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Soothing sojourns

Had a stressful day? Wish you can be somewhere else at the blink of an eye? Feel the need to just leave all your cares and worries behind? Yes, yes, yes! We’ve all had days when we desperately want to turn the “off” button. Shop closed. Self on auto vacation mode. And no matter how desperately we want to lounge on some hammock under a coconut tree with the sound of ocean waves hitting the rocks as our lullaby, the truth is it’s only Tuesday and darn, you have four days of work week left to arm wrestle with. Sigh… Don’t fret. Here’s the solution to help you escape the urban jungle whenever you want to. You can do it within the comfort of your own home, too! Home Destinations Celebrating its …

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Baby makes 4

Fille Cayetano was glowing during her baby shower in Taguig last July 3, to celebrate the arrival of their baby daughter, her second child with husband, director, businessman, and former Taguig Congressman Lino Cayetano. Fille confessed that carrying their baby daughter is different than when she was pregnant with their son, Ino Philip Cayetano, or Ino, their first born. “First trimester ko, nag-bed rest ako. I bled a little. But after that, okay na ako.” By her fourth and fifth month, she was doing pre-natal exercises. She was delighted that this time around, she experienced no morning sickness at all, and she hardly felt dizzy. She adds that during her first pregnancy, her cravings would be filled with fast food, steak, and all meat, and perhaps all that made her gain 50 …

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What does change mean to your kids?

Interviews Rafa and Georges Patawaran “Change” is a concept mothers like us can easily grasp (because when you’re a mom, change is super constant—from finding yourself responsible for another human being to seeing the changes in your body!), but do kids know what change is all about and what it brings? The new administration has promised to deliver change, but how do our kids understand it? Sisters Rafa, 9, and Georges Patawaran, 6, both proud graduates of the Manila Bulletin Junior Journalists Summer Camp in 2014, asked their classmates and schoolmates, as well as themselves, to tell us their thoughts on President Rody Duterte and the new government. I like President Duterte because he is a really good president. Well, he leads the country. When he changes the rules, it’s okay. If he changes …

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Playing favorites

Growing up in my home, there were definitely favorites. There were three of us: me, my brother, and our baby sister (she came along 10 years later). My Dad always denied he had a favorite and was very good at playing fair, but my mother was more transparent about it. My brother was her world. I have to say it didn’t bother me as much as it should have because I was always Daddy’s girl. Being relegated to secondary status, however, definitely stung over the years. Playing favorites never crossed my mind when I had my second child. I had vowed never to favor one child over another because I knew how much it could hurt. Unfortunately, it’s human nature to gravitate toward one person more than another. That’s just the essence of who we are. Right now, my eldest son …

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Meet Michela

Michela Cazzola may be known as the Italian beauty that made James Yap fall in love, but behind the spotlight, Michela, who leads an active lifestyle, works as a secretariat specialist at the Asian Development Bank. Now that she’s pregnant with their son, Michael James or Baby MJ, Michela shows how she stays on top of her busy life while taking care of herself and her baby. Good thing she isn’t going through major pregnancy difficulties. “Physically, I had no major symptoms, no morning sickness since the start of the pregnancy. That’s why maybe I gained more weight than usual. I had some back pain, but fixed it with swimming, walking in the water, and prenatal massage. As for general personal care, I regularly use oils and moisturizers for the skin. …

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How I found the one

Growing up, like most girls, I always fantasized about my knight in shining armor, my prince who would give me my happily ever after. I romanticized my ideal man, based on the many romantic comedies I loved watching, as well as romance novels that I enjoyed reading, and pegged him to a standard that was virtually unachievable. When I was 17, I fell in love, and stayed together with this boyfriend for almost a decade. Even though I loved him so, I knew he wasn’t The One. After that relationship ended I had a few dismissive but fun flings and then dated another guy who was the antithesis of my vision (definitely not The One). When I hit 30, I wondered if perhaps I had it all wrong. Certainly my …

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The road to tough

I’m a 35-year old single mother to a five-year-old Filipino British boy. I started on this journey having made a decision to raise him by myself and that I would do it well no matter what. He came as a surprise that turned my life upside down, sideways, up and over, and better than ever. It was a hot afternoon after a Muay Thai class I had just started two weeks in, when I started to feel something odd about my body. Later that day, my ex and I met up, I took three pregnancy tests, went to the hospital, and confirmed I was 20 weeks along. I had finally achieved a tight, toned body, and my four-pack abdominals were finally starting to form. But now, there’s a little human …

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Label free

“Mommy, my classmate called me fat,” my five-year-old daughter R said as she sat inside our car.  I had just picked her up from school and was instantly taken aback by her statement.  “We were having a swing contest in the playground and she said it’s hard to push me,” she continued.  After a few seconds, my good natured girl uttered, “Maybe she means I’m cute.  Everybody says I’m cute.”  With a satisfied look on her face, she reached for her bag, pulled out an Oreo pack, and started munching on her biscuits. Eight years prior, my son M attended the same preschool and was even heavier than his sister is today.  Nobody messed with him though.  On the first day of school, he got into a fistfight with the biggest …

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Michelle Obama, daughters heading to Liberia, Morocco, Spain

By Cara Anna, Associated Press JOHANNESBURG - Michelle Obama and daughters Sasha and Malia are leaving Sunday for Africa, where they will promote girls' education in Liberia and Morocco before going to Spain. Their first stop is Liberia, where the first lady will meet with President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf and have a discussion with local teenage girls, moderated by actress Freida Pinto.   The recent Ebola outbreak in Liberia created even more challenges for girls' education in the West African country, where just one-third of girls are enrolled in secondary education. Liberia ranked second only to South Sudan in the share of primary school-age girls who aren't enrolled in school, a global report by UNESCO said earlier this year. Actress Meryl Streep then will accompany Mrs. Obama in Marrakech, Morocco, on Tuesday for another …

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Barbie gets real

 “I love what they did to Barbie! And I think it’s great they changed not just the doll’s size, hair, and skin tones but also the facial features and expressions. They’re definitely nicer and more realistic now than the previous blonde, super-thin Barbies,” says my 14-year-old daughter Andrea when she saw that Barbie dolls now come in tall, petite, and curvy versions. She adds that if she were younger, she would definitely pick and play with a doll that looks more Filipina or Asian. Mattel, maker of Barbie, will launch 33 new dolls in seven skin tones, 22 eye colors, 24 hairstyles, 30 hair colors, and 14 face shapes. I applaud the move. I think it’s a brave and resounding step and a clear upgrade to the beauty and body image …

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