July 31, 2011

Reflections on Breastfeeding

August is World's Breastfeeding Month, so for my first post this month it is about the most natural thing in the world 'Breasts'. Only 16% of mothers in the Philippines breastfeed their babies, despite the health benefits of doing so. Why is this and will it change? I do hope so.

(Julia breastfed instinctively, and in so doing, she managed to take all the colostrum)

(Trying to breastfeed Rafael here, a day after he was born.
He did not suck, I guess he's not hungry after all)
The only regret I had was that I breastfed the twins for only for 5 months because I was still working then. Juan was an unplanned baby, he must have been God's answer to my regret. At the moment, Juan still breastfeed at 5 1/2 years old.

(Juan was born in 2006, he breastfed immediately as soon as I positioned him)

Some people find it funny that I still breastfeed Juan. I am not. Juan, among my 3 kids, is the happiest and healthiest. He seldom gets cough and cold. We were able to save a lot of money, because we didn't have to buy powdered milk. When the twins were younger we had to bring baby bottles, 2 cans of milk, and 2 yayas when we travel. With Juan, we travel light.

I am proud to say that I also wet-nursed many babies (wet nurse means breastfeeding someone else's baby). I even donated breastmilk at Makati Medical Center for pre-mature babies.

So to all moms out there who wants to breastfeed, just remember to shatter the breastfeeding myth, you MUST Educate to Lactate! Choose and prepare to face the challenges and receive the rewards of breastfeeding your child. Below are the Ten Breastfeeding Advocates in the Philippines that you may go to for advisory on breastfeeding:

The Breastfeeding Clinic
is run by Nona D. Andaya-Castillo, IBCLC and Elvira L. Henares-Esguerra, MD, FPDS, FABM, IBCLC, RPh., both International Board Certified Lactation Consultants. The clinic supports mothers from pregnancy to parenting through the following services:
  • Pre-natal classes
  • Couple or One-on-One Counseling
  • Specialized massage for pregnant and breastfeeding mothers
  • Training of fathers or parenting partner on how to support breastfeeding mothers
  • Assistance during childbirth until the very first breastfeeding
Professional fees collected from the clinic are used to fund scholarships and projects of Children for Breastfeeding, Inc. and Nurturers of the Earth, Inc..

Arugaan Day Care

Arugaan Day Care is a crèche operated by Innes Fernandez in Marikina City. The day care center operates 10 hours a day and accepts babies two months old to three years old. Part of the crèche’s policy is to require mothers to continue breastfeeding their babies even when they go back to work. This is done by asking the mothers to leave expressed milk to be fed to their babies during the day or to allow their babies to suckle milk from their nursing caregivers. Fernandez also teaches the fathers to support their breastfeeding wives and to fully participate in child rearing.

LATCH (Lactation Attachment Training Counseling Help

is a breastfeeding support group led by trained peer counselors who have also been breastfeeding mothers themselves. Their services include:
  • Breastfeeding workshops
  • Hospital or home visits
  • Phone, SMS, and email support
  • Pre-natal and post-partum classes
  • Mom & Baby Success Programs
  • Mom2Mom Hookups
  • LATCH-Pro Pedia Pool
  • Peer Counsellor Training
  • Pro-LATCH Membership Perks (Discounts on products and services)

La Leche League (Philippines)
is the local chapter of La Leche League International, a global non-profit, non-sectarian breastfeeding support group. The group provides education and support to breastfeeding women through accredited La Leche League leaders. In the Philippines, meetings are held in Greenhills, San Juan and in Silang, Cavite.
The Breastfeeding Club

is a club for pregnant and nursing moms. Members are given access to three breastfeeding classes, namely: Beginning Breastfeeding, Sustaining Breastfeeding, and Toddler Nursing & Weaning/Special Cases. They also get to enjoy discounts to products and services, exclusive invites to parenting events, and an online support system. The club is led by Abigail Yabot, a La Leche League leader and one of the two Philippine Certified Lactation Counselors who was trained at the UP-PGH.

Beauty, Brains, and Breastfeeding

Beauty, Brains, and Breastfeeding is a non-government organization that has worked with UNICEF on several advocacy projects since 2006. The organization aims to accomplish the following:
  • To convince as many people possible that “breastfeeding is not just for those who cannot afford to buy “formula”, but that “breastfeeding is in fact a choice among the informed and affluent in our society;”
  • To change their mindset from “breastfeeding is very hard” to “breastfeeding is a breeze;” and,
  • To support and empower all mothers to successfully breastfeed beyond 2 years without supplementation of formula milk, but complemented with a variety of healthy indigenous foods starting 6 months.

