Sunday, January 7, 2018

Hortikultura 2018


Living in the city has always had its perks. From the bustling economy, a wide range of shopping malls to choose from to the sleepless rendezvous. But once in a while, you’d be telling yourself that you’d need a breather! With the countless room for opportunities, the metro has its dark, looming side, air pollution that is!      So how can you escape this impending health hazard? With plants of course! Plants have this powerful ability to cleanse our air off the harmful substances, particularly carbon dioxide. The more plants the better of course!  Apart from cleaning the air that we breathe in , plants also  lend a very calming and refreshing  ambience. Studies show that indulging your peepers in anything green is a form of relaxation.  

Since we are in the metro spawned by massive buildings and edifices how can we go about introducing more greeneries into our homes and environment? The Philippine Horticultural Society Inc or PHSI is a non-profit organization  of plant lovers whose advocacy is to spread  , once again, the enthusiasm for plants . Some of the organization’s mission is to promote the preservation and conservation of native plant species, to promote awareness and appreciation of plant life and to promote affiliation with international plant communities.  With the efforts of  the PHSI, the metro will hopefully breathe  fresher air  again. It can always begin in our own homes and communities!     In line with this advocacy, the PHSI will be holding a “grand greenery event ” on February 2018!

On Feb 2-11, a massive greenery festival will showcase our own endemic, and hybrid plants. Celebrated annually, the Horikultura Filipina 2018  will also showcase several gardening and horticultural practices in manila. If you are aching to grow out your own garden in your homes but don’t know how, this is the perfect event for you! As per the organization, you need not be a plant expert or one with the so called “green thumb “to cultivate your own garden. You just need to know the  basic knows and how’s. This is one of the goals of the organization, to make gardening and cultivation of plants accessible to everyone! To keep up the excitement, we’ve heard that they are also going to showcase some plant species that may cost up to 2 M pesos ( eyes popping!)  So set your calendars for one of the country’s widest  greenery festival, the HORTIKULTURA 2018. 

 Activities to expect at HORTIKULTURA 2018                                                                 

TRADE FAIR, ORNAMENTAL POTTED PLANTS COMPETITION, STREET DANCING, INSTALLATION ART, PHOTO EXHIBIT OF PHILIPPINE ORCHID SPECIES, BONSAI EXHIBIT, TERRARIUM, AQUA SCAPE VIVARIUM EXHIBIT, GARDEN TOUR, DAILY RAFFLE, ACOUSTIC NIGHTS, DAILY LECTURE AND WORKSHOP,ORCHIDS ASEPTIC CULTURE EXHIBIT, DAILY RAFFLE.                              
                                                                
For more information, you can visit their Facebook page, Philippine Horticultural Society Inc. 


Wednesday, December 20, 2017

Never Let Lose a Strand of Your Patience



Have you ever experienced a day wherein nothing seems to go well, that no matter how you try to choose the right path, you keep making the wrong turn? Just like having a bad hair day, no matter how many times you comb your hair, it just would not budge.

Life can be challenging at times but there will always be a way to resolve these challenges and come out victorious. Having this in mind will be easy to keep your patience and continue to move forward.
Just like losing strands of your hair due to factors beyond your control, you too can do something.

·         Eat healthy – Eating the right food can alter your mood. Having low-level of folic acid in your body can cause anxiety, hence, food such as asparagus, avocado, salmon, and almond are recommended to fight stress hormones.
·         Stay calm – Listen to comforting music and reading feel-good stories can help switch you to a calm mood.
·         Exercise – Exercise releases endorphins that can relieve you from stress and anxiety.
·         Supplement –Taking in Vitamins such as B-complex can alter mood swings.

Don’t let your stress factors contribute to your hair loss. Letting yourself succumb to anxiety will definitely show up to your follicles and this can lead to more hair loss.
Hectic schedules and pressure from work, not to mention the pollution and filth outside easily make you feel unease and, at times, irritable. Slow down a bit, have fun and relax. There’s no better way to begin with your mane.

Tip 1:  The stroke of a comb can give you a soothing feeling while, at the same time, help unleash the natural oil of your hair.

Tip 2:  Stay away from getting pigtails, hair weaves, braids and tight hair rollers, which can pull and stress your hair.

Tip 3: Avoid perming, straightening or coloring because they contain toxic chemicals that could cause damage to your locks.

