What’s Sexy Solutions?

Don’t tell Richard, but between the two Gutierrez twins (a.k.a. The Nestlé Twins), I always found Raymond cuter—although I can’t tell who is who from this vintage photo I bought at Tiendesitas.

Found photo: Nestlé twins

Here’s how Raymond used to look back in the day: 2005 at Tim Yap’s event

Raymond Gutierrez

2006 at a dinner for Nicolas Guesquierre, Bistro Filipino

Raymond Gutierrez

2006 at Metrowear

Raymond G. at Metrowear

Then something happened: Raymond at a Pond’s event, 2010

Raymond Gutierrez

Fat or thin, Raymond remained adored by his friends and respected by colleagues. But some of his best friends—Georgina Wilson, Isabelle Daza and Liz Uy—felt it was time someone told he needs to lose weight.
At that time, model Georgina Wilson had enrolled herself at Belo Medical’s new Sexy Solutions program. I myself had no idea what it entailed. I just saw it mentioned a lot on Twitter. Naturally I was curious.
Yesterday the two BFFs were presented to the media in a luncheon hosted by Dr. Vicki Belo and daughter Cristalle at Essensa.
Dr. Belo holds up a sample of what a pound of fat feels like

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It was passed around the guests

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I can’t believe I have 15 of these (unwanted fat) in my body

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Georgina (right, with host Raya Mananquil) said she signed up with Sexy Solutions to work on her problem area—her waist.

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She felt especially self-conscious, having to model a swimsuit at the Bench underwear show in 2010.

Georgina Wilson

Today, Georgina says she can’t believe she has achieved a 25″ waistline.
Georgina

Sexy Solutions, a subsidiary of the Belo Medical Group, is a reduction program that offers to get rid of stubborn fat through the combination of diet, exercise and modern science.
For some of us, no matter how much time we exert in eating right and working out, getting rid of those last few inches is the hardest.
Breaking through the fat loss plateau, Sexy Solutions’ first class treatments help make abs tight, thighs firm, and arms toned—without the use of invasive medicine.
Paired with an effective diet plan by Biggest Loser Philippines nutritionist Nadine Tengco and expert consultation from fitness and sports science specialist Edward Mendez, getting to and sustaining the healthier, fitter, and sexier you can become a reality.

Consultant Edward Mendez
Fitness expert Edward Mendez

Sexy Solutions offers four procedures to target fat cells using heat, ultrasound waves, and mechanical pressure:
1) Lipo Cavitation uses low frequency ultrasound to break down stubborn fat cells in common problem areas like the abdomen and thighs.
2) Multi-Firm uses radiofrequency to melt fat, tighten skin, and improve the appearance of cellulite through heat waves.
3) Body Sculpt uses a muscle energy pulse that contracts the muscle layer, causing a “squeezing” effect of the fat layer and accelerating the liquid fat drainage.
4) Tite FX is the newest and most innovative non-invasive body contouring and fat-destroying machine in the market. The Tite FX machine, using a high voltage pulse combined with radio frequency, heats up the skin to tighten and shape the body.

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After only one session Raymond said he already saw a change. “Instantly, I lost 2 inches from my midsection. Of course, it’s up to you to maintain it. For me, it was a combination of diet, exercise, and regular treatments at Sexy Solutions.
The treatments are painless because of the amazing new technology they have. But more than anything, it’s really the people behind it. It’s so easy to lose momentum when you’re trying to lose weight. But the staff really took care of me and encouraged me. I feel like I’m part of this new family and I’ll be forever grateful.”
Raymond Before & After

Watch this—the dimples are back!

Gerogina also saw immediate results and got hooked.
“Areas I had practically given up on were immediately smaller. I couldn’t believe the measurements after the first time because they were so drastic. I loved it right away.
Sexy Solutions has been a large part of my commitment to fitness. I’m so happy because I feel like I have a partner in losing weight and maintaining my ideal body. It doesn’t all happen in the Sexy Solutions clinics—exercising and dieting are integral to the program, but I definitely feel like we’re all working towards the same goal: a body I am happy with. Sexy Solutions is my secret weapon to getting sexy and most importantly, staying sexy.”

Georgina Wilson

Sexy Solutions is offered at:
• Suite 912 Medical Plaza Building, Amorsolo corner Dela Rosa Streets, Legaspi Village, Makati (Tel. 0917-860-5120)
• Unit 23 G/F South of Market Residences, 26th corner 11th Avenue, Bonifacio Global City, Taguig (Tel. 0917-867-1329)

Opening soon by March 2012:
• Il Terrazzo, Tomas Morato, Quezon City
• Bonifacio High Street, Bonifacio Global City

To know more, call 810-SEXY(7399) or go to http://www.sexysolutions.com.ph.

