Wednesday, December 28, 2016

Merry Cheesy Christmas: Cheesy Buko Salad Recipe

Our not-so-little family
Christmas Day may be over, but I'm still feeling the Christmas vibes and yea the coming New Year! Oh how time flies. Anyway, how was your Christmas? I hope you were able to celebrate it with your loved ones, which is what really matters. As for me, it was a bit sad, but nevertheless I'm glad that I celebrated Christmas Eve with my family over a simple Noche Buena feast. On Christmas Day, we went to attend the mass which is our family tradition and then we had dinner at Dampa with my in laws. 

Okay so right now, I'm really curious about what you prepared for the Noche Buena. I believe that in festivities like Christmas, Pansit, Spaghetti, Fried Chicken and Buko or Fruit Salad are staples in most Filipino families. We all had those 4 dishes last Christmas Eve plus we had ham and fruits. I've been cooking creamy tuna spaghetti ever since I learned how in 2013, but this time around, I cooked Carbonara for the first time. At home, we love buko/fruit salad, we even make some even though there's no occasion and for the first time ever, I tweaked my original buko/fruit salad recipe. This time, I added Eden Original Cheese in it.

About two weeks ago, Eden Cheese sent a Christmas gift beautifully wrapped in a Christmas package. It contains ingredients for buko/fruit salad and Eden Cheese original. It may not be new to some, but cheese in a buko/fruit salad is something we've never tried before, so I was quite surprised and excited at the same time. And, surprisingly, it turned out great! It was, cheesy and creamier!

 If you also haven't tried it before just like me, it's not too late, you can prepare this on your Media Noche this coming New Years Eve or any occasions! So I'm sharing with you its super easy recipe, below:

Cheesy Buko/Fruit Salad

  • 4 cups, Coconut, shredded
  • 30 oz, Fruit cocktail, drained
  • 1 cup, Pineapple tidbits, drained
  • 15 coz, Sweet corn kernels, drained
  • 12 oz, Kaong
  • 12 oz, Nata de coco
  • 14 oz, Condensed milk
  • 14 oz, Cream
  • 1/2 cup, Eden Cheese, cubed
  • 1/2 cup shredded Eden Cheese - for garnish.


1. In a large bowl, combine young coconut fruit cocktail, pineapple, corn, kaong, nata de coco, Eden cheese, condensed milk, and cream. Stir gentle to distribute.

2. Chill for a few hours or freeze until firm.

3. Garnish with shredded Eden cheese when ready to serve.

There you have it! Enjoy :)

Monday, December 19, 2016

Affordable stay options with eGetinnz the newest accommodation rental booking site!

I've always dreamed of travelling, but being a parent consumes most of our time and not to mention the expenses. So now, travelling is more of a luxury for us. But lately, my dream of travelling is slowly coming into fruition. Within the last 3 years, Jaear and I was able to travel to some of the beautiful places here in the Philippines. We are looking forward for more travels and if budget and time permits, this time hopefully we can travel with our 3 kids. 

Without a doubt, travelling has become amongst the top industries in the world, it’s no wonder that there are many services to pop up offering us many travel options. Joining the fray is eGetinnz, a new accommodation booking site offering more than its counterparts. It has a unique take not only offering travel booking and vacation rental but being an all in one portal for your travel desires. 

eGetinnz gives affordable stay options that suit your needs in almost any place of your choosing. Be it by a beach, the outdoors, on a waterfront, in the city or in the country, 

With eGetinnz you have the option to immerse yourself in any place you travel to by staying in a local home amongst the local folks. Vacation rentals are cost effective allowing you to pay for only a fraction of the cost you would have spent at a hotel. With this, you won’t have to miss those creature comforts when you’re traveling. 

eGetinnz also provides a guide of recommended places from attractions to dining options allowing you to discover what the city offers with their suggestions!

eGetinnz looks promising and I have yet to explore it, just in time for my planned family getaway or a staycation this coming 2017. 

Visit eGetinnz at to start your journey. Create an account as a guest or host and navigate through our site with ease. Be assured of verified reservations, unlimited access to your rentals and privacy through our protected payment gateways.

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Sunday, December 18, 2016

No-Fail Classic Holiday Dessert Recipes from Jolly Cow Condensada

Can you believe it, just 7 more days and it's Christmas Day! How time flies! Probably by now, most of you have completed your Christmas shopping and have gifts under the Christmas tree already. Now its time to think about the sumptuous feast to prepare for the Noche buena. And, for the season of feast and festivities, nothing beats the classic and decadent Filipino desserts! Find joy and comfort from these incredibly affordable recipes that’s made creamier and perfectly sweeter with Jolly Cow Condensada, the all-time favorite dessert ingredient to round out your holiday meal.

