Current Obsession: Claying My Way to beautiful skin with L’Oreal Paris Pure Clay Masks

If there's one thing that I cannot get enough of – it's beauty products. I love taking care of my skin, and I pride on the fact that it hasn't been touched by a dermatologist.

Actually, my skin care habits are pretty basic: in the evening, before I sleep – I wash my face, I follow it up with a toner and that's basically it. When the mood strikes, I extend it up by either putting on a face mask (my personal favorite) as part of my de-stressing routine and then close it all up by applying a emulsion to hydrate.

In the morning, I wash my face and then apply face cream; I have dark eye bags so I apply a serum to the skin around the eye and then I finish it all off with a face lotion and emulsion.

I am not too picky when it comes to brands, but very partial to Korean and Japanese skin care products. Right now, I am using products from Innisfree, Face Shop and Laneige.

Thanks to Lazada, I am including L'Oreal Paris on my go-to skin care list.

I am loving these new L'Oreal Paris Pure Clay Masks and is currently abusing the Anti-Pores variant.

Comprising of four types, the Pure Clay Mask is a potent in-jar mask formulation that addresses different skin problems. Each variant is made with natural pure clay with botanical extracts leading to a more revitalized and nourished skin.

  • L'Oreal Pure Clay Mask Illuminating – made with British Kaolin Cl-y, the face is gently cleansed to achieve soft, radiant skin and with lemon grass extract and exfoliating beads.
  • L'Oreal Clay Mask Anti-Pores – With Moroccan Lava Clay, skin is softened and dead cells are eliminated with obstructs pores and regulates sebum secretion. Infused with rosemary extract.
  • L'Oreal Pure Clay Mask Hydration – with mineral-rich bentonite clay, infused with lemon balm, essential oil and hydrating essence. Removed dirt and hydrates.

You can actually use all three at the same time! Called Multi-masking, the anti-pores variant work best for the T-zone (covering forehead and nose), while illuminating and hydration works wonders for the cheeks.

Verdict:

Because I really wanted for finer-looking pores (an offshoot of watching too many Korean dramas), I immediately tried the anti-pore variant and immediately got hooked!

The first thing you will notice,upon opening the jar is the smell. It smelled really good – it smelled really good and natural, and without any hint of the usual "clay" or chemical smell

The product applies very well to the skin and doesn't feel suffocating at all. It dries really fast: within 10 minutes following application, you will feel it tightening a bit, adhering to your skin and hopefully sucking out all blackheads and impurities along the way. You can easily wash these with water once you're done.

What's noticeable immediately after is the clean feeling, like your face is devoid of any all or dirt ah all. My cheeks felt soft, smooth and supple.

I apply the mask before I sleep, as part of my usual bed time ritual, so it comes as a nice surprise that upon waking up, my skin doesn't feel oily at all.

Suffice to say, I am instantly hooked!

If you want to try these out, head over to Lazada. They are exclusively available for only P399 per jar.

The taste and flair of Spain made possible by Origen Flamenco and Doña Elena 

Flamenco, Spain’s national dance, enthralls the viewers – the soulful music, the plucking of the guitar, the rythmic beat of the square drum, the melodious music by the tapping of the feet. It is composed a dizzying and alluring mix of singing (cante) and dancing (baile), paired with guitar playing (toque), handclapping (palmas) and finger-snapping (pitos). 

I knew I was in for a great night when Dona Elena treated its media guests for a private show of Origen Flamenco held recently at the Power Mac Center in Circuit, Makati. 

Comprised of three parts, the hour long showcase featured the phases of a good flamenco show starting with a soulful rendition of music, as inspired by the music of the legendary Paco de Lucia, a famed Flamenco artist, guitarist and composer, presented in a riveting and passionate show as directed by Alberto Marin – before fully seizing the audience’s attention with the 


Featuring riveting performances from dancers Cristina Carrasco and Javier Serrano  who had the audience attention from the very first minute of their performance down to the very last minute following the two hour show. 

The backing musicians led by Alberto Marin himself on the guitars does not disappoint either. The music was passionate – alternating between soulful and festive, so true to the very core of the art of flamenco. 

