One of the things that I’ve been trying to figure out is how to encourage Zeeka to eat properly, and not to forget to take care of herself even while at home. The frequent reminders from me, her dad and ate are still there (but these reminders sound like frequent “nagging” already; they’re not effective anymore). When you have a kid, you know that they are easily distracted by minute things. When Zeeka and the other kids were still going physically to school, school bells and hanging out with their classmates while doing things together were fun. Now, at home, during lunch or breaks, Zeeka gets easily distracted, so she ends up not finishing her food. She also forgets to drink while listening during her online class. But recently, I just had an “AHA” moment when I attended the b.box launch in the Philippines.
For those who don’t know what b.box is, b.box is Australia’s No. 1 brand of baby and kids products. Since b.box launched in 2009, it has redefined the industry, bringing to market products parents and kids love and industry leaders applaud. They have won more than 60 product and consumer awards, but what gives b.box the biggest buzz is seeing a parent and child using and loving their b.box product.
How b.box started?
Just to share, b.box was started by Dannielle Michaels in 2007 who was struggling to change her three-week-old infant’s nappy in a crammed airplane bathroom. Dannielle started a business from this pain with her best friend, Monique. Their first product was the nappy wallet, an all-in-one box that has built in wipes, a changing pad and storage for two diapers and a change of clothes.
Fast forward to today, they’ve built a multi-million dollar business with a successful track record in 45 countries, and growing! The b.box sippy cup is consistently the No. 1 selling sippy cup in Australia year on year.
With the changing times and kids staying at home most of the time, these b.box products are great gifts and great purchases. How I use the b.box Whole Foods Bento Box now is really to make lunchtime and snack time fun for her. She feel excited whenever she opens her b.box for lunch! The b.box drink bottle is also great for keeping them hydrated all throughout the day. It keeps them also from spilling liquids on their school books, notebooks and other materials.
I love the design of all b.box products. I think this is what makes them standout since they really know how kids use the prducts.
Do check out b.box products in the links below!
b.box products are distributed by TickledBabies.com and their official stores on Shopee and Lazada . They are also available at Mothercare, Rustans, and baby specialty stores nationwide.
Prutas Pilipinas… a good way to teach your kids about local fruits, our language and to love what we have in the Philippines!
We had a meeting with Zeeka’s Filipino teacher; the school has this occasional meeting of parents and teachers. Zeeka’s doing well in her class but the suggestion was really to have her practice more in the house.
A good way to practice with your kids is through singing. The remember things better when taught in a fun way. I remember that the first song that she sang in Filipino was “Bahay Kubo”. Recently, came across a new Filipino Folk song about our local fruits called “Prutas Pilipinas”. The music was created by National Artist Ryan Cayabyab, lyrics by Noel Ferrer and performed by The Company (I love The Company!!!). The song was created in collaboration with local juice brand, Locally, and aims to educate and celebrate one of the best things we as Filipinos can be proud of – our fruits.
Locally’s mission is to honor our Filipino farmers and their crops. This is very admirable as we need to support the agriculture industry in the Philippines. Also, our kids need to be aware of the different fruits that we have in our own country.
“Nature, music, and science come together in our song “Prutas Pilipinas”. What better way to celebrate life than to sing a song about our fruits that give us life!” says Ryan Cayabyab.
A way to spread more knowledge about something we all eat every day, “Prutas Pilipinas” not only names popular fruits, like mangoes, melons, and grapes but also more unique ones like chico, mangosteen, and dragonfruit. The song also mentions how nutritious and good these local fruits are, Locally’s way of championing what is proudly our own.
“I thought that it would be a good opportunity to start from basic fruits and expand it to a collective push for a healthy nation – para sa masigla, magaling at masayang Pilipinas. The genius of our National Artist Mr. Cayabyab, as shown in the excellent music, and the exceptional vocal quality and harmony of The Company made the song truly fun, dynamic, and meaningful,” shares Noel Ferrer.
“Prutas Pilipinas is that rare moment in OPM where we get to tick all of the right boxes. This contemporary folk song is entertaining, educational and edifying. Transcending merely sensory enjoyment, this song becomes a pro-active participant in nation-building,” says The Company founding member, Moy Ortiz.
The song has three versions – the first is the main song which has already been released and is quickly growing in popularity on Spotify. Set to be released soon, the second version integrates a little bit of “bugtungan” at the song’s beginning, while the third version is short and easy to memorize, made to be shared in schools nationwide through DepEd.
