When I was a child, my parents would always bring my sister and I to the different shrines of Our Lady for a visit, we always look forward to these trips. My parents also instilled in us the habit of praying the rosary daily to please Our Lady. Growing up, they also encouraged us to say the novena to Our Lady of Perpetual Help, Our Lady of Lourdes, and Our Lady of Fatima. Thankfully, our family’s deep devotion to Mother Mary was never left unnoticed as She granted us countless favors and blessings over the years.
Mother Mary has also been my pillar of strength and refuge when my husband passed away last year. If there’s anyone who can truly understand my grief and longing for my husband, it is Mother Mary, as she was widowed early herself. When my daughter was diagnosed with cancer recently, I also cried to her for help. I know she knows how difficult it is to see your child go through pain because she witnessed how her son, Jesus, suffered on the cross too.
When my soul gets weary from the heavy crosses that I have to bear, I draw strength from her. I try to learn from her gentle ways and unwavering faith. When I turn to her and depend on her for comfort, I find that somehow my spirit is renewed and uplifted.
I always want to be reminded of Mother Mary’s grace, compassion, and hope that is why this Alex and Ani’s Mother Mary charm is pretty special to me. I wear it everyday like a shield against despair.
This christmas, give this as a gift to someone–your mom, sister, or friend who needs to be reminded everyday of Mother Mary’s unconditional love and unfailing grace. Give this to them to remind them daily how Mother Mary can be our source of hope and comfort in troubling times.
This Mother Mary charm is available at Alex and Ani’s kiosk at the 3rd level, SM Aura. To check their complete collection log on to http://alexandani.com or follow them at instragram @aa_philippines.
I don’t know about you but I feel like much has been said about acne that I can’t even tell which one is true or not. Google the word Acne and you will be greeted with a long list of links you can choose from, from the most comprehensive to the most absurd. To a person like me whose brain can only process information in small bites rather than big chunks, the information from the net can prove to be very challenging and intimidating.
Thanks to the Proactiv Kit I’ve been using, it comes with this little orange booklet entitled, The Doctor’s Secrets To A Lifetime Of Clear Skin. Written by Standford-trained dermatologists, Dr. Katie Rodan and Dr. Kathy Fields, founders of the revolutionary acne product Proactiv Solution, this booklet contains 30 doses of skin care wisdom that would make you understand the root cause of acne, the proper attitude in dealing with this chronic disease, and the clear cut solutions in managing and controlling it.
All the information about acne are presented in a simple and straight forward manner in this booklet. The 30 vital nuggets of skin care wisdom listed here are all practical and easy to follow. All the things you need to know and need to do to enjoy a lifetime of smooth, clear, and healthy looking skin are wittingly enumerated in this booklet.
I am happy to note also that I found myself nodding my head a couple times while reading this for I can easily relate to most of what’s written and discussed here. And surprisingly, most of the new information I got from booklet debunked all the myths that I know about acne as well. By the time I put the booklet down, I was armed with the essential information and the right attitude I need to fight this pesky acne disease.
This fun-to-read booklet comes FREE with every purchase of Proactiv 30 Day or 60 Day Kit. It is included in the kit that you can buy in leading Watsons Store, SM Department Store, Proactiv Mall Kiosk, and Proactiv online store. If you have acne, tnis is the book for you, if not give it to someone who does.
I have been teaching in an exclusive private school for girls for the past 8 years now, and I have witnessed countless time how our students would aim and work hard to make it big on top universities abroad. Having the financial means and capacity to turn this dream into a reality, their parents don’t think twice in sending them abroad in the hope that this will pave the way for a bright future for them.
I mean who wouldn’t wish that for their children right. I dream of the same thing for my daughter. And I am sure most of you are too. So in case you are wondering how to go about the process of choosing the right school and the right course abroad for your children, IDP Philippines can help you on that. Since 1984, IDP Philippines has been the trusted name for students looking for education overseas. It is an accredited IELTS test provider and has been the leading test centre in the Philippines for the past 20 years.
