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What Every Filipino Woman Should Know

“Better safe than sorry.”- You probably heard this saying a lot of times since you were a kid. For some, these words started to lose its meaning. But for the others, taking precautions is a serious priority.  

Last November 15, 2013, I together with a number of media and bloggers joined an event called 360º of Protection. The topic was shifting the focus on health care for women from treatment to prevention by standardizing health care prevention methods through the most cost effective way.

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Declutter your home before Christmas season

Decluttering your home before Christmas season is one thing to cross off in your to do list in preparation for the year to come. Imagine a clutter-free, organized and relaxing environment with your family on Christmas eve. Who wouldn't want that?

The thing is, decluttering is easier said than done. Look around. Just in time the super typhoon Yolanda hit the Philippines is as good as your messy drawers loaded closets, storage bins, or perhaps your entire room. You don’t know what else to do because no matter how many times you organized your stuff, it all lead to disaster.

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YabangPinoy’s #GlobalPinoyBazaar 2013 connects Proudly Filipino brands with consumers

YabangPinoy’s #GlobalPinoyBazaar 2013 once again showcases Filipino entrepreneurship at its finest, on November 23-24, 2013 at the Rockwell Tent with unique products for the equally proud Filipino consumer.

For seven years straight, the pioneering Filipino pride movement’s annual bazaars have been proof that the Filipino entrepreneur can produce business concepts, products, and services that can compete with global brands. Each bazaar has featured a lineup of brands that range from apparel, accessories, travel essentials, home décor, home and wellness products, and Filipino art and design creations.

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In Global Pinoy Bazaar 2013, these entrepreneurs take it up a notch by launching Holiday collections, and offering premium limited-edition products and discounts for patrons. Shoe brand Soulier PH, for example, will introduce special shoe-clips handmade by GawadKalinga communities. Likewise, t-shirt brand Art Initiative will unveil fresh designs from artists NemoAguila and Sarah Gaugler. Truly, Global Pinoy Bazaar has also enabled budding entrepreneurs, artists, designers, musicians, and creative minds to meet, be discovered, and collaborate with each other.

This year, YabangPinoy will once again prove why it has become the go-to bazaar for unique quality products made with 100% Filipino love and pride.

For more information, please visit www.yabangpinoy.com.

Go further with Nike We Run MNL 2013

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With the aim to inspire, motivate and unite Filipinos to move more, move better, Nike We Run MNL (Manila) returns for a third edition on December 1, 2013, as 15,000 runners are expected to take the streets of the historical Marikina City and run the 10km in celebration of the spirit of unity that is significantly Filipino.

“For this year’s race, we have incorporated the personality of the people of the Philippines to motivate and inspire them to lead a more active lifestyle. Filipinos are kindred spirits who, without hesitation, unite for a good cause and help each other. Taking this, we hope that every Filipino runner can inspire and motivate another and run the race together” says Courtney Cole-Faso, Country Marketing Manager, Nike Philippines.

Overflowing Bread as Gardenia celebrates Happy Bread Day

Definitely a delightful day for bread lovers out there because today, Gardenia Bakeries Philippines, Inc. (GBPI), makers of the household favorite Gardenia breads famous for its good taste, freshness, softness, oven-baked aroma and nutritive-value, celebrates #HappyBreadDay at the Glorietta Activity Center in Makati City  from 10:00AM-9:00PM.

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Now on its third straight year, Gardenia’s “Happy Bread Day” is also Gardenia’s way of reminding Pinoys to have fun and show their love for bread in line with the celebration of “World Bread Day” held every October 16 where all bread lovers the world over share the goodness of bread while advocating the “sharing” and “breaking” of bread as a significant and symbolic humanitarian act.

Live, Love and Join the battle against Cervical Cancer

When X means Love, a new campaign recently launched to increase awareness of Cervical Cancer, the second most common cancer among women in the country, with an estimated 4,800 mothers, daughters, wives, and girl friends diagnosed each year. Every day, there are 12 Filipino women who die from this disease.

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Relient K rocks Ayala Malls with their latest album Collapsible Lung

Relient K- the Grammy nominated band who has over two million records sold, two Dove Awards and three RIAA Gold certified albums is about to rock your favorite Ayala malls with their latest album, Collapsible Lung.

Yes, you read that right. Relient K is now in the Philippines! And I just met the two Matt’s of the Band; Matt Hoopes and Matt Thiessen, yesterday at the OZ Bar Holiday Inn & Suites Makati for the meet and greet for media and bloggers.

