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Blissful with Luminisce: Lunch with the Blissmakers

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I’m happy to share that I am one of the newest Blissmakers and contributors of Make It Blissful! :) My friend Audrey and I are the first single and non-mommy contributors among a talented roster of mom writers and bloggers, and we are very touched and honored to be part of the MIB community.

As thanksgiving for 2015, some of the Blissmakers gathered together last November 22 at Le Jardin Manila for a delightful lunch organized by Audrey and her dear friend Dr. Kaycee Reyes of Luminisce Clinic.

Glad how we were all able to catch up with each other when we all shared quick updates on what's been going on in our lives the past couple of months. :)

Glad how we were all able to catch up with each other when we all shared quick updates on what’s been going on in our lives the past couple of months. :)

Just like any MIB event, the venue was pretty (good job to the girls of Bouqueria Lifestyle Market!), food was awesome (thanks to Chef Jonas Ng of Le Jardin Manila!) — but my favorite part was when Dr. Kaycee openly shared with us the story of Luminisce and some highlights of what she went through to get where she is now.

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After going through so many ups and downs, Dr. Kaycee realized that her mission is to help women bring out both their inner and outer beauty.  She has brought this mission to life by getting the best education abroad and eventually giving birth to Luminisce, the clinic that believes in skin care through holistic skin innovations.  She defines holistic skin innovations by digging deeper into the root of the skin problem (physiological factors, emotional triggiers, etc) and addressing them with the right combination of alternative and Western treatments.
(I recently asked Dr. Kaycee for advice on my falling hair, and she suggested that I undergo a series of lab tests to get to the root of the problem!  If you have any skin-related concerns, just drop by Luminisce at the second floor of the Mercury Drug Building in BGC!)

Dr. Kaycee is not only a good doctor — she’s also a sincere, kind, and very real person.  She only talked for a couple of minutes but I was able to very much relate to her journey, as well as the lessons she has imparted with us: 1) Pray.  2) Work hard.  3) Know and trust that you are where you are for a reason.

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L-R: Dr. Kaycee Reyes, Ginger Arboleda of MommyGinj.com, Martine De Luna of MakeItBlissful.com, Louise Fandino of MommyPracticality.com, Vanessa Salas of ShedMomBlog.com, Toni Tiu of WifelySteps.com, myself, and Audrey Angcos of CheerfulJourney.com. Not in photo: Maricel Mendoza of ASweetCottage.com.

Another takeaway from the afternoon:  These ladies are thankful for trials, slumps, and bad hair days just as much as they’re thankful for new jobs, blooming businesses, successful events, weddings, babies, joys and triumphs.  Thank you, Audrey and Dr. Kaycee, for bringing us all together and for organizing such a meaningful event. :)

Making Bliss

Blissmakerie 2015 team

The ladies on the photo above were the team behind this year’s first Blissmakerie which was held last September 13.  This was also the first public Blissmakerie, and there could be no better team to work on the event because these four ladies make bliss everyday.  Here’s how they make bliss:

Martine, the woman who gave birth to the Blissmakerie concept and who got us to collaborate with her (thank you, Marts!!!), makes bliss by turning what she loves doing into a career — blogging and digital branding, community-building, and even photography!

Audrey, my partner-in-crime (heehee), is grateful for everything in her life — and this is exactly why she’s able to make bliss.  She makes bliss by striving to become better at her job and at the same time, inspiring others through art and creativity.

Rikka, the youngest member of the team, makes bliss by juggling the demands of being a young mom with managing events and websites.

April, our special guest speaker and the lady responsible for sparking the art scene in Davao, makes bliss by using a difficult experience to grow into the person she’s meant to become.

BLISS: One word, demonstrated differently by four different individuals in their own unique ways.

They’re the perfect group of people to bring the first Blissmakerie to the public because they do inspire all of us to live out whatever it is that makes them feel blissful. I am honored to be among the four of you.  Again, thank you, Marts.  :)

The said Blissmakerie was held last September 13 at Mateo’s Restaurant and Cafe.  35 individuals graced the event, all with the hope of becoming inspired to follow their own bliss. Thankfully, they were not only inspired but everyone had a good time!  Scroll down for event highlights.

The team with the owners of Mateo's Restaurant and Cafe. Thank you, Tita Grace, Lala, and Margaux, for opening the doors of Mateo's for us. Your food is GREAT and I'll definitely bring my family there. :)

The team with the owners of Mateo’s Restaurant and Cafe. Thank you, Tita Grace, Lala, and Margaux, for opening the doors of Mateo’s for us. Your food is GREAT and I’ll definitely bring my family there. :)

Another lovely shot of Mateo's! Mateo's Restaurant is located at 54 N. Domingo Ave., Horseshoe Village, Quezon City. Excellent food, cozy venue! :)

Another lovely shot of Mateo’s! Mateo’s Restaurant is located at 54 N. Domingo Ave., Horseshoe Village, Quezon City. Excellent food, cozy venue! :)

The Blissmakerie wouldn't be a Blissmakerie without the styling!!! Thanks to the Sweet Street Manila team who made our event the loveliest in spite of the series of unfortunate events they had to go through the previous day! You guys are awesome!!! :)

The Blissmakerie wouldn’t be a Blissmakerie without the styling!!! Thanks to the Sweet Street Manila team who made our event the loveliest in spite of the series of unfortunate events they had to go through the previous day! You guys are awesome!!! :)  Follow them on Instagram at @sweetstreetmanila.

A juice bar was also set up by Sweet Street! Ah Juice Hut - my favorite brand whenever I need to go on a juice cleanse! I'm so happy that they're part of Blissmakerie. Follow @juicehutmanila on Instagram to find out how to order these yummy Bliss Milks!

A juice bar was also set up by Sweet Street! Ah Juice Hut – my favorite brand whenever I need to go on a juice cleanse! I’m so happy that they’re part of Blissmakerie. Follow @juicehutmanila on Instagram to find out how to order these yummy Bliss Milks!

Audrey and I don't wear makeup on a daily basis so we'd like to thank KAYCEE LIM for making us (and Marts and Rikka) beautiful on that day!!! Thank you, Kaycee, for waking up so early for us! Follow Kaycee's work on Instagram: #kayceelimmakeup!

Audrey and I don’t wear makeup on a daily basis so we’d like to thank KAYCEE LIM for making us (and Marts and Rikka) beautiful on that day!!! Thank you, Kaycee, for waking up so early for us! Follow Kaycee’s work on Instagram: #kayceelimmakeup!

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