There are more fun ways to keeping fit and it’s available for everyone to experience
In search for the good life, I can’t help but stress out the importance of eating right and exercise. Finding the right diet and the right exercise for you is important. As for me, dancing is my way of keeping fit.
Let me introduce another way to keep a fit body with a healthy drink and this new awesome kick-ass exercise called Plana Forma! I’ve heard my friends raving about this and I have yet to try it soon!
Real Leaf Green Tea celebrated with Plana Forma last July 18 – 23 for their “Thanks Giving” week full of activities.
Real Leaf is brewed from 100% whole green tea leaves, naturally packed with Theanine and with added natural honey, it brings green tea drinks to another level.
Theanine is an amino acid which is naturally present in tea plants that stimulates alpha brain wave activity, helping the mind be more focused and alert. As far as I know, we need a healthy brain activity not only when we’re thinking or working those numbers out, but it also helps our whole physique – it helps me when I dance too. When my brain seems to be sleeping, I can’t get to focus on my dance moves right.
Real Leaf is available in delicious Honey Apple, Honey Lemon and Honey Lychee flavours. And Honey Lychee is my favorite! 😛
Piolo Pascual and KC Conception Celebrating with Real Leaf Green Tea and Plana Forma
Plana Forma incorporates techniques from Physique 57 with isometrics, yoga, pilates and dance. Classes are custom-tailored for busy city living: Introductory classes for curious first-timers, Open sessions for ongoing enthusiasts, and Advanced workouts for veteran students looking for a serious challenge.
Ah yes… Fun, fluid and fast-paced, Plana Forma is a revolutionary new workout program that adapts the core values of three fitness traditions – Dance Pilates and yoga – into a single effective and exhilirating regimen.
Some of the key benefits of the Plana Forma workout include:
increased lung capacity
long, lean and sexy muscles
strong, toned and flexible body
improved body awareness
strong back and improved posture
increased bone density
In just an exhilarating 55 minutes, you can count on relieving your stress and still getting an intense muscle workout.
It’s best if you try it out for yourself I might visit them soon to try this out 😀
Smart recently just announced their new “Always On” mobile internet packages.
For the amazing price of P300 for 30 days!
The catch here is, it is not time based – not unlimited usage for 30 days. Instead, you will be given 250MB to use for that whole 30 days.
I don’t track my mobile internet usage but that made me really think of what my actual internet mobile usage is.
First of all, I use internet at home when possible or Wifi spots when I’m out. So what I do when I’m mobile is:
Google stuff like restaurant numbers or location
plurk, foursquare, tweet and facebook
Check the social media accounts I manage (I use Seesmic for mobile)
chat on fring / instant message
maybe blog sometimes
It differs for everyone and my mobile activity might be different from yours. If you want to track your mobile internet usage, you can download Traffic Monitor by RadioOpt GmbH. Or you can look it up on Android market as well. I’m not sure for iPhone, blackberry and Nokia.
In one day I used up only 6.6MB and that included: Gmail, Fring (Instant message) I even downloaded a 784kb app on Market, Facebook, Twitter, plurk… update the social media I manage..google.. and visited my blog (it’s mobile friendly :D)
But I had to disable photos on the internet just so that it won’t download too much bytes!!!
I say this plan is a great deal – easy on the pocket but still always on the go.
Just use wifi when you can – at home or at cafe/restaurants
Send to 2200
Estimated monthly data consumption
Game Downloads: 100MB
Social Networking : 20MB
Video Streaming: 100MB
More details on Always On mobile internet packages by Smart here.
Health is Wealth! And you can never enjoy your luxury without energy and a healthy digestive system
A healthy lifestyle involves proper exercise and a well-balanced diet composed of foods low in fat and sugar and rich in fiber such as fruits and vegetables.
Fiber-rich products soon invade the market and attract not just the health-conscious people but also those who want to push for healthy living. People who want to lose weight also take interest in foods that have high fiber content.
One of the reasons why fiber is popular is because of its ability to reduce weight.
There are three reasons why it is effective in losing weight.
