Friday, June 15, 2018

Proper food storage in the fridge won't make your family sick

Many of us have the impression that storing our foods in the refrigerator will keep them fresh and safe. But, not having your appliance set at the right temperature can create a breeding ground for harmful bacteria to grow and flourish, which can result in an unsafe environment for food storage for you and your kids.

Improper food storage and sanitation can lead to a high risk of foodborne illnesses, especially this rainy season. Among these diseases is listeriosis, a serious infection caused by eating food with the bacterium Listeria monocytogenes.

Listeriosis can be dangerous to pregnant women, newborns, children, and elderly, and can result to fever, muscle aches, or even gastrointestinal symptoms such as nausea or diarrhea.

As such, refrigerating a food contaminated with Listeria can cause it to spread to other food products inside the refrigerator that may be making your child prone to sickness.

The good news, however, is that there are various ways we can do to reduce the risk of listeriosis at home by raising an awareness on proper refrigerator care to help improve the quality of food that you and your kids eat.

Consume use-by date food products immediately

Use-by date refers to the final day by which perishable goods should be consumed. After the recommended date, food quality is likely to go down and the food safety is lessened.

Therefore, it is important to make sure that food products are eaten before their use by date and not after.

You may realize that use-by date products spoil easily. Thus, it is crucial for you to follow storage instructions. However, take note that you should follow the use by dates on unopened ready-to-eat food products and not store food packages after they have been opened. Storing opened food products in the refrigerator can increase the risk of Listeria to grow.

Clean your refrigerator regularly

It is important to wipe food spills immediately to keep Listeria from growing and spreading to other foods. You can clean the inside walls and shelves with hot water and a mild liquid dishwashing detergent then rinse it thoroughly.

Likewise, make sure to throw old and spoiled foods that may cause growth and spread of bacteria. Try moving older foods in the front part of your fridge to make it more visible so that it can be consumed before it gets spoiled.

Keep raw meat, poultry, or fish, which may contain several bacteria, from cooked meals. Also, make sure that raw meats are at the bottom part of the shelf to avoid it from dripping. However, it is still better to have them sealed in a tight container.

Properly sanitizing your refrigerator can avoid different types of bacteria like Coliforms, Vibrio, salmonella, e-Coli, Botulinum, and Pseudomonas—all of which harmful to the human health—from growing on foods such as raw meat, milk, fish, and more.

Keep your refrigerator at the right temperature

Having your refrigerator at the proper temperature can avoid or slow the growth of Listeria. To check if your refrigerator is at the right temperature, put an appliance thermometer inside and make the necessary adjustment in the temperature control. Makes sure that your refrigerator register at 40°F (4°C) or below and your freezer at 0°F (-18°C).

Refrigerating below the recommended 4℃ will significantly slow the growth of bacteria. But as the temperature rises, the bacteria can grow at a faster rate, which can result in spoilage, wastage, and food poisoning.

Your refrigerator plays an important role in keeping your food safe and free from any bacteria that can result in foodborne illnesses. In fact, operating at the wrong temperature can leave room for the bacteria to get the nutrients and temperature it needs to grow inside your refrigerator.

While refrigerators can be a breeding ground for foodborne illnesses, Beko Refrigerator’s Active Ioniser neutralizes the bacteria that cause effluvia to create an antibacterial effect to keep the refrigerator from harmful pathogens such as Listeria. Also, Its Blue Light Technology allows for a continuous process of photosynthesis, allowing fresh produce to maintain their natural flavors and nutritional value for up to 30 days.

On top of that, the Beko Refrigerator’s new age of NeoFrost Technology keeps the humidity of their refrigerator at an optimum level of up to 90 percent in the cooler for longer freshness. It also makes for a more stable and faster cooling for both the cooler and the freezer compartments at A+ energy efficiency level. Moreover, its independent cooling systems also help in preventing odor transfer in between the compartments to keep the quality of the air inside at maximum levels.

To know more about Beko and Beko Philippines, like the Beko Philippines fan page (@BekoPH) or visit the website at


Beko is the global home appliances brand of the Arçelik Group and belongs to the Koç Holding – one of the largest conglomerate in Europe, ranking among the first 250 on the Fortune Global 500 list. Beko set out in 1955 – with one washing machine. And with one goal: Bringing smart products to everyone.

