Keep stress at bay

Stress is a normal part of life. Experiencing bouts of stress every now and then may not be all that bad but keep in mind that too much stress can badly affect your body and cause serious health problems. 
Experiencing stress is normal. Sometimes, it may even help you perform under pressure and incite you to react to dangerous situations. However, increased levels of stress can lead to numerous health consequences like heart disease and depression, which is why its important to know how to manage it properly, says MediCard president Dr. Nicky Montoya. 

Here are some ways to deal with stress: 

Identify stress triggers. It is essential that you identify the sources of your stress so you can begin to treat it effectively. By recognizing the problems, habits and behavior that cause stress, it will be easier for you to handle them, thus lowering your level of stress.  

Eat a balanced diet. Oftentimes, when people experience stress, they tend to immediately find comfort in eating sugary and fatty food like chips and sweets. However, consuming these will just make you lethargic, which may make you less motivated to deal with stress. On the other hand, low-fat, high-fiber and low-glycemic index food and plenty of fruits and vegetables help reduce stress as these types of food increase the body hormones that naturally fight it. 

Get enough sleep. Lack of sleep is a significant cause of stress. Sleeping is another stress buster because it allows the body to recharge and recover from the days stressful events. Dr. Montoya recommends that it is best to get 6-8 hours of sleep daily. 

Exercise. To combat stress, you need to work out consistently. Exercise not only keeps stressors at bay, but also improves your mood and increases your endorphins which may help relieve pain and trigger a positive disposition. In addition to going to the gym, you can try dancing, jogging or taking a short walk near your home or office. 

Get a massage. A massage not only relaxes your body, but it may also shift your thoughts away from the things that cause stress. According to research, a massage can help release endorphins, lower your heart rate and blood pressure as well as relax tight and painful muscles.  
Communicate with someone. One of the best ways to handle stress is talking the situation through with someone. Opening up about your stress to a friend or loved one — even for a minute — can significantly improve your mood. 

Take deep breaths. Relaxing and taking deep breaths have been proven to effectively fight off stress. Dr. Montoya suggests taking 15 minutes every day to sit and practice relaxation techniques, deep breathing or yoga. 

Surya Fitness & Yoga, located at MediCard Lifestyle Center in Makati City, offers a revitalizing retreat for people seeking relaxation of the body, mind and spirit.  They provide hatha, vinyasa, ashtanga and basic yoga classes. 

MediCard also has 14 free-standing clinics located in key cities nationwide that offer consultations. Visit a MediCard clinic near you or check out their website at http://www.medicardphils.com for more information. 

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Dining made rewarding with Citi Credit Cards and Booky

Looking for an amazing restaurant to celebrate a special occasion or simply want to dine out with someone special? Citi Credit Cards makes eating out even more exciting with a special offer of P1,500 discount credits when you download and activate Booky, your offline restaurant finder, for the first time. Existing users can also get P500 additional discount credits upon using the activation code. Use your discount credits to avail of up to P500 off at more than 500 of your favorite restaurants for a minimum bill of P1,000.
Simply download the Booky app on your smartphone via bky.ph/app and enter your mobile number. You will then receive a validation code via SMS. Input the validation code as well as the activation code CITIBOOKY, and eat well with P1,500 discount credits!

Use your discount credits from now until February 28, 2017 and enjoy your much-deserved casual or fine dining experience. Use these credits when you dine in at some of the country’s premier restaurants such as Vikings, which offers a variety of flavors from around the world; Todd English Food Hall where you can find the finest fresh, prepared and gourmet European food; or Your Local which is famous for its Pan-American cuisine. 

Citi and Booky’s discount credits are also accepted at Four Seasons Hotpot City which boasts of fresh and healthy dishes; Morganfields which is the home of delectable sticky ribs; or even Antonio’s where fine dining can be enjoyed while overlooking the scenic beauty of Tagaytay. With Booky, you can access over 16,000 restaurants and 9,000 menus in the metro even if you are not connected to the internet. 

Get this amazing discount now by using the promotion code in your Booky app and book at your favorite restaurant around the metro. Citi and Booky will definitely make dining out more exciting and meaningful. 

For more information, log on to http://www.citibank.com.ph or call the 24-hour Citi Phone Hotline at 995 9999. 

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​Dine, Drink, and Be Pampered Like Ms. Universe at Marriott Hotel Manila

Are you confidently beautiful with a heart? If you are, mark your calendars because as early as January 16, you can dine, drink, and be pampered like a beauty queen at Marriott Hotel Manila!
A Taste of the Universe at Marriott Café. 

