Flawless Shape & Sculpt | Birthday Suit

I have a big heart. Physiologically, it is, by all definitions, enlarged. Those elevated T-spikes were brushed off by cardiologists as normal for one with much physical activity. In all likelihood, those may have risen from a glutton’s penance — a chaotic combination of dubious “bakal” gym instructor advise, expensive “qualified” trainer’s programs, peer suggestions and/or pressure, seemingly legit information culled online and fitness magazine promises of high-definition abs in four weeks. Weights, running, yoga, yo-yo fad dieting and “Pih! Nine’y! Ehks!” in the Quixotic quest to be well within the single-digit body fat percentage range beat up this shell into a malformed mass of contradictions.

This is a food blog. That it is requires me to eat. Less of a requirement and more of a default. To declare that I love food would be an understatement. Food is life and it is mine. I’ve always worn my heart on my sleeve and I walk my talk, so to speak. Well, I eat. (riff)

I’ve always admitted to being shallow. Let he who has never taken a selfie cast the first stone. I want to look good. Everybody does. I also want to look good naked. Or at least at some level of undress. “Abs are built in the kitchen” but this hobby doesn’t allow much consideration for nutrition versus taste and satiation. High caloric counts creep in on one’s waistline hand-in-hand with the fact that I’m slipping ever further away from being Ryan Gosling. I put in the time and effort only to fall back a few notches every once so often. Too often. My metabolism tells me I have stayed a little bit too long at twenty-one. Hello, late twenties? Tongue-in-cheek but the struggle is real.

There is the option of acceptance and bitter contentment. There is the option of soldiering on. There is also the option of modern medicine & technology. I’m definitely giving the latter two a whirl.

Flawless offers their Shape and Sculpt system which uses a ground-breaking 3-in-1 advanced technology in a synergistic system via Cavitation Ultrasound, Bi-Polar Radio Frequency and Interference Frequency. These combine to effectively eliminate fat and improve muscle tone, resulting in a slim and svelte figure.

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The first step is the Cavitation Ultrasound which melts or dissolves stubborn fat cells.  It shows visible reduction in fat, a decrease in cellulite, and visible body contouring. Cavitation compared to other ultrasound treatments does not only dissolve cellulite and fats, but it completely destroys the fat membrane which then results to a better fat emulsification and removal. Moreover, it targets smaller fats, stimulates collagen for a tightening effect and increases metabolism which is what is needed by those on the slimmer side who just want to fine-tune or specifically target problem areas.

Copious amounts of lubricant gel was slathered all over my abdomen. The handheld Cavitation Ultrasound head was kneaded into the area to the shrieking of my fat cells as they died horrible deaths or what I would like to imagine the ultrasound waves to be. There was absolutely no pain or even the slightest discomfort and it felt more like an abdominal massage.

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The Second Step- involves a Bi-Polar Radiofrequency (RF) which creates a powerful frequency capable of effectively heating the fat cells, accelerating their metabolism, and causing them to shrink. Also, RF creates an effective toning and tightening of the skin in a safe and non-surgical way.

A wide rubber belt with electrodes was strapped against my belly. My attendant, Chellie, warned me of some pain and suggested that we start on low frequency and move up the dial as I am able to later tolerate. The first few bursts immediately had me doubling up in laughter. While there were sharp, pinprick sensations and pronounced heat along with stimulated muscle contraction, these were very bearable and were nothing compared to the massive tickle it gave me in the area. Timing my breathing between guffaws and contractions was a bit of a challenge but there was very little to no pain even as we incrementally increased the frequency to almost maximum with the laughs coming in to match that. Some numbness on the skin resulted after the belt was removed and my abdominals felt like I just finished an intense ab workout.

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The last step in Flawless Shape & Sculpt Program uses Interference Frequency. Interference pads and gel electrodes are needed to achieve the definitive body contour. With the use of appropriate frequency, weak muscles are stimulated to contract leading to a more toned and stronger body shape.

Four wired electrode pads were arranged around my bellybutton and the effect was similar to the previous step only that this was more targeted to my lower abdominals. The variegated series of contractions continued for the next twenty minutes and left me with the same skin numbness and abdominal tension. Some redness was also observed but this faded over the next few minutes.

Post-procedure measurements show not much difference from those taken at the start but there was already more visible definition. The day after saw me waking up to more pronouncements probably after much of the fat and subcutaneous water have been flushed out.

