Bubble Man for a Happy Wife and a Happy Life

Truly, married life is totally different from the days when I still stay in my parents’ house. It has a lot of adjustments, and can be pretty tricky especially if you’re not really the household-chore type of girl, and when you’re allergic to almost everything!

That is why I am so lucky when my husband and I found a way to work around our roles in our little home, in preparation as well as we await our little bundle of joy!

Since I don’t cook (Disclaimer: Not that I’m too ‘maarte’, but the smoke really gets to me. I can really get sick from the allergies just by smelling fried garlic, fried rice, onions, etc.) , we were able to establish that John does the cooking, while I wash the dishes.

Now that I am answerable to our clean plates and his clean pans, I am so happy that I found Bubble Man!

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Bubble Man is a highly efficient, economical, environmental-friendly and Philippine-made Dishwashing Liquid that promises to make cleaning easier and more fun for the entire family.

Would you believe that is three times more affordable than the market’s popular and leading brands? Growing up, I’ve been used to watching commercials showing the efficacy of such brands, and now that I am a wife, and a soon-to-be mother, I am wondering if there are other alternatives for me, especially that we have to manage the budget effectively.

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It is good to know that upon using it, I was able to clean more dishes with just a small amount, not to mention it can easily rinse off. But for this morning, my husband was extra sweet to take the liberty to wash the dishes on my behalf. I might have overslept and abused my snooze button!

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He said he loved using our new dishwashing liquid! 😀 But was a little creeped out when I started positioning the bottles and took this photo. Hehe 😛

A single drop mixed in water can already be used to clean the kitchen sink, few more drops in a water bucket can make an entire floor spotless; you can even use it to clean your car! And the best of it all, its gentle formula, can be mild enough to clean toys, milk bottles, and even my delicate make-up brushes!

I don’t even have to buy separate washing liquids for the last few items I mentioned!

I was surprised how gentle it is on my hands as well, it’s like a handsoap too! No need to put hand lotion after!

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Bubbleman comes in three variants: Lemon, Antibac, and Kalamansi scents. The 270 ml size retails for only Php 32.50, while the 880 ml bottle retails for only Php 70.00, with special promo pack 270ml for only 55.00 while promo pack 880ml is only 130.00

You can find Bubble Man at all leading supermarket such as Puregold, Mercury Drugs, Robinson, Waltermart, Landmark, Fishermall Supermarket, METRO  and other groceries nationwide and is a proud product of Mikewell Corporation.

Mikewell Corporation is a 100% Filipino-owned company established by two Chemical Engineers in 2005, with the objective of creating house cleaning products that improve quality of life, through clean homes and a safe environment.

 

Follow them on Facebook and Instagram! 😀

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7 Times I Felt Fearless, Fierce and Playfully Bold (Some Secrets Revealed!)

Have you ever had that moment when the world agrees that you are weak, obsolete, and someone who cannot do anything better with her life?

If your answer is yes, same here! 😀

Everybody has those periods of weaknesses, but it doesn’t matter how many times you felt betrayed, disappointed, hurt – all that matters is that you were able to rise up, and be a phoenix from those ashes.

Let me share something personal today because I’m feeling sentimental and extra motivating. Haha 😀 Because nothing is sweeter and worth-reading that those inspiring stories that let you reflect on your own to do something that will yield growth for the next 24 hours.

On Family and Friends

  1. I am a registered nurse, and obviously, I didn’t pick my course, but I had to do it because that’s what my Dad wants. I had to be a good daughter, and I know he just wants the best for me. After graduation, and passing the boards, I knew I had to do something with my life, and that doesn’t include using my PRC license.

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My Dad and I had a discussion, a long and gruesome one. He wanted me to join the family business if I don’t intend to work in a hospital. I was so thirsty with the life outside of school, so I made my stand. I said I want to work and experience how it is like to be part of an organization that does not involve any assistance or connection from my parents. I want to know if I am cut for a job, just by being me.

And so, I got hired and became an SEO Copywriter! No assistance, no connections. License not needed. Just me, and whatever I have in this frail little body.

  1. Sometimes, it really takes a whole lot of courage to be honest with a friend, especially if you think that the truth might hurt them. I once had an experience with a friend who wants to change her life and attract a mate but didn’t know where to start. I had to tell her that she needs to love and take good care of herself, to invite wealthy situations and wonderful people in her life.

Golly, I was so cautious to pick the right words so I wouldn’t have to hurt her feelings, especially when I told her she needed a makeover. But that’s something I am not regretting, because she was able to change her disposition towards herself, and that’s quite enough for me.

On Career

  1. I took 3 board exams. The Nursing Licensure Exam, which I passed. The Real Estate Broker Exam, which I passed, again. And the Real Estate Appraiser Exam, which I failed.

