To a Relaxed, Calmer You: Feel Good Lactium

I’m a mom to a 3-year old boy who wakes me up at around 3:00 am to ask for milk. (When will it end?) Usually, when I wake up around that time, it is soooo difficult for me to go back to sleep.  Naturally In the mornings, I wake up feeling tired and dizzy because of interrupted, intermittent sleep.  I wouldn’t dare ever to score a just-woke-up selfie in that state!

As I am a fan of health products, I gravitated towards Sydenham Pharmaceuticals Inc (SPI) Health and Nutrition’s booth when I attended Blogapalooza 2014.   My discovery:   Feel Good Lactium, a food supplement made of milk protein hydrolysate that reduces stress.

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Feel good Lactium works on a cellular level. It stimulates the brain to release an amino acid called Gamma – Amino Butyric Acid otherwise known as GABA which reduces the release of “stress hormones” Adrenalin and Cortisol. As these hormones are reduced, stress manifestations such as anxiety, tension, nervousness, increased blood pressure and other effects are dramatically lessened. So even in stressful situations you can manage to relax, be calm and stay focused.

We all know that excessive stress kills. Killer stress not only leads to pimple outbreaks, hair loss and weakened immune system, it also lessens your productivity at work and negatively affects your relationships at home.  What a blessing this is in   managing our daily stress!

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It is best to take 1 -2 capsule 30 minutes to an hour before a stressful situation of before bedtime.  I took a capsule 30 minutes before going to bed.  After a few minutes, I can’t help but notice that I felt calmer, more focused and relaxed.  I don’t know how to describe it, I felt “stable” and more “centered.”  I was able to sleep soundly.

As usual, my little one woke me up around 3:00am but even then, I felt more calm and was able to go back to sleep immediately. When I woke up in the morning, it was as if I slept for a looong time. Wow!

I actually told the husband that morning how good I actually feel. I can’t wait for him to try it as well.

Feel good Lactium is a food supplement.  it is non-addictive and has no side effects. It is proven safe for those who are lactose intolerant too.  Numerous clinical studies here and abroad can attest that it is harmless, non-addictive and has zero side effects. It is FDA approved and registered under BFAD.  For more information, you may call (+632) 801-9312.

Lactium is available in Mercury Drug, Generika and other leading drugstores nationwide for PhP18.00 per capsule.

Oh the wonders of modern science!  Highly recommended: Feel good now with Lactium.

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5 B’s to Better Blogging (My Key Take-aways from Professional Blogging Summit)

I love learning new stuff!

Last Saturday, October 18, #dPop or Digital Pop held a Professional Blogging Summit at A.Venue Mall in Makati. The half-day event was spearheaded by  Janette Toral and Jeoff Solas, who are truly influential in the world of Philippine blogging.

Our venue is actually quite cool. It has a modern and relaxing feel to it.

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My thanks to  Liberating JepoyA. Venue MallIsland RoseProFriends, and Salad Box for sponsoring the event. I am grateful for learning events like this.

I got to listen to various speakers who willingly shared with us their stories on how they started out. I appreciated valuable insights towards responsible and influential blogging firsthand from Azrael ColadillaRoss del RosarioJayL AquinoSeph ChamJeoff Solas, and Sai Montes.

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 Ms. Janette Toral formally opening the program

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Azrael Colladilla, Ross Del Rosario and JayL Aquino on Building a Blogger Network

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 Seph Cham on his Journey towards Endorsements and Entrepreneurship

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Jeoff Solas on Maintaining Goodwill Relationships

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Sai Montes on Social Media E-Commerce

Sharing with you my insights on the summit:

 5 B’s TO BETTER BLOGGING

1. BUILD RELATIONSHIPS

Being a blogger cannot be a solo project. Sure, you do your writing alone and surely there are “lone rangers” out there, but unless you are a celebrity, you can only do so much. If we want growth, then we have to connect with people. Growth and learning is inevitable when we become a part of communities. It helps to have an open mind and heart because you will learn a lot. In Blogosphere, growth is a community project.

Be friendly and don’t be afraid to connect with other bloggers, companies, sponsors and PR people.  So far, I have met wonderful people who are surprisingly wiling to share what they know to help out starters like me. What a blessing to learn from others! For sure I will meet a whole lot more of people in the future. Through them, I expand my world and become better at what I do.  And by the way, being a part of a community gives you a heads-up on exciting events, worthy causes, product launches and many others.

It pays to be a part of a “bigger” world!

