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What Causes Depression in College Students?

Monday, August 02, 2021

     Students and people from the scientific world are more likely to suffer from mental disorders. Every year, universities spend millions on maintaining mental health among students and staff. And parents and researchers periodically ask the question: does education harm a healthy state of mind?

     Almost always, experiences affect the physical state of the body: depression is accompanied by loss of appetite, weakness, inhibition in actions, reactions, and speech, problems with sleep and concentration. Some people have impaired bowel function and sexual needs, headaches, heart or stomach aches, and skin diseases.

What Causes Depression in College Students?

The Busy Nurse and Mom's Guide to Earning a Master's

Thursday, July 29, 2021

     You are a superhero on and off-duty. On the floor, you tend to patients and make them as comfortable as possible while you treat a variety of ailments and injuries. You offer a smile, a kind word and, sometimes, the only thing people need during times of grief or difficulty: a shared silence. Then you go home and take on an even bigger job.

     As a mom, you're always there to kiss a boo-boo, read a story and laugh at all the silly, wondrous things only kids can see. But you're also constantly busy, running through an endless to-do list that can leave chores falling to the wayside and your days off feeling just as hectic as your regular workdays. But still, something inside of you has drawn you to push harder. You've never been one to back down from a challenge, so you're researching how to get your master's in nursing and further your career. While it might seem like the final card that'll make the house crumble, you can plan for your graduate studies.

The Busy Nurse and Mom's Guide to Earning a Master's
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Watsons' Most Loved are the Products YOU Picked

Tuesday, July 27, 2021

     Watsons is back with its Most Loved products for the second year. These are the items that Watsons has recognized as the top brands shoppers picked & recommended from their counters and shelves. With over 800 physical stores nationwide and a mobile app, Watsons is available to many Filipinos anytime, anywhere, who was very definite about their health, beauty and wellness find.

     The Most Loved line-up includes Best of Health & Beauty, People's Choice, and New Favorites. While we're used to shopping at Watsons, only to be overwhelmed by the number of choices (all of them good), take a look at the best brands this year.

Watsons' Most Loved are the Products YOU Picked

Product Review: Emma Sleep "The Emma Original Mattress" Philippines

Sunday, July 25, 2021

     In a random conversation with my husband months ago, we reminisced our childhood days. We talked about the things that we missed the most and the things that we somewhat regret not doing those days. It's funny that we both missed our favorite foods, the things we do in school during our extra-curricular activities, and the daily routines from day til night. FUN FACT: We're classmates from Grade 2 to Fourth Year High School that's why we can relate and agree on trending or cringing topics from way back. Fast forward today, there's one thing that we somewhat regret not doing the most and that is having long hours of sleep when we entered junior high school. Yes, we were told that sleeping seven to nine hours a day is important, but teens like us in their growing up years kind of ignored it. 

     Now that we're in our late 30's, we are experiencing sleep problems and it's affecting our mind and body. There are many factors why an individual may experience an insufficient amount of sleep, it can be their lifestyle, age, current health condition, and stress. In my case, I'm a self-confessed coffee addict that's why when I drink coffee at night, chances are I'll be up until the wee hours of the morning. I also love chocolates and eating them after dinner has an impact too in my sleeping pattern. I've tried different ways on how to get quality sleep like listening to sleep music or watching those calming videos, drinking melatonin, applying lavender oil in temples, and turning off the lights but I still find it hard to fall asleep soundly at night. I've read in an article that having a comfortable bed, mattress, and pillow can also affect sleep that's why when Emma Sleep invited me to try their mattress, I accepted it even if there are things that I have to consider because I really want to experience quality sleep that my body is longing for years now. So without further ado, here's my honest-to-goodness review of Emma Sleep after sleeping on The Emma Original Mattress in Queen Size for three weeks.

Product Review: Emma Sleep "The Emma Original Mattress" Philippines

Can Diet Boost Your Immune System and Provide Better Health?

Friday, July 23, 2021

     Your immune system is responsible for fighting off diseases and infections that threaten your well-being. And with the coronavirus still posing a threat, many have thought of different ways to boost their immune system and prepare it to fight this virus in case they ever get exposed. However, this system is a complex one with different cells, receptors, organs, and antibodies that work as a team to protect the body from diseases and infections.

