#GerifiedPH: Be a Homewise Mom with Shopwise!

Working moms, stay-at-home moms, work-at-home moms, whatever your situation is, as long as there’s a description of mom in your status, you are busy! And how to clear the mind to make up for the energy you need to get going? Grocery shopping!

Anyone can cook; but even if you can doesn’t mean you should… unless you’re a mom!

I’m one of those moms who unfortunately doesn’t have the confidence in the kitchen. I stick to recipes and my creations in the kitchen although not frequent, (hubby usually does the cooking and I do the washing) is passable when I strictly follow the instructions – and with that said, I always look for easy-to-follow recipes! Kitchen is not yet my forte, but with some constant effort, perseverance and help from the right sources, I know that I’m getting there!

So where to find the right sources?

Shopwise and Mommy Mundo very well know the fact that moms are busy and that mommies enjoy walking through neatly-stacked aisles, comparing prices, thinking of what new delish dishes they can recreate and serve their families! They partnered up to give moms their best grocery trip to Shopwise with The Home Wise Moms Duo Series!

One was held last March 5 at Shopwise Alabang wherein Mommy Sabrina Go of SunfullySabrina.com shared her new recipes – the Adobo Sushi and the Ube Crepe; and last March 10 where yours truly was grateful to grace at Shopwise Cubao wherein Chef Golda Liamzon shared her wise-mom easy-to-follow recipes while sharing her kitchen skills in the process.

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We got to sit back, relax and enjoy our learning of fun, games, and surprises with fellow moms.

We also learned new kitchen tricks from Mommy Blogger Rochelle Rivera! Being a hands-on mom maybe tiring at times, but the sweet fruits of our labor – a loving home with healthy happy kids in it is truly worth it!

Where better to gain new tricks up the sleeves than in Shopwise? Many moms have made Shopwise their shopping destination of choice as it offers a wide selection of fresh goods, groceries, clothes, toys and even home accessories in a very comfortable setting! The best part, this is where you can find grocery that matches all your needs in discounted deals, sales and offers!

More photos of the event here.

Shopwise truly offers freshness and budget-friendly variety, the stuff wise moms are made of!

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How to be a #Homewise mom? Have a @mommymundo #mom247planner and a @shopwise_ph #wiseclub card!

For inquiries, visit Shopwise Official Facebook Page: https://www.facebook.com/ShopwiseSupercenters/

 

#GerifiedPH: Perk Up your Morning with #BelVitaBreakfast

Eat breakfast at least 2 hours after waking up. That is how you could still consifer your breakfast healthy according to RND, Ms. Eden Rouela Ruta, Supervising Nutritionist-Dietician of Nutrition Foundation of the Philippines.

But let’s face it, living in the fast-paced world, who has the time to seat back, smell the aroma of your coffee beans while cooking your perfectly soft and round sunny-side up on a daily basis?

Exactly! That is why Mondelez Philippines introduces belVita breakfast biscuits for those frequent mornings on the go! If you woke up late and can’t squeeze time to cook, what more, to eat, then just grab a pack of belVita breakfast biscuit and you could eat breakfast while battling traffic on EDSA or humans in MRT!

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For a convenient and delicious mornings, belVita is a delicious breakfast biscuit specially designed to help meet the morning energy needs of consumers and keep up with their fast-paced lifestyles!

Enjoy a delicious breakfast every morning even while on-the-go as the well-loved breakfast biscuit that has helped energize consumers all over the world finally makes its debut in the Philippines.

BelVita is the first-ever breakfast biscuit from Mondelez Philippines which aims to address consumers’ growing needs for convenient and delicious well-being snacks.

Expanding in the well-being space

“We live in a fast-paced world where people have increasing awareness of their well-being needs but are sometimes challenged by the lack of time to prepare and eat a balanced breakfast. Their preferences are evolving and they want snacks that are not only delicious but offer convenience and good nutrition. We see belVita entering the breakfast category by creating this new biscuit occasion. We envision belVita to energize this well-being space,” said Anna Sapitan, Mondelez Philippines’ Marketing Manager for the Biscuits Category.

