Visit the Healthy Choices Bazaar in BGC on April 22 to 23

Kickstart your road to health and wellness with Healthy Choices Bazaar, a weekend market in Bonifacio High Street offering a wide selection of organic and conventional harvests and services from different distributors and wholesalers.

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The Healthy Choices Bazaar, in partnership with organic food distributor Yamang Bukid, is happening simultaneously with Bonifacio High Street’s FITSREET 2017 today and tomorrow (April 22 and 23). FITSTREET 2017 is an event centered on health, fitness and wellness, featuring fun activities and games for the whole family.

Expect great offers and discounts on a broad selection of products including the high-quality brewed coffee from Buttr Coffee, the easy and convenient coffee in a tea bag from STEEP Coffee Bags, coffee and tea from Equilibrium, chewy Caesar cookies that are hand-crafted without preservatives from Twisted Monkeys, Filipino artisan delicacies from Native Gourmet, nutritious meals offered by Grit, meat-free food from Herbivora and the vegan, gluten-free and plant-based food selection from Jertie’s Kitchen.

You also wouldn’t want to miss the eco-friendly items from Grood and Sidlan along with natural organic skin care products from PILI, NAIOE, Wild&Pure, Krave and a lot more!

The two-day activity with various food finds and green shopping selections also showcases fresh talent featuring up-and-coming artist Dane Hipolito, whose acoustic tunes are set to fill the FITSTREET scene.

For more information on Healthy Choices bazaar, visit their FB page ( or Instagram (

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Beat the Summer Heat with ELRO Retail Corporation’s Summer Specials + Shoe Holiday

Do you want to stay cool, comfortable and chic this hot summer season? Well, you can if you’re prepared for it. Just make sure your summer must-haves are ready when you are. Make sure you have sunblock and sunglasses to protect your skin and eyes from the sun’s harmful rays plus light-colored clothing to keep you cooler in the sweltering heat. And to complete your summer OOTDs, remember to wear light- and neutral-colored footwear, too.

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Yours truly was one of the few bloggers invited to the launch of ELRO Retail Corporation’s Summer Specials last Wednesday held at the Dumas Function Room of Discovery Primea in Makati.

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Present during the event were Mr. Patxi Elizalde (owner and president of Bambu Ventures Inc.) and Ms. Cecille Loretizo, Head of Marketing of ELRO Retail Corporation.

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ELRO Retail Corporation’s Summer Specials, consisting of Pastels and Neutrals, will definitely give you the ultimate glam look even on a hot weather.


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Ipanema Class Fem, Php1,295

Look good and feel good this summer with the Ipanema Class Fem which comes in 4 different colors: pink, blue, green and black. This style is available in selected Ipanema and Bambu Stores nationwide and in select SM Department stores (The SM Store) , Shoe Salon, and Landmark Department Stores.

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Ipanema Classic POP Fem, Php1,295

Wanna be sizzling hot this summer? Then try Ipanema’s Classic POP Fem. Exuding a vibe of individualism, freedom and liberation, this style is the perfect fit for you to relax, leave behind all excess baggage and keep your calm. Show off your feet and make a statement!


Now if lounging in the beach is not what you have in mind this summer, there’s still a perfect pair for you.

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Gola Wasp Php3,295

Gola brings you the pastel collection of the WASP, a pair that offers both style and comfort.


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Grendha Is Raizes Php 1,095 and Grendha Exclusive Sand AD, Php 1,495

For a more sophisticated yet lighter look this summer, Grendha offers the Grendha Is Raizes (left) and the Grendha Exclusive Sand AD (right). Be simply chic and beautiful as you bare your feet this summer with these two stunning styles.

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Grendha Is Natural Sand Ad, Php1,695

Another head-turner this summer is Grendha’s Is Natural Sand Ad. Perfect for any occasion, this is an all-around style that will surely bring out the modern elegance vibe.


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Feeling hip and boho? Then go for the Zaxy Glass Sand Ad.