1. First, it delays digestion of food in the intestines that’s why a person feels full for a longer time.
2. Second, since fibrous foods require longer chewing time, the brain sends signals to its appetite center that food supply is enough. In addition, the production of additional saliva and stomach juices due to prolonged chewing also help fill the stomach.
Fiber prevents bowel movement disorders like constipation, hemorrhoids, divecticulosis, diverticulitis, and irritable bowel syndrome (IBS) from occurring. Fiber absorbs water from the bowels and eventually softens and increases the bulk of stools. A bulky and soft stool is easier to eliminate thereby preventing the build-up of fecal wastes in the body.
2. Improves over-all health condition
Not many people may be aware of this, but fiber improves one’s over-all health condition. Soluble fiber found in oats and beans is found to lower the bad cholesterol level of the body and slows down the absorption of sugar in the body. This way, the body maintains its normal glucose level and the risk of diabetes is reduced. A diet rich in fiber also reduces blood pressure and controls inflammation, preventing heart diseases.
3. Prevent diseases
Aside from heart ailments, several studies proved that fiber-rich foods also prevent the occurrence of certain diseases like diabetes and cancer.
Experts believe that fiber plays an important role in preventing certain kinds of cancer like colon, ovarian, and breast cancer. For instance, colon cancer can be avoided if one’s diet is rich in fiber because it nourishes healthy bacteria in the colon to prevent toxic substances and carcinogens from attacking the intestines. Fiber produces a certain fatty acid called butyrate that helps prevent colon cancer.
High-fiber diet is also the simplest way to fight diabetes. Fiber regulates the glucose level in the body since it slowly absorbs the sugar. A regular glucose level is important to reduce the risk of getting diabetes.
Where I get my rich source of fiber
I must admit, I am not a veggie fan but I am slowly introducing it more and more to my daily diet because I know that my body needs it. But there’s one fiber source I love to take and it gives me more than just fiber!
Give your body the right amount of fiber and nutrients it needs by including Easy Pha-max wheatgrass in your daily diet. Every sachet of this all-natural product contains the essential elements—carbohydrates, proteins, fatty acids, 17 amino acids, 13 vitamins, 10 minerals, more than 100 types of enzymes, chlorophyll, and fiber— needed by the body to keep it strong and healthy.
It’s also available in can and you can buy it in 7/11 stores! Lucky we have 7/11 by our pole dance venue! There are times where I’m hungry but couldn’t eat an hour before pole class, so I just drink this instead 😀 I personally love the honey flavor! It tastes like a cool cereal drink or horlicks 😀 I’m sure you’ll love it too!
You can buy the products – pure and honeyed flavor – in affordable value packs in leading drugstores like Mercury, Watsons, Rose Pharmacy, Manson, Med Express, Curamed Pharmacy and at Easy Pha-max kiosks located at SM, Robinsons, Landmark, Shopwise, S&R, Cherry Foodarama, Market! Market!, Gaisano, Boracay Budgetmart. More info can be read on www.wheatgrasscan.com or you can call them at 890-1111.
I didn’t have to wait 6 weeks to see and feel the results myself. I always complain that my gums are sensitive and always bleeding. And I hate flossing so much because my teeth are all crammed in my tiny mouth! Much plaque and food residue get stuck in between my teeth. And this causes irritation to my gums that causes it to bleed.
I hated flossing because it makes my gums bleed! But you know I had to take a challenge. I have to be honest, I didn’t floss everyday @_@ But yeah after two weeks of Brush, Floss, Rinse … I noticed my gums not bleeding anymore even if I have to floss it! Then and there I know for sure that Listerine is working for me!
I was so happy because this has often been my problem! Bleeding sensitive gums.
Again, as a recap… I took the challenge, along with other bloggers, to test Listerine Total care for 6 weeks for healthier teeth!
Most of us take care of our skin, hair, our digestive system, muscles etc., but most of us take for granted our oral care! Teeth!!!
But you know what they say, a smile can brighten someone’s day, so you gotta have that nice smile
oh yes… a league of super suitors by my doorstep 😛 But seriously, Fresh Breath gained me more friends. Bad breath is actually repelling… I would love to hang out with you, but if I get distracted everytime you open your mouth, you’re just making it difficult 😛
Week 6: Post-Challenge Dental visit…
another trip to Villareal Dental Clinic
What I get from Pole dancing – always pointed toes!
