Saturday, August 3, 2013

Pearly Whites

Finally found my teeth whitening procedure photos on my mobile phone! It's funny that I took them more than a year ago but found time to blog about them only now.

As I said in my previous post, got this promo from Metrodeal for only P1,500. And I don't mind having them again after my braces were removed.

I had my teeth whitening procedure at Echano Dental Clinic last year. They have branches in Alabang and Ortigas.

Here are the photos. Please excuse my flat bulbous nose..

Yellowish teeth. Prepping for the procedure.

The blue coating is for protecting the gums

Laser after applying the whitening solution on my upper and lower front teeth

Left sample shows the original shade of my teeth

Post teeth whitening; night before OD
On the other note, teeth whitening causes sensitivity to your pearly whites during and 24 to 48 hours after the procedure. Especially when you expose your teeth to something too cold or hot and even to wind/ air. But the sensitivity will only lasts for 1-2 days.

Diet for two days would be anything that wouldn't stain a white shirt. So eat plain and not too stainy foods to make it last. This includes rice, vanilla ice cream, milk. Among the No-No's are green veggies, cheese, pumpkin, BBQ sauce, tomatoes, etc. Also, do not brush your teeth for a day. Gargle salt diluted in lukewarm water instead. Don't worry, it's just for a day. ;)

Aside from the sensitivity, I didn't experience any side effects caused by teeth whitening. Just a tip, if you're a coffee lover, drink water right after you drink to wash away the stain. And as much as possible avoid black/ dark or brewed tea and coffee. But if you cant' resist, brushing your teeth three times a day will sure help! :)

Note: Tips found in this article are based on my own opinion and experience. You may get professional advice from your dentist if you plan to undergo this procedure.

Indoor Makeup

Indoor makeup, especially inside a hotel, should be heavier than your ordinary day makeup. Here's what I wore during my CC applications. Please note that I do not wear this on my other applications as this is TOO heavy.

MAC Liquid Foundation in NC42 
MAC Powder Foundation in NC40
MAC Studio Finish Concealer in NW30
Lancome brown and beige palette E/S (For contour and highlight)

Revlon In The Red matte lipstick
Ordinary lip gloss (Already removed on the photo)

Lancome brown and beige palette E/S
Nichido Black Eyeliner
Nichido Blackbrown Eyebrow Pencil
Maybelline Cat Eyes Mascara

Clinique soft-pressed powder blusher

This is the same makeup I wore when I had this photo but with the lip gloss, of course. Sorry I wasn't able to put the exact shade of my blush and e/s since this happened a year ago. And labels and details at the back of my cosmetics are all, if not removed, unreadable now.

Jab and Straight

Attended a trial boxing class at Ringside Alabang. Don't hate my smile please..

My friend, the one who invited me, makes fun of how I swing and box because I move too girly. Honestly, I really felt like a boxer and I really tried my best to move more stiffly. Didn't know it made no difference. lol

Enjoyed the whole experience especially the boxing routine and ab workout even though I felt like a novice being side by side the hardcore students, my friend being one of them. The coaches were also considerate enough to not force me to comply when my body cannot do it.

So, the first of the whole routine was jumping rope. Every routine runs 3 minutes followed by a 60-second break. Just the jump rope alone made me feel exhausted. My legs we're wobbly and tired. I really have no exercise before that that's why I'm not surprised I felt that way. However, that was a good start for me.

Secondly, I had a jab and straight exercise with another coach. I did one jab-straight, two jabs-one straight, a four then six. All for a newbie. After this, I again had to bounce on a huge rubber tire like a pro boxer. I bounced with my two arm poised like that on the photo above.

Then comes the AB workout. We were lying on a mat but man, was it difficult. I felt the pain on different parts of my abdomen affected by every exercise.

Next comes the ring battle. It's just another one-on-one with the coach. This is where I told you I tried moving more stiffly but then your friend tells you you look cute - another term for funny.

