Why Should you Read The Finishers

When creating a technology-based business, you can’t help but be inspired by the stories of Mark Zuckerberg, Steve Jobs or Elon Musk. One cannot imagine the seemingly unfathomable challenges that they conquered to get to where they are. Reading and watching their stories have inspired people around the globe, including our kababayans. But even when the world is a little bit smaller (or maybe event a lot smaller!) than before, most of us still think that the path to greatness only lie in a few parts of the world.

We’d love to be the next Mark Zuckerberg or Jessica Alba, but we still think that we, in the Philippines, may not have a chance. We think that we are still worlds apart, and that dream may never be a reality.

Don’t just let go of your dreams just yet, as this book called The Finishers, may be just what you need. Do you know that in this book, Ezra Ferraz, the author and a good friend of mine, documents 11 stories of founders who have successfully made exits.

An exit strategy is a contingency plan that is executed by an investor, trader, venture capitalist or business owner to liquidate a position in a financial asset or dispose of tangible business assets once certain predetermined criteria for either has been met or exceeded. (Read more here: Exit Strategy http://www.investopedia.com/terms/e/exitstrategy.asp#ixzz4q0aqrY1L). The dream is really to achieve an exit.

And it’s quite a surprise that not everyone really know that we have founders here in the Philippines who have actually exited. “All of these founders hail from different industries. They have different functional expertise. Some are Filipino born and raised. Others are balikbayans. Still others are immigrants. Yet they all find common ground in the shared belief that you can build a world-class tech company right here in the Philippines.”

I have started reading the book and one of the things that I like about this book is that it brings us closer to reality — the reality that we can also achieve our dreams and ambitions, and we can actually make it big in the global tech arena. We often think that only startups in places like Silicon Valley, Tel Aviv or Singapore can make it big. We, too, can create, build and lead a company that can change how the things work in a global scale.

Another reality is that everyone can have a bright idea, but it all boils down to how bad the founder wants it. From the stories that I have read, most of these founders persevered even amidst competition, barriers, uncertainty, etc. They executed ideas and strategies, pivoted when something did’t work and were all relentless.

So if you have a dream, go for it! The Finishers, by author Ezra Ferras, will help you stay motivated and inspired throughout your start-up journey. It will give you a glimpse into the life that you will have and a peek into a life that you can have.

Order here: https://www.facebook.com/TheFinishersPh/

The Finishers will also be available for purchase at The Freelancer Fair: http://manilaworkshops.com/events/thefreelancerfair2017

 

 

Keeping your Skin Healthy when You Can’t Follow a Korean Skin Care Routine

I’ve been blogging about the 10 step Korean skin care routine, but not everyone will have the luxury of time to follow it. So I wondered, is it possible to have great skin, even without following the 10 steps? If so, what steps are essential and what steps can you do away with? The inquisitive me was brought to the doorstep of Derm HQ, the clinic of Dra. Gail Vitas. Dra. Gaile is a dermatologist of almost 4 years. In her clinic, she offers the basic offerings like facial, wart removal, diamond peel, etc. and also advanced treatments for psoriasis, skin asthma, acne, etc.

Dra. Gaile Vitas of Derm HQ

Dra. Gaile tells me that she customizes what she suggests to each of her patients. Why? Each individual will have a different skin type.

*Image from Sephora

Also, each one will be of a different age, each one will have habits that are different from others, etc. So I asked Dra. Gaile Vitas about my own situation. I wanted to know if I really had to follow the 10 steps. This is my profile:

Ginger – 30-40 Female / rarely gets pimples / works in front of the computer (a lot!) / hardly gets exposed to the sun / hardly exercises nowadays / has one kid

This is what Dra. Gaile from Derm HQ recommends:

CLEANSER – Use a soap free cleanser (Cetaphil, Avene, etc.) We, Filipinos, think if something has bubbles or mabula, we think it cleans our skin better. This is not true. For those who love to wear make-up also, Dra. Gaile suggests using Micellar Water. Micellar Water is both hydrophilic and hyrophobic, which means that it can remove both oil and water based products.

SUNSCREEN – Dra. Gail advised me to use sunscreen which has 30 SPF and above which protects the skin from UVA and UVB. We all need to re-apply sunscreen after every 2 hours. We should apply 1/4 teaspoon, but if you are swimming, apply every hour. She also mentioned that it’s not about the SPF, but about the area of the skin that the sunscreen covers.  Also, in the Philippines, there are only a few brands that protect your skin, not only from UVA and UVB, but also from Infra red and Visible Light. Since I’m always in front of the computer, Dra. Gaile recommended that I use any of these two brands that you can get from Derm HQ.

These are Frezy Derm and Helio Care. I purchased Frezy Derm, and I love it! Honestly, the best sunscreen I have tried so far.

Here is my review of Frezy Derm!