Tip 4: Choose natural. Use NOVUHAIR topical solution. Apply liberal amount on to your scalp and hair. Massage it gently for -10 minutes to help permeate deeply from root to tip. NOVUHAIR is packed with 19 natural ingredients that help promote growth, nourishment and rejuvenation of your tress.

NOVUHAIR is available at Mercury Drug and other leading drugstores nationwide. For more information, please contact hotlines 4136570 and 09228830575 from Monday-Friday, 8:30am-5:00pm or visit www.novuhair.com

Monday, December 18, 2017

NOVUHAIR Turns Favor With Holiday Bash Promo



So you’ve got your festive outfit set and the fancy gift wrapped for your “monito” or “monita”. All that’s left undone is a party season-perfect hairstyle. 

The fresh out of the shower look can be seductive yet temporary. Blame it to tropical climate, it can spoil your appearance, besides making you feel sweaty and stale. The heat and humidity brought about by extreme weather condition, likewise, dries out the locks easily and make it more fragile. 

Adding damage to your delicate strands are the chemical contents of various products on hand. From shampoo to conditioner and hair treatment, down to styling goods to groom it to your liking, their harsh synthetic materials jeopardize the natural oil and luster of your mane.

Because you are what you eat, the fate of your crowning glory is in the plate. Your diet must have the correct balance of vitamins and minerals to supply hair with all that it needs to become shiny and strong. So don’t overindulge, especially this time of the year when gastronomic feasts are spread almost everywhere you go. Be careful on what you take in, thinking that it’s also what you feed your ‘do.

Even stress can wear off the beauty and health of the tress. And that’s exactly what you should avoid this Yuletide season. Never put pressure on yourself just to please everyone. Just take it easy, let your hair down and party all night long. 

In this time of gratitude, NOVUHAIR makes everyday “a good hair day” for its valued patrons like you with its Christmas and Year-End Promo. Get an extra NOVUHAIR Herbal Shampoo 200 ml. worth P1,040 for FREE if you buy a NOVUHAIR 3-in-1 pack at participating WATSONS stores nationwide (DOH-FDA CCRR Permit No.: 967 s. 2017).

Packed with 19 natural ingredients—mostly standardized herbal extracts, essential oils and co-factor nutrients—NOVUHAIR Topical Scalp Lotion does not only help prevent the hair fall malady, but also aids in stimulating hair growth. NOVUHAIR helps prevent hair loss, improve overall appearance, promote nourishment and rejuvenation. It is clinically-tested and proven safe and effective.

Opt for the best with this Christmas and Year-End promo. Whether it’s a luxury gift for your loved ones, or a self-indulgent treat for you, NOVUHAIR has the perfect gift to inspire and keep you party-ready this Holiday season, while providing you with the ultimate styling result.


For inquiries, please call 413-6570 or 0922-8830575. You may also visit www.novuhair.com or Novuhair’s Facebook page – Novuhair Official.  

Tuesday, December 5, 2017

Financial Security For the Future



It's important to have short term and long term money goals if you want to save enough money to buy what you want and need and most importantly, have money for the future. You can totally avoid financial uncertainty by doing this. My Belle De Jour Power Planner is so useful in this area because it offers a lot of tips concerning financial matters. Here are but a few:

Evaluate the way you spend your cash (prioritize needs over wants), then come up with resourceful ways to turn spending to saving (go for DIY instead of buying). Set aside a fixed amount (at least 20% of your monthly income) and allocate these resources to important funds or investments that will provide you with financial security. 

Think about your priority (is it to buy a house, start a family, invest in stocks, or prepare for your retirement?) and carefully weigh all your options before moving forward. Invest in stocks, bonds, mutual funds, and other growth investments or talk to a financial adviser to help you find the best match. Take charge and you'll reap the rewards!

Thursday, October 26, 2017

Uni-Pak Mackerel Sandwich Recipe + Giveaway (Closed) + Winner


It's a fast-paced world we're living in and keeping up with everything that's happening around us can be daunting at times. We're so busy that there're times when we even forget to eat and would just remember that we've skipped a meal when we're already having hunger pangs. Things like this shouldn't happen because it's just wrong to compromise our health over matters that are less important. As they say "health is wealth". We can work and earn as much money as we want only if we're strong and healthy. Besides, we can always cook meals that're both healthy and easy to prepare. 