Today, we are the second largest brand within the European white goods sector. It’s because we are always driven by the constant desire to innovate for a better life. Thanks to this approach, we have become one of the leading home appliances companies in the world. And within the last five years, we have been rising as the fastest growing white goods brand in Europe – with 25.000 employees, 14 global production sites and products sold in more than 130 countries.

But no matter where our success stories begin, each and every one of them starts with our inspiration to keep on changing for the better. And the reason why we are always trying for the better is people. They have been shaping our vision, setting our course and helping us to navigate to our goals. Their actions, enthusiasm, and spirit are, in truth, what has been inspiring us today as in yesterday, for more than 60 years.

This belief is our common ground. And together, we can turn this new chapter into another long-term Beko success story – to create smarter ideas and better solutions, now and in the future.

Tuesday, June 12, 2018

Top Exercises to Shred that Extra Fat

More often than not, most people hitting the gym are looking to get rid of excess fat. A healthy diet is critical in complementing your training routine. Workout supplements from Acheter Steroid can also help you achieve better results. Other than improving your overall look, burning calories has a host of other benefits which cannot be overstated.

Health Benefits
Health, of course, tops the list of advantages. Burning extra calories decreases the risk of cardiovascular diseases. Additionally, it improves mobility, which naturally translates to increased flexibility, hence reducing joint pain. Lastly, it keeps your blood sugar levels in check, thus lessening the risk of lifestyle diseases such as diabetes and obesity.

Lifestyle Benefits
Burning calories enables you to enjoy your life even more. Having an appealing physique boosts your confidence and self-esteem and regular exercise helps you to sleep better.

Working out also calms you down, reducing stress levels, especially if you are in a difficult situation. Less stress equals a better mood, making you feel more energetic.

Some of the top exercises that will enable you to burn excess calories faster are:


Research has proven that high-intensity swimming can burn up to 680 calories an hour. Furthermore, it involves all the major muscle groups, thus improving body balance, strengthening muscles and boosting your heart rate. Try various styles like breaststroke, backstroke, and butterfly to make the session more entertaining. Apart from that, swimming in a colder pool is said to increase the rate at which your body burns calories since your body burns more calories to stay warm.

Performing Martial Arts

Learning different martial arts such as taekwondo and karate will also help to burn calories faster. Other than that, performing martial arts helps the body gain speed, power and improves mental concentration. Research proves that taekwondo burns approximately 700 calories in an hour.


Jumping with a rope can burn approximately 1000 calories in an hour, and it is a perfect workout for the entire body. Both kids and adults can do it, anytime and anywhere, and the only equipment required is a skipping rope.


Also known as fast pace running, this is a high-intensity cardio exercise. Completing a 100 or 200-meter sprint requires a lot of energy, making the body burn excess calories. In addition, sprinting improves your cardiovascular system by speeding up your heart rate.

High-Intensity Aerobics

High-intensity aerobics such as dancing, hopping and jumping jacks challenge your body muscles to contract and expand in a fast and well-controlled manner. You can challenge yourself by incorporating weights such as a dumbbell while maintaining the high-intensity level. Do this in intervals, each lasting for 20 to 30 minutes, then take a break.


Biking at a vigorous pace makes you feel a burning sensation in your lungs and increases your heart rate. Cycling in mountainous and hilly terrain helps your body to burn even more calories; research suggests up to 680 calories an hour.

How to get Discount and Shop on Lazada through PERA SWIPE?

When you hear about the word shopping, we always think and wish for a discount. The traditional way of shopping in a physical store or the modern way of doing shopping online, for whatever goods you have in mind. Yes, a majority of the products are being sold online. From groceries, clothing, baby and home products, and even food from your favorite restaurants!

In today's generation shopping for items you and your family needs can be as convenient as waiting for it to arrive on your doorsteps. What is even cooler, fun and practical to do is, when you can get your items almost for free! 

PERA SWIPE can be your platform to get points as rewards to earn and convert the points to game credits, gift certificates, and mobile loads! 
"You Swipe, We Pay"!

I have been a PERA SWIPE user since it all started last year and I am a part of this successful venture. PERA SWIPE is celebrating its 1st PERAnniversary
In line with this celebration, they updated the PERA SWIPE app to version 2.3, easier to earn points and get discount codes I can use to shop at Lazada, the largest online shopping mall in Southeast Asia! 

How to get Discount and Shop on Lazada through PERA SWIPE? 

