Weird, wonderful, wow

Weird, wonderful, wow

9 beauty trends and wellness regimens to try now

Have a drum-inspired workout

Yes, those are drumsticks. Yes, you will get a workout with them. Yes, you will enjoy said workout. Photo from EM Villanueva

Get this from: Facebook.com/PoundPhilippines

Why: It’s a full-body workout that feels more like an actual rock concert.

What to expect: A typical POUND class lasts for about an hour or so, according to local POUND Pro Em Villanueva, and it’s quite intense. You’re
provided with a pair of Ripstix® or drumsticks specifically made for POUND workouts, and these sticks are meant to be beaten like you would to a drum to the rhythm of some great rock music. It’s fast-paced—though
you can move according to your fitness level—and highly infectious—thanks to it being a group workout.

Train like a Pehlwani wrestler with a mace

It looks simple, but try out any of @thenatcruz’s routines in her IG feed and you’ll start feeling them the next day. Photo by Anthony Pontillas

Get this from: Natalie Cruz (IG: @thenatcruz)

Why: Improve your balance and coordination, rotational strength, grip strength, neuroplasticity (how your brain adapts to situations), and upper body and core strength.

What to expect: Swing a mace made of something simple (bamboo stalk with a stone on one end) behind your back and get into a rhythm of moving both it and your body along with the mace. You can start slow and do 10-2’s (swing the mace from left to right) or 360’s (all the way around your body), or flow into something entirely made-up. Spend a couple of minutes doing this and you’re bound to feel it in your arms, shoulders, and core.

Workout anywhere with Sworkit

Get this from: Sworkit.com (free seven-day trial, app available on App Store and Google Play)

Why: Fitness apps make it possible to work out anywhere with space, regardless of your fitness level.

What to expect: Sworkit is a subscription-based app that gives you access to “more than 300 unique workouts and over 400 exercises” at the palm of your hand. It lets you customize your workouts and challenges you without overwhelming you with options. There’s a free seven-day trial if you’re on the fence about trying Sworkit, but you will find yourself opting into a subscription that starts at Php149 (USD3) per month or Php979 per year.

Chill under pressurized oxygen

Get this from: Raya Wellness, 2521 Centuria Medical Makati, Kalayaan corner Salamanca Sts., Poblacion, Makati City

Why: It’ll heal any minor injuries faster than usual, and give you glowing skin.

What to expect: You’ll spend an hour in a hyperbaric oxygen therapy chamber, usually lying down. It used to be a cylindrical tank, but nowadays it’s more like a cylindrical tent. You’ll breathe air at three times the normal atmospheric pressure, letting you breathe in more concentrated amounts of oxygen. Good news: you’re mobile phone is allowed in the chamber.

Travel for a purpose with MAD Travel

Traveling is fun and all, but throw in doing it for a purpose and it becomes therapeutic. Photo by Danna Peña

Get this from: Madtravel.org

Why: You will see places like Rizal, Zambales, Bataan, Bohol, and Aurora on a different level and be able to contribute to a local community at the same time.

What to expect: MAD Travel will take you to places you’ve never been in destinations that you thought you knew like the back of your hand: hike the mountains of Rizal and meet the Dumagats; explore the trails of Zambales and experience the culture of the Aetas of Yangil; see one of the last thriving rainforests in Bataan and share stories with the Aeta Ambalan, see the islands of Bohol as the people of Maribojoc see them; and surf the waves of Baler after exploring the rivers of Aurora with the Atlas tribe.

Start a plant-based diet

Get this from: MindBodyGreen: A 360-degree approach to wellness (Mindbodygreen.com) and GoWell.com.ph

Why: To help you detoxify and cleanse your body, plus it’s good for you and the planet, too!

What to expect: It’s far easier to prepare plant-based meals than those with meat. Learn how to prepare your own plant-based meals from these websites with their easy-to-follow recipes. You’ll have to spend money on fresh produce, but once you wrap your head around with which goes well with which, you’ll be whipping up your own recipes in no time. Substitutes are always available if what the recipe calls for isn’t available in your local grocery.

Bathe in herbal oils and feel relaxed

Get this from: Arogya Manila, 8858 Sampaloc St, San Antonio Village, Makati City

Why: You’ll be more relaxed and will be rid of impurities.

What to expect: You’ll be doused in two (yes, TWO) buckets of herbal sesame oil while lying on a hard, wooden bed. “A gentle massage comes in after, which feels like it won’t really do anything to you,” says holistic wellness coach Nikki Torres. The effect it has after the treatment is a revelation: you’ll be more relaxed and feel like you have more energy than you did before the treatment. Treatments can be customized depending on how you’re feeling.

