#gerilenmbf: Saving Earth by Saving Pennies

With great power comes great responsibility, but no, we don’t need the ability to fly or become invincible. Sometimes, we just need to more sensitive in our surroundings and financial status.

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Global warming is real. The ice caps are melting, glaciers are retreating while fruitless dry deserts are growing vast fast. .  The trees and sources of vegetation are getting fewer. What’s more? Wild fires are rampant, making vegetation and livable land barren and inhabitable.

The sea level is constantly rising; eating up shores and small islands along its way. The field of plants became factory plants; people are eating fake food – processed and instant.  The concrete jungle expands and reclaim areas not meant to be inhabited shooing away animals in the process and they are dying, heck, some are already extinct – Philippine Rhinoceros, Warty Pigs, Dwarf Bufallos, and Stegodon, to name a few.

Now that I am a mom of two, I refuse to cry in worry on the corner and die. Not without a fight! I want to fight back and save our Mother Earth by believing that just like how a small yet constant ripple could make a huge wave, how a domino with a push of a determined mommy finger can move hundreds, thousands of dominos in line, I, as a self-proclaimed environmentalist is still hoping for the best for our dearest Mother Earth.

 

When self-employment is not your choice. Ever since I graduated and passed the board, I was forced to be to a freelance designer. Well, having my post-heart surgery in my medical record and a lifetime blood disorder hinders me from entering the corporate life. It is a blessing in disguise for me as I can work while tending the house and rearing the kids. I also am grateful for having friendly (repeated clients) bosses, both foreigners and Filipinos.

 

But, freelancing can also be translated to isang kahig, isang tuka (one scratch, one peck) and I used to be a rich for a day and a beggar for the next six days. We have to adjust our lifestyles now that I am raising two kids of my own. Hence, I need to be smarter when it comes to our finances so I could stretch the peso bill as much as possible and make ends meet.

Sometimes, one plus one is one. I will never be a mathematician because I believe that one plus one is sometimes one – from finding lifetime love to fulfilling my mission to leave good footprints on Earth. No, I don’t need fame, and I apparently don’t have the money but I definitely have the perseverance to save Earth by saving pennies.

The air quality index in the metro is higher than the maximum safe level of total suspended particulates when measured in micrograms per normal cubic meter. How can children of my children enjoy life and appreciate nature when they go fishing and caught fishes with plastic microbeads on its digestive track? Will it still be possible to watch the beautiful sunset across the sea without the breeze of smog? How can they experience bathing in the rain when it’s already full of acid?

Answers to these questions are negatory, especially now that instead of picking fruits fresh from the tree, people are conditioned by big companies to microwave processed food claiming to contain real fruit extracts and bits.

No to Damsels in Distress. Superheroes are a blockbuster hit in the cinemas – subconsciously, we are longing for a powerful force to turn things around for the better without lifting a finger, but to be a woman in a field dominated by men, I learned to refuse to just look and see what happen. I have the capacity to analyze, to create and to make a difference, why just let it go to waste?

Saving Earth by Saving Pennies.

A Ripple Can Turn to Waves.

As for our household, we take advantage of the fact that they love superheroes & characters that makes a difference in spite of the mediocrity amongst them and using these references, Gerilen and jer sons are saving Planet Earth one penny at a time!

You don’t have to do grand things to end up with grand results. By simply incorporating good habits in our daily routine, we can surely make a difference. Here are some of our habits in saving Earth by saving pennies!

Segregate

Just like the process of segregation, it’s simply putting the same things in one place. In our household, we segregate everything as much as possible. Discarded papers are placed in a box to be used as scratch for manual computations. These are also where I make Kulayot practice his writing, after both sides are used, they are now piled as papers for pasting receipts for our BIR submission. We save pennies and we save Mother Earth!

Recycle

Fruit seeds, veggie peels and other biodegradable that stray cats can’t digest (because we can’t afford to have pets yet, hence, feeding the strays) go straight to the plastic bucket that used to hold crispy fried chicken. Every day, the hubby take these out to be placed in our crude compose pit (a broken plastic basin – free organic fertilizers in the making.

