Tuesday, March 31, 2015

Radiesse For A Natural Youthful Look

"Forever young, I want to be forever young..." goes the song of  Alphaville. We all want to remain youthful looking. I myself am flattered when some people say I only look like I am in my early 20s, which is 5 years younger than my real age.

Last March 27, 2015, in the afternoon, I attended a bloggers event for Radiesse by Merz Aesthetics at the Makati Shangri-La.

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A background on aging by Dr. Ferrariz:

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Appearance: Youthful Heart Shaped face VS Aging Inverted Heart

Aging, just like destiny, is inevitable
Observed as- deep wrinkles, thick skin, laxity, impaired healing, deepening of grooves, sagging...

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A study of the handsome face of Tom Cruise, then and now.

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Anatomical Factors: Soft Tissue Quality, Facial Bone Loss, Muscle, Ligament

The concept of beauty changes. Here is the same Chinese woman, portrayed in different periods. In the ancient times, they liked the round face with rosy, chubby cheeks. Now, the ideal is the V-shaped face.

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What is Radiesse®?
Radiesse is a dermal filler (injected to the face). Radiesse lifts and contours for a natural looking, youthful face. It gives a triple effect- volume lifting, versatile filling and skin rejuvenation. Its excellent tolerability and safety is clinically proven. FDA approved.

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How much amount of Radiesse a patient needs depends on the individual, but average is 1.5 cc.

Real results of Radiesse on real patient. The change is dramatic.

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Where to get Radiesse®?
Radiesse is only available through board certified doctors. The gel like component in Radiesse blends with the natural collagen of  the face to add volume and trigger an instant natural effect. Immediately after the treatment,  no more wrinkles, lines and sagging, only firm and supple skin! The doctors also said it isn't painful.

Dr. Ron Elepaño, Dr. Yao Yuan Chang, the host Ms. Angel Jacob, Dr. Jose Joven Cruz, Dr. Teresita Ferrariz, and Dr. Edwin Sunga, Regional Medical Director of Merz Aesthetics.
L-R: Dr. Ron Elepaño, Dr. Yao Yuan Chang, the host Ms. Angel Jacob, Dr. Jose Joven Cruz, Dr. Teresita Ferrariz, and Dr. Edwin Sunga, Regional Medical Director of Merz Aesthetics.

How long will the filler Radiesse® last?
Radiesse produces long term results but it depends on the individual, and could last up to 24 months. Top secret tip: Stay very well hydrated so the filler will last longer! :)

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Age Gracefully Chart,  Options- Ultherapy (RF Ultrasound, raved by Hollywood celebrities), Radiesse (Dermal fillers), or plastic surgery.

Formulation of Radiesse®
Radiesse is Calcium hydroxylapatite (CaHA). It is different from botolinum toxin produced by bacterium!

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What is Merz Aesthetics?
Radiesse is brought to us by Merz Aesthetics, a branch of Merz, a  highly reputable pharmaceutical company. Merz Aesthetics is  the innovative leader in aesthetics and consumer health. Please refer to picture below for details:

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Doctors cannot over emphasize the importance of entrusting your beauty only to licensed professional doctors! There are some extreme cases where they already refuse to handle the patients who have been irreversibly damaged by beauty treatments gone wrong in the hands of beauticians/ aestheticians! There are even fatalities, death due to massive allergic reaction. If unscrupulous individuals tell you they will make you look younger by injecting "collagen" for just Php 5,000, then be very wary. It is probably silicone oil! Do realize, silicone oil is meant for the air conditioner's compressor, not for your face!

Final Notes:

  • Take note that there are 2 kinds of wrinkles: aesthetic- fold/depression and dynamic-facial expression.
  • There is nothing wrong in wanting to look your best (well except if you are vanity obsessed 24/7). A comely face gives a confidence boost and studies have shown that good-looking people have better opportunities, especially career wise.
  • To maintain youthfulness, remember, have positive outlook in life, get enough sleep, limit sun exposure, do not smoke, avoid stress, maintain proper hydration and healthy diet!
  • Trust only doctors for your treatments. They are the experts.
  • If you are ready to do something to defy aging, remember the 3 Rs: Right Doctor, Right Treatment, Right Products!

Thank you for having us, Merz Aesthetics Radiesse. I really like the pretty tote bag!

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For more info on Merz Aesthetics and Radiesse, visit www.merzaesthetics.com

Saturday, March 28, 2015

Coffee and Slush Party- It's More Fun with EBG!