Sheep

I’ve read that the Year of the Dragon may not be a good year for the sheep (financially), so I decided to stop by World of Feng Shui at Serendra to inquire about my luck.

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“Hi, I’m a sheep,” I told the guy who opened the door. “What do I need to get?”
“Ma’am, you mean this kind of sheep (points to the object on display) or the animal?”

World of Feng Shui, Serendra

I DIED. It’s more funny in the Philippines.
So sad, I was alone. No one there to witness it :(

Chalet dreams

While waiting for some good news (hopefully) from Naumi Hotel, I watched a DVD of Chalet Girl, which stars Felicity Jones as Kim, a former skateboarding champion who loses her zest for the sport when her mother dies in a car accident.
Bored with life and to make ends meet, she takes a winter job as a chalet girl in Austria, where she meets Johnny, the rich heir, played by Ed Westwick.

Powder Girl (Chalet Girl)

Powder Girl (Chalet Girl)

The movie made me feel like a 20-something again, made me wish I was skinny, European, and liked snow (I truly hate winter). Made me wish I was so cool I could snowboard and had access to a chalet. (Unfortunately the closest I have been to a chalet is the Old Swiss Inn restaurant in Makati.)
I just love the setting of the movie because I’ve got my eye on the Chalet Dolce Vita in Italy, not because of skiing, I just really like how cozy this looks.

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Felicity Jones is a wonderful discovery for me as it’s the first time I’ve ever seen her. Not your typical girly girl, she transforms from chalet girl into the snowboarding champ who gets the boy.

Powder Girl (Chalet Girl)

Powder Girl (Chalet Girl)

It’s nice to hear Ed Westwick in his natural British accent and watch Brooke Shields as his snobby mom, a former Concorde air hostess who married rich (Bill Nighy).

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Two of my favorite characters are played by Sophia Bush, as Chloe (Ed Westwick’s sosy fiancée) and Mikki, the “single guy from Finland” who teaches Kim how to snowboard.

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So heartwarming, I watched it twice :)

http://chaletgirl-movie.com/

Sleepless in Manila

File this under #ChuvanessProblems

Since yesterday I’ve been problematic about a credit card bill that reflected a charge from Naumi Hotel in Singapore the amount of SG$ 941.60 or about Php 32,686 for a hotel stay that didn’t even occur last December 26, 2011.
Last December 26-30, my family and I stayed at the Quincy Hotel during the Christmas-New Year break and had a good time. But between Naumi and Quincy, I would have preferred to stay at Naumi.

Naumi Hotel

How did this happen?
I called of Shalini Silva at Naumi to ask about the bill. I would describe her telephone personality as stern (read: not friendly) as she said it was a no-show fee and instructed me to email them a complaint.
I went into my Gmail archives to look for a correspondence between myself and Shalini. The last correspondence I had was from me asking her to book the said hotel and giving her my credit card number.
After that, I don’t have any record of any response with a confirmation letter.
I emailed and waited.

A few hours later I received an email from Simon Tham at Naumi saying I will still be charged with a no-show fee, attaching a confirmation letter from the hotel which I was seeing only for the first time. My heart sank.
I asked for consideration. He later emailed that he would get back to me this week.
To be honest, I am such an OC traveler that I immediately print out all confirmation letters for hotels and plane tickets, put these in my travel case in the safe. I fill up everyone’s immigration forms, including arrival cards at the destination way in advance.
I also diligently check in early and reserve seats online because I am super OC about flying.
I don’t understand how this could’ve happened. No confirmation letter, I had no way of knowing I was booked. I ended up booking at the Quincy a month later—note that I received a confirmation letter from them.

That said, I’ve been stressed since Friday afternoon. Last night I ran so hard just to take the pain away from the thought of an electronic error that is costing me money. And now I can’t sleep.
I am hoping Mr. Peter Wong of Naumi Hotels would have a Google alert on his name and read this entry. I am begging for consideration on a refund, or at the very least a discount for the no-show fee.
I know Mr. Wong is a hands-on manager as I have seen him personally answer feedback on Tripadvisor.com.
If it doesn’t work, I’ll write to the Singapore Tourism Board for assistance.
Hoping I can get some sleep right now.

My reviews of Naumi Hotel: the bad one and the good one.

Jeroen and I at Naumi Hotel
Jeroen and I in Singapore, 2009

Naumi is such a beautiful hotel if you get the right room (not the one with open bathrooms). I really hope they can fix the problem so that I can come back in future.
Meanwhile I’m waiting for that dreaded email hoping they will make things right.
Will go to Mass tomorrow for help. Wish me luck!

http://www.naumihotel.com/

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