Christian gets a Japanese haircut

Our son Christian was clean-shaven when we first brought him home five years ago.

Christian comes home

But oh, he had a cute face


He turned into this chubby little bunny

Christian, 23 months

One day we took him for a haircut at the kiddie barbershop at SM Megamall. At first he wasn’t happy

Christian's haircut

But the outcome was good


The hair grew longer


The kid got wiser

Christian washing hands

And just like that, he turned six years old last Christmas.

Policarpio Street 2013

Lately I haven’t found anyone who could style his hair nicely, so I took him to our friend Fumio of Natural Hype salon in Taguig.

Natural Hype at Taguig

Run by Japanese DJ and bartender Fumio Onishi (below, right), we got to meet him through our friend Takatoshi Kimachi (left) who always has good hair, so we thought Fumi could do the same for Christian.

Hairstylist Fumio Ohnishi and interior designer Takatoshi Kimachi

He plays great music and will offer you a drink

Natural Hype at Taguig

Being a new dad himself, I found Fumio very gentle with Christian. He carried him to the shampoo chair, which was already prepped with pillows to support the child

Christian's haircut

Christian enjoyed watching TV on the ceiling while getting a shampoo

Christian's haircut

Then he was brought to a chair where Fumio had propped up an iPad loaded with cartoons

Christian's haircut

Not too long after, we were done! We love it!!

Christian's haircut

Now if only yaya or I could style it like this each time, that would be great.

Christian's haircut

On the way home Christian settled into the backseat and announced, “The boss is going to sleep.”
And that he did.

Christian's haircut

To know more about Natural Hype, click HERE or like them on Facebook.

Natural Hype is at the 2nd floor, Blue Sapphire building
30th Street corner 2nd Avenue, Crescent Park West, 1634 Fort Bonifacio.
Reservations are necessary. To make an appointment call (02) 478 4226.

The Ritz-Carlton Tokyo

The Peninsula Tokyo may be heaven on earth, but for this trip with the kids I decided to book at the Ritz-Carlton Tokyo as recommended by my brother Dennis.
We had also considered the Grand Hyatt Tokyo due to its proximity to Roppongi Hills, but upon inspecting the rooms personally, I backed out due to the open bathrooms, even with the sliding doors. I don’t like sleeping near the sink or bathroom odours. :(

Tokyo Grand Hyatt

The Ritz-Carlton is also connected to the beautiful Tokyo Midtown mall, which I had visited previously many years ago.
I had lunch there once with my family at an expensive tempura restaurant. But being with parents, I wasn’t able to see the entire mall at that time. I did have a impressive memory of its interior and an extra large Muji store on the ground level.
Staying next to the mall means we have access to all kinds of food—rain or shine, summer or winter.
Another big plus is the 24-hour supermarket called Precce Premium, apart from the 7-11 at the basement.

Precce Premium, Tokyo Midtown

Here’s a look at the Ritz-Carlton Tokyo

The Ritz-Carlton Tokyo

There are always fancy cars parked in front—fascinating for the boys

Ritz-Carlton Tokyo

We checked in at the 45th floor lobby with a calming water feature

The Ritz-Carlton Tokyo

Ritz-Carlton Tokyo

We took two connecting rooms on the 49th floor.

Ritz-Carlton Tokyo

This was our room with Frette sheets and a view of the Tokyo Tower

The Ritz-Carlton Tokyo
The Ritz-Carlton Tokyo

The kids’ room

Ritz-Carlton Tokyo

Milk and macarons for the kids

Ritz-Carlton Tokyo

and for adults

Welcome note

and most importantly, the chuva-approved bathroom

The Ritz-Carlton Tokyo

Aside from two counter sinks, it features a remote-controlled flatscreen TV and clock

Ritz-Carlton bathroom

with convenient night light, so you don’t have to turn on the lights and wake up


Two sets of amenities per bathroom

Ritz-Carlton amenities

Automatic heated toilet


Chuva-approved minimalist shower and bathtub

Palmolive Naturals body wash

(Palmolive body wash, my baon from Manila)

Palmolive Naturals body wash

Apart from the fluctuating aircon temperature, I have no complaints about this room


Plus the boys really loved the wifi

Ritz-Carlton Tokyo speed

To know more about the Ritz-Carlton Tokyo, click HERE

(To be continued)

Watsons 3-day sale this weekend!

Having just arrived from Tokyo where I had to take care of kids, I still felt kind of bitin with my shopping.
Luckily Watsons invited me to shop all I want yesterday to sample their three-day sale this May 16-18, 2014.

Watsons 3-day sale

Given the chance, what would you buy?
As a lover of cute things I really liked this cart. I wish all malls would have carts like this available to go around.

empty cart

Watsons brand hand soaps are my favourite things to hoard, especially if they’re buy one-take one

buy one take one

Hair accessories are 10% off. Too bad I got the clips before they went on sale two weeks ago

hair accessories

I love Celeteque products, especially in the shower


My friend Rem will be glad to know Cetaphil products are on sale—for her daughter’s sensitive skin


I love Veet hair remover wax strips for the legs. Perfect for home and traveling.
I find it so relaxing when someone pulls them for me while I lie down.


