Your skin is your body’s largest organ. A healthy skin helps fight skin aging and other viruses. We all struggle to have glowing and healthy skin. For women, beauty is everything. And having a good skin care routine tells much about you. So how well do you know your skin?
The idea of having a machine that can thoroughly evaluate your skin is somehow refreshing. The Visia Skin Complexion Analysis machine gives patients objective skin evaluation. It lets you see every detail and gives you a complete picture of your skin health. It doesn’t just evaluate but it helps your doctor determine how to treat your skin related problems and prepare for future aging treatments.
Dr. Neil Oropeza’s clinic is perhaps one of the most innovative clinics in Davao City. It’s the only clinic in Davao that offers PicoSure laser treatments and Visia Skin Complexion Analysis. Dr. Niel Oropeza is a part of my PicoSure laser tattoo removal journey and allowed me to experience the Visia Skin Complexion Analysis device.
Visia captures high-quality facial images to clearly analyze your skin. I was uncomfortable at first but managed to feel at ease because the assistant was really nice and friendly.
Visia Complexion Analysis – The Procedure
Capturing images from different angles
Visia aims to gather clearly defined visual information on important areas that affect your skin health: pores, red and brown spots, wrinkles, skin texture, color evenness of complexion, UV spots and the presence of bacteria.
Showing porphyrins or presence of acne causing bacteria in pores
Showing red areas on my face
Showing the brown spots on my face
Using the 3D viewer to clearly see skin problems and damaged skin cells
The result shows my estimated age based on my skin health on the right part of my face. No thanks to my wrinkles, spots and others for making me feel older. As you can see, it says here that my TruSkin age is 33 while my actual age is 28.
The result shows the left part of my face is healthier and younger than the other. My actual age is 28 but my TruSkin age estimate is 23 years old.
Happy with the result 😉
This is the overall result of Visia Skin Analysis device. The result reveals that I have low UV spots percentage maybe because I work at home so I am not always exposed to the sun. Bascially, I have higher perecentage of enlarged pores, red areas and bad skin texture. The result is upsetting yet it’s also helpful because it helps me learn more about my skin health. The treatment is unique and individualized.
The results would be a patient’s baseline for future assessments. You can constantly monitor if there is progress with the treatment, it’s like seeing everything under a microscope where everything is transparent and highly defined.
Visia Skin Complexion Analysis FAQ
What is the importance of Visia Complexion Analysis?
The device helps determine what kind of approach and treatment a certain patient needs. It helps diagnose the problem and formulate unique and specific aesthetic treatments. The treatment is personalized and not generalized.
Does it hurt?
No, it doesn’t. It only capture your facial images so don’t worry, no needles.
How long does it take to finish the procedure?
It only takes a few minutes. It’s like letting a machine do your selfie.
How much does Visia Analysis cost?
It depends on your location and clinic.
A lot of people pay too much on skin treatments especially those who have acne problems. But the treatment isn’t individualized so maybe that’s the reason why there is no progress with the treatment.
If you’re living in Davao City, you might want to try the Visia Skin Complexion Analysis machine. You may visit:
Dr. Niel Oropeza
Oropeza Dermatology Clinic/ Oroderm
Address: 64, Rizal Extension, Dermhaus Clinic, Davao City, 8000 Davao del Sur
Direct Line: (082)227 3643
I planned to stay sober last Friday but was confronted by the fact that I couldn’t stay sober and alcohol and good music are meant to make you feel immortal for a day or two. Anne Sexton couldn’t even stay sober. She talked to me in my sleep telling me I would live forever as long as I write and drink and write and drink. But it’s a struggle to be poetic with or without alcohol.
Last Friday’s gig wasn’t merely about the launching of Kanubis Clothing but it was also about Mindanao bands and musicians, great music, cool prizes given by Tattoo Avenue and Nine Nails and the artistically subtle atmosphere of ZLeaf.
Here are my thoughts (not exactly music reviews) about the gig performances:
JKid (Nhorm Quesada)
JKid is a rapper from Cotabato City who finds inner peace performing the rap songs he originally wrote for the past years. One of my favorites is the song entitled “Ana”. It’s about a sex worker named Ana who doesn’t have a choice but to get paid for sex. It’s a typical story of most Filipinas who cannot find decent jobs here in the Philippines. But what I love about the song is how you unconsciously imagine the whole scenario as you listen to her story, in his own words. He doesn’t preach, but he tells you every scene pretending not to sound obscene. The obscenity lies not in its language but its images. My poetry teacher’s line will forever live within me – “Show, don’t tell.” Like Marshall Mathers’ songs, JKid’s songs are not the usual rap about sex, twerking women and flashy cars. Most of his songs are somehow related to social awareness and his experiences. To tell a vivid story and provoke emotion in three or four lines is a skill and Marshall Mathers does it all the time. Sad to say, the only thing that some people remember about Em is his “mom’s spaghetti”.
