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CHECK THE LABEL: ​Screen Your Sunscreen

Screen Your SunscreenIs it just me, or is the weather getting warmer these past few days? This means only one thing: summer is here!And when I say summer, you know I am talking about going to the beach with your family for some well-deserved R&R on the sand, listening to the calm waters lapping on the shore, and [...]

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HOME IS WHERE YOUR HEALTH IS: ​Essential Oil Series: Bergamot

Essential Oil Series: BergamotThis February, we continue what we started last month with another oil in our essential oil series: bergamot.If you’ve never seen a bergamot before in your life, like I have, imagine a green, wrinkled lemon and you get the picture. If you think the resemblance with the lemon is strong with this one, it’s because bergamot is a [...]

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HOME IS WHERE YOUR HEALTH IS: ​Essential Oil Series: Basil

Essential Oil Series: Basil It all started when my wife and I were given by my sister-in-law a set of starter essential oils last Christmas. The set included the essential oils lemon, lavender, and frankincense. We were instructed how to use them at home, i.e., to mix them with the carrier oil that came with the set, or to [...]

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ESSENTIAL INGREDIENTS: ​Go-To Cola

Go-To ColaCoca-Cola has been a staple beverage in every celebration I know, be it birthday parties, Christmas, or New Year’s Eve celebrations. And why not? The sizzle that this dark, silky smooth liquid leaves on your tongue as its ice-cold feel playfully burns down your throat, which is so wrong that it feels so right, is simply [...]

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FOOD FOR TAUT (SKIN): ​Thank Green Beans

Thank Green Beans In case I haven’t mentioned it, I live in Baguio City, the Summer Capital of the Philippines. Now that I come to think of it, it’s actually ironic to name our city as the “Summer Capital” when it gets pretty cold here, especially during January and February. It only goes to show how we, Filipinos, [...]

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CHECK THE LABEL: ​Beauty That’s Skin Deep

Beauty That’s Skin Deep When Michael Jackson’s hit, “Black or White,” was released in 1991, it made such a big impact because, for one, its music video used what was then state-of-the-art computer graphics where each face seamlessly morphed into another belonging to a different race or color. This was made even more controversial because of the rumors surrounding MJ [...]

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WORKOUT FOR THE WEEK: ​Yoga for Zombies

Yoga for Zombies We just finished watched the second episode of the second season of Stranger Things last night, and we realized how Halloween is such a big thing in the States. While going door-to-door at night asking for bucket loads of candy sounds like a very exciting (albeit unhealthy) thing to do, our culture simply does not practice trick-or-treating here [...]

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FOOD FOR TAUT (SKIN): Taho

TahoAlmost every Filipino born in the ‘80s (or earlier) can relate to childhood memories of waking up in the early weekend hours to the voice of the magtataho or taho vendor making his daily rounds along the streets of his own local town. To many Filipino kids, this marks the start of yet another weekend bliss where the days are [...]

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ESSENTIAL INGREDIENTS: ​Essential Oils: Lemon

Essential Oils: Lemon The first time I heard that lemons were actually alkaline when ingested despite its acidic pH level, I could not believe it. When I did a little more digging about lemon, here are some more trivia that I found.Did you know that:Sprinkling lemon juice on sliced apples, avocados, and bananas will keep them from oxidizing [...]

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CHECK THE LABEL: ​“Coal Tar Ogar!”

“Coal Tar Ogar!”“Dabu.” “Lok-Tar.” Zug-zug.” If any of these phrases mean anything to you (or even seem remotely familiar), then you are a true brother or sister of The Horde.In case it wasn’t obvious from my Warcraft reference, I am a gamer. Not exactly a hardcore gamer, but a gamer nonetheless. I have been [...]

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