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Mommy Ginger shares reviews on great products that would make a mom’s life easier and definitely happier!

Once upon a time, there was this lady with premium and “sosyal” sorbetes that was made from DG goat’s milk.

Seriously though, there is nothing wrong with wanting the BEST for yourself. When we have better stuff, sometimes, most of us feel embarrassed for having these things in our possession. But don’t be! We all deserve to have the best things in life.

One of the things that I wasn’t able to give Zeeka when she was younger is goat’s milk. I have heard about it from friends and relatives. I didn’t really research about it (although people kept telling me it was good for kids), but the price and how much it costs was a deterrent. Plus, to add to that, it wasn’t readily available in the market.

So when I heard DG Goat Milk Beverage for Kids (for 3 years old and above) is launching in the Philippines, I had to check it out myself.

DG is the Philippines’ first and only Premium Powdered Milk sourced from Goat’s Milk!

DG Goat’s Milk is produced and imported from one of the places that I’d love to visit — New Zealand (from the Dairy Goat Co-operative in Hamilton). Also, they choose only the healthiest Saanen goats (Swiss breed of domestic goats) from New Zealand to ensure having milk of the highest quality 

Yesterday, I listened to the differences between goat’s milk and cow’s milk. These were the things that were discussed.

Goat’s Milk is Naturally More Complete 

Goats produce their milk through Apocrine Secretion, where milk fat and bioactive components in mammary secretory cells are enveloped by cell membranes as they are secreted. As a result, milk produced by goats have naturally occurring bioactive components such as: 

  • Polyamines for intestinal cell growth and digestive capacity development
  • Nucleotides for gastrointestinal health, maturation, and recovery
  • Free Amino Acids and Glutamic Acid for immunity and gut energy
  • Taurine for bile salt formation (necessary for fat digestion), brain and retina development 
  • Growth Factors such as IGF1 and TGF Beta for immunity and growth development 

What I got from this is that your kids will have healthier tummies and stronger immune systems. You’ll notice that since all of these are in DG Goat’s Milk, there is no need to “fortify” the product with nutrients that our kids or we can get.

Goat’s Milk is Easier to Digest 

Casein, the solid part of the milk protein produces curds in our stomach. Compared to milk sourced from other animals, DG produces a very loose curd structure with a high proportion of water that is easily broken apart, thus facilitating easier digestion of milk proteins. 

Goat’s Milk is Less Allergenic 

β-Lactoglobulin is the whey protein that stimulates milk protein allergies. Compared with milk from other animals, DG has lowest levels of β-Lactoglobulin; thus making it less allergenic. It was mentioned though that for this benefit, more studies have yet to be conducted.

Goat’s Milk has more CPP! 

Casein Posphopeptides (CPP) binds more binds minerals such as calcium, magnesium, iron, and zinc. Thereby, increasing the solubility and absorption of these minerals. 

This component is higher in DG, which can help your children grow healthy and strong! 

I laid down all of the fact for you here (which I got from the discussion yesterday) for you to make an informed decision. I also got to learn about why Goat’s milk is more expensive than cow’s milk. It’s because goat’s milk production is lesser (4x less) than what cows produce.

Aside from the things that I mentioned, the ice cream that I tasted that was made from Goat’s milk was really yummy! I actually can’t wait to try DG (for myself… haha!).

So for those interested to purchase DG Goat Milk Beverage, it’s available in Lazada (click here) and Shopee (click here).

Thank you so much, Anya, for letting me know about this event. A big shoutout, too, to the other mommies in the launch yesterday! It was fun seeing you all!


When something happens to our little one, usually we go straight to the emergency room. The thing with babies is that they can’t communicate with us what’s wrong. Toddlers and little kids, on the other hand, are prone to get little accidents like cuts and wounds since they’re still developing their motor skills. They love exploring and testing out what they can do as little humans.

For us, parents, we of course worry a lot! But we can’t stop them from discovering the world around. Last 2017, I didn’t expect that we would be at the emergency room for Zeeka, my daughter, a couple of times. Each time that we went to the ER, she had to stay in the emergency room overnight. Our bill at St. Luke’s Makati was always close to Php 10k or a little above ten thousand pesos. I would have loved to have the Maxicare EReady card two years ago!

I’m sure you’ve seen the ads about this product, but I’d like to tell you more about the Maxicare EReady card. The reason being is that a lot of moms (since I posted that I’m a Maxicare Agent and you can get these cards from me!) were asking me more about the product. 

