Wacoal Opens Their First Boutique At SM Seaside, Cebu

Wacoal, a brand of premium intimate wear which was previously only available in department stores, has finally opened their first boutique in Cebu. Located at the Upper Ground Floor, City View of Cebu’s and the Philippines’ largest mall, SM Seaside, Wacoal not only offers exclusive designs but also exclusive discounts and offerings, as well.

I’ve always been one to believe in investing in the right undergarments whether it be panties, bras, body shapers and the like. In my perspective, if you spend on clothes that fit you well, shouldn’t the same practices be applied when it comes to the foundations of your outfit- your underwear? That’s exactly why I only invest in quality underwear! Think about it, you don’t need a million bras/ panties AND you can wear them for years at a time.

Studies show that 64% of women wear the wrong sized bra which can not only be unflattering to your body but also detrimental to your health. Wearing the wrong bra that isn’t the perfect fit can actually cause headaches, they can stretch your boobs out, back pain, unwanted bulges, indigestion and other harmful side effects. That is why Wacoal makes an extra  effort to make sure that all their customers walk out with underwear of the Perfect Fit down to the cup size, strap and especially the coverage.

My favorite part? They carry bras for breast cancer survivors at cost and they even donate to charity foundations who support the same cause.

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Here’s a quick look at their showcase:

Another thing that I greatly appreciate about Wacoal’s pioneering boutique in Cebu is the spacious dressing room that they offer to their customers. It has enough room for you to not only fit your garments but also move around and even have a private adviser come in and assess your situation and guide you in choosing the right underwear. It’s a value added service that isn’t usually found anywhere else which is exactly why I only choose the best for my best friends!

Can I get an AMEN?
Issa P.

Wearing Swim Wear As Casual Wear ft. Wacoal

In a previous workshop I gave with young teenage girls, I vowed to never wear this piece ever again simply because of the fact that I don’t like bringing that kind of attention to my “boobular” area. It’s not a word, I know but it’s fun to say so I’ll say it anyways. As a one piece bathing suit, I absolutely die from the stress of a possible mishap but as outer wear, it’s really not bad.

Am I comfortable in my skin? Not all the time, no but there are definitely some trends that I want to try out just for the sake of being adventurous. Luckily, I don’t have worry about unwanted  spillage in this skin tone bandeau bra that I got from Wacoal.

There are a lot of reasons why every woman should own a bandeau bra whether it be in black or nude but for this post, let’s focus on the obvious- it keeps everything in place with the subtly to help you pull off any outfit. Yes ladies, you CAN wear a skin bearing outfit without revealing too much!

I already own two shades of this bra style and I use it all the time especially when I want to avoid creases on fabrics that are often brought about by lacy materials or triangle bras and since none of my shirts call for neither bras, you can count on the fact that I overuse my bandeau’s. TMI? No! There’s never a good time to talk about our body’s and the right kind of under wear.

Vest: Planet XChange| Bag: Zalora| Bikini used as top: Zalora

Jeans: H&M| Heels: H&M

Specs: Executive Optical

Love Your Body Always,

Issa P.

Tim Ho Wan Finally Opens In Cebu!

It’s about time Cebu finally gets a taste of what a Michelin- starred restaurant tastes like! Tim Ho Wan, the most affordable Michelin approved and starred dim sum restaurant, has finally opened their doors to eager Cebuano foodies after a year of waiting.

Tim Ho Wan started in 2009 when Chef Mak Kwai Pui and Chef Leung Fai Keun opened a modest 20-seater hole-in-the-wall eatery in Mongok, Hong Kong. A year after, it earned the coveted star in the 2010 HK and Macau Michelin guide, the international benchmark of good food and highest form of recognition in the culinary world.

Since then, the restaurant branched out around Hong Kong and brought its delicious and affordable dim sum overseas. Tim Ho Wan opened its first international location in Singapore in 2013 then the Philippines in 2014, followed by Taiwan, Vietnam, Malaysia, Indonesia, Australia, Thailand, Macau, and most recently New York, USA. With six branches in Luzon, it opens its 360- sqm. branch in Cebu at the Upper Ground Floor, Mountain Wing of SM Seaside City. The yum cha restaurant seats 83 persons in its main dining area and 19 in its function room.

I paid a visit to this world renowned restaurant during their press & media launching earlier today and had a chance to sample almost all of their dishes. And although I won’t go into too much detail for each dish, this is basically my verdict:

As someone who frequently eats Oriental Asian food but doesn’t necessarily enjoy it, I can easily understand why many people enjoy Tim Ho Wan’s dishes. Their Big 4 Heavenly King dishes are delicious (Baked Buns, Beancurd Skin Roll with Pork & Shrimp) while some are quite foreign to me (pan fried radish cake & steamed egg cake) but altogether enjoyable.