Just like any young Filipino couple, Karylle and Yael live a hectic and active lifestyle. With their life goals, they know that breakfast is very important. It’s the time they get their energy for a long list of activities ahead. “Breakfast is sometimes the only meal we get to enjoy together with our many commitments. This is why belVita breakfast biscuit is ideal for the lifestyle we have. We try to eat a balanced breakfast every morning. So we pair belVita with a piece of fruit and a glass of milk and we know we have everything we need to jumpstart our day,” Karylle shared.

Karylle and Yael’s Marriage and Mornings here.

As for the taste, Yael likes how tasty and easy it is for him to have his breakfast. “I like belVita not only because it is convenient to eat but also because it’s really yummy. It’s easy to reach for and it fills me up just right. When I want a delicious, healthy and convenient breakfast, it’s the perfect go-to,” Yael mused. With their jampacked days, Karylle and Yael turn to belVita as their breakfast staple, making them the perfect couple to introduce and endorse the brand to the Philippine market.

Specially created for breakfast

Several studies confirm that this accelerated shift to convenient well-being products in the snack industry is well-founded. Reference from the Philippines’ adult energy and nutrient intakes study published in the Federation of American Societies for Experimental Biology (FASEB) Journal in 2013identified 1 out of 5 adults in Philippines tend to skip breakfast.  It is also noted in the Food and Nutrition Research Institute 2013 Dietary Survey that only a third or 31.5% of households in urban areas are able to meet their energy requirements for the day. And in the National Capital Region, 1 in 10 or 13% of households consume their breakfast outside their homes. “Belvita is specially designed for breakfast,” said Princess Landicho, belVita Brand Manager. “Just pair it with a serving of dairy products and fruit for a balanced breakfast to help kickstart your morning with energy. It is also a great on-the-run snack because of its convenient packaging.”

“BelVita breakfast biscuits are made with whole grain cereals, which include whole wheat and oat, and are fortified with vitamins and minerals such s Vitamin A, B1, B2, B3, D, calcium, iron and zinc. And thanks to more than 15 years of research, belVita is also baked using a special gentle baking process, which helps to preserve the nutritional quality of our cereal ingredients,” Landicho added.

First launched in 2011 in the United Kingdom as a breakfast biscuit, this global breakfast icon is sold in more than 50 countries. Locally, belVita is available in two flavors: Milk and Cereal, and Honey and Chocolate. BelVita is also purposely packaged to help consumers exercise portion control. It is available in a 4-pack box with an SRP of P30.50 and the single 20g pack worth P8.25 that contains two delicious and filling biscuits. Delicious and nutritious, each piece can be part of a convenient breakfast to give energy for a packed day ahead.

Pair it with a fruit, be it banana or an apple, and a tetra milk and you’re ready to go! belVita Breakfast is specially developed by belVita’s very own nutritionists; gently baked to preserve the nutritional values of selected cereals, whole grains and 8 important vitamins and minerals (Vitamin A, Vitamin D, Vitamin E, Thiamine, Riboflavin, Niacin, Vitamin B12 and Calcium) to power up your day!

The launch was held at B Hotel in Quezon City last February 20 wherein artist and singer, Daryl Ong started the event by serenading the audience. It was followed by a short presentation by Ms. Eden, a cook and a registered nutritionist and dietitian who talked about the importance of breaking the fast right, followed by Mondelez Philippines Biscuit Category Manager, Ms. Ana Sapitan who talked about how belVita reached the Philippine shores. Last presentation was Ms. Princess Landicho, Mondelez Philippines Brand Manager who unveiled to us the two variants of belVita Breakfast Biscuits – Cereal & Milk, which is now available nationwide, and Honey & Chocolate coming soon! The event was hosted by Ms. Issa Litton who introduced us to the couple, Karylle & Yael – the new couple faces of belVita Philippines!

More photos of the event here.

Aside from discussing their everyday morning routine and how thru belVita they achieve the energy they needed through out their hectic schedules, they also played a game with selected audience to see how belVita could help you win the game! Guess who won? It’s the wife. It’s always the wife! Haha Kidding aside, Yael was very game in posing and well surrendered to his wife.

Last part of the event was the Q&A. Find out Yael Yuzon‘s favorite belVita spread and how many #belVitabreakfast can Karylle eat in one sitting on the video below!