Sharks and Rays Encounter: yet another dream come true at the Manila Ocean Park

Sharks; you watch them in movies with razor sharp teeth, gigantic jaws and killer instincts. They are fast, scary and ruthless to their victims. Rays on the other hand are less frightening until the news about the death of Steve Irwin (the famous crocodile hunter), who believed to be struck by stingrays barb in the heart, went out and shocked the world. No wonder the very thought of these two freaking creatures strikes fear in most of us.

Now, who would dare to meet them face-to-fin, raise your hands!

I’m raising both hands including feet. Hell yeah I’m afraid, who isn’t anyway? But sharks and rays encounter is yet another dream for me. Who wouldn’t want a dream come true or should I say a life changing experience? After all, these two, are still God’s beloved creations.

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An outdoor view at the Sharks and rays encounter

Master Chefs 2013 Barangay Cooking Challenge is On!

Do you have that strong desire to cook and create experimental recipes? Do you find yourself so creative every time you’re in a kitchen setting? Does cooking even the simplest meal make you on fire? Do you hear a ring every time you witness a cooking challenge? Well, then I guess this is a good news for you. Because you can now put your cooking creativity to the test as SM Hypermarket launched this year’s Master Chefs 2013 Barangay Cooking Challenge.

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Master Chefs highlights the everyday excellence displayed by carinderias, canteens, food stalls, and home kitchens in making exquisite dishes. These places produce exactly what Pinoys crave for simply because these cooks desire to eat the same masterpieces they create. And because they have truly captured Filipino taste, the barangay chefs are this year’s focus.

Master Chefs 2013 Barangay Cooking Challenge launched last September 5, 2013 marked the start of cooking competitions to be held in all 37 SM Hypermarkets nationwide. The Barangay Cooking Idol introduces something new. It is a competition open not only to anyone who cook well, they should have other talents too. Those who aspire to become Master Chefs must incorporate a routine that wows the crowd. They could sing, dance, act, anything amazing is welcome. At the end of it all, Master Chefs 2013 will introduce a new breed of super chefs that are not only exemplary cooks but also talented individuals.

pH Care: A Must Have for Women On-the-go

Women of today can be described as being always on-the-go. I’m sure as you read this, you might probably be thinking of your next item to cross off your never ending to-do-list. And you must be really busy creating equilibrium between work and play, you don’t have time to take a shower. (I learned that joke from the busy moms I met online.)

But seriously, one drawback with busy women, including me, is we have enormous task at hand we sometimes forget ourselves. Looking beautiful and maintaining proper hygiene becomes a big big challenge. Good thing, Unilab, the biggest pharmaceutical company in the Philippines, has introduced ph Care feminine wipes- a wonderful product that knows the need of every on-the-go woman.

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Firmoo Rimless Glasses: The Most Lightweight and Comfortable

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As a long-term eyeglasses wearer myself, I know quite well that a pair of eyewear with lightest and clearest lenses is very important to protect my eyes. Rimless frames gradually become people’s first choice in today’s optical fashion world. Lightweight, comfortable and nearly invisible, rimless glasses always seem to bring the wearer an impression that they do not wear glasses at all. Exclusive temples, with details on the flexible nose bridge, make eyeglasses reliable and as lightweight as you can imagine. If you want to try and rich your wardrobe, you can try to get your first pair for free for a pair of rimless eyeglasses at Firmoo.com

Fun filled Bloggers Quiz Night at Grilla Bar

Who are fans of quiz night here? Raise your hands! Oh, I see a LOT (including me, of course).

Quiz night in Manila is not a new concept. Spot.ph shared her addicting experience in 2009- the earliest date I saw online. Many bars and restaurants are already into quiz night not just to attract customers but also to make their dining experience worthwhile.

Last night, I attended a fun filled bloggers night at Grilla Bar in Makati City with no idea how the event would turn out. Oh well, I know it’s a food event where we can taste their food and tell others about the experience. But what I don’t know was how fun it was to attend a quiz night.

MaARTe 2013: Exhibition and Sale of Museum-Quality Philippine Arts & Crafts

Before I walked inside the Proscenium model unit, where the event was held, I knew my eyes will be opened to a new dimension of Philippine arts and crafts.

People gathered. Camera’s everywhere. Everyone’s wearing their smiles, like a celebration of success to come. This picture welcomed me as I attended the MaArte 2013 Artisan Press Launch happened at the Rockwell Mall last July 17

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MaArte, a project of Museum Foundation of the Philippines (MFPI), intends to elevate life’s quality so that life is lived "may Arte".  Their goal is simple: to showcase and support art pieces created by some of the Philippines' finest artisans through organizing the MaARTe Artisan Fair.