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Zaxy Glass Sand, Php1,295

This nude strappy sandal doesn’t only feel light and look light, but it’s also extremely stylish and goes with any color.

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Zaxy Vibe I Sand, Php1,595

Another hippie variation is the Zaxy Vibe I Sand. This pair will give your feet ultimate comfort. Pair this neutral sandal with your coolest summer outfit and stand out in a crowd.


Because our feet are the most abused part of our body, they deserve a break, too. So how do we pamper our feet? For one, we can have a good foot massage. We can also reward our hardworking feet with a pair of comfortable and stylish footwear. And last but not least, we can go to ELRO’s Shoe Holiday.

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Shoe Holiday Summer Adventures is ELRO’s biggest summer promotion where renowned brands like Ipanema, Grendha, Rider, Zaxy, Gola, Sofft and Anacapri will all be available at a special discount. All brands in all stores nationwide (Bambu, Ipanema Store, The SM Store, Shoe Salon, Robinsons Dept. Store, Landmark Dept. Store, Olympic Village , TAF and a lot more) will be carrying a 20% discount on new collection and regular items, while other selected items will be priced at 30% off.

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Exciting games likewise await shoppers in select stores (Bambu Trinoma, Bambu Glorietta, Bambu Nuvali, SM North Edsa Dept. Store, Shoe Salon MOA, Shoe Salon Magnolia, Shoe Salon Glorietta, Shoe Salon Ermita, Shoe Salon Trinoma, Sports Central MOA). Awesome prizes like towels, accessories, umbrella and shirt are up for grabs. And there’s more! Shoppers will also get a chance to win a trip to Bohol for their summer adventure when they visit these stores.

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Give your feet these well-deserved holiday treats with ELRO’s Shoe Holiday Summer Adventures. Promo runs from April 28 to May 7, 2007. Visit for more information.

Ipanema, Grendha, Rider, Zaxy, Gola, Sofft, and Anacapri are exclusively distributed by ELRO Retail Corporation.

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Back to Musikgarten Manila for Summer Drum Lessons

Last Tuesday was Justin’s 1st day of summer drum lessons at Musikgarten Manila. He first enrolled at Musikgarten Manila in Robinsons Galleria in April 2014 under the now famous Pepe Herrera, then at Yamaha School of Music in La Salle Green Hills (LSGH) in the summer of 2015. He said he wanted to enroll again, but Yamaha already cut its ties with LSGH (or is it the other way around?), and Musikgarten Manila was not in Robinsons Galleria anymore. Good thing Musikgarten Manila has an FB page, and that’s how we learned about their new location, in AIC Grande Tower, a building just across our place.

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Justin with Teacher Fernando

I signed him up for a 12-session course which started this month and will end on the last week of May. He goes to Musikgarten on Tuesday and Thursday afternoons for one hour each session, and he is now being coached by Teacher Fernando Mendoza Jr., a fellow Thomasian who majored in Jazz Studies, Emphasis on Drum Set.

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We bought his musical pieces from Yamaha which Teacher Fernando used to refresh his “drum memory” with. They reviewed note reading and did some practice drills on the first day. Today, his second day at Musikgarten, Justin learned how to play drum rudiments. We also bought him a drum pad yesterday so that he could do drum exercises at home to improve his drumming skills.

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So far, so good! My son looks forward to his drum lessons. I hope his passion and enthusiasm to get better at playing the drums will not wane. We also hope to continue with this musical pursuit even when he’s already back in school.

Musikgarten Manila offers lessons in voice, piano, guitar, ukulele, violin, drums, saxophone, flute and recorder. Visit their website to know more about their programs and summer offerings.

Musikgarten Manila
Unit 107 AIC Grande Tower
Garnet Road, Ortigas Center
Pasig City
Telephone No.: 633-6270
Cell Phone Nos.: 0917 859-9936; 0939 275-5072

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Pamper Your Hair with Novuhair

I used to have a corporate job that I really love. Young and idealistic, I didn’t really pay attention to how little I was getting from my BPO entry-level position. I was passionate about my work and was rendering more hours than required to meet my production quota. This went on for several months, until finally, I got burned out. I just wanted to leave, pronto! That’s when my immediate supervisor told me to take the day off to relax and unwind.

