Keratin Treatment at Status Hair Salon, Robinsons Metroeast

My hair has always been the driest of them all, so on February 21, I went to Status Hair Salon, Robinsons Metroeast for a Keratin treatment.

The salon was clean and it looks posh. No wonder the other customers look classy enough to afford more expensive ones. I like how spacious the area was, especially where I was seated.

The process

The stylist started by shampooing my hair gently. The seat was comfy and I like how that it isn’t exposed to the mallgoers.

Afterwards, he put the Keratin treatment to my hair and left it for sometime. He told me the next step is to iron it.

It was on a 50% off promo. I was charged only PHP 1,200 (the footspa, mani-pedi I had after did cost more).

The staff were also professional and their cross-selling was unannoying like most salons. My stylist offered me shampoo and conditioner, but he just left it in front of me and was not pushy. At least, he gave me time to read the label and decide if I’d buy it or not.

Thought thrice whether to buy this PHP 1,600 conditioner or not

I didn’t. I texted my friend for opinion and she told me to go for Aveeno sulfate-free conditioner instead. It was only around PHP 500 – versus PHP 1,600.

My stylist blow dried my hair before going straight to ironing it. He didn’t wash the treatment off anymore.

I liked the service and end result, but the true test of the Keratin treatment would be if my hair stays manageable after I wash it.

2 days after the Keratin treatment, haven’t washed it yet
After the first wash with Aveeno sulfate-free conditioner

My hair is super dry and frizzy, so after washing it, I would say it still looked good after. I can feel that Aveeno also isn’t washing off the Keratin.

Good job, Status Hair Salon! Definitely going back.


Movie Review | ‘Meet Me In St. Gallen’

“Siguro tumanda rin ako. Kumalma yung puso.” -Celeste

I’ll be honest. After seeing ‘Last Night’ and ‘Mr. and Mrs. Cruz,’ I’ve lowered my expectations from productions by Spring Films. As much as I can, I only feature movies that I liked here on my site.

Seeing the trailer of ‘Meet Me In St. Gallen,’ I knew right away I was going to ask my friends to see it with me. I like Bella, I like Carlo (since I was 10!), and the story looked fun – by fun I mean not mainstream, with realistic characters, and unpredictable ending.

Instead of spoiling with my reactions to each part, let me discuss 10 truths about love depicted in this movie:

1) Your greatest love comes when you’re not looking for it. That’s why it feels like magic. You didn’t ask for it and you were defenseless. You thought you can live without it and be awesome by yourself. Suddenly though, you feel the other person makes it all better, brighter, and becomes your sunshine, your only sunshine.

2) There is a young type of love. This could be your first love, your first try, first risk, and first real kilig. You had to deal with everything first hand and the only knowledge you have are what you’ve seen in movies and read on print. This is the ideal love, which feels like a gift from the universe. All you know is it makes you smile.


3) And a mature type of course. I can say it truly does come with age. As you grow older, you realize there are more important things than love and decide that you need a partner, not just a lover. This person has to have the same priorities with you or at least willing to modify theirs according to yours. You can count on this love to be smart, but not groundbreaking.

4) Women fall in love with words. Celeste and Jesse met only three times. In their first meeting though, Celeste fell in love with Jesse right away because of the conversations they had. Jesse seemed deep – his idea of life is rooted in his high regard for love, passion, and honesty. It is difficult for women to meet guy, not to mention a good looking one, who would want to discuss those things with them in a coffee shop.


5) Most men don’t understand what ‘cheating’ is. Or they just deny it and find it easy to brush off the guilt. I actually admire those men for this ability. Maybe they think they are good guys because they stay with the same girl. But we all know cheating is entertaining another girl in your life (even if she’s an old friend), making memories with her, and talking to her like the ‘friendship’ doesn’t have to end.

