Transformed: Mula sa Pagiging Transwoman Book Launch

From Trans to Transformed

Vins Santiago was one of the country’s first transsexuals until he met his Creator and found real transformation in Him.


Transformed: Mula sa Pagiging Transwoman Book Launch


Novuhair Supports Alopecia Areata Awareness in Celebrating Inner Strength

September marks the month-long commemoration of Alopecia Areata awareness worldwide. Alopecia areata is a condition when hair loss occur due to faults in the immune system attacking the hair follicles which results in partial or total loss of hair on the head and other parts of the body.

Leading this year’s celebration in the country is Alopecia Philippines, a group founded by singer and songwriter Abby Asistio in 2012. She has been championing the cause of empowering citizens with this condition.

Novuhair Supports Alopecia Areata Awareness

 Abby is no stranger to alopecia, having been diagnosed with alopecia areata since she was four years old. Abby’s decision to come out in public with her condition was a major turning point in her life.

On September 2012, Abby decided to start an online campaign in time with Alopecia Awareness Month by inviting family and friends to pose with the double “A” (inverted “V”) sign using their fingers on the photo sharing site, Instagram. It quickly caught on and Abby was overwhelmed by the response from netizens, with over a thousand photo contributions to date.

This paved the way for the beginnings of Alopecia Philippines. It aims to raise awareness about alopecia and correct common misconceptions and perceptions about it, provide encouragement to people afflicted with it, and create an online support community for them.

Novuhair Supports Alopecia Areata Awareness

Inspired by Abby’s honesty and courage, men and women, kids and teens from different walks of life began sharing their own stories and struggles living with alopecia. What started out as a group of ten is now more than 300 members strong and its Facebook page – Alopecia Areata Awareness, draws followers from all over the world.

Novuhair has been supporting the cause for Alopecia Philippines through Abby Asistio. Abby have been using the brand continuously since March 2013 and she has only praises to share using the product.

Nature has provided a safe and effective answer to hair loss and scalp disorders. Novuhair is the only topical scalp lotion in the market that has the highest concentration of natural ingredients, FDA-certified and ACD-compliant. Novuhair is a homegrown, proudly Philippine-made product that is globally competitive.

Novuhair Topical Scalp Lotion, Shampoo and Conditioner are available in all Mercury Drug Stores and other leading drug stores nationwide. For more information visit www.novuhair.com, like the brand’s official Facebook Page at Novuhair Official, Instagram: @NovuhairOfficial and follow it on Twitter at @NovuhairNatural. You may also call the Novuhair hotlines at 4136570 and 09228830575 and order online at Lazada and regaloservice.com.

Abby Asistio Alopecia Awareness Youtube Link: https://youtu.be/18z01PGOW0w



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Buffet at Cafe' Maria Jerica

Cafe' Maria Jerica

We had our Sunday fellowship at Cafe' Maria Jerica in 13th Avenue, Brgy. Socorro, Cubao, Quezon City last September 04,2016. When we arrived, I started taking photos of the place and took advantage of the few people dining in.

Let me give you a quick tour of the place.

Upon entering the gate, you will pass by these decorations.

Cafe' Maria Jerica

Cafe' Maria Jerica

Cafe' Maria Jerica

Since our reserved place was in second floor, you will also pass over these colorful bottles.

Cafe' Maria Jerica

Cafe' Maria Jerica

Cafe' Maria Jerica


Cafe' Maria Jerica


We were told that once you start eating buffet, time will start ticking and you'll only have two hours to enjoy it. This is my first time to eat here and I was surprised by their policy. But no biggie since it's an ample time anyway and before our time runs out, for sure our tummies are already satisfied.

So, we wasted no time and grabbed our meal.

Cafe' Maria Jerica
They have wide selection of Italian Cuisine
Cafe' Maria Jerica
Sumptuous food
Cafe' Maria Jerica
Fresh Salads
Cafe' Maria Jerica
Pizza and Nachos Station
Cafe' Maria Jerica
Unlimited Drinks
Cafe' Maria Jerica
Kid's favorite, dessert station!
Cafe' Maria Jerica
My first plate
Cafe' Maria Jerica
My Second Plate. I love the pasta and pizza!
As I've mentioned, it was our Dgroup fellowship, so while we were munching our food, we also enjoyed our sharing. It was wive's fellowship but our husbands are with us on the other side. I am so blessed that God gave us a second family, our Dgroup family. These people are our source of comfort and strength. They are our prayer warriors. Our lives are not perfect and we are all "work in progress" but we are blessed to grow in the Lord together. We all have our own struggles but I'm grateful to God that we are not alone in this journey.

