Dreaming of Pinkberry

I love to eat. If you browse through my Instagram, you’d find more food posts than pictures of my face. Eating is one of my keenest pleasures in life. It can take away all my stresses and worries, especially when my plate is full of different colors. So yesterday, after a good dinner I began to crave for dessert. Luckily a friend of mine encouraged me to try this new yogurt place at SM Megamall.

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I was told Pinkberry was launched in January 2005 and opened their flagship store in the Philippines just three years ago. When I entered the store, my eyes instantly went to the toppings section. They have all my favorite fruit toppings! YAY!

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They got candies and chocolate toppings as well! Recently, Pinkberry partnered with Sugarpova–Maria Sharapova’s candy line. The gummy candies have three flavors–Flirty Mini, Smitten Sour Mini, and Flirty Sour Mini–which all go well with Pinkberry’s iconic, light and refreshing frozen yogurt.
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In the beginning, Pinkberry only had two flavors: original and green tea. Since then they’ve added more flavors, which include strawberry, cherry, and salted caramel. However, nothing beats the original so I tried it first. I was so happy to find out that when you buy a medium-sized yogurt, you get to choose five different toppings for free. So I piled my fave fruits kiwi, strawberry, grapes, and mango, and added some mochi. Yum! The medium-sized yogurt cost me Php 220 :)

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Yogurt is a healthy alternative to ice cream. Each serving of Pinkberry uses only real non-fat yogurt and real non-fat milk. It has no high-fructose corn syrup added to it too, so you only get a perfect balance of tart and sweet. The strawberries were a little bit sour but that’s okay since the taste complements the yogurt really well.

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What I really love about this store is they’ve labeled each topping with their corresponding calories. This enables calorie-conscious people to add some sweet flavors to their yogurt without going overboard, I wanted to try these toppings as well so I got a small-sized cup, priced at Php 155 inclusive of three toppings of my choice. I chose brownies, lemon cookie crunch, and nutella.

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I actually wanted to try their green tea yogurt, so the staff gave me a teeny weeny paper cup. It doesn’t taste like the original yogurt but I discovered the lemon cookie crunch actually blends well with the green tea flavor of the yogurt.

In addition to frozen yogurt, Pinkberry also offers fruit parfaits, fruit bowls, smoothies and waffle cookie sandwiches, pictured above. The sandwiches taste a lot like ice cream, which I love.
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Currently, Pinkberry has four branches nationwide: Greenbelt 5, Alabang Town Center, SM Aura, Power Plant Mall, and SM Megamall Fashion Hall (5th floor).

They always give treats to customers, too. If you post your order of Pinkberry yogurt (any product) topped with at least one Sugarpova topping on Instagram and tag @pinkberryph #sharapinkberry, you can get a chance to win P500 worth of Pinkberry gift certificates. One winner will be chosen each week and will be announced every Friday, until October 24.

Get a taste of Swirly Goodness by logging on to www.pinkberry.com.ph or their Facebook page www.facebook.com/PinkberryPhilippines

Feminine Hygiene 101

Perhaps one of the most avoided topics women are so ‘careful’ of talking about is feminine hygiene. No wonder a lot of people are misinformed. It is only through dialogues and right research we get to learn things, so why be ashamed?

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That’s why I’m usually thankful when I’m invited to events that raise awareness about body care. A few days ago, I was invited by ADP Pharma Corporation to the naFlora Feminine Wash event. An Ob-Gyne was invited to talk to us regarding some myths and questions about feminine care that we dare not ask our friends. Through her, I learned that the secretions females experience–when clear–are perfectly normal and that it’s actually the body’s way of maintaining the V’s normal pH. However, as we grow older the pH level changes and using just a single kind of feminine wash for all stages of womanhood can actually do more harm than good. Irritation can occur, especially if you’re fond of wearing tight-fitting clothes.

