Our #SigeSabado #SigeSaMantsa Weekends

Since the kids started going to school two years ago, we haven’t been able to do arts and crafts activities as often as we used to do.  Whenever we do have free time, we try to squeeze in a craft or two.

(Click here for arts and crafts activities )

Those “free times” are far and few in between though. So just imagine the look in my little ones’ eyes when this big box was delivered to our home last summer!

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The Sige Sabado box contains materials for eight activities that engage kids in fun learning experiences.  Some are really messy to do but they’re so much fun you wouldn’t the mess at all.  Here are three of the activities we’ve already done.

Raise a Mongo Plant

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Make a Popsicle Pen Holder

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Create an Animal Balloon Papier-Mache

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Not every Saturday can be a #SigeSaMantsa day for us but the kids never tire of asking if we could do one of the activities in the box.  At the rate we’re able to do the activities, our craft box has us covered until the year’s end.  After we finish all the eight activities, I could just get more arts and crafts ideas from Breeze Philippines website.

Do you have any #SigeSaMantsa actvities you love to do at home?  Do share some fun ideas with us. :-)

When Acne Isn’t Acne

For the most part of the year, I’ve been battling with breakouts (and breakdowns) which I thought were due to hormonal imbalance (which I also thought were causing my emotional breakdowns :P) Last Sunday, I finally found time to see a dermatologist.  Lo and behold, I found out that I’ve been using the wrong skin care products on my face!  AND I also learned that the acne I thought I had was not acne at all!

I really should have seen a dermatologist sooner and not experimented with just about all the skincare products I could afford.  Apparently, my self-diagnosis was just a big misdiagnosis.

Since I thought I had hormonal acne, I bought a tea tree cleanser which can help control my breakouts.  However, the doctor told me that tea tree oil was doing more damage than good on my skin (good thing I hadn’t had time to buy that new BB with tea tree oil I wanted to try).  She told me that salicyclic acid wasn’t a friend to my skin and I should avoid products that contain it.  It also turns out that I shouldn’t even be using moisturizers on my face.  I was already producing more than enough sebum to keep it moisturized naturally.  So what was causing the breakouts?  Dermatitis.

‘Tis a Thing Called DERMATITIS

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Perioral Dermatitis and Seborrheic Dermatitis to be exact. This caught me again in surprise as I’ve always associated seborrheic dermatitis with dandruff which I didn’t have – or so I thought. I didn’t have those white flaky  stuff we usually associate with “dandruff”.  Well, there’s another myth debunked!

Seborrheic Dermatitis isn’t just dandruff. It can occur not just on the scalp but on other parts of the body that tend to be oily such as creases of the nose, around the lips, behind the ears, outer ear, and the chest.  Have you heard of cradle cap in infants? That’s seborrheic dermatitis too.  Though she cannot pinpoint the exact triggers, it may be caused by stress, changes in the weather, excessive sebum production, or infrequent shampoos. The dermatologist said that this form of dermatitis is chronic (meaning I have it for life, huhuhuhu) but can be managed with proper skin care and healthy diet.

As for the other –itis, it resembles acne but it isn’t.  Perioral dermatitis is characterized by acne-like bumps around the mouth, on the chin, in the folds around the nose, under the eyes, and on the forehead.  It’s on the T-zone which is why I thought it was hormonal acne.  According to the dermatologist my seborrheic dermatitis could be the man cause for this.  It is also aggravated by toothpaste dripping on my chin.  Yah, I’m a child like that – letting toothpaste froth drip down my chin while I’m brushing my teeth. :P My using heavy skin creams and sunscreen makes it even worse – which is why I’m staying away from moisturizers for now.

New Skin Care Regimen

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For the next week, I’m on Tetralysal (lymecycline)  and Hydrocortisone+Erythromycin cream.  No more tea tree oil cleanser also. I’m back to using Cetaphil for keeps.  Cetaphil and Physiogel are the only cleansers the dermatologist recommends.  She also recommended that I change my shampoo to Head & Shoulders or Gard.  I’m to also use a ketoconazole shampoo once a week.  It has only been a couple of days since I’ve changed my regimen and followed the prescription yet my skin’s already visibly cleared a bit.  Hopefully, all the redness will be gone before Saturday.

Are you having problems with your skin too?  Please do see a dermatologist ASAP.  You won’t want to waste your money on skin care products that aren’t really suited for your skin.

Robinsons Malls App: APPmazingly Stress-Free Malling

Have you downloaded the APPmazing ROBINSONS MALLS MOBILE APP? Not yet?! Well, you should! Believe me, malling has never been this stress-free. Here are my top reasons why you should definitely download this app.

1.  You Get A Welcome Kit

Right after you download the Robinsons Malls App, you’ll receive an email with Welcome Deals.  Get discount coupons and freebies from partner merchants and affiliates.  Moreover, you automatically qualify for a selfie stick raffle.

