Monday, October 16, 2017

Lemon Water, Weight Loss, and More


Image from Flickr 
I wrote a previous blog post about lemon water helping my menstruation period. It’s been a week now since I’ve been drinking lemon water and I have to say I really feel great, better than last week. Just to give light on my situation last week, I was having some mild palpitations whenever I eat (rice and a viand). I also have no energy to walk and I often experience vaginal itching. Thankfully, everything I have mentioned are gone ( as of now ) including the feminine itching, plus, I always go to the bathroom to urinate twice as much compared before which is good for my body.  Of course, aside from lemon water, I also added some fiber in my diet such as cereals in the morning with low-fat milk or a sandwich using wheat bread.

I am already 36 years old so my body is beginning to become more sensitive to my lifestyle. I did try going to the gym before, but it only lasted for 2 months because I can’t keep up going to the gym especially since I already have kids. That’s when I decided to try to start with my eating habits by adding something healthy into it. Weight loss is not my main goal, but instead, I want to feel healthy and active. If I do lose some weight in the process then that would be a bonus.


Speaking of weight loss, I remember back in college, Orlistat (popularly known as Xenical) became very popular because it effectively washes out the oils from the food you eat and my friends recommended it.  I tried it for a week, but the oils that come out of me is just uncontrollable probably because I was fond of eating oily foods, too. Since I couldn’t give up eating my favorite food, I gave up the drug instead. I really wished I didn’t because if I did eat healthily, fewer oils would come out and it would have become more manageable. Well, for now, I’ll just allow myself to enjoy the lemon water and then maybe I might return to Orlistat when I’m ready for a major lifestyle change. 



Thursday, October 5, 2017

SM Celebrates Kids’ Month in 64 Malls Nationwide

SM Kids’ Month 2017. 
With Bae-by Baste as Shopmag’s adorable October cover boy,
SM Supermalls unwraps new and exciting happenings in 64 malls nationwide with the launch of SM Kids’ Month. Apart from kiddie treats and big discounts on kids’ toys, clothes, and shoes, this season packs three fun-filled celebrations especially designed for our beloved kids – SM’s first Super Kids Day on October 1, United Nations Day, and the well-loved Halloween. (Photo courtesy of SM Shopmag)


SM Supermalls unboxes new and exciting happenings for kids and kids at heart this October with the launch of Kids’ Month in all 64 malls nationwide. At a media launch titled, "SM Super Kids Day," held last October 1 held at SM City Fairview, the retail giant announced a season packed with fun-filled celebrations especially designed for kids like United Nations Day and the well-loved and much-awaited Halloween.

A fun and exciting field day where kids and the whole family can shop, play enjoy, eat, and win prizes – SM Super Kids Day fittingly showcased what customers can enjoy in the malls this Kids’ Month. It’s also the perfect season to splurge on gifts for kids and avail big discounts on kids’ clothes, shoes, and toys at The SM Store Kids’ Month Sale and at the Baby Company. Also not to be missed is the amazing Toy Kingdom Halloween Sale.


On October 10 to 24, a grand display of world flags sets the mood for a two-week celebration of United Nations Day. SM’s “All Together for One World” features Dances Around the World performances, World Market food fairs, and the kids’ favorite, National Costume Parade Contest. Customers can also check out Art for Peace – an art exhibit by local artists and schools sending messages of peace for all.

Culminating Kids’ Month is SM’s “Spooktacular Halloween” from October 20 to 31, 2017. As the Monster Fun Fair begins on October 20 offering great deals on trick-or-treat needs, beloved pets can then join the excitement at the Petrifying Halloween costume party for pets and owners on October 21/22. Approaching Halloween’s Eve, everyone is invited to the much-awaited Costume Contest on October 28/29 for adults, and on October 31 for kids. Also on October 31, the young trick-or-treaters can continue the fun at the photo Halloween Studio by Vivo, and by visiting SM Hypermarket, SM Supermarket, and SM Cyberzone for treats and goodies.

Lastly, there’s an online promo where parents share why kids rule at SM, then use hashtag #SMKidsMonth2017 on Facebook for a chance to win exciting prizes for their kids’ and fun adventures!

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For more information about SM’s Kids’ Month and exclusive news about SM Supermalls, visit www.smsupermalls.com or follow SM’s official social media accounts on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram, and get an insider access to all the fun happenings at SM Supermalls nationwide through SM’s Viber Public Chat. Tweet your thoughts, upload and share your photos about your memorable moments at SM, then use its official hashtag #EverythingsHereAtSM.

Friday, September 29, 2017

Herbalife Nutrition Launches New Tastes of Formula 1 Shake Cookies and Cream, Herbal Aloe Concentrate Mandarin in The Philippines


PHILIPPINES, September 04, 2017 – Herbalife Nutrition, a global nutrition company, has recently launched two new exciting additions to its product line-up in the country: a new flavor of Formula 1 Nutritional Shake Mix- Cookies and Cream, and Herbal Aloe Concentrate Mandarin.

"Formula 1 Nutritional Shake Mix is our flagship product and the new Cookies and Cream flavor will surely capture the taste buds of our Filipino consumers. We’re equally excited for Herbal Aloe Concentrate Mandarin, with its refreshing taste and nutritional benefits," said Mr. Rosalio Valenzuela, General Manager of Herbalife Nutrition Philippines. "As a purpose-driven company aimed at making the world we live in healthier and happier, we will continue to offer great tasting, high-quality nutrition products to help people get the right balance of healthy nutrition every day.”