Yes, #belVita could be added to your school kids lunch box, too! But, is belVita Philippines recommended for elderlies and people with conditions such as diabetis and G6PD? Watch the video as #belVitaBreakfastBiscuits’ very own nutritionist from Malaysia answered our #gerifiedph questions! #belvitabreakfast

Thank you so much Castro PR and belVita Philippines for having me! Know more, like and follow belVita Philippines on Facebook (https://www.facebook.com/belVita) and at Instagram (@belvitaPH).

#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.

#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: Kids and coins

The husband (boyfriend back then) climbed the coconut tree inside their garden. Picked coconuts from the tree. The smallest of the fruit he gently opened on top, removed its coconut milk and leave it for three months beside its tree. The red ants feasted on the coconut fruit for quite sometimes. Finally, when not a single ant visits the fruit, he picked up the hollowed husk and smoothen it with sandpaper. He gave it to me as a gift.

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Save or Spend

We named our coin bank Coco, and he’s been a family member even before we settle down. I used to put bills and collected Php 11,000.00 at the end of the year!

One of the things we want to impart to our children is the habit of saving.

Now that we have kids, we make it more enjoyable by letting them feed Coco, by allowing them to insert coins while counting numbers and also constant reminding them that coins are not human food.

Up until today, we are feeding Coco coins. Once Coco is full, we gently opened its skull with a hammer and exchange it bills to help make coins circulate to the market faster. We have opened it more than once and glued it again and again so we could just feed it up again with coins.

Aside from incorporating the importance of saving, we also try to help Kulayot think things thru, whether to buy it or not. Once there was a time, when he has good scores in school and as a reward he really wanted to buy a gummy bear at a local 24/7 convenient store. He was determined to only buy one piece. He did. We only bought a piece of gummy bear for Php12.00! He thanked me for letting him eat a gummy bear and the change go straight down Coco’s throat.

The thing is, aside from constantly saving the coins for Coco, we also talk him through whether he should spend or save instead. Like I said, instead of buying three or two, he’s determined to only buy a piece so he could have some change for Coco. Also, instead of having each of everything, during our grocery shopping, I only let him have one. He will scan the aisle and before checking out the counter, he will only pick one. I fancy watching him decide between a fish-shaped biscuit covered in chocolate or the chocolate cookie with vanilla cream filling. He’s very comical with his arms across his torso and a finger tapping his chin while making decision! What fun!

Need vs. Want

Needs are things you cannot live without, and for humans its food, shelter and clothes.

Wants are things that are nice to have, toys, sweets and live-streaming of favourite videos.

One of my usual topic with Kulayot are the things he wanted to get and the things he needed to buy. Whenever we are shopping for his school supply, I let him choose the color of his pencil case, the design of his socks, the color of his rubber shoes and as we go along the way, and surely he will see albeit educational, toys that aren’t in our budget.

This is where we discuss things – and if you know Kulayot, he can surely explain and justify himself and to be fair, we compromise and meet halfway. For instance, when he wants the breakfast set kitchen toy worth Php2,000.00 and my budget for him is like a hundred bucks only. I let him looked at it, see the details and then, persuade him to check out the sale. There’s this three different toys for Php100.00 including a pencil case! I told him that with this deal, we will buy what we need, the pencil case, and he could buy a new toy too. Win-win!

In saving, it doesn’t have to be a huge amount every time, sometimes a peso or a centavo every now and then can help them make inserting coins to the Cocobank a habit. It will help them automatically put coins to the bank whenever there’s one lying around the house instead of going outside to buy sweets and junkfood at the sari-sari store.

It helps me to budget things more successfully when I make him understand the difference between his needs versus the things that he only wants. I also emphasize that the toys he likes now will not be the toys he’ll like later or after a week, but when we buy the things that he really needs, he will use it fully and hence will make sulit of the price tag. Yes, I explain these things to my 5 year old kindergarten.

Why Why Why

Whenever we finally reach Coco’s rim full of coins. We open it and let Kulayot help decide where to put his money. In our discussion, we try to help him understand that it’s important to make his purchase a purposeful one. We do let him play in ballpits as a reward for when he has good grades, but do we really need to go on an excursion to a nearby fair when he needs a new pair of black shoes for Sunday? Instead of buying sugar-loaded donuts, he usually request his favourite fruits – watermelon, apples, oranges and cherries!