EXFOLIANT – We should also exfoliate. She still believes that we should use AHA or Alpha Hydroxy Acid or Mandelic Acid (Mandelic acid is actually an alpha hydroxy acid that comes from bitter almonds).

ANTI-AGING – Given my age, and for those of you who are 30 and above, do start using anti-aging products. These are products that contain retinoids, tretinoin (only in low dosages, 0.025%), retinal dehyde, vitamin C, etc. Once you start aging, there is a delay in the production of collagen. These products help delay collagen degeneration.

So if I get tired of following the 10 step skin care routine, these are the things that I should constantly do and use still. These are the products that are important in keeping my skin healthy!

Visit Dra. Gaile of Derm HQ and schedule a consultation! It’s never too late to start your own skin regimen!

DERM HQ is located at 2nd Floor, Island Plaza Bldg, 105 LP Leviste St., Salcedo Village, Makati City!

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/dermhq/

 

Mijin Cosmetics from the Korean Products Festival 2017

This week, I will be sharing with you some of the products that I got from the Korean Products Festival 2017. This was a two day event that was held in SMX Aura. Check out this video of what transpired!

The first product that I will feature are these two facial masks from Mijin Cosmetics. Mijin Cosmetics, as I have heard and researched, is known for their facial masks. I got a brochure from them, and I think think have close to a hundred variants of facial masks.

During the Korean product festival, they closed early because they sold all of their products! I was lucky to have had the chance to buy one pack of 10 of the Horse Oil and one pack of 10 of the Jeju Mayu Moisturizing Mask.

Here is my vlog about on the Horse Oil Mask:

Both products are for nourishing and firming and tightening. The Jeju Mayu is part of the Selection Prestige Mask. The only difference, according to the lady in the booth, is that the Jeju Mayu just has a higher moisturizing effect. These products that they have are certified by CFDA (Certificate of Health in China). The horse oil that they have is from Jeju Island and it provides moisture and vitality to lackluster skin.

I actually gave some Horse Oil Masks to my aunts, so that they can try it. I’ve been using the Jeju Mayu Moisturizing Mask 3 times a week, and it really moisturizes the skin. I really feel that these products are working!

If you want to check out more products from Mijin, you can visit http://www.mjcare.co.kr

*Mijin Cosmetics is a producer/seller of sheet mask packs and an OEM/ODM specialized manufacturer. They possess some of the best technological capabilities and continue developing various products such as basic cosmetics and skin care patches.

Would I recommend these masks? Of course! I already did!

Love,

 

S&R Membership Club July Shower of Savings

I feel so refreshed! I did some decluttering in my home, and I’m so eager to face the day. It feels different when you see that your cabinets and drawers are so organized. It seems like they can breathe more, and you can breathe more 🙂 One of the things that we can do to save money is to hold a “garage” sale. In my case, it was more like a sala sale! Check out how my house looked for the past days.

My friend taught me the KonMari Method, where you only choose the things that spark joy. I was surprised that I owned so much stuff! I am putting away around 2 balikbayan boxes of clothes. We just started tidying up our clothes, since we’re doing it per category. I’ve been earning (at least a little) from selling my pre-loved items, and I feel amazing. The little that I earn from the clothes that I owned can be used to buy things that will really spark joy. Now, I am more intentional when I shop. I see to it that I really want it. Speaking of shopping and savings, another way that you can save while getting the things that you really want during this month of July is to visit S&R Membership Club! Oh my! They are offering huge discounts on several items — and really quality items. Check out these items that I’m looking at buying. I have actually bought a few already 🙂

For those looking to move into a new apartment, office or space, check this out!

  1. 1.5HP Inverter Aircon from GREE at Php 38,000+. When you buy this, you get a FREE (yes, take note of this!) 1HP Aircon from GREE, probably worth around Php 15K+.

For those looking for quality luggages for travel this year!

2. Nicole Miller 3 pc Luggage set in these cute colors for only Php 12,999 from Php 14,999

3. PERRY ELLIS 2 pc Luggage Set at Php 10,499 from Php 12,499

4. MIA TORO 2 pc Luggage set at Php 5999.95 from Php 6999.95

For those looking for clothes, comforters and things for their baby!

5. Pekkle 4 piece Diaper shirt at only Php 499.95 from Php 649.95

6. Pekkle 4 pc Gift Set at Php 549 from 849

7. Big Believers Traveler Bed in a Bag (Twin) for only Php 999.95 from Php 1799.95

8. Canadian Baby Comforter with pillow 24 x 42 at Php 849.95 each from Php 1049.95

9. Cotton Tails Baby Wipes at Php 499 (Buy 1 Take 1)

10. Pampers Diapers.. Save Php 100 if you buy 2!

For the homemaker!

