Belo Pamper Day

 

 

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I was supposed to post this early today but I have been glued to the TV and Facebook because of the Philippine national elections. Promise, no talk of politics here.

I posted my selfie after voting yesterday. And my friends shifted the discussion from the voting process to my skin. Ok ya, that photo is flattering. I think my phone has a natural filter. But I wasn’t really that fresh. I stood in line outside in the heat for almost two hours. I wore a hat and sunglasses and used an umbrella. I also had two fans, a manual and battery operated mini fan. My friends asked me about my beauty regimen. This is not to say that I am an authority in beauty. I’m not. It’s not something that I dwell on. But I do make an effort to take care of myself. My regimen is not complicated. But it takes a bit of commitment.

Last weekend I broadcasted live on Facebook. I was so amused at all the questions sent to me. I think 80% was about beauty. So I know that this is something important to you, my readers.

Like I always say, all I do is get a facial and a Power Peel at Belo every three weeks. I barely use any products on my face because I have tendency to be oily. I only use moisturizers when we are traveling in a cold climate. Here in Manila, my skin remains hydrated naturally, so I don’t add creams. I only spend on makeup remover and the occasional sunblock when I know I’ll be exposed.

I have been going to Belo for about eight years now. My regimen has remained the same. I like sticking to what works. I am happy with the quality of my skin. I can go out of the house, and even attend events, with no make up on. Seriously.

Fast forward to now, it is the month of Mother’s Day. I know most moms would love to get treats and pampering. So Belo Medical Group and I partnered to bring this amazing opportunity for you to get the same treatments I do. Most moms work too hard – in the office, on location, at home, and even just before going to bed. It seems like we are always “on” and never on break. Sometimes it feels like the entire house will fall apart if we were absent. But really, moms need to take a break regularly. Let everyone else pick up the slack. Take care of yourselves first before you can care for others.

So this week we are doing a major giveaway for one lucky mom. She will be getting a #BeloPamperDay. My lucky reader can have the chance to win a #BeloPamperDay gift certificate for herself or his/her mom. This amazing package includes –

  • 1 session of Glycopeel Cleaning/Honey Almond Cleaning — An aromatic honey almond scrub that gently exfoliates dead skin cells and is perfect for those with dry and sensitive skin.
  • 1 session of Body Scrub — The body scrub makes use of sea salt or sugar scrub to gently remove dead, dry, rough skin, leaving it soft and smooth.
  • 1 session of Exilis in the abdomen area — A new body contouring and skin tightening machine. This makes use of focused RF technology to treat jowling, loose skin on the neck and décolletage area. It can also help fat and flabby abdomen, back, arms, legs, and knees.

 

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Me and my mom.

 

All you have to do is tell us why your mom deserves to have this amazing beauty treat from Belo. Here are the mechanics:

  1. Upload a photo of you and your mom on Instagram and tell us why do you want to treat your mom to a #BeloPamperDay.
  2. Use the hashtag #BeloPamperDay on the caption and tag @belobeauty
  3. Post should be made public
  4. There will be one winner who will get all three treatments. Winner will be notified in Instagram.
  5. Contest runs from May 10-13 up to 3pm Manila Time. Announcement of winners can be on May 13 shortly after contest ends. You may claim the prize from May 16-20. The GC is valid for 6 months.

 

Congratulations, the winner is @chloelgmn

Uniqlo and Ines de la Fressange

 

 

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When Ines de la Fressange came out with her first collection for Uniqlo in the spring of 2014, I went nuts. It was my first time to really love a designer collaboration. While most people lined up for high street collabs with couture and luxury brands, I raved about the basics that IDLFxUniqlo came out with. It was all about easy-to-wear basics with that Parisian je ne sais quoi that Ines embodies. Lots of boyish shirts, shrunken blazers, slim trousers, longer shirt dresses with a 1940’s silhouette (lawn dresses). I was able to throw the pieces together without giving it much thought. It was very Parisian Chic, her guidebook to French effortless style.

Every season since then, Ines came out with  Uniqlo pieces and I continued to shop. Admittedly I preferred the spring-summer items over the fall-winter lines, simply because of the fabric used and the fact that I live in the tropics. I’m all about cotton and linen, and Uniqlo uses both fabrics so well.

