Box of Joy Marks Lazada’s 5th Birthday

I love it when Lazada celebrates a milestone. It’s because — more often than not — their well-loved  Box of Joy will be on hand as a staple treat to its affiliate bloggers. It initially started back in 2016 for the yearly Online Revolution and this year’sBirthday Sale saw the comeback of the Box of Joy. Previously, the contents of the box are primarily goods from the FMCG sector. While this year’s Box of Joy is still dominated by FMCG, we’re already seeing new additions from categories such as watches, and electronics accessories.

Colgate and Palmolive, the beloved Filipino institution in consumer goods,  have been supporting the Box of Joy since the beginning and this year is no exception. This year’s ColPal haul includes Colgate Maximum Cavity Protection Great Regular Flavor Anti-Cavity Family Toothpaste, Plax Ice InfinityPalmolive Aloe Vera Shampoo & ConditionerPalmolive Naturals Body Wash,Palmolive Naturals WHITE + MILK soap, Gard Charcoal Shampoo, and Tender Care Talk Pink Soft. Colgate is also launching a scholarship promo starting April 3 for its Colgate Maximum Cavity Protection Great Regular Flavor Anti-Cavity Family Toothpaste and there will be 2,500 winners of scholarships, and other prizes once the promo ends.

From Unilever, Dove’s Deeply Nourishing Body Wash and Hair Therapy – Hair Fall Rescue as well as Tresemme Platinum Strength Conditioner are included in the box. Tresemme Platinum Strength Shampoo, Conditioner and Hair Spray Gift Set will go on sale from March 21 to 23 for only P249, a 42% discount from it’s price SRP of P429. As for Procter & Gamble, Pantene Hair Fall Control Intensive Conditioner have been shared to affiliate bloggers. P&G will be having a promo price on its bestselling Olay Night Ritual which will go on sale for only P999.

If you ask me, Lazada’s Fifth Birthday Sale is always a good idea to stock up on home essentials, considering premium brands can be had at big discounts. If you are on the look out for budget-friendly gadget accessories, it’s always a good idea to drop by Lazada . Merchant Sunsonic Electronic Plaza has given away an Awei Micro USB Cable for Smartphones and merchant Anything Under the  Sun gave away classic and trendyTempus watches. Hopefully with Lazada’s ever-growing partners base, more and more brands and merchants will support the Box of Joy project in the future.

The Lazada Birthday Sale runs from March 21 to 23 with products on flash sale available all throughout the day. Make sure that you visit Lazada.com.ph during the campaign and enjoy these amazing discounts from Lazada and its partners. Remember that Lazada offers CASH ON DELIVERY and FREE DELIVERY to ensure the customers’ effortless shopping experience.

 

Kampai conversations with my father 

I was probably born attached to my father’s hips. While other little girls gravitate towards their mom, I crave my father’s approval from the time I was little to now when I am already an adult. 


I made it my life-long mission to make my parents happy. I crave nothing but the approval and validation of my father. While I will gladly lay down my life for my mother, I am a daddy’s girl through and through. I got my love for the arts from him, the way I crave achievements and my type A personality is due to my desire to make him proud. 

When I grew old, I stopped playing the goody, nerdy girl. More than the studious, artsy kid, I’d like to believe that I am now at a place where I can be a friend and a co-conspirator for my dad. While we bond via movies, reading and GINEBRA games, my age has also allowed me to spend time drinking with him. We knock back a few bottles and discover new liquor and shoot the breeze while maintaining a nice buzz. 



Thus, I am more than pleased after I have discovered this nice liquor shop centrally located in Jupiter Street, Makati (near Montivar Bldg and Whistle Stop). Called “The Booze Shop,” this quaint shop carries the finest selection of booze from all over the world – whatever you are looking for, there’s whisky, wines, vodkas, sake and of course, a wide selection of beers perfect for the serious booze enthusiasts. 

These caught my attention while I was browsing their shelves, looking for something to get my dad – maybe two of the priciest liquor I have seen in my life. 

This beauty is worth PHP40,000!

