One of my insecurities come from how my teeth looks. I’ve never worn braces and my teeth are not as white as I’d like them to be. The probable reason and culprit would be my addiction to coffee. I’ve been drinking coffee since I was in College. This probably makes me the hyper person that I am! hahaha! But kidding aside, I think I need to make this right. It’s time to look or ways to check and correct this.

Although, I’m insecure about this, I’m also the type who would put off something like this until really necessary already (like teeth falling off, etc! haha!). But before I reach my forties, I’d love to look the best that I can. So when I saw The Smile Bar at Uptown, I decided to try it out.

The Smile Bar is not a Dental Clinic. It’s a Teeth Whitening Bar. To explain what a Teeth whitening bar is, it can be compared to a home teeth whitening kit, but this one comes with guidance and the ambiance. The reason why home teeth whitening kits don’t work as much, too, is because no one really explains how you use those things.

The first step was to fill out a form. Then, AJ explained what I was about to go through. There are three choices at The Smile Bar: Single Whitening, Double Whitening or Triple Whitening. They will check the shade of your teeth first before suggesting what to get.

When they checked the shade of my teeth, it was at S34. It was quite high so they suggested that we do a Triple Whitening Session.

Check out the experience that I had at The Smile Bar.

After the session, the shade of my teeth dropped 6 shades. From S34, it’s now at S28. After the session, they placed a Nano Seal to protect my teeth from stains at least for 2 weeks.

I plan to go back again after two months and have another session. I really intend to make my teeth whiter this year.

Before visiting The Smile Bar, I really thought that I couldn’t do anything anymore to make my teeth whiter. But hey! There is still hope! Thank you The Smile Bar.

To get 10% off, you can go to The Smile Bar and give the code SMILEGINGER.

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This May, I’m ready to do my best to look good once again. Funny me, but last month was a season where I didn’t really care how I looked. I guess the decisions that I made in my business drained me out. But hey, hey, hey! This month is a different thing. And I hope that moving forward, I will be inspired to look good again.

It’s important that you feel and look good, because your positivity exudes and cascades to everything that you do. You feel excited about life and take on opportunities that you would never take on before.

So this month, I had time to color my hair. A little set of white hair was showing at the side of my head. And when I say set, it was like five strands near each other at the right side, near my ear. Hehe! Then, I started exercising again. I only ran 3 times in April versus 19 times in January.

And I also discovered this really cool high waisted compression leggings.

Went for a run using the Silouex compression leggings.

It’s from a brand called Silouex.

First off, I really didn’t want to use it because of the weather nowadays. It is so hot! But tried it out and the first thing that I noticed and was surprised about is that it was super easy to wear. If you have tried on other compression leggings for either performance or aesthetic, most of them are hard to wear. Putting on the Silouex compression leggings was easy as wearing regular leggings.

haha! Credits to my husband whose hand was shaking when he took this! haha!

Next, I thought I would feel hot when I wore them. But I definitely thought wrong! It was so comfortable and I didn’t feel hot at all! Also, I used it during my run this morning. It helped me perform better (I feel!) during my long run today. I also noticed that the top doesn’t roll down. For some compression leggings, the top normally rolls down, especially when you sit.

Took pictures showing you both the front and the side. As you can see, it made my tummy flatter and no more bulges on the side. It made my legs look longer and therefore, I look taller! haha!

I’m happy with my 2 pairs of Silouex compression leggings! I highly recommend that you try it out, too! My size is a Large. They have Small to 3XL sizes.

You can check their site out here:

Let me know your experience with the product! I’m sure you’ll love it!

Today, I’ll be sharing my views about deworming. Why this particular topic? It’s because for a time, I really thought Zeeka had worms in her tummy.

I thought she had that because of the numerous things and assumptions that I formulated in my mind (of course, as a mom, you’re concerned about a LOT of things — even things that shouldn’t worry you).

One was the fact that she’s a little bit on the lighter side. Ever since Zeeka was a baby, she was always on the lighter end of the weight spectrum. Other people would say that she was too skinny. The next thing that bugged me was that she thumb sucked until she was 4 years old. It was just when she turned five that she stopped thumb sucking. This always causes panic, because little kids would touch everything. She may not be cautious and aware of what she touches and when and what she puts inside her mouth.

