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7.22.2021

Whiter and Brighter Teeth with PureSmile Teeth Whitening Trays.

It's been more than a year since this pandemic started and so many aspects of our daily lives have changed since then. Work from home became the norm for most companies and employees. Kids also learn at home via online classes, modules, or TV and radio-based instruction. Travel has stringent precautions, gyms and recreational venues remain closed, and mass gatherings are still a big no-no. 

Gone are the days when we could freely take the kids to the mall, sing and dance at concerts with fellow K-pop fans, enjoy the movies with the rest of the family (senior citizens included), or simply leave the house to run errands or do the groceries without fear of being infected with the coronavirus. My simple, occasional joys of getting a massage or getting my nails done have long been a thing of the past. Truth be told, I have not seen my dentist in over a year! And despite being fully vaccinated (I got my second dose of the COVID vaccine last weekend), I still have qualms about going to the dentist - with the coronavirus still on a rampage and the Delta variant being prevalent in neighboring countries.

This is exactly the reason why I now consider teeth whitening trays a blessing. I've recently discovered them through the PureSmile website, and they're exactly what Yue and I need right now since I don't have plans of seeing our family dentist just yet.

PureSmile Teeth Whitening Trays.


PureSmile is Australia's trusted one-stop shop for dental health, teeth whitening, and teeth straightening. They're currently based in New South Wales, but have clinic partners all over the country - from Perth all the way to Gold Coast. PureSmile offers an array of dental services, plus they have an online shop so you can enjoy superior teeth cleaning and teeth whitening right in the comforts of your own home.

The PureSmile Teeth Whitening Trays, for instance, is a take home kit that helps lighten teeth and remove stains caused by smoking or drinking beverages like coffee, cola, wine, or tea. Now I haven't smoked in over a decade, but as you all know, I'm a huge coffee drinker and caffeine sort-of runs through my veins. This is why I need one of 'em teeth whitening trays all the more - no dentists visits in over a year, plus the countless cups of coffee consumed throughout the pandemic... Imagine the state of discoloration my teeth are in right now!

Each box is good for a 7-day treatment in the comforts of your home.


Each box of the PureSmile Teeth Whitening Trays contains individually packed, pre-filed thermo-forming trays that mould to the shape of your teeth. The whitening trays are good for a 7-day treatment, and you only need to wear the trays for 45 minutes each day. Each tray is good for single use, and you don't need LED lights or messy syringes to make your teeth whiter and brighter. The best part? These trays are vegan and cruelty-free, meaning they have not been tested on animals. 

Just to give you an idea on how these teeth whitening trays work...


The PureSmile Teeth Whitening Trays retail for $79 AUD, but they're currently on sale now at $69 AUD! They also ship for free within Australia. I asked my friend in Melbourne to kindly buy me a few boxes of these teeth whitening trays, and I can't wait for the parcel to arrive here on my end and try these for myself! She said they worked well for her, so I have great confidence that these will work for me, too! Pearly whites, here we come!


7.16.2021

Staying hydrated helps prevent illnesses during the rainy season.

The sweltering summer days are over as the country’s weather bureau declared the start of the wet season. During this season, we need to keep our guards up because many illnesses emerge.

These include diarrhea, caused by viral or bacterial infection; waterborne illnesses like typhoid fever, cholera, and leptospirosis; and vector-borne diseases like malaria and dengue.

To avoid contracting these diseases, Pepsi-Cola Products Philippines Inc. (PCPPI)—the exclusive manufacturer of PepsiCo beverages in the country—reminds the public to keep hydrated, especially that we are in the middle of a global pandemic.

“It is important that we keep our immune system strong. One of the easiest ways to do this is to stay hydrated,” said PCPPI president and chief executive officer Frederick D. Ong.

To stay fit and protect yourself from diseases, here are some healthy habits you may do.

Eat healthy

Sung Dong Il and Lee Il Hwa in Reply 1988 (2015).

What you consume today will have a huge impact on your health in the future. A good eating habit is one of the most basic practices to have a robust immune system.

Making a well-balanced meal is simple - just add more fruits and vegetables, choose whole grain food, switch to low or zero fat options, and cut back on sugar.

Exercise regularly

Jung So Min in Soul Mechanic (2020).

Exercising remains one of the most effective methods to strengthen your body during the rainy season. You do not have to buy expensive machines or pay for gym subscriptions. You only need at least 150 minutes of moderate exercise per week. To safely exercise at home, you may check various workout videos online. If you opt to do outdoor walk or run, follow social distancing and other safety protocols.

