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Zumba with Karen this Friday!
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Last night while waiting for My Husband’s Lover on GMA, my friend Karen and I were reminiscing how we met in 1996. It was through my childhood friend Lia, who met her at Club Filipino during the badminton craze.
When I met Karen, she was chubby, bubbly and full of energy. She was my fashion assistant at Grocery, which was my label back in the ’90s.
Three years later she was back in the US, and I didn’t know when I would see her again.
In 2005 she came over to visit

Threesome
L-R: Karen Salgado, Melvin Mojica, Hank Palenzuela

And then we lost touch. Well thank God for Mark Zuckerberg. I found her on Facebook and last week she came over to stay with me while visiting her dad who is undergoing cancer treatments.
This is Karen at home

Karen Salgado

and at Pepper Lunch

Karen Salgado

Two years ago, Karen started her career in Zumba, which combines Latin and international music in an effective workout system. See Karen’s weight loss in just one year

Karen Salgado

Karen, before and after. Not bad for 40!

Karen Salgado

Here for two weeks, Karen leaves on June 16th. Luckily she was given an opportunity to hold a Zumba masterclass at Beyond Yoga, The Fort to help raise funds for her dad.

Karen Salgado

You will love Karen’s energy. Just watch her during a fundraiser held in Palm Springs recently, where she was able to raise US$5,000 for her dad.

This Friday the class will be held from 6:30-7:30 PM at Beyond Yoga, BHS Central Branch – 3rd Floor, C2 Building, 7th Ave Corner 28th Street, Bonifacio High Street Central, Taguig.
Fee is Php 600, and donations are more than welcome.
To reserve, please call (02) 553-3799 / 0917-6BYYOGA (6299642) or email inquire@igobeyondyoga.com.

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Can’t wait for “My Husband’s Lover”
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I’m excited for GMA’s new drama series, My Husband’s Lover, which premieres Monday, June 10, 2013.
But don’t expect the typical “mistress genre”, as the title suggests.

My Husband's Lover

My Husband’s Lover, stars Tom Rodriguez (as Vincent) and Carla Abellana (as Lally), whose characters get pregnant while still in college.

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They decide to get married, even though Vincent’s mom (Kuh Ledesma) is against it. Because of her, Lally finds out married life isn’t such a bed of roses.
Especially when she becomes pregnant with her second child—Vincent becomes distant and cold towards her.
Here’s when Lally discovers Vincent’s dark secret—an old flame named Eric, played by Dennis Trillo.

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My Husband’s Lover also stars Karel Marquez, Victor Basa, Chanda Romero, Roi Vinzon, Glydel Mercado, Bettina Carlos, Kevin Santos, and Pancho Magno.

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Now watch the trailer

To know more, go to https://www.facebook.com/myhusbandslover.

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How to cool your vajayjay
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This isn’t a sponsored post.
I’m just one of those women who have “happy periods” for the most part, when I’m not doubled over in cramps.
I love cute sanitary pads, and I’m a sucker for cute packaging.
At first I thought I was the only one who hoarded sanitary napkins when traveling abroad, even when I don’t have my period. It turns out my sister and my friend Kathy used to do that too.
Not sure where I found this pack of Whisper Pinkcess, but I think it must’ve been Rustan’s Supermarket.
I bought it because of the cute little package.

Whisper

Finally used it last week and was really surprised, because at first I thought something must be wrong with me.
I had a cold vajajay. I thought it had something to do with my recent liposuction.
Later that afternoon I stared at the packaging. I can’t read Chinese, but I figured that green breeze-looking thing that says i-co at the bottom probably meant menthol or something.
Which would explain the cold sensation. I lovett!! Perfect for the tropical weather.
Now if they can invent a napkin that relieves menstrual cramps, that would be perfect.

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CRAJES: A tear come true
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“I want to paint you,” the artist, Popo San Pascual told me back in the early ’90s.
“Paint me with a tear in my eye,” I said.
“No, I want to paint you laughing,” Popo said, “I will call it Laughing Cecile.”
Popo moved to Tagaytay and we lost touch.

Something really tragic happened to me back in the ’90s, something I didn’t think I would survive.
During that time I found a small statue of the crying Virgin Mary, which touched me because I felt like she was crying with me. I had that special statue on my bedside until my baby dropped it on the floor and broke it.

Then sometime in November last year, I saw this invitation to an art gallery at The Fort.

Crajes

Spanish painters Carla Rendon and Jessica Ruiz, collectively known as Crajes, was mounting a solo show in Manila.

Crajes

I went there as fast as I could and marveled at the workmanship

Crajes exhibit at Pablo

These were huge

Crajes exhibit at Pablo

I couldn’t leave without buying anything, so I chose the one on the left.

Crajes

Crajes’ paintings remind me so much of me, so I took a chance and emailed them to inquire about painting me, with a veil and a tear in my eye. I sent them a couple of pictures with me in Maison Michel hat and headband

Cecile van Straten
Cedric and I

I was thrilled when they emailed me back and wrote: “We want to know if you want a transparent tear or a blood one?”
A few months later, I was following its progress on @crajes Instagram account.

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The tear is in place

Crajes
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Beginning of the veil

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I love this

Crajes

Amazing, painstaking detail with a fine brush

Crajes
Crajes

The finished product will be 100 x 115cm, and my dream is coming true.
To know more about Crajes, go to http://crajes.carbonmade.com/
Or follow them on Instagram @crajes and Twitter @crajesart

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