Tuesday, February 19, 2019

5 Things Filipino Moms Worry About

Motherhood is an amazing feat. We look at a mom and wonder - how does she do it? Although the casual observer sees Wonder Woman, the Queen of Multitasking, we often miss what they do not let us see: their internal struggles and daily worries.


Lamoiyan Corporation’s Licealiz Head Lice Treatment shampoo reached out to mommy netizens (mothers who are active online or keep a blog to chronicle their motherhood journey) to find out the biggest concerns Filipino moms may have today.

The tribulations of motherhood
Being a mom is definitely not a walk in the park. Mommy Iris of the online blog Pinay Ads shares that as a first-time mom, she was worried about how to do everything properly. She says, “My worry is if I can do it (motherhood), especially as there are no books to guide us. You can’t really learn it properly until the baby arrives. (Ang worry ko is if I can do it, kasi syempre there are no books naman. Hindi mo naman mapag-aaralan agad unless andyan na talaga yung baby).” Both she and Mommy Gracie of Tipid Mommy agree that research is a good way to overcome this. “It helps a lot to read online articles, learn from experienced moms and from mom friends, both online and offline,” shares Mommy Gracie.

Raising well-rounded kids
All moms want their children to grow up as model citizens. Mommy Donna of Everyday Adventures wants her son Jayden to learn the value of excellence. “I know that I myself am a hardworking person, so I want him to grow up the same way (Kasi ako, alam ko sa sarili ko na I’m a hardworking person, so gusto ko ganun din siya paglaki),” she emphasizes. She also wants him to learn how to treat people kindly and be gentle to all kinds of people.

Academic pressures
The first day of school is not just nerve-wracking for the kids, but for the parents as well. For Mommy Gracie, the first time her son, Zee, entered school, she and her husband were worried about how he would do. But as she saw how much he flourished in his learning environment, she felt a little more at ease. As for Mommy Iris, whose daughter Sammy is three years old, she shares that finding the balance between learning and play is important. “At our house, when we play, there’s still learning. For example, colors, numbers, (Dito naman sa house ‘pag naglalaro kami, mayroon pa ‘ring halong learning. Kunware colors, numbers),” she recalls.

Interacting with other kids
As children grow older, the more they feel inclined to playing outside, exploring, and meeting other kids.  Sometimes, these interactions affect the children’s character, which is why Mommy Adae of Adae to Remember worries that her daughter Abby will meet kids who could be a bad influence to her. She says that a way to overcome this is to talk to the kids and tell them right away that what they are saying or doing is wrong. This is a sentiment that Mommy Reylen from Made it Through Mum also resonates with, especially if she feels that her kids will imitate children who disrespect their parents. “But I’m not that scared,” she admits. “Here in our household, they know how to respect others (Pero hindi naman ako ganun katakot. Kasi dito sa bahay, alam naman nila. Sanay silang rumespeto sa iba).”

Health risks
Like any mother, Mommy Mhaan of the blog Mommy Rockin’ in Style is always worried that her son, Cloud, is not getting the sufficient health resources he needs. When kids go out to play, the chances for exposure to various diseases increase. Mommy Mhaan is afraid that Cloud will get injured or contract diseases like dengue, flu, or head lice. “I’m doing my best, but sickness is inevitable,” she laments. She says that it is important to use the right products and take the right steps to easily reduce the health risks that the children are exposed to.

Head lice is one of the many unforeseen health risks that children can obtain. Licealiz Head Lice Treatment Shampoo is the perfect solution to eliminate both head lice and your worries. It is recommended to use Licealiz Head Lice Treatment Shampoo twice a week for two weeks for treatment of head lice.

Licealiz Head Lice Treatment Shampoo in 10mL and 60mL Regular and Soothing Coolness variants.

