Sunday, August 30, 2015

Pinac- Heirloom Filipino-Capampangan Cuisine

Hello po! When I am out with my partner and he starts to get hungry, he wants to eat "real" food. What I mean is he doesn't want the hamburger or spaghetti in a fastfood, claiming him tummy doesn't get satisfied. He wants rice (a lot, he can down 8 cups when it is offered unli) and flavorful viand.

Pinac, at the 2F Ayala UP Town Center in Katipunan Ave., Quezon City, serves real hearty Filipino/Capampangan cuisine. Savor hot, flavorful food that is truly comforting and reminiscent of home!

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The place is truly elegant with its upholstered furniture, chandelier, and paintings. Even the clean and complete with amenity restroom had paintings. You will be proud to bring special people or VIPs here.

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We got a taste of these fine offering of Pinac. As you will notice, these are the more popular Filipino food!

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These can be ordered individually but is served to us in one plate as sampler.

Crispy hito balls mustasa at buro, calamares, lumpiang ubod taquitos. Must try!!!

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Steaming bowl of rice

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Sinigang na ulo ng salmon sa miso

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The very sinful Pinac's Crispy Pata

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Beef Kare Kare

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Dessert! My favorite part of the meal!!!

Suman, manga at tsokolate

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Gosh! The food was truly delicious! Some recipes are from the grandmother of the restaurant owner.

Here is Pinac's owner, Mr. Jeffrey Pelayo, explaining that the establishment got its name from a ricefield in Candaba, Pampanga. Mr. Pelayo is also with Supreme Business Solutions.

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Contact number of Pinac- 775-9450 or 0917-8032150. Check out their Facebook Page here.

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So next time you crave, call 212-1212 to have Pinac Hearty Filipino Capampangan food delivered to your doorstep. Thanks for reading! :)

Pisceanrat August 2015 Giveaway

Hello po! We recently had a very quick FB giveaway, with prize of 2k worth of assorted GCs. This is like my second blogoversary giveaway. :) I almost forgot, hahaha! I am not really good with special occasions.

As a recap, the rules were simple:
Just 1. Like the page, and 2. Comment below your Twitter or IG user name. Don't forget to follow @pisceanrat!

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And the winner is...

Emilie Canapi Prades Udasco

Please send me a PM on the page on details how to claim the prize. In case of failure to claim the loot within 30 days, we will draw a new name!

Thank you so much to all those who joined and please stay tuned for our next giveaway...
Tickets to Museum and Zoo, and then beauty stuff! Don't be sad guys, you might be the next lucky one! :) 

Thursday, August 27, 2015

Shop Anything, Anytime, Anywhere with the Lazada Mobile App! PR

Hello po! I know many people are nawiwili or even quite addicted to catching great discounts on online shopping. What I mean is abangers mode in waiting for the code and then hurriedly inputing the code to get great discounts in their online shopping! Hey, I know the feeling! Sometimes all that we pay for is the shipping and because of the code, the item we get is virtually free! And with this, Lazada is one of the most popular and trusted online shopping destinations!

MANILA PHILIPPINES – Lazada ( - the Philippines’ One-Stop Shopping and Selling destination continues to keep its commitment of effortless shopping to Filipinos with the Lazada Mobile App. Now, Filipinos have access to more than half a million products right at their fingertips. Giving Filipinos the power to shop anything, anytime, anywhere through the Lazada Mobile App.

With the Lazada Mobile App, everyone can conveniently shop while on the go; packed with eye-catching visuals, intuitive user interface, and true-to-form images, you can never go wrong shopping through the Lazada Mobile App. Now you don’t need to rush to the mall or brave through the bad weather or heavy traffic as shopping through the Lazada Mobile App is easy as 1-2-3! Simply download the Lazada Mobile App for FREE on iOSAppStore and Google Play Store.

