dark spots which are skin-deep and are dark patches in appearance, most commonly found on most protruded part of the face (forehead, cheeks, nose bridge, etc.,) and body. It is most commonly caused by sun exposure as UV rays trigger overproduction of the melanin levels in the skin. Other risk factors are: Hormonal imbalance, Indoor UV rays, Harsh cosmetics.
DARK SPOTS RISK FACTOR
All these can trigger overproduction of melanin in the skin thus, resulting into dark spots or Melasma.
HOW PYNOCARE WORKS
Melasma is a kind of the dark spots that is skin-deep and is difficult to address. PYNOCARE (Procyanidin + Ascorbic Acid + Betacarotene +d-Alpha-Tocopheryl Acetate) is especially formulated to address this as it has MSCC formulation – a combination of powerful antioxidants that targets dark spots at its root cause and other damaging free radicals that causes overproduction of melanin.
Its backed up by clinical trials done in Thailand and in Malaysia resulting in 85% efficacy.
Clinical study also done in the Philippines by Certified dermatologists. of RITM. The study was published in the International Journal of Dermatology in 2008. Results show that Pynocare is effective for Filipinos with Melasma. Results showed significant lightening of dark spots after 8 weeks of use.
CLINICAL STUDIES RESULTS (BEFORE & AFTER)
PHILIPPINE CLINICAL STUDY RESULT:
After 8 weeks of treatment, results show that Pynocare effectively lightened dark spots/Melasma.
***PYNOCARE is NOT recommended for women who are pregnant, breastfeeding or 18 years old and below.***
A couple of weeks ago, my son and I received a package from Wert Philippines. The package was very timely for the upcoming rainy season. As we unboxed it, I was only expecting to see Nutri 10 plus, but got surprised to see more of their products – Dayzinc, which comes in syrup, capsules and chewable tablet, and Alphabetic.
I was only familiar with Nutri 10 Plus, Raix got to try this almost 2 years ago and we definitely got great results from this. We have been using this alternately with other multivitamins and it sure made him “aktibo’t malakas”. You may read our review on how he got taller and smarter.
Timely that we are on our last dosage of his current Vitamin C. We immediately gave it a try. Since it’s his first time to try Dayzinc he kind of didn’t like it’s Ponkan flavor, a bit sweet and a bit sour. But as I give it to him everyday, he got used to it. Nothing beats a good vitamin C especially one with Zinc.
Dayzinc.Sodium Ascorbate + Ascorbic Acid + Zinc. Contribute to the proper functioning and strengthening of the immune system. It is available for different age groups.
Dayzinc Oral Drops — 3 – 12 months old baby.
Dayzinc Syrup — For children 1 – 12 years old.
Dayzinc Chewable Tablet — For children above 15 years old and adults.
Dayzinc Capsule — For adults.
Nutri 10 Plus.Chlorella Growth Factor + Lysine + Taurine + Vitamins + Zinc. Contributes to the optimum growth and development of kids.
Nutri 10 Plus Drops — For kids 6 months – 2 years old.
Nutri 10 Plus Syrup — For kids 1 – 12 years old
Alphabetic.Ampalaya + Banana + Camote + Duhat. Supportive to the drug regimen or insulin in the management of type II Diabetes Mellitus.
For my mommy readers who are on the hunt for the best vitamins that will suit your kids, why not try Wert Philippines’ All-Out Protection tandem.
Gone are the days when fun is reserved only for kids.
Guess what?! Adults are now trying to recapture their childhood experiences through playing console games or visiting their favorite kid theme park or having a spontaneous night of pajama party. This trend, known as kidulting, is a way to relive the best childhood memories, to temporarily escape adult activities, and to remember the good, old days of being carefree… because who does not want to, right?
But is kidulting for single adults only? Of course not! In fact, kidulting can also be a method of parenting where adults and kids bond together in activities they can both playfully participate. Isn’t it adorable to see a whole family infusing fun in their lifestyle just to create joyful memories for their kids, and at the same time, unleash the “kid-in-me” of the parents?
Here are some kidulting ideas that are simple, accessible, and affordable but worth the try!
Paint and Create
Creating art together with your children is definitely a proven stress-buster while fueling the creativity of your kids. It’s hitting two birds in one stone! If you think simple patterns will bore you as an adult, try creating thematic artworks like an “under the sea” painting or a “secret garden” coloring.
Play the Role
Seeing your kids play as a doctor or an engineer or a lawyer inspire you to work harder to give them a better future, right? But what if you join the fun? Try to pretend as the doctor’s patient or the engineer’s client or the lawyer’s colleague. You will see how promising your kids are with their witty reasoning. Plus, you can also guide them as early as now in choosing the career they want to have someday.
Bake it free
Remember the times when you did “pretend play” with cooking or baking? You can actually play again with your kids or level up and teach them to bake and maybe you’ll discover the genius baker within them. You may choose recipes which your kids can also do easily and conveniently. It is also an avenue to teach them healthy-eating habits.