Just in case your wondering, International English Language Testing System (IELTS) which is made up of four parts — Speaking, Listening, Reading and Writing – determines the applicant’s level of English proficiency and is one of the important requirements of colleges and universities abroad, particularly those in Australia, New Zealand, UK, Canada and the US. Aside from the IELTS, IDP has also been providing counselling sessions and knowledge-based program where they match students with the right courses and institutions.
Since its establishment in Manila in 1985 up to the present, it has been sending thousands of students abroad. It even opened an office in CEBU in 2008 to support the growing market in the Visayas and Mindanao.
As IDP continues to bring students closer to their dream of studying abroad in an easy and organized manner, it is set to hold another World Education Exhibition on Nov. 16, at the Marriott Hotel in Cebu and Nov. 17-18 at the Dusit Thani Hotel in Manila. The event offers free admission, free seminar and free consultation to participants of the event.
For parents who wish to send their children abroad, this is a good opportunity for you to scout for schools for your children and study the best they have to offer. The representatives of different Universities from countries like New Zealand, Australia and Canada will be at the expo to talk about their learning institutions and curriculum offerings.
If you wish to attend the World Education Exhibition, you may register at email@example.com, or firstname.lastname@example.org
Today, my husband and I would have been 13 years married. I remember countless times how I would secretly wish for a big bouquet of flowers everytime we celebrate our anniversary or everytime I celebrate my birthday. Funny but for the longest time, he would shower me with wonderful gifts except that.
Don’t get me wrong, my husband is the sweetest and most thoughtful guy in the world but when it comes to big birthday or anniversary surprise, well he was an epic fail. In fact, I have a lot of funny tales of how I would go to great lengths just to let him know exactly what I want for our anniversary or birthday. Had I known beforehand that Philflora.com, ManilaBlossoms.com, PHgifts.com offer gifts and flowers services, I would have saved ourselves a lot of time and trouble getting me what I want (*wink*wink). As crazy as it may sound, most often I had to prod, insist, or demand to jumpstart him on the idea. For a while there, I went by the matra, you create your own happiness.
With my husband’s track record in the gift giving department, it is no wonder then that I didn’t expect anything other than the usual from him last year on my birthday. But this I have to say with a voice full of pride, love, and affection that, though it was my last birthday spent with him, it was, the happiest and most memorable one. For for all his shortcomings in the gift giving department, his one final act of love more than made up fo it. On the way to work during my birthday last year, while I was sleeping soundly in the car, unmindful and unknowing of what was to transpire, he passed by a flower shop and picked up the most beautiful boquet of long stemmed roses I have ever seen. For the first time, I woke up to a surprise that I didn’t coin myself. After more than a decade of marriage, he finally gifted me with the bouquet of roses that I’ve secretly been dreaming to receive from him since the start of our relationship. It was the first and apparently the last bouquet of flowers from him because three weeks after, he died.
But then, love moves in mysterious ways as I’ve later learned following his death. And I believe that there really is some truth in the saying that love transcends because the few occassions when I wanted to feel his presence, he would send me a rose. Like on his 40th day of repose where I asked him in my prayer to send me one so I’ll know that he’s at peace with the Lord, our favorite little boy came up to me to give me this.
Or when I was feeling the blues on my birthday last August, an old friend of his sent this bouquet of roses because he dreamed of my husband the previous night and in his dream he was asking him to buy me one, which he did without realizing that it was my birthday.
Some may call it coincidence but to me flowers will always be more than just a bunch of blooms. They will always remind me of the special love and connection I shared with my husband. Eversince my husband died, one of my happy places has been the flower shop. Though it was a long time coming, my husband did indulge my one special wish before he died. I believe that it is my turn now to shower him with flowers.
If you want a hassle free flowers and gift delivery, check out Philflora.com, ManilaBlossoms.com, PHgifts.com.
I wouldn’t wish to call myself a walking Acne expert but well, I believe that my own personal experience battling this disease makes me credible enough to share some of the things I’ve learned about it from the school of hard knocks. I can safely say that I’ve survived the latest acne breakout and lived to tell the tale of the five basic things about this dreadful skin disease, so here goes…
- Acne is incurable. Yup you heard it right, it is incurable, meaning it is curable from within. By taking Proactiv Steps 1-2-3 errr proactive steps I mean in dealing with your acne problem (*wink*wink), you will have it managed and controlled in no time.
