November 19, 2019

Bayview Park Hotel's Annual Christmas Tree Lighting

Having no sleep coming from a three-day freelance work in Baguio last weekend til Monday, I won't miss this opportunity to witness Bayview Park Hotel's Annual Christmas Tree Lighting, now on its 4th Year.

Bayview Park Hotel's General Manager, Atty. Eugene Yap welcomed guests, media, and friends, along with representatives from the Mayor's Office of the City of Manila.

The amazing kids from Timoteo Paez Elementary School Rondalla Group showcased their talent. As we all know, Bayview always makes it a point to have children as part of their most important holiday celebrations, and this year is no exception. 

The special focus for this year is the Bayview “Divas” as they serenade guests with their angelic voices every morning without fail until Christmas Eve. 

This years theme is all about reindeers with red and silver colors for Christmas.  Decors and look evoke all the happy holidays that we all like to celebrate the whole year round. 

Address: 1118 Roxas Boulevard, corner United Nations Avenue, Ermita, Manila, 1000 Metro Manila
Phone: (02) 8526 1555

November 12, 2019

Vampire Facial Treatment at Aesthetic and Wellness Center at St Patrick's

Last August I had the opportunity to try Platelet Rich Plasma (PRP) or commonly known as Vampire Facial Treatment at Aesthetic and Wellness Center at St Patrick's Clinic under the special care of Dr. Jojie Corpuz Oreta.

Vampire facial is a trendy skin care treatment that involves drawing blood from a client's body, placing it in a centrifuge, then reapplying it to the face, to promote cell renewal.  Vampire Facial is a facial rejuvenation treatment that uses your own plasma to stimulate collagen production and cell migration, allowing for the elimination of lines, folds, and wrinkles.

Here are some question I asked Dr. Jojie:

Is PRP risky?

PRP has low risk but you have to identify those providers who are licensed and so who have demonstrated an understanding of the best way to optimize results and minimize risks. Make sure you go to a trusted skin clinic and the procedure must be performed by a dermatologist.

Since the procedure involves a device that punctures the skin (microneedling), the procedure can spread disease if done improperly. 

Is Vampire Facial permanent?

Results from PRP therapy are natural looking and subtle, and they can last for as long as two years.
Improves skin clarity, brightens up dull skin, hydrating and prevents premature aging skin.

How long does vampire facial last?
Since skin renewal and rejuvenation is using the body's own active regeneration components, facial skin renewal is continual for about 3 months after the procedure. The overall effects of the Vampire Facelift® can last for over a year.

How much does vampire facial cost?

Vampire Facial cost can vary from one clinic to another, practitioner to practitioner. Cost may range from P15,000 to P30,000 per treatment.

Does vampire facial hurt?
While Vampire Facials sound scary, it's not that painful. Well, it still depend on the pain tolerance of the client. Most patients find microneedling very tolerable, generally because dermatologists apply a topical numbing cream or anesthesia to the area before treatment. When a comfort cream or numbing agent is applied, there is almost no sensation during the treatment. Microneedling devices use tiny needles.

What does a vampire facial do for your skin?
Vampire facials don't actually involve ingesting blood. The resulting liquid is called platelet-rich plasma, or PRP. The plasma contains protein and other nutrients that are supposed to help stimulate skin cell growth and collagen.

Can I wear makeup after facial?

Post-facial rules can be dependent on your skin sensitivity and the intensity of the facial. The answer is yes, technically, but I encourage clients to give their skin a treat like a week of no make-up thereby giving it a chance to breathe and soak up the effects of the treatment.

Can I wash my face after Microneedling?

After Microneedling Treatment best is not to wash to absorb the effects of the treatment. Your skin may feel warm and tight and look red for one to three days. During this period, use a delicate cleanser and moisturizer, and apply 1% hydrocortisone cream as needed to soothe skin irritation.

How long is face red after Microneedling?

Typically you will experience redness and mild swelling for 3 days. within 2 weeks, marks have already gone giving a more flawless skin.

Is PRP better than Botox?

The primary advantage of PRP over Botox is that treatment is virtually risk-free. Because PRP works with the patient's own healing processes and produces a natural effect, cosmetic PRP rejuvenation really delivers. ... PRP also circumvents all the visible side effects of Botox such as frozen face and eyelid drooping.

How long does it take for PRP to work on face?

It takes 30 days for the new collagen to regenerate itself. This process takes time for your skin will revitalize itself. The PRP treatment usually takes between 30 minutes and an hour, though this can vary according to how many treatment areas you need addressed.

Is vampire facial good for acne scars?
Although microneedling can be used to treat scars and stretch marks on other areas of the body, most studies with PRP and scars seem to be focused on treatment of the face.

Watch my second Second session of Vampire Facial Treatment below

So do I recommend this PRP or Vampire Facial Treatment at Aesthetic and Wellness Center at St Patrick's? Yes, I definitely recommend them. My age spots has definitely lighten and my lines at the forehead too.

The clinic can easily be found at 566 Shaw Boulevard Corner Samat Street, Mandaluyong.  Call Phone: (02) 8533 9219  to make an appointment with Dr. Jojie.

November 10, 2019

Shang’s Sparkle

Sparkle’s second day is all about being the life of the party. From reunions to New Year’s Eve, choose outfits that will never make one under dressed. 

Joyful to be seated beside Congressman Alfred Vargas and wife Yasmine. Their two daughters were among the models of the event.

Take a page from history and get inspired by the 80s nightclub ensemble. Incorporate glitter and exaggerated shoulder pads to an outfit to bring out that 80s glam girl! 