Go on a yoga retreat in Dumaguete

Yoga retreats aren’t all about yoga. Photo by Nikki Torres

Why: Yoga retreats are both relaxing and invigorating, and it’s not all about yoga like the name suggests.

Get this from: Atmosphere Resorts & Spa, Dauin, Dumaguete

What to expect: Yoga retreats can be done anywhere as long as it’s peaceful, but holistic wellness coach Nikki Torres swears by Atmosphere Resorts & Spa’s treetop yoga platform that overlooks the ocean as one of the best places for a yoga retreat in the Philippines. They’ve got a three-day and six-day full board yoga retreat program with two yoga classes and one meditation class daily, various workshops and presentations, access to the resort’s facilities, and a discount on the resort’s spa services.

Get loud hair color, guilt-free

That’s our editor Monica De Leon, and she still has other colors to show off from @rainbowhead_ph. Photo by Monica De Leon

Get this from: @Rainbowhead_ph

Why: For an instant makeover— and with a bang.

What to expect: Hair dyes have never gone out of style but one that comes in screaming tones yet won’t harm your health or the environment is the way to go. Brand Manic Panic (@manicpanicnyc) is more of a conditioner than hair dye, thus it restores what your hair has lost, hydrates your hair, and uses natural vegan dyes. Punky Color is another vegan hair dye brand that will guarantee the same vibrant effect sans the harmful effects other hair dyes give off. The downside: you’ll need to bleach your hair once so the colors will come out vibrant. The upside, the vegan hair dyes, which last for four to six weeks, can be replenished for as long as you want for they are—again—vegan and safe.

Interested in other weird, wonderful, and purely wow treatments? Grab a copy of Dash Issue 8 today and see our full list!

Editor’s Picks: Dash editor’s beauty & wellness stash

Editor’s Picks: Dash editor’s beauty & wellness stash

A peek into SkyJet Dash editor in chief Monica De Leon’s travel kit—contents of which include her trusty oils and balms, and all-time favorite cheek tint

Body Basics Spa In a Bottle

Stress, dizziness and minor headache buster when on the go.
Php170, Echostore.ph

MOXIE Relax Balm

A 30g balm in a can made of lavender, peppermint, camphor, orange and almond oil that’s oh so soothing on the skin and when inhaled after a long tiring day.
Php200, Tel: +63915 221 8028, +632 508 7607

Young Living Essential Oils

Power oils that I mix in tiny containers to soothe all sorts or minor aches. For instance, I mix a few drops of lavender and peppermint in an aloe base for homemade after-sun care.
From Php470, Youngliving.com/en_PH

Benefit Cosmetics LoveTint Lip tint

All-in-one bottle to make you look gorg. I apply a little on my cheeks and lips for a naturally-flushed look, and simply make it a bit thicker if I’m to hit some beach party. The best part is it stays and it’s smudge-proof.
Php1,190, Benefitcosmetics.com/ph/en

Benefit Cosmetics GALifornia blush

Bright pink with a dash of gold for a nice fresh glow in cute vintage packaging.
Php1,900, Benefitcosmetics.com/ph/en

Beach Hut Max100++ SPF spray sunblock for the body & Nivea Sun Protect & Moisture SPF 50 facial sunblock

Beach Hut, Php549, is available on Watsons.com.ph, Nivea, Php350, on Lazada.com.ph

Caticorn Dreams Shampoo Bar

I love that it does not cost the environment, made by a small-scale entrepreneur, and it’s got unusual scents like Bubblegum Pop.
Php350, Dash Store, GF Solar Century Tower, 100 Tordesillas corner HV Dela Costa Streets, Salcedo Village, Makati City

L’Occitane Almond Shower Oil

Cleanses and moisturizes. All you need is a reusable bottle for packing enough for your trip.
Php250 for the 250ml, available at Rustan’s, Ayala Center, Makati City

48 hours in awesome Antipolo

48 hours in awesome Antipolo

Looking for an escape near Manila that’s only minutes’ drive away? We bring you Antipolo, the land that’s put together into one the best of many worlds—breathtaking sceneries, trendy hangouts, creative spaces, and your perfect R&R. Experience the awesome city in only two days with this itinerary.

Day1, 8am


One of Antipolo’s not-so-hidden-gems is Hinulugang Taktak, which literally translates to “where the bell dropped,” and it’s sheer beauty. This beauty is about 21.5m tall and about 25.8m wide, and at its foreground is a landscaped picnic area with a pavilion—great spot for taking snaps.

