Rewarding Myself at Spa Riviera




Let me start this post by saying that all photos for this article are not mine. Hence, what you see above is not me ( I wish!). It’s not easy nor polite to take photos while I’m having my service. Thank you Spa Riviera for letting me use your images.

Motherhood is not easy. It has been said millions of times with the same message. We juggle a lot of things from taking care of the kids, keeping a home, and earning a living. We try to be the best worker, mother, or wife that we forget to become women. We fail to give some time for ourselves,  to take a pause and recharge.

I wish all women can prioritize themselves before others. To all mothers out there, girl, you have to take care of yourself before you take charge over others.

There are many ways to have some me-time and one of the most common is a trip to the spa.


“A beautiful day at the spa is what I call heaven on Earth”

Women need to recharge and what better way to do it than with a good spa service. I came across the quote but I can’t find the exact author. Living in Iloilo, it was a quest looking for a good spa. I found one, though but it was a little bit pricey for me and I can’t enjoy their service anytime I want to. Others, the service was not good and you know nothing is worst than a bad massage.

Thank goodness for Spa Riviera. Everyone knows about Spa Riviera, if I am right, it is one of the first spas in the city and still one of the trusted name when it comes to getting the best massage in Iloilo.

From their main branch in General Luna Street, the spa now has 3 other branches – Spa Riviera Mandurriao, Spa Riviera Jaro, and Spa Riviera SM City.

Spa Riviera treated me for a relaxing afternoon with their Gayuma Package – their signature Gayuma Massage ( hot stone) with Facial-  way back last December. What a perfect time for pampering. Just what I needed hustling kids’ exams, Christmas parties, packing for our trip, and not to mention my activities and events. Hectic.

Just last week, I invited my husband to join me for a couple-time. We needed it too.  I waited for two visits before writing this to give more weight to my spa day narrative.

Just like my previous visit, I signed up for their Gayuma Massage.



I love the hot stone massage. There is something with heat that it heals your tired body. This is one of the reasons why I love ofuro so much. Heat relaxes me.

The therapists at Spa Riviera are professionals. Their receptionist like Ms. May, is chic and efficient.

Spa Riviera has the perfect setting to let everyone enjoy a good massage and treatment. No fancy spa music. Everything is hygienic. Customers are there to enjoy and relax.

Spa Riviera also has a sauna but I didn’t try it yet. Maybe next time.

A piece of Bali

After so many years serving the public, the spa’s General Luna branch was renovated into a little Bali, inspired from Spa Riviera’s owner, Mrs. Marie “Babes” Wharton’s trip to the island. It made the spa more relaxing from the hues to the tropical flowers.


Such renovation is a treat to know how a spa occupying a building in the city center is now like a secret hideaway with its distressed painting, little thatched roofing materials, and a bowl of flowers like kalachuchi.  Come inside and your senses are automatically prepped for a nice spa time.

I can sense that Mrs Wharton, who by the way has launched her English pastry business ( you can enjoy her English tea and pastries at the lobby of the spa), has a knack for design. The interior though Balinese inspired, is not overdone.

It’s impressive to know that Iloilo has a charming spa within the city proper that everyone can drop by. It is conveniently located that you can just enjoy a massage before sleeping or have a facial before picking up your kids in school – now with a glowing skin even without make up.

Bring the spa home

Another treat from Spa Riviera is their own Gayuma Massage Oil and Ylang-Ylang Essential Oil for you to enjoy a nice massage at home. You can get this pair for only 280Php in all Spa Riviera branches. It is also a nice gift idea.



I’m looking forward for a year of pampering at Spa Riviera. You too deserve it, enjoy the spa’s various services. Enjoy as your me-time or bond over with your friends or loved ones.  Spa Riviera is open from 10am till 11pm.

For more information visit their Facebook page or call (033) 509 0209.

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Shop for Beauty Products Online with BeautyMNL

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Maybe it’s because of my work as a freelance writer or my distaste towards crowd, but I’m an frequent online shopper. I love browsing products online than checking them in racks and stores. Though I confess not leaving a mall without some purchases, online shopping gives me more freedom, convenience, and savings. Living outside Metro Manila, it means that some of our selections and collections are not that complete. That’s the reason more people from the province prefer online shopping.

