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Thursday, November 20, 2014

Shop for FREE with your BDO Rewards Card!

Saving and Shopping has never been this rewarding! 

If like me, you have a BDO Rewards Card that is!

Because from now until December 31, 2014, BDO Rewards cardholders get to shop for FREE at our favorite stores! Just imagine if you have 100,000 rewards points. That’s equivalent to a Php100,000 shopping spree! 

How? We just simply convert our BDO Rewards points from qualified BDO bank transactions, SM and retail partner purchases to gift certificates from RSSI (Benefit Cosmetics, Shiseido, Topshop, River Island, Warehouse, Howards Storage World, True Value, Daiso Japan, etc), Resorts World Manila (Adidas, Bally, Beyond the Box, Bvlgari, Pandora, Rimowa, Rolex, etc) and select Lucky Chinatown Mall stores, Rustans, Marks & Spencer, Debenhams, Mango, 7 for All Mankind and more. 

Redemption is easy! If you are already a BDO Rewards cardholders just go to your BDO branch of account and look for the branch manager or marketing officer to fill up the redemption form. Another way to convert points is through the BDO Rewards call center hotline, at +02 631-8000 

Branch or call center will then submit request to BDO Rewards Marketing and your GCs will be delivered to your branch of account so you can claim your GCs. 

If you don’t have a BDO Rewards card, but your parents or a sibling has one, you may redeem their points for shopping GCs, with their permission, of course. To save them the hassle, you can even be the one to do the redemption for them, all you need is an authorization letter! 

To get a taste of what’s it like to shop for FREE with a BDO Rewards card, join the BDO Rewards Giveaway! 

Three winners will each get Php2,500 in SM Movie passes and 2,500 Starbucks GCs. 

Just retweet “I want to win the #BDOrewardsGiveaway!” and link to https://www.bdo.com.ph/bdo-rewards/special-offers 

Contest starts on Nov 20, 2014 and last day for entries is on Nov 29, 2014 at 11:59 PM. Join, Join, Join!

Wednesday, November 19, 2014

NEW! Colgate Maximum Cavity Protection + Sugar Acid Neutralizer

Ahhh, cavities. We must have spent a small fortune on dentist visits for Berry because well, she can't resist sweets. Then again, I do have a sweet tooth, but tempered lately because I don't want to have gestational diabetes. Teehee.

In fact, I have become so paranoid about diabetes, cavities, and the costs associated with it, that I have stopped buying sweets. But then again, Halloween came around, and we found ourselves with bags full of chocolates and candies, resisting proved futile.

However, late last October, and just in the nick of time, Colgate came out with a new breakthrough in cavity protection: this snazzily packaged Colgate Maximum Cavity Protection with Sugar Acid Neutralizer, tadaaa!

According to Mr. Antonio Caro, GM of Colgate-Palmolive Philippines, Sugar Acid Neutralizer is the second biggest breakthrough next to fluoride, which makes this a really big deal in oral health care.

Their new product, Colgate Maximum Cavity Protection + Sugar Acid Neutralizers is in fact, the first and only anti-cavity toothpaste that goes beyond the protection of fluoride that directly fights sugar acids in plaque – the #1 cause of cavities.

But did you know that sugar in sweets is NOT the main cause of tooth cavities? Any kind of food can be culprits – from the rice we eat everyday to healthy food such as fruits and vegetables! This is because all of these contain starch, which are converted to sugar acids that weaken teeth and cause cavities. 

So yeah, good to know chocolates and candies aren't exactly the enemy (whew! they ain't so bad after all). But scary that our everyday food is causing cavities too eeep!

Thankfully, the NEW Colgate Maximum Cavity Protection plus Sugar Acid Neutralizer toothpaste fights cavities in two ways with the unique combination of Sugar Acid Neutralizer and Fluoride

Sugar Acid Neutralizer helps deactivate the sugar acids in plaque making it easier for Fluoride to strengthen and repair the teeth, thus preventing cavity formation. 

Together, our families get a fighting chance to be truly Cavity-Free!

For more on Colgate Philippines' breakthrough products, Like their Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/ColgatePhilippines

Tuesday, November 18, 2014

H&M Home in Robinsons Magnolia!

I am so excited about this, I am almost tempted not to share. Heehee.

But fine, in the hopes of gaining good karma, I might as well say it.

H&M is coming to Robinsons Magnolia! But here's the bigger deal. Are you ready for this?

They have H&M HOME!!!


Back when we were living in the US, I actually had to ask my friend Sarj to get my H&M Home throws, place mats and table linen whenever she'd go home to Europe. It was almost like a precious commodity, even if H&M Home prices are so reasonable. No more waiting! Heehee.

The new store will open its doors on November 20, 2014 at 11am.