The launch event was held at the Herbalife Nutrition Philippines Corporate Office in Bonifacio Global City Taguig. It features an exercise routine led by Herbalife Fitness Coach DwanAbantao, a wellness evaluation, a live demonstration on how to prepare Herbalife Formula 1 Shake, and a sharing on the results of the 2017 Balanced Nutrition Survey – spanning 15 Asia Pacific countries including the Philippines.

Herbalife Formula 1 Shake provides balanced nutrition through an optimum mix of high-quality protein, vitamins, minerals and fibers. It is recommended for people seeking an easy-to-prepare healthy, balanced meal to support their daily nutrition, and is also available in Dutch Chocolate, Wild Berry, and French Vanilla flavors in the Philippines.

Herbal Aloe Concentrate (HAC) Mandarin flavor is made from aloe vera concentrate with natural mandarin flavor. It complements the established Herbal Aloe Concentrate mango flavor and likewise prioritizes healthy digestion.

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About Herbalife

Herbalife Nutrition is a global nutrition company whose purpose is to make the world healthier and happier. The Company has been on a mission for nutrition - changing people's lives with great nutrition products & programs - since 1980. Together with our Herbalife Nutrition independent members, we are committed to providing solutions to the worldwide problems of poor nutrition and obesity, an aging population, skyrocketing public healthcare costs and a rise in entrepreneurs of all ages. We offer high-quality, science-backed products, most of which are produced in Company-operated facilities, one-on-one coaching with an Herbalife Nutrition independent member, and a supportive community approach that inspires customers to embrace a healthier, more active lifestyle.

Our targeted nutrition, weight management, energy and fitness and personal care products are available exclusively to and through dedicated Herbalife Nutrition members in more than 90 countries.

Through its corporate social responsibility efforts, Herbalife Nutrition supports the Herbalife Family Foundation (HFF) and its Casa Herbalife programs to help bring good nutrition to children in need. The Company is also proud to sponsor more than 190 world-class athletes, teams and events around the globe, including Cristiano Ronaldo, the LA Galaxy, and numerous Olympic teams.

The company has over 8,000 employees worldwide, and its shares are traded on the New York Stock Exchange (NYSE:HLF) with net sales of approximately US$4.5 billion in 2016. To learn more, visit Herbalife.com or IAmHerbalife.com.

The company also encourages investors to visit its investor relations website at ir.herbalife.com as financial and other information is updated and new information is posted.


#Herbalife #HerbalifePh #UnitedBlpggersPh

Wednesday, September 27, 2017

Tuesday, September 26, 2017

Leveling Up Our Games

Malaysia and the Philippines will be building better digital economies together, starting with Games.


Southeast Asia’s population brew of 620 million brings about the hottest global game revenue growth as it has doubled its total market size from 2014 to $2.2B spell casted for 2017. Contributing to this affinity are Malaysia and the Philippines, both having a keen understanding and already encouraging throngs of its gamers into proper content creators. To-date, the two have dedicated educational programs for their respective games and animation sectors. At the same time, they also have engaged witha range of emerging flagship studios that feature great leadership, young talents, and long-term digital ambition.

For the longest time, they have continued to raise awareness for this industry with flagship events like LEVEL UP KL for Malaysia and E-Sport & Gaming Summit (ESGS) for the Philippines. In cooperation with the Games Developers Association of the Philippines (GDAP), ESGS is putting together its GameFest event on October 26, 2017, featuring headline industry professionals such as:

• Brian Recktenwald– Environment Artist from Naughty Dog, Uncharted 4: A Thief’s End & Uncharted: The Lost Legacy
• Ian Lang – Senior Animator from Blizzard Entertainment
• Josh Axner – Technical Artist from Blizzard Entertainment
• Ryan Torrey – Senior Animator from House of Moves, Injustice, Mortal Combat X
• JiaShen – VP of Product for Blackstorm Labs, makers of Everwing
Yi Fei Boon – former Lead Programmer of Sparkjumpers, now Field Engineer at Unity
• *Jeff Agala – Creative Director of Klei Entertainment, makers of Shank, Mark of the Ninja and Don’t Starve.

*Tentative

Adding fuel to this ambitious pursuit is the Malaysia Digital Economy Corporation (MDEC) partnership with GDAPas both have come together to form a partnership for the first-event cross-promotion process in the region.


Enabling this partnership to bear fruit is Hasnul Hadi Samsudin, VP of Creative Content & Technologies Division at MDEC. He shared: “This MOU shows a commitment from both sides that, as a region, we believe the best way to grow is to do it together. Since 2014, Malaysia, and MDEC, has always pushed for closer collaboration among friends from South East Asia. This signifies the formalization of a partnership between MDEC and GDAP that, we hope, will benefit both our game development communities in Malaysia and Philippines. This is indeed exciting times for all of us."

Also critical to this promotional partnership is the curators /advisors for GDAP – the famed Art Director of Sony Computer Entertainment’s Naughty Dog LLC, Erick Pangilinan, and Animation Vertigo’s Utah-based CEO Marla Rausch.

