Fringe Salon Alabang

Tucked into the Commercenter Building in Filinvest Alabang is Fringe Salon, an oasis that’s definitely worth a visit.

afterlight-8Fringe Salon opened in October of 2013 and promptly began to make a name for itself as the ideal stop for hair treatments and high quality massages in the south. Owner, Evelyn Tagle, paid attention to every detail when she decided to make her dream of owning her very own salon a reality.

I was invited by lovely PR duo Michelle Aventejado and Patricia Cuyuga to try Fringe for myself. I was happy to discover other southern ladies were invited as well.

afterlight-13So True Naturals founder Mia Rocha Lauchengco chose to have her hair cut and styled during our morning of pampering. You can read my post on her pure castile soaps here.

afterlight-14It was so great to catch up with popular podcast host Karrots Nazareno, who gave me tons of good tips on a project I’ll be launching soon. Check out her hilarious show here. Karrots chose to get the foot spa treatment. I chose to do the same. How awesome is this Cadillac foot spa chair? We both wanted to take it home!

afterlight-9I opted for a hair therapy treatment and the foot spa. The stylist massaged my hair and scalp with a rich hair mask (more on this below) and then steamed my hair to make sure all those good-for-my-strands nutrients soaked in. You can tell that my R2R Buslo bag is my favorite for mornings on the go. Proudly Philippine made.

fringe2My hair spa treatment was courtesy of L’Oreal’s professional range. My hair seriously felt like silk after.

afterlight-12The foot spa massage chair comes with a remote control to give you that perfect neck and back rub. A perfect option for those that aren’t comfortable with old fashioned massages.

afterlight-3We were also offered an assortment of sweet bites by Maricel Mendoza of Sweet Cottage. Maricel specialises in event styling for children’s parties, treats and dessert buffet setup and styling, and decorative fondant cakes for special celebrations. Feel free to email her at for her packages.

afterlight-16Soon after my treatment was done, Michelle offered to give me a tour of Fringe’s various rooms. Michelle also writes a really informative mom blog. You can check it out here.

afterlight-15A private room for treatments you’d rather do without curious eyes. For instance, waxing and maybe even threading treatments. They also have a room that can accommodate a handful of ladies for the ideal spa party venue.


afterlight-7A private massage room that has its own jacuzzi for full body scrubs and other decadent spa treatments.

afterlight-4Really tasteful interiors. In case interested, here is Fringe Salon’s current price list.

Fringe Salon Services 1

Fringe Salon Services 2It’s important to note that Fringe only uses MAC makeup and Cuccio organic nail polish in their services.

afterlightThank you for this lovely morning of pampering, Patricia and Michelle!

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
  • +63927 7897559.

You can also stay updated by following Fringe via their social media accounts.

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Crafternoon at Pino Resto Bar


Beautiful drawings by my talented seatmate Wiji Lacsamana

A few weeks ago, I was invited by super creative guru Alessa Lanot and her husband PJ to partake in two of my many favorite activities: eating good food and dabbling in crafts.


Inspirational duo: Alessa and PJ Lanot welcome guests to Pino

The event was held in Pino Resto Bar and had Alessa and PJ’s guests get cozy while we tried a number of Pino’s new dishes and attempted to make temporary tattoos.

Alessa invited me to sit with some very talented crafters. I honestly wondered what I was doing there. Haha. But we had a great time getting to know each other and trying our hand at doodling on special paper to make temporary tattoos. I highly recommended clicking on their personal sites, their skills put many to shame.


Wiji Lacsamana is also a talented tattoo artist. The real kind


Here is one of the temporary tattoos I made. I stuck it on my niece’s very willing hand. Such a great idea!

Not to be confused with Pipino Restaurant (their sister establishment in QC), Pino focuses on fine Filipino food with fresh ingredients and unique flavours. Here are the dishes we were invited to try from their new menu:


Chicken Inasal Caesar Salad

Mixed lettuce greens served with grilled chicken nasal and fish sauce-calamansi caesar dressing. This hearty plate could be a healthy lunch for one person.


Quinoa Salad with Berries

I’ve always loved the versatility of quinoa. This plate of quinoa with organic greens, dried berries, grapes, and tofu ricotta was a lovely feast for the eyes and tongue.


Calamares Negra

Breaded squid rings coated with squid ink, served with crab fat lemon aioli. You’ll certainly wonder what other restaurants do with the tasty squid ink after trying this.


Avocado Fries

Cajun-spiced avocado wedges, served with vegan mayo. Definitely an interesting way to have avocado. If you’re looking for the crunch that comes with a potato fry, this isn’t going to be it.


Veggie Triangles

Lovely bites of warm chickpeas, mushroom, carrots baked in pockets, served with curry-chilli sauce.


Bagnet Spring Rolls

Spring rolls stuffed with bagnet, chinese chorizo, salted eggs, vermicelli noodles, fried and served with calamansi vinaigrette. As you can see from this photo, we promptly dropped our pens to partake in this delicious dish.


Kale Chips

I love kale chips and these babies baked with nutritional yeast were no exception.


Gambas in Aligue

Shrimp cooked in crab fat. What a deadly combination.


Dinuguan Longanisa

We actually thought this was a dessert when it came out. What it actually was is pork sausage topped with bagnet (crunchy pork) and grated coconut.


Chocnut Macaron

We capped of our meal with a delicious macaron with proudly Filipino flavours. The rest of the world is clearly missing out.


Till the next crafternoon, ladies!

Thank you for inviting us to take part in such a wonderful afternoon Alessa and PJ. A big thank you as well to Canon for the very cool tattoo printers and Craft Carrot for all our craft tools.

Pino Resto Bar can be found along 38 Jupiter Street, Makati.  (02) 550-1781

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Happy Monday

IMG_5125I don’t know about you, but I loved the sunny weather last week. Considering that August is still part of our rainy season, I’m thrilled that there have been days warm enough for dips in the pool, picnics on the grass, and all around better photos.

Speaking of photos, I spent last Saturday exploring my part of town with top IG photographer Jelito De Leon. We hit my favorite restaurant, a funky art gallery, and a few cool shops. This photo was was snapped by Jelito at The Girl + The Bull: my favorite weekend joint that serves the yummiest buttermilk fried chicken on the planet. If you’re interested to know about the other places we hit, check out Jelito’s post and beautiful images on our sunny southern Satuday.

Here are my pick of things you may enjoy from around the web:

A father’s opinion on being a working dad

How adorable are these casual dresses? This one is calling out to me. 

Some of the most beautiful doors in the world. 

20 surprising things about parenting in Berlin. 

Your brain after a breakup and what it looks like when you’re in a happy relationship. 

Rainbow loom? Why not make a friendship bracelet instead.

* For those curious (and many of you often are), my top and skirt are from Rustan’s.