Tuesday, August 15, 2017

Prevent dengue this rainy season

The rainy season is definitely a refreshing respite after the blistering summer. However, it also comes with several illnesses and diseases and the most dreaded of all is dengue. Dengue is caused by a tiny bite of an infected mosquito but this little bite can cause serious health problems and could even mean death if not treated immediately.

“Due to the wet season, dengue-carrying mosquitoes lurk everywhere. As of now, there’s still no vaccine for dengue fever so the best course of action is prevention. You can do this by applying mosquito repellent, removing breeding grounds of mosquitoes and most importantly, keeping the immune system strong,” says Dr. Montoya, MediCard president and CEO.

To avoid serious health complications that dengue brings, MediCard, a leading HMO provider, gives a rundown on how to prevent it this rainy season:

Eliminate the mosquito habitat. Studies show that the most common breeding ground of mosquitoes is stagnant water. That’s why the most important step in getting rid of dengue-carrying mosquitoes is eliminating possible breeding grounds. These include spare tires, uncovered buckets and cans, flower vases and pots. It is also advised to empty and cover swimming pools.

Mosquito-proof your home. Another way to prevent dengue is by making your home dengue-proof by putting screens on the doors and windows. If possible, use an air conditioner at home. Make sure you sleep indoors, in a screened or air-conditioned room or under a mosquito net. Ward off mosquitoes by growing plants like citronella, marigold, and basil or use citronella or eucalyptus oil as air freshener. If you’re using pails in the bathroom, make sure they are always covered. Also remember to unclog the gutters and cover your trashcan because wet garbage or kitchen waste is another breeding area for mosquitoes.

Wear protective clothing. You can protect yourself from harmful mosquito bites by minimizing areas of exposed skin. Wear long sleeves, pants, and socks whenever you visit mosquito-infested places. However, avoid wearing dark clothes because they radiate heat which can attract mosquitoes.

Apply mosquito repellent. Protect yourself from mosquito bites especially when outdoors or when you go to mosquito-infested areas by applying mosquito repellent to all exposed areas of your skin. Dr. Montoya recommends that you use mosquito repellent with 10% concentration of DEET, an active ingredient that effectively deters mosquitoes.

Keep the immune system strong. The immune system fights viruses and infections, which is why it’s important to keep it strong to prevent dengue. Eat food rich in vitamin C like orange, tomatoes, papaya, broccoli, and dark leafy vegetables. “Food that is packed with vitamin C helps increase white blood cells, which protects the body from against infectious diseases and foreign invaders,” says Dr. Montoya.

Learn more on how to prevent dengue fever. MediCard has numerous free-standing clinics located in key cities nationwide that offer consultations, tests and vaccinations. Visit a MediCard clinic near you or check out www.medicardphils.com for more information.

Nikon celebrates 100th Anniversary

Iconic brand’s Spectacle Lenses unlock the future with the power of light
based on 100 years of technology

Nikon, the global leader in digital imaging and optics, is now a hundred years old! For a century, Nikon has relentlessly pursued the infinite possibilities of light, harnessing the power of lenses to contribute to the advancement of imaging culture and sciences.

Since its establishment in 1917 as Nippon Kogaku K.K., Nikon has been at the very heart of innovation and development. Starting out as a manufacturer of optical glass and optical instruments.  The optical lens business started in 1946 with the sale of the Pointal lens. Nikon has since then been a leading innovator in the field of ophthalmic optics with breakthrough innovations in material, design, and coatings.  In 1983, Nikon introduces a high performance anti-glare coating with true, built-in scratch resistance. This technology becomes immediately popular in Japan, where nearly all of
lenses now feature this type of coating.

This iconic brand has also contributed to the development of the optical industry, creating breakthrough technologies and high-quality, award-winning products in the process. It introduced the anti-glare coating, Hard Clear Coat (HCC), with true, built-in scratch resistance as early as 1983; the first ultra-high index lens, Index 1.74, in 2000; the first Single Vision lens, custom made according to frame shape – SeeMax – in 2002; and the first eye strain relief lens – Relaxsee – in 2005. Today, all Nikon Single Vision lenses feature its trademark Advanced Aspheric Design for sharp clear vision with limited peripheral distortion. Besides designing new digital lenses, it also continues to produce coatings that protect lenses against dust, water, abrasions and scratches, in addition to eliminating reflections and enhancing visual clarity.

In its pursuit of the endless possibilities of light, Nikon has gained extensive expertise ranging from optics and materials to image-processing and simulations such as ultra-thin ophthalmic lenses and digital cameras, to name a few. In fact, the quality of its products has earned praise among consumers around the world while setting the very standards recognized and adopted by eye care specialists themselves.