11. Delichef Bread Toaster at Php 1499 (Buy 1 Take 1)

12. Food Network Ceramic Coated 10 pc Cookware Set at Php 3499 from 6999

For the food lover!

13. North Star English Toffee 6 pack (Php 299 — Buy 1 Take 1)

14. US Assorted Loaf at Php 189.oo (Buy 1 Take 1) — Flavors are Rhum Loaf with Almond, Coffee and Red Velvet!

 

These are the great deals that S&R Membership Club is offering you! These and many more, actually! What are the great deals that you have seen in S&R Membership Club this month? Please share it with us using #LoveSnR and#SnREveryday More details on Facebook @snrmembershipshopping and Instagram @snr_official

Love,

Mommy Ginger

 

 

 

 

PS. I’ll blog about the KonMari Method in another post 🙂

Whiten Teeth with AP24 Toothpaste from Nu Skin

One of my goals for self care is to whiten my teeth. I’ve been a coffee drinker since I was in college, and it’s true that it makes your teeth yellow. Although, my dentist said that teeth should be yellowish. Being a bit yellowish
(it actually shouldn’t be as white as paper!) means that your teeth is strong.

But of course, I want to bring my teeth back to (at least) the actual color that it should be. From research, I got to find out that if your teeth are more yellowish than before, it is due to both intrinsic and extrinsic stains. Extrinsic stains are those that can be found on the surface of the enamel, which is the the hard and outermost layer of your teeth. Enamel that is said to be even harder than bone can still be easily stained by dark-colored foods and beverages. These things are high in chromogens that produce pigment that stick to tooth enamel.

The other cause are intrinsic stains, which (as the term used explains) happens within the tooth. Different factors alter the light-transmitting properties of the enamel and the underlying dentin. These are sometimes caused by medication that tend to cause discoloration. Ingredients like chlorhexidine, minocycline, etc. can cause these intrinsic stains.

So going back to my desire for whiter teeth, I really just wanted my teeth to look a few shades whiter. I saw this video: https://www.facebook.com/allthingsnu/posts/1880339782207080

After seeing this, I wanted to try AP24 Toothpaste by Nu Skin. I just saw it on my friends wall, and I am not in anyway, selling this product. I just really wanted to try if it’s effective.

The active ingredient is Sodium monofluorophosphate (MFP), which is an inorganic compound with the chemical formula Na2PO3F. (*wikipedia). MFP is odourless, colourless, and water-soluble. This salt is an ingredient in some toothpastes.

This toothpaste aids in the prevention of tooth decay. I used the product for 7 days, and since the objective was whitening, here are some pictures to compare:

July 15, 2017

July 24, 2017

Noticed that it was a bit whiter. I’m excited that it can actually whiten it more, since it has been just exactly 9 days. I’ll continue using the product and let you know how it goes! The toothpaste is not that “bubbly”, but it’s not really something we should look for. I think it does it’s job of fighting cavities, which is good.

Overall, I think that the AP24 Toothpaste of Nu Skin does what it says it does. I think its safe to use (I’ve heard of whitening products that actually make your teeth weak), so I wanted to share this with you so you’ll consider a more effective and safer alternative. I’ll update the photo again after using it for two more weeks.

Have you tried this AP24 toothpaste? How was it for you? Was it effective? Please share it in social media and tag me (@mommyginger).

For more information about the product, you can visit: https://www.facebook.com/allthingsnu/

 

Magnolia Chicken for the Roasted Chicken that I love! #PambansangManok

I love chicken! 🙂 I’m always looking for delicious chicken to bring home, and what I normally buy is whole roasted chicken that I ask them to chop. I take what I can eat for my meal then keep the rest inside the fridge to eat for the next meal. I can tell you where the best roasted chicken are, but then recently, I realised that I can’t assure my family that the cooked chicken that I purchase is fresh. So being the main decision maker and the “queen” of the household, I decided to just buy raw chicken and just cook it at home.

I buy Magnolia chicken, because the chicken that I buy from them is always fresh. The Magnolia chicken are raised in stress free environments, with Omega 3, free from antibiotic residue, and free from hormones and steroids. I also love that Magnolia has spearheaded a monumental campaign empowering Mom’s all over to choose only the best, and freshest, when it comes to serving the family – because when you have the power to choose, why settle for anything less than the best? From now on, I am choosing what’s best for y family!

Like the queens of Philippine pageant history and the country’s pride – Gloria Diaz, Miss Universe 69’, Margie Moran, Miss Universe ’73, and, Pia Wurtzbach, Miss Universe 15’, we can all choose what’s best for our families.

