Wednesday, April 16, 2014

New Life, New Beginning, New Wardrobe?

I finally did it and it still seems surreal! Your blogger, dear readers, has graduated from medical school. Finally, I am Henry's Mom, M.D.  It was a long road to M.D.-hood and it was all so worth it. However, the real journey is just about to begin.

In 2 weeks, I will be starting my postgraduate internship. It's an on-the-job training for graduates of Medicine where we rotate in different departments and be exposed to different medical and surgical specialties. Besides all the learning and experience that I will have, one thing I am also excited about is that I finally get to wear that white doctor's coat! It just makes my M.D.-hood more legit! Teehee!

One of my dilemmas with this white coat though is what I'm going to wear underneath it. I actually need a wardrobe overhaul. Most of my clothes are plain cotton shirts and jeans. I need new clothes that are more professional-looking that says "Hey! I'm a doctor, take me seriously." We are required to wear white pants, white skirt or a dress with our white coat. The problem is I don't have the time to head to the mall and go shopping. The husband had just undergone surgery and needs his new pretty doctor beside him 24/7 until he recovers. ;)

Thank goodness for online stores, right? Well, actually I'm just online window shopping right now. LOL. I've been browsing ZALORA and found some great stuff that just might work. Let me show you some of my favourites.

Blue Bianca dress by Chelsea

Afra sleeveless scoop neck dress from Chloe Edit

Black Embroidered Yoke Woven Tee by Ezra
Coral Shoulder Detail Top by Mango
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What do you think of my selections? Aside from clothes, Zalora also offers shoes, bags and other accessories. Hopefully the husband will approve and give me a go signal on these clothes.

Have you tried shopping at Zalora? If you're a new customer and a reader of this blog then Zalora is giving you a 15% voucher by using the code below.

Sunday, March 23, 2014

Snails, safe for your nails: Non-toxic nail polish for kids

Hey everyone! I'm back. It's been so long since my last blog post. Junior internship has eaten me alive. Can you imagine I'll be graduating from medical school in 2 weeks, I'll tell you all about that in another blog post.

For the mean time, let me tell you about something that a got in the mail a few months back from Athens, Greece! The nice people from SNAILS sent me 2 bottles of their product to review.

What is SNAILS, you ask? SNAILS stand for Safe Nails. It's the first ever French-made chemical-free nail polish for kids.

Here's a little background on SNAILS. It all started when a mom of two scoured the market for safe non-toxic nail polish to colour up the imaginative play of her little ones. She quickly found that such a product just didn't exist - so SNAILS was born.

SNAILS only contain three ingredients namely, water, acrylic polymer and non-toxic colorants which makes them safe for kids. 

snails safe nails for kids

My SNAILS came in a cute pink pouch containing 2 bottles of nail polish.

snails safe nails for kids

I was in a purplish mood today so I tried this one out. The color is absolutely vibrant.

snails safe nails for kids

snails safe nails for kids

What's amazing about it is that it's 100% water-based and thus it comes off even with just soap and water. There is no need for those solvent-based removers. I removed mine by simply putting my hand in running water and they came off easily.

I absolutely love and and would definitely be sharing it with my little nieces. These nail polishes would be perfect for a little girl's tea or princess party.

For more on SNAILS or to find out where they are available, visit their website, or like their Facebook page.

Tuesday, December 3, 2013

Put those postage stamps away: these Christmas cards deliver in style


Sydney, Australia — 2/12/13 — Each year Australians spend hours waiting in checkout lines, licking dozens of icky stamps and worrying that snail mail won’t get their holiday messages to friends and family in time. And all in the name of the humble Christmas card.

Perhaps that’s why less cards are being sent now than ever before. And sheeeesh, the decline isn’t slowing down: the number of greeting cards posted has dropped 24 percent in the past decade. But no surprises there — it’s often the last thing on our mind with countless family gatherings, presents to organise and the mad holiday shopping rush.

So what if you could say a heartfelt ‘Happy Holidays’ to the people you care about with a personal design that’s just as sentimental as a handwritten note, but super quick and simple to create? Forget the text message; hold that Facebook post. Heck, why not make this Christmas a bit more special…

Simple online design platform Canva has a cracker of a Christmas surprise this silly season. The folks at Canva believe they can anyone into a designer with their free drag-and-drop design tool. The company has today launched a collection of entirely customisable, beautifully designed Christmas cards. Want to know how to create a spectacular looking card with Canva? Here’s the 1, 2, 3…

  1. Choose one of the 20 stunning hand-crafted designs
  2. Customise the card however you like; add family photos, write a personal message, change the graphics, or create your own from scratch
  3. Pick who you want to send it to, and… badda bing -- you’re done!

Canva has been in exclusive closed beta for the past two-and-a-half months, but are now giving you the chance to join the more than 110,000 people who for the first time have been able to create their own designs without spending thousands of dollars on frustrating desktop software that takes years to learn. Hey, don’t take our word, here’s what others have said:

“Canva enables anyone to become a designer” — PSFK
“A graphic design platform anyone can use” — TechCrunch
“Canva could very well become an industry disrupting household name” — Web Appstorm
“The easiest to use design program in the world” — Netted by the Webbys
According to Canva CEO Melanie Perkins the company wants to make it easy for people to create and share their own designs with people they care about, and receiving personalised Christmas cards is something everyone appreciates.

“Together with the world’s best photographers, designers, and illustrators, we’ve set out to introduce beautiful design to everyone," she said. 

