Saturday, February 29, 2020

Tagaytay Medical Center's Healthcare Stories during Taal Volcano Eruption

On January 12, 2020, one of the scenic and active volcano in the Philippines the Taal Volcano located in the province of Batangas erupted. 

International and local news along with the widespread information on different social media sites updates the situation of the affected communities and the nearby provinces. 

Taal Volcano was on Alert Level 4 in just hours upon the detection of the volcanic activity, Tagaytay was faced with massive power outages, water shortages, and intermittent cellphone signals. As the situation turned worse, it also affected the health workers’ like the Tagaytay Medical Center (TMC) in terms of their personal and family lives. Nonetheless, they remained unfazed and dedicated to their call of serving patients in need during this emergency. TMC is part of the Mount Grace Hospitals Inc.

As a healthcare worker myself, the call of duty is the standing ground along with the innate response of serving the people in need. 

Tagaytay's population of 71 thousand doubles on weekends and holidays. Taal erupted on a Sunday that is why the surge of patients in the ER of TMC was unimaginable. TMC is located by the Tagaytay Rotonda, the city's most populated area. 

Around 50 patients were brought to TMC-Emergency Room on Jan 12 and 13; with cases related to respiratory and allergic reactions, some have pre-existing illnesses and were triggered by the condition, some cases were vehicular accidents.

Luther Melodias, an ER Nurse at Tagaytay Medical Center expressed his initial thoughts: "Unang unang pumasok sa isip ko is safety naming lahat. Safety ng mga pasyente, mga staff at syempre ng family ko. Iniisip ko din kung paano maililipat ng matiwasay ang mga pasyente."
And, during the height of the situation responding to patient's needs along with the numerous earthquake: "The scenario was very scary, stressful and traumatic. Kasi maya't maya nalindol sa hospital at nawawalan pa ng kuryente." 
How they are coping up with the stress of responding to patients: "I prayed for our safety, and trusted my colleagues during the time of calamity."

Patients' safety was paramount, amidst the chaos, ambulances from TMC and other Mount Grace Hospitals began ferrying-in patients especially ICU-patients from TMC to other MG hospitals and other nearby medical centers.

Ms. Ganate an ICU Head Nurse of TMC on handling and transferring a patient from TMC to Westlake Medical Center: "During evacuation time the patient again experienced difficulty of breathing. The doctor made a thorough assessment and made orders. Nurses carried out orders and closely monitored the patient. When the patient was more stable, the transfer was then facilitated."

Dr. Francis Olaso, an ER Doctor and a Resident on duty: "I was honestly preoccupied with the safety of our patients at that time, especially those admitted in the ICU. I was also thinking of how I would respond to the situation given the unpredictability of the said calamity."

A patient and a resident of Tagaytay who is diagnosed with Acute respiratory failure secondary to chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) arrived in TMC-ER on January 14, he was intubated attached to the medical ventilator. The patients' family initially wanted to move to another hospital, eventually settled in because of the quality of care provided by TMC's facilities, doctors and staff. "We are really grateful that we do not need to look for another hospital. The staff is friendly and kind. We were well-received and treated with great attention."

Why is there a need to move patients to other MG hospitals? 

  • Because of the surge of Tagaytay's population during the time of the eruption they felt that it is best to join forces with their sister hospitals in providing the best healthcare emergency resources. 
  • TMC bayanihan/synergy is the move that allows patients to get the continuity of care from one hospital to another accredited hospital. 

The South Cluster hospitals of Mount Grace Hospitals, Inc. (MGHI), comprising of TMC, Westlake Medical Center (WMC), and HealthServ Los Banos Medical Center (HSLB). Their response to Taal Volcano’s eruption serves as an example of how hospitals should respond to disasters if a natural calamity strikes major urban locations.

After the first week of the Taal eruption, TMC conducted relief operations and medical missions along with the South Cluster group in the affected communities. TMC with the continuous effort to caution residents and Tagaytay tourists to wear a face mask to prevent inhalation of volcanic ash and wear shades for eye protection. 

Awareness within the community not only to the affected locality should be conducted, giving emphasis to the so-called "The Big One". 

TMC's healthcare personnel standing firm and dedicated to serving the community. 

Monday, February 24, 2020

Going Blonde for a Hair Color

I convinced myself to go something bold for hair color and again DIY'ing my hair color is the practical and money-saving move I always go for. 