Fiesta Fruit Salad


1 can Jolly Cow Condensada
1 can (850g) Jolly Tropical Fruit Cocktail, drained well
1 cup Shredded fresh buco (young coconut)
1 cup Nata de coco, drained well
1 cup Jolly Peach halves, drained well
1 cup Pineapple tidbits, drained well
1 cup Slices of fresh fruits like apple and seedless grapes (optional)
½ cup Cheese, diced (optional)
1 can All-purpose cream


1 cup Mini marshmallows (optional)
Jolly Maraschino cherries (optional)


1. Drain all the water from the cans of the fruit ingredients.

2. Combine all ingredients (except for the marshmallow and cherries) in a large mixing bowl and blend well.

3. Place in a container and chill for 2 to 3 hours before serving.

4. Serve with mini marshmallow as garnish on top and put a cherry if desired.

Makes 8 to 10 servings.

Pinoy Leche Flan


1 can (390g) of Jolly Cow Condensada
1 can (370ml) evaporated milk
10 egg yolks
1 teaspoon of grated dayap or lemon peel
1 cup of white sugar


1. Put sugar in a saucepan. Bring to a boil over low fire until the sugar caramelizes.

2. Pour the caramelized sugar equally into three llaneras. Evenly coat the caramelized sugar on the bottom of the llanera. Set aside.

3. In a bowl, gently mix together the Jolly Cow Condensada, evaporated milk, egg yolks and the grated dayap. Make sure to gently mix so as not to create bubbles on the mixture.

4. Gently and evenly pour the mixture on the llaneras containing the caramelized sugar.

5. Cover each llanera with aluminum foil.

6. Steam for about 30 minutes or until firm (steaming time may depend on the thickness of the llanera).

7. Cool and then refrigerate.

Tip: You can tell when the leche flan is fully cooked by inserting a knife in the middle of the mixture--if the knife comes clean, it is fully cooked. 

Makes three llaneras. 

Jolly Cow Condensada is available in leading supermarkets and groceries nationwide. 

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Five Must-do Annual Exams for Every Woman

Christmas Season is upon us, the most wonderful and glorious time of the year. It's a time for thanksgiving, celebration, and the ripe month to fully enjoy the fruits of your labor. And just because you think your 13th month pay and bonus are just a cherry on top, aside from Christmas shopping, these hard-earned cash deserves to be saved and spent well on things with lasting impact on your health and sanity. With this in mind, let these 5 must-do lists from Jeunesse Anion Sanitary Napkins and Liners’ OB-Gyn Faith Suluen serve as your guide to encourage you to make time and set aside a budget for these screenings.

1. Pap Smear and Pelvic Exam

Since it’s the quick screening test/procedure and the gold standard that detects precancerous or cancerous cells from papillomavirus or HPV, it’s essential to catch early any possible abnormal growth whether you’re sexually active by age 21 or the disease runs in the family. If you haven’t had a cervical vaccination, don’t hesitate to talk to your OB-Gyn or employer/health card provider to check if it’s part of your package, which according to Dr. Faith, is especially advantageous for women without a prior sexual contact.

2. Transvaginal ultrasound

Ensure your reproductive system (uterus, fallopian tubes, ovaries, cervix, and vagina) is on its absolute best. Highly recommended for checking irregularities or possible cysts, pelvic pain, unexplained vaginal bleeding and more, the ultrasound probe allows the doctor to see a bird’s eye view of the organs with more accurate results.

3. Mammogram and Breast Ultrasound

Although breast cancer is deemed as one of the leading causes of death among women worldwide, it’s totally curable and controllable with the help of early detection and regular screening. Both mammogram (for 40 years old and above) and breast ultra sound (for 40 years old and below) is powerful tools even before a woman experiences its symptoms, so consider these tests as your major partners in prevention and to ensure full mammary health throughout your lifetime.

4. Blood Chemistry Test

Make a point to regularly monitor blood pressure and cholesterol, which are lifesavers from heart disease and stroke. Remember that the tender age of 20 should be a starting point of your biannual blood pressure monitoring habit with cholesterol checking every four to six years, but perhaps more frequently if age, weight, lifestyle habits, and family history are major factors of developing your risks.

5. Routine Urinalysis

Considered as one of the simplest yet most powerful screening tests that detect UTI, kidney disorders, liver problems, and diabetes, it also helps to diagnose specific disorders such as endocrine diseases and bladder cancer. Even if you don’t feel any abdominal or back pain and abnormalities in your urine, it’s a preventive test that will keep your urinary system at the pink of their health.

