A Must Try In Boracay, Real Coffee and Tea Cafe's Calamansi Muffin

If you had been to Boracay then you'll probably know about the hidden gem in Station 2 - Real Coffee and Tea Cafe. Established in the late 90s, Real Coffee is one of the few establishments that you can really call Boracay's own. With the rise of the commercial industry in Bora, Real Coffee is a treat. They popularized the sought after pasalubong from Bora, the Calamansi Muffin. Alot of celebrities have been raving about them and almost all of our friends who've been to Bora suggested that we try this, thus it was on top of our to try places in Bora.

The only problem was, boy, it was hard to find! We stayed in Bora for five days and it was only on our third day that we found their location. We walked the beachfront combing the stores from Stations 1 to 3 and back again and again with no such luck. We even asked the locals for help, for some odd reasons they keep on pointing us to Starbucks (oh yes there's Starbucks in Bora and actually alot of common restaurant and/or fast food chains that are on the Metro can be found in Bora - Army Navy, Pizza Hut, Subway, Yellow Cab, McDonald's to name a few). When we finally found the spot, they were already closed LOL! Imagine our luck.

So we tried again the next afternoon after swimming in the azure waters of Boracay and we missed it again! HAHA. A tip for you guys who will attempt to find this gem, is to look up. The cafe are located on the second floor of Sea World. Also their signage is quite small so its quite easy to miss. When we found them it was almost closing time so only a few where there. We were able to enjoy a peaceful afternoon snack before the noise of the Boracay nightlife started.

The cafe is pretty much laid back. The interiors are made up of bamboo and wood and the whole second floor looks like a big kubo. The wooden tables are decorated with photos of famous individuals who dined there such as celebrities. The ambiance was quiet which was a plus because to be honest, I find that Boracay is not a place to chill or to bum as the beach front is quiet noisy. With restos and bars sprouting beside each other, Bora is an island that almost never sleeps. I was really craving peace and quiet and I'm glad that I found that in Real Coffee it was the perfect spot to relax and unwind. The place is also overlooking the stunning beach of Boracay.

The calamansi muffin itself was very tasty. The outsides of the muffin were golden and had that crunch to it plus the top had that glaze that made my mouth water. It was the perfect balance of sweet and tart, dense and moist and the citrus notes were quite pleasing to the taste buds! It hit the right harmony, sweet first then the sour which tickled my taste buds. The muffin was so rich, one serving is enough for a filling snack.

We also ordered some shakes along with it and it was the perfect combo, I ordered mango calamansi and hubby got mango. We were surprised as the portion for the shake were quite big and was good for sharing for two. It was almost closing time when we got there so we had to hurry and finish our meal and it's not easy to drink everything up in one go even though we were quite thirsty. We were so full, that we ate our dinner very late that night.

On our last day in Boracay, we went back to order pasalubong for our love ones and friends, and boy do they sell out fast. We went there at 9 in the morning and there was just one box left. People were hoarding that stuff! We have to wait 3 hours for the new batch of muffins and we couldn't wait that long as we'll miss our flight. Just a note though, don't store the muffins in the refrigerator as they tend to harden and change its texture, its best to consume them immediately. You can warm them up in the microwave or toaster for sure, but the texture's just not going to be the same IMHO.

One calamansi muffin is priced for 60. You can also purchase a box of 6 for Php 320. They do sell out really fast, as I mentioned above but you can purchase them one day in advanced to secure your slot/box.

Real Coffee & Tea Cafe is located at 2/F Sea World Station 2 Balabag Boracay, Aklan Philippines.They are open from 7AM to 7PM.


Good medication adherence plays part in controlling high cholesterol

Healthcare experts suggest the importance of a well-balanced lifestyle in curbing illnesses. However, a study found another important factor in easing diseases, including those that are triggered by high cholesterol.

Based on the most recent survey conducted by the Food and Nutrition Research Institute of the Department of Science and Technology (FNRI-DOST), one in every ten Filipino adults has high cholesterol, while 21 in every 100 are in borderline high. While it is important  to  keep  proper  nutrition  and  lifestyle  in  check,  a   study  published  in  the Pharmaceutical Research and Manufacturers of  America suggested that  successful treatment of diseases require consistent intake of medications as indicated by doctors.

“Proper medication adherence is found to be an effective way of managing, if not averting, known diseases,” said Tomas Marcelo Agana III, president of Pharex HealthCorp. “That’s why for people with high cholesterol, we want them to bear in mind that good compliance to medication will keep their cholesterol levels at  ease and  eventually, improve the quality of their lives.”