JKid continues to remind me that while rap is also a form of poetry, rap songs should not be criticized based on their meanings but their musical flow and rhythm as well. In literary theory, if I remember correctly, form and meaning are inseparable. In a formalist approach, the literary meaning of a particular literary work can only be achieved through its form and literary devices. When it comes to lyrics of songs, I think it’s inappropriate to criticize songs based on content alone. Don’t forget musicality and rhythm. That’s why until now I still feel terrible when some men from the literary society said that the “The Bohemian Rhapsody” isn’t very poetic at all, it is even meaningless. I adore Freddie Mercury and I think the melody, the lyrics, and the musicality are beautiful.
Side of the Moon
Side of the Moon made me more excited to hear Tool live. I was stunned for a few minutes because it was my first time to listen to Tool covers live. My boyfriend crucified me for a hundred times when I said Tool is alright. I don’t openly worship them maybe because when I listen to music I’m more on the atmosphere, emotions and nostalgia. He wanted me to worship them as much as I worship Marilyn Manson or Nine Inch Nails. Side of the Moon performed well and I believe they left an impression on the audience.
Amana’s music is refreshing and can be nostalgic as well. Gojira, Tool, Deftones and Lamb of God are some of the musical influences of the band’s musicality, although Tool and Deftones have strongest influences in most of their songs. I’ve listened to Amana’s raw riffs many times, leaving me an impression that they constantly aim to achieve sound progression. For me, there must be a sense of progression in terms of flow and sound in order to add excitement and definitely to provoke. I don’t know with you, but for me, music or art, in general, must be provocative.
Another interesting fact about Amana is that their drummer is a female. You see many female band members playing the guitar but you don’t often see girls play the drums. I think it’s hot.
The guitarist whom I know very well, is very meticulous when it comes to their music’s flow and musicality. Following Amana’s creative process, somehow there is a struggle to create something unconventional. The band even defies doing covers, all of the songs they play are originally composed. I think that’s the purpose of forming a band, to create and not just to recreate.
Amana’s Official Page
Photo by Enzo Henri Chua
My first impression: Psychedelic. And they like effects. The vocalist has a psychedelic aura and listening by the way the vocalist sings takes me somewhere trippy and nice and wonderful. Also, I adore the fact that they play their original songs, I believe it’s one way to promote local bands.
Project Satellite Official Facebook Page
We Killed Samantha
I was already intoxicated when they started performing on stage. The only thing I remember was hearing them play “Omerta” and how excited I was when I heard them play. I feel lucky because the first time I heard Omerta live was played by Lamb of God itself two years ago when they visited the Philippines for the third time. They did “Redneck” and though something was a bit missing, perhaps the very low tune guitars made it difficult to achieve full clarity of sound, the vocalist’s presence was undeniably powerful.
We Killed Samantha definitely killed it.
We Killed Samantha Official Facebook Page
Forgive me but alcohol disabled me mentally that I wasn’t able to hear BackStabells, Die Glocke and Odds and Evens play. What a shame.
Photo by Enzo Henri Chua
Photo by Enzo Henri Chua
Thanks to DemiGods Production and ManDieMuzik for organizing the event.
Kanubis Clothing promotes creativity and encourages individuality through every client’s personalized designs.
Kanubis Clothing Launch
To order, visit Kanubis Clothing
Get inked, visit Tattoo Avenue
Yolks isn’t just about eggs. And it isn’t just about flowers and cupcakes either.
I don’t usually go for cakes and cupcakes, I’m more of a semi self-proclaimed vegetarian who likes to post healthy meals on Instagram but actually devours meat ( I do cook veggies and make salads at home each time I gain a few pounds ). I go for restaurants that serve steak and everything meaty and unhealthy. But when I’m with my two kikay friends who love to eat all the sweet cute stuff, sometimes I need to compromise.
