27 November 2015

Have You Bet on the Right Diaper?

Pampers, the world’s leading diaper brand, recently launched the New Pampers Baby Dry: 99.9% Dryness Challenge. During the said challenge held last week at Robinson's Manila, mommies were given a chance to challenge their current diaper and win their baby’s first prizes such as their first play set, first high chair or first stroller. As for me, I did not have a hard time betting on the right diaper! I knew right from the start that Pampers Baby Dry can guarantee 99.9% skin dryness as I've been using it on Zack since its launch last March and we have practically tried all sorts of diapers in the past. 

Taking on the challenge was really simple. First of all, mommies age 18 years old and above, residing in the Philippines, and have babies 0-3 years old should register online and bring their current non-Pampers diaper to the event. All that they have to do during the event is to pick the right diaper, undergo the simple test, and see for yourself which diaper provides 99.9% dryness! 

Pampers Baby Dry and Brand X are being tested and sampled for the challenge!
Same amount of liquid are simultaneously being poured over both brands.
Pampers Baby Dry have completely absorbed the liquid while there's still a significant amount of liquid over Brand X.
5 lbs. weights were then placed over the diapers.
As I have previously said, see it for yourself! The paper napkin over the Pampers Baby Dry is completely dry while the one over Brand X is significantly soaked!
For mommies who bet on the right diaper, you may claim your awesome prizes from the Love Corner.

I am definitely proud to say that I am one of the mommies who bet on Pampers Baby Dry for this challenge. I've been impressed with its performance ever since. It definitely guarantees dryness especially during the night. It has a slim fit and stretchy tapes that provides comfort. It doesn't become bulky even after a few wettings unlike other brands. And its magic gel can absorb up to 7 wettings!

Mommies from Visayas and Mindanao can also get a chance to challenge their current diaper and win their baby’s first prizes when they register in Ayala Center, Cebu City on December 6, 2015, and Centrio Mall, Cagayan de Oro City on December 15 2015. Guarantee your slot by pre-registering. Visit the Pampers Philippines Facebook page for more details (www.facebook.com/PampersPh). 

XO, Mish

26 November 2015

The biggest outdoor bazaar opens tomorrow at Circuit Makati

Welcome the holiday season with a visit to Circuit Makati Bazaar 2015, the biggest outdoor bazaar in Makati, featuring over two hundred sellers including famous celebrities, Instagramers Manila, artisans, kidtrepreneurs and merchants from Karl Edwards International. This outdoor bazaar will open its doors to the public starting tomorrow, November 27, until November 29 at the Globe Circuit Events Ground at Makati’s newest and most dynamic entertainment district. The three-day bazaar promises the widest and most exciting selection of gift items, great fashion finds, accessories, knick knacks, electronics, toys, and  great food finds.

Here are some of the fun and exciting activities that you should look forward to at the Circuit Makati Bazaar 2015: 
  • Hobnob with celebrities such as Tim Yap, Dani Barretto, CJ Jaravatta, Maritess Allen, and other big names in entertainment and fashion. You may also join the celebrity auction every night at 8:00 pm and bring home special items from these celebrities.
  • Be awed by the creativity and entrepreneurial smarts of kidtrepreneurs from Multiple Intelligence International School who have especially crafted gift items to delight you.
  • Enjoy workshops from Happy Bubbles, wellness talks and many more from different merchant partners.
  • Listen to Christmas carols on November 27 at 9:00 pm and dance your way to fitness with Ignite Asia – a Zumba party led by Zes Loreta Bates and Steve Boedt on November 28 at 6:00 pm.
  • Fuel up and dine alfresco with Mercato and Family Mart. 
  • Get instant freebies and a chance to win the latest gadgets when you shop using your MasterCard. Enter for free when you show your MasterCard at the gate. 
  • Explore the newly opened Circuit Lane and celebrate the start of the holidays at its Brew and BBQ activity.
  • Watch out for performances by Up Dharma Down (November 27), Never the Strangers (November 28), and Taken by Cars (November 29) at The Deck at 7:00 pm every evening.

Aside from the bazaar, celebrate the rest of the holiday season in a series of OPM Concerts on December 3, 10, 25 and January 1 at the Globe Circuit Events Ground. Bring the family to Circuit Makati on December 26 to 30 for an outdoor movie screening and usher in the Christmas vibes with Christmas performances in Circuit Lane on November 21, December 5 and December 12.

You can enjoy all these for only PhP 50 only as entrance fee to the Circuit Makati Bazaar 2015! 

For added information, check out facebook.com/CircuitMakatiOfficial or check www.makeitmakati.com/circuit-makati.

XO, Mish

25 November 2015

5 Myths and Facts about Diabetes

Diabetes is a serious condition with severe effects that can last a lifetime. However, there are many misconceptions regarding diabetes that make people think certain foods or situations will immediately make them diabetics. Thus, it is essential to know the myths and facts about diabetes. 

“Genetics and lifestyle are major causes of having diabetes. It should be taken seriously, but it’s important to remember that not everything you hear about diabetes is true. Learn the facts, so you can make knowledgeable decisions to prevent the disease,” says Dr. Nicky Montoya, president of MediCard Philippines. 