Maxicare has released Maxicare Prepaid Cards — these are the cards that you can buy at affordable rates. It’s more affordable than regular plans since each card covers a specific need. 

What is the Maxicare EReady Card?

The Maxicare EReady card can be used when you rush to the Emergency room. It has a one-time coverage of Php 15,0000 from illnesses or injuries that arises from medical-related emergency conditions. And do you know how much each card costs?

The Maxicare EReady Titanium (No access to the 6 Major Hospitals: Asian Hospital, Cardinal Santos Medical Center, Makati Medical Center, St. Luke’s Medical Center-Quezon City, St. Luke’s Medical Center-Taguig, The Medical City) is only at Php 699 per card. Card Validity is up to one (1) year upon activation.

The Maxicare EReady Platinum (Has access to the 6 Major Hospitals: Asian Hospital, Cardinal Santos Medical Center, Makati Medical Center, St. Luke’s Medical Center-Quezon City, St. Luke’s Medical Center-Taguig, The Medical City) is only at Php 899 per card. Card Validity is up to one (1) year upon activation.

Who is Maxicare EReady card for?

Maxicare EReady card can be used by individuals from 15 days old (babies) to 65 years old. When you purchase each card, it has to be registered to a person in order for it to be activated. It cannot be transferable once activated. The card is one time availment but you can only register and use up to two EReady cards in a year. 

In our family, all of us have one Maxicare EReady Platinum each! We also gave one EReady Platinum to our helper. These EReady cards are the perfect gift for loved ones, inaanaks (godchildren), to your workmates and staff, etc. 

Some companies like Dezynspace have already ordered cards from me to give as company prizes!

Where can you use the Maxicare EReady?

You can have Nationwide ER or emergency room access to all Maxicare affiliated hospitals. Member can avail in one accredited hospital only.

What is the coverage of Maxicare EReady?

It can be used for the following:

  • Doctor’s Services for Emergency Treatment
  • Emergency Room Fees
  • Medicines used for immediate relief and during treatment
  • Oxygen, IV fluids, whole blood and human blood products
  • Dressings, casts, sutures
  • X-ray, laboratory and diagnostic exams

But wait, there’s more! You should keep your card, because you can avail of these:

  • 20% discount on selected Metro Dental services. (www.metrodental.com.ph)
  • 15% discount on selected MyHealth services. (www.myhealth.ph)
  • With Group Life with Accidental Death, Dismemberment and Disablement (ADD&D) coverage up to Php 50,000.00
  • Free consultation with Maxicare affiliated doctors on the Teleconsult hotline at (02) 8582-1980

I’m convinced! How do I get a card?

Here are the steps to shop online at http://shop.maxicare.com.ph

If you are from Metro Manila, you can also send me a message so that I can have the cards shipped to you or sent to your office. Please take care of shipping cost. 🙂

How do I activate my Maxicare EReady card?

Well, you’re in luck because I also created a video for this. Please watch this!

So if you want to be ready for any emergencies, check out the Maxicare EReady Card!


We just came from a family Staycation. That night at the hotel Zeeka took over my computer, and started writing an article in my blog. She was practicing to be an author, her dream. Of course, she had a lot of spelling mistakes (normal for a 6 year old), but I taught her to construct the article by starting with 3 different ideas about the topic she chose. 

The next day, I thought about how parents can teach kids English and how to construct well thought of articles and stories. I found Unique English Classroom when I was looking for English programs available for kids. 

Creative writing is often thought of as a “fancy” skill. But today’s trends in marketing shows just how important it is to explore imagination and creative writing.  

The benefits of creative writing for kids

We all have an innate love for stories, especially children.

For the longest time, we’ve used stories to tell tales of valor and courage, of magic and mysteries. It’s been an easy way for us to share valuable lessons, to explain the unknown, and to pass on the knowledge we’ve learned. 

Storytelling has many benefits for budding young writers. It helps them share their thoughts, increase their imagination, and improve their communication skills. 

Children understand the world better through the stories we tell. And writing about their experiences can help them process the lessons they learn. 

Research shows that writing tasks have physiological and behavioral benefits for children. 

Writing for 15-20 minutes a day can help kids and adolescents relieve stress caused by external factors. 

It also provides a safe space for them to explore their emotions and express their feelings. 

Creative writing also improves children’s organizational and persuasion skills. 

The process of writing involves creativity, planning, and choosing the right words to convey the right message. 

It also forces the writer to create different personas, and look at things in different lenses. Because of this, writers become more sensitive and intuitive about other people. 