As part of your workout routine, replenish what you lose in sweat with sports drinks like Gatorade. It contains electrolytes that rehydrate your body to avoid dehydration.

Get enough sleep

Park Bo Young and Seo In Guk in Doom at your Service (2021).

Getting enough sleep is as important as eating healthy and exercising. A study from the Carnegie Mellon University found that people with poor, short sleep have greater chance of getting sick.

Quality sleep helps uplift your immune system. To get quality sleep, reduce your blue light exposure at night, avoid caffeinated drinks before bedtime, and reduce day time naps, among others.

Hydrate
Proper hydration is vital in having a strong immune system. It detoxifies and flushes out waste materials from your body. It also helps transport nutrients to our organ systems.

Aquafina.

Taking in safe water is a must to avoid infection from water-borne diseases. To have a clean drinking water, you need to boil water for at least three minutes or do water chlorination. Or you can drink purified bottled water, like Aquafina and Premiere.

Gatorade Ion.

If you’re moving all day and feel sluggish or tired, that’s because you lose more than just water when you sweat. You lose fluids and electrolytes. With this, it’s important for us to stay healthy and hydrated with an Electrolyte Drink like Gatorade Ion.

“Even during rainy season, we need to hydrate to arm our body from diseases and keep our immunity in top shape. Over the years, PCPPI has been helping Filipinos achieve that with our hydration drinks,” Ong said.

PCPPI is the exclusive manufacturer of well-known beverage brands in the Philippines: Pepsi-Cola, Mountain Dew, 7-Up, Mirinda, Mug, Gatorade, Tropicana, Lipton, Sting, Premier, Milkis, and Aquafina.


7.15.2021

Award-Winning Philippines Inspired Book, Wing of the Locust, Named Finalist at Singapore Book Awards.

A moment of national pride as Filipino native, Joel Donato Ching Jacob was announced as a finalist at the prestigious Singapore Book Awards for his award-winning book, Wing of the Locust. Organized by the Singapore Book Publishers Association, the award recognizes the outstanding published works by various authors in the local publishing industry.

Wing of the Locust by Joel Donato Ching Jacob.

Jacob’s coming-of-age fantasy novel first burst into the literary scene after clinching the winning title of the 2018 Scholastic Asian Book Awards (SABA); a flagship initiative by Scholastic Asia that recognizes excellence in Asian literary talents and inspiring stories for children.

“At Scholastic, we believe that children’s literature is a vital starting point to enrich the literary world with a diverse representation of Asian voices. Especially at a time with limited social interactions, stories play a critical role in exposing children to the world and igniting their imagination. Through SABA, we are ensuring Asian authors and their inspiring stories are rightfully represented to give Asian children a glimpse into their own cultures and that of others,” shared Selina Lee, Vice President of Scholastic Asia.

She further added that authors like Joel Donato, whose literary work has seen success beyond SABA, embody the mission championed by Scholastic Asia in bringing Asian heritage to life, one published story at a time. SABA is now open for submission and authors with unpublished Asian-inspired manuscripts are encouraged to submit their work before August 31, 2021 via the following link - schl.asia/saba2022

The award-winning author, Joel Donato Ching Jacob.

Following the success at SABA in 2018, Wing of the Locust has also gained national recognition in the Philippines with the National Award of Ani ng Dangal (Harvest of Honour) in Literary Arts.

Winning SABA 2018 only felt real when I finally saw my mother cheering me on as I received the trophy. Being awarded Ani ng Dangal for Literature is every one of my family and friends, peers and mentors, and even complete strangers, standing there with me, winning with me.”

Currently a finalist with four other nominees in the Best Literary Work category at the Singapore Book Awards, Wing of the Locust continues to inspire young readers’ creativity and imagination. The announcement of winners will be made on September 24, 2021 via a livestream on Singapore Book Publishers Association’s Facebook page and YouTube channel. For more details, visit https://www.facebook.com/sbpa.sg

Get a copy of Wing of the Locust, available on Lazada - http://schl.asia/wingofthelocust


7.10.2021

"Cooked with Love" | Family, Food, and Nostalgia in Ajinomoto's web series.

Ajinomoto Philippines Corporation (APC)’s latest web series entitled “Cooked with Love,” reveals a heartwarming take on cooking as a shared love language among Filipino families.

Have you watched "Cooked with Love"?

