Wednesday, May 28, 2014

Five Ways of Labeling that Hurts our Children

As a child, each time I was approached by someone to say that I am pretty, my response would usually be, "Thank you if you really think I am, but at home I knew I was the smartest one, not the pretty one." At the time, I was probably too young to realize that I've actually grew up being labeled at home. 

It’s so easy to label our children: the brain, the athlete, the artist, etc. But, sometimes our attempts to classify limits them or discourages them.  I know of a very intelligent, successful grown man who still thinks he has a bad memory because his mom labeled him as the child who couldn’t remember things. Another mom I heard about was afraid to let her intelligence show in her family because her older sister was the academic one.

Kids hang onto every word their moms say.  Consequently, when we label our children, they often feel like they can’t break out of that label.  So, if you tell your child that he’s this or that, he’s going to take it to heart, even if you’re just making a casual observation.

So, avoid these 5 Ways Labeling Hurts Our Children.

1. They hear us label others, but not them.  Moms usually mean no harm when they do this, but it can stigmatize a sensitive child.  You’re talking about what a great job one of your kids is doing in school.  “She is doing so well,” you say.  “She got another awesome grade on her test.  She is just really smart.” As your other child listens, they infer that they are not the smart one.

2. We call them a name, they hear a label.  This is unintentional labeling.  Your kids are all outside playing when they start having races in the backyard. One of your kids loses every time.  You mean no harm, and your child is a good sport, so you say, “Hey, Slowpoke!  You look like a turtle out there!” Of course, you meant it all in fun, but your child has just heard a label he’ll likely remember.  If you’ve done this before, or the next time you do it, apologize right away and reassure your child that he is not the label.

3. You label in anger.  Even the most caring mom can snap and say something she shouldn’t.  You’re tired, you’re frustrated, and you’re tired of seeing your child’s room look like a disaster area.  I had to admit I am sometimes guilty of this thing. So the words come flying out of your mouth, “This room is disgusting!  You are so lazy!”  Your child’s room may be a mess.  Your child may have lazy tendencies, but bringing up those challenges in anger is a negative approach.

4. You put your labels on them. One mom told her son, “Oh, you have a bad memory, just like me.”  That child went through college and medical school thinking he had a poor memory, even though reality showed he didn’t.  So when you make an observation about yourself, don’t inadvertently lump them in with you.

5. Your labels feel like pressure.  You may think that labeling your child as the best student in his class, or the fastest runner on his team might motivate him, but it can actually feel like pressure.  What if he gets a bad grade or isn’t the fastest runner?  Labeling him as such sets him up to feel like he’s let you down when he doesn’t live up to your label.

Monday, May 26, 2014

Max's Restaurant Supports Gilas Pilipinas National Basketball Team to World FIBA 2014: #PusoToTheMax

Max's Restaurant had always been proud to be a global Filipino brand and therefore has shown its full support towards Filipinos' excellence in every field there is. Selected bloggers were invited last May 19 for a surprise meet up Max's Restaurant had for them. So there we were, we felt like grade school kids on a huge bus awaiting whatever surprise the much-loved restaurant had in store for us all. But it is obvious from the looks on our faces how excited we were. Some were even anticipating, could it be a special meet up Max's Restaurant has arranged with its brand ambassador and endorser Coco Martin? But then, why do we have to go to the Meralco compound in Ortigas? 

The biggest reveal came when we stepped on the bus in front of the Meralco gym where we were welcomed by Max's Restaurant Brand Manager Mr. Bobby Simborio. We were immediately given the official Max's Restaurant's #PusoToTheMax shirt--with the National Team Gilas Pilipinas players' signatures on the said shirt's back. Max's Restaurant is one of the official sponsors of Gilas Pilipinas National Team as they compete in the World FIBA Cup 2014 in Spain. 

