27 April 2015

An Introduction to Yoga, Zumba, and Anti Gravity Fitness at Beyond Yoga Fairview

Living near Fairview has its perks and disadvantages. For one, it is not as crowded and polluted as Manila or even the other parts of Quezon City. On the other hand, this area needs a lot of innovation and improvement. Honestly, one of my struggles was looking for a female-friendly fitness center. Since I prefer fun workouts and I never appreciated running in a treadmill, it was hard for me to look for a place nearby that would perfectly suit my preference. I previously got hooked with Barre but the nearest place that offers such is 30 minutes away from Fairview. So it was quite a delight that Beyond Yoga has now opened a branch in Fairview.

An Introduction to Yoga, Zumba, and Anti Gravity Fitness at Beyond Yoga Fairview

I initially got acquainted with Beyond Yoga through its social media accounts and I find its Anti Gravity Yoga very interesting. Beyond Yoga, by the way, is the exclusive licensee of Anti Gravity Yoga here in the Philippines. You could not avail of this kind of workout in any other fitness center here in the country! It currently has seven branches and the newest one is Beyond Yoga Fairview which opened just this year. Aside from Anti Gravity Yoga, it also offers Yoga and Zumba which I will discuss in detail later.

An Introduction to Yoga, Zumba, and Anti Gravity Fitness at Beyond Yoga Fairview
Beyond Yoga Fairview studio

The studio at Beyond Yoga Fairview is quite spacious. It can handle up to 16 students for Anti Gravity Yoga classes, while it can handle up to 30 students for Zumba classes. It is also fully air conditioned and well-lighted. It also has adequate lockers and changing and shower rooms for its clients' use. Beyond Yoga Fairview likewise offers free bottled waters and free use of towels so that you won't have to bring those when you go to class. 

An Introduction to Yoga, Zumba, and Anti Gravity Fitness at Beyond Yoga Fairview

During our demo class at Beyond Yoga Fairview, we were able to get a glimpse of the three basic workouts that it offers: Yoga, Zumba, and Anti Gravity Yoga. The first we tried was Yoga under Teacher Cristine.

Yoga is usually done for 75 minutes to 90 minutes per session. But we only had it for 20 minutes since it was only a demo. Yoga also has different variations and difficulty levels depending on your preference and previous experience. Here are some of these variations that Beyond Yoga Fairview offers:
  • Ashtanga Yoga - a modern day form of classical Indian Yoga
  • Yoga Start and Vinyasa 1 - focuses on alignment of movement and breath
  • Vinyasa 2 - a quicker paced, more dynamic, and diverse practice
  • Power Yoga - focuses on strength and flexibility
  • Yin Yoga - holds poses for 3 to 5 minutes
  • Mat Pilates

An Introduction to Yoga, Zumba, and Anti Gravity Fitness at Beyond Yoga Fairview
Teacher Cristine of Beyond Yoga Fairview introduces us to Yoga

The yoga class was very relaxing. During the routine, we were taught basic yoga poses such as the warrior pose, downward facing dog pose, and more. Teacher Cristine was very patient with us as we are mostly beginners. She helps correct our form and constantly reminds us to breath properly. Aside from proper breathing, yoga also helps to improve self-awareness, improve mobility and flexibility, strengthen immune system, and fight stress.

An Introduction to Yoga, Zumba, and Anti Gravity Fitness at Beyond Yoga Fairview
Teacher Allen leading us through our Zumba routine

Next on our list was Zumba under our Zumba Instructor, Teacher Allen. Please do not underestimate Zumba because I did. :p I thought it would be really easy and effortless since most people I saw doing Zumba are older people. But I was so wrong about this workout. It was really tiring. I was sweating buckets by the time we were halfway the routine and I felt slowing down by the time we were almost done. But I like how fun this workout was. As compared to burpees, I'd rather be doing Zumba. I love how encouraging Teacher Allen was throughout the class. Even though he knows everyone was already tired, he kept on reminding us to smile during the routine.

