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Sunglasses for Kids

I know it’s sometimes tempting to buy cheap kiddie sunglasses at department stores or bargain stores. You know the flimsy ones that cost around Php 100.00 to the Php 250.00 range.

The reason I don’t buy is that cheap, low quality sunglasses can be more harmful to your child. Especially if the sunglasses don’t block the UV rays well.

Although the sunglasses can block some light,they may cause the iris to open wider in order to compensate. This allows more UV rays to enter and damage the retina.

So, I try to look for affordable sunglasses in reputable optical shops to make sure that my kids are getting the best UV protection possible for their eyes.

The glasses featured here are ESPRIT, but I was also able to find affordable BENETTON sunglasses for kids as well. They are cool and easy to wear.

The lady handling the store was kind enough to adjust the glasses to my child’s size and even suggested we use eyeglass neck cords (the rope attached to glasses) so that my kids don’t break their sunglasses.

TEL NO 722-86-55

TEL NO. 241-68-67

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Read this before giving your child Swine Flu Vaccine !

iI just wanted to share this to all concerned parents re: swine flu vaccine, this is an article from Dr. Mercola’s website.

Do NOT Let Your Child Get Flu Vaccine — 9 Reasons Why
Posted by: Dr. Mercola

This year it is more important that you protect your children and loved ones from the flu vaccines than influenza itself.

In his article published on, Bill Sardi details 18 reasons why you should not vaccinate your children against the flu this season. Here are nine of them:


The swine flu is simply another flu. It is not unusually deadly.

This is the first time both seasonal and pandemic flu vaccines will be administered. Both seasonal flu and swine flu vaccines will require two inoculations. This is because single inoculations have failed to produce sufficient antibodies. This is an admission that prior flu vaccines were virtually useless. Can you trust them this time?

Adjuvants are added to vaccines to boost production of antibodies but may trigger autoimmune reactions. Some adjuvants are mercury (thimerosal), aluminum and squalene. Why would you sign a consent form for your children to be injected with mercury, which is even more brain-toxic than lead?

This is the first year mock vaccines have been used to gain FDA approval. The vaccines that have been tested are not the same vaccines your children will be given.

Over-vaccination is a common practice now in America. American children are subjected to 29 vaccines by the age of two. Meanwhile, veterinarians have backed off of repeat vaccination in dogs because of observed side effects.

Modern medicine has no explanation for autism, despite its continued rise in prevalence. Yet autism is not reported among Amish children who go unvaccinated.

Researchers are warning that over-use of the flu vaccine and anti-flu drugs like Tamiflu and Relenza can apply genetic pressure on flu viruses and then they are more likely to mutate into a more deadly strain.

Most seasonal influenza A (H1N1) virus strains tested from the United States and other countries are now resistant to Tamiflu (oseltamivir). Tamiflu has become a nearly worthless drug against seasonal flu.
9. Public health officials are irresponsible in their omission of any ways to strengthen immunity against the flu. No options outside of problematic vaccines and anti-flu drugs are offered, despite the fact there is strong evidence that vitamins C and D activate the immune system and the trace mineral selenium prevents the worst form of the disease.

For even more reasons — 18 in all — please review the full article on

Sources: September 16, 2009

Living Wisdom E-Newsletter, September 2009

New York Times September 18, 2009

Dr. Mercola’s comments:

According to a recent New York Times article, more than three million doses of swine flu vaccine will be available in the U.S. by this week. I just returned from the 4th International Vaccine Conference with NVIC in Washington D.C. this past weekend and many people there told me that they were already administering the vaccine in their state. I hope to provide important updates from that conference in the upcoming weeks, as there were some outstanding speakers.

I also learned at the conference from Dr. Vickie Diebold who is the consumer representative on the federal vaccine panel, that the CDC has budgeted over 12 million dollars to BLAST kids this fall on TV with characters such as Elmo from Sesame Street to propagandize them to be afraid of the swine flu and make sure that they get their vaccine. This is over 50% of the total amount ($21 million) they have budgeted to determine if the vaccine is even safe.

Twelve MILLION dollars confiscated from US taxpayers to brainwash the public and manipulate the truth. What a major perversion of the liberties that many of the founding fathers of the US gave their lives for.

Rest assured that there’s plenty of confusion and misdirection when it comes to flu vaccinations this year. And, as you can tell from the list above, you have every reason to question the validity of the information you’re given by government health authorities about the swine flu vaccine.

Fortunately, even conventional doctors and infectious disease experts are starting to speak out and take a stand against the current recommendations. In the video above, infectious disease expert Dr. Kent Holtorf goes on the record stating that neither he nor his children will take the swine flu shot, because the health risks are simply too high.

Confusion and Irrational Conclusions Reign

First of all, nearly all of the swine flu vaccines that will be made available in October will be a nasal spray type that contains live virus’, which is not recommended for pregnant women, people over 50, or those with asthma, heart disease or several other health problems, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).

The nasal spray causes a much greater immune reaction, and since it contains live virus’ they may multiply too quickly if your immune system is already compromised.

The injectable vaccine will supposedly contain only killed and fragmented virus components, but in order to “make it more effective” it also contains adjuvants; ingredients designed to cause a greater immune reaction by lowering your immune function.

Some of these adjuvants, such as squalene, have already been shown to carry considerable health risks. Thimerosal, a preservative, is also being added to the non attenuated vaccines.

While I’m glad the CDC offers some warning about the FluMist vaccine, what about the fact that none of the coming vaccines have undergone any form of safety testing? Some media reports have stated vaccines will be approved following a five-day safety review. What safety data could possibly be gleaned in a matter of five days?