Cooked with Love features interwoven stories of three generations of women who show their love for each other through sharing recipes and dining together. Showcasing heart-warming stories of relationships and how cooking with love was made more memorable with AJI-NO-MOTO® Umami Seasoning. The series feature Tessie, the grandmother; Jenny, the mother; and Therese, the daughter. Viewers can watch the first episode, “Slurp,” and second episode, “Squeeze,” on Ajinomoto’s Cookmunity® Facebook page and Youtube channel. Meanwhile, the last episode, “Sniff,” will premiere this Saturday, July 10.

Cooking food and sharing mealtimes are powerful in shaping wonderful memories with our loved ones. With Ajinomoto being a part of the Filipino cooking and dining experiences for more than six decades now, we want to help them relive and celebrate those feel-good moments through Cooked With Love,” says Roann Co, APC General Manager of Marketing and Public Relations.


Passing it on

"Slurp" starring Mommy Jenny and Therese.

Slurp” tells the story of Mommy Jenny who shares their Nilagang Baka family recipe with her teenage daughter, Therese. The parallel scenes of two mother-daughter generations making the family recipe ties the episode together well. The cute and kilig first installment captures how love can be passed down from one generation to the next.


Paying it forward

"Squeeze" starring Therese and Lola Tessie.

Squeeze” features the relationship between Therese and her grandmother Tessie. Viewers will see how cooking Arroz Caldo becomes Lola Tessie’s way of saying “I love you, apo.” It shows that cooking traditions persist because of people who care for and love their family.

Putting the pieces together
The concluding episode “Sniff” showcases food as a source of comfort in tough times and more importantly, in dealing with the constant changes life has to bring. It recalls how Tessie comforts her daughter Jenny since she was a child until now that she's a mother who is about to face a life-changing situation. Through it all, the women share their love while cooking and eating their classic Adobo recipe.

With community quarantine protocols urging Filipinos to remain at home, stories of familial love are sure to encourage Filipinos to express their feelings through food. Cooked With Love lives up to APC’s Eat Well, Live Well promise in its pursuit to provide good food, better health, and wonderful dining memories to Filipino families with the help of umami, a nature-based ingredient that brings out the meaty, savory deliciousness, and deepens the flavor of food. For more information, visit www.ajinomoto.com.ph.


7.08.2021

Lebron James and the Space Jam Tunes Squad have arrived at McDonald's!

The iconic Space Jam Tunes Squad is making a comeback this year, and this time with McDonald’s Philippines!

Bugs Bunny, Daffy Duck, Sylvester, and the rest of the crew are all returning as McDonald’s launches the new Space Jam Happy Meal! The new collection of toys is made even more exciting as King Lebron James joins in the toy character lineup. The new design collectibles are in honor of the much-awaited sequel to the beloved classic Space Jam movie which was released 25 years ago. Space Jam: A New Legacy is the standalone sequel that features another exciting adventure with our Looney Squad.

Slam and Jam with every Happy Meal!


As McDonald’s aims to bring families closer together, it teamed up with the iconic squad and has created an exciting lineup of must-have toys which would bring nostalgia to parents and young adults, and play time fun for kids. The Space Jam Happy Meal consists of 12 Tune Squad characters which include: Bugs Bunny, Lola Bunny, Daffy Duck, Sylvester, Road Runner, Yosemite Sam, Wile E. Coyote, Taz, Elmer Fudd, Marvin the Martian, and of course, Lebron James.


Practice your shooting skills with LeBron and the Space Jam Tune Squad, and score as many points as you can with every Happy Meal! Collect all 12 toys starting July 9! Order via McDelivery, McDo Drive-Thru, Take-Out, or Dine-In and have a family bonding time that is loonier than ever.


7.06.2021

Vaccinated! | My COVID Vaccine Experience.

I got vaccinated! After weeks and weeks of waiting, I finally got my first dose of the COVID vaccine!

Vaccinated! 06.26.2021

You've probably seen this photo on my Instagram or on my Facebook page (if you're following me, that is). It's been a little over a week since this happened; I actually waited for a few days before writing about my vaccine experience because I was looking out for the side effects. That being said, here's what transpired before, during, and after vaccination day.

A bit of a backstory first... 
We had a COVID scare sometime last April. Two of our neighbors from the same household tested positive, and although I did not have direct contact with them, I was a close contact of my next-door neighbor who had been exposed to them. Upon hearing the news that they tested positive, I became extremely frantic, broke down, cried, and prayed so hard that neither Yue and I got the virus Yue and I immediately went on self-quarantine and spent the next 14 days completely locked up inside our home, not even daring to set foot outside the door.