Props goes to Doña Elena, the premiere Mediterranean cooking brand in the Philippines, for bringing Origen Flamenco over. Distributed locally by Fly Ace Marketing, Doña Elena remains the number one olive oil brand in the Philippines. Aside from its line of olive oil which comes in Extra Virgin, Pure and Pomace; the Doña Elena brand also includes capers, anchovies, pastas, whole or pitted olives, and sauces. 


The recent Flamenco show was truly one of the best I attended and worth the Monday commute. Thanks to the generosity of Doña Elena and the talent and passion of Origen Flamenco, the flair and taste of Spain was truly alive and well that night. 

Here are more photos from the show: 



MySlim knows beauty inside and out; throws support for Ms. Earth Philippines 

mySlim knows the science of beauty.

As one of the country’s safest and most trusted slimming products, mySlim believes in aiding a woman’s journey to beauty both inside and out. Infused with the powerful combination of Yerba Mate, Carnipure and Palatinose, which aids in developing a slim physique, while also keeping skin young looking and supple. 

True to its brand, mySlim is proud to be part of this year’s search for the new Ms. Earth Philippines. The winning candidate will, of course, represent the Philippines as the country vies once again for the crown of Ms. Earth. A pageant unlike others, Ms. Earth has long stood out for using the platform of beauty pageant in advancing and putting emphasis on environmental issues. 




We were lucky to be one of the media people invited by mySlim to meet 10 of the gorgeous women vying for the local title during a recent press presentation – and to get to hear the women talk about their advocacies, their thoughts on beauty and health, as well as their passion to advance their respective causes.

First – and it’s a given – the candidates were all gorgeous: long-limbed, svelte and sexy and rocking 5-inch heels while sashaying the run-way. 

But more importantly, they are really smart: wielding day jobs as diverse as flight attendant, former Senate staff, teacher and even a medical physicist, among others. They are also very passionate about the environmental causes that they support, well-versed on their platform and knows the issues that they push inside and out. 


The girls credit exercise, healthy diet and of course a boost of mySlim for their enviable figures. They are quick to admit that it’s not easy to maintain their curves, but thanks to mySlim, they are given that extra boost to stay healthy and beautiful at the same time. 

That’s because mySlim is a beauty product that works in tandem with healthy lifestyle choices. It is made of all-natural ingredients – Yerba mate, known for reducing fat absorption and allows body to burn fat without shedding muscle mass; carnipure and palatinose serves  as a metabolic booster that helps boost energy and physical performance. 

As mentioned by one of the girls, mySlim is for those who knew that beauty and a healthy body does not come easily; there are no quick fixes – you have to watch what you eat, you have to exercise, you have to sleep late and you have to maintain a positive disposition in life to be truly beautiful – inside and out. 


The new Ms. Earth Philippines will be crowned on Saturday, July 15. Exuding confidence, intelligence and true beauty (both inside and out), I could very well said that any one of these Earth Warriors is truly deserving to take the crown. 

Tom Rodriguez sees things clearly, creatively with Essilor Crizal 

Kapuso hunk Tom Rodriguez is more than an actor – he dabbles in music and the arts, along with his many passions on screen and off. 

With his multi-faceted personality and active lifestyle, it is not surprising that he spends long hours in front of either the camera or his laptop, which heightens his exposure to health risks, especially towards his vision. 

With growing awareness of these risks to his eyesight, he recently teamed up with Essilor, world leader in ophthalmic lenses, as the newest brand ambassador of Crizal® Prevencia™, a multi-coated lens featuring the brand’s most advanced protective technology.
 

 

Not many know that even before becoming one of local showbiz’s certified heartthrobs, art has has been Tom’s first love. The talented artist usually curates his many works on his Instagram account. 

Many of his artworks are inspired by Philippine folklore, superheroes and characters from anime, games, and comics. He sketches and sculpts in between takes during drama filming or photo shoots. With all these taking up his non-acting time, Tom can’t help but be exposed to harmful blue lights and this has affected his vision.