     But sometimes, our immune system fails and can’t seem to protect us from threats, so we fall ill – which makes us wonder,” how can we boost our immunity well enough to avoid sickness?”

Can Diet Boost Your Immune System and Provide Better Health?
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Tenya Offers Farm to Table Japanese Menu

Wednesday, July 21, 2021

     I can still remember my first dining experience at Tenya Tempura Tendon, Market Market courtesy of my very good friend, Ruth Dela Cruz. We had an awesome catch-up conversion over flavorful Japanese dishes inside this cozy restaurant. I ordered my favorite shrimp tempura while she introduced me to her default order, spicy salmon salad. The latter became my favorite too because of the explosion of taste that you'll crave over and over again. 

     Great news to all the Tenya fans, Japan’s number one Tempura Tendon chain, seeks out new ways to partner with local food producers in their restaurants in the Philippines, with the launch of their farm-to-table initiative, dubbed Tenya Lokal. Through this initiative, Tenya wishes to provide an immediate solution to the nation’s farmers and fisherfolk, who have experienced a sharp reduction in the sales of their products as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic. To formally launch this initiative, we were allowed to taste some of the delightful dishes that are part of the Tenya Lokal menu, during a virtual luncheon held on July 16, 2021. 

Tenya Offers Farm to Table Japanese Menu

K-dramas Now on Viu with PLDT Home

Monday, July 19, 2021

     One of the things that I miss doing in the past weeks is watching my favorite K-drama. Because of my busy schedule, I lost interest in sitting in front of the television, and get excited in the next drama scenes. I think it's time to catch up on missed episodes or new shows this month as the country’s fastest internet provider that enables better digital entertainment at home, PLDT Home partnered with Viu, PCCW’s leading pan-regional OTT video streaming service, to give more Filipino families access to a wide catalog of Asian dramas, especially the most-loved Korean series and TV shows. 

     Korean dramas, or K-dramas, continue to capture the fascination of Filipino viewers. Especially during the quarantine, it has become a staple source of entertainment for Filipino households. Now, PLDT Home subscribers can enjoy a Viu Premium subscription for a discounted rate of Php 80/month that comes with free one (1) month Viu Premium access for uninterrupted viewing with zero ads, unlimited downloads and first access to the newest Viu shows. It's time to stock up on your favorite Korean treats or enjoy a Samgyupsal night with family and friends as you enjoy these top shows you don't wanna miss on Viu:

K-dramas Now on Viu with PLDT Home

PLDT Home’s Wifi 6 Solutions Make Digital Life Better at Home

Saturday, July 17, 2021

     Whether for work, studies, or bonding with the whole family, PLDT Home allows you to do all these better anywhere at home with the fastest PLDT Home Fibr paired with the latest and most powerful Wifi 6 technology.

     PLDT Home offers the top-of-the-line Wifi 6 solutions in the Philippines that can deliver up to 1 Gbps speeds for lag-free browsing, seamless, simultaneous connectivity of multiple smart home devices, and equal upload and download speeds on any device and in any part of the home. In partnership with ASUS, PLDT Home enables its subscribers to enjoy the best Wifi6 solutions in the market – ASUS ZenWiFi and ROG Rapture.

PLDT Home’s Wifi 6 Solutions Make Digital Life Better at Home

Smart and Healthy Snacking with Gullón

Thursday, July 15, 2021

     Did you know that one of the secrets to healthy eating is to eat frequent small meals throughout the day rather than indulge in one or two big meals? Snacking provides energy boosts in-between meals and helps curb your appetite so that you are less likely to overeat when mealtime comes. 

     No, don't go for junk foods, sugary and salty options during snack time because you can also enjoy snacking the healthy way. Smart and healthy snacking are great for managing blood sugar levels, after-exercise meals, and a better mood. Be smart about your snacks and they will even help you lose or maintain your weight and give you nutrients for a fitter, healthier you!

Smart and Healthy Snacking with Gullón

Comparing Your Long Island IV Therapy Options

Tuesday, July 13, 2021

     As New York inches closer to community immunity, many Long Islanders are looking to resume their pre-pandemic health routines, including IV therapy. But which option would work best for life in the New Normal? Read on to learn more about your Long Island IV therapy options.