Almost one-third of patients discontinue their medication earlier than instructed, leading to “poor clinical outcomes, high healthcare costs and lost productivity.” However, for some people who wish to continue their medication, Agana noted that certain factors like budget constraints may keep them from doing so.

This is why Pharex HealthCorp., the most prescribed generic brand of medicines, offers its 15-day Compliance Pouch for high cholesterol.

The new Pharex 15-day Compliance Pouch for high cholesterol is designed to help patients comply with their medication while saving on costs. It helps patients maintain their cholesterol at its normal and desirable levels, keeping them from acquiring the worst consequences of high cholesterol.

Cholesterol is a type of fat (lipid) in blood that plays vital roles in the body system’s day- to-day functions. However, too much of it can clog and harden  arteries, the blood vessels that carry blood away from the heart.

Because of this, the normal blood flow is suppressed, affecting one’s body system.  High cholesterol triggers the development of different cardiovascular diseases like stroke and heart attack, and other health problems like  renal failure.

“This product is specially produced to fight low-density lipoprotein (LDL) cholesterol, which is often referred as ‘bad’ cholesterol,” said Agana. “With the new Compliance Pouch for high cholesterol, patients can continue their medication without worrying about ceiling-high costs.”

Agana concluded, “Complying to your medication is a high priority, but while healthcare providers give the best advice to ease cholesterol levels we are no less responsible for our own health. On top of proper medication, we also have to prioritize proper diet and 
exercise. At Pharex HealthCorp., we will aim to provide the best possible care that every
Filipino deserves.”

The new Pharex Compliance Pouch is available in all leading drugstores. For more information, please contact 4338088 (local 820).


Cayetano is my Vice President #CayetanoVPko

Last Friday, April 29, I had the privilege to meet with Senator Pia Cayetano, sister of Alan Peter Cayetano who is currently running for the second highest job position in our country, the vice presidency. She is also touring the country campaigning for both Mayor Duterte and her younger brother. She shown us why Alan is worthy of our votes, his qualifications, achievements, work history, and a piece of his personal life which maybe something the general public doesn't know about him.

I've already shared Duterte and Cayetano's updated platform, now lets focus on the person running for VP. In order to choose wisely, its our duty as Filipinos to know the person running for a goverment position. We must do our research and pray that we will choose the right person for the job.

Who is Alan Peter Cayetano?

Alan Peter Cayetano is widely known for standing up for his beliefs during Senate hearings such as the impeachment case against Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo and the PDAF scam agaisnt Jinggoy Estrada. In fact, he is known to grill people during Senate hearings. That's probably everyone's first impression about him (if you don't know this, search him on YouTube). He never backs down when he knows that he is right, Senetor Pia attested to this.

She said that Alan does have a very firm moral compass (corruption is a big deal for him), growing as a devout Christian, he is a very prayerful person and never forgets to pray for his family and nation. He starts the day by reading the Bible and regularly texts his family Bible verses.

He is a family man. Senator Pia said that he is family centric. He is married to Mayor Lani Cayetano of Taguig and they are praying for God to bless their family with a child. He is very close to his nieces and nephew and borrows them from Senator Pia occasionally.

He loves basketball but as they say the sport did not love him back. Despite this, he is very passionate about the sport and practices with full gear headbands and all.

Senator Pia also said that Alan most of the time wears Marikina made shoes. Ever since he was a child, Alan likes giving out jokes. He was the joker in the family.

He is very diligent and hardworking.

He was a young achiever. At age 21, he was the youngest councillor of the country during this time. At age 24, he was the youngest Mayor of then municipality of Taguig. At age 27, he was the youngest representative in the 11th Congress. At age 37, he was the youngest chair of the high profile Senate blue ribbon committee. At age 39, he was one of the youngest contenders for Senate presidency. He was the youngest minority leader in the history of the Philippine Senate and was awarded as one of the "Top Outstanding Young Men" in 2010.

Senator Pia said that not all Senators or Congress writes the bill that they submit most of them are from the previous Congress or NGOs. Alan and Pia writes most of their bill line per line. Here are some of the bills that Alan was known and passionate for: (FYI they are not limited to this, I researched bills associated with him and trust me there are alot)

Alan filed the bill for orphaned and abandoned children. He also supported Pia in the RH Bill, Alan clarified details that help move it forward.

He is very passionate about Education. He believes that the proper education can take a person out of poverty. One of the original bill that Alan wrote which is now passed into law was the "Iskolar ng Bayan Act" which provides for the top ten students to get free tuition on any state Colleges.