“Crizal® Prevencia™ is the perfect protection I have against exposure to harmful elements and blue light everywhere I am, at any time,” shares the 29-year old actor. “It makes me enjoy doing digital animation more, knowing that I am completely protected. As a result, I can create more artwork and perform better as an artist without having to worry about eye strain or blurry vision.”

As part of his campaign with Essilor, Tom stars in the brand’s latest TVC, which shows his daily struggle with over-exposure to harmful blue light. Crizal® Prevencia™ provides front and back protection as well as selective filtering of harmful blue light from devices and the sun that can cause long-term damage such as cataracts and Age-Related Macular Degeneration (AMD). At the same time, it lets in good light that regulates sleep and mood and boosts brain activity.

Learn more about Crizal® Prevencia™ by visiting your preferred eye care professional or leading optical shop, or by logging on to http://www.essilor.com.ph.

Much Ado About Money

When I reached 35, I started becoming paranoid about money — more specifically, the lack of it.

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I was afraid that I will reach fifty years old, with nothing to my name, stuck in a dead-end job and still existing hand-to-mouth. After witnessing first hand how people can be desperate when they have nothing no one else turn to; I vowed to be more responsible when it comes to my money. I became more appreciative of banks, of maintaining savings accounts  and of eliminating debt as much as possible.

Three years on after I made my vow to be more financially-savvy, I am still a work in progress. I still don’t have the following, which was included in my three year financial stability checklist:

  • Emergency savings equivalent to six times my current salary
  • Stock market options
  • Mutual Fund
  • Freedom from debt!

But the things I managed to achieve out of these three years – I worked hard for: I am now paying advanced amortization for my own condo unit; I have a life insurance that is now money-earning and set to mature when I turn 50 and I am working hard to maintain a healthy balance to my savings account, currently stashed safely in my trusted bank.

The savings account is a painful work in progress, as I tend to withdraw money just a few days after transferring them to my savings account. Following the current spate of worrying incidents concerning banks, a good friend — who knows my current financial journey, asked — do I still trust banks?

Well, to put it bluntly, — when it comes to money — I trust banks more than I trust myself and other people.

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Banking institutions spend millions of pesos to keep my money safe; and operates based on a strict code of conduct as dictated by the Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas (BSP). They literally do business according to the watchful eye of the people, the government and the organizations they are a part of.

If I keep my money stashed away in my sock drawer, you can bet that I will manage to spend all of it as soon as H&M announces its latest Sale schedule. Burglary, threats of fire and other man-made and natural disasters are all threats to savings kept at home.

Recently, there was a big scandal when a bank employee was caught trying to siphon P17Million from a Union Bank in Pasig City, via an unauthorized cash transfer. The fact that the employee was caught says a lot on the impeccable security systems in place and the prodigious auditing and monitoring of the bank.

First, the woman was either too stupid or too brave for her own good, to even think about pulling off the caper. I mean, seriously? Come on – in this day and age where financial institutions have three-fold measures in place to fact check, audit and monitor to prevent fraud, does she actually think that 17M worth of money transferred will not raise red flags?

If my mother, who sells snacks as a side hustle, can keep a monitoring sheet to track her earnings – I am a thousand percent sure that any bank will have more than a monitoring sheet. The fact that what happened is an isolated case, one that gets caught immediately, tells about the how redundant security measures are in place.

If you ask me, there will always be threats directed towards financial institutions, considering the money they carry and manage at any given day. But, I take comfort on the fact that banks will always have has layers of redundant security, and expertise and then even insurance to protect my savings (no matter how measly they are). So yes, I’d rather have my savings money kept in the bank where I don’t have to worry about them.

As I continue on this financial journey, I’d rather focus on hitting my goals. Hopefully, by the time I reach the big 4-0, I would be more financially-fluid and more financially-savvy: a more debt-free existence, a healthy savings account kept in banks, a mutual fund for future expenses and a living in a condo bought by my hard-earned money.

They say it’s crude to think about money; and it’s bad taste to talk about your financial goals; but in my opinion — nothing is more unfortunate than growing old and still not being financially prepared.