And what about the possibility that people who have received seasonal flu vaccines may be twice as susceptible to contracting the swine flu?

Health officials everywhere are now recommending each man, woman and child get as many as four flu shots this season; two doses for the swine flu, and one or two doses for the seasonal flu, depending on whether you’ve ever had a flu shot before.

Is it really prudent to mass-administer an untested swine flu vaccine along with a seasonal flu vaccine that may increase your chances of contracting the swine flu?

And, last but certainly not least, while the number of swine flu cases is increasing, the severity of the flu is decreasing, with many doctors and health experts stating it’s actually turning out to be a much MILDER version than your average seasonal flu.

So where is the logic in this season’s vaccine campaign?

Evidence-Based Science Swept Under the Rug

The fact of the matter is that there are mountains of peer-reviewed papers demonstrating that the very basis of vaccine theory is wrong — and provably so.

Evidence-based science shows, again and again, that when it comes to preventing infectious diseases, antibodies on their own cannot, and do not, equal immunity.

For example, years of scientific research, assembled by researcher Judy Wilyman, have demonstrated how ineffective the whooping cough vaccination really is, and why it is nothing short of madness to continue to claim that whooping cough vaccination will lead to a decline in this disease.

Another example is the PhD thesis of a researcher from Tasmania named Arlette Mercae. Her thesis is an in-depth look at the way in which assumptions made about vaccine-induced immunity have led to a vaccination policy that is not based in science, ignores research that disagrees with the accepted premise that vaccines induce immunity, and, by pushing ahead with more and more vaccines, may be doing untold damage to the human race.

In a world where science-based evidence supposedly rules the roost, the vaccine industry has managed to turn scientific evidence on its ear and indoctrinated the entire health care system, and the general public, into believing a lie based on flawed assumptions.

It’s time to wake up from our advertisement-induced collective slumber and begin to review the folklore of conventional vaccine recommendations with a more critical eye.

And, we need to do it fast, because even though the swine flu vaccine is still optional, there are disturbing indications that a mandatory vaccination policy is brewing.

As reported in the Living Wisdom newsletter, some of the recent events that point toward the possibility of mandated vaccinations include:


The State of Massachusetts had passed legislation that would fine citizens $1,000 a day, or up to 30 days in jail for each day they refuse to take the swine flu vaccine if the swine flu is deemed a public health emergency. (However, that law changed when they allowed a philosophical exemption – so now all they have to do is say they don’t want it.)

France may be introducing compulsory vaccination against swine flu after the 28th of September, and secure vaccination facilities are being set up in every region to be used as vaccination centers with no exemptions available.

Greece has announced that it is considering the introduction of compulsory vaccination for the swine flu vaccine.

Why Did Baxter Patent Hybrid Flu Vaccine a Year Ahead of Outbreak?

Interestingly, despite the fact that health authorities around the world were “shocked” at the emergence of this never-before-seen hybrid flu strain, Baxter had patented a flu vaccine covering these now infamous strains on August 28, 2008.

Baxter’s patent # US20090060950A1 includes “more than one antigen… such as influenza A and influenza B in particular selected from of one or more of the human H1N1, H2N2, H3N2, H5N1, H7N7, H1N2, H9N2, H7N2, H7N3, H10N7 subtypes, of the pig flu H1N1, H1N2, H3N1 and H3N2 subtypes, of the dog or horse flu H7N7, H3N8 subtypes, or of the avian H5N1, H7N2, H1N7, H7N3, H13N6, H5N9, H11N6, H3N8, H9N2, H5N2, H4N8, H10N7, H2N2, H8N4, H14N5, H6N5, H12N5 subtypes.”

As you may recall, the first swine flu case in Mexico didn’t emerge until mid-March, 2009, and the mixture of human-avian-swine viruses was considered to be quite an anomaly and not likely to occur through natural mutation…

Three months later, Austrian investigative journalist Jane Burgermeister filed criminal charges against Baxter AG and Avir Green Hills Biotechnology of Austria for producing and releasing live bird flu virus’, alleging it was a deliberate act to cause and profit from a pandemic.

She also filed criminal charges with the FBI against the World Health Organization (WHO), the United Nations (UN), and several of the highest ranking government and corporate officials, charging them with bioterrorism and attempts to commit genocide.

For the latest updates on her legal action, you can read her personal blog or look at her most recent video.

Reminder: How to Protect Yourself without Dangerous Drugs and Vaccinations

There will always be threats of flu pandemics, real or created, and potentially toxic vaccines will continue to be peddled as the solution until enough people realize there’s a better, safer, saner way.

You can break free of the drug-solution trap right now by following these natural health principles. I have not caught a flu in over two decades, and you can avoid it too, without getting vaccinated, by following these simple guidelines, which will keep your immune system in optimal working order so that you’re far less likely to acquire the infection to begin with.


Optimize your vitamin D levels. As I’ve previously reported, optimizing your vitamin D levels is one of the absolute best strategies for avoiding infections of ALL kinds, and vitamin D deficiency is likely the TRUE culprit behind the seasonality of the flu — not the flu virus itself.

This is probably the single most important and least expensive action you can take.

I would STRONGLY urge you to have your vitamin D level monitored to confirm your levels are at a therapeutic level, which is between 50-65 ng/ml. I also recommend using a reliable vitamin D lab like Lab Corp, if you’re in the U.S. Sometime this fall, we hope to launch a vitamin D testing service through Lab Corp that will allow you to have your vitamin D levels checked at your local blood drawing facility, and relatively inexpensively.

