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Generation O: 5 Tips for a Brighter & Healthier 2017

The Asia Health Index 2016 reveals a new generation among us Filipinos, that is Generation “O”. Generation O is not based on the year a person is born. Generation “O” means today’s generation that is overworked, overweight, and overwhelmed. The survey reveals a 7% drop in perception of overall health & well-being. There is also a 7% decrease in the perceived quality of physical health while there is a 4% drop in perception of good emotional health.

It is sad to know that many of us are starting a brand new year with these feelings of not getting enough time, money, and motivation to take care of ourselves – physically, mentally, and emotionally.

As a working mom, I understand how demanding modern life can be – it is overwhelming! My personal strategy in keeping in control, happy, and healthy is to take care of myself and make it my number one priority. Have you heard of the saying that you cannot take care and love others if you do not know how to care and love yourself first? This is true and I hope many of us realize this before it takes a toll on our well-being.

So, here are a few tried and tested tips for a healthier and brighter you this 2017 – all of which boils down to taking the time to care for yourself.

1. Manage your workload – if you feel you are overworked, stop dragging yourself down and feeling like a victim. Work is a blessing but too much of it can also be bad. Take responsibility by being proactive in managing your workload and if need be, communicating the adjustments that need to be done to your client or boss. If you start doing this i.e. managing yourself and being your own manager, you will instantly feel in control and taken cared of. Because no one else can manage yourself better than you!

2. Establish healthy routines that allow you to take care of yourself – set aside time in the morning to stretch and enjoy a peaceful breakfast to power your day, go for a walk during lunch time or freshen up yourself, or light up an aromatic candle to relax when you get home in the evening. These are just some ways to nurture your mind, body, and soul no matter how hectic your schedule is. Taking these small steps can instantly lend you a more positive and brighter disposition that motivate you throughout the day.

3. Eat smart – food is fuel and when your fuel is crap, your body (machine) will corrode and underperform. Imagine the gasoline commercials on TV, the same happens to our body. Eating nutritious meals on time allow you to feel nourished not to mention help you achieve a healthier weight and even more beautiful skin tone while preventing diseases.

4. Physical exercise – you don’t need a gym membership or equipment, simply going for a 30 minute run or brisk walk (just start somewhere) can increase your health and wellness significantly. Physical activity relieves stress, clears your mind, and make yourself feel healthy and here it goes again – taken cared of and loved. A bonus is that you will instantly fit in your clothes better and as you tone your body with exercise and eating healthy, it becomes easier to just wear anything at all without being conscious of bulges, etc. etc.

5. De-stress & worry less – I recently started using more aromatherapy to calm my body and mind, in the office, in the bedroom, and even when traveling. I found that having a small air humidifier with peppermint oil increased my focus when working and that using an oil burner with lavender oil helps me and my son go to sleep on time. These are small investments to calm yourself in the midst of stress. Remember, stress and problems will always be in our lives and it is how we manage our stress that can help us live happier and brighter while taking on these challenges.

Mommy Lace Tip: If you’re not yet interested with aromatherapy, try music therapy! Listen to solo piano music when trying to relax, focus piano music when studying or working, and a mood boosting playlist when you need the motivation to be more productive. 

The Asia Health Index also reveals that Filipinos still worry about not having enough money. It is a common problem that I also think about. One way to be proactive and deal with this financial worry is by increasing your financial literacy by asking questions, researching about investing and buying insurance, and finally – protecting yourself and your family with the right financial products.

I’ve written about the Sun Life Fit & Well here, it is the most comprehensive health insurance to date that allows Filipinos like us to worry and stress less while enjoying our life.  Having health insurance also allows you to take care of yourself when you cannot i.e. when you get sick and cannot work or produce income, a health insurance like Sun Life Fit & Well can take care of you from prevention to diagnosis and provide you with hospital allowance that can help replace your income when you’re unable to work.

I hope this post inspires you to take care of yourself this year, if you are a mom like me it is even more important to take care and love yourself because our children and family depends on us being healthy, productive, and happy. Have a brighter and stress-free 2017 Mommies!