The budget and time you set aside for wellness will determine whether or not this old adage rings true for you. So as a grown-up woman who’s also fussy about your sanitary pads, choose quality and mull over a brand that can do more for you, like Jeunesse Anion. Since its anion strip feature is uniquely on its own that greatly helps in reducing feminine discomforts like dysmenorrhea, cramps, and icky odor, consider this to be one of your most valuable essentials as a smart and wellness-conscious woman. Available in 5 variants from panty liner, ultra day pad, ultra day non-wing, ultra night pad, to all night pad, these choices ensure that you’re covered throughout every stage of your red days and helps relieve the not-so- pleasant side effects of being a lady.

Monday, December 12, 2016

Philippines Gets First Taste of La Dolce Vita with the New Swiss Miss Chocolate Hazelnut

Late last month, Swiss Miss, the world-famous chocolate powder drink, launched their newest flavor-Swiss Miss Chocolate Hazelnut. The newest flavor draws inspiration from this luxurious Italian lifestyle that evokes the romance and passion of Italy. And, what better place to host the event to than in Venice Grand Canal Mall, Taguig which gives the authentic Italian feels.

In Italy, “La dolce vita,” which literally translates to “the sweet life,” celebrates the Italians’ flair for passion, romance and life’s luxuries – from savoring sumptuous meals with family and spending moments with friends and loved ones to listening to passionate music and donning the latest fashion pieces. Indeed, in this wondrous country, every day is truly La Dolce Vita!

Made from premium, imported cocoa and real milk, Swiss Miss Chocolate Hazelnut fuses the aroma and flavor of roasted, buttery hazelnuts with silky, creamy and frothy chocolate. It’s truly a feast for the senses. It's an affordable indulgence with the right balance of creaminess and sweetness, the new Swiss Miss Chocolate Hazelnut can be consumed hot or cold, at home or even on-the-go. 
We’re proud that the Philippines is the first country in the world to try this new flavor. The new Swiss Miss Chocolate Hazelnut flavor is truly a very exciting flavor because of hazelnut’s unique taste and aroma,” said Cathy Castro, Swiss Miss Asia marketing manager. 

The launch of Swiss Miss Chocolate Hazelnut coincides with the launch of their first ever global endorser, Anne Curtis. Aside from hosting a top variety show, the princess of all media, is also an actress, host and award-winning endorser whose daily activities on social media garners millions of followers. 

Work is important, but we should also allow ourselves the well-deserved indulgence by enjoying life and rewarding ourselves after hard-won victories – big or small. With Swiss Miss Chocolate Hazelnut, this is possible anywhere – at work, at home or even while travelling!,” said Anne. 
Living "la dolce vita", Anne embodies the essence of the brand by finding time for leisure and travel in spite of her busy schedule and rewarding herself for her successes. Her recent trip to Italy showcased her passion for life’s pleasures, such as food, fashion, and love. 
Experience la dolce vita by enjoying life’s little pleasures and rewarding yourself with the new Swiss Miss Chocolate Hazelnut. 

Experience la dolce vita by enjoying life’s little pleasures and rewarding yourself with the new Swiss Miss Chocolate Hazelnut.
Swiss Miss Chocolate Hazelnut is now available in leading stores and supermarkets nationwide. For more updates, visit Swiss Miss Philippines on Facebook and follow them on Instagram @SwissMissPH.

Wednesday, December 7, 2016

Shop for all things Home at Lazada's Grand Christmas Sale Finale

With just 5 more days remaining before the 5th Lazada Online Revolution comes to an end, it continues to sweep the Christmas season as they hold its Grand Christmas Sale finale. And, this time Lazada Philippines makes Christmas shopping grander for every home!

Thinking of the best and new items for your home this coming 2017? This is a great time for you to purchase things you will be needing all-year-round. Avoid the holiday shopping hassles because you can now take control! Just download the Lazada mobile app or shop via to get access to best finds for all things home, on sale of up to 95% off. 

Lazada Philippines gives you a lowdown on what they have in store for you for the Grand Christmas Sale, which includes top brands Luminarc, Philips, Hanabishi, Symphony, Nescafe, American Heritage, and many more:

Hanabishi HTB-128 Turbo Broiler (Red). At 43% off, you can get this for only P1,399. Christmas is the most wonderful time of the year, so make sure to serve the traditional Christmas ham during Noche Buena. 

Luminarc Ascot Beverage 7-piece Set. Get this durable drinkware set for only P499. Easy to wash and dishwasher-safe, this set is perfect as a housewarming gift or even as a start-up package for newlywed couples. 

Philips HD9104 Food Steamer. Did you know that the cheapest steamer from Philips can be found at Lazada’s Online Revolution? Get yours for only P2,995! It has a 5L bowl capacity and comes with a perfect set timer for fish, vegetables, and rice. It also includes an aroma infuser, two baskets to steam several ingredients at once, an egg rack, and removable tray bottoms.

