Monday, December 30, 2019

La Casa Teresa: My Home In EL Nido

This place has been my home whenever I am in El Nido covering events.

The place has a perfect view of the bay and the vast green forest on the other side of the road, you will surely love this place if you are a nature lover. Blended with a helpful and accommodating staff, delicious food served during breakfast, nice and clean room.


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They offer breakfast buffet for their guests, and the unlimited brewed coffee! They also have tea and instant coffee and fruit juices.










One thing that I don't like about this place is that they don't have internet receptions on some of their rooms. You have to go to the resto area for you to have a signal and get online. I just hope they'll make some improvements about this issue.



Monday, October 21, 2019

Friends For Keeps

Friends are not easy to come by. Genuine friends are even harder to find. Hence, making friends is not easy. Therefore, when we have friends we must put in effort to keep the friendship alive. 

We can engage with people in various ways to attract and bring them closer to us. Smile is one of the easiest and most contagious methods. People like to see happy faces greeting them. When you smile, you transmit joy and happiness to them. It also symbolizes the gladness in you in meeting them.

Whenever we meet people, always address them with their name. Addressing someone by their name indicates our interest in establishing friendship with them. It shows we are taking interest in them and it will make them take note of our interest in return.

We need to relax whenever we are with someone. This will make them feel comfortable to be with us. Whenever someone is comfortable with one another, they will tend to get closer to each other. Friendship will blossom from here.

When we communicate with the other person, ask questions that will help them to open up and start talking. Nevertheless, do not ask questions that are too personal in nature. This will cause them to feel uncomfortable with our presence. Perhaps, they may even find excuses to walk away.

One of the crucial points in communication is listening. Be a good listener to the other person. Listen to what the other person has to say. Listen attentively. Respond appropriately. We do not need respond with words. Body language and appropriate gestures are good enough to show that we are listening.

It is always easy to make friends and maintain friendship if we have common interest. Try to find common grounds where you can share common interest like hobbies, etc. We can spend many meaningful hours or even days engaging with each other sharing knowledge and information on common interest. Whenever we spend meaningful time together, bonding will take place.

Whenever there are people who share their opinion, differences in opinion will surface. We need to learn how to respect the differences in opinion, as it is a positive sign that both people are prepared to share their ideas and thoughts. Explore the ideas that are put forward and perhaps, you can learn something new from it.

Always be generous with compliments. Give compliments when called for. Give it sincerely and people always appreciate positive feedback. Everyone needs feedback to improve and move forward in his or her life and career.

Generally, people like to join to social functions to meet fiends and associates. Make effort to keep in touch with them by inviting them to do be part of any social functions. The functions may not be parties. It can be any charity work, outdoor activities or even family outings.

Overall, we need to make effort to the flame of friendship burning as bright as ever and for as long as possible. Friendship is for life.




Saturday, October 19, 2019

Lola Auring's Place: A Nice Place to Dine and Chill

A new found place (kasi ngayon lang nakita).

My best friend asked us in a group chat if we can have a dinner out or just to chill out sometime..

Couldn't actually figured out where to go/stay since I'll be coming from my jog/run/walk session at the Sports Complex.

Told them to have a meet up somewhere near Libis, and they've decided to have some coffee. Arrived a little late, and told them I want to have some rice for dinner and that I can't have some coffee or else i'll stay up way late for later. Then my eyes came across the near place called Lola Auring's Place.


For me, it is somewhat a nice place to dine and chill with family or friends.

Spacious and clean. Just needs more electric fans or ceiling fans when it is humid.



Plus, more choices of pika-pika food as pulutan would be nice for those who loves to have some cold beers..
Sumptuous Pork BBQ. (Php20/stick)
Fresh Grilled fishes. (Php 120-200 depends on what kind of fish)
Silog Meals (Php110)
Drinks and Shakes (40-100)

Bucket of Beer is Php380



Will be coming back soon with my girls.. ;)

For they also offered some cool drinks and other foods also..


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Tuesday, October 15, 2019

Cebu Pacific Flying Direct to Hong Kong from Puerto Princesa City

Great News to all Palawe├▒os, It's now easier to travel to Hong Kong! You don't have to take a connecting flight because starting November 17, 2019, Cebu Pacific is flying from Puerto Princesa to Hong kong (Vice Versa) 4 times weekly (Tuesday, Thursday, Saturday and Sunday) Fare Promo starts now for as low as P1, 888. 