 

5 Ways to Use Belo Baby Hand Sanitizer Spray

Do you always carry with you a small hand sanitizer? Congratulations if you do because clear, beautiful, and healthy skin starts with clean hands!

belo baby
Belo Baby Hand Sanitizer, P49.75 each

Germs and Bacteria Cause Skin Infection

Nowadays, I try to always have a sanitizing spray with me. I also use handy antibacterial gels that come in small bottles. They fit well in mommy’s handbag and the kid’s school bags. If you ask why, I’ve always been susceptible to cystic acne. One time, I had it on the bridge of my nose and the doctor said it was bordering on becoming a serious infection. On a separate occasion, that same month – my grade schooler suffered from a skin boil at the back of his thigh.

WATCH: Unboxing and Using Belo Baby for the first time

All of these could have been prevented if we tried harder to keep our hands clean every time. It’s not that we do not practice proper hygiene, it’s just that we did not realize yet the importance of having access to and using hand sanitizers at all times.

Currently, I am using the Belo Baby Hand Sanitizer Spray. It is a new product of Belo Baby and like the rest of their lines – this hand sanitizing spray is free from harmful chemicals and is made of natural ingredients. It also means it won’t dry up your skin especially when you use it every now then. In fact, it has glycerin that keeps your hands moisturized.

5 Tips on Using Belo Baby Hand Sanitizers

1. Place Belo Baby Sanitizers on regularly used bags – sanitizers are pretty affordable but sometimes they are easy to forget. I’ve learned to keep hand sanitizers in our hand bags, school bags, lunch box and travel bags. One for each so that we never forget to bring them. Plus, getting them in & out of different bags can make you lose and misplace the sanitizing sprays.

2. Have a hand sanitizer ready in your living room – if your child likes to thumb suck, put things in his mouth, etc., do have a hand sanitizing spray ready for icky situations. We like eating in the living room too so now we use hand sanitizers before eating, after, and to wipe clean any surfaces quickly.

3. Make Belo Baby Hand Sanitizers available in the office – whether you work from home or in the office, have a hand sanitizer available close to you. I recently used Belo Baby to clean my laptop, mouse, and my son’s iPad too and I like how it left a sweet smelling (and calming scent).

Remember that gadgets, like your mobile phone is home to plenty of germs and bacteria too.

4. Use Belo Baby in and when using the toilet – We keep our toilets clean but living with boys mean sprinkles here and there. I just use the hand sanitizer to spray then wipe spots. You can also do this when you or your child really have to go and need to use public toilet.

5. Keep a bottle of Belo Baby Sanitizer in the car – Aside from sanitizing hands when eating inside the car, it’s also best to use/spray on your hands and your child’s hands before going out of the car. This ensures any germs or bacteria you contacted in the car have been removed and you can start your adventure with clean, sweet smelling hands.

It’s also handy to have for spills and cleaning spots inside your vehicle.

These tips may sound going overboard but believe me, we will only benefit from the germ-killing effects of hand sanitizers if and when we use them. Most of the time, I can’t locate my sanitizer especially in times of emergency like spills, using a public toilet, etc. Having hand sanitizers available for use significantly reduce risk of contamination, skin problems, and different types of infections.

Have a beautiful, germ-free day Mommy & Baby!

Vlog: Night Time Organic Skincare Routine

When you finally find the right mix of products, you can’t help but share it with others. My skin is very sensitive and it’s only 2 years ago that I learned how I should be using organic products and that organic means less irritation, redness, and breakouts.

VIDEO: Organic Skincare Routine

I recently started vlogging (just for fun) and here, I give a step-by-step of my daily PM regimen. Here is a list of the products I used:

1. Luminisce Glow Botanicals Liquid Facial Wash
2. Luminisce Gycolic Toner
3. Nano White Serum
4. Luminisce Moisturizer

All of the above are from my dermatologist, Dra. Kaycee Reyes but you can also buy them from her clinic, Luminisce located across St. Lukes in BGC.

I exfoliate at least twice a week with Jarful of Goodness’ coffee and dead sea salt scrub. I buy this scrub online. Sometimes when I feel my skin needs extra cleansing in the afternoon or in between morning and night, I use Cetaphil because it’s very mild as well.

Please subscribe to my YouTube channel where I try to post videos snippets of my day with different tips and ideas :)

National Geographic’s Mars Mini Series

Are you looking for something different to watch on TV while satisfying the scientist inside you or your kids? We rarely watch cable TV these days, blame YouTube but one weekend we chanced on National Geographic’s Mars.

The series is unlike any other, the fictional plot of starting life on Mars is based on actual science, space exploration, with commentary from experts themselves. It’s like a combination of your favorite sci-fi series and a documentary, all rolled into one visually appealing series.

