Sunday, December 28, 2014

2015 Year of the Wood Sheep Feng Shui Tips

The new year, 2015 Year of the Wood Sheep, is approaching fast. I am indeed wishing on my lucky stars for it to be a more prosperous year and more blessings! It is said to be a better year for Rats like me!!!

Numerous people, including my previous employer, business tycoons, prominent politicians, celebrities, etc rely on Feng Shui advice before planning their activities.

Master Hanz Cua is dubbed as the youngest Feng Shui Master in the Philippines and in Asia. Ever since he was a child, he was already a psychic-  able to read people's faces and seeing through his third eye.

Master Hanz studied to be a Feng Shui Master, with a diploma as Feng Shui Master practitioner specializing in Feng Shui, Bazi or Chinese Astrology, and Zi Wei Dou Shu (Emperor Purple Star Astrology.)

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Master Hanz and the writer

Here are some of the Feng Shui tips Master Hanz Cua shared:

  • Have a general cleaning and cleansing of both the inside and outside the house before the year ends!
  •  New Year's Eve: Bountiful Media Noche Spread and twelve fruits to symbolize each month of the year- pineapple, orange, apple, grapes, banana, mango, lemon, watermelon, papaya, lychees, avocado, pomelo.
  • The lucky charms (crystal accessories) have an "expiration date." The powers or energies might have been used up within a year. To dispose, it can be buried in Earth. To cleanse, wash under running water.
  • With left hand, receive money. With right hand, give money.
  • Wife sleep on the right side, husband on the left side of the bed. Also, sleep in one bed and NOT two separate beds put togther.
  • I know that V-shaped faces are the fad nowadays, but round faced individuals, be happy. Round shaped faces signify water element- lucky with money and business.
  • Map out the nine sectors of your house- Center, South, SE, SW, East, NE, NW, North and West. North is 2015's lucky direction, activate it! The most fortunate Auspicious Wealth Star #8 appears here. 
  • Lucky business for 2015 Year of the Wood Sheep- industry connected to element of wood like furniture, paper, rubber, tree plantation, carton, flower shop, magazines, newspaper. Also business connected to fire industry is good.
  • Good fortune in 2015 for those born under the year of the Tiger, Rabbit and Horse.
  • Green is the lucky color for 2015. Wear red and yellow to be very auspicious. But in WELCOMING the new year, wear red for power, green for wealth.

To naysayers who say Feng Shui is a fraud, they are chllenged to do all their actvivites on the West sector of the house. The West brings danger and malevolence. A sector is also activated by bright light and loud sounds. If activating it does bring them prosperity, well only then could they say Feng Shui is indeed a sham!

A person cannot depend on Feng Shui alone. To enhance luck, one still NEEDS lots of prayers and do good deeds for good karma. There is also "destiny."

For professional consultation, invite Master Hanz Cua to visit your office.
For groundbreakings, date selection, office space clearing and prosperity ritual;
Astrology, Feng Shui, Tarot Reading, Face Reading, Palm Reading;
Lucky Charms- visit Master Hanz Cua's store at the Level 1 EDSA Shangri-La Plaza, Mandaluyong City.

Call 0922-829-0382.
Check out and Master Hanz Cua on Youtube, Facebook, Instagram and Twitter where he shares forecasts.

Monday, December 22, 2014

Skintology Aesthetics Clinic Makati: Discover Your Skin!

Have you ever been to a skin clinic where you felt uncomfortable? When additional services are shoved (hard-selled) at you, there is no partition and you can easily see the other clients being treated beside you, your therapist is noisily chatting with her colleague, you feel being rushed because of other clients waiting, and such other horrors?

If you are looking for an aesthetic center that values professionalism and  your privacy without the sky high price tag, look no further, because there is Skintology.

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The laurel leaf in their logo signifies honor and integrity. 

With address at the Ground Floor of Plaza Royale Building, 120 L.P. Leviste Road, Salcedo Village, Makati City, Philippines, Skintology Aesthetics Clinic is founded in November 2013 by partners Maia Pega and Dr. Bryan Uy-Barreta.

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Their glow is a testament to Skintology!

Skintology is a relatively new clinic but they already boast of a loyal clientele.

Here are the top five reasons to visit Skintology:

1. The clinic takes pride in their state of the art machines and latest services at reasonable prices.

2. US trained in-house Dermatology Diplomate, Dr. Katrina Marie So-Abat. Certain treatments like peels (except diamond peel, done by therapists) are administered by the doctor.

3. All their skin technicians who underwent a rigid 6 month training. I find their therapists friendly, courteous and very knowledgeable, ably answering my questions about the treatments.

4. Skintology values privacy- even if the person in the next room is your relative, they would not tell you.

5. They also put importance to integrity. Say, if you ask for a certain treatment, but if you do not need it or if it will have a certain adverse effect due to other drugs you are currently taking, they will not advise you to do it just for the sake of money.

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Dermatologist-formulated products and Seal of Excellence of the doctor. Dr. Katrina Marie S. Abat is available every Saturdays, and by appointment.