It was an opportunity for us to get to know the players of the national team before they practice. We were given a few minutes to take photos with them, and to be honest, it really felt like everyone seemed to be in a #fangirl mode. We've met popular basketball coaches Norman Black and Chot Reyes. I've seen Norman Black before when my beloved Kyle attended Batang PBA Basketball Sessions before. But it's my first time to have a photo taken with him. We also got to meet other members of the Gilas Pilipinas National Team such as Barangay Ginebra's Japeth Aguilar and L.A. Tenorio, Rain or Shine's Paul Lee and Beau Belga, Gabe Norwood, Jeff Chan, Meralco Bolts' Gary David, Talk n' Text's Larry Fonacier and  Jayson
Castro, etc...
The Ateneo De Manila High School Basketball Team

Too bad, according to the organizers, one of the more popular players Marc Pingris has sore eyes so he was not present during that night. But hopefully, we could have another opportunity perhaps to see him in person soon in the future. Even the entire Ateneo De Manila High School Basketball campers were there to give the team the support that they need.

Towering basketball guy, Japeth Aguilar made me look like a fat dwarf. 

The Purple Plum Fairy with Coach Norman Black

The entire Max's Restaurant executives, officers and personnel came to show their support to the entire members of Gilas Pilipinas National Team as they make their bout and carry the country's colors in the upcoming World FIBA Cup in Spain. With the official Max's Restaurant hashtag #PusoToTheMax, it really takes a lot of fighting heart to go forth and shine in the World FIBA, but with companies like Max's Restaurant at the helm, ready to support the Philippine National Team who call themselves "Gilas Pilipinas", win or lose, they will still be winners in the eyes of many simply by making it there--qualifying for the World FIBA Championship in Spain alone already makes them winners in their own rights. 

So go forth, Team Philippines! Good luck in your future games. May you guys bring home the bacon! 

Special thanks to Max's Restaurant for the opportunity to meet the Gilas Pilipinas coaches and team members. 

Disclaimer: I am not compensated for this post. Opinions expressed are my own.

Friday, May 16, 2014


Celebrate the International Museum Day with a bang! Hop on from one museum to another and take advantage of this once-a-year opportunity as museums like Ayala Museum and Museo Pambata opens its doors to the general public this coming May 18, 2014, Sunday with a FREE ADMISSION. This is the day that raises awareness of how important museums are in the development of the society.  There will be special performance from Edsel Gomez, a Puerto Rican jazz pianist at 7:00PM, where tickets are available at Php150. But then again, a free admission to Ayala Museum is something worth going for. We really enjoyed the collection of ancient golds as well as the dioramas of the Philippine history. It's such a joy to be able to see a sense of your own roots right before your eyes even if they're made of miniature items. Your kids and the entire family will surely treasure and enjoy the experience. So mark your calendars, be at the Ayala Museum on Sunday, May 18! 

Disclaimer: I am not compensated for this post. Opinions expressed are my own. 


Mommies, rejoice! Now is the chance to bring your kids to Museo Pambata, the country's first and only museum made specifically with kids in mind. In celebration of the International Museum Day, Museo Pambata welcomes their guests on May 18,2014, Sunday from 1:00PM-5:00PM By treating them to FREE ENTRANCE. Yup. Guests during those times on Sunday will not be charged with the usual Php150.00 admission entrance. So take advantage of this opportunity, come one, come all. If your kids haven't been to Museo Pambata, it's one of the best places where kids can simply be kids--they can run, do tactile things and there's actually a lot of stuff that will surely stimulate their senses. Mark that date: May 18--it's a great way to spend your weekend by doing something fun with the entire family. 

Disclaimer: I am not compensated for this post. Opinions expressed are my own.

Thursday, May 15, 2014

Ways to Get that Perfect Smile and be confident!

Everyone wants to achieve a perfect smile especially when you see celebrities smile confidently. We tend to believe that to get that picture perfect smile we have to opt for corrective dental procedures and go for teeth whitening sessions. Here are 20 ways to get that perfect smile and maintain it, without burning a hole in your pocket from your friendly folks at Green Apple Dental Clinic/MRC Clinics.

1. Lighten up
Brushing daily with toothpaste that contains baking soda helps in maintaining the whiteness. It will always build up your confidence in maintaining the perfect smile.

2. Get gorgeous gums
Your gums are at focus every time you smile and so to keep them pink you should use whitening floss, following up with a quick gargle of brightening.

3. Eat fibrous foods:
Fibrous foods like apples and carrots have an exfoliating effect and help remove surface stains which help in maintaining the whiteness of your teeth and in turn enhances your smile

4. Check your cracks
Grinding teeth can also be a major cause of cracked teeth. Consult your dentist to determine if you are clenching or grinding your teeth, and if you could benefit from a protective thin night guard.