Fine, aged sake for only PHP35,000


Due to my dad’s age, I’ve become hawk-like in monitoring his liquor intake. I think I’ve always mentioned in my posts how my father is very much a simple man who knows how to appreciate the good things in life. He only drinks when there’s a gathering or during occasions, and rather prefers drinking on how own on some nights when he wants to unwind. After we kids have grown up, we sometimes bond over light liquors while watching television or when celebrating holidays – just talking like good friends. 

As dad gets older, I know that there will come a time that I’ll become stricter with him when it comes to liquor intake. The good thing with my dad is that he always knows his limits. Maybe it also helped that after he has retired, he preferred more to just drink the occasional bottle or two and has started saying no to his friends when it comes to big drinking sessions. These days, “buzzed” conversations with dad had become rare – something which you’d take advantage of because you were not “that kid” anymore. Somehow, adulthood has promoted you to become that “equal.”  I’ve become that, bringing with me 30plus years of neuroses and hang-ups, all of which are perfect fodder for conversations in between shots of Arctic Vodka or Asti Martini. 

Somehow, somewhere along the way, I graduated from being the kid “who buys dad San Mig Mucho from the sari-sari store” to “the kid who buys dad fancy liquor from a shop.” 

Friendly The Booze Shop team members Maribel and Nick


If you love finding that rare bottle of liquor or a budding spirits connoisseur, head to The Booze Shop. It’s a nice place to know more about your favorite drink. Their team members Maribel and Nick are very knowledgeable and can give you a tip or two on the selections they offer. If you also love trying rare beers, The Booze Shop has a big selection of beers from all over the world. They are open from 12noon to 12 midnight. While looking for something for my father, I asked them to recommend something with lower alcohol content. 
A word to our readersKamikazeeGirl is against people getting irresponsibly drunk. Please drink responsibly. And make sure you’re of legal age when you visit a liquor shop. 

Too Fab to Be Stressed – thanks to Fern C! 

First, you would have to forgive me, because I’m gonna go on a bit of self-love. 

On any given day, I’d like to believe that I am pretty awesome, even when there are days when I feel like I am not


I have a corporate gig where I do branding, PR and events (and I must say, I am pretty good at it); I have a side hustle here and there: writing press releases for various agencies plus I manage an event here and there; I blog (though with a hefty backlog, PR friends- sorry); I travel here and there; I do calligraphy and I draw. I do all of these while playing the role of a wife to an amazing guy, daughter to the most awesome parents, sister to crazy yet loving siblings, friend to equally insanely smart friends and a lot more roles for various people in various stages of my life. 

To say I am busy is an understatement. To say that I am stressed… Well, that’s a major one. 

A wise senator once said that she eats death threats for breakfast. Well, she ain’t got nothing on me because stress is my favorite brand of popcorn! 

What do I do when I get stressed? Usually I read, blog or stream Korean dramas or TV shows and ogle these cute Korean hearthrobs. Or I watch NHK and pretend I am living in Japan. 

But when it gets really bad, that’s when I rely on my Fern-C. 

Fern-C has vitamin C which strengthens the immune system and is regarded by many as a “cure all” for most ailments, because its primary function is to boost the immune system, protecting the body from flu, cough, bronchitis and other viral and bacterial infections. Aside from this, it also acts as a potent anti-oxidant. Finally, Sodium Ascorbate FERN-C also promotes healthy gums, teeth, bones and other connective tissues.


While it is a common misconception that Vitamin C comes only in one form – Ascorbic Acid, the truth is there is in fact another form of Vitamin C called Sodium Ascorbate and it is actually superior to Ascorbic Acid in areas where it counts.
For one, Sodium Ascorbate dissolves faster upon ingestion. This means that the body reaps the benefits of Vitamin C faster, enabling it to quickly act on stress. In addition to that, Vitamin C Sodium Ascorbate supplements are non-acidic and thus better tolerated. Unlike Ascorbic Acid which causes stomach discomfort unless taken with meals, Soduim Ascorbate can be taken on an empty stomach.

Travel: best stress buster – after your daily dose of Vitamin C


With its pH level at 7.5 to 7.8, Sodium Ascorbate FERN-C is alkaline-based to neutralize acidity in the stomach. This makes it the perfect vitamin for those with hyper-acidity, and people whose schedules cause irregular sleeping and frequent meal skipping.
The good news is that the number one Vitamin C Sodium Ascorbate brand in the Philippines, FERN-C, which used to be available only via multi-level marketing, is now on sale via retail and can be bought in any major drugstores nationwide. 