If you are coming down with flu like symptoms and have not been on vitamin D you can take doses of 50,000 units a day for three days to treat the acute infection. Some researchers like Dr. Cannell, believe the dose could even be as high as 1,000 units per pound of body weight for three days.

However, most of Dr. Cannell’s work was with seasonal and not pandemic flu. If your body has never been exposed to the antigens there is chance that the vitamin D might not work. However the best bet is to maintain healthy levels of vitamin D around 60 ng/ml.

Avoid sugar and processed foods. Sugar decreases the function of your immune system almost immediately, and as you likely know, a strong immune system is key to fighting off viruses and other illness. Be aware that sugar is present in foods you may not suspect, like ketchup and fruit juice.

Get enough rest. Just like it becomes harder for you to get your daily tasks done if you’re tired, if your body is overly fatigued it will be harder for it to fight the flu. Be sure to check out my article Guide to a Good Night’s Sleep for some great tips to help you get quality rest.

Have effective tools to address your stress. We all face some stress every day, but if stress becomes overwhelming then your body will be less able to fight off the flu and other illness.

If you feel that stress is taking a toll on your health, consider using an energy psychology tool such as Meridian Tapping Techniques, which is remarkably effective in relieving stress associated with all kinds of events, from work to family to trauma.

Exercise. When you exercise, you increase your circulation and your blood flow throughout your body. The components of your immune system are also better circulated, which means your immune system has a better chance of finding an illness before it spreads. You can review my exercise guidelines for some great tips on how to get started.

Take a good source of animal based omega-3 fats like krill oil. Increase your intake of healthy and essential fats like the omega-3 found in krill oil, which is crucial for maintaining health. It is also vitally important to avoid damaged omega-6 oils like trans fats found in most processed foods, as it will seriously damage your immune response.

Wash your hands. Washing your hands will decrease your likelihood of spreading a virus to your nose, mouth or other people. Be sure you don’t use antibacterial soap for this — antibacterial soaps are completely unnecessary, and they cause far more harm than good. Instead, identify a simple chemical-free soap that you can switch your family to.

Eat garlic regularly. Garlic works like a broad-spectrum antibiotic against bacteria, virus, and protozoa in the body. And unlike with antibiotics, no resistance can be built up so it is an absolutely safe product to use. However, if you are allergic or don’t enjoy garlic it would be best to avoid as it will likely cause more harm than good.

Avoid hospitals and vaccines. In this particular case, I’d also recommend you stay away from hospitals unless you’re having an emergency, as hospitals are prime breeding grounds for infections of all kinds, and could be one of the likeliest places you could be exposed to flu bugs of all kinds.

As a side note, please beware that 21 different pediatric Tylenol products have been recently recalled due to the possibility of bacterial contamination. So, if your child comes down with cold or flu symptoms, make sure you do not give him or her a potentially contaminated product.

Better yet, help your child recover using more traditional cold and flu remedies, such as, hydrogen peroxide solution in the ear, zinc lozenges, high quality raw honey, or a homemade cough syrup. For more information and instructions, please see this previous article: Is Honey More Effective Than Cough Medicine?

Last but not least, if you do end up being coerced to take the swine flu shot, I strongly recommend you review Dr. Blaylock’s recommendations, which may alleviate some of the associated health risks.

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Typhoon Safety Checklist

Some tips on typhoon safety as shared by a good friend:

typhoon safety checklist

Key Facts About Flood Readiness

Preparing for a Flood

Here are some basic steps to take to prepare for the storm:

* Contact the local county geologist or county planning department to find out if your home is located in a flash-flood-prone area or landslide-prone area.
* Learn about your community’s emergency plans, warning signals, evacuation routes, and locations of emergency shelters.
* Plan and practice a flood evacuation route with your family. Ask an out-of-state relative or friend to be the “family contact” in case your family is separated during a flood. Make sure everyone in your family knows the name, address, and phone number of this contact person.
* Post emergency phone numbers at every phone.
* Inform local authorities about any special needs, i.e., elderly or bedridden people, or anyone with a disability.
* Identify potential home hazards and know how to secure or protect them before the flood strikes. Be prepared to turn off electrical power when there is standing water, fallen power lines, or before you evacuation. Turn off gas and water supplies before you evacuate. Secure structurally unstable building materials.
* Buy a fire extinguisher and make sure your family knows where it is and how to use it.
* Buy and install sump pumps with back-up power.
* Have a licensed electrician raise electric components (switches, sockets, circuit breakers and wiring) at least 12″ above your home’s projected flood elevation.
* For drains, toilets, and other sewer connections, install backflow valves or plugs to prevent floodwaters from entering.
* Anchor fuel tanks which can contaminate your basement if torn free. An unanchored tank outside can be swept downstream and damage other houses.

If you are under a flood watch or warning:

* Gather the emergency supplies you previously stocked in your home and stay tuned to local radio or television station for updates.
* Turn off all utilities at the main power switch and close the main gas valve if evacuation appears necessary.
* Have your immunization records handy or be aware of your last tetanus shot, in case you should receive a puncture wound or a wound becomes contaminated during or after the flood.
* Fill bathtubs, sinks and plastic soda bottles with clean water. Sanitize the sinks and tubs first by using bleach. Rinse and fill with clean water.
* Bring outdoor possessions, such as lawn furniture, grills and trash cans inside or tie them down securely.