An Introduction to Yoga, Zumba, and Anti Gravity Fitness at Beyond Yoga Fairview

There are, by the way, two kinds of Zumba offered at Beyond Yoga Fairview: Zumba Fitness and Zumba Toning. Zumba Fitness is a combination of Latin dance, merengue, reggaeton, salsa and cumbia. On the other hand, Zumba Toning is quite similar with Zumba Fitness but Zumba sticks are utilized to help tone the muscles. Aside from muscle toning, Zumba is also a total body cardio workout because it burns up to 800 calories in just 1 hour. It also helps improve overall body coordination and helps promote weight loss.

An Introduction to Yoga, Zumba, and Anti Gravity Fitness at Beyond Yoga Fairview
Photo from Beyond Yoga Fairview

Lastly, we tried Anti Gravity Yoga. As I have previously mentioned, Anti Gravity Yoga is available only at Beyond Yoga here in the Philippines. Beyond Yoga Fairview regularly offers AG FUNdamentals for beginners and AG Flying Fitness for those who prefer a more intense workout. These classes usually last for 1 hour and 15 minutes per session. You could also have an AG Pilates and AG for Kids class scheduled at Beyond Yoga Fairview.

An Introduction to Yoga, Zumba, and Anti Gravity Fitness at Beyond Yoga Fairview
Photo from Beyond Yoga Fairview
During our fun and entertaining demo class with Teacher Myke, we were taught three basic kinds of inversions. But of course, safety first! We were first introduced to the anti gravity hammock apparatus. We learned that the said apparatus was invented by Christopher Harrison and he also developed the anti gravity yoga technique and perfected it in a span of 10 years. The hammock is absolutely safe to use as every portion of the Anti Gravity Hammock is rated for 2,000 pounds. And of course, one is only 3 inches from the ground during inversions so there is really nothing to be scared of.

An Introduction to Yoga, Zumba, and Anti Gravity Fitness at Beyond Yoga Fairview
Spiderman pose :)

Among the benefits of anti gravity yoga include decompressing tight joints, relieving pressure while aligning the vertebrae, performing advanced yoga inversions without neck or back compression, holding challenging yoga postures longer and in correct alignment, stretching further with less strain, adding an entirely new dimension to your yoga practice, and creating body awareness while increasing overall agility. 

An Introduction to Yoga, Zumba, and Anti Gravity Fitness at Beyond Yoga Fairview
Full inverted bow

Although this workout is perfect even for someone who have not tried yoga before, it is not recommended though for those who are pregnant, have glaucoma, a recent surgery, heart disease, very high or low blood pressure, easy onset vertigo, osteoporosis/bone weakness, and/or other serious medical concerns. There are no age restrictions for this one. Beyond Yoga instructors will modify the workout depending on your condition, so even senior citizens are welcome to try this out. ;)

An Introduction to Yoga, Zumba, and Anti Gravity Fitness at Beyond Yoga Fairview
Class photo with my blogger friends and our instructors :)

I was into gymnastics and dancing before so I was excited to try out Anti Gravity Yoga. I thought it would be really easy, but it was actually very different from what I was used to doing. Since safety is one of the top priorities in this workout, it is important to listen carefully to your instructor. Do all the steps you were instructed sequentially and do not do anything you are not told. The first time I was to do my first inversion, there was indeed a bit of fear. But once you conquered that fear, you would be more comfortable in doing the following inversions. Our class with Teacher Myke was really entertaining! He made everything seem so simple and he really encouraged everyone to do all the inversions.

An Introduction to Yoga, Zumba, and Anti Gravity Fitness at Beyond Yoga Fairview

Attaining your fitness goals is now easy with the help of Beyond Yoga Fairview. With these fun workouts, there would be no reason for you to disregard your health. And all of the instructors at Beyond Yoga have relevant local and international certifications, ensuring high standards in practice. Moreover, their classes are personalized as much as possible to custom-fit your capacity and goal. They modify the classes for beginners and help you push harder as you progress in your training with them. 

An Introduction to Yoga, Zumba, and Anti Gravity Fitness at Beyond Yoga Fairview

As of the moment, Beyond Yoga Fairview is offering loyalty program promo for their clients. It is also offering free trial class for Fairview Residents. All you have to do is present any valid ID to avail of the said free trial class. Moreover, it is conducting free Yoga classes at Ayala Fairview Terraces every Tuesday and Thursdays and Zumba Demo in different locations. The prices of these fitness activities vary. Yoga classes are priced at P550 for a single session. Dance classes are priced at P450 for a single class, while Anti Gravity Yoga classes are priced at P650 for a single session. Of course, these classes can be availed of at a much lower price when availed in packages. 

