Food, Food Trip, Health, Manila, Philippines, Restaurants, Tongyang hotpot, Travel

Review: Tong Yang Hotpot


Hi everyone!

This is actually my first time to visit Tong Yang Hotpot in Makati.

My officemates and I went there last Sunday for dinner. Since we came in a group of ten people, they offered their private room for us. It was nice although we felt a bit secluded but it is also good since we felt that our things are more secured.

There are not much food choices compared to other buffets I have been to. Although I did not expect much since it is also cheap. I think 500+ php if hotpot only and 600+ if grill + hotpot. 

Everything is pretty much self service here. You will be the one who will scoop for your icecream and other desserts. 

They have several choices for drinks though but you got to check their glasses as they are not clean. Well, most of them! I had a hard time finding a decent one. Their ice was placed in a jug type the one you will use for family outing! I was really shocked but just made fun of it. 

I also noticed that there were not much available staff to accommodate us. Food has not been replenished right away and we needed to get their attention for them to refill.

They also have few spaces and tables for diners and parking spaces are limited as well. It was really crowded when we visited. Which is not convenient if you are sitting together with other customers.

Overall it was fun, although I would rather spend more money to have a quality buffet. Their place is pretty outdated and not that appealing. 

With what I experienced, I might not go back. 

I do not have photos of their food but I got some from our private room.

Beauty, Beauty products, Clay mask, Facial clay mask, Fashion, Health, Innisfree, Jeju, Korea, Korean products, Lifestyle, Minimize pores, Myeongdong, Philippines, Procedure, Sale, Seoul, Tour, Tourist, Travel

REVIEW: Innisfree’s Super Volcanic Pore Clay Mask

I may not have mentioned but I was in Korea for 9 days with my family a week ago. This gave me a lot of chance to check out korean products.

I was in Myeongdong almost every night to scout for best deals. I was amazed how low their prices are. I then learned that they have summer sale which runs from June to July. 

This is not my first time in Seoul but definitely more sale this time.

I will go through and provide reviews to other Korean products I bought for myself in the next weeks, so please watch out!

I have also started my online store in Instagram:

@skinlush_by_V 

If anyone from Philippines who is interested in buying some of my products, please let me know!! I have not updated my page yet but please stay tuned.

I will also be in Hong Kong in few weeks and will definitely grab some items from there as well then I will be back in Korea this October. 

Anyway, let me start my review:

I have been searching for a good product that will help in minimizing my pores while removing blackheads and sebum on my face. Then I came across this special product of Innisfree.

I went to one of their stores and asked one of their beauty experts. She mentioned that this is one of their best sellers but it is not advisable if you have senisitive skin or if you are looking for pimple treatment because this product might not help.


It came in a fancy bottle. I was super excited to try it so I immediately read the instruction at the box. It says, apply all over face and wait for 15-20minutes then wash face with lukewarm water.


After only 5 minutes look how the mask sits on my face! You will notice all those pores immediately, it doesn’t look that nice to be honest but I can say that I feel like it is getting through my pores removing all dirt and sebum.

Then after 20minutes, I already rinsed off with water. Unfortunately I do not have an aftermath photo but I assure you how squeaky clean my face feels! I also notice more visible pores now prolly because it tried to open all my pores and remove all clogged dirt and sebum which I like. 

I am thinking that it will definitely help minimize my pores once it is already clean from dirt and oil. Other than my visible pores I do not see any other significant changes but hopefully with continuous use of this product, I’ll be satisfied and will buy more this October. 

By the way, although the product is just small – you will see how little product you need to cover the entire face! This mask is recommend to be used for twice a week only and I can say it may last more than three months.


This product is at 13,000 won for 100ml.


Thanks for reaching til the end! I will add more reviews as soon as I can. 😘 

Enjoy the rest of the weekend, guys!

Love,

Van ❤️

Beauty, Eye makeup, Eyebrow embroidery, Eyelash lift, Eyelash perm, Health, Hype, Hyperreal 6D eyebrow embroidery, Lifestyle, Manila, Mascara, Pauline Ylaya, Permanent Makeup, Permanent makeup manila, Philippines, Procedure, Tattoo

Update on my 6D hyperreal eyebrow embroidery

Hey guys!

I just would like to provide an update on my eyebrows journey 😹

It has been almost three weeks now and it has been the best. Not the perfect one but I totally love my new brows.

It is true that you will love how it is on the first day of the procedure. It seems like the shape and color are perfect!