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2. Watching Movies Will Be Much More Convenient

Ever had one of those days when you troop your whole family to the mall for a movie only to find a long queue at the ticket counter or to realize that you got screening scheds all wrong?  Those days are gone!  Now you can conveniently buy tickets ( and snacks too!) with just a few taps on your mobile phone or tablet.  What’s more, the snacks you purchased online will be brought to you once you’re seated.  (Yey! No more lining up at the snack counter.) There’s a P10 fee for each ticket purchased through the app but it’s more than worth it.

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3. Never Miss A Promo

Want to stay updated with mallwide sales and store promotions?  Just download this app! You can check if your favorite brands have ongoing promos and find special deals for privilege card holders.

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4.  Never Get Lost Inside the Mall

Whatever it is you’re looking for, you can find with just a few taps on your phone.  All stores are categorized so it’s so easy to look for a particular store.  The best thing about this is that you can get specific directions on how to get to a store from where you currently are.

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It truly is APPmazing, isn’t it?!  But don’t just take my word for it, DOWNLOAD it now.

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(press release)

STRESS-FREE MALLING WITH THE ROBINSONS MALLS MOBILE APP

Technology has now made malling much easier and more convenient.

The Robinsons Mall mobile app is the Philippines’s first truly interactive, easy-to-use shopping guide. Its eye-catching graphic interface allows users to find their favorite stores, record their parking space, not to mention get announcements on the malls’ latest events and promos.

“With the Robinsons Malls mobile app, Pinoys can indulge in their favorite weekend pastime with ease. They can enjoy Robinsons Malls right at the palm of their hand. They can breeze through the tenant directory, mall events and promotions, and even book a movie with a few tap on their smart devices,” said Ms. Arlene G. Magtibay, RLC SVP and General Manager for Commercial Centers Division. “It’s easy living, made even better by technology. That’s how a stress-free lifestyle should be.”

The user-friendly app can direct the user to nearest Robinsons mall or give directions to a particular one—even when using public transportation like jeepneys, buses, PUVs and tricycles.

Mall visitors can also record where they parked their vehicles, guided by QR labels strategically placed on posts. While inside the mall, they can also navigate through the hundreds of stores via GPS at Robinsons Place Manila, Galleria, Robinsons Magnolia, Robinsons Metro East and Forum Robinsons. Just input the tenant or store name; scan the nearest QR code on the pillar and the mobile device will direct them to their destination—the fastest way possible. Special attention is made to help persons with disability by leading them to all the elevators and ramps.

A directory of all the shopping and dining destinations inside Robinsons Malls can also be found in the app, with details and descriptions about a particular store or outlet. There is even a “Share” feature that allows app users to update their Facebook friends on their current destination. Need to go the nearest restroom? No problem! Just tap on the colorful app user interface and they will get directions on the nearest one.

Users can also purchase Robinsons Movieworld and snacks online. Just choose the movie they want to watch at their preferred date and time; select the seat, munchies and drinks; and pay for the purchases via credit card (Visa and MasterCard are accepted via a secure payment portal). There will be no need to line up. App users can go straight to the theater porter, show the email or text confirmation and they will be immediately ushered to their seats. Purchased snacks will also be delivered, right to where they are seated. A maximum of 10 tickets can be purchased for every transaction with a minimal P10 online charge. This service will be available in all Robinsons Movieworld screens nationwide, currently numbering 115.

Pre-scheduling the next movie date is also possible as the app contains the succeeding movies that will be shown in the theaters. Users can even program the app to prompt them for upcoming events like concerts and mall-wide sales.

The 35,000-plus Robinsons Privilege Card holders can also access the app so they can be reacquainted with the privileges available to them, including a list of stores offering discounts and freebies. There is also a Lingkod Pinoy Center directory in the app. Lingkod Pinoy centers serve as a one-stop shop for government transactions like the SSS, GSIS, PhilHealth, Pag-IBIG Fund, OWWA, POEA, NBI, LTO and DFA.

Robinsons Malls will also hold a caravan in the activity area of Robinsons Metro East on October 17, Forum Robinsons on October 25, Robinsons Magnolia on November 9 and Robinsons Place Manila on November 30 to encourage mall goers to download the app.

Mallers who download the new Robinsons Malls App will receive Welcome Deals with discount coupons provided by partner merchants and freebies from affiliates in their email. As a bonus, every app download and registration is automatically qualified for a selfie stick raffle to be held every month starting November 17.

The Robinsons Malls App is available for FREE at the iOS App Store (8MB file size for iOS 6.0 and higher) and Android Play Store (11MB file size for Android 4.0 and higher).

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Home Entertainment Must-Haves

Love having friends come over your place?  Here are three things that you absolutely must-have for no-fail entertaining at home.