We were hoping that we would be swabbed (RT-PCR test), but no one from the City Health Office came to our place because we weren't declared as close contacts despite possible exposure and living next-door to two COVID patients. Thankfully, we were able to finish our 14-day self quarantine without a hitch. No symptoms whatsoever. No colds, no cough, no fever, and definitely no loss of smell and taste. 

After that ordeal, I became more hellbent than ever in getting vaccinated. About a day or two after our quarantine ended, I immediately went to our barangay hall and submitted my vaccine registration form (this form was distributed house-to-house by our barangay officials a few days before our COVID scare incident) together with a copy of my government IDs (Philhealth, SSS, and TIN) and a 2x2 ID picture.

Our LGU's vaccine registration form.

Afterwards, I got in touch with doctor friends and relatives working in local hospitals on what I should do next. My Mum, who is a nurse in the UK, strongly advised me to get a blood work done before I get vaccinated because of my hypertension and asthma. I skipped this part, though, out of fear of catching the virus (most of the diagnostic laboratories here also offer rapid antigen testing, and I don't want to be exposed to anybody possibly carrying the virus)

Thankfully, I was able to secure a medical certificate and an updated prescription from my pulmonologist with the help of my cousin who works as a nurse at the general hospital. Both are required for those under the A3 category aka 'Persons with Comorbidities'.

And so the waiting game began...
About a week or two after I have submitted my registration form, the vaccine rollouts began in my city. First to be vaccinated were the medical frontliners, barangay health workers, and other frontliners for the barangays and LGU (A1 category). Later on, they began vaccinating on the senior citizens (also known as the A2s), as well as those with comorbidities (A3). During these times, the vaccines that were being administered were either Sinovac or Astra Zeneca. 

I have to admit, at first, I wasn't too keen on getting either of these two vaccine brands for myself. Like most people who have heard of the news about blood clots related to Astra Zeneca, or the fact that Sinovac has the lowest efficacy among all the COVID vaccines currently available, I wanted the Pfizer vaccine. But after that COVID scare and with these new COVID variants coming out, I was ready to be vaccinated with whatever brand that's available. Because like what they keep on saying on TV, the best vaccine is the one that's available to you.

The month of May came and went, and still no notification from the barangay or the City Health Office about my vaccination schedule. Entering the month of June, news about the Pfizer vaccine arriving in our LGU started to spread like wildfire. By this time, I was getting excited, at the same time desperate to be vaccinated. From time to time, I would check with my cousin if I already have a vaccination schedule.

After so many, many weeks of waiting, the call that I had been waiting for finally came. Around noontime of June 25, I got the call from the General Hospital that I was scheduled for vaccination the next day (June 26). Luckily, my siblings and I were scheduled on the same day, too. We were advised to come to the vaccination site in the morning, as early as possible, because the vaccination will be on a 'first come, first served' basis.

Vaccination day, finally!
The following day, I was up by 4:30 am, the earliest that I have woken up ever since the lockdown started. By 6 am, my siblings and I were on our way to the Mega Vaccination Site, located in the outskirts of the city, about 2 miles from where we live.

The Mega Vaccination Site, located in Brgy. San Jose, San Pablo City.

There was already a throng of people when we entered the building. They were all seated, already occupying almost half of the seats inside the vaccination site. Thankfully, we were able to secure seats easily, and as soon as we sat down, we were handed a bunch of papers which included a consent form, an assessment form, a monitoring checklist, a discharge form, and some pertinent information about COVID vaccines and what vaccine will be administered to you. 

Vaccine FAQ's + some forms that you need to fill out.

From the get-go, I knew that we were getting the Pfizer vaccine, and inwardly, I was screaming for excitement and joy. I tried not to get too excited though, because my blood pressure might shoot up. 

Now here's what to expect if you're getting the COVID vaccine at the San Pablo City Mega Vaccination Site. First is the Registration Area. This is where they confirm your identity and double check if you are indeed scheduled for vaccination on that particular day. Strictly no walk-ins! 

The organized crowd, sitting in line for the Registration Area.

Step 2 is the Counselling Area. Here, they check and monitor your blood pressure and inform you about the vaccination process. The staff and nurses at this point are nice and friendly, and more than willing to answer all your questions regarding vaccines.

Normal blood pressure, yay!

My brother, also sitting in line.

Next is the Screening Area where a doctor will check your health condition and assess whether or not you are fit for vaccination. 

Step 3- Screening Area.