This season Ines’ latest collaboration with Uniqlo does not disappoint. It showed three themes — voyage, uniform, and sport.

 

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My favourite of the three themes is Voyage. I’ve been doing a lot of travelling the past couple of years. IDLFxUniqlo has been part of my staple wardrobe. This season, they use a lot of “French Linen,” which is a premium type of linen made from natural and high quality linens produced in northwestern France and Belgium. The fabric is extremely breathable, has outstanding water-absorbing properties. The fabric does not stick to your skin and is nice and dry to the touch.

My 13-year-old daughter, Sophia, took the next two photos of me in our garage. I’m wearing my favourite pieces from the Voyage theme — the heavy linen jacket and the linen relaxed trousers — which were sent to me by Uniqlo. I’m wearing them with Robert Clergerie loafers. The jacket has this crisp, refreshing feel of linen material. The large flap pockets and safari-style design complement the natural texture of linen. This jacket is heavier than the other linen jackets and tops. It would be perfect for spring days in Toronto or Hong Kong. But it’s too hot to wear in the Philippines, unless you’re guaranteed to stay inside an air-conditioned room all day. I got it anyway because it is one of those timeless pieces that I know I will wear for many years. The pants, as the name suggests, is very relaxed. It features an elastic waist with a drawstring cut loose in the hips and narrow towards the cuffs. I have these pants from an earlier season, and they were my travel uniform!

 

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Wearing Ines de la Fressange by Uniqlo heavy linen jacket and the linen relaxed trousers. Photo by Sophia Paez.

 

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My favourite pieces from the current collection — and I only have one out of the three. Very sad. I have the 3/4 sleeve striped dress. It runs a bit short, so I wear them with shorts underneath. The slub long sleeve dress is the perfect anything dress with lots of pocket. I wish I had bought this. My biggest regret, not buying this wool blend navy blazer. It is structured and perfect for more serious occasions but also good for layering while traveling. It’s so elegant. Sadly, it’s sold out in the Philippines.

 

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I also stocked up on these. A cotton ribbed blouson jacket, perfect light jacket for spring. Or all year round if you’re in Manila. And this shirt is pure love. The ruffled neck and cuffs – such a great detail in what otherwise would look like a very masculine basic shirt. And look how it flares out in the bottom.

 

I’ve been really pleased with all my IDLF pieces. This was her fifth collection. I hope it never ends. Though Uniqlo seems to be churning out more interesting collaborations. I’m just glad I got some very good pieces that will stay in my closet for a long time. Here are moments in the past when I wore IDLFxUniqlo pieces…

 

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A throwback to IDLFxUniqlo’s first collaboration from March 2014. This lawn dress is still with me. I love the vintage silhouette. And I’m a fan of shirt dresses. I’m not a fan of wearing prints though, but this one has a graphic quality despite all the flowers. This makes the cut for me.

 

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Also from the 2014 spring-summer line, this casual cotton “suit”. I dressed it up a bit with my Jewelmer strand when I wore it back when I hosted the Salon Talks during Cebu Design Week in 2014. This is still the suit that I bring when I am traveling in case I need a serious outfit. It is light weight and unlined. I also love wearing these separately.

 

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From the 2015 spring-summer collection, another shirt dress cut loose in French linen. This is me in the fall of 2015 in the French countryside, when I chaperoned my daughter at camp in Gerardmer. This dress never makes it to the back of my closet. I always wear this when I need to rush out of the house, like say to pick up my kids at school or run to the grocery. In this photo I’m wearing the dress with staple, the Birkenstock Gizeh in black patent leather.

 

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This dress was from the 2014 collection, but the photo was taken in June of 2015. Again… linen, relaxed, Birkenstocks. And yup I’m inside a bathroom (of Casa Loma in Toronto).

 

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And here’s something crazy real. My sister and I at the Port Credit playground in Toronto last 2015 summer. Those pants are also IDLFxUniqlo. It’s in cotton-linen with a thin pinstripe. I can wear these with clogs and wedges, but I also love wearing them with slip ons. The socks bit isn’t too chic, but with five small kids around us, my sister and I didn’t really care. This was taken one morning before I even took a shower. Haha. Note that most, if not all, IDLFxUniqlo trousers are cut low on the hip. It’s not a problem for me, but may be an issue for taller people. Best to try them on.