Emergency Supplies You Will Need

You should stock your home with supplies that may be needed during the emergency period. At a minimum, these supplies should include:

1. Several clean containers for water, large enough for a 3-5 day supply of water (about five gallons for each person).
2. A 3-5 day supply of non-perishable food and a non-electric can opener.
3. A first aid kit and manual and prescription medicines and special medical needs.
4. A battery-powered radio, flashlights, and extra batteries.
5. Sleeping bags or extra blankets.
6. Water-purifying supplies, such as chlorine or iodine tablets or unscented, ordinary household chlorine bleach.
7. Baby food and/or prepared formula, diapers, and other baby supplies.
8. Disposable cleaning cloths, such as “baby wipes” for the whole family to use in case bathing facilities are not available.
9. Personal hygiene supplies, such as soap, toothpaste, sanitary napkins, etc.
10. An emergency kit for your car with food, flares, booster cables, maps, tools, a first aid kit, fire extinguisher, sleeping bags, etc.
11. Rubber boots, sturdy shoes, and waterproof gloves.
12. Insect repellent containing DEET or Picaridin, screens, or long-sleeved and long-legged clothing for protection from mosquitoes which may gather in pooled water remaining after the flood.

Preparing to Evacuate

Expect the need to evacuate and prepare for it. When a flood watch is issued, you should:

* Fill your vehicle’s gas tank and make sure the emergency kit for your car is ready.
* If no vehicle is available, make arrangements with friends or family for transportation.
* Identify essential documents such as medical records, insurance card along with ID cards and put in water prove material to carry with you during evacuation.
* Fill your clean water containers.
* If you have pet, identify a shelter designated for pets.
* Review your emergency plans and supplies, checking to see if any items are missing.
* Tune in the radio or television for weather updates.
* Listen for disaster sirens and warning signals.
* Put livestock and family pets in a safe area. Due to food and sanitation requirements, emergency shelters cannot accept animals.
* Adjust the thermostat on refrigerators and freezers to the coolest possible temperature.

If You Are Ordered to Evacuate

You should never ignore an evacuation order. Authorities will direct you to leave if you are in a low-lying area, or within the greatest potential path of the rising waters. If a flood warning is issued for your area or you are directed by authorities to evacuate the area:

* Take only essential items with you.
* If you have time, turn off the gas, electricity, and water.
* Disconnect appliances to prevent electrical shock when power is restored.
* Follow the designated evacuation routes and expect heavy traffic.
* Do not attempt to drive or walk across creeks or flooded roads.

If You Are Ordered NOT to Evacuate

To get through the storm in the safest possible manner:

* Monitor the radio or television for weather updates.
* Prepare to evacuate to a shelter or to a neighbor’s home if your home is damaged, or if you are instructed to do so by emergency personnel.

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Kidz Republic

kidz republic

This is a place my kids are crazy about. It is probably the biggest and best indoor playground complete with giant slides, tunnels, tubes, obstacles, rope swing, caterpillar bridge, ballpool, wall climb, interactive tables, light up bugs, and piano. The fixtures and equipment are child friendly and safe.


Best to go here on weekdays when the mall is less full. On weekends, it’s crazy. I don’t suggest bringing kids less than 3 years old here and leaving them. If you do, make sure an adult accompanies your child. Some of the bigger kids (they have as old as 9 or 10 years old running around), tend to get rowdy.

What I like about the place is that you can even hold cool parties here. My favorite branch? Their Mall of Asia branch with 3 floors of fun. : )

Admission rates are as follows:

kidz republic admission

Socks are required for both children and adults.

Branches: SM Mall of Asia, SM Megamall, SM North Edsa, SM Taytay, SM Fairview, SM Taytay and SM Baguio.
Contacts: SM Mall of Asia 5560958


Nama Sakana Ramen Sushi House

nama sakana sushi entrance

Nama Sakana means “raw fish”. Chef Rolly Ongkoy of Nobu owns the restaurant with business partner Mr. Nacy Nocom. He presents japanese cuisine in a uniquely different style combining Italian, German, American, French, and Peruvian (noting the use of jalapeno chilies).

It is a style made famous by a London based Japanese chef named Nobu Matsuhista (who has come out with cookbooks ) who was said to have made such an impression on Robert de Niro that he opened several restaurants with Nobu as his partner. Nobu is said to be a favorite haunt of celebrities such as Kate Winslet, Leonardo di Caprio and Madonna to name a few A-list celebrities.

nama sakana sushi bar

This is the 2nd time I’ve eaten here. Nama Sakana currently has an anniversary promo wherein you have a discount card gives you 50% of on all dishes from July 16 to August 15. I’m glad to say that the quality of their sushi is excellent. Chef Rolly lives up to his name as a sushi chef.

nama salad

This is their Green Salad with Seared tuna onion dressing. Dressing made of olive oil, onions,vinegar and soy sauce. This will set you back around php 250 a plate.

nama white fish

This is White Fish with yusu ( a japanese lemon) dressing made of soy sauce and lemon oil. On top is a cherry tomato in tempura batter.

nama rock shrimp

This is rock shrimp with 3 sauces. Sauces include flavors like jalapeno, spicy mayo, and ponzu (which is a mix of fish and bonito flakes with lemon). Php 285 a dish.

nama tempura

Nama tempura, this is the regular tasting tempura. Delicious as it looks.

nama gyoza

Nama gyoza never fails to please and looks as good as it tastes.

nama fish with miso

This is their cod fish in sweet miso sauce. I like sweet miso sauce better though-

nama beef sizzing

Sizzing steak grilled imported beef toobanyaki which is a dish of beef with mushrooms, asparagus, brocolli, yusu soy sauce. This dish will set you back php 850.00

nama jap cheesecake

This japanese cheesecake is simply oozingly cheesy- ilicious!

nama banana foster

Nama Banana Foster.