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Did you know? According to Google: Different kinds of plastic can degrade at different times, but the average time for a plastic bottle to completely degrade is at least 450 years. It can even take some bottles 1000 years to biodegrade! That’s a long time for even the smallest bottle.

Wine bottles become water jugs; plastic water bottles become mobile comfort for little gents nature call during traffic, we also use plastic bottle bottles as improvised trap for pests like roaches – simply spreading peanut butter inside makes an overnight success it could give you goose bumps.

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From time to time, we ask for free coffee grounds from our favourite albeit overpriced coffee shop and reuse them in our compose pit. We also use discarded banana-q sticks and plastic forks as our garden piko (pick mattock), plastic spoon as shovel when transferring seedlings to our tetra pack pots.

My babies didn’t get the chance to experience cloth diapers, so to make up for that, we use soiled (pee only) diaper gel as water retention in our garden to reduce our waste contribution and to less our water consumption in watering the plants. We save pennies and we save Mother Earth!

Upcycle

Creativity is intelligence having Fun.

Plastic bottles can be upcycled as glitter bottles to settle toddlers during roadtrips. Instead of buying number stickers for Kulayot’s numbering of notebooks and books, the husband just cut out numbers from our wall calendar!

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We also use coconut husk as authentic coin bank – teaching them to be financially wise and environmentally friendly at the same time? Win -win! We save pennies and we save Mother Earth!

Reduce

Instead of using plastic bags, we bring our own ecobags. What’s more? After reusing empty bottles as our mobile cr, we drain its content and with the rest of other discarded bottles, cut them in half. I’m a cheapskate and instead of buying fancy pots, I’m happy to say that we are reusing plastic bottles as plant pots, letting them hold life while they wait 450 years to disintegrate. It gives me the feels. Bittersweet.

Not just plastic bottles, we also updated our recycling program and gave tetra packs another reason to exist! Now, life is better for them than rot in a dumpster, or worse, clog the rainwater drainage or end up in the bottom of the ocean choking fishes and destroying coral reefs – the possibilities are endless and terrible. We save pennies and we save Mother Earth!

There is no worse than Snicket’s attempt to retell the tales of the Baudelaire orphans, and still Violet, Klaus and Sunny make the best out of the resources they have (like serving Puttanesca sauce out of garlic, anchovies, tomatoes and pitted olives)  while doing their best in all their infamous unfortunate circumstances (but Count Olaf is insisting for roast beef). So with hope in our hearts, we’ll wait to see our ripple oscillate, became a wave and make a difference, too.

I do not know why superheroes wear their underwear on the outside but not all heroes wear capes and are able to fly, sometimes they just save pennies and save Mother Earth!

I am trying to save Gaia, ironically imagining myself like one of Rick’s half-bloods one candy wrapper in my pocket, one foodless plate on my table and a close tap while brushing my choppers at a time. Of course it’s not enough. My only consolation is that, my kids as early as now are aware of their responsibilities in keeping our planet livable and at least, while trying to save Earth, we surely are saving pennies!

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#GerifiedPH: #TopYourOwn Jolly Hotdog!

Jollibee has another secret out! Aside from the return of #AmazingAlohaYumburger and the #unbeatabledouble of Chicken Joy and Jolly Spaghetti, the happiest bee now let’s you choose your very own Cheesy Classic Jolly Hotdog toppings!

Extra cheese, extra jalapeno and extra bacon topping choices now available!

Take deliciousness all the way to the top with a new Top-Your-Own option for the Cheesy Classic Jolly Hotdog!

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Jollibee, the country’s number one fast-food brand, opens up a whole new world of flavors with its introduction of extra toppings for its best-selling snack offering, the Jolly Hotdog! For a limited time, diners can customize their favorite Cheesy Classic Jolly Hotdog with carefully selected toppings that add a new dimension of texture, zing, and delight!

This Jolly top-secret product was revealed to bloggers today, October 17th at Jollibee 1000th Store in BGC Triangle Drive, Taguig.

Cheesy Classic Jolly Hotdog is Php 50.00 only and starting, October 15, you can choose your own toppings from: Extra Cheese, Extra Bacon, and Extra Jalapeño. You can actually choose 2 extra cheeses and an extra bacon, of triple cheese or triple jalapeno!

