Rainy Day Health Tips: How to Prevent a Cold from Getting Worse

Rainy season has officially started, and with it comes the risk of catching a cold or flu. Studies show that an adult can get two to four episodes of the common cold annually, while kids can get six to twelve episodes, but you can prevent that from happening! As every wonder wo-mom knows, a little prevention goes a long way. Here are some ways help stomp out the sniffles.

1. A bottle full of water
Drinking lots of water will help decongest airways and keep the throat moist. Keeping your family hydrated is one of the best things you can do for their bodies while their immune system is gearing up for a fight against the cold.

2. A pack of immunity-boosting snacks
Consuming immunity-boosting food items on a regular basis will help prevent many illnesses including the cold and flu. If you are keen on living a healthy life, chow down on fresh fruits, yoghurt, and other healthy snacks. Doing so can save you and your kids from an unnecessary visit to the doctor.

3. A handy-dandy hand sanitizer
Here’s another thing that can keep the entire family healthy: hand sanitizers! Bacteria and viruses are everywhere, so it’s better for your kids to always have a bottle of hand sanitizer or even a good ol’ bottle of isopropyl alcohol in the bag. Keeping their hands clean is one of the best ways to prevent the spread of illnesses.

4. A lot of tissue paper
When the cold and flu season hits, you’re going to need more tissue paper than you think. Always have a box of tissue paper because “lots” is never enough for a family. Just always remember to dispose of them properly and clean your hands after blowing your nose. By following this, you and your family can help effectively stop the spread of viruses.

5. A stylish scarf
Of course, you’d want your family to be protected from allergens and viruses outside your home. Give them something to cover themselves with! May it be a nice handkerchief, a stylish scarf, or a sterile face mask, you should always be prepared most especially when the fambam is going to a crowded place.

6. A ton of patience, love, and understanding
Being a mom to sick kids can really be a test of patience. They all have their own quirks, and nursing them can really wear you down, so it’s always good to prepare yourself mentally and emotionally for the battle. Remember to ask for help, pray for love and patience, and most importantly, keep yourself healthy.

7. A trusted cold defense nasal spray

Aside from having tons of patience and understanding, you need to have a trusted companion in keeping your family healthy. Hold the cold off before it worsens by using one of the leading and most trusted antiseptic brands in the country that is BETADINE®. It has a whole line of upper respiratory care products that are proven to be safe and effective including BETADINE® Cold Defense Nasal Spray.

By using BETADINE® Cold Defense Nasal Spray at the onset of sickness, you can shorten the duration of cold symptoms by up to two days and keep the viruses from spreading further and the colds from worsening. Its formulation includes Carragelose®, a natural active ingredient that has antiviral effects and is clinically proven to eliminate 99% of the common cold and flu viruses such as rhinovirus, coronavirus, and influenza A virus which are common causes of respiratory infections. BETADINE® Cold Defense Nasal Spray is recommended for children 1 year old and above. Plus, it is natural, steroid-free, drug-free, and has contamination-proof nozzle.

Don’t let common cold and flu hinder your family from creating many wonderful memories together. Always remember to stock up on BETADINE® Cold Defense Nasal Spray for Kids and Adults and stop cold and flu-like illnesses from the get-go.

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Why Are Filipinos Generally Happy?

Did you know 4 out of 10 Filipinos or 44% are “very happy” with their lives? That’s according to the latest Social Weather Station (SWS) poll. Of the 1,440 surveyed, 37% said they are also “very satisfied.”

Last March, the United Nations (UN) reported that the Philippines ranked the 69th happiest country in the world (out of 156). Forbes said this finding is consistent with a Gallup survey, “which finds an increase in the percentage of Filipinos who consider their life positive enough to rate it as ‘thriving’ in recent years.”

Interestingly, the country edged out China in the happiness rankings, considering the latter is the world’s largest economy, having a per capita gross domestic product (GDP) about four times higher than the Philippines.

The National Economic and Development Authority (NEDA) said last month that the country’s 2018 GDP was 6.2%, with all regions posting growth. NEDA also noted that in the first quarter of 2019, the Philippines likely remains the 4th fastest growing economy in Asia.

The happiness and satisfaction among Filipinos surveyed by SWS indicate that the government programs geared for inclusive economic growth are working. An example of this is the improvement the delivery of social services in the past two years, according to Courtney Rickert McCaffrey, manager of thought leadership in strategy and management at consulting firm A.T. Kearney’s Global Business Policy Council.

Source: https://www.forbes.com/sites/panosmourdoukoutas/2019/04/05/philippines-beat-china-in-happiness/#30d14b8826e3

Filipinos are ‘happy, resilient people.’

