5th Gen Is The Newest Endorser of T&J Salon

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Last month, I have shared my remarkable transformation all thanks to T&J Salon.  Now, I'm happy to share that the brand is growing even more as it partners with 5th Gen as their newest set of endorsers.

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5th Gen is a group is composed of world champions and multi-medalists from the international talent competition called World Championships of Performing Arts (WCOPA), namely Reymond Sajor, Rhap Salazar, Marielle Mamaclay, Lady Onnagan and Rj Buenagua.

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5th Gen was established on September 5, 2014.  Thus, they are a relatively young group that continuous to grow.  

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According to Bang's President, Sky Park, 5th Gen was chosen not only because of their talent but also because they have the heart which is what matters more for the brand.

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After welcoming 5th Gen as their newest endorsers, T&J Salon surprised the birthday celebrant
Lady Onnagan with a birthday cake and song.

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Hope her birthday wishes come true.

5th Gen is currently managed by Vega Entertainment.  They can sing different genres.

Check out their latest single Contagious on itunes.

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5th Gen with Head Operations Manager of T&J Salon Seven Lee
Congratulations 5th Gen and T&J Salon!

Perfect Gift for a Crowning Glory to the Queen of My Life

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If there is one woman who I should be thanking my life for, it would be my one and only mom.  From the time when I had to develop from her womb until now, she gave me more than what I needed and tried to give me more than she could.

While many would say that mothers are born with maternal instinct, still she could have given less and yet she gave me the very best.  During our tender and nurturing years, I have witnessed my mom giving us all her utmost care and attention to us.  She didn't bother to address her wants.  I knew how much she has given up for us.  She was the dancing diva, the prom queen and the party girl who always gained the spotlight.  But, as soon as we entered the scene, she gladly paved way.

Now that Mother's Day is approaching, it has become a challenge to find a gift fitting for the queen of my life.  Knowing my mom, she'll be glad with any kind of surprise.  But, still I want to give her the very best.  Certainly, there are many choices... choices that money can easily buy but their benefit for my mom will vary.

This year, I will give her something more... more than material thing she can use or wear.  And, yet make her feel so special and beautiful.  I shall give her a healthy package of NOVUHAIR 3-in-1 pack which includes the topical scalp lotion, herbal shampoo and conditioner.  It will remind her of the days when she used to hold my head so gently on our little pink plastic tub as she shampoos my few strands of her.  Now, I can massage her scalp after she takes a shower with the topical scalp lotion.

NOVUHAIR Topical Scalp Lotion is so unique that it combines 19 natural herbs, essential oils and co-factor nutrients––all working synergistically to help address hair problems from growth to vanishing. This breakthrough product helps to rejuvenate, nourish and maintain the moist of her tress from root to tip, aids in stimulating the growth of her hair and helps prevent it from excessive falling, while improving the overall appearance.  Surely, after each NOVUHAIR, her hair will shine with a crowning glory that is fit for a queen like her.

NOVUHAIR 3-in-1 pack is beyond compare. So, don’t think twice to wrap it as your present for her this Mother’s Day and, if ever, for life. Head on to any Mercury Drug and other leading drugstores to get a dose of nature’s answer to hair loss.  For inquiries, call 413-6570 or 0922-8830575, and visit www.novuhair.com for more details. Follow us on Twitter @NovuhairNatural and Instagram @NovuhairOfficial for promo announcements and exciting updates.

Shu Reflexology and Foot Therapy: My Back Massage and Foot Reflexology ExperienceSan Juan Greenhills)

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Stress is my number one enemy in my life.  Scientific studies have shown that stress is the leading causes of illnesses such as heart disease.  So how do with bust away our stress and continue with our daily lives?  Ive found there are many ways.  One of them is having a session at Shu Reflexology and Foot Theraphy.

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Shu Reflexology and Foot Therapy is still on its soft opening phase so it fairly new.

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It is located at the Mezzanine Floor of TNA Building in Jose Abad Santos Street.  It is just across Sodam and beside Kalye 1 Food Park.

