Tuesday, February 20, 2018

Share The Love: 5 Ways To Show Your Parents You Care

When you become a mom, it can be easy for your view of the world to focus solely on your children. You still love your parents, of course, but your world has shrunk, and you find yourself completely consumed by the lives that you are nurturing and raising-- it’s inevitable, understandable, and incredibly relatable. 

Your parents, of course, understand this; they likely went through the same thing themselves when they had you. However, you may occasionally find yourself wanting to do something for your parents; something that helps to show them that, no matter how busy you are, they still mean the world to you. 

Taking the time to do something nice for your parents is always going to be appreciated. Below are five different options that are guaranteed to bring a smile to the face of the people who raised you. Anything you can do to make their lives easier, improve their world, and -- ultimately -- bond you closer as a family will always be appreciated. Below are several options that can help improve the life of your parents, from small practical help to big grand gestures; whatever your preference, there will be something that suits your family here… 

#1 - Spend a day with them alone 

“Alone” in this case means “without your children”. 

There’s no doubt that your parents adore your children and will absolutely revel in their role as grandparents. However, when was the last time you spent a little time on them just you and them, without your children?

For most moms, the answer to the above is likely to be “I can’t remember”. If that’s the case for you, then spending some time with just your parents can be a wonderful, unifying experience that you all enjoy. Whether you go out for the day or just prepare a lunch for them at your home, you’ll all find the experience incredibly beneficial and affirming. 

#2 - Help them unravel a knot 

Figuratively speaking, that is! 

When you are busy with your everyday life, your parents will likely avoid asking you for help and advice. They do this because they don’t want to bother you, even if they know you would drop everything to help them if they asked. They don’t want to ask, as they don’t want to stress you… and their knot keeps getting bigger and bigger. 

This is why, sometimes, you’ll need to ask if they have any knots in their lives that you could help them with. Here’s a variety of areas you may want to explore: 

Health. Are they receiving the appropriate healthcare? Are they happy with their doctor? Have they investigated their insurance options by taking the chance to read more at gomedigap.com about supplemental insurance? Are they happy with the medication they are taking? 

Finance. Are they confident about their finances? Do they need any advice? Do they know what their tax responsibilities are? 

Household. Are there any household jobs they need doing? When is the last time their central air was serviced? Are there any yard chores they need assistance with? Is their insurance up to date?

Well-being. Are they taking time for themselves? Is there anything they are worried about? Is there anything that is stopping them from socializing as much as they might wish to?

Obviously, you don’t want to demand answers to these questions directly-- they should be used more as a part of general conversation. When a knot reveals itself, spend a little time helping them unravel it; sometimes, fixing the small things is just as wonderful as a grand gesture.

#5 - Host a movie night 

A movie night may sound like a fairly standard idea, but here’s how you make it a special treat for your parents: show only their favorite movies. You can find out their favorites in general conversation a few weeks before the big night, then surprise them with a movie night selection specified to their tastes on the night itself. If you want to make the night extra special, then add in a few touches for the perfect movie night from the guide on the guide on lemonlimeadventures.com

#4 - Help them organize an aspect of their lives 

You may find that your parents need a helping hand with organization of their lives from time to time. 

Here are a few areas they may require organizational assistance with:

Their home. If the house is not well-organized or is in need of a good declutter, they will appreciate the offer to help them tackle the issue. 

Their record-keeping. The older your parents are, the more likely they are to have a huge amount of paperwork clogging up their home. Spend a day helping them to digitize their files so as to keep track of things as efficiently as possible. 

Their garden. For older people, constant maintenance of a garden can be extremely testing, especially during the winter months. If you notice there’s weeding that needs doing, then volunteering for the task is a great way of improving their lives in a small, but significant, way. 

If you notice any of the above aspects are in need of some attention, then offer to help in any way you can. They may refuse out of preference to manage the issue themselves, but they’ll be delighted you asked.

#5 - Arrange for relaxation

Giving your parents the chance to relax and enjoy themselves, without having to worry about the basic requirements of everyday life for awhile, is the perfect way to show you have been thinking of them.

Gift them a set of homemade “coupons”. These coupons can be redeemable for anything; common examples include “1 hour of vacuuming” or “a day trip to the city of your choice”. 

Arrange for a cleaner to visit their home for a week, so they don’t have to worry about household chores. 