The quality of FERN-C is assured because each pack is certified with the Quali-C seal, as the Sodium Ascorbate which is the active ingredient of FERN-C was developed and it manufactured by DSM, the only European Vitamin C manufacturer.

Take care of your peepers with these sight-saving tips 

My father, whose simple happiness in life can be found in his newspapers and his favorite television show, is slowly losing his sight due to cataract. 

my father, the simple man finding his happiness in the simple things in life


He is already technically blind on his left eye and the right is slowly being corrupted by cataract also. Years of use – being exposed to the sun, glare of television, reading on low lights, constant exposure to harsh lights (he is a painter by profession before he retired) has now taken its toll. As his children, we are scrambling to prepare him for his cataract operation. 

Like my father, my life and happiness depended heavily on my eye sight: I am writer and corporate PR practitioner by profession; I blog and attend events; I draw and sketch as well do calligraphy. One of my greatest fears is to lose my sight when I grow old. 

Hence, my father’s cataract diagnosis has become a wake up call for me to take care of my eyesight more. If you’re like me who is more conscious about the health of your eyesight, here are some tips to consider: 

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Healthy food for healthy vision. Nutrients such as Omega-3 fatty acids, Vitamin C and E, can help ward off age-related vision problems for adults while Lutein helps increase optical density. Studies show that by eating leafy green vegetables, which are rich in these nutrients, decreases the risk of macular degeneration and cataract. Moreover, eating a well-balanced diet can also help prevent other health problems such as diabetes, which is the number one cause of blindness among adults.

Avoid excessive exposure to damaging blue lights. At this age of technology, we cannot avoid getting exposed to radiation emitted by the blue light in our gadgets. This can cause eye fatigue and eye strain. Make sure you limit your exposure to your screens and monitors and take a rest every now and then.

Get regular eye check-ups. Periodic eye and vision consultation and examinations are an important part of preventive eye care. Adults should have their eyes tested to keep their prescriptions up-to-date and to check for eye complications, while eye exams are essential for children to ensure normal vision development.

Use effective eyewear. The right kind of lenses can protect your eyes from the glaring ultraviolet rays of the sun or the blue lights caused by your digital lifestyle, prevent your eyes from future damages and correct your existing vision problems. 

Technologies like Crizal®, Transitions® and Varilux®, Eyezen®, Xperio®, Optifog® and Myopilux® have lenses which are specifically designed to suit your needs, age or activities. For instance, Crizal Optifog™, which is best for surgeons and chefs, prevent fog from clouding your eyes, while Varilux is prescribed for those 40 years old and above and helps in achieving clear vision in their age. Myopilux®, meanwhile, prevent Myopia or nearsightedness for kids 12 years old and below.

Essilor Philippines, the world’s leading ophthalmic optics, offers the kind of technology and science to help you care for your eyes. Essilor brands and products are available at at leading optical shops nationwide. 

For more information, visit https://www.essilor.com.ph/.

 

Chutzpah and Swish: Have the confidence to say it when it really matters

There are times in our life when we have to speak up in order to get what we want. In my line of work in Corporate PR, communication is a way of life. You have to speak up, say what you mean to say to get things done – whether it’s a presentation of your yearly budget to the Board, socializing with the media or even every day communication with team members. 

An old mentor used to say that PR work takes a lot of Chutzpah


It’s defined in the Merriam Webster dictionary  as having the supreme self confidence or courage that allows someone to do or say things that may seem shocking to others. While chutzpah used to have negative connotation, especially in its Hebrew or Yiddish roots where it is used to describe someone who oversteps boundaries; it has taken a more tongue-in-cheek meaning in modern times. Now used to express audacity, extreme courage and supreme confidence; chutzpah is a term that I closely associate in my line of work. 

In this business, you have to have a certain level of chutzpah to get what you want. In my case, because I am a closeted wall flower, I usually rely on confidence and a heavy dose of courage to get through presentations, meetings and social events. Hard as it may seem to believe, I really don’t like socializing since my shyness is often mistaken for aloofness. Having a resting bitch face doesn’t help either. 