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Packed with daily promos and jaw-dropping discounts, the Lazada Mobile App also hosts exclusive App-Only sales for premium tech and lifestyle brands. With the same robust functionality as its web interface, the Lazada Mobile App offers the ease and convenience of shopping for those Filipinos on-the-go.

And to make every Filipino’s effortless shopping risk-free, the Lazada Mobile App also offers cash-on-delivery payment. So aside from the ease of being able to shop on-the-go through the Lazada Mobile App, everyone can pay via cash when their orders arrive on their doorsteps.

Effortless Shopping tips to all Shoppers On the Go

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Secure Shopping
·         For mobile shopping, choose shopping sites with an app. It’s easier to use and most importantly, more secure as it’s harder to tamper with.
·         Check news articles about the shopping site to ensure it’s not a temporary online shop that will disappear after pocketing your money.
·         Ensure the shopping site has a return policy such as Lazada’s Buyer Protection: online shops without return policies can mean scam or unauthentic products.
·         Do not give your password to anyone. Online shops’ email support or call support personnel should never require your password for identification.
·         Only use your credit or debit card on sites with a padlock icon in the URL bar. This means the site uses secure communications to prevent any third-party eavesdropping.
·         Check for security labels such as PCI-DSS certification. This means the shop has been audited and is certified safe to use.
·         If you don’t receive an acknowledgement email from the online shop shortly after a purchase, there might be an issue with your purchase or it might be a scam. Call the site’s hotline to verify.
·         If you strongly suspect you have been scammed and your credit card information has been stolen, contact your bank or credit card issuer to block the card and investigate.

Savvy Fashionistas
·         Pick the right size by using the size chart feature, taking your measurements and checking carefully for any international conversions (UK, US, EU, Japan).
·         Ensure the site has an exchange policy like Lazada’s 100% Satisfaction Guaranteed policy that enables you to return clothes within 7 days, and re-order the outfit in a size that fits you perfectly.
·         Only shop for fashion on shopping apps that provide a few angles so you can see exactly how the clothes fit on the model or mannequin.
·         Get your friends’ comments or ‘likes’ easily by sharing the item on Facebook or Instagram before buying.
·         Read product details to check on the fabrication so you’ll know how the clothes feel on you.

Parenting Shoppers
·         Spend quality time with your family instead of getting caught in traffic to the shopping mall. Shopping at the Lazada Mobile App lets you shop at your convenience, any time of the day!
·         Diapers and milk powder are not only expensive, but heavy to carry. Look out for online promotions and take advantage of door-step delivery.
·         Follow the Lazada Super Moms Facebook page and subscribe to the newsletters to get the latest deals delivered straight to you.
·         Don’t let getting overwhelmed in crowded malls and toy stores stop you from giving the best to your kids. Shop for educational toys online, conveniently.
·         If you’ve brought the wrong size of maternity clothes, take advantage of Lazada’s  100% Satisfaction Guaranteed policy. Return the wrong size within 14 days (30 for Vietnam), and re-order the outfit in the right size.

Tech Addicts
·         Online shopping allows you to compare prices for your favourite gadget. Do keep a look out for sellers on the same site that may offer a bigger discount or bundle deal.
·         Searching for phone accessories, power banks and covers is less overwhelming online as you can easily compare your options and colors, and sort them by price.
·         Subscribe to Lazada’s newsletter or like our Facebook page to get news on exclusive and limited edition tech launches.
·         When looking for a gadget in a specific model or colour, check out Lazada’s wide range online first. It’s better than visiting the retail store and discovering the gadget’s sold out.
·         Shopping for your favourite gadget online is easy. You can do it anytime of the day with fast and reliable delivery to your home or office.