I have never felt such a failure in my entire life. I have always been accustomed to winning, to getting what I want, and not anticipating anything might go wrong. As for my plans for the 3rd exam, I got a taste of something I never even planned of cooking.

My boss back then told me, that I don’t have to prove anything, as far as career is concerned. I am good at what I’m doing, and a failed attempt for a third license is not going to diminish my value as a professional and as a person.

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I soon realized that failures are just disguised blessings, because fate and Someone Up There has their way of giving you something more, something you deserve, and something that’s going to weigh more than the other failed plans you even bothered conjuring.

After that, I became a Shoe Designer and a Public Speaker. Not bad, don’t you think?

  1. I was too shy to raise concerns about my needs and directions as a professional, thinking that I may be regarded as too ambitious or too demanding. But after months of contemplating and reflecting, I was able to finally find the nerve and the bravery to speak up.

I filed my resignation. And soon started a career on freelance, and put up my own business.

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I knew the career path I wanted to take, and I am thankful I found the guts to follow it; knowing that my dreams will not be handed to me, I have to get them myself.

On Love

  1. It’s funny how some people advise you that no one goes away from someone who is tall, fair, beautiful, rich, an heir to a business empire, etc. But nobody tells you that it’s also okay to let go when you think the relationship is going nowhere.

How is that even possible? I once had this perfect guy, and he was all sweet and nice, and gentlemanly, and everything you can think of your ideal prince charming. Only that, he was not customized for me. He was a generic Ken doll, and  I’m a specialized Barbie.

It took me almost a year to realize that, and muster the sanity that I have to get out of that relationship. I was kidding myself that maybe I was too “maarte” or too choosy. He was indeed a perfect guy, but not the perfect One for me.

So I guess do not be afraid of walking out on the love that you think you don’t deserve.

  1. I’d like to use this part on how I met my husband. I was definitely the epitome of fearless, fierce and exceptionally bold. I met him on Christmas of 2015 in a club in BGC.

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He was like a shiny new toy. Chinito, may braces, makinis, rosy lips, very Oppa! Someone I think will not even give me a second look. We chatted for a while, maybe around 45 minutes tops, and then my tita friends said we had to go home.

It was 3AM! But I was so engrossed in his personality and our conversation, that I asked them (my friends) for an extra 15 minutes. But my girl buddies were on haste. So I had to decide if I should go home or not.

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In about 2 seconds in my mind I was thinking like: If I go home, I will always wonder what will have been had I stayed? But if I stay, I will find out. After all, you only live once. And it’s just one adventurous night, that I can tell my future grandkids!

Yes, for 2 seconds!

So I said, “I’ll stay! For 30minutes. Then I’ll leave, promise!”

Haha 😀 At the back of my head, I was taking a chance. On a total stranger! That I just met that night! Allowing myself to have 30 minutes of a chance at a possible boyfriend, or friend, or connection. Haha 😀 Assuming!

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If I knew I was staying for a chance at love, marriage, and for the rest of my life, I could have dropped that 30-minute detail in my disclaimer! Haha 😀

You can imagine my friends’ reactions when I told them I’m choosing to stay. Haha :p

So the lesson is, take risks! But choose them wisely! 😀

On Life

  1. The most difficult downfall I ever had was to witness my mother pass away from the life as we know it.

You can never prepare enough for a death of a loved one, especially with someone who was entirely essential to make you alive for your first 9 months of life.

She was my hero – my biggest influence. I still get teary when I talk and write about her. I feel so honored to be her daughter, to be her extension, to be her legacy.

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There is no forgetting, you may just get used to the pain, in that small hollow part in your heart. I may have moved on, but her memory will always flourish, and the fact that she has shared her strength, her wisdom, her talent, her passion, her love, her life to me is what’s going to making me fearless, fierce, and playfully bold for the rest of my years until I see her again.

And that my merfriend is how you own life, be unabashedly beautiful, confident, unfazed by nothing, and empowered from within.

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This post is inspired by the #Curvalicious Movement of Whisper in bringing forward a whole new level of attitude, zest, and inspiration for women to keep slaying, winning, and doing things their own way – no holds barred.

Whisper’s upgraded pads are now featured with the new #Curvalicious fit, with a bump on the pad that ensures a more snug fit, so you feel comfortable like any other day. Its soft cotton cover and dermacare lotion cares for your skin, and with pad’s longer fit, 12-hour leak protection, and anti-leak barriers from all sides, you have absolutely no reason to worry!

So let us all celebrate to see ourselves sassy, edgy and fabulous, even on red days. Always be present, and don’t lose focus on your goals, with nothing to stop or distract you.