For more info, please visit Beyond Yoga Fairview at:
3F Regalado Hive, Regalado Avenue,
West Fairview, Quezon City
Tel Nos. 463-5766/463-6569/374-2909
Mobile Nos. 0927-5388077/0921-5316500
Email: fairview@igobeyondyoga.com 

XO, Mish

PS. Please follow me on Instagram (@mishrendon) to see more of my #BeyondFairview adventures!

22 April 2015

Moms celebrate baby’s firsts with new Pampers Baby Dry

Making every single day free from worries for moms and just full of firsts for babies, the world’s leading diaper brand Pampers recently unveiled the best and driest diaper in 10 years – Pampers Baby Dry. In an intimate launch held at Active Fun, Bonifacio High Street, Pampers highlighted how its latest diaper innovation helps babies achieve their many firsts in life and how mommies can celebrate them in a more delightful way.

Complementing the event’s theme Love at First Sight, Pampers featured its newest brand ambassador, first-time mom Andi Manzano-Reyes. Present to welcome Andi to the Pampers family, as well as enlighten mommy guests about the company’s newest surprises were communications manager of P&G (Singapore), Inc. Lisa Cunningham, country marketing manager of P&G Distributing (Phils.), Inc. Jan Ang and brand manager Camille Aquino.

(L-R) country marketing manager of P&G Distributing (Phils.), Inc. Jan Ang, brand ambassador Andi Manzano, Gelli Victor, and communications manager of P&G Distributing (Singapore), Inc. Lisa Cunningham

“Ever since 1956, Pampers has made it its purpose to care for every baby’s happy, healthy development through providing complete sleep for babies all around the world,” said Cunningham. “And today, we are launching another series of firsts – which are all designed to help your baby achieve milestones every day,” she added. 

To help guests understand how Pampers Baby Dry helps babies achieve overall development, Andi and event host Gelli Victor, who also recently gave birth to her daughter Giuliana, kicked off the program with a conversation with partner pediatrician Dra. Apple Alfonso. “Babies need twice as much sleep as adults. Sleep for them isn’t just about resting, it is about the overall development of their health,” shared Dra. Alfonso. Because a wet diaper is one of the most common reasons for negatively affecting baby’s sleep, Pampers wants to support all babies in achieving their firsts by ensuring up to 12 hours of dryness to help baby get complete sleep.

Pampers® Baby Dry features new core technology to deliver a thinner and drier diaper: a Soft Touch-Dry Layer which quickly absorbs wetness to keep it away from baby’s skin and Magic Gel which locks in wetness for up to 12 hours of skin dryness, so baby can get complete sleep from night until morning. It also has stretchy tape sides that provide a superior fit, while All Around Breathability and Soft Cotttony Cover give babies the ultimate skin comfort to ensure a night of complete sleep. 

To show how Pampers Baby Dry really works, Jan Ang, with the help of Pampers Baby Wellness Specialists, conducted a live demo for mommy guests. Through the 12 hours dryness and stretchy sides demo, Pampers has proven that its newest product is indeed the best and driest diaper available in the market today. “Pampers was the first diaper in the Philippines, and now with this big innovation, we are again bringing a new standard of diapers to moms,” said Ang.

The product launch was followed by another big first from Pampers. Made especially for Filipino moms, online FB app Firstbook is a digital scrapbook that allows mommies to post and cherish their little bundle of joy’s newest accomplishments. Mommies can also publish baby’s very own Firstbook movie, a personalized video of all baby’s firsts that they can share on Facebook!

“This is truly a great gift for mommies like us!” said Andi. Andi, who gave birth to baby Pilar Olivia, has already posted a photo of her baby’s first long nap with the official hashtag #FirstsWithPampers. Moms who use FirstBook like Andi and also share baby’s Firstbook movie from now until June 2015 to stand a chance to win 1 year’s worth of all-new Pampers Baby Dry!