Comparing Your Long Island IV Therapy Options
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PLDT Home Empowers Filipinos to #DoItBetter

Sunday, July 11, 2021

     Keeping up with the ever-growing demands of their different pursuits, Filipino families are working harder to excel and achieve the life they aspire for. PLDT Home, the country’s fastest fixed network, trains the spotlight on all the brilliant possibilities that Filipinos can achieve with its latest campaign, ‘Do It Better’. An assuredly optimistic, hopeful and empowering cause, PLDT Home aims to illustrate how its digital products and services enable families to do, connect, learn, and earn–better—at home.

     Using her strongest connections at home, award-winning actress and multi-hyphenated mom Toni Gonzaga, along with her family, have signed up to bring to life all these positive feats (and more!) so that Filipinos at home may be inspired to do the same. Like many young families, the Gonzaga-Sorianos were affected by pandemic restrictions but they refused to let these challenges prevent them from living the life they wanted.

PLDT Home Empowers Filipinos to #DoItBetter

7-Eleven Day 2021 50% off on Grocery Items and Essentials

Friday, July 09, 2021

     It hasn’t been an easy year for most of us, and so 7-Eleven is inviting all to celebrate every win, big and small, through #711Day, its annual birthday treat for customers! From July 7 to 11, 7-Eleven is slashing 50% off from the original price on over 250 of its signature food items, snacks, liquor, and groceries while other non-food items will also be at 50% off for one-day only on Sunday, July 11. Whether it’s your favorite snack, drink, or health and beauty must-have, expect to score a great deal on this week-long discount dash!

     I've seen family and friends visiting the nearest branch of 7-Eleven stores yesterday and they are sharing photos and first dibs on sale products. I'm so excited to go there on Sunday because I've seen my favorite brands that are ready up for grabs, yay! So here are the exciting deals that you should not miss, scroll down below :)

7-Eleven Day 2021 50% off on Grocery Items and Essentials

5 Ways To Build A Better Future For Your Family

Wednesday, July 07, 2021

     If there is one thing the past year has shown us, it’s that uncertainty is always just around the corner. For many of us, experiencing a pandemic was a lesson in preparedness, teaching us that the best way we can be ready for anything is by protecting ourselves, our family, and our hard-earned savings, so we can continue to enjoy life and fulfill our dreams no matter what.

     AIA Philam Life remains committed to helping Filipino families prepare for the future, through products that protect loved ones from sickness and death, and those that address their long-term savings needs through viable investments. Without a doubt, the country’s premier life insurance company is living its Purpose by creating products that help Filipino families live Healthier, Longer, Better Lives.

5 Ways To Build A Better Future For Your Family
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4 Ways to Spend More Time Outside

Monday, July 05, 2021

     Being outside should be a large part of everyone's daily life. From the physical benefits of exercise and moving around to the mental health benefits of more vitamin D from exposure to the sun, spending time outside is the best way to ensure that you get to enjoy life to the fullest. Although it's easy to spend time outside when we're young, it can be hard to convince ourselves to do the same when we're older. Here are the top four ways we could all devote a little more time outside to make it easier on ourselves.

4 Ways to Spend More Time Outside
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Beko's Eco-Friendly Appliances for a Healthy Planet

Thursday, July 01, 2021

     Beko, Europe’s No. 1 appliance brand, has launched seven new sustainable products as it presented the results of a sustainability survey that was carried out among European consumers. As a global company, Beko is aware of its responsibility in terms of environmental protection and sustainability.
Our sustainability goals and our leading efforts in sustainable innovation are two parts of the same, closely related whole. It is up to us to find better, greener ways to lead our lives. With a range of environmentally friendly Beko appliances that we are introducing today, our customers can now make their homes more sustainable, said Hakan Bulgurlu, CEO of Arçelik, Beko’s parent company.
     Beko held a virtual showcase of its eco-friendly appliances with Arçelik’s CEO Hakan Bulgurlu, CMO Zeynep Yalım Uzun and CCO Ragıp Balcıoğlu, and with a special guest from the World Business Council for Sustainable Development, Brendan Edgerton, Circular Economy Director. More information about the launch and the products below.