When it comes to beauty sites, I have discovered BeautyMNL, a beauty site where Filipinas like me finally has an online destination to pick and shop for beauty products from skincare to travel accessories. Gratitude goes to BeautyMNL team for letting me try their site and shop.

My BeautyMNL Loot

While most beauty site sells expensive beauty products, you will love the BeautyMNL carries affordable products that you can have for yourself or as gifts. Here is my loot..




I shopped for products that I can use for my travels, because there is no reason to look less pretty even while on the road. Let me introduce my beauty picks from the site!

UV Perfect Bright Face Milk SPF50+ PA++++ and Cleansing Oil Facial Cotton Sheets (Handy Pack)




I can’t live without Japanese beauty products and Boiré is a trusted name when it comes to skincare. Bioré Face Milk is a non-sticky skincare product with SPF 50 that I can easily put in my travel kit. Same goes with Bioré Cleansing Oil Cotton Facial Sheets that easily wipes my make up, saving me from bringing my make up remover liquid bottles. The facial sheets is also great when traveling on the road to quick freshening up.


Beach Born Sea Salt Spray


I love the beach. Who doesn’t? And this best selling product let you take the beach by giving you that beach waves anywhere you go.


Skin Genie Lip and Cheek Stain


My ultimate travel tip for beauty junkies? Bring multi-purpose products like Skin Genie’s Lip &  Cheek Stain. It is small that I can take even in my small pouch and the color fits any skin tone. Plus, it is very affordable. Check out the site and you’ll be surprised how much it really costs.


Maybelline Fashion Brow Cream Pen and Matte Lipstick in Madly Magenta



I love make up but I can live without painting my whole face – except for lip color and brows. The nice thing about BeautyMNL is they carry a lot of Maybelline products and you know how inexpensive Maybelline products are.

It’s been years that I “graduated” from Maybelline because I want something more bold and long-lasting but I think the company now evolves to provide long-lasting product like this Cream Brow Pencil. I only use Japanese brow pencil for the color and long-lasting qualities and surprisingly, this Maybelline Cream Brow Pen is long lasting! I’m glad I stumbled on this affordable product because I don’t think I can spot this in stores.

Matte lipstick is a hit these days and today’s trend lip color is about magenta and burgundy. I love this lipstick from Maybelline, colours survive after a sumptuous meal. It smells good and unlike other matte lipstick, it is non-drying.

Shopping with BeautyMNL

Shopping online with BeautyMNL was a breeze and if I was to give a BeautyMNL review, I will give it a high rating. The site is easy to navigate and the products are well presented with prices and even reviews for meticulous shoppers.

Shopping online can be tricky for some due to the number of products. To trim it out, check out their ” New Arrivals” or ” Best Sellers” page. Let me share that I was done shopping in a flash.



I received my package in 5 business days; for those living in Metro Manila, they will ship the next business day. The package arrive well-sealed and bubble-wrapped.  If you are concerned about shipping costs, the site offers frequently offer free shipping, so better check the site regularly to avail their promo.

For now, I will be inviting you to join their monthly selfie contest called, #selfieMNL  and you can win a Printster polaroid of your pretty face and a PHP200 BeautyMNL GC. To join, click here for the complete details.

Enjoy shopping, beautiful one!

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Globe Lifestyle Launches 1st Apparel Lineup with 0917 & Pop Art Collections

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In celebration of the annual 0917 fest, Globe launches its new collections of lifestyle apparel and accessories. The new collections represent the vibrant and wonderful world of Globe, through colorful prints, fun designs and graphical pop arts. The collection ranges from shirts, sweaters, hoodies, and caps, which are available in two must-have designs.

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The 0917 collection is a typography-based basic wear, taking inspiration from Globe related culture. These are words that resemble the company which is the famous “0917” prefix, the company’s building address of “32nd street corner 7th ave” in Bonifacio Global City in Taguig.

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On the other hand, the Pop Art collection is a graphical-based lineup that shows fun and colorful artworks that is designed to stand out. Inspired by today’s generation, the lineup illustrates artworks that look old-fashioned combined with new elements and produce a retro-fashion look.