I used to eat pork but stopped because I'd get dizzy even if it's just a small portion. Hindi basta nakasanayan the best na yan, as the saying goes. Nowadays, I only eat veggies, chicken, and seafoods. My go-to food is usually Uni-Pak products. That's why I was so happy when Uni-Pak sent me cans of Uni-Pak Mackerel in Natural Oil (along with a T-shirt and mug). I tell my friends, basta mackerel dapat tatak Uni-Pak. Because of Uni-Pak, I can cook hearty meals in no time. Plus, mackerel is one of the best sources of iron, selenium, calcium, protein, minerals, Omega-3 fatty acids, and Vitamins B and D. It's said to help in fighting dementia, breast, prostate, renal, and colon cancers, and cardiovascular diseases. Mackerel strengthens the immune system and supports the functions of organs that have been weakened by sickness.

Having said that, I'd like to share a simple recipe that everyone, especially people on the go, would certainly appreciate. 


Uni-Pak Mackerel Sandwich

Ingredients:

1 can of 425 g Uni-Pak Mackerel in Natural Oil drained and flaked
2 tablespoons red onions, minced
1 tablespoon lemon or calamansi juice
4 tablespoons mayonnaise
8 slices white or wheat bread
salt, sugar, and pepper to taste


Procedure:

1.) Mix the mackerel, minced onion, mayonnaise, lemon juice, salt, sugar, and pepper.
2.) Spread the mackerel mixture on slices of bread.
3.) Close the sandwiches.



Uni-Pak is owned by SLORD Development Corporation, a company that specializes in toll-packing quality canned goods. In business since 1985, Uni-Pak Mackerel products adhere to strict quality control standards and are manufactured using only the freshest ingredients and up-to-date processing and packing facilities. 


Uni-Pak Mackerel is really worth trying so I'm going to have a giveaway where one lucky winner will get a special gift pack. 



Mechanics:

1.) Like Me, Myself & the City Facebook page
2.) Like the Uni-Pak Facebook page
3.) Share this post publicly with the hashtags #tatakunipak, #paknapak, and #unipak
4.) Follow @lourdes.espanol on Instagram
5.) Follow @kikayprincess02 on Twitter
6.) Comment your FB, IG, Twitter and link of your shared post.


The giveaway is open only to my readers in the Philippines. Giveaway period is from October 27 to November 10, 2017.

The winner will be announced on November 12. Uni-Pak will be responsible in shipping the prize to the winner.


Thank you and goodluck!


And the winner is.......


BABETH ARCEDE



Congrats! Uni-Pak will be responsible in shipping your prize. 






Wednesday, September 27, 2017

Our Crowning Glory



This is a sponsored post.


I used to be fussy when it comes to my hair because I know that it is our crowning glory. Gorgeous hair is an instant confidence boost. It is what people often notice first about you. So it is only natural that we go to great lengths to have beautiful hair. Some would go to salons weekly just to have their locks treated or pampered. On top of this, we are at times in a dilemma with how our hair would look because the length, cut, and color must complement our features. There is really no need to worry because we can just wear a wig to have different looks. 

People can buy wigs and other hair replacement systems anywhere. We can even buy wigs online. Nowadays, there are many online stores that specialize in selling wigs for women. One of those reliable online stores is Divatress. It is a leading e-commerce company committed to becoming the most loved and trusted wig retailer on the internet. They offer thousands of wigs and black hair care products from trusted brands like Acclaim New York, Vivica A. Fox Collection, Smooth N' Shine, Helen of Troy, and Wet N Wavy among others. Divatress has it all, no matter if it is Remy Hair, weaves, lace front wigs, half wigs, wigs, braids, ponytails and many others. Their vast array of brands and pricing choices always help their customers come up with a look that is stylish and fit their personalities to a T. 




Tuesday, September 19, 2017

Foodpanda Food Photography Secrets Revealed



foodpanda interviews one of its top-photographers to guarantee glamorous food snaps

Nowadays, everyone loves taking pictures of their food, whether it’s fiddling with filters to enhance images, or using special lenses for professional results - before actually digging in and enjoying a meal. But according to foodpanda, there are several even simpler tips to ensure masterful food photos without having to buy professional gadgets!

  1. What is considered to be most important when taking food photos?
It’s pretty difficult to pinpoint ‘the most important’ aspect to consider when taking photos of food, because a good photo depends on many factors, from lighting and technique to having an aesthetic eye, and of course the food itself. However, one of the most important things to consider is authenticity and to stay true to your individual style. Once you have your own style, you should stick to it, as it will serve as an expression of your personality.