- Burning the midnight oil is not always good in the case of Acne. Not getting enough sleep increases the body’s stress level which can then lead to an increase in glucocorticoid production that can cause abnormalities of the skin including acne. Having a long restful sleep can spell a big difference in the fight against acne.
- Sugar and Spice are not always nice. Certain food cause glucose to rise rapidly causing insulin level to shoot up as well. Excessive insulin in the blood makes hormones and endocrines go haywire. This in turn cause pores to clog and oil glands to overproduce. Food rich in iodine are acne inhibitors according to recent studies. As well as food that are high glycemic like junk foods, and dairies. It is always best to watch what you eat.
- Don’t sweat the small stuff…or better yet, don’t sweat at all if you can help it. Skin irritation from sweat can lead to breakouts. Here’s a gentle yet firm reminder, remove garments that traps sweat like sports bra right away and shower immediately using Proactiv Deep Cleansing Wash (*wink*wink).
- There’s no “one” right solution to acne…there’s only that one perfect combination in controlling acne. With the right combination of medicines, people with acne can enjoy clear and healthy looking skin. The key is finding the right combination medicine and skin-care treatment that work best for you. Dr. Rodans and Fields of Proactiv Solution shared that maintaining a smooth, clear complexion requires a combination of acne medicines and skin-care ingredients that should be used in a particular sequence. These ingredients include benzoyl peroxide to kill acne-causing bacteria; glycolic acid and other exfoliants to reduce excess oil and dead skin cells; and natural botanicals to soothe skin. Using Refining Mask with antibacterial sulfur that speeds healing and calms the skin can work like magic too.
Though Acne is common, complex, chronic, and NOT curable. IT is controllable. If you are wondering if a perfect combination therapy system really does exist. The one that can manage and control a person’s genetics, hormones and stress levels. The answer is a big mighty YES.
And what’s great about it is that it comes in a 30-Day and 60 Day Kit. You only have to look for this brand, Proactiv, at selected Watson store or purchase it online at http://my.proactiv. com.ph, use it religiously and voila’ you’ll get that clear, smooth, and healthy looking acne free skin in no time.
Well, what are you waiting for? Kiss acne goodbye. Choose Proactiv.
Since christmas is just a few sleeps away, I am sure a lot of you are thinking of the perfect gift to give yourself or your loved one this christmas. If you or your loved one likes to collect mementos of special moments like me, then pandora bracelet and charms are the perfect gifts to give yourself or somebody close to your heart.
I started collecting pandora charms only this year. A few months before my late husband died, he promised that he’ll start my own pandora collection. One of those promises that he never did get to complete but still manages to keep despite his death.:)
You see this year, my cousin from the States surprised me with a pandora silver bracelet. I thought I would never get to have one since I was reluctant to buy for myself here because it is expensive (4,500 pesos for the sterling and leather bracelet). So you can just imagine how totally thrilled I was when she gifted me with the silver pandora bracelet. Since the charms were a bit costly too(1,920 for silver charms regardless of size and design, 3,500 for danglings, 2,500-3,500 for muranos, and 4,500-6,000 for the two tones), I decided to window shop charms first at Pandora Resorts World. I went there with my mom and daughter and guess what?! I went home with 3 charms. As luck would have it, the clown charm was on sale at 900 pesos and my daughter with a little prodding (*wink*wink) from mom decided to buy it for me.The clown reminds me of my late husband who filled our home with so much laughter when he was alive. My mom got excited when she saw how cute the charms were too and so she instantly bought the Amore’ charm (her namesake) and the limited edition money bag for luck for me.
