February 23, 2013

Go Herbal For Your Cough


My mother used to give this medicine to us when we were kids. This is an herbal medicine that helps when you have a cough or asthma or other respiratory problems, it is also relieves rheumatism, dyspepsia and boils. Back in the days the medicine was really cheap and there’s only one store where she buys it. Today, you can buy it from any pharmacies in the Philippines.

This medicine I called Lagundi, it’s scientific name is Vitex negundo. Lagundi is grown in the Philippines. It’s leaves, roots and seeds are used medicinally. They are washed and boiled like tea. These is how the Filipino folks used Lagundi long ago but today they now commercially produced in a form of capsuled, tablets and syrups. The Department of Health have found the medicinal value of the plant and promoted the use of herbal plant products such as Lagundi. I am still using Lagundi whenever I’m coughing. I also give this to my child. It’s herbal and there has been no side effects reported about the herbal medicine. It’s affordable and effective.

February 22, 2013

Your Child Has Diarrhea, What Do You Do?


Diarrhea is one of the leading causes of death among children. As a parent we should be aware that this is not just a common ailment. If diarrhea cannot be prevented in an early stage then worse comes worst. I am a parent and I should know what diarrhea can do to my child.

You know when it’s Diarrhea if a child has more than four bowel movements in a day. And it is characterized by loose or watery stools. And this is usually caused by bacteria, virus or parasites. Not only that your child loses water, he loses the electrolytes that your body needs and this leads to dehydration. If your child is weak, has poor skin turgor and has sunken eyes, then you have to take him to a hospital because this is severe dehydration and he badly needs intravenous fluids to replenish the electrolytes lost.

To reduce the risk of dehydration, have your child drink an oral rehydration solution or you can make one. In a liter of water mix a teaspoon of sugar and salt and you might want to serve him bananas or apples to replace the potassium lost. Remember that the home made solution should only be consumed within 24 hours.

February 19, 2013

Cheap Skin Peeling Product That Works


My face just recently been bombarded by pimples and blackheads, I couldn’t face the mirror and look at the ugly face in front of it. The healed pimples left a lot of dark spots and blemishes and I just don’t know what to do with it. Luckily our helper saw my dilemma and suggested that I should try Skin Mate shark oil. She said that in just a week’s time my face will lighten up and with continued use my blemishes would be gone in no time.

I kind of doubt the product but I decided to try it anyway. I bought it in a local drugstore. It’s very cheap, it only cost me 100 pesos for a small bottle. Skin mate shark oil is like oil with an astringent. It works by peeling off the skin. You have to apply it to your face once a day, and it is advisable to use your fingertips when applying because cotton causes allergy to the skin. After applying the product put on a moisturizer.

After two days my skin starts peeling lightly and after a week my face did lighten up. And my skin feels soft and supple. I’m so happy that I tried the product. Right now I am only applying shark oil every other day for skin maintenance.

February 18, 2013

Weight Loss Summary: February 2013


























































































































FebruarySpinstepsMuscle CondAfter SixWaterCalories
1810,000-70 oz1,555
1910,000-70 oz000
2010,000-70 oz000
2110,000-70 oz000
2210,000-70 oz000
2310,000-70 oz000
2410,000-70 oz000
2510,000-70 oz000
2610,000-70 oz000
2710,000-70 oz000
2810,000-70 oz000

Week 1: Food Diary

Monday 02/18/13
Breakfast: cookies 200, 2 eggs 240, bread 90 = 460 cals
Lunch: veg salad = 390 cals
Dinner: soup = 280
Snacks: cashews 220
Water: 96 oz
All Day total: 1,350 calories
Activity: spin, walk

Tuesday 02/19/13
Breakfast: eggs = 210
Lunch: smart ones = 260
Dinner: soup 175, bread 90, 2x hotdog+bun 620, cookies 80 = 965
Snacks: 2 oranges =200
Water: 72
All Day total: 1,635
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February 16, 2013

Mockingjay, the Last Book In The Hunger Games Trilogy


I really need to do this book review. I’ve read a lot of comments about this book and some of them are a bit negative. Others rant about how depressing the book was and that something is lacking.

Well I just read this last month; I kept pacing right through it because the 2nd book’s ending was really exciting so I just couldn’t put the book down. Honestly, the book gave me mixed emotion s. It left me happy but sad at the same time. The final book is really different from the previous books; the action here is a bit serious, intense and deeper. You can feel how Katniss is struggling to be the icon of rebellion. Her every move can either free the people from capitol or break the ones she loves.

Yes this book is depressing because the ending does not really satisfy you. It makes you crave for more and there are still questions left unanswered. Was the book’s finale real or not real? I say “real” because to be able to achieve something as big as freedom and equality should entail sacrifices. Sometimes you can’t always get the happy ending that you want. With that, the ending for me is depressing but “real”.

February 13, 2013

Pets: Do I Hate Them Or Love Them?