I love that Locally is helping out in this initiative. I used to pass by the stall near Mind Museum to buy Locally juices for Zeeka. You can buy Locally juices from all leading convenience stores and supermarkets. For more information, you may visit @Locally_PH on Instagram and Facebook.
With this initiative, I hope our children will appreciate our language and the resources that we have in the Philippines more!
The fear of getting sick, the fear of losing a loved one, and all other fears related to our physical well-being became more REAL during the pandemic. It’s not something that we should panic or worry about. Since these types of fear come from potential future threats, we can fight fear with proper planning. And what I am amazed with is that unique and convenient tools to help us plan for our future suddenly pop out! One that comes to my mind is the Cash for Dengue Costs from Singlife and GCash.
During these months in the Philippines, Dengue is prevalent. For those who don’t know, Dengue is caused by a mosquito bite. When I had dengue before, the symptoms (sintomas ng dengue) started three to fourteen days after you are bitten. It’s so hard to have Dengue nowadays because you’d think it’s COVID-19 especially when you have some dengue hemorrhagic fever symptoms like high fever. So just to share a few of Dengue’s symptoms, aside from high fever, you’ll probably have really bad headaches, vomit at times, have muscle and joint pains, and skin rashes. Recovery is also quite long since it takes two to seven days.
I briefly discussed this partnership between Singlife and GCash in this post: SINGLIFE AND GCASH LAUNCHED NO-FUSS PROTECTION. I was happy to see that a lot of you really wanted to learn more about Cash for Dengue Costs. In this article, I will give you a comprehensive guide on what Cash for Dengue Costs is, how to avail of this product and other details that you may be curious about.
What is Cash for Dengue Costs?
Singlife is a mobile-first digital life insurer that makes savings and protection products accessible to more Filipinos and their families. Since they leverage on technology, they can make plans more affordable and most importantly, hassle-free for each individual. These things are seen and experienced in the first product that they launched with GCash — Cash for Dengue Costs. This product gives Filipinos protection from unforeseen medical costs due to having Dengue and COVID-19.
How much do I need to pay and how much is the coverage?
Let’s go straight to the thing that surprised me the most! When I actually mentioned this to my husband, he thought I made a mistake when I said that these were the costs per year. He said, “You mean Php 700 per month, right?”. I double checked and these amounts are really what you need to pay yearly!
30 days old to 16 years old
Php 750 per year
Php 1375 per year
Php 1750 per year
17 years old to 54 years old
Php 300 per year
Php 550 per year
Php 700 per year
Benefit:Test Allowance Confinement Allowance Medical Cost Reimbursement
500 Up to 40,000
Up to 100,00
1000 Up to 80,000
Up to 200,00
1500 Up to 120,000
Up to 300,00
Let’s talk more about the Benefits!
Basically, purchasing any of the plans allows you to reimburse medical costs or expenses related to Dengue (and even COVID-19 for the first 10,000 customers who avail Cash for Dengue Costs on GCash).
The three benefits are:
Test Allowance: You can reimburse the costs for tests taken to determine if you have Dengue or COVID-19. This has a limit and varies depending on the plan that you availed.
Confinement Allowance: If you are confined due to Dengue or COVID-19, you can reimburse the cost of confinement. Again, this is up to a certain limit as indicated on the table above. And take note, this is on top of reimbursements from your HMOs or Philhealth if you are planning to avail those, too.
Medical Cost Reimbursement: You can reimburse the medical costs due to severe Dengue and COVID-19 up to the limit indicated above.
Again, the FREE COVID-19 cover is just an introductory offer for the first 10,000 customers who will avail of Cash for Dengue Costs on GCash from Singlife.
Who can purchase or avail Cash for Dengue Costs?
Only those with a fully verified GCash account and in between the ages 18 to 54 years old can buy Cash for Dengue Costs. You should be in good health and not a confirmed COVID-19 case. You are a Filipino citizen or a foreigner who is a legal resident of the Philippines. If you are qualified, you can receive your policy in less than 5 minutes.
Just follow these steps:
Click on the GInsure Icon.
Go to the Marketplace and click on the plan that you like.
Click on Buy Now at the bottom of the page.
Choose if you’d like to protect yourself or you and your family.
Make sure that you have chosen the plan that you like with the correct coverage level.
Key in the details of your family members. For individual plans, no need to enter anything.
Review the plan and details. Once you are good, click on “Confirm and Pay”. That’s it!
Note that customers are entitled to only one (1) policy each, either an Individual Plan or a Family Plan which includes qualified dependents.