The third thing was that she would always complain of tummy aches. And last but not the least, she often said that she had an itchy butt. Read online that this may be an indication that she had worms.

So these things would actually cause any mom, like me, to think and panic that their child, too, might have worms.

So I did what any worried mom would do… I googled worms and deworming and researched more about it.

I was a bit familiar about deworming. I was first introduced to deworming more than a decade ago. This was the time I was a dog breeder (yes, I was a dog breeder in my past life… haha!). I used to bring my puppies to the vet to get them dewormed.

For those not too familiar with what to do and how to go about deworming, let’s start with the definition. According to WHO, deworming or preventive chemotherapy is the process of using either an annual or biannual single-dose albendazole (400mg) or mebendazole (500 mg) as a recommended public health intervention for kids aged 1 to 12 years old (in some areas even up to 14 years old) who live in areas where the baseline prevalence of any soil-transmitted infection is 20% or more among children. This is done in order to reduce the worm burden of soil-transmitted helminth infection.

My recent discovery is that worms can be obtained from everywhere [1]! It’s not only because you have poor hygiene. Worms can be in what you eat and what you drink. Adults can also have worms in their tummies and intestines! These worms cause us to feel tired, lose weight, have diarrhea, feel bloating in the abdominal area or abdominal pain.[2]

Walang pinipili ang worms kasi napa-pass on. In our family, the dewormer that we trust is Mebendazole (Antiox). We like it, because it’s choco flavored. But most of all, it’s an effective dewormer. There are two forms: 1) 10mL suspension (equivalent to 500mg) and 2) a 500 mg chewable tablet.

To take the suspension, pour the entire content of the bottle and take it one time. The same dosage applies to adults and kids. For the chewable tablet, just take one tablet and chew. So simple and hassle free!

After we “dewormed”, we felt a lot better and we felt clean. I’m not sure though if there really worms (because I didn’t check the poop… hehe). But to know if there are worms, you’ll see little white threadlike stuff in the poop or sometimes, it may be invisible, too.

So now, we feel more active. Zeeka’s tummy pains and her itch in her butt are gone. Weight is still low… haha (so I don’t think this has anything to do with her having worms, really). We are now one happy and active family!

So mommies, pass the message! Be informed and be aware. Let’s live in a worm-free community.

Share with us what steps do you take to remain “worm-free”. We’d love to hear about it!




A lot of people have been asking me how to file 1701Q. Personally, I use Taxumo for filing my 1701Q, because it’s the easiest way to compute, file and pay taxes. Full disclosure, I am one of the founders of Taxumo. The reason why we created Taxumo is to help people pay their taxes online.

Business owners, licensed professionals (i.e. doctors, interior designers, etc.) and non-licensed professionals (i.e. consultants, freelancers, etc.) can pay their taxes while focusing more on running their businesses and careers. Accountants can service clients who are far from them and will have no limitations as to how many clients they will service. They can scale their businesses, too!

Our dream really for Taxumo is to help everyone become more productive by giving them back more time to do the things that they love, the things that they are good at and the things that they can earn from.

Okay… the frequently asked questions recently are how to file 1701Q for the first quarter? How do I opt in to the new 8% GRT option for those earning gross revenue of Php 3 Million pesos and below for the entire year?

For the sole purpose of this article, we will only tackle the 1701Q forms for Sole Proprietors, Licensed and Non-Licensed Professionals. I won’t be able to tackle 1702 since this form is used by Corporations and Partnerships.

What is 1701Q and 1701?

These are BIR forms for you to pay your Income Tax. The way income tax is computed is to get the taxable income which is Gross Sales minus Gross Purchases. Then the taxes are based on a tax table if you chose the Graduated IT Rate (and chose Itemized or Optional Standard Deduction).

With TRAIN or the new tax law, there is a new option for this who are earning Php 3 Million Gross Receipts / Revenue per year or less. This is the 8% Flat Income Tax Rate. The computation is based on your gross sales less exemptions.

How do I file my 1701Q for the First Quarter using Taxumo?

First of all, create an account in The details that you need to place when you create an account should be based on your Certificate of Registration (COR) so keep a copy beside you and also have a soft copy (picture or scanned copy) available in your computer.