Flawless Shape & Sculpt Pornografeed Best Cebu Blogs Awards Best Cebu Food Blog 2014Everything wears out over time. I tend to let myself go and have one burger too many. Flawless Shape and Sculpt all but just gave me an entirely new birthday suit. Thanks Flawless and Happy Birthday to me!

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Find your nearest Flawless clinic and have a #FlawlessSummer!

 

Ilaputi | Thirteen

The local restaurant industry is steadily growing with several independent brands popping up alongside the influx of national and international brands. While new restaurants have the challenge of making their mark among the other established and new names, it would be a struggle for many, for any, to stay open past the first two years in this ever more fickle market. To stay relevant beyond five would be no mean feat.

The historically unlucky number thirteen bodes well for the homegrown Ilaputi in that they celebrate their thirteenth year, this year. With this luck came a lot of commitment to making each meal truly an experience. Behind the glamour of the food, the minimalist aesthetics, the hip music — this epitome of accessible, classy cool on The Island — is a story of blood, sweat and tears holding aloft a dream of elevating the standards of the local food industry.

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Ilaputi’s story goes back to owner and Executive Chef Jan Rodriguez’s childhood moniker, obviously owing to his complexion, “Puti”. Fast forward years later and it finds its way into equally humble beginnings as a karenderya operated — in all definitions of hands-on involvement — by himself and his wife Karen with only a skeletal service crew. Given a smattering of eateries right across University of San Carlos – Talamban Campus, what was a student market from the get go had several answers to the perpetual question: “Where shall we eat?”. Didto sa Avalon, sa Kantina, kang Butchoy, ila(ng) Badong . . . Ila Puti.

Ila Puti’s following increased with the expansion of its more specialized menu and also as a space to both proverbially and literally chill in. The salaried crowd soon caught up with the college set and it didn’t take long after for its transformation to the institution that it is today. 2005 saw IT Park as the new home of the rebranded Ilaputi, the two-word former now fused into one and the old definitives meeting additional innovations.

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Retaining all the old favorites, Ilaputi serves their signature Asian Soul Food as, in yet another distinction, the first and only full-service restaurant operating 24/7. In celebration of their anniversary, select local personalities and members of the media were invited to sit down to an intimate lunch for a review of what built the past thirteen years and a preview of years to come.

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Gambas, simply done in garlic and olive oil, opened the special thirteen-courser. The straight-up sauté involves none of the Filipinization with tomato sauce and plays the pungency of garlic and the distinctive richness and flavor of olive oil to bring out the briny-sweet brightness of the plump shrimps.

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Szechuan Peppercorns, with its secondary heat on top of the initial pepper flavor, give their new dish, Gong Bao Chicken, a kick. Of a thicker make than the standard recipe, the sauce packs savory-sweet flavor which extends into the rice which it is also stir-fried in. The smoky flavor and the leathery texture of dried peppers give extra dimension to the dish with the crunch of peanuts.

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Ilaputi serves up a take on the liempo inspired by sinuglaw. Overnight-marinated Garlic Pork Belly served with Coconut Vinegar Dip and Garlic Shrimp Fried Rice make up their Grilled Liempo. The succulent, garlicky pork gets a smoky char from the grilling brightened by the tang of the dip with, “surf” to the “turf, dried shrimps hibi marrying the garlic in the rice in both flavor and aroma.

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Grilled Hoisin-glazed Chicken Breast Fillet with Five-spice Barbecue Sauce, Hungarian and Chinese Sausages in Peking-fried Rice. That mouthful of a menu item description makes the Grilled Chinese Chicken Jambalaya one, too. Cool heat in the barbecue sauce is darkly sweetened by the Hoisin on a generous cut of chicken breast. The spicy Hungarian contrasts with the sweet Chinese sausage on the Oriental flavored fried rice. Sweated white onions add more flavor depth and crunch to the dish.

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One of Jan’s personal favorites, Saigon Adobo gets its Vietnam feel from the Lemongrass-infused Tenderloin Adobo with the Nuoc Nam, a Vietnamese fish sauce, cementing it. Garlic-Shrimp Fried Rice completes the flavor profile.

 

One of the first dishes, the Penang Plato, represented the Puti’s Platos line. A Malaysian mock-Satay — mock as it is actually a stir-fry — was served with Coconut-Shrimp Fried Rice, Cucumbers and Peanut Sauce.