For today's post, I will be featuring this brand of hair color that I got from Watsons, LifeStrong Hairfix hair coloring shampoo in the shade of Platinum Blond for $1.40/Php69 per pack. It says in the packaging that it is enriched with olive oil extract. LifeStrong Hairfix Platinum Blond Hair Coloring Shampoo claims to give a vibrant color to your hair. 

I was intrigued by the easy 4-steps process. The package includes; hair coloring shampoo and two (2) disposal gloves. 

Direction for use:

  1. Unpack and cut the Hair Coloring Shampoo Sachet in the corner. Wear the gloves provided and squeeze contents into palm and mix.
  2. Apply the mixture evenly on your slightly wet hair. Then massage the hair from the roots to tip until it lathers. Avoid contact with eyes.
  3. Keep it on your hair for 20-25 minutes.
  4. Add a small amount of water into hair until it lathers. Rinse it with water.

Check out the video I made using LifeStrong Hairfix hair coloring shampoo below: 

My verdict using the product: 
In the true sense of reality versus expectations, this is a good example of this. I was expecting a bigger and bold change when I applied the hair colorant knowing that my hair with a slightly dark brown color. That is why I believe that the color shade was a fail.  


After a week of applying the hair color, it starting to show-off a more vibrant shade and I am beginning to like it.  


About the application of the product, I find it so easy, no-mess and it did not leave any color stains to my scalp and skin which was a plus factor. The scent was not that strong too unlike other hair colorants I've used which have a strong ammonia scent. 

Although it was a fail expected color I am beginning to like it. 

What do you think about my DIY hair color? 

Thursday, February 20, 2020

Mother's Day is just Around the Corner

***This is a sponsored post, this article is written by me, opinions and views are 100% mine.

The day is passing by so fast, Valentines Day just went by so quickly and in just a few months, Mother's Day is almost here! 

With all the flowers, chocolates and dinner treat for our family and special someone, we are now again, focused with one of the best people in our lives, our Mother! The word Mother comes in many different words, in many different languages and dialects. 
Mom, Mum, Mommy, Ma, Nanay, Ina, Inay, and a lot more to mention. 
"Mother's Day is a celebration honoring the mother of the family, as well as motherhood, maternal bonds, and the influence of mothers in society. It is celebrated on various days in many parts of the world, most commonly in March or May."

This person also comes in many different personas, a mother does not only apply to that biological person who bears you throughout the pregnancy but also to the psychological aspect of being a mother. A person you can rely on and be your confidant. The mother figures no matter what gender it possesses. 

One way to show our gratitude and love to our dearest Moms is by sending or even personally giving them some gifts. As a Mom myself, simple gestures such as flowers can mean a lot to me, those vibrant and colorful bunch of flowers can make a big difference in this celebration. Because flowers are worldwide available and with the technology nowadays, you can order or even locate the nearest flower delivery service in your locality. There are a lot of mobile applications or you can search the internet where you can key in, eg. "best NYC florist" and everything is there, and also payments can be easily transacted too! 

There is no way or any excuse for you not to remember your Mom this coming Mother's Day, show them how you appreciate and remember them by sending them flowers. 

More Mother's Day tips to come... 


Tuesday, February 18, 2020

What is an Ideal and Practical Gift for Women?

***This is a sponsored post, this article is written by me, opinions and views are 100% mine.

February is love month out of the months of the whole year this is the month that we mostly celebrate love for family, friends, and our dearest ones. How did you celebrate Valentine's Day? Was this Valentine's day extra special? 

Across different platforms of social media Valentine's day was celebrated from the simplest to an extravagant way of celebrating. Flowers in bouquet arrangements, chocolates, clothes, and jewelry were posted online. 

Here is one photo of the grandest and biggest bouquet of roses received as a hearts day gift. Grand right? 

Some celebrated hearts day by pampering themselves and treating themself to a spa or a relaxing getaway to shopping. Among the ladies who are reading this, which do you prefer for a gift to someone or yourself? 

Being practical, I am into self-care, giving myself a treat or something special for myself. As a Mom, the most typical things I can consider as a treat is buying some pieces of clothes or even a new set of undergarments or lingerie. Yes, you heard it right undergarments!
 Feeling good and looking good can make a woman start their day right. Confidence and self-esteem can make a woman powerful in her own right. 
No matter what body shape a woman has nothing compares to a new set of undergarments that she can wear underneath her everyday clothing.

Personally, going to the stores to find pieces of a plus-size body shaper can be a little difficult moreover when you are shopping in an Asian store. 