The 2-level, 3,000-square meter location will carry the brand’s full assortment for women, men, teenagers and children, as well as H&M Sport and H&M Mama. And just to stress, it will also be the first to offer H&M Home in the Philippines.

Finally, I can get my hands on their rustic table cloths.

I can finally do a chic holida table setting, without spending a fortune! I can actually afford to do a red theme for Christmas...

As well as a gold theme for the New Year.

I've never tried buying their beddings, so I can't wait to see and feel the fabrics of their sheets and duvets.

The quality of their throw pillows are amazing! I remember Sarj got several for me, for just 5.99 a piece over 5 years ago, and they've lived as long as the Belgian linen ones I have from Restoration Hardware. Sulit na sulit.

I'm not sure I want to brave the crowds on opening day, but I have these pieces on my shopping list. Hopefully, H&M Robinsons Magnolia would still have some left for me!

For those shopping on opening day, you sort of get rewarded for lining up! Expect exclusive opening deals: umbrellas and magazines to the first 500 shoppers, tote bags and gift cards worth P200 to P2,000 each to the first 150 shoppers, and a gift card worth P5,000 await the first in line! Expect also some exciting Holiday deals up to 40% off on selected items.

Opening day store hours will be from 11am until midnight with regular store hours of 10am to 10pm resuming from November 21.

Sunday, November 16, 2014

My Top 5 Reasons to Visit Centro Holistico

When it comes to my family’s health and wellness, I have always believed that an ounce of prevention is always worth more than a pound of cure. 

There is nothing more stressful than your schedule going out of whack, because of emergency room visits, or worse, because you need to be confined in a hospital. Hassle yan!

That is why apart from frequent check-ups with our physicians, annual physical exams, taking vitamins, and exercise (or at least an attempt at it!) I also keep an open mind to the many different ways to prevent and cure an illness or discomfort – whether it be via Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM), hilot or conventional means.

Whatever works, as long as it keeps us healthy, or resolves a health issue, I am game for it!

So when I first learned about Centro Holistico, and their integrative approach to medicine, I didn’t mind going all the way to Alabang to find out what it’s all about.

And I am glad I braved the traffic to do so, because I am totally convinced Centro Holistico is just the kind of place that will help us change the way we look at our health and body, in the best way possible.

Let me tell you why. Here are my top five reasons to visit Centro Holistico.

1. It has the feel of a spa 

If you find hospitals too clinical, almost depressing, Centro Holistico is the kind of place where you don’t have to worry about that creepy, crawly feeling.

As you enter the treatment area, you get a whiff of their fragrant oils burning, and hear a gurgling indoor water fountain insterspersed with soothing spa music in the background. You might as well be at your favorite massage place rather than your doctor’s clinic.

2. Centro Holistico practices Integrative Medicine

But yes, while in the midst of this spa-like setting, you can also totally relax knowing that you have medical doctors in charge of your health. It just also happens that they believe in holistic healing. So apart from prescribing you medication if you absolutely need it, they are not just after the cure, but your total well-being.

Dr. Candy Drilon and Dr. Ryan Dalman of Centro Holistico

Dr. Candy Drilon, the calm and lovely doctor I consulted with, shares that while they treat with medicine, they also practice complementary and alternative medicine, via energy healing, acupuncture, TCM, Ayurvedic medicine and such.

I later found out that the 4 doctors who put up Centro Holistico were formerly doctors at The Farm at San Benito. They realized that while staying at The Farm truly has wonderful health and wellness benefits for their patients, not everyone has the time to spend days, if not months there.

To make the idea of a medical retreat more accessible to busy folks, and to help them monitor their patients better, they decided to put up Centro Holistico in an area closer to where people live and work.

Now if only, they opened a branch in my area!

3. They make an effort to understand your lifestyle before prescribing treatments and programs. 

You know how some doctors just look at the symptoms and prescribe an antibiotic or medicine right off the bat? Some even make you feel rushed through a consultation, that you forget to ask important questions? Well, there’s none of that here. 

When I first consulted with Dr. Candy, we spent a good thirty minutes doing a holistic consult, where we talked about my health history, diet, stress levels, even sleeping habits. When she found out that I sleep at 12 midnight, even later, she explained that I needed to be in bed by 10 pm, because apparently, the body recovers and repairs itself between 10 pm to 2 am, and I would miss out on this important window if I sleep at my normal hours. Eeep! 

She also did a life blood analysis on me, taking a lancet and getting three drops of blood from my finger. 

After analyzing my blood under a microscope, she told me my kidneys were not cleaning out toxins efficiently (lightbulb moment, I do tend to be prone to UTI) and that I am acidic, which means I needed to make my blood more alkaline. She recommended that I eat more vegetables and put lemon in my drinking water. 

