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Friday, December 19, 2014

Wi-Fi Means Will Find (a network!)

I'm so pissed off with the WiFi services here.  Where I am, the two giant networks sometimes work, and sometimes don't.  We have them both because there are times when one will work and the other won't and on other days, the other works and the other won't.  To think that we actually have them on unlimited usage.  So, yes, we spend so much for just probably haf the usage of each.

There are times when you desperately need to use the internet and both won't work.  Like when I had to register for this event but couldn't.  It's good that a day prior to the deadline, I was "allowed" to use my service by the great Telecoms who I pay for providing me such crap.

Is there really no way to improve these services in the Philippines?  Terrible I tell you  Care to share some of your experiences?

Thursday, December 11, 2014

Nuvali - A Healthy Way to Live

I cannot overemphasize that there are many factors leading a healthy life.  Food, of course is one consideration.  But so is the place of residence.

Living in the province is ideal where there is fresh air, fresh food, and the surrounding is green.  But most of us need to work and earn a living.  It may difficult to be commuting (and consequently become unhealthy) living in the province.  Well, that is not so if we live in Nuvali.

Nuvali is currently Ayala's biggest development in Southern Luzon. Found in the province of Laguna, it is quite accessible to go to Metromanila as it only takes about 20 minutes to travel from Pasay to this regional growth center of the south.  It is close to vital centers such as schools (Miriam College and Xavier School are both found in Nuvali while Don Bosco, La Salle and St. Scholastica are just about 5 km away), malls (the Solenad malls are in Nuvali, while the Paseo de Sta. Rosa is a stone's throw away), Churches (St. Benedict, Don Bosco and now even Xavier School has a chapel).  Businesses and offices are sprouting here and there.  Currently, IBM and Convergys can already be found in Nuvali, KGB is found just about 200 meters away.   The presence of Seda Hotel in the area serves the guests who are here for both pleasure and business.

Nuvali is a mixed use development.  This means residential areas are built to coexist with commercial areas.  House and Lots in villages such as HillCrest Estates, Avida Southfield Settings, Lumira are currently up for sale.  Condo units are still up for grabs (but are quickly running out) at the Amaia Scapes.  As for leisure, Nuvali offers activities such as it's now popular wakeboarding at the Wake Park located on a hill.  Camp N, the bird sanctuary and the greens and patches are also maintained for the less adventurous crowd.   There are factory outlets found in Solenad where shopgoers can search for signature brands at a lesser cost.  There will be other commercial areas that will be built as the some 2,200 hectares of land is being developed.  Nuvali in itself is

Yet, despite all those, Nuvali is our own sanctuary.  Here, I have time and again found birds, bees and butterflies in my garden.  Children are still able to play without unnecessary danger exposure.  The guards at our village are all over and their presence is felt by everyone.  The air is clean because there are many trees and the park is relaxingly green.  It is a place of solitude who like the peace and quiet yet vibrant when you go to the commercial centers.

Yes, it contributes to maintaining health and wellness because it has everything you need and more.

If this has sparked your interest and would like to invest, ask me about properties in Nuvali.  Anyone can invest in the growth and development of Nuvali.  This is the perfect time to do so.

*For inquiries, call or text me at +63 999 6126686 or email me at

Tuesday, December 09, 2014

Everything On It - A Holistic Approach to Health and Wellness

Don't you ever wonder why, despite their effort to eat right,  some  people still get sick?
Here's the thing about staying healthy - everything contributes to it.  You know, not just your food.  It's your lifestyle - your food, your job, your residence, your activities, your relationships, your soap,  your makeup, etc. etc. etc.

Yup.  You heard it right.  Why do I say this?  Because it is the truth.  The decisions you make determine your health.  Thus to me, health is a matter of choice.  Decisions are done every single minute of your life.  When you eat, you decide what to eat, what time to eat, where to eat, who to eat with, to clean the dishes right after or not.  When you walk, you decide to go left or right, go up the stairs or ride the elevator, go to the park or to the mall.  When you work, you decide whether to call someone first or write an memo, to type for the boss or remind him of his next appointment;, for artists,  to draw a dribble line or dribble; for nurses, to give this guy his meds or to check on the vital signs of another.  When you go home, will you ride the bus or a taxi? Will you go straight home and buy Junior's school supplies at a nearby store, or buy them before you go home?   Those are but a few choices we make each day.