Here’s a list of diabetes myths and corresponding facts: 

Myth: Diabetes is caused by eating too much sugar. 

Fact: Weight gain is one of the risk factors in developing diabetes. A diet that is high in excess calories can be a cause of excess weight. Drinking sugary drinks such as sodas has been linked to excess weight, thus, increasing a person’s risk for developing diabetes. However it is not yet proven that too much sugar directly causes diabetes. 

Myth: Women with diabetes should not get pregnant. 

Fact: Women who manage their diabetes well can have a normal pregnancy and give birth to a healthy baby. But a woman with diabetes should keep her blood glucose (sugar) in the target range—both before she is pregnant and during pregnancy. 

Myth: People with diabetes cannot donate blood. 

Fact: Diabetics are eligible to donate blood as long as their sugar level is controlled, are in good health, their blood pressure is below 180/100 and are not anemic. On the day of the blood donation, they need to remember to eat an adequate meal, drink extra fluids, and avoid drinking caffeinated beverages. It is also advisable for diabetics to stay away from fatty foods, as it might affect some of the tests done to determine their eligibility for blood donation.

Myth: Diabetics should never consume alcoholic drinks. 

Fact: Diabetics are advised to avoid drinking alcohol since it may lead to a major drop in blood sugar. However, according to some studies, one drink of alcohol is allowed once a week depending on one’s health conditions. It is recommended for a diabetic to monitor his blood sugar before, during, and after drinking alcohol.

Myth: Diabetics should not eat rice. 

Fact: All foods containing carbohydrates may affect diabetes. The key to maintaining good blood sugar level and preventing long-term complications is getting the right amount of carbohydrates in one’s diet. Also, the quantity and quality of the rice a diabetic can consume always depends on the nature and degree of the diabetes. 

Diabetes should be taken seriously and managed properly. MediCard has 12 free-standing clinics nationwide that can give you more information about diabetes, as well as consultations, and laboratory tests. Visit a MediCard clinic near you or check out their website at www.medicardphils.com for more information.  

XO, Mish

23 November 2015

Via Venetto: ‘Tis the Season for the Perfect Pair

The average woman owns 20 pairs of shoes in different styles and colors. Yet, she only wears five of them because the rest are either too uncomfortable to wear, too difficult to match with outfits or too expensive that they choose to keep it in the closet instead! 

This holiday season, it’s time to break the hoarding habit and slip on the perfect pair  that  are  truly  worth  showing off at any party, reunion and celebration — shoes that you will proudly enjoy wearing,  the  ones  that  are fashionably on point, expressive, comfortable and lasting. 

Ging Pajaro of Via Venetto firmly believes in the significance of owning good pairs: “More women buy new shoes during the Christmas season. It is a fashion statement, at the  same time a  fulfilling reward,  that  help  women  establish  their  trademark,  and express their persona. But what we truly deserve to have are the ones that express our lifestyle, that can make us go the distance happily for a long time.” 

Meticulously crafted in the brand’s fatto a mano (made by hand, handcrafted with years of experience and innovation) tradition to create that perfect silhouette for the feet, Via Venetto shoes speaks to every personality and for all occasions.  For the Holiday 2015, the brand puts forward a collection that’s perfect for the season of celebrations. 

From leather ankle boots perfect for that edgy look, studded pumps that can make a  statement  in  night  parties  and balls,   to  the  posh and  vintage  feel  of slingback heels and  the  insouciant modishness of flats—Via Venetto’s Holiday 2015 collection  marries glamour with comfort and lastingness by providing the right cushion,support and fit. This Christmas, reward yourself with an investment pair that is not meant to be kept in your closet nor easily needs to be replaced. 

Visit Via Venetto stores at Greenbelt 1, Alabang TownCenter, Trinoma and SM Megamall. For inquiries, you may contact them at Phone: 63-28926334; Telefax: 63-2-8432725; or visit http://viavenetto-phil.co.

XO, Mish

22 November 2015


This boy turned 4 a few days ago. It all still seem surreal to me because it was as if I gave birth to him yesterday. He used to be so tiny and fragile! Now, he weighs almost half my weight so it's hard for me to carry him nowadays. He has progressed a lot during the past year since he has now started school. He's doing well in school and he's now knows how to play with other kids. I am really proud and happy for all the things that he was able to achieve during the past year. One year may seem to be a relatively short (and fast) period these days, but a lot can definitely happen during the same. 

This kid watches #AlDub too!

This journey has made a massive impact on my life. I could say that I matured a lot, although there are still days when I need someone "more adult" than me. Nevertheless, I've learned so much. During all these years of having Zack with me, I think I was able to gain more than what I was able to offer him. I was able to realize the real meaning of motherhood, that is, it is not a competition and that it is a never ending earning process of making mistakes and correcting them. More importantly, I was able to open my eyes to genuine and unending love. With that, I learned how to love myself - not in a conceited way, but rather in a way that I was able to feel like I am a person worthy of respect and love. By being dependent upon me, he made me feel that I am such a worthy and deserving person. There are times though when I feel like I am more dependent on him for my happiness and that makes me feel like I am being selfish since I am sometimes not with him whenever he needs me. For all those things that he taught me and for being able to deserve all these, I am forever grateful.