"This Christmas we want to give more people the ability to craft something special for family and friends. Designing with Canva is as simple as choosing a layout, searching our library of 1 million images and graphics, or uploading your own, then clicking ‘Publish’.”
Make this Christmas a little more special by heading to

Monday, November 25, 2013

Happy Soles for Happy Souls


Anne S. Tiangco, Senior Writer-Editor

WITH its iconic cheerful colors and fun prints, every pair of Havaianas flip-flop is sure to transport a person into a happy state.

So when Tropical Retail Company, Inc.- All Flip-Flops, retailer of the well-loved quality footwear, Havaianas, in the Philippine  donated 5,000 flip-flops to Operation Blessing Foundation Philippines, Inc. for the victims of super typhoon Yolanda, everybody was naturally ecstatic.

The Havaianas flip-flops, ranging from baby to adult sizes, was delivered by Chinnie Alpay, Executive Assistant and Administrative Coordinator and Candice See, Recruitment officer, at the Operation Blessing headquarters in Pasig City. The donation was received by Peter Kairuz, President and Chief Executive Officer of CBN Asia and Operation Blessing and Dr. Kim Pascual, Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer of Operation Blessing.

Havaianas Ph retailer donates 5,000 flip-flops for Yolanda victims through Operation Blessing

“We are extremely grateful for this huge donation of Havaianas. This is a company with a really big heart. We assure you that these beautiful Havaianas flip-flops would bring smiles to the faces of the Yolanda survivors,” Peter said.

Chinnie said that it was only a couple of days ago when their Managing Director Geronimo Begre, informed them of the company’s intent to help the Yolanda victims through Operation Blessing and everyone in the company immediately went into action, completing the 5,000 flip-flops for donation in a matter of 3 days.

“We are blessed that we could be of help. Mr. Begre is so happy that all the employees worked together to make this happen. Nagkapit-bisig po talaga kami para dito. ,” Chinnie said.

She, likewise, informed the Operation Blessing team that this is the first major humanitarian donation of their company but they will explore more ways to partner with Operation Blessing Philippines in order to help more people.

Operation Blessing will distribute the 5,000 pairs of Havaianas flip-flops to Yolanda victims in Bantayan Island, Cebu coinciding with the screening of the Superbook animated series, trauma counseling, program intervention and healing art, as part of the rehabilitation process immediately following the relief efforts.

Wednesday, November 20, 2013

Run and become "Heroes of Change" in the First-Ever Superbook Fun Run {Press Release}

RUN and help our kababayans in need with the first-ever Superbook benefit fun run dubbed “READY… GIZMO…GO!” happening on December 14, 2013 at the Bonifacio Global City. Warm up starts at 4:30 am and the official gun start for the 10K run is at 6:00 am. 

Join Gizmo, the Superbook agents and other Superbook lovers as they make “every kilometer count” and contribute in raising funds for the disaster relief operations of Operation Blessing, the humanitarian arm of CBN Asia. Various OB Teams have now set up a base camp in the most hard-hit areas of Super Typhoon Yolanda distributing relief goods, doing medical missions and trauma counselling.

This event will also benefit the CBN Asia Prayer Center, the Asian Center for Missions and the CBN Asia Media (The 700 Club Asia, Superbook and Tanikala).

Run and Become Heroes of Change

Superbook takes the lead in the fun run with its phenomenal success in its first season drawing close to 20 million viewers.

And in this time when everyone is joining hands to help our kababayans in the Visayas, Superbook, through its “Bida ng Pagbabago Advocacy,” invites everyone, especially the kids to participate in this first ever “Ready… Gizmo… Go!” Fun Run and help raise funds for the CBN Asia Family of Ministries.

Superbook’s “Bida ng Pagbabago Advocacy” believes in empowering the children of today. As young as they are, they can already be of influence and become examples to their friends, families and community.

“The effect of Superbook on the family has been amazing. Through Superbook and the adventures of Gizmo, Chris and Joy, more and more children have developed the joy of Bible-reading and have become heroes of change by showing positive difference at home, in school and their community. Superbook also empowers parents to introduce positive values to their children in a fun way and it has become a catalyst for families to become closer and to grow in love and faith,” says Icko Gonzalez, Superbook Project Head in the Philippines.

How To Register

Participants may choose to join either of the following categories: 1K, 3K, 5K or 10K. Registration fees are P300 for the 1K; P400 for the 3K; P500 for the 5K and P600 for the 10K, inclusive of singlet, race bib, exclusive Ready…Gizmo…Go! ballers, and finisher’s shirt for 10K.
Registration is now open until December 9 or until supplies last.

To join the “Ready… Gizmo… Go!” Fun Run, visit any of the following venues during office hours for registration and payment and immediately claim your specially-designed race kit:

·      CBN Asia Head Office Sagittarius Bldg., HV Dela Costa / Leviste St., Makati City
·      House of Praise (HOP) Robinsons Galleria and St. Francis Square, Ortigas
·      ADSTRATWORLD Holdings Inc. Head Office
·      Brooks SM North EDSA
·      Toby’s Sports Branches in Glorietta 2, Shangri-La Plaza and Trinoma
·      RUNNR Branches in Alabang Town Center and Bonifacio Global City

Do not miss this chance to be a part of the first Superbook Fun Run and make a difference in the lives of thousands this Christmas!
For more event details, please visit our event page at

For updates and announcements, please visit and like our Batang Superbook Fan Page at


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