Bonus tips: While doing these activities, make sure you already prepared on-the-go snacks that you and your kids can munch anywhere. Of course, you don’t want to spoil the momentum of your bonding, in case your kids get hungry in the middle of your activity. So, bring Gardenia Pocket Sandwich for a pocket full of fun bonding moments! For only Php12, you are assured of an innovative, fresh and yummy goodness that is available in 4 flavors: chocolate, peanut butter, cheese, and strawberry pastillas, that your kids and kid-in-you will love!
Kidulting as a parenting style will enable your family to practice the sense of familial inclusivity for a home treasured by everybody. After all, family team work makes the dream work.
Stay tuned for my next blog about our Gardenia Workshop. 🙂
Get ready to fight crime and evil as the incredible superhero family returns to the big screen! SM Cinema is inviting the whole family for a day of superpowered fun at the launch of Incredibles 2: Incredible Adventure at the event atrium of S’Maison at Conrad Manila.
Interactive booths and exciting activities await families in the Incredible Adventure where kids (and kids at heart!) can experience what it’s like to be a superhero!
Collect balloons and win fun prizes in the Violet Force Field Booth and test your speed in Dash’s Timed Obstacle Dash. Feel the rush, jump and fly at Elastigirl’s Trampoline Area and show off your creativity with Mr. Incredible’s logo builder by Nutri-Asia’s Papa Catsup.
Experience being incredible in these super activities coming your way at S’Maison on June 8 – 13, SM North EDSA on June 15 – 20, and SM Southmall on June 22 – 24.
Then don’t miss the return of your favourite superhero family! With Helen busy saving the world, it is Bob who is left at home with Violet, Dash and Jack-Jack, whose turbulent superpowers are starting to emerge. As the family struggles with the change, they also have to work together to defeat the dangerous plot of a new villain.
Catch Incredibles 2 with your family at IMAX, Director’s Club and SM Cinema starting June 14. As a special treat for your superkids, they get a free movie seat for every paying adult this June 21 to 27 in SM Cinemas nationwide. Book your tickets through the website, www.smcinema.com or download the SM Cinema mobile app. You may also follow /SMCinema on Facebook and @SM_Cinema on Instagram for updates!
In the recent years, the use of Search Engine Optimization or also known as SEO has been a trend in the world wide web most especially for the business owners. Though some may say that it is complicated, the truth is it is just a process of making sure that your page or site is visible at the top or the first result page of any search engine. By being successful in this, a lot of advantages are possible to happen such as increase of site visitors, traffic, and of course, increase sales. For a couple of years now, I have been listening to our workshop speakers (I work as an events director at Manila Workshops) on SEO and I have seriously learned a lot. I will be sharing with you with bits of tips which you may use in making your business a flourishing one. These are tips that I have learned, and I have been using them for my blogging career, too! Here are the seven magic tips.
This means that you have to research so that you can get to identify what target keywords you are going to use. Remember that the key to a successful SEO is through the use of the perfect keywords. You may try to figure out this one by looking at your competitor’s way of making keywords by visiting their sites. This benchmarking phase would allow you to generate keywords ideas which you can eventually finalize later on.
This means that you have to identify possible problems on your end. Try to figure out if all the pages on your site are working, are all aligned adequately to where they should be and are all working correctly. Remember that no one wants to visit a site with slow pages, scattered content, and disorganized materials. So, the key here is to make sure that all is perfect at your end.
Well, the idea here is you are going to launch your site in a beta mode using the keywords that you first generated. Try to figure out once published if it is effective or not by going to different search engines and searching for the keywords that you made use. If they appear at first result page or even at the top results, then voila! It means that you used the correct keywords. But if it does not appear even on the third or fourth page, then you better go back to your site and change some things about the way you worked on your keywords.
Make sure that your page is visible enough as much as possible on all platforms. Try to do postings on different promotional sites along with other online advertisements. Additionally, you may also opt for the various social media advertisement to reach a more significant number of audience.
List your Site to Directories
One way of getting your site known and visible is by making sure that you register it to different directories. If you will notice, the first page of Google would usually display the contact number, address, and website of a company or keyword on the result page. So, why not make the most out of these directories?
If you are in a way exporting product from other sellers and selling them as your own, then I would highly recommend that you come up with your product description instead of copying the one provided by the seller. Why? If a user would search about your product online using the description that you copied, the result at the top would always be about the original seller instead of your site.
Product reviews are compelling in encouraging site visitors to purchase an item from your site. This is a form of a persuasive appeal to the users to convince them that your products are the best and are useful in many ways. If you would like to learn more about SEO, then I would highly suggest that you sign up for our SEO for WAHMs class: http://manilaworkshops.com/events/seo-wahms-workshops-2018 Get P300 off by using this code:SEOVA300. See you!