I’m looking forward to going back for a 3rd visit this month (while their 50% off promo lasts) . I just got my discount card a while ago (yehey!) I’ve yet to try their Nama Grill and Ramen dishes. I think Nama Sakana has a lot of offer . The restaurant is clean. Ambience is quiet. The staff are attentive and courteous. Even our friends who dined with us a while ago are planning to come back for another Nama experience.

If you want to go japanese – and want the dishes to have that “surprise me” factor. This is the one of the best places I ‘d tell you to go to. I’m just glad I don’t have to go all the way to London to get a taste of Nobu cusine. : )

As of this post, it is my 3rd time to eat here and I ‘d recommend having their special plated sushi (hamachi or white fish), their spicy tuna sashimi and house roll. And best of all we still got that 50% and the restaurant had really great service. : )

Nama Sakana
Ground floor, Fox Square Bldg.
53 Connecticut St., Greenhills
San Juan City, Metro Manila
Tel. 726.7266 •

Store Hours: Open from 11am-11.30pm on weekdays, 11.30am-11.30pm weekends

** I am going to miss this place. When they went off their promotion, the prices vs. the portions became a little too expensive for regular fare. Anyway, they’ve closed their doors.

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What is the Best Brand of Juice for Kids?


On a recent trip to the supermarket, I found myself flabbergasted by rows and rows of commercially processed orange juice.  I found myself reading all the labels and coming across terms like orange concentrate, orange pulp, natural orange flavor,  artificial flavors which are pretty common.

But I found myself coming across cheap juice brands that didn’t have any orange concentrate at all, the word “artificial flavor”  jumps out at you or the terms ” high fructose sugar, fd & c #6 e 110, sodium benzoate, potassium benzoate,   acesulfame potassium”.

Believe it or not, I was shocked to find aspartame as part of an ingredient in a children’s juice drink.  Aspartame is at the center of a raging controversial debate that links aspartame to a multitude of health problems .

I  am not usually in the habit of buying packaged orange juice for my kids since we’re into juicing as a lifestyle ( We like our oranges freshly squeezed).   But sometimes, I do end up stopping by these shelves wondering what drinks to buy for a party.

So what are the things I look for when buying orange juice:

1). Orange Concentrate-  this basically tells you if the juice contains pasteurized orange juice.

2). Natural Orange Flavor- I’d choose this over, artificial flavors any day.

3). Orange Pulp- contains orange flavonoids and fiber .

4). Vitamins – some juices are fortified with Vit C, Vit A and Beta Carotene.

As a rule, I only buy what I understand.  So the less ingredients you see on the box, the better it is for you as long as you can understand what you’re reading is what you’ll be drinking.  The more unfamiliar chemical sounding names you read on the label, the more I suggest you drop that box of juice and get a another brand that contains less chemical additives.

Ingredients I Avoid Like the Plague when Buying Juice Drinks:

1). Artificial Flavors

2). Aspartame

3). FD&C YELLOW #6 110-  Sunset yellow a color found in squashes.  It has capacity to produce allergic reactions.  It is linked to hyperactivity in children.  It is set to be phased out in the UK year 2009.

3). High Fructose Corn Syrup- a cheap sweetener that is found to have mercury contamination.

4). Potassium Benzoate- preservative, mold and yeast inhibitor.  Said to be safe and non-irritating.

5). Sodium Benzoate (e112) – a preservative  In the UK, this is set to be phased out in year 2009

The less additives we give our children, the better for them.

The connection between food additives and children’s behavior was noted more than 30 years ago by Ben Feingold (allergist).  He hypothesized that certain children are sensitive to food with salicyclates (compounds similar to aspirin).  He recommended an elimination diet and documented hundreds of test cases where behaviors improved.

He is father of a diet called the Feingold diet which is made up of  preservative free and food coloring free food.

We’ve decided to post juice drinks  we’ve tried that met some of our qualifications:


Zesto uses orange concentrate, and natural orange flavors.  We also like the fact that they use refined sugar instead of high fructose corn syrup .They put in Vit C, Vit A , Beta Carotene. We’re happy with the fact that they don’t use food coloring. Unfortunately, they use both sodium benzoate and potassium sorbate to extend the product’s shelf life stability.  Pricing : Php 5.20 (varies from supermarket chain)


We like the fact that Sunkist Orange has orange concentrate and uses natural orange flavors.  We like the fact that they use refined sugar instead of high fructose.  corn syrup.  The vitamin C is a plus.  We  just wish they’d lose the FD & C Yellow#6 food additive that they put in. Price: Php 5.50 (price varies from supermarket chains)


Del Monte Fruitini uses natural orange flavors, contains vitamin C.  It comes in a tetra pak box and at Php  19.75 (price varies from supermarket chains)  with 70% real fruit and vegetable juice.  What we particularly  like about this juice is that it doesn’t contain a lot of additives or preservatives.


Earth’s Best Tots uses organic fruit juices, has calcium, lactate and ascorbic acid.  It’s smaller than the Frutini tetra packs and costs around php 29 .  It has a variety of flavors from organic apple juice, organic apple, peach, banana juice and i think a pear flavor.  This product  only available at Healthy Options.

I like this brand best because it ‘s USDA organic and contains no artificial flavors or preservatives. Although, this brand of juice doesn’t have “orange juice” in its line of flavors.

Although nothing will ever beat the taste of freshly squeezed oranges. : )


Summer Art, Painting, Animation, Digital Art and Fashion Design Workshops in Greenhills 2014


Young Artists’ Studio programs help children learn how to draw , paint, do digital art and fashion design.  The founders of Young Artists’ studio who also serve as teachers are  University of the Philippines graduates in Visual Arts.