You can add an extra topping for only Php 10.00! What’s more jolly about this DIY Jolly Hotdog is that, when you add three toppings, you’ll only have to add Php25.00 to enjoy an appetizing combination of crispy, savory, and spicy! What a jolly steal!

These extra toppings go perfectly well with the Extra Cheesy, Extra Beefy flavors of the Cheesy Classic Hotdog! The 100% beef hotdog, Jollibee’s special hotdog dressing, ketchup, and grated cheese all come together to bring unforgettably delicious experience with every bite!

“As a proudly homegrown brand, Jollibee has always taken pride in knowing the Filipino palate inside and out,” said Mr. Mari Aldecoa, Jollibee’s Marketing Director for Core Products. “One of the emerging needs of the Filipino diners is the desire to customize their favorites to their liking. That’s why we introduced the Top-Your-Own Cheesy Classic Jolly Hotdog that allows them to customize it differently every time. It’s a great spin on their classic favorite, and it lets everyone enjoy it the way they want.”

Mix, match, and share your signature Top-Your-Own Jolly Hotdog creation on Jollibee’s Official Facebook page (facebook.com/JollibeePhilippines) or tag @jollibee on Twitter and Instagram.

Since pigs for me are now friends and not food, and I rarely eat pork nowadays, its double cheese and jalapeno for me then!

If you’re too bored in your bland fast food menu, head on over to your nearest Jollibee branch, because there, the options of comfort food is limitless! The Cheesy Classic Jolly Hotdog and extra toppings are available for dine-in, take-out, delivery, and drive-thru transactions in all Jollibee stores nationwide!

#GerifiedPH: Pambansang Bae for Safeguard

October 12 is celebration of Global Hand Washing Day and Safeguard is supporting the campaign against germs, bacteria and viruses by simply washing hands with soap as frequently as possible. Hence, on this day, Safeguard held an awareness event at the Baseco Compound covered court in Tondo, wherein invited media and blogger friends join the students of Baseco Elementary School for the  grand celebration.

Last October 12, Safeguard together with the Pambansang Bae, Alden Richards initiated a movement to a healthier Philippines through the Global Handwashing Day celebration in Baseco Compound, Tondo, Manila. The nation’s favorite soap and the celebrity icon educated kids on the need to properly wash hands.
Representatives from the Department of Health (DOH), Philippine Association of Medical Technologists (PAMET) and the Global Handwashing Partnership (GHP) were also present to join the festivities as everyone take active steps to
spread awareness on the relevance of proper handwashing.

The event was started with statistics shown by Ms. Jia Salindong, Brand Manager of Safeguard Philippines and Ms. Carissa Limcaoco, Communications Manager of Safeguard Philippines.

More about Safeguard’s Handwashing Statistics here.

The covered court held different stations that includes:

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Station 1: Microbiology Laboratory complete with protective googles and laboratory gown wherein Germatologist

The highlight of the event, just like the title of this blog post is none other than the live performance of Pambansang Bae, the half of Aldub’s love team, Alden Richards! Alden sang the newest Safeguard jingle for the holidays! Alden emphasized the importance of washing hands after banyo, after playing, before magbonding, before magmano, and before kumain.

Station 2: Philippine Hand Washing Index shows that before magbonding, we have to wash our hands because Filipinos touch more than 23 other people an average of 90 times per day and we can get influenza if we don’t.

We should also wash our hands bago kumain because 40% of Filipinos wash their hands with WATER ONLY before feeding their children and it could lead to streptococcus and fecal flora infections.

Wash hands with Safeguard after playing. Only half of Filipinos wash thier hands after using their mobile phones – known to be one of the dirties surface, this if not prevented, could lead to hepatitis A.

Do not leave the rest room without washing your hands with Safeguard. Do we really need to say this? Yes, because apparently, 7 out of 10 Filipinos claim to wash their hands after using the toilet but ONLY 2 out of 10 really do and what’s more alarming?

More than half, that’s a whooping 64% of Filipinas DO NOT wash their hands at all after using a mall toilet! Eww ladies!

All about Alden Richard spreading love, not germs here.