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Oftentimes confused with Pasta Carbonara, a white sauce of Bacon-infused Mushrooms, Cream and Bacon Bits make for a simply straightforward comfort dish in the Pasta Puti.

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Inspired by Coca Cola and the barbecue-flavored corn chips, Chippy, Ilaputi premiered another new item, Southside Ribs. Featuring fall-off-the-bone meat of Baby Back Ribs in spicy-sweet Homemade Guava Barbecue Sauce, it is paired with a Salted Egg Fried Rice peppered generously with hibi. Like that popular snack combination, the ribs and the fried rice dance in the mouth in a medley of spicy, sweet and salty flavors.

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Expecting Chinese elements in the Dragon Chops, the dish had none. A Pan-seared Pork Chop was drizzled with Garlic Cilantro Yoghurt, paired with Garlic-Raisin Fried Rice and a side of Mango Chutney. The welcome dragon came by the diners breath from the strong garlic and cilantro flavors and scents. Sweetness from the raisins and the chutney with the earthiness of the turmeric and cumin in the rice balance out the more aggressive flavors.

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Everyone admitted that the Stroganov has quite the strong pull. This short-order version of a three-hour cook-time Rodriguez family recipe may very well be the standard for Beef Stroganoff on The Island. Tender beef strips swim with mushrooms in a sour cream sauce that is good enough to eat alone with the inclusive Garlic Fried Rice.

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In a nod to the growing local Korean population, Ilaputi serves a more savory, spicy version of the classic Bibimbap. Beef Tips, Carrots, Shiitake and Champignon Mushrooms, fresh greens and a pan-fried egg rest on a mountain of Gochujang Fried-Rice. Gochujang gave it enough heat reined in by the natural slight sweetness of this ferment.

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Jan’s Signature Sisig does sisig right with an authentic Kapampangan recipe using grilled pig’s mask, pig brain, loads of chopped garlic and onions with chili and a dusting of umami dried-fish powder. Soft, chewy and crunchy textures of the offal mix played well with the spice and seasoning combo. Guest and Pampanga-native, Marco, nodded in agreement to the authenticity on his fist bite.

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Jan spoke of long lines at a Bahn Mi shop manned by a beautiful girl in New Jersey. Curiosity satisfied the cat with a great sandwich backing up the come-on of the pretty face. His Vietcondobo Sandwich “Viets” out soft adobo pork with an intense Cilantro and Basil Pesto. Pickled Carrots and Cucumbers give it a crunch on a Wheat Baguette. Pickled Cucumbers and Skins-on Potato Wedges finish the board for this surprisingly heavy hitter.

Desserts were not served as they are also notably absent on the regular menu. For now, Ilaputi would gladly refer patrons to their neighboring coffee shops for sweet treats though a shortlist of one or two items are being considered to meet that demand in the near future. Sweets of the liquid kind are available to complement the savories in their extensive lineup of signature drinks. There are the more tame ice blended teas, juices and smoothies and the adventurous spiked blends.

Looking at passing on the business as a legacy for their four sons, Jan and Karen never rest easy in their constant push to improve and introduce innovations to the restaurant. Karen, having left her former job of ten years at a telco, now mothers over Ilaputi and their other concept, Irie Gastropubliko, as the Chief Operations Officer of the Ethan Irie Group. The couple especially welcomes the involvement of their patrons and relish the connections they make across all their social media platforms. With their tangible passion to share great overall meal experiences, it wouldn’t be a surprise to see another thirteen years of Ilaputi — even more.

Ilaputi is located at the ground floor of i1 Bldg., Cebu IT Park, Apas, Lahug, Cebu City.

Mooshi Green Bar Cleanse Kits | The Bearable Lightness Of Being

This is a food blog. That it is requires me to eat. Less of a requirement and more of a default. To declare that I love food would be an understatement. Food is life and it is mine. I’ve always worn my heart on my sleeve and I walk my talk, so to speak. Well, I eat.

In my early teens, I have registered borderline blood sugar readings matching the soda I drank with abandon. With much pride I now register ten years of being soda-free and later notoriety for being rice-averse was matched by equal infamy for dessert buffet raids. Allowances for cheats give way to hedonistic indulgences in what are supposedly rarities. Oh, pancreas! My pancreas! The recent rediscovery of the joys of grains came well-lubricated by the bacon-grease those are fried in. Let me not start on having taken on the full-fat food trend hook, line and sinker. My alias, The Hamburgero, needs no further explanation.

