2010 International Women’s Day

3 03 2010

Each year, March 8 is celebrated as the International Women’s Day.  While the international theme is “Equal rights, equal opportunities: Progress for all”, our local theme is “Babae, tagumpay ka ng bayan!” (“Woman, you’re the country’s success!”).   The theme highlights women’s achievement in paving the way for women’s advancement and empowerment amidst major challenges. It celebrates the success of women’s commitment to pursue equality which resulted in the enactment of the Magna Carta of Women (a comprehensive women’s human rights law which serves as the national translation of the UN CEDAW, the International Bill of Rights for Women) and the achievements in the implementation of the Beijing Platform for Action (BPFA) and those related to the Millennium Development Goals (MDG). 

Our company has always been actively participating in the yearly observance of the National Women’s Month.  Last Monday, March 1, a number of employees joined the Walk for Women’s Rights at The Fort, Taguig City.  Other pocket activities during the day include exhibit of products for and by women, free counseling, legal, medical, beauty and wellness services for women.      

Other major activities for the month include Go Negosyo Women Entrepreneurship Summit on March 8 and Women Disabilities Day on March 29, 2010. 





Life’s Irony

2 12 2009

I wanna laugh at myself…  Everyone is dying to date and have me but because I’m really too picky, not everyone gets a chance.  Many have been matchmaking for my benefit but never worked either.  Then there came a few who caught my fancy but never even noticed my presence.  Life is indeed so ironic…  Ahhhh, life! 

Hahahaha, just want a release… of this bad feeling I’m having right now.  I don’t have much to do today… As the cliché goes – The idle mind will sometimes fall into contemplations that serve for nothing but to ruin the health, destroy good humor, hasten old age and wrinkles, and bring on a habitual melancholy. 

Don’t take this too seriously….





The Balinese Spa

12 10 2009

It was another I, Me and Myself day. After my car registration, I went straight to Festival Mall to purchase a few items at Healthy Options, but because I ended up in the covered parking area, I accidentally saw (again) the The Balinese Spa which is sitting at the entrance.  This suddenly brought out the spa-holic in me.  So my visit to Healthy Options was deferred until later that afternoon.  It was almost 11 a.m. so I thought it was fine to have the massage and then lunch afterwards. 

The spa has two couple’s rooms and one single room only.  I didn’t pay much attention to the interior design of the spa maybe because the whole area seemed squeezed in.  Everyone, however, will never miss the Buddha wood carving prominently hanged on the end wall of the alley. 

I opted for the signature massage which costs Php550.  After a few minutes of waiting at the lounge, I was led to my room which is the biggest so far among the spa rooms I had been to.  Sitting on the batik-lined bed was a set of blouse and shorts, also in batik (cloth which traditionally uses a manual wax-resist dyeing technique).  I liked it!  

There is only one separate shower room and one toilet for women.  Both are quite spacious but I wondered how the spa-goers will deal with the limited number of shower room and toilet during peak times.  I knew the answer.  The spa was really small  with only one (1) single’s room and two (2) couple’s rooms.  One good thing is this spa has a dry sauna (my favorite spot in every spa) that can accommodate around 5 persons at a time. 

The whole massage was basically Swedish-like – lots of kneading and gliding.  Relaxing, but I could not distinguish the difference from other types, if there was any hint of Bali style in it.  I forgot to ask my masseuse.  Like other spas, after the massage, you will be offered either a complimentary pot or a cup of tea. 

The overall experience was satisfying.  I guess that’s the magic of touch, esp. if your masseuse is good.  I walked out of the spa in a state of euphoria, oblivious (again) of my stresses in life.   





Remember Me by Sophie Kinsella

23 09 2009

Remember Me

Background:

When twenty-eight-year-old Lexi Smart wakes up in a London hospital, she’s in for a big surprise.  Her teeth are perfect.  Her body is toned.  Her handbag is Vuitton.  Having survived a car accident—in a Mercedes no less—Lexi has lost a big chunk of her memory, three years to be exact, and she’s about to find out just how much things have changed.  Somehow Lexi went from a twenty-five-year-old working girl to a corporate big shot with a sleek new loft, a personal assistant, a carb-free diet, and a set of glamorous new friends. And who is this gorgeous husband—who also happens to be a multimillionaire? With her mind still stuck three years in reverse, Lexi greets this brave new world determined to be the person she…well, seems to be. That is, until an adorably disheveled architect drops the biggest bombshell of all. Suddenly Lexi is scrambling to catch her balance. Her new life, it turns out, comes complete with secrets, schemes, and intrigue. How on earth did all this happen?  Will she ever remember?  And what will happen when she does?