The event was a success, catchy songs made kids remember to always make hugas, Safeguard hugas! We learned about the importance of frequent hand washing of hands with soap, the proper way of washing hands and get ourselves familiar with the diseases we could avoid just by making hand washing with Safeguard a regular daily habit.

Together with Safeguard and Alden, we encourage you to do your part in promoting proper handwashing to keep every Filipino healthy and protected throughout this season.

MUST WATCH: Jollibee and Hetty show why they are an #UnbeatableDouble in latest digital ad

The Philippines’ #1 fast-food brand Jollibee released its latest digital ad today featuring their lovable mascots Jollibee and Hetty!

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The best friends take on fun challenges and prove to everyone why they are the ultimate duo! Watch how the #UnbeatableDouble’s story unfolded:

Just like Jollibee and Hetty, Jollibee’s Crispylicious, Juicylicious, Gravylicious Chickenjoy and sweet-sarap Jolly Spaghetti form an #UnbeatableDouble! This best-selling combo pairs two well-loved and world-renowned comfort food in one winning plate. Filipinos take pride in this irresistible combination—the perfectly seasoned Chickenjoy, crispy on the outside and juicy on the inside, paired with the cheesiest and meatiest Jolly Spaghetti.

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Get a taste of the #UnbeatableDouble and enjoy a scrumptious, value-for-money meal with your family and friends at your nearest Jollibee branch. The #UnbeatableDouble is available for dine-in, take-out, delivery and drive-thru transactions, at only Php 99.00 for a Solo Meal! For more information on your classic Jolly favorites, like Jollibee Philippines’ Facebook page and follow @Jollibee on Twitter and Instagram.

#gerilenmbf: Merck’s committed to change lives of childless couples

There are only two happy instances that is happening inside every medical facility – a patient recovering from surgery and a successful childbirth.

Every womb’s fruit is a blessing from above.

I’m already blessed with two little gentlemen but when my doctors assessed that my body (my heart) won’t be able to bear the pressure of another pregnancy, they decided for me to have a ligation. I’m in between life and death, so I gave in.

I woke up on the long sleep that came after my emergency C-section heart-broken. I cried because I won’t be able to experience kicks and somersaults inside my growing belly anymore. I won’t have another 50% chance of having a girl.

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Tears fell and I moved forward looking on the brighter side. At least I was able to bear two sons after every obstacle on my way – a repaired heart, defective blood and during my 2nd pregnancy, Dabibot’s head is leaning on the right making his heartbeat dropped to 60 counts per minute during crowning and hence, the emergency CS.

I still think I’m blessed and that I do not have the right to complain.

The essence of a woman is being a mother.

It’s no big deal, if being childless is your personal decision in life, but what about women who’s only wish in life is to bear a child but won’t?

Albeit explosive poos and sleepless night, when you think of babies, first thing that come to mind is the feeling of happiness – of blissful parents cuddling their adorable little one – nothing short of perfection.

Unfortunately, not all couples share the same feeling, especially for the 15% of the population who are suffering from fertility problems.

Infertility is defined by the World Health Organization (WHO), as “a disease of the reproductive system defined by the failure to achieve a clinical pregnancy after 12 months or more of regular unprotected sexual intercourse.”

Turning Dreams to Reality

Data from a Synovate survey in 2011 shows that one out of 10 Filipinos are suffering from infertility. There are different factors that affect a couple’s ability to procreate such as socio-cultural practices, including the marrying age, educational status, professional goals.

Aside from those, Dr. Virgilio M. Novero Jr., head of St. Luke’s flagship Center for Advanced Reproductive Medicine and Infertility (CARMI), infertility can also be traced to issues affecting both the female and male reproductive systems, and medical conditions that compromises the quality of egg and sperm cells.

Since 2013, the local arm of the world’s oldest pharmaceutical and chemical company Merck Philippines, has been proactive in their fertility awareness campaign.

The campaign, which is aptly named “Bridging Baby Steps,” aims to continue education on infertility and raise awareness about the in-vitro fertilization (IVF) methods available in the country through seminars and information dissemination.

The ART of Procreation

Infertility should not be the be-all and end-all for couples, as there are means and ways to this.

