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Pinktober

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October is widely popular for being the Breast Cancer Awareness Month (BCAM) and the pink ribbon known as the campaign’s symbol, hence the #Pinktober term was born.

In 1993 Evelyn Lauder, Senior Corporate Vice President of the Estée Lauder Companies founded The Breast Cancer Research Foundation. As part of the campaign, here are manageable ways to defeat breast cancer.

Eight Ways To Defeat Breast Cancer

  1.  Examine your breasts regularly and report any changes to your physician.
  2.  See you doctor regularly for your breasts exams in your 20s and 30s.
  3.  Get annual mammograms at 40, or earlier if you are high-risk.
  4.  Eat fiber and antioxidant-rich fruits and vegetables.
  5.  Maintain a healthy weight. Extra weight means extra risk.
  6.  Limit your alcohol intake.
  7.  Do not smoke, and quit if you do.
  8. Get at least 45 minutes of physical activity daily.
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Three Steps to Finding Brest Cancer Early

Step 1 Mammograms

Schedule a yearly mammogram starting at age 40 and continuing for as long as you are in good health.

Step 2 Breast Exam

Get a breast exam by a doctor or nurse as part of your health exam every three years in your 20s and 30s and every year at age 40 and older.

Step 3 Self Exam

Know how your breasts normally look and feel and report any change promptly to your doctor or nurse.

Women with certain risk factors

Some women – because of a family history, a genetic tendency, or certain other factors – may need to be tested with MRI in addition to mammograms. Talk with your doctor about your history an the best course of action for you.

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Three Things to Tell Your Friends about Breast Cancer

  •  All women can get breast cancer – even those who have no family history of the disease.
  • The tow most important risk factors for breast cancer are being a woman and growing older. Though it is less common, about 1% of breast cancers occur in men.
  • Women diagnosed with breast cancer early, when the cancer is small and has not spread, have a high chance of surviving it. Getting a mammogram is the best thing you can do to help find breast cancer early. If you notice any changes, tell your doctor without delay.

Learn more at cancer.org

It’s most treatable before it advances. Early detection and simple changes can help save lives.

We’re all in this together. Together, we can defeat breast cancer.

You & Me: Time In A Bottle

Time in a BottleA photo taken after dinner at Lugang Café in Mega Fashion Hall.

Hello, July!

Here we are, working our way to try and squeeze quality time every chance we get esp with our crazy busy lives. A simple dinner where we talked and caught up on how our day was is just what I needed to greet this new month a sweet “Hello!”.

I know time and time again when it’s the first day of the month, I always get amazed at “how time flies really fast” and for those who are like me wondering where did time go, I leave you this very befitting quote about time.

“For what it’s worth: it’s never too late or, in my case, too early to be whoever you want to be. There’s no time limit, stop whenever you want. You can change or stay the same, there are no rules to this thing. We can make the best or the worst of it. I hope you make the best of it. And I hope you see things that startle you. I hope you feel things you never felt before. I hope you meet people with a different point of view. I hope you live a life you’re proud of. If you find that you’re not, I hope you have the courage to start all over again.”

— Eric Roth, The Curious Case of Benjamin Button screenplay

How did you start your second half of the year? I hope with a smile painted on your face!

Soneva Spa

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Ever since college I’m drawn to the idea of pampering myself through retail therapy, having a manicure and pedicure or the best of them all — a full body massage. Although I haven’t read much about the health benefits it give, I know for a fact that after a rough day at work (or school), it helps relax the muscle tension esp on my shoulders and my whole mind, body and soul.

There can never be “too much spa” or “too much massage” in my world. I, personally, like most of us I think, live a very hectic lifestyle to say the least. An offer to have a spa massage is a welcome change in my very busy, fast-paced and highly stressful life. That’s where Soneva Spa comes in!

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St. Nicholas Restaurant

I had the privilege to visit a newly-opened dining place in Mandaluyong’s which offers sweet and savory dishes at a very affordable price, St. Nicholas. It was a nice and complete dining experience as the chef and restaurateur, Nick Pelaez, shared the history behind his restaurant, the inspiration behind its eclectic ambiance and the delectable dishes served generously to us.

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St. Nicholas started as a catering service for 10 years before they gave in to customers’ demand to make it into a restaurant which opened just last April which they can visit anytime they crave for good food, good service at a good rate.

Malen’s

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At times when I am out of town aka out of my comfort zone, I enjoy the fun feeling of discovering a cool place — may it be a nice coffee shop, desserts place or a stretch-tummy-worthy restaurant. There are only a few places I’ve discovered yet in Cavite (B’s hometown), and the recent one is Malen’s. It’s ambiance was the reason it caught my attention. This place stood out amongst the other establishments because of it’s twinkling lights against the night sky. The place looks romantic.

Songbird

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Spring Fling kimono; Apartment 8′s Signature Multiway Dress; SM Store shoulder bag

This uberly smooth and flow-y dress made me feel like a songbird frolicking in the wind!

Originally, we were supposed to take couple’s portrait with the theme “fairy and mortal”.  You guessed it right! I would be the fairy and B will be the mortal human being. The theme actually started with the idea of a human being falling for her dream girl. But to cut the story short, B decided to not post our pictures together for public consumption (because he was shirtless!) and left me with my solo photos. Daya!

T House

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When Holy Week was fast approaching, I kind of felt pressured and panicked that we didn’t have anything planned for that long weekend. I remembered exactly how I used to spend my Holy Week with my family — watching 7th Heaven marathon in bed or squishing ourselves to fit in the couch, or crying over the religious movies that are really meant to make you reflect on the life you are living. Not to mention following the popular Pinoy traditions that my mom follows — hanging Palm Sunday palaspas on the door, fasting and abstinence from meat and lavish meals, not showering on Good Friday, visiting a number of churches or Visita Iglesia, doing Stations of the cross, watching Senakulo and witnessing the Salubong ritual.