Shirt - H&M, Shorts - c/o Robby Rabbit, Shoes - adidas

When I wished for good health for Zack during his birthday party, I truly meant that. He gets sick too often and I want him to become a stronger and fit kid. My other wish for Zack on his birthday is that I hope he continues to share and receive love to and from everyone. I wish that he'll continue to be the loving, extremely sweet, and happy kid that we all have come to love. 

Happy birthday, kid! Mommy loves you! :)

20 November 2015

Tallest SG50 baby spotted in Singapore Zoo

Singapore Zoo proudly welcomed its first giraffe calf in 28 years on 31 August this year. At a statuesque 1.9 metres, he is the tallest SG50 baby, and is a symbol of Singapore soaring to new heights in the years following its Jubilee celebration.  

The calf is the first offspring of both mom Roni and dad Growie, which arrived in Singapore Zoo in 2005, from Israel and the Netherlands respectively. The unnamed calf has since grown 40cm, and now stands at 2.3 metres. 

Singapore Zoo’s first giraffe calf in 28 years looks curiously around his exhibit. The male calf, born on 31 August this year, is the first for mom Roni, and dad Growie, which arrived in Singapore Zoo in 2005, from Israel and the Netherlands respectively.

During the calf’s first month, he was separated from the rest of the giraffe herd to allow mother and baby to bond, and to ensure the calf was nursing properly. The exhibit was also baby-proofed as a safety precaution before allowing the calf to explore its new surroundings. Existing barriers had to be modified to ensure the baby can explore the exhibit safely.

Gradually, mother and baby were reintroduced to the other two giraffes in the herd—Growie, the father, and Lucy, an unrelated female, which arrived in Singapore together with Roni. The conditioning process took close to three weeks, to ensure the herd would accept the calf. All four are now comfortably sharing the exhibit and can regularly be seen grooming each other to strengthen their bonds. 

Aside from the mother’s milk, the calf can now be seen nibbling on leaves and chopped vegetables such as carrots. He now spends his days exploring and running around in the exhibit at the Zoo’s Wild Africa zone. While he’s starting to get used to passing trams and visitors, he will still race back to the safety of mom’s towering presence when faced with something unfamiliar. 

Roni the giraffe bonds with her new male calf, born on 31 August this year. The baby, the first in 28 years, is the tallest SG50 Jubilee baby and can now be seen with the rest of the giraffe herd in Singapore Zoo’s Wild Africa zone.

“Animal babies are always a cause for celebration as they are a good indication that the animals under our care feel comfortable and secure enough to breed in the environment that we’ve created for them. We hope the calf will tug at visitors’ heartstrings and inspire them to find out more about giraffes, and other animals that thrive in the same environment as these majestic creatures,” said Dr Cheng Wen-Haur, Chief Life Sciences Officer, Wildlife Reserves Singapore. 

Although listed as least concern on the IUCN* Red List of Threatened Species, habitat destruction and fragmentation are threats to giraffe populations. To a lesser degree, they are hunted for their meat, coat and tails. The tail is prized for good luck bracelets, fly whisks and string for sewing beads, while the coat is used for shield coverings. 

There are plans to conduct a naming contest to find a suitable name for the little one in coming months.

Those visiting Singapore Zoo are encouraged to take photos of the new addition and upload them with the hashtag #sg50babygiraffe. Visitors can follow updates on the baby giraffe’s development at www.zoo.com.sg/sg50babygiraffe. 

XO, Mish

18 November 2015

Join the New Pampers Baby Dry: 99.9% Dryness Challenge

You want the best for your baby but can your baby’s diaper guarantee 99.9% skin dryness? It’s time to bet on the best for your baby as Pampers, the world’s leading diaper brand, launches the New Pampers Baby Dry: 99.9% Dryness Challenge

To take the challenge, head on to Robinsons Place Manila this Sunday, November 22, 2015, from 11:00am to 5:00pm and bring a sample of your current non-Pampers diaper. Moms who correctly choose the diaper which keeps their baby dry will win their “Baby’s First” prize, like their first play set, first high chair or first stroller and their babies can enjoy a complete sleep with 99.9% skin dryness! 

Joining this challenge is really simple! Mommies age 18 years old and above, residing in the Philippines, and have babies 0-3 years old should register online and bring their current non-Pampers diaper to the event.

Mommies from Visayas and Mindanao can also get a chance to challenge their current diaper and win their baby’s first prizes when they register in Ayala Center, Cebu City on December 6, 2015, and Centrio Mall, Cagayan de Oro City on December 15 2015.

What are you waiting for? Guarantee your slot by pre-registering. Visit the Pampers Philippines Facebook page for more details (www.facebook.com/PampersPh). 

The New Pampers Baby Dry: 99.9% Dryness Challenge is guaranteed to delight and excite both mommies and babies all over the country as we continue our journey of firsts.

XO, Mish

16 November 2015

The Origins of Chocolates

Chocolates are truly a delightful indulgence enjoyed by many around the world.  Everyone has their favorite chocolate confection, but many do not know the history of this luscious, sweet temptation.

This well-loved treat actually dates back three or even four millennia ago in a Pre-Columbian Mexico setting.  And according to Pace University, it all started with a fermented drink by the Mayans and Aztecs called Xocoatl from the beans of the cocoa tree.

