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Wednesday, September 02, 2015

"Me Time" with Pine-Sol

There's something therapeutic about cleaning up, so when I get into the groove of cleaning, I can be like a madwoman sometimes. I turn all the furniture upside down and make sure every nook and cranny is spotless.

I wish I had all the time to clean and organize though. But it's either I have a clean home and the kids are locked up in a room, or I spend more time with the kids and let the house go a little. You know, an ultra messy desk there, toys scattered all over, cute little piles of clutter popping up in some corners. 

Between managing a home and taking care of a family, there is hardly time for "Me Time". In some twisted way, being able to sort out a pile of clutter without the kids bothering me is pretty much the equivalent of Me Time.

So when Mish Aventajado invite me to savor some "Me Time" with Pine-Sol, I was like, hell yeah, I need that!

She had a yoga session with yoga instructor Joanne Santos at SoFit Studio in Le Spa at Sofitel scheduled for us moms,

but since I had to pick up my visa at the embassy that morning, I had to skip this part.

Luckily, even if I missed yoga, I still got to bring home this yoga themed loot bag, heehee. Love the insulated Klean Kanteen, Aquazorb towel, personalized tote bag, note pad, and bottles of Pine-Sol of course.

Better yet, I still made it on time to have lunch with the moms.

And listen to Sofitel Manila's in-house nutritionist and aesthetic doctor on how we can eat and live healthy.

Nutritionist Agnes Tumaneng, RND taught us weight management and how to do calorie counting. Basically, she says we really need to watch what we eat and exercise in order to make sure we reach if not maintain our desired weight.

My my most favorite part of the program was the Detox Talk by Dr. Jade Cada, Aesthetic doctor at Vietura in Sofitel Manila.

I made sure to copy her tips, to share with you:

1. Eat pectin-rich organic apples. Pectin binds to toxins in the intestines to escort them out of the body.
2. Drink freshly-made vegetable juice daily.
3. Drink a large glass of purified water with the juice of one fresh lemon in the morning. Lemons have over 20 proven anti-cancer compounds.
4. Eat at least half a cup of fiber daily.
5. Eat more raw fruits and vegetables. They contain enzymes that aid digestion and improve nutrient absorption.
6. Eat at least three of the best detoxifying foods daily: broccoli, garlic, spinach, cabbage, sprouts, blueberries and ginger.
7. Drink plenty of pure water to help flush toxins from your body. Almost every process in your body depends on proper hydration to function smoothly.
8. Take a probiotic supplement with live cultures on an empty stomach daily (morning or evening works well). The beneficial bacteria kills harmful bacteria and yeasts and helps to heal the intestines.
9. Get at least 30 minutes of vigorous physical activity daily. Sweating is one of the best ways or removing harmful toxins including heavy metals.
10. Colonic cleansing
11. Taking in vitamins and minerals

Print this out so you remember ;)

Oh and remember to check out the new Pine-Sol scents as well!

Apart from the Original Pine, there's now Orange Energy, Lavender Clean, Lemon Fresh, and Sparkling Wave. All are formulated to disinfect and kill 99.9% of germs, deodorize, cut grease, and remove grime.

My friend Kath says she uses Pine-Sol for everything, from cleaning floors, bathrooms, counter tops, the stove to even the interiors of their cars. It's a great surface cleaner that you can use from floor to ceiling, for everything really, even your smelly garbage cans and pet stink too.

Researching on the uses of Pine-Sol, I've actually discovered some pretty valuable cleaning hacks from their site! Click HERE!

Thanks so much Mish and Patty, and Tisha de Veyra and Renelle de los Santos of Pine-Sol for a morning of Me Time well-spent. Happy Disinfecting, Deodorizing, De-greasing and De-griming when we got home too! ;)

Mish Aventajado with Brand Manager for Pine-Sol: Renelle Revilla de los Santos, Director of Marketing for Clorox International Philippines Inc. Tisha De Veyra and Pat Cuyugan

For more on Pine-Sol Philippines, Like their Facebook Page Pine-Sol Philippines

Sunday, August 30, 2015

Marry the Queen

Dada and I got married at Mary the Queen back in 2008:

For some reason, Berry just loves the idea of weddings and always asks me to tell her our wedding story. 

While we were in the bathroom, she asked me about our wedding again.

"Well, Dada and I got married at Mary the Queen.", I started.

"I already know that, Mom." she replied.

Before I could say anything, she continued, "Oh Mom, you know I told teacher that you got married at Mary the Queen."

"That's right. And what did teacher say?", I asked.

"I told teacher that the church is called Mary the Queen because that's where people Marry and the bride is the Queen!", Berry said, looking up at me with a wide grin on her face.

Shocked but amused at the same time, I blurted out, "What! And what did she say?"

"She said 'No, it means Mama Mary is the Queen'", she replied, that big smile still plastered on her face.

"Yes, of course, teacher is right!", I exclaimed, not knowing at that moment whether to laugh or launch an impromptu catechism lesson. 

Right there and then, I vowed to be more zealous in supplementing Berry's CLE lessons, hahaha. 