For a healthy lifestyle, I constantly remind myself (and bug my family with it) everytime:

1.  Diet - low fat (except for kefir and yogurt), low salt, moderate sugar, high fiber, all natural.  But, I take soda once a month and indulge in some dessert that I love every 2 weeks.  Otherwise, a bite or two of anything sweet will be enough for me in a day. I take a dose each of garlic, papaya and herbalberry capsules every single day 15 minutes before breakfast.  Of course, I take my milk kefir.  2 cups at least a day.  when I don't feel well, I take an additional 2 cups.

2.  Exercise - a few minutes of dancing to my favorite music specially the ones that my zumba instructor plays, house chores, walking the dog,

3.  Work and relations - I choose to make and deliver yogurt and kefir where I get to meet other people.  I feel good when I am able to help others.  When I want to cry, I do.  Crying releases the endorphins which ultimately lessens stress.  The trick is to choose to do what you enjoy doing.

4.  Hygiene  and beauty regimen- the daily bath, kefir on face and body, use of all natural soap, shampoo, feminine wash, body scrub and honeymilk lotion are part of what I do. I use my daughter's lip gloss.  She makes them with vit. E, beeswax, virgin coconut oil and non-toxic crayons.  The chemicals you get yourself in contact with will definitely end up in some part of your body which will most likely give you a not so pleasant reaction.

5.  Home - we recently transferred to a place that has lots of trees, minimal air and nose pollution, with a friendly neighborhood.  How does this affect health?  Well, it's stress free living in a clean environment.

6.  Leisure - watch a movie or go to the beach or just a nice walk uphill with family is what I love doing.  It's is fun and not stressful.  When some people cause me stress, I shut them out for a while and deal with them at a later time when they are calm.  This way, it is less stressful to both of us.

7.  Rest and relaxation - note to self: you need a lot of rest.  You see I am the energetic type of person.  My day starts early and ends late.  Lately though I feel tired and sluggish.  I realized it is because I don't sleep enough.  sleep allows the cells to repair, rebuild and regenerate.  I write my blogs when I have the urge to.  These make me think but they don't stress me out.

8.  Music - I love to hear jazz, mellow, classical, broadway and nature sounds. Those relax me.  When I want to dance though I love the upbeat ones.  But then I revert back to the ones that keep me calm.

9.  Aromatherapy - the scent that we use at home are eucalyptus, lavender, peppermint and green tea or tea tree.  Those according to some have calming effects.

  Even the switch I made with my wifi connection is part of it.  Lesser stress means lesser chance of getting ill.

Now you know my secret.  Mind you I haven't gotten ill for the longest time.  Just a few hours of cold or cough.  But that's about it.  And I'm fifty. Lol.    How about you?

Sunday, June 02, 2013

Hormone Beater

I used to suffer from irregular menses.  Amazingly though, now that I'm almost at the end of the 4th decade of my life, I seem to have regulated it myself thanks to diet.  So if you're like me who's been told it's the dam hormone that's causing your acne, weight gain, hair loss, etc, etc, here's help for ya:

There's a link for the leptin too so don't miss it.  

Anyway, personally what I am doing now drink Carica's Herbal berry which is rich in co-enzyme q10.  I also am currently going back to swimming.  I have yet to retrain myself to sleep early.  But then maybe not.  It's when most people are asleep that I'm able to work.  And my body clock's changed anyway so I guess it isn't that bad...

Saturday, June 01, 2013

Who Wants the Big C? - Cancer Prevention

Always, always I get this urge to spread things I learn about cancer.  But always, I find them to be the same stuff I preach about - a balanced natural diet, daily exercise, and ample rest.  So now I find this article from about the same thing but sharing it with you anyway: (note: the red text are my comments)

"(NaturalNews) The statement "everything causes cancer" has become a popular hyperbole, and one that some people use as rhetorical fodder to excuse their own dietary and lifestyle failures, particularly as they pertain to cancer risk. But the truth of the matter is that many common food items have, indeed, been scientifically shown to increase cancer risk, and some of them substantially. Here are 10 of the most unhealthy, cancer-causing foods that you should never eat again:

1) Genetically-modified organisms (GMOs). It goes without saying that GMOs have no legitimate place in any cancer-free diet, especially now that both GMOs and the chemicals used to grow them have been shown to cause rapid tumor growth. But GMOs are everywhere, including in most food derivatives made from conventional corn, soybeans, and canola. However, you can avoid them by sticking with certified organic, certified non-GMO verified, and locally-grown foods that are produced naturally without biotechnology ( 

2) Processed meats. Most processed meat products, including lunch meats, bacon, sausage, and hot dogs, contain chemical preservatives that make them appear fresh and appealing, but that can also cause cancer. Both sodium nitrite and sodium nitrate have been linked to significantly increasing the risk of colon and other forms of cancer, so be sure to choose only uncured meat products made without nitrates, and preferably from grass-fed sources ( - use meat from organically grown or grass fed animals.  