Nescafe Dolce Gusto Oblo Machine. Show those barista skills for an amazing price of only P2,499! You don’t have to go to the nearest coffee shop for casual meet-ups or friendly dates when you can do it in the comfort of your home! Let the Nescafe Dolce Gusto Oblo Machine do the trick with up to 15 bars of professional pressure that lets you create café-style coffee. You can make bold espressos, smooth lungos, frothy lattes, delicious hot chocolate, and even iced cappuccinos. 

Symphony Diet 8i Air Cooler with iPure Technology. The highlight of your house party! Make your guests feel cool and comfortable. It has a cooling capacity for rooms up to 23 cu mt (800 cu ft), a dust filter/mosquito net for odorless, clean, and purified air, and a powerful, wider air flow – all these for only P3,939.

More deals, exclusives and flash sales await at Lazada’s Online Revolution Grand Christmas Sale from December 07 – 12, 2016. Join this shopping extravaganza featuring your favorite beauty, home, family, and tech products. And if you’re feeling lucky, consider this a bonus: Lazada is giving its customers a chance to win a brand new Isuzu pick-up and roundtrip international tickets from Turkish Airlines.

Visit or download the Lazada mobile app for free.

Tuesday, December 6, 2016

Presonus Firepod: Professional-Quality Recording System

Looking for a complete, convenient and compact, professional-quality, no-hassle recording system? You gotta check out presonus firepod which is now known as PreSonus FP10 FireWire recording interface. It is a complete 24-bit/96kHz recording system that combines 8 high-quality PreSonus XMAX microphone preamplifiers with 24-bit/96kHz analog to digital conversion. Above this, it's affordable, clean, and quiet sound great for home studios!

Monday, December 5, 2016

#PaskuhansaLRT1: LRT1 Christmas themed train + Selfie Contest!

Oh how time flies! It's the most wonderful time of the year once again. Probably by now most homes are already beautifully decorated with Christmas lights and decors with classic Christmas songs playing. The spirit of Christmas can definitely felt everywhere. 

In line with the Christmas season, LRT1 rolls out its Filipino Christmas themed train to bring joy to commuters, which is expected to run until December 31, 2016. Decked out with traditional Filipino Christmas decorations that feature capiz parols, garlands, and a three-dimensional belen – or nativity scene, among other, the #PaskuhansaLRT1 train became an instant hit among LRT1 riders as it made their commute more enjoyable.

Alongside the roll out of its #PaskuhansaLRT1 train, LRT1 is also giving its commuters a chance to win PhP 5,000.00 worth of Beep Cards every week, from November 29 to December 31, 2016. All you have to do is to snap a selfie on board LRT1’s special Christmas train and post it on Facebook, with the hashtag: #PaskuhansaLRT1.

Commuters with the best selfies on board the train will be selected every Sunday noontime, during the contest period. Winners will be announced on the PAGEONE Official Facebook Page, and will be notified via their social media account.

Here’s the full mechanics:

Take a peek on the LRT1's  Christmas themed train on the video below:

Spread the good news! Share this post and join now. Good luck!

Thursday, December 1, 2016

My Brazilian Treatment Experience at The Beauty Lounge by Bianca Festejo in Taguig + Giveaway!

Happy December 1st! Wait, it's December already? Oh how time flies so fast. Where have all the days gone? Anyway, the past few days wasn't good to me so I would like to start my December with something beautiful. I would like to share with you my Brazilian Treatment experience at The Beauty Lounge by Bianca Festejo.

Reception area of The Beauty Lounge by Bianca Festejo, adjacent to it is a couch for waiting customers or their companion
Does the name ring any bell with you? Bianca Festejo is the owner of Mary Pauline Salon and Spa in Starmall Las Pinas which just celebrated it's first year last October 2016.  I've been to Mary Pauline before already and have tried some of their services and I swear they are one of the nicest salon I've ever been to! You can read here about my Hairtastic Makeover and My OxyGeneo Super Facial Experience with them. Her humble beginning with her first salon turned out to be a big success and became a hit not just in Las Pinas but to many customers from different areas in the Metro. With her desire to provide more people with affordable but competitive beauty service, Bianca finally opened her newest branch, The Beauty Lounge by Bianca Festejo in Taguig.

The Beauty Lounge by Bianca Festejo is a one stop salon that caters to all our beauty needs, hair, nails and skin, you name it! In this fast paced world and given the traffic condition here in the Philippines, multitasking to be able to maximize our time is a must. And, for a mom like me who barely have time to pamper myself it's a relief to know that I can have my hair done, my nails and even my facial in one place which will surely help me save a lot of time. 

The Grand Opening of The Beauty Lounge was last November 14, 2016 but before that, Bianca held a Bloggers Pampering day last November 10, 2016 and I was one of the invited bloggers. Such a perfect timing because my crowning glory needs some rescuing and pampering. 