“We will be flying four times weekly, two schedules sya, 3:35 ang alis sa Puerto Princesa arrival there is 6:30 that’s for Tuesday, Thursday, and Sunday, yung Saturday flight is leaving ng 4pm and arriving there at 7pm, hindi naman ganun kalayo ang difference natin so  masusulit nyo ang stay in Hongkong once your there, because the flight to Puerto are scheduled at night.” Lim said.
In line with the launching of the said route, fare to PPS-Hongkong is also in promo, lowest base start at P1,888, while Piso Sale is also ongoing for travel period from Nov 17 up until March 28, 2020.

“Before namin buksan ang ruta na to, we conducted studies about it, although we’ve seen a decline sa tourist arrival ng Hongkong, mainly from the mainland of Hongkong but from the rest of the world were good, Hongkong is still fine, in fact Cebu Pacific never reduce our flight frequencies to Hongkong, so we fly from Manila, Cebu, Iloilo, Clark and then etu mag uumpisa tayo nito.” Lim added.
The demand for the PPS-Hongkong route is not only for tourist, one major factor is the Overseas Filipino Workers to which some are Palawenos, opening the route a month before Christmas is a perfect timing, Honkong being a largest aviation hub is also a gateway for westerners to Asia, and having the said flight is bringing them directly to world’s best island.
“We’ve seen there is a demand not only for tourist and business, even for OFW’s in Hongkong, would be easy for them to fly back home in Palawan, were opening it right before Christmas para mahabol na nila kung uuwi sila ng Christmas dito.” Lim explain.
Aside from the said route, Cebu Pacific also announce Cebu-Busuanga route twice weekly, plus the all-new Halal certified meals they serve on board that already start this October.
Cebu Pacific has four domestic routes in and out of Puerto Princesa, to and from Manila, Cebu, Iloilo and the newest one is Clark starting also by November 17.  They started operating in Puerto Princesa in the year 2003 with the PPS Manila route, they hold the largest capacity share flying out and in of Puerto Princesa compare to other airlines.

By end of 2019, Cebu Pacific forecast in flying about 1.1 million passengers in out of PPS, upgrading of their aircraft is also ongoing as they committed to have 1 modern aircraft monthly in order to open more routes, so far they have a total of 74 aircraft and airbus, they target to fly 200 million passengers come 2020.


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A Frugal Lifestyle


The word “frugality” has left a more negative connotation for most people than simply being a saver, a cheapskate or tightwad. There is a thin line difference to saving and too much frugality to the point of being awkward and ridiculous. This is where the negative connotation comes from.
Frugal Lifestyle

But if you are guided with the right principles and reasons in deciding to live a frugal life, you would never go wrong. 

If you have decided to live frugally, no need to be worried of insults. Keep your head up high.  And keep your focus through these tips.

1. Eating Out - Having gimmicks with friends on a Friday night is fine if you do it once in a while. But this can be expensive if you add them up at the end of the month.

2. Clothing - Naturally, if you are the kind of person who adores signature and designer clothes, do not expect that there will be something left of your take home pay. Instead of being trendy, wear clothes that can easily be matched with your other clothes. 

3. Own Home - If you are planning to move out and find a place to settle, do not be overwhelmed by the excitement, instead be practical. As a start, buy a smaller house or try other ways like rent-to-own, do-it-yourself arrangements, and owner financing. 

4. Buying Your Own Car - Shy away from sports cars or SUVs. Just stick to your purpose of buying a car which is to transport you anywhere you need to go. Check out also program cars like a new car warranty. Maybe this is not just the best time to replace your car with a new one.

5. Shopping for Groceries - As much as possible do not go with items that are branded. Choose non-brands and try looking for items on the highest or lowest shelves for best prices. Grab the opportunity and shop during sales or use coupons.

6. Family Out - There are inexpensive ways to bond with your family and be entertained like going to libraries, local parks, malling, picnics, visit friends and local church.

7. Buying School Supplies - Stock school supplies at home and do not buy anything fancy.

8. Be contented with what you have and try to live within what you earn. 

9. Plan your Child’s College Education - Teach them the ways to be independent and self-supporting by encouraging them to apply for scholarships and “on campus jobs”.

10. Be Aware of your Financial Limitations 

11. Anticipate your Failures by Planning - Have always a budget plan so you would avoid impulsive buying.
  





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Saturday, October 12, 2019

Tried Dining at Ombu Kusina

So, here we are situation at Sequoia Hotel. Heavy rain pouring. Can't leave the hotel for we are having a hard time getting a taxi and can't even book at Grab..