Arrange for a gardener to improve their outdoor space as a one-off, just-because gift. 

Invite them to stay at your house for the weekend, so they don’t have to worry about their own housework and chores for awhile. 

All of the above are gifts in a sense, but they also show a huge amount of thought-- which ultimately is what makes for the best gifts. By issuing coupons, you’re showing that you think about their needs and preferences. By arranging for a gardener or cleaner, you’re thoughtfully showing that you think they deserve some time to relax, and you want to help them achieve that. 

In conclusion

The five ideas above are all lovely ways to show your love for your parents, ease their lives, and perhaps even make a few extra memories. Whichever you choose, you are guaranteed that your parents will be truly delighted by your efforts.

Friday, February 16, 2018

SkinCell To Lead Medical Aesthetic Services, Opens new Clinic in BGC

The growth of medical tourism in the Philippines is on the rise because people are increasingly aware of the world-class facilities and services offered by our highly skilled medical professionals. They are well trained locally and abroad, can converse well in English and, always give that extra care Filipinos are known for. One of the services most sought after by tourists, especially by women, is aesthetic services.

However, problems in the aesthetics industry occur when some clinics fail to deliver the desired results of the treatment. This arises when inexperienced aestheticians fail to conduct a proper skin care analysis, are not knowledgeable in the handling the equipment, or are ill equipped to manage side effects. The end result is a disappointed client with damaged skin and an aesthetic industry with poor reputation.

The field of medical aesthetics wants to change all of this. Practioners of medical aesthetics are experts trained in the art and science of clear and healthy skin by using only the safetest and most effective medications and treatments that are well researched and evidence based. 

Skincell Doctors headed by Dr. Clarissa Cellona, MD FPDS, Senior consultant of
SkinCell Advanced Aesthetics Clinics.
"Many people don't realize that they have sensitive skin and learn about it when they develop eczema and other skin problems after undergoing a skin treatment or after using a skin product," said Dr. Clarissa Cellona, MD FPDS, Senior consultant of SkinCell Advanced Aesthetics Clinics, who is a U.S. trained dermatologist specializing in environmental dermatology and skin allergies.

A lot of our skin problems like allergy, pimples, and wrinkles are compounded by our lifestyle and environmental exposure to industrial and commercial pollutants. That is why at SkinCell, a thorough skin analysis is always performed by a board-certified dermatologist before the start of any treatment. SkinCell strives to be at the forefront of the medical aesthetic industry by combining advanced technologies in laser medicine and anti-aging with exclusively formulated medical grade products.

New clinic at BGC

SkinCell is officially opening its newest clinic at the Venice Grand Canal Mall in McKinley Hill, Taguig City. The strategic location of this clinic enables it to serve the nearby residential communities and businesses. It is open everyday until 9 in the evening- making it convenient for the busy young professionals who seek treatments for various concerns of the skin, hair, and nails.

The clinic's Acne Solution Program is one of the most sought after treatments by many of SkinCell's clients. It addresses any form of acne problem with lasting results. In addition to this, SkinCell can customize its medical grade facial treatments based on the need and lifestyle of patients.

SkinCell's ReSET (Rejuvenating Skin Enhancement Technology) treatment is the latest, top-of-line non-surgical procedure that aims to removes signs of aging and makes patients look up to 10 years younger. SkinCell is the only clinic that is licensed to offer this treatment, which is powered by U.S.-patented Time Machine Procedure.

SkinCell also offers other non-invasive treatments such as permanent laser hair reduction, skin resurfacing for minimizing scars and pigmentation, skin whitening and tattoo removal, treatment of pathologic skin conditions such as alopecia and eczema, and energy-based procedures for skin lifting and tightening. 

SkinCell Venice is located at the 2nd Floor of Venice Grand Canal Mall, McKinley Hill, Taguig. It is open on weekdays from 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. and on weekends from 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. For inquiriess, please call (02) 625-4552 or (0917) 603-4769.

SkinCell Forbes branch is at the 2nd floor of San Antonio Plaza Arcade, McKinley Road, Makati City. It is open Mondays to Saturdays, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. For inquiries, please call (02) 526- 1379 or (0917) 799-1412. 

SkinCell Bocobo branch is at the mezzanine floor of Bocobo Center along J. Bocobo Street, Manila City. It is open Mondays to Saturdays, 8 a.m.-3 p.m. For inquiries, please call (02) 777-2355 or (0917) 832-2445.

