Archive | September, 2012

Tsuya Skin: Japan’s Word for Ideal Skin

26 Sep

I always look forward to our training sessions by Shu Uemura 🙂  I obviously love the brand and get really excited when they have something new… 🙂  And I get to see my team mates whom I love to bits 🙂

Each station was beautifully decorated with flowers, lamps and petals… But do you see that pretty little bottle over there??? 🙂

Oh my gosh, so scientific… I never really liked Science growing up. Haha!

With my beautiful, “fresh” team mates all in white 🙂  (Pwede na bang maging soap detergent endorsers? Ang bango!!! Haha!)

From the left: Angie Cruz, Me, Claire Diokno and Angelique Dinglasan 🙂

AND HERE IT IS… Are you ready for this??? Presenting the newest skin care product of Shu Uemura…

TSUYA SKIN.  Which means “IDEAL SKIN”.

Shu Uemura always believed that “beautiful make-up starts with beautiful skin.”  And this is sooooo true.

Now what makes someone’s skin ideal?

“We analyzed  more than 5,000 individual cases of Asian woman’s skin to scientifically understand what is needed for skin to be perceived as ‘ideal’.  We found that ‘ideal’ skin came down to six key parameters: SMOOTHNESS, PORELESSNESS, TRANSLUCENCE, AN EVEN TONE, A FINE TEXTURE and GOOD SKIN COLOR.  When all these factors are present, skin radiates beauty… this is what makes ‘ideal’ skin.  In Japanese, we call this ‘Tsuya Skin”.  – Team Shu Uemura

The newest cleansing oil of Shu Uemura is called Ultim8 (Ultimate) 🙂

Tsuya contains a miracle molecule called Rhamnose that can apparently reactivate skin’s youth power switch.  This will help the skin regenerate 🙂

So what does Tsuya promise to give you???

Perfect and ideal skin in just seven days 🙂

Lovely set up for our training sesh 🙂

With our hot momma, Nina Solano 🙂

After applying a few drops of Tsuya Skin all over the face in the morning, it is best paired with this Tsuya Skin UV Under Base 🙂

Accredited Shu Uemura make-up artist, Patrick Alcober had all the right answers 🙂 And there’s our lovely trainer, Nadia, listening to Patrick’s insightful answers 🙂

Claire’s extensive collection of Shu Uemura brushes… *sigh*

Patrick doing the demo on Cecille Ramos, who has perfect skin 🙂

The very talented make-up artists of Shu Uemura: Gee Vee, EJ Mallorca, Riza and Roy at the back 🙂

The very next day, I started my 7-day challenge 🙂  I started applying Tsuya Skin every morning and night 🙂

All you need is this much for the whole face 🙂 I really loved how this serum smelled and felt on my skin.  After applying this, I always feel instantly hydrated.

After applying Tsuya, I applied this UV Underbase 🙂 It already has a little bit of coverage to cover up my blemishes 🙂 I set it with some loose powder 🙂

This is all you need for the whole face.  Even less, if you just want a very, very thin layer of this UV underbase 🙂

I’ve been using Tsuya Skin serum for over a month now.  Every morning and every evening.  I honestly couldn’t tell if my skin was really improving.

I only realized that my skin was really improving when my husband suddenly said recently, out of the blue one morning before I left the house, “May photo shoot ka ba? 🙂  As in papakuha ka rin ba ng picture?  Parang ang flawless mo today…” LOL! 🙂 Naaaaaaaaaks!!!  I thought, hay naku, binobola na naman ako nito.

“Seriously… Are you going to have your photo taken today?” – Dante.

Hay naku, tama na, Dants, TAMA NA. 🙂

AND THAT MY FRIENDS, is the true test of the product. LOL!  If your husband actually notices something different. GOOD different. HAHAHA! 🙂

No, but really, my husband is my ultimate “judge” without him trying to be 🙂  Everything he says, whether he likes it or not, affects me greatly. LOL!  Like for example, when he says, “You did something different with your makeup today”, that is his nice way of saying, parang may mali. LOL! 🙂

So you could just imagine how happy I was when he said the magic word… “flawless”!  And I immediately thought…

OMG.  It actually works.

Please take time to watch this video to have a better understanding of  Tsuya Skin 🙂

Tsuya is our little secret 🙂  Don’t tell your boyfriends or your husbands about Tsuya ha!  They’ll soon notice a different glow in your skin… Just wait for it… 🙂


The Mighty Avengers Made of Yarn and Lots of LOVE

17 Sep

I have been so obsessed with making Amigurumi dolls for my son lately!

For those who don’t know, here is the definition of Amigurumi:  “It is the Japanese art of knitting or crocheting small stuffed animals and anthropomorphic creatures. The word is derived from a combination of the Japanese words ami, meaning crocheted or knitted, and nuigurumi, meaning stuffed doll.  Amigurumi are typically animals, but can include artistic renderings or inanimate objects endowed with anthropomorphic features, as is typical in Japanese culture.”