Lots of Belo products on sale—hello Anne!

Belo products
Belo products

Here’s something interesting that’s not on sale though—Glutamax lightening feminine wash!
I’m doubting the tightening feature though…


Not on sale, but highly recommended: Crave Away whitening toothpaste and appetite suppressant

white glo toothpaste

Most of the makeup lines are also on sale


The hand soap bundles are a steal

hand soap

The cotton boxed sets are nice to have, especially at this price

cotton box

Nivea sun blocks are 50% off!

nivea sun block

Plus so much more of your favourite brands—check out the marked down prices

dove men

Check out the marked down prices


So what did I end up getting? Just a couple of Veet hair remover wax strips, two bottles of Belo Glutathione + collagen pills, Maybelline BB concealer stick, Watsons disposable underwear for boys for the next trip (long story), and a Sure Aid grooming kit so I can avail of the free cooler bag promo

my loot

The Sure Aid kit is part of Watsons Gotta Have it items that you need to purchase along with Php 1200 worth in order to get the promo item

free cooler bag

Et voila! No need for a shopping bag.

cooler bag

Watsons three-day sale is on until tomorrow only, so take advantage and stock up on your favourite products now!

Hoodwink at SM Aura

From the founders of homme et femme (H&F) retail stores comes Hoodwink, a playful yet sophisticated store that caters to a young male demographic.
Interiors were designed by H&F’s Mark (Jappy) Gonzalez in collaboration with architect Rola Vizmonte.

Hoodwink at SM Aura

Look closely and see crafty details like billiard sticks for door handles, darts for clothing hooks, and clothes racks and shelving made of tubular steel.
From the street view, a storefront window will feature a seasonal collab with a deviant artist.
This month however you’ll see Comme des Garçons PLAY balloons on the windows.

Hoodwink at SM Aura

So what’s on the shelves this season? A well curated collection that caught my eye, including Kitsune Tee and Lazy Oaf, among others.

Hoodwink at SM Aura
Hoodwink at SM Aura
Hoodwink at SM Aura
Hoodwink at SM Aura
Hoodwink at SM Aura

Now if only these came in women’s cuts, we’d be in a bit of trouble.

Hoodwink at SM Aura
Hoodwink at SM Aura
Hoodwink at SM Aura
Hoodwink at SM Aura
Hoodwink at SM Aura
Hoodwink at SM Aura

Hoodwink is on the ground level of SM Aura. Open daily from 10 AM to 10 PM


Tried and tested: Delta vs. Japan Airlines

Dreams do come true—for some of us, later in life.
It’s been my dream to go Japan as often as I can and as easy as flying to Hong Kong. Luckily I got my three-year multiple-entry visa after the Japanese government relaxed its visa rules for Filipinos.
When I was younger I studied Nihongo for two years and wanted to marry Japanese because I find them adorable. But my dad said, better not. He was right. :)
This year my husband and decided to take our family vacation in Tokyo and travel for the first time without a yaya. I must say it was quite a success.
As the official travel agent of my family, I chose Delta Airlines because of our pleasant experience last time. Prior to this we usually flew Japan Airlines until I rediscovered Delta through an online sale.

Here’s why I prefer Delta:
Delta seats are better. I find Japan Airlines seats not as comfortable. This is a normal business class seat on JAL

Japan Airlines

while Delta has cabin-like seats (like Cathay Pacific Business Class) which recline and lie flat.
Jeroen and I can hold hands when I’m scared

Jeroen on Delta

Each seat comes with a bottle of Evian (a huge comfort for me), a fluffy pillow, and a thin, quilted comforter
It has a very convenient outlet, so you can charge your gadgets before you land. (Can’t leave without my Samsung Galaxy Note 3!)


The flight attendants are so warm. There’s nothing like Delta flight attendants. The Americans have a great sense of humour and the Filipinos feel like family.

Delta flight attendants

Here’s a shoutout to fellow Assumptionista Fara Campos Lacson (middle) who was a commercial model back in the day

On the other hand, Japan Airlines serves food I like

Japan Airlines food

and allocates three pieces of luggage per passenger, versus Delta’s two pieces for business class.
So if food and shopping are your priority, fly JAL. But if comfort is more important to you, fly Delta.
Looking forward to my Japan visit, but next time I’m going to try Haneda Airport, instead of Narita.

NAIA renovation update

This was the scene at NAIA last week. Street level is boarded up

NAIA renovation

Busy at the other end

NAIA renovation

Much activity on the inside

NAIA renovation

And….aircons are not working. Iwatas everywhere.
So bring a fan in case this goes on until August like we heard.

NAIA renovation

I’m in Tokyo. More to come.

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