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On a lark I had a simplified blood exam being that I was already at a diagnostic center last month. All indices including my blood sugar were well within normal save for an alarming cholesterol count of 206.14. I’ve only really deftly danced with the possibility of diabetes and this new first came a bit unsettling. The phrase “lifestyle change” threw me into panic and I had to calm myself down with a pork chop.

When it all sunk in and settled like the fatty deposits I imagine are clogging my arteries, the next day saw me tossing a serving of oatmeal into my post-workout protein shake. Every little bit helps, I told myself. Then the rest of the month hit me with one event after another all of which involved food, reintroduction to alcohol and a newfound appreciation for Craft Beer. I’ve kept myself in check with everything in my definition of moderation. My looming annual chronological upgrade also brought concern that all these signs point to the fact that I may have already overstayed my welcome at #forever21.

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When my excesses put me on a guilt-trip, the yellow brick road always takes me to Emerald City. Mooshi Green Bar’s Cleansing Cilantro Green Smoothie washes me clean but only for a time until my next indulgence. Previously aware of their Cleanse Kits, I determined that I start my birth month good with a Detox Weekend. A recommended pre-cleanse period had us chugging herbal teas with vegetables, fruit, soup and salads. We had an entire soursop for lunch. Primarily carnivorous, the zen-state that kicked in had me hoping that meant my body had already begun Kreb-cycling my fat and glycogen stores.

Day One. Friday. May 1, 2015.

Start Weight: 145 lbs. Start Body Fat Estimate: 10.63% http://www.healthstatus.com/perl/calculator.cgi This estimate is close to the 12++% from my last scan on a Tanita Scale from a nutritional supplement company roadshow over a year ago. The margin of error is between 1-3%.

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I started with Traditional Medicinals’ Everyday Detox Tea in Lemon inclusive in my Mooshi Green Bar Juice Cleanse Kit. Unexpectedly light in both the tea and lemon flavors, it also did not have any aggressive “detox” effects as you would from most such teas like terrible stomach unease or a downright colon flush out.

Months into daily Intermittent Fasting, I’m pretty much used to zero solids before noon with a full fasted workout in the morning. The program recommends only light exercises but I thought I’d maximize the possibility of fat loss within the restricted diet period. As usual, I went off to the gym shortly after rising to churn out the every other day schedule of low reps on heavy weights of squats, deadlifts and bench presses. I also threw in some volume on dumbbell lateral raises and a dumbbell shoulder & core finisher set. Bikram yoga has got nothing on a top-floor, non-aircon “bakal” gym with only GI sheets and a single layer of worn-out insulation in between this searing summer sun and the patrons. I went home soaked to the bone in my own sweat.

We hit our Detox Weekend HQ, Mooshi Green Bar at Ayala Center-Cebu, around noon. The PussyKat had her smoothie and I began with my first in a set of six juices. I am to drink one every two hours but given that I have decided to continue with Intermittent Fasting, I’ve adjusted the intervals to keep within my eight-hour feeding window.

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One was to awaken the body with “Natures Green Goodness” in the Mother Earth juice. A vitamin-packed combination of Apple, Lemon, Organic Cucumber, Celery, Parsley, Ginger, Kale, Spinach and Romaine Lettuce breaks the fast to allow better absorption of nutrients. It was incredibly fruity for an ectoplasmic-green liquid with an almost intangible bite from the ginger.

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Two was to keep up one’s energy with Liquid Sunshine. The sweetness of Apple and the tartness of Orange mask the heavy herbals from the “Best Source of Living Chlorophyll”, Organic Wheatgrass, which has the alkalizing and energizing effects. I could take Wheatgrass straight up but the addition of fruit made it more pleasant.

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Three was to fuel the body with the effects of the “Miracle Tree”, Malunggay, in the Tree Of Life juice. Moringa, as it is more popularly known in the international health community, has, yet again, gained renewed attention for its multiple health benefits. Indigenous to The Islands and of particular feature in the everyday Utan Bisaya, it was not an unfamiliar taste nor were the herbal bitters overpowering as it seemed only hinted at in the overall flavor despite the prominently green color. It was heavier on the apple and vegetal sweetness of fresh carrots. A good froth with some well-pureed fruit and vegetable solids rise to the top of the liquid giving it more substance on the palate.

