Sunday, June 16, 2013

Malaysia-Singapore Trip Preview :)

Our KL-SG trip! Me and my sisters went to visit our cousin who works in Kuala Lumpur, and extended our trip to Singapore while we were at it. I have yet to find the time to edit and upload the photos from our short vacation, so in the meantime, here are a few snapshots! :)
Above: The Batu Caves-- a gigantic statue of the Hindu god of war, Murugan, and the 200+ stone steps leading up to the Batu Caves.
Below: The famous Petronas Twin Towers seen through the windows of our car on a rainy night.

Above: Candy trees in front of Candylicious in Sentosa Island, Singapore! If only candies grew on trees!
Below: The revolving Universal Studios sign in the USS entrance, also on Sentosa Island. :)

 I can never come upon an accessories shop and not go in and grab a couple of glitzy, sparkly items. Here are some of the hair accessories I bought for me and my girl friends. :)

Thursday, May 30, 2013

Owed to a Spell Chequer

Here's a funny and witty little poem I came across years ago while I was doing some research for a Lit class in college. I forget what the topic was, but I remember submitting this poem (we were not required to give an original work), and my professor saying this was a hit in the English Department. :D

Owed to a Spell Chequer (Ode to a Spell Checker)

I halve a spelling chequer
It came with my pea sea
It plane lee marques four my revue
Miss steaks aye ken knot sea.

Eye ran this poem threw it
Your sure reel glad two no
It's vary polished in it's weigh
My chequer tolled me sew.

A chequer is a bless sing
It freeze yew lodes of thyme
It helps me awl stiles two reed
And aides mi when aye rime.

To rite with care is quite a feet
Of witch won should be proud
And wee mussed dew the best wee can
Sew flaws are knot aloud.

And now bee cause my spelling
is checked with such grate flare
Their are know faults with in my cite
Of nun eye am a wear.

Each frays come posed up on my screen
Eye trussed to be a joule
The chequer poured o'er every word
To cheque sum spelling rule.

That's why aye brake in two averse
My righting wants too pleas
Sow now ewe sea wye aye dew prays
Such soft wear for pea seas.

Sunday, May 26, 2013

My Toccare Spa Visit

 On my birthday, I celebrated by having some me time and pampering myself. One of my stops was Toccare Spa. I decided to check this place out since it was just on the 4th floor of my building, Antel Spa Suites!  I went at around 4pm, which was perfect because I was the only one there! :) No crowds, no waiting in line.

At their counter, I chose my treatment and the oil to be used-- I had the Classic Massage (PhP 800.00 regular | PhP 1050.00 VIP), with their Peppermint and Eucalyptus Oil. It was nice that you can customize your treatment this way :) You can choose Lavender and Rosemary for relaxation, Lemongrass to alleviate fatigue, Peppermint and Eucalyptus for aching muscles, and Green Tea for calming the senses.

Locker Room & Wet Area

After paying for my treatment at the counter, I was ushered into the locker room, which was also connected to their wet area. The room was bathed in relaxing yellow light, and they had an assortment of basic grooming items on the counter-- disposable toothbrushes, cotton swabs, a paddle brush, hairdryer, etc. Inside the locker were a pair of loose shorts, bathrobe, and a pair of cotton slippers.
Now as a general rule, I don't like using anything that's not mine, especially in establishments like these. I was particularly iffy about putting on the shorts and slippers. But after inspecting them, I was satisfied that they were clean and properly washed. :)

The wet area had a dry sauna (left), and a steam room (right). It's not visible in the photo above, but there is actually a tv installed on the wall in front of the dry sauna and steam room. You can catch your soaps while sweating it out in these rooms. Another tunnel in the locker room led to a jacuzzi pool set in a little area with muted red walls and dim yellow lighting. Super relaxing ambiance!
I took the towel and cotton slippers, and made a beeline for the whirlpool. Did I mention that they give you complimentary drinks? You can choose between coffee, or hot or cold tea! I had a nice glass of iced tea while I soaked in the whirlpool. :)

Foot Spa / Mani-Pedi Room
I got a complimentary foot spa treatment! At that time I thought it was because it was my birthday, but I read in another blog that everyone gets this complimentary foot ritual. Haha! Whatever, it was a nice gesture in any case. Who doesn't enjoy free pampering, right? :)
After soaking chest-deep in hot water, stepping into this cool room was refreshing! The foot spa area was roomy (can accommodate up to 8 clients at a time), well-lit, and also has a tv. I loved the relaxing color combination and the white curtains dividers hanging from the sides of each foot spa station.
The complimentary foot treatment was nothing special. It didn't feel amazing, like something I'd specifically go back for. If anything, I enjoyed my chat with the masseuse more. Haha. But no complaints here. It was free and for that alone, it was awesome! LOL. Oh, and free drinks here too. :)

Massage Room (Common Area)

After the foot treatment, I was ushered into the common area for my Classic Massage. I almost paid for the VIP room, but after realizing that I was the only client there,  I thought it pointless to pay extra to get a private room. I opted for the common room, which was not bad at all! Wooden floors with pink and white walls, and matching sheer curtain dividers between each massage table. 
My masseuse turned on the lights as I was taking the photo below, but after I took the shot, she dimmed the lights and played some soothing nature sounds. It was a very, VERY relaxing 1-hour massage! :)

Waiting Area / Lounge
Isn't this the nicest, most comfortable waiting area you've ever seen?? You can put your feet up (sleep?) and watch your favorite tv shows (plus, you get complimentary drinks too haha!)