Hence we decided to try this resto in the hotel, called Ombu Kusina. We heard they were serving authentic Filipino Dishes. 
Photo taken earlier when we arrived at the Hotel, Sun is still UP and shining.

Inquired about the rate of their buffet, Php 480/pax

The place looks so classy and fresh. At first I don't really like it here, by mere looking at it you can say that the rates of the food here are not for the "pang masa" type/kind. 



We tried their Pork Sinigang and Laing. Sorry no photos taken due to the fact that we're already hungry and didn't bothered photographing the food, until we realized we wanted to blog about it..

But anyways, the sinigang was good, laing was just fine just that it's not so authentic as I've thought it was. Over creamy and a bit bland for my taste..  ;)




As you can see on the above photo, Laing was half filled still. But I loved the idea of having extra bowl of soup for the Sinigang in Miso Fish.. ;)

We were able to try their famous frozen Brazo de Mercedes.  The slice costs Php 180.00. It's superb! Delicious as it is from the reviews. The frozen ice cream part really compensates the sweet and fluffy taste of the cake.  A must try!

Friday, September 20, 2019

Sakura Free Market App





Decluttering and reducing waste becomes part of the minimalism trend. You have some unnecessary stuff that you want to get rid of and it is also a great time to sell them and earn some money.


The mission of Sakura Inc. is to create a free market online, creating new value that anyone can buy and sell.

By effectively using resources, in order to reduce waste as much as possible, we provide the app "Sakura" in the Philippines. SAKURA launch its web and android app this September  which allows you to easily buy and sell products among individuals.



How SAKURA works ?


For the Seller:

1. Take Photos of your item for sale.

2. Upload the photos in Sakura and add necessary information (i.e. price, description, condition etc.)

3. Wait for buyers to view and order your item.










For the Buyer:





1. Search items on Sakura.

2. Place an order and select a payment method (Credit Card, Sakura Wallet, Cash on Delivery)

3. Wait for sellers to ship your item and to be delivered to you.



You can choose from these different Categories from Mobile, Consumer Electronics, Cars and Automotives, Bikes, Home and Furniture, Pets and Animals, Book, Sports and Hobbies, Clothing and Accessories, Health and Beauty, Tools and Equipment, Real Estate and Services.







With Sakura, you can shop without worries. We evaluate every seller to avoid scams or any fraudulent activities within our website. You can submit reviews and rate the sellers.





Visit its website at https://sakura-online.asia.



Download it on google play. Search “Sakura Free Market” or at this link https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.sakura.sakurafreemarket



Soon in ios app.






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Tuesday, September 3, 2019

Do What Feels Good And Find Freedom

A thought is an energy. Energy always wants to manifest itself.

Energy can not be stocked or blocked. It will get out anyway. If you do something to prevent your energy from flowing, it will find another way to express itself. If you do not follow your own energy, your intuition, if you swim against the stream of your own flow, energy will express itself in sickness, tiredness, depression, skin diseases, temper tantrums, aggressiveness and other not so pleasant things.

So why not follow the road where your energy takes you? This is your road, your way!

Do you know the song “I did it my way”? Well, if you do things your way, if you dare being yourself, you will feel the energy.

As long as you try to be somebody else to please your parents, peers, husband, wife, boss, children, neighbors or whatever, your energy will be stuck.
Ok, you say, but won’t I become selfish, an outlaw, a social disaster by following my own road? No! You will become yourself. That is freedom : to be yourself. 

See the world like a big wardrobe. Everybody has his own costume. There is only one that fits you perfectly. As long as you try to be someone else, you are walking around with a costume that is either too small or too big for you. You don’t feel comfortable in it. And what else is, you “stole” a costume that belongs to someone else! That means you are not at the right place doing the right thing with the right people! You took someone else’s place, someone else’s costume!

How can you know if you are at the right place, doing the right thing with the right people? There is a very simple criterion to find out : the questions stop in your mind! This spinning machine in your head that was torturing you for years has just stopped by itself! You can feel it : you feel good, everything is “right”, your talents are asked for and you have the greatest pleasure to offer them to the those around you. Everything falls at his place. Questions vanish and make place for peace.