Mommy Sense

is a Davao-based breastfeeding support group initiated by Lyn Buyco-Tan. Aside from being a breastfeeding resource person, Tan and her group organized “Portraits of Love” a photo exhibit which showed photos of breastfeeding mothers. The group’s Facebook page shares various information and external links about breastfeeding. Fans also get to ask questions and also exchange breastfeeding insights with fellow fans.

MOMIMOR (Moms, Milk, and More)

is a non-profit breastfeeding group started by natural childbirth and breastfeeding advocate and 1975 Binibining Pilipinas-Universe,Chiqui Brosas-Hahn. The group is made up of breastfeeding moms and couples who meet up to share their breastfeeding experiences with other members. Breastfeeding classes are free although attendees are asked to bring food to share with everyone.

Medela Moms, Inc.
is the exclusive importer and distributor of Medela Breastfeeding Products in the Philippines. Mom-owners, Beng and Maricel, both breastfed their children and are actively sharing their breastfeeding insights with other breastfeeding moms. The company, with the help of Abbie Yabot of The Breastfeeding Club, regularly holds breastfeeding classes at the Medela House.
Bosom Buddy

is a manufacturer of breastfeeding pillows, baby slings, and nursing wear. It is owned by Pamela Magallon, a breastfeeding counselor who conducts breastfeeding classes and baby care talks to fellow parents. The company’s website has a special Breastfeeding Guide page where visitors can read various breastfeeding resources.

(Source: WikiPilipinas)

Saturday 9 Questions

Saturday 9 is another meme I'm joining. The commitment here is that the admin will post 9 questions every Saturday. Sometimes the post will have a theme, and at other times the questions will be totally unrelated. Today's theme and questions: My Answers in purple.

Saturday 9: I'm Not in Love

1. Have you ever been in love but tried to deny it? Yes, I've been in love, and I don't deny it. I tell the person what I feel. If the significant other won't return the love I just let go and move on with my life.

2. Someone throws a party in your honor. The only guests are your past lovers. You're current spouse or significant other is cool with this. They ask you to speak and say something good about those assembled. Would there be someone there you could not say something good about? I don't think someone will throw a party in my honor, I'm an events host and organizer, so I do throw parties for people I love. I wonder if any of my friends will do that for me.

3. How long can you go without your cell phone? Do you own a so-called “smart phone”? I can go for days or weeks without cellphone, but my husband and kids remind me "Mom your celphone is ringing. I don't own a smart phone

4. Do you believe everyone deserves a second chance? Yes, everyone deserves a second chance.

5. Would you rather spend a whole day with your mom or your dad? (If either or both have passed, answer as if they're alive.) My mom. She passed away in 1993. My dad is still alive, I still get to see him every now and then

6. Tell us one thing about your first boyfriend or girlfriend. Hmm, my first boyfriend looks like Ronnie Rickets

7. Has an ex ever written something about you on facebook or their blog that was nasty about you? I don't know, I do not frequent FB.

8. What was the last thing you borrowed and never returned? An angel wing costume for my daughter's Holloween Party. Borrowed it from a former friend, we drifted apart. I have stuff that she borrowed and didn't return too. I guess, that makes it even.

9. Who is someone famous that you've met? Congressman Roilo Golez

Sigh No More

Here's a blog I frequently visit, A Life's Journey. The admin or author of this blog is Sie. We haven't met personally. Sie frequently visits and comments here in my blog. It is a silent agreement (and an ethical thing to do), amongst Bloggers to visit back their sites when they do visit.

One thing I've noticed about Sie's site are the beautiful photos, designs and music inserts that she does. Sie is one tough woman, battling many unhappy memories, but at the end of the day, she manages to put on a smile on her face (that's how I imagine her to be). I like positive people - they are positively infectious, and I like Sie!

When Sie learned I was celebrating my 38th Birthday on July 12, she sent an advance greeting and told me she's a July baby too. Being born on July, I have a soft spot for people being born on the same month.

Why am I writing about Sie? I know many people who's life are almost perfect and yet, they waste their time looking for things beyond their grasp, focusing mainly on the negative. People who's lives are comfortable and still they are unhappy because they are selfish, that they cannot even extend a hand to the needy.

Learning about Sie's life makes me realize that I am not that strong. I have minor medical conditions that needs monitoring but Sie's health condition is way beyond serious than mine, and still Sie continues to live every moment of her life the way it should be - a loving Mom to her 2 kids, a forgiving person, an encouraging blogger. And most of all, I like her because Sie sigh no more despite of what she has gone through in life. I am hoping one day to meet her in person.

Sigh No More
Mumford and Sons

Serve God love me and mend
This is not the end
Lived unbruised we are friends
And I'm sorry
I'm sorry

Sigh no more, no more
One foot in sea, one on shore
My heart was never pure
And you know me
And you know me

And man is a giddy thing
Oh man is a giddy thing
Oh man is a giddy thing
Oh man is a giddy thing

Love it will not betray you, dismay or enslave you,
It will set you free
Be more like the man you were made to be.
There is a design,
An alignment to cry,
Of my heart to see,
The beauty of love as it was made to be (x4)

Oprah's Big Books

For my 38th Birthday, my husband gave me Ophra books. Those who are Oprah followers will love this books.