The brand “Nikon” inspires visionaries who share its belief that “some great things are not visible with the naked eyes, but perfect sight will allow you to see what it takes to achieve them.”

Filled with appreciation for the previous 100 years, Nikon moves forward to the next century, where its role will be in creating new values for a brighter future.

Experience Nikon's 100-year journey in pursuit of the possibilities of light by visiting www.nikon.com/100th. Watch past, present and future innovations from the brand come to life through a powerful commemorative video presentation at www.nikon.com/100th/anniversarymovie.

Nikon Spectacle Lenses are currently available in the Philippines through all optical shops and licensed eye care professionals nationwide. To learn more about Nikon Spectacle Lenses, visit http://nikon-lenswear.com and www.essilor.com.ph.

Monday, August 14, 2017

Academy of Pastry and Bakery Arts Philippines

Last week August 4, 2017, I was invited at the Academy of Pastry and Bakery Arts Philippines to celebrate their 2nd year Anniversary. The celebration happened at their School located at 4th floor Metrohouse Bldg. 345 Sen. Gil Puyat Ave. Makati City. The event started 6pm in the evening. Executive Pastry Chef Niklesh Sharma is one of the founders of Academy of Pastry and Bakery Arts Philippines while Executive Chef Christian Heidenreich is the Director of Operations of the Academy. Both of them are present during the event.

Chef Christian is an industry veteran having been a Chef for 35 years. Completing his early training in Europe, he decided to move to the Asia Pacific Region where he worked in numerous international first class Hotels. During his time as Executive Chef he served many international Dignitaries, such as US President Bill Clinton, HRH Prince Charles and the late Princess Diane, and numerous other leaders and VIPS. In the later stage Chef Christian got involved in Hotel Management. For the last 5 years Chef Christian was working in China lately as General Manager, Chef Christian has been involved in many Hotel Openings and therefore has a strong sense of hands on work, organization and has a keen eye for details while Executive Pastry Chef Niklesh Sharma is the founder of the Academy of Pastry Arts Group and manages the operations of school in Malaysia, India and Philippines. With a Bachelors degree in HoteL Management, Chef Niklesh started his career in the field of Pastry and Bakery. With more than 20 years work experience in hotels, he is an award winning Pastry Chef with great record of Opening Hotels, Renovations and upgrading's of Pastry Kitchens. He has worked in many luxury hotels and resorts, the last being Renaissance Kuala Lumpur Hotel. He is a meticulous planner, with a strong hands-on approach in pre-openings and managing of big Operations, Distributions and Events.

We celebrated with the newly graduate chefs from the Academy. They are very thankful to their Pastry Chef instructors for what they have learned and achieved now.

Newly graduate chefs with the Executive Pastry Chefs and Resident Chefs

From left to right: Executive Pastry Chef Niklesh Sharma, Executive Pastry Chef Tan Wei Loon and Resident Pastry Chef Baptiste Jolivet, Pastry Chef Janelle Joy Toh, Pastry Chef Regulo Montes Jr., Pastry Chef Angelica Hong, hosts of the event (wearing black & blue) and lastly, Executive Chef Christian Heidenreich

Selfie with Executive Chef Christian Heidenreich and my sister Gerilen 

Executive Pastry Chef Tan Wei Loon making Sugar Art Display

Yummy delicious food was meticulously prepared by the Executive Pastry Chefs and their students including savory pasta, freshly baked breads, cakes, intermediate chocolates, pralines and ice cream! I really love cakes and all the cakes they prepared are sooooo delicious!

Table full of cakes, intermediate chocolates & pralines and Amazing Sugar Art work display at the center

Freshly Baked Breads

Macarons Tower



Intermediate Chocolates and Pralines

Academy of Pastry and Bakery Arts Philippines is a premier educational institution, where students train under the mentorship of world-renowned master chefs. It was established by France's legendary pastry master chef Jean-Francois Arnaud, who is a recipient of the Meilleur Ouvrier de France (MOF) 2000, a title tantamount to the rank of the best craftsman of France. Its three other branches are located in Malaysia and India.

This Academy is an International Pastry School offering world class programs! They are committed to bring a strong foundation for aspiring pastry chefs to help them and guide them to achieve excellence in the world of pastry, chocolatier, desserts and bakery. So, if you're dreaming of becoming a Pastry Chef someday, enroll now and get your World Class Diploma at Academy of Pastry and Bakery Arts Philippines!

For more information, visit their website:
Email: info@academyofpastryartsphilippines.com
Address: 4/F Metrohouse Bldg. 345 Sen. Gil J. Puyat Ave. Makati, Metro Manila
Telephone no.: (02) 8942395
Cellphone no.: 09172039089/09477558979


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