It may be a summer staple, but denims are still all the rage this season. But for a party-ready outfit, go head-to-toe denim that gives a nod to Britney Spears’s iconic VMAs dress. 

Tuxedo is also having a couture renaissance this year, taking different shapes like exaggerated sleeve detailing and sculpted shoulders rendered in metallic finishes—perfect for ringing in the new year. 

Stay warm while still looking runway-ready by mixing and matching clothes in various textures and prints. It’s a style for bravehearts who want to make an impression right away. 

Shang also shares trends specifically for men to add some variety to their wardrobe and refresh their looks for the season. 

Get on board with the skin suit trend by ditching the roll neck sweater or the collared shirt and just cover up with the suit jacket pronto. 

Go grunge with tattered sweaters, think of wools peppered with holes or torn up and shredded in varying styles. Then, pair it up with timeless leather for that ultimate bad boy vibe. 

Who says grandma prints are only for women? Men can also borrow grandma’s style and work those prairie chicprints and patterns translated into menswear. 

For those who’d rather stick to the basics, pick a monochromatic outfit in neutrals like beige, off white, or gray that exude quiet confidence. These colors can easily break the monotony of blacks expected at galas and formal events this season. 

Shop for all the travel wear essentials at Anne Klein, Armani Exchange, Bayo, CK Jeans, CLN, Debenhams, Gap, Great Kids, Joe Fresh, Just G, Marks & Spencer, Old Navy, Onitsuka Tiger, Periwinkle, Pink Manila, RAF by Plains & Prints, Polo Ralph Lauren, Rustan’s, Samsonite, Steve Madden, Styled, The Flower Collection, and True Religion. 

Brace for the party season by getting holiday looks from CLN, Debenhams, Details, Evernew, John Herrera, K & Company, Mango, Marks & Spencer, Mico, Plains & Prints, Polo Ralph Lauren, Rustan’s, Samsonite, Sky Castle, Steve Madden, Stradivarius, Styled, T.M. Lewin, Unica, Viceversa, Weave, and Zara. 

November 9, 2019

ERA PP-R Piping System

I have limited idea about pipes because it is my husband who takes care of such things. It is indeed a productive day after meeting Mr. Jerwin Leung - President and GM of Parklane Commercial Corp. and Ms. Irene Huang - Regional Manager (Asia Market) Yonggao Co. ltd as they talked about ERA PP-R piping system. I can now honestly say, I will be able to contribute ideas onwhat brand of pipes to use should we build our resthouses in Antipolo and Tagaytay Highlands.

ERA PP-R pipes are considered the future of piping systems because of their many advantages over traditional PVC (polyvinyl chloride) or blue pipes that are often used in plumbing.

Compared to PVC pipes that can be affected by heat and decompose over time, ERA PP-R pipes are versatile and can be used in any climate.

Made of 100% polypropylene random copolymer resins imported from Japan and Korea, this non-toxic piping system is durable, rust- and corrosion-free, easy to install, and can last for 50 years or more.

ERA PP-R pipes are also leak-free since they are fuse-welded unlike PVC pipes that are held together by solvent glue and may leak over time. The joints of PVC pipes can’t be separated and have to be cut or replaced when problems arise.

Since they can be used for hot and cold water systems, ERA PP-R pipes are recommended for hospitals and food establishments. Owing to their strength and resistance to high temperatures, they are ideal for central heating systems, air conditioning systems, potable water supply systems, industrial pipingsystems, and agricultural irrigation.

About Yonggao Co. Ltd.

Yonggao Co. Ltd. Has been in business since 1993 and is one of the leading manufacturers of plastic valves and fittings in China. It has more than 3,250 employees and its products can be found in
146 countries.

The company is ISO-certified and follows strict quality control measures to deliver high-class products that meet international standards.

About Parklane Commercial Corporation

Yongao’s tough ERA PP-R pipes are one of the many products distributed in the Philippines by Parklane to bring world-class construction materials at a reasonable cost to local contractors, retailers, and end users, and create more employment opportunities for Filipinos.

With years of experience in the industry, Parklane constantly updates its product lines based on international standards to maintain the quality of its many brands. In dealing with customers, Parklane’s core values are honesty, integrity, respect, and passion. 

For more information on the ERA PP-R piping systems, go to, or email 

November 8, 2019

Shang’s Sparkle

#FeelTheShangVibe and make every ensemble this season a joy to put together and show off. Get ready for this season of merriment by stealing the looks at Shangri-La Plaza’s Sparkle: Holiday Collection 2019. The two-day runway show introduces trends that make every traveler and party goer a head turner. 

The first day of Sparkle is filled with outfits with a jetsetter in mind. The muse loves getting away from the tropical heat to experience the crisp, cool air of autumn or the icy glow of winter. 

Look sharp without compromising comfort by packing loose tailoring—ankle-length coats and comfy slacks—into the luggage. It’s the look that keeps any holidaymaker warm without the unnecessary puff. 

Tropical colors are making it into cooler territories this season. The fashionistas are getting inspired by the endless summer in the tropics by picking turtlenecks, midi dresses, and boots in vibrant hues, dreamy pastels, and bold patterns for their holiday travels. 

Shades of fall and winter are never going out of style. Blend in with locals and the autumn backdrop by adding pink and orange or rust and merlot to the luggage. Vacationing at the Alps or Niseko? Pack outfits in white, silver, and blue for a look that’s effortlessly magical. 

Choose statement sweaters featuring logos or slogans to inject some personality to the F/W must-have that streetwear fans can easily pair with the stuff in their closet. 

Last but not the least, travelers are reminded to pack metallics, glitter, and faux fur in their luggage for any last-minute party invites wherever they’re headed.