Now define “Anthropomorphic” for me, please… (talking to Wikipedia.)

Anthropomorphic:  Ascribing human characteristics to non-human things.

Ironman… definitely anthropomorphic!  Haha!  Ironman was actually the second doll I made for my son.  In my past post about me going back to crocheting, I chose to do the Incredible Hulk first because it seemed like the easiest one 🙂  I didn’t even have the right color of green yarn for it.  But when Damien saw the finished product of the Hulk doll I made for him,  he got so excited!  And his reaction just made me want to make Ironman next 🙂

And here he is with my son 🙂

After making the Ironman doll, my son immediately said, “Mama, Thor is next!  Please make Thor!”

“I’M ON IT, SON!” – Happy Mama

Thor is still missing his hammer! Coming soon! 🙂

This is the reason why I love to crochet… Seeing that big smile on my son’s face when I finish a doll 🙂

And lastly, Captain America… My personal favorite 🙂

Check out his mighty shield! 🙂

Ironkid vs. Captain America… Who will win??? 🙂

And here they all are… my very first collection of hand-made dolls:  The Mighty Avengers 🙂

These dolls are just made of yarn and they don’t have high tech-weapons or karate chop action features but my son loves them just as much as his high-tech toys 🙂

“Mama, you made me another treasure.”  That’s what he says every time I hand him the doll I just finished 🙂

It just inspires me to keep making these dolls for him, I mean “toys”.  My husband insists that we call them toys instead of dolls. LOL! 🙂

Expect more Amigurumis to come!  Finishing up another superhero right now 🙂

It doesn’t take a lot to create something you’re very proud of and to make your kids happy.  Just a little yarn, a little time and patience 🙂

Happy Monday to all! 🙂

Tokyo, Cotton and Tea at Mall of Asia

14 Sep

How can I resist an invitation from my family to go to MOA (SM Mall of Asia)???

My older brother, Ochie, was buying lunch that day and… Cotton On, one of my favorite stores, just opened in MOA… And of course, I just love hanging out with my family! 🙂  The field trip begins at Tokyo Cafe!

In the very first photo were our starters.  I haven’t had breakfast yet so I was STAR-ving!  We had the Mango Chicken Salad, a chicken salad with ripe mango, grapes and romaine lettuce (P225), Clam Chowder, creamy chunky soup with clams, potatoes and bacon (P135) and Gambas Al Ajilo, garlic, shrimp with hot green peppers sauteed in olive oil (P291).  All were yummy.  Or was I just super hungry? No, they were quite yummy 🙂

For the main course, we decided to have two types of pasta: Japanese Carbonara (the one on top), creamy pasta with a hint of Japanese soy sauce and ground pork (P232).  It reminded me of Yakisoba 🙂

And the second pasta dish that we ordered (the one at the bottom) was the Creamy Ebiko Pasta with shrimp, karashi ebiko and cream pasta (P278).  My dad loved this.  He loves seafood pasta in red sauce 🙂

Fried Chicken for everyone! 🙂 We ordered the Chicken in a Basket, Japanese-style crispy fried chicken served with gravy and fries.  We got the Family Pack with seven pieces of chicken (P430).

There’s always room for dessert.  We tried the Azuki Parfait, layers of sweet red azuki beans, vanilla and green tea ice cream topped with whipped cream (P138). A refreshing dessert 🙂

And lastly, we wanted to try their Banana Hazelnut Crepe with bananas, hazelnut spread, whipped cream and vanilla ice cream drizzled with chocolate syrup (P135)

Overall, lunch was yummy!  Servings were just right.  Each dish is really good for one person, except the family size friend chicken 🙂

Now off to do a little exercise to burn the calories from lunch.  A walk towards Cotton On is what we needed. Haha! 🙂 I was soooo happy when I found that they were bringing Cotton On to Manila!  I always shop there when I go to Hongkong and recently when I went to Singapore! 🙂  It’s affordable, the clothes are comfy and wearable, I just love it.

But today, I promised myself I would just be window shopping.  So I just took some photos for you guys to see what’s in store!

I love these “2 FOR 1000” signs! Makes you want to dig in and buy two right away!

So many sandals to choose from!  I tried one pair… Very comfy… BUT NO. Control yourself, woman!

Now this table with the skirts was a big temptation… The “2 FOR 1200” sign was flashing before my eyes.  If I did break my promise to myself that day, two of these skirts would have been mine.  But NO 🙂  I cannot.  I literally cannot. I am just too broke right now. LOL!