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I hope this post inspired you to become a better version of yourself and to never lose sight of who you are, what you want, and why you’re doing it.

Remember, above anything, you have to always like yourself amidst all these new things and changes happening in your life.

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As always, you have my support! Whisper does too!

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What Dishes to Try at The Fat Seed , UP Town Center

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THE FAT SEED ‘s name couldn’t have been more on point than it already is. I am usually very curious about how entrepreneurs, idealists, and creatives come up with a brand name. So, I asked. 😀

Why the restaurant is called THE FAT SEED?

SEED, is usually referred to an idea, a concept, a movement waiting to be cultivated or acted upon. FAT can also be associated with richness, fullness and a huge resource of what can be more, and what can be done.

So naturally, THE FAT SEED is a dream that is bound to be fulfilled with a lot of possibilities. Upon hearing the story behind it, I was seriously excited about what’s to come, and what my stomach and taste buds will tell.

 

THE INTERIORS

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The restaurant is glazed by a modern industrial architecture. Wall murals were eye catchy, and very millennial. The irregularly-shaped wooden tables were polished and sophisticated together with the metal chairs.

The counter was inviting, and the neatly-hung written menu was a great addition to add novelty and fun. The mugs on a made-up wall-shelf gave the place a warm café-vibe. It really looked less intimidating.

 

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We had a talk with the chef, and basically he oriented us that they were extra experimental and crafty with their dishes. We were to expect traditional food being given a different twist, and family recipes being set to newer versions. And I could say, my palate was already clinking and swiping its pair of knives and forks by the thoughts of it.

Buttermilk Fried Chicken with Ube Waffle in Salted Egg Sauce (P325).

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It comes with bacon infused maple syrup for the waffles, salted egg sauce for the fried chicken , and pickled red onions. Well, you can just actually pair them with anything on the plate, because they create a unique taste combination, and a total food experience. I love how the waffles were soft and supple, and the sauces were even more stirring to try.

 

The Fat Seed Signature Porkchop (P395)

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When you go here, make sure you don’t miss ordering this one! Aside from its shocking affordable price, it is definitely something you’ll recommend to friends to eat.

The beer brine porkchop was such a delight; it was soft, tender and extremely favorful. The cream deli mustard sauce gave it an extra kick. The home-made miso, and sweet potato puree were a great addition to give it a more rallying taste.

 

Hotate Soy Cream Pasta (P385)

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It has Japanese soy cream, scallops, ebiko, bonito flakes, and nori shreds. This is one of their best-sellers, and I don’t see any reason why it shouldn’t. It was nothing like I’ve ever tasted before. The spices were blended evenly, giving it an unforgettable unique taste. If you’re an adventurous foodie, this is definitely a must-try.

 

Wagyu Pares (P305)

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The Wagyu Pares was served in what you can recall your elementary/highschool lunch containers. It was a perfect and rather a nostalgic choice of plate if you’d ask me, because it comes with three cogs, – the wagyu beef cubes with beef broth, fried rice, and shao xing rice wine.

Together, they were just an impeccable choice to have at lunch, or share with a classmate, I mean officemate, or friend, or whatever. 🙂

 

Mushroom Fritters (175)

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These are deep fried oyster mushroom served with homemade ketchup. I love how simple and tasty these are. They are a pretty good choice for appetizers.

 

Purple Haze and Rojito (Coming Soon)

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The restaurateurs were generous enough to let us get the first dibs on concoctions that are yet to be included in the menu – the Purple Haze, a whiskey sour and served with cranberry that makes the cocktail purple in color; and The Rojito, a mojito sprinkled with a recipe twist.

Since I’m pregnant, I tried to research first before I can have a taste, and it said a little cocktail wouldn’t hurt, so I just probably sprinkled some drops on my tongue just to know the taste. The Rojito was nice, although the Purple Haze was a bit strong for me.

 

Coffee Cubes (P150)

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I didn’t have a go this one though, because I am really not a fan of coffee. Plus it’s caffeine, so maybe next time? But if you’re a coffee lover, know that this could be worth a try.

 

THE JUDGEMENT

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I believe this is a haven for those who would like to explore non-traditional takes on traditional recipes. It’s definitely exciting to bask in varied flavors and versions on dishes that you think you know already. It makes me think that if restaurants were travel destinations, you definitely must visit THE FAT SEED.

I highly recommend the place for dates, hang out with friends and quick chitchats. The prices are ranging from regular to a bit pricey, but I think with the kind of food dexterity they observe with their dishes, they are already reasonable. Be sure you also take photos with you, as this place is also very Instagrammable! The friendly staff would be very much willing to take your usual eating-position-shots,  #ootds and #atms!

