An Exhibit of 135 Hand-Painted Fans by Chan Lim Family of Artists and Students

In celebration of the Mid Autumn Festival, SMCity East Ortigas and  Chan Lim Family of Artists and Students  formally launched an exhibit of 135 Hand-Painted Fans on August 27, 2017 at the Main Atrium of SMCity East Ortigas.  The exhibit included chosen work from 42 different artists to showcase their rich culture and artistry.

The exhibit will run from August 27 to September 24, 2017.

The Chan Lim Family of Artists is best known for their Asian-themed art with particular focus on Chinese Brush Painting. The family has been actively engaged in the arts for more than half a century to date.  The three generations of Chan Lim family use a multitude of media, styles and techniques to incorporate Western into Eastern Art. The family actively develops and promotes Chinese brush painting in the Philippines and abroad.

 

 

Mr. Chan Lim, the Patriarch originally worked with oil and watercolor, but most of his art are on canvas.  He recently ventured into other types of media such as ceramic and porcelain plates, Asian lanterns and fans to blend Western and Eastern techniques.

Bound by their passion for the arts, the Chan Lims have traveled extensively across to conduct numerous art workshops, seminars, exhibits and on-the-spot painting demonstrations. Members of the family have joined several art exhibits locally and internationally.

Their art subjects included flora, fauna, landscape and even portraits.  These themes can be seen in most of the family’s art, as well as their students. The family is one of the few remaining notable Chinese brush painting artists in the country today and is sought after in this field.


The second generation of Chan Lims – Alex, Felix, Rolex and Jolex are all engineers by profession and are engaged in leadership positions with multinational companies. The third generation of Chan Lims revel in exploring different types of modern techniques,  such as digital media and apps and incorporate these into their art.

The artwork on the fans are beautiful! Each of us were given a kit – a fan, Chinese brush and a set of water colors to use.  What’s even special is that they assigned family members and students to teach us basic strokes and techniques. It was so much fun! I promised myself to practice at home so I can paint my fan beautifully.

Mr. Robin Padilla, a close friend of the family graced the event.  He acknowledged the importance of our Filipino heritage which includes Chinese Culture.  Robin beamed with pride as he informed everyone that Mr. Chan Lim, the Patriarch, is not only a master artist but is also his a martial arts master.

 

Happy to have a picture with Mr. Robin Padilla. He’s so humble and generous to spend time and take a selfie with his fans.

Art Classes are conducted in the family studio located in Pasig City.  Their paintings can be found in private collections across the globe.

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Top Toys this Christmas at Toy Kingdom

‘Tis that time of year when kids are making their Christmas wish list, and there’s no other way to play Santa in a big way with Top Toys from Toy Kingdom, the amazing toy superstore.

There are the gift sets from well- loved brands – Barbie, My Little Pony, Powerpuff Girls, and Shopkins – that will bring a big smile to little girls.

 

 

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DC Superhero Girls Power Action Wonder Woman Doll comes with her Super Hero accessories such as the iconic Lasso of Truth and the Golden Shield.

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Huggable Powerpuff girls “6 Deluxe doll

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My Little Pony Basic Pony. This well-loved pony figure has fancy marks and a whimsical mane. Includes brush and barrettes.

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Shopkins Tall Mall. The coolest shopkins treat that conveniently folds down for easy storage. Features an adorable home and garden store, food court and Petkins Parlor. Includes four exclusive shopkins.

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Barbie Starlight Lead Doll features Barbie in a space outfit alongside pet Pupcorn.

 

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Motorized Nerf N-Strike Mega Mastodon Blaster includes 24-dart revolving drum. Fires darts up to 100 feet (30 meters) and comes with 24 MEGA Whistler Darts.

 

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Hotwheels Bulldoze track set. With stunt action and player-powered launchers. Includes a Hotwheel car.

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Orbeez Crush and Draw. Squishy balls to Grow, Crush and Create. Simply Crush your Orbeez color of choice and then use the automatic crush pen and follow the included stencils to create beautiful pieces of Orbeez art! Add water and watch them grow to more than 100 times their volume.

 

Toys inspired by blockbuster movies – Star Wars Rogue One, Transformers, Power Rangers, and Cars will top any young boy’s list; as will remote control cars and helicopters.

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McQueen Sports Car. The coolest ride that comes with three sound modes that let you choose English or Spanish phrases from the Cars 2 movie. Comes with single push-button operation for easy stop and wide door openings.

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Paw Patrol Air Patroller. The 2-in-1 Air Patroller that transforms from helicopter to plane mode with real lights and sounds. Comes with a Robopup figure.