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Local and imported skin care products, including Thiocell glutathione

The first time I went inside, I immediately noticed that the place smells so good and feels immaculate. Splashes of turquoise and Audrey Hepburn pictures keep it from looking too clinical.

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What's good about Skintology's IPL machine is that it is preset- to minimize the risk of burning.

I tried their complete beauty package (Php 1,200-1,500). This session consists of nine steps- cleaning, steaming, vacuum, pricking, ionotheraphy with collagen gel (for tightening and circulation), RF ultrasonic firm with Vitamin E, diamond peel, high frequency laser (to close pores), and cold sonic (relaxing the skin).

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Skintology has 4 rooms each with its own machine. May I add that their blanket is the softest and fluffiest I've ever touched!

I noticed that they offer nightingale poo facial mask (Php 800). I got curious, and of course I wanted to try it. So the diamond peel step was removed because it is not good to  have both in a single session. The nightingale poo was followed by hyaluronic mask.

Nightingale poo mask originated in Japan and is used by geishas. It is said to have whitening, firming and anti-aging effect.

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No, there isn't a nasty poo smell!

After the treatment, they said my face looked whiter and it felt very clean.

Then it's the Supersonic Slim with RF (Php 3,600.)

First, moisturizing cream is applied, then  cavitation proper for twenty minutes. I heard a sharp screeching sound due to the fat melting. The bigger the fatty cells, the louder the sound.

Next is the RF heat for fifteen minutes.

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What these 5 wands are, L-R: Vacuum RF (for thighs,) RF Face, Cavitation RF (for the tummy area,) Bio eyes, Tripolar RF (for other body parts.)

With other treatments, one needs multiple sessions just to see any difference. Here, they measured the before and after and I lost 2 inches in just 1 treatment! Wahaha!!! What more if I can maintain it! Wow! Can I get my 23 inch waistline back? That's before my lifestyle got devoid of any exercise (if you don't count walking and household chores) and my metabolism slowed big time as I got older.

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VOILA!!! From 33 to 31.2!!! Don't laugh at how chubby I am- I love to eat!

Here is Skintology's Menu of Services.

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You can also ask them about Skintology's Sexy Sensation Program for a holistic approach to a fitter you. It combines treatment, diet, supplement and exercise to sculpt you to a masterpiece.

Thank you Skintology!
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Some of Skintology's products-  hypoallergenic cleanser, clarifying toner, stem cell regeneration serum, hypoallergenic moisturizer, and tinted sunblock (they claim skipping foundation is possible with this as it offers blemish coverage and UV protection!) I have tried the skin care products- they effectively cleared my skin yet feels very gentle-no sting! The tinted sunblock, on the other hand, acts like a BB cream!

Skintology is open Mondays to Saturdays, from 10:00 AM to 9:00 PM.
Call 843-22-33  0925-SKNTLGY (7568549) to book an appointment.

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Wednesday, December 17, 2014

The Art and Science of Skintology Aesthetics Clinic- PR

Hi sweeties,

Here is a press release for Skintology

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The Philippine aesthetics and dermatology has proven itself over the years to be a key and innovative industry in the country. It continues to thrive as a growing contributor of advanced technologies and practices that prove not only the science at play, but the art of defining beauty and wellness.
With art and science being different fields of expertise, Skintology Aesthetics Clinic has tapped these two as solutions for providing quality and special dermatological treatments to every man and woman who seek distinct results.
With its early beginnings as an endearing start-up business established by a group of friends, Skintology has grown to become not only a reputable company among its clients and peers, but also as a customer-centric enterprise that offers nothing but the best skincare practices available in the market.

“Our drive and passion in pursuit of beauty and wellness fuelled us to put up a clinic that offers an array of quality skin care solutions and state-of-the-art skin care technology to help give clients the best, personal experience and results,” says Maia Pega, president and co-founder of Skintology Aesthetics Clinic.
From facial to body services; dermatological to non-invasive; whitening to slimming programs, Skintology Aesthetics Clinic offers a variety of services and dermatological procedures that are specifically crafted and chosen to cater to all client skincare necessities and requests. 
“Our approach entails a general and holistic method of treatment aimed not only on the clients’ concerns but also on their overall wellbeing,” says Skintology Clinic Manager, Dr. Bryan Uy-Barreta M.D. 
Skintology Aesthetics Clinic is located at the Ground Floor of Plaza Royale Building, 120 L.P. Leviste Road, Salcedo Village, Makati City. You may also contact their direct line with nos. 843-22-33  0925-SKNTLGY (7568549) or simply follow @Skintology120 on Twitter and like /SkintologyClinic on Facebook.
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Maia Pega
Maia Pega is passionate about beauty. A traveller at heart, her exposure to different cultures all over the world has reinforced her eye for the aesthetic, and now she wants to use her renewed passion to empower women, to make them feel special, to make them feel beautiful. Thus, Skintology: the Science of Aesthetics was born.

