Tuesday, August 15, 2017
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.
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
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.
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
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:
Address: 4/F Metrohouse Bldg. 345 Sen. Gil J. Puyat Ave. Makati, Metro Manila
Telephone no.: (02) 8942395
Cellphone no.: 09172039089/09477558979
Saturday, August 12, 2017
Popular actress and influencer, Elisse Joson, is at the top of her game. Only 16 when she joined the crazy world of show business, she’s proven to have staying power after having been given roles in daytime and primetime TV series and even movies. Her big breakthrough came as the star in a recent series of ads for a popular fast food chain and she’s currently starring in Ang Probinsyano on ABS-CBN, opposite Mccoy De Leon, her rumored suitor. Just in the past two years, their team up has been nominated in five different award giving bodies, winning in four of them.
Elisse is just taking it all in stride. “I’ve been so busy and I’m really grateful for all the blessings. But I’m also my own worst critic. I experienced bullying in high school so words really have an impact on me,” she reveals. So she’s happy to partner with a brand like Fiona Cologne that aims to empower girls like her.
Fiona Cologne, with its charming and attractive scents, brings out the fun and beautiful in everyone and will naturally make its wearer shine in the spotlight. Elisse is the perfect choice for Fiona Cologne. She’s obviously very beautiful but she’s also effortlessly fun and has a quirky charm, making her positively magnetic.
Elisse admits being a fan of Fiona’s line up of scents ever since. “There’s definitely a scent for all kinds of personalities. One of my favorites is Rosy Red, it’s my go-to everyday scent!” Elisse declares. She enjoins her fans to try Fiona Cologne so they can be just as confident as her, attracting compliments wherever she goes.
Fiona Colognes are now available in supermarkets, groceries, and drugstores nationwide.
Monday, August 07, 2017
Even with intermittent rain showers, huge waves and cool breeze, Boracay still has many great things to offer during the wet season. Beat the bad weather blues with a rejuvenating massage as Boracay has many spa houses where you can enjoy a soothing massage.
One of the best relaxing massages and spa treatments you can experience in Boracay is at the SunSpa, located at Sun Villa Beachfront, between Stations 1 and 2; and at Sun Villa Hilltop in Station 2.
SunSpa offers a wide array of massages and other beauty services that match your rejuvenating needs – whether you’re a solo traveler, a couple or barkada.
Pamper and soothe your tired body, mind and spirit with relaxing massages and other spa treatments such as SunSpa’s Body Massage, Bentosa (Cupping) Body Massage or Stone Massage. You can also enjoy a revitalizing Sun Treatment for your face and body, or give your tired feet a foot spa.
What’s more, you can also treat yourself with SunSpa’s body scrub or waxing services that will surely energize and give you a smooth, healthy-looking skin.
Not in the mood to go outside your bedroom? Experience a replenishing massage in the comforts of your hotel as SunSpa also offers hotel service, with no extra charge.
All services at the SunSpa are handled by experienced and highly trained therapists for a safe and quality pampering session you can experience in Boracay.
For inquiries and reservations, please call SunSpa Boracay at 63-36-288-5541, 63-36-288-4410, 63-36-288-5915, 63-36-288-1306 or 0998-987-6479.
Sunday, August 06, 2017
Beautiful gorgeous hair? If you want something unique on your hair, come and visit Vivere Salon!
All the stylist of Vivere Salon are trained in the signature techniques of the Vidal Sassoon Academy, known for their easy to maintain, manage, wash and wear but unbelievably stylish approach to cutting. In Vivere Salon each snip and angle is designed to create shape, texture and form based on what is most flattering to their clients face shape.
They have the visual, modern and natural feel for what works on the client's hair they handle. They really have a great sense of style.
Team Vivere has expertly trained stylist and colorists that's inspired by the world of fashion, art and beauty.
They have a range of scientifically proven hair treatments from Schwarzkopf, designed to make everyday styling easier while ensuring the health of their client's hair.
My hair before they did everything
My hair was rebonded last November 2016 and was colored last March 2017. Professional Hairstylist Sir Bryan Claudio noticed that my hair is so dry. And he rate it as 100% dry! I really can't believe it! So sad about that!
The first thing that they do is ready my hair for hair coloring. His assistant named Ms. Rose, shampooed and blowered my hair to removed oil and dirt.
My hair after blow dry and before hair coloring
With the help of Ms. Rose, they apply the hair color using Ash Dark Blonde to refresh the pigment of my hair.
They leave it for about 30 minutes then rinse it with running water and blow dry again.
Then they apply a hair treatment to make my hair soft and to recover from damages! After leaving it for about 30 minutes, Ms. Rose rinse it and blow dry my hair.
I can feel that my hair feels so soft and smooth! After drying my hair, Sir Bryan cut my hair into round layer. It gives my face a frame and as a hair contour also.
With Professional Hairstylist Sir Bryan Claudio
My experience in Vivere salon was great. The staffs are friendly and nice. They also offered me drinks. And Ms. Rose trying to massage my back while waiting for the time.
I'm so happy with the final result, my hair feels so good! l love my new hair color and my haircut!
Come and visit Vivere Salon to experience the more beautiful you!
And by the way, you can also purchase their products that are scientifically proven hair treatments