Friday, May 27, 2022

An online nutrition classes for nutritious, delicious and enjoyable meals- Sustansarap, Sustansaya by Ajinomoto!


Ajinomoto Philippines Corporation (APC) recently launched Sustansarap, Sustansaya!, a series of online nutrition classes and cooking demonstrations, through a Facebook Live on Cookmunity by Ajinomoto page. The project aims to help Filipinos improve their nutrition knowledge and cooking skills with the help of food experts. It is set to run on a quarterly basis on the brand’s official Facebook page.  

“We, at Ajinomoto, believe that nutrition education is vital in taking care of our families’ health. However, for most, nutrition information can be intimidating and difficult to understand.  With day-to -day busy schedule of homemakers and budget limitation, we understand that nutrition usually takes a step back when preparing meals. Sustansarap, Sustansya! makes nutrition information fun, simple, accessible and proves that easy, affordable, nutritious, and delicious meals are possible, especially with the help of Ajinomoto products,” said Roann Co, Ajinomoto General Manager of Corporate Planning and Public Relations.

Class #1: BawAsin Natin! (Delicious Salt Reduction)

The livestream launch features the first Sustansarap, Sustansaya! online class titled “BawAsin Natin.” The pilot session focused on delicious salt reduction wherein health and nutrition experts Dr. Dex Macalintal and Bea Menorca, RND shed light on the adverse effect of excessive sodium intake in our health and why it is important to reduce salt intake.  They shared a practical tip that it is not difficult or costly to reduce sodium in daily meal preparation.  One easy way is lessen teaspoon salt and use monosodium glutamate (MSG).  MSG contains only 1/3 amount of sodium compared to table salt.  With MSG, sodium intake can be reduced by up to 40% while maintaining overall deliciousness of food.

“It is important to know that high blood pressure or hypertension can cause complications such as stroke, heart failure, heart attack, and kidney failure. Among the factors is the frequent consumption of foods high in sodium. According to the World Health Organization, the recommended sodium intake per day is below 2000 mg. But for Filipinos, the actual intake is more than twice this recommendation. One way to reduce sodium intake is reducing intake of salty foods.” shared Dr. Macalintal, Lifestyle Medicine Specialist. 

“To help and encourage Filipinos to clear their worries and struggle on practice of salt reduction, the BawAsin® campaign was started by APC. It aims to share how it is important to reduce sodium intake for our health and not sacrificing the taste and deliciousness of our meals,” said Menorca, APC Specialist - Science Communication. 

For more information, checkout BawAsin® section in APC’s official website. The site features 100 less sodium creative recipes that help individuals enjoy meals that contain less sodium yet enjoying same deliciousness.

After the lectures, Sofie Conejos, RND APC Manager – Culinary Nutrition demonstrated two Less Sodium Recipes: Upo Kalabasa and Sotanghon Soup and Chicken Eggplant Omelette, made delicious by  AJI-NO-MOTO® Umami Seasoning. She reiterated that lessening sodium in diet is not difficult and does not mean sacrificing deliciousness of food.  For other easy-to-follow delicious less sodium recipes checkout

The Sustansarap, Sustansaya! Online Class is in line with the brand’s “Eat Well, Live Well” promise, that aims to propel meaningful initiatives that will improve the health and wellbeing of Filipino families. This project is also one of the actions made by Ajinomoto to fulfill its ultimate goal of extending the healthy life expectancy of 1 billion people.

“With Sustansarap, Sustansaya! online classes, we hope to educate, empower, and enable families to live a healthy and happy life, one nutritious and delicious meal at a time, ” said Co. “We have more classes and cooking demonstrations in store and we’re eager to encourage more people to learn about nutrition and apply them in their own kitchens.”

To catch the next Sustansarap, Sustansaya! online class, follow and stay tuned at Cookmunity by Ajinomoto facebook page. 

Monday, May 16, 2022

The Various Types of Pendant Lighting

Photo by Josh Hemsley on Unsplash

This pandemic has given us all of the possibilities we can think of! I haven't made any announcements on my social media accounts, particularly on my personal social media...I've been attempting to complete at least the most of the digital work...for our retirement home plan! Fortunately, there are many pages and websites where ideas abound...I occasionally take a U-turn and combine all of the themes we desired for our space. This will be our retirement home, so there are a lot of variables to consider. For the time being, I'll stop here and return to the checking items we can incorporate to the future house. One step at a time! 

