11 August 2014

Cruisin' Mommyhood Recommends Fringe Salon

My hair is short for a good reason -- I do not like to spend too much time styling it.  Every day I comb my hair, put on a clip and I am done in less than a minute.  Seriously.  I always say, "There is nothing constant in life except change AND my hair.  Same curls, same hair color and hairstyle since year 2000.

I go to the same salon once a month for my haircut.  But, when we moved to the south, it was no longer practical to go there.  Since October last year, I tried several salons in the area and I have not found "the one" yet.   Cutting my hair doesn't require special skills but I prefer a salon that makes me feel comfortable and pampered.  A salon with a personal touch.  They don't just provide hair, body and nail services.  They help you feel beautiful and confident about yourself.

Last month, Michelle of Momma 'N Manila invited me to try Fringe Salon in Alabang.  I initially wanted to decline because I am sure there will be a before-after photo and I have a love-hate relationship with the camera.  I love taking photos of my daughter but I hate being photographed.  So, I hesitated.  But I really want to try it because the location is only two blocks from my office and it might be my "the one".

So I confirmed to attend the event and I initially requested for haircut and hair and scalp treatment.  Two hours before my appointment, I changed my mind when I saw the before-after photos of bloggers posted in Fringe Salon's Instagram account!!  Gorgeous hair colors!

I requested for haircut and hair color.  I was excited but agitated.  My last hair color was back in 2000, the same time I decided to cut my hair really short.  Anticipating change after 14 years of being constant will make anyone a little scared.  You won't believe how many times I asked myself, "Sure ba ako?"  But, Michelle's reassuring smile and my brief conversation with Robert Dela Pena (Salon Manager) made me more confident about my decision to change my hair color.

To ease my nervousness, Michelle offered to show me the upstairs area that houses two VIP rooms which clients can use exclusively.  It can also be a perfect venue for your next mother-daughter date or BFF bonding.

If you are looking for an afternoon of relaxation, there is a fully-equipped massage room just for you.  It has a shower room and a Jacuzzi.

Here are some photos I grabbed from Fringe Salon Facebook Account.

Super nice right?  The owner, Evelyn R. Tagle, really paid attention to details when she set up the salon.  The salon has an edgy, yet homey feel to it, with its sleek, modern interiors and top of the line salon equipment. 

Back to my new look...

Same face different hair color.  Hahaha!
L-R:  Patricia Cuyugan (Mrs C's Sugarcoated Life), Michelle Aventajado (Momma 'N Manila),
Ms Evelyn Tagle, Fleur Sombrero (Mommy Fleur)

With the beautiful Evelyn Tagle - owner of Fringe Salon
Super nice, right?!  Don't ask me the color because I can't remember!  Haha!  Basta I loooovveee it so much!  Thank you Fringe Salon.  See you next week for my much needed "me-time".  Yes, Fringe Salon is the one!

Fringe Salon is open from 10am to 7pm, Mondays to Saturdays. It is located at G/F Commercenter Building, Commerce Ave. cor. Filinvest Ave., Filinvest Corporate City, Alabang, Muntinlupa. For inquiries and reservations, contact +632 8080881, +63920 2193391 or +63927 7897559.


Special thanks to Pink Wasabi, Simply Pie and Orange Whisk for our sweet treats and savory snacks:

Sarap nito promise!

16 July 2014

Our Family Mobile Phone Policy

I love my iPhone.  Aside from checking and updating my social media accounts, my iPhone has made life a little more convenient for me.
  • I rely on Calendar and Reminders for my daily schedule and to-dos.
  • I check my account balance, transfer funds and pay my bills using my bank's app.
  • Google Maps, Waze and Twitter help me plan my driving route, especially during weekends.
  • I use the Holy Bible app for my quiet time and I can save my notes from the Sunday preaching.
  • Because I love sharing Julia's photo's on IG, I use Moldiv, Typic, Photfy or Pomelo to edit photos.
  • I use iWatermark, Scanner Pro, Drop Box, Evernote and Quick Office for work and blogging.
  • I help my brother answer queries on the Facebook Page of Pacific Palm Suites.
  • I stay connected with overseas friends and relatives using Face Time and Viber.
I pretty much rely on my iPhone for almost everything.  Obviously, I carry it with me often.  So often that I hold it more often than my daughter's hand.  Yup, sad.  Shameful, but it's the truth.  I wrote about the wake up call Don and I experienced a few months back.  It made such a huge impact on us that we talked about it over lunch the day it happened.  The objective is to minimize our use gadgets when we are spending time as a family.  So, this is our commitment:

Written on Amici's paper place mat
Dapat hanggang #3 lang but I had to negotiate for #4.  It is applicable when we are spending time with Julia or when we are out for our date night.

Let me explain.  Ang OA naman if hindi talaga pwede gamiting ang mobile phone di'ba?

Replying to emails can wait.  If it is urgent, the sender will call or send a text message.  Answering calls and text messages should be quick.  If it is work-related and not important, we should answer it at a later time. Checking social media accounts like Facebook, Twitter or Instagram can easily use up 10-30 minutes.  So bawal yun.  However, posting on social media will not take as much time.  So for #4, we have the discretion to determine the acceptable time that we should spend on answering calls, texting and posting on social media.  For me, 1-3 minutes is acceptable.  If it will take longer than that, I tell Don that I need more time in answering a call or a text message.  For posting on Facebook or Instagram, I make sure I do it as quick as I can.

So far, we are doing well.  We sometimes need to remind each other because it is so easy to zone out when we are using our phone.  It is challenging but we are glad we made this a family policy.  Recently, we added a #5.  NEVER USE PHONE WHILE DRIVING.  No buts -- safety first.    

How about you?  Are you always online?  How much of your time is spent on the phone -- replying to your emails and checking your social media accounts?  Do you have rules at home on the use of mobile phones? Anything you want to suggest that we should add to our list?
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