One available method for childless couples is Assisted Reproductive Technology (ART). This treatment procedure enables multiplication of ovarian follicles and facilitates egg cell retrieval. During the process, embryos will be formed outside the body of a female patient and will be transferred once the “cultures” are successfully formed. Patients who are suffering from severe sperm deficits, blocked fallopian tubes, unexplained infertility, mild endometriosis, and ovulation disorders can be candidates for this treatment.

With regards to IVF being risky, Dr. Novero shared that the success rate of such procedure has grown tremendously over the past years. He said that about six million children around the world were born via IVF.

“As they say, ‘where there’s life, there’s hope.’ We, at Merck Philippines, understand the heartaches of couples who can’t conceive a child,” said Dess Cartao, Sales & Marketing Manager for Fertility, Merck Philippines. “We want to let them know that there are means and ways to combat infertility. “

In this advancement in biological science, couples are given another hope for having their own offspring.

To know more about infertility and IVF in the Philippines, visit www.facebook.com/fertilityawarenessphilippines.

#gerilenmbf: Holding Hands While Dancing to Forever

The universe aligned as he kneel down and popped the question. “Will you marry me?”

A video played back in your head. You vividly remembered how he fell asleep in your lap, you softly chuckled as you mentally mimicked his snore. His awkward laugh like a seal running out of breath was funny. His mental to video games and to answer “Dota o Ako”, him kneeling down meant you won the battle.

Tearfully nodding, you whispered a sobbing but convicted yes.

You looked into each other’s eyes foreseeing the future as you exchange “I do.”

The planning was a heck of once-in-a-lifetime roller coaster ride and the wedding, albeit it’s imperfection, was amazing. Your future was sealed.  And you live happily ever after… or do you? Let’s look in to the details of that three dots that came after those promising words

And they live the happily ever after…

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The Honeymoon years

There’s no nightlife for a newly wed husband; the wife is eagerly awaiting his return. Here’s a poem I wrote for newly weds.

#gerilenmbf: “A Waiting Romance”
 
I’m cold and I’m alone,
but I’ll be waiting here at home
 
come, caress me tonight
Darling, embrace me tight
 
Rule over my body,
Complete my being, baby…
 
I’ll show you what I’ve got,
I’ll take you to my spot.
 
These… exclusively yours,
and so are my heart and soul…
 
Make me sweat, make me shout…
Husband, slow it down, hush me till the dawn…

The master’s might be sizzling but the honeymoon stage is also the adjustment stage. The fact that you’re cohabiting means you’ll start hearing him snore every night. The OCD in you will wail in protest when you’re mate’s lazy slob attitude (opposite attracts, remember?) kicks in. This is also the time that’ll be revealed to what does your mate look life when he/she woke up aka the reality, which translate to farts and rainbows, or in a more sensible way, the good and the bad, the imperfections. And in this stage, you both should adjust, compromise and decide not just for yourself’s interest but for the both of you.

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Never expect that just because you exchanged wedding vows, and live on the same address means you’re spare to the drama of complications and an instant experts at married life. Yes, you might have acquired valuable social skills when you were single, and they might have improved while you were dating. Marriage however is a whole new challenge, it will test those skills in new ways and will very much require that you gain new ones.

Settling in the nest

Whether with kids or not, this is where the line in the graph will back drop a little but will continue on a more steadier pace – like spoon sleeping and waking up on each other’s back. You can fart and not mind it.

A video played back in your head. You vividly remembered how he fell asleep in your lap, did you softly chuckled or snorted in dismay as you mentally mimicked his snore? His awkward laugh like a seal running out of breath was funny, was it funny now? His mental to video games and to answer “Dota o Ako”, him kneeling down meant you won the battle, or did you? And does it bother you?

Very much settled in the nest – comfortable and warm. And sometimes, boring. This is where we temptation to look for others, or giving up on your mate happens when you’re not happy anymore. Like formerly stated, we must compromise and meet half-way to make it through.

Look to God for a Happy Relationship – After all, the originator of marriage is God. Genesis 2: 22, 23 described the first marriage. Eve, the first woman was brought to her man, Adam.

“This is at last bone of my bones and flesh of my flesh.”

The husband is the head of the family.—Ephesians 5:23.

