Sunday, June 19, 2016

After a two-year hiatus, I'm finally back to Barre3

It's a little TMI but when my personal life went disarray last month, I decided that the only way I'd distract myself and feel better was to workout. I was getting bored of just using Youtube as my exercise guru (my yoga mat at home was not very inspiring), and the treadmill was boring the hell out of me, so the obvious choice was to go back to Barre3 which I've tried 2 years prior

What is Barre3?

The short answer is: it's a fitness program that combines ballet, yoga, and Pilates. Barre3 makes use of pulses or isometric movements to wake the muscles and fire them up. I'll be upfront, it's not particularly easy especially if you've been sedentary like me. But the graceful "ballet" part of it attracted me the most, as I was a frustrated ballet dancer growing up.

Monday, June 13, 2016

10 things I learned at the VMV Hypoallergenics Megamall Boutique launch

Growing up I remember my Mom using VMV Hypoallergenics, particularly their Superskin moisturizer. As I envied my Mom's perfectly clear caramel skin (I was more blemish-prone and oily), I then understood that good skin would supersede the most expensive makeup any day. 

VMV was pretty much a part of my family's life. I used the 100% pure Glycerin Soap, I blotted shine in high school with their oil-absorbing compact powder, I beached with their famous Armada 70 sunscreen. I wouldn't say I was just a consumer -- I was a fan! And up to this day, my family still chooses VMV for our skin care and sun protection needs. 

So when they invited me to the opening of their SM Megamall boutique, I was ecstatic! For the first time I'd be able to meet and mingle with the team I've admired all these years. So here's what went down at the media event, plus ten things I learned at the bubbly launch: 

1. Presenting VMV's first boutique in an SM mall

After years of waiting, VMV has now unveiled their first ever boutique in SM. Previously only Robinsons and Ayala Malls housed VMV boutiques and counters, but now we can [hopefully] expect more branches in the near future in more SM malls across the country.

2. The launch was their first media event

For many years VMV shied away from blogger events and the like, but they made an exception on this grand celebration. It was the first time I met everyone (we'd mostly just correspond via email or Instagram) that I felt equal parts anxious and giddy.

VMV also has wonderful skin-friendly makeup

Tuesday, June 7, 2016

Healing sunburn with nappy cream

I developed mild sunburn on my shoulders after spending pool time with my nephew back in Mindanao last weekend. Automatically I'd apply some aloe vera gel to soothe the burn but then I stumbled upon an article that recommends zinc oxide (or nappy cream) as an alternative

Zinc oxide is a fine white powder that is insoluble in water. If you apply sunscreen that uses zinc oxide as its main ingredient, you'll notice that water just beads over it. This is because it creates a film making water slide off skin. Usually zinc oxide is made from natural sources but I read that it can now be synthetically produced

I have 2 full-sized products of the Mustela Vitamin Barrier Cream and I discovered that it contains a decent 10% zinc oxide. So slather nappy cream I did, on my shoulders and back. It is very thick and emollient so I would recommend using this as an overnight treatment. 

Thursday, June 2, 2016

My Physical Therapy experience at 47 Polarity

"We're here," the driver said. And I peered out the window and stared at the grey non descript gate. "Are you sure?" I asked. "It only says 47 out front."

I rang the doorbell and was greeted by a friendly lady. Yep, I have arrived at 47 Polarity Physiotherapy Center, a new [and exclusive] physical therapy center in Manila. The invite came at an opportune moment: I have just flown in from Japan and have been complaining of a sore knee which I attributed to walking nonstop for 4 hours exploring Gion. That or maybe I have to embrace the fact that I am growing older.

I was given quick tour of the place, and afterwards ushered into a room for an interview with Nigel. Nigel is one of the skilled and PRC-licensed Physical Therapists that make up the team at 47 Polarity, and he explained what physiotherapy is and what it can do for my health and well-being. Admittedly, I am not the fittest person on the planet. Just like everyone else, I was pretty much confined to a cubicle working having a relationship with my laptop for many years. Plus, being a blogger meant writing and being seated in one position for hours.