 

 

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Power Rangers Ptera Charge Megazord. Morph into Megazord Mode and Pterodactyl Mode with 3 ways to play. Can be combined with Zord Builder items.

 

 

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Star Wars Lead Villain Electrical Mask Includes a voice changer feature to transform into the Lead Villain from the new Star Wars movie.

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Star Wars Bladebuilders Lightsaber. Highly customizable set with accessories made just like in the movies with classic lights and sounds.

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Color Alive Easy Animation Studio. Kids can color their own scenery and stories and bring them to life with the free Easy Animator app. The app works with iOS and Android devices; make it move using a poseable mannequin, capturing the movements with the app and turning them into fluid animations.

 

There’s also something for kids who are into techie stuff like virtual reality glasses which transport kids of all ages to another world.

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PS4 VR with Camera. This virtual reality head-mounted display is fully functional with the PlayStation 4 home video game console.

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Xbox One. Newly updated Xbox One with all in entertainment system made not just to play games but also connect other apps such as Skype.

 

Have fun playing Santa as you complete the list of Top Toys available at all Toy Kingdom Express outlets in SM Stores and Toy Kingdom Stores in most SM Supermalls.

Also visit http://www.toykingdom.ph; ToyKingdomPH at Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.

           

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

SM Kids Denim Craze

Kids have caught on to the current DENIM CRAZE at SM!  With looks that are not only classic, but also cool, the collection offers a lot of style possibilities in updating young wardrobes.

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Pick your favorite denim OOTD from a wide collection of kids’ denim now available at SMKids Section – The SM Store.

SM Kids shares with us key pieces in wearing denim today:

Fun Jeaneology!  From printed denims and slim boyfriend jeans for girls to relaxed cuffed denim for boys, jeans for kids today have lots of attitude and cool possibilities.

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Rompers rule in denim for kids.

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One will never go wrong with a perfect pair of denim shorts.




The way of the wash!  The collection has stone washed jeans, lightly distressed denim with a vintage look, and acid washes for a splotched faded design.

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Boys’ do a wardrobe change – make it everything denim! #‎SMKidsDenimCraze

Chambray! This surprisingly versatile clothing can be worn in many different ways to suite each kid’s individual style, a fashionable choice for layering or for a stylish double denim look.
Dresses! Denims too have a girly side with pretty little dresses with a boho vibe

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Girly and cheery denim dresses.

 

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Girls’ bring out the denims! #‎SMKidsDenimCraze‬

Jackets!  The classic waist length denim jacket is a key fashion item for girls and boys. The trendiest denim jackets for girls are those in muted shades, while those for boys in muted gray and black.

 

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Add a twist to his outfit by layering a denim jacket!

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Denim-on-Denim – denim shorts with a long-sleeved denim shirt for a stylish look.

Colored denims! Today’s denims are not only singing about the blues, but also a rainbow of fashion possibilities.

 

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You can never have too much denims! Its versatility makes it a must-have all year long! ‪#‎SMKidsDenimCraze‬

 

 

The collection is available at SM KIDS section of The SM Store.

 

 

 

Your Guide to Everyday Accessories by SM

All you need to complete any look is that one statement piece. A bold cuff or a rock glam ring can transform the simplest of outfits. With one stroke, the right handbag, a juxtaposition of fashion jewelry, and a play with details can give your outfit a new look.

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That is the power of accessories, and at SM Accessories, it’s all about your personal style and how to create, change, and improve on it.

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I like this multi peal drop earrings

 

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Why choose SM Accessories everyday? They add interest to your outfit, give your clothes a fresh look, and add personality to your look and give you an opportunity to express your unique personal style.

 

 

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Fashion Armor: Gold Cuff

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Pearl necklace, bracelet, earrings and ring set

They key is to have a central piece to complement your #OOTD. There are dazzling drop earrings, elegant ear cuffs, and classic pearls for the contemporary woman. Whatever you wear, have fun and be true to yourself. There is nothing sexier than a confident woman.

 

 

 

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#ChooseSMAccessoriesEveryday with SM Accessories available at SM Stores nationwide

Sun Warriors Break Record at Colorful Fun Run

The most colorful and vibrant fun run in Manila recently broke world records with 5,275 runners who all applied sun screen simultaneously before running the 3k, 5k, and 10k routes with exciting obstacles under the scorching sun. The Watsons Sun Warrior Challenge in partnership with Color Manila was held recently at the SM Mall of Asia Grounds.

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Watsons Sun Warrior Challenge + Color Manila with Sun Warrior DJ, ambassadors Yassi Pressman and Dominique Roque together with Karyll and Zara Carbonel pumping up the crowd for the most colorful run after-party at the SM Mall of Asia Grounds.