The Aztecs found it to be an invigorating drink and aphrodisiac. Some even believed that every cacao bean comes with mystical and spiritual qualities, and these qualities made the drink reserved for rulers, warriors and nobles. 

In the 1500s, the chocolate’s symbolism of wealth and power continued in Europe, when the Spanish conquistadors returned home with cacao instead of gold and silver. Soon it became a royal favorite in Europe and was still served as a beverage, only combined with sugar to counter its bitterness. 

Three centuries after, the first chocolate mold was introduced in England, but did not instantly become popular because of its bitter taste. It wasn’t until a renowned Swiss chocolatier named Daniel Peter, experimented with various flavors and ingredients was the strong taste of cacao balanced. After several tries, a chocolate with a rich texture and sweet taste was finally achieved by combining cacao with one of their most abundant products at that time—milk. 

This marked the creation of chocolates as we know today. Its popularity has spurred a rising number of chocolate artisans from various parts of the world to incorporate their own traditions and secret recipes in creating their signature takes on chocolates. 

One chocolatier from a small, idyllic town nestled in the heart of Padova, Italy called Villa del Conte stood out because of his exceptional recipe—Nazzareno Cattapan. Eventually, his exceptional recipe was bestowed to following generations, and preserving this legacy today is the third-generation chocolate connoisseur, Enrico Nazzareno. Using only handpicked cacao beans, shaped by a unique process, one can easily notice and taste the masterpiece of authentic Italian tradition.

From Italy, these artisanal chocolates reached the beautiful archipelago of the Philippines; and today, you can blissfully indulge in their luscious creations, including Praline Balls, Praline Sticks, Ovicinis, Domes, Truffles, and Neapolitans. 

Visit Villa Del Conte stores at Shangri-La Plaza Mall, SM Megamall, Greenbelt 5, Alabang Town Center, Robinsons Magnolia, or Resorts World Manila. For bulk orders of Villa del Conte chocolates, please contact 893-2575 or 621-6101.

To know more about Villa del Conte, go to http://www.villadelcontecioccolato.com/. For updates, visit https://www.facebook.com/VillaDelContePh or follow them on twitter: https://twitter.com/VilladelConte

XO, Mish

14 November 2015

Cohen clients receive early Christmas present with Pounds for Cash promo

Give yourself the gift of good health in time for the holidays at the Cohen’s Lifestyle Centre (CLC), and stand to earn your money back! 

Cohen’s Lifestyle Centre presents the CLC Pounds for Cash Promo. Under this promo, first-timers who enroll in CLC’s Cohen’s Lifestyle Program from September 15 to October 31, 2015 will be rewarded for making progress towards their weight-loss goals. CLC will offer a Php5,000 cashback for a minimum of 10 pounds lost per monthly weigh-in, which new Cohen clients can redeem from December 1, 2015 to December 31, 2015. That’s money that can be spent on Christmas gifts for loved ones, or all the new outfits they will need for holiday parties.

The Cohen’s Lifestyle Program is a rapid weight-loss and wellness solution developed by Dr. Rami Cohen, an international specialist renowned for his research on hormones involved in obesity and weight loss. In the Philippines, it is exclusively available at the Cohen’s Lifestyle Centre (CLC).

Christmas has come early with the Cohen’s Lifestyle Centre’s Pounds for Cash promo, which grants clients a P5,000 reward if they lose at least 10 pounds per weigh-in each month! Be just like David (shown), who went from 329 pounds (149.3 kg) to 156 pounds (70.8 kg) under the Cohen’s Lifestyle Program. Enroll no later than October 31, 2015 to avail of the Pounds for Cash offer.  Call (+632) 828-8251 in Metro Manila, (+6332) 236-2334 in Cebu, (+6382) 324-4611 in Davao, or visit http://cohenlifestyle.com.ph/, http://www.facebook.com/CohenLifestylePhil, and http://instagram.com/cohenlifestyleph.

Based on each person’s unique blood profile, the Cohen’s Lifestyle Program assigns a personalized eating plan that will correct the hormonal imbalance causing obesity. It uses food to trigger the body’s natural fat burning mechanism by correcting serum insulin, Human Growth Hormone and serotonin levels. Without requiring exercise, injection, or medicinal intake, Cohen clients average a loss from anywhere between 8 to 10 pounds a month.

Losing weight has never been more rewarding with this cashback promo. Just in time to start the New Year right, enrollees do not only lose weight through Cohen’s Lifestyle Program’s rapid and effective weight loss solution, they can also earn up to PhP15,000 until the end of December 2015 for as long as they lose at least 10 pounds per weigh-in!

For more on the CLC Pounds for Cash promo, get in touch with any of the CLC Philippines branches in Manila, Cebu and Davao. The Manila branch is located at Suite 808 The Infinity, 26th Street, Bonifacio Global City, with tel. no. (+632) 828-8251. In Cebu, it is at Suite 421, 4th Floor, Robinsons Cybergate Cebu, Don Gil Garcia and J. Llorente Streets, Capitol Site, Cebu City, with tel. no. (+6332) 236-2334. And in Davao, CLC is based at Suite S302 Metro Davao and Medical Research Center Health and Wellness Center, JP Laurel, Bajada, Davao City, with tel. no. (+6382) 324-4611.