 

 

 

Sun Life knows its way to a mommy and a woman’s heart

They say that being a mother is the greatest job a woman could have. While the experience of motherhood is something that is not the same for every woman: some experience it early in life, while others (like me) take time to go through it; the worries and concerns of a woman towards her offspring and her spouse is the same.

Am I doing enough? Am I giving enough? AM I ENOUGH? 

Motherhood, they say, is when your heart beats for your child and your spouse, and almost barely for yourself. It is pure, selfless and harrowing at times. Where 24 hours is barely enough think about the chores at home, the times you need to spend with the husband and even plan about the kid’s future.

That is why “Mommy’s Day Out,” a recent event of Sun Life Philippines,   gives recognition to a mother’s selfless love by devoting one full day of pampering, learning and self affirmation to mothers.


The event, attended by mommy bloggers and online influencers, began with a lecture headed by Michelle Alignay, a family psychologist specializing in family studies. During her lecture, Alignay shared some key points and powerful affirmation techniques to the attendees on how they can balance being a mom, being a wife and being their own person all at the same.



This particular piece hits closer to home for me. As a wife, career woman and a person of many interests and side hustles, I can’t even barely make time for my supportive and loving husband. Imagine adding kids to the equation? I wrote before of my struggles in conceiving and how there are times, I am thisclose to giving up on having kids. While my heart always breaks into thousand pieces thinking of what could have beens if only parenthood came naturally to us after marriage. I would have a sassy grade schooler by now, who probably inherited his father’s winsome features and his mother’s stubborness; I would have been frazzled to heavens trying to balance career, family life and my interests/hobbies; I could have been saving up for that danged kid’s education and future.

Thankfully, Alignay’s lecture on devoting time for yourself, making your marriage work, and preparing for your family’s future is something that even I, can relate. Her message about devoting time for the husband, and making your marriage work strikes closer to home. For me and the husband, we have our movie nights where we geek out on superhero franchises and action movies. We also make it a point to travel together, which allows us to discover new things, not only about the places we go, but also with each other. We talk our plans, our dreams and our struggles as a couple.

When talking about future kids before felt like discussing about landmines because of our fertility struggles, we have become more open on how we still want to have kids, regardless on the process it will take. It can either be through science (we have yet to explore other more advanced methods) or maybe through adoption. While going through the adoption route is still a long way down the line, it’s still something we seriously consider.

No matter how the future kiddo gets handed to us by life, the husband and I agree on one thing: we want him to have a good future. One where he can explore his full potential and get the best education possible, without being hampered by financial concerns. If my future kid wants to explore UP or go to Keio or Tokyo University, who am I to stand on his way?

During the event, Sun Life Cluster Head Mylene Segismundo shared potential tuition costs to some of the country’s best universities 10 to 15 years down the line. To say we were flabbergasted is an understatement. The cost of education has become so expensive that, as a parent, you have no choice but to prepare for it. Segismundo shared that Sun Life’s “MyFutureFund” provides parents the capacity to get ready for their children’s education without breaking the bank and without putting  dent on their wallet. More importantly, “MyFutureFund” removes the worry of being able to provide for a good education to their kids from mommies and daddies.

Admittedly, the highlight of the day was the oh-so-wonderful full body massage generously arranged by Sun Life for the mommies and bloggers present. The venue was the beautiful, luxurious Onsen Spa at the I’M Hotel.



With every knead and pressure applied on my body, I can literally feel my stress, worries and all the bad vibes literally melting away. It was soooo good.  Onsen Spa at I’M Hotel does a good job of bringing the Japanese/Korean onsen/jimjimbang experience and I am loving the long yukatas, the darkened rooms with piped-in music and yes, the free-flowing green tea served on the spa reception area. I must have dozed off because the next thing I know, my friendly massage therapist, Rem lightly tapping of my shoulder. A sumptuous dinner at I’M Hotel’s Bloom Restaurant proved to be the perfect way to cap the evening.