I luv coffee! I remember when I was younger and don't care about coffee, I wondered why my parents can not go though the day without cups of it. When I started working and there was free coffee in the pantry, I found out why. The more I consumed it, the more I seemingly became addicted to it.

So when I had the chance to attend EBG's first anniversary blogger party last March 6, 2015, I was looking forward to the aroma and the delicious coffee.

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Maybe you are not familiar with the brand as I was before attending the event. But it turns out, when I ordered my coffee from 7-11, Ministop, or San Mig Food Avenue, (yes, they are their clients!) I have already been acquainted to their product without even realizing it.

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Familiar with the Kronos automatic coffee machine in  major convenience stores?

Essential Brands Group is established in Australia in 2001.
They have franchises throughout Australia and New Zealand, UK and Singapore.
Their premium quality machines are made in Italy.

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EBG's certificates and supplies and merchandise

The afternoon was truly jam packed as they taught us lessons about the history (origin: believed to be from 9th Century Ethiopian goat herder, Kaldi, noting its energizing effects, brought it to the monks), background of coffee and latte art, and introduced to us their company and top of the line products:

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Mr.Gabriel Balancio, EBG SEA Business Lead

Reneka Life Barista Machine:
Boasts of Massive Brew Head, IQ Brewing, Sensitive Brewing, Aroma Perfect, Auto Barista Steam, IQ Clean.

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Reneka Viva 2 Group:

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Reneka Viva:

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Reneka K30 Single Espresso Grinder:

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Entry Level Coffee Bean Grinder

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Platinum Evolution:

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I Luv Slush is available in different flavors like Raspberry, Lemonade, Tropical, Frappe. Slush Machines come in Single, Double or Triple Bowls!

It is ideal in schools, convenience stores, clubs, and others. Guests will surely enjoy when you bring them to your next party! Perfect refreshment this scorching summer! So cool and tastes yummy- my fave is the red one, raspberry!

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The difference with I Luv Coffee and I Luv Coffee Express is that they use freshly ground real bean coffee and premium hot chocolate! Unlike other cheap coffee machines that use artificial coffee powder. See their Menu:

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We were asked to choose a drink and I picked Hot Chocolate.
Look at that froth! Tastes just delicious, with the right balance of sweetness and chocolatey-ness!

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This was the really fun part, when two talented baristas who are already active in competitions, Alvin C. Clapano and Michael Cruz, showed us their latte art making skills:

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There is another one, bear latte art, that I myself asked them to make. Find out how to do it in my Youtube video

This is really an excellent business opportunity with strong return of investment! They not only provide the machine(warranty: 1 year, service: every 6 months),  but also consumables, supplies, set up, branding, after sales assistance- in short this is a complete solution! Did I mention that as introductory promo, there is no royalty fee?

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If you adore frozen yoghurt like I do, it's good to know they will soon be launching I Luv Frozee!

To get in touch with EBG SEA, check out their contact details-

Head Office Address:
1001 Summit One Office Tower
530 Shaw Boulevard,
Mandaluyong City, 1550
Office No. +63(2) 535 7333
Handphone No. +63 (948) 809 6763


Mandaluyong City, NCR Branch:
Unit A&B Facilities Center
548 Shaw Boulevard,
Mandaluyong City, 1550
Tel No. +63(2) 477 9890

Cebu Branch:
Door #1 Adolfo Fick Bldg.,
Hernan Cortes Corner Ayala Access Road,
Subangdaku Mandaue City, Cebu
Tel No. (032) 422 3040

Davao Branch:
Door 4 Diana Bldg,
Quimpo Boulevard Corner Ecoland Drive
Matina Davao City
Tel No. +63(82) 321 2853

Cagayan de Oro Branch:
Door 4 The Promenade Building,
Kauswagan Highway
Cagayan de Oro City
Tel No. +63 (88) 858 9848

Follow I Luv Coffee, I Luv Coffee Express, I Luv Slush, I Luv Frozee on Facebook, Twitter or Instagram @ebgsea

Thursday, March 26, 2015

The Latest Gadgets and Appliances That Fit Your Budget

Hello dearies! The evening of March 25, 2015, at Jill's at The Fort Strip, BGC, saw the relaunch of well-known yet affordable home entertainment products and car accessories.

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Jill's was decorated in a summer beach theme with splashes of orange as members of the media filled the room to know more about the brand's latest offerings!

