Monday, December 7, 2015

Kandaya 1st Anniversary was a Blast!

It was a party to end all parties! 

For starters, congratulations are in order to the Kandaya Resort team headed by Martin Yeung with the help of event planner, Tisha Cue, for the memorable evening bash they organized. Kandaya is now synonymous to FUN, party, dance and Makumba! 

Cocktails by the poolside jumpstarted the celebration followed by the cutting of the Kandaya anniversary cake by resort owners Mariquita and Carlos Yeung at the Resort's Dining place, Kusina.  The ritual was also a commemoration of the couple's 37th wedding anniversary. 

Before everyone headed to the tent where dinner and entertainment were held, GM Fritz Sommerau popped some bubbly to toast the couple and Kandaya's first anniversary celebration.  During dinner, there was a show of African inspired dances by 10G troopers. A Filipino Band, Live Wire, set everyone in the mood for dancing.  But the 'piece de resistance'  was the infectious music of the African band, Makumba, which sent every guest to the dance floor- wriggling, wiggling, jerking, twerking, hip hopping and whatever else dance moves invented by mankind! During the break, handsome crooner Chad Borja sang love songs that made every lady swoon. Kandaya owners  Mariquita and Carlos Yeung danced to his first number, You are so Beautiful, which he dedicated to Mariquita. 

Gift certificates of a weekend stay at Kandaya were given to best female costume, won by Tessa Valdes and best male costume won by Sun Shimura. 

The guests, young and old, continued to party till dawn. Oh, What a night! 

Mariquita and Tim Yap with the savages 
African dance
Imported African band made everyone dance

 37th anniversary of loving couple Mariquita and Carlos Yeung
Jewelle Yeung and her fiancé , Phil Mugglestone 
Martin Yeung, Tessa Valdes, @mayennesworld
Carlos Yeung, Hera Gerienne, Mayenne Carmona, Jun Selma, Congressman Ben Hur Salimbangon, Mariquita Salimbangon Yeung, Carla and Joel del Prado
The African theme party 
Jun Selma, Mayenne Carmona, Chad and Emy Borja
Nora Sol, Margie Lhuillier, Dr. Marilou Ong, Cary Santiago, Congresswoman Gwen Garcia
Dance Divas
GM of Kandaya, Fritz Sommerau, Consultant Andrew Jones, Owners Martin and Carlos Yeung
Martin Yeung dedicates a song to his parents
Dennis & Tessa Valdes, Cary Santiago
Bikini clad Sexy DJ
Jordan Mouyal, Ruffa Gutierrez, Mariquita S. Yeung, Sari Yap, Bum Tenorio
Martin Yeung, Sylvia Fu, Phil Mugglestone, Jewelle S. Yeung
winner for best female costume was Tessa Valdez, best male costume was Sun Shimura, who painted his whole body with clay
Chad Borja's love songs made guests swoon
Lovebirds danced to Chad Borja's You are so Beautiful

Thursday, October 29, 2015

Reinvent Yourself for the Holidays

In today's fast-paced world, anti-aging machines for wellness and beauty are evolving into such high technology standards that aesthetic clinics have to upgrade their machines constantly to maintain their strength in the industry. These machines are scientifically aimed to address the health and beauty concerns of the aging millennials and to give the baby boomers hope to hang on to what is left of their youth.

Dr. Zee and Dr. Aivee Teo
Dr. Aivee Teo and her husband Dr.Zee are zealous in their mission to offer their clients the best of what the latest technology can offer to fight the aging process. Everyone dreams of discovering the magic potion from the fountain of youth.  However, the good  doctors will advice that the fountain of youth is actually one's daily regimen of a healthy lifestyle aided by the latest anti-aging technology that aesthetic clinics like the Aivee Institute can offer.

There seems to be a machine to address all kinds of concerns, ranging from bald spots ( alopecia, or thinning hair caused by genetics or stress), incontinence, melasma, battle of the bulge, loose or sagging jowls, dehydrated skin- name it, and they have the solution for you!

Femilift For Urinary Incontinence: 

Do you drip when you cough or laugh, or have uncontrolled bladder problems? Do you suffer dryness resulting in lack of sexual sensation and pain?
Femilift is the new standard in precision and innovation that offers a non-invasive solution for cases of Vaginal laxity and urine incontinence of medium severity without surgery, anesthesia, pain or downtime. Tightening the vagina muscle tissue treats lower urinary tract symptoms and pelvic floor dysfunction to eliminate bladder leakage.
Treatment outcome is complete vaginal remodeling and tightening of the vaginal walls. The female genital tissue is restored to it's youthful state embedded with thick and long collagen fibers. Femilift also rejuvenates the vulvo-vaginal mucosa, thus eliminating dryness and recurrent vaginal infections. 