But wait as if my luck with charm collection wasn’t enough, my friend’s brother went on a trip to Hawaii where there’s a big Pandora flagship store. He graciously agreed to buy me the love bouquet two tone charm that was on my pandora wish list. He bought it in its original price of $45. I was able to save 2,500 pesos since they sell it here for 4,500. The love bouquet charm is pretty special as it reminds me of my husband’s one special act of love a few weeks before he died. He gave me a big bouquet of long stemmed roses for the first time on my birthday. The love bouquet will always remind me of that.
Pandora charm collection can be addicting I tell you. To make it worth your money and to make the charm collection pretty special, buy only charms that hold a lot meaning for you. Save up for that one or two special charms that will remind you of that memorable trip you took, that important milestone you completed or that special person in your life. If you have relatives going to the States, ask them to buy the charm that you want. Beg, cajole, bribe them if you have too! Haha! Believe me you will save a lot of money since the silver, murano, and two tone charms are cheaper there.
For now, I am saving for the frog prince charm. I have a penchant for kermit the frog and my husband used to indulged my addiction. He will always be my own frog prince. And I also like to have the cute little girl dangling charm that reminds me so much of my daughter.
If you want to express how you cherish the moments you had with your loved one or remember the unforgettable moments you had with them in a special way, say it with charms. Start your Pandora collection now.
Pandora Stores can be found in Fiesta Mall, Greenbelt 5, Resorts World, and BGC. To view the latest Pandora collection, you may visit http://pandora.net
My daughter and I decided to check out the newly opened, The District by Ayala Malls, in Imus Cavite yesterday. It is a fairly new place since it only had its soft opening first quarter of this year. While most of the stores and restaurants have already opened their doors to the general public, some are still under construction.
You can tell pretty much though that it has been gaining a steady following based on the huge number of shoppers trooping to this two level mall so early on a Saturday morning. By the time we arrived, the mall was already busy. First in our agenda was lunch of course. Tummy first before anything. We were looking for something we haven’t tried yet so we went for Khay’s Desserts and Cafe located at the ground floor of the The District.
I must say my daughter and I fell in love with the interiors of this quaint little restaurant. Though it will remind you a little bit of Vanilla Cupcake Bakery in ATC at first glance, the pretty little details, dainty table tops & setting, and adorable food presentations managed to set it apart from the cupcake salon. I particularly like the fact that it is not all about cupcakes, it has more to offer.
I had the Parmesan crusted chicken in cheese and pesto. It is..to die for! It was fried to perfection, tasty, flavorful and best of all, not too herby, I never did like herbs in my food. My daughter, on the other hand, had the breaded pork chops in mushroom sauce. It would have been perfect with the chops so crunchy except that it is a little bit lacking in taste and there’s nothing much special in the mushroom sauce. Best part though was of course the desserts and drinks entree’.
We had the best seller of the house, Strawberry Shortcake frappe and mango crepe’. The Strawberry Shortcake was love love love. Mine was perfectly sweet and sour. It was every sip heavenly. I like how it came in pretty mason jar complete with cute stirrer and magic dust errr candy star sprinkles on top. My daughter is a mango fanatic so she gobbled the crepe in a flash. It was gone in two minutes never mind if the mango was a bit sour since well, mango is not in season. I hope they would add a little bit more of the chocolate syrup though to balance the taste. Nevertheless, our tummies ended up happy.
Service is Pay As You Order which makes placing orders fast and efficient though serving took a while. We had to wait for 20 minutes. It could be because there were only two staff present at that time and we went there just a few minutes after it opened.
Overall, we had a pleasurable dining experience at Khay’s Desserts and Cafe. My daughter and I enjoyed the food and cheery atmosphere of this pretty little cafe. What would make me go back to this place are the cupcakes displayed gorgeously at the counter. I resisted the urge to try one as I promised myself that I will save it for my next visit. If you are in the area, be sure to sample Khay’s Desserts and Cafe’s yummy cupcakes, pastas, and drinks with friends and loved ones. I’m sure you’ll enjoy the food and the place as much as we did.:)
Khay’s Desserts and Cafe is located at the The District Mall (Imus, Cavite), g/f Promenade.