“This partnership is not just based on common goals, but on shared paths. We Filipinos have found no better neighbors than Hasnul Samsudin and Dato’ Ng Wan Peng, Chief Operations Officer of MDEC, on this digital road,” added Alvin Juban, President of GDAP.

MDEC and GDAP are keen to pursue three key actions with this partnership: 
  • Raise capability building through experts influence, 
  • talks and workshops;
  • conduct cross-regional events promotion for respective flagship events – GDAP’s GameFest and MDEC’s LEVEL UP KL; and 
  • build a stronger Southeast Asian games community via this progressive framework of cooperation.


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About Malaysia Digital Economy Corporation (MDEC)
Malaysia Digital Economy Corporation or MDEC (formerly known as Multimedia Development Corporation Sdn. Bhd.), an agency incorporated 20 years ago under the Ministry of Communications and Multimedia Malaysia, spearheads the development of Malaysia’s Digital Economy. Its mission is centered on driving investments, building local tech champions, catalyzing digital innovation ecosystems and propagating digital inclusivity.

MDEC is also responsible for ensuring that Malaysia continues to develop digital innovation and nurture local information, communications, and technology (ICT) talent, while attracting participation from global ICT companies to invest and develop cutting-edge digital and creative solutions in the country. To know more about MDEC’s efforts and initiatives in driving Digital economy, please visit www.mdec.myor follow us on:
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/MyMDEC/, Twitter: @mymdec


About Games Developers Association of the Philippines (GDAP)
GDAP is the Trade Association for the Philippine Video Game industry, which was established in 2007. It has a collective of over 50 members composed by Content Developers, Support/Management Studios, Creative Technology enablers, and Educational Institutions. It draws support from agencies such as the Department of Trade & Industry and the Department of Information & Communications Technology and the IT Business Process Association of the Philippines (iBPAP).

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THE EVENTS


PHILIPPINES
ESGS
Gamefest @ ESGS October 26, 2017 Function Room 1 SMX MOA, Manila
ESGS Convention October 27-29, 2017 Halls 2-4 SMX MOA, Manila

MALAYSIA
Level Up KL
Game Jam Nov. 4-5, 2017 Connexion Conference & Event Centre - CCECNo 7 JalanKerinchiBangsar South City, Wilayah Persekutuan KL
Technical Workshop Nov. 6, 2017 Connexion Conference & Event Centre - CCECNo 7 JalanKerinchiBangsar South City, Wilayah Persekutuan KL
Conference Nov. 7-8, 2017 Connexion Conference & Event Centre - CCECNo 7 JalanKerinchiBangsar South City, Wilayah Persekutuan KL





Sunday, September 24, 2017

Celebrating Natural Beauty with the Naturals Beauty Fair

Natural beauty takes center stage as Lazada holds its Naturals Beauty Fair from Sept. 27 to 30. The nature-based campaign led by Unilever will bring out your inner glow with your most-loved naturals beauty finds at a steal.
Give your hair the de-stressing it needs with TRESEMME's Detox & Nourish Range for as low as P106. TRESEMME's Detox & Nourish Shampoo 170ML will have a promo price of P106 while the conditioner will be available for P110 during the sale.

Saturday, September 23, 2017

Hey Sugar Waxing Salon: Now Open in SM Marikina


Living in the Metro can have its ups and downs. On one hand, year-round sun and fun; on the other, sustaining your body for year-round sunning and funning can be exhausting.

Friday, September 22, 2017

French Tips Eco-chic Nail Salon Opens at Estancia



No matter who you are or what you do in your life,  you would be feeling thankful for the weekend to come!

Can't decide what to do? Short of packing your bags and jetting off to unwind in the picturesque gardens of France is to spend your precious few hours of pampering in the city’s best kept secret - French Tips Nail Parlour.

It’s a nail salon different from others mostly because of the way it merges eco-chic pampering experience with a unique French-themed ideal. From the moment you step in, you’ll be ushered into a luxe escape from the daily grind.


To sneak in a luxurious and eco-friendly treat at French Tips is to be catered to for a few hours. Here, you become a woman of leisure and nature that is doted on and attended to, where you can choose to zone out or chatter idly, depending on your mood and pamper without putting your health at risk.


The luscious scent of lavender gently ushers you to the gardens of Provence as you begin your luxurious, eco-chic journey, where you will be asked how you want a healthy French Tips to experience using toxic-free nail polishes, beginning with a luxurious hand or foot washing using all-natural soaks (all of which are designed to whisk you away and take you to a lazy sunny day spent in the quaint orchards of the French countryside using Formaldehyde free and Paraben free materials.


The interiors are impeccably designed to reflect the quiet luxury of France. Each element inside French Tips Nail Parlour lets you bask in the elegance that the country is known for—from the high back armchairs that invite you to sink yourself into the intricate details that pepper the salon interiors like the faux grass and white reindeer heads that adore its walls. The team, all expertly trained to provide the best possible eco-friendly service, are attentive and accommodating—all intent on providing you with a few hours to escape and enjoy this rare, but much-deserved opportunity to indulge in a salon which never use animal-derived ingredients in any of their products.


Here, the ideals of the country that inspired its aesthetic and brand of service are evident. Anyone is welcome to pamper themselves for as long as they want in the capable hands of their technicians.

Once you’re done, the experience will certainly make you want to wish you could stay for the entire weekend, but rest assured, you can always come back for more.