Increased control over urinary incontinence, enhancement of vaginal muscle, tone, strength  and elasticity.

I-Lipo for Fat Reduction and Body Shaping

I-Lipo incorporates both visible red and infrared laser for biostimulation of metabolic pathways resulting in the release of fatty acids and glycerol thus shrinking fat cells.  Results are seen immediately with an average of 3cm (1inch) per 30 minute treatment. Treatment is safe and comfortable and can target specific stubborn pockets of fat as well as reshaping the body. Laser treatment is followed by combination laser/massage to enhance lymphatic drainage improve circulation and achieve deeper penetration of laser into fat cells for improvement in cellulite.

How it works
Low level  lasers have been utilized as effective treatments in fat reduction for several years. The i-Lipo Ultra low level lasers are released through the treatment pads, triggering a chemical signal in the fat cells that breaks down stored triglycerides into free fatty acids and glycerol, which are released through the cell membranes. Fat content is then transported around the body to tissues where it will be "burned of" during a period of post-treatment exercise.

Infrared laser vacuum massage is performed after the laser treatment to enhance lymphatic draining, mobilizing the released fat from the target area. This also enhances, circulation in the area, promotes collagen growth and assists in the breakdown of fibrous cellulite tissue to achieve a slimmer, firmer and smoother looking skin.

is the most cutting edge laser therapy that powerfully addresses pigmentation, uneven skin texture, signs of skin aging and unwanted tattoos. Through its flexible module, the Picosure workstation can effectively perform a multitude of 6 different treatments to address skin concerns. 

A.) PicoBlast
A revolutionary that effectively removes tattoos quicker than any platform in the market.

B.) PicoGlow
Brightens, whitens, and illuminates the complexion by clearing pigmentation and other blemishes.

C.) PicoFix
Deep picosecond treatment that repairs textural deformities on the skin like acne scarring.

D.) PicoTight
Deeply rejuvenates the skin to reduce the signs of advanced aging like skin sagging, wrinkles, and other textural problems.

E. PicoFirm
Effectively rejuvenates the skin to alleviate the starting signs of skin aging like mild laxity, fine lines, and shallow wrinkles.

F. PicoFade
An affective technique that effectively shatters deeply impacted pigmentation on the skin like melasma, recurring age spots and sun induced pigmentation.

Hair Restoration Redefined

The Artas Procedure enables hair restoration physicians to transplant hair without noticeable scarring . It's made possible using advanced technology that selectively harvest hair directly from the scalp. You can get a permanent, fuller head of hair without linear scar.

Using advanced digital imaging and precision robotics, the ARTAs system enables physicians with a level of control and accuracy that cannot be matched by other methods. Updating coordinates every 20 milliseconds, the ARTAS systems image - guided robotics harvests follicular units for transplant with micro-level precision. This means that you can get hair you want while keeping the look of the hair you have.

The Aivee Institute : 2nd floor, Burgos Circle, Forbestown Center, Bonifacio Global City
+632 4033245; 4031982

Saturday, July 25, 2015

The Crown Spa at Crown Towers Manila

The invited guests from Manila's media group were led to the Presidential Suite of Crown Towers Manila where City of Dreams Vice President of Public Relations Charisse Chuidian and GM Brett Hickey welcomed them.  Mimosa and delicious sandwiches were passed around but more tempting than the sandwiches were the shoulder and back massages offered by two therapists.  The benefits of the different essential oils used for the massage were being explained by an aromatherapist.

"The Crown Spa lets guests create and customize their own journey to optimum relaxation and wellness through a comprehensive selection of treatments and packages," says Brett Hickey, General Manager of Crown Towers Manila. " We ensure that every need is met, if not exceeded. Our team of professional and highly experienced therapists pays utmost care and attention to the service they provide so that guests will feel completely refreshed, rejuvenated and revitalized. " And on that note the guests were led out to the pool area where there were cabanas that could contain four people.  Each cabana costs PhP 3800 pesos for a maximum stay of four hours.