I’d like to thank Sun Life and their friendly PR guy AR for having me during the event. I am not yet a mother, but I am a wife and career woman who also have the same struggles like any other woman thrust into family life. I may not have kids as of yet, but I still worry about their future. As reflected on the short film, “She Says, She Says” – I worry.  I worry that I may not be good enough, or ready enough when they come. I worry that I might not become a good mom. I worry that I will become one of those mommies who nag and helicopter-parent and work, but still fail to provide for their needs.

I worry that I, myself, might not be enough.

But thanks to the learnings and realizations of that day, I know that I will be okay. Me and Sun Life, we can make motherhood work.

 

 

 

Discovering what it means to be truly healthy with LifeScience

I don’t need much to know that at my current state: I am beyond unhealthy. It’s not even the excess 25 kilograms that I can’t seem to shake off – it’s the long nights awake, the stressful situations, the fact that I don’t eat right and almost have zero exercise.

For the longest time, I have been trying to understand what’s wrong with my body and what I can do to fix this health mess that I am in. There are days when I feel helpless with what’s happening with my body, especially since I am getting older and my metabolism has been out of whack for about 10 years already. To say that I am in bad shape is a gross understatement, but I wanted to know how and why.

One of the things that I have been looking with much interest is Functional Medicine, a science-based approach to health, which turns the disease-centered focus of the traditional medical practice on its head by focusing on the whole person, his lifestyle habits, work and environment, and not the symptoms alone. Functional Medicine first started in the States but has started to pick steam here in the Philippines.

Practitioners of Functional Medicine spend time getting to know the patient’s history, and looking into the genetic, environmental, and lifestyle factors that can affect their long-term health. By incorporating the latest developments in genetic science, the relationships between body organs, and analyzing the patient’s lifestyle and environment, Functional Medicine gives solutions to the individual’s health issues tailor-made just for them. This data and knowledge not only enables physicians and other health professionals to practice proactive, predictive, and personalized medicine, but it also empowers patient to have an active role in their own health.

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The foremost practitioner of Functional Medicine in the Philippines is LifeScience Center for Health and Wellness (LSC) in Bonifacio Global City, which is staffed with health care practitioners who specialize in Functional Medicine for many years already. They are all about finding ways to optimize health and prevent diseases by customizing programs specific to you, the individual. There are no one-size-fits-all treatment programs here.

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The relaxing deck at the LifeScience Center facility

I was recently invited to their top-of-the-line facility to know more about the service they offer and also to meet the men behind LifeScience, Group CEO Michael Genato and Senior Medical Consultant Dr. Roland Aquino Balburias.

LifeScience Center is the place for people from all over the world who don’t want to get sick, and for patients with multiple health issues who have tried conventional medicine but have yet to feel whole and better. To fully understand and know your needs, every LSC program begins with an in-depth consultation with you — the patient — about your health, medical history, and lifestyle.

From this conversation, the doctors get an idea what kind of diagnostic tests you can consider taking in order to understand your body better and to see what imbalances in body that need to be addressed. LSC partners with the best laboratories around the world so it can give its patients access to cutting-edge diagnostic tests, including gene tests. From there, LSC designs programs that are tailor made for your health goals, using the exact type of nutrition, movement, and medical treatments suited for your body. This way, you and the doctor work together using these information and programs towards the goal of optimized health and wellness just for you.

During the event at LifeScience, we were given a preliminary study of our health. My results did not came really as a surprise, but only validated the many things that I worry about my health. Dr. Balburias shared that all of our health concerns actually begin with our food intake, as they affect the performance of our body’s cell. This means that from the get-go, it’s important that we watch what we eat and we put inside our body. Exercise, proper sleep and steering away from the sedentary lifestyle also helps.

 

For more information about LifeScience Center for Wellness and Preventive Medicine, visit http://www.lifescience.ph. The center is located at the 8/F AccraLaw Tower, 2nd Avenue corner 30th Street, Bonifacio Global City.

 

Sun Life retells client stories with new set of digital short films, “Sun Shorts”

Top life insurance company marks 4th Financial Independence Month

There is no doubt that Sun Life has helped transform countless lives over the years. But behind each success lies the story of the many people it has touched, of lives changed and of dreams that came true.

