So sorry I haven’t blogged in ages.
I got into a Twitter fight about two weeks ago and got bullied (my fault and I’m sorry. Deepak said so) so I decided to remove Twitter from my phones and lay off social media, including Instagram, Facebook, and well, my blog.
My son got sick on Friday, Saturday and Sunday. On Monday it was my turn to get sick up to this day.
I haven’t been sick for years!! I had forgotten what a 39-degree fever feels like and it aint fun.
So all this time I was in bed medicating and playing Candy Crush.
I’ve also been reading Deepak Chopra’s Seven Spiritual Laws of Success, which says I am exactly where I am supposed to be.
Which means I got sick because of certain decisions that I made (taking a bubble bath on a cold day, for one) and that God wants me to be right here, right now. With that I accepted my sickness and stayed in bed instead of forcing myself to work.
I am still in bed with a low fever, cold and cough. Just to be sure I’m not dying of pneumonia my friend Patrice dragged me to St. Luke’s BGC this afternoon for a blood test and X-ray—both negative. (Thank You Lord!)
Last Friday I did have the pleasure of meeting the two big winners of my Samsung giveaway.
Both winners met up with me at my office. This is Mary Grace Raagas who can now replace her old Samsung phone with a Samsung Galaxy Mega. (That cute little boy in the picture is my husband Jeroen.)
And Anne Roselle Lara (L) who plans to give her prize Samsung Galaxy Note 3 to her sister.
I also got to meet her pretty mom Ohla.
Well it’s great to have an office. Now I can meet more of you readers, as I prepare my next giveaway.
Oh, and thanks to the great people at St. Luke’s BGC ER and Dr. Dimagiba (indestructible) for his patience and who didn’t see this coming.
Hay! This cold weather kasi…
(Comments section, please be kind. I am still trying to recover. No trolls please!!)
When I was in high school I had a classmate with perfect hair, nails and skin. I kind of hated her and wondered how she did it. She was rich, for one and had a bigger allowance than all of us. Like her wallet always had bills.
What I didn’t figure out at the time was that she spent a lot of time in the salon.
When we were kids we only went to the salon to get a haircut. I didn’t know about the magic of regular blowdry until I was already working. Now that I’m older and can afford it, I don’t ever go out without a blowdry.
In 1987, Piandre was new and easily became one of the best salons in town. Their Greenhills branch was always busy, having captured the doña/moneyed market and their daughters. For one, they have sterilized brushes.
My mom was an instant fan and continues to be a regular 26 years later.
Growing up, all salons used to intimidate me, including this one. Even though I knew that Piandre was owned by my dad’s cousin, Linda Zamora Francisco.
Piandre, was originally supposed to be called Peandre—culled from the names of Peachy, Aina and Drea—Tita Linda’s three daughters.
“But it didn’t sound right so it became Piandre,” said my cousin Drea Zulueta, who is now general manager of 13 family-owned salons.
Drea gave me a tour of their recently opened branch in Bonifacio Global City, located at the ground floor of Two Parkade Building.
The salon was quiet this Wednesday afternoon but gets busy in the mornings, after work and on weekends.
The new BGC salon looks modern and spacious with bamboo floors and matching chairs. Drea says they designed the salon themselves.
Drea and her family keep the business updated by taking regular trips around the world to attend trade fairs and to source new products and materials.
Drea herself started training under Vidal Sassoon in London in 2003. She now helps train Piandre stylists back home.
Aside from the large salon space, the new BGC shop has a men’s area, two VIP rooms and three wax treatment rooms. But what I find amazing is it has restrooms everywhere—like seven restrooms, including two separate ones for the staff. The VIP section has its own restroom. This lavatory is chuva-approved.
The BGC shop has these magic mirrors I really love. See this logo at the bottom of the mirror
Press that and the mirror lights up.
Each Piandre salon also has a mini store of hair products.
Drea urged me to try Michael O’Rourke’s Rock Your Hair products to benefit my thin hair. Uhm, I can’t resist this color.
Among their wonder products are a dry shampoo powder for times you can’t shampoo and need to freshen up, plus a wonder hair powder that covers “bald spots” on your scalp.