Beko's Eco-Friendly Appliances for a Healthy Planet

Watsons Makes Health and Wellness Accessible

Tuesday, June 29, 2021

     In a perfect world, people would eat six servings of fruits and vegetables every day, their diet would not include red and/or processed meat and they'd exercise regularly. But the realities of our lives do not make it possible for us to do all that and we do need to supplement our diet with vitamins.

     Taking vitamins not only gives us the energy to help us get through the day, but it also helps boost the immune system and improve our memory and mood. Even during quarantines and lockdowns, Watsons has given Filipinos access to vitamins, supplements, OTC medications, and personal products through its 800+ stores nationwide and its online channels. Good health is just a click or a tap away if you're unable to go to a Watsons store!

Watsons Makes Health and Wellness Accessible

PLDT Home Rewards Grand Giveaway Up to ₱5 Million in Prizes

Sunday, June 27, 2021

     PLDT Home continues to give its subscribers a more rewarding experience, treating loyal customers to its biggest promo yet, the PLDT Home Rewards Grand Giveaway. Awesome prizes await winners monthly starting April and weekly starting October, all leading up to the grand draw on December 8, 2021, in which one lucky customer can take home ₱5 million in cash.
Our customers’ trust and loyalty drive us to provide the most reliable broadband connection and best customer experience,” said Patrick Tang, Vice President and Head of PLDT Home Customer Management. “Now, we want to show our gratitude to them for staying with us throughout the year with our biggest raffle promo yet, the PLDT Home Rewards Grand Giveaway.”
PLDT Home Rewards Grand Giveaway Up to ₱5 Million in Prizes

Beko Remains Committed to Sustainability

Friday, June 25, 2021

     Beko, Europe’s no. 1 home appliances brand, remains committed to sustainability and saving the planet as part of its mission to empower next generations to live healthier lives. Beko continues to do its part in protecting planet earth by designing and manufacturing innovative sustainable appliances and will soon launch eco-friendly appliances supported by three key pillars, including use of recycled materials, use of bio-composites, and products that use fewer chemicals.

     The big picture is that Beko’s corporate culture goes beyond just making and selling appliances. “We are passionate about making sustainability affordable and accessible. This way the environmental benefits of our products are spread across the globe and are not just merely a luxury. With this in mind, developing new technologies enabling the lower cost of sustainability is our number one priority,” said Gürhan Günal, Country Manager of Beko Pilipinas Corporation. More stories from Beko below :)

Beko Remains Committed to Sustainability

How Diamonds are Made into Jewelry: Cutting, Setting & More

Wednesday, June 23, 2021

     There are several factors that serve to define a truly stunning piece of jewelry. The type of metal utilized, the level of craftsmanship, and its inherent characteristics will all have a massive impact. However, there is no doubt that the presence of a high-quality diamond can make or break even the most expensive pieces.

     Of course, this is partially due to the sheer brilliance of the stone itself. We nonetheless need to remember that it takes a great deal of skill to transform a rather generic piece of jewelry into one which captivates the eye of the beholder. This is why appreciating the process in greater detail is always a good idea. How is an otherwise "anonymous" diamond transformed into jewelry? Let us take a look at the process in a bit more detail.

How Diamonds are Made into Jewelry: Cutting, Setting & More
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Feature: Vaseline Daily Tone Up Sun Cream SPF40

Monday, June 21, 2021

     One of the downsides of living in a tropical country is the humidity. In the Philippines, being under the sun is something we experience regardless of the season.  However, the summer months bring on harsher heat and dry weather that even indirect sunlight can cause sunburn and skin damage. That's why when I became meticulous in my skincare regimen years ago, I make sure that I have different sunscreens in my stash. Sunscreen is life for me. 

     That's why here in our country, where we certainly experience the scorching heat of the sun even if it's rainy season, we're always on the lookout for a sunscreen that not only protects our skin from this but is also lightweight, so we can avoid the sticky, uncomfortable feeling, especially in humidity. Whether we’re out by the beach, getting Vitamin D during a workout, or even indoors by a window, sunscreen is a skincare must-have all year round. Vaseline, a skincare brand known for its healing properties, has launched its first-ever sun care product, Vaseline Daily Sun Care to keep your skin protected and hydrated from within. More information about the product after the jump.

Feature: Vaseline Daily Tone Up Sun Cream SPF40

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