Siargao Series: Siargao Bleu Resort & Spa

It’s been more than a month since our Siargao trip at hindi pa rin ako maka-move on sa kanya. Hahaha! I think I need another trip, or can I just go back to the island and stay there for the rest of my life? Seriously, it’s the best!!!!

I have been to some places in the country but this island, OH MY GOD I don’t know what magic it has but it really captured, and still capturing my heart. Parang pag-ibig, mahirap maka-move on unless may dumating na iba! CHAROT!

So much for that!

We have been lucky enough to have stayed in one of the luxurious resorts in the island, Siargao Bleu Resort & Spa. Originally, we only wanted to stay at Bravo Resort — because I just wanted to drink sangria by the beach ’cause I have heard that they have the best one in the island (and yes, MASARAP TALAGA SYA!!!!) — but one of my good friends told us that there was no available room that could accommodate us. Fortunately, she was able to help us look for another resort. “Ok lang ba kung sa Siargao Bleu kayo?”, she told me. I have done some research prior to this and I should know, that resort is off my list because it’s beyond our budget, nakakaloka sa mahal okay!!! My first question was “Will it be same price, though?” She said YES. Of course, I immediately said yes!

Let the photos I have taken speak for itself.

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Who would say NO to this, huh?!

We stayed at Siargao Bleu for 3 days and it was one of the highlights of our trip. Everything seemed perfect.  As far as I know, it is the biggest and the only spa resort in the island. If you are on a bigger budget, splurge and spend a night or two in here. We stayed in their garden deluxe room; you may check the prices here: http://siargaobleu.com.ph/accommodations

PJ and I are huge fans of anything buffet that’s why we were very happy that the resort serves daily breakfast buffet. Happy tummy!!! No photos, though. We devoured the food as soon as we could!

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Swimming pool and floating rooms

We were greeted by the hotel staffs and they immediately handed us our welcome drinks. They were accommodating and they have attended to everything we needed. They even let us check in earlier than the check-in time.

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Welcome drinks!

Another thing to note is they offer free shuttle service around General Luna. It was hassle-free for us whenever we want to go from one place to another. Customer service at its best!

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Surf spot near the resort! 

 

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Hey! ♥

The resort has a private beach front where we spent most of our time chilling. The sunset here is amazing!

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Look at that!

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The morning view is equally as beautiful!

It's like a scene from Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind ❤

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We totally had fun bumming around their huge swimming pool every after our activity for the day. We had the place all to ourselves!

Señorito PJ 😎

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Kayaking around the pool. Only in Siargao Blue 😉

The resort also offers spa and gym amenities. PJ was able to experience the massage and he said it was one of the best. For all I know, he fall asleep in the first 10 minutes.

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The view from the gym/spa.

If only we could stay here for a longer time, we would. If ever we go back to the island, I would still consider staying in Siargao Bleu.

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That’s all for now – I have yet to write another post about our island-hopping and Sugba Lagoon experiences, respectively, but  I would save that for another day (or week, or maybe another month, or never at all?) Let’s see! 😉

 

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Siargao Series: Surfing at Cloud 9, Magpupungko Beach and Tidal Pool, and Habal-habal Rides

After a day of (mis)adventure just to get to the island, we’re more convinced that Siargao has a lot to offer.

I woke up at around 5am the next day to do a quick run from downtown General Luna to Cloud 9, and back. It felt great to be able to run along strange roads and see unfamiliar faces. I managed to do some quick stops to take photos and appreciate the beautiful scenery.

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I have seen one of the most beautiful sunrises that day.

Reaching Cloud 9, there were heaps of surf instructors asking me if I wanted to surf. You see, surfing isn’t my thing. I have tried it twice but my heart is not into it.

I ran back to our place to wake PJ up.

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What a stunning view!
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The iconic boardwalk at Cloud 9

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We were on our way to look for a habal-habal driver to take us to Magpupungko tidal pools when suddenly, someone approached us and asked where we’re headed. Luckily, that guy on the motorcycle is the owner of one of the surf shops at Cloud 9, and told us that his brother can drive us around the island and can take us to Pilar. Ten minutes later, we were in his shop and PJ has decided that he’s going to surf. It was an impulsive decision but it’s all good! At first I was kind of worried because he doesn’t know how to swim and might drown. Sometimes I feel like I wanna protect him all the time, TITA OF MANILA ANG PEG?! Haha! He spent an hour surfing and crashing into the waves of Jacking Horse surf spot while I enjoyed my own company. When I saw him stand on his board, I clapped nonstop, feeling like a legit #TitaOfManila cheering for his most favorite nephew. Hahaha

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Look at him; he is so cute. Feeling pro!