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Even from the outside, Shu's elegance exudes.

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Upon walking in, the beautiful Chinese interiors complemented my impression that Shu adopts a Chinese style.

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I love the way they made the place so cozy, elegant and refreshing.

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The receptionist was very courteous.  She asked me what I wanted to avail.  I chose the Foot Reflexelogy for 1 hour and 40 minutes.  I also had the option to choose any of their four teas.

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After a few minutes, my assigned therapist Madel ushered me to my assigned room.

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Each room across the hall is identified with a room number.

Couple Rooms
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Since I was there on their opening hour, I was allowed to tour the rooms except the room that was already occupied.

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Shu had several couple rooms.

Group Room
There is also a Group Room.  This room is perfect for families and double couples.

Individual Room
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The biggest room is for individual clients.

My Back Massage and Foot Reflexology Experience
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I found my changing clothes waiting for me on my assigned chair.

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I was then told I can have my clothes changed at the Changing Room found almost at the end of the hall.

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There's a titling TV screen in every room.  While waiting for my therapist, I took the time to scan the cable channels.

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Soon, my therapist Madel came with my Pu-Erh tea and a warm thermal bag for my back.

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She then came back with a wooden pail with warm water to soak my foot.

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I could feel the tension melting away slowly as the foot reflexology proceeded.  There was a little massage on the head then the a long session for the back.  You can choose to have it with or without oil.

If you're expecting deep tissue, this is not it.  Their technique is more focused on hitting the right points that stimulates the enitre body.  The stroke is relieving in a consistent way.

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Overall, whew what a relief I had thanks to Shu! Ginahawa talaga.  I would say it is one of the most relieving 1 hour and 40 minutes I had all week.

Shu Reflexology and Foot Therapy
Mezzanine Floor TNA Building
17 Jose Abad Santos Street
Little Baguio, San Juan, Philippines
(0908) 889-3353

T&J Professional Lightmall: 7 Reasons Why I Trust Them With My Hair

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With our social media savvy generation, where selfies and OOTD (outfit of the day) are part of our everyday routine.  As you all know I myself am addicted to Instagram and have several accounts such as @tsinoyfoodies, @traveltripsters and @crumpylicious.  Thus, it has become a must to have our hair looking awesome and controlled not just for the sake of vanity but also for the sake of art and keeping up with our generation.  Since it's summer and for sure summer outing and events will be prominent, I opted entrust my hair care with T&J Salon by Tony & Jackey for a total summer make over. 

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Here are my 7 reasons why....

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1.  Superb Ambiance

Upon stepping into T&J, I already knew I have come to the right place.  The chandeliers give of a cozy yet elegant feel.  It was well-ventilated with high ceiling so I didn't get overwhelmed with salon fumes that I usually encounter elsewhere.  They space utilized with organization.

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It was very spacious so even though they have a lot of hair stylists working at a busy pace with their carts moving around, you can still move with comfort. 

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More importantly, it was very bright and squeaky clean.  I notice how attentive they are in sweeping fallen hair strands.  What a discipline!

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You Tuber Phoenix Sy Getting His Hair Treatment

2. Well-trained Staffs
Whether it's shampooing your hair up to technical things like hair treatment, each and everyone of the assistants - those in checkered skirts, are capable of attending to your needs.

While I was having my hair shampooed, ate (sorry forgot to ask her name because I was so into her tales) was proudly telling me all about her work.  She told me their training is a meticulous process.  Like in Taekwondo, they have several stages (white belt, yellow belt, green belt, blue belt, red belt and black belt) before become a certificate hair stylists (then you get to wear the cool white uniform).  They have an exam every 3 months to see if you can progress.  If you're a prodigy, you can become a certified hair stylist in a span of two years.  But, many like ate cannot do so as they have to learn each step slowly and surely.  According to ate, she has been with Tony & Jackey Academy for around 2 years and she is currently a yellow belter.  What's great about Tony & Jackey Academy is that the staffs get rotated in around their 50 branches so ate has had the chance to work side by side with Tony & Jackey's best korean hair stylists.


