Migs and Alaine

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Retro Gaming

Working from home during this time of the Pandemic can sometimes drain my energy. I have tried different things to divert my attention to like baking and sewing. But as a 90’s kid, playing my all-time favorite family computer games like Pac-Man, Tetris, etc. gives me a different feeling.  

I love playing these games as a kid because they’re not addictive and they’re super fun too! Whenever I miss playing these old titles, I download an emulator so I can play them.

It will be more awesome if you still have your old console.
I also came across the website Plays.org where I can play other games, but with similar gameplay from my browser. I don’t mind the difference in the characters since I don’t plan to spend too much time playing. It’s a good 15 to 20-minute distraction for busy people like myself.

Here are my Top 5 favorite titles and their equivalent in the browser-based gaming site

  1. Tank Wars = Battle City

If you miss shooting down brick walls using Tanks, you can go reckless with this game.

       Who would forget this hungry fella? Knock yourself out eating all the cheese while being chased by cats

  • Tetra Blocks = Tetris
    Miss the intensity of Tetris? Tetra Blocks will give you the same rush of not messing up the positions
  • Neon Invaders = Galaga
    Instead of bees, you’ll be shooting neon robots while trying not to get hit by their poopies(is what I call those)lol

Revisit the frustration of your 3rd grader self, trying to figure out how to beat this game.

Escape from the stress of being stuck at home trying to make ends meet, while balancing work and your sanity by doing things that bring you joy even for a little while. For me, it’s the old feeling of being a child again by playing my Retro Games whether through an emulator, via Plays.org, or the super rare old consoles.

Re-Create Your Salon Hair at Home in 4 Easy Steps

More than a year has passed since the shift to a new normal and the nostalgia of being able to go out as you please really hits the nail. Months of being unbothered about how we look have passed and now, the reflection we see in the mirror is just begging for the attention and maintenance that we’ve deprived ourselves of.

The unruly, overgrown, problematic hair that we now have to deal with needs the salon TLC that it deserves. By now, we all probably miss the experience of being in the salon — the smell, atmosphere, and fulfillment that a pampered and good looking head of hair makes us feel.

But, we can always take matters into our own hands. If you’re missing the confidence that salon-like results offer, here are four tips to achieve a Salontastic experience at home.

  1. Wash Your Scalp and Hair with Care

The first step for a Salontastic at home experience is to clean your hair and scalp. Since we’re used to washing hair with the same products every day, we might not notice the effect different shampoos have in how they cleanse and even protect hair from external factors. A shampoo with rice oil essence is just what your hair needs for a Salontastic experience.

Rice oil is an underrated beauty ingredient that comes from the Japanese tradition of using rice water to wash hair. The abundance of vitamin E in rice oil can help reduce inflammation and reverse damage to the hair follicles. It’s the perfect ingredient to maintain strong, long and shiny hair.

Wash your scalp and hair with care with the Pantene Long Hair Solutions: Total Damage Care Shampoo with Pro-Vitamin Formula & Japanese Rice Oil Essence Shampoo. With regular use, it ultimately helps repair damaged hair and keeps hair protected from external factors.

  • Use A Microfiber Towel

The items you use for drying your hair can also affect its look and texture just as much as the products you apply. Cotton towels have loose threads that can tangle and pull your hair, leading to breakage and frizz. Unlike textured towels, microfiber towels are made of a smoother material that create less friction on your strands. They’re gentler on different hair textures, prevent snags, and help to keep the hair cuticle smooth.

  • Use A Conditioner that Protects Your Strands

It’s important to maintain moisture in hair and provide protection from further damage by using a conditioner. Moisture keeps hair hydrated and supple, preventing it from being dry and brittle which can lead to damage.

Unlike conventional conditioners, Pantene Collagen Miracle Intensive Serum Conditioner targets damaged strands, making hair more resilient against breakage from external causes. It also has real Collagen that can bring back the natural strength of your hair. With a blend of Pro-Vitamin B5, miracle serum, and real Collagen — nutrients are sealed and moisture is locked in each strand, turning dry, frizzy hair into shiny, smoother hair every day.

If you have colored or permed hair, the Pantene Color & Perm Conditioner can also smoothen 3 months worth of hair damage in just 3 minutes.* This Pantene conditioner leaves each strand of hair with a protective layer of repair essence. Not to mention that it also helps hair color and perm last longer.

  • Cap it all off with a Miracle Treatment

Here’s the grand finale to achieve salon-like hair results. You can give your hair a boost of smoothness and shine without the grease with the Pantene Collagen Miracle Hair Treatment Shots. It has Pro-Vitamin Blends and Collagen, keeping each hair strand hydrated and replenished of lost nutrients.