My greatest fear that day was my blood pressure shooting up and not being able to get vaccinated because of my hypertension. Thank goodness that did not happen and I was given the 'Vaccinate' stamp of approval by the attending physician.


Then, we got to the much-awaited step - the Vaccination Area. The photo above is the line leading to the vaccination room. 

Inside the Vaccination Room.

This photo is inside the Vaccination Room. I asked permission from the doctor if I could take pictures of myself while getting vaccinated for blogging purposes. The kind doctor, Dr. Lucy Celino, asked me to hand my phone over to the nurse beside her so she can take my pictures instead. Thank you, Doc! :)

Good jab! Excuse my fat arms, lol.

Once you exit the Vaccination Area, you go straight to the Encoding Area where they check your forms, your ID, and your vaccination card. Afterwards, the nurses will then usher you to the Monitoring Area where they will once again check your blood pressure and monitor your condition for the next 30 minutes before endorsing you for discharge. The nurses had to check my blood pressure twice because my blood pressure was at 140/90 when I entered the Monitoring Area. 

After fifteen minutes, my blood pressure was back to normal and I was then endorsed to the Discharge Area. This is the last and final step where a doctor will talk to you and explain the possible side effects of the vaccine and what you should do in case you get allergies, feel nauseous, or experience difficulty in breathing. 

And with that, after nearly four hours of waiting/sitting in line, our first dose of the COVID vaccine was done! Thank you to the hardworking nurses, doctors, and staff of the San Pablo City General Hospital who were in charge of the San Pablo City Mega Vaccination Site! You guys are awesome!

Good jab! :)

Any side effects?
Surprisingly, there were no adverse side effects with the Pfizer vaccine. My left arm felt very heavy and the injection site felt quite sore for the next three days, but that was pretty much it. I felt a bit of nausea the day after vaccination, but it was fleeting, like less than an hour. I can't even attribute it directly to the vaccine because I was also extremely busy that day - cooking, cleaning the house, replying to emails, beating a writing deadline, and working on a blog campaign all at the same time. 

I'm hoping the second dose won't have adverse side effects as well. We're getting our second dose on the 18th if there will be no changes to the schedule. 

For those of you who have not been vaccinated yet, you may now register online, especially if you belong to the A1, A2, and A3 categories. The San Pablo LGU is also encouraging those from the A4 (Economic Frontliners) and A5 (Indigent Population) categories to sign-up for vaccination, too. You can now register online with this link: https://tinyurl.com/SPCERegistro

For more information about the registration procedures and requirements, follow the San Pablo City Health Information Center's official Facebook page.

For announcements about the vaccination schedule, follow the City Information Office's official Facebook page.

You may also coordinate with your respective barangay regarding the registration and your vaccination schedule.


7.03.2021

Foodie Goodie | Gimbap (Korean Sushi Rolls).

If we're friends in Facebook or in real life, then you probably know how much I love gimbap aka Korean sushi rolls. I especially love the gimbap from Gwangjang Market for many reasons - they're cheap, very filling, and exceptionally good! It's no surprise that they're called 'mayak gimbap'. 'Mayak' means narcotic in Korean, and yes, you can easily get addicted to those flavorful sushi rolls.

I've tried the gimbap of some of the Korean restaurants here in my area, and although some of them were quite good, they were still a bit lacking to my palate. Why, you ask? Well, most of them don't use danmuji (Korean yellow pickled radish). It's one of the basic ingredients of the traditional gimbap, and makes your gimbap a lot more flavorful because of its sweet/sour flavor and crunchy texture. 

As such, I finally decided to just make my own gimbap, complete with danmuji and all. Thankfully, I easily found danmuji strips, along with many other Korean sauces, condiments, and cooking ingredients on Shopee. (Will do a separate blog post about this later.)

And with that - because you asked for it - here's my version of Yachae Gimbap or vegetable gimbap. This gimbap uses very simple ingredients, making it the most basic among all the gimbap varieties. 


Easy Gimbap (Korean Sushi Rolls)

Ingredients:
2 cups cooked rice (Japanese short-grained rice)
2 teaspoons rice vinegar
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon sugar
1 pack Aji Savor on Rice (or any furikake of your choice)
5 sheets gim (dried seaweed/nori)

Filling:
1/2 carrot, julienned
1/2 cucumber, cut into strips
5 crab sticks, cut into half lengthwise
5 danmuji strips
2-4 ham slices, cut into strips
2 eggs, beaten

Procedure:
1. In a small bowl, mix the rice vinegar, sugar, and salt. Mix well, and make sure that both salt and sugar are completely dissolved. 