Interested parties may also visit http://www.facebook.com/CohenLifestylePhil on Facebook and http://instagram.com/cohenlifestyleph on Instagram.

XO, Mish

12 November 2015

Prom Fashion on a Budget

So there is this one designer dress that you have always wanted to wear for prom ever since. The downside is that there are numerous factors that would affect your decision making when it comes to finally getting it. And I believe that one of such factor is your budget. It is quite disappointing when the only thing that is keeping you away from your dream dress is your limited budget. While you may have your eyes set in a particular dress, the good thing is that there are now unlimited choices online that would probably resemble your dream dress.

For just £50 and below at Promtimes.co.uk, you could finally get an awesome prom dress that would surely make everyone turn their heads. But cheap does not mean that its style and quality are compromised, the prom dress would still provide you with excellent quality and up to date design that designer dresses boasts of and possess. 

Looking for appliqués? This blue dress has that designer dress look with a sheer neckline, a sexy cutout in the back, and a beautiful blue appliqué all over. It definitely has a diva and a red carpet feel to it. The green dress with a sleek design, on the other hand, provides you with delicate appliqué design which is almost lace-like. If you are going for a more sweet and romantic look, this dress is definitely for you!

Limited budget does not always mean inferior choices. I do not even think it is practical to spend much on a designer dress even if you have the budget for it and regardless if it is you or someone else would be paying for the dress. Working on a limited budget is definitely possible as you could get almost the same thing at a lesser price. For more choices and details about Promtimes.co.uk’s dresses for £50 and below, visit this page: http://www.promtimes.co.uk/in-stock-prom-dresses/prom-dresses-under-50.html.

XO, Mish

Essilor calls for Universal Access to Quality Eye Care

In recent celebration of the global campaign World Sight Day, Essilor organized a series of events around the world to help more people gain access to quality eye care services. 

Essilor Philippines conducted eye check-ups, vision screenings and education programs in different parts of the country including Manila, Cebu, Davao and Dagupan. Over hundreds of people, both children and adults, suffering from various visual impairments have received proper eye care services. 

For this year, World Sight Day calls for “Eye Care For All”, which aims to provide universal access comprehensive eye care services for major causes of visual impairment, covering promotion, prevention, rehabilitation and care. It also gears towards ensuring that access to eye care is not limited by several factors including gender, geographic location and financial status.  

“Access to quality eye care is important in achieving better eye health,” said Dr. Emelita Roleda, Essilor Philippines general manager. “Essilor is a worldwide leader in developing and manufacturing ophthalmic lenses, lens coatings and dispensary technologies for over four decades. And one of our visions is to improve the lives of people by improving their sight through quality eye care. Proper eye care prevents the occurrence of visual impairments, which if not treated might lead to blindness. This year, in anticipation of the World Sight Day’s powerful call for Universal Eye Health, our mission is to help reach out to people who are in most need of quality eye care and to give them a chance to see the world better.”

Organized by the World Health Organization (WHO), World Sight Day is an annual global campaign that draws global attention to blindness, visual impairment and rehabilitation of the visually impaired, with 2.5 billion people worldwide needing vision correction.

“By providing everyone access to proper eye care, we are taking a step further in improving not only their sight, but their lives as well, through better vision,” Dr. Roleda added.

XO, Mish

10 November 2015

Davaoeños Discover an Effective Way to Fight Obesity

After successfully introducing an effective rapid weight-loss and wellness solution in Davao last year, Cohen’s Lifestyle Centre is set to serve even more Davaoeños by opening a new office in the city. 

Dubbed the Cohen’s Lifestyle Program, this weight-loss solution was developed by Dr. Rami Cohen, an international specialist renowned for his research on hormones involved in obesity and weight loss. In the Philippines, it is available exclusively at the Cohen’s Lifestyle Centre.

Based on each client’s unique blood profile, the Cohen’s Lifestyle Centre prepares a personalized eating plan that will correct the hormonal imbalance causing obesity. Dr. Cohen’s program uses food to trigger the body’s natural fat burning mechanism by correcting serum insulin, Human Growth Hormone and serotonin levels. Without requiring exercise, injection, or intake of pills, this unique program delivers fast results, with clients averaging a loss of up to 8 to 10 lbs a month. The program has since been credited for thousands of inspiring weight loss stories from across the globe for the past 25 years.

Weight-loss clinic now in Davao -- The Cohen’s Lifestyle Centre, which is an accessible and well-equipped location for patients who are seeking a safe and all-natural solution to lose weight and improve their health conditions.

Cohen’s Lifestyle Centre’s new address in Davao brings it closer to physicians responding to medical conditions caused by obesity, such as hypertension, pre-diabetes, fatty liver, and high cholesterol levels. Housed inside a health facility, it’s an accessible and well-equipped location for patients who are suffering from obesity-related sicknesses and are seeking a safe and all-natural solution to lose weight and improve their health conditions.

Since it opened in Manila in 2009 and in Cebu in 2012, the Cohen’s Lifestyle Centre has helped thousands, including celebrities, society figures, and professionals, win the battle against the bulge.