 

Visit them:

THE FAT SEED Café + Roastery

UP Town Center, 216 Katipuna Ave., Diliman Quezon City

Contact No.: 0917.763.2119

Facebook and Instagram: @thefatseedph

 

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Glupa Women’s Club On Expanding Each Other’s Queendom

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I have always been a great supporter of women empowerment, and character development. I strongly believe that being a woman is strength in itself.

We have grown so much from the primitive beliefs that women are just born to take care of their children, and stay at home to manage a household. Over the years, we have already been recognized as a strong and essential contributor to the society’s integrity and continuous progress. That is why whenever I hear new stories about women taking over the world, I feel overjoyed and enriched with pride.

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Flannery O’Connor, an esteemed American writer, and essayist once wrote a short story entitled

“Everything that Rises Must Converge.” It is a story reflective of the current issues during that time. It was written when innovation was a new concept, not every American was willing to accept. The story is about transcending the societal norms, veering away from traditions, expectations, pretensions, prejudices and the realization of what change can bring.

The title of the story was actually taken from a quote by French Philosopher and Jesuit priest Pierre Teilhard de Chardin. He wrote, “Remain true to yourself, but move ever upward toward greater consciousness and greater love!

At the summit, you will find yourselves united with all those who, from every direction, have made the same ascent. For everything that rises must converge.”

That is why it is so timely and unshocking to realize that a successful and inspiring woman is rising above the challenge and spearheading a breakthrough once again.

Age Defying Solutions founder and CEO Aiza Diuco strongly adhere to the belief that women should help each other rise by a cumulative effort of sharing their knowledge, perspective and skills to uplift better chances for every woman’s brighter future.

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She recently founded The Glupa Women’s Club, a club by women for women.

The young CEO will commence the club’s vision and purpose by holding a series of activities, including talks and workshops aiming to empower women and hone their skills as a vital member of the society.

She sees that this club can pave the way into returning her gratitude to the community that has helped her achieve her success.

Ms. Diuco also had her share of failures and hardships. She was not perfect. She remembers how much struggle she had to endure when she started in the beauty industry. She had to give up the comfortable lifestyle she grew up with, and fix the shattered pieces of her life as she went on to pursue her dreams.

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Ms. Diuco is grateful for her education, and experiences. She used these couple with her love for research in starting her own business.

There were some critics along the way that she had to deal with since they were extra haughty to discern that she only owes her achievements from her rich family. While she is grateful to her family, she has never forgotten the value of labor and not giving up.

Nevertheless, despite the criticism and bumps along the way, Ms. Duico can still stand up tall, with her head held high, knowing that Age Defying Solutions company is the product of all her hard work and the things she did to make her company grow.

Her business started from the backyard which has grown enormously over the years. She will always be grateful to good leadership and the best people she has worked with.

I truly admire people like her. While her story may not be rare, she is another living example that success is possible, that dreams do come true – if you strongly put your heart into it, and it knows no gender either!

 

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Joining Whisper Curvalicious Movement with Nadine Lustre

Fierce, fearless and positively bold – three adjectives that perfectly define the multi-talented star Nadine Lustre as she lead the Whisper Curvalicious Coming Out Party!

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True to its brand promise, Whisper celebrates women empowerment and living life to the fullest with its newest #ChooseCurvalicious movement.

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On March 20, at Valkyrie Night Club, BGC, Nadine was electrifying as ever, as she sang and sashayed the new Whisper anthem entitled Curvalicious. I am not really a fan of her songs, but this one was so positive and groovy, it’s difficult not to like. Not to mention to absentmindedly play it over and over in your head.

Together with my gorgeous blogger friends, we gave in and furrowed with the upbeat music and energy!

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“I have always been about being myself and doing what I feel is right and close to my heart, ” says the singer-actress. She went about how a Whisper Curvalicious woman should not be afraid to be who she wants to be and be confident in her own skin, any day and every day.

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I quite agree, because, in a world where you can actually be easily persuaded and convinced that you may not be good enough, self-love is something that shouldn’t lose its fire. We are all unique, and cultivating our inner strengths makes us more beautiful, and totally real.

I appreciate how smart and steadfast Nadine is despite her critics and naysayers. She is positively bold, no doubt about, that but I guess being a modern woman entails you to know yourself, your abilities, and how you can use these to benefit and inspire others.

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Being the face of Curvalicious Movement is such an honor for Nadine, she is happy that she can share the mindset of empowering women, and rising above all challenges no matter how treacherous they may be. She is confident that women will be more thriving, and ecstatic in sharing the ideals of a modern millennial woman in being a blessing to those around her.