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French Tips has 6 branches nationwide: SM Megamall, Nuvali Solenad, Ayala Terraces, SM Mall of Asia, SM Aura and recently opened branch in Estancia. For more information, check out www.frenchtips.com
Facebook.com/FrenchTipsNailParlour, 
Twitter.com/_frenchtips and Instagram.com/frenchtips_ecochic_nailsalon

Thursday, September 21, 2017

Nailaholics Nail Salon and Spa Celebrates the 2nd Year of National Pampering Day #NationalPamperingDay


When it comes to ultimate pampering on a national scale, Nailaholics Nail Salon and Spa holds the number one spot.  After last year's success of the very first National Pampering Day, Nailaholics is back at it again this year with an amplified nationwide celebration of relaxation that everyone is looking forward to this October 17.

Wednesday, September 20, 2017

Sports Barbers : A Stylish Destination for the Male Grooming Generation Opens in SM Mall of Asia


With pompadours on the rise, man-buns making its way on the street, perfectly trimmed beards and facial hair making a trend, it’s safe to say that male grooming has made its way to the spotlight. 

Tuesday, September 19, 2017

Yamaha is Celebrating 50 Years and Spearheading the 3S (SSS) with Regina Victoria Y. De Ocampo

Image from Press Reader 
Gary A. Yupangco had finally fulfilled a once-sublimated desire and, with it, the musical desires of millions of Filipinos nationwide. Today, after 50 years, G. A. YUPANGCO & CO., INC., through its present complement of 31 stores and 35 music school centers across the Philippines, continues to serve the needs of the Filipino musician and music enthusiast, providing the state of the art in musical instruments and sound reinforcement technology and the finest in music education. Those are the amazing words written in the company website, but what is the new focus now in Yamaha after all those years?

In celebration of its golden year anniversary, the company is spearheading the 3S (SSS, Sustainability, Self-reliant and Service Oriented mindset to it's team members. Headed by Regina Victoria Y. De Ocampo, the only daughter of Gary and the grand daughter of the former President of the Philippines, Jose P. Laurel, the management is focusing on its valuable asset, that is their manpower organization which has attributed to its success for 50 years.

According to Regina, "We have team members who are already 40 years in the company and this time, it's about them, we would like to sustain them with good benefits, to become self-reliant and of course to be a service oriented team member. If they are happy, the customers are happy and the company will be happy thus we launched the SSS or 3S."

Yamaha is an industry leader in the Philippines and around the globe for its technological innovation. To know more about the company, visit http://www.yupangco.com

Friday, September 1, 2017

Zoomanity Group joins Travelooza


We are all inviting you to join us at Asia Digital Marketing Expo 2017 which is on its 3rd year now and presenting TRAVELOOZA. For this year, again, Zoomanity Group joins this historical event.

It's a convergence of travel operators, agencies, theme parks, resorts, hotels, and restaurants. There will be exhibitors and talks. Bring also your business permit to be accredited.

Date: ‪September 28, 2017‬
Venue: Makati Sports Club
Time: ‪9Am-5PM‬
Ticket Cost: Php 1000 (That includes flowing coffee, Buffet Lunch, Activities, Certificate of Attendance, Tokens, Eligibility for Raffle Prizes)

For sponsorship. Please send your inquiries directly to grace@tagmedia.asia
Please deposit your registration to BPI Checking ‪1680 0010 29‬, Tag Media and Public Relations Account

Zoomanity Group is composed of different theme parks and Restaurants in the Philippines like Zoobic Safari, Zoocobia, Zoocolate Thrills, Paradizoo, Residence Inn, Misono Japanese Restaurant, Jinsei, Nanten, Midori and Yakitori Daitokyo.

Zoomanity group is the leading company in theme park industry under the Yupangco Group of Companies. Envisioning world class, innovative and enjoyable facilities from Northern to Southern Philippines by providing the best tourist destination and nature educational experiences with the facilities that is uniquely designed to provide enjoyment to visitors of all ages.

For more information: www.zoomanity.com.ph and www.tagmedia.asia / 02 9170213 (Tag Media Office), 09166299381.

Thursday, August 31, 2017

Symply G for Simply Gorgeous Hair


Other than press releases, I've never blogged about a shampoo (for adults) before. I decided that when I do blog one,  I'll make sure it's definitely worth it and it's a product that my readers would love.

Just recently, I discovered Symply G Keratin Shampoo and Keratin Deep Conditioning Therapy in Facebook. I immediately bought 5 sachets each in our nearest Puregold branch (retails at 6 pesos each) because I was mesmerized with the popular words, "Brazilian", "Keratin" and "Argan Oil" written on their packs hoping they could somehow improve my hair's current condition.

The Products:

  • Symply G Keratin Shampoo is enriched with argan oil which is known for its beauty benefits, especially for hair. Here is the description at the back of the sachet:

    "Keratin shampoo with argan oil is designed for cleaning rebonded and colored hair, and giving its maximum moisture that makes your hair natural straight, soft and shiny."

Symply G Keratin Deep Conditioning Therapy
  • Keratin Deep Conditioning Therapy with Argan Oil is the second step after shampooing your hair. It claims to be a 1-minute treatment that aims to renew and moisturize damaged hair. Here is the description:

    "Keratin with argan oil is enrched with argan oil words to re-hydrate dry and damaged hair. It is specially formulated for damaged hair and sensitive scalp. The unique formula is competent to penetrate deeply while protecting the cuticular layer on hair. Keratin with argan oil treatment gives you exceptionally soft and shiny hair."
     