The best way is to go online, there are a lot of trusted stores on the internet which cater to different sizes and most especially different styles. When I checked this site, Loverbeauty, I was fascinated with the designs and styles. I spent hours scrolling down their pages and everything looks promising and beautiful. 

From hiphugger bodysuit shapewear to boyleg full body shaper to a more defined and specific shaper panty, I found their pieces look stylishly comfortable, feminine and durable. I would love to own some pieces from their collection. The above photos are my pick! 

I have not bought anything from their store but I am considering. 

Mother's day is just around the corner and you might want to treat your wife or your mother with some new set of undergarments? 

Saturday, February 15, 2020

Press Release | A Fresh Start for Fruitas and Taal

Manila, Philippines - Leading food and beverage kiosk operator, Fruitas Holdings, Inc. (FHI), listed on the Philippine Stock Exchange under the symbol FRUIT, has donated Php100,000 cash and Php100,000 worth of goods including water and juices to the municipality of Taal. The residents of Taal were affected by the major ashfall brought about the Taal volcano 

“It has been always our mission to give back to the community and help our countrymen in times of need” said FHI President and Chief Executive Officer, Mr. Lester Yu. “Since our listing on the PSE, we are more empowered to provide meaningful service to Filipinos” he added.
The mayor of the heritage town of Taal, Hon. Pong Mercado, expressed his heartfelt gratitude to Fruitas for generously contributing towards the repair of rehabilitation of the community.
Fruitas had also donated 200 boxes of Fruitas bottled water last January 14 and 15 for the displaced individuals and families from the volcanic disaster. Bottled water was disseminated through the help of ABS-CBN Sagip Kapamilya and GMA Kapuso Foundation, the company’s partners for this endeavor.
These latest initiatives form part of the Touched by Fruitas program, which also community feeding, scholarship grants, basketball clinics, and local community support. The growth of the company has enhanced its ability to extend service and give back to Filipinos.

Fruitas Holdings Inc., listed in the Philippine Stock Exchange under the symbol FRUIT, is the leading group in the food kiosk industry in the Philippines. From a single Fruitas stall opened in 2002, the group ended 2019 with 1,068 stores across the country and over 20 brands in its portfolio, which includes well-loved food concepts Fruitas Fresh from Babot’s Farm, Buko Loco, Buko ni Fruitas, De Original Jamaican Pattie, Johnn Lemon, Juice Avenue, Black Pearl, Friends Fries, The Mango Farm, 7,107 Halo Halo Islands, Shou La Mien Hand-Pulled Noodles and Sabroso Lechon. For more information visit:

Wednesday, February 12, 2020

Plastic Surgery Gone Wrong

***This is a sponsored post, this article is written by me, opinions and views are 100% mine.

There is this television series that I saw streaming online about surgery gone wrong. The show presents cases of patients who underwent plastic surgery that went wrong and seeking reconstructive surgery to this group of doctors. Most of the cases presented in the series are mishandled cases of the previous plastic surgeon that made the procedure and eventually, facial deformities became evident. 
On my initial reaction, I was shocked by how a person suffered emotionally and physically ridicule of the public. Not being judgmental in a way, people can be rude sometimes because once you see someone in the street that looks odd or has something different especially in their facial structure one will glance and will take that second look, without knowing what happened. 

After watching one episode I went to do some readings and learn more. 

What is cosmetic surgery? 
Cosmetic Surgery: Focused on Enhancing AppearanceThe procedures, techniques, and principles of cosmetic surgery are entirely focused on enhancing a patient’s appearance. Improving aesthetic appeal, symmetry, and proportion are the key goals. Aesthetic surgery can be performed on all areas of the head, neck, and body. Since cosmetic procedures treat areas that function properly, cosmetic surgery is designated as elective. Cosmetic elective procedures are performed by doctors from a variety of medical fields, including plastic surgeons.Types of Cosmetic Surgery Procedures:
  • Breast Enhancement: Breast Augmentation, Breast Lift, Breast Reduction
  • Facial Contouring: Rhinoplasty, Chin, or Cheek Enhancement
  • Facial Rejuvenation: Facelift, Eyelid Lift, Neck Lift, Brow Lift
  • Body Contouring: Tummy Tuck, Liposuction, Gynecomastia Treatment
  • Skin Rejuvenation: Laser Resurfacing, Botox®, Filler Treatments 
What is plastic surgery? 