What is the outcome then, brethren? When you assemble, each one has a psalm, has a teaching, has a revelation, has a tongue, has an interpretation Let all things be done for edification. ~ 1 Corinthians 14:26 NASB.

Cafe' Maria Jerica
Image credit to Bro Val
What I like at Jerica is, you can stay for as long as you want. The place we occupied has no extra costs. We were also told that you can celebrate special occasions on that secluded area without being charge of the place, just pay the buffet price per head, that's it. Pretty good deal, huh?

We enjoyed good buffet food at a reasonable price of Php 299 per person. By the way, I had my third plate of desserts. Hahaha.

For more details, check their Facebook Page here.

Café Maria Jerica Menu, Reviews, Photos, Location and Info - Zomato
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Cut Costs and Save with Groupon Coupons

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This is a sponsored post. All opinions are mine.

Just like I'm a late bloomer when it comes to online shopping, which I shared when I posted about Groupon Goods, I'm also a newbie to couponing. Well, I'm not the "extreme" type but I recently build my stash and It all started when I ventured into blogging.

I got couple of coupons in one of the events I attended. When I checked them at home, I'm like, "What the heck I'm supposed to do with this?”. Little did I know that I'll be able use them in the future. Good thing I didn't just throw them in the trash.

Giving up my corporate job cut a big chunk out of our family income. So we need to be as frugal as possible. We learned delayed gratification and living within our means, or sometimes even below our means. I, for once, need to find ways to save on everyday necessities and reduce some of the costs of it. That's when I saw the advantage of couponing.

Coupons give you discounts on different goods or services. It is becoming increasingly available in this day and age. As a matter of fact, they’re all over the web now and it’s so easy to search on them. It’s like your currency because you’re going to use them like the actual cash. When it comes to first-time trials, it’s best to use coupon before buying it in full price, agree?

Groupon Coupons is very popular because they offer immediate value and savings. Plus you don’t have to pay for a membership or other fees. It’s totally FREE!!!

You can browse for Featured Coupons which gives you huge amount of discounts.


If you have a favorite store, browse coupons by Popular Store.


I love Macy's. I used to roam around here when I was in the US. I love the vast selection of items in the store. Now i'm becoming nostalgic.

Macy's

You can also browse by Category and by Student Discounts. Pretty cool, isn't it?

Before you shop, be sure to have Groupon Coupon with you. Acquire as many as you can and save a ton! Visit their site to find great deals and cut costs on things you buy.


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REVIEW: Christian Gautier Feminine Eau De Parfum for Women

Finding the right perfume is quiet challenging especially with a lot of selections in the market to choose from. In the same way, it is also burdensome deciding on whether to spend greatly on designer perfume brands or opt for a more budget-friendly fragrances.

As for me, i'll go for the latter. In fact, I'm not really a perfume aficionado. I'm good with baby colognes. Most of the time, I prefer light smell which I can wear all day without getting a headache. But it's good to try something new, agree? So, I was happy enough to try this Christian Gautier Feminine Eau De Parfumfor Women sent to me by Lazada few days ago.

Christian Gautier Feminine Eau De Parfum for Women

Shopping Made Easy with Groupon

This is a sponsored post. All opinions are mine.

If there's one person who introduced me to online shopping, it was my husband. You know how most men hated shopping? Well my husband would rather go online, click and after few days, voila! Purchase is delivered.

When I go for shopping, I make sure that I wear flats and comfy clothes because I know I’ll be in a battle. I’m a frugal person so I consider a lot of things before buying; the price, quality, design and the list goes on.

I remember there were instances in the past where I will go and look for a pair of shoes and it will take me an exhausting four hours searching for the best one within my budget. I usually end up buying things out of frustration. If my husband is generous enough, he will give me additional budget so the search is over.

Online Store

It was only recently when I became a full time Mom that I started appreciating online shopping; I know I’m a late bloomer. Haha. Since we cannot leave the kids alone, we go shopping with them in tow. I have two boys and shopping is like playing tug-of-war or hide-and-seek. Sometimes, it also implies carrying my toddler the entire moment along with the items we purchased. Imagine how hard it is especially when the hubby is not with me.

Good thing you can purchase almost everything online nowadays. If you hop on to Groupon Goods, it's like your one stop shop where you can buy accessories, electronic gadgets, items for your home and pretty much everything in between. Plus, there are so many choices to choose from! 


Groupon (NASDAQ: GRPN) is building the daily habit in local commerce, offering a vast mobile and online marketplace where people discover and save on amazing things to do, see, eat and buy. By enabling real-time commerce across local businesses, travel destinations, consumer products and live events, shoppers can find the best a city has to offer.