It’s World Teacher’s Day. I woke up totally stoked. I secretly knew that my class was preparing something for me for days now and true enough, they had a little surprise waiting for me this morning. In my class today, I was Miss World complete with a sash and a crown. It was too cute!
Actually I received the best teacher’s day gift earlier this week. My class was awarded the Most Organized Class among all the Grade 3 classes.
I am totally over the moon with this award, not so much because we got what every class was working hard for but because it assures me that what I am actually doing have an impact on others. To be able to push, inspire, and encourage my girls to be at their very best in whatever tasks they do in and outside of our classroom. To teach them to do everything with love and enthusiasm. To inspire them to always strive for excellence. I mean this are what I try to do everyday as a teacher and knowing that somehow I am successful at it makes me feel pretty good and proud of myself.
I’ve always said that teaching has been some sort of a happy accident for me. But then, as what Deepk Chopra would say, “There are no accidents…there is only some purpose that we haven’t yet understood.” I understand that now, I am here because I am called to change the world one student at a time. 🙂
To my fellow teachers, Happy Teacher’s Day!
If you are like me who is prone to breakouts during mid cycle and post menstrual cycle, you will be happy to note that aside from the Proactiv Three Step Combination Therapy System, there’s another Proactiv product that can help reduce redness and inflammation associated with acne, the Proactiv Refining Mask.
The Proactiv Refining Mask is a rinse-off mask that perfectly complements the Three Step Combination Therapy System. It comes free with every purchase of Proactiv 30-day or 60-day kit. It has a powerful concentration (6%) of antibacterial sulfur which is a proven acne-fighting ingredient; Kaolin clay which helps absorb excess oil; Vitamin E, a potent antioxidant that protects skin from free radicals and soothes and nourishes the skin: and Vitamin F Complex which helps retain skin moisture.
Its vitamin-enriched formula helps give a brighter, younger looking complexion. It also refines texture and tone of skin. The tea tree oil in this mask provides antiseptic and cleansing properties, while the geranium and lemongrass extracts provide overall skin conditioning.
The Proactiv Refining Mask works best with the Proactiv Three Step Combination Therapy System as it deals with the inflammation where it reaches deep into pores to help reduce the redness and the swelling associated with a breakout. It clears away the small impurities that are still sticking on the skin pores after doing the three steps. The mask also aids in improving the
smoothness of the skin, making it appear suppler with continued use.
It is very easy to integrate the Refining Mask in the Proactiv® 3-Step System. You just need to follow these simple steps:
- Cleanse face with Renewing Cleanser.
- Apply Refining Mask to dampened skin.
- Leave on for 10 minutes.
- Rinse with water.
- Follow with the Revitalizing Toner and Repairing Treatment.
For those starting out with their Proactiv treatment, or any time you need extra control (like before an important event, or during times of increased breakouts), try using the Refining Mask nightly for a week, leaving it on for only 10 minutes and rinsing immediately with warm water. For maintaining acne-free and radiant skin, use the Refining Mask with your 3-Step System 2-3 times per week. Refining mask can also be used as Step 4 after the Proactiv Repairing Treatment, as a leave-on spot treatment to the problem pimple overnight.
Proactiv Refining Mask is recommended to be incorporated with the Proactiv® 3- Step System. You may use it everyday for the first week of use, and then 3 times a week for maintenance. A gentle reminder though, excessive usage such as leaving it on for more than 10 minutes is not recommended as some people may experience hypersensitivity to sulfur.
With consistent use of the mask after the Renewing Cleanser, you should see a progressive improvement in your acne and a reduction in facial redness due to the antibacterial properties of the sulfur, the drying action of the kaolin clay, and the skin – soothing formula. The sulfur in the Refining Mask is an important ingredient in Proactiv® Combination Therapy® because it helps reduce the tender redness associated with a breakout. Sulfur is also a mild, natural antibacterial and a keratolyic agent which helps reduce acne bacteria and unblock clogged pores. The white kaolin clay also present in the Refining Mask, helps absorb excess oils, improves the look of pores and creates a smoother, more matte and calmer complexion.