To know more about Licealiz Head Lice Treatment Shampoo, visit www.facebook.com/licealiz

Serenitea creates #MomentsOfCompassion on its 10th anniversary

With ten years of prosperity and success under its belt, Serenitea believes that it’s time to give back and share the blessings to the community that put them on the map. As a culmination of its 10th anniversary celebration, Serenitea launched its initiative called #MomentsOfCompassion, which started Last October, 2018.


The founders of Serenitea, Juliet Chen (General Manager-North) and Jennifer Wong (General Manager-South) believe that compassion is the cornerstone of humankind. The founders believe that anyone can help make the world better in their own little way, whether through
charitable acts of service or donations. Furthermore, these little acts contribute to a bigger purpose or a greater good.


What makes this campaign special is that customers are involved in this endeavor because the brand believes that customers are an integral part of the Serenitea family. Customers joined by purchasing any of the Brown Sugar series items: Pearl and Grass Jelly Brown Sugar (a concoction made with luscious brown sugar ice, chewy pearls, grass jelly, and cream that’s inspired by a Taiwanese dessert served in a cup); Pearl Brown Sugar Taho (a chilled Taho sweetened with luscious brown sugar ice and topped with freshly cooked chewy pearls); Pearl Brown Sugar with Holly’s Milk (a concoction made with chewy pearls drenched in luscious brown sugar syrup mixed with creamy premium farm fresh milk); and Pearl Brown Sugar (a concoction made with chewy pearls drenched in luscious brown sugar syrup,
mixed with creamy premium farm fresh milk, topped with our Signature Cheese Frost and generously sprinkled with Muscovado). The Brown Sugar series is one-of-a-kind because of its creamier taste without an overpowering sweetness. More so, the inclusion of a popular Filipino
treat such as taho is also a way to take a beloved Pinoy street snack a notch higher for a cozy teashop.

Richard Juan spent the afternoon with kids from Bahay Aruga

This year, Serenitea chose Bahay Aruga as the sole beneficiary for its #MomentsOfCompassion campaign this year.

A portion of sales from this line from October to December 2018 donated to Bahay Aruga. As it continues to celebrate its 10th anniversary in business, Serenitea will continue its mission to serve the best tea, coffee, and snacks in town, while giving back and improving the lives of others through charitable works.



To know more about Serenitea’s upcoming events and activities, follow Serenitea on
Facebook at https://web.facebook.com/iloveserenitea, or on Instagram at
http://instagram.com/iloveserenitea. You may also visit their website at www.iloveserenitea.com/.

Thursday, February 14, 2019

Tips for maintaining healthy eating habits for the New Year

The new year always brings excitement and motivation for people who want to have a fresh start. One of the most common New Year’s resolutions we hear is about healthy eating, which is also probably one of the hardest things to follow.


However, don’t give up just yet. Making changes in your health takes commitment, but it is possible. One of the keys to succeeding is by forming and maintaining healthy eating habits.

Not sure where to start? Worry no more as Beko Philippines, the Official Partner of the Everyday, listed four tips to help make 2019 a healthful year for you and your family.

Drink enough water

We all know that drinking water is essential for the body but, what most of us don’t realize is how being properly hydrated plays a key role in our health.  In fact, dehydration often manifests as hunger, causing you to eat more.

Water not only helps the human body function well, but it also helps in maintaining a healthy weight and eliminating toxins. So, keep in mind to drink at least eight to 10 glasses every day.

Avoid fast food

Fast foods like French fries, burgers, pizzas, doughnuts, among many others, are high in sodium, fat, and sugar. Eating too much of it over a long period of time raises the risk of high blood pressure, heart disease, and obesity.

Going to fast food joints can also lead to the formation of unhealthy eating habits. That is why it is important to eat it in moderation—or better if not at all.

Choose the better option

Some of the foods we enjoy eating are often not good for us. That is why it is essential to look for healthy alternatives. For instance, you can replace your regular fries with sweet potato. This slightly sweeter option is higher in fiber and vitamin A and is lower in calories than your usual potato.

