Beauty: BeautyBrick Hair Art Studio

Growing my hair for quite some time now because I want to have it curled. Yes, you heard read it right.  After some dilly dallying, and some inspiration, I finally set that appointment.

Saturday at 3:50pm, we arrived just in time for our appointment of 4pm.  Upon entering the salon, we were greeted by everyone.

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We were told to seat and wait.  The salon is buzzing.  I counted 6 heads on different stages of perming.  This salon is known for its no nonsense service and their oh so beautiful curls.  I was really definite on getting permed, while my mother in law, who is beginning to be my beauty bestie, opted to have her hair cut and colored.

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After waiting for a few minutes, finally called for shampoo, then they applied some hair protectant creams.  Mr Shin styled my hair and texturized it.  I had healthy hair so I am free to choose the size of curls I want. 

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I chose the medium curls so that my curls will last longer.  The curls will get bigger as time goes so my curls will just transform from medium curls to big curls until I have it cut.

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They applied some medicines again, left for some minutes.  Shampooed.  Then they put some rollers and waited for Mr Shin to put the final rollers. 

After the rollers, I was now wired.  Heavier than it looks but it’s ok. 

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Left me to finish a magazine of Cosmopolitan Philippines.

And then I was off to the finishing stage of my digiperm.

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Oh my, it was love at first sight.  The sight of my first curls made me really so happy. 

What’s good about the salon, they teach you how to maintain your curls.  Twist and scrunch? Not all the time.  More like scrunch and scrunch.

I’ll post a maintenance guide on my next post which you can read here.

The salon is owned and ran by Mr Shin, a Korean who studied in Japan, hence the Nippongo Language.  He is a cool guy, literally!  He doesn’t get fazed by all these heads simultaneously getting beautified.  Oh and did I mention that he is the only stylist there?  He just has a special crew who takes his instructions by heart.  They are all knowledgeable and very very friendly.

He has an assistant who translates his instructions and communicates with the clients.  I think most of the staff there understands basic Japanese already. 

I thought Mr Shin is so serious but his fun side finally surfaced when we asked for a groufie with him.  And it’s because we were 2 of the last 3 clients left.

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I loved how my curls turned out.  Soft and bouncy and manageable.

Mommy also loved her cut and the color.  She wanted a bouncy cut and Mr Shin delivered.   It’s very seldom that she gets satisfied with what a stylist does to her hair.

My beautiful curls, all for Php3,700.00 and my mom’s hair cut and color for Php3,000.00.  That is so affordable compared to some other salons that has “names” already and located at the malls.

Also, another thing. I love everyone here. Everyone is so attentive to clients’ needs, they make sure you keep your hands inside the gown and close your eyes when they apply some medicines, they help you with your things and they are so well coordinated. I could go on and on, super duper excellent service! Never have I experienced anything like this!

Be@tyBrick Hair Art Studio is located at Unit 103 Doña Consolacion Bldg., 122 Jupiter St., Bel-Air, Makati City.  You may contact them at 0917 520 0044.  They reply right away. 

Check them out at Facebook as well,
Beauty Brick Salon.

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LRT Line 2 – Observations

The almost 3 weeks that I have been taking the LRT Line 2, my route is usually either from V Mapa or Pureza Station going to Recto Station and vice versa. 

Since I am always on the lookout for anything and everything on my surrounding, here are what I observed in the stations I have been to!  Unrelated to actual LRT train operations.

V. Mapa signage stickers are peeling off.  It’s not only in this station that stickers are peeling off.  Nothing major but should have been maintained properly so that passengers know what station they are in.

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Elevators are ALMOST ALWAYS OUT OF SERVICE!  It’s ok if you are strong and able, but what if you are a Senior Citizen or a Handicapped Person or a Pregnant Woman?  It’s really hard to take the stairs especially if it’s raining and the stairs can be slippery.

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Just like the Elevators, some of these Escalators have PERMANENT barriers of NO ENTRY sign blocking them.  Are they really out of service?  Are they really being maintained?  Or does the LRTA just don’t want to let the passengers use them?

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Escalators used as regular stairs.  I’m not so sure if LRTA just want to promote healthy lifestyle to passengers and force them to take the stairs.

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If that’s the case, it should be the passenger’s choice whether he wants to take the stairs or the escalators. 

I find it a waste to see these escalators and elevators just be on display and not serve their real purpose.

Calling LRTA management.  Please make them IN SERVICE and not OUT OF SERVICE.

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Zong

During a recent trip to Sta Rosa in Laguna, instead of dining at our favorite Filipino-cuisine restaurant, Kanin Club, we tried out Zong.  It is not your usual Chinese restaurant because they serve the dishes with a twist.

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We are a family who loves trying out new restos in and out of town.  It is usually a hit and miss kind of thing.  If it doesn’t satisfy our palates then it’s our first and last at that particular resto, but if it’s the other way around, then we come back to that resto, again and again, until we finally tried all their dishes!

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The first group consists of the Yangchow Fried Rice, the Crispy Noodles with Seafood, the Seafood Soup and the Hotpot of Eggplant.  Though these dishes come out with passing grades, it wasn’t anything extraordinary.  Let me start with the Soup, they could have done with a little less salt and it would have tasted better.  The Crispy Noodles with Seafood wasn’t so bad. It has a lot of toppings, fillets of fish, some squids, some mushrooms, some veggies; but the taste was normal.  For the Hotpot of Eggplant, my hubby’s version was tastier.  Theirs was just eggplant mixed with minced pork.  The Fried Rice was ok. 

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For the 2nd group, these were the dishes that deserved a mention!  The Boneless Milkfish which was Steamed in Soy & Garlic was something different. We usually encounter Boneless Milkfish fried so this dish was refreshing. The steamed vegetable roll was also something to love. The veggie was a little hard to chew, but I think it was really cooked that way so it would stay rolled. The Hot Prawn Salad also came out yummy. It didn’t taste like so mayonnaise-y. It was just right to my taste bud.

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These 2 dishes make Zong’s a resto to come back to. Let me start with the Chicken in Salted Egg Yolk. This is one of Zong’s bestsellers and one of their signature dishes. It may look like an ordinary fried chicken fillet with Kropeck. But it’s not. The chicken was fried just right, crunchy on the outside, juicy on the inside. What made it different was how they mixed salted egg yolk into its breading. It’s not too salty and it leaves something in your mouth. It has texture coming from the salted egg yolk. Their other signature dish is called Singapore Style Prawns. If it’s cooked Singaporean style, it must be very hot. It was but it doesn’t leave that burning sensation in your tongue. The tangy feeling in your mouth is just right. And of course, true for all seafood dishes, the seafood must be fresh. The prawns were really fresh and it wasn’t overcooked. The skin can be peeled off easily. You can enjoy the food without the hassle.

Oh by the way! I tried a dessert, their Mango Sago Cream and I didn’t like it. It was part of their bestsellers, but I think they could improve it still. The mango shake was too slushy and over mixed with cream. I couldn’t taste the mango anymore as it’s all cream that I could taste.

As how I will rate Zong, around 9 out of 10. We were able to try differently-cooked dishes and it didn’t fail us. Our expectations were met. Service was good. And they got free nuts too!

Zong has 4 branches to date: Paseo de Sta Rosa in Laguna, Westgate in Alabang, The Fort in Taguig and Centris Walk in Quezon City.

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