PJ’s instructor, Gugong, taught the former some techniques on how to properly stand on the board and have a good balance. I think PJ has done a good job as a first-time surfer.

I highly recommend Ally’s Surf Spot if you are going to try surfing at Cloud 9. Their staff are accommodating and they won’t let you drown while surfing; in short, they will take good care of you. An hour of surfing lesson costs Php500.

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Another hour was spent riding a habal-habal going to Magpupungko. Along the way, we enjoyed breathtaking and agricultural scenery, which reminded me more of my hometown, Calbayog. We hardly saw large transportation along the way. It was very peaceful.

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There is a Php50 entrance fee to the Magpupungko Beach and tidal pool. Entering the vicinity, I immediately looked for the tidal pools but I was more enthralled by how beautiful and clean the main beach was. I never expected it to be that way. It’s like the tidal pools are just added bonus to its beauty! Nonetheless, Magpupungko tidal pool stands true to its promise as a must-see among Siargao island tourist spots. There was a huge rock that you can climb for cliff-jumping but we weren’t able to try so. Next time, maybe, when we visit again.

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Entrance to the tidal pools

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The beach! ♥

Before heading to Magpupungko, make sure to always check the schedule of the tides. The pools are best-enjoyed when you visit during low tide so you can walk around and hop from one pool to another. We went there just in time for the high tide so we only had an hour to enjoy the place. It’ still deep even on low tide so if you’re hesitant to jump, just find contentment near the rocks where you can hold on to. You can never imagine how amazing it was to see the huge waves from the Pacific Ocean envelopes the pools. It was really a breathtaking scene. Mother nature sure knows how to surprise us human beings!

Additional notes:

Hire a habal-habal driver to bring you to Magpupungko beach and tidal pools. Fee ranges from Php800-Php1000. Travel time is an hour and 30 minutes. We opted to hire a driver because we don’t know the way going there and it will take us a while if we insist to drive on our own. You may also visit Tayangban cave pool as it’s just along the way but we skipped this part.

UPDATE: Yakson House’ Abdomen Massage and Face Resizing Care

I know, I know, I have been caught up with other stuff that’s why I have missed writing my reviews for the face resizing care.

It’s been a long overdue post but here it is…

My 7th session for the face resizing care using golki therapy.

I was then again ushered to the changing room and placed my stuff into the basket. This time, I was asked to settle down but this time, my body facing up — meaning my breasts are out in the open. “Is this really necessary?”, I asked the therapist. It was very uncomfortable but I just had to go through it. I had to go through a front massage applying breast care and the abdomen massage afterwards.

 

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had to cover my breasts for pic purposes. hahaha

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I fell asleep during the massage.

This is from their official website:

Abdominal obesity, especially visceral fats can have serious effects on your health. As one major role of fats is to protect the internal organs, your body accumulates more fats in order to protect them if you have problems with your liver, bile, heart, intestine, spleen, stomach, lung, colon, kidney, or bladder. If this problem continues, your organs will not function properly, resulting in digestive problems, constipation or even more serious diseases. Abdomen massage helps open the abdominal cavity and release the fascia so the organs can lay unrestricted in their natural positions in the abdominal cavity.

The effects:

Slimmer waist.
Helps digestion
Regularity in the digestion process
Helps lose abdomen fats

After the abdomen massage, we have proceeded with the golki therapy.

It was everything that I have expected, as usual. Painful but so addictive. I wouldn’t want to sugarcoat the procedure; it was really painful. I felt like my bones were breaking. Kim, the golki master/therapist put heaps of effort pushing my jaw bones to create a V-line on my face.

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After the session, another therapist entered the room to give me the final massage which is the face massage and cleansing. I believed she has used sea salt powder to even out my skin and get rid of the dirt .

As usual, every golki therapy session is worth the visit. I can’t wait to share to you the before and after photos of my face. 🙂

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Yakson House Makati, Philippines

G4 Perla Mansion 117 Don C.Palanca St. Legaspi Village, Makati, Philippines

 

Siargao Series: Why Siargao and how did we end up here?

​I know I have been talking nonstop about Siargao for more than a week now. I think my Facebook friends are already sick of me but to be honest, I am just too happy to care. 

The rumors are true: you fall in love with a strange place in an instant that it feels like home already. I thought that El Nido was my “home”, until I set foot in Siargao. 

The famous Boardwalk at Cloud 9

But why Siargao? How did PJ and I end up in this secluded island?