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  Watsons Sun Warrior ambassadors Yassi Pressman and Dominique Roque led the way to be a Sun Warrior and pledged to be bold, brave, and always sun-protected. Other Sun Warrior guests include triathlete Kim Atienza and TV host Karylle Tatlonghari-Yuzon who also bravely took the challenge: keeping skin protected under the sun, running the 3k route and obstacles, and dancing and partying with colors during the sunny Sunday morning.

 

 

 

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Hosts Justin Quirino and Zara Carbonel

Ultraviolet (UV) radiation from the sun is the major cause of skin cancer. Exposure of skin under the sun is pummeled by invisible rays that can cause your skin to darken and burn. But the good news is that you can reduce risk of getting skin cancer by protecting yourself from the sun’s UV rays. Protecting your skin from it does not mean you have to stay indoors all the time, because being a Sun Warrior means anyone can still enjoy outdoors under the sun.

“A SunWarrior, to me, is someone who is unafraid to go under the sun, enjoy the outdoors, and just have fun,” says resident Sun Warrior Yassi Pressman.

            “For me a Sun Warrior is someone who is not afraid to try out new adventures with friends, family, and someone who is just game for everything,” add Dominique Roque.

 

 

So, how does one become a Sun Warrior?

  • Include sun protection in your everyday routine with amazing products like Belo’s Sun Expert Tinted Sunscreen SPF 50, Dermplus Moisturizing Sunblock Extreme 80, Cetaphil SPF 69, Kojiesan SPF 69, and Celeteque Dermosicence Sun Care Face and Body Defense Cream SPF50.

Going beyond protection, Olay Natural White prevents the formation of dark spots caused by the sun, giving you fairness that glows; while Vaseline’s Healthy White SPF 30 provides three layers of protection that helps keep skin fair and even toned. Ponds BB Cream is your solution to a brightening foundation cream with UVA and UVB protection; while Neutrogena’s Ultra MD Body Lotion SPF 100 is fast absorbing, water resistant, and lightweight, and infused with a light, fresh scent.

  • For an active day out, get your full sun protection from Nivea Sun Whitening Sun and Collagen Protection SPF 50, Biore UV aqua Rich SPF 50, Sunplay Ultra Shiled SPF 130, Banana Boat Ultra Protect Sunscreen Lotion, Hawaiian Tropic Sheer Touch SPF 50, and Neutrogena Ultra Sheer Dry Touch Sunblock SPF 50. Of course there’s DWatsons SunCare, a gentle, fragrance free sunscreen specially created for sensitve skin.

 

  • Make sure to reapply sunscreen to get that full sun protection. Just remember that while sunscreen can protect you from the sun’s harmful UV rays, a lot of its active ingredients can break down over time.

 

            Watsons will also be offering an exclusive summer promo for SM Advantage, SM Prestige and BDO Rewards cardholders. Sunscreens and skin care range are available in all Watsons Stores and SM Store Beauty Sections.

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Watsons is Asia’s leading health and beauty retailer, currently operating over 4,000 stores and more than 1,000 pharmacies in 12 Asian and European markets.

Watsons continually sets the standards in the health, wellness and beauty market, providing personalized advice and counseling in health, beauty and personal care on top of its market-leading product range, making customers LOOK GOOD, FEEL GREAT every day. Since 2009, Watsons has been the No. 1 pharmacy/drugstore brand in Asia*.

 

Egg-citing Surprises at SM

Many cherished Easter traditions have been with us for centuries. Eggs, chicks, and rabbits are symbols of joy and new life that comes with the spring and Christ’s resurrection.

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Decorating eggs for Easter is a tradition that dates back to the 13th century. It is said that eggs were formerly a forbidden food during the Lenten season, so people would paint and decorate them to mark the end of the period of penance, then eat them on Easter to celebrate.

Likewise, the Easter Bunny was said to have first arrived in America in the 1700s with German immigrants who settled in Pennsylvania, and brought with them their tradition of an egg-laying hare called Osterhase or Oschter Haws. Their children made nests in which this creature could lay its colored eggs.

Eventually, the custom spread across the US, and with it, the fabled rabbit’s morning deliveries expanded to include chocolate, candy, and gifts. Decorated baskets replaced nests.

 

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Whether you’re planning an Easter Egg Hunt at home, or just wish to give the kids a sweet treat, SM Snack Exchange and Toy Kingdom have fun and egg-citing surprises for everyone.

