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My Eye LASIK Surgery was a success! Now I’m Free!

Published April 30, 2011 by starvillanueva

My LASIK surgery was a success. For anyone who has been considering it, I definitely think it is the best money I’ve ever spent on myself this 2011.

It’s actually not plan at all, I was just roaming around Trinoma Mall, all of a sudden I went for an eye check up. I want to have LASIK that day but they said that I should rest my eyes for 3 days without wearing contact lens. For 3 days, I was excited for the possibility of not having to wear glasses or contact lens ever again!

Operation day:  After a series of tests, that took approximately 20mins. I’m all set! The nurse put an anesthesia eye drops to both of my eyes and let me wait for an hour before I was ushered into the operating room.

During the surgery, I was asked to keep my eyes fully opened. It was a bit of a challenge because I can see the entire procedure of the doctor & nurses… (That makes me want to close my eyes!) It wasn’t painful but very uncomfortable. Then, I was instructed to wear a protective goggles and prescribed 3 kinds of eye drops that includes antibiotic.

Two hours later, the pain is setting in. I couldn’t open my eyes, a major sensitivity to light also set in, my family whom with me the entire time even have to accompany me inside the mall after having dinner. I wasn’t sure if that was normal that it was stinging terribly but I took a painkiller!

Fast forward to the next week, I can see & function during my flights, I can drive in daytime using a very dark eyeglass. Everything looks great! I’m so thankful to God because I’ve made the right decision for my eyes. Now, I felt so blessed to have a new vision free of eyeglasses & contact lens! I’m completely utterly happy!

QR Pilot died during the flight from Manila!

Published October 14, 2010 by starvillanueva

My colleague on his early 40’s just passed away  after a massive heart attack and later on died. The co-pilot flew the plane and diverted to Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. A new crew boarded the plane and left Malaysia 2 hours later.

I could have been in that flight. Luckily, I was in New York Flight instead… Indeed, Life is so short, better live life as it was your last day in this world…

More details @ The Peninsula News

Time Flies When You’re Having Fun & Adventure!

Published September 8, 2010 by starvillanueva

             

One Sunday morning, my family and I didn’t have any plan but it turned out to be my favorite day of the month! (August) Headed to Serendra & Market Market Mall in Global City during its SALE day so we we’re inside the mall from morning till evening without noticing it. Spent the whole day, fitting clothes & shoes! And satisfying our cravings in some food chains such as Zagu, New York Fries and New York Hotdogs! Then later on had dinner in Kamayan buffet restaurant! I think I totally forgot that there’s this word called “Diet!”

 

 Then saw the wall climbing it’s kinda cool, but gravity is something that everybody should be scared of. This kind of activity is easy but even with the gears, there’s still a chance for these gears to malfunction so, you just have to be careful everytime you do this kind of stuff.

It was my brother who climbed first. Then I accompanied my sister. While looking at how steep the rock was, I fearlessly started to hit the rock and grab anything I can hold on to with my hand. Though I’m a first time climber, I wasn’t scared at all because I love heights! and it was actually safe because of the gears that they let us use. The wall also has certain stages of varying difficulty depending on your experience and capability. There is what they call the 90-degree wall, for beginners. The wall is just flat and doesn’t have many obstacles all you need is to power lift and push yourself up.

 

I wasn’t wearing the right clothes and shoes (just rented proper shoes) because it’s not planned at all. I really had so much fun! I wish I can’t go to different wall climbs as often as I want to!

As we walked around Serendra, I’ve been spotted to do a 10 seconds commercial and mini-photoshoot for Fox Channel! I’m glad my mom also have her camera with her the whole time because my Sony digicam kept on vibrating like a cellphone on a vibrate mode! It produces blurry pictures!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The happenings didn’t end there! Also went to McKinley Hills to check the developments of my condo. I love the ambience in Venetian Mall though it’s a mimicked version it still reminds me of Venetian Mall in Las Vegas that I visited early this year and Venetian Mall in Macau.