And the results are out!!!
Oh my goodness! To think that I dilute the mouthwash because it stings a little bit. But you will get better results if you gargle as is – no diluting! Also I didn’t even floss often but hey! It definitely works!
I didn’t have my teeth cleaned in the clinic too just so that I really want to test how effective it is without any other dental intervention. Now that it’s done, it’s time to have it cleaned!
Oh and there’s no change in odor but it actually scores 1 before and 1 after… 1 means barely noticeable odor and to think we ate an onion-full of burritos at Ristra’s before going to the dentist (without brushing teeth) lol
To find out more about Listerine and to take the challenge yourself,
The best way to gain self-confidence is to do what you are afraid to do.
I don’t think I will be where I am now if I didn’t stop to look fear in the face. I used to have stage fright, but I really love dancing and performing and so I had to overcome it. Performing on the stage in live audience and hosting a live TV show are two different things. And so, I had to overcome the same fear twice!
I had fear of rejection, fear of people criticizing me – my writing, my work – my body! I am sure everyone feels the same. Isn’t it draining you from energy? and all of your confidence sucked out of you and replaced by self-doubt.
Before this photoshoot, I was worried that I didn’t lose enough weight to look really great in photos.
It hinders people to achieve their dreams and goals.
And only in facing it will you feel good and more confident.
And I decided to love my body I decided to ignore any negative thoughts.
And so here I am, conquering yet another fear
The Boudoir Dolls
I am a big fan of the Boudoir Dolls‘ art. I am friends with DJ Shayla (one of the 3 talented photographers of Boudoir Dolls) and I knew way before that they are not fond of Photoshop or post-editing. Unless of course if need and if they need to put a watermark. But I’ve seen their photos and I was just marvelled!!! They really do a great job and you can check out their works on their official website or Facebook page.
The Boudoir Dolls is an all-women group of photographers catering specifically to women. They have extensive experience in portrait photography and they bring a little bit of themselves in each of their shots. They know the joys, the trials and the triumphs of being a woman. Each shoot is the story of their subject, mixed with theirs.
Sexy yet classy!
We believe that there is beauty in everyone. We relentlessly find it in our clients and capture it. Bringing out the best in you is our job, and making you comfortable in the process is on the top of our list. We join you in celebrating your true beauty — by capturing it through our photos.
– The Boudoir Dolls
The Boudoir Dolls are Shayla, Arlene and Danielle.
Flair Candy with the Boudoir Dolls
The photoshoot happened in a breeze! Thanks to Victoria Court (shoot location), Angela Nepomuceno (makeup artist), and the Boudoir dolls for making the photoshoot possible in such a short notice
Location: Venice room at Victoria Court
You would think that we flew to Venice and rented a room there. But no We had our shoot at one of the fabulous Thematic rooms of Victoria Court!
Check out their official website, or the video below to view a few of their other thematic / party rooms!
I really don’t know how to pose “intimate” for the camera. Good thing the Boudoir dolls made it very comfortable for me to pose. I know that I wouldn’t have to worry about my flabs and thunder thighs, they took care of me like I’m a precious art! I think it’s important for us girls to be comfortable and with the Boudoir dolls, that is not a problem at all.
I really enjoyed the shoot and I learned a lot from them as well. I learned posing techniques, how to make my legs and neck look stronger by tip toing and extending it. I learned quite a few make-up techniques from Angela as well! Most importantly, I learned how to trust myself. To let go of any worries and any inhibitions. To let go and just have fun
And here it is the result of combined talent and skills of everyone involved in the photoshoot.
It’s just like upstart rock band, General Luna, and the R&B Princess of the Philippines – Kyla! We’ve witnessed R&B + Rock with Sponge Cola and Jay R and it was the BOMB!
How would it sound like when two genres are combined by two power artists! In this latest energizing episode of Coca-Cola Music Studio, they each describe their influences and styles.
They will be combining “Tila” by General Luna and “Mahal Kita” by Kyla. Both songs are about relationships. I wonder how it would sound like combining the two.