2. BE MINDFUL OF WHAT YOU WRITE

As speakers talked about various topics, I realized how powerful blogging is. What I have written stays there, forever (at least until WordPress takes it down).  A review of a resto, an event, a product can influence, if not, alter others’ perception. Believe it or not, reviews count. A LOT.

I am encouraged to stay true to myself and write about products that really tickles my fancy and makes me smile. I know that giving an honest, unbiased review may be difficult especially when companies give you all sorts of freebies. But hey, let’s not forget that we are there not just to help businesses thrive but help them improve their products and services as well.

Should there be a service that needs improvement, I choose to be a friend, helping another friend. Nothing beats that!

3. BUILD YOUR BRAND

What is your brand? How intentional are you about building yours? Without you knowing it, your personality and “voice” shines with every post you make. Are you the sentimental type who writes about hearty things or the serious type who blogs about “heavy” important issues? Are you the happy, light-hearted type who’s like a ray of sunshine to your readers?

Be intentional about the image that you show the world. Let every posts you make show YOU. Find your voice. It may be difficult at first, but as you write and keep doing it, your voice and personality naturally emerge. Take good photos. Have a brand that talks about you in a way that is true to you. Dare to be uniquely you when you blog.

4. BE VISIBLE

If you are truly serious about blogging, people are bound to follow you. How visible are you? Social media is constantly evolving. Make your followers happy by updating them via Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, Pinterest and many others. Strive to be consistent with your posts. Share your experiences for your readers. You may join events, bazaars, trade shows and many others to keep them updated with what is happening with you.

5. BLOG ABOUT YOUR EXPERIENCES

At the end of the day, blogging is about you sharing your experiences to the world.  Some people may agree with your points and some may not. (I assure you this is normal). But it is about being brave to speak your heart and mind to the world. If some disagrees with what you’ve posted, hear them out, respect their opinion and continue to be better.

I am thankful to all the speakers who shared their experiences in the Summit. Now I have seen concrete examples of real people who continues to be influential through their chosen platform which is blogging.

I have learned that you may blog your way to:

–  Win awards and become person of influence
–  Find your calling (PR / Marketing) and be a part of bigger organization
–  Launch your own business
–  Partner with others to help grow both yours and their businesses
–  Achieve celebrity status (Yup..it is possible!)  🙂

Ultimately for me, I have learned that I can do what I love to do, have it complement my lifestyle and basically make a difference by adding fun and excitement to my every day!

Bloom, Blossom and Grow through blogging!

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Me and my new blogger friends!

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Have you heard about ZAP?

Cash Back. Rewards. Loyalty Program. Have you heard about ZAP?

Picture this: You happen to be at your favorite merchant establishment lining up to pay for your purchase. You smile at the thought of the discount you’ll be getting using your rewards card.  The problem is, you have checked your wallet, your pockets, your bag- and every pocket in it AND YOU SIMPLY CANNOT FIND THE DARN CARD! (Familiar scenario? This happened to me – A LOT!)

Enter my newest discovery: ZAP!

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I discovered ZAP just recently when I attended Blogapalooza 2014. I decided to blog about this product because I just love it when I EARN something everytime I SPEND! There’s actually a  new term for this now – “SPEARNING.”  Through ZAP, we get to enjoy 5 to 20% Cash Back from transactions made at partner establishments.

So, you purchase your dream sneakers at Adidas worth P3,000, you get 5% (P150) when you enter your mobile no. in the ZAP terminal. Then you buy milk tea at Happy Lemon or have coffee at Figaro’s using your points. Cool isn’t it?

What’s even more cool is the fact that you don’t have to carry an actual card with you! You see, my wallet can only accommodate so much. (Girls, you know what I mean!) Plus, there’s no app to download either! That’s one less dependency on mobile internet.

Simply to key-in your mobile no. and your 6-digit pin on the ZAP terminal and you earn or use your points right away!

Create your FREE account now and start spearning! Click this special REFERRAL LINK and YOU GET P50 POINTS instantly!  Once you created your account and refer friends, they get P50 points too!  You earn points as well when your friend uses ZAP for the first time!

Look for the ZAP CashBack Sign at your favorite establishments and sign in to squeeze more out of every Peso you spend.

Sign up now and be amazed with ZAP!

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Professional Blogging Summit 2014

Are you serious about blogging and would like to do things right?

Would you like to take your blogging a notch higher?