Smart Savers
·         Take advantage of free shipping if you spend a certain amount, or do a group order with friends so you can all enjoy free shipping.
·         Download the Lazada mobile application to enjoy special app-only discounts and access sales anywhere, anytime! Turn on push notifications on mobile to stay updated on the latest promotions.
·         Watch out for time-sensitive flash deals, set your alarm so you don’t miss the promotion! 
·         Look out for exciting promotions from our bank partner with store-wide discounts.
·         Sign up for newsletters for sale promotions and coupon codes.
·         “Like” the Lazada Philippines ( on Facebook to get notifications on the latest deals.
·         To have a truly effortless mobile shopping experience, download the Lazada Mobile App and join Lazada’s Big App Sale happening this August 27-31 and enjoy as much as 80% discount from your favourite brands.

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The Lazada Big App Sale: A Shopping Treat for all those Shoppers On-The-Go!

Lazada Philippines is again rolling out five (5) days of non-stop shopping deals for all Filipinos to enjoy. Packed with deals, discounts, and games, the Lazada Big App Sale ( is Lazada Philippines’ way of making shopping more enviably effortless, enjoyable, and fun for Filipinos through the Lazada Mobile App.

With as much as 80% exclusive discounts on bestsellers and favorite brands, the Lazada Big App Sale boasts hundreds of thousands of products all housed in the Lazada Mobile App.
So save and shop now with the Lazada Mobile App and be part of the Lazada Big App Sale( this August 27-31.

About Lazada

Lazada ( is Philippines’ largest online shopping mall and is pioneering e-commerce by providing a fast, convenient and secure online shopping experience combined with an extensive product offering in categories ranging from mobiles & tablets and consumer electronics to household goods, toys, fashion and sports equipment. Lazada is continuously striving to offer its customers the best possible shopping experience with multiple payment methods including cash on delivery, extensive warranty commitments and free returns. Lazada mobile applications for Android, iPhone and iPad provide additional convenience to its consumers’ allowing them to shop anywhere, anytime.

For more information, please visit For updates on Lazada’s latest innovations, as well as activities, contests and promotions, connect with us via Facebook (

Happy shopping! ;) Thanks for reading the media release for Lazada!

Tuesday, August 25, 2015

Nu Skin ageLOC Expo

Hello po! I was recently invited to the NU SKIN ageLOC Expo held last August 14 to 15, 2015 from 11 AM to 8 PM, at the 15th Flr., Octagon Center, 41 San Miguel Ave., Ortigas Center, Pasig City. This is a quarterly event and there are demonstrations and promos in store. I went on a Saturday at 10:00 AM for the VIP participants before they open to the public. And believe me, there were a LOT of attendees, distributors and guests.

First off, what is ageLOC ®?

ageLOC is the super class of anti-aging products! Both ageLOC Transformation set and ageLOC Galvanic Spa were created utilizing Nu Skin's highly advanced technology- the ageLOC science. This enables identification of unique groups of genes (called Youth Gene Clusters or YGC) specific to the aging process and then target and reset them into more youthful patterns of activity!

Now this proprietary technology was developed through more than 30 years of exclusive research by over 75 of Nu Skin's in-house scientists. Other products borne from this unique gene-based innovation are ageLOC Tru Face Essence Ultra, ageLOC Galvanic Body Trio, ageLOC TR90 and the latest ageLOC Y-Span.

NU SKIN Ageloc Expo held last August 14 to 15, 2015 from 11 AM to 8 PM, at the 15th Flr., Ocatagon Centre, San Miguel Ave., Ortigas, Pasig City.

Nu Skin is a 3 billion dollar corporation publicly traded in New York Stock Exchange (NYSE).

As the experience card given to attendees states, experience a whole day of looking and feeling young with Nu Skin's Business Opportunity.

Activities indicated in the Experience Card are-

 *ageLOC experience
The staff made a demo on the back of my hand. The Cleanse & Tone feels so gentle!  She said it is better to let it stay on the skin longer and it has anti-aging properties. It not only cleanses, but there is no need for a separate toner! After this, I noticed the skin seems more supple, smooth and whiter.

ageLOC Transformation set powerful lineup includes- ageLOC Cleanse & Tone, ageLOC Radiant Day Spf 22, agaLOC Future Serum and ageLOC Transforming Night. This complete skin care system cleanses, purifies, renews, moisturizes and reveals younger looking skin in 8 ways.

ageLOC Transformation set powerful lineup includes- ageLOC Cleanse & Tone, ageLOC Future Serum, ageLOC Radiant Day Spf 22 and ageLOC Transforming Night. This complete skin care system cleanses, purifies, renews, moisturizes and reveals younger looking skin in 8 ways. Made in USA.