6) It is more difficult to forget for women than men. In the film, Celeste had kept a special place for Jesse in her heart and mind for four years, after spending just one special night with him. The moment, emotions, and everything she liked about the guy lingered. Whereas, Jesse didn’t even try to find Celeste on social media, had a fiance, and claimed to forget their kiss after a while. If they didn’t meet for a second time, Jesse would have forgotten and let go of Celeste for good.


7) Men cannot make decisions right away. When Jesse saw Celeste again after a few years, he couldn’t be firm he would just be Facebook friends with her. He couldn’t decide between being a committed guy and being Celeste’s dream guy. He had to see it first, try it first, feel it first. This is being selfish, as it is saying, “let me do these things, then we will see.”


8) Most people believe in destiny, but at the same time think they’re in control. This is my favorite discussion between the characters. I couldn’t agree more. Especially when it is about matters of the heart when you have to make a choice. You do make one, but wonder “What if I said it?” or “What if I did this?” like you can really figure it out in the actual situation.

9) It could take long for women to forget, but this doesn’t mean they’re waiting for the guy to come back. Men might be thinking otherwise. When a relationship ends, the girl could be thinking of the guy a lot, but deep inside she is embracing the idea that it ended for the best. She is starting to realize he wouldn’t have let her go in the first place if he is the right one. Women don’t wait, just taking their time to be fully fit for the next relationship.

10) In the end, men have more regrets than women. This could be due to their inability to decide right away, thinking they have enough time and that women can wait. Most men think they can undo things or people can adjust to them once they make up their mind. Well, we can blame the women also for the idea that they give more chances to people than they have to. But really, men regret things because they tend to always choose easy, comfortable, and convenient, diregarding the consequences.


My apologies for spoiling! Anyway, you still have to see the movie to see if my points are valid. You have to fall in love with Jesse and admire Celeste the same way I and my friends did. You may find yourself tweeting a lot because of the sensible script and funny exchanges. The characters are real people who make mistakes, right and wrong choices, in attempt to understand how life works.

My Rating: 4.3 out of 5!

Faith | Anytime God is going to take you to a new level! #LiveJakes

Source: Bishop TD Jakes 2017 Sermons

Anytime God is going to take you to a new level, there will be excuses that you have to first get rid of.

Before you get promoted, you have to get rid of that excuse, “I’m not qualified, I don’t have the talent. I can’t do it.”

Before you break the addiction, get rid of the excuse, “I’ve had it too long, I’m not that disciplined.”

Before you see vindication, get rid of the excuse, “They hurt me too badly, I could never be happy.”

Before you meet the person of your dreams, get rid of the excuse, “It’s been too long, I’m not that attractive, I don’t have a good personality.”

God wants to do a new thing in your life. He wants to bring you into a new level of your destiny. Are you letting excuses hold you back?

2017: What a year that was!

“There are years that ask questions and years that answer.” 

(Zora Neale Hurston, Their Eyes Were Watching God)

For me, 2016 was the year that asked questions and 2017 was the one that answered.

I was 25 years old and still immature in 2016 when I had to deal with my first heartbreak. Left with nothing but questions, I kept chasing for a closure and looked stupid. I had to learn people come and go the hard way.

But 2017 was redemption

The past year, I believe, is appointed by God to teach me about acceptance. It is the first thing to letting go, moving on, and growing up. It’s either you accept you aren’t the one in control or choose to struggle pointlessly.

And I’ll admit it was difficult, being the girl used to getting what she wants. So I took each blow of my 2016 issues one by one, let myself hurt intensely until I become solid. I looked at pain eye to eye til it no longer dissipates my spirit.

2017 made a woman out of the girl I was.

2017 taught me I am as strong as I want to be.

2017 not only made me smarter, but instilled wisdom in me.

2017 reminded I am a diamond some people can’t afford.

And most importantly, 2017 made me excited for 2018 – certain it can only get better.

No regrets, just love. 

