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
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
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.
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.
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
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/
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
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.