Monday, 5 March 2012

Bohol, Philippines -Review, My Travel Experience

Bohol Philippines is one of the places in the Philippines that I really wanted to see.
I don't know whats with Bohol that amaze me. maybe its the chocolate hills and the fact that I love chocolates :)

Now let me share you my review about the province of Bohol.
About Bohol
Bohol is a province in the Central Visayas of the Philippines. Tagbilaran City is the capital of this province. Located in the Western part of this island is Cebu while east is Leyte. This province is famous for its Chocolate Hills, one of Philippines natural wonders and Tarsiers which is the second smallest primate in the world.

Tagbilaran Airport

Sunny Bohol as what they call, this place was rarely passed by typhoons. May to July is their Summer season making it ideal for tourist to visit Bohol. However, November to April is also ideal, this is the mildest season in the island. August to October is usually rainy season for the whole Philippines making this also as not so predictable weather to a vacation. 

Getting there:
This tip is just from Manila. I have no ideas on other means of transportation because I haven't tried it. We got there by plane through Philippine Airlines. A lot of airlines offer regular flight schedule to and from Tagbilaran City.
From Tagbilaran City Airport, there are plenty of taxi and van which you can rent to service you. These drivers are friendly and they also offer tour packages which is of the same price with the hotel and other inns or B&B. If you choose to avail their service, they can even tour you in the whole province. Don't worry, they are really friendly and can be trusted.
For our case, the Hotel we booked already have a tour package so I haven't tried arranging service with them but the guy who serviced us was very nice, helpful and friendly.  I guess in other places, other hotel drivers will not take you to a grocery store for you to buy your needs leaving you no choice but buy in their hotel. But for this guy, he took us to a grocery and even to a store selling roasted chicken.
Where to Stay:
At Dumaluan Beach Resort
Actually there are a lot of B&B and hotels in Tagbilaran City. Walk in injuries are usually accepted (This is according to my friend who visited Bohol too)
We choose to stay at Dumaluan Beach Resort.
What makes us choose it is because of positive feed backs, and the price.
Service is very good. food is also great, they serve breakfast on buffet. Facilities are nice. Rooms are large enough. The best I like about this resort is their beach. Its white sand, and really low tides. Star fishes are there. And you can enjoy walking in the beach. Beside Dumaluan Beach Resort is Bohol Beach Club. I think this is pretty expensive. You can pass by this resort when you are strolling at the beach. This also looks very nice.

Resort Vicinity

Resort Vicinity

Dumaluan Beach Front
Where To Eat
While in Dumaluan Beach Resort, you can eat at their restaurant at affordable price. They serve sea foods, chicken and pork usually grilled. You can also try bringing cup noodles, fast food at your hotel before checking in.

Saturday, 3 March 2012

Beauty Brick Salon Digital Perm with Mr. Shin : Beauty 101

All my life, I have straight hair. Actually, a lot of my friends envied it.
I'm so used to having this long straight hair that I tried something new.
At first I saw an ad at Ensogo for a promo at Azta Urban Salon in Robinson's Pioneer. I tried it but I wasn't really this satisfied.
Old me
People said that when you got married and started to have a family to take care of, mothers usually forgot themselves. We'll for me it doesn't show. But of course I always ensure that they are my first priority but I never to forget taking care of myself because I want them to be proud of me as a mom and a wife.

Well so much for that.
I just like to share my experience with Mr. Shin at Beauty Brick Salon.
I was very addicted to curly hair and I actually looked and browse a lot of websites to give me a hint where to find a good salon, how to take care of permed hair, how much and etc.
Until I landed on a blogsite telling me how good Mr. Shin. and a lot of bloggers do tell it too like at

Now let's discuss digital perm 101
Look for a good salon if you are far from Mr. Shin. It's not about the price but the service matters. Lots of salons are now offering this service but for me no one does it like Mr. Shin at Beauty Brick. Anyway, its really important to tell your stylist what you want and ask a lot of questions that you think is important to know specially how to take care of your hair.
Its also important to have a healthy hair before the perming process. I have plenty of hair treatments, like hot oil and other moisturizing treatments for my hair. Perming uses chemicals that in the long run can make your hair dry so be prepared for that.
If you want to have highlights or hair colorings, do it before digit perm.
Not a lot of people tell this but always set your whole day for this process and any other beautification projects you'll get involved. Sometimes, when your in a hurry, the stylist is also in a hurry that he can't give you the service you deserved when you're in your relaxed mode. :)
The Perming Process:

1. Hair Cleaning and Shampooing
2. Hair assessment - Mr. Shin will check your hair's ability to withstand the chemicals and the most appropriate curl style. just tell him what style you wanted.

3. Application of 1st set of hair medicines as they say. His assistant will do it for you. This will be left at your scalp for 15 minutes.

4. Washing of the medicines and preparation for the curl setting.
5. Winding process, setting the curling rods.
6. Final setting of rods and preparation for the digiperm machine.Depending on your desired perm result, they will set the size and the number of minutes that you'll be in that machine.

 7. Removal of perm rods and application of the 2nd set of medicine. Medicine will remain in your scalp by 15minutes..

8. Washing of the 2nd set of medicines and hair drying.
9. Final touch up which might include hair cuts.

Procedure took about 3 hours I guess. But since they have a lot of clients, it will take you 5-6 hours in Beauty Brick Salon. Don't worry, staffs are nice as in they will offer to buy you some drink. They even give you tissues when your about to use the wash room upstairs. What I like about this salon, not only that their service is cheap compared to other salons like Tony and Jacky or Salon de Manila which also offers digiperm, staffs are very friendly that you can feel that they love what their doing which makes is favorable to their clients like us. Though most of the time Mr. Shin's assistant will handle you, he will still ensure that the most important part of the process will be taken care by him only. Like the hair assessment and final hair styling.

Hope this helps:
Digital Perming Price: 3500 (for my bra length, medium thickness hair)
Beauty Brick Salon is located Unit 103 Dona Consolacion Bldg. 122 Jupiter St. Bel-air Makati City
Phone Numbers: 408-3398/473-5108; 0917-520-004, need to call for reservations

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