  1. Do you need a professional camera to achieve the above or can you take cool pictures with a smartphone?
You can certainly achieve all of this with your smartphone! Having a professional camera has great benefits, but you are definitely not limited with a smartphone. If you know what factors to consider when taking pictures, you are guaranteed professional-looking images. You can also always edit pictures with the help of white balance settings or playing with one of the countless photography apps.

  1. Do ingredients play a role in pictures?
That’s a pretty good question, because it doesn’t cross most people’s minds, but the contents of the dish do play a role in photos. There are many dishes that don’t photograph well, so you need to consider adding fresh ingredients that would enhance the picture. The next time you order food that is not photogenic, consider using fresh ingredients with great colours available in your kitchen. Feel free to arrange them nicely and test the angle.

  1. Should you use raw ingredients around the dish in photos. What is the benefit?
Raw ingredients make for great extra props, especially with foods that don’t photograph well. As mentioned, the addition of raw ingredients make the photo look fresh, while bright colours would make your photos pop.

  1. If a dish looks crowded, will the picture be less appealing?
Yes, simplicity is key. The plate should be nicely arranged and not in an overwhelming way. To help you envision what that means, think about how you can keep the outer white space of the plate clear. I would suggest to just use a small portion of your meal to take the photo, and then later on enjoy it in its entirety!

  1. What about including hands in the photo? Is that a no-go?
Adding a human element to your pictures actually makes for a good picture, as it shows viewers that you are taking the picture from your own point of view and creates a sense of presence. You could take a picture holding cutlery, or you could simply lay your hand on the side. Holding ingredients in hand (rosemary, cranberry etc.) is a great idea. Just test the angles and you’re sure to take a perfect shot!

  1. What are the best angles to use when taking food pictures?
Angles are the visual language connecting you and your audience, and my two favourite are the top angle and the front angle. Of course, there a lot of different angles that work, but these are my personal favorite when taking food pictures. 

  1. And is there any necessity for professional gadgets?
If you’re not a professional photographer, it’s not necessary to invest in technical additions. Improvisation couldn’t be easier! Here are some super helpful tips:
     Decorate - use a wooden board to place your food, white baking paper or paper bag as a background, even spread some baking powder around for that extra effect!
     Use a napkin to take out excess oil from some dishes - oily dishes don’t photograph well and it will taste just the same.
     Put your food close to a window. Natural lightning is key to the having best pictures.
     Don’t have a selfie stick to take pictures from a high angle? Stand on a chair!
     Use styrofoam as a substitute for reflectors, they work wonders!
     Set the focus point correctly on the main dish - simply click on the screen of your mobile phone.

  1. Any obvious tips? Golden rules?
It might seem obvious, but it needs to be said that you should always keep the plate clean, especially when shooting close-ups. If there are smudges or imperfections, it would make the food look unappealing. Another tip would be to set up your perfect shot before your meal arrives -- food comes last in the composition process. Lastly, arrangement is a golden rule, as it is the key to a successful picture.


Food photography ultimately amounts to your interaction with your meal. Specific arrangements, differing camera angles, the use of natural lighting, and the human element are just some of the things to consider. This process takes time and postpones the moment of eventually taking that very first bite of a delicious meal. But the anticipation makes this experience all the greater, so take out your camera and enjoy snapping some cool shots using the above tips. Just don’t let that meal get too cold!

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About foodpanda:
foodpanda is dedicated to bringing food lovers around the world their favorite meals from curated local restaurants. Since its creation, the on-demand food delivery service has grown to more than 14,000 partner restaurants in more than 30 cities across 9 Asian countries globally. foodpanda is active in Hong Kong, Singapore, Thailand, Malaysia, Pakistan, Taiwan, Philippines, Bangladesh and Brunei. It belongs to Delivery Hero, worldwide leader of the food delivery industry. For more information visit www.foodpanda.ph

How it works:
Through the foodpanda website or via the new iOS and Android apps, customers can enter their area and view a curated list of restaurants serving their neighborhood. Once they have found their meal of choice, they can place an order in the comfort of their home or office, paying online through foodpanda’s secure platform. The order is then carefully prepared by the restaurant, picked up by the foodpanda rider and delivered straight to their doorstep.