The also have cute accessories and wallets/iPhone cases, etc 🙂

They also have a lot of clothes for guys! 🙂  They really had a lot of stuff in there!  I was so not disappointed with the size of the store and their goods 🙂

Really happy you’ve arrived, Cotton On!  Even if I didn’t purchase anything that day, I’m happy just knowing I can go back there anytime! 🙂

I usually take a very long time shopping in Cotton On when I’m in Hongkong and Singapore.  Now I can just gracefully walk into a Cotton On store and not scream to my husband anymore, “OH MY GOD!!!! DITO MUNA TAYO SA COTTON ON!!!” LOL! 🙂

Another temptation that day was DA.U.DE (da you deh).

A friend told me about their tea lounge in the Fort beside Wildflour and apparently they also sell their tea in Kultura both in SM MOA and SM Makati 🙂

The wonderful and knowledgeable saleslady made me and my brother try a cup of papaya tea each.  OMG.  In like three minutes, I was enjoying a hot cup of papaya tea! 🙂

She made the tea using this super cute pot!  This so perfect for tea lovers.  The pot is about P600+ and the tea ranges from P300-500 🙂  This is a great Christmas gift.  Ahem-ahem. Haha! 🙂  ALMOST broke my promise on this one.

I still have to try the real thing though at their tea lounge at the Fort.  I will be visiting soon,! 🙂

This was a great afternoon with my folks, Kuya Ochie and Chris 🙂  And please, a round of applause, I did not break my promise…. 🙂  (Oh, I just purchased some yarn… but that’s not considered “shopping”. Haha!)

Have a great weekend to you all! 🙂  Let me know if you get to visit Cotton On this weekend and what you purchased!  I want to know what you guys bought! 🙂

Wishing Everyday Was Sunday

12 Sep

Two Sundays ago, we had brunch with my in-laws 🙂  My sister-in-law Peewee was already going back to Singapore the next day.  So this was my final meal with her before she left 😦  It was not only I who was sad she was leaving… but also my dear little boy who loves his Nana Peews to bits.  There was non-stop crying when they parted the night before.  So he was just so happy to see his Nana Peews again that morning 🙂

We love brunches.  And one of Peewee’s all time favorite places when she comes to Manila is Apartment 1B.  We used to go to their branch in Salcedo Village but we decided to eat here at the Rockwell branch 🙂  My nephew, Caleb, was so excited to see all the Lamborghinis parked side by side in the parking lot!  What a perfect morning for everyone 🙂

Of course, coffee for everyone.

Dante and Papa Dante watching Damien enjoy Nana Peews’ company 🙂

BURGER for brunch!!! 🙂  Why the hell not??? Hehe…

Pancakes with berry jam for the little one 🙂

And my favorite, Eggs Benedict with Canadian Ham 🙂  Goodmorning to you!

Always sad to see you leave, Peews! 😦  Here’s a photo of the beauties… and Mr. Pogi Caleb 🙂

It’s only Wednesday and I’m already wishing it were Sunday 🙂  Hope you’re all having a great week so far! 🙂

A Perfect Post Yoga Brekky at Wildflour

9 Sep

Last Saturday, my sister-in-law, Peewee, was in town for the weekend! And of course, her trip home won’t be complete without attending a yoga class 🙂  After doing a wonderful 10AM 90-minute class of Vinyasa Flow at Urban Ashram in High Street, we were starving!

My husband, Dante, skipped yoga class but definitely not brunch. Hahaha! 🙂

We’ve been hearing a lot about this place called Wildflour Cafe + Bakery 🙂  It was the perfect day to try it out 🙂  We arrived there around 12 noon and it was already packed inside.  We had to stay outside.  But I don’t mind being outdoor 🙂

It reminded me of the cafes we ate in when we were in Singapore 🙂

Some bread and butter for starters 🙂

Dante ordered the Crimson Berry Iced tea on the left in the photo below and I ordered the Green Tea Mojito on the right.

We switched drinks. Haha!  I enjoyed his Crimson Berry Iced Tea more 🙂

And for the main course, we ordered the Wildflour Breakfast!  Only available from 8AM to 2PM 🙂

This Wildflour Breakfast comes with two eggs, crispy potatoes, homemade porkbelly sausage and toast.  Loved every bit of what’s on that plate!

The second dish that we ordered was one of their bestsellers, the Tarte Flambes 🙂  It was similar to a pizza with a really, really thin crispy and flaky crust.  We got the one with caramelized onions, bacon and gruyere 🙂  YUMMY.

We all need fat in our body!  Totally did not regret ordering this Bone Marrow with mango salsa and baguette! 🙂 Haha!

And lastly, we ordered scrambled eggs on toast with bacon gravy!  Love eggs!

Finally, a freshly brewed cup of Cappuccino 🙂

Had to rush to Damien’s school for our first Parent-Teacher Conference, so we had to take out our coffee and miss dessert! 😦  Look at their cool black take-away coffee cups!

Hopefully next time, we get to try the cakes and pastries 🙂

I wish every Saturday would be like this.  Yoga, a wonderful brunch and quality time with family 🙂

Let’s do this again when you come back, Peews! 🙂