Friday, June 30, 2017

My Jolly Back-to-School Recipes: Jolly Mais at Sago & Jolly Mushroom Soup

It's back to school for most students and moms like me are once again back to the grind in the kitchen. Attending to the needs of our dear kiddos is pretty much an all-year round thing for us but whether we like it or not, we get extra busy during opening of classes on this month of June.

Preparing healthy and nutritious food at the table is every mom's goal, but due to our busy schedules we often go for easy-to-prepare meals that would still appeal to our children's taste and they should also not be heavy on our budget.

So mommies, I have here 2 simple recipes for you~~ a yummy dessert and a hearty soup that both kids and grown-ups would love:  Jolly Mais at Sago & Jolly Mushroom Soup. Each would just take less than 30 minutes to prepare.

Let's start off with the Jolly Mushroom Soup.

                                                     JOLLY MUSHROOM SOUP

Wednesday, June 14, 2017

M&S x Tobi Ang: On Fatherhood, Work & Style

“I spend time with my daughters in the morning before heading to the office.” (On Tobi: Blue Harbor striped shirt & M&S Collection white linen shorts)

What’s keeping 36 year-old Tobi Ang says lately is learning to be a good father to his two young girls, Daniella (2.5y.o.) and Natalia (10 months) and "father" and leader of The Angcore Motor Group, where he sits as vice-president and COO.
“My day always starts waking up and spending time with my girls. The girls, Michelle, my wife, and our two girls are early risers, so I get to spend some quality family time with them before heading to the office,” shares Tobi.

We caught up with Tobi and his family in their lovely home. Over coffee, the young dad shared how he manages his time between being a dad, husband, and a businessman.

And since we can confidently say he is one of Davao’s well-dressed young men, we wanted to find out how his manner of dressing has changed from being single to becoming a dad.

 “Our best moments are those spent at home.” (On Tobi: M&S Collection linen polo over tailored fit shirt & white linen shorts; On Michelle: M&S linen chambray shirt dress)

Sunday, June 4, 2017

The Dyson Supersonic hair dryer - Fast, focused and intelligent

Conventional hair dryers can be bulky and difficult to manoeuvre, can blast air at high temperatures, which can cause extreme heat damage, all with the risk of hair being sucked into and trapped in the filter. Yet despite these well known limitations hair dryer design has not advanced in more than 60 years.

Frustrated with the limitations, Dyson engineers set out to solve these problems. The Dyson Supersonic™ hair dryer uses a fast but focused airflow, is engineered for balance in the hand and intelligently controls the temperature to help protect hair from extreme heat damage.

James Dyson: “Hair dryers can be heavy, inefficient and make a racket. By looking at them further we realised that they can also cause extreme heat damage to hair. I challenged Dyson engineers to really understand the science of hair and develop technology which helps overcome the problems of hot, bulky and unintelligent hair dryers.”

Hair science

Dyson has invested £50 million in the development of the Dyson Supersonic hair dryer including creating a state of the art laboratory dedicated to investigating the science of hair. Dyson engineers studied hair from root to tip, understanding how it reacts to stresses, how to keep it healthy and how to style it.

Over four years they tested the product on different hair types and built test rigs which mechanically simulate hair drying techniques – which can differ around the world. To date over 1010 miles of real human hair have been used in testing.

Motor enabled
The Dyson Supersonic™ hair dryer is powered by the patented Dyson digital motor V9, created in-house by a team of over 15 motor engineers specifically for this machine. It is Dyson’s smallest, lightest, most advanced digital motor.

It is up to eight times faster than other hair dryer motors and half the weight. In addition, because the Dyson digital motor is engineered to be powerful yet compact it is small enough to be positioned in the handle rather than the head; because of this the machine is engineered for balance. Most conventional hair dryers have the motor in the head of the machine.

Helps protect natural shine
Some conventional hair dryers can reach extreme temperatures, especially when held close to your head. This can cause extreme heat damage to your hair. The Dyson Supersonic™ hair dryer has intelligent heat control, helping to ensure hair isn’t exposed to excessive temperatures. A glass bead thermistor measures the temperature 20 times a second and transmits this data to the microprocessor, which intelligently controls the patented double-stacked heating element.

Fast & focused
The Dyson Supersonic hair dryer uses Dyson’s patented Air Multipliertechnology. The volume of the air drawn into the motor is amplified by three due to this technology, producing a high pressure, high velocity jet of air.