However, It will be at its darkest state on the second and third day after the procedure. This time I strongly recommend not to plan any outings or photoshoot as people would start noticing your dark and broad brows!

This is how it looks like on day 2:


Then it gets lighter every day although it is starting to get really itchy. There is also scabbing which is expected as it heals.

Then on June 1Oth:


It now looks more natural which I really love! No need to spend few minutes for eyebrows which saves me a lot of time. Horay!

Please let me know your thoughts on this! I will update again after a month. 👍 

Love,

Van❤️

Beauty, Eye makeup, Eyebrow embroidery, Fashion, Health, Hype, Hyperreal 6D eyebrow embroidery, Lifestyle, Pauline Ylaya, Permanent Makeup, Permanent makeup manila, Philippines, Procedure, Tattoo

Permanent Makeup Manila by Pauline Ylaya

Welcome back guys!

Sorry I’ve been very busy these past few days but I wanted to share to you what I have done yesterday to make my eyebrows more defined.

I went to Permanent Makeup Manila by Pauline Ylaya and had Hyperreal 6D eyebrow embroidery which is something that is very known today! 

I have always wanted to have a nice and defined eyebrows because I used to have spares brows and I look really weird without doing my brows. I need to draw and fill in the gaps so that I have more confidence in facing the world. Like what I have said, kilay is life! 

So after a week of contemplating, I have finally decided to try their lash lift with semi permanent mascara which I have blogged several days ago. 


I love how it turned out and since Pauline’s assistant Vicky is very nice she informed me that someone has cancelled and I can be accommodated June 2nd. 

I secured my payment to keep my appointment via paypal. 

I have also tried to read several blogs first prior to my appointment to set any expectations and the procedure itself.

As per my preparation, I made sure that my skin is well hydrated and clean because after the procedure, I need to wait for 3-5 days before I can wash the area. I also took long bath that day as I know it would be difficult to wash my hair because I would need to be extra careful not to wet any area near my brows.

Come June 2nd, I woke up early for my appointment with Ms. Pauline since she personally do these procedures and mentioned from other blogs that she only does three procedures per day. 

Before leaving my place, I made sure to take a photo of myself first as the tattoo will stay for at least a year. I wanted to see a before and after photo of course:


I was scheduled at 3pm but I arrived 15 minutes late. I had to take grab to go there but my driver is unfamilair of the place and did not follow waze. So we got lost in Sucat and had to ask around where is the west service road. So my advice to anyone going there, check their map first and make sure you show the map to your driver prior to going to the area.

When I arrived in their clinic, there is still one customer inside and Pauline is still doing her brows. Vicky – her assistant asked me to fill out several pages of terms and conditions as well as personal data. While I fill out these documents, Vicky told me that she will already apply the numbing cream while I wait for my turn. This will help for me not to feel anything or at least just a little pain when we start with the procedure.


It took around an hour before the first customer left the clinic. Ms. Pauline introduced herself but told me to wait a little more while we wait for the numbing cream to take effect. I think that is the purpose why they suggest their clients to come early so that while you wait, they can already apply the numbing cream.

After an hour, Pauline went back to me and asked me to sign a waiver stating that the color might fade faster due to the medicine I had to take for my thyroid. I was expecting her to briefly explain the procedure but she just asked me to lie down so we can start. I left my bag on one of the tables and asked her how painful will it be so I am ready. She asked my tolerance level to pain and honestly I told her that it is pretty low. She mentioned that it might feel like as if you someone is threading your eyebrows.

Pauline took a photo of my eyebrows prior to the procedure then she started measuring my brows and asked me to face the mirror so she could assess better.


She provided me two options on how I wanted my brows to look like. On the left side, she drew a more straight full brows based from the natural shape of my brows. It is easier to maintain since we just have to follow my brows and just filling any parts with no hair or defining the edges. On my right, she showed a shape with a higher arch which she thinks is more appropriate to my face shape. She noted that the one with higher arc will help emphasize my cheekbone better and will make my face slimmer compared to the straighter brows which makes my face round.

Although the one with arch will be more difficult to maintain since I needed to pluck any hair around the area, I am still happy to look slimmer with my new brows and it would be easier for me to change brows shape since I would just need to fill in the arch to go to a straighter and fuller brows.


After deciding, microblading is next!