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“Globe Lifestyle is our new way to connect to our customers, we bring a fresh and wonderful experience through fashion. The new collections of 0917 and Pop Art is just the beginning and customers can expect more lifestyle products to be launched soon.” says Globe Stores and Retail Transformation Head, Joe Caliro.

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To complement the collection, lifestyle accessories such as wallets, pouches and tumblers under the 0917 collection are also available. These accessories are a must-haves to finish off the looks of an everyday urban junkie.

The new Globe Lifestyle apparel collection now available in select Globe Gen3 stores nationwide. Check out the complete lineup by visiting the online store

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Launching this Fall/Winter 2016, Chuck II Leads Converse Footwear Against the Wet Weather

With Canvas, Leather and Rubber

Converse is taking wet weather head-on this season, combining classic sneaker designs with premium weatherized features, with the debut of the Fall/Holiday 2016 Converse Counter Climate Footwear Collection. The new collections provide the necessary tools to combat the climate shifts while emphasizing essential weather-beating benefits. The innovative sneaker collections feature a bold mix of colors and materials including water repellent canvas, rubber and leather, and waterproof neoprene. Divided into three unique categories: Shield Canvas, Leather and Rubber– these collections are intended to stand up against the unpredictable inclement weather.

Each sneaker has been treated to help tackle rainy weather while maintaining comfort and style. The Converse Counter Climate Shield Canvas sneakers have been given a DWR (durable water repellant) treatment, standing guard as the first line of defense against the rain.

For the holiday season, both new and time-honored styles endure the harsh elements with the Counter Climate Rubber collection. These rubber sneakers are winter-ready with water resistant material and heat retention.


Converse Chuck Taylor All Star II Shield Canvas

Designed for the Chuck Taylor lover who can’t give up their Chucks no matter what the weather, the new Converse Chuck Taylor All Star II Shield Canvas sneaker combines the enhanced comfort of a Lunarlon sockliner, non-slip padded tongue and micro-suede lining with materials that can also withstand most climate challenges. Converse has added a water repellent Shield Canvas and a gusseted tongue, as well as removing the medial eyelets to make a durable sneaker that is ready for wet and rainy adventures. The sneakers also feature reflective heel webbing and barrel laces for added visibility in low light environments.

Available colors: Black/Volt, Black/Reflective, White/Lava, Black


Suggested retail price: Php 4,550


Converse Chuck Taylor All Star II Rubber

Another iteration of the Chuck II will also be releasing this fall – the Converse Chuck Taylor All Star II Rubber. By incorporating a transparent rubber overlay on the iconic Chuck II silhouette, this allows for the sneaker to breathe while repelling water and protecting feet from the elements. The sneaker includes all the features and benefits of the Chuck II such as a Lunarlon sockliner and a non-slip padded tongue, while adding a beautifully crafted dimensional canvas for breathability, micro-perforated leather lining for comfort, and a heat reflecting barrier at the footbed for warmth.

Suggested retail price: Php 5,430




Converse Cons One Star Shield Canvas

This season, the Converse Cons Star also receives the Shield Canvas treatment, combining the enhanced comfort of a Lunarlon sockliner with a lightweight and breathable canvas that can also withstand the rain. Added features include a gusseted tongue and removed medial eyelets allowing the sneaker to tolerate wet environments. Traction rubber has also been incorporated to the outsole, providing additional grip.

Available colors: Black, White, Obsidian

Suggested retail price: Php 4,250




Converse Jack Purcell Signature Twill Shield Canvas

The Converse Jack Purcell Signature collection introduces a thicker Shield Canvas with a water repellent finish, and a tri-color reflective heel stay. A mesh lining backing the shield canvas regulates temperatures across a range of climates while still keeping the sneaker breathable. Reflective laces add flare while a gusseted tongue construction will prevent water from seeping into the dual pod Nike Zoom Air insole technology.

Available colors: Inked, Natural

Suggested retail price: Php 5,590


Converse Jack Purcell Signature M-Series

This fall, Converse introduces a high top silhouette combined with Counter Climate Shield Canvas. Warm, durable and water-repellent, it delivers all-day, on-the-go comfort. The Shield Canvas complements features like Lunarlon insole cushioning, heat regulating mesh lining and a tri-color reflective heel tab for enhanced visibility in low light.