Traditional hair dryers can sometimes have a weak airflow, meaning they are slow. Others can have strong airflow, but it is not necessarily controlled. The Dyson Supersonic™ hair dryer creates a focused jet of air, angled at 20° for controlled, precise drying and styling. Allowing you to dry and style at the same time.

Acoustic engineering
A team of Dyson aero-acoustic engineers sought to understand how the acoustics of this machine could be optimised. By using an axial flow impeller inside the motor they have simplified the pathway of the air reducing turbulence and swirling. And by giving the motor impeller 13 blades instead of the usual 11, Dyson engineers pushed one tone within the motor to a sound frequency beyond the audible range for humans. 

Also, because the motor is small and compact they have been able to embed it in the handle, surrounded by acoustic silencers to further reduce sound. The Dyson Supersonic™ hair dryer is a hair dryer engineered to reduce noise, without compromising on speed.

Settings and Attachments
The Dyson Supersonic hair dryer has four heat settings, three airflow settings and a cold shot too. Dyson engineers have created three precisely engineered magnetic attachments, with 16 patents pending, to further control this airflow allowing you to achieve a range of different styles.

-        The Dyson engineered smoothing nozzle dries hair gently, using smooth, wide air, allowing you to dry and style at the same time.

-        The Dyson diffuser is engineered to disperse air evenly around each curl. It simulates natural drying, helping to reduce frizz and improve definition.

-        And the attachments remain cool to the touch. Using Heat Shield technology the hot air is contained within a sandwich of cold air meaning the surfaces of the attachment stay cool.  

-        Being magnetic, each nozzle is easy to attach and adjust.

-        There are multiple settings including constant cool to set your style; four heat settings, three airflow settings and a cold shot too.

Whiteplanet Inc. is the exclusive distributor of Dyson in the Philippines. Warren Sy is Whiteplanet Inc.’s CEO, while Bobby Yan is VP-Communications.

Wednesday, May 10, 2017

Marks & Spencer x Joanna Lizares-Co: About Motherhood and Mindfulness

If only you call her a Super Woman – a successful career, a responsible daughter and a sister, and above all, a wife and a mother.

She takes these with all her heart, without complaining, even as she needs to haggle from Davao to Cebu City from where she originally comes from.

It was in 2002 when Yoga instructor Joanna Christina Lizares-Co, 46, married Dabawenyo businessman Zosimo Co. She moved to Davao City in the same year and since then, Joanna has considered the city as her second home. The couple is blessed with two beautiful girls – Gianna Simone, 12, and Simmina Christina, 9.

But a loving daughter that she is, she has remained in close touch with her family in Cebu even if it means regular visits to her father and siblings. On the average, she and her family travel to her hometown three times a year to bond with her brother and sister and friends. Her father passed away last December.

“I moved to Davao in 2002 and when I went home to Cebu, my time centered on my dad. Whenever my dad asked me to come home, I was there right away. Unfortunately, he passed away in December 2017, “ she said in an online interview. “But I promised my brother and sister we’d continue to visit.”

Even it would mean being away from her Cebu family, her decision to join her loving and a very supportive husband in Davao City was just right and she never regretted it. Although she admitted that her new base is somewhat “laid back” as compared to Cebu, this is what she likes most about living in Davao.

“It wasn’t so bad. I’m a homebody and my husband Sim made it quite easier. He had a lovely home and saw to it we would enjoy what Davao had to offer,” she said, adding that “Davao is where I have my two girls. I feel a sense of grounding here. Cebu may have been home to ne, but this is where I want to stay for now.”

“My happy place is with my two girls and my husband,” she said.

Saturday, April 1, 2017

Watson's Make Your Summer Promo

Make your summer more exciting with this super exclusive treat for all our SM Advantage Card Members. Get a chance to explore the wonders of the Philippine islands with getaways for four to Batanes, Boracay, Cebu, Davao, and Palawan.  Just buy the participating products from any Watsons store or The SM Store Beauty Section;  and for every PHP500 single-receipt purchase, you get 1 e-raffle entry. The promo period is from February 23 until April 26, 2017.

And if you’re not yet a SMAC member, now’s a great time to join. The new “MEMBERS GET MORE” program makes shopping more rewarding than ever before. 

So what are you waiting for? Protect your skin as you enjoy a fun-filled summer with Watsons products plus get the chance to win an exciting getaway to your favorite summer destinations!

Check out the complete mechanics of Watsons Make Your Summer promo below: