By Deedee M. Siytangco
Never lose an opportunity of seeing something beautiful, for beauty is God’s handwriting.—Ralph Waldo Emerson
Inner peace, a positive outlook, and lives a healthy love-filled life. These to Dr. Mary Jane Torres, or Dr. MJ of The Zen Institute, are the essentials of a truly beautiful individual.
Listening to Dr. MJ talk about wellness and beauty over a lunch with kindred souls at Sofitel’s Spiral was plain to us that she embodies her philosophy, stressing further, “There are no quick fixes when it comes to beauty. Achieving beauty is an art, a journey to self- improvement through evidence-based therapy.” An aesthetic surgeon, Dr. MJ, she graduated from University of Santo Tomas and had her internship at the St. Luke’s Hospital and underwent training under the country’s leading dermatologists and surgeon before venturing out on her own. She trains Asian doctors in neighboring countries of Thailand and Indonesia, and completed her Botox training in Istambul, Turkey, and Lipotherapy in Athens, Greece.
She became a member of the American Academy of Anti-Aging medicine and here she learned the practice of integrative medicine with aesthetic treatment. Now she is well-known for mastering the fine art of non-invasive aesthetic treatments such as face-contouring, body-sculpting, bio-identical hormone therapy, and regenerative cell therapy.
To hear her explain the treatments and results of the treatments made us all want to sign up for the “MJ Ultimate Wellness Journey to Healthy Aging and Longevity.” This program is a tribute to their 12 years in practice.
A visit to her wellness clinics brings one to a Zen-like spa of tranquility where there are four accepted pillars-the aesthetic treatment, the integrative non-invasive, yet practical based approach for various medical treatments, the lifestyle element of the mind and body workout with nutrition and fitness counseling for the clients and pampering or the spa protocols.
She also uses stem cell protocols, explaining that the treatment is the “absolute best evidence based preventive measure against cancer, so far.” She has undergone all her treatments and is walking evidence how well fit they are for achieving healthy wellness. The Zen medical spas are located in Quezon City, the Bonifacio Global City, Batangas City, in Binondo, Manila, in Sofitel Hotel.
There are different treatments for different body needs and even for ages 10 and below, preventive treatments for ages 20 to 39, and anti-aging for 40 and up. There is also a program for mother care, before and during pregnancy and for athletes to maintain their stamina and energy.
Dr. MJ has also developed a line of products for her clients needs from skin rejuvenating creams and soaps to skin whitening and acne problems. Looking at her she really exemplifies her mantra of healthy wellness and beauty. And no, she isn’t worried about other practitioners claiming her former faithful patients to be their work of art!
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It is now open, finally, Plaza Fair’s Merry Season Department Store Xentro Mall’s second floor at San Andres St. corner Leveriza St., Malate, Manila, announced Danny Velasco, entrepreneur.
It has a promotional sale on-going, buy one take one on all new arrivals from house wares, ladies and men’s wear, and ladies and men’s shoes and bags, etc.
Merry Season’s mission is to bring quality and affordable goods to its customers. Fun to browse through the varied merchandise, you may discover some really good brands and buys. And by the way, Danny` is welcoming new suppliers and concessionaires.
Danny also has a school, the Grace Christian for College students located at Florentino Torres Street, Sta. Cruz, Manila. The school offers courses on Arts and Sciences, Accountancy, and Engineering. The school is open for inquiries for school year 2018-2019. Send your inquiries thru email address, firstname.lastname@example.org.
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Conrad Manila is celebrating the Year of the Earth Dog with Lavish Feasts and Oriental Culinary Treasures.
The iconic Conrad Manila ushers in the Lunar New Year with a fiery lion and dragon dance performance auspiciously paired with a mouthwatering selection of authentic Chinese delicacies at the multi-award-winning China Blue by Jereme Leung for the special date on Feb. 16 for lunch and dinner.
In celebration of the momentous occasion, executive Chinese chef, Eng Yew Khor presents specially-crafted premium set and a la carte menus, highlighted by an array of propitious entrées such as the steamed stuffed crab claw and dried oyster money bag in crab roe sauce to welcome “money in the bag;” wok-fried king prawn and mini abalone sea treasure in an imperial hot pot for financial prosperity and business success; stir-fried king prawn with crispy oat flakes and salted egg to attract wealth and happiness among others.
This highly-anticipated feast is made extra special with live musical entertainment and a modern take on the traditional Yee Sang toss, a customary practice also known as the Prosperity Toss.
China Blue by Jereme Leung’s version includes a myriad of symbolic Chinese ingredients of the highest quality and is considered to be a must-have dish in celebration of the Chinese New Year festivities. Diners may choose from the ala carte signature dishes, but the showcase Chinese New Year set menu is a must for a group of 10 diners for R29,888+
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NÜWA—inspired by the eponymous heroine from Chinese mythology, representing classic Asian refinement—has replaced Crown Towers at City of Dreams in Manila and Macau.
The new brand further exemplifies Melco’s core mission to continue providing a better luxury experience, and is the first step in the preparation of the launch of Phase III of City of Dreams Macau in the second quarter of 2018.
Looking forward to welcoming guests to the NÜWA soon, corporate communications manager Charisse Chuidian said. This is the home of Crystal Dragon and the new The Tasting Room (now situated in an elegant room, to the right of the hotel lobby) which, while still on soft opening, will be fully operational by early February.