In recent years, pendant lighting has grown in popularity. From kitchen islands to restaurants, pubs, and museums, pendants are used more than any other type of lighting these days. A single downward-facing light strung on a single thread, chain, or stem is both visually appealing and inviting. To bring a burst of color to a dull room or space, vibrant multi-hued glass designs are widely used. Among the many styles available are mini pendants, bowl pendants, lantern pendants, drum pendants, and multi-light pendants. 

I really like dome-shaped or drum-shaped light pendants since they provide the particular light needed in a specific area while using very little electricity. With so many different styles and designs to select from, anyone can include pendant lighting into their house. They are widely used in modern households and corporate settings. Drum pendants are a short cylinder-shaped "drum" that is usually covered in fabric or metal and strung from a stem or chain.

Bowl pendants are frequently utilized as the room's point of focus and can be used in place of a ceiling in dining and kitchen spaces, foyers, and other areas. Because the light is dispersed through the much bigger glass bowl, bowl pendant lighting is usually softer than other pendant styles. The bowl also provides up and down lighting because it is open on the top of the fixture. Bowl pendants, on the other hand, should always be hung higher than eye level to avoid looking directly into the open top. Because of this, they are not advised for areas near ladders and terraces. 

In a multi-light pendant, a string of individual little pendants is generally strung from a single mount. Because of their portability, I'm seeing a lot of this type of pendant lighting. You can always redesign a corner of the house with string pendants. When it comes to house design and fixtures, we prefer variety.

Any place that is being remodeled can benefit from pendant lighting to improve the look and feel. With so many styles, varieties, and finishes to choose from, you should have no trouble finding the ideal complement for your space!

I will be updating you guys with our retirement home project and I can't wait to start the physical decoration of the place. :)

Sunday, May 15, 2022

S&R is now available on the Shopee App


S&R Membership Shopping

S&R Membership Shopping is a warehouse club that retails premium quality imported products and services in the Philippines. 

S&R is your ticket to a huge selection of imported products all over the world. Delight to quality food, wines & liquor, furniture, appliances, health & beauty products, household items, and a whole lot more! 


You can get all of the essential items you require, as well as the most challenging product items that are not available in a typical grocery store.

  • Groceries from outside the country 
  • Premium freezer foods and the freshest choice cuts 
  • World-sourced home basics 
  • Big savings and offers!
I love going to the supermarket and grocery store to load up on food and other necessities for the house. When I have all of the things I need at home, it makes me happy. I consider grocery shopping to be an enjoyable time...who doesn't?

The nearest S&R branch in my area is two hours away by private vehicle and even longer by public transportation, and going there means having a little extra in the budget because literally "everything is available to buy!" So, when I discovered that S&R Membership Shopping is available on the Shopee App, I checked it out and added a few items to my cart. Despite the fact that the products and things in their Shopee virtual store are limited, I enjoyed exploring the pages!

Do you want to know what I bought on S&R with the Shopee App? Check out the video below; by the way, I did not pay anything for the stuff I received; I purchased with a Shopee certificate I won in an online I basically got the items for free and only had to pay for shipping! Don't you think that's double the fun?

Friday, May 13, 2022

Unleash your inner athlete and try these ‘winning meals’ by SEA Games PH bet Ariana Evangelista

The 31st Southeast Asian Games (SEA Games) is here and it has already sparked Filipino pride and awakened our inner athletes. Whether you know it or not, there’s an inner athlete in all of us. Some are just lucky enough to have found the right sports for them, while others are still looking. If getting in the sports industry has always been a dream, it’s important to note that everything starts with what and how you eat. 

“Health and nutrition play a vital role in the performance of every athlete or any individual who is active. Having a balanced and healthy eating pattern not only provides all-day energy, but also helps build strength for optimal performance during training and competitions,” says Ajinomoto Philippines Corporation Executive - Science Communication Deborah Fajarda, RND. 