Coca-Cola Music Studios Episodes 12-15 are all about General Luna and Kyla and how they made their music meet to combine another refreshing track! Check out these episodes for special and exclusive interview and know how they combined the songs. You will also get an exclusive view of their last phase of rehearsals. The practice session was full of hapiness and lightness indeed – that is not only truly refreshing, but a good example for teens who want to get into the music scene.
There’s definitely a lot of girl power going on there and this makes me want to go to a voice lesson or something. Lately I’ve been using my right brain more than my left and I’m kinda enjoying how I’m re-discovering my creative self. I still love numbers but I love where I am now 😛
Anyway, don’t miss out on any of the cool mash-ups on Coca-Cola Music Studio.
I’ve been taking creative writing class with Aileen Santos at the Modern Academy at Burgos Circle, The Fort
I always love writing – hence I started blogging. And even I was a kid, I always kept a journal or a diary. And I had a notebook full of made-up stories. I don’t know where it is now because we often moved houses.
This class really helped me put structure to my writing. I love free-writing but I believe that my readers would appreciate more if it has more flow 😀
Anyway, our first assignment was to make our own Fairy Tale story. I will post that on my blog too soon… but for now, here’s a parable I wrote on my own. It’s our second assignment!
I can’t believe it! I’m writing stories now!
By Hannah Villasis
A girl always thought she has an amazing gift! That is, a gift of luck. She couldn’t complain, but often wondered why she’s always so lucky. In almost every situation, she gets what she desires. She got the lead role for the play, got elected as class president and was cheer captain of their squad. On top of that, she has many friends and has always lived a positive life.
At last, their final results for the exam are out. Failing the exam means one cannot take the course and must shift to another. As she approached the bulletin board, she saw some friends weeping.
She let the board clear before she searched for her name.
Of course – she passed! She’s lucky.
The teacher passed by and said “Congratulations.”
“I feel bad for my classmates who didn’t make it,” said the girl. “Why can’t they be as lucky as me?” she asked.
The teacher replied, “There is no such thing as luck my dear. I’ve seen your passion for everything that you love to do and the hard work you put through every role, every task. You make your own luck. It’s like making a wish – but you yourself made it happen.”
She paused and reflected on what the teacher said and it took her a moment to realize that the teacher was right.
In case you are interested in taking Aileen’s creative writing class, check out their banner below
Here’s a quick summary of what I know about Circuit 360 and what I have experienced:
work out fast in 30 mins!
total body workout combining cardio and strengthening exercises (you need both to keep fit!)
Push your endurance (believe me on this one)
burn 500 calories in 30 mins (as compared to 30 mins in the treadmill and only burning 120 – 160 calories based on my experience)
group exercises: TRX, power yoga, zumba and my favorite Pole Dancing!
Plus, it’s always fun, challenging (you level up) and you get to meet a lot of people along the way. Did I mention that the coaches are awesome? They motivated me to push my limits when I was about to give up – definitely one thing that’s lacking in a normal gym.
If you think this is for you, you can book a free session with them to try it out first. Check out the banner below for contact details.
GOOD NEWS for people working or living near Makat!
They are opening a new branch in Makati! It will be on 7th floor Dolmar Gold Tower, C. Palangca St., Legaspi Village, Makati.
They are going to launch their new branch on July 28 so you can start working out by August
360 Fitness Club: Total Fitness Redefined
by Cecile Golez
Did you know that 25% of people who sign up for the gym start dropping out within their first 6 to 8 weeks? To top it all off, this number goes up to 52% after 6 months. Only around 35% of people who begin to exercise at the gym really stay for 9 months or more. So why do so many people leave? Well, most of these dropouts attribute their loss of interest to exercise to several reasons (some of which you may have heard or experienced on more than one occasion).
First, there’s boredom. The decision to start exercising and get fit almost always starts off on the right foot. There’s the willingness to try out new things and the determination to push the body further. However, daily long runs on the treadmill and lifting of various weights within the 4 walls of your gym can become tiresome and routinary. What’s more, if you’re doing it alone, the difficulty increases as the mind convincingly tells the body it’s too lazy to get moving. Motivation falls short and before you know it, you’ve completely forgotten to exercise.