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The new Whisper still features its cottony soft cover and dermacare lotion, 12-hour leakage protection and anti-leak barriers for a completely worry-free period. Now, made better!

It ensures a more snug fit with its own curvalicious feature too! The amazing feminine pad upgrade is absolutely perfect for modern women like you, me, and Nadine, who need to stay confident, cool and yes – #Curvalicious!

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My period may be gone for some months now and is not trying to return anytime soon, I am still grateful to be part of this movement and share these with you my dear merfriends! (Can you check my baby bump already?) 😀

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Together with Whisper, women can join and be a part of the Curvalicious Movement:

A celebration of the modern woman who is brave, daring, and ever inspiring! A woman that strives for power and greatness to let her fellow women achieve the same!

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Be inspired, and keep inspiring! 🙂

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A First-Time-Mom’s Prenatal Care and Lactation Class at HealthFirst Clinic

The funny thing about time is that you cannot stop it. It just goes on and on, and sometimes it doesn’t warn you that life isn’t the same way again.

You have been part of my journey as a blogger for the past two years, and I cannot thank you enough for sticking with me till today.

As adulting takes its course in my life, I am happy to welcome, write, document and share these changes as they unfold to teach me lessons that are bound to be beneficial in one way or another. And I also hope that with the virtual pages of this humble blog, you also get to learn a thing or two.

As you all know, I just dropped the biggest surprise of my life in my previous post, and while this is something I am extremely happy about, I know I need all the help I can get to prepare for this – motherhood.

Golly, I miss my Mom.

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Last weekend, I had the most joyous opportunity of going to the Free Lecture on Prenatal Care and Lactation with Dr. Madrigal-Dy; hosted by HealthFirst Clinic.

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Together with first-time moms, I was introduced to the routine check-ups and the things we need to observe as expectant mothers. I must say it feels different for me but in the most exciting way.

I used to study maternal and child care way back in my nursing classes as an upcoming health professional, but this time it was my turn to become the patient and be very responsible about my condition.

I appreciate how Dr. Dy explained prenatal care in a very patient-centered way that I felt empowered in taking charge of my pregnancy. I believe the experience will be more taken care of and enjoyed if the mother is well-informed about the things that can promote a healthy gestation.

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I am even wondering if my mother ever had classes like this. I mean, she’s an Economics Major, and there was no Youtube before, how do you become a mom? A good mom.

While I understand that you have to be very patient and willing in caring for your newborn, I guess it will really take a lot of strength and good health in maintaining your good relationship with your little one, which is why breastfeeding is also very important.

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Lactation was also highlighted during the talk, and I realized that moms can be different from each other, same way how our breasts respond to the needs of each baby. So I’m really hoping I get to feed my little one just enough. OMG!

After the lecture, I felt more assured and informed about what things I need to consider and not miss as I progress in my pregnancy. And I can’t believe I got to learn about these for free!

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Can you also believe that they have much lower rates in terms of their diagnostic services than most hospitals? For one, their Transvaginal and Pelvic Ultrasound only costs P1,260 each.

How I wish I found them sooner! :O

So if you’re an expectant mom like me, be sure to know about HealthFirst’s upcoming lectures. They are surely bound to help you in your journey as a walking miracle carrying another miracle!

HealthFirst Clinic Women’s Health Center is the modern Moms’ one-stop shop clinic partner. And can you believe that they are just in the hearts of most commercial and business districts! Talk about not having to worry how far does it have to take to visit! 🙂

 

From pregnancy to post-partum, menopause, all the way into women’s golden years, HealthFirst Women’s Health Center offer comprehensive & specialized healthcare services housed in a pleasant, one-stop shop setting.

 

Below is the complete list of services:

Pre-natal and Post-natal Care for Low Risk & High Risk Pregnancy

  • OB-GYN Ultrasound
  • Breast Clinic (Mammogram & Breast Ultrasound)*
  • Gynecological Care (Pelvic Exam & Pap Smear)
  • Gynecological Cancer Prevention & Care
  • Infertility & Menopause Clinic

Contact Details:

HealthFirst Clinic Mandaluyong – Women’s Health Center

Level 3, SOHO Central Shaw Blvd., Greenfield District, Mandaluyong City

Telephone No.: (632) 634-5714 loc. 6721

Clinic Hours: 8AM-6PM, Mon-Sat

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*Except for Mammogram, all services are also available in other HealthFirst Clinic branches:

 

HealthFirst Clinic Eastwood

Level 3, Cyber & Fashion Mall, Eastwood, Quezon City

Telephone No.: (+632) 718-0829 / 0917 673 3669

Clinic Hours: 8AM-6PM, Mon-Sat; Sun (By Appointment)

 