3) Microwave popcorn. They might be convenient, but those bags of microwave popcorn are lined with chemicals that are linked to causing not only infertility but also liver, testicular, and pancreatic cancers. The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) recognizes the perfluorooctanoic acid (PFOA) in microwave popcorn bag linings as "likely" carcinogenic, and several independent studies have linked the chemical to causing tumors. Similarly, the diacetyl chemical used in the popcorn itself is linked to causing both lung damage and cancer (

4) Soda pop. Like processed meats, soda pop has been shown to cause cancer as well. Loaded with sugar, food chemicals, and colorings, soda pop acidifies the body and literally feeds cancer cells. Common soda pop chemicals like caramel color and its derivative 4-methylimidazole (4-MI) have also specifically been linked to causing cancer (

5) 'Diet' foods, beverages. Even worse than conventional sugar-sweetened soda pop, though, is "diet" soda pop and various other diet beverages and foods. A recent scientific review issued by the European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) of more than 20 separate research studies found that aspartame, one of the most common artificial sweeteners, causes a range of illnesses including birth defects and cancer. Sucralose (Splenda), saccharin and various other artificial sweeteners have also been linked to causing cancer (

6) Refined 'white' flours. Refined flour is a common ingredient in processed foods, but its excess carbohydrate content is a serious cause for concern. A study published in the journal Cancer Epidemiology, Mile Markers, and Prevention found that regular consumption of refined carbohydrates was linked to a 220 percent increase in breast cancer among women. High-glycemic foods in general have also been shown to rapidly raise blood sugar levels in the body, which directly feeds cancer cell growth and spread ( - I use brown, unpolished organic rice.  

7) Refined sugars. The same goes for refined sugars, which tend to rapidly spike insulin levels and feed the growth of cancer cells. Fructose-rich sweeteners like high-fructose corn syrup (HFCS) are particularly offensive, as cancer cells have been shown to quickly and easily metabolize them in order to proliferate. And since cookies, cakes, pies, sodas, juices, sauces, cereals, and many other popular, mostly processed, food items are loaded with HFCS and other refined sugars, this helps explain why cancer rates are on the rise these days ( - better to use muscovado or even molasses.  the other options are to use stevia, coconut sugar and honey.  

8) Conventional apples, grapes, and other 'dirty' fruits. Many people think they are eating healthy when they buy apples, grapes, or strawberries from the store. But unless these fruits are organic or verified to be pesticide-free, they could be a major cancer risk. The Environmental Working Group (EWG) found that up to 98 percent of all conventional produce, and particularly the type found on its "dirty" fruits list, is contaminated with cancer-causing pesticides (

9) Farmed salmon. Farmed salmon is another high-risk cancer food, according to Dr. David Carpenter, Director of the Institute for Health and the Environment at the University of Albany. According to his assessment, farmed salmon not only lacks vitamin D, but it is often contaminated with carcinogenic chemicals, PCBs (polychlorinated biphenyls), flame retardants, pesticides, and antibiotics (

10) Hydrogenated oils. They are commonly used to preserve processed foods and keep them shelf-stable. But hydrogenated oils alter the structure and flexibility of cell membranes throughout the body, which can lead to a host of debilitating diseases such as cancer. Some manufacturers are phasing out the use of hydrogenated oils and replacing them with palm oil and other safer alternatives, but trans fats are still widely used in processed foods (

Thus, by avoiding the above,  adding kefir, malunggay, wheat grass, exercising regularly and getting  6 to 8 hours rest we help our body overcome any illness.  You see our body is perfectly made by the Creator. The cells are able to repair, rebuild and regenerate. It is when we abuse or not use it that makes it ill.  

Tuesday, January 15, 2013

List of Philippine Cellular Phone Prefixes (Area Code)

If you're like me who always wonders which company a particular cellphone number belongs to, then here's help for you - a list that you can copy to an excel spread sheet or MS Word or any other similar application. The thing is this.  You can use it as it is but if you find you want to access it by company or something else, then you can just sort it. Simply copy to Excel, select all, then sort by column.  If by number, choose column A.  If by company, choose column B.  It's that easy.    I have added it to my Lumia cell so I can access it anytime without going online.  Hope this helps.