There’s more! The night didn’t end there. Before they start calling me “Indianera” for not showing up every time they invite me, I’ve decided to meet my friends at Starbucks in Rockwell Makati. We spent more than 3hours of non-stop laughter! Abby – my colleague from the airline just arrived that time, I’m glad she didn’t forget to bring the Alviero Martini passport holder & wallet that I asked her to buy during her recent flight to Rome, Italy.

Related Post: All The Pictures from my Recent Leave

Star Bliss Salon & Spa List of Services

Published July 20, 2010 by starvillanueva

          ” Be Pampered Like a Star…”

Star Bliss  is a spa specializing in natural nail, hand and foot care using quality and imported products.  Star Bliss Spa believes that nothing can be more rewarding than being able to bring out the beauty of nails and natural way.  At Star Bliss, one gets to experience the real sense of being pampered also by body massage, scrub, bleaching, firming, paraffin, Whitening treatments, hair spa, hair removal, hot oil and more.

Super Star Body Scrub Treatments: 

Whitening Body Scrub with Glutathione – restores skin’s natural lightness and overall skin tone this whitening body scrub contains mineral-rich sea salt and Glutathione to remove dead skin cells, whiten skin blemish, darkspots, whiten your skin to a glowing perfection and dries out and prevent pimples.

Anti-Cellulite Scrub – Known to heal, soothe and revitalize skin cells, gentle yet stimulating exfoliant to improve circulation and break up fatty deposits. It is formulated from carefully chosen herbal extracts that flush away toxins. This treatment contains moisturizing properties to promote a firmer supple skin and embodies the most recent technology for anti-cellular complex.It delivers a number of positive effects to improve tone and skin appearance.

Sea Salt Scrub – Natural, refined sea salts and essential oils are blended together for the ultimate body exfoliation. This treatment with improve blood circulation, energy flow and release tension. Kiss all your rough spots good-bye! Applied in a circular motion that is sure to liven up your skin tone as well as your senses!

 


Ms. Ehra Madrigal After her Manicure & Pedicure

Luxurious Massage Therapy:

Muscle Tension Stress Release – Using Swedish massage strokes, classic and stimulating, full body massage that helps soothe tired muscles, increase circulation and reduce body tension.

Jet Lag (Sleep Better Massage) – The massage starts from your feet. Your feet will be washed and dipped in salt water, followed by a massage of lavender and Eucalyptus oils that will give you a complete relaxation out of jet lag. The next step is to massage the head gently and this really helps you to get rid of the stress and mental fatigue. This is followed up by a mild massage of the eyes, which will help to remove the dark circles and the drowsiness. This massage will give you a good sleep for the night and you will adjust to the new time zone easily.

Volcanic Rock Massage – For the ultimate treatment of aching muscles, the warmth of basalt stones used in this massage helps achieve deeper relaxation.

Twin Massage – A tension-releasing, deeply relaxing and re-balancing massage with two therapists working in synchronized movements to achieve mental and spiritual bliss.

Shiatsu Massage – Based on the concept of acupuncture, this Japanese-style pressure point massage works on vital energy points resulting in balanced chi.

** All massage starts from your feet. Your feet will be washed and dipped in salt water – Salt helps tired, swollen feet. A solution containing salt and water is hypertonic. This means that it drains excess water out of your feet and soaks it up.
** Also followed by unlimited Tea & Coffee that complements the soothing effect of massage beautifully.


* Newly wake up Mr. Jay Manalo after his body massage

Hair Treats:
Aroma Scalp Treatment & Shoulder Massage – Using essential oils, this soothing massage is designed to balance the body’s and improve mental and physical health. Star Bliss Spa treatment will give your hair and scalp the best conditioning and massage you’ve always wanted.

Protein Treatment Hot oil- Give life to your hair from root to tip. Hot oil treatments can help with dry scalp conditions including dandruff & Hair Fall. Since oil and moisturizers are the key ingredient, they can condition the scalp and skin in addition to the hair. Relaxing Head & Shoulder massage follows. 

Hair Mask (Protein & Keratin) Treatment – Specifically for dry & damaged hair. Recommended if you recently color, permed or straighten your hair.

Also offers: Hair  Color, Hair Rebond & Hair Cut – Men we do have our professionals to make sure you get the cut & color that you want. Ladies our licensed hair stylists are ready to give you the hair makeover that you deserved!

