August 31, 2016

Can Micro Homes Solve the Global Housing Crisis?

Size matters to some but in a world of land scarcity and a housing shortage epidemic, small micro sized homes are growing in popularity. The statistics are frightening: currently, more than 1.6 billion people live in substandard housing with 100 million people living without a home. It is estimated that up to 50 percent of the urban housing stock in South Asia and 25 percent in Latin America is of poor quality.

Alarmingly, UN studies estimate that by 2030 an additional 3 billion people—40 percent of the world’s population—will need access to housing. Inspired architects, realising that small is more efficient have come up with a possible solution: micro houses.

There is currently no definition for a microhouse; it can be a tiny home on wheels that looks like a garden shed or a slightly larger brick-and-mortar house with flexible interior layouts, what is common among the designs is a priority on making the most out of what limited space is available.

Top architects like Renzo Piano, known for London’s Shard is a trailblazer in the design of small homes; his Diogene Micro Home measures just 7.5 sq m (81 sqft) but surprisingly still has all the basics that you need for modern living. Inside there is a folding desk, composting onboard toilet, solar panels, and rainwater collection devices, so it makes the most of renewable energy sources also. Centrala Architects, have built what they say is the world’s narrowest house—The Keret House—in the former Jewish Ghetto in Warsaw. The complete home was constructed within a former alley and measures just 122 cm (48 in) at its widest.

The architects of 29sqm may not have been inspired when it came to naming their micro home but the ingenuity at play creating its semi-mezzanine structure is unrivalled, they fitted a bed area over the main wardrobe accessible via a small wooden staircase. This is a testament to their ability to get creative with a minimal space availability.

“We see micro homes playing an intrinsic part in minimizing the global housing shortage in the coming years,” said Kian Moini—co founder and managing director of Lamudi—the global property platform for the emerging markets. “Once the design concepts can be rolled out for the mass market, developers can construct thousands of these homes with just a small amount of land,” said Moini.

As soon as developers can figure out how best to both construct and market these micro homes there is sure to be a rapid increase in their production. A lot of people have an idea in their head that a home needs to be a certain size or their family might not have a comfortable lifestyle. These latest designs prove that under one tiny roof, you can find everything you need to have a high standard of home living. (PRESS RELEASE)

August 30, 2016

The Smart Parenting Baby Shower

Although my baby Juancho is almost 11, it's still a great joy to cover events about babies like The Smart Parenting  Baby Shower held at Discovery Suites in Ortigas last August 28, 2016.

The second instalment of its annual SP Baby Shower was a whole day affair filled with informational talks, fun activities, an invigorating yoga class and exciting raffle games. Expectant mommies were pampered and given useful tips as they wait and get ready for their new bundle of joy.


The first speaker was Betty San Luis, CD, the main childhood mentor of Birthing is a Blessing, a childbirth mentoring and Doula support service, and is a certified Doula, a trained labor and birth support person who provides continuous physical, emotional, and informational support to the mother and her partner during pregnancy, childbirth and post-partum. She is part of Childbirth International, a global organization committed to establishing international standards for childbirth education programs and doula training.

Emergency and safety during pregnancy and at childbirth was discussed by Dra. Ella Salvador, a pediatrician at Ospital ng Muntinlupa and Unihealth-Paranaque Hospital and Medical Center. And finally, to be ready and being well prepared for the coming of your new bundle of joy, Chiqui Brosas,
an experienced childbirth educator and doula since the 1990’s and a breastfeeding advocate since 1997, shared ways on how you can face the pain and be confident in the day of labor and some relaxation techniques and exercises through a Lamaze session. Chiqui is known as the guro when it comes to natural childbirth because of her calmness and ability to control during labor and until birth.

Capping off the series of talks, a pre-natal yoga was conducted by Tanya Dela Cruz, one of the founding members of OneLife Studio, offering yoga and pilates classes.

SP Baby Shower 2 is made possible with major sponsors: Downy Babe Gentle and Belo Baby.

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August 29, 2016

Lily’s Peanut Butter Lite Launch

After more than half a century of winning Filipino palates, Newborn Food Products Inc., the maker of Lily’s Peanut Butter, launched its newest product line, Lily’s Peanut Spread Lite, last August 14 at the Lily’s Lite in the City event, held at the Trinoma Activity Center, Quezon City. 