And last is the jab exercise with a bouncing hanging small box bag. That's how I call it. Haha

Like I said, I really enjoyed this session! And I plan to enroll within the year.

When you go on a trial session like this, never say never. Never look at yourself in the mirror and don't look at others as well. It'll just make you conscious of your moves and theirs.

Friday, August 2, 2013

Flight Attendant Schools in MNL

These are the different flight attendants schools here in Manila with no particular order. I've researched and personally asked some of the details from their school representatives.

ICATS - International Cabin Attendant Training School
Location: Pasig City
Tuition: P47,500 more or less if installment, less 10% if straight payment
Enrollment Fee: P4,500
Duration: 40 days
Course Program:
Module 1 : Personality Development / Interview Essentials
Module 2 : Aircraft Familiarization
Module 3 : Emergency Situations and Procedures
Module 4 : Customer Relationship and Services
Module 5 : On Board Services

WINGS Institute of Global Careers

Location: ParaƱaque City
24 hours Job Orientation Seminar (3-Days)
48 hours FA 10-day course (10-Days)
120 hours FCC 1 (1-month)
218 hours FCC 2 (2-months)
Course include:
Aviation English
Image Enhancement
Basic Airline Theories
Passenger Service
Interview Success

WCC Aviation Company
Location: Quezon City
Duration: 45 days
Course Program:
Personality Development
Aircraft Familiarization
Safety Procedures
Customer Service
In-Flight Food Service

And these are the common requirements for Flight Cabin Crew Training since they'll offer job assistance after you graduate:
  • Must be 18-30 years old (WINGS requires 18-28 and single)
  • College level (3rd year) or must have finished 2-year or 4-year course
  • At least 5'3" in height for females and 5'7" for males
  • Weight should be commensurate with the height
  • Pleasing personality and positive attitude
  • Never convicted of serious criminal offense/s
  • In good health condition (must have medical exam) eyes not colorblind and must have clear skin; and
  • Must be able to speak and write English language fluently should pass English Proficiency Test)
  • High School or College diploma
  • Transcript of Records
  • Birth Certificate
  • Medical Certificate
  • Passport
  • 2x2 ID & Whole body picture
I may have not included all but these are the schools that continuously run flight attendant classes. And I heard ICATS is accepting enrollees for their September classes already.

Thursday, August 1, 2013

Brackets and Wires

I now understand why Betty La Fea (lead star of a famous Colombian telenovela which later on was revived by Philippine TV) laughs, speaks and acts that way. It's because of the braces.

I've been wanting to have my teeth braced years ago. I wished I had it when I was younger but I'm still glad I had it now. All for the name of beauty. As they say it, "tiis-ganda".

The braces will be there for two years and adjustments will be every month or every 3 weeks. My dentist is from Bonoan Dental Clinic (located in Alabang and Ortigas). The packages are P35,000 (Braces only), P40,000 (Braces with Retainers) and P45,000 (Braces, Retainers and Teeth Whitening). All packages include unlimited cleaning, light cure and simple extraction (as needed) every visit. I only paid P5,000 as DP plus payment for Xray.

 What they wanted to correct are the following:

1. Minor Crowding
Crowding on my lower teeth started upon growth of my first wisdom tooth.

2. Alignment/ Bite
My front teeth are higher and not aligned to my molars.

In two weeks, I noticed that my lower teeth improved a little. Just a small movement on my crowded lower front teeth.

And so my "tiis-ganda" journey continues and will continue for two years.

The first week was really difficult since I couldn't eat anything hard at all. My diet was limited to ice cream, soups, arrozcaldo, champorado and the likes. After a week I tried eating beef pepper steak but still found it difficult and time consuming. So, thanks to my braces, I can lose the extra fats without effort. ;)

And at night I drool because it gets more painful as the wire moves/ straightens when exposed to more heat (heat increases when we sleep).

