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Battling with allergies?

By Kaye Estoista-Koo   According to the World Health Organization (WHO), “air quality in most cities worldwide that monitor outdoor air pollution fails to meet WHO guidelines for safe levels, putting people at additional risk of respiratory disease and other health problems.” As if the study from the World Health Organization isn’t alarming enough, the U.S. Enviromental Protection Agency or EPA has found that “air within homes and other buildings can be more seriously polluted than the outdoor air in even the largest and most industrialized cities, thus the risk to health may be greater due to exposure to air pollution indoors than outdoors.” With the average individual spending most of their time indoors, Dyson Communications head Bobby Yan says that indoor air quality is something to be worried and concerned about. With such concerns in mind, Dyson recently …

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Shamcey’s journey

By Maita de Jesus All mothers want what’s best for their children, and for new moms, that means hoping that they’ll be able to breastfeed their child. Shamcey Supsup Lee was no exception—she admits that she was so hopeful and confident that she’ll be able to produce breastmilk easily that she was imagining a freezer full of breastmilk. But rather than that happening, the beauty queen found herself feeling what all moms feel at some point in their motherhood journey—sad, insecure, in pain and in tears, because of her inability to feed her little baby, Nyke. “I tried everything to produce more milk, from eating lots of malunggay to taking supplements that weren’t even available in the Philippines yet. But when reality sets in, you feel like you’ve let your child down, …

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A Feast of the Islands’ Flavors

If there’s one thing that majority of Pinoys can’t live without—it’s Filipino food.  It’s a common practice for our kababayans to stuff their luggage with tuyo (dried fish), bagoong (shrimp paste), and taba ng talangka (crab fat) when they visit their relatives abroad. Some hand carry polvoron, chocnut, dried mangoes, and other delicacies which have been specifically ordered by (again) relatives and friends who pray that their all-time favorite goodies from home won’t be confiscated by immigration authorities. Similarly, balikbayans look forward to returning to the country to eat Filipino food. And no celebration or reunion is ever complete without the main fare—the mighty lechon! Every year, we are treated by The Manila Hotel to a culinary showcase of the best of the Philippine Islands. This month at Café Ilang-ilang, the …

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Evolving

I seriously don’t know how I ever relaxed before yoga. It’s the only form of exercise that makes me feel completely whole and is the one thing that is guaranteed to de-stress me when life gets hectic. As a mother I use it as a tool to build patience through pranayama, daily practice, and meditation. So why is yoga so good for you? The benefits I have experienced have been extraordinary. I sleep better, longer, and earlier. I feel much more at peace with life and myself. Yoga is a proven stress buster! My practice has made me slow down and pay attention to each day because I find my center on the mat and it helps take me through my day. When you begin practicing yoga, the studio and the teachers …

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How to deal with in-laws

Suzi says: Hello, Beth! Ooh that’s a tricky one, indeed. The landscape has been challenging lately in terms of the family situation because both parents now work. That, plus the fact that it’s been harder and harder to find household help these days! So it’s a blessing that your in-laws were agreeable to letting you stay at their place. But yes, rules, rules! I firmly believe that your husband should be the one to discuss the rules. After all, they are his parents, unless you have an exceptional relationship with them and are able to openly discuss even the most serious of topics without fear of them taking things the wrong way. Your hubby will be the best judge as to what’s a good approach to discuss rules with your in-laws. Do take into …

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New baby

Last week I unveiled my “newest baby,” my rebranded website, amandagriffinjacob.com. The launch was held at Susi in BGC, a vegan, gluten-free restaurant that fits perfectly with my way of life. The whole launch was about bringing my website and my ethos to my readers. It was an intimate media event, which had guests from the media and the online blogging community, as well as a few of my close friends, family, and some of country’s most influential moms. The venue was immaculately styled by Indy Ycasiano of She Dreams in Ink, one of the best stylists around. Indy transformed Susi into an eco paradise resplendent with wild flowers and greenery wherever the eye could see. As one guest put it, it was straight out of pinterest, dreamy and so very Instagram-worthy. The program included guest speakers health advocate and body builder Hilary Isaac and Pure Beaute’s Jean Javier who spoke about the importance of clean living and …

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Breastfeeding 101

Compiled by Kaye Estoista-Koo, Krizette Chu, Lorraine Rafols Lorenzo   World Breastfeeding Week is being celebrated this week, from Aug. 1 to 7, and this year’s theme is aimed at raising awareness of the links between breastfeeding and sustainable development goals. Celebrity moms inevitably end up getting the spotlight this week and this month as the National Breastfeeding Awareness Month is being celebrated the entire month of August. From Mila Kunis being shamed for public breastfeeding, Adele sticking up in Adele fashion for all breastfeeding moms having a hard time with their milk, to Penelope Cruz sharing that she found nursing her children addictive, Beyonce claiming how she lost the baby weight from breastfeeding Blue Ivy, breastfeeding always elicits an opinion somewhere. In our quest to continue to build awareness and dialogue on …

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Ready… Sushi… Go!

Sushi, noun, a Japanese dish consisting of rolls of vinegar-flavored cold cooked rice served with a garnish of raw fish, vegetables, or egg.  This definition of the popular pop-in-your-mouth appetizer (or entreé, if you prefer) has been elevated to an entirely new level by Sushi Nori. Manila’s first to-go sushi bar recently opened its flagship store at the SM Mega Fashion Hall with media movers, online influencers, and celebrities from local tinseltown in attendance. Sushi Nori is the newest concept store created by the mother-daughter team of Sheila and Milka Romero, owners of ROKU Sushi + Ramen.  “I first got the idea for the store in my travels abroad. Sushi on the go is a staple for take-out food in New York and London. I noticed how convenient it was to eat my favorite Japanese food. Knowing that the Filipinos love Japanese food, too, I brought the idea of creating an extensive sushi …

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Eyes wide shut

Did you know that the hours of uninterrupted sleep you get each night weighs heavily on how long you’ll live? Research suggests that a person who regularly gets less than seven hours of nocturnal slumber is likely to experience negative effects on his cardiovascular, immune, endocrine, and nervous systems. Side effects of sleep deprivation also include obesity, diabetes, heart disease, hypertension, anxiety, depression, and even alcohol abuse. According to Uratex sales manager Dindo Medina, majority of the Filipinos consider three things when they purchase a bed: price, durability, and value for money. The new crop of discerning clientele, however, goes beyond these three factors. Number one on their checklist is the guarantee of an excellent sleep experience. Up to the task is local brand Uratex Foam. “We believe that in matters related to sleep and finding the perfect mattress, it’s not just about the size, softness, and support anymore. It’s all about providing …

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The next chapter

Images by Noel Pabalate My baby is growing up. When I started Glam-O-Mamas (www.glamomamas.com) six years ago, this is pretty much what I envisioned and hoped it would be. The Glam-O-Mamas community is comprised of all of you amazing moms who support, share, and empathize with each other. You’re there for the mama who needs a shoulder to cry on, you’re the compassionate cheerleader, the well-wisher, the levity maker. Our group as well as my site is a place that has minimal judgment, a space where women feel galvanized and protected to ask the tough and embarrassing questions without fear of being rebuked or criticized. What an incredibly important community we have all created together. We are well past the newborn and toddler phase! Now that Glam-O-Mamas is there I feel like my website has the freedom to mature and develop into a resource that encompasses motherhood and so much more. This is why I …

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