As long as you torture yourself with all these questions, it means you still didn’t find your right spot on earth. You are doing an activity that somebody else should be doing. And your “job” is getting done by someone else who is not at his right place either! You see? It’s like a puzzle : if everyone is at his right place doing the thing he knows the best, everyone would be at peace, filled with energy and health, and everyone would live in wealth.

Go searching for your right place. The moment you stop being harassed by so many questions and you feel your energy flowing in your veins, you know this is it! You are on your road, your road to freedom. This IS freedom!

Look for it, go for it!






Wednesday, August 28, 2019

Mother Nurture: Choco and Coffee Mixes in PH for Breastfeeding Moms

Mother Nurture introduces the first-ever lactation Choco and Coffee mixes in the Philippine for breastfeeding moms. Available in Chocolate and Coffee mixes, the pro-breastfeeding brand has been nurturing Filipino mothers and championing the cause of breastfeeding through their online (FB) stores and resellers.


Lan San Juan-Perez, the woman behind Mother Nurture products, became aware of the challenges in breastfeeding of many Filipino women. After successfully re-lactating to breastfeed her second child, she became an ardent advocate. Lan firmly believes in the many benefits of breastfeeding.


“Breast milk is the perfect food to give to an infant. It has all the necessary nutrients that they need for immunity and to protect them from common infections.  Breastfed babies are shown to have higher IQ, language ability, visual-motor abilities, emotional and intellectual developments. All these things will benefit children later in life,” Lan explains.

While on her breastfeeding journey, Lan noticed that there were very few local products specifically formulated and deemed safe for pregnant and lactating mothers. This is especially true for Coffee drinks. Although there was Malunggay Coffee available, the labels usually caution pregnant and lactating mothers against drinking them because of the caffeine content.

This encouraged Lan to formulate, develop, and market what we now know today as Mother Nurture products. She believes that Filipino women like herself should be able enjoy luscious chocolate and coffee drinks that are safe for pregnant and breastfeeding mothers. Lan also added that since breastfeeding women are more careful about the food and drinks they take, they usually miss drinking coffee. Coffee contains caffeine which may cause fussiness in breastfed babies.

Lan’s search for breastfeeding friendly products led her to create her own brand of drink mixtures with carefully selected and locally-sourced ingredients. The Mother Nurture 7in1 Chocomix and 7in1 Coffeemix are packed with breast milk production booster or galactogogues such as Calcium Lactate, Malunggay power and Ashitaba. It also has Gotu Kola, a herb that helps relieve mental fatigue and boost blood circulation. Both products are sweetened with Stevia, a healthy sugar substitute that helps in insulin secretion and is a known antioxidant.




These unique ingredients make Mother Nurture products not only safe for pregnant and breastfeeding moms. It is also safe for diabetics, hypertensive, acidic and even kids. They are also Halal certified.

Nursing moms are often and tired and hungry. Breastfeeding burns as much as 500-calories, thus it’s no wonder moms have a voracious appetite. Because of their amazing sacrifice for giving birth and nursing mothers deserve as much pampering as possible.

Not diverting from the need to stay healthy, breastfeeding moms need to eat as much healthy and nutritious food to sustain their milk production and energy. As a breastfeeding mom, one should be more aware of the food they take and the possible effect these foods have for their nursing child. The Philippines is abundant in Moringa or Malunggay which is a known milk booster and the main ingredient in Mother Nurture Drink Mixes. 

Mother Nurture products are made by a mom for moms. Lan Perez stressed that many Filipino women are struggling to balance having a job and taking care of their families. Those who choose to stay home to focus on their family may still find ways to earn and become mompreneur like herself. She opened her products for online sellers. She currently has more than 150 partner reseller stores, fellow breastfeeding moms and advocates nationwide.

Through her products, she is not only helping fellow mothers enjoy a wonderful breastfeeding journey. She is also empowering women by giving them a chance to earn while taking care of their babies full time. After five years of online entrepreneurship, Mother Nurture is now officially launching products after earning the approval of the FDA.

Mother Nurture Drink Mixes are a delicious and nutritious way to boost breast milk production. 
 
Despite continuous advocacy and information dissemination on the benefits of breastfeeding, Filipino mothers have yet to fully understand and appreciate the wonderful benefits of exclusively breastfeeding their babies.




The 2014 State of the World’s Children report from UNICEF showed that only 34% of Filipino infants 6 months and below were exclusively breastfed. And only 34% of this number continues getting breast milk for two years. Most Filipino mothers choose to provide milk formula for different reasons. Some claimed to be unable to produ