2. Pour the mixture over the rice and toss until the rice is well-coated.

3. Sprinkle the Aji Savor on the rice and mix well.

4. Preheat a pan/skillet. Add a dash of cooking oil and let it spread around the pan. Add the beaten egg, cook both sides over medium heat. Once cooked, slice the egg into long strips.

5. In the same pan, cook the carrots, ham slices, and crab sticks for about a minute each, separately.

6. Arrange all your gimbap ingredients in a plate (or two) and prepare to roll.

We're ready to roll!

7. Place a sheet of gim on top of a bamboo mat, with the shiny side of the sheet facing down. Place a scoop of rice on the gim and spread evenly so that the rice covers about 1/3 of the gim. Add more rice if needed.

8. Arrange the filling on top of the rice close to the side towards you. Place one danmuji strip, one cucumber strip, and 2 crab sticks. Then add the egg strips, ham strips, and carrot sticks. 

9. Lift the entire bottom edge of the gim with both hands and roll over the filling away from you. Put pressure on the roll using the bamboo mat. 

10. Repeat steps 7-9 for the rest of the gim and the other ingredients. 

Get it, let it roll!

11. Place all of the gimbap on a chopping board. Brush each roll with some sesame oil and sprinkle with some roasted sesame seeds. 

12. Using a sharp knife, slice the gimbap into bite-size pieces. 

13. Squeeze some Japanese mayonnaise on top of each piece, and serve with some light soy sauce on the side. 

Gimbap + brownies :)

 Here's a list of ingredients that you can also use as filling for your gimbap:
  • Spinach
  • Canned tuna
  • Bulgogi
  • Kimchi
  • Sliced cheese 
  • Eomuk (fish cake)
  • Tonkatsu
  • Luncheon meat 
Enjoy! :)

7.02.2021

Up Your Family’s Blood Health and Immunity with These 3 Summertime Activities

The sun is out, and the school break is here, which means that it’s finally the season for family vacations and beach trips. But since the current situation calls for more family time spent at home, the young and active kids might have to spend their extra time getting busy on activities within the confines of your household. And while this calls for activities that require participation and creativity of the adults, the scorching heat presents a significant barrier to stay active.

Low intensity physical activities like long walks are much more convenient but having to spend hours outside these days isn’t the most ideal either. However, physical activity is an important part of building up one’s health, as it can help reduce stress, improve sleep quality, strengthen immunity, and improve blood health. It’s never too late to keep your family moving. Here are 3 fun activities you and your family can bond over at home despite the dry season.

1. Explore Virtual Fun Run Events
Running and building up your cardio doesn’t always require exploration of the outside world. Since the shift to a new normal lifestyle, brands and events that previously held fun run events have adapted to a safer alternative of previous marathons that were held outside. Now, you can register your whole family for virtual races, choose an appropriate distance everyone is able to accomplish, and flash a video on screen while running in place or around your home. Not only is this exciting but it also helps keep everyone in the family active. And the best part is everyone gets rewarded with a medal for finishing the race!



2. Groove and Move with a Dance Party
Running around in one place might not be as enjoyable for everyone in the family. If that’s the case, a dance party is also a great way to have the family bond in movement, learning, and connection, while doing physical activity. Music can make any age naturally move and groove to the beat. Just set a playlist of at least an hour with different genres of music that all ages of the family can enjoy, set the lighting according to the mood and get the dance party started, any time of the day! You can also upgrade the dance party by incorporating a theme where you dress up, use props like glowsticks, ribbons, face paint, and color-changing LED lights. The creative possibilities are endless to keep your loved ones active for a boosted immunity and healthy blood.

Staycation at home.

3. Peaceful Staycation at Home
Relaxation also strengthens our health just as much as rigorous physical activity. Stress can weaken the body’s immune system leading to people getting sick at stressful and unsure times. While a dance party and an at-home marathon might seem enjoyable to some, for families who prefer activities that don’t require feeling exhausted, or loved ones who have conditions that prevent them to dance or run; a peaceful staycation at home can still help boost their immunity and keep their blood healthy.

A staycation at home can start off with a nutritious breakfast meal with fruits and vegetables, and relaxing music playing in the background. While others prepare for the next meal, the children can be entertained with a short animation film or through a book reading session. Lunch can be setup as a picnic on your backyard, veranda, or terrace. Taking a siesta can help refresh the mind as well. After dinner, a soothing bath can cap off the whole day of relaxation at home.