To inspire Filipinos to pursue their financial freedom, Sun Life is launching a new collection of its digital films dubbed Sun Shorts, which will highlight the relationships that make lives #brightertogether.

“The people we love give us the courage to dream big and the strength to keep going even if sometimes it feels like the odds are against us. Truly, we are brighter together,” Sun Life Chief Marketing Officer Mylene Lopa said. “Sun Life shines a spotlight on these relationships to inspire every Filipino to keep chasing their dreams. Our three new Sun Shorts films ‘Waves,’ ‘She Said, She Said’ and ‘Sayaw’ will present this in stories inspired by the stories of Sun Life clients. Through the Sun Shorts, we hope to show Filipinos how life insurance can help them ease their life’s burdens and celebrate their lives’ triumphs giving them the opportunity to show the people they love their commitment to a brighter future for them.”

The roster of short films is part of celebrations prepared by Sun Life of Canada (Philippines), Inc., the number one life insurance company in the Philippines, to mark  the 4th Financial Independence Month this June  to remind Filipinos break free from the cycle of financial shortage and insecurity.

“Waves” by Zig Marasigan gives a peek into the mindset of millennials, who are often criticized for adhering to the “YOLO” mindset and not preparing well enough for the future; a young single mom’s journey takes centerstage in “She Said, She Said” by Nic Reyes; while Mihk Vergara will delve into the reality of coping with a long-time marriage that has gone cold in “Sayaw.”

The films will be released on June 7 at http://www.sunshorts2.com, and will also be uploaded on Facebook so it may be easily accessed and shared by viewers. Each film will also come with an explainer video, where Sun Life brand ambassadors Matteo Guidicelli, Judy Ann Santos, and Piolo Pascual will share their thoughts and shed light on how insurance and investments enable us to protect the relationships that matter to us.

Sun Life released its first collection of Sun Shorts in 2012 and the project has been recognized by different prestigious local and international award-giving bodies, which lauded the creative approach to promoting insurance and investment products.

Empowering Filipinos with concrete steps to financial freedom

To complement the new Sun Shorts films and to give Filipinos the opportunity to learn about life insurance and mutual funds, Sun Life will hold a series of activities throughout June as a next step for those who would like to boost their financial journey.

For the millennials, Sun Life will offer a workshop on achieving their travel goals, while moms and dads will be treated to a pampering activity to help put them in the best mindset to create future goals. For details on these activities, visit @sunlifeph on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram.

Meanwhile, for those who prefer to learn at their convenience, Sun Life offers basic financial planning courses in the Brighter Life Institute at www.brighterlife.com.ph.

Sun Life will also launch PA Armor, an affordable personal accident protection for Filipino online shoppers. Through Sun Life’s partnership with Voyager Innovations, Inc., members of the online marketplace Takatack.com will exclusively enjoy the benefits of this protection.

“This Financial Independence Month, Sun Life reiterates its commitment to Filipinos who are in pursuit of their financial freedom,” Lopa said. “For as long as they have dreams to pursue and relationships to care for, Sun Life will be here for them as their partner in this journey.”

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About Sun Life Financial

Sun Life Financial is a leading international financial services organization providing a diverse range of insurance, wealth and asset management solutions to individuals and corporate Clients. Sun Life Financial has operations in a number of markets worldwide, including Canada, the United States, the United Kingdom, Ireland, Hong Kong, the Philippines, Japan, Indonesia, India, China, Australia, Singapore, Vietnam, Malaysia and Bermuda. As of December 31, 2016, Sun Life Financial had total assets under management of $903 billion. For more information please visit http://www.sunlife.com.

Sun Life Financial Inc. trades on the Toronto (TSX), New York (NYSE) and Philippine (PSE) stock exchanges under the ticker symbol SLF.

Change is not for wussies

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There’s a reason for my protracted absence in the last three months: I was in the midst of a job change and was in the process of adjusting, finding my footing and proving myself.