After rinsing your conditioner, squeeze the excess water from your hair and apply the Collagen Treatment Shots. Leave it on for 10 minutes while wrapped in a warm towel then wash with room-temp water. You can air dry or blow dry your hair after, and style it as you please.

The salon experience will surely be missed, but now you can feel like every day is a salon day with Pantene. And it only takes as easy as four tips to pamper yourself with salon-quality treatment at home. For more tips, tricks, and DIY methods to maintain Salontastic hair, visit the Pantene’s guide to salon level hair.

Head over to the P&G Shopee Mall store and checkout all the Pantene products you need for a salon experience at home with Salontastic hair results.

*With continuous use.

Coffee That’s Really Good For You: Glorious, Isn’t It?

For decades, coffee had received a bad reputation. Besides allegedly triggering high blood pressure, insomnia, and hyperacidity, the Filipino habit of adding lots of sugar and cream to one’s cup has been said to aggravate diabetes.

While there’s no denying the Pinoy coffee fan his morning cup, there is concern over the amount of sugar present in commercial 3-in-1 coffee mixes. The leading brand has 14.6 grams of sugar in one 20-gram sachet alone. Imagine how much sugar you’re taking in if you drink an average of three cups of coffee a day.

What About Sugar-Free Coffee?

For health-conscious individuals, especially diabetics, turning to sugar-free coffee mixes seems to be the only option. This meant enduring tasteless cups of coffee just to satisfy their caffeine fix —until Stevia came along.

Stevia is the low calorie, zero sugar sweetener that tastes so much better than artificial sweeteners.

Stevia is an herb with a sweet-tasting extract that comes from the leaves of the Stevia rebaudiana plant. It has been enjoyed since pre-Columbian South America where indigenous people used the herb to sweeten their tea and other drinks.

The plant’s taste stems from steviol glycosides, molecules which are 250–300 times sweeter than regular sugar.

It became popular among health-conscious individuals because stevia has a very low caloric content. This makes it perfect for dieters and people who are trying to lose weight.

Moreover, Stevia makes coffee and tea taste so much better without adding any calories. Aside from beverages, Stevia is also used as an alternative sweetener when cooking or baking.

The Health Advantages of Stevia

Stevia is a safe, healthy sugar substitute that can sweeten up food without the negative health effects of refined sugar. It’s also associated with several impressive benefits such as reduced calorie intake, managed blood sugar levels, and minimized risk of cavities.

Additionally, while other sugar substitutes like Aspartame have been linked with cancer, there’s no evidence linking stevia to cancer since it is a natural ingredient.

This means you can add stevia to dishes and drinks without fear that you’re taking too much sugar, or that you’ll get sick a few years down the road.

For coffee lovers, it’s also good to note that locally-made Glorious Blend coffees and instant beverages have Stevia as its natural sweetener. The blend of natural and healthful ingredients make the drink not only refreshing and safe, but also good for one’s overall health.

The Glorious Blend boasts a full line of healthy drinks, including a 7-in-1 healthy coffee mix. This special blend is made with proven medicinal ingredients like Malunggay, Mangosteen, Calcium, Gotu Kola, and sweetened with Sweet & Fit Stevia. What’s even better is that the Glorious Blend 7in1 Coffee is non-acidic and promotes regular bowel movement.

The Glorious line-up also includes the 3-in-1 coffee mix with Stevia; 7-in-1 choco mix; 4-in-1 coffee with Malunggay; 5-in-1 coffee mix with Brown Rice; and the MaxiTrim coffee.

All Glorious Blend beverages use Stevia which has no calories, no carbohydrates, and zero glycemic index. All of their instant drinks will keep you alert and energized throughout the day.

Also, Glorious Blend products are locally sourced and manufactured. Their company supports local farmers, stevia growers, and other agricultural communities.

So if you’ve been cutting back on drinking coffee because of health problems like diabetes or hyper acidity, Glorious Blend coffee mixes are here to help. You can enjoy all the aroma and flavor of freshly made coffee all day —without the guilt!

Now, you can drink coffee for better health! Glorious, isn’t it?

For more information about Glorious Blend coffee mixes, check out https://www.facebook.com/gloriousblend.

Defensil Isopropyl Alcohol welcomes Richard Gutierrez, Sarah Lahbati, and kids as brand ambassadors

Defensil 70% Solution Isopropyl Alcohol continues its campaign to be Filipino families’ ally in germ protection in the new normal as they welcome newlyweds, Richard Gutierrez and Sarah Lahbati, together with their adorable kids Zion and Kai, as their brand ambassadors.

Adjusting to the New Normal with Defensil Isopropyl Alcohol

Richard and Sarah, who got married in a solemn ceremony earlier this year, celebrated their new life together in quarantine. While being stuck at home was an opportunity for them to spend more time together as a family—planting, painting and playing all sorts of games, they also needed to go through a lot of adjustments as a family. 