The Beauty Lounge by Bianca Festejo looks so posh. It can cater up to 7 customers at once for their hair services. They also have other rooms exclusively for non invasive derma service. They have their own resident Dermatologist who will asses you prior to any derma services to ensure safety.
This is their posh nail service area. I also attended the Grand Opening together with Brianna and my blogger friend Eihdra of We both tried their foot spa and pedicure package.
Living the blonde life ain't that easy, especially if you weren't born with it. I should know because I've been living the bleach blonde life for almost 6 months. You can read how my hair transitioned from back to blonde on my blog post here. Bleach blonde hair sure is high maintenance and needs extra care compared to the regular dyed hair. Once you go blonde you have to commit to taking care of your hair or else it will become dry and damaged which exactly what happened to mine. Since I gone blonde last June I didn't visit any salon for the required treatment nor did any maintenance at home such as using the proper shampoo and conditioner. 

Days prior to the event I already made up my mind, I wanted to have a hair color and rebond. But upon assessment, my hair is not eligible to any of the 2 service I wanted. I actually have the option to still have it done but that will add more damage to my already damaged hair. I sure don't want that. My hair needs nourishing and rescuing according to my stylists, Sir Edward and Sunshine so they recommend the RMANES Brazilian Treatment and that's what we did! 

I just found out then that there are actually 2 types of Brazilian Treatment, the Alfaparf and the Rmanes Brazilian Treatment and the Rmanes is the one suitable for my hair. The treatment took about 2 hours only, they have a timer to ensure that the treatment stay on my hair only on the required span of time. There never was a dull moment during the treatment because the staffs made sure to cater my needs, drinks, snacks and a good conversation. 

In about 2 hours time, my hair is done. It has never been this soft and smooth in 6 months time. Up to this posting which is already past 3 weeks, it still is soft and manageable. I still have to go through the same treatment this month though and after that I can already have my hair rebonded. My hair is naturally thick and wavy so I yearly opt for hair rebond. 

I forgot to take my before photo because I actually came in late for the event, but here is 
my hair after treatment photo. As you can see it's only straight because it was blow dried and ironed.

One of the many reasons why I love Mary Pauline is their exceptional customer service and I experienced the same with The Beauty Lounge. They care about their customer, they provide teaching and recommend the suitable treatment for their customers. But of course in the end, the decision is all up to you. I may not have achieved a straight and cool hair color but at least my hair is now healthier which is what matters most. Another thing that will surely make you a loyal customer of these 2 salons is their affordable rates that wont cost you an arm or a leg. Above all these, their services are very competitive which will leave you satisfied. 

Thanks to my stylists Sir Edward and Sunshine!
With Bianca Festejo, the beautiful and generous owner of The Beauty Lounge. Thank you and congratulations Binca!<3 p="">

Here are some of the services that Beauty Lounge offers together with its prices:

Hair Services:

Package A: Php. 800
Hair Color + Keratin Treatment + Cut
(No bleach included)

Package B: Php. 1,300
Rebond + Keratin + Cellophane + Cut

Pacakge C: Php. 1,800
Rebond + Color + Cut

Package D: Php. 1,999
Brazilian Blowout + Cut

Package E: Php. 2,500
Brazilian Blowout + Color + Cut

Package F: 2,500
Rebond + Brazilian + Cut

Package G: 3,000
Rebond + Brazilian + Color + Cut

Package H: Php. 1,500
Color + Bleach + Keratin Treatment + Cut
(Ombre or Balayage)

Non-invasive Derma Services

Basic Facial: 249
International Facial: 350
Whitening Facial: 399
Acne Care Facial: 380-800
Diamond Peel: 500
Xlase Plus: 10,000 (package)
Xlase Face Whitening: 1,800/ session
Diode: 800/session
Oxygeneo: 1,250
RF Arms: 700
RF Tummy: 900

Take a look at those amazing deals! The Beauty Lounge by Bianca Festejo is indeed a one stop shop for all your beauty needs! Visit them now at Petron Station, C5 - Diego Silang, Taguig.

They are also active online and hosts giveaways from time to time so make sure to check out The Beauty Lounge by Bianca Festejoinas on Facebook. <3 div="">

Alright, we're now on the exciting part. Giveaway! They gave us home treatments and GC's and since it's almost Christmas time I want to treat you all for some hair, nails and skin pampering as an early Christmas treat so I am giving away 1,000 worth of GC's that you can use for any service at The Beauty Lounge. Just follow the simple steps on the Rafflecopter below.

P.S. 1 voucher is valid for 1 person per visit.

Good luck ladies!