You can also replace the classic hotdogs and burgers with a sandwich made with natural ingredients. By choosing the better option, you are ensuring your health and the quality of the food you consume.

Pack a healthy lunch and snacks for work or school

Packing lunch and snack for you or your kids is not only a good way to save money but is also an effective way to eat healthier since you know what ingredients are going into it.

By preparing your own food, you are able to control the quality and the amount of food you eat. It also help you avoid grabbing food from the cafeteria, restaurant or fast food, which are often not the healthiest option.


To make the journey in maintaining healthy eating habits more fun, consider using Beko’s GG15126DXPR Cooking Range, which has four Gas Burners plus a Wok Burner, Gas Oven, and Electric Grill. This cooker has the CleanZone feature, where the inner glass doors of the ovens are coated in oleophobic technology, which resists dirt and grimes so you don’t have to spend your time cleaning oven doors with heavy duty products. It also has an electronic ignition integrated into the knobs, which provides easy and simple lighting for gas burners.

The GG15126DXPR’s oven has a Gas Safety feature, which senses flames that might occur. If the flame goes out accidentally by wind or some kind of liquid, the gas flow automatically cuts off. And lastly, it has a Flame Failure Device for Burners that automatically cuts off the gas supply to prevent any gas leakage if the flame is accidentally extinguished by wind or overflowing liquid.

Saturday, February 9, 2019

It’s PLAY at OKADA MANILA’s 1st birthday and you’re invited!

Calling all kids and kids-at-heart!!! PLAY at Okada Manila is celebrating its first anniversary with a month-long birthday party this February 2019!

The PLAY at Okada Manila team led by Director for Spa, Fitness & Recreation, Vikki Aquino.


This indoor fun area—the hub of “Purposeful Learning and Activities for the Young”— delivers educational entertainment for children aged 1-16 years old where thoughtful and joyful programs are available all year round.  Young visitors can immerse themselves in a whole range of educational yet playful facilities in a safe environment. Apart from interacting with fellow children and engaging in social activities in the eight different neighborhoods, youngsters and even guardian visitors can enjoy a variety of hour-long learning sessions with certified teachers and trained, qualified coaches to enhance individual abilities and academics.

“Since opening last year, PLAY has established itself as a pioneer in offering holistic child development in a convenient leisure destination like Okada Manila,” said Director for Spa, Fitness & Recreation, Vikki Aquino. “We have been first in offering a full line of dedicated programs that combine fun, play, and learning for our young guests. PLAY is more than just an indoor playground—it’s where kids can unleash their imagination, develop life skills, and enjoy the journey toward unlocking their future potential.”

Among the unique programs offered by PLAY are Toddler the Explorer (motor skills development for children aged 1 to 3 years old), Hero Camp (group fitness activities for better health and well-being), Colors and Creations (arts and crafts for creativity and fine motor skills development), Hello, Good Looking (to enhance independence in hygiene, grooming, and social interactions for children aged 4 to 16 years old), and Stage Presence (stage workshops for guests aged 4 to 16 years old who are passionate about the performing arts).


Themed parties, educational tours, and other seasonal events also fill PLAY’s calendar. Each event is carefully planned and designed to deliver on PLAY’s mission of holistic child development.

“And as we celebrate our first anniversary, we are throwing a month-long celebration that will definitely delight both children and their parents!” added Aquino.

On February 10, 2019, PLAY is throwing its very first birthday party when guests can expect a magical day full of joy and laughter. From 2 to 6PM, the whole PLAY crew will host games and activities where participants can take home special prizes. 


Saturday, February 2, 2019

Lee Kum Kee Announces Winners of 130th Anniversary Recipe Contest in the Philippines

In celebration of its 130th Anniversary, “Lee Kum Kee 130th Anniversary Recipe Contest” was launched in 2018 globally to look for the best recipe created with Lee Kum Kee sauces and condiments. The competition received close to 500 entries worldwide, of which 50 came from the Philippines (https://130.lkk.com/winner-announcement/). On January 22, 2019, a Prize Presentation Ceremony was held to award the country’s two regional winners.