Snack Exchange has chocolates, candies, and other sweet treats to celebrate Easter! An egg-citing surprise awaits kids in Kinder Joy and Zaini Egg Chocolates that come with a toy inside. There are also colorful toy eggs and baskets from Dutche Chocolates; as well as lollipops in festive spring colors, swirls, and Easter shapes like bunny ears and colored eggs.

Toy Kingdom has amazing stuff that highlight the Easter spirit: adorable bunny headbands, as well as whimsical lanterns and pompoms that come with cute Easter cutouts. There are colorful and delightful eggs, wonderfully designed pails and baskets for Easter egg hunting.

These Easter treats are available at SM Snack Exchange and Toy Kingdom Express outlets in The SM Stores and at Toy Kingdom Stores in most SM Supermalls. Also check out http://www.thesmtore.com and Snack Exchange FB account: i crave:snack exchange and visit ToyKingdomPH and toykingdom.ph for more amazing toy surprises.

 

Batman vs. Superman Toy Collectibles at SM Cinema

Inspired by the much anticipated face-off by two iconic superheroes on screen, SM Cinema’s Snack Time will be offering an exclusive Batman vs. Superman hexagon toy collectible set to film enthusiasts beginning February 29.

Fans of the dark knight and the man of steel can now collect toys of their favourite characters from the Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice movie when they purchase a snack-merchandise combo meal at SM Cinema’s Snack Time counters nationwide. A popcorn tumbler & drink set, or a hotdog sandwich & drink set, will entitle one to a mystery toy for each purchase.

Fans can collect these different figurines, ranging from different versions of the much-loved title heroes, to the showstopper Wonder Woman, and even of the brilliant villain Lex Luthor.

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The collectible hexagon toys are on limited supply from the world’s biggest comics and collectible superstore, Comicave. SM Cinema’s Snack Time is the only brand in the Philippines carrying the hexagon collection from the international brand.

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The Batman vs. Superman digital touch watch

 

For fans who prefer a wearable keepsake, Snack Time also has a limited Batman vs. Superman digital touch watch. Durable, waterproof, and lights up when touched, the watch is a perfect accessory during playtime, or when bonding with family & friends to see one of the widely anticipated action films in recent years.

 

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Batman vs Superman souvenirs will be available in all Snack Time branches located at SM Cinemas nationwide beginning February 29. Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice premieres in SM Cinema, IMAX, Director’s Club Cinema and DX Laser Projection on March 26.

 

 

 

 

Hot pair, Hot Shoes and Bags: Nadine and James for Parisian and Milanos at SM

Jadine- the popular Nadine Lustre and James Reid popular tandem also turned the heat up for Milanos shoes and Parisian shoes and bags in SM stores nationwide.

 

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The Hottest Pair: James and Nadine for Milanos Shoes and Parisian Shoes and Bags

She is sophisticated, classy, and charming; standing out from her contemporaries by being well rounded and approachable – fact that endears her to many of her followers. He is young, edgy, and fun; a Filipino-Australian who rose to fame after his success in a local reality show, where fans got the opportunity to know the real person behind the actor.

Together, Nadine Lustre and James Reid, known as Jadine, are two of the freshest faces in local show business. And the hottest love team recently collaborated with Parisian Shoes and Bags and Milanos to launch the hottest shoes and bags of 2016.

2Nadine and James are officially welcomed to the SM Shoes and Bags family by SVP and Business Unit Head Eugene Saw, AVP for Marketing Rina Bugayong, VP for Merchandising Nico Chu, SM Store VP for Operations Anna Belmonte, SAVP for Merchandising Felanie Lim and VP for Operations Ross Oquialda

 

In this perfect pairing, the SM Store’s biggest shoes and bags brands – Parisian and Milanos – welcomed James and Nadine to represent their latest collection during launch ceremonies at SM Makati. From casual to trendy shoes and bags, the collection includes a reboot of styles, chic inspiration, and sports motifs. These are designed for today’s generation of young and sophisticated shoppers, who are as passionate about their sense of style, as well as comfort and money.

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Nadine’s fashion choices are as wide and varied as the characters she plays. From updated classics to trendy street looks, her top picks in this year’s Parisian Shoes Spring 2016 show how she loves to play it up when it comes to her personal style.

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For bags, Nadine opts for small handbags to hold her essentials, which she can carry from day to night, like this clutch paired with Parisian’s pointed-toe heels

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When Nadine wants things more laid back and casual, she goes for bags accented with fringes for an instant Boho-chic.

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James, on the other hand, represents the new generation of young gentlemen – sincere, cool, with an overall great personality that matches his great looks. Ever the cool dude, James loves the casual styles and comfortable fit of Milanos shoes. He transcends from boy-next door to ultimate heartthrob with casual styles in blues and browns.