 

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From the fall-winter 2014 line, cotton twill chinos from IDLFxUniqlo. I use them as my “roughing it” pants. This was our trek up to Tiger’s Nest in Bhutan in February 2015.

 

 

Meralco Orange Tag

 

 

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My kitchen, renovated in 2013

 

When I was a kid, I never understood why my mother was always so conscious of us closing the door whenever the air conditioner was on or shutting off lights in rooms we were not using. I knew it was about energy conservation. But when you’re not the one paying the bills, it remains an abstract concept.

The past couple of years, I had gotten way more conscious of our energy consumption, most especially during the exaggeratedly hot summer months. Try being in Manila in April and May. You will melt without the air conditioner on. It’s almost a given that the chart of our electricity bill peaks during summer months. And needless to say, I have turned into my mother.

I have learned some tips along the way, especially when I renovated my kitchen a couple of years ago. All my new appliances were energy efficient (digital inverter types). We also use our washing machine and dryer during off peak times – like weeknights as opposed to daytime or weekends.

 

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I have an all-gas range and electric stove. My refrigerator is inverter type.

 

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My kitchen air conditioner also uses digital inverter technology.

 

But now, there are even more tools that can help you figure out the energy consumption of a certain new home appliance. And this is done not by the appliance brand, but by our own local electric company — Meralco. Very timely as I’m sure a lot of families are shopping for new electrical appliances this time of year — because of Christmas bonuses and homecoming of family members from abroad.

So before you go out there to shop for that new air con, fridge or washing machine, or small kitchen gadgets, look for the Meralco Orange Tag — brought to us by the Meralco Power Lab. In one look you already know the estimated operating cost of the new appliance. And you can make better decisions based on this information.

 

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Now you can compare appliances not just based on design and performance, but by energy consumption levels. Look at the numbers! That’s cost per wash.

 

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The Meralco Orange Tag shows the estimated cost consumption, estimated energy consumption and rate used, and transparency in computation.

 

It’s a great way to get the whole family involved in energy consumption consciousness.

 

 

SM Seaside City Cebu

 

 

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SM Seaside City Cebu. A New Lifestyle Mall Above All Else*

 

SM Seaside City Cebu is the newest architectural landmark that is set to become the mark of a phenomenal experience in Cebu. Inspired by a nautilus design, SM Seaside City Cebu is a visually dynamic yet functional concept, adapting the spiral shell with a pale pearly partition including a series of expanding, concentric arcs.

SM Seaside City Cebu is a state-of-the-art, environmentally sustainable urban center on the waterfront of the new South Road Properties development in Cebu, the Philippines’ second largest city and a major tourism hub in the country.

The 470,486.31 square-meter mall is SM Prime Holdings’ 56th mall and the third in the Queen City of the South, after SM City Cebu and SM City Consolacion.

SM Seaside City Cebu is one of the first developments in the master plan of SM Prime Holdings for their 30-hectare space at the South Road Properties (SRP), a prime property development project on reclaimed land located a few meters from Cebu’s central business district.

Designed by Arquitectonica, an international architecture, interior design, and planning firm from Miami Florida, the development will be a benchmark in the region, and when completed, the complex will include residential towers, hotels, a convention and exhibition center, a school, hospital, and a world-class marine theme park.
With a harmonious perspective of creating an environment, which unifies fashion, dining, Cebuano culture, leisure and entertainment, SM Seaside City Cebu is truly above all else.

 

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The Mall. SM Seaside City Cebu will house local and international known retailers such as The SM Store, and global retail brands H&M, Uniqlo, Forever 21 and Sfera.

 

2 The Cube
The Cube. SM Seaside City Cebu’s iconic landmark is The Cube, a stainless steel 21 by 21 meter sculptural piece that is a symbol of strength and stability. It is a tribute to the resilience of the Cebuanos in particular and the Filipino people in general.

 

The Skypark
This green park, with several intimate amphitheaters, will provide a welcome break from the bustle of city life, featuring diverse dining outlets situated among greenery and soothing water features. The 1500-seater Sky Hall can accommodate large functions, corporate events and concerts. A children’s park, designed by renowned Cebuano designer Kenneth Cobonpue, will delight kids and their families when completed.