One adjustment that they had to do was to look for better ways to protect their family against germs, with the threat of the virus still continuing up until now. They found their newest ally in Defensil 70% Solution Isopropyl Alcohol, which promises a higher level of protection against germs and viruses. 

“We believe in innovative products. Not only does Defensil come from a company we trust, Defensil 70% Solution Isopropyl Alcohol is also recommended by experts,” said Sarah. 

“And since we use alcohol more frequently to sanitize, I also like how it not only kills germs and bacteria, but also has moisturizer to not dry our skin,” she added. 

One way to prevent the spread of germs is regular disinfection of hands and high touch surfaces using a rubbing alcohol. To provide a higher level of defense against germs in the new normal, the Philippine Society for Microbiology is recommending Defensil 70% Solution Isopropyl Alcohol.

Created by Beauty Elements Ventures Inc, Defensil 70% Solution Isopropyl Alcohol kills 99.9% of germs to give Richard and Sarah’s family the peace of mind that they are well-defended. It starts to kill germs on contact and upon constant use, provides up to 12-hour protection.

New Normal Holidays

Celebrating the holidays is surely going to be different for the Gutierrez family this year. For Richard and Sarah, social distancing is something that they’re keeping in mind as they celebrate the holiday season, along with making sure that everyone sanitizes and disinfects using Defensil. 

The family wishes to go on a local holiday trip with family bringing their new ally, Defensil. With this, Sarah shares three simple tips to fellow parents on how to keep their family safe from germs during the holiday season. 

First, social distancing is a must. Second, always wear a mask. It is important for parents to teach their kids the importance of wearing masks, which help to prevent the transmission of the virus. And, lastly, always disinfect with an alcohol that makes sure you and the family are well-defended— like Defensil Isopropyl Alcohol. 

To know more about Richard and Sarah’s newest ally, Defensil 70% Solution Isopropyl Alcohol, visit their Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/defensil.philippines

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*Defensil 70% Isopropyl Alcohol was tested against Staphylococcus aureus, Salmonella typhimurium, Escherichia coli or E. coli and Candida albicans

Treat your Fur Babies this Shopee 12.12 Sale!

The last big sale of the year is happening today!

It’s time to stock-up on some food for your fur babies!

The Pedigree store is on sale! Save up to 40% off + an extra Php 100 off for a minimum purchase of Php 1212. Share the joy of Christmas with pets by giving them good and balanced meals and treats that will make them HEALTHY and HAPPY too!

Whiskas has always been our go-to brand for cat food and it’s great that we can shop online so we can ensure that we’re feeding our fur babies with everything they need and love.

Don’t forget to download the Shopee app and check out these amazing products:

Whiskas Pouch Jr. Tuna
Sheba Can Chicken
Temptations Chicken 12g
Whiskas Jr 1.1 Kg

PED Simmered Beef 130g
IAMS 450g Puppy
IAMS 450g Small Breed
Tasty Bites Crunchy
Pedigree Simmered Beef & Veg
Pedigree Liver Loaf
Cesar (Chicken)
Rodeo

Enjoy shopping and Happy Holidays!

Mega Prime Pinasarap Holiday

Hey, moms!

Are you thinking about how you’re going to celebrate this coming Holiday season? Because of the current pandemic, our Christmas and New Year’s Eve celebrations will be simpler and more intimate. But if there’s something that we won’t change, it’s the delicious food that we will be serving.

Last Saturday, I attended an online workshop hosted by Mega Prime. I had some great takeaways from Mamacademy PH founder Kay Ang’s pep talk about Mompreneurship.

After listening and learning a lot from Kay comes the fun part of learning to mix different mocktails from Chef Rosebud Benitez and a cooking demo from Mega Prime Ambassador, Marian Rivera. I really can’t imagine the Holidays without good food. I love Mega Prime because it has a complete array of high-quality products that conveniently turns the simplest of recipes to exciting hearty meals for the entire family.

Aside from the yummy food and mocktails this Holiday season, you know what else can make a momma happy? Php100,000 in cash and 1 year supply of Mega Prime products!

Yes, you read it right! You have a chance to win Php 100,000 cash by joining the search for the next Mega Prime ambassador.

Check out the steps below:

Don’t forget to sign up for the Prime Mom Club at www.primemomclub.com to join the growing community of modern home-makers and receive exclusive information on future events and perks.

For more information, be sure to follow @megaprimequality on Facebook and Instagram.

Good luck and Happy Holidays!

Treat your skin to Pie Calayan products this Shopee 11.11 Sale!

Nothing is bigger than the Christmas Season here in the Philippines. With the current pandemic situation, a lot of us encountered and some are still suffering from different bad skin conditions. Wearings face masks, face shields, and stress can lead to break outs and let’s admit it – some of us are still uncomfortable to visit our Dermatologists for some treatments.