Psychologist Therese Castillo said the Filipinos are generally “happy people.” “If our people were as privileged as other countries, we may not have developed the coping skills distinct to Filipinos. Most Filipinos use humor as part of coping with problems and struggles.”

“Happiness is not just the absence of sadness or problems but is also related to the quality of life, well-being, pleasure and satisfaction. There are major areas of our lives such as our work, relationships, health and leisure (how we spend our free time) that impact our happiness,” added Dr. Castillo.

If happiness were based on these, then construction worker Rodolfo Corpuz is much happier. Corpuz attests that his life now is much better than before.

“I can say that my life is more comfortable now. I feel the ease and convenience of my life today, with my work, and so do my colleagues,” Corpuz said.

Corpuz used to earn PHP334 a day (USD6.45) weighing chemical ingredients used for various animal feeds. Now he earns over PHP500 (USD9.66) daily (plus overtime) as a trainer for his fellow construction workers and as an assessor–roles he bagged after a rigorous set of trainings. His family is living more comfortably now with all the opportunities he is getting.

Corpuz’s construction job is in-demand these days as the Duterte administration prioritizes flagship infrastructure projects under its Build Build Build (BBB) program. Last year, BBB held its first job caravan, with more than 17,000 vacancies posted and over 5,200 hired directly by employers. Twenty-eight of these flagship projects are eyed to be completed before Duterte’s term ends in 2022.

Source: https://news.abs-cbn.com/business/03/05/19/28-build-build-build-projects-finished-by-2022-official

Filipinos are hopeful.

Californian Liana Meyer used to work for a non-profit organization doing fund-raising and donor communications when she first visited the Boracay, Philippines in 2009. She returned to the country in 2011. While sitting at the edge of a pool enjoying the warm sun and sipping a cool mango shake while her friends were in the water, she thought to herself, “Why can’t I have this life? Nobody is stopping me except myself, and so in 2012, I walked away from my career in search for a greater adventure in the Philippines. I have lived here ever since.”

While settling here, Meyer had to deal with difficulties that took a toll on her mental and physical health. But instead of returning to the United States, Meyer stayed simply because she loves working and living here. Aside from the solid support system of friends and colleagues (both Filipinos and expatriates), she also discovered that the Philippines has world-class medical professionals that are far more accessible and affordable than in the US. Through such difficult experience, “that I found my faith in God. I was an atheist all my life before I moved to the Philippines. Years after living here, I discovered my faith and it is that, above all, now helps me cope with difficulties,” she revealed.

Dr. Castillo said “our ability to cope with or react to circumstances greatly affect our ability to be happy. We’ve experienced natural disasters and socio-economic struggles over many years and the Filipinos have come out strong and hopeful. Filipinos are generally hopeful despite poverty and lack of resources.”

Filipinos are supportive.

Dr. Castillo also noted that Filipinos are generally supportive of each other. “We’re sensitive to another person’s needs and feelings that other cultures may not have. We value the sense of community and support as Filipinos. At times of desperation and struggle, we hold on to these values that keep us strong and hopeful.”

Meyer said that it would help expatriates like her to have Filipino friends. “It’s true that Filipinos are very hospitable. I’ve met so many parents, siblings, titas and titos (aunties and uncles), and they treat me like family. I urge anyone though to only seek out these friendships if you intend to return the favor … You don’t need to be showy or give expensive gifts. You just need to show up … and don’t forget to bring food!” she advised.

But adventure, according to the 2018 US News & World Report, is another area where the country outranked China. Adventure can also relate to friendliness, fun, pleasant climate, and scenic beauty–characterizations that Meyer saw and experienced for herself being in the Philippines.

Meyer, who is now based in Cagayan De Oro with her fiancé, hopes that Filipinos continue to protect their heart. “Filipinos are a fun-loving and faith-filled people–qualities derived not from their circumstances, but their spirit. I’m so grateful to have had the opportunity to humble my heart and adopt this way of life.”

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Summer Outing at Grand Hyatt Manila

It was our first time at Grand Hyatt Manila in Bonifacio Global City last May 22 to 23. Justin and I tagged along with his Dad for their 2019 company summer outing. Knowing that Grand Hyatt is only a few minutes walking distance from Uptown Mall made the three of us happy campers. That means eating out is no hassle at all!

We stayed in this room on one of the upper floors. Going up is a breeze as the hotel’s elevators are fast!

What I particularly like about our hotel room is that there are separate areas for bathtub, shower, and toilet.