1. New user- Download the app on Google Play Store (
    Existing users- Update to V2.3 on Google Play Store 
2. Register and Sign-up- use my referral code akosimagzdc and get 555pts instantly!
3. Download the Lazada app. Make sure your email address on both apps is the same. 
4. When you unlock your phone and you see the Lazada ad,

Swipe LEFT to claim your 10% voucher code that will be sent to you via SMS. You will be redirected to Lazada app and you are now ready to go shopping!

I saved the discount code that was SMS to me.

I searched for the name of the product that I was looking for. 

The brand prompted first on the list, I instantly add to cart and proceeded to the next page by entering the voucher code received via SMS. The 10% discounted was automatically deducted to the price of the product without pressing any button!

5. When you are done with picking out items and ready for checkout, encode the LAZADA 10% discount voucher code (up to P300 max discount), with no minimum amount of purchase.

I picked this product because I know how my father loves this scent and I couldn't imagine I can get this item in Lazada on sale! I got savings from Lazada's marked down sale, added this 10% discount because of PERA SWIPE and then another 5% rebate waiting to be loaded in my Lazada e-wallet, wow! 

I proceeded to checkout and selected my preferred payment method. All in all, I spent less than 10 minutes of my time shopping through Lazada with the discount code given to me. Since I can get a new code again this coming Monday, I will swipe and swipe the PERA SWIPE app and earn points, get a new discount code so I can shop again next week, for the whole month of June!

So, what are you waiting for? It's never too late to get something for your dearest Papa, Tatay, or Daddy with PERA Swipe and Lazada. 

Check out some points below regarding this amazing for all of us below! 

Take note:
1. The discount transaction will only work if the LAZADA app is opened through PERA SWIPE lock screen, follow the steps for a successful transaction.
2. This promo is exclusive for purchases made using the LAZADA app.
3. 10% LAZADA discount voucher code from PERA SWIPE is valid for 7 days only.
4. Each user can request one voucher per week. A new voucher can be requested every Monday.

Get 5% cash back on ALL LAZADA PURCHASES

1. Purchase any products from Lazada in June 2018. No minimum/maximum purchase required)
2. Make sure your registered email in Lazada and PERA SWIPE is the same. You can change your e-mail address in the settings of your PERA SWIPE app.
3. Purchase must be done using the Lazada app after it opens by swiping left on the PERA SWIPE lock screen.
4. Your Lazada E-Wallet must be activated on or before July 1, 2018.
5. The 5% cash back will be credited to your Lazada E-Wallet on or before July 17, 2018. (Notified via SMS)

* Not applicable for canceled/refunded transactions.
* Make sure your email address on PERA SWIPE and Lazada are the same. You won’t get 5% cash back if the email addresses do not match.

Happy shopping! 


Monday, June 11, 2018

What to do when you are still not over with summer?

It is hard to let go of things you enjoy doing especially when you love the season you are into. Living in a tropical country that has two seasons in a year; sunny and rainy, you can honestly say that transitioning to one season to another is quite difficult at times. 

Summer just ended and it has been raining for almost a week now. We are so thankful for the past season as it gave us cool and fun memories. Rainy season just started a week ago, it's been raining constantly. 

Although I love the rainy season especially when we can stay home and enjoy time lounging and basically doing nothing, I still miss the sunny season!

When I was out at the mall yesterday, a salesman offered me this Glade 3-in-1 automatic spray holder. 

It caught my interest because of the scent and the spray holder shape and color. 

I asked the salesman to test the sprayer and this is what it looks like inside. The container looks like a concrete vase with an etched design that compliments the look as a decor, it flips open into two where you can place the spray canister inside. It has two available scents; Ocean-escape and Lavender

I first choice is the ocean escape scent because I still can't let go of the summer-feel. This will surely make our room in the house feels sunny and summer at the same time. 

My second scent was the lavender but when they tried and was able to smell the scent  I changed my mind in getting this scent. It was too overpowering! I will surely regret having this as a scent inside one of the rooms in the house. So, I decided to get two units with the same scent. 

Assembling this sprayer is as easy as 1,2,3, there's a guide at the side of the box container. You snug the refill canister inside just above the battery (2AA) compartment making sure the spray nozzle is facing front. There the adjustable button which you can set time (9,18, and, 36mins) when you wanted to activate the sprayer, also the power-off button. There is also a boost button at the back of the case. 