You will then be directed to a blank DASHBOARD.

Click on the Company Profile tab on the left side of the screen. Please make sure that all details are correct (ex. Taxpayer’s name is how it is written in your COR — an individual’s name is written as LAST NAME, FIRST NAME MIDDLE NAME). Just copy how it is written on your COR.

For filing your 1701Q, make sure that you have chosen the correct ATC or Alphanumeric Tax Code. First, you determine whether you’re Business Income, Income from Profession, or Mixed Income: to do so remember how you registered in the BIR.

  • If you are earning compensation income (from an employer who withholds compensation taxes and gives you a Form 2316) AND earning income from either business or profession, then you  fall under “Mixed Income”
  • If you presented DTI and a Business Permit when you registered and you registered as a Sole pProp in the BIR, then you fall under “Business Income”
  • If you got an Occupational Tax Receipt or Professional Tax Receipt as part of registration or you did not submit any Business Permit to the BIR when you registered, then you under “Income from Profession”

Then now comes the choice if you want to avail or “opt-in” to the 8% Income Tax Flat Rate. If you want to avail of it, then choose the appropriate ATC with the 8% indicated. We will take care of helping you opt-in with the BIR.

*Some users, aside from opting-in to 8% via the first 1701, ask their BIR RDO to have it indicated in their COR or Certificate of Registration. If you want this, you can go to your RDO and ask the officer of the day if this is possible.

Also, don’t forget to set the Deduction Method.

The rule to follow:
If your Expenses > 40% of your income, Itemized is the more tax efficient choice.
If your Expenses <= 40% of your income, OSD is the more tax efficient choice.

The income source for people who have no day jobs is “solely from business”. Those with day jobs or local employers issuing 2316 forms and with employee contracts are “mixed from business & employment”.

Then choose if you are a Single Proprietor or Professional.

A lot of people ask about “DISPLAY FORMS FROM” also. Indicate here the date when you got your Certificate of Registration from the BIR. Then for uploading of a copy of the Certificate or Registration and Digital Signature, you can go back to this on a later date. This is not required by TAXUMO.

Now, you can start encoding your income and expenses. To file 1701Q- Quarter 1, make sure that you encode January to March income and expenses.

Don’t forget to add and encode the 2307 forms that you have at hand. Click on Withheld Tax then click on Received.

Click on Add Record. BTW, please have a picture or scanned copy of your 2307s in your computer / device before adding them here.

Just copy the details then click SUBMIT.

Once you are done encoding Income, Expenses and your Withheld tax forms, you can go back to your Cashflow Dashboard. On the right side of the screen, you will see your TAX CARDS. These are the taxes that you need to pay from the date when you received your Certificate of Registration. If you have filed some of these taxes offline or not via TAXUMO, just click on “Mark as Paid / not applicable”,

Do note that you can pay your Tax Dues with already computed BIR compromise, surcharges and penalties for tax dues a year prior to today.

One of the boxes that you will see is labeled Quarterly Income (Q1 Jan – Mar). This is the TAX CARD for 1701Q – First Quarter. To file it, click on “File now”. This screen will show.

Once you have filled that screen out, TAXUMO will show your tax dues. Most of us Sole Proprietors and Professionals will probably have Zero or Negative Filing for this quarter. This is because the Php 250,000 exemption is taken into account in the computation of your income taxes. So don’t panic! haha! 🙂

To pay your 1701Q, you can choose any of the available options. For each option (except PayPal/Credit Card), an email instruction will be sent by DRAGONPAY. Please be sure that you key in your correct email address when it is asked. The instructions will be sent there. Read carefully and just follow the steps indicated.

Once you’ve paid and followed the instructions via email, you’re done! You have just filed your 1701Q – Q1. Hope this article helps you out and answers our most pressing question this month on how to file 1701Q. 🙂

BTW, you will see the form, BIR confirmation and Payment confirmation in the “Past Filings” tab. If the status is still in processing, this means that you’re all done. Next steps are with us. Taxumo will be processing the forms in batches to make sure that we don’t “clog the pipes” of BIR, so to speak. Rest assured that your filing will be completed on or (more likely) before the tax deadline.

That’s it and I hope this article helped you out! 🙂

File away! #TimeforTaxumo