5. Fill the spaces
Spaces between the edges of the teeth are unattractive and might ruin the smile. People view your smile and dark spaces can be disturbing to the eye. Therefore consider cosmetic dental bonding to close spaces and enhance your Smile.

6. Protect your teeth and gums
Getting your teeth and gums camera-ready requires a bit of behind-the-scenes preparation. Correct cracked, broken, or missing teeth by visiting a dentist on regular intervals.

7. Replace missing teeth
Missing Teeth limits you from Smiling whole heartedly. The most obvious form of dental neglect is a missing tooth, as it instantly draws somebody's attention to the mouth. So it is advisable to replace the missing teeth and smile the way you want.

8. Whiten your teeth
Teeth get stained by either chewing tobacco or due to old age or hereditary. Discoloration is expected for most of us who smoke, drink lots of tea and coffee leading to a dull smile that's lost its radiance. Whitening strips or laser treatment aids in whitening your teeth. This encourages you to smile brighter and bigger.

9. Eat fruits & vegetables
Fruits and vegetables, along with a balanced diet, have been noted for decreasing tooth decay and promoting oral health. A number of fruits and vegetables are good sources for vitamin C, some contain iron and calcium, and they don't contain added sugars. Fruits and vegetables are also composed mostly of water, and it provides a moist environment that is not conducive to bacterial growth.

10.Safeguard your mouth
Do not neglect dental check-ups, loose tooth, sensitivity or pain in your gums. It is very important to keep a check on all of them. Brushing can also help prevent decay.

11. Flossing
Proper flossing removes plaque and food particles in places where a toothbrush cannot easily reach, under the gum line and between your teeth. Building up of plague can lead to tooth decay and gum disease, hence daily flossing is very essential.

12. Eat healthy
Eating high sugar content or high calorie food can lead to decay in the teeth. Brushing or rinsing your mouth with water is essential to maintain the structure of your teeth and moreover your smile.

13. Avoid aerated drinks
Aerated drinks and even diet drinks have many acids that can over a period of time, cause loss of tooth making the enamel weak and more acceptable to decay which leads to imperfect smile.

14. Say no to smoking cigarettes and chewing tobacco
These habits lead to risk of oral cancers. Smoking and chewing tobacco can also have adverse effects on your teeth like discolouring your teeth and bad breath.

15. Chewing sugar free gum
Using sugar free gums can help in removing bacteria and germs from your teeth. They are proven to be helpful in prevention of decay which in turn leads to maintaining the perfect smile.

16. Avoid eating between the meals
The cakes, chocolates, junk and other sugary foods that we eat between meals can cause tooth decay. Some sugary foods have a lot of fat in them.

17. Brush your tongue
Sometimes bad breath can be a major problem and so your tongue that actually forms a layer of its own bacteria must be checked and taken care of. . It does a great deal in helping to reduce overall oral bacteria and maintain oral hygiene.

18. Avoid oral piercing
Oral Piercing often leads to pain, swelling, infection, increased flow of saliva, and injury to the gums and due to all of this it plunders our smile.

19. Check your diabetes:
If you have diabetes, you have a greater risk of developing certain oral health problems .Controlling blood sugar levels can reduce the risk of these effects and in turn will help maintain your perfect smile.

20. Sleep well
A good sleep relaxes your mind and body. It naturally makes you feel good and hence boosts your smile.

Myofunctional Research Clinic or MRC Clinics is an Australian based dental concept technology that introduces an innovative and holistic way of improving the dental and facial development of growing children aged 5 to 15 years old. Dr. Gamaliel Urbi is a franchiser of MRC Clinic in the country and he is also the official lecturer in Asia. A first in the Philippines, MRC Clinic and Green Apple Dental opened its doors to the public in 2009. As of this time, it has four branches throughout the country--all located in different Ayala Malls--in Cebu, Davao, and TriNoMa mall.