Since I love roasted chicken, I’m sharing the best marinades that I have seen on the internet:

https://addapinch.com/best-grilled-chicken-marinade-recipe/

http://www.marthastewart.com/1144303/delicious-chicken-marinade-recipes-upgrade-dinner

http://www.taste.com.au/recipes/mustard-lemon-rosemary-roast-chicken/1f1b779e-0881-46dd-a8bf-315ced8d5ecb

Do you have other roasted chicken recipes that you’d love to share! Share it using #PambansangManok. Choose the best ingredients for your family. Choose Magnolia, ang #PambansangManok.

For more updates on Magnolia Chicken, check out these pages:
IG: @Magnoliacsph
Twitter: @Magnoliacsph
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/MagnoliaChickenStationPhilippines/

Beauty and the Beast from REP Theater (Yey!!!)

When I was a child, I loved going to plays and musicals. I loved collecting different playbills. I loved to read, so I was amazed at how they can bring all of these stories to life. Being a stage performer is one of the my frustrations! haha!

I’d love my daughter to experience these plays and witness the amazing talented performers that we have in the Philippines. What better way to introduce her to plays, but to start with a story that she already knows. We all love Beauty and the Beast, right moms? I’m so excited to share with you that REP is bringing this magical and timeless fairytale to life at Onstage, Greenbelt 1 from August 12 to December 14!

REP’s staging of Beauty and the Beast is this year’s production of the REP Theater for Young Audiences, which is celebrating its 25th anniversary. Cara Barredo, Alana Vincente, Jill Ita-as, and Maya Encila are set to play Beauty, while Arnel Carrion, Jos Jalbuena, Hans Eckstein, and George Schultz will be portraying the Beast.

Alana Vicente

Arnel Carrion

Cara Barredo

Han Eckstein

Jillian Ita-as

Jos Jalbuena

I can’t wait how REP Theater will tell the tale of a loving father who wanders into an enchanted garden as he takes shelter from a storm. Since he promised his daughter Belle (Beauty), the youngest of his three daughters, that he would bring her home a rose, he decides to pick one, unknowingly angering the Beast who owns the garden. As punishment for the “crime” that he committed, the Beast demands that Beauty live with him in his castle in exchange for her father’s freedom. Little does Beauty know that her captor is under a spell that can only be broken by true love.

Don’t miss this spellbinding show directed by REP’s Artistic Director and founder of REP Theater for Young Audiences Joy Virata, with book written by Peter de Valle and John Ahearn, music by Michael Valenti, and lyrics by Elsa Rael.

Seats are sure to go fast, so book yours right away! Purchase your tickets by calling REP at 843 3570 or Ticketworld at 891 9999, or log on to www.ticketworld.com.ph.

For updates and show schedules, log on to www.repertoryphilippines.ph, like and follow repertoryphilippines on Facebook and Instagram, and follow @repphils on Twitter.

Choosing the Right Diapers and Pampers Premium Care

I always thought that all diapers were one and the same — a diaper is a diaper is a diaper. This was what I thought until I researched and found out why Pampers Premium Care stands out. We all know that our consideration as a mom in choosing diapers should be one that keeps our babies healthy and happy! If they wake up in the middle of the night, several times (even if you already fed them), it “may” be because they are not comfortable with the “nappy” that they are wearing.

Here are the things that I found out about Pampers Premium Care that was so shockingly amazing!

– It was made in Japan with cutting-edge Japanese Technology for world-class care. There are a lot of amazing technologies that are developed in Japan, and these technologies make their products of utmost quality.

– You’ll immediately notice that the Pampers Premium Care diaper is very soft. Pampers makes sure that it uses quality materials that ensures softness, dryness, and comfort for babies’ sound sleep and happy mornings.

– I love the Magic Gel Channels that can only be found in the Pampers Premium Care line. When this technology was shown to us, we saw how fast the absorption was. It easily spread to the different parts of the diaper, therefore the problem of bunching up only in the lower part when the diaper becomes full won’t be a problem.

– The Magic Gel keeps baby dry also by turning liquid into crystal form in seconds. This gel is also the reason why a Pampers Premium Care diaper is thinner than other diapers!

– Pampers Premium Care has also upgraded diapers with with Skin Protection Lotion to wrap babies in silky softness that is gentle on skin.

– Pampers Premium Care has also has unique innovations designed specifically for a particular lifestage in your babies life. For newborns, the NB and S sizes come with a specially designed top sheet called the Absorb Away Liner. This quickly absorbs runny messes, and helps reduce the risk of skin irritation.

I was also so happy to know that the Pants variant is now available in the Philippines. In the Pants variant, a unique S-Flex technology protects the skin from friction. So when your toddler, like mine, loves moving around and running around, they can do so comfortably.

These are the things that I learned about diapers. I didn’t think that there was so much more really to choosing, but there is! After seeing this, I don’t think I’ll be looking at any other brands soon! If you want to see how Pampers can work for you, check out their store in Lazada: http://www.lazada.com.ph/pampers-official-store/?spm=a2o4l.brand-376.0.0.d88FWQ