HealthFirst Clinic Cubao

Level 3, Spark Place Mall, P. Tuazon, Corner 10th Ave., Cubao, Quezon City

Telephone No.: (+632) 282 4513 / 0977 835 3833

Clinic Hours: 8AM-6PM, Mon-Sat

 

HealthFirst Clinic Makati

Level 1, Legaspi Towers 200, Paseo de Roxas, Legaspi Village, Makati City

Telephone No.:  (+632) 729 2060 / 0917 631 4620

Clinic Hours: 8AM-6PM, Mon-Sat

 

HealthFirst Clinic BGC

Level 2, Bonifacio Technology Center, 31st Street cor 2nd Avenue, BGC Taguig City

Telephone No.: (+632) 856 7939 / 0917 804 2985

Clinic Hours: 8AM-6PM, Mon-Fri | 8AM-12NN, Saturdays

 

HealthFirst Clinic Cebu

Level 1, i2 Building Jose Maria del Mar St., Cebu IT Park Lahug, Cebu City

Telephone No.: (+632) 236 6986 / 0917 868 0142

Clinic Hours: *8AM-6PM, Mondays-Fridays *8AM-12NN | Saturdays

 

HealthFirst Clinic Alabang

G/F, South Supermarket Alabang, Filinvest Corporate City, Alabang, Muntinlupa City

Telephone No.: (+632) 821 1423 / 0917 559 9792

Clinic Hours: 8AM-6PM, Mon-Sat

 

HealthFirst Clinic Pasay – Mall of Asia

G/F, Five E-Com Building, Mall of Asia Complex, Pasay City

Telephone No.: (+632) 845 4877 / 0917 844 5706

Clinic Hours: 8AM-6PM, Mon-Sat

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See you in one of their prenatal care and pregnancy classes? Be sure to check out their Facebook for updates! 😀

Facebook : https://www.facebook.com/HealthFirstClinicPH/

 

Till next time! 😀

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5 Things Pregnancy Does to You that No One Warned You About

So for the very first time, I’m finally going to write about the biggest news I dropped on Facebook. It’s not even the time I got engaged or got married. I even can’t believe I had almost 700 likes on that post!

If we are not friends on Facebook, I’d like to tell you, that – I’M PREGNANT!

Yes! :’)

Breathe in.. Breathe out.. Do as I did when I found out.

We were so thrilled when we found out, and a little nervous too. I was all worried about the quality of this pregnancy because I was diagnosed to have Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome (PCOS) , in other words, I have cysts in my ovaries.

This condition makes my period irregular and my hormones unregulated. Plus the fact, that it can also predispose the person to have difficulty conceiving.

So I wasn’t really expecting that we will be blessed this early. I wasn’t even taking any special diet or medicine or pills. I was just being happy and in love! Hehehe (Ang cheesy ko sa part na ‘to!)

So anyway, I’d just like to share some things I found out now that I am pregnant. Mind you, I never even learned these at Nursing School.

  1. You’re just hungry, all the time.

And it can make you cry! I am literally hungry every two hours! As in, it’s such a hassle! Especially when I want to sleep or I’m outside. So yeah, if you’re planning to conceive, better stack that refrigerator! 😜

  1. Your face just becomes smoother and silkier.

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The week I learned I was carrying a person inside, my pimples just decided to pop out everywhere! No warning! But after two weeks, my face just seemed to like the extra boost of estrogen. I guess they pretty warmed up with the additional girl hormones.

  1. You need water not just to hydrate yourself, but to also keep your uterus healthy.

After an ultrasound, the doctor noticed that I’m having contractions. And he advised me to drink more water, because dehydration can actually cause my uterus’ smooth muscles to complain and seek attention.

Guilty! So I’m drinking an ocean now! 😊

  1. Be careful what you wish for.

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I remember the time in college when I said that I wanted to have my first pregnancy before 30. According to one of our Maternal and Child book authors that having your first baby either at 30 or 30+ can post much risk to the infant and mother compared to their pre-30 counterparts.

Being single at 27, I was a bit worried actually. But I never knew that year was such a turning point. I got a boyfriend!

At 28, I got married!

And when I give birth late this year, I’m going to be 29! And it’s all before turning 30!!!

So the gossip is true. Be careful what you wish for, because you might just get it. 😅

  1. How seeing a heart flicker, and a heartbeat sound could make you all teary.

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When I first saw my baby’s flickering heart in the ultrasound monitor and hearing it beat like angry knocks, made me feel the happiest and the most essential woman on earth!

I’m going to be a mother. This, my fragile little body is healthy enough to support and grow life. And I think it is the most beautiful thing.