Of all the dishes that we sampled, my top choices would have to be: the baked buns with BBQ pork, Beancurd Skin Roll with Pork & Shrimp, Vermicelli Roll with Shrimp, Chow Mien Stir Fried Noodles, Prawn Dumpling, Pork Dumpling with Shrimp, Beef Ball with Beancurd Skin and the Mango Pomelo Sago.

The best thing about Tim Ho Wan, along with every other dimsums, is the communal dining setting which encourages sharing diners to share each dish among one another.

Check them out:

Big 4 Heavenly Kings

Baked Bun with BBQ Pork (3 pcs) – P145.00

Pan Fried Radish Cake- P120.00

Steamed Egg Cake- P 85.00

Beancurd Skin Roll with Pork & Shrimp- P140.00

Vermicelli Rolls

[above] Vermicelli Roll with Sweet & Sesame Sauce- P 140.00
Vermicelli Roll with Shrimp- P190.00

Stir Fried

Chow Mien Stir Fried Noodle- P 130.00


Prawn Dumpling- P 160.00

Pork Dumpling with Shrimp- P 150.00

Beef Ball with Beancurd Skin- P 120.00

Spinach Dumpling with Shrimp- P120.00

Braised Chicken Feet with Abalone Sauce- P120.00


Congee with Lean Pork, Century Egg & Salted Egg- P 140.00


Glutinous Rice with Lotus Leaf- P 190.00

Rice with Chicken, Sausage & Mushroom- P 170.00

Steam Minced Pork with Dried Squid- P 170.00


[Left- Right] Taro Coconut Milk with Sago & Mango Pomelo- P 120.00

To celebrate its arrival in Cebu, Tim Ho Wan Cebu will be giving one (1) complimentary order of Baked Buns with BBQ Pork every day to the first 100 quests with a minimum bill of P500.00 during its opening week from March 25- 31, 2017.

Tim Ho Wan Cebu is located at the Upper Ground Floor, Mountain Wing of SM Seaside City Cebu and is open daily from 10:00 am to 9:00 pm. Seating for dine-on is on a first- come, first- served basis.

Follow Tim Ho Wan Philippines on Facebook and @TimHoWanPh on Instagram and Twitter for thr latest events and updates. For inquiries, contact (032) 341 5770 and 0917 118 6453.


Issa P.

Honest Thoughts Before Getting A (Brazilian) Wax & Some Comforting Truths ft. Hey Sugar

There’s a certain sense of anxiety and liberation when it comes to getting waxed. I’ve been waxed “down there” before and let me tell you, every.single.time I go to a new place my mind goes to a million different places. So for this post, I’ve decided to write down a few honest thoughts I’ve had before getting a Brazilian wax and some truthful truths to make you feel better about it if you’ve been thinking about it but never had the guts to do it.

Thought # 1:

“What if I smell?”

Comforting fact:

Hey Sugar hands you wet wipes before the session even begins together with a paper pad that goes under you for hygienic purposes so you don’t have to worry about anything.


Thought # 2

“Do I have to do any pre- waxing activities to make it easier?”

Comforting fact:

Pain wise, probably not. If you can handle pain, you can but if you can’t then you’re just gonna have to be a trooper! But… I do prefer to trim just a little bit to make the process a little faster but don’t cut TOO short, you still want there to be enough space for the wax to hold on to.

Thought # 3

“Isn’t it weird to have another person in that… region?”

Comforting fact:

Waxing is a profession so basically, you’re not the ONLY person your therapist has waxed- it’s as normal to them as it is for an OB to see a baby coming out of a person so don’t stress about it too much. To ease the tension though, you can always come in the first time to get another service (check other services below) and see how you like your handler for your next private session.

Thought # 4

“I’m still towards the end of my (.). What if I drip?”

Comforting fact:

Well, you can’t go until after a week after your TOM anyways so go home, get some rest and come back when everything is clear.


Waxing of certain body parts is often times taboo in our rather conservative country but there shouldn’t be any shame in taking care of yourself so don’t be ashamed to bare it all.

If there’s one thing that money cannot buy, it’s service and Hey Sugar truly offered me one of the best pampering sessions by far with their super accommodating and well trained staff & clean facilities.

They are open at Ayala Center Cebu, SM Seaside & SM City Cebu.

For more details and promotions, follow them here!

Hey Sugar,

Issa P.