*ageLOC Galvanic Spa
I super enjoyed ageLOC Galvanic Spa. The gel feels cool and the massage technique is really relaxing. They said that the radiance this session imparted can last up to 2 days. I have seen this kind of device from an online seller under a different brand and they claim it can thin your face to a V-Shape. Well, if you ask me, better be safe than sorry! Go for the original, research-based Nu Skin ageLOC Galvanic Spa!

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Galvanic spa is a box office booth! Steps as I remember- Cleanse skin, apply white gel 1 (pre-treat), spray mist all over, massage the galvanic face conductor in setting 1 (wait for the beep, with one hand holding the device and the other hand should be connection with body), tissue off, apply blue gel 2 (ageLOC treatment), spray mist all over, massage the galvanic face conductor in setting 2, tissue off, toner, eye cream and finally day cream. 

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Experience spa at home. Small, smart and powerful, the ageLOC Galvanic Spa features patented self-adjusting currents and interchangeable conductors for the face, scalp and body. The device works synergistically with the specially formulated products, facilitating transport of key ingredients for optimal performance.

Note: There is a Tru Face Line Corrector (smoothen appearance of fine lines and wrinkles) but attendant said there is no need to apply on me since I have baby face- weh! I mean I have no wrinkles yet. One can use the device not only for the face, but also for the scalp (Nutriol Hair Fitness Treatment for abundant hair) and body (Galvanic Spa Body Shaping Gel for reducing cellulite).

*BioPhotonic Scanning
Simply touch the machine

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Failed!! Need lifestyle and diet modification!

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*Body Composition Analysis
Step down on it like a weighing scale and pull up the bar

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That is not me, but one of their guests. I did fail again on the fat%/ bmi, however, I luckily passed the visceral fat analysis.

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*ageLOC TR90 Trimshake Product Sampling
I was made to choose between chocolate and vanilla. I asked for chocolate because- duh- chocolate monster here! I like the taste of their chocolate and it contains a texture akin to a breakfast cereal but more refined.

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*Wellness Coaching

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*Skincare Advice
*Skin Analysis.

I was only aware of Nu Skin's Galvanic as I have seen it in a spa before. Now I know that Nu Skin offers so many products and is truly holistic- health supplements, skin care, scalp and hair treatment, weight management and body shaping system, make up and more.

As Joe Chang, Ph. D., Nu Skin Chief Scientific Officer says, "Our ageLOC scientific approach has brought us to this moment where we can offer people the ageLOC super class of anti-aging products, and our sales are just more proof of how effective people find these products. What's more, we believe we have yet to even scratch the surface on what ageLOC is truly capable of in terms of anti-aging science. While we celebrate the introduction of these products, and our recent acquisition of LifeGen Technologies and their more than thirty years of anti-aging genetic research, we are also greatly looking forward to the innovation that lies ahead."

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Yes, Nu Skin products are high end but a lot of research went into their innovative products and is backed by science.  Plus their products are really luxurious, so it is premium for a reason. Contact a Nu Skin authorized representative, it is best to experience the difference!

Thank you Nu Skin!

NU SKIN Ageloc, August 14 to 15, 2015 from 11 AM to 8 PM, 15th Flr., Octagon Centre, San Miguel Ave., Ortigas, Pasig City.

For more information, please visit
or contact them through Facebook and Twitter

Sunday, August 23, 2015

Elica- No More Eczema, Only Sweet Dreams!