Groupon not only makes shopping a breeze, it also helps you save money from great deals and huge discounts. Say goodbye to the hustle and bustle of shopping! Now we can relax and shop at the comfort of our house. 

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Homeschoolers Conquer Science

We attended the Homeschoolers Conquer Science last August 13, 2016 which was held at the Bayanihan Center Unilab, Pasig City. This event was hosted by Homeschool Global (formerly TMA).

The event was a science fair opened to homeschoolers only. There were different workshopsbooths featuring Science and  Technology and exhibit items in the form of an invention or experiments.

Here are some of our photos taken during the event.

Dry Ice by Iron Sharpens Iron

Homeschoolers Conquer Science

Exploring Creation with Astronomy - Experiments and Activities

We're finally done with Exploring Creation with Astronomy. I'm glad that we decided to switch to Apologia Curriculum. This book is in a conversational style making it so appealing to Gabi. The information is quite in-depth and we love the step-by-step instructions for experiments and engaging activities at the end of each lesson.

We did read-aloud before because I want to learn together with Gabi. However, during his free time, he would sneak out and read in advance. So, I'm always left behind. On the latter part of our school year, I decided to let him read alone.

I'd like to share the activities and experiments that we made. If we only have all the resources, we could have done it all, but we just chose the most feasible. You can also check the lapbook that we made for this subject here.

Lesson 1: What is Astronomy?
Model of Solar System that Hangs from your Ceiling

Solar System

A New, Safe and Effective Way to Deal with Dengue Mosquitoes

Here in the tropics, the rainy season is also the season for Dengue, a potentially deadly, yet all too common mosquito borne disease. Last year there were over 200,000 cases of Dengue fever reported in the Philippines, and almost 600 were fatalities. What is alarming is that this was way up from the 121,000 reported instances in 2014. More alarming still is that just this year, the DOH has reported 70,000 Dengue cases from January to July, the supposed lean Dengue months, this is 19% more than the same period last year. It is now more imperative than ever that measures be taken to curb Dengue, and the best way to do that is to control the numbers of Dengue Mosquitoes.

In the Philippines, nobody is safe form Dengue, it cuts across all socio-economic barriers. Anyone can be infected and anyone can die from it.  In fact Dengue statistics in the Philippines are based only on people who seek treatment at hospitals or clinics. Because the initial symptoms of Dengue are the same as more benign illnesses such as the flu, many Dengue cases go unreported, especially since instances of the flu also rise at the onset of the rainy season. Dengue is all too often detected too late, which is part of the reason why it is so potentially deadly.

The problem with products that kill or repel mosquitoes is that there is always a catch. There are sufficient studies to show that most chemical based products can be quite harmful if used too long.  Spray products do kill mosquitoes, but there is a reason even their manufacturers advise people not to enter a freshly sprayed room for some time. Fume based products such as katol (mosquito coils) and vape mats emit toxins and are singled out by the website babycenter in as particularly harmful to infants but also to adults.

Electric bug zappers are quite noisy and can be quite disruptive at night; and finally lotions are effective, but not affordable or convenient enough to apply daily.  This is why the Hanns Insect Trap is the best alternative for anyone but especially for mothers who want to keep mosquitoes away from their kids, but who don’t like the adverse effects of other mosquito control methods.
Hanns Insect Trap

REVIEW: DERMAX UV Baby Water-Burst Sunscreen

Another product I got from SkinStation Grand Opening at Venice Grand Cannal Mall is the UV Baby Water-Burst Sunscreen.

DERMAX UV Baby

Our Lapbooking Experience

I wasn't really into lapbooking until I saw a pile of colorful lapbooks in Sis Ayenn's house the last time we gathered for our coop. Sis Ayenn of Ayen's Dwelling Place is our mentor when it comes to homeschooling. She is a great inspiration and her family is a blessing to us. I flipped through some of the lapbooks made by her two kids and I love how creative and personal it is.  Then, I decided to do the same.

Here's how we do lapbooking:

I usually print free lapbook templates from online resources. I will cut, fold and set it aside for future use. Sometimes, I ask for Gabi's help to cut them for me.

During study time, I will ask him to read a lesson and will hand over few templates to use. I will ask him to write down any important facts or information he learned from what he just read. It's like a notebooking of a sort - something I got from Sis Ayenn also.

I like how Gabi will write information according to how he understands it and would go beyond merely copying what is in the book. After that, he will put designs and drawings on the lapbook which really excites him. I recently allowed him to do it so he will not find the task boring.

Sometimes, I will print ready-made lapbooks for the topic that we are covering. There are a lot online, for FREE.

Here are our Grade 3 Lapbooks:

Multiplication Lapbook