Saturday, May 12, 2018

Seamless Balayage by Piandre Salon

I have a serious case of mom-hair. On most days --- actually parang everyday ata, my long hair is just up in a messy bun or a low ponytail.

You know what I'm talking about, right? I step out of the shower, I just put my wet hair up and step out of the house. Because seriously, who has time to comb? Hahaha! 

I haven't had my hair treated professionally, haven't had it colored --- for years! Can you even believe that? I used to go to the salon regularly for highlights and digital perms. But when the kids came one after the other, my days started to get filled up with all things babies, and time for self-care slowly got inched out. This self-care thing is tough as a mom sometimes, but it is so important.

So when Piandre Salon (through Mommy Mundo) invited me to take a moment for myself this Mother's day weekend to try their newest treatment, the Seamless Balayage, I said YES immediately!

Piandre is one of the salons we visit. Occasionally for haircut, frequently for when we need to have a good blowout for a party. It has been a part of the hair salon industry in Manila for 30 years. They frequently invite hairdressers and educators from around the world to update their stylists on the latest hair trends. Just recently, they invited a group from Melbourne to teach their hairstylists the Seamless Balayage, using their partner hair color Lakme from Barcelona.



What Is Balayage?
Balayage is a technique for highlighting hair in which multiple colors are used and the resultant look has the color graduating from dark to light in a natural looking way. Because the root area is purposely left dark, the style provides extreme coverage and is supposed to last for a long long time with minimal retouch.

Which means perfect for moms, or generally for people who can't go to the salon frequently for one reason or another.

Even though I was excited I was also a bit apprehensive because I really don't know when I could visit the salon next. I am sure I couldn't keep up with the frequent maintenance required of having colored hair. It's a good thing my colorist reassured me that the subtle regrowth of the Seamless Balayage by Piandre is able to achieve a look that's natural and best of all, low maintenance – which is perfect for moms.

Ang ganda, di ba? I really love it! I look like a brand new ME! 
Promise. My kids can't stop gushing about how young I look. Di daw parang mom of an incoming college student, parang nursery mom lang daw. Bwahahaha!


That's my colorist, Rosalie from Paindre Trinoma.

I don't really frequent Trinoma that much because my claustrophobic girls find the mall too crowded. But when I was searching for pegs in the Piandre IG page, halos lahat ng nagustuhan ko was done by Rosalie. So there was no other choice for me but to brave Trinoma. Buti na lang, they are located on the ground floor, with the entry outside the mall. Because of this, their operation hours are early also. They are open as early as 7am.

Rosalie is also a wife and a mom. As such, when I showed her pegs and told her that I wanted something low-maintenance, na-gets nya na agad. I did not have to specify na kung anong color, I just told her to work her magic.


So you will appreciate the transformation, here's a before and after:


The entire process took 5 hours. I did not even notice that I was in the salon from 12 noon unitl 5 pm, if reality did not remind me that my son was already very late for strength and conditioning and swim training.

My hair is dry, so they had to put i.plex treatment twice. The initial deep conditioning treatment was done with the color to strengthen and protect the strands. The second process was given with a scalp massage, after the color was rinsed off.

My hair length is almost until the bra strap, which is considered "super long." Balayage with Lakme i.plex for my hair length costs P9,250+. 

Piandre made all my balayage dreams come true. I had forgotten how good it feels to get my hair done, and I have gotten so many great compliments on it. I realized that taking an effort to fix myself up offers me an extra dose of happy in an otherwise regular day.

Let’s do this, mamas! We deserve the time for self-care!

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Thursday, May 10, 2018

Sakura Tendon at Tenya

I just got back home from our Tokyo vacation, and I miss Japan already!

Osaka Castle Park 
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The “sakura” or cherry blossom is one of the most revered symbols in Japan. It symbolizes spring time, the season of the year that stands for the renewal of life. The bloom of the beautiful sakura, and its poetic meaning, is what drives thousands of tourists to Japan regularly.


For one, I miss the cool weather and the cherry blossom viewing. I also miss Japanese food.

For many people, tempura is almost synonymous to Japanese food, and that includes my husband. He even requested to dine in a tempura restaurant two days in a row when we were in Japan. That's how much he can't get enough of it.

It's a good thing we don't have to fly back to Tokyo as Japan's #1 Tempura Tendon is releasing special sakura-themed limited-edition sets for cherry blossom fans like me and for tempura fanatics like my husband!

A special take on their signature tempura donburi, the Sakura Tendon set showcases Tenya’s signature tempura donburi — Japanese rice topped with 2 Black Tiger Prawns, Itoyori fish (Seabream), Okiami (Krill) Kakiage, Nori and Green Beans, with Original Don Tare sauce poured over, and served with miso soup.