Directions for Use: 

Step 1: Shampoo with Symply G Keratin Shampoo with Argan Oil
Step 2: Condition with Symply G Keratin Conditioner with Argan Oil. For best results, leave the conditioner for 1 minute before rinsing with water. That's it!

I often let my hair get rebonded once in a while so I'm quite happy to find a suitable shampoo that I can use when it's time to wash my hair. 


My Symply G Experience

The only hair treatment I had for the past 12 months is a hair coloring treatment and I'm currently suffering from dry and damaged hair. I was eager to try Symply G shampoo and the conditioner to see what it can do to my hair. The moment I opened the shampoo, I instantly smelled its invigorating scent that's very similar with keratin shampoos used in salons, and I just loved it. It also was very easy to lather all over my scalp and it gets bubbly easily.

On the other hand, the conditioner had the same keratin scent and its texture is somewhat similar to most conditioners in the market, which is thick and smooth. I placed the conditioner on my hair for 1 minute just like in the directions before rinsing it. I swear, after taking a bath, it actually felt like having my hair washed in a salon because of its lasting scent.

After naturally drying my hair, it instantly felt silky smooth presumably as a result of keratin and argan oil working together.  Just 2 days of using Symply G, I can see the healthy shine that argan oil is known for. My hair also became less frizzy than before. So far, I'm happy with the result. It just proves that Symply G really works intensively to replenish my hair's lost nutrients and repair the damage. I'm confident that if I use this product for 7 days or more, it will definitely make a difference.

1st day (left): I felt my hair to be silky soft after drying.
2nd day (right): Less frizz and hair became more manageable

As a bonus, I'm also glad that my scalp didn't react negatively to Symply G Shampoo because I usually get dandruff when I'm not "hiyang" to a shampoo I'm using. It's been 2 days since I've used the shampoo and no dandruff so far (yey!).  That's another plus for me and another point for Symply G.

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Frequently Asked Questions

• What are the benefits of Keratin?
  • Rich in proteins and vitamins which repairs damaged hair
  • Provides Volume and strengthens hair follicles
  • Reduces frizz
  • Improves hair texture
  • Softens hair
• What are the benefits of Argan Oil to hair?
  • It's a natural moisturizer that hydrates and softens hair.
  • It can even help to treat split ends and tame frizzy hair

That's all for now, guys. Thank you so much for reading.
 Please like Symply G Keratin on Facebook. 

Tuesday, August 29, 2017

Nash Coffee: My Partner in Life

Coffee has been a part of my everyday adult life. It has become an integral part of my daily routine. I don't think I can function very well without drinking a cup coffee to perk me up and start my day.


Every day, I do my work, tend to my family, do household chores, among other things. It easily gets me tired, but I still continue to do what I'm supposed to do. My (obvious) reason is that I love my family above all else and I want to support my husband financially. But the question is what physically drives me to do what I must do every day, and stay strong and positive? It's my "KARAMAY sa BUHAY”. Our daily life’s journey is so much easier with our “karamay” by our side and one of the things that we found to be by our side is coffee.

When I was young, I  really didn't care much about the quality of the coffee I'm drinking. I guess I was still at the age when I was open to almost all kinds and all flavors of coffee. Now that I'm 36 years old and my taste buds have become quite a bit selective,  there's one coffee brand that  captured the flavor that I yearn for in coffee drinks and that brand would be NASH.

NASH Coffee offers three variants that have become part of our daily lives: Nash Aroma, Nash White and Nash Brown. Each variant has the right mix of coffee and sweetness that is right for each time of the day.

The three Nash variants: Aroma Coffee, Brown Coffee, and White Coffee.
Each sachet retails at P5.00
Our breakfast meal would not be complete without coffee in it. In fact, most often than not, coffee has also become a complete breakfast meal for us who are always on the go. We wake up and start our daily grind very early in the morning and to boost and jump start our day, our “Karamay” coffee is there. It is that coffee AROMA taste and smell that gives us the perkiness and energy that we need.

Aside from being the best breakfast partner, coffee has also become an after-meal drink. It has become the drink of choice to either complete or supplement our meal. Our “karamay” drink has gone through a lot of face lift just to satisfy the particular need in a day in the lives of the Filipinos. From the black coffee flavor, it became WHITE coffee to give us the sweet after meal drink. White coffee has become my favorite drink since college and I believe it's also quite popular with millennials nowadays.

Sometimes when the weather is hot, I do want my coffee to be ice cold like the picture on the left. Perfect for Nash White Coffee and Brown Coffee. The picture on the right is a picture of my heavy breakfast partnered with black coffee. 

The Brown coffee is my personal favorite. I drink it almost every afternoon during coffee breaks.
Of course, when it's almost the end of the day, coffee really remains to be the go-to beverage of Filipinos for an instant energy boost and provide the last kick that we need. The BROWN coffee is the perfect coffee type for this setting as it is a balance of bitter coffee to provide the energy boost. 

There are no guarantees in life, but we still struggle and do our very best in order to succeed. And to go through this daily struggle, it's comforting to know that we have a sure “karamay sa buhay” that would keep us going like Nash Coffee. 