He was very vocal about budget cuts in the Education sector. In fact he was the only Senator that joined the UP rally to protest the huge slash in budget. He fights and stands up for the right for proper education. He sponsors and fought for the bill that will merit 9000 pesos increase on the salary of the teachers.

One thing that I personally admire from Alan is that since the election started he stepped back in the limelight and he allowed Mayor Duterte, his president, to shine. Just like a vice president would, he supported Duterte amids all the attack all the backslash agaisnt the mayor. Alan has always been loyal to Duterte and even during the debates he keeps on highlighting Duterte and campaigning for him. He puts Duterte first on his campaigns and thats admireable. Politicians usually lift themselves up and papogi effect for the people but I never saw that on Alan. Duterte chose him for a reason and I am seeing those reasons now.  That's why #CayetanoVPko

How about you? Have you chosen yet?


2016 Elections: Updated Platform of Duterte and Cayetano #DuCay

Last Friday, April 29th, I had the pleasure of meeting and listening to Senator Pia Cayetano. She gave us the updated platform of #DuCay tandem, Duterte and Cayetano, and I am sharing this to you on this seperate post as to highlight them.

This is Duterte and Cayetano updated platform as of April 29th. If Duterte was elected as president and Cayetano as Vice president, here's what they said they would do.

Note: Items with an asterisk (*) are plans mentioned only by Cayetano in public statements

On crime, corruption, and drugs

  • They promise to suppress crime, spread of drugs, corruption within 3 to 6 months after election into office. 
  • Increase police salaries to ₱75,000 to ₱100,000 within 3 years
  • Raise crime and drugs to the level of a national security threat
  • Modernize crime-fighting strategies, like putting CCTVs in major thoroughfares *
  • Bring back the death penalty for drug trafficking, kidnapping, rape, robbery, and homicide
  • Pass the Freedom of Information Act
  • Lift Bank Secrecy Law for public officials and pass Anti-Dummy Law *
  • Monitor front-line government offices using real-time video and audio surveillance *
  • Bring back special criminal courts to speed up resolution of serious crime cases *

On economic development

  • They promise to spread economic growth throughout the country and decongest Metro Manila
  • Call a constitutional convection, withing first year of term, to study the shift to federal form of government
  • Limit Requirements for business permits to 5 signatures and impose a 30 to 60 day processing time
  • Maintain Conditional Cash Transfer program (Pantawid Pamilyang Pilipino Program of 4Ps) but with a livelihood component that will give loans to the poor for small and medium enterprises
  • Establish tourism, agricultural, and industrial hubs in the countryside to create jobs
  • Introduce ₱1 billion "small capital fund" for every region outside Metro Manila where farmers and other poor workers can borrow from to put up businesses

On agriculture and fisheries

  • Provide free irrigation and subsidized fertilizer and seeds for farmers
  • Reduce the cost of food by getting rid of unscrupulous middlemen and loan sharks
  • Build food terminals in the countryside with cold storage facilities
  • Build Mindanao Railway system

On OFWs and other workers

  • They promise to improve labor conditions for Filipino workers
  • No income tax for workers earning ₱20,000 and below
  • Phase out contractualization

On Metro Manila transportation

  • They promise to improve mobility of people and goods
  • Add more carriages to train lines
  • Build fast train linking airports and seaports to Metro Manila
  • Develop Clark Airport and Batangas seaport to ease traffic congestion

On Education

  • Double salaries of teachers by the end of their term
  • Build adequate classrooms, double classroom shifts

On health

  • Require all hospitals to have a facility for very poor patients with government paying for the health services using PhilHealth reserve funds, sin tax revenues, and Department of Health budget
  • Create specialized hospitals (heart, lung, kidney) in Visayas and Mindanao *

On disasters and climate change

  • Create a single, permanent Emergency Response Department in charge of disaster preparedness, relief, and rehabilitation *

If you want to get more details about their platform, you may read it here

Only 5 days to go now before the election. Have you done your research for the president and vice-president you are voting for? 

May God bless our country and give us leaders who will direct us to the right path and lift us up from the clutches of poverty and corruption. Above all else, may God give us a clean and peaceful election. God bless the Philippines. Mabuhay!


The search for that elusive curl - Fanny Serrano Eyelash Curler

I was often told by my girl friends that they like my eyelashes as they are thick and long. They don’t know that my lashes are quite difficult to manage as they are stick straight and refuses to retain its curl no matter what I do. That’s why it is essential in my case to always have an eyelash curler on hand so I can maintain my lashes curled state.