Second, people’s busy schedules make it difficult to find time to hit the gyms. 10 minutes to warm up. 30 minutes on the treadmill. 30 minutes doing weights. 15 minutes on the bike. 15 minutes to stretch and cool down. Let’s face it, spending time at the gym does exactly that—eat up your time. People can barely squeeze in a proper meal during their lunch breaks so how much more finding additional time for a simple work out?
And finally, the impatience to achieve results within a short time (and not succeeding) leave some people discouraged and frustrated. Eventually, they just stop altogether, often wishing that there was some other quick fix they could avail of.
Well, what if there was a particular fitness center that was diverse enough to keep you constantly engaged, challenged and inspired, all the while requiring only 30 minutes a day still guaranteeing results? As the country’s first co-ed express fitness facility, 360 Fitness Club proves to be more than just your traditional gym. Their exercise philosophy revolves on providing people with fitness opportunities that are non-traditional, efficient and most importantly, effective. With the use of free weights, kettle bells, cables, exercise balls and many other exercise accessories, the club developed the 360 Circuit, which consists of 20 exercise stations that combine cardiovascular and strengthening exercises – a total body workout that will make members, tone, shape up and burn an average of 500 calories in a total of just 30 minutes each day.
“We understand how difficult it can be for some to exercise regularly so we’ve developed various ways to keep our customers engaged to be fit”, shares 360 Fitness Club Head Coach and fitness expert Christopher Callanta. “For as quick as only half an hour, we provide you a total body workout that’s practically equivalent to an hour’s exercise in a traditional gym setting.”
Members of 360 Fitness who complete the circuit claim to have improved balance and performance in their daily activities. And thanks to the club’s other programs like the Jungle Gym Suspension Training classes, participants find their strength and flexibility improving dramatically after just a few classes. “We offer numerous exercises in a Jungle Gym Suspension Training class, where one simply has to adjust their body position to adjust the resistance and intensity of the exercise”, shares Christopher, “It can be a bit of a challenge at first but the results and the feeling you get after attending a class are amazing!”
“Traditional gym workouts take longer because they usually use machines and work out only one muscle group at a time while our suspension training classes, just like our circuit, work out the entire body in one session,” Managing Director Joana Piñon adds. To keep their members constantly motivated, 360 Fitness Club also offers a wide range of group exercise classes. “We believe that variety keeps people from getting bored so we’ve introduced several classes that you won’t normally see in other gyms and fitness centers.” And true enough, where else would you find pole dancing classes taught by The Polecats, the country’s premier pole dancing group? Zumba, the only Latin-inspired dance fitness program that is now being offered in over 125 countries, is also available. 360 Fitness Club also offers yoga, suspension training, kickboxing and running classes, with many more new classes to be introduced.
Whereas in most fitness centers, the members are left to do their exercises alone, 360 Fitness guarantees guided workouts aimed to also motivate and inspire rather than just mere demonstration of the exercises. Coaches are there to act as mentors, constantly challenging their members to push themselves. Other value-added programs to help clients reach their fitness goals are also in the works. “We’re working on developing a fitness diary for members to keep track of their calorie intake and expenditure, as well as providing special podcasts for them to learn about tips and how-to’s on exercise and nutrition,” shares Joana excitedly. “We’re really here as fitness partners of our members to help them get in the best shape possible. And that means providing different means of support all the way,” adds Christopher.
A year after the success of the first branch in Ortigas, 360 Fitness Club will launch their second branch in Makati this July. The pioneer club is already enjoying a growing number of clientele who have all bought into the philosophy of fitness that is indeed proving to be non-traditional, efficient and effective. More and more members are attesting to visible results both physically and mentally even in a period of just 4 to 6 weeks. Some have experienced weight loss even without an accompanying diet, others are proclaiming better productivity in their daily activities thanks to an increase in focus, strength and stamina.
Whatever your fitness goals are, 360 Fitness Club recognizes that it’s never easily achieved when done alone. As partners and experts in fitness, the club’s objective is to ensure that their members are constantly motivated, inspired and guided in order to reach these goals. Going beyond the physical exertion and making the entire experience a mental challenge and a way of life, 360 Fitness Club redefines what total fitness is all about and gives people that much-needed push to just keep on going.