She also did a dry blood analysis, as well as a tongue diagnosis, which uncannily supported the findings of the life blood analysis. Truly fascinating!

4. They have a range of programs to offer. 

Whether you are just after general wellness, meaning you have no specific health concerns but just want to be at the peak of health, or you want to go into a program for detoxification, weight loss, stress relief, anti-aging and rejuvenation, or you want to stop smoking, there’s a program there for you.  

They even offer Alternative Cancer Therapy, which is along the lines of Gerson Therapy, and geared towards cancer patients who prefer to take the alternative path in controlling their illness. This therapy involves infusing high doses of Vitamin C and other minerals intravenously, which helps in controlling the growth of cancer cells. It also helps to boost the immune system, which improves their overall quality of life.

5. Treatments and programs are tailor fit and targeted to your health concerns. 

For those who have specific needs and concerns that are not covered by their other Holistic Health Programs, patients can choose their own treatments and make a program suited to their needs with the guidance of their doctor. 

In my case, they recommended a post-natal recovery program after I give birth. 

Their post partum recovery program, like ge lai, which I practice, helps the body recover from the pregnancy. 

The program runs for about a month, consisting of weekly colon cleansing (because of pregnancy related constipation, it removes bulk of the stool which haven’t been flushed out because of the uterus pressing on to the colon), acupuncture treatments, and IV drips every other week to replenish lost micronutrients. 

Incidentally, they also do acupuncture to help alleviate pregnancy discomforts such as nausea and vomiting in the 1st trimester as well as acupuncture to help in breastfeeding, especially for those who have gone through caesarian section.

I did try a pregnancy-safe acupuncture session with Dr. Candy on my visit, and I found the experience so relaxing, I can just imagine the lifelong benefits if I did this on a regular basis! 

For more about Centro Holistico, visit their website, http://www.centroholisticoph.com, and Like them on Facebook, https://www.facebook.com/centroholistico.ph 

Centro Holistico 
2/F Commercenter 
Alabang Commerce Avenue cor. Filinvest Ave and East Asia Drive 
Filinvest Corporate City
Alabang, Muntinlupa City 
Tel: (02) 828-8863, (0917) 5812990 
Hours: 10:00am - 8:00pm

Saturday, November 15, 2014

Sharing the Physiogel #FreeInMySkin Movement with Friends

When my friend Suyin found out that Physiogel sent me products, she told me, "Tin, you should inform them (aka the folks at Physiogel) that pediatricians recommend AI Cream that's why their stocks don't last at popular Mercury Drug branches."

Turns out, her neighborhood drugstore would always run out of the AI Cream (prescribed for her son's sensitive skin), and every fresh delivery just made her so happy.

I totally get the feeling. Physiogel is a lifesaver. Not just for kids, but also for grown ups like us with dry, sensitive skin. It really liberates you from skin insecurities, so we can all say, I am #FreeInMySkin!

This cleanser is so safe to use, we don't even need to rinse with water!

Hypoallergenic, non-comedogenic, with no colourants, perfume and preservatives, it protects and restores dry skin to a normal, healthy state. Ideal for the entire body.

This is great moisturizer for the face!

I've talked about my skin issues in an earlier post, and how it was resolved thanks to Physiogel, so I chose three friends to share in the Physiogel love.

1) My friend Patty aka @nonstopbabble is a cancer warrior, and it was Patty who actually made me realize how great Physiogel is. She is an advocate of the brand, and she shares that it is the only moisturizer that is doctor-recommended and helps relieve skin dryness associated with her treatments. I knew she would appreciate a fresh batch of supplies, as she is a regular user already.

2. Mish aka @mommanmanila is a mom of four, and is the ultimate homemaker! I don't know how she finds time for her yoga, her blog, her husband, four kids, her crafts and her cooking and baking. And she doesn't do things half-baked ha, everything is always picture perfect and pretty, just check out this dessert spread she made with her teenage daughter Gia, from our last Halloween party, to see what I mean. With a family of six to moisturize, I knew a box of Physiogel goodies would totally come in handy.

3. My gorgeous friend Pam, aka @runaroundgirl, is the ultimate healthy eater. I super admire her discipline, and she makes eating healthy look so delicious! Check out her Instagram account, for photos of mouthwatering avocado toasts, salads and granola squares. With 2 young kids, I also knew she'd love a big stash of Physiogel for her, and her family to use!

As women who are existing Physiogel users, who also happen to be moms of girls, I hope that in my own little way, my friends' girls will never have to deal with skin issues - so we can raise a generation of girls who can all proudly say, I am #FreeInMySkin ;)

For more about Physiogel, visit their website, http://www.physiogelrepair.com, and Like their Facebook page, https://www.facebook.com/PhysiogelPH
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