Excited to see my improved smile after two years! :)

Close Up Smile

I know it's vain but this is what got me my "You've got a close up smile" remark during my final interview with QR last year - Teeth Whitening! :) LOL

I'm a woman who loves to try out anything that could make me look good as long as it's within budget and it's convenient.

So, I got this teeth whitening promo at Metrodeal for only P1,500 and it originally costs around P20,000. Great deal, right? :)

Whitened Teeth without filter
Sorry, I don't have a before and after photo. But to help you, my teeth became more yellowish before because I drink coffee everyday and I eat lots of chocolates. ;)

I will do another blog on what happens during teeth whitening if I find the photos I took during the procedure last year.


Yay! Did my blog some pampering today. :)

I'm on leave until August so I did everything, (ok not everything but most of the things) I want to do but cannot do while I'm working and one of them is to blog!

Step by step, I was able to finalize my banner in just one day! Congratulations to me for my blog's first makeover since 2010.

I chose these images because this represents what this blog is all about. My dreams and aspirations. As for the color, I just love neutral and earth tones. Sad thing is I wasn't able to screenshot my old blog's layout for a before and after photo. Anyways, I'm overall happy with the final outcome. :)

My Anchor

These words encourage and comfort me... I posted these as a reminder to myself. :)

"You are all fair, my love, and there is no spot in you."
--Song of Solomon 4:7 (NKJV)

He has made everything beautiful in its time. 
-- Ecclesiastes 3:11a (AMP)
...for He [God] Himself has said, I will not in any way fail you nor give you up nor leave you without support. [I will] not, [I will] not, [I will] not in any degree leave you helpless nor forsake nor let [you] down (relax My hold on you)! [Assuredly not!]
-- Hebrews 13:5b (AMP)

"Be strong. Take courage. Don't be intimidated. Don't give them a second thought because God, your God, is striding ahead of you. He's right there with you. He won't let you down; he won't leave you."
-- Deuteronomy 31:6 (MSG)

 “ Blessed is the man who trusts in the LORD, And whose hope is the LORD."

-- Jeremiah 17:7 (NKJV)

"It is the Lord Who goes before you; He will [march] with you; He will not fail you or let you go or forsake you; [let there be no cowardice or flinching, but] fear not, neither become broken [in spirit--depressed, dismayed, and unnerved with alarm]."
-- Deuteronomy 31:8 (AMP)

I know what I'm doing. I have it all planned out—plans to take care of you, not abandon you, plans to give you the future you hope for.
-- Jeremiah 29:11 (MSG)

For the vision is yet for an appointed time and it hastens to the end [fulfillment]; it will not deceive or disappoint. Though it tarry, wait [earnestly] for it, because it will surely come; it will not be behindhand on its appointed day.
-- Habakkuk 2:3 (AMP)

"Are you tired? Worn out? Burned out on religion? Come to me. Get away with me and you'll recover your life. I'll show you how to take a real rest. Walk with me and work with me—watch how I do it. Learn the unforced rhythms of grace. I won't lay anything heavy or ill-fitting on you. Keep company with me and you'll learn to live freely and lightly."
-- Matthew 11:28-30 (MSG)

And don't for a minute let this Book of The Revelation be out of mind. Ponder and meditate on it day and night, making sure you practice everything written in it. Then you'll get where you're going; then you'll succeed. Haven't I commanded you? Strength! Courage! Don't be timid; don't get discouraged. God, your God, is with you every step you take."
-- Joshua 1:8-9 (MSG)

Summing it all up, friends, I'd say you'll do best by filling your minds and meditating on things true, noble, reputable, authentic, compelling, gracious—the best, not the worst; the beautiful, not the ugly; things to praise, not things to curse. 
-- Philippians 4:8 (MSG)

Take Two

These are the second batch of photos I had for my FA application last year. We were requested to retake all our photos before the final interview. This may help you in your chances but never depend on this alone. Still have a few copies in case I reapply in the future :)