Feeding A Chore? Three Reasons It Doesn't Have To Be

If you recognize how important feeding your child naturally can be, both for their nutrition and the bond it can forge between mother and child, then you are probably willing to suffer through all kinds of discomfort to make sure your baby gets their milk. However, you don’t necessarily have to suffer through it quite as much. Here, we’re going to look at three of the most common issues mother have with feeding time, and some of the tips on what, exactly, you can do about it.

If you’re in pain, you can do something about it

Breastfeeding can be a very new experience, physically, and a lot of women do suffer pain from it, but they might not be aware that there does exist some solutions depending on what kind of pain they’re suffering. If it hurts to nurse, it could be because your baby doesn’t have a proper latch. Wearing a nipple shield as shown at Balanced Breastfeeding can protect you while directing the baby to the correct latch. Cracked nipples are far from rare when your child’s been feeding away, too. Creams like Lansinoh can help soothe some of the pain you’re feeling and help you heal much quicker. Since they’re all natural, you don’t have to worry about washing it off before the next feeding time.

Keep it on your schedule

The kind of breast pumps shown at Mom Activity aren’t just good for those mothers who work. A breast pump allows you to feed your baby a lot more flexibly. They don’t always have to be latched onto you and you don’t always have to be in “high storage” mode to feed them. Whether you pump independently, or you use the pumps after a natural feeding, it helps you keep in supply. This means you can feed the baby when it suits your schedule, and your family can help take over if you are utterly drained and need to lie down for a few hours.

You shouldn’t worry about propriety

Most mothers will agree that any kind of taboos around feeding in public are not only silly, they’re counter-intuitive. The idea that anyone should stop rearing a healthy baby because it makes some people uncomfortable seems ridiculous. But as a result, many mothers feel self-conscious about feeding. That can’t be helped, but breastfeeding covers as shown at Made for Mums can do away with that notion entirely. You want to make sure that the fabric is light, maneuverable and breathable so you don’t worry about smothering anyone under there. A fabric that can stop leaks from showing through is going to save you from any embarrassment that a dark spot on your top might cause you. Hopefully, we can move past the complex that society has about public feeding, but until then, breastfeeding covers are a lifesaver.

Learning to feed your baby, to get into a routine, and to make it as comfortable as possible for both of you can take some time. Hopefully, the tips above help you find that happy regularity that can make a new mother feel much more at ease.

Tuesday, February 13, 2018

The Top 4 Heating And Air Conditioning Tips And Tricks

The HVAC system comprises of a heating, ventilation and an air conditioning component. This system is fundamental to buildings and houses as it ensures the residents' wellbeing and enjoyment. In an ordinary building, HVAC costs account for 50% of the electricity bill. It is even more expensive in buildings which require refrigeration.

Many HVAC systems are still using the R22 gas also known as Freon. This gas is not only expensive but also harmful to the environment and your health. If inhaled in large quantities, it can cause irregular heartbeat, unconsciousness, and even death. Its composition of dangerous gases such as HCFC destroys the ozone layer.

Bluon energy has invented a Freon substitute known as the Bluon TdX 20. This new refrigerant will revolutionize the market. It is cost effective, well regulated and much friendlier to the environment. 

Here are 4 useful techniques for replacing the refrigerant in your heating and air conditioning equipment.

1. Modernize Your HVAC System Without Replacing Your Existing Equipment

It is uneconomical to replace a HVAC system that is working well and in good condition. The good news is that you don’t have to buy new equipment when replacing your Freon with the new Bluon Tdx 20. This is because Bluon has made things easier by creating a mobile app and appliances that can be used by a skilled workman to remove the old Freon and replace it with the new TdX20.

This switch is not only cost effective but also very friendly to the environment. You will only pay for the TdX20 and the labor cost. 

2. Lower Your Energy Consumption

It is important to find a refrigerant that saves on energy. TdX 20 has been tested and has shown a significant reduction in energy consumption by 5-25%. This energy savings will result in smaller electricity bills since HVAC accounts for about 50% of your bills. Secondly, your equipment will last longer as the wear and tear will greatly reduce. Upgrading to TdX 20 will give you real value for your money.