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To cater to these changes, ADP Pharma Corporation has formulated 3 variants of naFlora feminine wash specifically for everyday use, postpartum care, and menopausal women. These variants are named the following:
1. naFlora protect – This variant has a pH level of 3.5 to 4.5 that is perfect for everyday use and those having their period. naFlora protect contains lactic acid and tea tree extract that prevent vaginal irritations. Girls in their puberty stage/teens do not produce much lactic acid so this is perfect.
2. naFlora restore – Women who have delivered their little bundle of joys would often experience pain and swelling in the area down there, which could lead to infection. naFlora restore prevents this by bringing back the natural acidic environment and help relieve irritation usually experienced during vaginal infections.
3. naFlora moisture – Last but not the least, ADP is the only company that offers a wash for menopause. It contains lactic acid, chamomile extract and additional moisturizers that help soothe and protect the feminine area against dryness and irritation. It has a pH level of 6.o to 7.5. This particular product is endorsed by Ms. Boots Anson-Roa.

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During the event, the Ob-Gyne debunked an old myth that menstrual blood is dirty. I was quite surprised with this revelation as I grew up believing that myth. However, according to her, our period can cause the natural flora to be less acidic, making it prone to bad bacteria and infection. I decided to use naFlora protect during my period to see how my body would react to it. True to its promise, the product is very mild and I never felt uneasy after use, which is my body’s usual reaction whenever I use products it doesn’t like.

Tip: Sanitary napkins should be changed every 2 hours; pantyliners every 4 hours.

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After the informative talk, I and the rest of the bloggers were treated to snacks and a mani-pedi. While having ourselves pampered, we had a game and I won a gift certificate! Yipee! I’m not the luckiest person when it comes to contests so I was really surprised when they called my name. Such a happy day! Thank you, naFlora and ADP!  :)

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You can find naFlora feminine wash and its variants in all Mercury Drugstores nationwide. If you have inquiries regarding the product/s, do not hesitate to contact them by email: naflorafemwash(at)gmail(dot)com or naflorafemwash(at)yahoo(dot)com :)

The Island Cove Experience Part 1

It was a busy week for me last week. After getting off work I joined a few friends to Kawit, Cavite for some Saturday fun. It’s been a while since I last went out of town to relax so I decided to skip sleep and go on with the trip. Just 15 to 30 minutes away from Manila is a beautiful resort called Island Cove Hotel and Leisure Park. It used to be just a small island that the Remullas developed into a resort in the 1970s. Due to economic reasons it had to close but reopened in 1997 and remains so to travelers and families until today.

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When we arrived, we were welcomed by the resort’s Managing Director, Gilbert Remulla. If you are a 90s kid, you’ll remember him as a news reporter for ABS-CBN. When I shook hands with him I was quite surprised because he hasn’t changed one bit. Lol!

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With Mr. Gilbert Remulla, Island Cove Managing Director

When we got there, we were immediately treated to a hearty breakfast. We were so excited to explore the place so they toured us around. The first stop was the Wildlife Sanctuary where we were greeted by lush green foliage and man-made ponds and rivers for the fish, ducks, and reptiles. Island Cove is a partner of DENR, ISO 9001:2000 certified, and accredited by the Department of Tourism as a triple “A” resort. Many of the sanctuary’s inhabitants are actually rescued species.

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Found two cute duckies swimming with koi fishes

This turtle looks like he needs a hug. Too bad he’s too far away from me! I would have taken him home in a heartbeat! Too cute <3
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The sanctuary has several ostriches, but these two were the most eager to see us (or be fed). I love how their eyes are so big and expressive and how gorgeous their lashes are. No need for mascara! :P Because they can run up to 70 mph, Island Cove made a special runway for them to have space to run around.

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And then we got to meet two baby Bengal tigers, Jasmine and Gerald. I love cats so imagine my delight when I saw these wonderful creatures. When we got there they were being fed so I got the chance to feed them as well.
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I was able to hold this huge snake. I am honestly afraid of snakes but the men holding it said this guy is so used to people.

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The experience was so crazy and scary at the same time. It kept hissing and moving towards my arm while I was holding its neck. Suddenly my whole life flashed before eyes. Haha! It’s very heavy, mind you.