If you are a husband, it is expected that you care for your wife tenderly as she was made to complement you. She was from your side to protect, not from your feet to step on. Shower her with dignity and love and as much as possible, put her interest in front of yours.

The wife on the other hand needs to respect the head of the family deeply and support him to fulfill his role. Support wholeheartedly, cooperate and suggest for the betterment of the family. With this, you will not only be beautiful to your husband’s eyes, you will also be beautiful to your Creator’s.

Forgive Fluently – Do not expect perfection of yourself or of your mate. No one is perfect, including your mate and your marriage. Do not nurture bitterness on your spouse’s mistake and zealously work to overcome your hateful remarks – this will be the key to your road of recovery and happier days ahead.

Make love grow – Like growing a plant in a pot, good communication is like drizzling refreshing water to the dried dying crop. Work hard to speak respectfully to each other and be more emphatic by being more understanding to your SO (significant other)’s feelings and thoughts. Through good communication, you can solve the problem easily and peacefully.

Holding Hands while Dancing to Forever with DelFabcon

When you’re loving someone, you remember everything about that someone – the outline of hair, your favorite trait, tone of voice, even the smell.

Did you know? Smell is the oldest sense.

Just like smell, marriage is the oldest and the smallest community of humans. Even when eyes closed, you can smell and determine your loved ones. Check out how how Team Kramer is trusting Del to keep their clothes mabango all day.

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Scents can make you nostalgic.

It can make you remember treasured memory with a loved one in the past and with Del Forever you can make memories more special because Del Forever Joy and Love now has 15x longer lasting bangooooo vs a regular detergent brand based on consumer test in Metro Manila.

Wearing perfume is so luxurious but expensive, but with Del Forever you can smell like a million bucks for only Php 4.00 SRP! Even when drying clothes, the laundry area where your clothes lines are and your closets were your folded clothes are will definitely smell delightful.

Not just that, because it’s 15x longer bango than regular detergent brand, you can smell beautiful and handsome even at the end of the day! Now. you don’t have to cuddle your loved ones after work while worrying if you’re smelling like smog or a PUV exhaust!

DELDel Fabric Conditioner will keep the sweetness long-lasting and keep the relationship fresh!

Forever is a myth, while Lifetime is rare.

Marriage is tough. It demands constant effort and teamwork for both husband and wife to make it work. One secret of having a long-lasting relationship is to keep God as the center of the marriage.

Marriage, for me is like holding hands while dancing to forever. You can step on your partner’s foot, miss a rhythm and skip a beat. But with the right determination, and continuous practice, you and your partner will perfect the steps and will fluidly dance to the music – two beings being one.

Marriage is tough but can succeed, and to keep forever alive, I’ll end my post with this cute #TeamKramer #CudDelForever TVC:

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#gerilenmbf: For the Girly Girls but One of the Boys

Wearing the proper Personal Protective Equipment (PPE), that is how I dress up for my highly hazardous work environment – the construction site. A shirt with caution vest, denim pants with hardhat and steeltoe to protect myself from electrocution, falling debris and puncturing from tie wires and steel rods protruding everywhere. Mind you, my hardhat saved me from having a concussion for a hundred of times and laborers that saw me every time always have this snide remark “Buti na lang may hardhat ka, Ma’am.” (Good thing you’re wearing a hardhat, Madam.)

Covering yourself for protection is good but inspecting the site under the scorching heat of the sun is not so good – at least for the reputation of the girly girl in me. I don’t feel very feminine with hair sticking on the sides of my face and shirt wet from sweat and accumulating stain from either mud because its raining or dust because its hot.

A clip of concrete pouring a steel deck – see the protruding tie wires?

One time, the hubby and I went on a series of site inspections around Quezon City. We geared up – backpack, hardhat, stiletto kidding, it’s steel toe. Our pants were of dust, cement and mud. Our kili kili (armpits) sweating off, we both hate the inconvenience we call umbrella, the freaky sunscreen is a hot thick film sticky on skin and our hair is glued to our faces, plus the hard hat gives a nice touch of crown. Imagine the horror on my face when we got a call summoning us for an emergency meeting on one of our client’s offices in Ayala.

Of course we went through.

