Mommy Veni Joins the National Pampering Day by Nailaholics Salon and Spa

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.

Sitting next to my girls as we get pampered.

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.

Greeted by these and assisted me in choosing the right package for me.

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.

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So many colors to choose from.

5 star For the VENUE – it was very relaxing and peaceful, clean and well ventilated.

4 stars 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.

4 stars 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.

Thank you so much Nailaholics! 🙂

Celebrating Smiles Through Art

Acts of Kindness Hosts Art Exhibit Benefiting Smile Train, the World’s Leading Cleft Charity

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Artwork from Smile Train’s cleft patients.

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.

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Artworks by Mr. Roberto Sanchez.

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.

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Mr. Roberto Sanchez himself.

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.

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Artworks by Jon Ray Fernandez.

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.

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Mr. Jon Ray Fernandez himself.

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.

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My son, posing with his fave artwork from the exhibit. These are works of Albrecht Behmel.

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.

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Raix with some of Smile Train’s cleft patients.

“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.

Our Week-long Celebration of Fathers’ Day

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.
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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.

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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!

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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.