Everyone’s making a buzz about this couple — if they are even a couple..
Who wouldn’t? Who wouldn’t want to have a fit body like Phil and Angel?
Sexy and Healthy! Two words you can associate with Century Tuna.
The Azkals hearthrob joins current image model, top actress Angel Locsin in a new campaign, “Showing Off the Best in You with Century Tuna,” which celebrates individuality and healthy living in today’s world. Phil is their newest addition to the Century Tuna family and they believe that he is the perfect role model for individuals today who are into getting fit and healthy and at the same time living a happy, positive life.
It’s also not about getting fit alone but also to inspire individuals to express themselves and their passion for healthy living – showing off a sexier and healthier you.
Have you seen Phil Younghusband and Angel Locsin’s first ever TVC together yet? Check it out on their official website.
Press Launch photos:
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Last week I shared more about a Rock + Rnb Mash-up and how two local artists Sponge Cola and Jay R made it happen. In my last blog, I shared with you how they felt making a whole new music from combining two of their songs!
That was just the tip of the iceberg because today, I’m sharing with you the real deal – the product of creativity of these two bands, concucting a whole new song for you guys to enjoy.
I can’t embed the video per se, 😛 so just click THIS link to view the video!
It’s pretty awesome you know. If I were given the task to combine these two songs together, I wouldn’t think I’d make a new song… more of like an ear bomb because if you listen to these two different songs separately, it’s quite different to imagine it being combined – but they made it happen!
R&B + rock = refreshing music that’s sure to pump you up. Enjoy the amazing energy of Sponge Cola and Jay R as they perform a never-before-heard fusion of their hit songs “Puso” and “Design 4 Luv”. Enjoy this exciting new sound only from the Coca-Cola Music Studio!
All of the mash-ups I have featured on my blog are only exclusive to Myx Coca-Cola Music Studio! Coca-Cola Music Studio airs 5:30 to 6:00pm every Sunday on MYX, with replays on Tuesday at 7:30 to 8:00pm
Of course, you can catch up on all the episodes you’ve missed online via Coca-Cola Music Studio official website.
I really can’t stop thinking about the concert last night.
Kylie is the bomb! I was so starstruck that even if we were seated a little bit away from the stage, I still had the goosebumps.
She is a perfect doll. She’s skin was so perfect, really nice legs, flawless skin and she doesn’t seem to age. I wonder what her secret is?
Yet, despite this… don’t you know that she’s only 5 feet tall? (1 inch taller than me) I was like WOW!… how did that happen? Her legs look so tall.
So guys, now you know… there’s actually a chance for us shawtys here in the world! I am inspired to preserve my youth like how she does… I will be on “obsessed mode” with anti-aging products and moisturizers. I would also dedicate my time to gym, exercise and my love – Pole dancing!
I am simply amazed.
I tweeted this photo while waiting for Kylie. I was with Mica and I had to brave the heavy rains and the slight flood in my area! I was just glad I arrived safe and early. Thank you to Mellow 94.7 The Wake Up Show for the tickets!
The concert was phenomenal. I can simply say – the best concert I’ve ever been so far! The whole production, costumes, choreography and the half-nekid men dancing around were simply fun! Not to mention, Kylie’s voice was awesome!!! She sang live – and you couldn’t hear her gasping for breath or anything like that..
I wasn’t really exposed to a lot of plays when I was a kid, but Andrew Lloyd Webber’s songs from his play are really famous. Since I have been interested with theatre lately, I decided to catch up on what I missed and watched his show here in Manila.
It’s a summary of all his songs from the different plays / musicals he has composed.
I cried to a couple of songs that moved me. But I particularly cried when they performed “Don’t Cry for me Argentina” from Evita. Ahhh… the emotions it provoked me. I think I’m an empath, I am easily affected by other people’s feelings and I really felt the song
Performances from June 24, 2011 to July 3 (13 shows only)
Venue: Tanghalang Nicanor Abelardo, CCP
(CCP Main Theater)