Category Archives: Womanhood

Flowers for Mother’s Day | gift ideas

During my years of med-repping, I always gave my female doctors a no-fail gift on their birthdays. Nope, not cakes or chocolates – those are commonplace.

What delighted female doctors most, I learned from James (my predecessor), was a surprise delivery of beautiful flowers to their clinics.

flowers for mother's day proflowers

I had this suki flower shop at the back of Makati Med that did flower arrangements on vases so beautifully. All I had to do was go there to order first thing in the morning, and they will deliver to my delighted doctor. For me, being a woman myself, simply choosing the flowers and arrangement was such a pleasant task already. Finding myself surrounded by blooms at a flower shop wasn’t bad for an early morning call.

And when I go to make my call on the doctor, she will gush over how lovely the flowers are…

Tapos oorder na siya ng vaccines. Success! 😛

What I’m trying to say is this: kids, husbands – women are suckers for flowers (at least most of us are). Flowers have a special way of tugging at our hearts. And a surprise delivery of flowers for Mother’s Day will make us feel very special.

Bilib you me.

Husbands, kids – are you reading this? Go ahead, order some flowers and surprise your mom or wife on Mother’s Day.

Mary Kay Timewise Launch in Manila

I was invited to the Manila launch of Mary Kay TimeWise a few days ago. TimeWise is Mary Kay’s latest anti aging skin care line.

Mary Kay Timewise Launch Manila Makati Shangri-la

As a woman entering into the late thirties (eeeeeek! Did I say that right??), I am doing my best to take better care of my skin. Once age spots and fine lines appear, it will be very difficult to get rid of them. So I try to maintain habits that are good for the skin. I owe it to myself to keep looking good. All women should, because “when you look good, you feel good.”

I try to eat healthily and keep myself hydrated with water. I also try to stick to a skincare routine – cleansing, toning and moisturizing. Lately I’ve had several diamond peel sessions, and I think they have somehow evened out my complexion.

And yes, I never leave home without putting on sunblock.

During the launch, Mary Kay introduced the new TimeWise Moisture Renewing Gel Mask and the Liquid Foundations line.

Mary Kay TimeWise Moisture Renewing Gel Mask

The new Mary Kay TimeWise Moisture Renewing Gel Mask is a refreshing facial skin care product that you can add to your nightly regimen. The gel mask is supposed to even out your skin tone, reduce pores and fine lines, and make your skin feel supple and smoother. I had a sample application of the gel mask during the event. My skin did feel refreshed and smoother right after application.

How to use the Mary Kay TimeWise Moisture Renewing Gel Mask:

  1. After cleansing and toning the face, apply the TimeWise Moisture Renewing Gel Mask all over the face and neck in gentle, circular massaging motion. Avoid the getting too close to the eye and mouth areas.
  2. Leave on overnight.
  3. When you wake up in the morning, wash face with water to rinse off the gel. Proceed with your usual daytime face skin care.

Here are more photos from the Mary Kay event held at the Makati Shangri-la.

World AIDS Day – We need a Prevention Revolution

Today is World AIDS Day. A few weeks ago, I took part in Project Headshot Clinic ACT, an advocacy project running on its third year for AIDS/HIV awareness.

HIV prevention World AIDS Day

The project for World AIDS Day awareness is spearheaded by celebrity photographer Niccolo Cosme and the shoot was held at his Lighthouse Studio on Malate.

The closest encounter with HIV/AIDS I have ever had is when a friend told me her young gay nephew was dying of AIDS. At first, they thought it was just tuberculosis, and so he took the 6-month treatment course. But after completing it, the TB recurred. The doctors suspected HIV infection, and a test confirmed it. A few months later, he was gone. My friend said her nephew was talented in music and would have gone far in the industry had he lived longer.

The Headshot Clinic (HSC) aims to create online awareness about advocacies by creating profile picture campaigns. In its first year of partnering with UNAIDS for World AIDS Day, the theme for HIV/AIDS awareness was “AWARE”. On the second year, it was “MOVE”. This year, the theme is “ACT” – it’s the readiness to act and do something about HIV/AIDS. At the heart of the campaign is voluntary HIV testing, which was offered to HSC participants after the photoshoot.

It was an honor to be part of such an amazing project which aims to raise the level of awareness of Filipinos about HIV/AIDS.

World AIDS Day Project Headshot Niccolo Cosme

(Click here to view the HSC-ACT gallery)

At the photoshoot, volunteers from UNAIDS and AIDS Society of the Philippines (ASP) were onsite to offer insights about HIV/AIDS and straighten misconceptions. Here are some of the things that I learned from Ryan of ASP:

  • Since 1984, there have been 5,472 reported cases of HIV (Human Immunodeficiency Virus) infection.
  • In 2010, the rate of infection climbed to 4-5 new cases per day. That translates to one new case every six hours.
  • HIV is transmitted through the four bodily secretions: blood; semen; vaginal secretions; breastmilk. Nope, saliva does not transmit HIV. So no, kissing does not transmit the virus. And yes, we can beso-beso and hug persons with HIV/AIDS without contracting the virus (Jeeez!).
  • Actually, persons with HIV/AIDS should be more wary about what they can get from you, because even the most common germ can compromise their health.
  • A note on breastfeeding: A person with HIV who gives birth to an infant must breastfeed her baby because the benefits of doing so far outweigh the risks.

There are five ways to prevent the spread of HIV: Continue reading World AIDS Day – We need a Prevention Revolution

Ensogo Vouchers for Diamond Peel at YSA Skin Care

A few days ago, I went to my first-evarr diamond peel session at YSA using the Ensogo vouchers that I bought.

Yes, I try to keep a level of vanity when it comes to my skin. I also try to keep abreast of anti aging skin products. But I stick to the basics and the DIYs too.

A few weeks ago, however, Ensogo offered a deal that was hard to resist: diamond peel sessions at 80% discount! So I bought myself some Ensogo vouchers.

Diamond peel treatments are supposed to rejuvenate the skin and work on blemishes like fine lines, sun spots and freckles. I started getting some of those already. So I figure it’s time to get working on ’em before they get too many. 😛

The attendant at the YSA branch I went to was very, very meticulous – karir kung karir sa pricking during the facial treatment stage. I feel I really got a good deal. It’s been several days since, and I think, ahem, my skin does feel smoother. (Or it could be that I’m imagining things, in keeping with the Halloween spirit, y’know. hehe)

On a side note, Ensogo deals are awesome. I’ve gotten a lot of savings on restaurant, spa and beauty vouchers already. So watch out for the next deals – log on to the website and register na.

Disclosure: This is not an advertorial for either YSA or Ensogo. But I do get some cash credits if you sign up with Ensogo through my referral code. 🙂

Saturday Photo Hunt: Sweet dementia

It’s been a while since I joined’s Saturday Photo Hunt. This week’s theme is SWEET. I’m posting a predictable photo. 😀

Meet Dementia

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