 “With this newest product and online app from Pampers, we can greet each morning with smiles on our faces and the reassurance that our precious ones can truly achieve healthy development,” shared Andi. Pampers Baby Dry is now available in all stores nationwide, while moms can access FirstBook via http://www.firstbook.ph.

XO, Mish

20 April 2015

Enjoy Summer with New Flavors from CaliBurger

The summer vibe is indeed felt all year round at CaliBurger! Ever since CaliBurger opened its doors last February 2014, it has brought together the California lifestyle under one roof: great food, great service, trendiest design, art, and music. Not only did CaliBurger brought a glimpse of California right here in the Philippines, they are also dedicated in bringing the highest quality, made to order burgers and only use pure, fresh, and simple ingredients that are “Always Fresh”. 

Just last year, they launched their BBQ Bacon Cheesburger, Onion Rings, and Cali Sweet Wings and the Cali Smokehouse Burger. Recently, they have come up with two new (healthy) variants of burgers and seven new and exciting variants of milkshakes that would surely complete your summer! And at an event held last week at their Century City Mall, Makati branch, we were able to try out these! 

Super love the new comfy seats at their Century City Mall branch!

The latest addition to the CaliBurger’s menu this year is the Spicy Chipotle BBQ Chicken Sandwich.  This one's made with juicy and tender lemon & herb marinated chicken breast, garden fresh red plump tomatoes, crispy bacon, tangy pickles, sliced onion, and their house made spicy chipotle BBQ sauce. 

Spicy Chipotle BBQ Chicken Sandwich
(Php 215 a la carte; Php295 meal with fries and drinks)

Another addition to their menu is the Cali Chicken Sandwich!  This one's made with grilled succulent chicken breast, garden fresh vegetables, and mixed with their special avocado sauce.

I really cannot tell which one is my favorite between the two because they are so different from each other. What probably makes the two alike is that they are both healthier choices since they're made of chicken breast. Aside from that, each has its own edge. I like how tolerable the spiciness is of the Spicy Chipotle BBQ Sandwich. And it has crispy bacon which makes it a winner! It is best paired with any of their milkshakes so you have something to counter the spiciness of the sauce. With the Cali Chicken Sandwich, I particularly like the sauce. It is very creamy! The avocado flavor is very mild, too. It won't taste weird for someone who is to have avocado sauce for the first time. 

Cali Chicken Sandwich
(Php 185 a la carte; Php265 meal with fries and drinks)

In addition to CaliBurger’s classic milkshake flavors (Chocolate, Vanilla, and Strawberry), there are 7 Amazing New Milkshake flavors that are launched this summer  These are the Tutti Frutti, Bubble gum, Butterscotch, Coffee, Mixed Berries, Blueberry, and Rootbeer. All of CaliBurger’s milkshakes are hand-spun and made with real rich creamy ice cream and fresh milk!

CaliBurger Milkshake (Bubblegum, Mixed Berries, Butterscotch)
Php175 each

I have always been a fan of CaliBurger's milkshakes! I would always have Vanilla milkshake every time I visit CaliBurger and it never fails to make me feel satisfied afterwards. During the event, I was able to try out the Coffee variant and I could say that I now have a new favorite! It was creamy and thick since it's made with real ice cream. The coffee flavor is very mild and it's not too sweet as compared to the other flavors.

Driven by the commitment to provide the best, most attentive and friendly customer-service and engagement, CaliBurger has been taking technology by the helm, creating activities such as Cali Trivia Nights, Xbox Kinect interactive play, live NBA viewings, LIVE viewing parties like the “Pacquiao vs Mayweather” fight this May 3rd, as well as private party packages at Century City Mall. Many things are also in the pipeline such as new menu items that are worth breaking that diet for. 

Visit their branches:
Makati - 4F Century City Mall, Kalayaan Ave., Makati
Timog - 118 Timog Ave., Brgy. Sacred Heart, Quezon City (in front of GMA Network)

Visit and follow their sites:
Facebook - https://www.facebook.com/CaliburgerPH
Twitter - https://twitter.com/caliburgerph
Instagram - http://instagram.com/caliburgerph

XO, Mish

PS. Don't forget to try out their Cali Sweet Wings! Def my favorite! :D

17 April 2015

Marian Rivera is new 555 KumpleTuna endorser

In a new TV commercial for 555 Tuna, the Kapuso Primetime Queen describes her married life as happy and complete. “KumpleTuna ang buhay ko!” exclaims Kapuso Primetime Queen Marian Rivera in her new TVC for 555 Tuna. The said TV commercial, as well as Marian's new endorsement with 555 Tuna, was launched last Wednesday at an event held at Marco Polo in Ortigas.