It’s so easy that you don’t need to talk to anyone or have a face-to-face meeting with anyone just to avail of this product. As you can see, the process is purely digital from signing up and availing the plan to filing claims and securing payouts.
To renew your plan, the amount will automatically be deducted from your GCash wallet on the day of its expiration.
How to File Claims and Secure Payout?
Just in case (and we wish that you and your family won’t have to go through this) you need to file a claim, filing claims and receiving payouts all happen within the GCash app as well. This makes things all the more convenient, especially now that outdoor movement is still limited because of the pandemic.
You can submit the details of your claim and upload supporting documents through the Manage Insurance page on GCash. Just scan and upload these references.
The benefit for Dengue and COVID-19 positive test allowance claims will be paid out within 24 hours. Other benefits will require thorough review but once approved, payment will be issued within 3 banking days.
If Singlife needs more documents or needs to clarify something, they will contact you.
All payments will be credited directly to your GCash wallet or to your nominated bank account.
Aside from answering the questions above, here are some of the frequently asked questions of Cash for Dengue Costs:
So did I purchase the Singlife and GCash Cash for Dengue Costs? Of course, I did!
I got the Gold Plan (Family plan). One of the features that I like is that it’s convenient to purchase a plan. I can just read about it and I don’t need to talk to anyone. The entire process is online. The product is simple enough to understand.
What made me decide to get Cash for Dengue Costs for my family is that I’ve realized many times that good health for family is what I value most. When Zeeka was 6 months old, I got Dengue. I had to pay Php 60,000 in hospital fees and medication, because I didn’t have insurance. The question for me is simple: Am I sure that I won’t get Dengue and possibly pay Php 60,000 again or should I just pay Php 700 now?
For me, good health, safety and security of my family comes first. I would put that as my top most priority, and the last thing that I want to scrimp on is healthcare. With this, I’m assured that I get quality healthcare in the hospital of my choice.
If you have any questions about the product, feel free to contact Singlife: Email them at firstname.lastname@example.org, or call them at +632-9299-3737. Their customer service representatives are also available from Monday to Sunday, 9:00 AM to 6:00 PM.
Do you do facial exercises? Do you work out your facial muscles? I’ve been reading up and exercising your facial muscles can help with toning the face and also help give you glowing skin. With blood circulating in the face more, oxygen, vitamins and nutrients reach the cells in your face, too. Since I’ve seen the benefits from the products of FOREO, aside from the FOREO UFO and FOREO UFO MINI, I wanted to try BEAR by FOREO Sweden. This blog is about my Foreo Bear Review.
BEAR gives you an energetic facial workout. So just like the other Foreo products, you register and link the device with the mobile application that goes with it.
Foreo Bear Review
Let me introduce you to BEAR.
It gives you an energizing facial workout with its microcurrent technology and the T-Sonic pulsations. It’s also very safe to use because of its Anti-Shock System. The Anti-Shock System scans and measures your skin’s resistance to electricity and automatically adjusts microcurrent intensity for both safety and comfort. BEAR adjusts microcurrent intensity automatically in just 0.002 seconds, so no need to worry about feeling uncomfortable.
It should be connected to the FOREO For You app to guide you in your facial fitness routine. You can also choose to increase or decrease the microcurrent intensity using the app.
The design looks like a bear and is ergonomically shaped to fit facial curves. You can use a fully charged BEAR by FOREO Sweden 90 times, so there is no need to keep on charging the device.
How to Use the BEAR by FOREO Sweden
Turn on the Foreo For you mobile application. It will ask you to use the Foreo Serum. You will need to use the Foreo Serum and spread it all over your face. The Foreo Serum contains squalene that is an antioxidant and Hyaluronic acid that hydrates your skin. Once your skin absorbs the serum, you can start the treatment using the FOREO BEAR.
My Personal Experience Using BEAR
I was pleasantly surprised when I used it! You will feel a microcurrent running through your skin. It’s surprising if it’s the first time that you are using it. FOREO BEAR and the FOREO BEAR Mini are the only at-home microcurrent devices that feature an Anti-Shock System so it’s really safe to use.
You will feel these superior microcurrent & T-Sonic pulsations as you use the FOREO BEAR and go through the treatment. The session only lasts for a few seconds, but again the benefits are a lot! If you feel you want to increase the intensity of the microcurrent, just adjust it in the FOREO For you app.
I use BEAR every evening. During these times when I can’t go to my derma or even have a facial (I’m too scared to leave the house), it’s a nice feeling to know that you can have it at your home.