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Considered a focal point of SM Seaside City Cebu is a 148-meter tower, to be completed in 2016, that has a viewing deck, a bar and a restaurant with an awe-inspiring panoramic view of the city and its surroundings

 

4 Cinema
The SM Cinemas gives you the choice to watch your movies the way you want to with its newest Large Screen Cinema powered by Christie’s that has a 30% bigger screen. There are 2 Director’s Club Cinemas with the most intimate cushy recliners, a 350-seater Large Screen Cinema with state-of-the-art laser projection system and 4 regular sized cinemas with PWD-friendly features

 

5 Cyberzone
Cyberzone, the popular tech hub of the SM Supermalls open its 40th branch at SM Seaside City Cebu with a full range of shops and service centers, for the latest gadgets and electronics to suit today’s digital lifestyle.

 

3 Chapel
The Chapel of San Pedro Calungsod was the first structure built in the complex. This is reminiscent of Spanish times when towns were built around a Church.

 

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SM Seaside City Cebu will have an Olympic size ice skating rink perfect for all aspiring Olympians in Cebu and a 16-lane Bowling and Amusement Center with 3 KTV rooms, a billiards area and a snack bar.

 

6 Foodcourt
The well-appointed Food Court on the third level has an unparalleled view of the Seaside Tower and a host of international and local fare sure to please friends and family

 

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Mitch So, Andreas Johansson (H&M Expansion Director), Steven Tan, SCMC SVP

 

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Hans T. Sy, Mayor Mike Rama, Gov. Hilario Davide III, Archbishop Jose Palma, Ricardo Cardinal Vidal, Bishop Antonio Ranola, Mrs. Felicidad Sy, Vice Governor Agnes Magpale, Vice Mayor Edgar Labella, Herbert T. Sy

 

13 SM Supermarket ribbon cutting
Jojo Tagbo (Savemore President), Ashwini Nagpal (Kimberly Clark Philippines Managing Director), Jeff Go (J &J Philippines Managing Director), Robert Kwee (SM Hypermarket President), Fabricio Ponce (Coca-Cola Philippines Country Manager) Rohit Jawa (Unilever CEO), Cebu Governor Hilario Davide III, Evelyn Lao (Benby CEO), Archbishop Jose Palma, Mrs. Felicidad Sy, Ricardo Cardinal Vidal, Jacques Reber(Nestle Philippines CEO), Stephen Lao (Colgate Philippines GM), Shankar Viwanathan( P&G GM), Jerome Ong (Foodsphere CEO), Carla Valderrama (Ms. Earth Fire 2015) Herbert Sy (Vice Chair SM Retail), Joey Mendoza (SM Supermarket President).

 

10 ASG with General Luna
John Arcilla, Annie Garcia (SCMC President), Carole Sy

 

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(L-R) SM Women: Andrea Aldeguer, Meannie Alcordo-Solomon, Amparito Lhuillier, Quennie Amman, Alice Woolbright

 

Scheduled for launch in 2017, the 1-hectare Cebu Ocean Park will be the first educational, interactive and experiential oceanarium in the VisMin region. It will feature a 360-degree tunnel aquarium, sea lions, an exotic Birds of Paradise show and a Penguin Park.

*Source: SM Seaside City Cebu

 

 

K&Company Holiday 2015

 

 

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I have been wearing K&Company for the longest time. Every season, they never fail to come out with a fresh take on the classics. Take the example of lace. Lace is beyond a trend in K&Company and more like a staple in every collection. Yet K&Company always manages to come out with a new way of presenting lace.

This season, K&Company releases its Holiday 2015 collection with a mix of classic dresses and separates using textured and layered fabrics like lace, jacquard, tulle, satin and cotton. Some of the pieces are now in stores. Here’s a glimpse of what to expect from K&Company.

 

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Photos by Medal Elepano
Makeup by Gela Laurel
Shot on location in a private home.

 

Follow K&Company in Instagram and Facebook. Or shop the latest collection at K&Company online. You may find K&Company in Powerplant Mall, Glorietta 4, Shangri-la Plaza, and Alabang Town Centre.