Some days I’m okay, some days I’m not

But I don’t feel guilty, it’s okay not to be okay sometimes When a good friend and former colleague suggested that I enter this contest, I was hesitant. Up until the last hours before the deadline, I couldn’t write anything. What could I possibly tell my readers about moving on and surviving when I’m stillContinue reading “Some days I’m okay, some days I’m not”

How biking helped Nerissa Manuel cope with loss

“Life is like biking. At first, it’s hard, but if you’ll learn how to balance and pedal properly, it will be easy.” At first, 37-year-old bank teller Nerissa “Rhiz” Reynosa-Manuel only biked whenever she goes to a friend’s house or buys something from a nearby store. But when the pandemic hit, she tried getting seriousContinue reading “How biking helped Nerissa Manuel cope with loss”

Fit, fierce, & 40

Today, I’m celebrating my 40th birthday. My mom told me not to post this photo, but I insisted because I wanted to remind myself that with God’s grace, support of my family and friends, and constant criticisms, He granted my wish to reach my ideal weight before I reach the age of 40. Why didContinue reading “Fit, fierce, & 40”

How to stay healthy while stuck at home

Most people have been isolated or confined to their homes for more than four months now due to the threat of a pandemic. If you’re feeling sad, depressed, impatient, craving for food, unmotivated, and hopeless lately, you are not alone. We all wanted our “old” lives back, but we can’t do that for now. So,Continue reading “How to stay healthy while stuck at home”

Aussie table grapes are back in PH

Naturally grown and ripened under the Australian sunshine with a sweet burst of flavor and juicy pulp, the new season of fresh Australian Table Grapes are now available for Filipinos to enjoy today. From April, the 2020 season varieties will be available at different stores and partners like Rustans Supermarket, Shopwise, Marketplace by Rustan’s, RobinsonsContinue reading “Aussie table grapes are back in PH”

How I’m spending my quarantine period

“If you don’t come out of this quarantine with a new skill, your side hustle started, and more knowledge, you never lacked time, you lacked discipline.” @kaizenexecutive I saw this post while browsing my Instagram feeds the other day, and this hit me right to the core. You see, we have been confined in ourContinue reading “How I’m spending my quarantine period”

Color-coded food labels a health boon

When medical doctor Anthony Leachon’s weight ballooned to 200 pounds, his blood sugar, cholesterol, and blood pressure levels were deranged. Leachon decided to lose weight or else he will never have the moral ascendancy to advocate preventive health if he will not walk the talk. According to a 2016 joint study by the United NationsContinue reading “Color-coded food labels a health boon”

Why I lied about my weight and how I got to achieve it eventually

I know it was not a good idea, but yes, I used to lie about my weight. I remember telling people I was 165 lbs, when in fact, I really weigh 180 pounds or more. I told myself they’ll never know anyway unless they’ll check my medical records or they will weigh me on theContinue reading “Why I lied about my weight and how I got to achieve it eventually”

A centenarian reveals secrets to his long life

Much has been said about how to live longer. But 99-year-old World War 2 (WW2) veteran and Bataan Death March survivor, captain Alberto Tuico Orillo, who will turn 100 years old on Feb. 17, 2019, only has two secrets: avoiding meat and smoking. “Our food before consists of nilagang pako (steamed fiddlehead fern) and laingContinue reading “A centenarian reveals secrets to his long life”

That thing called trans fats

US-trained Filipino chef Fernan Punzalan, together with his two business partners, put up Creative Group, Inc., which owns and operates Serenade Hall in Makati Central Business District area. What differentiates Serenade Hall from other restaurants is its classy cafeteria concept where they serve 16 affordable and varying dishes every day. Its core dishes consist ofContinue reading “That thing called trans fats”