Mars hooked us and from time to time, our son would ask questions about it. We also have to explain how this show is just fiction and what could happen on humanity’s mission to Mars. I would say the series is best for older kids 14 and up, my son who is just 6 enjoyed parts of the series and then proceed building rocketships with his Lego toys.

If there’s one thing this series tell us is that until now, we only have one planet to call home. It’s easier to make changes now and to stop climate change, overpopulation, etc. versus starting on a brand new planet somewhere in space. After watching the series, you’d feel very lucky to be here on earth where everything is suitable for us not to mention – gravity, water, and oxygen!

To learn more about this series, visit National Geographic.

Playa Laiya Resort Experience in Batangas

It pays to enjoy your summer outing early before everyone else. To save money, I schedule beach trips on January, February when the weather is sunny and while resorts and places like Batangas are not yet crowded. My husband was the one who recommended Playa Laiya Beach Club for our first “summer” getaway.

Getting Access to Playa Laiya Beach Club

The beach club is operated by Landco, now known as Anya Hospitality Corporation. It is a private beach club exclusive to property owners and investors. The good news is, with proper coordination from their office in Makati – you can enjoy the beach club with your family too.

Playa Laiya Beach Club
www.playalaiyabeachclub.com
+63 2 553 8888
Email: Rem Ynigo at r.ynigo@anyahospitalitycorp.com

Rates of Playa Laiya Beach Club:

 

  • Peak Season : Adults (700 on weekends, 500 on weekdays)
  • Lean Season : Adults (560 on weekends, 400 on weekdays)
  • Kids 3-10 years of age get 50% off

 

Going to Playa Laiya Beach Club

The resort is 3 hours away from Makati, we left at 7AM and arrived 10AM. It is better to leave earlier and if you are bringing friends or family, make sure they wake up on time. My son and I woke up 3AM but we had to wait for others. We drove by private vehicle and traversed SLEX, Star Toll Way, and the towns of Rosario and San Juan. In short, we followed the directions found on Playa Laiya’s website.

Playa Laiya Resort Club House

You will arrive at a club house where the reception area is, here you will be welcomed and assisted on how to enjoy your day tour. Note that Playa Laiya is a day tour only destination, they do not have overnight facilities or accommodation. The entire club/resort is open until 6PM only.

We were given the choice of where we would like to stay during our day trip, we chose the beautiful cabanas by the beach. My son and I loved it! The beach cabana has a futon which is like a thin mattress that you can sit, lie down on, etc. At the same time, this is where we landed our bags. The cabana is very huge and spacious, one of the best I’ve seen and it is very near the beach.

Beach at Playa Laiya

My son is more excited to play on the sand versus swimming on the beach. The beach and sand is okay, the area is clean with a few vendors, with a very nice view of the surrounding mountains. If you want white sand and clear as sky water, I recommend Terrazas de Punta Fuego in Nasugbu.

For this beach trip, we are satisfied with Playa Laiya’s beach since we will go on an island hopping activity.

There are two stops for the island hoping, one is Pampang Island and the other is a snorkeling site on the water (no island, just jump off the boat).

We enjoyed the adventure going to Pampang Island which looks very interesting to have your picture taking in.

There are lots of small hermit crabs to find and you can also enjoy the beach, although this island is a very rocky one.

Me and my son Ashton enjoyed exploring the island.

Watch our Vlog: Swimming Pool at Playa Laiya Beach Club

There are many pools to choose from at this beach club, all with an infinite view of the beach. You can choose from a toddler’s, kid’s, and adult swimming pools. These are located just in front of the clubhouse area, we were able to use another cabana to rest our things in. Other guests had fun grilling their own food in their own cabanas.

Everything in the beach club is orderly and clean, so we really enjoyed our day trip to the maximum. The resort has a huge bath house, each cubicle so spacious that it has a special area to rest your dry clothes and towels in. This way, they do not get wet or soiled. First time to see this setup and it made me very happy. Usually, it’s the shower time that frustrates and stresses me but not here in Playa, Laiya.

Food at the Playa Laiya Clubhouse

Our day trip included breakfast, lunch, and PM snacks. All of them were served inside the clubhouse at the second floor. It was a very relaxing, simple, but elegant space to relax in. It’ll make you feel like you’re in a resort-hotel. We enjoyed the lunch buffet that was curated very well, it had vegetables, steamed fish, rice, korean beef, seafood kebab, and even dessert.