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Between these drinks I’ve had the inclusive Detox Water containing Lemon, Organic Cucumber and Mint Leaves from the refillable bottle. I’ve found myself topping up concurrently with the schedule of juice intakes as I also later took the same number of trips to tinkle.

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Four was the intensely red Heart-Beet to “motivate” and for heart health. Apple and Lemon figures in this concoction once again with Beets and Organic Carrot, Ginger and Spinach. Beets apparently promote stamina and endurance and is big among athletes in races. As intense as its color, the beet flavor is very strong in this one but not quite off-putting with the rest of the ingredients holding that at bay.

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Five was a refreshing second to the last chugger. As in the song, Mooshi Green Bar’s Summer Breeze made me feel fine and raring for the home stretch for the day. The Organic Turmeric mixes well into the golden tropical sweetness of Pineapple allowing no discernable earthy bite.

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The last hurrah was in, truly, Almond Bliss. More than solid food, my body was already screaming for protein. The protein-rich and nutritious combination of Raw Almonds, Sea Salt, Dates and Vanilla Bean in Filtered Water came heavy for a good finish. It was essentially an almond milk thick with the pureed nuts and salted savory more to replenish lost electrolytes than for flavor. The date flavor was a little lost in the creamy, nutty-savory mix but the vanilla bean made itself felt in scent.

We successfully finished Day One without having to tap into our allowed cheats. While I did not feel any hunger pangs, there was a marked difference in my gut’s feel and the mastication muscle-memory seemed one very distant. I now know that to go a day without solid food is no mean feat and Labor Day finally holds significance for me.

Day 2. Saturday. May 2, 2015.

Weight: 139.3

I opened my eyes feeling “wide awake” with no sluggishness weighing me down as I normally would upon rising. That 5.7 pound drop from the day before looked a bit drastic but had only left me light on my feet and without any ill effects. The PussyKat reported a smaller drop of only two pounds but the generally “happy” effect on her may mean that Grumpy Kat might now only exist as a popular internet figure. The king’s day began as it would in the throne room with no explosive event nor a change in quality of the output save for a marked decrease from the regular volume. I had two steepings of the Traditional Medicinals’ Everyday Detox Tea before I made my way to the gym to do this Reece Mander arm workout. Threw in the same dumbbell shoulder & core finisher set as the day prior for good measure.

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We wisely stayed away from the temptations of the outside world and bunked in The PussyKat’s apartment for the rest of the day. Lolita, Nightcrawler and the Ship of Theseus helped distract us from thoughts of solid food and that horrible temptation of chicken nuggets. We’ve adjusted to the timing of our intake — my six juices more of timing work versus The PussyKat’s three smoothies — and pretty much got the hang of it. There was absolutely no nauseam or weakness versus the common expectation.

Day 3. Sunday. May 3, 2015.

Start weight: 138.2

The drop wasn’t as big from the second day but was still progressive. The gym is closed on Sunday’s and isometric tension from watching the “Fight of the Century” would have taken care of physical activity for the day. The disappointing match got us late for our appointment to try Flawless‘ Sculpt and Shape treatments. More on the treatment in a separate post.

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The day felt rather short and it was a surprise that we already finished our Detox Weekend and without any trouble. Sleep came over us quickly and we did quite soundly.

Post-Cleanse. Monday. May 4, 2015.

End weight. 137.1 lbs.  End Body Fat Estimate: 8.20% http://www.healthstatus.com/perl/calculator.cgi This estimate has a declared margin of error of 1-3%. I’m always worst case scenario and I think I’m still in the double digits. I still don’t have Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtle abs but I’m almost there.

Waking up has been quite pleasurable over the weekend and, for once we were excited for a Monday. We both felt significantly lighter in body and mood with a noticeable glow. The goal here was not primarily weight loss but that was what was quantifiable and is most definitely a welcome effect.

The challenge was to return to our regular routines while keeping to the post-cleanse recommendations. We’ve stuck to unsweetened teas, water and freshly-squeezed juices with much success and have strangely not suffered withdrawal from caffeine. Solids were a different ballgame but we kept to mainly greens with very little animal protein. Juicing is definitely doable and we are incorporating that in our regular diet. Contrary to my previous declaration, it’s quite easy to go green as Mooshi Green Bar makes it and makes it delicious, too.

 

Mooshi Green Bar has outlets in Ayala Center Cebu. SM City Cebu and Banilad Town Center.