But there are instances where having confidence and guts of steel isn’t enough when you communicate with other people. Of course, you have to know your stuff. I believe that knowledge and intelligence is one of the biggest confidence booster. Second, you have to look presentable and clean. You don’t have to look like a fashion model, but proper hygiene and being easy on the eyes helps a lot. This means that your hair should be combed, your clothes should be clean and pressed and — for the love of God — your breath should be fresh. 

No matter how good you look or how witty you may seem to be, but if your breath stinks, I can assure you it’s the one thing that people will remember about you. Not the face, nor the sense of fashion or the looks, but you will forever be known as “the person with the bad breath” 

Aside from brushing your teeth and maintaining good dental hygiene, it also helps if you have a quick remedy for times when brushing your teeth is out of the question and you are due to meet with people you need to impress. 

Recently, I discovered a product that now holds a permanent place in my pouch: 


Thanks to the good people behind Swish who gifted me my Swish stash enough to last me a few months, I can feel confident speaking no matter where I am and no matter who I an talking to. While the Peppermint Fresh variant tasted good, I am partial to the Arctic Chill variant. 


To use Swish, just spray one to two pumps into your mouth. It automatically freshens your breath in 10 seconds, killing germs and bacteria in the mouth to eliminate bad breath. 
Swish is alcohol-free and sugar-free. 

So the next time you need to speak and you lack the confidence, think about Chutzpah and don’t forget to #SayItWithSwish

For more information, go to the Swish Facebook page

Here’s a fun video from Swish.

PR: FAT OUT: Clean up so you can lean up 

  
Being clean extends not only to what’s outside but more importantly on what’s inside the body.
More taking a bath, brushing our teeth, brushing our hair and looking clean and looking clean and presentable at all times, being clean on the inside especially with our colon is very important. 

While there are procedures done in health clinics and high end wellness spas that is aimed on cleaning out the body from the inside, there’s no doubt that these are expensive affairs that can be daunting for the average Pinoy. 

A nice alternative is a health supplement by ATC called FatOut. FatOut through the revolutionary Sweep and Shred Formula which helps in cleansing your colon and trimming down your fat. Psyllium Husk sweeps and cleanses toxins in your colon while Green Tea Extract shreds and burns your fat. FatOut eliminates hard-to-digest fats and helps detoxify the colon. It nourishes the digestive system that can help in proper bowel movement and digestion. The sweep and Shred formula can help you lose the pounds without putting your health at risk.

With a healthy colon your digestive system allows you to easily pass undigested waste through your system which can result to having lesser risk of other digestive problems and disorder and also help in weight loss. 
FatOut is not a medicinal drug and should not be used to treat the symptoms of any disease. FatOut should be taken daily, before every meal, preferably with a warm glass of water. It is available in all Mercury Drug stores and other leading drugstores nationwide for SRP P125.00 per capsule. 

For more information about FatOut, visit http://www.facebook.com/ATCFatOut.
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Good news for Kim Chiu fans! FatOut is organizing a meet and greet with their newest endorser. To join: 

  • Buy FatOut in your nearest drug store.
  • Collect all receipts and foils of your FatOut purchases
  • Register your receipts online to make your entry and tickets valid. Here’s the link! 
  • Claiming of Royal Invites will be 1-2 weeks before the event.
  • For questions, visit FatOut on Facebook 

Succumbing to the allure of exploring on a fully-stuffed bag

The recent trip to Baguio with co-bloggers have rekindled my passion for the outdoors.

Everyone seems to love Baguio and subscribes to the romantic idea of Baguio of yester years – of pine trees, foggy skies, freezing temperatures and the rustic lodges with fireplaces and steaming hearth.

However, times pass and things change. Cities get developed and in the case of Baguio, the rustic appeal of the city has given way to modernization — Session Road is a little bit more crowded, people flock to Strawberry Farms like bee to honey and everyone just have to visit Pink Sisters to hear mass.

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In spite of these changes – Baguio remains a lovely place to spend the weekends. Buoyed by the knowledge that I will need to have warm clothes with you, I crammed a small weekend bag with four days worth of clothes, risking the chance of the poor bag bursting into seams. Like all eager traveler, I tend to over pack. In my case, it’s worst because I have a tendency to forego the luggage in exchange for an over packed duffel bag or a fully-stuffed backpack that makes me look like a long lost member of the Teenage Mutant  Ninja Turtles.