I’m sure most if not all of you have heard about Shu Uemura’s famous eyelash curler. It had been raved by thousands of beauty gurus and makeup artists. It has been said to be universal – it can fit any eye shape without pinching the skin. It has been hailed by different magazines and online beauty portals as a must have beauty product and I’m sold by all this marketing buzz as I do want to have a curler that works you know? A curler that can really give my lashes a well-defined curl that stays throughout the day. The only problem is its steep price tag. I find ₱1,000+ too high a price for just a curler. 

I’m glad I’ve done my research and found face- off between Shu uemura and Fanny Serrano’s curler  by Julia of blessmybag’s review – HERE and  makeup artist Nikki of AskMeWhats – HERE  I’m sold! Haha  if there’s a cheap alternative that works, I’ll definitely swim in that pool! 

For a pocket friendly price of ₱ 175 I did not hesitate to purchase this. According to Julia, the size and shape of Fanny and Shu’s are practically the same and the differences are only minor. Go check their reviews so you can read their side by side comparison.

Direction for use:
Use eyelash curler before applying mascara. Mascara-laden lashes may stick to your curler and tear your lashes. Place curler as close to the base of the lashes as possible. For a more gentle curl, squeeze the curler and walk them out toward the end of the lashes squeezing with each step.

They also sell extra pads in 3s for ₱45.00 wherein Shu (according to my research) doesn’t sell any, you have to buy a new curler to compensate for it – yikes! BTW, you have to throw away and replace curler pads that are broken as using them will decrease the curlers efficacy and it may end up pulling your lashes out.

I've been using this since 2012 and I like it overall as its very affordable, I actually lost this last year and there were no hard feelings because it’s cheap, it’s so easy to replace LOL  It does the job although my lashes still droops after 2 hours or so but I blame my lashes. My lashes are too stick straight. Also there are parts of my lashes that the curler fails to catch which are the outer most sides of my eye and if I'm not careful it can pinch the skin around that area. I think the shape of my eyes are flat compared to the shape of the curler which protrudes outward.

You can buy this eyelash curler in most SM Dept stores, Watsons and at FS Cosmetics counters nationwide. If you are hesitant to buy Shu's or Shiseido's because of the steep price tag, then this would definitely be a good start.

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Eau Thermale Avene Exhibit Takes SM Aura By Storm

Last March 14-20, SM Aura Premier held its Beauty Fair that features your favorite beauty brands at awesome and discounted prices. The week-long exhibit was highlighted by a weekend sale that gave shoppers as high as 70% discount.

Eau Thermale Avène, the leading dermo-cosmetic brand in Europe, can be considered the star of the show as its booth was the busiest. Avene exhibited its various line of skin care that ranges from Sun Care, Hypersensitive, Skin Care, Cleanance, Essentials, Dry Skin and Anti-Aging. The booth was accented by a posh flower wall design that acted as a photo wall for all visitors.

Other main attractions include free facial, skin analysis and derma consultation done by board-certified dermatologists. Shoppers including beauty and lifestyle bloggers Krish Enrique-Rai and Edward Santos visited the booth and checked out Avene’s products.

“When I was invited in an Avene event that happened in Salon Beauvoir, I had the chance to check out the product and was so impressed about the results. Since then, I became a fan of Avene” said beauty blogger Krish Enrique-Rai, blogger of Bonita Feminista.

Lifestyle blogger Edward Santos also shared the same experience with Avene. “I was introduced to Avene late last year when I reviewed the Avene Cleanance. I love the product and I immediately got hooked. That is why when I learned about this exhibit, I knew I had to be here so I can also check out Avene’s other product line” shared Santos, lifestyle blogger, Ednything.com

The week-long exhibit also featured an Instaroid photo box where Avene booth visitors enjoyed using this latest technology where guests gets to instantly print their smartphone pictures.

“We thank all our loyal customers for supporting our activities. We look forward to do more events so that our market can be able to experience Avene’s wide range of beauty products in a most memorable and fun way. We are now preparing for a special summer event happening in the beautiful island of Boracay and we expect everyone who will attend the annual Laboracay festivities to visit our booth. We will exhibit our latest product, Eau Thermale Avene Cleanance Solaire SPF50, so you can enjoy the summer sun without breaking out .” said Harry Tsai, the General Manager of Karihome Inc. official distributor of Avène products here in the Philippines.

For the latest update on Eau Thermale Avene, visit the official Facebook page and like https://www.facebook.com/EauThermaleAvenePH/

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