They also run an art gallery VMeme Contemporary Art Gallery where wonderful works by enrolled students are featured at times.

I like their programs as they have a very personalized approach to teaching.  They don’t follow cookie cutter templates that don’t necessarily address your children’s needs.

I also love the fact that they’ve taken on the challenge of teaching special needs kids (one on one class) and they were able to develop that child’s love for art to the point that he was able to do a one man gallery show on his own.

Here’s Young Artists’ Studio’s program for the summer: 


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Summer Reading Workshops by Learning Library for Kids 2014 at Greenhills

Parents usually agonize over things to do this summer.  One of the things, parents often like to do is to find reading classes and workshops for their children.

The Learning Library’s unique programs use a highly effective literature-based approach that helps children enjoy learning more and become lifelong learners.


Beginning Reading

In order to set the stage for a lifetime of reading, students need a solid foundation in letter mastery and decoding skills. Coupled with stories that are interesting and appropriate fora young child, this ensures that a student has the right set of skills to become a fluent reader and an independent learner.

Beginning Reading provides the scaffolded learning approach for children who are just beginning to read. The activities use all 5 senses in the course of the sessions with the Reading Coach. Paired with engaging stories that are right for your child’s reading level, these activities ensure that your child will acquire skills that are necessary to make him an effective reader.

Comprehension and Writing (English)

Success in school is grounded on a student’s ability to process the information read and the ability to accurately express ideas through writing.

In Reading Comprehension and Writing, we match students to stories that are just right for their reading level. They choose what book to read to give them a chance to enjoy reading. With the help of well-trained and motivating reading coaches, students are taught a variety of comprehension strategies that help them understand and effectively apply the information that they’ve learned to texts they tackle in school.

In addition to processing information, students are also taught how to write well-thought essays. Using stories and text that illustrate our program’s writing goals, the reading coaches ensure that children are able to convey their ideas using activities that hone grammar and composition skills.

Fundamental Filipino

In Fundamental Filipino, we not only enhance your child’s vocabulary, grammar and expressive skills. Using stories written by Filipinos for Filipinosand fun, highly interactive activities, we teach your child to appreciate Philippine culture.

The Filipino speaking workshops equip students with a basic knowledge of the language: they learn it using literature specifically chosen for the session. Students learn to speak in Filipino in a supportive environment with other children through activities that enrich the story for the day.

Post-workshop sessions with reading coaches tie in new skills and knowledge with their school curriculum: we match their balarila activity to the topic currently discussed in school. This ensures that success in the program is translated to success in school.

Comprehension and Writing (Filipino)

Many good students have a difficult time with Filipino subjects, primarily due to insufficient vocabulary and limited use of the language. To cope, these students resort to memory work. This leaves them with a very basic knowledge of Filipino that is often not enough to handle school level requirements.

Our Comprehension and Writing in Filipino has successfully addressed this by “meeting students where they’re at”. We surround them with storybooks that are just right for their reading and speaking ability, and allow them to choose what to read. They acquire comprehension skills quickly and confidently, and the stories leave a lasting impression – be it additional knowledge of Filipino or deeper appreciation of our culture.

Aside from comprehension activities, students are given balarila exercises that complement the actual school curriculum. This ensures that lessons learned during their sessions are applied in the classroom, and built upon to create a foundation for long-term success.


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Frozen Movie Pre Orders for Blu Ray and DVD with Free Frozen Notepad at Astroplus and Astrovision



If your kids are as crazy as my kids over Frozen, this March 1 to 16  Pre-order FROZEN on DVD/Blu-ray at any Astroplus/Astrovision branch from March 1 to March 16 and get a FREE NOTEPAD!  All you have to do is pay PHP300 as downpayment to pre-order! 

DVD – PHP799
VCD – PHP299
2D Blu-Ray – PHP1,700
3D Blu-Ray – PHP1,850 

Please don’t forget to  present your receipt upon claiming.

The soundtrack is also now  available for Php 575.





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Get Your Vitamin C Fix for the Day with Oranges and Pineapples

Reblogged from Mommylogues Manila


Sometimes, I can’t stand eating fresh pineapples. The fresh pineapples leave a funny prickly taste in the mouth. I later found out that this was due to an enzyme called bromelain reacting with one’s tongue.
Over the years, I found that dipping pineapples in a little cold water mixed with a small amount of rock salt to makes them sweeter. It also lessens the prickly sensation on the tongue.
Our family often juices leftover chilled pineapple slices with oranges. The juice comes out a lovely orange color.
Pineapples and oranges are a great combination as both fruits are rich in vitamin C and mix quite nicely.

Oranges alone have around 35 mg of vitamin C for every 100 grams, while 1 cup pineapples alone is enough to give your body 131.4% of the daily value your body needs. To get the most out of your oranges, never choose oranges with soft spots or mold. Choose oranges that are pesticide free whenever possible.

Oranges that have are smoothly textured , firm, and heavy for their size often have more juice in them. In general, oranges that are smaller and than thinner skin have more juice in them. Oranges unopened and be stored at room temperature or in the refrigerator. They can last 2 weeks and retain their vitamin content level.
Vitamin C found in pineapples and oranges helps neutralize free radicals in your body and. Free radicals cause chronic diseases like cancer or heart disease. Vitamin C also helps your body fight off coughs and colds.
Pineapple contains Manganese, Vitamin b6, Vitamin b1 and Copper.

