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New, hi-tech equipment at Balance Lifestyle Fitness Club in Discovery Suites

New, hi-tech equipment for Balance Lifestyle Fitness Club
By Walter Ang
July 28, 2009
Manila Bulletin

Balance Lifestyle Fitness Club, in its quest to provide members with the latest and most efficient exercise equipment and technology, recently purchased a complete line of Technogym equipment.

Technogym was the exclusive supplier of 1,000 exercise machines for the 2008 Beijing Olympics and will be supplying the Singapore 2010 Youth Olympic Games. Its equipment is used by the Ferrari Formula 1 racing team. Celebrities like Slyvester Stallone and George Clooney have their own Technogym equipment.

Balance has the Excite line to provide users with cardio workouts. This line includes treadmills that have heart rate monitors, iPod compatibility, and video screens. There are also Cardio Wave step machines that allow users to stride from side to side, enabling more workout positions to change the level of involved muscles like the glutes, stabiliser muscles of the backbone, and lower limbs.

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Blue Water Day Spa is a spa in a movie theater

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Spa in a theater
By Walter Ang
July 18, 2009
Philippine Daily Inquirer

A comfortable couch, a good movie, delicious food, and a foot massage. All at the same time. Now that's what we're talking about. Spas have mushroomed all over the metropolis but Blue Water Day Spa is the first to come up with this crazy idea of putting 28 Lazy Boy sofas into a darkened theatre so people can get a foot and back massage while watching a movie of their choice.

Located along Ortigas Avenue right beside the Greenhills Shopping Complex, the theater has high definition cinema projectors with Dolby Sorround 7.1 and their movie library uses only BlueRay discs. The leather sofas were custom designed for the spa to allow just the right recline angle and has wide arm rests where food can be placed. While the spa doesn't serve food, it does allow food to be brought in.

The theater can be rented out for exclusive use, so if you ever want to have a movie spa party, this is definitely the place to go. …

Successful, pain-free cancer treatment at Fuda Cancer Hospital

Successful, pain-free cancer treatment
By Walter Ang
July 14, 2009
Manila Bulletin

Nestor Bonifacio is inspired these days to spread the word about a hospital in China that can help people with cancer. This picture of active excitement is a complete turnaround from just earlier this year when this 69 year old was depressed and suicidal.

A retired engineering director for shipping company American President Lines, Nestor had been living in San Francisco, California for close to forty years with his wife Hermie when he was diagnosed with stage 4 prostate cancer in 2007.

He underwent a series of treatments but all to no avail. In 2008, his brother Domingo learned of Fuda Cancer Hospital in Guangzhou, China (just across Hong Kong) which specializes in cancer treatment using modern methods. The hospital has a track record of 70% survival rate for patients with terminal cancer.

Nestor's seven siblings and a host of nephews, nieces and grandchildren encouraged him to go. For them, it made…

Accessible, customized vacations available at The Farm

Accessible, customized vacations available at The Farm
By Walter Ang
July 6, 2009
Manila Bulletin

The Farm at San Benito is opening its doors to more Filipinos via new packages and rates. In the past few years, The Farm has gained somewhat of a notorious reputation as an expensive vacation destination and a place that only loony vegans and colonic-addicts go to. The new management of this tropical spa resort is on a mission to change these negative perceptions.

A former coconut and coffee plantation located at the foothills of Mount Malarayat, Lipa City, Batangas, The Farm is a 48-hectare resort filled with gardens, ponds, rivers, lagoons, and waterfalls. Less than two hours' drive from Manila, it is a wonderful escape for the body, heart, and soul.

Yes, the resort's coffee enema and colon hydrotherapy services (one of its defining features) are still available, but The Farm assures everyone that absolutely no one is required to partake of these services when they visit. With t…

Maldita's Emelda Teng does it her way

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Doing it your way
By Walter Ang
July-August 2009 issue
Asian Dragon Magazine

When it comes to taking risks in life and business, Emelda Teng tells Walter Ang that there's absolutely nothing wrong with
Doing it your way

Emelda Teng's entrepreneurial streak was sparked in the third grade. When she asked for a toy, her mother Maria Tinquico simply replied, "You like it? Okay, you have to earn money so you can buy it."

Emelda started selling candies to her classmates and teachers. "By the time I was in high school and college, I was selling denim garments," she says. Growing up around her father Carlos Yung's textile business in Binondo, Emelda was exposed to the ins and outs of sales transactions and had easy access to inventory.

Nevertheless, she took a little detour before establishing her name (quite literally) in the garments industry. The third of four children, Emelda took up advertising at the University of Santo Tomas. Together with husband Eric Teng…

Robert Young makes shoes for Betsy Johnson, Miu Miu, Bergdorf Goodman

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Robert Young makes shoes for Betsy Johnson, Miu Miu, Bergdorf Goodman
By Walter Ang
July-August 2009 issue
Asian Dragon Magazine

To avoid being shipped off to Mindanao to work for his father's lumber business, Robert Young took a job at a garment trading firm in Manila that imported apparel from Hong Kong.

After being exposed to the ins and outs of the industry, he eventually founded Contex International Manila, a company that exports Philippine made garments and shoes to foreign clients.

"Garments flourished like anything in the 70s and early 80s. In the late 80s, the demand went down and we shifted to footwear," says Young. He initially sold casual shoes for school and office use until hitting on a winner: flip flops with wooden soles. "It was called the kontiki sandal and we sold half a million pairs. It became very hot in Hawaii."

Footwear became the name of the game. The Philippines became known for its stylized bakya, chunky wooden clogs with intricately d…