The newly-opened Cohen’s Lifestyle Centre in Davao is located at Suite S302 Metro Davao and Medical Research Center Health and Wellness Center, JP Laurel, Bajada, Davao City.

In Manila, it is located at Suite 808 The Infinity, 26th Street, Bonifacio Global City. In Cebu, it is at Suite 421, 4th Floor, Robinsons Cybergate Cebu, Don Gil Garcia and J. Llorente Streets, Capitol Site, Cebu City.

To learn more about the Cohen’s Lifestyle Program, visit http://www.cohenlifestyle.com.ph today.

XO, Mish

09 November 2015

Spotify powers The Music Run™ Manila

The world’s most popular music streaming service, Spotify, is teaming up with The Music Run™ by Philam Life, a brand new interactive running experience debuting in Manila on 14 November. The only 5km fun run that puts music at the heart of the experience, The Music Run™ combines the worlds of music and running into a totally immersive music experience unlike any other.

Pinoy Music Runners™ will get to run, dance and party their way through a soundtrack of five unique and interactive 1km Music Zones featuring five music genres – Rock, Pop, Old School, Hip Hop and Dance. The experience is amplified with over 100 concert quality speakers pumping out tunes every step of the way. 

Through a first-of-its-kind voting system developed specifically for the run, Pinoy Music Runners™ can request their favorite songs from playlists compiled through a mix of Spotify listens, votes and shares. 

Pinoy Music Runners™ can vote for the soundtrack to their run on the The Music Run™ website, where they can also play and share tracks. The playlists are also available on the The Music Run™ Spotify profile page. 

Participants will have until 7 November to vote for their favorite tracks, after which the five most popular tracks from each music genre will form the music zone’s playlist for the run.

“The concept of The Music Run™ is a natural fit with Spotify. Music is a big part of the running experience and we are very excited to have The Music Run™ leverage Spotify’s wealth of music data, content and an understanding of listening habits to create playlists for their upcoming run in the Philippines, our fastest-growing market in Asia,” says Sunita Kaur, Managing Director, Spotify (Asia). 

The Music Run™ has been making waves in Asia with sell-out crowds in Kuala Lumpur, Jakarta, Bangkok and Yangon. For the first Philippine edition happening at Philippine Arena, The Music Run™ is expecting around 10,000 participants.

To know more about The Music Run™, please visit their website (www.themusicrun.com/events/manila) or Facebook page (https://www.facebook.com/TheMusicRunPH). 

XO, Mish

07 November 2015

GMG Construction launches new project in Norzagaray, Bulacan

Socialized housing is a concept not new to me since this was the topic that I chose for my undergraduate thesis, particularly the condition of low cost socialized housing projects in San Jose del Monte, Bulacan. From what I have gathered and researched, settlers tend to leave their place of relocation because their jobs aren't there and the shelter granted to them was poorly made. I am extremely glad that one construction company, GMG Construction & Land Development Corporation, has finally decided to address these usual problems when it comes to socialized housing projects by coming up with a new low cost socialize housing project in Norzagaray, Bulacan.

12 hectare proposed socialized housing project by GWG Construction
Facade of Proposed Lofted Row Housing

During an event last week at Quezon City, I was one of the first to know about this promising project. The low cost socialized housing project is envisioned by GMG Construction through Socialized Housing Financing Corp of the Philippine government. It is a 12 hectare project that seeks to benefit families living in danger zones of Norzagaray and Manila. The project is currently being coordinated with the local government of Norzagaray, Bulacan.

Launch of GMG Construction's new project
Ms. Joanne of GWG Construction,;Mrs. Milagros Viray; Mr. Guillermo Viray, founder of GWG Construction; and, Ms. Geraldine Viray

The initial target number of housing units for Phase 1 and 2 is 2,640. Each lot area is at 26 sqm with structure ground area of 22 sqm and mezzanine/loft area of 11sqm. The project will allot 30% open space which can be used for school building, multi-purpose hall and recreation/amenities like basketball court and playground.

Proposed plan for the lofted row housing
Proposed Covered Basketball court
Proposed Multipurpose hall with Health Center

I am absolutely impressed with the proposed plan for the housing project. The design is far from any of the low cost socialized housing projects which I have previously visited. Moreover, the project aims to comply with land development standards such as proper water and power supply and drainage system and to provide community facilities such as covered basketball court/ multi-purpose center, day care center, and tricycle terminal. I am definitely looking forward for this project to finally materialize.

XO, Mish

06 November 2015

Taking Care of your Bones and Joints

Aging is inevitable and with it comes many health complications, such as bone and joint degeneration. Your bones provide support for the body and give you shape and posture, while your joints make the skeleton flexible. If bones and joints are not properly taken care of, they can become weak and even break which may need surgery to heal. That is why it is vital that you take care of them now.

Dr. Nicky Montoya, president of MediCard Philippines, encourages everyone to take care of their bones and joints while they are still young to prevent fractures and bone diseases. 

“As you age, your bones and joints become brittle and weak. This may lead to bone diseases such as osteoporosis. People with osteoporosis most often break bones in the wrist, spine, and hip. These fractures can be very painful and make it difficult to do the things you usually do every day. If you don’t do the best you can now to make your bones strong, you might get this disease when you are older,” says Dr. Montoya. 