If you’re like me – you love to blog and would like to learn more about it, then I have something for you. Ms. Janette Toral of E-Commerce Boot Camp will be spearheading an upcoming Professional Blogging Summit this coming Saturday, October 18, from 1 pm to 5 pm. This half-day conference is FREE but by invitation only to the first 100 bloggers who would register (tick tock, tick tock..).

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Prepare to hear about tips and useful insights on how blog celebrities started out, managed their social media network, rose above challenges and enhanced their online business relationships with clients and partners. Registration will start as early as 12 noon. For details on the registration, speakers and topics included, you may visit E-Commerce Boot Camp’s official website.

The event will be held at A.Venue Mall in Makati Avenue in Makati.  It is near Best Western Plus Antel Hotel.

Here’s the official line-up of Topics and Speakers:

1:00 to 1:40     Maintaining a Professional Bloggers and Social Media Specialists Network

JayL Santiago AquinoAzrael Coladilla, and Ross Flores Del Rosario

2:00 to 2:40     Getting Clients, Professional Blogger Ethics, and Maintaining Goodwill Relationships

Jeoff Solas and Joselito “Toots” Tolentino

3:45 to 4:30     From Blogger to Blog Celebrity: The Journey

Seph Cham

4:45 to 5:30    From Bloggers to E-Commerce / Social Media Entrepreneurs

Sai Sayson Montes

Smart business owners today are waking up to the power and influence of blogging as an online platform to launch and their businesses. Don’t be left out.

See you there!

My Cool Experience with Blogapalooza 2014

Pure excitement!

It was 3:00 am, day itself, when I confirmed that my blog was included in the 700+ registrants of Blogapalooza 2014. There’s nothing like knowing that you are officially included in an event! Especially my very first as a blogger!

The yearly event was held last October 11 at SMX Convention, Aura Premiere and was attended by more than 50 sponsors.

Goal is to connect businesses to bloggers, which basically recognizes the influence and impact of a blog post. This I find rewarding and actually cool!

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I am thankful that Mommy Blogger Juvy of Mama Speaks tipped me off and encouraged me to register. We were there on time and enjoyed our time hopping from one booth to another. We enjoyed playing games and getting our pictures taken. We also enjoyed the FOOD and the FREEBIES (Cool items, gift certificates, vouchers, discount and privilege cards with the product infos!)  It is now more inspiring to write about favorite products and try out new ones as well.

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Top of mind:  Some of my favorite booths were: Crocs (Oh so cool freebies!), Sample Room (loved the girly samples!), Flawless (Where I happened to pop 2 out of 3 balloons..yay!), Imagine Nation Photography, Ace Water Spa, House of Lasagna (Oh so yummy), Globe, Zing, Bioessence, Acer, Max’s, Globe, Henry’s Cameras, Ideal Vision, Acer, Canon, Dr. Kong, Maxicare, Dyson, Jergens, AMPR Publicity, SPI health & nutrition and Krispy Kreme (WhereI got to make my own donut).  Wow! Did I mention a lot? There were still many others. Will post about some of them separately.

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Here’s me scoring a pic at the booth of one of my favorite places – Ace Water Spa

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Here’s me with Chickie Boy of Max’s

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Me with Maxicare Bear

      

     HOT 7 USEFUL TIPS (For Next Year):

  1. When dressing up, wear something comfortable yet smart. Remember, you represent your blog site!
  1. Bring business / calling cards – lots of them. They would come in handy when meeting event sponsors. It can also spare you the hassle of writing your name, your blog site, email address, twitter account and etc.
  1. Wear comfortable shoes so you would not get tired easily.
  1. It would also help if you have a ready internet connection with you. Some sponsors would ask you to like them on FB and Twitter. Some would ask you to take a selfie, post on instagram with the hashtags. While Wifi was provided in the center, it would be easier and faster to do that if you have a dedicated connection.
  1. Eat something before you go there. Trust me, you need the energy! Some sponsors engaged bloggers with games and dance requests. Some would even ask you to do a cheer for them.
  1. Be armed with a big eco bag. I came home with a lot of freebies inside 9 eco bags. Having a big one to hold smaller ones would truly help!

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  1. Last and MOST important: Don’t forget to smile. You will meet a lot of people there. Be ready to reach out, ask questions about products and services. Make friends who have the same love for blogging as you!

Over-all it was a wonderful event. I’m thankful to have attended it with a blogger buddy! Looking forward to next year. Will be blogging about my favorite products on my next posts.

“Mama, Where Is Your Other Hand?”