The original plan was just to explore some parts of Mindanao (Butuan, Bislig, Hinatuan, Surigao del Sur, and other nearby places), but a week prior to our flight, I have decided to ditch everything and just go to Siargao, instead. I’d rather travel farther and just stay in one island than to travel from Point A to Point B that it feels like our whole time is devoted to habal-habal and bus rides. 

I googled everything: from places to visit, how to get there, where to stay, where to eat, etc. I even asked my Facebook friends’ suggestions. I have contacted almost everyone, every resort possible, reserved rooms (even if I don’t have plans of staying in some of them) just to be sure. If plan A doesn’t work, I have until Z, right?

The view from Romantic Beach Villas

I asked my good friend, Kaie, to help me get us the best place to stay. Bravo Resort was my first choice since it was everyone’s recommendation. However, a day prior to our arrival, she informed me that Bravo was fully booked. I FREAKED OUT but of course I didn’t tell her. Hahaha! I know she has a Plan B. Lo and behold, Plan B was even better. We were booked in Siargao Bleu Resort and Spa for 3 days. No additional fees!!! Whew, what a lifesaver!

My other dilemma was the flight schedule itself. Since Siargao was an impulsive decision, and our flight was Manila-Butuan, I was worried that we won’t catch the ferry boat from Surigao to Siargao. Take note that the ferry boats from Surigao to Dapa Port are very limited. Last trip is at 12pm, unless you wanna rent a private boat that could get you to the island anytime. Imagine this: Manila-Butuan original flight schedule was 7am, another 3 hours to Surigao via van transfer, 2-hour boat ride to Dapa, and another 45 minutes to General Luna. I WAS FREAKING OUT THE WHOLE TIME. Pressure’s on! I told PJ that we will take the risk and be chance passengers for the first flight out which was at 4am. Without any decent sleep, we immediately went to the airport and took the chance. Thank goodness, we were able to get into the first flight to Butuan. 

We arrived Butuan a little past 6 in the morning, and immediately looked for a van bound for Surigao. The driver told us that he will look for more passengers to fill the van; we had breakfast while waiting. It’s a little past 7am and I was freaking out again. The driver announced that he will wait for the next plane to arrive para daw mapuno ang van nya. “Kuya, papunta kaming Siargao, kapag hindi talaga namin maabutan ang ferry, ewan ko nalang sayo.” I know, I was being OA but I just wanted to get it done and over with and just set foot in the island. 

Luckily, we were able to catch the ferry boat scheduled at 11:30am. Thank goodness! Two hours later, we arrived Siargao Island. But wait, there’s more, the adventure didn’t end there!

Boat ride to Siargao Island

Since our stay in Siargao Bleu was booked from March 23-26, we had to look for a place to stay during our first night. We went to Point 303, and it was fully booked. Next stops were Arka Hayahay which we didn’t like, Traveler’s Inn which was also fully booked, and other resorts not worth mentioning. Finally, the habal-habal driver brought us to Kokai’s Resort; it was also fully booked, however they have another place that we could rent out for a night. We were too exhausted to negotiate that we immediately booked it. OUR BODIES WERE SCREAMING REST! After settling all our stuff, PJ and I took the rest of the night exploring General Luna, went to Bravo for some drinks, ate dinner at Kitya’s, and went back to our place to get some well-deserved sleep.

So that’s it for our first day in Siargao. Stay tuned for more. 🙂

5 Reasons Why I Love Yakson House

Today’ my last session in availing Yakson House’s face resizing care, and I can’t help but to be kind of nostalgic about these past 10 weeks with them. It’s been great, to be honest. This is first time to avail anything that is related to facial care. I am the type of person who doesn’t really care how my face looks like, as long as I think that it’s presentable enough to people.

I came up with 5 reasons why I love Yakson House. Below are the list:

  • The Location

I cannot emphasize this enough. The location is literally a 3-minute walking distance from where I work, and a 10-minute waking distance from where I live. It saves me from the horrible traffic.

  • The Ambiance

Ahhh, Yakson’s receiving area is the cutest! The couch is cozy I think if I will be staying there for hours, I could totally fall asleep on it. The massage area looks inviting, as well.

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  • The Staff

Kim, Joana, and Lisa are the best. They treat me with utmost care, and they always ask if everything is okay with me. I am going to miss them so much!

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  • The Service

Their service includes unique ways of massages which improve the quality of their service. I have been going to different massage houses here in the Metro but so far, Yakson offers one of the best service out there. The back and facial massage are to die for!!!

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  • Of couse, the Golki Therapy

What is not to love about Golki Therepy?? It is a method where pressure is applied to simulate blood flow. It is a natural, non-invasive, an non-surgical procedure that will help people achieve a beautiful and healthy body. It is a painful method: Imagine that a part of your body is being massaged (hard pressure, this time) thoroughly in order for blood to circulate properly. It’s always a painfully beautiful experience that I would do all over again and again.