“NASH masarap ang buhay kapag NASH ang karamay” and this is the NASH culture!


Here's Nash Coffee's commercial for your viewing:


Have the Vacation You Want in Its Cheapest Price Through Groupon

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Plan your holidays ahead for less by booking them through Hotels.com with Groupon coupons! Groupon is already known as the go-to online site for coupons and discounts, while Hotels.com is the number one booking site for hotel accommodations worldwide. And now, I am quite happy to announce that Hotels.com is now a member of the Groupon family which means customers can enjoy greater discounts with their bookings made through Hotels.com using Groupon coupons.

I just love booking in hotels with my family, but I also rely on our travel budget to determine our hotel destination. Groupon currently offers up to 50% OFF on bookings most especially this coming Labor Day, so I can finally find a good hotel that our budget can afford. 

Here is a screenshot of one of the hotels I found in Hotels.com with a Groupon discount: 



I actually find it easy to look for hotels that are below $90 thanks to Groupon's Labor day discount.  

Do you want to book now? Simply go to Groupon and select the discount you like to avail, and the website will direct you automatically to Hotels.com to find your desired hotel. Hurry because the discounted rooms won't be there forever. 


Tuesday, August 22, 2017

Blogger Mail: Palmolive for Men via Lazada PH

Yesterday, I received a package from Lazada. My kids were excited to open the box, so they opened it and we were surprised that it's for their dad! We got a Colgate-Palmolive gift pack, specifically a Palmolive Shampoo and Conditioner for Men kit. My husband was thrilled to see it because finally, he can try a new brand of shampoo that can fight dandruff. He also liked the invigorating eucalyptus scent of one of the shampoos when he opened it. 

Palmolive Men Pack
The Palmolive for Men pack includes one (1) 170 ml Palmolive for Men Anti-Dandruff + Scalp cooling shampoo and conditioner (Eucalyptus & CLZ), one (1) Palmolive for Men Anti-Dandruff + Deep Clean (Charcoal and CLZ) shampoo and conditioner, and 6 sachets of each variant. 


The products' purpose and specialty are pretty much explained in the picture above.

Palmolive Men Anti-Dandruff shampoo and conditioners are available in leading drug stores nationwide and also in Lazada.com.ph.  

Monday, August 21, 2017

Festivals in Richmond Virginia You Wouldn't Want to Miss

Richmond, Virginia, is known for its colorful festivals, and it’s the best place to go if you love these cultural events. Can't decide where to start? Grab a guide to Richmond and mark your calendar to make sure you don't miss the most popular festivals in Richmond.

Dominion Riverrock


Image via Flickr by Davidlind

Saturday, August 19, 2017

The Great Escapes Travel Fair


Yesterday, I was invited to see the ribbon-cutting of the Great Escapes Travel Fair in Glorietta, Makati. About 20 travel agencies and hotels participated in this event together with some food booths. It was a nice experience because unlike major travel expos, I wasn't overwhelmed with the number of booths. I went around feeling relaxed and simply asked questions with what the booths had to offer. 


Tuesday, August 15, 2017

AngelSkin Lightening Bar Worked for Me

Last month, I received a set of skin soaps from Angel Skin. Honestly speaking, It's my very first time to hear the brand, but I'm still eager to try out and discover how effective their soaps are. Here are the products that I got:


Monday, August 14, 2017

Yes to More Discounts with the Free VAT Campaign of Travelbook.ph!

Do you love traveling but feel that your earnings are never enough to cover the cost? Do you always feel worried about the continuous price hikes on commodities? Are you one of those who complain about the high tax rate charged in the items and services you need?

Tuesday, August 1, 2017

Forti-D: Your Serious Protection Against Vitamin D Deficiency

We’ve all heard about the importance of Vitamin A (for eye sight), vitamin B (for growth), Vitamin C (for the immune system), but what about Vitamin D? Vitamin D plays an important and serious role in our health, too.

Monday, July 31, 2017

Natural is Still Best to De-Stress Your Tress



Striking a life balance is no easy task to do. It requires hard work and dedication which sometimes can be strenuous to achieve. Can you imagine how overtaxing it is to juggle between your career and providing for your loved ones?

Thursday, July 27, 2017

Mister Donut's Buy One Take One Promo!


Buy 1 dozen donuts and get 1 box of Smidgets for FREE! This promo is available from July 28-30 only so hurry to your nearest Mister Donut branch now!

Finding the Right Family Car

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Recently, we just purchased a vehicle that could fit our family of 8. Well, actually it’s my sister who has a major contribution to it, so she has the last say of what kind of vehicle we should buy. But she also wants our whole family to fit in it making it our official family car.

When it comes to big groups, the first vehicle that comes to our minds is a van. The problem is that my sister didn’t want a van. She said it’s hard to drive onto and it lacks class because she will also use it going to the office once in a while. She wanted something stylish or something that has a wow factor in it. So before I divulge the vehicle that she purchased, allow me to share with you the steps we did before she did the purchase:

1. Know your budget and be firm with it. We were very firm about the budget we have so whenever we talk to a car salesman, we tell them upfront the budget that we are willing to use and what cars are available that would fit 8 people. That instantly narrows down our choices saving us time.