Plastic Surgery: Focused on Repairing Defects to Reconstruct a Normal Function & AppearancePlastic surgery is defined as a surgical specialty dedicated to reconstruction of facial and body defects due to birth disorders, trauma, burns, and disease. Plastic surgery is intended to correct dysfunctional areas of the body and is, by definition, reconstructive in nature. While many plastic surgeons choose to complete additional training and perform cosmetic surgery as well, the basis of their surgical training remains reconstructive plastic surgery. In fact, in 1999, the American Society of Plastic and Reconstructive Surgeons changed its name to the American Society of Plastic Surgeons to more strongly communicate the message that “plastic and reconstructive surgeons are one and the same.”¹Types of Plastic Surgery Procedures:
  • Breast Reconstruction
  • Burn Repair Surgery
  • Congenital Defect Repair: Cleft Palate, Extremity Defect Repair
  • Lower Extremity Reconstruction
  • Hand Surgery
  • Scar Revision Surgery

A good example image of Rhinoplasty surgery (eg. Cosmetic Surgery)

Cleft palate deformity (eg. Plastic Surgery)

The scope that a patient can benefit in considering plastic surgery procedure: 
  1. Enhance self-confidence and self-esteem
  2. Improving appearance
  3. Young looking and positive outlook in life

Is plastic surgery safe? This might be the major factor for a patient who wishes to undergo surgery. 

Surgery can go wrong and unsafe when you bend the rules in medicine. 

Always consider the following when undergoing a surgery procedure: 

Consult a licensed doctor to will make your procedure. This will be the main factor for a successful surgery. A professional plastic surgeon went to rigorous study and experience in his specialization. 

Study the procedure, you need to know what and how the surgery will be done to you. Knowledge of the procedure can give you an idea and maybe the key to fast recovery.

Financial capability, undergoing surgery means expenses. From the doctor's professional fees, hospitalization and also days of your recovery. 

Family and friends support when someone undergoes medical confinement and procedure family and friends support is an essential part of recovery. Going through the phase of healing and getting back on track once you are checked-in and being discharged in the hospital requires family or friends support. You couldn't drive alone when you are discharged from the hospital or getting-by around the house will all the bandages and medication assistance. 

Make a firm decision! You cannot ask the doctor to stop in the middle of the procedure because you change mind although you are under anesthesia. :) 

What are your views and opinions about plastic and cosmetic surgery? 

Monday, February 10, 2020

Car Repair and Services Can Be Done at Home with RepairSmith

***This is a sponsored post, this article is written by me, opinions and views are 100% mine.

Our time is mostly occupied with everything around us, although there are many ways to plan and organize your time and schedule there are times that the time you have is so limited. As a working Mom, I can relate to this! As much as I wanted to have things done on time, it is sometimes impossible and I know you all will agree to this. Thankfully, some things you need can be done in just a few taps on your phone. From food delivery services to medicine and now car services can be provided easily. 

Let me focus on this one area that I always find it very tedious to deal with when our vehicle dies down all of a sudden. This area is my Achilles heel and my stress level would reach its peak when it comes to car repairs. I remember one time I need to drop off the kids to school and pick them up in the afternoon and drive them to their sports practice our car did not start. All I have that time was two kids complaining and a non-working car, I can't imagine things not done on time and making the kids upset about the situation.

My weakest point in an area where I couldn't process quick, but thankfully, there is this car service that can tend to my emergency car needs in an instant. I found one car repair service in my area and they are offering home service.

RepairSmith offers repair and car maintenance. They repair directly to your driveways or if needed they can service your vehicle in the nearest service shop located in your area. 

More about this company's services:
  • Any car service needs like oil-change to major car services needed.
  • They offer upfront pricing.
  • Online booking.
  • After-hours support.
  • Service warranty.
  • 12-month | 12,000mile warranty 
  • 7 Days a week service availability

Currently, RepairSmith services the Greater Los Angeles, Orange County, San Diego, as well as the Bay Area and Sacramento. And, they have plans to roll out to other major cities this year. 


As a Mom, the most basic thing I consider of getting any service I need is the budget. I cannot go over-board budget-wise. Although, I can budget on car maintenance which is very much needed when it comes to sudden car repairs and services can drain the budget. So picking what is best and matches one's budget is necessary. 

Consider customer feedback, this is where you can get a reliable source for service. 

Consider that services can be done within your location, convenience is the key especially for busy Moms like us. 

Fast service, you wouldn't want to wait for hours and hours for the service you need. 

Based on what I saw on RepairSmith's website they provide these things. 
So next time I'd be needing any car service fast and convenient I will surely try RepairSmith! 

Have you tried their service before? Let me know your story.