Our family never buys bottles of fruit juices at home. I find it more cost efficient to just juice fresh fruits and get the benefits of fresh enzymes such as bromelain from pineapples. Enzymes like bromelain help enhance digestion by keeping the digestive tract healthy. Interestingly, bromelain also helps suppress cough and colds.
To get the most out of your pineapples, choose pineapples that are heavy in size. They should be free of spots, bruises and darkened eyes. Choose a pineapple with a fragrant smell at the stem end. Avoid pineapples that smell musty, fermented or sour. Cut- up pineapples should be stored in the refrigerator in an airtight container. It can actually retain its nutrients up to 6 days with proper storage according to a study done in the Journal of Food and Agricultural Chemistry.

Interestingly, a study done in University of Innsbruck Austria found that as pineapples and oranges ripen to the point of spoilage, the antioxidant levels actually increase. So, enjoy your fruits when they fully ripen.
The next time you pick up any processed juices at the supermarket aisle that says Vitamin C, think again. Processed juices are pasteurized to kill harmful bacteria. Vitamin C and enzymes are especially sensitive to heat. You’re no longer maximizing the health benefits of natural enzymes and vitamin C – you’re left with a dose of artificially reduced vitamin C or ascorbic acid.

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Best Way to Enjoy Eating Apples

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Best Way to Enjoy Apples



Cool, crisp and juicy.

This is how I describe this apple snack.  Probably the simplest snack I’ve had after doing a round of Insanity in my living room.

For some reason, eating apples peeled and chilled with tons of ice on top felt so  refreshing.

I don’t normally like eating apples, but the temperature really did make a difference . The ice also helped prevent my apples from turning oxidizing fast.

When an apple is sliced, phenolic compounds in the apple’s cells are exposed to air. An enzyme in the apple reacts with the phenolics when it is exposed to air and this reaction to oxygen in the air causes the browing and softening of the apple.

Dropping the apples into a bowl with ice and cold water limits the apple’s exposure to oxygen, so you end up getting great tasting crispy apples.


2 Apples either Fuji or Gala (sweeter) peeled and sliced

1/2 cup cold water

Lots of ice

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Wee Nam Kee: A Hainanese Chicken Rice Franchise from Singapore

Wee Nam Kee : A Hainanese Chicken Rice Franchise from Singapore

Posted on May 12, 2013


On a visit to Trinoma, my husband and I decided to try out Wee Nam Kee.  Being a fan of Hainanese Chicken, we thought it was a must to try it out. Wee Nam Kee in Trinoma looks a lot better than the Wee Nam Kee Hainenese chicken house in Novena, Singapore.


The place was pretty full on a weekday.  We browsed through and menu and ordered their bestsellers.


We had the green seafood soup which was typical of Chinese restaurants locally. Each bowl is around Php 75.00


We ordered the roasted pork (lechon kawali)  at Php 220 per dish.  It was crunchy, taste similar to Singapore hawker stalls.  It was served cold.  My daughter particularly liked it.


We ordered the signature steamed chicken dish 1/2 order is Php488 and is good for 3 people.  I was surprised that my daughter liked it.  The manner of cooking, the presentation is good.  I think my issue was with the chicken.  The chicken was grown locally.  For some reason, the chickens in Singapore taste different from the chickens here.


Of course, one must never eat the chicken without the heady mix of ginger, chili sauce and dark soya sauce.

The meal was generally enjoyable, but nothing beats eating the original dish in Singapore.

Wee Nam Kee

Ayala Triangle Gardens, Makati Ave. Bel-Air, Makati
(02) 846-8925
4/F Trinoma, North Ave cor Mindanao Ave Sto. Cristo, Quezon City
(02) 576-6318
Glorietta 2
Serendra Piazza

8227095/ 09178285025

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Art, Painting, Comics Illustration, Digital Photography and Fashion Design Class for Kids in Metro Manila 2013



It’s hard to find a good teacher. It took me a number of years of searching before we decided to go with Teacher Crown and Teacher Avie of Young Artists’ Studio.


It’s important that the kids do the artwork at their own pace and that the teachers make the effort your child’s skill.


The first child I met from their workshop was a child with special needs. Teacher Crown and Teacher Avie  painstakingly worked with this child to develop his love of art.  This boy was also lucky to have a mom who had his best interests at heart.

I was amazed at this boy’s works (featured at a gallery show)  which in turn inspired me to put my kids’ energies into art as well.

Here are Young Artists’ Studios summer workshops for 2013:


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Tips on Renewing Your Passport in Metro Manila


Renewing your passport is so easy now.  Ever since the Department of Foreign Affairs implemented online registration at for appointments and passing applications, it has made life easier for people like me.


You can register online either by yourself or as a family. But if you are in a hurry to get your passport renewed like I was, try calling the 7371000 number to set an appointment.  

You can actually choose your location whether you would like to have your passport renewed in Megamall, Galleria, SM Manila or in the DFA Main Office.  The operator I talked to was nice enough to give me a choice of the earliest dates possible along with locations.

If you have your data encoded and printed out, please make sure to listen to the spelling of the encoder and double check the data link that they will ask you to print out.  Oh and don’t forget to printout all 3 pages of your application including the cover page.  The cover page is important, it is the first page that the security guard at the DFA checks in order to make sure that you do have an appointment. Only seniors are allowed to go in without an appointment.

Please make sure to go through the website carefully and read about IDs and other requirements.  Don’t forget to bring the requirements and xerox copies of the requirements so you get your documents processed at once.  There is no need to bring an pictures as you have your picture taken there.  Please don’t wear contact lenses as well.

On the day of your appointment,  you need to be at the DFA 30 minutes before the appointed time. 