The box contains one vase like container and one refill can for P399.75. I purchased two and immediately place one in my daughter's and one in the bathroom. I liked the scent I chose, it smells summer and ocean at the same time. My way to stay in the summer season. It claimed that it can last up to 60 days, that I find out. 

Having a clean and fresh smelling home is an added feature to home improvement, it can add value to your property and mostly an enjoyable time spent at home that smells nice. 

Let me know your thoughts about this product when you purchase one. :) 

Friday, June 8, 2018

6 Health Benefits of Whole Grains

We’ve all heard it before: whole grains are good for you. But how, exactly, can they benefit your health? Here’s a quick background on whole grains and just a few of the many reasons why you should be eating more of this wholesome food every day.

Whole versus Refined Grains
Grains are the seeds of grasses like oats, rice, and wheat, although some seeds of non-grass plants are also classified as a grain, like buckwheat and quinoa. Whole grains have all three parts of the kernel intact: the bran (the outer shell), the endosperm (the meaty middle layer), and the germ (the embryo, which grows into a new plant). They can be mechanically processed through rolling or cracking, for example, but as long as the bran and germ retain their original proportions, they are still whole grains.

Refined grains, on the other hand, only retain the endosperm after processing. This removes most of the nutritional value of the grain -- including vitamins, minerals, dietary fiber, and antioxidants -- which are all contained in the germ and the bran.

The What and How of Eating Whole Grains
The most popular kinds of whole grain based on global consumption are corn (also called maize), rice, oats, and wheat. Other kinds of whole grain include barley, millet, rye, and sorghum. There are also different sub-types or varieties; some of them include brown, red, and black for rice and farro and freekeh for wheat. Mixtures of whole grains have also created new products like triticale, which is a combination of wheat and rye.

You can consume whole grains in a variety of ways. Whole grain bread, cereals, and pasta are common examples. You can also cook them as is or incorporate them into various recipes. Popcorn, you may be surprised to know, is also a kind of whole grain; just avoid the microwaveable brands as those are laden with unhealthy fats. More recently, refreshing and delicious grain milk made from rice and oats have also emerged as healthy alternatives to dairy.

The Health Benefits of Whole Grains
Key nutrients found in whole grains include dietary fiber, B vitamins, protein, minerals such as iron, magnesium, manganese, selenium, and zinc, and various antioxidants and plant compounds that work together to protect the body and prevent disease. With all of these nutritive components packed into a small speck, it’s easy to see why health experts recommend eating one to three servings of whole grains daily.

Here’s how all of these nutrients from whole grains do your body good:

  • They promote better digestion. The fiber content of whole grains helps regularize bowel movement and ward off digestive issues like constipation, diarrhea, and inflammation of the colon. Whole grains also promote the “good bacteria” in the large intestine, which helps with better digestion and absorption of nutrients.
  • They help lower bad cholesterol and blood pressure. Studies have shown that whole grains can help lower triglyceride levels, lower blood pressure, and prevent the body from absorbing LDL or “bad” cholesterol. All of these are important factors in reducing the risk of developing heart disease and other vascular problems. 
  • They can help you lose weight. Whole grains are important components of weight-loss diets because they are fiber-rich and thus make people feel fuller for longer, preventing overeating. Researchers also found that people who eat more whole grains have better BMIs and less belly fat, which decreases your risk of diabetes, colorectal cancer, and even sleep issues
  • They aid in metabolism. The bran of whole grains is a good source of the B vitamins thiamin (B1), riboflavin (B2), and niacin (B3), all of which are crucial in the proper metabolism of fats and nutrients. Thiamin is also important in the production of new cells. Whole grains are also a good source of vitamin B9 or folic acid, which helps in the formation of red blood cells and is a critical nutrient that helps prevent birth defects in babies.
  • They lower cancer risks. Various studies show promising results regarding the potential of whole grains to reduce cancer risk, particularly colorectal cancer. Most of this stems from the fiber content of whole grains. However, whole grains also contain other components like phytic acid that helps suppress the growth of cancer cells.
  • They help reduce inflammations. There is some evidence that suggests whole grains can help reduce inflammations, a root cause of many chronic diseases like asthma and arthritis. Whole grains are also being studied for their potential to lower C-reactive protein, a marker of inflammation, which has been linked not just to inflammatory diseases, but also to type 2 diabetes and autoimmune conditions.