Doing so broadens their horizons and makes them better people. 

Unique English Classroom: building creative writing skills and communication for young writers

Children nowadays are always distracted. And with all the gadgets available, it can be a challenge to get our kids interested in picking up a book to read. 

It’s no longer enough for kids to just learning how to read and write. The future belongs to those who can develop a keen understanding of the world around them. 

To do that, our kids need a head-start. And Unique English Classroom provides our kids with that opportunity. 

UEC Philippines is not your typical English program. 

It is composed of four progressive programs: Kids Can Read, Alpha Learners, Alpha Authors, and Aspiring Writers & Illustrators Scheme.

The goal is for kids to develop a think-outside-the-box mindset through highly interactive activities such as drama presentations and games.

Kids Can Read! 

This level nurtures the love for reading, making it perfect for toddlers and preschoolers. 

Parents get to share the experience with their kids. Teachers will guide you on ways to effectively entice kids to learn to love books. 

It also promotes imagination, creativity, language, and increases the kid’s vocabulary.

Alphabet Learners

The goal of this level is to increase your child’s comprehension and understanding of the English language. 

Kids on this level get the better vocabulary and sentence construction. They also learn more about sequencing, idea coherence, and logical reasoning. 

The activities your kids will do also helps them increase their social awareness through teamwork and drama lessons. 

Alpha Authors 

This level helps kids learn to visualize and create stories. They also learn to find new and better words that make their stories more effective. 

Young writers learn to translate their daily activities and events into 150-200 word narratives. It also serves as the introduction and foundation of AWIS, a program developed by media and education specialists in Singapore. 

The stories they create also gets a chance to be featured online.  

AWIS

AWIS is focused on getting your kid ready for advanced writing levels. 

Its core lesson introduces kids to a higher order of grammar, logical reasoning, and creativity. It also increases their vocabulary use and readies them to create and write their own stories and books.  

So what makes Unique English Classroom different from other English tutorial programs? It’s created by writers for young writers. 

UEC, the Unique English Classroom, on the other hand, focuses on the more important aspect of communication, which is reading comprehension and confidence in communication. 

They believe that every child can create their own unique stories. They just need the right encouragement and guidance to bring out their potential. 

Students of the program get to learn by doing. UEC Philippines gets the best teaching strategies from each learning approach and personalizes it for each child in the program. 

But the true core of the UEC program is its creator, Catherine Khoo.

Catherine is an accomplished author, lecturer, publisher, movie maker, and a trailblazer in her own right. 

She shattered the traditional Japanese male enclave when she became the only woman editor-in-chief of Asia 21 and Japan Close-Up Magazines. These Japan-based international magazines are published in Singapore and is owned by Japan Close-Up Magazines. 

Katsuhiko Eguchi, executive vice-president of PHP Institute describes her as someone with an untrapped mind. Her creative approach to thinking outside the box has helped them break the boundaries of what a magazine should be. 

Under her leadership, Asia 21 became essential reading for every Singaporean student. It is the only Asian publication chosen by Singapore’s Ministry of Education to be added to its Humanities syllabus. 

Asia 21 also received recognition as the first magazine to map out brand stories and their development. Their cartoon-styled Every Product Tells a Story talks about how products like Sony Walkman, Yomeishu, Mikimoto Pearls, and Yakult came to be. 

Catherine also published two best-selling books in Singapore. She is also the brain behind Savvy, the only magazine endorsed by the Ministry of Education. 

With all her accolades as a writer, editor, and published author, you know your child is in good hands. 

It’s great to know that kids in the program have grown to love reading and writing their stories in English. 

Kids as young as 4 years old get to explore English as a language and learn how to express themselves and their experiences through stories. 

Here’s what kids are saying about Unique English Classroom. 

Parents are also happy with the way their kids are learning through UEC. Check out this feedback from a Unique English Classroom parent. 

I’m excited to have Zeeka try the program itself. As a mom, I’ve always been so supportive of her dreams. And her becoming an author is one I’m really excited to see. 

Have you tried Unique English Classroom? I’d love to hear your thoughts so please share them below. 

For more information, visit their website here

I was a bit iffy to take supplements that I haven’t taken before. But I was inspired to try new things. Watching 30 day challenges in YouTube, like this one from Matt D’Avella (one of my YouTube idols!)…

and this one, where people were asked to do planks for 30 days straight…

inspired me to just go for it and try a new thing every 30 days. The first challenge that I did was called #mycollagenjourney. I’ve never lasted 30 days in taking supplements. I would usually be so excited to start using a bottle then I would stop after a few days. Usually, I would forget to take them… then completely stop. So I would never really know if the supplement worked or not.