On the left of the bathroom is the bathtub, and on the right is the shower.

You’ll find the toilet room outside the bathroom, adjacent to the shower area. This saves time for when you have to use the shower and one has to go to the toilet at the same time. Right?

I love their toiletries: June Jacobs Spa Collection! They smell so good!

There’s a closet with clothes rack, ironing facilities, and safe. On top of the minibar are complimentary banana chips and drinking water.

We stayed in their pool for just one hour before finally checking out the next day. We didn’t swim on our first night at Grand Hyatt because Justin had severe allergic rhinitis. So yes, you could say that we spent most of our time idling in our cozy room during our stay at Grand Hyatt.

Our swimming time at Grand Hyatt’s huge pool was brief but fun. It’s a heated pool, which makes swimming more fun.

I wish we stayed longer at Grand Hyatt, but hubby’s company outing lasted only a day. We had an overall pleasant stay here. Our room was clean, and our bed was comfortable. Hotel Wi-Fi was fast, and there was signal even in the pool area! A common feedback among hubby’s group is the hotel’s breakfast buffet; there weren’t a lot of choices. Nevertheless, we still want to go back.

Grand Hyatt Manila
8th Avenue corner 35th Street
Bonifacio Global City
Taguig City
Telephone No.: (02) 838-1234
Email: manila.grand@hyatt.com

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Learn to Swim with Confidence at Bert Lozada Swim School

At my age, I thought it was already too late to learn how to swim properly. I’m not formally trained, but I’m also not totally clueless about swimming. I can float, kick, and move in the water, but I can’t do breaststroke and freestyle swimming. Plus, I’m only swimming when I’m taller than the water in the pool. Yes, I admit. Lack of adequate swimming skills has made me afraid of getting into deep water. This lack of confidence prevents me from fully enjoying swimming as a form of recreation.

That’s why I said yes right away to an invite by Bert Lozada Swim School for a Mom-and-Child Swim Date at Ace Water Spa last Thursday. I needed to know if there’s still hope for a mom like me in her late 40s to conquer her fear of deep water and to improve the little that I know about swimming. For just one hour in the water with a seasoned BLSS coach, I’ve learned to do three different types of float (prone, supine and jellyfish), blow bubbles while swimming, and do flutter kick correctly.

While we never get to the breaststroke and freestyle lessons, I still felt accomplished to learn something new and to realize what I’ve been doing wrong. More importantly, I realized that “old dogs can still be taught new tricks.” Now more than ever, I’m determined to learn as much as I can about swimming. I know in my heart that I can do it, even if I’m already 47! With proper guidance from swimming experts like BLSS, young and old alike can conquer their fear of water and learn to swim with confidence.


Parents want the best for their children, and swimming is no exception. Personally, I want my son to learn from the best. Bert Lozada Swim School has been tried and tested since 1956. Sixty-three years in the business says a lot about this institution. BLSS has been named the Best Swim School in 2005 by the Philippine Marketing Association and was awarded 1st Place Best Swim School Picture in 2009 by the United States Swim School Conference. It has local and international affiliates as well.

Mr. Angelo Lozada, Chief Operating Officer of BLSS

BLSS’s Master Coaches undergo comprehensive formal training courses and seminars abroad. These acquired techniques are constantly updated, adapted, and passed on to the entire BLSS Member-Coaches. BLSS also produces, trains, and mentors powerful Swim Teams who compete in local, regional, national, and international swim competitions whose swim standings are recognized by the Philippine Olympic Committee, International Olympic Committee, and Federation Internationale de Natation.

Bert Lozada Swim School offers PE/ Varsity courses, too. It can provide and implement to all grade/year levels a curriculum for PE or Varsity Sports Program that integrates effective traditional insights with the latest sports science.


Bert Lozada Swim School advocates FUN swimming activities using SAFE swim gear/equipment/paraphernalia. Students as young as 6 months old up to 85 years old are welcome to enroll at BLSS.