Next we drove all the way to Timog Avenue, Quezon City where Piandre has opened a five-storey Mother Ship called the LZF Building (LZF = Linda Zamora Francisco). The four-storey building was designed by Carmelo Casas.
On the first floor is the parking lot, because Drea has a phobia of basement parking lots.
From here you take the escalator to the second floor, which houses a 600-square meter salon, the biggest in the Philippines.
It offers a full range of services including cut and finishing, color, nails, hair treatments
The Timog Mother Ship was quite busy this afternoon
The third floor, called the Salon Beautifier HQ, has a school setup. It will serve as a venue for training Piandre’s 60 stylists. In fact Piandre often flies in experts from abroad to train their staff.
The fourth floor holds a magnificent ballroom that can rival any hotel ballroom in Manila.
Love this VIP area. The ballroom can be rented for a fee. To inquire, visit the Piandre Mother Ship in Timog or call the numbers listed below.
On the fifth floor is a roofdeck, which is still being finished.
Aside from all the services offered, Piandre’s unique selling proposition is that it distributes many special hair brands like Lakme (hair color and hair care), Macadamia Natural Oil products and services, Rock Your Hair products, the pregnancy-safe Barielle nail polish line, Kerastase and L’Oreal.
Piandre is also the official distributor of the Keratin Complex Smoothing System in the Philippines.
After 26 years in the business, no wonder Piandre is the biggest chain of high-end salons in the country.
Piandre BGC is at Two Parkade, 30th Street corner 7th Avenue, Bonifacio Global City
T: (02)553-4014 • (02)519-9962
Open Monday to Saturday from 7 AM – 9 PM and Sunday from 9 AM – 5 PM.
The Timog branch is at LZF Building, 25A Timog Avenue, Quezon City
T: (02)441-2977 • (02)927-3448 • (0921) 212.5963
Open Monday to Saturday from 7 AM – 9 PM and Sunday from 9 AM – 5 PM.
There’s haute couture (“high fashion” or “high dressmaking”) and there’s haute maroquinerie or “high leather goods.”
They say there are only 50 haute couture clients in the world, where the world’s richest women spend tens of thousands of dollars on a custom-made dress from Paris.
Now imagine spending a similar amount for a custom-made bag just for you, handmade in Louis Vuitton’s workshop in Asnières, France.
There’s no need to fly overseas to covet your own handbag as Louis Vuitton’s Haute Maroquinerie service becomes available in Manila for a very limited time.
I was able to preview the very exclusive service at the VIP room of the Greenbelt 4 shop in Makati.
There’s a special trunk containing all the leather samples, locks and finishes in many colors.
There are eight kinds of fine leathers ranging from the supple, the firm and exotic, plus a total of 27 colors to choose from—all of which can result in 40,000 possible combinations.
To get a better feel, you can browse through small binders containing swatches
The client can choose the shape, leather, color and finish she desires, enhanced by a personalized patch with the name of the owner, making each bag unique and distinct.
Also on display are actual handbags to give clients an idea on the bags’ design, size, and weight.
These include three handbag designs inspired by Louis Vuitton icons:
Plus two new shapes—the Neo Steamer
The Haute Maroquinerie collection demonstrates Louis Vuitton’s savoir-faire in creating the finest leather handbags with impeccable details, enhancing the House’s made-to-order service to a whole new level.
Once ordered, each handbag will take months up to a year to deliver.
Those interested can visit Louis Vuitton Greenbelt 4 only until February 23, 2014.
Over 3,000 of you joined my latest giveaway.
After selecting ten winners via Random.org, I printed them out and divided them into two piles.
Anne Roselle Lara of Makati City wins the Samsung Galaxy Note 3
and Mary Grace Raagas of Pasay City gets the Samsung Galaxy Mega!
I am currently texting/emailing them on how to get their prizes.
The following won a pair (two each) of plush toys from Line.
They don’t have to do anything, I will just ship the toys to them.
Angeli Santina of Caloocan City
Mezekiel Mose of Pasig City
Aresminde Jr Dayaon of Pasig City
Orella Gayle Ocsena of Cavite
Sam Lim of Mandaluyong City
Eden Gillian Brillo of Laguna
Girlie Malapitan of Cainta, Rizal
Angela Claire Ching of Quezon City
Thanks for joining! I have another giveaway coming up very soon!! XO