The whole-day event, hosted by athlete-turned-celebrity-host Gretchen Ho, actor-model CJ Reyes, and singer-model John Pol Dimaculangan graced the event. Zumba sessions, demonstrations on healthy cooking, game booths, a special performance by Pilipinas’ Got Talent finalists, the Power Impact Dancers, and many more are available to the public, add to that special raffle prizes and high-score awards for people who purchased Lily’s products at the venue. 


Lily’s Peanut Butter, already 60 years in the industry, saw this rise in health consciousness, and has adapted accordingly through the peanut butter that has become a staple of many a Filipino household. Lily’s Peanut Spread Lite is the first locally-produced lite peanut butter in the market. This peanut spread is made from real peanuts and stevia extract, without any of the added sugars or chemical ingredients included in many low-fat peanut butter alternatives on the market.  Stevia extract, which is extracted from the leaves of the Stevia Rebaudiana plant, contains naturally-occurring glycosides, which give the substance a distinct sweetness, despite having no sugar content. This makes it ideal for today’s health-conscious eaters—from weight-watchers and people trying out low-glycemic diets to people suffering from ailments such as diabetes and hypertension—as it delivers the same creamy sweetness that has made Lily’s a favorite, without compromising consumers’ health. Taste and health don’t have to be exclusive of each other; healthy doesn’t need to be boring.


August 28, 2016

AsiaPop Comicon Manila Day 3

AsiaPop Comicon Manila - Day 3 was all for the #Mendiolables kids. Well, also for my hubby. I didn't get to see Nicholas Hoult (X-Men and Mad Max: Fury Road) during the Press interview on two occasions but I did get to see him at the Media Lounge unexpectedly. Things happened so fast, I was not holding my phone so it was unfortunate that I didn't get to take selfie with him (cry, cry, cry!)


August 27, 2016

Asia Pop Comic Con 2016 Day 2

SMX Convention Center in Pasay City was once again filled with toys, comics, fans, expectators guests and media for Asia Pop Comic Con 2016 Day 2!  

If you haven't been at Asia Pop Comic Con, you have until tomorrow to check out all things pop and geeky until tomorrow, Sunday, August 28.


Headlining this three-day event are some of your favorite movies and television series: Nicholas Hoult (X-Men and Mad Max: Fury Road), Claire Holt (The Vampire Diaries and The Originals), Joe Dempsie (Game of Thrones and Skins), and Millie Bobby Brown (Stranger Things – A Netflix Original Series).  Autographs and selfies, and groufies as well, is allowed with your favorite star (special tickets are on sale for this).



Artist Simon Legno, co-founder of the worldwide sensation tokidok: and Devilrobots, the Japanese art group famous for the iconic To-Fu Oyako character cast. Check out the booths of Comicave Studios, Great Toys Online, IDstar, Gaming Library, Filbar’s. Cross, Big Boys Store, and Ban Kee, a 1/2 scale handcrafted bronze replica of the 75th Anniversary Tribute Statue of Captain America in Brooklyn, New York!


Comic veterans Mike Zeck, Ken Lashley, and Billy Tan will be signing autographs along with Filipino comic legend himself, Whilce Portacio. Cebulski, Marvel’s Senior VP of Creative and Creator Development will once again grace event. J-Rock anison legend Hiroshi Kitadani of JAM Project, will be performing solo. Jason Palmer’s remarkably expressive works will be on display such as, Star Wars, Firefly, Once Upon a Time, The Walking Dead, Castle, Doctor Who, and many more. Meet beauty vlogger Say Tioco and the famoous Enciso sisters (bloggers’ Vern and Verniece) and listen to their talks on everything beautiful - makeup and life! Alodia Gosiengfiao and Myrtle Sarrosa will be joined by international cosplayers Riddle, Ani-Mia, Lindze Merritt, and Yugana Seshi Uon for the Manila leg of the CAGE cosplay competition. Watch the never-before-seen footage outside of San Diego Comic Con of Marvel’s upcoming Doctor Strange film at APCC Manila’s Hall M.