I’m really not into pets because I don’t the responsibilities. I have had a lot of pets, but sadly none of them really lived very long except for our pet dog “Pochi” he’s a Japanese spitz. I like dogs, small dogs actually. I never tried big dogs before, but I would like to have a Golden Retriever. I don’t like feisty dogs like the Doberman and Pit bulls. I got bitten by a dog when I was a kid so I don’t like dogs that scare me, I prefer small dogs kind of like the cute and fluffy ones, so that I can easily restrain them just in case.

I also had a pet cat when I was a kid. My brother and I adopt him because he was so thin and small. We get to keep him until he grew up but I can’t seem to remember what happened to him, I think he got left when we transferred. I also had a pet rabbit named “Snowball” but he died, nope, he was killed by a cat. So now I hate cats because I love that rabbit and he was so adorable but the cat just went into our house, found and attacked him. The rabbit was adorable but he poops everywhere, and he likes eating hair! It’s not even grass! I love pets but I guess I get tired of them easily. I’m sticking with my dog now, because he constantly annoys me.

February 10, 2013

Anne Sings In Les Miserable The Movie


We were in a movie house when I saw the trailer of Les Miserable. Anne Hathaway was singing “I dream ed a dream” a song that I heard in Miss Saigon where our fellow Filipino Lea Salonga sung the song. When I heard Anne sang it, I was really amazed by that it gave me goose bumps. Lea’s version has the sweet tone to it, Anne’s version was kind of shaky, but it was all good. Her expressions are so pitiful and you could really feel the pain in her voice that she’s dreaming to be something better but still can’t reach it.

The 1:38 minute clip trailer of her singing gave a great impact to me. From I what I saw, I think her performance in the movie is going to be superb. Her singing and acting just blew me away. I’m looking forward to seeing this movie soon. It’ll be this Christmas; I get to see the French revolution.

February 7, 2013

Surprise Wedding


Zoren Legazpi and Carmina Villaroel, both celebrities in the Philippines tied the knot last week, but here’s the catch the wedding was a surprise. Zoren and his accomplices brought Carmina into tears when he proposed to her, at first she was confused because she thought it’s just going to be a photo shoot where she wears a wedding gown. Then their kids came strutting and dancing demanding that their parents should be married tonight and so they did. The whole set up was carefully planned, and it came out wonderful and romantic.

I was all in tears watching how Carmina had all those tears of joy. I really felt in her that she really wanted to be wed and she could not ask for more than what Zoren did to her. They have been a live-in partner for 12 years and I guess now that they are married; this will be the beginning of the new chapter in their lives. Hopefully the spark of their love will flame their life’s journey as a married couple. It’s so romantic and I love Zoren’s gesture. If that would happen to me, I would be all in tears too but I prefer to be included when it comes to planning my wedding.

February 1, 2013

Kristen Stewart’s Style In The Breaking Dawn Part 2 Premier


I got to say, K-stew was not the best when it comes to dressing in premiers. Her dresses were not that elegant and fashionable and sometimes they’re even the worst. When I see her during interviews and red carpet premiers, I can’t help but raise an eye brow. And then all kinds of profanities would just involuntarily come out of my mouth. But there’s just something in the way she carries herself makes me want to follow her every moves. I just hate the awkward look on her face and the stutters when she’s being interviewed. What I hate the most is the sneakers. Every time I see her put a sneakers on to match her dress, it makes me want to scream. It’s just over the top.

When I found out about the breaking dawn premier, I got curious about how she would look. I prayed that she would forget to wear her sneakers on the premier. Thank God, she did because my jaws literally dropped; she was very beautiful and elegant in her gold Zuhair Murad strapless gown. Indeed very sexy and her aura is a breath of fresh air. She’s more relaxed, I just hope that she can keep up with this look because it suits her very well.

Leaving the Kids for a Promising Future

Statistics shows that about 11% of the Philippines’ total population work or reside abroad. Yearly, more than a million leave the country to render their service to other nations.

Days before Christmas, I met with a cousin I’ve never seen for almost 15 years. She’s bound for Bahrain to work as a domestic helper. She left her husband and three children in the province. Like many overseas workers, her contract lasts for two years. I remembered when my mom first left us to work abroad too. I was fifteen and about to graduate from high school. My brother was ten, also about to graduate from elementary. I asked my cousin why she decided to leave her children. She said they’re already old enough to take care of themselves and to learn their responsibilities in life. My mom told me that that was in her mind, too, when she left. A male friend, who is also a father, left his one-year-old son. He rationalized that his son is still too young to know the difference between his presence and his absence.

I understand that the ultimate purpose of these parents is to provide the best things for their children. Some wish to guarantee sumptuous food on the table, designer clothes and college money (tuition fee and allowance). A number of these workers aim to acquire properties like house, lot and car. Several of them desire to save up while there. Then, come home and start a business. As I try to convince myself to accept their reasons, I also thought they are also trying to convince themselves that they’re children will be alright without them. That the promising future they are willing to sacrifice for doesn’t seem as assuring as it is. I for one can attest to that. Nothing compares to the presence of a parent and his guidance does. For both parent and child, every day is a torture and each day that passes by creates thick walls and delicate bridges between them.