Since 2003, building on its expertise in Amino Science, Ajinomoto Co, Inc (AJICO) has been working on the Victory Project® to support the conditioning of top-level athletes in Japan and conduct nutritional support activities by utilizing the power of amino acids. The project included the distribution of aminoVITAL® products and promotion of the Winning Meals Kachimeshi® program.  Ajinomoto’s Kachimeshi® (“Winning Meals”) concept aims to support elite athletes in building winning physiques for optimum performance.

Since 2018, The Victory Project has been rolled out in 6 Ajinomoto Group Companies in ASEAN region, one of which is Ajinomoto Philippines Corporation (APC) Group.  APC Group imparted Winning Meals Kachimeshi® support to Philippines’ top Karate athlete Ms. Junna Tsukii who won gold medal in the women's kumite 50 kg event at the last 2019 SEA Games.

The goal of Kachimeshi® is to achieve proper nutrition with easy-to-cook delicious meals that are fit for your fitness goal, whether you need a high calorie-high protein diet, or low calorie-high protein diet. Partnered with aminoVITAL® Jelly Drink, a branched-chain amino acid supplement drink, which helps in muscle recovery and reduce fatigue among people who are engaged in strenuous physical activity.

Ariana Evangelista’s Winning Meals

 APC is proud to sponsor a Filipino athlete vying to bring glory to the country in the ongoing 31st SEA Games. This athlete is Ariana Evangelista, a four-time mountain bike national champion and two-time Asia MTB Overall champion. Evangelista’s prospects of winning looks promising, poised to bring home more medals for the country.

Here are some of the dishes in Ariana’s Kachimeshi®Winning Meal plan:

Tofu Mushroom Rice Bowl 

Rich in protein, this dish is packed with health benefits, including the ability to help build muscles. Naturally rich in umami flavor, ingredients such as Shiitake Mushroom and SARSAYA® Oyster Sauce keeps this dish delightfully delicious, making it an ideal meal for any time of the day. View the full recipe here: Tofu Mushroom Rice Bowl Recipe 

Beef and Vegetable Rice Bowl 

An easy-to-cook meal, this dish featured flavored rice, mixed with seasoned beef and veggies all in one pot. Topped with a serving of boiled eggs, it’s another protein-rich meal that your lean muscle will thank you for. For the full recipe, click here: Beef and Vegetable Rice Bowl Recipe 

Lean Beef Nilaga 

A Filipino favorite, this soup has all the nutrition you need (excellent source of protein!), thanks to the lean beef and the veggies. Perfect as a pre- or post-workout meal, it’s a filling and hearty dish that is also considered as a comfort food by many. To get the full recipe, click here: Lean Beef Nilaga Recipe

Fish Fillet in Sweet and Sour Sauce 

The great thing about fish is that it is packed with protein, but not the calories. In this recipe, the fish is the centerpiece, brought to life by a dose of sweet and sour sauce, which adds a different level of yum to the dish. Check out this easy-to-do meal: Fish Fillet Recipe 

“This Winning Meal nutrition support to Ariana will be provided even after the SEA Games to ensure her optimum performance for all her other competitions.  And beyond helping athletes achieve victory in their games, we, at Ajinomoto, also believe that the concept of Kachimeshi® or Winning Meals is also helpful to any Filipino who would simply like to achieve success in their own health and nutrition,says Fajarda. 

The Winning Meals initiative is part of APC’s efforts to fulfill its brand promise- Eat Well, Live Well. By providing recipes that aim to help both athletes and Filipinos achieve their goals, the company hopes to promote a wellness-centered lifestyle. For those seeking easy-to-cook healthy foods that cater to your nutrition goals, visit Ajinomoto’s Cookmunity page.

Disclaimer: All meal recommendations above are provided as initial guide. Further consultation with a sports dietician is warranted to take into account many other factors such as, but not limited to, the athlete’s body composition, duration, and intensity of both training and competition, as well as the class of sport of the athlete.

Best in Pinoy blogs recognized in 1st BDO Blogger Awards


Content Creation Excellence. BDO Unibank virtually staged the 1st BDO Blogger Awards to honor bloggers and influencers nationwide for starting relevant discussions online about financial inclusion through creative content creation.

BDO Unibank recognized the best online content creators in the first-ever BDO Blogger Awards.