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I will totally miss this experience. Thank you so much, Yakson House for giving me this opportunity! My heart is filled with joy! ❤

 

 

 

My Fitness Journey

I have been dubbed as the chubby girl my whole life. “It’s in our genes.”, I always say whenever people tell me that I am fat. I try to be physically active but my mother always makes sure that I eat the right amount — sometimes, more than enough — of food. “Pinabayaan sa kusina”, they say. Additionally, junk food is always there to the rescue.

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As far as I can remember, during my grade school years, I would stay at the back of the line because I was too big (and used to be too tall) to be at the front. Nevertheless, I didn’t feel that I was bullied. However, I used to feel that I am the bully of my own self. I deprived myself from hanging out with the cool kids because of my weight. Scared to be called as the fat girl, I have decided to choose the right people who are ready to accept me as I am.

I have been training and running on and off since my college days, then eventually stopped when I graduated. I tried going back to it but didn’t feel so right. It’s hard to force yourself into doing something but your heart is not willing to cooperate, and the result is you will end more more depressed than ever.

Last January, I got depressed because of my weight gain. I looked at myself in the mirror and told myself, “You need to work hard. Not tomorrow, not the next day, not on Monday. NOW!” I couldn’t fit in to my clothes anymore, and I felt the tightness on my face and thighs. I needed to lose weight not to be sexy, but to be fit and healthy.

That’s the time I gave running a second chance. I have never stopped since.

My first official run was Nat Geo Run 2016, and I did the 10km distance. I trained for two whole months, all by myself. There were times that my fiance would join me, but I really preferred — and still prefer — to train by myself. I finished the 10km in 1 hour and 19 minutes. I thought to myself that it’s relatively a good time for a first-timer.

#natgeorun2016 10km finisher. Thank you, legs, for not giving up on me! 🏃

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Mid-April, my friend and I joined the Ayala Triads running group. We train every Tuesday at Ayala Triangle Gardens. The members of Triads are very supportive and encouraging. Some of them are considered as elite runners, or in the running community, they are called “mamaw”, but not once that they let me feel that I am out of place nor left behind; I will be forever grateful to them.

I have joined series of fun runs here and there, but most of the time, I really prefer running alone, or with a very small group.

 

 

My fiance, PJ, and I also did run together last June, days after he proposed to me.

Manila Great Run 2016 15km Finishers – Individual Competition Category 🏃

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Last July, I did my very first half marathon. Ahhh, the glorious feeling after crossing the finish line was so priceless! I would really do it over and over again!

 

 

Fake it until you make it to the finish line. 😅 Omni Run 21km finisher! 🏃👊

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Aside from running, I also do yoga as cross-training. I have been doing it since late 2013, and it has been a huge part of my life since. It’s the perfect cross-training to running as yoga allows our muscles to stretch, and our body and mind to be calm. Contrary to popular belief, yoga isn’t boring. It’s the most fun type of workout that I have tried. Though the price for every session is quite steep, I am sure that it’s going to be worth it. I am just lucky that I get some free passes to some top yoga studios in the metro.

Wanna hang with me?

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You make my world upside down. ❤ I will always come back to my first love — yoga. Namaste!

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When I don’t practice in a studio, I try to do it at home.

 

 

I can't sleep, okay!!!

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Aside from working out, I also cut down my food intake. I replaced my breakfast with oats, milk and cereals. I stopped craving for unhealthy snacks no matter how stressful and emotional I was. I also stopped drinking soft drinks, and increased my water intake, instead. I never deprived myself from eating whatever I want, but it had to be in moderation. And please, I really value my cheat day! I think all of us need a day off and just eat everything we want, right? 😉

Of course there will always be bad days, insecurities and frustrations that came –and will still come– along my way. It’s not always fun and smiles. There are times that I feel like quitting and just give up. Whenever I weigh myself on a scale, the number on the scale doesn’t change. It’s still the same, but most of my clothes are becoming loose already. I even switched  size from medium to small. That’s the time that I started to ditch the scale because I came to my sense that numbers do not define how hard I work out and sweat. Numbers are well, just numbers. It doesn’t even define my whole being.

There are also times that I just feel like staying in the whole day. I sometimes miss my weekend long runs intentionally. But it doesn’t make me a bad or a weak person. We all need a break, a recovery.