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Mr. Robert of Samwon explaining the product features.

Check it out:

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SAMWON Home, Audio, Video Entertainment Equipment.

SAMWON Home, Audio, Video Entertainment Equipment.

X12 Car and Audio Entertainment. High Power Amplifier.

X12 Car and Audio Entertainment. High Power Amplifier.

MICKLE. Audio Equipment. Mixer.

MICKLE. Audio Equipment. Mixer.

Say adios to your Jurassic TV with Samwon's sleek 40 inch LCD TV. Yours at a low price of just Php 16,500!

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These colorful Dreamwave Bluetooth Speakers are totally waterproof and shockproof. The best part? Its price is only Php 1,999!!!

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Proline Car Stereo.

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Thank you! My name was picked in the fishbowl and I won a Ballantine's microphone! Oh, it's made in Korea :)

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Samwon, Mickle and X12 are available in more than 200 brick and mortar stores nationwide, and also in online stores like Lazada! You may like them on Facebook Samwon Appliances
Call 838-4130, 838-6281, 866-4680.
Email: fmcg@panvin.com, www.samwon.ph

Sunday, March 22, 2015

I Luv Coffee Machines one of the best choices for business- Media Release

Hi guys, I have recently attended Essential Brand Group's first anniversary blogger party. Find out more about them here-

I Luv Coffee Machines are being rolled out in the Philippines where stores like Mini Stop, 7-11 and San Miguel Food Avenue will be using soon.  Aside from this businesses and café lounges like Delta Airlines and the Frap Bar in Nueva Ecija are now using I Luv Coffee.  What makes these coffee machines good for business?

I Luv Coffee, one of the major brands of Essential Brands Group South East Asia differentiate itself by not only providing the coffee machine itself but by providing a complete beverage solution.  This means that businesses will get assistance from conceptualization, determining profitability, setup, technical support and even the consumables and branding.

 EBG is a market leader in providing premium quality Coffee Machines, Hot Chocolate Machines, Slush Machines, Soft Serve Machines

“With the vision of sharing the LUV through superior customer experience and world class brands, EBG SEA is poised to provide coffee systems and beverage solutions with the highest levels of quality and service bringing the best in the business to our customer’s businesses,” says Gabriel Balancio, Business Lead for EBG SEA in the Philippines.

 EBG is a market leader in providing premium quality Coffee Machines, Hot Chocolate Machines, Slush Machines, Soft Serve Machines

Essential Brands Group PTY Ltd. (EBG) is a wholly owned Australian private business with operations throughout the whole of Australia, New Zealand, United Kingdom, and Singapore. Founded by Mike and Gayle Koolen in 2001, EBG is a market leader in providing premium quality Coffee Machines, Hot Chocolate Machines, Slush Machines, Soft Serve Machines and all related products through our recognised flagship brands, I Luv Coffee, I Luv Coffee Express, I Luv Slush, and I Luv Frozee.

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In the Philippines, EBG SEA is created as the food division of Mustard Seed Systems Corporation, a major provider of office systems and solutions in the Philippines with a wide technical support network covering all of the country’s three major regions, Luzon, Visayas, and Mindanao.

High quality coffee produced by a fully automatic coffee machine is something that is really unique for I Luv Coffee Machines.  In effect it is truly a 100% genuine bean to cup solutions for businesses who wants to make it as a major venture or an add-on to their existing business.

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For more information you can visit EBG SEA website at www.ebgsea.com or contact them at SmallBusinessShop Unit A & B Facilities Center 548 Shaw Boulevard, 1550, Mandaluyong City with telephone number: +63(2) 534-4526.

Thanks for reading the media release of EBG SEA. I luv coffee!

New Year, New Appliances

For my birthday, my sweet husband, aside from treating my family to Tagaytay, gave me 2 new appliances. A red refrigerator, Condura, and an automatic washing machine, Samsung. (Because I sometimes complain that I can't keep my nail polish for many days. It chips every time I do the laundry- by handwashing our clothes.)

Considerations in choosing the appliances:
  1. Price- has to be within our budget.
  2. Brand name- has to come from a known, trusted and reliable brand.
  3. Value for money- all the added features and benefits vis-a-vis the price.
  4. Aesthetic appeal- has to fit our personal taste, look good and modern.
  5. Warranty- the longer, the better.

