Despite continuing education on the importance of good oral care habits to prevent tooth decay, cavities still affect nearly 100% of adults worldwide. In the Philippines, 9 out of 10 Filipinos suffer from cavities, regardless of age or socio-economic background.

A new standard of care is now introduced that makes a cavity-free future possible by the latest breakthrough technology from Colgate, NEW Colgate Maximum Cavity Protection plus Sugar Acid Neutralizer toothpaste. It is 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.

A common misconception is that sugar is the main cause of cavities; however any kind of food can be culprits – even healthy food such as fruits and vegetables – due to sugar acids. Sugar acids are created in the mouth when common oral bacteria feed on starchy food residue, causing the acid level in the mouth to rise and enabling sugar acids to attack, therefore weakening the teeth and causing cavities.

A large part of the food in Filipinos’ daily diet contains starch like our everyday food staples such as rice, fruits, and even vegetables, which converts into acids that weaken the teeth and eventually cause cavities. The latest breakthrough in cavity protection from Colgate 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.

Colgate Maximum Cavity Protection - Plus Sugar Acid Neutralizer


Give your family a chance to be cavity-free with new Colgate Maximum Cavity Protection plus Sugar Acid Neutralizer.

My October won’t be complete without the BDJ Fair!


Last October 19, Belle de Jour Power Planner held their annual fair at the Music Hall, SM Mall of Asia, in this fair, they also launched their yet another useful girly IT girl must-have, the Belle de Jour Power Planner 2015!

Host of the event: Ms. Tricia Abad


One of the reasons I love attending BDJ Fairs is that aside from having so much fun in booth hopping, try new products, and meeting other bellas, I get to learn so much from the talks. Making bellas a deadly combo of beauty and brains! O’right!

My favorite talk was

photo via BDJ Power Planner FB page


Sir Edrick was straight to the point and real good looking too! Hihi It was inspiring to know that his son (yes, he is already taken with five cute kids!) invested in an early age of 9. :)

I will be preparing ourselves up and jump the wagon of investment, that I will blog about soon.

Here are some of the photos we had while we’re on it!

At the YosiSamra booth. Try their shoes on and pick a prize from their fishbowl.


Mister Donuts.


With my girls


Wall climbing and zip lines – I will be ready for you next year. hihi


At the Fitness First booth. We won a 3day pass! Yay!Iccha at the Benefit booth :)

My pretty cousin approved of being my model of the day! hehe At the Subic Grand Seas Resort booth.

Behind me were some of the brand partners.


Please excuse my hair all over my face look, that is just a sign we had fun and

we really had a blast!

I will be doing another post about the BDJ Power Planner 2015 so stay tuned!


#happiest bella,


What do we know about the success secret of  top performers in class?

For one, we know the pick up the lessons faster and they remember them more.  Outside of the class setting, top performers in arts or sports also have above average abilities on attention to detail, balance and coordination, speed, among many other traits. These traits are the ones that make the difference between the average and the best!

One class, many minds

In a class where their environment is the same, the teacher is the same – why do some do very well while others don’t? There are several bright, lively children who seem unable to focus in school and are turning in unsatisfactory grades. We also know kids who seem to excel in one subject, say English, but are unable to perform well in others, like Math.  Some children “switch off” or “day-dream” in class when a teacher is giving verbal instructions.

       And as any concerned and loving parent or teacher would, we want the best for our kids and so we enroll them in several after-school  tuition/ enrichment courses.  Fact is, these do help in some cases, but at other times – it’s still the same.

10 hours of “work” during school days

       In the Philippines, children start the day roughly at 6am to get ready for school. School ends between 2-4pm and after that – they still have to go to tutor.

That’s easily 10 hours of “work” during school days.  So, who says “children don’t get stressed”?

A life-changing experience

We walked into BrainFit Studio one afternoon, expecting to find the typical classroom in session, with teachers guiding students in standard tasks.

       Instead, what we saw was that, within the same hour, the children – even those in the same class –  were working on a different exercise as they focused in meeting their own learning needs, at their own pace.

       And it makes complete sense.

“Each individual has a unique brain profile,” according to Ms. Cheryl Chia, Singapore-based clinical physiotherapist and founder of BrainFit Studio. “We assess each brain’s strengthsand weakness with a CognitiveMAP™, an evaluation tool that determines which of your child’s 5 Brain Pillars* need enhancement.”

Here is an example on the importance of evaluation and customization. A child deemed to be “inattentive” and “careless” in school may be displaying these behaviors due to several possibilities. One possibility may be a weakness in the eye coordination muscles (Sensory-Motor Brain Pillar) leading to weak visual focus and missing out of information as a child reads a parangraph or scans a worksheet. This is often picked up as “careless” behavior.When we strengthen the way how knowledge is absorbed, the result is a life-changing experience for the child.

       Snapshot of Brain Fitness Training

In all exercises, there is simultaneous development of skills. For example in SMART Vision, one may be working on his visual attention, visual spatial sense and muscle co-ordination all at the same time. A girl may be asked to jump on the trampoline (muscle coordination training) and focus on the directional arrows on the wall at the same time (visual attention and visual spatial training). The aim: cells that fire together, wire together!

Rewire your brain

In one computer lab, children facing different learning needs were seated individually, working on customized brain training exercise from SMART Listening. A Brain Fitness specialist hovered attentively at each workstation, ready to assist the children if helped was needed.

A mum to a Grade 4 student (left, in photo) shares: “My son has been attending BrainFit since he wasin Grade 2. Then, hewas getting just borderline passes in his subjects. This is his third boosting round (about 40 lessons each round).Ever since attending the sessions here, he has consistently maintained 90 per cent plus for Math.

Apart from class performance, good Sensory-Fitness has helped another child aged 12 to swim her first medal in swimming!  She has been in swimming class for several summer. There’s always a certain ’stroke’ which she can’t quite right. The same summer when she enrolled into SMART Moves – the coach noticed significant improvement on her strokes and she went on to win first medal in swimming that summer.

What are Brain Pillars*?

BrainFit Studio seeks to build in each child the 5 Brain Pillars, which comprise key cognitive abilities that form the foundations for all learning. The Brain Pillars are

  • Attention & Memory
  • Sensory Motor Coordination
  • Auditory & Language Processing
  • Visual & Spatial Processing
  • Social-Emotional Self-regulation

SMART Learning

All the programmes at BrainFit Studio are run according to the SMARTTM Protocol:

  • Set personal objectives;
  • Measure with CognitiveMAPTM,
  • Adapt activities to abilities;
  • Re-wire through focused practice;
  • Transform brain for total performance


For inquires, contact BrainFitStudioTM at 725,8500, 0917-5991992 or email us at brainfitph@gmail.com

Photo Taken By: JEP
Location: Sahara Desert, Tunisia, North Africa

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BTW, thank you so much TouhPay for my 16gb USB! ^_^


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You’ll get more than rebates when you shop, you’ll also have cool perks such as wallet and purchase protection insurance from AIG.

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Photo Taken By: JEP
Location: Djerba Zarzis Airport, Tunisia, North Africa

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