Review:

Remember Me is another easy-read chick-lit novel.  While it is entertaining and fun, it covers morality issue (same with Giffin’s Something Borrowed) as well – cheating one’s partner – in the end, all in the name of love. 

Still worth reading… 





Something Borrowed by Emily Giffin

21 09 2009

 Something Borrowed

I can never consider myself a fast reader.  On the average, I spend about a few weeks on a book.  It’s not all about my little free time but basically because I’m really slow in reading, actually slow in bookworms’ standards.

I don’t know if you would call it an improvement or was it because they were just easy-read and hard-to- put-down novels?  I’m talking about Remember Me by Kinsella and Something Borrowed by Giffin.  Around middle of last week, I started Remember Me and finished it Saturday night, then I proceeded with Something Borrowed after I got home from church yesterday (that was about after lunchtime) and unbelievably finished it a little before lunchtime today.  My reading performance with Giffin’s book really amazed me.

Synopsis:

It tells the story of Rachel, a young attorney living and working in Manhattan. Rachel has always been the consummate good girl—until her thirtieth birthday, when her best friend, Darcy, throws her a party. That night, after too many drinks, Rachel ends up in bed with Darcy’s fiancé.

Although she wakes up determined to put the one-night fling behind her, Rachel is horrified to discover that she has genuine feelings for the one guy she should run from. As the September wedding date nears, Rachel knows she has to make a choice. In doing so, she discovers that the lines between right and wrong can be blurry, endings aren’t always neat, and sometimes you have to risk all to win true happiness. 

Review:

This is an easy-read chick-lit book, very well-written with scenes well-described.  I found myself really involved in the different situations especially those breathtaking moments.  It’s definitely engrossing!  Can’t afford to put it down.

It’s a tale of a friendship with various conflicts and choices to be made.  Some questions of moral concerns arose in the process but can hardly make any judgment.  Maybe anyone is really capable of taking the risk of losing friendship to love… true love in this matter, especially when the supposed to be “victim” is of flawed character from the start.  So maybe Rachel’s action is justified??? Maybe….

I wish this would be made into a film… It could turn out to be a big grosser with the good casting.





Branded Fragrances and Cosmetics up to 70% Off

16 09 2009

A colleague just informed us that branded fragrances are being sold in a kiosk inside the Pacific Star.  So after I settled my bill, I checked it out.

So I’ve learned that it belongs to Luxasia, Inc. , which is owned and managed by socialite Mia Nolasco-Cuenca.  The company has been making  international brands of fragrances and cosmetics available in department stores such as Rustans.

Rumeur by Lanvin (100ml) at Php1,200

Rumeur by Lanvin (100ml) at Php1,200

So what did I get?  Guerlain Parure Compact (Php1,300), Shiseido Multi-Energizing Cream (Php800), Decleor Radiance Smoothing Cream (Php1,350), StriVectin-SD Eye Cream (Php1,000), Jurlique Purifying Foaming Cleanser (Php800), Shiseido Pureness Anti-Shine Refreshing Lotion (Php600) and Rumeur by Lanvin (Php1,200).  A real steal….

So ladies and gentlemen, you can start your holiday shopping now.  The kiosk will stay until Friday, September 18.  By the way, payments can be made by cash or card.





The Proposal

4 08 2009

 The Proposal

I had marked my calendar as early as February for the release date of the “The Proposal”.  So here in Manila, it was on the 29th of July but I watched it on August 1st.

Synopsis

When high-powered book editor Margaret (Sandra Bullock) faces deportation to her native Canada, the quick-thinking exec declares that she’s actually engaged to her unsuspecting put-upon assistant Andrew (Ryan Reynolds), who she’s tormented for years. He agrees to participate in the charade, but with a few conditions of his own. The unlikely couple heads to Alaska to meet his quirky family (Mary Steenburgen, Craig T. Nelson, Betty White) and the always-in-control city girl finds herself in one comedic fish-out-of-water situation after another. With an impromptu wedding in the works and an immigration official on their tails, Margaret and Andrew reluctantly vow to stick to the plan despite the precarious consequences.

Review:

While it has a happy ending, it failed to show “Falling for you” moments and as one review puts it more romantic interactions that would have provided the audience with at least a good make out scene to indulge in.  The audience wanted more…. 

The movie is still undeniably worth watching with its primary cast – Ryan Reynolds (Andrew) with his very sexy appeal.  I particularly liked the look in his eyes especially during the on-the-spot announcement by Sandra Bullock (Margaret) of their engagement.  – and Sandra Bullock who is still in a really great shape at 45.  Her portrayal was believable! 

On its 2nd week, you can still catch the movie at SM Cinemas.