This tendency to over pack extends to wherever I may be. Whether in Baguio, in Boracay; in Busan or in Tokyo.

In one of my most memorable and most hated moment of my Busan trip, I remember emerging from the Busan subway station looking like a glorified porter: with a bursting backpack, pulling a small carry-on luggage while navigating the stairs with a heavy DSLR on my neck. Talk about looking haggard. I remember thinking then that whatever happened to my dreams of looking like a savvy traveler? The movie in my mind shows me emerging from the bullet train either with a classy one-piece luggage or looking like a world-weary traveler while holding the North Face Free Fall Backpack  in one hand and my passport in the other.

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The North Face Free Fall Backpack

That miserable moment while in the Busan subway has made me vow never to bring more than one bag while traveling. Right now, I am using a really cute luggage that has become so worn out that it’s due already for replacement.

I am considering getting a pack from The North Face, a brand that has become very synonymous with traveling and exploration. This 40-year old brand has dedicated itself to providing the best and most appropriate apparel, equipment and accessories to any traveler – purely dedicating its brand to the beauty and allure of travel and exploration. I mean, its mantra is “Never Stop Exploring” — a testament to how this brand takes exploration very seriously. Known for producing backpacks that are great for heavy duty trips, this brand answers my need for a sturdy and reliable pack which can hold my clothes for the usual four day trips.

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I am still looking on other models from the brand, but I am already set to start bringing backpacks instead of the usual luggage or overnight bags in all my trips.

What I love about The North Face bags is that aside from being stylish, they also take into consideration the need of the traveler – producing sturdy, durable backpacks without foregoing style. There is enough space to stuff my clothes and footwear without compromising the look and shape of the bag.

What’s even better is that The North Face bags and apparel are also now available for those who prefer shop online, other than the physical stores in the city.

 

GINGKO BILOBA: Brain food for the GirlBoss on the Go

Everyone aspires to me a multi-hypenate as it connotes success. For someone like me, who juggles my Branding & PR career, blogging and my artistic pursuits, aside from roles in my personal life, having too many things at the same time can add up. 

In my job, I usually handle two to three projects all at the same time, other than PR campaigns and the like. My to do list will shame the most stressed OC. Usually, when you have too much in your plate – your brain tends to get a beating. 

In my case, I rely on ATC’s Gingko Biloba to help maintain my brain’s health (and yes, even my sanity).

  

Studies say that the human brain is the most powerful machine in the human body. But machines, no matter how wired they are to handle too many things at once, can also take a beating. The same thing applies to the human brain. When you have too many things happening at the same time, you can’t afford to lose your vital mental capability. In my case, I need my memory to be always sharp and on point. I need to be able to remember timelines, project proposals, campaigns and even  blog posts due. 

I rely on ATC Ginkgo Biloba to serve as my brain enhancer and to keep your memory sharp. 

ATC Ginkgo Biloba is made of gingko biloba and maiden tree extracts. These two extracts are known to help sharpen the memory along with following a healthy diet and keeping your mind active.

Gingko Biloba is also helpful in regulating blood flow to the brain. Thus, lowering the possibility of having Stroke. It is also capable of protecting and healing damaged cells caused by medical conditions such as Alzheimer’s and Glaucoma. In addition, it can also alleviate mental depression and mood disorders. 

For just SRP P6.00 per capsule, retain the power of your mind with ATC Gingko Biloba. ATC Ginkgo Biloba is available at Mercury Drug and other leading drugstores nationwide.
Disclosure: This is not a paid post but part of a campaign by ATC. 

Horror movie scare fest with  Thrill’s “Thrill-O-Ween” this October 31

Halloween has always been a favorite holiday for me. I am not a big fan of Christmas but I get a sick pleasure out of Halloween.

When I was younger, my siblings and I get a kick out of building a fort out of pillows and blankets while watching Noli De Castro’s “Magandang Gabi Bayan All Saints Day special.” We will huddle under the blankets, sweating bullets while screaming our brains out for badly made-up white ladies and banshees.  It’s been a while since the last MGB Halloween special aired, and for the kids of the 90s, Halloweeen will never be the same without it – made up forts and bad make-up included.