You can also enjoy a sakura feast with the Sakura Teishoku, a festive set that consists of a basket of 2 Black Tiger Prawns, Itoyori fish (Seabream), Okiami (krill) Kakiage, Nori and Green Beans with Cold Somen, Japanese rice and potato salad on the side.



To heighten the cherry blossom feeling for its diners and to make sure they feel like the are right in Japan, Tenya even partnered with Origami Philippines to create sakura-shaped lampshades.


Also, since it's Mother's Day weekend, get a chance to gift mom with not only a fabulous Tempura meal, but a cute and functional tote as well.


Tenya has branches at SM Megamall, Market! Market!, BGC Stopover, Paseo de Magallanes, SM Mall of Asia, Aseana City, Festival Mall and SM Southmall.

Tenya’s limited edition sets are available from April 5 to June 30, 2018, at Php355 for the Sakura Tendon Set, and Php 415 for the Sakura Teishoku Set.



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Tuesday, April 10, 2018

#TPMkitchen: 3-Step Spinach Dip Recipe with Anchor Philippines

By now, you already now how much I enjoy my time in the #TPMkitchen. so much so that the kitchen is the place where my kids and I spend the most time bonding. If they are not helping me cook, they are seated on the stool by the kitchen counter talking to me.

A few days ago, my daughter was in the mood to make Spinach Dip. This is something that I am confident that she can make on her own. My spinach recipe only has 3 steps and is fool-proof, but it tastes super good! You have to taste it to believe it. I will be sharing my super easy, fool-proof, 3-step Spinach Dip recipe so be sure to read until the end of the post.
Spinach Dip, Fried Kesong Puti with Truffled Honey, Candied Walnuts, Baguette, GF Waffles

Tuesday, April 3, 2018

Skin Confidence with Strip White

I can't believe it! I have a daughter who just graduated from high school a few days ago!

I just blinked, and here I am, preparing to take her to driving school this summer break. It seems like it was just yesterday when I first brought her to pre-school. Eeeep!

During the last two months prior to her graduation, I have been helping Achi get ready for her numerous parties. A lof of the girls in her batch are turning 18 this year, so maraming celebrations talaga, every weekend meron. Minsan two events pa in one night.
her Senior Ball


When there are numerous party invites, napapadami din ang shopping for party clothes. Of course, along with that comes bookings with make-up artists and hairstylists, as well.

Parents of girls, you know it doesn't stop there...

There are appointments for waxing/sugaring, derma appointments, eyebrow shaping, nail salon... ay naku neverending!



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Super good timing when Strip Ministry of Waxing invited me to try their STRIP WHITE treatment a few days before J's Senior Ball because this girl has been looking for a place to have the slightly bumpy skin on one area of her underarms treated. Not noticeable naman if you ask me, but it bothers her so I brought her along with me so she can try it out.
Strip White treatment is also designed to treat the delicate but most often neglected 
areas of the skin such as but not limited to:
Underarm, Kneecap, Elbow, Buttocks, Neck, Stomach, Bikini, Inner Thighs and Brazilian.

Strip White by Strip Ministry of Waxing
Strip: Ministry of Waxing was born in Singapore, and currently is in 10 major capital cities from Singapore, London, New York, Shanghai, Beijing, Hong Kong, to Kuala Lumpur, Jakarta, Manila and Bangkok.

STRIP was the first salon to introduce the ‘No Double Dipping’ commandment. Each customer receives a new individually sealed pouch containing disposable waxing or IPL equipment including gloves, face masks, pH balance wet wipes and spatulas.

Their newest service, the STRIP WHITE provides a non-invasive rejuvenation while delivering textural improvement, pore size reduction, brightening of skin pigmentation, reduction of fine lines and facial hair/fine hair removal.
Strip uses a top of the line machine that is specially customized for the Strip White treatment. 
It whitens by suppressing melanin formation to lighten uneven skin tone and pigmentation
It has a firming and anti-aging effect by reducing appearance of fine lines and pores and increases collagen production so skin is pushed upward making skin look firmer and younger.


STRIP WHITE aims to lighten the skin by one shade even with just one session and also gets rid of fine lines, bumpy skin and stretch marks. 
The Strip White laser treatment lightens pigmented spots, improves skin texture, rejuvenates the skin, and even reduces pore size. Now, she can put her hands up without a worry!

The procedure started with a gentle cleansing of her underarms. After which, the Strip White machine is passed over the area. An aftercare cream is then applied as a post-treatment procedure to soothe and moisturize the treated area.