Have a taste of the best cuisines the universe has to offer at Marriott Café. In addition to the splendid array of food in its numerous stations, Marriott Café is offering a taste of the countries that brought home the coveted crown: Mexicos grilled skirt steaks with tortilla and guacamole, Angolas arroz de coco e papaia with piri-piri marinated shrimps (rice with papaya and coconut milk), USAs Texas style BBQ ribs with Mac and Cheese, Venezuelas Chivo en Coco (goat in coconut stew with rice and fried plantains), Colombias Tamales with Hogao (marinated pork wrapped in corn meal with Colombian tomato salsa), and Philippines Binacol (chicken soup cooked in tamarind and coconut juice). Great conversations with your family, friends, or business partners will surely revolve around these dishes for dinner at P2,100 per person.   
 Queen Bee Set Menu at Cru Steakhouse

Wear your elegant evening dress or gown and dine at Cru Steakhouse with its Queen Bee Set Menu: Salmon Carpaccio (salmon gravlax, beetroot salad, and horseradish cream) for appetizer, a hearty soup of Sweet Corn Velouté (organic vegetable fajitas and chive oil), Fillet Mignon (seared foie gras, rosti potatoes, mushroom ragoût, and blueberry sauce) for main course, and Ube Maclair (purple yam macaron, chantilly jellied dalandan coulis, Good Shepherd ube cream, and pili nut crumble) for dessert. This special menu for P3,000 nett is definitely fabulous in every bite!     

Marriott Café Bakerys Crown of Confidence and Decadence

Dont wear it. Eat it! Its a slice of what it feels to reign as the most beautiful for only P205 nett. The crown of confidence and decadence is a tiara made of moist chocolate cake, salted caramel chocolate ganache, rolled fondant, silver dragée, isomalt blue stone, and handmade pastillage. 
Ms. Universe Cocktails at the Greatroom

Fancy a mix fit for a queen? Find the sash of cocktails that fit you best, strike a pose, and toast it with friends. The Greatroom serves Ms. Congeniality for P375, Ms. Photogenic for P345, The Runner Ups for P375, The Queen for P360, and Beauty and Brains for P280.  
Ms. Universe Viewing Party at the Hotel Lobby at 8:30 a.m. on January 30 

The party continues with a live telecast of the most beautiful day in the universe. With wit and grace, gather your girlfriends and indulge with every bite and sip as you watch every winning moment of the competition on January 30. If your choice for Pia Wurzbachs successor is right, you and your Ms. Bulgaria will an overnight stay at a Premium Room of the newly-opened West Wing where you can pamper yourselves in its luxurious amenities complete with fresh cocktails and sumptuous bar chows.   

All these are a confidently beautiful experience you shouldnt miss. At Marriott Hotel Manila, you will dine, drink, and be treated like a beauty queen.   
For more information, please call 988 9999 or visit http://www.manilamarriott.com. To join ongoing conversations, like Facebook.com/MarriottHotelManila, follow @marriottmanila on Twitter and @manilamarriott on Instagram.


Visit Man Ho Manila and experience their newest offering #MarriottManila

November of 2016 ~ Man Ho Manila officially open to serve sumptuous Cantonese dishes Chef Law has prepared (and much more) for special occasions like weddings, birthdays, corporate events and other festive occasions. 

A sophisticated, modern  setting and Minimal Interior as you enter Man Ho. The beautiful hand painted on the walls costs around 30+k perfect for the modern theme of Man Ho Manila. 

Manila Marriott leaded by Director of Marketing & Communications at Marriott ~ Ms Mitch Garcia Hosted an exclusive Thanksgiving Party for Digital online media/bloggers, as they welcome 2017 with a lined up of events for the 1st quarter of the year. I’m so excited for that. 

Chinese Lunar New Year is going fast why not celebrate it at #ManHoManila 
Chinese New Year is almost fast approaching ~ Visit Man Ho Now and experience their newest offering. Try their 11 course meal lunch prepared by  Chef Law Wui. 

Try their Good Fortune Menu PHP 18,888 ++ (Good for 5 person) and PHP 36,888 ++ (Good for 10 person). 