Home-maker and small business owner Ms. Venus Lorraine Moral took home the Most Liked Recipe Prize with her own version of the beloved Pinoy Local Empanada (https://130.lkk.com/recipe-detail/?rid=706) using Lee Kum Kee Premium Soy Sauce. The mother of one has been using Lee Kum Kee products in her home business for more than eight years. Sharing her passion for good food, Lorraine loves joining online cooking and recipe contests. The winning dish is her family favorite. As a cook, Lorraine loves using Lee Kum Kee products for its consistent taste, which makes every dish more delicious. As the winner with 2,370 online votes, Lorraine took home HKD 13,000 in cash (approximately PHP 87,000) and a gift package of Lee Kum Kee products. To find out Lorraine’s award-winning recipe for Local Pinoy Empanada, please visit https://130.lkk.com/recipe-detail/?rid=706


Runner-up winner Maria Lorena Cruz is a food technologist from Los Banos, Laguna with her winning recipe Char Siu Chicken Mango Tortilla Pizza. With the help of her husband, who was her official taste tester, Lorena used a technical approach using culinary experimentation to come up with the delicious balance of sweet, savory, and tangy flavors using Lee Kum Kee Char Siu Sauce and Lee Kum Kee Panda Brand Oyster Sauce. Having a passion for cooking and baking, Lorena has been using Lee Kum Kee products for over 10 years because of its signature flavor and superior quality. As the runner-up winner with 2,007 online votes, Lorena took home Lee Kum Kee products worth HKD 1,300 (approximately PHP 8,700). To find out how to make Lorena’s Char Siu Chicken Mango Tortilla Pizza, please visit https://130.lkk.com/recipe-detail/?rid=681.

To check the list of all the winners from other participating countries and regions, please visit  https://130.lkk.com/winner-announcement/

Saturday, January 26, 2019

PROMAMA® unveils Baby’s First Gift to You

Wyeth® PROMAMA® unveils the Baby’s First Gift to You, an event that aims to provide expectant moms a gift like no other. An experience that allows her to see a real time first gift ever from her baby. The Baby’s First Gift to you device detects the movement of the babies in the womb and translates it into an artwork.

(L-R) Chafak Aftakhar, Wyeth PROMAMA group product manager; Patty Laurel-Filart,Celebrity and Mommy Blogger;
Patricia Cuna, Wyeth PROMAMA brand manager; and Anna Escalona, host

“Expectant moms would be surprised to know that the baby’s brain is up to 25 percent developed already, by 28 weeks. By using the Baby’s First Gift technology, moms will be amazed by their baby’s development while in the womb since they will see how their baby’s movement can create artworks, uniquely created just for them,” said Ms. Jong Icasiano, Wyeth Nutritionist.

Ms. Icasiano, also said that nutrition plays an important role in the baby’s health and brain development, and choosing the right maternal milk is key to support a healthy pregnancy.

“Pregnancy is a special time in a woman’s life and is a reminder of the gift of motherhood—and the need to ensure maternal and fetal health. By choosing the right maternal milk, expectant moms can help their babies get the best start in life so they can have a bright tomorrow,” said Ms. Icasiano.

To help give your child a strong start, you can start drinking Wyeth®  PROMAMA®, a low in fat delicious vanilla tasting nutritional milk drink designed to support pregnant women during pre-pregnancy, pregnancy, and lactation. It is scientifically formulated with the essential nutrients needed to help support the overall health of both mom and the baby’s physical and mental development in the womb. It contains 5 key brain nutrients such as Folic Acid, DHA, Choline, Iodine, and Iron and it is now with less calories and higher Oligofructose (vs. previous formulation) to help prevent constipation.