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Thank goodness I’m not the only one with the driver’s license. I tried finger-combing my hair, I even attempted to at least put some brows on when the red light’s on and swipe color on my lips. Brush the oil stain from my lower pants, white paint stain on my backside shirt and patches of dried out mud from my hardhat and steel toe using wet wipes.

I gave up.

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We entered the room just like so and guess what? As expected, all of the people inside wears formal. Mga ateng (female) architects wore dresses, & cat walking on their wedges. I vividly remember a junior architect in a tuxedo complete with a black bow, parang magpoprom lang (like attending a high school junior-senior prom). ‘Di ko na tinignan kung nakafalsies sila kasi maiingit lang ako! (I didn’t bother to check if they’re wearing false eyelashes, I will just get envious!)

Well, actually may isang nakafalsies! (I caught one wearing false eyelashes!) I can only imagine wearing makeup at bumilad sa araw (and bask in the sun).

It’s understandable, how I look. Until I mentally compared myself to the woman who opened the door for us; a woman wearing a corporate dress tiptoeing on her stiletto, leaving a whiz of gentle perfume on her path. An office secretary in her turf – structured curls of hair, perfectly winged eyes, full-on brows with gleaming smile of matte red lips. My head wondered if it’s transfer-proof until I died a little.

That’s why I love dressing up whenever the event asked for it and when I got enough time to pull it through because toddlers and deadlines aren’t always on the same Cartesian plane of time. You choose your battles, either bathed & fed kids and deadlines reached looking like a beggar, or looking gorgeous with untidy home, hungry kids and utility bills unpaid! Okay, that’s over-escalating things but when you have minor beta-thalassemia aka defective hemoglobin, you don’t have enough muscles to check all the things for Today’s To-Do List.

Like I said, sometimes, toddlers and deadlines aren’t always on the same Cartesian plane of time – unless the universe aligned to make you shine; the toddlers are asleep so I can have extra time to think about the clothes I’ll wear or put on decent makeup or an extended family member drop by to look at the kids while I do me.

Rare occasions where I don’t stay long that much on site that I can still wear the same top to my evening affair without the smell. From construction site inspection to blog event transformation.

Science has proved it. The brain chemistry behind the interest of people in personal appearance, like intense passion for clothes and the likes, like falsies, makeup and perfumes are highly because its pleasing and humans very much like to see beautiful things that vibrates pleasing aura.

Personal appearance alter your approach and interaction with the world.

We know our clothes affect other people’s impressions of us, but what’s more important to know is that what we wear affects us too, so the mud on my shirt and the oil stain on my pants really has something to do with my internal pulling of hair and crying on the corner.

The secretary who opened the door for us lead us to the conference room. It just made me sigh with relieve that she’s friendly and accommodating. What’s more? We won’t be staring at her the entire time nor the junior architects like prom dates waiting for the sweet music to start while beating myself up in the process, because we are meeting with their superior. Their superior.

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My saving grace? We were introduced as the project-in-charge and hence, our outfit. The senior architect reclaimed my dignity albeit the greasy-sweaty look. Her, carefully taking notes of what I’m discussing sort of made my self-esteem higher. I may be a construction worker per se, but I’m the head engineer in the group and it’s crucial that they listen to me.

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Clothes are one of human’s basic need, but in our modern times, clothing has been raised to a higher standard we call Fashion so if you’re a girl who loves to dress up, go you! Your girly girl closet isn’t frivolous, its just that it contains a myriad of channels to heightened up your game.

And as for me, well, I may not always have my brows on-fleek, sometimes my katamaran (one of minor beta thalassemia symptom is fatigue) attacks, and I’m no exception to smell like a construction worker after a day in the field but I got a head on top of my shoulders. That’s more important-er (engineers aren’t suppose to be good in English).

Clothes will boost our confidence in facing the world when its stain-free and newly looking, good thing there’s Elextrolux Ultimate Care Washing Machine with FashionCare technology!

With Electrolux Ultimate Care you can “Buy now, wear forever!”

