Piercing in Manila vs Hong Kong

I’ve been on the lookout for safe piercings in Manila for a while now. And I couldn’t find any professional piercer who is certified or at least took some classes. So I looked in Hong Kong and I found @sarapiercedme. She’s a professional piercer who had training in Canada and actively participates in Association of Professional Piercers or APP (though not certified). However, along comes her price. One Helix costs HKD 600 (Php 4,000).

Do note that both places (Philippines and Hong Kong) do NOT have certified piercers. The closest there is is in Australia. Sad, I know.

Took me months to do my research while my sister took 2 days.

She couldn’t contain her excitement and ask me to go with her late at night! Impulse decision right there. So we went to 55 Tinta in Teacher’s Village, unfortunately the piercer, @i_rabbit_tattoo, was out having dinner so we waited for an hour and started around half past 10 already. Sis was planning to get 2 lobes and 1 helix done. But she kind of enjoyed getting pricked, so she asked to get one more. Good thing Rabbit was super nice and very patient with this indecisive client. In the end, she went for rook. The whole process took an hour.

55 tinta piercing

All their piercings are done with single-use needles, even the lobes. Although they don’t exactly have the training Sara has, I think Rabbit is pretty much a pro. It is cheaper too with Php 2,000 (HKD 300) for ear cartilage piercing. The catch though is Rabbit uses 1 single-use needle for all your piercings, while Sara uses new single-use needles for each pierce/hole. But I think we can request to have it Sara’s way without a problem.

manila piercing

UPDATE (10/02/2019):

So I finally went to Sara last month. She was very professional. You’d know if she’s had much experience on this or not. The setup is the same as the one in the Philippines: open space for both tattoo artists and piercers — this is actually a no-no for APP standards. They require you to have a partition of at least an 8ft wall. Anyway, I got a conch which she recommended for first timers because it’s easier to manage. Helix is the worst to manage according to her, might I add. Well, what do you know, surprise, surprise. It was painful!!! But pretty! Fast forward to a month (now), it was healing pretty well, although it became very tender at one point (with a little pus, yikes!) most likely because I was hugging my dog all the time and I didn’t even bother to wash them. But I just continued on with my cleaning process and it turned okay again. (will write about aftercare in a separate post)

hong kong piercing

    Price List:

55 Tinta (Manila)
Ear Lobe = Php 1000
All Cartilage (except industrial) = Php 2000
Industrial = Php 3000

Sara Pierced Me (Hong Kong)
Ear Lobe = HKD 600 for 1, HKD 700 for 2, HKD 800 for 3, HKD 1000 for 4
Helix = HKD 600 for 1, HKD 1000 for 2, HKD 1200 for 3, HKD 1500 for 4
Conch = HKD 600 for 1

All include basic earrings.

Sulwhasoo on Eczema

In relation to my previous post about having eczema, specifically atopic dermatitis, here’s an update on using Sulwhasoo on my face for around 3 weeks.

I used their ginseng product line in this order:
1. First Care Activating Serum
2. Capsule Serum
3. Concentrated Ginseng Renewing Cream EX

I followed this video for instructions on how to use it the activating serum. But I just slathered the rest on my face. For a good 2 weeks, my face was just WOW! So hydrating and dewy almost plump in a good way. I was really happy about it until the succeeding days where I noticed my dry patches starting appearing again. But I ignored it and continued on, thinking like maybe it needs time to “know” my skin. After all, ginseng is supposed to be good for the skin.

Three weeks on, it’s still there. And I’m back with my steroid lotion, Desowen. And then I thought, I shouldn’t be doing this to my skin, making it thinner. I’m 32 and my skin need some love đź’—, right? So in the fridge it goes (just for emergencies).

Facials for Eczema

So I ended up going to Belo just because it’s more accessible. Consultation with their doctor is required (PHP 600). Since I have eczema (atopic dermatitis), Dr. Zaidy Zagala recommended “Botanicals Facial” for me. It’s a facial that uses essential oil (they claimed) and it’s supposed to be for sensitive skin.

Procedure: They had my face cleaned with a basic cleanser and then steamed with lavender “essential oil” for my pores. And then the extraction. That’s about it, for the hefty amount of PHP 2,500, but to be fair, they waived the consultation fee.

Verdict: Well, I wouldn’t go back. My face felt very dry after the session. They even asked me NOT to do anything on my face until the next day. Imagine how my skin felt the whole day!

Enough complaining.

About time to address my eczema which was there since last Christmas. It’s been 4 months! Using the Mustela emolient wasn’t really effective. I guess that’s only for baby skin. So I went ahead and bought a topical steroid instead – Desowen, my BFF. Applied it for 5 days. And Voila! It’s gone.

And on I went with anti-aging. Yes, finally! I get to do something about my fine lines and wrinkles! And yeah, you guessed it. Sulwhasoo! So far, it has been sitting nice on my skin for 2 weeks now. No signs of eczema lurking around. I’ve never gone this long without eczema when using an anti-aging product. You can’t imagine how happy I am! For now…

Facials, Anyone?

Following my yet-again-hiatus on Instagram, I have decide just to go with my (not the) flow. No pressure from sponsors where they give me deadline to post or say nice things about them. This is going to be just from my point of view (and probably from others as well).

To start, I got a scare last night while chatting with my small group. We are all aging! I really haven’t taken care of my skin for the longest time since I found out I have an extremely sensitive skin. I haven’t really broken it down to where I’m particularly sensitive at, but I really think it’s time. My fine lines are showing up, it’s not good!

BTW, I have atopic dermatitis.

So I looked up Sulwhasoo which my friend worships intensely, but then I was led to some websites about DIYs, which I actually already tried before but didn’t work out well. Particularly, vitamin C serum. Looked easy so I did it! And what do you know, I started to feel a sting here and there and dry patches started to form the next day. It was bad! Despite this painful experience, I still want to try again until I stumbled into this website about why this DIY is not recommended. It made total sense!

Now I’m thinking about going to some facial clinics. I’ve never been to one. I’m thinking Belo, Aivee or Kamiseta Skin in Manila. What can you recommend?

Am Back to WordPress.com

Well, it’s been an idle ride in wordpress.org haha! Not worth anything if you’re not gonna use it, right? So I’m back to free hosting website!

My blog posts from now on, won’t be just about my outfit anymore but there will be exceptions. But it won’t be mainly outfits like before, that’s for sure.

What has been going on in the past few years of my yet again hiatus stage in the social media world (at least with my secret public blog) is a lowly stage of my life. I wouldn’t exactly categorize it as quarter life crisis, but really more of searching for meaning and purpose. Aren’t we all…

Is there a god? Who is he? Is he a personal god or he just created us and leave us be? So many questions running around my little head. I couldn’t contain it anymore. I had to take time and really intentionally seek.

Read books, attended church sermons, went on a Buddhism class, watch debates between atheists and Christians. I wondered, why is it so hard to know the truth? In this imperfect world, can we really see the truth? Can we know it? More importantly, can we accept it?