The final destination was the newly launched Crown Spa, a 654 sq.m. facility that is adorned with an impressive collection of artworks by noted international and Filipino artists.  The Spa is the ultimate pampering experience, the hotel's haven, offering a bespoke selection of services like hand, foot and body massages, scrubs, wraps, facial treatments and even salon services.  There are hydro- facilities such as steam rooms, sauna and vitality pools.  Crown Spa likewise extends its services to poolside massages inside the Crown pool cabanas and in room services in all 254 Crown Towers guest rooms.
The  Presidential Suite living room
The Master's bedroom 
The foyer area
City of Dreams PR Lady Charisse Chuidian
with media guests - PhilTatler Mia Bortomeo,
PhilStar Mayenne Carmona and MetroSociety Raul Manzano
The pool side cabana for four 
The pool area- Phil Star Health page Editor
Ching Alano and CrownTowers Manila GM Brett Hickey

With Brett Hickey in the couples room with A therapist demonstrating a facial
The vitality pool in the men's area 
Welcome to the  couples room in the Spa
The range of therapeutic grade products used are
from the British Company Aromatherapy Associates
and the art work is by John and Tess of Petty John Pottery
The art works in the Spa are from international and local artists.
This art piece are flowers cut out from maps by Claire Brewster.
After the Spa tour, we were invited to a gourmet lunch
in Tasting Room. We are a unique group of ladies as all five if us have three sisters each.
L-R- Ching Alano, JoAnne Rae Ramirez, Anna Sobrepeña, Mayenne Carmona and Charisse Chuidian 

This two art pieces in the Tasting Room is made from different shades of thread. 

Thursday, June 25, 2015

Springtime in New York City

From the window of my seat on PAL flight 126, I looked down on Manhattan a few minutes before landing and was delighted to feel a stream of sunshine caressing my face.  I felt favored by the Gods- blue skies and sunshine welcomed me on my first day in the city.  And just like I ordered it from a weather-a-la-carte TV channel, the day stretched into a week of sunshine and warmth.
My hostess with the mostest and a long time friend, Chinese celebrity Yue Sai Kan,  had a week of activities planned out for her house guests, myself included.

I had barely time to rest after my 20-hour flight when I was told that the first item in the agenda was lunch at the Metropolitan Museum and a tour of the exhibit China: Through the Looking Glass by no less than Maxwell Hearn himself, the Head of Asian Art Department.  Through the Looking Glass is a grandiose collaboration between The Costume Institute and the Department of Asian Art; high fashion is juxtaposed with Chinese costumes, paintings, porcelains and other art and films.  The exhibition explores the impact of Chinese aesthetics on Western fashion and how China has fueled the fashionable imagination for centuries.

At the Met, i could'nt resist posing with Prometheus holding Medussa's head. 
Mike Hearn, 2nd from left, Head of the Asian Art Department, gave us a tour of China: Through the Looking Glass. i am with Allan Pollack and my BFF, Yue Sai Kan. 
It took 56,000 hours for Guo Pei's  workers to embroider this gown with the lotus hemline. The lotus flower is allegedly the symbol of the highest form of spirituality in the Buddhist  religion. 
This blue and white gown, patterned after the blue and white porcelain that China introduced to the Western World in the 15th century, won Best National Costume in the Ms. Universe Contest, 2011. Couturier: Guo Pei, commissioned by Ms. Yue Sai Kan, chairperson of Ms. China for Ms. Universe.
Lulu Wang, extreme left, is one of the biggest collectors of Oriental Art and she made this tour with Mike Hearn possible for us. With Mike Hearn, Yue Sai Kan and Allan Pollack.
Three dinner  parties at Ms. Kan's fabulous townhouse, a Blue Gold Ball, hosted by China Institute at  Gotham Hall, a lunch at the hundred-acre Loeb estate in Purchase, NY,  were the highlights of my first week in this dynamic city.

 I was  so thrilled to meet for the second time one of my 3 favorite dance Pros of Dancing with the Stars, Tony Dovolani. 
Kimberly Gilfroy ( in aqua ) Is an anchor of Fox News.