The unique Electrolux UltraMix Technology guarantees your favorite clothes (in my case, my construction site clothes) to look newer for longer! No matter what lifestyle you’re in, Electrolux’ Innovative Vapour Refresh program – a quick cycle designed to refresh delicates without using detergent, will get your clothes wrinkle-free with less ironing hassle. That’s hitting two birds in one stone! It refreshes your clothes, leaving them smelling fresh and looking like new. No more smelly clothes! And the Woolmark certified cycle will fit all kinds of clothes even the precious woollens! Now we don’t have to hand-wash special types of clothing like fishnet, wool and cashmere.

With Electrolux FashionCare you Wash. Wear. Repeat!

This feat is important for my school kid because so far, he only got a pair of uniform that I hand wash because I’m afraid that my washing machine will ruin the delicate fabric and for my construction uniform PPE, I had to hand wash after having the long strong cycle because the washing machine isn’t strong enough to remove stubborn stain, too.

230131_224651647548203_2383883_nThe roses in the family. My sister Beth, yours truly and our Mother E. We love wearing fishnet for skirts, wool for scarves and cashmere for turtlenecks.

Electrolux FashionCare will remove the worry of frequent washing leading to faded colors that includes white! Unique Electrolux UltraMix™ Technology delivers an exceptional deep clean even at 30°C, keeping clothes vibrant and newer for longer – perfect for my everyday uniform/construction clothes. It also allows water to be pre-mixed with the detergent and activated even in cold water, ensuring a deep yet gentle clean – perfect for my school kid’s uniform, and delicate fabrics like fishnet, lacy dresses and silk.

22345115_1906415736038444_632490685_o (1)The Jersons love vibrant colored polo and long sleeves on Sundays. With Electrolux Ultimate Care Front Load, I can save muscle for more important things on my Today’s To-Do List and that’s to devout my time to these boys!

Segregate correctly and wash pieces of same shade of color and type of clothing with the right machine like the Electrolux Ultimate Care Front Load, which has features that help clothes stay vibrant. The unique Electrolux UltraMix Technology helps care for your favourite delicate clothes and everyday work/school clothes at the same time!

There is no perfect to explain the phenomenon that is Electroluc UltraMix Technology other than the Style Icon, Fashion Designer Rajo Laurel!

Rajo Laurel is the first-ever Electrolux FashionCare Ambassador!

  • Load Sensor™ Automation -Electrolux Load Sensor™ automatically senses load weight, determines optimal washing time, water and detergent while guaranteeing maximum energy efficiency. Just like how the elevator door won’t close when it’s overloaded. This smart machine won’t start the cycle when it’s too heavy. This feat will keep the clothes protected from tearing up and saving it’s life, too.
  • Energy Efficiency – Electrolux EcoInverter reduces energy consumption by 75%* while guaranteeing long lasting performance and silent operation. Advancing in technology doesn’t necessarily mean harming our environment, Electrolux UltimateCare Washing Machine is a proof to that.
  • 99.9% Allergen Free – Electrolux Vapour Care reduces allergens by up to 99.9% even at 40°C while taking care of your family’s well-being. Perfect for baby’s sensitive skin and patients suffering from skin asthma.

22343527_1709842015707005_913118082_oMy best power dressing look.

I still wear my PPE; that’s a standard protocol in the field of my choosing, but I have more appreciation of my profession now. I help in civilizing humanity, I volunteer in designing public maternity facilities, I’m in the middle of conceptualizing a sphere house – which will float when it floods and will roll during earthquake. In the end, it is one of our main source of bread and hence, I must be thankful that I am able to wear my PPE.

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With Electrolux FashionCare I can use my muscle to take care of my loved ones because I know it will take good care of our clothes – removing stains and making it newer for longer!

I still love adoring girls in their carefully articulated outfits, I try to recreate the look when I’m up for it too, but for now, I’m excited for this latest technology innovation in washing the laundry; it has come to a full new height and now that it could take care of my family’s well-being with 99.9% Allergen Free, our everyday work and school clothes, our special clothes with Innovative Vapour Refresh program, and the environment, too with Energy Efficiency Feat!

I’m a proud girly girl but one of the boys and just like me, Electrolux FashionCare has the tough muscle for stain but a soft heart for my delicate fabric!

Discover the world of Electrolux Fashion Care at bit.ly/ElectroluxFashionCare