To know more about PROMAMA and its products, like the PROMAMA Philippines official page: https://www.facebook.com/ProMamaPH/ or visit the website at https://www.wyeth.com.ph/brands/promama/

Friday, January 18, 2019

Reshape your mindset, reshape the future

Failure is life’s greatest teacher but few parents want their children to experience its pains.  In today’s increasingly complex world, raising children can be a challenge for parents, most of who would not want to see their children experience difficulties.




Massive technological changes, changing worldviews, and constant disruptions have made the world much more complex, but these have also created ample opportunities for learning and growth.  Amidst uncertainties and continuous change, parents have to ensure that their children learn and grow from the challenges that they will inevitably encounter in their growing-up years. By developing an optimal growth mindset and adapting an optimal diet and lifestyle, parents can help set their kids up for the future.



Recognizing that parents need support in reshaping the future of their children, Nestlé NANKID utilizes expertise with advocacy, to help reshape the future for the next generation, with Parentology+.



Achieving an optimal growth mindset begins with optimal nutrition. And this year, Nestlé NANKID is giving parents the opportunity to be able to foster a holistic and continual growth of a child in all aspects—emotional, nutritional, physical, psychological, and social development, through Parentology+: The Reshape Effect Forum.




The forum, held last January 15 at Whitespace Makati, aimed to help parents better understand their role in reshaping the future of their children. Hosted by the Philippines’ premier talk show host, Boy Abunda, the event was joined by well-known parenting experts from the international and local scenes.



Among them were Melissa Benaroya, LICSW, a renowned parent, coach, and speaker from Costa Rica whose extensively studied the Growth Mindset movement. In addition, Melissa aims to be able to share unique strategies on raising children; Didi Manahan, MSEd, a progressive learning advocate and co-founder of Keys School Manila, where she serves as head directress, and Dr. Josephine Sunga, MD, FPPS, MSc, pediatrician and epidemiologist who champions nutrition as a key ingredient towards children’s optimal development through her research.



Parents and guests of the forum were also able to participate in activities that allowed them to learn practical tips and lessons on how they can nurture an optimal growth mindset within themselves and their families, thereby creating an environment that will nurture their child’s minds and hearts.

 

Some of the activities were “Reshaping Your Language”, where participants learned that adults have the power over how our language can affect kids. Phrasing statements to curiosity questions can help the kids get a feeling of being included in the decision-making.

 

In “As Easy As Riding A Bike”, guests were asked to reminisce their first time riding a bike, and its process. Melissa retells the story, but instead of biking, she likens the experience to parenting - the joy of seeing others' kids, the challenge once you've had your own child, the constant toil of new developments, the parental instinct imbibed in you once you've experienced it after a long time.



Nutrition plays a vital role in the development of a child. Without providing proper action, a child’s diet may greatly affect his or her overall growth. However, despite the potential health risks children may face due to the environment or because of genetics, there are ways parents can prevent these from happening and help ensure their children are not restricted to achieve their full potential for the future.





With its aim to promote the Growth Mindset movement, and how this can be applied in school, Nestlé NANKID also worked with SMILE Group (Specializing in Modern Interactive Learning Experiences), an advocate of STEM and STEAM Methodology committed to help Filipino children develop a growth mindset and 21st century skills, to host a learning symposium entitled “Childproof Teaching: Applying the Growth Mindset in School” with Melissa Benaroya, LICSW, held in Miriam College on the 16th of January; where she imparted her knowledge of child development, empathy, and 21st century skills among students and children that can prepare them for life’s hardships. The event was attended by educators from the Philippines’ progressive schools.



Indeed, embracing challenges and opening up possibilities are a child’s greatest teacher, and with an optimal growth mindset, backed by optimal nutrition, parents can help reshape their children’s future so they can become the best version of themselves.



Don’t miss the opportunity to learn how to foster optimal development through optimal nutrition and an optimal growth mindset. Help #ReshapeTheFuture today.  Check out Parentology+ at Trinoma Mall on February 2 and 3. Visit www.facebook.com/NANKIDOPTIPRO for more details.