3. Quality Hair Care Products
T&J Professional uses quality hair care products - mostly Korean brands imported from Korea except for L'OrĂ©al.   In every step of the way, ate was showing me each and every hair product that she is applying on my hair.  She explains how it is applied, how often I can apply and it's purpose.  T&J Professional also sells the products they use.  If you can see the bottle instruction and boxes, they are in Korean but not to worry since T&J Professional provides instructions in English which you can get at the counter when you purchase them.

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With T & J Salon Operations Manager Seven (Sungbo) Lee

4. Trained and Managed by the Best Korean Hair Stylists
I was fortunate enough to meet and had my hair done by T & J Salon Operations Manager Seven (Sungbo) Lee.  As you can see, I have a very thick jet black hair that's difficult to manage since childhood. 

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My hair has always been challenging even for the best stylists.  So I was really curious with how Seven will make it look better.
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After around 20 minutes of applying his skills...

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And, he did some follow ups after the shampoo...

Tada! My new hairstyle for the summer!

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To complete my summer look, I also had my hair color.  (Photo credits to DemsAngeles.Com)  I left the color selection to Seven.

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Me With T & J Salon Operations Manager Seven (Sungbo) Lee
So how's my new look?

5. Making Filipino Dreams Come True
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I am a firm believer that dreams do come true.  Remember how our enthusiasm and passion starts of fiery and sparkly when we were kids.  We have so much hope and energy to try and try.  But, then we turn into adults and the fast pace world has made it more difficult for us to dream.  And, you'd hardly encounter people talking and passionate about pursuing their dreams.  To my amazement, I could sense the passion of every Filipino assistant at T&J Professional to pursue their dream in being as skillful or even more skillful certified hair stylists as their Korean trainers and educators.

While Seven was doing my hair cut and hair color, I could see ate's sparky and gleaming eyes as she paid attention.  I can't help but route for her and all the other Filipino assistants of T&J.  T&J is their training ground and it will also be their stage once they become a certified hair stylist.  Yes, that's right.  If Tony & Jackey Salon is where you can get premium hair services from professional Korean hair stylists and Bangs is where you can get affordable hair services also by Korean hair stylists, T&J is where you can get super affordable hair service performed by our very own certified Filipino hair stylists who were trained by Korean hair stylists and passed the certification of the Tony and Jackey Academy.

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6. Very affordable
Not that I'm a cheapskate but our hair must be maintained regularly so why not get one at an affordable price so you can continue to visit once every three months or oftener right?  At T&J, the price is unbelievable affordable.

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According to ate both Filipino and Koreans alike favor T&J for being affordable and yet you get quality service as they are all trained by Korean hair stylists.  They have here almost all services except for the premium ones.

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And, you can also purchase here the same hair products as sold in Tony & Jackey Salon and Bangs

For more information on T & J Salon Check Out:

7 Realizations from Bataan's 75th Araw ng Kagitingan Celebration

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My father has taught me to appreciate history because we can learn from the mistakes of the past.  I thought I have grasped our Philippine history to a significant depth.  But, perhaps not... I had no idea that I could have so many realizations from Bataan's 75th Araw ng Kagitingan Celebration.

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Realization 1: The Value of Friendship
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Just as its our human nature to make mistakes, we can also strengthen current friendships (US-Philippine Allegiance) and form new ones (Japan-Philippine Diplomacy).

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Photo Credits to my travel blog Travel Tripsters IG
I am very amazed by Japanese Kenji Mori who spent millions for the prizes for the Drum and Lyre Competition, Poster-making Contest and the 25-minute long with75,000-shot fireworks during The Grandest Pyrotechnics.  To find a man with deep pockets is not unusual.  But, to find one with a sincere modesty, generosity and boldness to personally show himself and do the judging and purchasing by himself is quite rare.  It made me think of who is more fortunate?  Is it Bataan and other donees or Kenji himself who has the capability to change lives and touch the hearts of millions as he goes around places including Philippines to donate supplies and equipment for the benefit of kids? 