May is Cervical Cancer Awareness Month: FREE CERVICAL CANCER SCREENING

Did you know that 12 Filipino women die from Cervical Cancer every day despite of it being a preventable disease through screening and vaccination? So what actually causes Cervical Cancer? The experts says that 100% of all Cervical Cancer cases are caused by the Human Papillomavirus (HPV). Moreover, a total of 50% sexually active individuals will catch HPV during their lifetime. Unfortunately, 6,000 Filipinas are diagnosed with Cervical Cancer annually while more than half will die in five years. 

The following are considered risk factors for Cervical Cancer: 

* Multiple sexual partners
* Intercourse at a very young age
* Smoking
* Risky Sexual Behaviors

Early stages of cervical cancer do not have symptoms but late stages may have to suffer from abdominal pain and vaginal bleeding. The question is how can women protect themselves? Women can protect themselves by means of sexual abstinence, a monogamous marriage/relationship, regular screening and checkup and for young adolescent girls ages 10-14 years old, cervical cancer vaccination. 

Here's a piece of GOOD NEWS! Since the month of May is Cervical Cancer Awareness Month, This month of May, the Department of Health will be holding FREE Cervical Cancer screenings for women aged 21 years old and above at DOH-retained hospitals nationwide. Screenings will be offered to the public every Wednesday in Metro Manila, every Friday in Luzon, every Tuesday in Visayas and every Thursday in Mindanao. To find the nearest hospital near you, visit
For more information about the said screening, call +632- 651-7800 locals 1751 and 1752.
To know more about Cervical Cancer and other HPV-related diseases, go to

For my blog readers' convenience, I have here a list of the hospitals where you can go to and inquire about the FREE CERVICAL CANCER SCREENINGS. 

METRO MANILA Hospitals (Screenings are held Every Wednesday)
* Jose Reyes Memorial Medical Center
*Dr. Jose Fabella Memorial Hospital
*Tondo Medical Center
*Quirino Memorial Medical Center
*Amang Rodriguez Medical Center
*Rizal Medical Center
*Las Pinas General Hospital and Satellite Trauma Center
*Valenzuela General Hospital
*San Lorenzo Ruiz Memorial Hospital
*Jose N. Rodriguez Memorial Hospital

LUZON (Screenings are held Every Friday):
*Region 1 Medical Center
*Ilocos Training and Regional Medical Center
*Mariano Marcos Memorial Medical Center
*Baguio General Hospital and Medical Center
*Luis Hora Memorial Hospital
*Conner District Hospital
*Veterans Regional Hospital
*Far North General Hospital and Training Center
*Cagayan Valley Medical Center
*Southern Isabela General Hospital
*Batanes General Hospital
*Paulino J. Garcia Memorial Research and Medical Center
*Jose B. Lingad Memorial Regional Hospital
*Talavera Extension Hospital
*Bataan General Hospital
*Batangas Regional Hospital
*Culion Sanitarium
*Ospital ng Palawan
*Bicol Medical Center
*Bicol Regional Training and Teaching Hospital
*Bicol Sanitarium

VISAYAS: ( Screenings are held every Tuesday)
*Western Visayas Medical Center
*Don Jose Monfort Medical Center Extension Hospital
*Corazon Locsin Montelibano Regional Hospital
*Western Visayas Sanitarium
*Vicente Sotto Memorial Medical Center
*Celestino Gallares Memorial Medical Center
*St. Anthony Mother and Child Hospital
*Eversely Child Sanitarium
*Talisay District Hospital
*Eastern Visayas Memorial Medical Center
*Schistosomiasis Control and Research Hospital

MINDANAO (Screenings are held every Thursday)

*Zamboanga City Medical Center
*Dr. Jose Rizal Memorial Hospital
*Mindanao Central Sanitarium
*Basilan General Hospital
*Margosa Tubig Regional Hospital
*Labuan Public Hospital
*Northern Mindanao Medical Center
*Hilarion A. Ramiro Sr. Regional and Teaching Hospital
*Davao Regional Hospital
*Davao Medical Center
*Cotabato Regional Medical Center
*Cotabato Sanitarium
*AMAI Pakpak Medical Center
*CARAGA Regional Hospital
*Adela Serna Ty Memorial Medical Center

So, what are you waiting for? Take advantage of these FREE CERVICAL CANCER SCREENINGS and head for the nearest hospital within your area. Prevention is way better than cure. It's best to have your screenings done early than be sorry later on.

Disclaimer: I am not compensated for this post. Opinions expressed are 100% my own.