August 26, 2016

Asia Pop Comic Con 2016

Not even Friday's traffic and heavy downpour of rain can stop my husband and I from storming SMX Convention Center in Pasay City for Asia Pop Comic Con 2016!  This all things pop and geeky at the event is slated from today til Sunday (August 26 to 28).


Headlining this three-day event are some of your favorite movies and television series: Nicholas Hoult (X-Men and Mad Max: Fury Road), Claire Holt (The Vampire Diaries and The Originals), Joe Dempsie (Game of Thrones and Skins), and Millie Bobby Brown (Stranger Things – A Netflix Original Series).  Autographs and selfies, and groufies as well, is allowed with your favorite star (special tickets are on sale for this).

Artist Simon Legno, co-founder of the worldwide sensation tokidok: and Devilrobots, the Japanese art group famous for the iconic To-Fu Oyako character cast. Check out the booths of Comicave Studios, Great Toys Online, IDstar, Gaming Library, Filbar’s. Cross, Big Boys Store, and Ban Kee, a 1/2 scale handcrafted bronze replica of the 75th Anniversary Tribute Statue of Captain America in Brooklyn, New York!

Comic veterans Mike Zeck, Ken Lashley, and Billy Tan will be signing autographs along with Filipino comic legend himself, Whilce Portacio. Cebulski, Marvel’s Senior VP of Creative and Creator Development will once again grace event. J-Rock anison legend Hiroshi Kitadani of JAM Project, will be performing solo. Jason Palmer’s remarkably expressive works will be on display such as, Star Wars, Firefly, Once Upon a Time, The Walking Dead, Castle, Doctor Who, and many more. Meet beauty vlogger Say Tioco and the famoous Enciso sisters (bloggers’ Vern and Verniece) and listen to their talks on everything beautiful - makeup and life! Alodia Gosiengfiao and Myrtle Sarrosa will be joined by international cosplayers Riddle, Ani-Mia, Lindze Merritt, and Yugana Seshi Uon for the Manila leg of the CAGE cosplay competition. Watch the never-before-seen footage outside of San Diego Comic Con of Marvel’s upcoming Doctor Strange film at APCC Manila’s Hall M.

August 25, 2016

August 6

August 6 was one hectic day! My day started at 10am for NetFlix Beat Bugs event at Vanilla Cupcake in Q.C.


Then I ran at One Corporated Center in Ortigas at 2pm for Yael's 1st Birthday. I wouldn't dare miss this day because Yael's mom, Berlin, is one of the nicest mommy bloggers I know. Although we just met last year, Berlin and Yael holds a special place in my heart because they remind me of when I started blogging in 2007. Juancho was also a baby that time and I brought him to most of the events I covered, just like Berlin and Yael.






At 4pm, I booked at Linden Suites for my late Papa's 67th birthday celebration.

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At 5pm I rushed at Sambokojin in SM Megamall for Mafae's surprise birthday dinner.  I also wouldn't dare miss Mafae's birthday because Mafae, Coach Nic and their children are on of the most down-to-earth and kind people I know.




Before going back at  Linden Suites, I catche up with Darlyn Ty, The Queen Mother of Viviamo, the maker of the famous Belle De Jour Planner, and her adorable daughter Tisa.



When I finally finished and was about to go back to the hotel, it rained cats and dogs. Thanks heaven for kind hearted Paul Adrian Lacebal who offered to share his umbrella and brought me to Linden Suites.


August 24, 2016

NTT DATA Philippines

NTT DATA was formerly Wizardsgroup, Inc..  It is a leading IT services provider and global innovation partner with 80,000 professionals based in over 40 countries. NTT DATA emphasizes long-term commitment and combines global reach and local intimacy to provide premier professional services, including consulting, application services, business process and IT outsourcing, and cloud-based solutions. 

Wizardsgroup has established a strong presence in high value IT consulting and learning solutions for Oracle and Microsoft technologies mainly in the Philippine market. With over 20 years of experience in the local market, its core services have spanned the entire spectrum from application development outsourcing to implementation of enterprise resource planning (“ERP”) solutions.

Above, from Left to Right: Kenya Wada, Director, NTT DATA Philippines, Inc; Ryoji Fukaya, Chairman, NTT DATA Asia Pacific; Tetsu Sato, President and CEO, NTT DATA Asia Pacific; Pocholo Reyes, Managing Director, NTT DATA Philippines, Inc.