Wednesday, November 30, 2016

Give the gift of health with the MediCard online store

This Christmas season, aside from love and togetherness give your loved ones the gift of health as MediCard, a leading health maintenance organization (HMO) provider, introduces the MediCard online store.
With the MediCard online store, you can buy high-quality healthcare plans and give these as Christmas gifts for your loved ones. There’s a Medicard plan that suits every age and lifestyle including MediCard Family/Individual, MediCard VIP, MediCard RxER, MediCard Healthplus,MediCard Kabayan, MediCard Select and MediCard Health Check.

For individuals and families who want to have coverage for hospitalization, outpatient procedures, preventive healthcare, emergency, financial assistance, and dental care, MediCard has the Family/Individual plans. For those who want to have more comprehensive healthcare coverage, MediCard VIP plans are also offered. On top of the extensive hospitalization, outpatient procedures, preventive healthcare, emergency, member’s financial assistance and dental care coverage, MediCard VIP plans also come with healthcare assistance during an emergency abroad.

Designed to give members utmost value and convenience, RXER offers a specialized healthcare maintenance service that covers emergencies for trauma cases, preventive and outpatient care. Best of all, there’s no age limit, no medical check-up required and hierarchy is waived. For the Healthplus plan, members can avail of preventive and outpatient coverage in MediCard free-standing clinics for one year for only P1,100.

Created for overseas sponsors, the Kabayan card provides superior health coverage for beneficiaries in the Philippines. For those who want to have healthcare coverage for minimal access fee, service fee and fixed fund, try MediCard Select, a breakthrough product that takes care of healthcare needs and allows returns of unused fund.

The MediCard Health Check Card gives your loved ones unlimited check-ups for only P500. These include check-ups with MediCard’s primary care physicians and select specialists, 20% discount on labs and tests, plus one-time annual physical exam. This plan is valid for one year at any MediCard free-standing clinic where the card was bought. 

MediCard has various accessible free-standing clinics and satellite clinics nationwide, including MediCard Lifestyle Center, MediCard McKinley, MediCard Makati, MediCard Sta.Rosa, MediCard Alabang, MediCard Cavite, MediCard Calamba, MediCard Fairview, MediCard Ortigas, MediCard Clark, MediCard Sta. Lucia, and MediCard Cebu City.

Give your loved ones the best gift this Christmas with MediCard’s high-quality healthcare plans. Visit To learn more, check out and All products are subject to terms and conditions.

Old Orchard Cranberry’s 5 Simple Lifestyle Tweaks for a Healthier Lifestyle

It's the last day of November, next thing we know it's already Christmas then New Year. Together with New Year is that undying New Year's Resolution which I'm guilty of making yearly. I'm sure you all can relate to this, right? And, one of the most common resolution is staying fit and healthy. . Being fit and healthy should be a lifestyle and not just a resolution, however, while others may be successful others are still striving for many reasons.

Striving for a healthier lifestyle can actually be refreshing and easily achieved with the help of the American juice brand, Old Orchard Cranberry Juice. Did you know that Cranberries are distinguished in the nutrition world because they boast various health benefits? This gives consumers better options and alternatives on how to care for their bodies and live a healthy lifestyle.

A couple of weeks ago, I got a bottle of Old Orchard Cranberry Juice together with other Fly Ace Products.

One of the main health benefits of drinking Cranberry Juice is that it helps prevent Urinary Tract Infection (UTI) from occurring and worsening, as cranberries are a rich source of Flavonoid and Phytonutrient contents called hippuric acid and proanthocyanidin, which provide antioxidant and antimicrobial benefits. Considering that UTI is one of the 2nd most common infections in the body, it’s amazing that a small fruit like cranberry could help prevent infection and permanent damage to the kidneys if not taken care of. So if you’re looking for other ways to give your urinary system some TLC, take heed of these advices from Philippine-USA registered dietitian-nutritionist Cheshire Que, RDN:

1. Level up your hydration status. “It is human nature to seek water in variety of forms to quench thirst and cool the skin simply because the body is made up of 45 to 75 percent of water”, asserts Que. However, this simple tip is harder than you think since it takes discipline and conscious effort on a daily basis. “Water helps flush out bacteria that saves your bladder from infections, so keep yourself hydrated throughout the day by consciously drinking water whether or not you are thirsty. We can also add various types of beverages aside from water, but practice moderation on drinking liquids that contain sugar, fat, and alcohol,” adds Que.

2. Prioritize your “pee” time. We’ve heard it many times before and let us say this again: Don’t put off your pee the moment you feel it as to prevent bacteria from colonizing in your bladder. Que prescribes: “Urinating helps regulate blood pressure and removes the body’s waste product called urea--so fully emptying your bladder with adequate fluid intake can ward off not just UTI but kidney stone formation”. 