Hello po! Have you or a loved one ever had some skin asthma that made it impossible to sleep at night? I know the feeling because I had a family member with a skin disease. It made her crabby and also left her with scars and discoloration. I also had a brief episode with an itchy rash. It was so bad that I really scratched my skin so hard and wanted to pour boiling water on it! Good thing it went away after a few days.

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Last August 19, 2015 at the Alta in Ascott, Bonifacio Global City, was the launch of Sweet Dreams with Elica (Mometasone Furoate). We were among the first to watch their commercial which debuts on air today, Sunday!

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Mommy and daughter viewing their commercial for Elica

Eczema is characterized by red, dry, itchy rashes on the skin. It is more common in children than adults. Flare-ups can be triggered by several factors including dust mites, family pets, heat or harsh soap.

Dr. Lyra Yamat discussed Eczema-
  • Comes from the Greek word eksema "Boil over or break out"
  • Used interchangeably with atopic dermatitis
  • Filipino term - "asthma sa balat" or "skin asthma"
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"Eczema should be treated immediately, because it can affect a child's self-esteem, social activities and of course, sleep," stated Dr. Yamat.

A cartoon bedtime story!

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Everyone was totally charmed when celebrity mom Cheska Garcia-Kramer and daughter Scarlett came!

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Scarlett Doll was so cute and adorable! She loved the teddy bears!

Cheska shared her kid's itch story. "Scar couldn't sleep talaga when she gets eczema flare-ups kasi it's so itchy and she keeps on scratching."

She intimated that they are real users of the brand even before they were tapped as endorsers. "Our pediatrician recommended Elica and it really helped relieve Scarlett of the itch, redness and swelling because of her eczema."

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Host Gelli Victor, Scarlett and Cheska Garcia-Kramer, Brand Manager Jinni Fernando, and Dr. Yamat.

Q & A portion: L-R: Host Gelli Victor, Scarlett and Cheska Garcia-Kramer, Brand Manager Jinni Fernando, and Dr. Yamat.

Elica is an excellent first line of defense for eczema because it is fast and powerful!
  • Within 24 hours, relieves eczema symptoms with visible results.
  • Only ONCE daily application of a thin film of Elica on affected area (other topical steroids are applied TWICE a day).
  • Several studies demonstrate Elica's efficacy and safety profile.
  • For many years now, Doctors prescribe and recommend Elica.
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Elica comes in lotion, ointment and cream formats, and is available OTC (over-the-counter, no need for doctor's prescription).

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Mometasone furoate, a synthetic corticosteroid, exhibits anti-inflammatory, antipruritic and vasoconstrictive properties.

Elica comes in lotion, ointment and cream formats, and is available OTC
Elica- for relief of skin allergies such as psoriasis and atopic dermatitis. Elica lotion 30ml, Php 765, Elica cream and ointment 5g Php 428
Elica is brought to us by Bayer HealthCare- Consumer Care. For more information on Elica  (Mometasone Furoate), please go to
No more sleep deprivation for Moms and Babies! Sweet Dreams with Elica!

Thursday, August 20, 2015

Buying Sunnies in Zalora- My Experience

Hello po! Because I got a Zalora discount code, I decided to buy my hubby some shades since he uses those when his eyes are kinda swollen due to allergy. Some of my relatives are already their suki (patrons).

So I downloaded the app, chose from the list, after the process of putting my details, input the code, clicked on the checkout and made my first order with them, from Sunnies Studios. I wanted to try the code in another item so I ordered again and MISTAKENLY clicked check out instead of apply coupon, uh-oh!

[Note: I would suggest putting the discount coupon farther away from the final checkout, and adding another yes or no pop up box after "checkout" just to avoid these accidents when all we really wanted was to apply the discount coupon.]

So this second order had no discount so I immediately e-mailed their customer service since their landline is not ringing. They also sent text messages but you cannot send a reply to those.

Lo and behold, the second order (which was cancelled thru e-mail) came noontime the following day. So much for canceling my order, haha! And I was wondering why the first order arrived two days after (maybe because it was discounted). The delivery guy is nice naman.