It was just one of those nights when I was putting my little boy to sleep. We were lying in bed, side by side, my left hand gently tapping him and my right hand tinkering with my phone. Then he asked, “Mama, where’s your other hand?” I was surprised. My little boy wanted both my hands. He simply wanted my sole attention, to be held and hugged. I smiled and did exactly that.

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It dawned on me that I often multi-task. Sometimes my mind can be on auto-pilot mode that, if I am not careful, special moments can just pass me by. I have a tendency to dash through life hurried and tired. Blame it on the 21st Century! Women today have a gazillion things to do – a family to look after, relationships to handle, a home to manage and a business / career to take care of. My mom is a wonderful woman. I learned a lot in life simply by observing her. She values beauty and excellence. I was blessed to visit her in the US at spring time this year, when I learned from her all the more.

Working as a Property Manager in one of the busy districts in San Jose, California, she manages around 300 units of storage spaces. We often joke around and call it her “kingdom.”  Her “kingdom” spans around 5 to 6 houses in length, literally a block in the area. She is good at what she does – managing and looking after that big property (sometimes even after office hours), maintaining order, overseeing activities, handling clients and maintaining business relationships.

Mind you, this is just one aspect of her. Like a diamond, she has many facets. She is a wife to my dad, a mom to me and my brother, a fabulous grandma to my son, who happens to be so fond of her and her lollipops. She takes her share of looking after her mother, my 91-year-old grandma. She is also a sister, a home manager, interior decorator (ha!) and a fashion advisor. Plus, she also has ministry assignments at Church. We talk about the many things we have to do and the need to relax and enjoy each moment. Then the sun goes down and rises again and soon, we’re back to our “routines.”

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I went to a spa visit just the other day where I treated myself a one and half hour massage. Everything was relaxing – the dim lights, the soft music and the slow, efficient kneading – the golden hands of my massage therapist. Then around after 30 minutes, I caught myself revisiting my to-do list for the night. I remembered some of the things to be done and tasks needing my attention. I have found that a massage can do just that – stimulate your thoughts and help you focused on what you have to do. However, instead of enjoying the moment at the spa, there I was, the “boss” in me, giving orders and instructions to myself.

I gently reminded myself to relax and be kind. There is a time to enjoy and a time to do things. Things can wait. There is a time for everything.

My little one taught me a lesson that night. It is funny how God seems to remind you to see more beauty in life. It’s as if I hear Him saying an ever gentle and playful “Gotcha!”

Take time to smell the roses. Listen to the soft “gotchas!”  Enjoy each season.  Be in the now.

A Note To My Younger Self

Can you still remember how it feels like when you were 17?

My brother Aaron recently had his 20th birthday. I was 17 when he was born and he is truly a lovely bundle of joy for all of us. I searched my heart for a heartwarming and “cool” birthday greeting that an FB post can accommodate. I could give him an advice or two, being his “Big Sister.” Then I asked myself. What would my supposedly “wiser” 2014 self tell my 17-year-old self?

So here it is: TOP 10 ADVICE TO MY YOUNGER SELF:

1. Enjoy the time

At 17, I was in 2nd year college, taking major subjects at UP. I was also a youth leader, playing the keyboard at our local church and doing district activities on the side. I have signed up for membership on 4 campus organizations—(I know, I know, What was I thinking?) SVCF – A Christian Group, UP Repertory Phils. – an org for those who love to perform. There’s also Buklod Isip – an org for Psychology majors and Laong Laan for those of us who live in Rizal. Eventually I focused on one organization as I had to prioritize my academics. Looking back, I realized I may have so many activities and I wondered if I really got the chance to enjoy all these roles.

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A photo I took at my Auntie Poyie’s home

So now, here’s what I’ll say: enjoy and savor every moment. This season is brief and will pass swiftly. Enjoy your family, enjoy having questions. Enjoy the view, the academic oval, the yearly fairs and the Lantern Parade! Enjoy your subjects, listening to your professors. Take lots of pictures, make friends! Smile more. Literally enjoy and fill your young heart with wonderful experiences. Hopefully, years after you’ll look back and tell yourself that those were good times!

2. Dare to Dream Big

Your life is unfolding. Like a blank canvass, the dreams you have now, will be the foundation of your tomorrow. Aim high and shoot for the moon! Focus on your limitless potential as a young woman. You can be anything you want to be – literally! Take classes that you dream of – music, art, writing even technical classes. Attend seminars. Learn everything you can and focus on your goal. If possible, travel, as it opens up your mind and your heart. Dream big because, as surprising as it may seem, it is God Himself who puts that dream in your heart. I am a dreamer when I was 17, I ticked a lot of my goals off my list at present, but I still continue to dream.