2. Reading the vehicles’ flyers/brochures that include information of the vehicle’s safety features, number of seats, and more. Of course, going to each car shops is exhausting. So to save time, gather each of the brand’s brochures usually found in the malls or on the roads. When we got home, that’s when we did our reading and canvassing where we’re relaxed and free to discuss the pros and cons of the cars with the whole family.

3. When we finally narrowed down some vehicles that we like and fits our budget, that’s when we went to its designated shop and try out the vehicle itself. We made sure the whole family gets to sit inside the vehicle, try out the seat belts, ask if they’re comfortable especially the kids (5 and 9 years old), and such. We asked the salesman what happens to the vehicle if we suddenly had a collision and he did answer them in detail including the air bag features, which was a plus for us.


So that’s a summary of what we did before purchasing a car. Hopefully, it gave you some insights. In the end, it all boils down to what vehicle is good for the family which my sister also liked, so we chose the Chevrolet Trailblazer. It looked really pretty inside and out, plus everyone can fit in it. We also liked its features so it's our family's choice. 

Are you thinking of buying your own car? Try to check out www.cars.com where you can canvass and compare vehicles of your liking. 

Tuesday, July 18, 2017

Lookna – A Great Way To Advertise Your Legit Business

For many small businesses, cost is a major barrier when it comes to marketing and advertising. Many of the popular methods we know (like radio, TV, magazines and newspapers) are often too expensive for small businesses.

In a world where a 30-second advert slot on radio and television can cost hundreds of dollars, it’s difficult for small businesses to cope. That’s why big companies with advertising and marketing budgets that run into thousands and millions of dollars dominate the billboards, newspapers, magazines, radio and television. Because most small businesses cannot find the customers they need to remain in business, many small businesses starve and die because they cannot sell enough products and services.

Despite these difficulties, how come there are still a couple of businesses which start very small but are able to attract enough customers to remain in business?
Research has shown that these smart businesses and entrepreneurs use several taken-for-granted methods that many of us have learned to overlook. Some of them are amazingly simple and will cost you nothing. Some of the others will cost you a little, but not enough to bore a hole in your pocket.

Thanks to the internet, there are now more free, cheap and interesting advertising options for small businesses. Since more people now spend more time on the internet, it only makes sense that you follow them there. Online advertising is the way to go! However, it is important you know that online advertising will work best for your business if you have a website for your business. 



Lookna is a fraud-free hyperlocal search engine for local businesses. We provide fair and equal advertising opportunity by providing leverage to small scale business to compete with giant advertisers. We want to make advertisement fair and square to all business owners. We all know that those who have the power and funds win in an advertising competition, making it hard for small-scale business owners to compete in a fierce gameplay. We provide FREE advertising services where you can showcase your products and services. There will be no funds depletion, making your ads visible ALWAYS. There is also no bid competition to make it on the top, so there is no more overspending just to keep it up with giant advertisers. 

The best marketing and advertising strategy to increase the number of customers is to advertise at Lookna. More customers mean more sales. More sales mean more profits. And profits are always good news for any small business!

Furthermore, Lookna is an advocate of fair ads distribution. Your ads are seen by users or searcher based on keywords, keyword phrases, price and location you entered in when you listed your business. 

Lookna also keeps your information secure through data encryption and strict safekeeping in their database. You are assured that whatever information you submit upon sign up will never be shared or sold to third party partners. 

Have you been having any difficulties with advertising and marketing your products and services? Try Lookna today while it’s still free and experience a safe advertisement platform that aims to provide businesses a secure and fair marketplace. 

Monday, July 17, 2017

Manila Ocean Park and Hotel H2O Experience 2017 (Part 2)

When we returned to our room after a tiresome tour around Manila Ocean Park, upon opening the door, we were all stunned to see drops of water leaking from the ceiling of our room! I forgot to take a picture because I was busy talking to front desk over the phone about our dilemma. 

After their maintenance guy confirmed the leak, we were informed that we will be transferred to another room, the Aqua Room Supreme. I started to think that the leak was a blessing in disguise because I've always wanted to stay in the Aqua Room Supreme with my family, but it's just not within our budget. I remained calm and told the front desk to give us 30 minutes to repack our things, while deep inside, I was screaming "Yahoooo!". When the bellboy arrived, he assisted us with our things and guided us to our new room. It took us about 3 minutes to walk along the hallway because the room is farther from the front desk compared to our original room. So as we were walking, the bellboy was assuring us that our room is going to be bigger and better.  

The Aqua Room Supreme

The Aqua Supreme Room
My children were very excited to see the new room. It's definitely bigger. It has a bigger aquarium, bigger space, and bigger work desk. The bed, however, is still the same queen sized bed. 

It has a bathtub!
One of the biggest assets of the room is its bathtub. My kids got excited seeing it and they immediately jumped in to test it even without water yet. It was fun seeing them take a bath, but it's pretty exposed for adults to take a bath there. My husband and I just used the separate shower during bath time. 

The Bath area (The sink/toilet/shower recess)

We settled in for the night enjoying our new room. 

Manila Ocean Park (2nd Day Tour)

Yexel's Toy Museum
The first thing we visited on the 2nd day is Yexel's Toy Museum. There were lots of unique toys being displayed such as Lord of the Rings collectibles, Star Wars statues, Marvel character statues, and a whole lot more. It really brought out the kid in ourselves. After the tour, there's a toy shop where you can buy some toys as souvenirs. 