Overall Comments and Recommendations:
* As far as spa rates go, Toccare Spa is on the expensive side. But their service is impeccable and their facilities top notch. Plus, they are generous with their complimentary drinks, and there's flatscreen tv everywhere! While I don't watch a lot of tv (I watch my shows online), I know that most people do, so this is definitely a point for Toccare. 
* Their interiors are gorgeous! Clean white walls with striped green accents, wood-colored furniture, and sheer curtain dividers.
* Visit during their off-peak hours, before 7pm, and chances are you will be their lone client! This way, you can have privacy without paying for the VIP room and stay as long as you want in the wet area. ;)
* They also have promos. Check them out on Groupon and Deal Grocer. :)

Toccare Spa is located at the 4th Floor of  Best Western Antel Spa Suites, Antel Lifestyle City, 7829 Makati Avenue corner Valdez Street, Makati City. 

Sunday, May 19, 2013

Flormar Terracotta Powder (Shade No. 45)

I got this gold-and-bronze marbled blush from my sister, who asked me to do a review. I haven't really heard of this brand, Flormar, so I googled them first. Turns out they have quite a beauty collection! Makeup, nail polish, even brushes and other beauty tools! Check out their website here, and drool over their colorful products! Color for every you, indeed.
First impressions first. The packaging is simple and basic-- white plastic case with the name painted on the front. The back label says it's powder, but it kind of looks like a blush or a bronzer. In any case, I can't really use this all over my face so I just used it as a blush. The makeup itself looked very pigmented (and it was!), and very shimmery. Swirl your makeup brush a few strokes on it and shimmer powder will fly! The colors were very beautiful-- mostly bronze and dark brown, and a tiny bit of pink. 

I really wanted this to work well on my face because it was so pretty to look at. But just by looking at it, I could tell that this was not the shade for me-- the color looked way too harsh and unnatural against my pale coloring. 

2-3 swipes of my blush brush across the Terracotta Powder was all I needed for the color to show up against my skin. Two more swipes proved to be too much and way too dark for my face already. This product is very pigmented, and while it's not going to work as an every day blush for pale girls like myself, I would recommend this for ladies with darker complexion. 

I wore this blush for about 5 hours with very minimal fading. It's not one of those blushes that look pigmented upon first application, but fade moments later.  This stays put on your face, so no need to pile on lots of it on your cheeks. If you are not into shimmers, don't be put off. The shimmers don't show up all that much. But if you have very oily skin, I would stay away from anything shimmery as a general rule. :)

* Simple packaging, but the makeup itself is very pretty. 
* Pigmented and long wearing.
* The shimmers in the compact look overwhelming, but it doesn't show up all that much when applied. 
* Odorless

* Shade No. 45 is not for the pale-faced. I can probably use this as a bronzer, but as an every day blush or powder, this will not work for me.

Sunday, May 5, 2013

Iron Man 3 (and Gwyneth's Pepper Potts Hair) is Awesome! (No spoilers here)

Today, I saw Iron Man 3 and gosh, was it awesome!!! I have to admit that even though I read comic books and I love Marvel, I was never an avid Iron Man reader. Maybe, that contributes to my positive reaction to the movie? I mean, I don't study film so I can't say I always appreciate and understand the choices filmmakers make when doing film adaptations of books. I've always been one of those book snobs who nit-pick and whine about changes they make in film adaptations. :p

Anyway, since I'm no Iron Man expert, I had no idea about what was supposed to happen and I got to appreciate Iron Man 3 for what it is-- a kick-ass superhero movie from the Marvel film franchise.

In my opinion, Iron Man 3 trumps its predecessors. While I did like the first two Iron Man movies, I don't remember coming out of theater absolutely excited and satisfied when I watched the first two. This third (and last?) installment was funny and engaging with its witty dialogue and some adorable miscellaneous characters (Adam Pally, aka Max Blum from Happy Endings, had a little scene! A pleasant surprise for me and my guy who are fans of the comedy series.), of course, Tony Stark's work with technology was as impressive and jaw-dropping as his action stunts. It was also really cool how this movie connected with the Avengers movie (wormhole and the New Year incident references were made). And now, I'm thinking how Marvel will make a second Avengers movie that will trump this. Looking forward to that. :)

Pepper Potts (Gwyneth Paltrow) had some pretty exciting things going on for her on this movie but I'm not going to delve into that. What I will talk about is her hair! Haha!
Honestly, I am not a huge fan of Gwyneth Paltrow's usual hairstyle. She never really changes it up! Her hair is always flat and extremely straight, parted in the middle, and just hanging there-- too severe for my taste! In the Iron Man movies, Gwyneth went redhead, had bangs, and added volume to her hair! Doesn't she look great? :) She looks younger, fresher, prettier! I love how the bangs frame her face and the added fluff to her hair makes her look more natural and really feminine. Gwyneth should stick to this look!  Someone needs to tell the girl her usual pin-straight hairstyle needs to be retired! Her Popper Potts hair works better for her, imo.