Marian Rivera is new 555 KumpleTuna endorser

Marian, who got married in a highly anticipated ceremony late last year, is obviously glowing with happiness in the new TVC, which featured her enjoying wedded bliss. Here, she is seen preparing a meal for two using 555 Tuna, the brand that is complete given its delicious mix of tuna and vegetables in a flavorful sauce. It is also complete in offering a wide range of lutong-bahay flavors. In short, KumpleTuna!

Marian Rivera is new 555 KumpleTuna endorser
Host Lia Guerrero

“Super happy ako to be chosen as the new face of 555 Tuna. Lumaki kasi ako sa Lola ko na lagi akong ipinagluluto, so ngayong may asawa na ako, sobrang namimiss ko ang lutong-bahay. Thankfully, sa 555 Tuna, nahanap ko yung lasang ‘yon – yung 555 Tuna Afritada nga, halos katulad nung afritada ni Lola!” said Marian. “Mas convenient pa especially pag nasa tapings dahil naka-easy open can siya.” Marian even prepared an Adobo and Bicol Express dishes for everyone during the event using 555 Tuna.

Marian Rivera is new 555 KumpleTuna endorser
Macky Lim, Group Product Manager for 555 Tuna

Greg Banzon, General Manager of Century Pacific Food Inc., the company behind 555 Tuna, also expresses joy in having Marian serve as the brand’s newest ambassador.  “555 Tuna has found the perfect endorser in Marian Rivera, who is famous not only for her beauty and sass, but also for her genuine love for cooking. She is in fact taking cooking classes and likes posting photos of her dishes, and we’re definitely excited to see 555 Tuna gracing her dining table.”

Marian Rivera is new 555 KumpleTuna endorser
Greg Banzon, General Manager of Century Pacific Food Inc.

In the new 555 Tuna TVC which will soon air on primetime TV, Marian can be seen preparing a home for two – adding a second towel for her bathroom, setting the table for a dinner for two and of course, a KumpleTuna dish for the man in her life whose arrival is signaled by the sound of a doorbell, “Ding-dong!” Finally, Marian exclaims, “Ayan na siya, My KumpleTuna!”

Marian Rivera is new 555 KumpleTuna endorser
Lia Guerrero and Kapuso Primetime Queen, Marian Rivera

Like Marian Rivera, Pinoys can enjoy 555 Tuna’s lutong-bahay sarap which is available in 12 delicious variants: The best-selling blue line - Afritada, Caldereta, Adobo, and Mechado; the green line, featuring Bicol Express, Lechon Paksiw, and Sisig; and  orange line, featuring Flakes in Oil, Hot & Spicy, Sweet & Spicy, Corned Tuna, and Chili Corned Tuna.

Marian Rivera is new 555 KumpleTuna endorser
The newest face of 555 Tuna, Marian Rivera-Dantes

Delicious, nutritious, and easy-to-prepare, 555 Tuna is truly Marian’s – and every Pinoy’s – KumpleTuna!

XO, Mish

13 April 2015

Magic Potions: Your One Stop Beauty Shop

Online shopping is indeed one of the most convenient means of shopping nowadays. However, it exposes us to certain risks like encountering bogus sellers and fake products. Due to such, it is important that we transact only with reliable online shops. Especially when it comes to beauty and skin care products, it is important to find a shop that provides authentic and effective items. It is also equally important to avail of the said products at such an affordable price. Luckily, there are shops like Magic Potions that offers us genuine and budget-friendly products.

I have first encountered Magic Potions several years ago when I was searching for glutathione products. Back then, there were only few shops that sell authentic glutathione pills as compared to the number of shops that offers them now. Right now, there are tons of other online shops that offer these products, some at a much cheaper price. But when we come to think of it, it is not wise to risk by purchasing products from a shop whose reliability is not yet proven. That is why I recommend Magic Potions. Magic Potions is one of the pioneers in selling affordable glutathione in the Philippine market and worldwide and has been in the business for 11 years now -  a proof of how reliable this shop is. 