Birds of Prey
We went to the "Birds of Prey" and we saw plenty of Philippine hawks inside. Taking pictures are strictly prohibited so I wasn't able to take a picture unless you're willing to pay the staff to take a photo of you. We went there at around 11AM and it's an open area so it was pretty hot at that time, but seeing the majestic hawks was just awesome. It's still worth the visit for me. 

The Sea Lion Show
The Sea Lion Show started at 4:30PM and it was a bit hot because we were facing the sun as we watch the show, so be sure to bring an umbrella/cap or anything that can cover your eyes or head. The show was okay. The seals showed some synchronized swimming and some tricks for entertainment. Well, the kids were happy so we're happy. The show's duration was about 30 minutes only. 

We weren't able to visit the All-Star Bird Show and the Penguin Talk Show because we missed the time, and so we decided to go around the vicinity and do a little shopping instead. 


Manila Ocean Park is not only a place for fishes and marine life, but it's also a place for "tiangge" shopping. We all enjoyed looking around and ended up buying some fidget spinners, hair clips, and other toys for the kids. 


And since we're spending our last moments in Ocean Park, we're taking selfies in every corner of the place before the sun sets.  We went back to our room afterward and spent more staycation time to savor every last minute. 

Overall, our stay was satisfactory. The kids enjoyed the fishes, the birds, the seals, the hotel, and there were lots of food choices in the vicinity so there's always something to eat for everyone (e.g. Potato Corner, Wendy's, Sisig, etc.). It's definitely a nice place to bring your entire family to. Thank you, Manila Ocean Park and Hotel H2O, for an awesome summer ending. 

Did I miss something in my review? Do you have questions about our stay or something you need to clarify? Do send me a message or comment it below.  

Sunday, July 16, 2017

Mejie Coffee: The Slimming Coffee with Collagen


Slimming coffees are not new to the market. I have tried a few slimming coffees before, but this is the first time I've tried a slimming coffee with collagen. So it's supposed to slim you down and gives you great skin and other benefits, too.

Here's the product information about the Mejie coffee:

MEJIE Coffee Plus Collagen is the first product that contains 3 Active Ingredients for weight loss plus making your skin young using Japanese Hydrolyzed Collagen raw materials. MEJIE Coffee Plus Collagen also uses natural sweeter called Stevia. To give you more description of the main raw materials of our coffee.


Active Ingredients: 

GARCINIA CAMBOGIA
Garcinia cambogia, a tropical fruit also known as the Malabar tamarind, is a popular weight-loss supplement. People say it blocks your body's ability to make fat and it puts the brakes on your appetite. It could help keep blood sugar and cholesterol levels in check, too. You'll find it in bottles on the shelf at the store as well as mixed with other ingredients in diet products.
How It Works
The active ingredient in the fruit's rind, hydroxy citric acid, or HCA, has boosted fat-burning and cut back appetite in studies. It appears to block an enzyme called citrate lyase, which your body uses to make fat. It also raises levels of the brain chemical serotonin, which may make you feel less hungry.

L-CARNITINE
helps the body produce energy. It is important for heart and brain function, muscle movement, and many other body processes.

GREEN TEA
It is loaded with antioxidants and nutrients that have powerful effects on the body. This includes improved brain function, fat loss, a lower risk of cancer and many other incredible benefits. Here are 10 health benefits of green tea that have been confirmed in human research studies.

COLLAGEN
Hydrolyzed Collagen is the missing link in supplying amino acids like glycine, proline and lysine that are required by the body to build connective tissue to regulate cell growth. It will benefit hair, skin tissue, muscle, cartilage, ligaments and blood cell growth.
Improves Health of Skin and Hair.
Reduces Joint Pains and Degeneration.
Helps Heal Leaky Gut.
Boosts Metabolism, Muscle Mass and Energy Output.
Strengthens Nails, Hair and Teeth.
Improves Liver Health.
Protects Cardiovascular Health.

STEVIA POWDER
Stevia is an intensely sweet, natural sweetener that is harvested from the stevia reb Audi ana plant.
Research indicates that stevia sweeteners do not contribute calories or carbohydrates to the diet and do not affect blood glucose or insulin response.
Just pour the sachet contents into a sip and add 180ml of hot water. Stir well and Mejie Coffee plus collagen is ready to be served.
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Directions: 
Just pour the sachet contents into a cup and add 180ml of hot water. Stir well and Mejie Coffee plus collagen is ready to be served.


I do admit I have a sweet tooth so anything that's not sweet is a big adjustment for me. So at first sip of Mejie Coffee, there was a very slight bitterness and I could also taste the collagen which proves that there is indeed collagen in my coffee.  But after a few more sips, my taste buds got used to the unique coffee taste. I finished the whole cup and I actually felt full. 

Right now, I'm on my 2nd day drinking Mejie coffee after meals because it's been a habit of mine to drink coffee after breakfast or lunch, or sometimes both. It didn't give me any side-effects or whatsoever as of today. As for my eating urges, nothing much has changed as of now, but I do feel a little bit more alert and energetic. I plan to continue drinking the coffee and finish the whole box to see the results.

Reminders: Please do not drink this coffee if you are pregnant, breastfeeding, or suffering from any illnesses. Please consult your doctor first for your own safety. 

Mejie coffee is available in Lazada and Asian Sky Mall (www.asianskymall.com).
For more information, you may check their Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/asianskymall