25 May 2018

Have a Taste of Canadian Food at Main Street Kapitolyo

Looking for comfort food around Manila is probably the easiest thing to do. There are so many restaurants that offer comfort food nowadays that choosing one becomes a task. But when it comes to authentic Canadian comfort food, there is only one place that comes to my mind and that is Main Street.

Found within reach of people from North and South of Metro Manila cause it's conveniently located in Kapitolyo, Main Street is a restaurant that offers Western comfort food, particularly Canadian cuisine, for Filipinos to try. It is owned by Chef Adam Tan who conceptualized this restaurant using all his knowledge from living in Canada. 

Have fun in the sun but be kind to your skin—the Sun Patrol is watching

The summer heat is on full effect! Time to get out there, get that golden tan in your most stunning summer threads, and sit back with a nice cold refreshing beverage in hand. Pretty sight, isn't it? However, while the sun, sea, sand, and breeze collectively paint an amazing imagery of summer, one could also imagine how these elements can damage the skin when exposed without protection.

Have you ever stepped outdoors without any sun protection? You'd be surprised a lot of people are guilty of this. While we all dread the signs of aging, most of us don't make an effort to be kind to our skin. Some might say they actually protect their skin by using sunblock. But probably the important question to ask is, are you doing enough and are you doing it right?

Have you ever gone out of the house without an SPF of at least 30? Do you apply sun protection only on your face and neglect the other exposed parts of your body? Do you forget to reapply sunscreen every two hours? Do you apply less than a pea- sized amount of sunblock on your face?

If you answered YES to these, then you are committing serious violations against your skin.

Better be on the lookout then because The Kojie•san Sunblock Sun Patrol is watching to see if you commit more skin care violations and they could make a Citizen’s Arrest! Before they get to you though, you've got to make sure you know a couple of things. 

A variety of factors can cause damage to your skin but the biggest culprit is sun exposure! The sun’s ultraviolet rays break down collagen and elastin, making the skin rough and uneven. These rays also affect the melanocytes, which have something to do with the skin’s pigmentation.

What’s worse is that when your skin ages prematurely due to unprotected sun exposure—you can get wrinkles, brown spots and even skin cancer!

What can you do to prevent this? Stay out of the sun during the middle of the day when the sun’s rays are strongest, wear protective clothing such as hats and umbrellas and use a broad-spectrum sunscreen, which protect against both UVA and UVB rays, with a sun protection factor of 30 or higher. And yes, before the Kojie•san Sun Patrol makes another Citizen’s Arrest—don’t forget to reapply every two hours for maximum protection.

Kojie•san Sunblock is the only sun care brand in the Philippines with Sunactyl, which helps relieve and repair skin from sun damages caused by sun exposure.

Sunactyl protects the skin against UVA and UVB damage through the glutathione system. It also fights UV-stress and heat-stress.

The products include Kojie•san Sunblock SPF 69 PA+++; Kojie•san Sunblock Face SPF 50 PA+++; Kojie•san Sunscreen SPF 55 PA+++ with Lightening; Kojie•san Sunblock Sport SPF 50 PA+++; Kojie•san Before Sunspray SPF 50; Kojie•san After Sunspray and Kojie•san Kids SPF 30 and SPF 50.

All Kojie•san Sunblock products have broad-spectrum protection against harmful UVA and UVB rays to prevent sunburn and premature skin aging.

So don’t be afraid to go out in the sun and enjoy the beach and indulge in other outdoor activities. But make sure to slather on your Kojie•san Sunblock because the Kojie•san Sun Patrol is ready to make a Citizen’s Arrest anytime you commit a skin crime.

If you want to know more about this, go to the @kojiesansunblockph Facebook page.

XO, Mish


17 May 2018

How to Make Your Hair Grow Long Faster

I have not had short hair in a long while. Not that I do not love having short hair, but I feel like my face looks a tad slimmer with long hair. I also have not had the courage to cut off my long hair just yet. I will probably have it done when something monumental happens. But until then, my long hair is here to stay.