Summer Time with Firmoo-Free for New Customers

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It's summertime, you can see lots of people wearing sunglasses on the street. They need sunglasses to see without their eyes watering up, or the brightness causing headaches, or the sun's glare blinding them. Picking up a pair of prescription sunglasses at Firmoo.com is a best way to get a sweet summer look. Although supposed new versions of frames and lenses come out in sunglasses every year, the tinted prescription sunglasses is the latest trend among people pursuing fashion. Moreover, you can find new arrivals in July and excitingly get your First pair for free here as well.

You are stronger than your fears

Last June, I joined Water safety training in Subic, Olongapo under the supervision of Philippine Coast Guard-Special Operations Unit-NCR in cooperation with PCG Station Subic.  My original plan was not to go since I just turned 2 and half months in my new office. Plus, I got a little feeling that the activities will be VERY tough. But, I know deep within that I had this so strong desire for that training, I would kill an ant for it. So, after the long thinking, considering the many things, finally, I decided to submit my leave of absence and go. So, with the 13 courageous men and women {including my brother}, we went on to face our fears.

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The training lasted for 6 days. 5 actually since the 6th was for some light activities and celebration in the latter. The first and second were tolerable but the third to the fifth… horrible! Well, I said horrible because we don’t get to experience them everyday.

Himig ng Kalinga: When music intervenes

The urban jungle is going way too loud. We are constantly surrounded by all the different sources of noise from the moment you woke up till you hit the bed at night. Car engines, dogs barking, cellphones ringing, girls gossiping, children shouting, school bells ringing, drills in the construction site, you name it. It’s annoying already. And, whether we admit it or not, this lifestyle is making us sick especially our children.

What we need is something that soothes the soul. Something pleasant and encouraging. Something that can help us relax or somehow allow us to escape from this noisy environment. What we need is music therapy.

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The Apprentice Asia TeamPH

Competition’s getting stiffer, Tony is being more aggressive and all the remaining contenders, including Jonathan Yabut and Celina Le neindre of #teamPH, are fighting hard for the sole title, THE Apprentice Asia.



Last Friday, we had the chance to meet in person 2 of the aspiring apprentice, Jonathan #aaJon and Celina #aaCelina, in a Bloggers Night at Papa John’s, Quezon City. That night, I never had the idea of the reality TV show, how it goes, what’s it all about, no clue. But the moment these 2 spoke in front of us about their experiences, struggles, successes and realizations, I was already confident that one of them can bring home the title. And, funny thing is, brother and I were already itchy to watch the first few episodes.

When was the last time you saw them smile?

Seriously, when was the last time you saw your grandparents smile? Oh no, not the leftover smile. I am talking about the genuine big smile that radiates through the being.

Like this in the picture.

I remember when my lolos and lolas used to walk with me, play all day long with me, learn new things with me, stand by my side every time I fall, and laugh so hard at my clumsiness. Those were the precious days and I was only a toddler then. Now, since they needed a lot of rest, I can barely see them and their sunshine smiles. And that, I missed so much!

Under the Sea

When we went to Palawan, one thing we considered bringing was an underwater camera. It’s a must for those planning a trip there, especially when most of your places to visit is composed of islands, like ours. Though we were still able to use our regular cellphones and cameras during non water activities. Yun lang, sayang if you can’t take pictures underwater.

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Fish feeding at Shimizu Island

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Oh no! andami nila, takbo!!! (war between fishes and men)

I can’t get over you, Palawan!

I saw my definition of paradise last January when our family went to El Nido, Palawan. It’s been 5 months {I know} but the impression it left me is still here! And as much as I wanted to write about it just after the trip, I don’t think I can give justice to its beauty when I speak in letters. So here, take a look at few of the thousand pictures we took.

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El Nido, the Philippines' last frontier. It is a very small province in Palawan. You can explore the whole place in a day. I bet you can memorize all the names of the people residing here if you wanted to.

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Our voyage started here.

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Foreigners all over the lagoon. #itsmorefuninthephilippines

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Beware: Blade like rock formation approaching. But inside the lagoon was priceless! {read about it HERE}

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Pala-lala-wan! I’m in love with you!

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Who wouldn’t love Palawan?

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To be continued…

Alaska celebrates first ever World Milk Day in the Philippines

Alaska celebrates World Milk Day
June 1 is World Milk Day! As the leading milk company in the Philippines that provides Filipino families superior and affordable nutrition, Alaska Milk Corporation spearheads the celebration of World Milk Day in the country.

To bald or not to bald?