Dra. Katrina Marie Abat, MD, DPDS
Dra. Katrina Marie Abat, MD, DPDS graduated with honors cum laude in BS Biology at the University of the Philippines and finished her Doctorate of Medicine at the University of the Philippines – Philippine General Hospital. She also had internships at the Royal Prince Alfred Hospital in Sydney, Australia and at the New York Aesthetic Consultants in Manhattan, New York. She is a board-certified dermatologist, passing the Philippine Dermatological Society diplomate exam as top-notcher. Completing her three-year residency in dermatology at the Skin and Cancer Foundation, Inc. from 2011 to 2013, where she also served as Chief Resident on her last year of training, she now shares her knowledge and expertise as the dermatologist and medical director of Skintology Aesthetics Clinic.

Dr. Bryan Uy-Barreta, MD
Dr. Bryan Uy-Barreta, M.D. specializes in weight loss and management. Earning his MD from the University of Santo Tomas Faculty of Medicine and Surgery, he first worked as a Primary Care Physician for BDO UniBank, Mandarin Hotel, Hotel Intercontinental Manila, and Barangay San Lorenzo Clinic simultaneously, before moving on to Fortmed Medical Clinics as part of the senior medical staff at the Dusit Thani Clinic. He is currently clinic manager of Skintology: The Science of Aesthetics.

Thanks for reading! Please visit Skintology!

Tuesday, December 16, 2014

Lightwater #begreater

For as long as I can remember, whenever someone in the family experiences LBM (diarrhea,) a popular sports drink is surely added to the merry mix of self medications including banana and OTC medicine.

Athletes and sports buffs are also known to replenish and quench their thirst with sports drinks after strenuous activities.

But what if I tell you that regular sports drinks not only hydrate and provide electrons but also give added burden to the liver and kidney because it includes sodium, artificial flavor, artificial color, etc.

Well now my friends, we have a better choice. We can hydrate with Lightwater.

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Advantages and why Lightwater is the healthier choice:

Pure water + electrolytes calcium magnesium potassium! No sodium!

pH 8.2

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BPA free!

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The first time I bought Lightwater months ago (650 ml costs Php 26.00 in the 24-h convenience store,) I thought it was imported. The label looks cool. Lightwater and the colorful Vitamin Boost drink #superchargeyourlife #drinkthyvitamins are manufactured in the Philippines by Suncoast. 

Last December 4, 2014, I was invited to an intimate dinner with Lightwater Ambassadors- sports personalities who support the brand.

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There's games and raffle. 

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Athletes and bloggers team up.

Although I did not win, I am still very happy because I was able to celebrate in this event and have a good time. Good food, good drinks, company of good friends. Especially enjoyed playing  arcade games (Pacman, Super Mario Brothers, Street Fighter) in Treehouse, A.Venue Mall, hehe!

Guys, you should try Magners too. It tastes really great and though I had more than a few glasses, I did not get drunk. Recently, I've bought in the grocery Pfanner Active fitness juice, also imported by Suncoast!

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Thanks, Suncoast Lightwater #begreater

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Friday, December 12, 2014

Run Free, Baby - Novo's Story

I first saw you tied to a post in front of a sari sari store. Exposed to the elements. The smoke coming from the jeepneys passing.
I thought you looked very cute similar to our family members- Shih Tzus Chestnut and Polly.

But during my few visits to my parents' house I never saw you eating or drinking.
Scratch that.
I saw you lapping up the soapy water in the floor as your owner is cleaning up. My mom told me much later on she saw you being hit with a bottle when you were begging for sustenance.

Your owner asked my mother what to do with your tongue as it was permanently outside. Can you cut it off, inquired the woman.

We didn't know what to do.

I hoped that someone in the animal welfare group I posted about you would rescue you and give your owner some ass-whooping. Not that I am blaming them. Many were infuriated and wrote in the comments section of the post threats (unfulfilled) against our neighbor upon learning your story. You see it was a difficult situation as your then owners live just across our house.

The only think we could do to save you was to buy you.
They sold you for Php 1500 when you were just given to them by your other owner.

At first you were very timid.
You cannot even climb up or jump down.
The months saw you progressing into the happy dog that you are.
Always smiling, wagging your tail, licking a lot.
Very friendly and behaved.

You only fault was peeing everywhere.
You always accompanied my brother in tending our small store.

Last week you suddenly fell sick.
We did not know if the cause was the poison in the anti-tick collar you wore to protect you from the ticks invasion you got after they brought you to a grooming station.

At first the doctor thought it was a virus in the blood
When you were opened he said it was a rare case and you had stomach infection. We can only blame it to the years of negligence from your first and second owner.

The following day after your vet appointment you were happy to see me.
Though visibly very weak, you could not lie down or keep still. You were always walking.
Mom joined us upstairs and I went to the CR to pee. Next thing I saw you were gone. Stiff and skin in your stomach yellowy. I also saw the final urine. Like what I saw others when they die.

I could not touch you.
I did not cry as I think it is natural for creatures to die. And I did not want for you to suffer and be in pain for long.

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But why did you leave us? Why so fast?
Did you think that because we have many dogs already and a new puppy we just rescued?
Why do you have to die when there are so many cruel evil people in this world?
Run free, baby Novo. In the other world no one would hurt you. You will not thirst or hunger.
Know that we loved you as our own.