These are just a few of the positive effects of whole grains on your health. They may not be a viable option for everyone, like those who have celiac disease, for example, but by and large, whole grains are an important part of a healthy diet.

Sunday, June 3, 2018

How to keep Brazilian Hair Healthy when Using Hair Iron

How to style and give your virgin hair bundles that wow look? 
We always wanted to achieve that smooth, soft, fluffy and shiny feel to our look when it comes to hairstyle whether it is naturally grown hair or hair weaves like the Brazilian hair weave types. Nowadays, for easy and convenient steps to achieve this, we rely on hair tools like hair iron, where we can get that instant natural looking curls. It is even advised by hair professionals when you go to the salon. But, unfortunately, this kind of hair tool can bring damage to your hair and hair weaves. 

Want to know some tips to keep virgin hair bundles from possible damage using daily hair ironing?

Shopping for a good and quality branded hair iron- to buy a good iron for your Brazilian hair weave, always consider the material of hair iron plates or wand is made out from. Always check for even and distributed heat from the rod. Good hair plates should be made of ceramics, jade, tourmaline or titanium. Irons plates made from this materials heat evenly and distribute the heat to your virgin hair bundle from inside to the outside thereby causing less damage. Hot iron rods should have an adjustable knob features, to adjust the temperature according to hair texture and length 

Essential products to protect hot plate hair damage- To start your daily routine heat treatment, make sure the virgin hair bundle is perfectly dry if not you can use a blow dryer to complete the drying for a faster styling technique. When this is done, apply heat protecting products and spray before you start. This makes the virgin hair bundle more viable and easy to iron. Set the iron to the lowest heat and iron in small sections varying from the style you wanted to achieve. Adding hair products to maintain the style such as hair spray, hair mousse, or even hairspray.

Maintenance of Brazilian hair weave is a MUST: there is no better way to keep your Brazilian hair weave healthy by maintaining it, moisturize and conditioning will always do. A leave-on hair conditioner can be used as well. When damage appears like hair split ends regular trimming can be a good point of action. 
Check out some hair online shop like Brazilian mink hair vendors which you can compare and decide to get one. Enjoy a new and unique hairstyle that can give and define your presence and uniqueness. 

Tips to Protect your Gold Wedding Rings from Damage

Gold is considered the very expensive commodity. During the early times, gold can be a means of trading, it can be the source of payment for goods and services. Today, gold is used for an exchange of currency. Gold which is considered as a precious metal and having characteristics of being permeable or flexible according to one's desired form. 

This precious metal can also be damaged by chemicals, residue, oils, and physical damage causing dents.  

When I was little I keep hearing when my mother, grandma and the rest of the female family members when they talk about jewelry like gold and such, they keep on insisting that gold is the best investment of all. This was instilled in me and now I can say that I am certified in love with gold in general, whether it's pieces of jewelry and other gold items I can have. I find gold as a classy and sophisticated piece of jewelry that can be matched in anything.

Gold as a wedding ring symbolizes the union between the married couple, that is why they say that to take off your wedding ring carries bad luck. But, what if you are exposed to chemicals and other harsh products that can damage your precious gold pieces? 

 A very nice
 set of the wedding band from Morganite Engagement Ring, if I have the option to purchase a wedding band again I might consider these ones. 

I personally like applying hand creams and lotions multiple times a day, at work or at home most especially when I do house chores as such washing the dishes. 

I normally take off rings I am wearing to avoid dents and exposing it to chemicals and oil stains, this can prevent damage to the wedding band and a good protection of stones set on the ring. 

How to Store Your Wedding Bands

Store your gold pieces separated from each other, if you have a jewelry box with compartments placed them individually. This will prevent scratches and dents which gold is known for. Also, you can protect your diamonds or other stones in it. 
You can also individually wrap your gold rings using a soft cotton cloth or a soft tissue paper. Make sure the rings are dry and clean before storing.
You can have your pieces be maintained by a professional jewelry cleaner when the time comes. 

Typical yellow gold wedding bands are the traditional color when you speak of gold. Today, a beautiful rose gold matching wedding bands are the trendy color that falls to color fashion.

Although gold requires a lot of maintenance do not fret, consider it as a way to preserve the quality condition, thus by making your pieces more valuable in the years to come, just like your marriage.