Then He who sat on the throne said, “Behold, I make all things new.” And He said to me, “Write, for these words are true and faithful.”  (Rev 21:5, NKJV)

Movie Review | Coco


Join young aspiring musician Miguel on an extraordinary journey to the Land of the Dead as he attempts to break his Grandma Coco’s long disdain of music, prove his true talent, and ultimately unlock the real story behind generations of family history.

Running Time 2 hours and 10 minutes
Genre Animation
Cast Edward James Olmos, Alanna Ubach, Benjamin Bratt
Release Date November 22, 2017

(Source: SM Cinema)

I was never a fan of animation. In fact, if I’m not mistaken, this is the first time I’ve sat down a movie house to see one – if not for the invitation of my colleague Mae who was willing to watch it for the second time. She said it made her and her boyfriend cry. So, I thought it was a dramatic Thai film until it rolled and flashed the Disney and Pixar intros.

Oh well, I told myself I can just kill that girl the next day if the film wouldn’t be worth my 270 pesos and going home late on a Thursday.

After the first 15 minutes

I was glued to the screen. Still aware I am seeing a film I didn’t signed up for, but there is something with the narrative. It will make you interested. The cinema was quiet as Miguel introduces his life, family, and their tradition. But still, no hint of drama and I’m starting to question Mae’s promise that it would make me cry.


Fast forward to halfway through the movie, you’ll realize you are with Miguel on his attempt to get his own way. The situation is familiar and Miguel’s character is heavily relatable. As the real conflict of the story built up, I realized this movie is exceeding my expectations. I underestimated it’s capability to highlight serious issues. To add, I didn’t see the twist coming!

Coco tackled some major elements of life: family, dreams, regret, and memories.



Miguel belongs to a close-knit family that is extremely traditional. The elders say how you should live and leave life, and although it doesn’t sound right, you can tell it’s out of love and concern. I didn’t know Mexicans are familial like that. The regard for family and women is same with us Asians. Like me, you may not share the same beliefs with Miguel’s family, but you’ll see all the details make sense in the end.



I like how Miguel honors his dream and believes there is no other way, but where it leads. If only more people would have that passion of a 12-year old, more lives would be meaningful. However, the movie also showed what happens when you badly want your dream to materialize, you’re willing to step on others. You become selfish and unconsciously, do things you’ll regret later on.



It is extremely saddening. Can you think of any cure for regret? Coco featured regret in two forms: regret of a father who left his family and of a boy who didn’t listen to his elders. Suffering from regret is inevitable when you’re very much guilty of acting out of emotions. What I liked in the movie is how the characters owned up their mistakes, stayed strong, and didn’t give up until they made it right.



“I cannot forgive you, but I shouldn’t forget you.”

-Imelda to Hector

Since the movie deals with life and death, it banked on how memories keep something (or someone) alive in a way. In the movie, you’ll realize that forgetting someone you loved dearly is impossible. They will be part of you forever, until your last breath. It doesn’t matter if they left you with a good or bad memory. If they’ve touched your soul, you’ll carry their story wherever you go, even pass it to the next generation.

I cried

I’ll skip the details and proudly say, I cried. There was this scene when all the issues build up and you’ll feel like letting out a loud “HUHUHU.” I saw how everyone in the movie house reached for tissues – even the guys in front of us! My heart really melted when Miguel was about to resolve the conflict like a grown up man. I saw Mae crying quietly also and understood why she wanted to watch it twice in the cinema.


The takeaways

For me, the morals of Coco are:

  1. Never let yourself be bitter.
  2. Life goes on even after someone you love leaves you.
  3. Your family only want the best for you.
  4. Love is supporting the other person in chasing his/her dreams.
  5. When you realize you messed up, don’t dwell on it, be responsible, then make it right.

Good job to Disney and Pixar for coming up with an animation adults would love! How often do you cry watching a cartoon? It takes a really good script, a universal conflict, and an unpredictable twist.

Watch it!