3. Practice good hygiene. Unfortunately, women are more prone to UTI than men so ladies should learn this technique on how to properly keep their nether region clean: Wipe your intimate area from front to back all the time and opt for a cotton underwear since it’s more breathable than any material.

4. Give your immune system a boost. Different external factors such as stress happens and can take a toll on our mind and body, which compromises our immunity. That’s why Que’s advice is to load up on nutrient-rich foods such as citrus fruits, green leafy vegetables, and berries coupled with at least 7 hours of sleep and exercise that help strengthen your defense against bacterial infection.

5. Sip cranberry juice. Don’t get bogged down thinking that cranberries are just for your cocktails; cranberry juice is one of the best diuretics out there. It’s also good to know that drinking cranberry for UTI isn’t just an old wives’ tale. According to Que, “Cranberries contain phytochemicals and antioxidants that help prevent UTI. Its bioactive compounds called proanthocynidins flush out bacteria, specifically E. Coli.” 

Old Orchard Cranberry Juices are grown, harvested, and packed in a modern facility in Michigan, USA, where the great-tasting and perfect blends of juices are whipped up daily. You can be sure that every drop is healthy and stable before even reaching your glasses. Old Orchard Cranberry Juice is available in 3 delicious variants: Cranberry, Apple Cranberry and Cranberry Raspberry. There are also diabetic-friendly variants that contain 75% less sugar and only 20 calories: Healthy Balance Cranberry and Healthy Apple Balance. Coupled with a healthy lifestyle and a balanced diet, there is no shortage of fun and flavorful ways of protecting and loving your bladder while nourishing your whole family.

Friday, November 25, 2016

Tips on How To Age Well featuring Nutrawell Collagen with Astaxanthin and Hyaluronic Acid

Aging is inevitable, and together with aging is the physical signs of it, fine lines, wrinkles, crow's feet and more. But we can always choose how we age by taking care of our health. Taking care of our health and beauty go hand-in- hand. In fact, the foundation of nurturing and maintaining your youthful vibrancy relies on adopting daily health habits. To help you get started on living a better life while ageing with grace, here are simple health and beauty tips that will keep you radiant.

Eat Healthy Food

Enjoying plenty of fruits and vegetables everyday goes a long way in maintaining your youthful glow. Coupled with whole grains and lean proteins, a diet rich in these natural goodies can help the skin maintain its healthy complexion. Including organic sources of omega-3 fatty acids in your diet also contributes to keeping the skin strong and elastic. On the other hand, eating food rich in anti-oxidants bolsters the body’s ability to combat the effects of sun damage and pollution on the skin. As an added bonus, anti-oxidants also fight free radicals that lead to wrinkles and other signs of aging.

Maintain an Exercise Routine

While the benefit of exercise on keeping your desired weight has long been known, it also has a direct effect on keeping skin beautiful. Exercise increases blood flow, ensuring enough nutrients and oxygen reaches your skin. The blood flow also helps skin cells flush away toxins and waste products, helping the body in its natural detoxification process through the liver. Regular exercise also tones your muscles, helping boost your overall look. Just remember to avoid excess tension when you exercise, especially on your neck and chest area. Prolonged tension will pull-down your facial muscles, making you look less youthful.

Keep Everything Clean

It is absolutely important to keep yourself clean. Regular cleansing washes away dead skin cells and any toxic build-up on the skin that could lead to blemishes and poor complexion. But you must remember to be gentle! Use mild soaps and cleansers with warm water, this way you don’t strip away essential oils from your skin. After cleansing, remember to use a moisturizer to keep your skin supple. Most importantly, your bed has to be clean too. If you don’t change your sheets often, any dirt or bacteria on your bed can cause unexpected breakouts.

Manage Your Stress

Stress causes wrinkles, fine lines, acne breakouts and other skin blemishes. In some cases, stress even leads to eye bags, dry skin, grey hair, and hair loss – especially when it is uncontrolled and left unchecked. While the most immediate way to be rid of stress would be through regular massages,
there are more practical methods to alleviate stress that can be done in your own time without any
additional cost. Daily stretching and meditation sessions do a great deal in reducing stress levels. Spend at least 20 minutes a day calming yourself while breathing deeply to keep stress at bay. It will help you look more refreshed and beautiful.

Avoid What Damages Your Skin

Other than processed food, refined sugars, alcohol, and cigarette smoke – the sun is among the leading sources of skin damage. Even when you’re indoors, the sun’s harmful UV rays can still take a toll. That is why it is incredibly important to always use sunscreen. At the bare minimum, use sunscreen with SPF 15– and they must be reapplied every two hours. When it’s especially sunny outside, it’s best to use protective clothing that can block ultraviolet rays. Another important tip is to always drink water, to offset any moisture and hydration lost from heat exposure. Constant hydration also helps the body cleanse itself while keeping the skin supple. 

