Wednesday, November 28, 2012

Night Market Christmas Shopping


Working moms like me faces a dilemma during this holiday season: we want to shop for gifts but sometimes, the shops are already closed when we get off from the office especially when we have to do do overtime work brought about by year-end reports and rush assignments.

Good thing I heard about a good news. When the mall closes but the shopping urge is still unsatisfied, I can go to the Tutuban Center Night Market. It is the Philippines’ answer to the world-renowned night markets of Hong Kong, Bangkok, Kuala Lumpur and Singapore. This unique bargain shopping destination allows you to experience open-air shopping at its best, with the widest array of goods and supplies at the most reasonable prices.

The Tutuban Center Night Market is a clean, organized and secured market area that brings together a collection of stalls that sells personal items, kitchen wares, garden accessories, handicrafts, sports gear and novelty knick-knacks—and just about anything you can think of.

It is the exciting place where, at the close of regular mall hours, street vendors take over the vehicular road network of the main cluster of the Tutuban complex to set up their stores and sell their goodies. From the early evening to midnight, the perimeter area of Tutuban Center metamorphoses into a dynamic market, with pockets of brightly-lit stalls with equally bright-eyed shoppers angling for the most awesome bargains.

Haggling and negotiating over prices is definitely the standard practice, and goods all come at cheaper and more affordable costs. And now that Christmas is around the corner, you can browse more than a thousand imaginative gift ideas. This is the market where “there’s something for everyone” rings true and real.

Gift suggestions are yours for the giving: for your office secret Santa to your special someone; for the sister who is into arts and the niece into crafts; for the brother who is a gadget geek and the nephew who’s a technophile; for the boss who is a cook and his wife’s who’s a foodie; for your Mom who’s a home buff and Dad who’s a garden aficionado.

While Christmas carols are on full blast, enjoy dining al fresco at the Food Street. Freshly cooked seafood and hot-off-the-grill offerings are yours for the partaking to drive away your hunger pangs. Hong Kong-style or homemade noodles will surely chase the cold Christmas chill away while street staples such as hotdogs, kikiam and fish balls are sure to satisfy your cravings.

It is now more exciting and more leisurely to stroll around the Tutuban Center Night Market, but the experience is still the same for shoppers who have loved the nightly bazaar for, such as the great bargains, amazing discounts, joyous atmosphere, and food and fun for the entire family and barkada.

With this kind of shopping experience, going to Tutuban Center Night Market is surely the way to go, where shopping is always the best—any time, any day.

Tuesday, November 20, 2012

Acid reflux now a thing of the past

It’s 2am and you are still awake. Your stomach is hurting. It feels painful and bloated and you just want to throw up. This discomfort is causing you to have another sleepless night. You are worrying about your work deadlines which is causing you more stress.  You take your usual pill, wait for it to take effect, and try to get back to sleep. This is the vicious cycle GERD sufferers have to endure.

You are just one of the millions who suffer from hyperacidity and all its after effects like ulcers and acid reflux. Anti-acids and PPIs promise quick relief. But what you don’t know is that it will happen again and again, over time. Stress and a poor diet are among the leading causes of acid reflux.

Prolonged use of anti-acids can have consequences. Anti-acids based on aluminum and magnesium can weaken your bones by depleting the body of calcium and phosphorus. Another anti-acid is sodium bicarbonate more popularly known as baking soda. This causes very serious imbalance of pH (acidity) in the body known as alkalosis. Balance is the key to good health.

Proton Pump Inhibitors (PPIs) totally eliminate acid production. Once its effects wear off, your receptors will trigger acid production double time causing more discomfort. And the whole cycle repeats itself.
Little did you know that the plant known for growing beautiful hair and skin can actually be the answer to this recurring problem. Never did you associate aloe vera as relief for your stomach problems.

Various research and studies have revealed that the pure juice from Aloe Vera can prevent gastro-esophageal reflux disease (GERD) – heartburn and acid reflux. “Aloe Vera juice contains a natural acid buffer—malic calcium and/or calcium malate—which helps regulate acid levels in stomach over time,” explains Dr. Santiago Rodriguez Ph.D., one of the top research chemists specializing in Aloe Vera for nearly 30 years. Dr. Rodriguez is part of a global team of experts established by American Global Health Group, LLC. (AGHG), which manufactures AloeCure, a 99.7% organic natural pharmaceutical grade pure aloe vera juice.

So, what is the difference between all these remedies? The difference between        anti-acids, PPIs and pure organic aloe vera extract is that “they” [antacids] only serve as neutralizers, counteracting acid in your stomach. AloeCure, on the other hand, serves as a regulating agent that buffers acid from producing excessively, and help you consistently maintain a healthy acid level in your system.”

To prove the efficacy of AloeCure, the only certified aloe vera extract in the Philippines, here are some success stories.

It was December 2011 when Jimmy Castillano, City Information Officer of Las PiƱas City, got hospitalized due to severe gastritis. He was prescribed several medications but Jimmy found AloeCure to be the final solution. “I asked my doctor if I can take it together with the prescribed medications and he agreed. In a month’s time, I became better and my doctor even told me to stop the medications and just continue taking AloeCure. It’s been nine months and I haven’t experienced any acid reflux attack.”

AloeCure also solved Rosalie Guelas’ long-time problem of being ‘acidic.’ “It was triggered when I took the board exam because of too much stress. I have tried a lot of antacids before, but the attacks still recurred until I tried AloeCure. After Aloe Cure I have not experienced any more acidity.”