“With this development, NTT DATA Philippines will continue to pursue the same corporate direction that has distinguished Wizardsgroup, Inc. across various sectors in the Philippine economy. We will build on NTT DATA’s group vision to be a “Global IT Innovator” and build upon its world-class IT services to the fullest to drive businesses faster in the country and in the region,” says Pocholo Reyes, President & CEO, NTT DATA Philippines.

NTT DATA Philippines’ total solutions package combines Wizardsgroup’s leading competency in deploying Microsoft technologies, and with the highly-developed capabilities on Oracle Engineered Systems. It provides added value in consulting services across industries as well as to software companies, system integrators, and IT service providers.

NTT DATA Philippines’ main expertise lies in its thorough understanding of the problems their clients are facing and designing and rolling out solutions that respond to these challenges. For the past two decades, this comprehensive approach has contributed immensely to enhanced customer experience.

Above, from Left to Right: John Ching, Director for Learning; Kenya Wada, Director, NTT DATA Philippines, Inc; Ryoji Fukaya, Chairman, NTT DATA Asia Pacific; Tetsu Sato, President and CEO, NTT DATA Asia Pacific; Pocholo Reyes, Managing Director, NTT DATA Philippines, Inc; Lui Alvarado, Director, Oracle; Michelle Lachica, Director, Microsoft.


 

Presently, NTT DATA Philippines has clients based in the Telco, FSI/Banking, Oil & Gas, Healthcare, and Manufacturing industries in the Philippines. Building on NTT DATA’s track record in as a Global IT Innovator, NTT DATA Philippines will offer a wider range of solutions and services through globally proven best practices, cutting-edge Research and Development capabilities and a strong financial base. Clients will have access to the expanded capabilities and industry offerings as well as get benefits of NTT DATA’s global geographical presence. 

August 23, 2016

THE INTUITIVE WITHIN

It took me awhile to finish reading THE INTUITIVE WITHIN, an interactive handbook that helps re-discover ones inner self and passion. The book is written by Robert Rubin, the Founder of Mysterium Philippines and well-known tarot reader.

I'm highly recommending this  book to any one who can't seem to find what he or she is looking for. Maybe because it is high time for you to tap that intuitive within. Hard bound colored edition is P1499.99 and Paper back (black and white) is only P899.99.

Intuitive Within is an easy read, it enables one to connect to the author and it feels like your just talking to a friend who knows exactly what to say at the end of every conversation.

This book is a tool to help one unlock full potential to be able to live life to its full potential.


I like that this book starts every chapter with quotes. On the other hand, I like putting quotes at the end of my post. 










THE INTUITIVE WITHIN
by Robert Rubin
Hard bound colored edition is P1499.99
Paper back black and white is P899.99
To order text/call 0916-551-1824  
www.intuitiveiwthin.com 
www.facebook.com/TheIntuitiveWithin 

August 22, 2016

Simple Lang

Let's face it, not all of the friends stay forever. Jingle and I met at Human Resources Trainings in 2000 and since became friends. She's the God mother of my twin kids and soon to be for Juancho's Confirmation.

In a weeks time, Mareng Jingle will be flying to the US of A for greener pasture. To make sure we have time to catch up before she lives, we met and had late lunch at Simple Lang in Ayala Triangle.

Jingle tried Simple Lang already but it was my first time to have a taste of what this place has to offer. Just like the Simple Lang's straight-up simple Filipino comfort food, our friendship is simple lang - no pretentions just pure love and understanding.


MUST TRY: Kare-Kare, Chili-Garlic Crispy Pata, Inasal Java Rice, Sisig Fried Rice, Halo-Halo, Crispy palabok topped with bagnet, shrimp, tinapa bits and egg, Garlic Brown Rice, Mixed BBQ Plate Chicken Inasal (3 pcs.), Leg Quarter, Pork BBQ (2 pcs.), and Pusit,  Mango Madness Crush, Turon Bites, Buko Pandan Pinipig Crush Coconut cream, Simple Lang Halo-Halo, Mango Sago, Sago't Gulaman















Simple Lang
Ayala Triangle Gardens, Salcedo Village, Makati City
Phone number: 02 6216162
Opening hours: 11 AM to 10 PM