Available Colors: Hot Cocoa, Black

Suggested retail price: Php 5,430




Converse Essentials



The collection features quality and durable everyday basics for your active, on-the-go lifestyle. Constructed for comfort and fit, the Converse Essentials collection will get softer with time. Each piece includes a natural color fade of fabric with long-term wear, durable stitching, and a managed shrinkage fit that remains the same throughout the lifespan. The collection includes the Converse Essentials Tee, Converse Essentials Pullover Hoodie, Converse Essentials Full Zip Hoodie and Converse Essentials Jogger.

Available Colors: Black. Grey, Obsidian, Egret

Suggested retail price: Ranges from Php 899.75 to Php 3,339.75


The new Fall/Holiday 2016 Converse Counter Climate Footwear Collection and Essentials are now available at Converse stores nationwide. If you happen to be in Iloilo and for more sneaker designs and styles, visit Converse at Robinson’s Place Iloilo City. The Converse shop at the 2nd floor of Robinson’s Place Iloilo City.

You may also log on to or for more! #ConversePHCounterClimate


*Source: PR Kit



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Forever 21 Brings Fast Fashion to Iloilo






They are finally coming to the City of Love! When SM City Iloilo opened its new wing, it was quite a buzz with high anticipation of fashion houses opening their stores in the region’s biggest mall.  In less than 2 weeks, Ilonggos will now shop for edgy, and fast forward fashion pieces at Forever 21.

More than a week ago, I attended the Media and Society Launch of Forever 21 together by fashion-minded Ilonggos and the crew behind Forever 21 Philippines.




To cut off the chase, let me share with you their PR for fashion-forward news and information..


Since its opening in the Philippines in 2010, California-based retail giant Forever 21 has been warmly received by the Filipino public, quickly becoming a favourite among fashion lovers and shoppers.


Set to take over Iloilo’s fashion scene with the freshest takes on the latest trends and affordable basics, the brand’s 700-square-meter space in SM Iloilo’s bright new expansion wing will welcome fashionistas starting October 7, with a shopping treat for early birds.

The store boasts women’s, men’s, and women’s plus size fashion collections specially curated to suit the Iloilo customer. Forever 21’s newest women’s collections pair classic fashion trends including boho, military, perp, and sporty with ’90s street style. The latest collection features distressed denim, bomber jackets, and sleek trench coats.

Through its partnership with SM Retail, Forever 21 in the Philippines continues to update everyone’s wardrobe at reasonable prices.


I’m excited to put new fashionable and pretty pieces into my wardrobe. And personally, I’m excited for their plus size pieces ( 😀 ). Looking forward to their Store Preview and  Shopping Party with 21% discount for all items!


Thanks, Forever 21 and can’t wait to shop!






Forever 21 opens at the Ground Floor of SM Iloilo’s New Wing on October 7 at 10:00a.m.; the first 200 customers in line get a special gift (1)Php500 gift card each upon opening.




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Fitness, fun, and fashion merge as UNIQLO joins the high-performance sphere with the launch of its newest line, UNIQLO SPORTS, in the country.Designed not only for sports scenes but also for daily life, UNIQLO SPORTS features athletic function without compromising comfort and style.

UNIQLO makes the good life better by continuously producing high-quality and innovative products that address the changing lifestyles of Filipinos,” says Geraldine Sia, UNIQLO Philippines General Manager. “This summer, we are thrilled to showcase UNIQLO SPORTS.”



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Uniqlo’s newest line, UNIQLO SPORTS, brings together fashion and function. Photo shows runner         Lauren Young in a Light Pocketable Parka, AIRism tank top, dry sweat pants, and comfort bra.


UNIQLO SPORTS is part of the UNIQLO LifeWear collection that highlights apparel that comes from the Japanese values of simplicity, quality, and longevity. Designed to be of the time and for the time, LifeWear is made with such modern elegance that it becomes building blocks of each individual’s style. LifeWear is clothing that is constantly being innovated, bringing more warmth, lightness, better design, and better comfort to people’s lives.