A great way to support your daily routine would be to boost it with all-natural food supplements, giving your body all the nutrients it needs to strengthen itself and maintain its youthful vibrancy. While the choice of food supplement is best decided between you and your Physician, there’s one readily available, over-the- counter product tailor made to manage the ageing process. Generika Drugstore’s Nutrawell Collagen helps the body repair and protect the skin, keeping you beautiful as you age. Certified as organic under the Japanese Agricultural Standard (JAS), it contains key components that nurture the skin from within. 

I attended its launch last October where I get to know more about this product. With the many Collagen drink in the market today, what makes Nutrawell different? - It has Astaxanthin and Hyaluronic Acid. 

Nutrawell Collagen is a powder mix that can either be taken on its own or mixed in your favourite drink or food. It has 5000mg of marine Collagen that rejuvenates skin firmness and radiance. Its 60mg of Hyaluronic Acid helps prevent osteoarthritis, cataracts, infections, and skin dryness. The 70ug of Astaxanthin helps protect the skin from UV damage. It is a powerful carotenoid anti-oxidant that helps promote eye health while also aids in preventing cancer. Research also suggest that Astaxanthin is a potential aid in cardiovascular health by possibly lowering down triglycerides, raising good cholesterol and improving blood flow.

Nutrawell Collagen also contains Elastin which helps the skin remain elastic, Biotin which boosts skin, nails and hair health plus it also helps to ease eczema and dermatitis and L-Cystein which can lighten one’s complexion. Of the powder mix’s components, Vitamin C is among the most critical as it is an anti-oxidant that helps the body strengthen its tissues, keeps the heart healthy, and boosts the body’s ability to produce and repair collagen.

So happy for this, thank you so much Generika and Nutrawell!
Healthy habits paired with the right food supplements can help you keep fit and age with grace. Through these healthy tips and Generika Drugstore’s latest age-management innovation, you can enjoy more out of life while retaining your youthful vigor.

To learn more about Nutrawell Collagen with Astaxanthin and Hyaluronic Acid and/or Generika Drugstore, simply visit or like its Facebook page at

Friday, November 18, 2016

Tupperware Brands Philippines Blogger Meet Up Featuring New Products

Who doesn't know about Tupperware? Ever since it was introduced here in the Philippines about 50 years ago, it has become a household name. I believe you or your mom own at least one Tupperware product at home, right? Funny thing is, that even non-Tupperware brand products are called it, you probably made the same mistake. Haha!

Last October, I together with my fellow Mommy Bloggers, attended the Tupperware Brands Philippines Bloggers Meet Up, at their headquarter in Five E-Com Center, Mall of Asia Complex, Pasay City. The Blogger Meet Up intends to showcase their latest innovation, the Speedy Chef. The program was just short with a quick actual demo on how to use the Speedy Chef, wherein we also got to personally try it. It was really fun!

Ms. Melody Yap, Marketing Manager for Tupperware Brands performed the actual demonstration by making meringue using the Speedy Chef.

The meringue looks perfect!

After the actual demo, Ms. Yap taught us another recipe using the Speedy Chef, Speedy Chopper and other Tupperware products. This time we went live on Facebook so Tupperware Brands Philippines followers on Facebook got to watch us we whip our own 30-second choco-peanut mousse.

The Speedy Chef works like a manual mixer, it efficiently whips  small or large quantities of food - one loop is equivalent to 113 times mixing.

The Speedy Chopper, chops different herbs and small vegetables. Creates dips, sauces and purees too.

Here's the video:

Not to exaggerate, but yes the recipe only takes 30 seconds to make, of course less the preparation of the ingredients. But honestly, since I'm still not used with the products and the recipe, it took me more than 30 seconds. Nonetheless, I had fun the entire time!

I've always wanted to have my own mixer, I'm really not good in baking but I can bake, thanks to Google haha. Ever since I learned how to bake, I was only able to bake, banana, bread, bread loaf and cake without the icing because, I don't have a mixer. And, it was like an answered prayer when Tupperware Brands Philippines let us take home all the products on our table, yey! Now, I can bake a cake with icing, haha! On the other hand, the Speedy Chopper makes chopping garlic, onion and other spices so much easier and tear-free! Thank you so much Tupperware Brands Philippines!

By the way here's the recipe for the 30-second choco-peanut mousse, which you can easily whip up using The Speedy Chef and the Speedy Chopper:
30-second choco-peanut mousse

After the event, they also toured us to their mini-Christmas Store featuring products from their Christmas Catalog which you can check here

To know more about Tupperware Brands Philippines latest product offerings visit their website and follow them on Facebook