As @manilamarriott Welcomes 2017 with a lined up of awesome events this year, the kitchen runway is set to give a culinary spin on the  Miss Universe Fever. Marriott Manila lets you experience a confidently beautiful with their TIARA CHOCOLATE CAKE with SALTED CARAMEL CHOCOLATE GANACHE and for the celebration of Chinese New Year with their special TIKOY.
Chinese Banquets for up to 1800 people have been frequent events at the Marriott Hotel Manila ever since the arrival of Chef Law Wui Wing in 2014.  While that may seem lavish, the food served at these banquets takes it to the next level.
Live abalone from Hong Kong, Alaskan king crabs weighing five kilos each, braised bird’s nest in a broth simmered with Chinese ham for at least five hours, and buchi stuffed with Ferrero Rocher chocolate —
 Now, with the opening of Man Ho in Marriott Manila, these exquisite dishes will be available to customers daily, without them having to book an entire banquet.  Starting November 29 at 6pm, Man Ho will be serving lunch and dinner a la carte. From the menu customers can choose familiar Cantonese dishes such as deep fried boneless chicken in “Japanese style”, fried rice with chicken and salted fish, beef fillet and black fungus with ginger and leeks, sautéed porcini mushrooms, and braised seafood soup with caviar.

In addition, they can try the more unusual ones such as the deep fried bean curd with spicy salt, marinated fungus with black vinegar, the smoked duck breast with mango and the ever popular roasted Peking duck with Chinese pancakes.  With Chef Law at the helm, these dishes are guaranteed to be as scrumptious as they sound.
A native of Hong Kong, Law has been cooking in Chinese kitchens since he was 15 years old.  After working in some of the best restaurants in Hong Kong and Japan, he became executive Chinese chef at the JW Marriott Hotel in Shanghai, the Pearl Restaurant at the Beijing Marriott Hotel City Wall and at the Marriott China Hotel in Guangzhou. The Man Ho restaurant he opened in Shanghai was named one of the top 10 Cantonese restaurants for three consecutive years by Shanghai Modern Weekly. 
“I always make sure of the freshness of the ingredients,” says Law.  He imports many of the seafood such as the king prawns and crabs from Hong Kong. On his days off, he goes to Chinatown to check what’s available.  One of the ingredients he buys there are the almonds which he grinds down to dust to make his authentic almond cream dessert.  

Also imported from China are the pigeons and suckling pigs.  The suckling pigs come from Hunan province, where pigs of very good quality are raised, says Law.  
One of the items in Man Ho’s menu is a rarity in Manila: roast goose with plum sauce.  Law is especially proud of the way they prepare this Hong Kong specialty.  “We stuff the goose with Chinese herbs,” he says.  “Then we put it in front of a fan for about 10 hours so that the skin will be very dry before we put it in the oven.” The technique makes the goose’s skin very crispy. 

But it’s more than just the crisp, mahogany colored skin that makes the roast goose so appealing.  Underneath the skin is a very thin layer of fat that adds texture and gives the goose a very sensuous flavor. Another must try are the dim sum specialties prepared by Du Wen Bo,  a specially trained chef that previously worked at Beijing Marriott Hotel City Wall and was a well-known dim sum chef in town. The dumplings are cooked only upon order and are served steaming hot with chili bean sauce.  

At this point Man Ho already has bookings for banquets up to January next year. Some of the bookings are from repeat customers who have been extremely pleased with the delicious cuisine and the excellent service. 

 “I always talk to the guests because I’m the one who knows everything about the Chinese food we serve,” says Chef Law.  “I make sure they’re happy.  If they’re happy, then I’m happy.” 

While Man Ho aims to provide authenticity in its Chinese food preparation, it also anticipates attracting modern food connoisseurs by incorporating contemporary design touches to its otherwise elegant Chinese-inspired interiors. Guests will be welcomed by an elegant ambiance of high ceilings, intricate wood carving details, and floor-to-ceiling windows giving a lush view of the golf course. It has a total of 140 seats and features 6 private dining rooms that can hold from 6 – 24 persons. Two private dining rooms can be combined for a larger intimate gathering. 

Man Ho is conveniently situated in the new Marriott West Wing with connection to the Main Hotel and the Marriott Grand Ballroom. 
Reservations are recommended. Call (632) 988-9999 or visit the hotel’s website (www.manilamarriott.com),Facebook (MarriottManila), Twitter (@marriottmanila), and Instagram (@manilamarriott).

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STEAKation feels with McDonald’s New Mushroom Pepper Steak

It’s definety a great year for everyone.Some of our family members, friends and relatives are still on their vacation mode. Why not have our own Steakation too at McDonald’s. A fun filled lunch together with my fellow bloggers with McDonald’s. 

First month of January, McDonald’s prepared a surprise lunch, games and a Staycation raffle as they officialy introduced the newest addition of affordable meal ~ the new Mushroom Pepper Steak! 

A welcome addition to McDonald’s range of filling and affordable rice meals, it features a juicy burger patty, smothered in a mushroom cream sauce with a hint of pepper, and topped off with sliced button mushrooms.