Day1, 12pm

The crowd favorite: Beef Salpicao

 

A few blocks away from Hinulugang Taktak is Bistro at Le Blanc Hotel where you can enjoy unique Filipino-Asian fusion of dishes, and the restaurant’s star dish, the rib eye salpicao.
Facebook.com/The-Bistro-at-LeBlanc-1458714327516116/

Day 1, 1pm

Pinto Art Museum, a tricycle ride away from the Antipolo Municpal Office Building, has become one of today’s most sought after galleries in the country. Its main lure is the design of the gallery itself, which takes inspiration from the Cycladic Architecture. A lot of contemporary artists have hold exhibits at Pinto, and some of the notable ones like respected painter Bendicto Cabrera. To complete the Pinto experience is its unparalleled location—at the edge of a mountain.
1 Sierra Madre St, Subdivision, Antipolo, 1870 Rizal

Day 1, 7pm

The pool at the edge of Cafe Lupe makes for a wonderful dip

 

Imagine feasting on sumptuous kare-kare (peanut stew) and nachos while taking in views of the breathtaking cityscape at night with all the city light lit up. Well, you can actually make it happen by booking a stay at Café Lupe, a bed and breakfast with an infinity pool, KTV rooms, table tennis facility, a 70s inspired lobby, and countryside style restaurant.
Facebook.com/cafelupeantipolo

Day 2, 8am

Luljetta has one too many gardens and this is one of the nicer ones

Pops of color are a mainstay at Luljetta’s rooms

 

An overnight stay at Luljuetta’s Place will get you waking up to views of the metropolitan skyline for the resort sits literally on the edge of a mountain. Luljuetta’s main attractions are its pools surrounded by lush greens and flowering plants, and its outdoor spa. If you want to have a most pleasant breakfast, order their daing na bangus (milkfish) and signature garlic rice and have it at their garden.
Sitio Loreland, Barangay San Roque 1930 Antipolo, Rizal

Day2, 12pm

A dance number at 11Circle food park. Why not?

 

If you can’t decide where to have lunch for the last few hours of your stay in Antipolo, might as well head to 11Circle, a food park with a smorgasbord of booths selling dishes from around the world. Here you’ll find a samgyupsal (Korean specialty) stall, a ramen stall, and stalls that offer American and Filipino favorites.
Facebook.com/11circleantipolo/

Day 2pm

Beautiful place of worship, hands down

 

Cap your Antipolo adventure the most peaceful of ways by stopping by the Parish of Immaculate Heart of Mary, a solemn place of worship in Antipolo’s more quieter side along the main highway.  Inside it feels like you’re covered by a giant web of white panels and glass that let the trees from the outside meld with the inside and the natural light to seep in. Very unlike your typical heritage churches the Philippines is famous for, but equally impressive.
Daang Bakal Rd, Antipolo, 1870 Rizal

The basics
Book Bienvenido Travel and Tours operates. Contact operator Ramon Marinas at +630977 821 3075, tel +63695 1965, email [email protected], Bienvenidotours.com.

Get there:
SkyJet flies daily from Batanes, Coron in Palawan, and Siargao to Manila. Book a SkyJet flight now.

From NAIA Terminal 4, take a cab or book a Grab ride to Ayala Avenue in Makati (RCBC building) where there are Antipolo-bound UV commuter vans.

Story and photos by Kat Magsino

The place in Manila to get perfect hair

The place in Manila to get perfect hair

If money is not an issue then you should head to Philippe Tordjman Le Salon
 and get you the perfect hair cut, the perfect hair color, and more!



“Trend to me is what suits the person,” quips hair expert Philippe Tordjman when asked how he would de ne today’s hair trend.
Philippe casually chats with me, taking mental note of my habits and quirks. Then says, “you’re getting married; you don’t blow dry; and it seems to me you literally don’t do anything to your hair.”

Um… He’s right.

This no-nonsense advice is what you get if you book a service at Philippe Tordjman Le Salon located at Sofitel Philippine Plaza Manila. The salon is just about the right size, fuss free, with young, well-trained staff; plus there’s the hands on boss, Philippe.

Once my hair’s been rinsed, Philippe takes the shears and cuts away, giving me a layered bob with asymmetrical bangs.

Then Yenji, Philippe’s senior hair stylist, does my hair color.

Yenji first dyes my hair to achieve a light ash brown color, and shows her assistants how to place the highlights. When done, another rinse, and finally a blow dry.

Then, voila! Got me the perfect-for-me hairstyle.

Verdict
9/10

The basics

Haircut is from Php1,200 (USD24); hair color with highlights from Php7,250.


Visit Philippe Tordjman Le Salon

Story by Monica De Leon; photos by Daniel Soriano

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