I opened the box, saw some sheets of paper (around 4), and the product secure in a bubble wrap. The mint green packaging was pretty, alright. The casing was soft and not a hard plastic case.

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But there was no cleaning wipe/cloth and to be brutally honest, the plastic sunglasses look cheap. Like what you can buy from the sidewalk vendor for Php 50. The lens also had fingerprints (101% sure not mine).

I really cannot complain much since I only paid Php 49 for this plus the Php 100 shipping fee. Original price of Johnnie Sunglasses by Sunnies is Php 399.

My husband did not like it! He does not have a very wide face, it is actually thin and long, but it cannot fit him! When trying to wear,  the arms of the glasses creaked and stretched, seemingly about to break off! It fits the size of my face better but I also did not like the style... I am sure we can return this, but nah, I don't want the hassle.

Lesson learned for me. I always shop with my hubby when getting him clothes, to be sure it fits and he likes the style! Same principle in giving sunglasses as gift- need to be with him!

Excel Paris Review

Hello po! I have read raves about Excel Paris and even some friends swear by it so I decided to give this a try! After all, the price is only Php 40 when I bought it in a tiangge.

Excel Paris is a misnomer. Obviously, this is not from France, but made in China as one can see "Mei ya" on the sticker in the handle. It also indicates 24 hours lip gloss and I couldn't agree because there is no gloss or shine and it also did not stay for 24 hours.

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In person, Excel Paris 511 looks more violet than pink. Applied on bare lip, no balm underneath.

This is sealed, thankfully. The shape is somewhat like an eggplant. The handle is dark blue with glitters. The wand has a doe foot applicator (spongey tip) and not a brush.

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Excel Paris is like a lip stain or matte creme! After applying, it dries quickly. A meal of greasy fries and burger then wiping the mouth with tissue later, there is still a bit of stain left in the lower lip, and only an outline of the lipline in the upper lip.


  • This has minimal transferring so it really stays.
  • Variety of modern colors, loud and shocking.
  • Compliments I get when wearing this.
  • Non-sticky, feels powdery smooth.
  • Cheap price.
  • Did not cause me allergy or chapping.
  • Lack of info regarding manufacturing company and list of ingredients.
  • Chemical smell.
  • Needs steady hand and proportional application. Any imbalance or error is very noticeable.

Will I buy Excel Paris again?
 I love this, but I think I'll pass. This is just scary stuff for me.

Wednesday, August 12, 2015

HHN Sunflower Oil Review

Hello po! Since 2009, when I was a new dealer for Human Heart Nature, their Sunflower Beauty Oil has been a top seller. I was wondering what people use it for because what I order from them for personal use are mostly body/skin/hair care/makeup. I found out that some of them use it to treat their stretch marks. Well,  I don't have any stretch mark on my body.

So a few months later, out of curiosity, I bought one too just to know why my customers were such fans. It's really affordable, anyway, and it is an ingredient in skin lightening or beauty products.

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This bottle lasts me a looong time

I like to use it as:

  • Makeup remover
  • Night oil/face treatment- I put it all over my face before sleeping and thought this would make my oily face oilier and have more pimples, but no! This is actually great! (But HHN's other Day and Night moisturizers cause me to break out every time I use them)
  • Eyelash nourisher (seems to lengthen and thicken eyelashes)
and sometimes as-
  • Hair shine
  • Lip moisturizer
It's popularity may have inspired 2 other specially designated HHN sunflower oils- hair serum and cleansing oil.

Made in the Philippines by GK Gandang Kalikasan (also from the Meloto Family, known for NGO Gawad Kalinga)
100% Organic
Cruelty Free

50 ml Php 149.75
100ml Php 274.75

Here are Human Nature Sunflower Oil's 23 supposed benefits (click to enlarge)

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Human Nature Sunflower Oil 23 Miracles

What I don't like-
Its plastic bottle. After a few uses, it's sticky and yellowy. I keep it in my plastic cabinet and the area where it stands became yellowy and sticky, similar to having some sticker residue.