Teacher, if you are reading this, know that I have nothing to do with this "Marry the Queen" idea.


Thursday, August 27, 2015

Physiogel Has a New Look!

Physiogel has a whole new look.

If you've been having trouble finding Physiogel at your neighborhood drugstore, this could be the reason.

While I still saw some Physiogel products in their old pink packaging at Mercury Drug in Shangri-la Mall a few weeks back, you might get a bit confused if you see these blue ones instead. It's the same Physiogel, in fact, even better! Scroll down and read further to know why ;)

Of course, the A.I. Cream and A.I. Lotion, the stars of this line of hypoallergenic products, as it seems to have a cultish following amongst my circle of my family and friends, is still pink.

The better to spot it my dears. I know many of you hoard it when you see this in stock. So remember this, mothers.

About the New Physiogel Daily Moisture Therapy Line:

The new Physiogel Daily Moisture Therapy line continues to be a differentiated science-led solution featuring the unique Physiogel BioMimic Technology® that works to soothe and repair the skin’s natural moisture barrier.

Dermatologists highly-recommend Physiogel Daily Moisture Therapy because it is non-comedogenic, and is free from soap, preservatives, perfumes and colourants.

In fact, Physiogel is the #1 Most-Prescribed Brand by Dermatologists in the Philippines. And what’s more, Physiogel is made more accessible to Filipinas across the nation as it is available in Mercury Drug Stores and other leading pharmacies and supermarkets nationwide.

About Physiogel Free in My Skin Movement 2015:

Dry and sensitive skin affects 60-70% of Filipino women, and impacts on their quality of life as they are unable to fully embrace living life to the fullest.

GSK’s Consumer Healthcare division and Physiogel, its flagship skin health brand, aims to help Filipinas and all women across Asia, to be free from dry and sensitive skin. Physiogel believes in freeing the strength in sensitivity. 

“Sensitivity is a source of strength for women, not a weakness to be hidden away. This powerful consumer insight compels Physiogel to passionately advocate the #FreeInMySkin Movement in 2015. The Movement also coincides with the debut of the NEW Physiogel Daily Moisture Therapy line,” reveals Justin Alejandro Lladoc, GSK Skin Health Senior Product Manager. 

The #FreeInMySkin Movement, now made more exciting by new additions with the introduction of the #FreeInMySkin website and Freedom List Challenge, is more relevant than ever because it is able to reach many Filipinas digitally across the nation. And because of its continuous success, from its conception in 2014, it has caught the attention of Mercury Drug. They too were encouraged to free many more Filipinas from dry, sensitive skin by making Physiogel products available across the country. 

“By the end of 2016, with its continued resonance with consumers, the Movement is expected to have rolled out to the rest of Asian markets,” Lladoc shares.

Wednesday, August 26, 2015

Klose Encounter with Kevin Kwan

I read Crazy Rich Asians in one night. No, make it from midnight to almost 4 am.

I had the mistaken notion of reading it during bedtime, thinking it was book that will help me go to sleep, after a long day taking care of two kids, and a mundane day of running errands, and doing some writing. But no.

It was a complete and utter page turner. I was caught up in the world of Astrid, Rachel, Nick and the cast of characters they call family and friends, that I found myself flipping through page after page after page, until I reached the very last. Which left me wanting more and had me pondering, "Who is Kevin Kwan? And where does he get all these fantastical ideas for a story?"

Thanks to Chris Yam Daez of Fully Booked, I found out soon enough.
When Chris told me that Kevin Kwan was coming to Manila to sign books, I knew I had to go. The same way every Kevin Kwan fan in Manila decided it was an event they weren't going to miss.

I had it all sorted out. I told my husband I was going with my good friend Maymay Tan way in advance, I would leave my three kids at home, have my books signed, and maybe ask Kevin if there's a real life Astrid living the painfully chic Astrid life.

On the day of the Crazy Rich China Rich send-off at Salon de Ning, Maymay and I came prepared, books on hand.

Kevin being welcomed by the evening's host Tim Yap, and Chris Yam Daez of Fully Booked

As we waited for our books to be signed, we listened intently to Kevin's Q&A with fashion journalist Bambina Olivares-Wiser who peppered him with all the juicy questions I would have wanted to ask myself.

 Bambina asking all the questions we've always wanted to ask

Some meaty tidbits: Kevin moved to the U.S. when he was 12. He studied at Parsons and worked in fashion (hence the knowledge about all the designers and labels written in the book), and he's related to the actress Nancy Kwan.

What's more, while the lifestyles of Colette Bing and and Kitty Pong were irrationally crazy and exuberantly rich as is, Kevin shared the plots in the books have actually been toned down because the reality is crazier!

Which gives new meaning to the term, "beyond my wildest dreams", come to think of it.

But enough about the the book, and more about my encounter with the author. Little did I know I would have my own fashion moment with Mr. Kwan that night.