Friday, May 9, 2014

Stress-Busting Pamper Escape at Tony Galvez Salon

For all of us who has been feeling tired and stressed from both home chores, work loads and everyday errands, don't we all deserve a break and enjoy life's joie de vivre as we embark on a stress busting pamper escape even for a day's off? It's about time to get some much-needed me-time and R and R. After all, there is no better way to reward one's hard work than giving in to a little self-indulgence. And at Tony Galvez Salon, finding a place for rejuvenating the mind, body and spirit is such a breeze what with its wide selection of salon, spa and wellness treatment services it offers. 

From updating your looks with the latest cut under the expert hands of hair guru and master coiffeur himself, Mr. Tony Galvez, or getting a gorgeous locks, to having a hand and feet blowout or that full body massage you always crave for, the exquisite pleasures of complete relaxation are there for your taking. 

Look forward to a more fabulous "Me-time" at Tony Galvez Salon, which offers an appealing array of services for pampering and looking good. Update your hair style just as I did with the latest cut and color or fancy up your crowning glory with hair extenders, all while having a mani-pedi and relaxing massage. 

Enjoy a superb hands and feet blowout with cozy and comfy chairs while getting your nails done just the way you like it. Look younger and refreshed with a facial and diamond peel treatments or have your warts zapped off. Continue your indulgence with body scrubs, body waxing, hand paraffin, eyelash extension or eyelash rebonding curl. With so many services to choose from, you'll definitely come back for more! 


At Tony Galvez Salon, you'll certainly look perfectly gorgeous each time you visit. Oh, here's a tip: They do offer ONLINE Consultation thru iPhone Facetime or Webcam. They also do Home Service for Hair Care Services. They also have an attractive Wedding Package at a very reasonable price. By request, they also do fashion, hair and makeup styling and even photography. Not to mention, Tony Galvez didn't rest on his laurels as he continued to add more feathers on his cap--his desire to bestow crowning glories to both men and women, to pass on his skills and share his knowledge and expertise with others. It's no longer surprising that it eventually inspired him to establish his own school, The Tony Galvez School of Cosmetology (TGSC).

"We are the only cosmetology school in the Philippines that offers cosmetology courses with a curriculum based on international standards and global training structure, that are intensive and rigorous, to hone students to be globally competitive," Galvez said.

He's also proud to say that they are the only beauty school in the country to be recognized and accredited by the National-Interstate Council of State Boards of Cosmetology in the United States. Our hairdressing and cosmetology courses comply with the international licensing requirements."

Galvez travels abroad to gather more information, experience and to become updated with and keep up with the latest trends in hairstyling and hair treatment globally. The great news is whatever valuable innovation he learns from there, he shares and introduces here in the Philippines.

Tony Galvez Salon is located at Tony Galvez Centrum, 9th Avenue (near SM Cubao) Cubao, Quezon City

For inquiries and appointment:
Log on to their website:

Disclaimer: I am not compensated for my post. Opinions expressed are 100% my own.

ProTips + YOUnique: Discover your Unique Professional Potential” A Back-to-Back Learning Opportunity on How to Excel and Thrive in the Marketplace

Here's something every fresh graduate shouldn't miss. Take advantage of this opportunity! 

Calling all fresh graduates and young professionals...
and all who feel the need to be refreshed at their present jobs!
CSM Publishing is inviting you to the seminar Protips + YOUnique: Discover Your Unique Professional Potential featuring speakers Maloi Salumbides and Jayson Lo on June 14, 2014, 2-6pm at Powerbooks Greenbelt 4.
This learning opportunity aims to equip fresh graduates and young professionals for success through discovering their unique potentials and committing to pursue excellence and become key players in the marketplace.
Maloi Salumbides is a broadcaster, motivational speaker, author and life-long learner. She has exemplified in her life the value of excellence as she encourages her readers and listeners to “be a blessing in the workplace” through her best-selling ProTips books and radio broadcast. Her featured book for the seminar, ProTips: As You Enter the Race, “GETs  you ready for the workplace with a winning mindSET that will make you GO with confidence, influence and excellence!”
Jayson Lo is a public speaker and adviser to companies, educational institutions, and non-profit organizations. He desires to help people achieve their fullest potential. He also authored the best-selling book YOUnique and its youth version, YOUnique Youth.
As practicing professionals, both speakers understand the challenges and demands of the workplace. Their willingness to share their expertise and experiences through this seminar stems from their desire to create positive influence and promote godly values in the lives of individuals.
Their respective books will also be available for sale at the venue. CSM Publishing partners with National Bookstore and Powerbooks, and with 702 DZAS Agapay ng Sambayanan as the official media partner.
This seminar is absolutely FREE. Interested participants may fill out the registration form at this link: ProTips+YOUnique Event Registration.
For more information, you may email, call 852-7301 to 04, or visit