These 3 summertime activities may help your family moving while reducing stress and building their immunity during the dry season. Yet with age and lifestyle differences of your loved ones, some may need external help to keep their blood healthy that physical activities and relaxation may not be able to provide sufficiently.


Multivitamins + Minerals (Sangobion IRON+) is Your Family’s Blood Health Ally
Multivitamins + Minerals (Sangobion IRON+) is an iron supplement with vitamins and minerals that helps to replenish iron stores and increases red blood cell levels in the body. It has ferrous gluconate, a type of iron salt which allows better absorption of iron in the body, Folic acid, and vitamin B12 which are vital for production of red blood cells and during pregnancy. It also contains Vitamin C which helps improve iron absorption, and Copper sulphate and manganese sulphate that helps in the metabolic processes of blood cell production.

Recommended intake is one to two capsules daily, during or after meals, or as prescribed by your doctor.

Multivitamins + Minerals (Sangobion IRON+) helps to treat iron deficiency anemia that can lead to weakened immunity and increased susceptibility to infection. Iron deficiency anemia happens when the blood has a lower amount of red blood cells or hemoglobin than normal. This can cause the body to feel weak, tired, dizzy, look pale, and experience headaches.

This year’s summertime activities with the family may be spent at home but the situation can’t stop the fun and relaxation. With a nutritious diet, physical activity, proper sleep, and by taking Multivitamins + Minerals (Sangobion IRON+), you and your family can stay blood healthy all throughout the different Philippine seasons. If symptoms persist, consult your doctor. sulphate and manganese sulphate that helps in the metabolic processes of blood cell production.


7.01.2021

Providing the FURfect Love and Protection to Our Dogs.

Our pet dogs bring us unparalleled happiness and joy. They are our adorable and fluffy companions that can effortlessly boost our mood despite all the stresses we deal with on a daily basis.

Thus, for us dog owners, there is nothing more important than the health and safety of our fluffy furball. We always want to give them the best so that they make the most out of their lives while they are with us.

If you're an ARMY, you know who this is. ;)

To help dog owners better take care of their beloved pets, Malayan Insurance conducted the FURfect Love Protection Webinar where Dr. Obet Robles shared insights on how we can tend properly to our fur babies from a veterinarian’s perspective.

Here are five takeaways on looking out for our precious dog’s overall protection.

1. Understand the basic needs of our dog
It is our responsibility as dog owners to understand the basic needs of our pets. These include water and food, shelter, and a good amount of socialization.

When it comes to food, dogs should have a complete and balanced meal which can be found through commercial dog food. This is designed to provide all the nutritional needs of our pets.

Aside from that, we should also be wary of table scraps that are harmful to them such as chocolates, cooked chicken bones, onion and garlic, grapes, raisins, and avocado.

Dr. Robles also mentioned that dogs should be active for at least 30 minutes to two hours every day to ensure that they have enough exercise and to keep them mentally stimulated.

FURFect Love Protection Webinar with Dr. Obet Robles.


2. Trust the Vet
No one will understand us better than veterinarians when it comes to taking care of our pets. They have the knowledge and expertise on how we can keep our dogs out of danger which is why it is necessary to trust your vet.

This means seeking veterinary care to vaccinate them against diseases and have our pets checked when they show symptoms of an illness. Veterinarians can properly diagnose animal health problems which in turn can treat our pet’s suffering.

Dr. Obet Robles in the house!


3. Be wary of common accidents in dogs
Owning a pet was never risk-free, thus, it is important to watch out for the common accidents that could happen to our dogs. These include car accidents, dog fights, and toxicity from food.

These can cause serious injuries to our pets which is why when we meet any of these, make sure to bring them to the nearest veterinarian so they can be treated immediately.

Aside from that, we can also get our dogs insurance protection which can help us manage these uncertainties.

Your fur babies can now be insured, too!

Malayan’s Pet Care Insurance is a 3-in-1 insurance plan for pets and pet owners. It provides coverages such as medical reimbursement for any veterinary treatment, liability coverage, and personal accident (PA) insurance for dog owners.

Medical reimbursement covers up to P300,000 of medical expenses incurred to treat or diagnose the insured dog in case it gets into an accident or acquires sudden illness. The owner’s liability benefit covers damages and costs incurred for any liabilities to third-parties due to the actions of the insured pet such as accidentally attacking other people.

The PA covers the insured dog owner in the event of accidental death, disablement, and dismemberment while the policy is in force.

Dogs qualified under Pet Care have to be between six months to eight years old and currently vaccinated as prescribed by the Philippine Animal Hospital Association (PAHA).