As I stepped up the platform to have my books signed, I sank into the seat across him and we exchanged pleasantries. I rambled on about how big a fan I was, and how I barely slept a wink when I first read Crazy Rich Asians. He nodded politely, used to the babble of starstruck fans. As he was about to sign, I told him that even my husband enjoyed the book, and "Could you write it out to Harvey, please?"

A he scribbled on the title page he said, "That's a gorgeous accessory, who is it by?"

Taken by surprise, I held up the minaudiere on my lap and asked, "This one?"

"I was looking at your necklace, but wow that's gorgeous too!" he replied.

"These are both by Filipino designers", I excitedly blurted out. "This one is made in Cebu", I added, still clutching my minaudiere by Cebuano designer Neil Felipp.

He was genuinely impressed I suppose, that he asked if he could take a photo of my clutch.

Maymay managed to get  photo of Kevin taking a photo of my Suzy Wong minaudiere, woot!

 "Sure!" I replied, thrilled that he even noticed.

"May I tweet it, I mean post it online?" he asked.

"Of course!" I said a little too excitedly.

Kevin did post it on his Instagram!

Then he writes "For Tin (With the gorgeous accessories) Kevin". OMG.

Wow, diba?

To have my books signed that evening was a real treat, but to have Kevin Kwan himself notice Filipino design that evening? Priceless.

I would lie if I say I didn't feel a little bit like Astrid that night.


Monday, August 24, 2015

Road Testing the Chevrolet Captiva

When I hear "Chevy", I automatically think Suburban or Camaro. Big. powerful. Gas guzzling.

So it was a pleasant surprise when Chevrolet Philippines invited us to test drive their budget-friendly, fuel efficient Chevrolet Captiva. We took it for a drive down South, with Dada behind the wheel, and we liked it. Let me tell you why:

1. Personally, I like compact SUVs. It has the feel of a car, but with a lot more room. Not to mention, the Captiva looks sporty, but elegant.

This isn't all just form though. The Captiva boasts of an aerodynamic design that allows it to slice through air with minimal wind resistance. It also comes with projector headlamps, fog-light covers, LED taillights, standard roof rails and 17 inch rims.

2. Dada says no doubt, it has a great suspension system, as well as good torque (power) when accelerating. 

As with all Chevy vehicles, the engine is big on power. It has a 2.0 CRDi Turbo Diesel engine and makes use of Variable Geometry Turbocharger (VGT ) Technology, hence, fast and accurate acceleration response. The McPherson Strut and stabilizer, 4-dimension, multi-link suspension system meanwhile ensures a smooth and quiet ride.

3. Most importantly, the Captiva has a fuel efficient diesel system. We left the house with a full tank...

And went home with a tank still 3/4 full, after running 126 km on it.

Its GF6 six-speed automatic transmission with Driver Shift Control and ECO drive mode is designed to produce better fuel consumption ratings for extra value and savings.

4. We like the efficient configuration of seats. It can seat 7 adults. 2 in front.

3 in the middle.

And 2 at the back.

It's also easy to get into and out of the third row, as the second row seat collapses to make way for those who want to sit at the back.

These two seats on the third row may be individually folded, or folded down together to make room for big cargo like suitcases, strollers, plants, athletic equipment, or whatever.

Thing is though, when all three rows are used, there's only this slice of space for a trunk. Enough to fit a pair of shoes, a laptop bag and an overnight bag, max. I would say it can fit six comfortably, with enough room for bags and stuff, assuming you fold down one of the seats in the last row.

5. Good layout for the center console (A/C, radio etc.)

...plus steering wheel controls for radio/sounds and climate control.

These convenient features makes driving a breeze.

Love the storage space in the center console too. It has Bluetooth connectivity for mobile phones and MP3 players.

6. The Captiva has a built-in navigation system. So for folks who can't Waze their way, there's always this.

7. When it comes to safety, the Captiva is also big on safety features:
- rear suspension auto leveling to distribute weight evenly
- anti-lock breaking system for better control on slippery roads
- driver and passenger airbags
- rear park assist and rear window defogger. Note though that from our experience, the rear view camera may show a discolored video feed (sometimes with yellowish/bluish tinge)
- electronic parking brake that replaces the hand brake, to prevent the car from rolling while parked.

Over and all, it's a great, compact SUV. Love it in and out, and most of all, I like that it's low-key but has loads of power and style.

If you're in the market for a new SUV, you may want to consider the Chevrolet Captiva. Do your research, and ask to test drive too, of course!

The new and enhanced Captiva 4x2 starts at Php1,398,888 for the 4x2 AT diesel variant. It comes with a 5-year Chevy warranty and 3-year free 24/7 roadside assistance. To know more about the new Chevrolet Captiva and/or promos, visit your nearest Chevrolet dealer, go to www.chevrolet.com.ph or Like the Chevrolet Philippines Facebook Page.

About Chevrolet

Founded in 1911, Chevrolet is now one of the world's largest car brands, doing business in more than 140 countries and selling more than 4.9 million cars and trucks a year. Chevrolet provides customers with fuel-efficient vehicles that feature spirited performance, expressive design and high quality. For more on Chevrolet, visit www.chevrolet.com

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