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I know you found yourselves in similar situations, too. Sometimes we experience stressful events in our lives where well-meaning folks would advise us to chill out and “let our hair down.” “Let our hair down” is an idiom which means “to allow yourself to behave much more freely than usual and enjoy yourself.”

What a liberating thought! It’s really nice not to think of things that stress us out even for just a while. And to give us more reasons to be carefree, we must be confident about how we look and feel. We need to be conscious of our physical appearance and pay extra attention to our crowning glory, our hair.

Here are a few tips on how to have healthy hair:
Observe proper hygiene all the time. Regularly wash your hair to remove dirt and grime.
Carefully comb your wet hair. Your hair is vulnerable to breakage during this period.
Use towel to dry off your hair after shower. Avoid using hair dryer as it can cause damage to your hair; if you must use the heat, then do so sparingly.
Get proper nutrition. Your hair’s health of our hair also depends on what you eat. Iron- and protein-rich food strengthens your hair.
Have enough sleep. Lack of sleep can cause hair loss. Sleeping allows our hair to repair and regenerate. Changes in our sleeping patterns have shown to affect our body’s immune and hormone function, as well as our physical and mental stamina. Our hair is very sensitive to these changes within the body.
Pamper your hair. Massage your scalp and give your hair some tender loving care.

Novuhair, nature’s answer to hair loss, is made with 19 natural ingredients like moringa oleifera, panax ginseng, virgin coconut oil and the natural essences of rosemary and peppermint.

Novuhair nourishes the scalp and hair by increasing the flow of nutrients and improving blood circulation to the scalp. Novuhair also helps hydrate the scalp, maintain the hair’s natural luster and prevent early hair graying, hair dryness and itching. #LoveYourHairwithNovuhair

Novuhair Topical Scalp Lotion, Shampoo and Conditioner are available in all Mercury Drug Stores and other leading drug stores nationwide. For more information visit, like the brand’s official Facebook Page at Novuhair Official, follow it on Twitter at @NovuhairNatural and on Instagram @novuhairofficial.

You may also call the Novuhair hotlines at 4136570 and 09228830575 and order online at Lazada and

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Grade 5 3rd and 4th Quarter Awards

Grade 5 was over before we know it. That’s really how I felt when it was time to get my son’s report card last April 4. It was a relief, though, to know that another challenging school year was over, but really, everything went by so quickly. Two months from now and Justin will already be in Grade 6. Oh, where did time go?

Anyway, I was supposed to be documenting Justin’s 4th quarter awards because that’s what I got when I received his report card last week. I realized, however, that I haven’t written about his 3rd quarter achievements, and so I’ll mention them here in passing.

Unexpectedly, 3rd Quarter proved to be Justin’s strongest quarter in terms of average. While a few of his subject grades went down, he also had other subjects that went up, with the rise outweighing the dips. So it was good. Nope, it was the best!

But he became busy after the 3rd quarter with school activities, particularly with the Student Council campaigning because he was chosen to run for Grade 6 Level Representative under one party. He and the other boys included in the campaign missed a lot of class discussions (more than a week’s worth, I think), and that was evident in Justin’s quizzes.

We expected the worst for 4th quarter, and true enough, it was Justin’s lowest. His 4th quarter average dropped one whole point from the previous quarter’s. But he still got the same awards he received during the 3rd Quarter, and two more!

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He was given certificates for First Honors and Excellence in Computer.

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He also received certificates for Outstanding Conduct and Perfect Attendance.

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Lastly, he got a certificate for winning 1st place in the Fourth Penmanship Contest. So that’s how the 4th quarter of Grade 5 went. Recognition Day is still a few months away. And like always, we are not expecting anything. It’s enough for us that our son did his best.

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