Nail Treatments:
Foot Spa with special Treatment – starts with a refreshing peppermint footbath and scrub, followed by a gentle massage promoting blood circulation and providing relief throughout the body.

Foot Reflexology – Targeting points on the feet linked to specific body parts and systems, it offers relief from pain and stress and brings balance to the body. Also known as zone therapy, reflexology operates on the theory that every part of the body corresponds to a point on the hands and feet. By applying pressure strokes on these points, healing is stimulated and balance restored in the body.

Bliss Manicure & Pedicure – Experience manicure & Pedicure the way it should be – great service using a very good brand. Cuticles are conditioned; nails groomed and polished, the Star Bliss Spa way!

Special Foot Spa- Give your feet the pampering it deserves. Try our Foot spa service and enjoy a soothing foot soak & foot scrub, capped off with a luxurious application of moisturizers that will leave your feet feeling soft, smooth and sensational.
Give your feet a treat with our warm and relaxing foot spa and feel the difference!

Star Bliss Nails & Body Spa is backed by trained and experienced people . The spa service business has the fastest growing niche market in the industry today.

Kiddie Spa Services & Prices:  “ Even Your Little one Deserves Pampering Too!”

Kiddie Manicure – P100

Kiddie Pedicure – P120

Kiddie Body Whitening Scrub – P 500

Kiddie  Hair Spa/ Hotoil – 250

Kiddie Body Massage – 250

Kiddie Foot Spa – 200

* Star Bliss Salon & Spa is a Sole Proprietorship, For Franchise Inquiry: Send an email to Starbliss_spa@yahoo.com /

 * Addresss:  #67 Timog Avenue Corner Scout Torillio QC.

Fun-Filled Tagaytay Zipline Adventure

Published July 19, 2010 by starvillanueva

“When you’re with your family, it’s always a precious moment that money can’t buy”

The Day Started by attending  an early mass at Antipolo Church (around 4am) and a Coffee zip in Mcdonalds! Then my mom and I saw the Tagaytay Zipline on a Newspapers’ frontpage!  Since we were blessed with bright rays of sunshine and no sign of rain that morning, we thought of going to Tagaytay! Tagaytay is one of the place my family and I always visit, it’s near, it’s cool, it’s refreshing.

 

This time, we tried Picnic Groves’ Zipline! I love the feeling I get when the adrenaline is pumping through my body! Whether that be from bungee jumping, roller coasters, Parajump, skydiving, or other activities, I cannot seem to get enough of it. Some might call me an adrenaline junky since I am always looking for the next adventure!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

We all soared above a lush jungle on a zipline! Since we are in the Philippines and not America, the safety regulations are quite different this giving you the option to be strapped in however you wish. My choice was to fly face first while lying on my stomach, like Superman. (Since I already tried being strapped in Harness while sitted in Singapore’s Sentosa Zipline which I should blog next time.) You are secured by a few straps that are supposed to be one size fits all. My 10-year-old sister and I both had the same size of harness.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

I felt extremely secure because the strap was invading my personal space. Besides flying higher than a football field above the ground, the view encompasses a reflection of the center part of the volcano off the crater lake that has formed from a previous explosion. Best part above all (in my opinion) is that they have their own photographer to click a photo of you while your up in the air! The Photo will be given after 10-15mins! Wow! I love souvenir photos especially rare moment ones!

After Picnic Grove had an early dinner at Josephine’s, Starbucks and Tierra de Maria. With its cool climate and close proximity to Manila, Tagaytay has evolved from a mere quaint, transient stopover to one of the country’s favorite holiday and weekend retreats. What’s so special about Tagaytay? The food, the place, the climate, the price – everything except that it will probably make you fat to go there often!

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Spoiled But NOT a Brat

Published March 12, 2010 by starvillanueva
 
 
 I’m alone. Free. Independent. Self-supporting. It’s tough. But, I’m fine… Yes, very tired every single day especially when it’s full flight where I don’t get much time to at least sit during the coarse of the flight but I’m fine. And I love it. I like it when I’m tired. And yes that makes me weird.
 