Magic Potions is indeed a one-stop beauty shop. Aside from glutathione products, they now offer weight loss products such as the currently popular Garcinia Cambogia. They also carry other skin care and wellness products in their shop. One of my favorite products is the peeling oil. I've seen how effective this product is, especially when the instructions are carefully and properly followed.

Ordering from Magic Potions is really convenient. Just go to their website: magic-potions.com and place your order. Paying for your orders can be safely made through their website. Magic Potions is a corporation established and based here in the Philippines yet they cater to anyone here and abroad. They ship fast and discreetly to anywhere around the world. If you prefer to check out the products personally before purchasing though, they currently have retail stores in Makati, Ortigas, Manila, and Alabang.

Visit Magic Potions at:

Magic Potions Main Office, MAKATI
Unit 3 G/F Eight One Eight Bldg., 818 A. Arnaiz Avenue (former Pasay Road) San Lorenzo, Makati City

Magic Potions St. Francis Square Mall, ORTIGAS
G/F St. Francis Square Mall, Julia Vargas Ave., Ortigas Center, Metro Manila

Magic Potions St. Thomas Square Mall, SAMPALOC
2/F St. Thomas Square
1150 EspaƱa Blvd, cor. Padre Campa St., (Morayta) Sampaloc, Manila, Philippines

Magic Potions Metropolis Starmall, ALABANG
2/F, Right Wing Metropolis Starmall Alabang, Muntinlupa City

Check out and follow their sites: 

Website: magic-potions.com  
Email: inquiry@magic-potions.com
FB: MagicPotionsBeautyShop
IG: @MagicPotionsBeautyShop

XO, Mish

11 April 2015

Revlon Colorsilk in Light Reddish Brown (55) Review

I didn't have much time to blog during the previous school year so I just compiled photos of items that I wanted to post or review on my blog this summer. First on my list is Revlon Colorsilk hair color in Light Reddish Brown. I've noticed that drugstore hair coloring products have become one of the most viewed posts on my blog. And since I dye my hair once every 3 to 5 months, might as well come up with a review of every item that I'll be using. No before photos for this blog post cause I wasn't able to take one. :( Nevertheless, I had it over Revlon Colorsilk in Medium Ash Brown which I have also reviewed on my blog.

What it claims:

A light brown with warm red tones. 100% gray coverage

As usual, the box contains an ammonia-free colorant, cream color developer, after-color conditioner, instructions and plastic gloves. If you want to know how to use the product, check out this blog post: http://www.mishrendon.com/2013/11/revlon-colorsilk-luminista-in-medium.html

The Good:
  • It was able to lighten my roots effectively. It also gave the rest of my hair a reddish brown shade. 
  • As always, Revlon Colorsilk products are easy to use. They're also convenient as they are available in most supermarkets and drugstores.
  • Ammonia-free.
  • One box is adequate to cover the entire length of my hair.
  • Super affordable, Got this one for only P345 at Watsons. It is usually on sale so it's better to get them when they are discounted. Aside from that, they always have regular promos such as free hair color application, free tweezers, or free lipstick.
  • I love their after-color conditioner. Hope they sell it individually!
The Not-so-Good:
  • It took me weeks before I got the red that I wanted. Although I would say that it appears orange-y at times. Initially, my hair had a deep brown shade with a little bit of red in it. Eventually, my hair color turned lighter as you can see from the pictures below.
  • Sometimes, it seems to me that my hair color looks kind of uneven. But not really in a negative way cause it looks like I have highlights.
  • My hair, especially the ends, became really dry. But I guess it has also to do with frequent hair coloring. I just had the ends trimmed to keep my hair healthy.

One week after (using Nikon D5000)
One month after. Natural lighting (using iPhone camera)
Two months after (using Nikon D5000)
Three months after (using iPhone camera)

No before and after photos, but this is how my hair looked like weeks after. I couldn't say that I was totally satisfied with this one. Probably because I was expecting a different color on me. Nevertheless, the product was able to give my hair a nice color. Anyway, I'll be posting another hair color review within this month so please do watch out for that! :)

XO, Mish