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Outside we found more reptiles like iguanas, crocodiles, etc.

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This Burmese python needs 10 people to carry it out of the cage. It was previously owned by a private individual. But his neighbors became so afraid of it, he had to take this poor fella out of his residence. And so Island Cove was entrusted by DENR to care for the snake. The caretakers said he’s actually a nice creature; he never bit any of them. Good to know. Haha!

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After touring the animal sanctuary, we went to see the other places Island Cove is famous for. They have this giant chessboard which kids and families can use. When I saw it, I immediately thought of Wizard’s Chess from Harry Potter. :)

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Of course, a resort is incomplete without its water facilities. Recently, Island Cove added a 350-square meter kid-friendly splash park, the biggest in Mega Manila, to the Oceania Water Park (which is now aptly renamed as the Oceania Swim and Splash Park). The splashers and sprayers were imported from Australia. It is guaranteed safe, due to the colorful, water safe rubber flooring (EPDM) installations which minimize the possibility of accidents.
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The main pools of the Oceania Swim and Splash Park have 4 giant slides and enormous inflatables. The whole water complex spans over 3,000 square meters. Wowza! They also placed lifeguards certified by the Philippine National Red Cross and can offer basic life support and first aid when needed.

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I do not want to bombard you with too may photos so I’m cutting the first part here. In a few days I will be showing you more about Island Cove. Will there be food in that post? Definitely! Meanwhile, here are maps that you can use as guide if you decide to go to Island Cove:

Island Cove Map

Here’s a map showing you how to get there.

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RATES

Oceania Swim and Splash Park

Operating Hours

Weekday ( Monday to Thursday)                   – 08:00 to 18:00

Weekend ( Friday to Sunday, Holiday)          – 08:00 to 20:00

 

RATE 1

(OSSP, Wildlife Sanctuary, Php. 50 Meal Voucher, MAZE)

Adult                                       Php. 400.00

Child                                       Php. 350.00

 

RATE 2

(OSSP, Wildlife Sanctuary, MAZE)

Adult                                       Php 370.00

Child                                       Php 300.00

 

RATE 3

(OSSP Only)

Adult                                       Php. 340.00

Child                                       Php. 280.00

 

Night Rate ( 17:00 onwards)

Adult & Child                         Php. 250.00

 

ANIMAL ISLAND RATES:

Entrance Fee: Php150.00 per head for both adult & kids

Tilbury Ride: 1 hour – Php320.00/ 30 mins. – Php200.00

Horsedrawn Carriage: 1 hour – P620.00/ 30 mins. – Php380.00

Operating Hours: 8:00am to 6:00pm

 

CONTACT DETAILS

Island Cove Hotel and Leisure Park

Binakayan, Kawit, Cavite

T (046) 434 0210

www.islandcovephil.com

e-mail: inquiry(at)islandcovephil(dotcom

 

Makati Sales Office:

Suite 1416 Cityland 10 Tower 1, De La Costa St., Makati City

T (02) 8107878

 

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More information to be posted soon so please come back! Let me know how your vacation to Island Cove went! :)

How to Choose a Flattering Neckline for Your Wedding Dress

Apart from the silhouette of wedding dresses, it’s important to pay attention to one detail of a dress: the neckline!

For many brides, the neckline is usually not a priority. However, the neckline is important because it holds the chest and provides comfort. A wrong choice of neckline can bring discomfort during your big day and an unbalanced silhouette, as well as affect the dress’s visual appeal.

To select the best neckline for your body type, consider the size of your bust and the ratio between your hips and shoulders. The following are some examples of necklines from Rosanovias.com.au.

Heart Neckline

The heart neckline is the most popular among the ladies. It is sweet and romantic, the reason so many brides prefer this type of cut. It emphasizes the chest region, making it perfect for women with small to medium bust size. Chesty women should avoid this neckline as you run the risk of pulling the dress up all the time.

That annoying armpit flesh? If you’re one of those brides who do not like it showing, consider having sleeves or wide straps to hide that area.