But aloe vera does more than cure acid reflux. Other stomach discomforts such as Irritated Bowel Syndrome (IBS) are also relieved. “Clinical trials proved that drinking aloe juice has a great potential in effectively treating IBS.”

As a supplement, AloeCure enables a healthy digestive system, which is the key to better health. Proper absorption of nutrients and vitamins that the body needs is dependent on the condition of the digestive system, so having a good one enables it to work properly and quickly. Aloe supplementation increases the body’s ability to absorb vitamin C and E which are essential for recovery and healing.

Without acid reflux, you will be able to sleep better at night. And because sleep is more important than diet in weight control, Aloe Cure aids in weight management, a side effect that Rosalie delighted in. She attributes feeling better, stronger, and livelier to AloeCure and said that since she started taking it, her bowel movements normalized and she has even lost weight.

Dr. Rodriguez believes that Acid Reflux is now a thing of the past with AloeCure. “If there will be more people availing of its health benefits, a lot more will enjoy living a healthy life. Who knows, there will come a time that no one among us will experience hyperacidity or acid reflux ever again.”

At work, you could still be stressed, but your stomach is fine. Thanks to aloe vera—and AloeCure.
AloeCure is available at Rustan’s Flower Shop, Health Express and Gana Vida outlets. AloeCure is exclusively distributed in the Philippines by Organic Basket located at Lapanday Center, 2263 Chino Roces Ext., Makati City.  For more information on AloeCure visit, or call +632.888.2563.     

Monday, November 19, 2012

Choosing the best TV Station

Local online entertainment hubs Starmometer, Showbiznest and LionhearTV join forces to bring the latest ‘star awards’ which will give netizens power in recognizing the hard work and excellence of celebrities and their achievements over the last year.

Netizens Choice Awards will celebrate the trending hottest celebrities in television, dario, music, film and the web in the choicest.

Starting November 10, everyone who has access to the internet can vote once each day per category for their favorite “Netizens Choice Awards” nominees at, and Through these votes will generate an alternative results’ page. The entry with the highest votes will be listed as first. You as readers can see how many votes each project has received. You are given a maximum of 3 votes, 1 each blogsites, for each categories per day.

There is also a Bloggers’ Choice for the Favorite Television Station which will work as a writing project. Anyone who has blog in at least 3 (three) months with at least 3 posts in any niche is eligible to join in this writing project. Please include the links of the three host blogs in your blog entry and help us spread the word and encourage everyone to participate.

Bloggers should state which among the TV stations is the best for them and blog about why he/ she chose hat station.

Post a comment in any of the three host sites so your entry can be monitored. Only one entry per blogger. Cut-off date and time for submission of entries is on December 8 (until 11:59pm). After the said date, submission of comments shall be closed.

And for my vote, I choose GMA 7 as the TV Station of the Year because a lot of my favorite programs are shown here. Unang Hirit for breakfast, Eat Bulaga for lunch and drama series for dinner. This is one station where every woman in the house can spend time watching while doing household chores and never get bored.

How about you, what's your vote? Join the search for the best of the best!

Monday, November 12, 2012

First ever Zen branch outside the metro

The chance to be physically transformed inside and out has come of age south of Manila. The Zen Institute has reached out to the province of Batangas located at St. Frances Cabrini Medical Center, Maharlika Hi- way, Brgy. 2, Sto. Tomas, Batangas. This is the first ever Zen branch outside the metro.   

The newly opened medical spa “ Skin and Body Center”, managed by the Zen Institute, reflects the kind of inspiration evoked by its guiding philosophy : “Elegance in its simplicity” where true beauty rises from the inner well-being.  True to the ambience that permeates all centers of the Zen Institute—the main one in Bonifacio Global City, Hotel Sofitel branch, and another one at Sct. Rallos, Quezon City—“Skin and Body Center managed by Zen Institute also combines a sense of creativity, taste and aesthetics, in the pursuit of perfect health that creates perfect beauty through non-invasive and non-surgical treatments.

Zen founding president, Dr. Mary Jane “MJ” Torres, shared, “The need to reach out to the rest of the Filipinos, all over the country and the world in the promotion of total health, wellness and beauty without the risk of surgery. This is the primary purpose of the birth of this new Skin and Body Center.”
Men and women of all ages from south of Metro Manila who want to attain a beautiful face and body now no longer need to go to Manila for various non-invasive expert services like skin pampering treatment, facial contour, and anti-aging treatment, body sculpting  with weight management, and hair revitalizing treatment, among others.

Dr. MJ revealed that the different treatments are all based on a medical protocol. “Skin and Body Center” by Zen creates a program protocol to assist its clients to live a healthy lifestyle through personal coaching.  The Center seeks to deliver effective and immediate solutions for stress-induced conditions like muscle pain, weight management, sun-damaged skin, aged-spots, anti-aging —all these through non-surgical means and some breakthrough solutions tested in more advanced countries and here.”

The Skin and Body Center by Zen Institute is one solid statement that soon it will be able to realize and complete its dream of crafting perfection as it reaches out to every Filipino wherever they are… and whoever they are.”

“As the essence of the ‘Zen’ concept: Perfection comes from harmony and flow, a natural consequence of a healthy lifestyle,” Dr. MJ ended.