BLSS has different programs designed for various age groups, and they are as follows:
1. Babies
A. Level 1: Starfish (Water Explorer, 6 to 12 months old)
B. Level 2: Puffers (Water Familiar, 1 to 2.5 years old)
C. Level 3: Guppies (Water Safety, 2.6 to 4 years old)
D. Level 4: Penguins (Water Confident, 2.6 to 4 years old)
E. Level 5: Seals (Water Independent, 2.6 to 4 years old)
2. Kids
A. Level 1: Snapper 1 (For children who are afraid of the water or little or no swimming experience.)
B. Level 2: Snapper 2 (For children ready to work without the parent or caregiver and are developing
10m Survival Swim and 10m Dog Paddle)
C. Level 3: Jammer 1 (For children who are developing 15m Survival Swim and 15m Basic Freestyle)
D. Level 4: Jammer 2 (For children who are developing 15m Backstroke and 15m Butterfly)
E. Level 5: Jammer 3 (For children who are developing 15m Breast Stroke and Advance freestyle mechanics)
3. Swim Squad (pre-competitive swim program with supervised coaching, 5 years old and above)
4. Adults (16 to 85 years old, 6 levels)
A. Intro to Swim
B. Basic
C. Advance 1
D. Advance 2
E. Power Swim
F. Power Tri

With 70 locations nationwide, I bet there is a BLSS branch near you. So what are you waiting for? Enroll your kids and yourselves now!

And before I close, allow me to thank the generous sponsors of this Mom-and-Child Swim Date: Bert Lozada Swim School, Ace Water Spa, Speedo, Dermplus, and Toy Kingdom!

Disclaimer: Cameras and cellphones are not allowed in the locker/ pool area, except for this special blogging event.

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Moms, It Is Not Selfish to Take Care of Ourselves!

It is not easy being a mom. On the contrary, it takes a lot of work and patience to be a good one. For both stay-at-home and working moms, having to juggle multiple responsibilities and knowing that your child’s life highly depends on you can be exhausting. Sometimes, moms need to make personal adjustments too just to cope with such situation. And being a mom myself, I know for a fact that we put our little one’s needs before our own. That’s where things get a bit overwhelming.

But we should not stop caring for ourselves because it also affects our ability to care for our children. “I am a mom of four and as far as I remember, I spent most of my adulthood caring for my children,” shares Tina, a 43-year-old mom. “I start my day at 5:00am, fixing my kids’ baon, and preparing them for school. Once they leave the house, I go on with my usual routine- clean the house, do the laundry, check their assignments, prepare dinner, wash the dishes, and then put them to bed. Sometimes my husband jokes that I don’t time for him anymore as I am too focused on being a good mom! But funnily though, that is true. We don’t get to spend quality time anymore,” she quips. “Don’t get me wrong, but I love being a mom because it is really fulfilling. It’s just that by being too focused on being a good mom, I have neglected other important things as well” she adds.

Rose, a 45-year-old working mom of 3, shares the same dilemma as Tina. “I think have mastered the art of juggling!” she jokes. “But on a serious note, nothing feels more awful than the mom guilt. When I am at work, I keep on saying to myself that I am doing so good at my job, but am I being a great mom as well? Sure, my husband and I can provide all of our kids’ needs, but is that enough? Do my kids know I love them? Do I spend enough quality time with them? Am I giving them attention? The pressure of being a good mom is just too much that I forget to look after myself too. I am too busy working and caring for my children that I had to put my needs aside. And honestly, that doesn’t feel ok,” she says.

“I began contemplating and realized that with all the years that I have dedicated as a mom, it’s about time to think of myself now. With all the myriad of responsibilities that I have juggled and successfully carried out, I feel empowered. So empowered that I am ready to choose what’s best for me, aside from being a mom, of course” Tina says.

“It is not selfish to take care of yourself!” affirms Tina. “That’s why I made a choice to try something new that I know would make me feel better about myself. After all, I know I truly deserve this.” Rose adds, “I totally agree with Tina! You can’t be a good mom if you don’t do yourself good. After providing the needs of my children, it’s about time that I give importance to myself too. It’s time to work on my best self ever because I deserve it!”

For mommies Tina and Rose, trying SvelT’i’s Femilift has given them a brand-new confidence in themselves. Femilift is a non-invasive laser treatment that is 100% safe and is being used globally. It only takes 30 minutes for the procedure to be done. Femilift is for women who want to have improvement on stress urinary incontinence. It also enhances lubrication because as women age, they experience dryness, and it becomes painful during sexual intercourse. For others, it is for tightening because during normal childbirth delivery, the vagina never comes back to its pre-pregnant state. While for other women, it is for better sexual pleasure.

“Now, I feel much better about myself and so does my husband! Thanks to SvelT’i, treatments are now available for women who are facing the same condition as mine and help them restore their confidence,” shares Tina. “Now that I feel better about myself, there is no amount of work or mommy responsibilities that I can’t do. I know that I am in my best self ever, and I know I’ve got this!” muses Rose.

For all the work that moms do, they deserve to be appreciated not only during Mother’s Day, but every day of the year. Let them know they are loved and appreciated. Visit SvelT’i now, and give your moms a treat they deserve!

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