3. Get Full-Service Installation

With all the advantages that come with the new TdX 20, Bluon has also guaranteed to give you a smooth transition as you replace your R22 gas. Bluon has come up with a program where they partner with your local technician to fix any damaged parts in your equipment and thereafter replace your Freon with the new TdX20 refrigerant. In case you don’t have a local technician, do not worry. Bluon has a team of dedicated workers who are readily available to get the job done for you.

4. Upgrade To A Readily Available Refrigerant

With the worldwide phase-out of Freon and the current hiked prices, it is advisable to look for alternatives sooner rather than later. A readily available refrigerant is the way to go. TdX 20 will easily replace Freon as it can be used in any equipment that previously used Freon. Upgrading to TdX20 will ensure that you have a cost-effective refrigerant that will not run out in years to come.


HVAC is expensive, but with these four tips and tricks, you can save on your energy costs without having to buy new equipment. 

Need an alternative to R22 gas? Discover how this freon replacement will give you value for your money.

Saturday, February 10, 2018

Be strong and sexy at any age in the Century Tuna Superbods Ageless 2018

This summer 2018, Century Tuna, the country’s number one tuna, ups the ante, raises the stakes, and pushes the envelope once more as it launches the Century Tuna Superbods Ageless 2018—the most awaited and most exciting summer event that spotlights health and fitness for men and women of any age! 

The hunt for the fittest and healthiest men and women all over our islands returns to break the norms of what our bodies can do. Whatever the age, there should be no limits, no boundaries, in what you can achieve in order to be fit and healthy, especially with Century Tuna!

For the first time ever in this most awaited bi-annual event, the Century Tuna Superbods Ageless 2018 search features two exciting categories with 36 finalists: 20 finalists in the 18-37 years old category and 16 finalists in the 38-50 years old category. Yes, you heard it right! This year’s Superbods search, truly summer’s hottest event, will now also welcome ageless participants in its bid to prove that, indeed, you can still be fit, sexy, and beautiful regardless of age.

This year’s Superbods search revolves around the theme of ageless,” says Greg Banzon, general manager of Century Pacific Food, Inc. “This time around, we want to put forth the message that age should not be a hindrance to staying fit and healthy, and that we should never stop in our pursuit of physical fitness and wellness. That’s why we added a totally new category for those 38-50 years old.”

Making their presence felt and serving as the ultimate ageless fitspirations are Alice Dixon, Ina Raymundo, and Sunshine Cruz, Century Tuna’s Power Women, who previously appeared in the all-new ‘Red’ TVC that highlights their ravishing bodies and gorgeous looks despite their age. Joining them are the Yummybodies of Century—Gerald Anderson, Matteo Guidicelli and Paulo Avelino.

The Century Tuna Superbods Ageless 2018 kicks off with the nationwide go-sees on February 11, 18, 24, and 25 in Davao City, Cebu and Manila, respectively. These will be followed by a slate of exhilarating activities that are sure to add spice and delight to the search! There’s the VIP Night to be hosted by Mond Gutierrez and Gelli Victor; the Ultimate Challenge that will test the finalists’ mental and physical health to be held at the Inflatable Island, Subic; the Superbods Weekend including the fun Underpants Run in Filinvest; the Zalora Fashion Show, which culminates in the Finals Night on April 12, 2018 at the Cove, Okada Manila.

Up for grabs are a whopping 500,000 pesos each for 4 winners, a chance to have a training contract with Star Magic this year, and a chance to win a Chevrolet Trax! Also at stake are special awards including Stylish Superbod of the night, People’s Choice, Best in Congeniality, Superbods Photogenic, Runway Superbod of the night, Superbod Beach Bod, and Superbods Challenge Winner.

Whether you’re in your fittest best at 20 or still in your peak at 40, we want to prove that age is just a number,” Gela Pecson, Century Tuna marketing manager relates. “Which is why, this year, we’re encouraging and motivating everyone, especially those in the ageless bracket, to take part and prove to others that nothing is impossible if you set your mind and heart into it.” So go ahead, conquer yourself! Show them what you got in the Century Tuna Superbods Ageless 2018.

Century Tuna Superbods Ageless 2018 is made possible by Cove Manila, Philipps, Indesit, Mabe, Tanduay Distillers, Inc., Zalora, and Chevrolet.

For more details, updates on events, and registration, visit Century Tuna Superbods on Facebook: www.facebook.com/centurytuna.