Oprah's Big Book of Happiness

Oprah's Big Book of Happiness is a compilation of 100 powerful articles from the O Magazine. Contributors includes, Dr. Phil, Barack Obama and others. The book is divided into three sections: Your Mind, Your Body; Dating, Mating, Relating; and Dreaming Big. The articles are practical, inspiring and easy to read, they will help you touch base on the basics of life.

Available at Powerbooks, P1,755

O's Guide to Life: The Best of O Magazine

This is a good read for anyone on a journey to self-discovery. The articles are filled with practical advice, that focuses on emotional and physical well-being, inspiring and finding a sense of purpose and balance. I like that this book encourages the reader to make life more meaningful by reaching and helping out other people.It has 336 full-color pages with vibrant designs.

Available in Powerbooks, P1,295
"How do I define success? Let me tell you, money's pretty nice. But having a lot of money does not automatically make you a successful person. What you need is money and meaning. You want your work to be meaningful, because meaning is what brings the real richness to your life."
---Oprah Winfrey, Stanford Commencement Address 2008

July 30, 2011

Be Visible

Clarity Aesthetic, Medical and Dental Center in cooperation with John Robert Powers invited Clients and Media to witness the fusion of aesthetics and personal empowerment last July 28 at their Shangri-la Branch. The aim of the event is to encourage women and men to take a closer look in developing their beauty - inside and out.

Ms. Carmie De Leon, Clarity's Vice President for Sales and Marketing, talked about how, even ordinary people should take care of their physical attributes in order to really feel confident. Clarity is bridging the gap, now they have packages that are affordable as compared to other Skin Clinics.

Clarity's Sales and Marketing Team

I was invited to the event not as a Blogger but as a Client. I am proud and joyful to say, I AM HAPPY AND SATISFIED WITH CLARITY!

(I joined the Pinoy Henyo game, unfortunately Marlyn and I lost)
Proof that Clarity works- I can go to events confident, happy and visible, even without make-up!

SM Hypermart - Shaw/Kalentong Cooking Demo

SM Hypermart - Shaw/Kalentong is a 5-minute brisk walk from my family business, but it was my first time to visit the place last Thursday to attend SM Master Chef's Marathon Cooking Demo, showcasing innovations in culinary products and cooking aids. I was amazed at how big and clean the place is.

Chef Jonathan Chua, Product Applications Specialist of San Miguel Purefoods Culinary Center, headed the cooking demo. He finished his culinary education in California Culinary Academy, USA.

Chef Jonathan did a demo cooking on Peaches and Cream Caramel Trifle, Star Ranchero Rice, Cheesy Hotdog and Fries Sandwich Overload, and Chicken and Mushroom Baked Rice

Musical entertainment were provided by SM Hypermart - Shaw/Kalentong Staff

There were five lucky participants who brought home goodies from the raffle.

SM Hypermart seek to unite all the diverse sects of foodie-dom under one banner. The following months will prove exciting for foodies, chefs and onlookers as the store attains to bring culinary excellence to every corner of the country. Watch out for other SM Hypermart cooking events happening in different locations.

July 29, 2011

Tips on Buying a Used Car

Honda Jazz is my dream ride. It's compact yet spacious. It has a powerful engine, plus the lay-out of the instrumentation is very nice. The overall aesthetics is very trendy for a woman. As of the moment, I'm driving an Innova, which I find difficult to maneuver because of its big chassis or body. My husband and I decided to get an Innova so we can bring more family and friends in our out-of-town trips. My Events and Hosting business (also my blog events) requires me to go from one place to another but driving an Innova is impractical for it consume
s more fuel.

I finally found my ticket to owning my dream car, it may not be necessarily new, as long as it's a Blood Red Honda Jazz. Philippine second cars is not that bad if you think of it. Though, one must be very careful in buying one.

Here are some tips if you wish to buy a second hand vehicle:

1. Decide on a vehicle that you want or need
2. Survey the market for prices and availability
3. Call the vendor to confirm certain issues such as, maintenance history, mileage, and other matters.
4. Arrange for a meet-up to visually check the vehicle. I suggest you bring a trusted mechanic to check the vehicles engine. Test drive the car.
5. Ask for the registration (Original Receipt and the Certificate of Registration)
6. Double check with LTO the O.R and CR. to confirm that you're not buying a hot car or a stolen car.
7. Finally, if you've decided to buy the vehicle, the vendor MUST provide you a deed of sale.