This second week of June, I together with a few brave men of C3 will be joining a water safety/rescue survival training under PCG SOU. The water training will be very very tough like seriously tough! Most of the trainees are men and guess what, they already shaved off their pretty boy hair. And my brother, who will also join the  training will have his hair cut anytime soon. Now, I am thinking of shaving off my hair too. But I had to think a million times and first do my survey + research. So I went online to see female celebrities who once in their life made a decision to get bald.

I found so many beautiful and very charming female celebrities who dared to shave off their crowning glory- yes their precious long hair, and they are ALL pretty. But I cant help not to have favoritism at all. Here’s my top 5 favorite hairless female celebrities (in no particular order). 

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Demi Moore
Oh! my most favorite, the charming of them all. She’s not so young but she.is.so.beautiful and charming! No wonder younger guys fell for her. Smile

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Megan Fox
No big deal being bald. Life is so unfair! haha She’s just too foxy and hot.

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Natalie Portman
She is so GORGEOUS! Face that could launch a thousand ships! I love her, I love her, iLOVEHER!

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Tyra Banks
I’m not sure of this photo coz it looks edited, but I remember my brother told me that she once shaved off her hair. Anyway, with or without hair, I still love her look and confidence-which makes her stand out of the crowd. 

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Scarlett Johansson
I'm not pretty convince if she really went bald but isn’t she lovely? 
She’s the pretty lady who can kick asses in the movie Avengers! How come I knew it just now. haha

Now let's get back to the question? To bald or not to bald? Will I look that gorgeous as well? ;) Oh that's another question, I guess. 

--- We will see how I look when I get bald, SOON! So keep posted.  :) 

Freeway’s National Artist Collector’s Series Lucio San Pedro Fall 2013

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Music and fashion meets as Freeway celebrates its 100th anniversary with the launch of the 9th installment of the National Artist Collector’s Series Fall 2013 last May 28 at The Row, Glorietta 1.

Birthday extension

I never wanted a grand birthday party. Just a simple, memorable and refreshing one. Something like this:

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Thanks, thanks, thanks!!! –from the bottom of my heart

I did not expect the tarp and the giveaways, so I was shocked a little. But it was heartfelt, I seriously want to cry that moment.  So, to those who prepared for this, thanks thanks to the moon and back. I appreciate your kindness.

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Na-surprised talaga ko, lalo na sa tarpaulin! hehe. Thanks talaga!

ACER at 10, inTENse!

With the theme “InTENse,” Acer Philippines, the company that brought us those sleek, ultra-light laptops, and now a major player in electronics/IT industry in the Philippines, celebrated its 10th anniversary last Tuesday, May 21,  with a grand event at the Isla Ballroom of the Edsa Shangri-La, Mandaluyong City.

My 25th year celebration

Annually, my birthday celebration used to be really REALLY memorable. And i am forever grateful to my family and friends who made those years extra special. But this year was different, i prefer to be really passive. Not that my emotional side mode is on, but because my mind cant help but focused on the wasted times and the +1 year to my age. Plus, the thought of becoming and entering into a more serious hardcore phase of life- ADULTHOOD. Oh nooO'es!!!

Photo taken by sister before we went to work and look what she did

Inspiring People with Ayala Malls' Style Origin 2013

Beautiful men and women flooded the Amphitheater at the Bonifacio Global City, Taguig last Saturday May 11, as the Style Origin, a yearly fashion event, took place. People can’t help but notice these stunning models walking along the high street earlier that night, clothed with variant of sleek brands- which were the highlight of the event.

Style Origin, a yearly fashion event in partnership with Ayala Malls, aims to inspire people to bring about positive changes to their lifestyles. The event gets the latest trends/product to the market through a series of fashion shows across all Ayala Malls and Style Souks, shopping events that offer discounts and exclusive items to the public. Indeed, the show was interesting with the variant of styles worn by the models, from casual, formal,  sports attire, and more.

Getting inked for the first time

April is beach time therefore, my chance to cross off a few number in my long bucket list.  And one thing I had in mind was getting a henna tattoo. I never really had a real henna tat ever, so when we went to Pagudpod, Ilocos Norte last April, I grabbed the opportunity to get inked for the first time. Yeah! First! Oh well, not really, because I had it when I was in highschool as a product of our boredom, when our teachers went lazy. But, that was an exemption because we were only using our colored pens to draw on each others skin. And that’s no different, a lot of you might be doing or at least done that once in your life. :)

Okay, with no further a do, let me share you my experience in getting a henna tattoo in pictures.

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I got mine for 100 pesos. That’s their minimum price. Not bad for the first time.