The BDO Blogger Awards honors bloggers and influencers for sharing useful information, insights, and positivity with their followers and viewers. The awards honor bloggers’ contributions not only in spreading awareness about the bank’s advocacies, but also in initiating important public discussions for a more financially-inclusive industry through content creation.

The Awards feature two segments: the recognition ceremony, which awards the top-performing content creators in terms of the quality of content they published online from 2020 to 2021; and the content creation contest—a thematic activity that challenges participants to come up with unique and creative ways to talk about various topics.

This year, BDO challenged participants to discuss the bank’s innovative digital solutions, which served as an alternative option for clients to perform their bank transactions especially during the height of the pandemic.

And the awards go to…

The Digital Storyteller of the Year award was given to Mary Lorraine Llorin of Super Momma Blog

For the Excellence in Digital Engagement category, the winners were Lally Gonzales of Lally Reflections (3rd place), Berlin Domingo of Momi Berlin (2nd place), and Reylen Castro of Made it Through Mum (1st place).

Awardees for the Influential Blogger of Year category were Mary Lorraine Llorin of Super Momma (3rd place), Reylen Castro of Made it Through Mum (2nd place), and Berlin Domingo of Momi Berlin (1st place).

The winners of the Special Award for Exemplary Initiative were Ruby Caberte of Pinay Mommy Online (5th place), Lhyzie Bongon of Life with Lyzie (4th place), Roselle Toledo of Snapped & Scribbled (3rd place), Sylver Sy of Iconic MNL (2nd place), and Richard Mamuyac of The Newsmakers blog (1st place).

Meanwhile, Fitz Villafuerte of Ready to be Rich was named BDO’s Online Advocate of the Year.

For the Content Creation Contest, winners were Berlin Domingo of Momi Berlin and Reylen Castro of Made it Through Mum for Luzon; Sigrid Lo of Lovingly Momma and Clarice Lao of My Metro Lifestyle for Visayas; and Ruby Caberte of Pinay Mommy Online for Mindanao.

Remember These Vital Points Before Moving Home

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Moving to a new home is an experience full of emotion. Excitement, trepidation, self-doubt – all of these will be swirling around as you prepare to relocate. However, it’s essential you avoid letting these emotions overtake rational thinking.

Ultimately, a lot of preparation and work is required when moving home. If you fail to put in the necessary effort, prepare for a lot of headaches – including those that can fester long after you’ve moved into your new abode.

With the correct mindset, however, it’s possible to alleviate the stress and issues associated with this major life change. Here are some vital points to remember before moving home.


A house move presents the ideal opportunity to declutter and wave goodbye to any possessions you no longer require. You want to avoid taking everything with you to your new property. Not only will this simply clutter up your new place and stop you from giving it its own identity, but there’s also the effort and cost required to move everything.

When decluttering, there’s the opportunity to have a yard sale or use online marketplaces to make some extra coin to put towards your move. You can also donate your possessions to charities and recycling centers, ensuring they end up in a place where they can be further appreciated.

Book a moving company

Once you have a general idea of the number of possessions that will be taking the trip with you, it’s time to book a moving company. Yes, there’s the option to pack and move everything on your own, but this isn’t advised. It’s an extra slice of stress you don’t need to consume at this time, and only an expert pair of hands will guarantee your possessions are safe from potential damage.

Are you worried about the cost of hiring a moving company? Well, it’s possible to receive expert assistance for a low price. This can be done through a courier auction; simply post details about your moving job, and you’ll get the best quotes from local movers that bid for the job.

Notify those that need to know about your new address 

No, this isn’t just your family and friends. There are many different people and organizations that need to know about your change in address – and the faster they know, the fewer issues you will have in the future. Those you need to notify include:

  • Your employer
  • Utility companies 
  • Your bank 
  • Internet and phone providers
  • GP and dentist
  • Insurance providers

Pack an essentials bag for the move

On the day of the move, you’ll be feeling the pressure. Your mind will be spinning as you bounce around here, there, and everywhere. Due to this, you can easily forget about the essentials – such as having food ready to eat and your smartphone fully charged.

This is why it is recommended to pack an essentials bag the night before. Toilet paper, toiletries, a change of clothes, a phone charger, a first aid kit, and important documents – you want to pack items that make the first night in your new home as comfortable as possible.