Interesting trivia:  Dr. David Ho became famous when he discovered the protocol for the Aids Virus. I met and interviewed him in 1997 and 18 years after, I meet him in a dinner party. 
Sharon Leob, Nik Loeb and Ms. Kan.  
One of the dinner parties at Ms. Kan's home, i met up with former ramp model of Xin Rassinou, businessman Ijaz Malik, and Columbian art and  gold expert Luz Miriam Toro
I met the VP of Flying Angels Foundation , Massimo Pollio, who loves the Philippines. 
 Loving couple, Stewart and Kim Beck were my fellow house guests at Ms. Yue Sai's 7 story townhouse. 
Cathedral heights ceiling of the Gotham Hall.  YSK and I are both in Maureen Disini gowns. 
Yue Sai, Kim and I strike a pose by this well lit, 59th Street Bridge before proceeding to the Blue Gold Ball. 
Towering over me at 6'3, Nick Loeb is the ex- fiancé of Sofia Vergara. 
The guest bedroom which was assigned to me. 
The 59th street bridge is the view from my bedroom at Ms. Kan's residence.  
A replica of the Little Mermaid in Copehnagen, Denmark. John Loeb was Ambassador to Denmark. 
Kim and I were so happy to see  Cherry blossoms in full bloom! 
The serene view of plush greenery from the driveway. 
Our host, John Loeb with long time friend Yue Sai Kan 
At the Loeb estate of Ambassador John Loeb and Sharon, there were statues all around the vast garden. 

Friends make a city and my beloved friends who are part and parcel of my life made my NY holiday so memorable.  Thanks to dear friend Lily O Boyle, I watched again the remake  of the old classic of Yul Brynner,  the King and I, this time with  Ken Watanabe who got better as the play unravelled.

Another must see is An American in Paris, a replay of a Gene Kelly/Leslie Caron film  which I watched with a friend  from Shanghai, Kim Beck .  Jersey Boys, the life of Frankie Valli is another one not to be missed.  I am so happy that Hans and Vicky Schmid insisted on it.  Didn't realize all those old time favorites like Can't Take my Eyes off You,  Sherry, My Eyes Adored you, were his hits! Most enjoyable was the Dance Trilogy, Sway, at the Hammerstein Ballroom which I watched with dance enthusiasts Biba and Norman San Agustin, and Hans and Vicky Schmid.  Featuring the stars of Dancing with the Stars,  Tony Dovolani, Maks and Val Chmerkovskiy, and their respective partners, Sharna Burgess, Peta Murgatroyd, Meryl Davis, Rumer Willis and Jenna Johnson, this show really Rocked!  My DWTS soulmate, Biba San Agustin and I agreed that watching these dance pros in person is so surreal after just seeing them on TV competing against one another.

With Alexandr Chmerkovskiy , one of the producers of the show, who couldn't remember my name so he called me Ms. Philippines. 
My soulmates in dance and other matters, Dr. Norman San Agustin and lovely wife Biba.
My group in Sway, a dance Trilogy. Vicky and Hans Schmid, Biba and Norman San Agustin, who took the picture. 
Must see shows - An American in Paris, The King and I, Jersey Boys, the life story of singer Frankie Valli. 
NYC is also a gastronomical experience.  Lunches and dinners in Michelin rated restaurants made me oblivious to calorie-counting. I negated the calories by commuting to my appointments, no matter how far, on foot!  I went to bed at night with every aching bone in my body clamoring for a massage!

Pictures say a thousand words and the rest of my NYC story will be narrated with these photos.

A happy lunch at Bergdorf with Vicky Schmid, Biba San Agustin, Helen, Lily 0 Boyle and moi!
This architectural marvel, designed by Massimiliano Fuksas, is the stairway at the Armani flagship store on 56th and 5th.  
PJ Pascual, Alexa, Millet Pascual, Lily  and I enjoyed chilling out at the cocktail lounge of Baccarat Hotel after our dinner in Chevalier.
The Baccarat Hotel is full of chandeliers! My long - time dear friend Lily O Boyle and I chose this stand up chandelier. 
I attended a Faberge cocktail with Vicky Schmid and long time friend Tricia Lee. 
Tunting Cruz Matters flew in from Seattle to see Lily and me, on her way to Iceland to attend a wedding.  
Lily and I bumped  into Phil Star colleague Vic C. Agustin ( business page) during the launch of Nelson Navarro's book, There and Not There at the Philippine Embassy on 5th Avenue. 
Having fun at the bar of Villagio on Central Park South with my handsome friend Michael, who I call the Lion Man, as he is the epitome of the August born Lion. 
So happy to see Loida Nicolas Lewis, a philanthropist and businesswoman, one of the women I so admire. 
I have not seen Tricia Lee in a decade. So happy to find her still the same funny girl, more so now that she is in love with Dmitri, her Greek fiancé. 
HOPE springs eternal.  Every time I leave NYC, I am filled with hope, that I will soon come back! 
I never say Adieu to NYC. Part of my heart belongs here. It is always Au Revoir - till we meet again, NYC!