But this time, I am decided to take Healthy Options Collagen Complete for 30 days straight at the suggested dosage.

Why Collagen?

Some of you may be wondering why Collagen of all the supplements that I could take. Okay, first of all, they say that collagen delays the ageing process. I wanted to know if regular intake would really help.

Collagen is a form of protein found in the body. Endogenous collagen is what is produced by our body, but as we grow older, production decreases.

There are three types of collagen in the body. Types 1 and 3 makes up 75% of your skin, helps in hair and nail production, are found in 100% of tendons and 86% of ligaments. Type 2 are found in the different tissues of the body, usually in cartilage (60% of cartilage) and helps in joint support.

This is the reason why we find collagen in different beauty products. Some of them also help increase the production of collagen.

What Does Collagen Complete do?

Collagen Complete helps stimulate the production of collagen in the body. With this, it reverses the ageing process. Wrinkles are minimized. Your skin glows more. You get thicker hair.

The Collagen Complete from Healthy Options offers Types 1, 2 and 3 collagen with chondroitin sulfate and hyaluronic acid (attracts water into tissues for hydration). It is rich in antioxidants from red wine and grape seeds to combat free radicals that damage cells and cause ageing. It also contains Vitamin C.

#MyCollagenJourney

I started my Collagen Journey last September 28.

October 19, 2019

How did it end? 🙂 Check out and watch my video!

So overall, I had fun doing this challenge. It was a good first challenge to do for 30 days. I saw the results and now, I’m inspired to move on to my next 30 day challenge!

The reality of life is that we won’t stay young forever. I realized this last year while I was looking at the mirror. I noticed fine lines under my eyes! It suddenly dawned on me that I was about to hit the big 4-0 in a couple of years.

Personally though, I have no qualms about mentioning my age (my REAL age) when people ask for it. I just think that the older you are, the wiser you get. Also, people in this country respect you a little bit more when you’re older. Case in point, when I fainted in the gym two months ago, people were asking me… “okay lang po kayo, ate?” (are you alright, older sister). I just feel that if it were a younger ME, people would have just paid no attention, and they would go about their own business. Haha!

Anyway, my point is that I love myself; I love my age. But, loving one’s self doesn’t mean that we don’t want to look good, right? We still want to look our best. I have plans of living a long, fruitful and useful life. I still want to look and feel young even if I’m old, so I can do a lot of purposeful things. I want to make all the positive difference I can make in this life for the good of everyone in this world.

For us women, we need a little boost of confidence, when we want to complete our goals. We want to make sure that we can look back and be proud of ourselves (i.e. when looking back at old photos and videos).

Speaking of looking good and feeling good, I discovered this site called Bella Pelle: https://bellapelleph.com/

I instantly loved it. The site is an eCommerce site that brings you the best and premium dermatological beauty products in the Philippines. You can just sit back, navigate through the site and order online. The brands that it carries are the brands that we trust like Heliocare, Neostrata, Biologuique Recherche, Viviscal, Cosmetic Skin Solutions, Footlogix, Infracyte, Kamedis, MD Therapy, Rapid Brow, Rapid Lash, SErum V, Tizo, Vanicream, Yllume and Zo Skin Health by Zein Obagi.

What I like about the site is that you can search for products based on your skin care need/s. Also, these products are not those that you see being sold over-the-counter. They are those that you get from dermatologists. When you ask for recommendations via the contact us page, a fellow of the Philippine Dermatological Society and board certified dermatologist is consulted.

These are the products that I got from the site.

Zo Skin Health Instant Pore Refiner, NeoStrata Tri- Therapy Lifting Serum, Heliocare Ultra Gel SPF 90 and Zo Medical Brightenex

I also got a prescription on how to use the products that I ordered. I’ll be reviewing each product soon and posting a vlog about each in my YouTube channel soon (http://YouTube.com/gingerarboledavlog) and on my Facebook Page (http://facebook.com/mommyginger).

Feel free to ask me anything you want to know about these products, and I’ll definitely try to answer them (to the extent of my experience with the product). I can also ask the derma who recommended these to me if you have more technical questions about the products.

Also, I wanted to interview the founder of Bella Pelle PH, so watch out for that article in the upcoming days.

So, that’s it, peeps! If you want recommended-by-dermas, trusted, premium skin care products, I highly recommend that you visit https://bellapelleph.com/.