I also try to put sense in his purchase; once, when he’s with his lolo, he asked for a round cake with eight cherries encircling the top. The cake was worth Php600.00! He only managed to eat the cherries and leave the cake for us to gulp down with coffee. To not make this mistake again, I now buy cherries in bottles! There are about 30-35 pieces of cherries for about Php250.00 only and I won’t help him swallow the entire bottle in one sitting as well, I give it as a reward right after he finished his plate of rice, vegetables and meat. He chew more consciously whenever he think about the cherry on top!

Financial Journey as a Family

Living would be more manageable financially if all members of the family – daddy, mommy and children – will participate in consciously tracking the expenses and consistently balancing the distribution of their resources prioritizing important matters for the benefit of all, like securing the utility bills first before planning a vacation, or for when it’s better to just stay home and eat home cooked meals instead of dining out. These little discussions for little things can influence their financial analysis in the future.

Children setting their minds to responsibly save for the future will ease up burden of parents in their old age. They will certainly become committed adults and hence will not only invest money smartly, but also their time and talent to things that have more positive results and higher potentials to their future.

#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.

electrolux gerifiedphElectrolux FashionCare Front Load Washing Machine

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

#GerifiedPH: Grocery Made Easy with #EasyGrocery

You picked the chosen meat at the counter and gingerly walked to the household section because something’s off. You were halfway through there and then it hits you.

You forgot the eggs.

You have to go back to the poultry section to get them.

Worse part, the kids are with you, so even if you have no intention of buying that frozen good because you try to limit the family’s processed food intake, you gave in on the second round of fight (first one was when you’re getting the meat) because you just want to avoid the tantrum drama that is about to happen. You choose your battles, and you’re already tired walking across the entire supermarket thrice like a runway model.

That will never happened to me says the single ladies. No kid/s in tow and things-to-buy list to the rescue!

Yeah, yeah.

Let’s say your the organizing budget-freak urban-jungle chick, you have your note of things to buy, a red ballpen to cross out the items you already got, and a handy calculator/calculator app on your phone to sum it all up.

But let’s face it, no one is spared from the long queue line on the checkout counter.

What’s more?

You have to walk all your items to either the parking lot, or to the pin location on your private car service, or to the PUV terminal.

Worse part is if it’s at the other end, and/or it’s raining. You forgot your eco-bag, and the paperbag is wet.

The worst part in all this. You literally skipped the grocery shopping because you’re too tired – from work, tending the house, rearing the kids or simply because of the trauma in traffic (human line and bumber-to-bumber vehicles). I personally love grocery shopping, it’s a sort of meditative but there are times that I do not have energy left to walk around, let alone use brain power to add up the items, remember the ingredients or basically wait for the hold up in the queue.

Easy Grocery

These are the same exact dilemmas of Easy Grocery President and Developer Mr. Eugene Leoncio described on how he came up with the perfect solution, the Easy Grocery App! He wants his wife to have the easiest, most flexible way to grocery so she won’t have to queue in lines, forgot items, surpass the budget nor literally skip the shopping because she’s either too tired, too busy, or both.

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Easy Grocery is a location-based app where customers can purchase grocery items and have it delivered to their doorsteps. It is practically grocery-shopping without leaving the comforts of your home or anywhere you may be – hotel, office, business area, even school!

All you need is your smartphone, an internet connection and discipline to stick to the budget! Kidding aside, grocery finally made easy with Easy Grocery App.

How to Easy Grocery
1) Download the App from App Store or Googleplay Store
2) Set your delivery location
3) Select your delivery location
4) Pay using Credit Card, Cash or PayPal
5) Choose your delivery option: Store Pickup or Home Delivery
6) Wait for your grocery.

This app is definitely a step ahead of other online grocery app. For one, the option for home delivery option has an integrated location tracker where you can track the current location of the rider. Now you won’t have to guess where the rider is.

Did you know? At Easy Grocery, you’ll get the item’s price exactly from the Standard Retail Price (SRP) of your favorite supermarket!