Pauline asked me if I feel anything and I honestly said no. Although I am hearing a buzzing sound, it felt nothing in most parts. Actually plucking or threading your brows is more painful that having this. I am really surprised. Although, I can feel that she is cutting my skin multiple times it did not hurt much. Then she applied another numbing cream mixed with the hair dye. We had to wait for 5 minutes at least.


Then she wiped off the hair dye with numbing cream then it felt sore! But who am I to compalin? I am seeing pretty brows in the making already. We had three rounds for this as she is very meticulous to ensure that you will leave happy and contented!

After three rounds, here is the finished product! This is right after the procedure:

Tadaaa..


I am so happy with the result! 

Pauline mentioned that it may look darker on the night of the procedure and will even go darker on the next days. Then will go lighter around 50% but I just need to wait til 1 month to finally see the final result of my hyperreal 6D eyebrow embroidery!

These are photos 
taken an hour after the procedure:


Vicky handed me an after kit care and receipt:


She told me to apply the ointment thrice a day from my third to seventh day.

After a day, so far my brows are indeed darker and shinier! I can see the cuts starting to heal though. It looks kinda weird but will see what it looks like after a week.

I will update again after a week! I hope to get best result!

Thanks for reading! Let me know on the comments section if you have any questions or comments. Thank you ❤️

Much love,

Van

Bazaar, Beauty, Fashion, Health, Skin Potions, Snow Berry Cream, Tomato Serum

Review on Skin Potions

I’ve been following a lot of online shops in IG these past few years and lately, I’ve been very much addicted in attending bazaars such as Trendsetter and Manila Sundance. 

Actually today, I spent the whole day at Mega Mall to check every shops present for the last stretch of Manila Sundance’ Summer Sale. I’ve been going gaga so much with a lot of things lately! 💸 I will blog about what I’ve got today some other time. For now, let’s focus first on this one specific online shop which guarantees beauty! I’ve been following this shop for quite sometime and been reading a lot of good comments!

Without further ado, let’s start..

Last Trendsetter bazaar at World Trade Center, I was able to catch Skin Potion and surprised with the number of people checking their items. Before going to WTC, I’ve done my assignment and knew that Tomato serum and Strawberry cream are a big hit! True enough, after several minutes their rack of tomato serum is empty! I heard they restocked thrice already in just one day. See how people love their products!

Luckily, there were still three bottles left – probably mistaken to be a tester since there were no bottle caps already. I have asked their assistant and she informed me that tomato serum is sold out already and if I really want, the three pcs left were the only ones she can offer. They promised to replenish the next day but it would be difficult on my part to go back. So I said yes right away since another girl hurriedly asked for the tomato serum the assistant was holding.


They were on sale for buy 1 take 1. I think their tomato serum is around 400php for two pcs. Then their strawberry is on around 350 if I’m not mistaken. I got the last one half the price! 

I was happy with my purchase and excited to try both products after reading all great feedback all over the internet.

Fast forward to today, although I’ve been using these two for 2 weeks now, I noticed that there is no much difference on my face other than the least thing I would like to see.. Yes, I was having breakouts! 

I am still using these products from time to time though hoping that my skin will get used to it and fulfill its promise in providing softer, whiter, and more beautiful radiant skin.

So far, I am loving the Snow Berry Cream which is a good mask at night. I love how soft my skin feels in the morning! It says you could use it before applying make up but I highly discourage doing so as it may leave some white casts. Not something you would like to have. It also has a sweet fruity scent – strawberry cream! Although not so hygenic as there is no spatula included and would need you to get contents in the jar with just your fingers unless you have something else that you could use.


On the other hand, I did not appreciate much the tomato serum. First, I really do not like its consistency. Too sticky for my oily face. It feels weird when I apply it on my face, and it has a terrible scent. I still have two unused tomato serum which I am thinking of giving away since I might not be able to use it at all. 


I will update you again soon on its progress! Hopefully it stays true to its name! 

You can also check their products online thru IG @skinpotions 

They also have physical stores nationwide!

Can’t wait to hear your thoughts on Skin Potions!

❤️

Van

Food, Food Trip, Health, Hong kong, House of Zhou, Solaire, Uncategorized

House of Zhou at Solaire Resort and Casino


I will be sharing my reviews on one of the restaurants within Solaire Resort and Casino.

It was one Saturday night when my in-laws invited us to have dinner at House of Zhou – a Chinese restaurant in Solaire because they could use their points as a regular Casino player. We arrived at the place a bit late though because we still had to wait for my brother in law so we could go all together.