With the New Mushroom Pepper Steak, customers can enjoy a STEAKation wherever they are, may it be in their home or office. Taste the 1-pc Mushroom Pepper Steak with a regular drink for only Php55. It also comes as a 2-pc meal with a regular drink for only Php89 or with a McFreeze starting at Php69 for a 1-pc meal and Php 99 for a 2-pc 
Your STEAKation begins when you dine in at any McDonald’s restaurant nationwide. You can also order the New Mushroom Pepper Steak via Drive-Thru or McDelivery (86-2-36, http://www.mcdelivery.com.ph, or the McDo PH app).

 Share your photo of the day while leisurely enjoying your STEAKation with the new Mushroom Pepper Steak on Facebook, facebook.com/McDo.ph or tag @McDo_PH on Twitter or Instagram.

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​JOHNSON’S® Research on Baby Sleep Leads to Launch of new App

Manila, January 10, 2016 – When it comes to raising a baby, a mother’s priority has always been about ensuring their health and development. For working moms especially, the ultimate challenge is getting the right amount of sleep for both her and her baby. 
What with busy schedules and always being on-the-go, pioneer in the science of baby development, JOHNSON’S®, has developed a new mobile application perfect for all working parents. Featuring a set of proprietary and customized tools, the app is designed to be the ultimate sleep expert-partner for parents. 

Tonight We Sleep™ App. Key Features: 

Sleep Log: Parents are able to log-in a baby’s sleep schedules–- this includes the times and number of hours that baby sleeps and wakes—for close monitoring of a baby’s sleep patterns. This feature even produces a sleep analysis score that comes with recommendations from JOHNSON’S® sleep experts!

Sleep Analysis: This feature provides parents with an analysis on a baby’s sleeping habits and provides answers to some of the most pressing questions parents may have. The results will come in according to the following sub-categories: General, Falling Asleep, Sleep Routine, Sleep Duration, Night Wakings, and Family and will likewise generate customized recommendations. 

Ambient Sounds:  Research has shown that ambient sounds can help induce sleep (for adults, just as well, as babies). With this feature, parents can play DJ and mix up to four ambient sounds at one time; just the way your baby likes for bedtime. 

Lullaby Playlist:  JOHNSON’S® Bedtime™ also boasts of a wide variety of lullabies that parents can pick from!  You can even set a playlist of up to four songs with no interruptions or advertisements. And the best part? The new lullabies have “all the science of sound embedded” so there will be no more second-guessing. 

Ask an Expert:  Parents also have direct access to JOHNSON’S® sleep experts who can answer all other sleep-related questions (not already addressed by the Sleep Analysis feature). 
“Sleep is very critical to a baby’s growth and development. That is why we created the first clinically proven routine together with an app backed by science, to lead to better nights for both moms and their babies,” shares Bessie Campillo, JOHNSON’S® Franchise Marketing Manager.

Sleep Medicine and Surgery Specialist Dr. Agnes Tirona-Remulla also shares, “One of the best ways you can get your baby to sleep is through a bedtime routine. When you commit to a bedtime routine, like the three simple steps of a bath, massage, and quiet time, you will see progress in your baby’s sleeping patterns and overall demeanor.” 
She also emphasized that with better sleep, babies can enjoy a stronger immune system, improved social skills, and increased abilities in learning and memory. 
Alongside the release of the Baby Sleep App, JOHNSON’S® also launched the first scientifically-proven bedtime routine, guaranteed to help you and your baby to sleep for an additional one hour in just seven days. More details about the routine can be found in the new app’s features.
The JOHNSON’S® Bedtime™ Baby Sleep App is now available to download on the Apple Store and Google Play Store for FREE.  You can also download it via the QR code here for easier access: 
For more than 100 years, JOHNSON’S® has been committed to providing safe, mild and gentle products for babies and adults. As a leading expert in baby skin care, the Brand is at the forefront of best practices, science and innovations and is committed to the healthy, happy development of all families around the world. JOHNSON’S® offers baby products in more than 175 countries.

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SkinStation NOW OPEN at SM San Jose Del Monte Bulacan

January 7, 2017 – Opening Day

SAN JOSE DEL MONTE, BULACAN can now experience the best value in your skin needs, more skin enhancenent and body solutions so you can show off your best you. This year 2017 – SkinStation opened its 35th branch in SM SAN JOSE DEL MONTE. 

Being number 1 clinic that offers an affordable treatments in painless Diode Laser, clients from bulacan can now experience the Gold Standard in hair removal service. Head over to SkinStation near you and their friendly staff is happy to answer all your inquiries. 

Whether you are considering laser treatments or any signature facials, SkinStation’s goal is to provide customers with personalized treatments to bring out the best in your skin. 

To know more about SkinStation like them on FB or call them at their customer care hotline at 02 405-5790