One of my friends suggested Yolks Flower Cafe + Cupcakery, one of the first flower cafes in Davao City. They offer boxed flower arrangements, flower pastries and other meals. Although hearing the word “cupcakery” for the first time made me cringe (basically because I’m not such a big fan of sweets), I convinced myself to try something different.
One of the reasons why I agreed to go for Yolks was we needed a quiet and comfortable place where we can hangout with our very pregnant buddy who wasn’t allowed to do long walks and other activities except lying on bed, getting lazy on the couch and secretly eating sweets.
The name “Yolks” isn’t tricky at all. Yolks remind you of eggs, flour and cakes – you get the whole picture right after hearing its name. What is actually interesting is how people pronounce the word yolks, which can be tricky.
So here are some of my thoughts about Yolks Flower Cafe + Cupcakery :
Yolk’s mango cake was delish. I like the fact that it’s creamy yet not too sweet. You can order it in slices for only 100php per slice or you can buy the whole cake for 920php only. It’s actually affordable, considering that they serve the cake in big slices.
I didn’t have any plans to eat sweets that day because I was trying to lose weight but I was tempted by its whole aesthetic appeal. I was comforted by the idea of going back to the gym next month. The whole workout experience would be a tough one for sure, I just need to look for the best gyms in Davao City.
Like I said, I like to pretend that I’m living a healthy life so I ordered a cup of hot cucumber lemonade. The lemonade was so-so, nothing extraordinary. But I love its natural taste and also it wasn’t too sweet. I paid 55php for it and though it’s more expensive than the ones I can get at a vending machine, I think it’s worth it. Unlike those cheap drinks, the drink wasn’t sugary. The cucumber lemonade can be served hot or cold, depending on your preference.
My friend, who’s very much into pastries, wasn’t really happy with this brownie. Maybe because she didn’t want the choco whipped cream on top of her brownie. Clearly, she’s not a fan of whipped cream. I actually love the idea of putting whipped cream on top of sweets because I think there should be a variation of taste. Also, I love whipped cream frosting.
The apple juice is the real thing – no sugar or any additives. It wasn’t sugared and it tasted natural. My friend wasn’t very much impressed. Maybe because she was expecting it to be a bit sweeter.
Seafood Pasta in Crab Fat Sauce
We weren’t really that hungry when we arrived at Yolks yet we were interested in trying this seafood pasta in crab fat sauce. For those who don’t like crab fat like me, then let me assure you that the crab fat pasta doesn’t taste like crab fat at all. The pasta was creamy and tasted good though I was a bit disappointed with the price. I think it was too expensive, although the fact that you have crab fat in it might be the main reason why it’s pricey.
WHAT I LOVE ABOUT YOLKS
The place is euphoric. Every part of the place can literally melt your heart. Every girl loves being surrounded by beautiful flowers, colorful cupcakes and mouthwatering cakes. The wallpaper is cute too – a splash of pastel colors. The place is sure to charm girls who go crazy over pink and yummy treats. I enjoyed the quietness of the place.
Also, it’s a flower cafe so expect beautiful flowers around.
The place can also be fun for children. Maybe the owner of the cafe has children because he or she perfectly understands the struggle of most parents, especially mothers when they go out with friends carrying their children with them. Kids love colorful cupcakes and some cute stuff.
Good customer service
Everybody was eager to help every customer. We were like little kids in a candy store, only that we weren’t after candies. We were too busy taking photos while waiting for our food. One of the staff was nice enough to take photos of us and was even taking our photos in different angles. I was impressed by his eagerness and enthusiasm. The whole staff was really nice. We could felt like we could make requests without being guilty.
The place is great, you don’t just underestimate a flower cafe with flowers and cakes and cupcakes inside. Also, they just don’t serve sweets but they also serve hamburgers and steak. I was even surprised that they had breakfast meals on the menu. Too bad I was feeling full when we visited the cafe, I could have tried their steak. I was even dying to try their choco strawberry smoothie but I was also suffering from a very sore throat so I guess I’ll have to try it next time. The overall experience was so-so, nothing beats the mango cake, the staff and the place.
My pregnant friend Sem, feeling at home and surprisingly she was in the mood to be playful
Our last photo together before Gail went back to Dubai
If you love flowers, flavorful cakes, colorful cupcakes and the idea of eating pizza, steak and hamburgers in a fancy place such as Yolks, then this place is for you.
Yolks Flower Cafe + Cupcakery
Doors A & B, Bella Vie Building, Circumferential Road
Davao City, Philippines