Featuring highly functional DRY EX and AIRISM products, UNQILO SPORTS makes use of a special material and design to help you perform in style. The new line is not only for the gym or for the court; it’s for the contemporary way of life. Two products that showcase style in sports are the DRY EX-Polo for Men and the AIRism Full Zip Hoodie for Women.



Professional Tennis Player Novak Djokovic in a Dry EX short sleeve polo shirt and shorts. The Dry EX line features conventional quick-drying items.



Dancer Sonoya Mizuno in Women AIRism racerback bra sleeveless top, Women AIRism UV Cut mesh full zip hoodie, and Women Dry sweat pants.



Whether you plan to work out at the gym or are anticipating a day with intense physical activity, UNIQLO’s Dry EX Polo Shirt is perfect for you. This men’s polo is made with next-generation, high-tech DRY-EX material that can dry excessive sweat with rapid speed. Although it is 100% polyester, the texture is similar to cotton pique material. The cut is designed to allow excellent mobility, and the high-performance material is great for casual scenarios.


The AIRism Full Zip Hoodie for women, on the other hand, is great for both warm-weather exercising and everyday casual wear. It disperses moisture, helping the body feel cool, while its breathable mesh material lets you slip it on easily. Its UV Cut function also blocks UV rays and the thumbholes in the sleeves let you keep even your hands covered from ultra-violet rays.


Yoga Instructor Waka Nozawa in a Women ‘s UV Cut long sleeve full zip hoodie, dry sweat pants, and comfort bra.
Yoga Instructor Waka Nozawa in a Women ‘s UV Cut long sleeve full zip hoodie, dry sweat pants, and comfort bra.



The Women AIRism UV Cut mesh full zip hoodie has a light, supple fit.
The Women AIRism UV Cut mesh full zip hoodie has a light, supple fit.



Stay active and fashionable by upgrading your style with UNIQLO SPORTS. With its distinct innovation and basic style sensibilities, UNIQLO is the brand of choice for all Filipinos.

For more updates, consumers may visit UNIQLO Philippines’ website at and social media accounts, Facebook (, Twitter ( and Instagram (


UNIQLO is now open in SM City Iloilo, Upper Ground Floor, Mall Extension. 


Source: UNIQLO Press Kit


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Skinetics – Leading Iloilo’s Health and Wellness




To recuperate from the hassle of our everyday lives, a soothing massage and a beautifying treatment can revive our tired souls. With every massage and facial salons in almost every street and corners in the country, they are not created equal.

I’m a snob when it comes to massages and spas. If relaxation is what I look for, I’d rather have a good nap or sleep till 9am. Sometimes, just writing for my blog keeps me sane. Sad to say, many spa services don’t match my expectations from cleanliness to the skills of their therapists.

Finally, I found a spa, a medical spa in my adopted city of Iloilo. Skinetics Wellness Center is highly recommended for those who want the best pampering in the city. I love the medical approach of their team, not just pure beauty.

The reception desk. They will assess thoroughly from your medical history to preference. During my visit, I noted my sensitivity to scents and I can only handle soft pressure but must focus on my shoulder blade areas.


Lounge and sit on Kenneth Cobonpue creations  while waiting.


This welcomed me as I was ushered to another floor for my treatment.


Skinetic’s room for facials. Very world-class.


The massage area. Take note of the patadyong. A nice hint of Ilonggo style.


I had the Lutay, an Ilonggo massage that is best for those who are very exhausted like me. My therapist told me it is best for those who is about to have flu.

Lutay make use of buyo leaves and fire to “suck” those toxins out of your body.
buyo with fire

I had the privilege to enjoy the 2-hour ( length depends on your assessment) massage in the Couple’s Room.

Complete with a Jacuzzi..


They also have rooms and suites. Perfect for staycation.


Marking international standard in every nook, I am proud that Iloilo has a medical spa like Skinetics Wellness Center. Customized services and highly competent and certified therapists, this is the place to enjoy your own space of pampering while in Iloilo.

As the only spa in the Philippines nominated for 2012, ” Medi-Spa of the Year” under their belt, Skinetics is one true vanguard for Iloilo’s medical tourism. Kudos to Dr Yule Quimpang and to the rest of Skinetics family.

Skinetics offers a wide range of heath and wellness services from Kids Spa to hydrocolonics.



For more inquiries visit their site and their Facebook page.

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