The new position, in a very challenging but very good company, also placed me in a manager position which meant being responsible for four (talented) souls under my team.

From being someone who used to do ALL the work, I am now expected to delegate and manage people efficiently. While I am very grateful for the opportunity, I am also scared shitless. I am scared that I will mess up, disappoint/annoy/embarrass my team and/or fall short on the expectations of my bosses. I am afraid that from being the “Wonder Girl” of my previous company, I will amount to nothing but a mediocre boss in this new one. I am afraid to fail and lose all the things I have painstakingly built on my own during the past six years in my old company. I am afraid to become a failure.

You say: If you are so afraid, then why make the change at all?

Because it’s time.

I’d rather take the leap of faith and start from scratch than deal with the “what if’s;” I’d rather wake up and go to work anxious about proving myself than remain complacent; I’d rather rather bust my ass off working than live each day trapped in monotomy. I figured that in my old age, I don’t want to live with any regrets.

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I started writing Daily Affirmations in my journal when stress gets to me. I always tell myself, each and every day – Be Brave!

 

I’ve always believed that being scared is always a good thing, because that meant that you are hell-bent on avoiding failure. When there’s too much at stake, you will do your best – even if the process consumes your whole being. Being afraid is a good things, because it will make you conscious of success. Being afraid usually gives way to check and balance. Being afraid pushes you to be brave. And honestly, this is what I do each and everyday of my life.

Sometimes, I wonder if I’ll be less stressed if I chose to just stay put with my old company. The allure of comfort + familiarity + routine was tempting. But I asked myself why I wanted to go in the first place, and each and every time, I am reminded of my desire to do something different, something difficult…something challenging in my life.

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Conquering my fear

So yes, embarking on a life change when you’re in your 30s can be nerve-wracking. But who says life is easy?

 

World Street Food Congress celebrates the year of Pinoy street food

Some of the Philippines most loved comfort street food will be taking center stage, but will be served with fun twists and new interpretations, at the World’s Street Food Congress 2017 (WSFC17). 

A brain child of foodie and TV personality K.F. Seetoh of Makansutra fame and presented by the Tourism Promotions Board (TPB), the five-day gastronomic adventure, happening at SM MOA Concert Grounds on 31 May – 04 June 2017, will unearth Filipino specialties from six provinces across the country.

 

Kare-Kare Palabok

Sisig Paella

 

You will get to taste a rare fusion of Kare-kare and Palabok from Pampanga, Grilled Chicken with Black Grated Coconut from Davao, as well as discover the delicious pork monggo from Pres. Duterte’s favorite karinderia in Davao.

Each major region will also have its signature street food showcased. From Luzon are Sisig Paella, three (3) types of pizza: Pinakbet, Longganisa, and Bagnet, Cheese Empanada, Bicol Express Risotto and Pinangat Burger.

Beef Tongue or Lengua Con Setas Olivias Gua Bao

Representing the Visayas are Beef Tongue or Lengua con setas oliva gua bao, Piaya, and Chicken Inasal served with soft shell coconut tacos. Pyanggang, a grilled chicken with black grated coconut and Junay, a steamed, spicy rice wrapped in a leaf with boiled egg will represent Mindanao.

 

Chicken Inasal served with soft shell coconut tacos

If you are a foodie then, you are in for a treat as more than 40 different international street food dishes from Germany, Mexico, USA, Thailand, Japan, India, China, Taiwan, Malaysia, Vietnam, Indonesia, and Singapore will also be sharing the limelight. Must-tries are Marmite chicken burger from Singapore, Kushikatsu Daruma from Japan and Claypot Apom Manis from Malaysia, to name a few.

WSFC is now in its fourth edition and will once again be hosted in Manila, which is one of the most dynamic and fastest growing gastro cities in Asia. It annually celebrates and addresses inherent opportunities of global heritage street food culture. Through this event, the Philippines once again takes the spotlight for being a premier destination for gastronomy and culture.

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I wonder if the rock star of the foodie world (and my personal hero) will be back for this year’s Food Congress

For more information about WSFC17 visit, http://www.wsfcongress.com