I can go wherever I want because of the bidding system where you can bid any of Qatar Airways’ more than 80+ destinations. Yes, I truly have the choice to go elsewhere across Europe, South Africa, Asia & United States that has definitely higher meal allowance & more flying pay than Manila but my choice will still be Manila. And yes that makes me weird.
 
Most people always have the shocking reaction every time they found out that I have 3-4 Manila Flight every month and still want more. It’s just that, I am truly missing home and flying to Philippines gives me the comfort of being home. And yes that makes me weird. 
 
 Things are so different now. I have to do everything on my own, unlike living with my family – When I wake up, someone makes up the bed for me, my breakfast is ready, driver starts the engine, my brother parks the car for me, My clothes are all instantly clean and iron. Go home.  My piano teacher comes twice a week, Attending Sunday Mass, Play with my lil’ sis and my puppy, When I get hungry in the middle of the night, food is given to me.

Sarap ng buhay ko dba? Pero hindi dapat ganun. Some might even think that it’s stupid of me to have left my home where I was a “princess”… but, NO. That’s not how life should be.

My mom wasn’t from rich family, neither grew up wealthy but she worked damn hard to give us the life that we have now, and I know it was not easy at all. It was rags to riches story just like in teleseryes!

I want to work hard. I do work hard. I love to work. And right now, this job is one of my greatest challenges in life. This is where, I give the greatest task of my life. And I don’t just mean at work…. I’m pertaining to my life here, alone. My life without yayas, without Mom, without my siblings, without my best friends, and almost everyone I know who’d always spoil me.

I’m used to living within my means now and doing the laundry and the grocery, cooking for myself, washing the dishes, making up my bed, cleaning my toilet and cleaning my room I even associate cleaning as my exercise… I need to keep reminding myself that I’m never alone… never… because God is with me… God is everywhere… His opinion of me matters to me the most… not the world’s opinion of me..

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Christmas & New Year Scenes

Published January 7, 2010 by starvillanueva

When I was a kid I used to dream of a white Christmas and as flight attendant, I guess I’ve experienced it all. Be it, green, blue or white christmas but no matter how far the distance I have travelled. I will still returned to a place called Home…  

      

I flew to Manila on the 24th of December through a Boeing 777 aircraft as expected we landed earlier than scheduled arrival around 2:30pm but due to the traffic because of the Filmfest Parade that afternoon we’ve reach Diamond Hotel in Roxas Blvd. very late, passed 5pm already.  

 * These pictures are not yet uploaded in my website because it’s not yet high quality pictures (I just grabbed it from my Mom’s friendster account)  I left my memory card back home, but will soon upload it…  

 I really enjoyed every moment, spent the whole time eating delicious home-cooked meals and sinful desserts! Then we gather around the tree to open our presents, Alma was the one hosting the gift giving while we were simply waiting for our names to be called. Our house is filled with  laughter. Then later on made myself busy singing over the course of the evening  while my cousins are enjoying their wine in the pool area.  

 

The following day, I flew back to Doha with such a nice crew and supervisor. While my family and cousins flew to Hongkong via Philippine Airline to spent my mom’s birthday and New Year there. I guess that’s the main thing my family and I have in common, we all love to travel!

  

   

  

   

   

   

 

 

 The capacity of the aircraft that we’ve used has 42 seats in Business Class and 293 seats in Economy but we only have less that a hundred passengers in economy + 5 person in Business class. Very light load! Who wants to travel during Christmas day anyway? Except for business travelers maybe like Ms. Pinky Aquino (Kris Aquino’s sister) is one of our passenger that time, she even gave a greeting card to all the crew and were very nice. After 9hrs travel time I’ve landed in Doha around 12:05 am of December 26, slept then same day pick to Manila again!   

  

   

   

   

 

 

 

Even if my whole family is in Hongkong (Dec27) my friends didn’t make me feel alone. They pick me up in the hotel as soon as I arrived then went to Mall of Asia, ate in Don Henricos, had an ice cream dessert in White Hat, watch a movie then Starbucks afterwards. Really had a great time! Indeed a Happy day prelude to a New Year!   

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