Human Heart Nature is available from dealers, in online stores, brick and mortar branches, selected supermarkets and department stores.

Thank you for reading! Sunflowers are "happy flowers." Have you tried Human Nature Sunflower Oil too and did it make you happy?

Loads of cheesiness from Gardenia’s yummy new treats! PR

Hello po! When it comes to breads, there is a name that stands out with regards to the taste (yummy even without spread), quality and hygienic manufacturing...Oh I love Gardenia!

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When it comes to bread and other baked goods, there’s clearly only one brand that is top of mind—Gardenia.
You could rightly call it The Big Cheese of baked goods. And its two new products are no exception. Introducing—Gardenia Cheese Toasties and Gardenia Cheese Buns, the latest in a long line of baked treats that’s delicious, nutritious, and highly addictive!

Cheese Toasties is your new snack alternative

Gardenia Cheese Toasties is made from freshly-baked bread sprinkled with cheesy goodness, then baked to a light golden crisp. 
It makes for a scrumptious snack any time of the day—whether you’re at home, in school, at work, stuck in traffic, in the movies, watching TV, hanging with friends, out on a field trip, doing overtime, or in the mood for a midnight snack. 

It’s the perfect answer to your junk food cravings because it delivers superior cheese flavor and the satisfying crunch of chips—except that it’s zero transfat.

Gardenia Cheese Toasties is handy to keep around at home and easy to bring with you wherever you might be headed.
It’s also versatile! Try it with salads, as an accompaniment to pasta, or dunked in soups. Delish!

Cheese Buns: Mas masarap pa kahit walang palaman 

Gardenia Cheese Buns on the other hand is the quintessence of Gardenia’s famous tagline: “Masarap…kahit walang palaman.”

Enjoy the perfect blend of rich cheesy flavor and the sweetness of milk for an indulgent new level of deliciousness! It’s the perfect snacking experience guaranteed to delight you to the last bite. 
Baked fresh everyday with the finest ingredients, Gardenia Cheese Buns are deliciously soft, flavorful, and made even more mouthwatering by its milky cheese-flavored streusel toppings that’s sure to leave you craving for more!

Gardenia Cheese Buns are so flavorfully awesome, it’s amazing that they contain the general nutrients found in every Gardenia product—including being transfat free. 

Gardenia Cheese Toasties and Gardenia Cheese Buns are just two more yummy new treats brought to you by the Big Cheese of Baked Goods. 
For other exciting snack treats, visit Follow them on for updates, promos, and fun events.

Gardenia Cheese Toasties and Gardenia Cheese Buns are available at leading supermarkets and convenience stores nationwide.

Thanks for reading the media release for Gardenia!

Thursday, August 6, 2015

Mind Museum's Glass of the Sea

Hello po! A "sea of glass" is mentioned in the Bible, but here is a different one, the Glass of Sea exhibit in The Mind Museum Taguig!

Launched last July 16, 2015 --- "A GLASS OF THE SEA" is an immersive, interactive, impactful and constantly updated exhibition about the beauty of the Coral Triangle’s marine life, astounding discoveries and the compelling importance of its conservation!

The Coral Triangle is globally known as the center of marine biodiversity, and the Verde Island Passage is the "center of the center of marine biodiversity” with around 7-12 new species being discovered every hour. Visit the exhibition to know the story of the sea, the story of the science of the sea, and your role in the sea.

The exhibition was conceived and created by The Mind Museum, in collaboration with the California Academy of Sciences, whose actual expeditions are featured in the exhibition. The project is also supported by the USAID.

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Discover why the marine environment of the Philippines is the MOST diverse in the world! Know the science. Protect our seas! 

Through creative and interactive multimedia technology, students, families, and guests of all ages get an enhanced experience of the scientists' expedition, and the stories of our seas. 

Hands-on science educational activities are also conducted to deepen the appreciation on marine life and conservation. 