In my case, my printout was riddled with errors. I couldn’t believe that the encoder spelled ” gmail” as “gamil”.  I had to bring liquid paper to the DFA and ask permission from the officer to erase the spelling.  Oh and by the way, never sign your application in advance.  The DFA application print out must be signed in front of the officer.

I went with M1 and M3.  I was amazed at how courteous the guards were when I went up to them to ask about my appointment and that I had little kids with me 10 and 5.  Yayas by the way are not allowed inside. The guard allowed me to go in earlier than the appointed time.  I consider myself lucky.  

DFA Aseana is not  a comfortable place to wait.  If you don’t have anyone who is a minor, or a senior or someone with some form of disability, you get to line up outside the gate along the street near S n R in the scorching hot sun.

I was glad I decided to renew all our passports together and because I had my kids along with me. The guards let me through and even let me go through the courtesy lane on the 2nd floor which meant that I would have to pay a higher rate for the passport processing.around Php 1200 per passport instead of the regular Php 700 per passport. 

If you are a Filipino, the passport process shouldn’t take you more than 30 to 40 minutes.  If you are a Senior Citizen, the processing is even faster, it took my father-in-law  less than 30 minutes to finish renewing his passport in Megamall. If you have a foreign sounding name, the entire process can take you as long as  1 1/2 hours since each and every person is interviewed by an officer.

It would’ve even been a lot faster if he had remembered to xerox his requirements.  He ended up xeroxing his requirements at 3 pesos per age just to comply with the requirements.

For me, they only asked for my NSO and xerox of marriage certificate.  For my kids, a copy of the NSO, marriage certificate, and my kids’ school ID. The Notarized Authorization wasn’t even needed ( you only need it if someone else aside from the parents is taking the child out of the country).

The people at the DFA are very professional, cheerful and courteous.  This is one of the few government offices that I am very satisfied with and amazed with the speed of service.  

I opted to pay an additional Php 120.00 per passport and had it sent via LBC to my house. I’m supposed to get my passport in 12 days. Just make sure to  keep the receipt and have someone present it once the passports are delivered.

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AIT Philippines


This is shared by a parent who has a child with special needs who underwent AIT therapy.

I came across AIT when I was trying to find an educational intervention that would help my son Basti increase his focus and attention in school. He was often easily distracted and had difficulty coping in class. As a child, he had history of allergies and ear infections. He often had cough and colds which were often treated with antibiotics. He developed sound sensitivities around age 2 which made it difficult for him to handle certain sounds like fireworks, thunder, dogs barking, vacuum cleaner, blender, the school bell and even the sound of lights opening and closing. These things used to make him so agitated that he’d end up tuning out- unable to concentrate at the task at hand. He would also cry. I dreaded bringing him to children’s parties, since he would invariably force me and Yaya to sit outside with him. Haircuts were also an ordeal we suffered through and for the longest time I could not tell if he hated the sound of the shaver or the sensation of being shaved and having all that falling hair irritate his skin.

In our efforts to help our son have a better quality of life, we decided to bring the US FDA approved Auditory Integration Training (AIT) therapy to the Philippines. My son Basti had AIT at age 5 and I was his therapist. Many of us don’t realize how important the auditory sense is. When someone says,” oh your child is having difficulty in school”, more often than not we parents tend to think that we need a tutor, more summer lessons. We often don’t realize that a problem with the child’s listening skills could actually lead to problems with the child’s learning ability.

After Basti’s first round of AIT, we noted so many changes over the passing months- his words were clearer, it was easier for him to understand instructions, I didn’t have to call him or repeat instructions several times. His eye contact was consistently better. He was calmer and happier. His handwriting and coloring improved- the lines were deeper and darker, and his coloring more consistent. Although he was still afraid of some sounds – the sound of dogs barking, the vacuum cleaner, the blender and the sound of lights opening and closing no longer bothered him. Parties became easier to go to, he would now allow us to sit at the farthest table from the stage. Even our barber was amazed to see him sit down on the chair for the first time without creating a scandal in the shop.

As a parent, I can’t tell you how happy I am to see my son’s improved quality of life and behaviour in school. Today, Basti has gone much further than we’ve hoped for .  

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Learning Libraries

Learning Libraries

Kids today are different, because of the influence of media, many kids today grow up not knowing even how to speak Filipino well. It’s no surprise that my kids are one of them. We live in a country where the main focus of language is English- and it’s a awful surprise to my kids when they are confronted by classes in Filipino. 

Frankly speaking, it’s like watching a massacre, seeing how they butcher the Filipino language with their Disney channel accents and hilarious phrases like “Ako ay Pilipino” (translate: I am Filipino) is spoken as ” Ako ay Pipino” (translate: I am a Cucumber). Or seeing their test scores like a bloody sheet of paper because they had no idea what the sound “kriing kriiing” makes – its supposed to be the sound of an alarm clock.

I admit it’s funny, but long suffering mother that I am, I had to search again for another intervention to fix our Filipino Disney accents. So I finally found Learning Library, a uniquely different teaching concept for kids wanting to learn Filipino. They have workshops and one on one tutorials and immersion in books to help children love the language.  I’ll admit it’s a gentler approach compared to the school’s sit down and study this in one month shot gun approach. 

We just started today at their center in Unit 7 3/F The Promenade Building, Wilson St. Greenhills,  and surprisingly, the teacher was able to gain my son’s interest in the topic at hand and even get my child interested in reading books with no pressure.  I’ll be writing soon after my kids finish 2 months at the center, but I’m looking forward to seeing them tackle the subject in school like a duck takes to water.


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