Wish me a happy and worry-free pregnancy, merfriends! A little mermaid or a merman is coming soon! 😁

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From Being Half-Orphan to Marrying my Better-Half, and All the Life-Changing Crazy Things of 2017

It’s the last day of the year, and I normally do not blog to review what happened in the last 364 days, but for 2017, I’m making an exception.

There has been no year that has saddened, challenged, frustrated, and uplifted me so much. So to give reference, and make me remember in the future, I’d like to share with you my year, in review.

January – Mom passed away.

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Not exactly the thing I was expecting for the first week of the year. And for the rest of my life, starting at my 27th year on earth.

I never felt so low in my life, and be subjected in a state of so much disbelief. This is something you can never recover from, but you can get used to.

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Sadness. Longing. Regret. Few of the many despairing words you feel when someone you love dies. But then again it leaves you with so much awe how that person has affected you so much, that the feelings left can actually change and improve your perspectives on how you would want to live your remaining days until you see her again.

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As for me, I want to make her proud everyday.

February – I got engaged.

Again, disbelief.

As I accepted that ring 31,000 feet above the ground I knew my life is about to change even more.

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At that moment, I knew this year is going to kick my butt every chance it gets. It maybe for the better or worse, but I just have to be ready at every whim when the kick comes.

But this one, I love so much.

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I was single for 4 years from a colorful 6-year relationship, and at 26 I was worried that I might be still single until I’m 30. I’m not getting any younger, and I was a bit panicky for myself already.

But hey, love finds you when you least expect it.

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I just can’t believe I’m getting married to a younger man I met in a club. 😮 And I’ve never been more sure in my life.

 

March – I resigned.

I ended my 5-year tenure to one of the most established and elite real estate companies in the country.

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I never thought I could be that brave. But then again, choices have to be made, and things are going to turn in one way or another.

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My resignation just happen to be marked on this month.

It was a big leap, the biggest actually for my career. It was heart-breaking and liberating at the same time.

And the most forward-thinking if I may say. I wasn’t planning on shifting to another organization, so it was truly a game-changer.

I was now on my own, planning my own game.

April – I got my first paid freelance talk and a feature in Rappler. And, I changed my hair color!

Changing my haircolor to a very bold hue was one of the bravest and best decisions I made in my life!

Changing it didn’t just paved the way for new opportunities, it also armed me with a whole new gear of confidence for much riskier and happier adventures!

A month ago, I never thought someone would want to hire me to talk in their company. I mean, I’ve never talked anywhere without representing where I’m working for.

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But that day, I felt like a superwoman! I felt like I could do anything, as long as I pour my heart into it.

I created a new module and syllabus, and facilitating it felt like I was already teaching it for a long time.

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I really have to thank my experience and the opportunities given to me before, without which I wouldn’t have the skill to create something of my own.

I will always be grateful. 🙂

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And I also made friends with a young photographer and writer who happens to be having her on-the-job-training in Rappler. I didn’t knew participating in her OJT interview feature assignment would actually end up being released in this bigtime news site!

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May – I got a publicist and had my first meeting with a celebrity for Versaheel.

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This was waaaaay over the top. I was like, it’s barely half a year! And now this? I met this International Blogger and Publicist named MJ Racadio, and he opened doors I never knew were even there before!

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I met him in a Francis Libiran Fashion Show, and he took interest in my shoe work, and before I know it, I was meeting and dressing up Jaclyn Jose.

 

June – I was named a blogger ambassador for a brand.

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My blog is still new. I wasn’t that kind who was very religious when it comes to updating her blog, but I am striving very hard, that was why I was so shocked when I got an email about a brand wanting to partner with Encyclopevia.

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Gown for Rent couldn’t be timelier as I was set to be married soon. So it provided a really good angle for me to write on. And I enjoyed shooting amazing gowns from their studio!

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And since you’re right here already, next time you need a quick outfit fix for an event, you can rent your beautiful dress for a price you can’t refuse, and get 20% off! Use my code: GFRVIA728

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(Hehe :* :* Plug plug plug! :p )

 

July – Together with my then-fiance, we booked our major wedding suppliers and I was invited to talk in a business expo in SM Megamall.

At this moment, I was extra concerned already because I haven’t quite done a good deal for our wedding planning. I was totally freaking out about the date I wanted, if it’s still available in our non-negotiable church.

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To my good grief, it was STILL! Not the best time slot, but it will do! 🙂

I felt so triumphant, because after two days, we were also able to book the reception and caterer which is just 5minutes away from the church! Yay! 😀

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I also had the stage all to myself when I discussed Instagram Marketing with a bunch of business owners, marketers and students in an expo in SM Megamall. Mall talks are a big deal for me!