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Parisian Shoes and Bags and Milanos Shoes are available at the Shoes and Bags Department of all SM Stores nationwide.

Get connected with Parisian Shoes and Bags and Milanos Shoes through Parisian Shoes and Bags and Milanos Shoes on Facebook and @SMParisian and @SMMilanosShoes on Twitter and Instagram.

 

Chicken Deli – Bacolod delights for the whole family and Barkada!

Heads up! Bacolod’s own CHICKEN DELI-cious proudly opened its first branch in Rizal last Friday, October 30, 2015.  If you are from nearby areas and wanted good Filipino food that’s oh-so-yummy, delicious,  affordable and “sulit” (good value for money), then you should try Chicken Deli.

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The ambiance reminded me of Bacolod when we went there a couple of year’s back – homey, simple, traditional hearty cooking.

Chicken Deli started 1983 in Bacolod. Their best sellers include their special flavored Inasal along with favorites Kare-Kare, Lechon Kawali, Bangusito, Pork BBQ, Liempo, Sisig, Sinigang and Angus Beef Tapa   Their Chicken Deli-cious meals come with “Kanin all you can” (unlimited rice) and free soup. No wonder, people are lining up.

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My friends and I were able to try their Big Game meals – a sampler of their best sellers. We had refills of their Special Kare-Kare sauce and had extra orders of rice. (Oh dear)!

Big Game Meal 1:  Pechopak, Liempo, Bangusito, Pork Sisig, Binagoongang Kangkong, Talong KBS, Soup and 1.5 liter Pepsi (P549.00)

Big Game Meal 2: Paa, 2 sticks pork BBQ, Squid Sisig Lechon Kawali, Kangkong with Garlic, Talong KBS, Soup and 1.5 liter of Pepsi (P579.00)

Big Game Meal 3: Paa, Lechon Kawali, Baguisito, Kare-Kare, Kangkong with Garlic, Soup and 1.5 liter of Pepsi (P629.00)

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I was able to try their Halo Deli with CD Caramel (P75) and wow! it was really special. The caramel topping is really unique and delicious with just the right amount of sweetness.

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James Yap is the current endorser of Chicken Deli, being an Ilonggo himself and a fan of Chicken Deli even way before he became an endorser.

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Chicken Deli is located at the Upper Ground Floor of SM Center Angono.  You may visit their website for more information.

Try CHICKEN DELI and be DELIghted. 🙂

 

 

Salon Pampering at T & J Salon Professionals by Tony and Jackey

Rainy season is here and I was feeling sick but there’s something about going to the salon that gave me energy to dress up and put on my excited smile.  What better way to feel good and better by being pretty with my Rizal blogger friends!

The husband (bless him!) drove me to SM City Masinag –  T&J Salon where I was happily ushered to my seat by pretty Korean-looking, angelic ladies.  My old hair color needs fixing and I needed a haircut + treatment.

T & J Salon Professionals by Tony and Jackey SM City Masinag Branch is the 41st branch of Tony and Jackey Group. It established 41 branches nationwide with prime brand called Bangs Prime Salon and Tony and Jackey Salon the famous brand headed by Korean Hairstylists and the community brand called T & J Salon Professionals led by Filipino Hairstylists.  SM City Masinag Branch has Filipino experts trained by Korean Hairstylists. The branch also specializes in Digital Perm, Rebond and Stylish Haircut for men and women.

They are keen on providing the highest level of salon experience and dedication when making your precious hair more beautiful. Tony and Jackey aspires to provide better services to clients to meet their satisfaction.

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Their facilities, lighting, setup and ambiance is very good.  As for the service, I was offered tea and coffee, I asked for water as I had to take my meds.  One thing I noticed: they have Gentle hands – there were no hair pulling done at all!

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Impressive facilities

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Happily undergoing my treatment with Blogger friends cheering me all the way 🙂

I had my hair colored, got a haircut and organic keratin treatment. I know I don’t look sick here. 🙂

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Us after our treatments – Grabbed from Thememetdiaries.blogspot.com

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Rizal Blogger Ladies with Ms. Vaniza of SM and T& J Salon staff (Grabbed from thememetdiaries.blogspot.com)

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The husband and me with my soft curls.

I love my hair, it felt super soft, clean and fragrant.  I actually felt better because I looked way better.  I’m definitely gonna go back.  🙂 Thank you T & J salon!

T & J Salon is located at  2nd Floor of SM City Masinag ( near Elevator; beside Mang Inasal), You may reach them at (02) 4708209.  Salon hours are from 10:00 AM to 9:00 PM. Visit www.tnjsalon.com for more information.