The introduction of an insurance product for pets in the country, specifically for dogs, is part of Malayan Insurance’s plan to produce more innovative products that the company can offer to the general public. It is the company’s way of continuing to push efforts in providing relevant insurance protection to Filipinos in every possible way.

Small, but full of energy.


4. Checking our pets
Dr. Obet advised to ask these three questions to assess the overall health of our dogs: Is my dog eating well? Is it receiving the proper nutrients it needs? Is my dog playing and energetic?

Likewise, there are indicators we can keep in mind which are appetite, body conditioning scoring (BCS), and energy.

For BCS, the ideal appearance of dogs is if their ribs and spine can be easily felt but not necessarily seen. The waist can be seen when viewed from above and the abdomen is not sagging when viewed from the side. Also, it should look normal, ideal, and even muscular.

Lethargy is a sign that there must be something wrong with your pet.


5. Watch out for common disease symptoms
Some common symptoms of diseases in dogs are lethargy, vomiting, diarrhea, anemia, and respiratory distress. If these signs are observed from our pets, it will be better to have them checked as it might be from a fatal disease.

It can be viral, bacterial, or parasitic diseases if not from the lack of the right nutrition. Some common viral diseases in dogs are canine parvovirus, distemper virus, and Coronavirus.

Meanwhile, for bacterial diseases, pet owners should watch out for the likes of Leptospirosis, blood parasite, Bordetella, Salmonella, or E. Coli bacteria. There are also parasitic infections such as intestinal worms, heartworm, mites, ticks, and fleas.

For nutritional cases, there are diseases that our dogs may get which are urinary problems, bladder stones, diabetes, obesity, and malnutrition.


6.29.2021

Flaunt Your Pride with Pantene!

The freedom to fully express one's identity without fear of judgement is the fruit of years of fighting for equal rights and representation, and every June, we celebrate how far we've come with LGBTQIA+ Pride month.

Flaunt your Pride with Pantene!

It takes courage to embrace your truth and tell your story to the world. That's why it's important to put the spotlight on those who have already found the courage and confidence to flaunt their pride, so that they can inspire others to do the same — just like these strong women.

Mela’s journey to womanhood began with her hair. After years of wearing synthetic wigs or putting a bath towel over her head, she finally let her hair grow long. “At first, I tried to joke about it, “Ma, pagbigyan mo na ako! Rocker na ako ngayon!” She shared on her Instagram post. As time went by, she realized that having straight, smooth, and jet black hair felt right. “I was meant to rock my hair with confidence.”

Mela Habijan, Miss Trans Global 2020.

She found pride in her crowning glory and made sure to give it the proper care it needed. “… Everytime people complimented my hair, my honest, consistent, and confident reply has always been, “Alagang Pantene yan!”, Mela proudly shared in her Instagram post. “I have always flaunted my hair with pride because [it] reflects my journey to being the free and authentic Mela that I am today. As a proud trans woman with feminine expression, my hair has been my source of power. And that’s definitely Salontastic!

As a member and supporter of the LGBTQIA+ community, I, too have my own journey in raising my voice for my happiness and myself.” Chezka shared on her Instagram.

Chezka Carandang, pilot.

Chezka, like many others, was afraid of how her family and friends would react to her identity. So, she joined predominantly female activities like modelling and beauty pageants as she tried to figure out how she wanted to present herself. Later on she realized that she wanted to express herself physically as a woman, “…and that’s why I started growing my long straight hair with Pantene. Because Pantene has always been there in helping me feel stronger and Salontastic! Flaunt your #Pride with Pantene. I’m truly thankful for my community in helping me understand them and myself. Know that you are not alone and that we are heard.

Allies also play a role in helping make the LGBTQIA+ community a safe space by fostering a culture of acceptance and respect, and advocating for equal rights and opportunities.

Gabbi Garcia.

Gabbi, an ally, shows her full support for the LGBTQIA+ community in her Instagram post. “I’ve always been a proud supporter ever since I was young. I believe that everyone should be treated with love and respect. There is definitely no room for hate in this world! Everyone can be Salontastic regardless of gender!”

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Both conditioners are formulated with a blend of Pro-Vitamin B5, with special ingredients like Miracle Serum, real Collagen, and Keratin straighteners that moisturize hair and help strengthen hair against damage to give you everyday #Salontastic results.

Take pride in your hair and get that #SalontasticTransformation with Pantene. Explore more from Pantene’s wide range of haircare products through the P&G Shopee Mall store.