HD TV with HD Media Player. Just pop a couple of bags in the microwave and you’re all set for movie marathon night. For the best home entertainment experience, grab a few of those 3D glasses and install surround stereos.

Magic Sing.  Here’s a space-saving alternative to the bulky karaoke.  If you already have a great sound system and a clear tv, all you’ll need is to plug this in and you’ve got hours of singing fun that’ll sure to have everyone belting their favorite music.  The best thing is, the microphone, song list, cables, and chips all conveniently fit in a small bag (just a little bigger than a clutch).

Portable Loudspeaker System.  Musicians aren’t the only ones who would do well to have a portable speaker.  Those who are often conducting seminars, hosting parties, or just fond of listening to music should invest in one.  If you love throwing parties in your own home, a compact portable loudspeaker system would amp the cool music factor to your party.  The mackie srm150 with its instrument-ready input and dedicated channel for CD, MP3, iPods to name a few is a good choice.

Electrolux + Trese: From Worn Out Clothes to Quilts

As weekend sales and bazaars usher the coming Christmas season, do consider clearing out your closets before starting your shopping spree.   What to do with your pre-loved clothes?  Well, DONATE them to Electrolux Clothes Donation Drive, of course! Why Electrolux?  Aside from Electrolux actively doing this advocacy for several years now…

  1. They’re the only ones that I know that actually launders (washes and inspects each piece of clothing) donated clothes before distributing them to those in need.
  2. Even worn-out clothes that were donated are put to good use.

Electrolux has partnered with Gawad Kalinga’s Trese to transform clothes that are not fit for wearing into quilts for children and new born babies in orphanages.

“Electrolux believes that there must be dignity in the clothes that we donate. To make sure that every piece of clothing is in good condition, we will sort out the worn out, unwearable ones, then upcycle them into quilts with the help of Trese”

That favorite shirt of yours that you’ve worn a hundred times until it was all frayed in the collar or until you became several sizes bigger? As long as the rest of the fabric is still in good condition, donate it.

That pair of jeans that has been lying at the bottom of your cabinet for the past couple of years – donate it.

Those dresses and shirts your little ones have outgrown – donate them.

Clothes were meant to be worn and not kept in eternal storage, so please do DONATE those you have not worn for years.  Be a part of this meaningful advocacy. Drop off your donations in any of these locations:

  • Electrolux Customer Service Hub (Grundfos Building, 5548 Osmena Highway, Brgy. San Isidro, Makati City)
  • Mommy Mundo Head Office (2nd Floor Fun Ranch Frontera Verde, Ortigas Center, Pasig City)
  • Unilever Philippines Head Office (1351 United Nations Ave., Paco, Manila)
  • Empire East Land Holdings Inc. (11th Floor World Center Bldg., Sen Gil Puyat, Makati City)
  • St. Mary’s College (37 Mother Ignacia Ave., Paligsahan Quezon City)
  • Kodak Philippines (2901 88 Corporate Center Valero cor. Sedeno St., Salcedo Village, Makati City)
  • Morgan Stanley (16th Floor E-Services Building, Bonifacio Global City, The Fort, Taguig)
  • Center for Culinary Arts (CCA) (287 Katipunan Ave., Loyola Heights, Quezon City)
  • Dasmarinas Village (Homeowners Association Office) (1419 Campanilla St. Dasmarinas Village, Makati City)
  • BrandAction Inc. (Unit 4B ALPAP Bldg., 160 LP Leviste St., Salcedo Village, Makati City)
  • Isla Lipana& Co. (29th Floor Philam Life Tower 8767 Paseo de Roxas Makati City)

Visit electolux.com.ph and click the Delightful-E tab to know more about the Electrolux Delightful-E Simple to Share advocacy. You can also visit www.facebook.com/thelittlewhitebook or follow @ElectroluxPH on Twitter and Instagram

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(Press Release)

Electrolux transforms worn out clothes into quilts with GawadKalinga’sTrese

Filipinos have relentlessly proven that the concept of bayanihan is still alive today. Every year the Philippines is devastated by numerous typhoons which result to ruined homes and ravaged livelihood. From one calamity to another, Filipinos have made it a tradition to donate and help rehabilitate the lives of the victims.

Sharing with this tradition, Electrolux, a global leader in home appliances, has been collecting and laundering clothes for calamity-stricken survivors for several years now. This year, Electrolux, through its Delightful-E Simple campaign, innovated this long-running advocacy.

Together with Gawad Kalinga’s Trese community, Electrolux will upcycle unusable clothes into quilts for children and new born babies in orphanages and other communities.

“Electrolux believes that there must be dignity in the clothes that we donate. To make sure that every piece of clothing is in good condition, we will sort out the worn out, unwearable ones, then upcycle them into quilts with the help of Trese” said Andrea Pionilla, Electrolux Marketing Manager. “With this partnership, we aim not only to give quilts to children and new born babies but also another source of livelihood for this Payatas community.”