This coming February 2017, I will be running a full marathon for The Bull Runner. Last August, I got an email saying that I got in — I am one of the 800 selected people to participate in The Bull Runner Dream Marathon 2017 that will be held in Nuvali. In running community, especially when it’s a big race, 800 is a small number for a full marathon category. People might say, “Why is it even a big deal? It’s just a marathon, you’re just running. You will be paying to run and get tired eventually.” Believe me, that’s how my mindset used to be, but now, I understand why runners, especially those aspiring marathoners, get so emotional with things like this. If you really want something so bad, you have to work hard for it and claim that you will get it. AND YOU WILL!

 

Morning workout: 3:1 interval for 45 minutes. #tbr2017 #cantstopthedreamers #tbr #runner #fitness #running

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Training for a marathon is not supposed to be taken lightly. I have been slacking off, and I’m guilty for that, but I won’t let it win over my dream to be a marathoner. I will aspire to be a better runner, and of course, a better person.

 

5km run + NTC on a rainy Thursday night. 🏃💪

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I am already at a point in my life that I stop giving a damn to what others people say about me and my physical appearance. As what I have said, what others would say don’t and won’t ever define me as a person. I remember there was one time that one of my cousins told me that I am too fat to be wearing a swimsuit on the beach. I was hurt but I didn’t let it overpower me. I don’t need that negativity in my life; I am too happy to care.

 

Below are just some Before & After Photos of myself. I know that there are a lot to improve but I am taking it slowly, but very surely. I am trusting the process.

Just a gentle self-reminder: You are getting there; slowly but surely. There is no rush. Just trust the process.

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To everyone who aspire to be fit and healthy, here are some tips I can give you:

  • Start now!
  • Never stop exploring. People have different types of body. Try every workout possible and I hope that you will find your true passion. For me, it’s running and yoga.
  • Do not let people dictate and define you. You don’t need negative vibes around you.
  • Find a community that can help you achieve your fitness goals. I am thankful that I have my Ayala Triads family and Adidas Fit Squad to support and cheer me on.
  • Never deprive yourself from eating what you want BUT IN MODERATION.
  • Don’t do it for someone else. Do it for yourself.
  • Your only competition is yourself. Never ever compare your fitness journey to others.
  • Start slow and eventually, you will see good results.
  • Take rest/recovery days with utmost importance. You and your body need it.
  • Lastly, DITCH THE WEIGHING SCALE. DO IT!

Changes don’t happen over night. You won’t suddenly gain muscle and firm up. You wont instantly lose weight. A six-pack won’t appear in just one set of ab crunches or a minute of full plank. You know why? Because this is a process and a lifestyle change. Never stop hustlin’!

Yakson House: Progress Update

I know I haven’t been writing much lately due to busy work schedule, plus my time is really devoted to my training for my upcoming full marathon. Just wanna give you some updates about my facial resizing care from Yakson House. 🙂

In my 6 weeks of visiting Yakson House to avail the face resizing care, I can definitely say that I am seeing a lot of progress and improvements in terms of the size of my face, especially the v-line. If you could look at the photos I combined below, you can see what I am talking about.

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In the first picture, I took it a week before undergoing the face resizing care. As you can see, my face looks so round, the v-line isn’t prominent yet. The second photo was taken right before my first face resizing care session. If you look closely, you can already see a difference compared to the first one. My skin also looks fair. I don’t know, maybe it’s just the lighting. But, no filter, of course. The facial care really makes the skin glow!

Moving on to the third and fourth photos the V-line shape becomes more evident and I am really happy with what I am seeing. It feels like magic! The golki therapy is slowly showing its effects to my face.

However, during my fifth visit, I noticed that my face became asymmetrical after the session. I panicked, sent Kim some photos I took to show here what my face looked like.

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Do you see what I am talking about? My right cheek looks swollen it feels like I just got a tooth extraction. 😦 Good thing it went back to normal after a few hours. That point made me realize that our body is capable of so many  things. How amazing is that!

Lastly, here is a  photo from my recent session last Wednesday. Grabe, is this what you call I WOKE UP LIKE THIS photo? I look so fresh and blooming — yes my friends told me that, as well! And look at the improvement on the V-line shape, it is really more evident this time! So far, so good!

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Two-hour session of massage, facial care and golki therapy isn’t enough. Most of my session, i am knocked down that I didn’t feel any pain during the golki therapy, and upon waking up, Kimwill just greet me with a “Good morning, Ma’am!” as a joke. Hahaha, all the massages were THAT good!

I can’t believe I only have 4 sessions left; my Wednesdays will never be the same without this.

 


 

Please visit Yakson House Makati’s Facebook page and their website for more details. They are is located at G4 Perla Mansion, 117 Don C.Palanca St. Legaspi Village and they are open from Mondays to Saturdays, from 11AM – 8PM.