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In less than 5 minutes it’s done!-LOVE.MUSIC.CLEVER  

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Look! I wasn’t the only one who got inked

Experience: I, probably, was the most OC {or paranoid} customer they had that night. I asked so many questions starting from the price, the design, the materials to be used, if I can get it for a cheaper price, what to do after, what not to do, will it irritate my skin, do they do permanent tats, how long will it last, name it. Good thing kuya {tattoo artist} was very cool and friendly. And he was multi tasking. He can make chikkas while doing the tat.

Tattoo lasted for 3-4 weeks depending on how often you wash and scrub it. I had it for 4 weeks and I showed it to my colleagues who had a permanent tat. They said the artist who did mine was pretty good. {good job, kuya!}

Having a tattoo is pretty cool and tempting but I don’t want it permanent. Too painful for me, haha!

Note when getting a henna tattoo: Never grab a henna tattoo when you have a sensitive skin. Mine isn’t but one of our friends went irritated the night she got henna. And the day after, her skin turned reddish. But now she’s good and very happy, at least she discovered what not to try next time.

{Read more of our Ilocos experience HERE}

Would You Dare Grow One Million Trees in 5 Years?

If you will be challenged to grow a million trees in five years, would you accept it?


"SM's campaign for a healthier and greener earth has never been this big.",says Mr Joey Mendoza, president of SM Retail’s supermarkets division, on his declaration of the start of the Y2013 Grow a Million Trees. 

It Takes a Man and a Woman Movie Review

Sarah Geronimo and John Lloyd Cruz nailed it! Their 3rd movie installment made it blockbuster once again. It takes a man and a woman was a hit. Good job to the cast and crew!

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We watched It takes a man and a woman last night, April 6 at Market Market, Taguig. I swear it was epic! We were supposed to watched it at 7pm, but the 7pm slot was already full so we got the 930pm.I know! 2 hours of waiting. We honestly hate waiting, especially mom. Ask my sibs and they’ll agree, big time. But good thing, the movie was fun. Sarah was so hilarious,as usual, and John Lloyd Cruz made his acting to the next level, well both of them. So, I commend their tandem and all the cast and crew, once again.

Lighting up the Provinces: the Solar Solution

If there’s one thing I love about being an architect in today’s modern world, it has to be technology. Technology gives birth to numerous inventions that make our bloody profession way easier. Inventions like computer, telephone, television, cars, cameras and light bulbs are just too essential to live without. Though, (sad to say) many technological advancement caused a great damage to our natural environment and to our health too.

But, todays architects have become more aware of these harsh effects- that actually made us more eager in promoting green architecture which is quite synonymous to sustainable design- that uses construction materials known to be renewable, non toxic to the environment and easy to maintain. For instance, Solar PV,  it produces clean, renewable electricity and at the same time, maintenance wise and, is also practical since it allows the users to use less public utility electricity when producing their own electricity.

You see? Technology is actually a solution, when used properly. And, its importance to our daily lives grows bigger and bigger as it continues to develop each day.

But, have you ever consider (or even thought of) living in a rural area without all the sort of modern technology or electricity, perhaps? For a city dweller (since birth) like me, that’s completely unimaginable. From sun up to sun down, practically everything a person does is powered by some form of electricity. Without it, a person’s quality of life and livelihood would drastically change. It’s no surprise then that Manileños complain to no end when a “brownout” happens.

Painful Discovery

For the past few days, I noticed my sister’s pain on her stomach. It was aweful, she had to twist and turn to ease the pain at night. She can’t even walk normally. I remember, I had the same pain way back college. I swear, the pain was unbearable. I can’t laugh, ‘coz it hurts. I can’t even breathe normally. I was in my class when it happened. My friends told me to go home but I can’t even stand straight. They took me to the Jeepney station and I {alone} meet mom in her workplace. Mom is not a big fan of synthetic medicine and hospitalization thing so instead, we went to a clinic and had me checked up.

The nurse asked me where it was most painful. I gave her the details. She asked me to lay down,  inhale-exhale while she’s doing her thing. She said her conclusion, suggest some medicines, and the next thing I remember was mom and I went to buy fruits and buko juice. Then, I started to trust organic products over synthetic ones.

Palawan, finally!

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One of my dreams finally came true! Two actually- that happened in one exciting segment of my life last January.

First is to be able to fly high. Second is to see more of the Philippines. Thanks to mom and sister who happened to be my travel sponsors, since I broke up with my job (now, my ex-job). And, all I have was my remaining 500 peso cash, fancy accessories, clothes (that I sold at our front door) and a not so big brain. See my post on how I survived Palawan with limited resources, soon.