Friday, May 6, 2022

Puerto Princesa: Paradise Regained

The Royal Treatment at Puerto Princesa

With safety protocols firmly enforced, Puerto Princesa is poised to again welcome tourists with open arms. In recent years, the highly urbanized city and tourist haven has been paralyzed by the Covid-19 pandemic, then pummeled by Typhoon Odette. But it is now on the road to recovery---as spectacularly as its scenic, romantic and gastronomic attractions.

“The tourism industry is the lifeblood of Puerto Princesa, along with agriculture. Almost 15,000 people directly or indirectly benefit from tourism. In varying degrees, most of the recent construction and development projects are related to tourism: hotel-building, parks, cruise-ship ports, street lights, roads and many more. Unfortunately, some of these have been on hold since the onset of the pandemic,” discloses Demetrio “Toto” Alvior Jr., the city tourism officer.

The Royal Connection
Puerto Princesa, the capital of postcard-perfect Palawan, sprawls across 253,982 hectares of captivating coastlines stretched over 106 kilometers. Due to its strategic geographical location, it has sufficient depth to allow ships of all sizes to anchor, earning a reputation as a “Princess of Ports,” or in Spanish, “Puerto Princesa.”
There’s no contention that Puerto Princesa is one of the country’s greatest pleasures. A holiday destination universally beloved by travelers, beach-combers and trekkers; a bustling business center with a rural allure; a provincial vibe with modern amenities; and a clean and green city recognized for its lush forests, fresh air and frontier character.
Rising Above Covid-19
The city of Puerto Princesa has been struggling to get to its feet since the outbreak of Covid-19 in early 2020. The lack of tourists, which is the main industry, has forced hundreds of tourism-related businesses to close, leaving thousands of tourism workers unemployed.
“The public-health crisis forced them to find alternative sources of income, which was made more difficult because of the restrictions of movement due to several lockdowns,” Mr. Alvior reveals. “One factor of low tourist arrivals is the fluctuating number of Covid cases, which in turn affects the determination of quarantine requirements and national government intervention policies.”
Today, Puerto Princesa is experiencing record lows in terms of economic losses, losing around P5 billion a year for the past two years from potential tourist receipts.

“The City Tourism Department has been strengthening its social media campaigns to encourage local tourists to visit local attractions, in a bid to boost much-needed revenues to the ailing tourism sector,” a cautiously optimistic Mr. Alvior says. “We have one important wish in the City Tourism Department, and that is to prioritize the aids for the Typhoon Odette-affected tourism industry here.”
The goal is to regain the city’s glory as an eco-tourism capital. “Our 2022 goals are full restoration of all the tourist attractions affected by Typhoon Odette such as the completion of the construction of the cruise-ship port and other man-made tourist attractions. There will be wide, extensive and aggressive promotions of Puerto Princesa to the local and international market.”
The Last Frontier
Puerto Princesa has a plethora of tourist spots. But many tourists who visit the city put the Puerto Princesa Subterranean River National Park, one of the New7Wonders of Nature, on top of their list. As the jump-off point for exploring the world-famous Tubbataha Reef, the city also hosts a fair share of adventurers.
“Since the Covid-19 outbreak, we have never ceased to hope that the future will be better. This year 2022 is no different. And while what we want is a full recovery, we cannot afford to be careless when taking big steps. As we begin to truly understand the gravity of the situation, we also come to realize that our moves must be consistent with the bigger picture such as the national situation,” Mr. Alvior says.

Since February 10, the city has been happily welcoming more visitors once again, hoping that the arrival numbers will soon be back to pre-pandemic levels. In this initiative, the tourism department shares the privilege on with the private sector.
“While the government is the administrator of the State, the private sector is the bloodline. The government and the private sector are two inseparable factors for Puerto Princesa to prosper, and more importantly, to recover,” Mr. Alvior says. “The key to recovery is to enable and support the private sector to keep or resume their business operations. When it comes to the city’s biggest partners, apart from government agencies, it is the collective impact of small-business operations.”
Puerto Princesa may be “The Last Frontier,” but the City Tourism Department is confident that it will always be the first choice of every traveler.