Easy Grocery do not put mark-ups on the store’s SRP hence it guarantees you that what you pay for is at exactly the same price as it is inside the store. It’s literally like you’re the one doing the shopping. What’s more? All orders delivered will have the corresponding Official Receipts issued by the store.

Payment options:
(1) Credit/Debit card
(2) COD, Cash on Delivery
(3) Earned Points

Another reason why Easy Grocer is ahead of its competitors is the fact that once you signed up, you are automatically eligible for earned points every time you do your shopping via their app. One complete grocery transaction is equal to a point that you could collect and use as payment!

Easy Grocery’s Mission is to provide convenience, quality service and a “no-worries” grocery shopping and grocery. And although they are only currently available for shoppers in the Metro, with their vision to be one of the leading grocery delivery services in Asia, they are on their way to expand their territory!

One of Easy Grocery’s objective is to be able to provide its customers with a wide variety of supermarket options. It is for this reason that they do not have a tie-up with any particular supermarket. They also as mentioned earlier do not mark up products, so how do they earn? Honestly, just by their runners and riders fees.

Runner’s fee is a fixed Php 100.00. Runner/s are trained personnel who will act as buyers of your orders from the store you have chosen – SM Supermarkets, Ayala Metromarkets, Robinson’s Rustan’s, and Puregold to name a few.

21687801_1529971403712781_3700823656323860682_n.jpgRider’s delivery bag literally looked like mini refrigerators complete with an all-around insulation to avoid getting your items damaged from too much heat. It also has separators inside so you’re sure the butter is safe away from the laundry detergent!

Rider’s fee is also a fixed Php 100.00. whether its bulky or heavy. It is a fixed charge. In total of Php200.00 delivery fee, that is an honest to goodness way of keeping the app going.

I just hope that soon enough, the app will open 24/7 perfect for when you crave for pancit canton in the middle of the night. I imagine the runner entering a 7/11, a minimart or a family mart. I can only dream!

Wait, what? Yes, although the app is not running 24/7 yet, they are open as soon as the groceries are open and another yes, no minimum orders!

Th red flag’s up? Tap the app and the rider will discreetly give you the absorbent pad you need – be it in the office, or school or wherever you may be.

You’re Adobo lacked sourness? Tap the app and the runner will grab your favorite vinegar.

What’s more? If it’s on sale without the mark up price, they will automatically give you the items on sale, like if the vinegar is Php 10.00 on regular and is on sale for Php 10.00 with free soy sauce, of course, the customer in you (which is also the customer spirit in the runner) will tell to grab the Php 10.00 vinegar with the free soy sauce! (Sorry for being TMI!) Get it? Got it!

I’ve tried other online shopping applications, the very simple fact that the eco-bags holding your items is yours to keep made me sigh with relief, unlike my previous grocery app where I had to quickly remove the items from the ecobag because they’re waiting for me at the door to return them! Talk about making you rush things all of a sudden after the tranquility of guessing where they are already and waiting for them to arrive! Very inconsistent. #nakakaloka

This app is very promising to me and by far, their location tracker is a big point for me. I can also surprise loved one with groceries at their doors because yes, you don’t have to be physically present to get them! You can just give them the contact person that will receive the item. Flexible, right?

Well, if Easy Grocery was a gymnast, it can surely licked his toes! Because aside from delivering to your address, they also have the option of picking the items on your preferred location.

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Yours truly enjoyed shopping with the Easy Grocery App during it’s soft opening yesterday at The Open Space in Makati!

Posing with my Easy Grocery rider, I’m very content on how flexible the Easy Grocery App is! Aside from our online shopping spree, the event which is hosted by Ms. Mara Aquino whose wits and vibrancy made the waiting time and The Price Is Right game fun. Now they know who cooks between my sister and I. Hahaha I won’t give you any clues but she beat me twice! Thank you so much Easy Grocery for the fun afternoon of online shopping and guessing game!

Try Easy Grocery right now! Download the app on Apple Store or Google Play!

Like Easy Grocery on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/easygroceryapp/

Email them at info@easygrocery.ph

 Official Easy Grocery App Website: http://www.easygrocery.ph