Here are some tips for good bone and joint health: 

Watch your weight. To ensure strong bones and joints, you need to maintain a healthy body weight. Extra body weight creates strain on your joints, particularly the knee joints. Research has shown that with every pound gained, you put four times more stress on the knees, while losing weight helps prevent joint injury and reduces pressure on the knees, hips, and back. Shedding as little as 10 pounds of body weight can help reduce pain and improve circulation. 

Exercise. Less movement means more stiffness in your joints. People who remain glued to a chair all day have a higher risk for joint pain. Weight-bearing exercises can help keep your bones healthy. High-impact activities such as dancing, jogging, and running are advisable but if you’re predisposed to weak bones, walking may be a better exercise for you.  

Know your limits. Exercising is good for your body, but you have to make sure that you are not pushing yourself too hard. Certain exercise and activities might be too tough for your joints to handle at first and workouts that have you bend forward may increase the risk of compressing a bone in your spine. Ask a trainer, physical therapist, or coach to help you modify exercises that cause joint pain. Listen to your body and go slow.  

Stay hydrated. Drinking lots of water is one of the best ways to maintain joint health because proper hydration helps lubricate the joints. The joints’ synovial fluid, the liquid that allows the bones to glide over each other without friction, decreases as you age, and dehydration can cause the fluid to plummet rapidly thus causing bones to rub against each other. 

Eat right. Healthy bones and joints stem from a diet that is rich in a range of minerals, proteins, and fats. The biggest cause of joint deterioration is the build up of free radicals, causing joints to swell and become painful. To prevent its effects, it is advisable to eat foods that are rich in antioxidants such as oranges, oil-rich nuts, and sardines. Aside from drinking milk and getting Vitamin D to ensure you have enough calcium for strong and healthy bones, bright-colored fruit and vegetables such as bananas, broccoli and peas are also recommended to help build and preserve bone mass.

If you have concerns about your bone and joint health, it’s best to talk to a doctor as soon as possible. MediCard has 12 free-standing clinics located in key cities nationwide that offer consultations, diagnostic tests and specialty medical services for young and adult patients. Go to the nearest MediCard clinic near you or visit www.medicardphils.com for more information.

XO, Mish

04 November 2015

Spooktacular Halloween Party at ActiveFun Fairview Terraces

I've never brought Zack to any Halloween party in the past so we were really excited when we got invited by Active Fun Fairview Terraces and Mommy Bloggers Philippines to attend this year's Spooktacular Halloween Event. We love Active Fun and we have been visiting it regularly ever since it opened last year so it was the perfect place to take Zack for his first Halloween party.

ActiveFun is a tried and trusted brand that aims to promote a one-stop safe and kid-friendly recreational facility advocating exercise in a safe, fun environment and play as a venue to develop several skills of the children. It allows group play encouraging kids to develop social and interpersonal skills as they learn to interact with other kids.

For the first part of the event, we went on a Trick or Treat parade at the lower ground floor of Fairview Terraces. The kids were ecstatic as they were given candies and chocolates as treats. Zack wasn't feeling well so we had to carry him during the trick or treat. Nevertheless, I can see that he is happy as he receives more candies and upon seeing the mascots of ActiveFun.

Btw, Zack's wearing a DIY Chucky costume!

The next part of the event was the Costume Contest. There were 4 categories wherein kids and their families can join - the Spookiest Costume, Cutest Costume, Little Prince and Little Princess Costumes, and Spookiest Family. There were probably more than 50 kids who joined this fun event!

Packed afternoon at ActiveFun!
Cutest Costume
Little Prince and Princess Costumes
Spookiest Costume

Lastly, the kids were treated to a fun magic show. Aside from these fun activities, the kids were also given an unlimited play pass where they can enjoy Active Fun's Safari Fun Adventure themed center. It features sections in the play area like See saws, Ball Pit, Mini Slide, Building Blocks for Toddlers; Play Frame features are Slide, Trampoline, Ball Fountain, Cannons, Air guns, Swings, Tunnels & Hanging Bridges. New Attractions include Water Bed, Rocking Chair, Shark Tube, Revolving Tunnel, Mini Ball Fountain, Fun & Learn Panels and LED Ball Pool! This place can accommodate 150 kids at a given time.

A kid participates during the magic show
Active Fun's Safari Fun Adventure themed center

Thank you ActiveFun and MBP for having me and Zack! :) For inquiries and reservation, call 294-8412/294-8410 or email activefunfairview@gmail.com. Active Fun Fairview Terraces is located at LGF, Ayala Fairview Terraces Mall, Fairview, QC.

XO, Mish

03 November 2015

Midi Skirts for Petite Girls

Looking classy for any casual occasion can be a bit tricky. You would not want to look too dressed up nor underdressed for such events. For occasions such as simple gatherings, you would want to look your best. It’s time to give your jeans a break and try out some midi skirts paired with a gorgeous blouse. I have noticed that this kind of skirt has become very trendy recently. And I clearly understand why! Midi skirts give women a classy and elegant vibe while keeping it simple and low key. There is definitely nothing sexier than class!