The Proactiv Refining Mask is scientifically proven and has been used by millions of customers worldwide, including athletes, superstars, and ordinary people. Its ingredients are carefully developed to complement the Proactiv 3-step system. It is convenient and easy to use. It can be easily applied and rinsed off with water while other masks can be sticky during application, can be time-consuming and can be very messy. It also effectively reaches all parts of the skin and penetrates pores unlike traditional facial sheets. It is economical. It comes FREE with any Proactiv 30-day or 60-day kit, and one tube can last for a month. It can be used as your regular mask, and doubles as an emergency blemish treatment too!
Proactiv users, here’s another good news! Since Proactiv is serious is in its desire to help people with acne eradicate those pesky pimples that plague not just the face but the body as well, it will continue to give away a free Deep Cleansing Wash for every purchase of a 30 Day Kit or 60 Day Kit using credit card at http://my.proactiv.com.ph.
Our backs and shoulders are also susceptible to pimples. In my case, I run to keep myself fit. I like how it gives me a good sweat in a instant. But then I get really frustrated everytime this sweat leaves me with pimples on my back and chest. And because of this, I get conscious everytime I dress in low back or plunging neckline. Pimples on the body are definitely a sight for sore eyes.
Proactiv recognizes this dilemna of both men and women struggling with acne. It is Proactiv’s desire is to give each and everyone an acne-free body that is why it has decided to give away a FREE Proactiv Deep Cleansing Wash to customers who will purchase a Proactiv 30 Day Kit or 60 Day Kit using their Credit Card at http://my.proactiv.com.ph during the promo period. Proactiv in fact, has also extended the duration of the promo till September 30!
To get the freebie, customers simply have to follow these steps:
- Go to http://my.proactiv.com.ph (tip: do not add www at the beginning of the URL)
- Log in or create an account (for new users)
- Order a Proactiv kit 30-day or 60-day kit.
- Settle the payment online with your credit card.
- IMPORTANT: No special instructions or additional steps necessary as the system automatically detects your purchase and payment method, and the freebie is shipped together with your Proactiv Kit.
Terms and Conditions:
- The Free Proactiv Deep Cleansing Wash 4oz with market value of Php 650 is not convertible to cash, discounts and to other Proactiv products.
- The “Pay Using Your Credit Card and Get a Free 4oz Deep Cleansing Wash” promo is not valid in conjunction with other ongoing promotions of Proactiv Philippines Online Shopping Cart my.proactiv.com.ph. Customers who will avail of other ongoing promotions like the “Upgrade Your Kit and Get your Add-on at 50% or 60% Discount” is not eligible anymore for the free Proactiv Deep Cleansing Wash under this promotion.
- Should the customer decide to avail of Proactiv’s Standard Money Back Guarantee, the free Proactiv Deep Cleansing Wash bottle must also be returned to Top American Products Solution Inc. together with the Proactiv pack for refund. Otherwise, the refund value entitled to the customer will be deducted by the market value of the free item which is Php 650.
- One free item is given per eligible credit card transaction. This means purchase of more than one unit of Proactiv kit under a single transaction entitles the customer to one freebie.
ABOUT THE DEEP CLEANSING WASH:
Proactiv Deep Cleansing Wash is a medicated body wash that fights acne on your back, chest, shoulders and everywhere! This all-purpose wash is specially formulated for face and body whenever pimples occur. It helps unclog and reduces oiliness while preventing future breakouts.
Proactiv offers a ways to manage and prevent body acne. For an all over skin clearing body treatment, the Proactiv Deep Cleansing Wash helps in exfoliating dead skin cells and pore-clogging oil and impurities while it cleans and refreshes your skin.
Here’s Drs. Rodan and Fields, creator of the Proactiv system talk about the Proactiv Deep Cleansing Wash.
Salicylic Acid – 2%, concentration that is excellent in healing and helping prevent acne break outs
Camelia Oleifera Seed Extract and Aloe Barbadensis Gel – these gentle botanicals soothe and heal skin
Note: This promotion is exclusive only to Proactiv Philippine’s shopping site at http://my.proactiv.com.ph and cannot be availed of elsewhere.