My skin care routine starts with me washing my face thoroughly. After using my toner, I immediately jump into this session with my BEAR. I use my FOREO UFO after to end my routine.
After using BEAR, I feel that my skin is tighter and toned. It really feels like my skin is more energized and alive! I love how my jawline feels so toned and chiselled after use (though you can’t probably see it in the pictures).
The most noticeable and visible change in my after pics are the lines under my eyes and on the side. The lines are less visible! BEAR really helped minimize my laugh lines around my eyes.
That’s the most visible change, so I really look forward to using this continuously. I’ve been using it for close to a month now, and I’m excited to see how my skin will improve more as I age (so ironic!).
My favorite BEAR feature would have to be the microcurrent (as surprising as it may seem to many!). I feel that it’s really effective and I feel that it will really delay wrinkles and saggy skin from showing up.
So that’s it for my comprehensive Foreo Bear Review. Try it, too, and let me know what you think!
As a beauty b/vlogger, I would often try whatever I see online. But as I grew more older and more mature in this profession, I realized that what I’m doing affects my overall health. The skin is the largest organ of the body and it’s just right that we care for it as much as we care for the other parts. Today, I’m so happy that I got to receive another product (actually a whole line of products) that is natural. So it’s called NATURALLY from Mary Kay and this natural skin care line just launched in the Philippines.
I don’t have time to vlog yet this week, since I’m testing another product that I will write about soon, but I just wanted YOU, my dear readers, to be the first few people to know about Mary Kay Naturally. This line is composed of a cleanser, exfoliator, oil and moisturizing stick that helps heals and revitalizes your skin.
The ingredients of this line are almond oil, olive oil, cornflower, floral water, and candelilla wax to name a few and these are all natural ingredients and naturally derived (90%). All of the products in this line are free from parabens, phthalates, synthetic fragrance and dyes, and SLS/SLES.
To guarantee that everything from sourcing and processing, to manufacturing and packaging are adherent to consumer guarantee standards, EcoCert (European certification body) has given Mary Kay Naturally a COSMOS Natural Stamp. What I like about this line is that it really takes sustainability seriously.
And since it’s made out of natural ingredients and derived naturally, those with sensitive skin can use these products.
Steps and different products:
Mary Kay Naturally Purifying Cleanser
Instructions: Apply to cotton pad and massage onto damp face. Rinse thoroughly and pat dry.
The Mary Kay Naturally Purifying Cleanser removes dirt and leaves skin soft, refreshed, hydrated, and comforted without the tight, parched feeling from chemical cleansers.
Mary Kay Naturally Exfoliating Powder
Instructions: Shake the container well and avoid eye area and inhalation of the powder. Get a quarter size amount of powder onto your palm. Slowly add water and try to get that consistency that you want. Customize by adding 2-3 drops of Mary Kay Naturally Nourishing Oil. Massage onto your face and rinse thoroughly. Pat dry after.
I’ve been double cleansing ever since a few years back and after I double cleanse, I normally use an exfoliator. This Mary Kay Naturally Exfoliating Power is a gentle exfoliator that absorbs excess oil, encourages skin cell turnover, and soothes skin with an all-star composition of rice starch, hydrogenate castor oil, citric acid, and baking soda. I can’t wait to try this out. I’m surprised that an exfoliator comes in powder form and excited to see how it helps eliminate dead skin cells and dirt.
Mary Kay Naturally Nourishing Oil
Instructions: Apply 2-3 drops to palm, press both palms together and then gently massage onto your face.
I’m excited to use this nourishing oil which has moisturizing and antioxidant properties. Sweet almond oil, sesame oil, olive squalane, and Vitamin E work together to hydrate and nourish skin, leaving it smooth, soft, and supple to touch. This can be used not only for the face but also for the elbows, hair and nail cuticles for extra moisture.
Mary Kay Naturally Moisturizing Stick
Instructions: Smooth onto dry areas of face and body.
This Naturally Moisturizing Stick is quite unique. This is the first time that I have actually tried using a moisturizing stick. This product is for those with especially for dry skin. The moisturizing properties of candelilla wax, beeswax, and squalane along with antioxidants sunflower seed wax and sunflower seed oil are fused in a balm formula that can be used to treat dry patches on the face, elbow, knees, cuticles or heels.
I’ll be testing this out come November and I’ll let you know what I think. If you are using any of these, hope you can share with us your experience and comment on the comment section below.