Picking for the right can be likewise tricky, especially for petite girls. It is a known rule for petite girls to stick with miniskirts than long ones to elongate their legs. However, I believe that petite girls can also rock midi skirts! Here are some styles that would surely fit petite girls:

1. Bodycon Midi Skirts

Midi Skirts for Petite Girls SammyDress
Midi Skirts for Petite Girls SammyDress

Bodycon Midi Skirts can not only make you look elegant, but it can also show off your figure effortlessly. When choosing for a perfect bodycon midi skirt, better choose ones that have a high waist to help you look taller. This kind of midi skirt is perfect not just for gatherings but also for work.

2. A-Line Midi Skirts

Midi Skirts for Petite Girls SammyDress
Midi Skirts for Petite Girls SammyDress

A-Line Midi Skirts are very popular nowadays. They could make you look classy and regal in an instant! When choosing for an a-line midi skirt, choose a length that falls right just below your knees. This kind of midi skirt varies in length and if you choose one that would fall right in the middle of your calves, it would definitely make you look shorter. 

Shopping for midi skirts is now made easy by SammyDress. With over hundreds of skirts to choose from, you’ll definitely find the perfect midi skirt to match your body shape, whether you are petite or full figured. See more midi skirts and other clothing items at SammyDress.com.

XO, Mish

01 November 2015

The Skin Specialist launches ClearTight on its 13th Anniversary

The Skin Specialist has indeed come a long way! From a small clinic along Timog Avenue when it was founded in 2002 by Dr. Jean Marquez, a practicing dermatologist, Fellow of the Philippine Dermatological Society and host of TV’s PinoyMD, it has now grown into an elite dermatological center in the heart of Quezon City. Since then, The Skin Specialist is committed to providing safe, non-invasive and effective solutions for various skin concerns, whether for medical treatment or simply a total aesthetic makeover.

The Skin Specialist: Throughout the Years
Dr. Jean Marquez, a practicing dermatologist, Fellow of the Philippine Dermatological Society and host of TV’s PinoyMD

The 13th year celebration of The Skin Specialist was an intimate one and it was once again graced by people from the media, celebrities, and loyal patients of Dr. Jean Marquez. You'll know how hands on Dr. Jean is with her patients as she personally entertains her guests one by one. I guess that's what sets Dr. Jean and The Skin Specialist apart from other practitioners and clinics - their hands-on approach and close supervision of each patient.

Dr. Jean Marquez, Rhea Santos, Luanne Dy, Lyn Ching-Pascual, and MJ Marfori

For its 13th anniversary, The Skin Specialist aims to address one of the main concerns of women nowadays - aging. During a presentation made by Dr. Jean, she explains that aging is caused by various factors such as stress and pollution. And while it is inevitable, there are now advances in dermatological technology that have produced treatments to effectively address wrinkles and sagging skin minus the pain and downtime, such as the ClearTight Laser.

ClearTight Laser is a state-of-the-art, non-ablative treatment that improves fine lines and wrinkles, also the appearance of small veins and redness caused by vascularity. It is gentle enough to treat areas that are typically too sensitive with traditional ablative lasers, such as the delicate skin around the eyes, forehead, mouth, neck, chest, hands, elbows, knees and underarms. ClearTight is an alternative to traditional skin resurfacing and surgical face lifts that is painless and has no downtime. Basically, it helps address almost all of the issues when it comes to aging such as erasing dark spots, lifting, firming, and improving the contour of the face.

ClearTight delivers photo acoustic shockwaves to the target area through high laser intensities in nanosecond pulses. This mechanical Q-Switched effect creates a controlled dermal wound - a unique mechanism of action that achieves optimal results for each indication. ClearTight Laser is ideal in achieving a refreshed overall rejuvenation and tightening without the need for surgery. Its unique hand-piece can treat hard-to-reach areas that traditional ablative lasers can’t. ClearTight heats beneath the skin to reduce pain or discomfort. 

And while the current trend in reducing fine lines is fractional lasers, these treatments have downtime. Many patients who have undergone traditional ablative laser treatments have a difficult recovery period and experience prolonged facial redness and swelling that lasts from 3 days to 2 weeks. ClearTight patients can return to work the same day. ClearTight patients only experience slightly pink skin that is warm to the touch for about 30 minutes post-treatment.

“After just one session, I saw a significant improvement on my problem areas: tightening of the neck and diminished lines around the mouth. There is also visible improvement around the eyes. It’s great coz I can attend to my work without any redness on my face,” attests a patient who has tried ClearTight for the first time.

ClearTight Laser treatment is recommended to anyone whose skin shows signs of aging. The most dramatic results are seen on people who have tried non-invasive therapies and are looking for something more aggressive but without the pain and down-time. The best candidates have moderate sun damage, are in good health, have good health habits and typically take good care of their skin. ClearTight Laser can be performed on all skin types.

Visit The Skin Specialist: G/F ESNA Buidling, #30 Timog Ave., Quezon City
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/pages/The-Skin-Specialist/101170816593080
Instagram: http://instagram.com/dskinspecialist
Website: http://www.drjeanskinspecialist.com.ph
For appointments, call 374-8087 or 0917-810-1319. 

XO, Mish