Best of all, there's no downtime because Strip White uses a non-abrasive laser. This means that we were able to resume shopping for party clothes right after J's treatment.
They currently have a 50% off promo for select body parts! 
Go and get that beach body ready now!


I want to have the treatment on my face, too. Being in my mid-40s, I am now starting to have problems with my skin associated with aging: fine lines, dehydrated skin, wrinkles and unwanted pigmentation. STRIP WHITE promises to revitalize, whiten and firm-up my aging skin.

They claim that results are usually visible after 3-6 sessions, but it ultimately depends on the severity and condition of the skin,  but like any other skin treatment it is necessary to maintain it at 4 weeks interval for the underarms and 2-4 weeks interval for face and other areas to prevent recurrence of skin problem and stabilize the result.

I'm happy to share with you that they have a Deal Grocer promo available where you can save upto 77% off. From the original price per session of P6,500, you only have to pay the discounted rate of P1,500 for one session of Strip white Treatment for the underarms.


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At the end of her ball, she sent me this photo to let me know that she was the recipient of a special award that night. The Blaze award is given to someone" who has a lot of talents and is willing to share them with her classmates."
No more pit shyness, only skin confidence!


PS: I super appreciate it when my kids send me updates, most especially if they are photo or video updates. I have teens already and expectedly, they will spend more and more time away from me as they enjoy their independence. Whenever, I get an update from them, it warms my heart because it means that they still think of their mama even when they are out having fun with friends.



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Tuesday, March 20, 2018

Funky Summer with Funkita and Funky Trunks

Yesterday, R shared that on the way home from swim training, he was keeping track na in his head the schoolwork that needs to be done when he gets home. Then he broke into a smile as he realized that school's done! Wala nang homework! Hahaha! YAY!

Now he can focus on swimming dahil summer na!

I have water babies! Instead of asking me to buy new summer outfits, the kids request for new swimsuits or swim gear.


Monday, March 12, 2018

Weekend Footnotes: Xavier Ball + A Lesson In Graciousness

This is the last weekend before summer break officially starts for my kids.

But for my graduating girl, she's technically done with school already and so her social calendar is booked solid with parties and hohols with friends. Her weekends are fully booked, so in effect this #tsupermama is also. Maybe it's also because a lot of her friends are turning 18 this year, so they are celebrating that, too!

The weekend that just passed by was no different, she attended a friend's birthday party on Friday, and then nung Saturday I helped her prepare for Xavier Ball. She was invited by the same guy who asked her for Xavier Prom so we kinda know him a bit more na.


Monday, March 5, 2018

NCR Palaro 2018


I am my kids number one cheerleader in their victories.

Also their most ardent supporter + encourager in the challenges they go through.

Friday, March 2, 2018

Faber Test: Define Your Allergies Before They Define You



When LifeScience Center for Health and Wellness invited me to the launch of the Faber Test, I said yes right away because I wanted to know more on how to help my son who has chronic allergic rhinitis.

Do you experience morning sneezing and runny nose? What about itchy, red eyes? Itchy throat, incessant coughing, breathing difficulty? Irritated skin or itchy rashes? Those are just some of the inconvenient symptoms of allergies. Some allergies can manifests in a more severe way or even fatal that requires a medical emergency.

Wednesday, February 21, 2018

Weekend Footnotes: A Birthday + Chinese New Year 2018

This long weekend was a very busy one for my family.

We celebrated Valentine's, C's birthday + Chinese New Year. In between all that, J also was invited to 2 birthday parties, so the weekend was in full swing.


14Feb: Valentine's
It was a good Valentine's Day for me because I got the Cuyana bag that I have been eyeing for some time. In the early years of our relationship, C used to give me dozens of Ecuadorian roses. Ang mahal! Tapos in a few days, malalanta na and I have to throw them away. When we got married, and I was comfortable enough with him, I finally told him I would appreciate receiving something that I can keep for years.
More than 2 decades together. He gets me.
I'm not so much into flowers. But yes to practical gifts.

Friday, February 16, 2018

I'm Not A Perfect Mom, Just a Real One {A #BabyDovePh Campaign}

I've been a mom for close to two decades already, just one year shy. 

I can't even believe it if I didn't live my life myself.

I've said it often enough, this stage of my life is the stage that I am loving the most. I just love and appreciate my teens so much!

The ages my kids are in now are the greatest in my parenting journey. I get to witness their transformation into the amazing persons they are turning out to be. I have always told them that they are amazing, even during times when they weren't. My mommy-heart really believes that if I keep saying it often enough, they will believe it, and they will become it.