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Condura Single Door Refrigerator
CSD211-SA Burgundy 6.2 Cu Ft Style Series
Cash Price- Php 11,400 plus Php 350 delivery charge of Automatic Centre
Made in the Philippines
Warranty valid for Negosyo- 5 years for compressor, 3 months for plastic parts replacement, 2 years for system, parts and labor, and 10 years for spare parts availability.
Its high EEF of 285 means lower electrical consumption.

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  • The refrigerator we had before this was also from Condura but I did not like that my previous one had excessive ice formation in the freezer. Within a few days, we can't shut the freezer door because the ice on its walls is too thick. So it's nice that this new ref doesn't have problems YET with excessive ice formation. Also, there was one time that a relative asked to keep his meat products in our old ref. The ref was completely filled and he did not notice that the ham was pressing all that time against the defrost button so the defrost button became dysfunctional.
  • We wanted a smaller one because we had a small house but the small version was not available in the store we bought it from.
  • Being labeled as "stylish", and with their personal-sized cube refs having more colors to choose from, I would have preferred if this was in color pink.
  • Update: After about 8 months, I noticed the ice formation in the freezer gets thick fast. About 5 days after defrosting and wiping, the ice formation is already quarter of an inch. For this, I think a double door ref is better.
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Pardon the mess!

Samsung Fully Auto Top Load Washing Machine (Wobble)
WA75H4200SW 7.5 kg
Cash Price- Php 13,000.75 plus Php 420 delivery fee of SM Appliance Center
Made in Thailand
Warranty- a good 11 years for its motor, and 1 year for parts and labor. 
It's great that its control panel has many buttons as compared to other brands that have just one "program" button that is abused or pressed again and again. Better to use the thumb when pressing buttons so your nails won't scratch it.

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  • Being a simple person transitioning from a manual twin tub, I had a hard time using this high-tech washing machine for the first time. It was trial and error and I was afraid I might destroy it in the process.
  • I wished there was a Tagalog version of the manual.
  • There's only 4 simple steps in "Washing for the first time"- press power, insert detergent into drawer, turn on water supply, and lastly, press start. But for the life of me, it took me and the hubby a good 30 minutes to figure out why water would not come into the washing machine even though the tap is on, and the hose screw is opened properly. We had to press the water level pala and it's not indicated there!
  • I don't think the user manual is complete with explanation or if it was complete, it isn't easy to understand for me. E.g., I was looking in the Control Panel page what water level 1-5 stands for. Is it minutes or liters?  I finally figured out its meaning was in the back page, along with the specification of their list of models.
  • I just hope its body would not rust easily.
  • Dislike- increase in expenses, especially water and electricity. And whereas before I only use one sachet of detergent, now it is up to four. Also, the clothes are still not perfectly clean. There is still a need to handwash stains and tough dirt.

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So that's it! Thanks to my husband for giving me practical stuff- the Condura refrigerator and the Samsung washing machine. I like them both. I like how pretty the ref looks because I like that color next to pink. And now laundry time is easier because the automatic washing machine can wash rinse then dry clothes with just a few buttons pressed- the only effort is inserting the hose to the water supply downstairs (yep we bought a very long hose). But I am not looking forward to the next electricity and water bill! :p

Saturday, March 21, 2015

Divine Mercy Shrine in Marilao

Greetings of peace! Holy Week is fast approaching and one of my favorite churches to visit for Station of the Cross is The National Shrine of the Divine Mercy located in Sta Rosa 1, Marilao, 3019, Bulacan. Telephone Number (044) 893-0616.

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The Church is easily accessible. You may ride a bus or jeep going there. We have visited there a few times already and the last time was Good Friday last year. That day, we came from Muzon, Bulacan, and the jeep can not pass here- it stopped a few meters away because of the multitude of people.

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You might think the church is small but once you go out to the open field you will realize that it's HUGE!!!

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There is another Mass here in the open grounds.

3 O' Clock Prayer: Jesus, I Trust In You!

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Entrance to The Poland Museums is only Php 10 and you can delight your eyes on numerous memorabilia:
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St. Pope John Paul 2
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St. Faustina Chapel Exhibit and Replica of St. Maximilian Kolbe Prison Cell

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Do not forget to look for the monkeys!!!

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Check out The National Shrine of The Divine Mercy's Schedule of Liturgical Services, and the Healing Mass:

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Thanks for reading. For Catholic brethren, if you have not visited here, hope you can visit the Divine Mercy Shrine soon! It is truly a place of Prayer, Healing, Peace and Solitude.