To be honest, I love having short hair whenever it happens. It is amazing how convenient it is to have short hair. Not only is it lighter and easier to manage, it is also easier to style. You could even just air dry it after shower and it will still look good and fabulous as if it was blow dried. Especially in this kind of heat and humidity, having a short hair is such a blessing.

But there were times when I had short hair that I miss having long locks. You want something to run your fingers with and you cannot just do that with short hair. Just imagine thick, Brazilian hair that flows beautifully – that is the goal. Sometimes, you just wish it would miraculously grow long over night or as fast as it could. While that may not happen as quickly as we want it to be, there are ways by which we can help our hair grow faster.

1. Use hair products that strengthens the hair
  • While these kinds of products do not actually make hair longer per se, maintaining a strong and healthy hair lessens hair breakage and hair damage that can interrupt the growth of the hair. There are now hair products nowadays such as shampoos, conditioners, and hair serums that are focused on making the hair strong and thus long. These are not too costly and you can make them part of your everyday routine comfortably. If you have extra budget, there are also hair treatments that can help you maintain strong and long hair.

2. Get a hair trim every now and then
  • I know that the goal is to make the hair longer faster but maintaining hair ends that are smooth can promote an overall healthy hair. You can have at least an inch cut off and it would not even be noticeable. When split ends and damaged hair are eliminated, it makes hair healthier and stronger which can thus prevent hair breakage and damage.

3. Try out a hair weave
  • If you cannot wait any longer and would want that your long, luscious hair back, hair weaves can be an instant solution. While it may not actually make the hair grow fast, it can give you the result that you are aiming for nonetheless. You can choose a hair weave that is the same color as your hair and choose from a wide variety of lengths to suite your preference. To help you find the one that would give you your hair goals, Rebeccafashion has a huge selection for you to choose from. 

Waiting for your hair to grow can be quite a test of patience, but these tricks can help you achieve your hair goals faster than the usual. Hope these help you!

XO, Mish


11 May 2018

Get that Naturally Looking Healthy Hair using Hair Bundles

One common misconception about hair weaves, hair extensions, and wigs is that they usually look fake and they tend to create an unnatural look. More often than not, this misconception leads women, and even men, from refraining to try out and venture into these kinds of products. In case you are wondering why people would want to use these products, hair weaves, hair extensions, and wigs are used for multiple reasons. It may used because of fashion and cosmetic purposes which is more common nowadays or because of medical reasons such as hair loss or hair thinning. 

Unknown to most people, there are means by which we can make these products work for us. The stigma about hair weaves, extensions, and wigs being unnatural can now be solved through proper knowledge and information about these products. Equipped with these, we can now achieve hair that looks healthy and natural, more particularly by knowing which hair weave or extension is right and appropriate for us. 

Nowadays, hair weaves and extensions come in all sorts of style, length, color, and material. Sure, most wigs available nowadays are synthetic wigs that are often used for cosmetic purposes. But there are also wigs and extensions available now that are made of authentic human hair. The best part this variant is that even human hair wigs and extensions come in different kinds. There are Indian hair, Malaysian hair, or virgin hair to choose from. However, if you want something that looks naturally healthy and voluminous, the best choice would definitely be Brazilian hair because of the natural sexiness that it gives off. 

Among hair weaves, wigs, and hair extensions, I find hair extensions the most natural looking when applied because it usually just makes the hair longer or a little bit thicker without having to alter or modify the roots of the hair. On the other hand, wigs seem to be the most unnatural to use since you have to cover the roots of the hair which can add unnecessary bulk and thickness in the said area. They are the easiest to apply though since you just need to tuck all your existing hair properly and secure the wig on your head.

An alternative to wigs can be a hair bundle with closure. They can be quite a work to put on but they give off a more natural looking finish than wigs. These products also stays on longer. These are used by securing all existing hair in place, usually by braiding it. After that, you just sew in or glue the hair bundles to your tied-up hair to secure it in place. Since these has closures, they are easier to put on and can conceal existing hair properly and smoothly.