Fortunately for fear fanatics who crave real terror, Thrill, Asia’s first and only movie channel dedicated 24/7 to the widely popular horror, thriller and suspense genres is offering Thrill-O-Ween this October 31

  

Thill-O-Ween! will cram in decades worth of Horror classics into a single whirlwind thrill-a-thon that starts at 1:10 am with the phenomenally successful and thoroughly terrifying supernatural thriller The Ring, followed by the equally horrifying Ring 2 later in the day. That in itself should be more than enough to stop you from even blinking at your TV for a very long time for fear lest Sadako come out of it.

 To make sure that you have your fill of scary movies, Thrill will also air no less than three instalments of the Paranormal Activity franchise. 

In between franchise instalments, Thrill will also air Shutter Island with  Leonardo DiCaprio and powerhouse cast that includes Mark Ruffalo, and Ben Kingsley.   

Winding down the Thrill-O-Ween! will be the American take on phenomenally well received Korean Thriller, The Uninvited. And finally, to cap off the relentless barrage of titillating, terrifying, and thoroughly entertaining fare that is the Thrill-O-Ween!, we have the aptly titled Halloween Resurrection.  

Thrill is available on (Skycable Ch.107, Cablelink Ch.201, Destiny Cable Ch.11 and Cignal Ch 69). For more information, you can log on to http://www.thrill-tv.com or http://www.facebook.com/WatchThrill.

So grab the popcorn, or the pillows and blankets, call your friends or significant others — after all, getting scared together is always the best.  
 

       

 

 

Finding my weight with Reducin

My constant battles with my fluctuating weight has always been well documented on this site. There are many instances when I always end up ranting because I managed to gain back every pound that I lost. 

When I had the opportunity to talk to a nutritionist, she mentioned that there are a lot of factors that often lead to weight gain. Aside from the food we eat and the lack of exercise, aging also plays a big role in our battle against the bulge.  When we age, our metabolism slows down. Behaviorally, our habits change as well. We become busier with various aspects in life. It doesn’t help that in my busy schedule, what is immediately accessible to eat are processed food and snacks that doesn’t do anything to help us lead healthier lives. My busy schedule also led to lack of sleep which also causes weight gain.

Suffice to say, I have tried everything just to properly manage my weight: I joined a fitness club, watched what I ate and even tried running (much to discomfort of my weak knees). The only thing that I didn’t try because I didn’t like the icky feeling that came with it is to drink weight supplements. One particular product which others swore by was known to lead to frequent trips to the bathroom and even-God forbid-embarrassing incidents in the middle of the day. I don’t want that inconvenience and discomfort. I wanted something that will help me manage my eating without the hassle of frequent and messy bathroom trips. 

So I was pleasantly surprised when I tried ATC’s   Reducin, an anti-obesity food supplement. 

 

my weight management partner


I have been drinking Reducin for almost a month already and I can say that I am happy with the results. 

A capsule of Reducin contains 120 mg of Orlistat. It is a gastric and pancreatic lipase inhibitor for obesity management. 

Reducing works by preventing some of the fat in foods eaten from being absorbed in the intestines. Then, excreting these fat through bowel movement. Along with a low-calorie diet and proper exercise, Reducin can help you get back on track and lose those extra pounds. Break free from obesity, diabetes, triglycerides, cholesterol, other health risks and their associated high costs.  
Reducin should be taken 3 times a day before every meal. If a meal is missed or contains minimal or no fat, the dose should be omitted. Reducin is P29.50 per capsule. Available at Mercury Drug and other leading drugstores nationwide.

Am I happy with Reducin? This is a definite yes. Aside from the consumer-friendly price point, I love that Reducin fits perfectly in my busy lifestyle. I bring my dosage with my everyday and take it before I eat without worrying of the possible embarrassment of frequent bathroom breaks. 

To properly account for my weight management, I also started seeing an endocrinologist with the hopes understanding my body more. 

Reducin, like all other health supplements, is there to aid me in my weight loss journey – however, it is still important to understand your body and couple supplement-taking with proper diet and exercise. 
Disclosure: 

This post is part of a current ATC campaign. However, I am really a Reducin-taker and I really love the product. This is not a paid post