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This was the same organization that gave me an opportunity to talk in Glorietta last year. Gladly, I was more calm on this one compared to the travel expo in 2016.

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August – I travelled to Cambodia and Malaysia and got my first feature in a TV show.

This year is totally giving me a lot of firsts.

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I got to visit Siem Reap, Cambodia and Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia! I love travelling! It has made me understand more people and their unique cultures!

I believe aside from being a good story-teller, you also become a better and more tolerant person when you travel.

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Plus, I got to see my face on TV for the first time! Not as an audience of a show, but actually as myself!

I got featured in News5 at TV5 for my story as a shoe designer, and a live interview was also held in Pambansang Almusal at Net25 featuring my work and some designs.

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I never thought I’ll have these opportunities this early when I am just a girl who is madly fixated with shoes.

 

September – I enrolled in a shoe construction class.

Taking my shoe designer dreams and skills to the next level! My then-fiance and I thought it would be a great move to learn more about the craft.

I was so excited because I have always dreamed of studying in SoFA (School of Fashion and Arts).

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I learned to design with more precision, do pattern-making and the actual shoe-making! I am stocking so much leathers at home already! 😮

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I even earned my first battle scar! 😀 I accidentally cut myself while I was tracing my pattern in the shoe last. I am so thrilled on getting my own shoe machines soon!

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October –My first shoe collaboration project happened.

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Before I was just taking photos from the shoe factories, Marikina Public Market, and the basement of Farmers’ Plaza, but now I actually experienced shooting a collection of my own designs! What’s better is that it is for a collaboration between a New York-based artist, Peter Marco of MARCO NOT POLO.

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The Princess and the Peacock 2My heart swells with joy as I also made good collaborations with Tobi Cabrera of Funkadelic Photos and Joshua Miguel Paungan of A Day in the Life.

 

 

November – I met new people for the first time who recognized me and read my blog.

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This was such a revelation for me. Some people ARE actually reading my blog! OMG!

 

I went to some events and met new friends, and to my surprise they recognize Encyclopevia! As it turned out, they’ve visited our humble page before already! I was so kilig and happy! I cannot wait to meet all of you soon and share stories together! 🙂

December – I got married.

I may have started this year pretty sad, but the happiness it brought me as 2017 ends was unimaginable.

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There were a lot of hiccups that happened on why we were able to celebrate our civil wedding in the last month of the year. 

There were age, time and ID issues to name a few, but I guess everything came in to fruition when we finally set the date on December 20, 2017 – exactly two years after we first met!

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With only 28 days for planning, I am pleased to write that we were able to carry out our goals, and even got bonuses along the way.

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Photo by: Yves Bryan Photography

It’s just fleeting to celebrate a very special day with all the people you love, who reciprocate the same ardour (fortunately for us) as well.

I cannot explain how happy I am that my prayers were answered and the long wait for God’s perfect time was all worth it.

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So 2018, get ready! I’m tougher and (more) ready for your new kicks! 😀

Wishing you more love and happiness for the year to come! :*

 

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Holiday Parties Just Got Swankier with LG InstaViewTM Door-in-Door

Hey, I just got married!
If you’re my Facebook friend, and if you’re following Encyclopevia on Facebook, you probably have seen me and my new hubby’s civil wedding yesterday.
While I am so excited into moving into our new home, it’s also my first Christmas as a Mrs. I am still trying to get the feel and getting used to my new surname, but anyway I just found a new home appliance we’ll never have to worry on getting used to.

It can definitely make anyone’s future home a lot more stylish and entertaining, especially this holiday season!
Entertaining comes easy with the right technological products. This holiday season, make sure to enlist the right refrigerator that will transform you into the best host; the LG InstaViewTM Door-in-Door® (DID), party planning and entertaining become easy peasy.

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With a state-of-the-art mirrored glass panel, checking the fridge for ingredients that you have to buy at the grocery is as easy as taking a peek. You only have to knock twice to see inside the easy access compartment without ever opening the door, reducing cold air loss to help keep food fresher longer!

That’s like tapping on a smartphone to wake it up!
The LG InstaViewTM DID® is also equipped with the SpaceplusTM Ice System. The door-mounted slim icemaker provides 20% more storage space, so you don’t have to lose your cool about running out of ice during a party.

Furthermore, fresh produce stays crisp longer with the Moist Balance CrisperTM. Specially designed by LG, the Moist Balance CrisperTM is an innovative lattice-patterned box cover, which maintains the moisture in the food and vegetable section at the optimal level. This way, impromptu dinner parties can be hassle-free.

For more information about the LG InstaViewTM Door-in-Door®, please visit http://www.lg.com/ph/refrigerators/ for more information!

#BloggersPhilippines #LGInstaViewTM

 

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