It will be at The Mind Museum for a limited time, as it is set to tour the different parts of the country.

More than because of the issue on the territorial rights on the West Philippine Sea, we need to know more about our seas in order to appreciate its beauty and uniqueness, and learn also how to protect/save it for the next generation!

Fertility Awareness 2015: Helping Build Families

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August is Fertility Awareness Month! Merck Serono,  the World Leader in Fertility Treatment, has launched a campaign and for years now, been giving Filipino couples who are trying to conceive support thru seminars and information dissemination.

Yesterday, August 5, 2015, at the Crowne Plaza (near Robinsons Galleria Ortigas), Merck and the  Philippine Society of Reproductive Endocrinology and Infertility (PSREI) announced a series of awareness-building initiatives to foster greater understanding of infertility among Filipinos. The theme for this year is #helpingbuildfamilies.
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Did you know that an estimated 1 in 10 Filipinos are infertile? A Merck-commissioned study by Synovate reveals that a vast majority of them will struggle in silence, due in part to the shame associated with the infertility, but mainly because many couples don't understand this condition.

As Dr. Gio Barangan, Medical Director, Merck Philippines says, “With the observance of Fertility Awareness Month, Merck, together with PSREI aim to help childless Filipino couples to learn more about their condition and to realize that there are solutions to the challenge that they face. It is also an opportunity for them to meet couples who were successful in their fertility treatment, so that they can gain confidence in the country’s pool of fertility experts and treatment facilities and thereby remain hopeful in starting a family.”  

Understanding Infertility- a disease, is common, and is a two-sided issue;
Treatment Options- Ovulation Induction, Follicle Monitoring (FM), Timed Intercourse, Artificial Insemination, Intrauterine Insemination (IUI), In-Vitro Fertilization (IVF).

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The doctors who gave us more information on infertility and who you will meet at the Fertility Awareness 2015 seminar are Dr. Anthony Marc B. Ancheta and Dr. Rudie Frederick B. Mendiola.

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I would like to share this adage by Dr. Ancheta for couples who are jumping from one doctor to another. He said it is like a mayonnaise jar effect. Person A did not open the closed jar. B can not unstuck the jar lid. C also found it hard. But D was able to finally open the jar! Translated thus: the tests, procedures, operations, medicines prescribed by the other different doctors all have helped contribute to a couple's finally being successful in getting pregnant. So it is really important for patients to be honest and also keep/save their files and documents so if they have a new doctor, he/she knows what is best to do next.

The earlier couples seek treatment, the better it is because the older they get, the less chance to become pregnant, (something to do with the number of woman's eggs), plus increased likelihood of miscarriage! But of course, the man needs to be checked too! So don't delay, seek a specialist now! PSREI has 107 active members and is on its 21st year.

This is a real life couple who shared their story. They have been trying to conceive (TTC) for 2 years, the woman has Endometriosis and blocked Fallopian tubes. With the help of IVF, they were able to get pregnant!

IVF Centers in the Philippines:
Center for Reproductive Medicine (CRM), Center for Advanced Reproductive Medicine and Infertility (CARMI), Kato Repro Biotech Center, Repro Optima, Victory ART Lab Philippines.

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 Dr. Gio Barangan, Merck Philippines Medical Director (leftmost), IVF specialist Dr. Anthony Marc Ancheta (fifth  from right) with his successful patients, Mr. and Mrs. Miranda, and PSREI President Dr. Rudie Frederick Mendiola (rightmost).

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Inviting you to Merck and PSREI FREE fertillity seminar on August 8 and 15, 2015, from 4:00-8:00 PM at the Sapphire Function Room of the Crowne Plaza Hotel,  Galleria. There will be consultation with specialists and a craft therapy through an indoor planting (succulents) session – all for FREE!

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That day's painting lessons from Sip & Gogh was therapeutic, would have been more enjoyable in a quiet room/tranquil setting.

To register for Fertility Awareness 2015, email, call 892-0247/50, message  and
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