If you are looking for the perfect hair weave or extension for yourself, you may want to check out Rebeccafashion as they carry a wide selection of bundles, extensions, and wigs to match your preference. They also carry tons of natural looking products to help you achieve that healthy looking hair in an instant.

XO, Mish


10 May 2018

When in El Nido Palawan - Island Hopping (Tour A) with Northern Hope Tours

The highlight of my El Nido trip would definitely have to be our second island hopping tour with Northern Hope Tours, a travel company based in El Nido that offers island hopping tours and van transfers both in Puerto Princesa City and El Nido. I thought I would not be able to enjoy it because I got terribly seasick the day before. Tour A in El Nido, which is the most popular tour, is composed of five locations - Seven Commando Beach, Small Lagoon, Shimizu Island, Secret Lagoon, and Big Lagoon. All five destinations are quite nearer from the port than Tour C which we did the day before.

Small Lagoon

Just like the previous day, we were picked up by our tour guide, Ryan, from our hotel at around 9 in the morning. I think we were the last ones to arrive at the destination since I saw other tourists gathered up in the meetup place. Since we weren't able to get some good shots of the scenery from the boat the previous day, my friends and I were the first ones to board the boat this time and took the front seats located at the end of the boat (opposite the driver). There were 18 of us this time but it wasn't crowded at all in our boat. Like the previous day, we were accompanied during the rest of the day by our tour guide, his assistant, our boat driver, and two other assistants who helped in maneuvering the boat.

During our boat ride, we stopped for a few minutes so that Ryan could give us some instructions and reminders such as how we should keep our live vest on at all times whenever we are at the boat, to keep it also on whenever we'd step out of the boat especially those who do not know how to swim. After that, we headed to our first destination - the Seven Commando Beach.

03 May 2018

Get Salon Ready Hair at Home

There is nothing like salon ready hair to complete one’s look. Especially when it comes to special occasions and events, having big, fabulous, sexy hair is a must. You would surely want to pair your elegant dress or gown with a hair that makes a statement in itself.  Just imagine Brazilian hair that is flowy and gorgeous. That is always the hair style that I dream about. 

For events that needs dressing up, I usually run to the nearest salon to have my hair done. Since I am no pro when it comes to hair styling, it is reassuring to have someone who knows what he or she is doing to do the job.  Otherwise, I would look up for videos on YouTube on how to make my hair voluminous and extravagant. And this would usually take preparations, I would have to allot time to practice it until I can do it on my own.

The downside of getting your hair done at the salon is that it is very costly most of the time. Sure, there are cheap salons, the quality of which you can never be assured of. But if you want better results, you would want to go to the best ones which are, more often than not, more expensive. With all the help that are available online such as tutorials and other help when it comes to DIY-ing your look, getting that salon ready hair should never have to be expensive nor tedious. Most especially with the help of hair weaves and extensions, you can achieve the look that you are aiming for easily and effortlessly.

For temporary usage, hair extensions work best. Ever wondered how celebrities have long, luscious hair all the time? Their secret are hair extensions. They can make your hair longer, or thicker, or both as you please. With hair extensions, you can easily style your hair. Updos can be easier achieved since there are more hair to work with. If you prefer to have your hair down, you need not worry about limp and dull looking hair because hair extensions will give you the right amount of thickness. Although hair extensions do not come cheap, they can be used again so it is a really good investment. 

If you want to have salon ready hair that would last you days, you may try out hair bundle with closure that can be attached to you existing hair. Since these are glued or sewed on, they could wear them longer unlike hair extensions. The best thing about these is that they can give you a whole new complete look. Just like hair extensions, these can give you longer or thicker hair depending on your preference.

If you want to know more about hair extensions and hair weaves, you may check out rebeccafashion. They currently carry tons of human hair weaves and extension and synthetic wigs for you to choose from which vary in length, color, style, and material.

XO, Mish