Relaxing, Comfortable, and Worth The Trip

Overall, Playa Laiya is such a relaxing beach club to spend one of your summer getaways in. Mommies like me will appreciate the attentive security and staff that can watch over your belongings and help while we multitask. It is not a crowded resort, maybe because it may be a little more expensive but comfort & convenience comes with a reasonable price that moms like me would be willing to pay for, especially if it means we also get to relax and enjoy while the kids and other adults are having fun!

Here, you will not have to worry about the cleanliness of facilities, the child-friendliness, and enjoy a private setting for your family to enjoy.

Do you have questions about our Playa Laiya experience? Please post them below :)

Hi-5 Fairytale Experience at Resorts World Manila

Like many kids, my son is a huge fan of Hi-5 since he was a baby. Now he’s already 6 and we still watch the show every morning, afternoon, and evening – thanks to Disney Junior! And just in time for Christmas, Hi-5 visited Manila to treat fans to a Hi-5 Fairy Tale experience at the Newport Theater of Resorts World Manila.

We chose the December 17 show in the afternoon. I got three tickets for myself, Ashton, and my aunt Helen – the more the merrier!

Christmas Display and Grand Fiesta Activities at Resorts World Manila

Before the show, we checked out the amazing Christmas displays and attractions at the activity center of the Newport Mall. This includes the moving Christmas display, we think it’s really beautiful and unique.

A Christmas Bazaar was also happening and we browsed through all the interesting food fare, Christmas gifts, and other trinkets from the different booths.

Also in Resorts World is the traditional Pinoy Jeepney exhibit that happens every year for RWM’s Grand Fiesta.  My son and my aunt really enjoyed all the photo ops with all the artfully painted jeepneys.

Lunch at Maxim’s Cafe

We made sure we were early to beat the traffic and avoid being late for the 2.30PM show. That meant leaving the house without lunch, so we checked out Maxim’s Cafe. They are promoting this Christmas Pork Confit (P460) and is good for sharing. We also ordered the Seafood Chowder, I forgot the price and some extra rice. These were good for the three of us.

Pork Confit

Seafood Chowder

It’s been a long time since I last dined here at Maxim’s Cafe and now I remember how relaxing it is with the comfy seats, spacious location, service, and very good wifi! We enjoyed our lunch leisurely and we finished just in time for the show.

Hi-5 Fairytale Show Experience

The show started promptly at 2.30PM, everything was so organized – no long lines and security was also great. Our ticket was in the Gold section, not so near but it offered a perfect view for us since Ashton is not so crazy about dancing with other kids. He likes to concentrate while watching.

I’m so happy to see my son smiling and hearing him laugh throughout the show. My son is now 6 and I am guessing it might be the last time he will like to watch shows like this with me. The show lasted about 2 hours with a halftime break. Newport Theater’s stage was huge, high-tech, and everything looks new and clean. This added to our memorable Hi-5 Fairytale experience.

After the show, my son said he enjoyed it because of the visual effects, new story, and most of all – new songs and dances that were performed. As for me, I really enjoyed when Hi-5 performed one of my favorite Hi-5 songs – LOVE.

Game Zoo

It’s been years since we last visited Game Zoo, back then it was really huge and there were lots of quality games to be enjoyed. I bought a P200 game card and when we went up to the game area, we were surprised at how small and segmented this area has become. The branded touch screen games were also gone, Ashton almost had no game to play.

We wanted to leave happy so decided to go for another activity – afternoon tea!

Afternoon Tea at Maxim’s Cafe

All three of us including my aunt were all hyped and excited after the show. I decided we all need to settle down and enjoy the afternoon tea I read from Maxim’s Cafe. I also wanted to give my aunt a different experience. When I was young as Ashton, she took care of me until now and back then – she would accompany me to kiddie shows like this.

My aunt super impressed with Maxim’s Cafe Afternoon Tea P699

Ashton enjoyed picking out what to enjoy, here he is devouring one of the cakes.

For me, I found the ginger tea really healthy and beneficial plus it went very well with all the pastries and mini sandwiches. Perfect ending just like a fairytale! We felt like prince and princesses.

This is not the first time we had a nice family experience at Resorts World Manila, we look forward to more family-fun activities in 2017.

Merry Christmas, Mommy and Kids!