When we arrived at around 10pm, our table is already set for 8 persons. I noticed that only three tables are occupied that time. I wonder if it is because it is already late, its price range, or its location being on the vip suites in Sky Tower building.

We checked the menu and some of their dishes are really expensive. Their Yoshihama is around 14,000 php. But some dishes would range at 300-1,000 php. They offer a lot of Asian food choices which is good. 

We loved most of what we ordered, although their serving is quite small for its price.

Our total bill is around 4,500-5,000 php which is not bad considering that this restaurant is within the VIP area. They also have very attentive food servers and made sure to check on us every now and then.

They also served unlimited tea and would refill every few minutes to ensure that our drink remains hot. I honestly love their tea as it is not that strong compared to the normal ones such as Twinnings. They also served unli veggies to go with our food.

Overall, I think it could be an ideal date place if you are a fan of Asian food specifically Chinese cusine. It would also be a perfect spot if you want your date to be a bit more intimate, private, and away from the huge crowd visiting Solaire Resort and Casino. 



It would also be good if you could call the restaurant first to ensure that they could reserve a table for you if you are coming in a group. 

House of Zhou is located at the second floor of Sky Tower within Solaire Resort and Casino. I have linked below their website in case you would like to check more photos and their menu as well.

https://www.solaireresort.com/articles/64-house-of-zhou
I hope you find my page helpful. Please let me know by leaving a comment below. Thank you! 

With love,

Van ❤️

Apu, Beauty, City of dreams, Food, Food Trip, Health, Lifestyle, Manila, Philippines, Restaurants, Tour, Uncategorized, Vintage

Spending Mother’s Day at APU restaurant, City of Dreams

Let me share with you my thoughts and impressions on this classic Filipino Cusine in City of Dreams Manila.


I was browsing the internet the day before Mother’s day to see where I can bring my mom for lunch. I know that malls would be full and it would be difficult to reserve seats for lunch especially if we are in a group of more than 5. Also, I wanted to make my mom feel more special by bringing her to a decent restaurant. Somewhere she has never been. 

I was initially checking restaurants in Sofitel such as Spiral but as expected, price is really steep! So I checked City of Dreams instead. I have been to couple of restaurants in COD such as Erwins and Red Ginger but for me nothing fancy or special for both. Although personally I still prefer Erwins since I am more of a chicken-burger person. I tried to browse all other restaurants within City of Dreams until I came across APU. What caught my attention is that they are serving Filipino food, the place looks fancy yet cozy. I also checked their menu and they have a lot of food choices and although it is also pricey, I find it way better than the others within the same range. 

My mom standing from the outside of APU

My daughter and I. On mom’s day, they have prepared a corner good for picture taking. 
It was my mom, dad and sister who arrived first at the venue so they decided where to seat. I also learned that on weekends and holidays they do not accept any reservations and with that, one should be there early to ensure that they could accommodate you. After more than 20 minutes of waiting, three buko juices were served. It is funny how it took them approximately 20minutes to prepare buko juices served in a nut shell. We even came first before their drinks got served.

Then a guy waiter approached us and handed us a tablet where we could check on their menu. We ordered several dishes such as Bicol express, Beef Nilagang, Fried Lumpia, Ensaladang Mangga, Lechon Kawali, and Chopseuy.


Surprisingly, their serving size is big except for rice. We ordered 6 cups of plain rice which costs 480 pesos but it seems like still not enough for us. I had to order 1 additional cup of garlic rice for hundred bucks.

We enjoyed our food while we catch-up. We asked for additional soup for 80 pesos since we wanted more. Their mango in Ensaladang Mangga is too sour that we could not finish it. Their Bicol Express is also not that spicy. I know they can do better than that given its price. 

But overall, we still had a great experience in this restaurant. They have also approachable and accommodating staff. One of them even offered to take our photos as many as we want. Although you will need to constantly remind them to refil your water. But it is just a minor area for improvement.
We paid around 5K for all we ordered inclusive of 500 php service charge.



Still, two thumbs up! You can easily fall in love with the place – their interior design, ambiance and their crowd. I will recommend this to my friends and will definitely be back soon. 👍🏼

If you would like to contact them for reservation on weekdays, kindly call or text their mobile number or check their website below:

+63 949 925 2600

http://www.apu-restaurant.com/our-menu/

If you have also been here and would like to share your thoughts as well, feel free to comment below. For any questions, please also do not hesitate to let me know. Thank you! 🌹 

With love,

Van ❤️