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Straight or Round Neckline

The straight neckline suits women with large bust because it reduces the visual weight in that region and provides good support. However, you must be careful of not making the cut too low or it beats the purpose. Women with small breasts should avoid this cut since it further reduces the bust size. But if you really want to have a straight neckline, make sure to add volume to the bust area using drapery fabric, pleats, or ruffles. Firework beading also adds to the illusion of a larger bust.

TIP: Chesty women must be careful not to “close” the neckline too much as it further enhances the bust.

The distance between the shoulders and hips is also a thing to consider. Women with broad shoulders and small hips should opt for necklines that narrow the shoulders. Straight, canoes, or shoulder-to-shoulder necklines increase the width of the shoulder and are only advisable for those who have narrow shoulders.

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Cleavage Canoe

The boat neckline is very similar to shoulder-to-shoulder (see below). The difference is this type of neckline is very close to the neck and has a deep cut. This cut reduces the neck and silhouette (petite women avoid this style). It increases the neckline and shapes the breast, making it perfect for women with small bust. Those who have medium bust should exercise caution in choosing this cut.

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Shoulder-to-Shoulder Neckline

The shoulder-to-shoulder neckline went missing for a time in bridal fashion. Today it’s again one of the most popular choices among women. Like a deep canoe, it also increases the bust area, ideal for those with small to medium breasts.

Brides with wide hips who want a balanced silhouette must choose this neckline. If you have an hourglass figure, you can play with this neckline at will, unless you have a large bust.

This is an excellent neckline for brides with boho-chic style. This design creates a modern and sophisticated look.

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V-neck

The classic V neckline is fitting for women of all sizes, but tends to flatter chesty women. If you have a small bust and want this kind of cut, consider adding some pads beneath the fabric or wearing a padded bra. It helps elongate the silhouette and make you look slimmer. The best part is, a slit complements this cut.

TIP: Some institutions may not allow low-cut wedding dresses so remember to consult your local church regarding this matter.

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Bicol’s First Art x Fashion Magazine, AGORA, Is Launching Soon!

I lived in Naga City, Bicol for almost two decades. In all those years I’ve seen and met many people who are not only intelligent but are also very creative. Although Naga is one of the most prosperous cities in the region, there seemed to be a lack of venues for the thriving art community to showcase their work. Restaurants and bars have appeared like mushrooms in different parts of the city the last time I visited, but not once did I see a cafe filled with books, films, art pieces, or anything educational that the youth can actually learn from. Most people are either online or at a crowded place like Starbucks-Magsaysay, while only a handful of people would visit the art show at Avenue Square or attend the book launch of a nationally recognized Bicolano poet.

I’ve always had this dream for my hometown about a platform which my fellow Bicolanos could utilize to show their work. So when an old classmate of mine who is so passionate in promoting FIlipino culture and fashion pushed through with the idea, I was glad that finally that dream can now be realized.

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A Greek word meaning ‘a public place’, AGORA “was formed with the desire to showcase the best of Bikol and cultivate a sense of panache and a forward-thinking taste among homegrown talents with a local and global audience. AGORA Magazine is a non-profit online magazine dedicated to become a platform for up-and-coming Bikolano artists in the fields of Photography, Fashion, Beauty, Music, Literature, Film, Visual Arts such as Painting and Illustration, Theatre, Industrial and Interior Design and other fields of creativity.”

Here are a few of my favorites among the teasers posted on the magazine’s Facebook page:

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The maiden release, called ‘The Paper Issue’, “looks into the paper as a weapon, as a tool, as a means for expressing creativity; and as the translated ‘papel’, we look into the roles we play in cultivating Bikol Art into a global, social community of acquired tastes.”

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The best thing about AGORA magazine is it’s crowdsourced. If you are a Bicolano artist dying to show your talent to the online public, shoot the team an email at agoramagazinebikol(at)gmail(dot)com. AGORA Magazine is a tri-monthly magazine and accepts contributions in the form of Feature Articles, Fashion and Beauty Editorials, Photo Journals, Illustrations and Art Installations, Essays and Critiques

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