Realization 2: The Fight Continuous
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Just as Former Defense Secretary Gilberto (Gibo) Teodoro stated, only we - the Filipino people, can look out for ourselves so we always have to be ready.

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President Rodrigo Duterte also said that although the war is over, the fight continuous as enemies just present themselves in different forms such as drugs, terrorism and crimes.

Realization 3: We are all human
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Whether it is combatants or civilians, we are all human.

Watch Video

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Philippine Marines Drum and Bugle Team
Each life is valuable.  We all have our own dreams, values and skills.   Such skill is proven by the Armed Forces of the Philippines as they played excellently with synchronicity.

Realization 4: Bataan's story continuous
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Parade of Floats

In Bataan, lies a greater story among the people of what truly happened pre-, during and post-world war II.  Bataan is a province exactly where relevant hallmarks of our Philippine history such as the Death March took place.

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While history refers to the past.  Bataan's story continuous as 75 years later, history accumulates and its lessons are passed on...

Realization 5: The Youth is the Future
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Drum and Lyre Competition
In Bataan, the youth are passionate, lively and determined.

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For each and every one of them know and value how much the war heroes and veterans have sacrificed for their future.  
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With a wisdom and understanding that is beyond their generation, lies within them a more powerful and courageous spirit that can fly high to reach their dreams.

Realization 6: From Destruction Follows Progress
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Concert with Local Artists
As the saying goes, there is no other way but up.  Bataan that was once destroyed is now a progressive province filled not only with a computerized education system but also filled with arts and music.

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I've always believed that culture is a good sign of literacy.

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And, Bataan's local artists have truly shone with their performance.

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My favorite part is the Aeta Choir.  Their voices in harmony is so angelic.

Realization 7: Each Sacrifice has its Own Reward
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During the 75th Araw ng Kagitingan Celebration, President Rodrigo Duterte ordered the release of 6 billion pesos for the veterans’ pension.

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The wait for the release was really long.  Most of the veterans have grown impatient.

As most of them are over 90 years old.

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But, in the end, their sacrifices and wait have been rewarded.

Watch the Video Below for Highlights of  Bataan's 75th Araw ng Kagitingan Celebration

E-Hydrate Protein-on-the-Go

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I'm not really a fan of energy drinks because of the loaded sugar, artificial colors and whatever suspicious ingredients mixed in.  Before encountering E-Hydrate Protein-on-the Go, I usually just bring a bottle of water on my weekly jog.  I bet you're wondering what made me try E-Hydrate right?

For one, the summer sun is so intense reaching up to 29 degrees even on as early as 7 am in the morning.  I found myself drinking water more than working out.

I knew I needed an energy, protein and electrolyte boost.  Luckily, Healthy Options offered E-Hydrate - an energy drink that clean with little or no sugar and has more protein than other energy drinks.  E-Hydrate Protein-on-the-Go comes in 5 different product lines:  Protein-on-the-Go Premium, Kids Protein-on-the-Go, Protein-on-the-Go ACTIVE, Natural Drink Mix and Kids Natural Drink Mix.

I especially found the Protein-on-the-Go Premium quite convenient because I just drink it with me in addition to my bottle of water.  Then, I just fill it up to drink.

1.) Twist off cap to open pouch.
2.) Squeeze side of bag to loosen settled product.
3.) Fill pouch to 50% FULL line and replace cap.
4.) Shake (up to 1 minute) until fully dissolved.
5.) Remove cap, fill to 100% Full line.
6.) Replace cap, shake again before consuming.

The vanilla flavor is just fine with me but those who prefer a sweeter and more flavorful drink will like the chocolate flavor more.  I bet the kids will also enjoy it. 

Price-wise and health-wise, I think the Natural Drink Mix and Kids Natural Drink Mix is a better option though, it has no sugar (only stevia) and it's also easy to use since you can just pour the mix on your bottle of water.

I think it's great that they have different types and flavors.  They even considered the kids.  E-Hydrate is definitely a introduction for the kids on protein shakes.  I will bring some of these on my hike trips too.