3. Everything is going to be OK

Yup, I remember being stressed at 17. I was worried about my subjects, my math class (math sucks in UP!), my PE – Aikido/Tennis class (I can’t believe I was worried about PE!), my professor’s assessment of me. I remember thinking how I can always do things better. I worried that my efforts may not be enough to pull off projects and plans. Now, I imagine giving my 17-year old self a hug and telling that girl, It is gonna be OK. Give it to God and Don’t worry about a thing. You. Will. Be. Just. Fine!

4. Do your best in everything

You are young and focus that energy on being your best version of yourself. As early as possible, cultivate that value for excellence in everything you do – house chores included. Put your personal signature in everything you do, be it an assignment, a boring report, or a term paper. Let your signature be a guarantee of quality work. Knowing that you gave it your all gives tremendous fulfillment at the end of the day. It’s the hallmark of leaders.

5. Choose your friends wisely.

I cannot emphasize this enough. Birds of the same feather are the same birds! (I know, my version is odd). Ensure that you meet regularly with people whom you see yourself as in the future, because chances are, you “download” in your heart and mind their attitudes, their beliefs, their perception in life. Jack Canfield, in his book, Success Principles stated that we are basically an average of the 5 people we meet regularly. So, who are these people that you interact with everyday? There is a verse that says: “As iron sharpens iron, so one man sharpens another” – Proverbs 27:17 Do your friends sharpen you? Do they encourage you to be your best self? If not, then maybe you should create new friendships who inspire you to be better.

6. You are beautifully Unique

You are beautiful just as you are. You are not mass-produced. You were created uniquely and there’s NO ONE like you in the whole wide world! Your relationships, achievements, bank account do not define you.

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Your validation and source of security should come from the inside — Knowing that you are loved and created for a purpose should help you face the world with confidence knowing that God has something beautiful in store for you. Knowing this, decide to never settle. Raise your standards. In the areas of choosing the company you’ll work for, a business partner or even a lifetime partner, remember to guard your heart for God’s best for you. Perhaps I could talk about more of this in a separate blog.

7. Be Patient

You are young and prone to impatience. Patience is indeed a virtue. Even when you grow up, there will be a lot of waiting for answered prayers — jobs, the right person, a baby, business, profits. Sometimes, the most beautiful things need prayers and time – lots of both. Don’t rush things.
Enjoy every season, and find beauty in times when you have to wait.

8. Learn as much as you can.

Life is a continuous learning process. The sooner you realize this, the better. Resource materials are everywhere – libraries, books, the news, the internet, everyday stories, even family gatherings. Be an observer. Oh, imagine the benefits when instead of you learning from things via trial and error, you get the lessons straight up from people who learned it (oftentimes) the hard way! My dad always tells us that we can learn a lot from other people’s experiences. Be a learner. Find out what works. Ask tips from influential people in your family and community. You would be surprised that people are willing to share. Glean lessons from sad stories. Invest in learning and attend in good seminars, trainings.

Listen to your mom and dad. If you were blessed with responsible, loving parents, heed their advice. They want nothing but the best for you. Children are to honor their parents. It is the only commandment with a promise – that all may go well with you, that you may live long in the land God is giving you. Regardless of whether they were good or fall short in many areas, we are to honor them with our words, actions and the way we live our lives.

Find godly mentors and ask them questions. Be humble and teachable. Let them teach you. Value wisdom and knowledge.

9. Take care of yourself

Your mom is right when she told you to eat your vegetables. Be healthy. You only have one body. How can you achieve your dreams and help people when you do not have the energy to do what you want or have to do?

10. Love God above all else and the rest will follow

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One of the best decisions I have made was when I gave my life to God and made Jesus my Lord when I was 16. A relationship with God is deeply personal. Lordship is an issue I have resolved in my heart and mind long ago. I have decided to surrender my life to God who created me. I found my value, my worth, my hope and my purpose in Him. Looking back, a lot of the “big” decisions in my life were made prayerfully and with faith. I have been spared from a lot of heartaches simply because I chose to yield my plans and simply obey.

I connected and met with a lot wonderful people with similar faith. My life wouldn’t be as rich and meaningful without these relationships.

Our world today is in dire need of people with conviction and values. Find your voice. Know your stand and be a lighthouse so others can find their way.

Now, these are advices for my younger self. We can never take back the time we lost BUT It’s never too late to start again.