0905Globe or Touch Mobile
0906Globe or Touch Mobile
0907Smart or Talk N Text
0908Smart or Talk N Text
0909Smart or Talk N Text
0910Smart or Talk N Text
0912Smart or Talk n Text
0915Globe or Touch Mobile
0916Globe or Touch Mobile
09178Globe postpaid
0919Smart or Talk n Text
0920Smart, Talk N Text, Addict Mobile
0921Smart or Talk N Text
0922Sun Cellular
0923Sun Cellular
0925Sun Cellular
0926Globe or Touch Mobile
0927Globe or Touch Mobile
0928Smart or Talk N Text
0929Smart or Talk N Text
0930Smart, Talk N Text, Red Mobile
0932Sun Cellular
0933Sun Cellular
0934Sun Cellular
0935Globe or Touch Mobile
0936Globe or Touch Mobile
0937Globe or Touch Mobile
0938Smart, Talk N Text, Red Mobile
0939Smart, Talk N Text, Red Mobile
0942Sun Cellular
0943Sun Cellular
0946Talk N Text
0948Smart or Talk N Text
0949Smart or Talk N Text
0977Next Mobile
0979Next Mobile
0989Smart or Talk N Text
0996Globe or Touch Mobile
0997Globe or Touch Mobile

Oh by the way, I have copied this list en toto from Txtbuff news .  Thanks to them.  It's great!


Wednesday, January 09, 2013

Apple Cider Elixir

I'm so into raw food and natural medicine.  It's just that I have come to make pharmaceutical preparations a last option because I know what it does to my body.  One of my home remedy is that of apple cider vinegar, honey and garlic.  However, it is so tedious to do that when I'm in a hurry I more often than not skip this whole thing.  Here's a better way to prepare it and have it for a month.

Apple Cider Elixir
1 cup apple cider vinegar
1 cup raw honey
8 cloves garlic
Mix all  on low speed (the lowest that you can use). Keep in a glass or non-toxic plastic container . Seal and leave in the refrigerator for five days. Normal dosage is a tbsp. in a glass of water or fruit juice, grape or orange juice three times daily. Always keep your solution away from sunlight.  It can be kept in the refrigerator for about a month.  After that, discard and make another batch.  
I would like to try it with my slow juicer.  I and my family attest to its efficacy and we drink it at the onset of a cold or flu.  It would be good to have it everyday though.  
Oh, the apple cider vinegar has to be raw.  One such is Bragg but I couldn't find it in the grocery lately.  So, I'm going to make my own instead.  Would love to try making some with my water kefir.  Currently, we use the other brands.  Any suggestions?  

Monday, December 31, 2012

Photography Practice

I need to write about something here so I thought of showing you how I am progressing with my photography hobby.  These pics I took from our family road trip to the north.  I hope you like them.  

Not quite sunset yet.  I know I know I need to make the horizon straight.  hahahaha

fast shutter speed

slow shutter speed but same subject

Sunday, September 02, 2012

Our Sunday lunch: Tuna Panga and Ensaladang Labanos

Beginning today, I'll attempt to write about some of the food I serve on special days.  This will include sundays when I prepare something nice for the family.

Today I thought of serving something special.  I had bought two packs of Tuna Panga (jaw) from Hypermarket last week and since I want to have nice food every weekend when Ikee is home, I thought of cooking those for lunch.  However, I still needed to serve it with something really healthy.  Instead of the usual labanos ensalada (radish salad) but with yakon and sugar beets to make it really nutritious. To some thinly sliced radish, I added some fresh coriander leaves, julienned green pears and yakon.  To make the dressing I blended sugar beets, apple cider vinegar, water kefir, a bit of sugar, freshly ground pepper and sesame oil.  tossed the dressing into the mixed salad.  For dessert, we had kefir ice cream with mango toppings.  Here are some pics.  So what did you have today?

Note:  if you're in the Philippines, you can buy kefir ice cream from Yoggie's Yogurt Station.

Monday, May 07, 2012

Pasig Shutterbugs Celebrates Its 2nd Year and We're Celebrating!


The Pasig Shutterbugs is celebrating its 2nd Anniversary.  Everyone is invited to join us during the celebration.  It will be held at the *Tanghalang Pasigueno, on May 20 from 2 to 6 pm.  There will be  Model Shoot, Swap meet, Inter-Photo Club Eyeball, Games and other fun activities! Admission is for FREE! Potluck is welcome.  

So come on, pack your camera and celebrate with us. 

Note : If you want to sell/trade your used or new photography related items, please PM any of the Administrators at the Pasig Shutterbugs Facebook account.

*Tanghalang Pasigueno is located at the Pasig City hall complex.