Dreamdate on Studio 23

When I was a teenager, I remember watching dating shows in Eat Bulaga and other shows who'd have this segment, usually during the love month. This time around, Studio 23 has a new show called DREAMDATE. They had a pilot episode last Friday that made a perfect match between Miriam College's Odessa Fausto and singing professional model Mark Alejandro Janssen.

For single people out there, make Dreamdate your Friday habit. As David Abrenilla, the show's producer and creator, puts it, "while being entertained, you will get to know more about yourself and how to attract the opposite sex." Hosted by MYX VJ, Bianca Roque, and Magandang Umaga host, Andrei Felix.

How to join: Consumers shall use the internet or their mobile phone to enroll in the game, in hopes of finding their match. The consumers are analyzed based on their success with the game and will be invited to a casting call, to have a chance to be on DREAMDATE show. DREAMDATE is a match made in heaven for the digital age, catch it this Friday , 11:30 pm on Studio 23. Be part of Philippines’ very own dating & lifestyle network. Just log on to chuzi.com today!

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July 27, 2011


If the late Michael Jackson has Neverland, and the late Elvis Presley has Graceland;
Juan has his own GREENLAND.

Juan likes the color green a lot! His Aunts, Uncles and God parents know this, so during his birthdays and holidays they give Juan anything green. Most of his shirts are color green. It is easy to please Juan, as long as you give give a green item.

I like Juan's greenland so much, because as he puts it, there I am the beautiful green queen mom, I have the biggest green castle, my gowns are all green, all the food are green.

I said to Juan, "wow, I fit in your greenland baby!". He asked, "why Mom?". I naughtily replied, "because I have a green mind.". Juan just said, "oh, that's nice Mommy".

Trivia on Color Green: (Source: Crystal Cure)

Green is the color of nature, fertility, life. Grass green is the most restful color. Green symbolizes self-respect and well being. Green is the color of balance. It also means learning, growth and harmony. Green is a safe color, if you don't know what color to use anywhere use green.

Green is favored by well balanced people. Green symbolizes the master healer and the life force. It often symbolizes money. It was believed green was healing for the eyes. Egyptians wore green eyeliner. Green eyeshades are still used. You should eat raw green foods for good health. Friday is the day of green. Green jade is a sacred stone of Asia.

Green Energy

Green contains the powerful energies of nature, growth, desire to expand or increase. Balance and a sense of order are found in the color green. Change and transformation is necessary for growth, and so this ability to sustain changes is also a part of the energy of green.

Put some green in your life when you want:

  • a new state of balance
  • feel a need for change or growth
  • freedom to pursue new ideas
  • protection from fears and anxieties connected with the demands of others

George Javier

On the way to meet some friends in InterContinental Hotel in Makati, we met George Javier at the lobby. I was happy because this guy is one of the most underrated comedian in the Philippines. I like his style of making the audience laugh.

We were all laughing at the photo below, because I asked my husband to come join George and I for this photo. John shook hand with George and said, "hi, yeah you're the brother of Jim Paredes of Apo Hiking Society. George replied, "uy salamat, ang gwapo ko, masabi nga kay Jim magkapatid kami". John, was of course pertaining to Danny Javier, but we were in a hurry, John interchanged Jim and Danny's name.

George "Dyords" Javier is one of the funniest man in Philippine showbiz.  He did several starring movies in the '80s, such as Tolongges, Stepanio and Tulume, Alyas Zorro. He is part of ANGFourgettables (with Isay Alvarez, Bimbo Cerrudo, and Pinky Marquez). He is also a singer, actor and a hip-hop artist. He is the brother of Danny Javier of Apo Hiking Society.

July 26, 2011


When burglars tried to invade our home, they did not succeed for 2 reasons:, namely, Dengue and Deadbolt

We name our dogs after viruses. We had, Lasa, Mutaba, Hanta, and Thyphi (short for Thypoid), then came Dengue. When Dengue was given to us, she was very thin and looked badly treated. My husband, who loves dogs, took care of Dengue. Most of the time, people think that Dengue is a pure bred dog, but she is not. Dengue is a regular mongrel or commonly known in the Philippines as 'Askal'. My friend said Askal is now called Aspin or Asong Pinoy. Dengue looks good and healthy because she is showered with so much love. When we dine out, we never forget to bring 'pasalubong' or a treat for Dengue.

Dogs have always been known to save man from danger. There were true stories shown in television when a dog saved her owner from heart attack, saved the owner from drowning and a lot more. In our case, Dengue is our living security system. She kept on barking that alerted my neighbor, as a result, the burglar ran away.

TRIVIA: The domestic dog, scientific name - Canis lupus familiaris, is a domesticated form of the gray wolf. Wolves are very social animals. Like humans, they live in packs, with social ranks, this made this animal suitable and attractive as a companion, because wolves accepted man as their leader.