Monday, May 5, 2014

Herbcare's Glucosamine Max and Wheatgrass Max Dietary Supplement Review

I have heard of the power of wheatgrass before and I have tried it myself. But I guess I'm someone who'd seriously take that as a way to detoxify and not as daily juice intake. I've been given the chance to review two products from Herbcare Center: Glucosamine Max (a once-a-day nutritional powder drink) that promotes healthier joints and WheatgrassMax (a food supplement that improves power and stamina). Of course, getting to know the immense benefits of both products is something new to me and thus served as a 'challenge' for me especially since wheatgrass now enjoys a certain degree of popularity to the extent that it is now a way of life among health and fitness enthusiasts. 

The deep green Wheatgrass powder in WheatgrassMax contains a number of important nutrients such as high percentages of carbohydrates, protein, vitamins, minerals, antioxidants, chlorophyll and insoluble fiber are available in the natural synergistic form that makes it a complete food that the body requires daily to enhance power and stamina. 

Wheatgrass Max also has high amino acid content that includes Leucine that promotes the healing of muscle tissue, skin, and bones as well as aids in increasing growth hormone production. It is also beneficial for those who'd want to look sexier as it also includes Methionine which is a powerful anti-oxidant that assists in the breakdown of fats and prevents fat build-up while Valine is also needed for muscle metabolism and coordination, tissue repair, and for the maintenance of proper nitrogen in the body. Apart from all these benefits, WheatgrassMax is also packed with Vitamin C, E, and K, biotin, choline, lycopene, beta-carotene, thiamine, riboflavin, niacin, pantothenic acid, pyridoxine, folic acid, calcium, cobalt, copper, alanine and arginine.

The taste? It's 100% organic so it tastes exactly just the way it should be. The deep green color and aroma indicates the fresh wheatgrass made into powder form. One teaspoon of wheatgrass is equivalent to an entire spinach salad weighing a full 50 grams. I'm no fan of veggies especially the leafy ones but WheatgrassMax enables me to have nutrient-rick boosters in a juice form for an easier digest. Loaded with essential vitamins and micro-nutrients equivalent to a week's vegetable consumption of an average person, WheatgrassMax is perfect for athletes and those who lead an active lifestyle because it will surely give them a steady supply of energy. 

As for the other product, GlucosamineMax, it tasted like an oral rehydration salt when you drink it as it is or a buko juice (young coconut juice). But then, you can dissolve it in juices or any beverage drink that you want if you'd rather not take it as it is. GlucosamineMx is a dietary supplement which aims to prevent joint pain and early degeneration of the joint cartilage. Studies have shown that Glucosamine Sulfate helps maintain healthier joint cartilage and rehabilitate damaged cartilage to regain pain-free joint mobility. 

I'm not getting any younger, I'm also overweight so both makes me prone to joint pain. As we age, our body's natural production of natural glucosamine slows down. This leads to the thinning of the joint cartilage and loss of its flexibility to cushion joint movements. The way to treat joint pain is to get rid of its symptoms through lifestyle modification, proper exercise, manual therapy, painkillers and Glucosamine Sulfate dietary supplements. 

As most of my friends know, my Mom and I had recently met an accident which caused her to have partial hip replacement. She's now recuperating and hopefully will soon start her rehabilitation so she can walk again. She's been taking GlucosamineMax as part of her rehabilitation to help restore joint cartilage back to health and retards progression of damage to joints. 

Herbcare's WheatgrassMax and Glucosamine Max are available in leading drugstores nationwide. For more info, please log on to or email them at

Disclaimer: I am not compensated for this post. Opinions expressed are 100% my own. 
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