We all want our skin to look radiant this Christmas season especially during our traditional photo shoots. What better way to reward yourself and prepare for the Holiday than buying Derma-approved skincare?

Did you know that you can get up to 80% on Manny and Pie Calayan Clinic on the exclusive launch of their skincare products on Shopee?

Check out these amazing products.

Don’t miss out on these exciting deals from Manny and Pie Calayan Clinic this coming 11.11 Shopee Sale!

Don’t forget to download the Shopee app for free from the App Store or Google Play and enjoy shopping!

Colgate Baby Toothpaste Review

It’s very important to teach our kids proper oral care at an early age. This is why as soon as Chuck had his first tooth, we already introduced him to an age-appropriate toothbrush and toothpaste. We also visit his Pedia dentist for a regular check-up and prophylaxis.

We noticed that here in the Philippines, it’s not that easy to shop for infant to toddler toothpaste because not all groceries and drug stores have them. So we really need to shop in bulk orders online.

It’s great that Colgate offers safe and effective toothpaste for the whole family so we can be sure that there is a toothpaste for every smilestone!

We have been using Colgate 0-2 for a week and Chuck loves it! It has no artificial flavors or any harmful ingredients. We just noticed that it’s fluoride-free which contradicts our Pedia Dentist’s advice that kids below 2 years old also need to use age-appropriate toothpaste with fluoride to protect their teeth.

Here’s the list of Colgate’s new products that are safe to use and effective:

  • Baby Toothpaste: Fluoride-free, 0% artificial flavors, preservatives, sweeteners, and colors
  • Kids Toothpaste: Age-appropriate fluoride, 0% artificial flavors, preservatives, sweeteners, and colors
  • Baby Toothbrush: BPA-Free, 100% Food Grade Silicone, that acts as a teether!

We might be skipping Colgate after finishing the tub and just switch back once Chuck turns 3.

You can shop for Colgate online through their official Shoppe page.

Project Ugnayan beneficiaries reach over 7.6 million people in Greater Metro Manila poor communities

Project Ugnayan, the fund-raising initiative led by top business groups in cooperation with the Philippine Disaster Resilience Foundation (PDRF), reached over 7.6 million people in the vulnerable communities of Greater Metro Manila. “As we close, we wish to reiterate our wholehearted thanks to all our generous donors for making this project possible. By coming together in a Bayanihan spirit so quickly, we were able to create a program of this scale and importance. This unprecedented assembly of so many of the country’s corporations and business families coming to the assistance of the most vulnerable in our society illustrates and speaks of the heart and generosity of the business community. Our special thanks go to the 10 Bishops of the Dioceses in Metro Manila, Rizal, Bulacan, Cavite, and Laguna, as well as to Caritas Manila under the leadership of Father Anton Pascual, and the network of Parish Priests, Volunteers, and Barangay Captains who distributed the gift certificates door-to-door in the lowest-income communities of Greater Metro Manila.

We appreciate the swiftness and efficiency of their work under very difficult conditions and over very long hours each day,” said Project Ugnayan Lead, Fernando Zobel de Ayala. “We are grateful for this opportunity to be part of this business community effort to help people in a time of crisis. This is a movement we should nurture as we prepare to let people return to work and to re-start our economy in the post-quarantine period.” said PDRF Co-Chairman Jaime Augusto Zobel de Ayala. “The unity in diversity demonstrated by Project Ugnayan reveals the private sector’s serious commitment to help our country recover from the lost economic momentum because of the pandemic. We are proud to be part of this extraordinary collaboration of industries which will prove most valuable in getting the economy back on track,” PDRF Co-Chairman Manuel V. Pangilinan said. According to Father Anton CT Pascual, Executive Director of Caritas Manila, the initiative earned praises from Archdiocese of Manila Apostolic Administrator Bishop Broderick Pabillo, San Pablo Bishop Buenaventura Famadico and other Prelates of the Suffragan Dioceses of Manila. The Prelates thanked the businessmen and private organizations who collectively help to make Project Ugnayan possible.

“The true spirit of Easter is about hope and has special significance in these difficult times. We thank all the generous benefactors of Project Ugnayan for this opportunity to fulfill a great mission of compassion for our vulnerable brothers and sisters. Your gifts have warmed their hearts and uplifted their spirits,” Father Pascual said. Caritas Manila’s Project Damayan, the project’s main distributor of emergency cash through P1,000 supermarket gift certificates has so far reached 1,070,854 families or 5,354,270 people. It is on target to deliver gift certificates to 1,366,495 families or 6,832,475 people by Wednesday, April 15 (the original end-date of the Enhanced Community Quarantine). ABS-CBN’s Pantawid ng Pagibig has reached 238,854 families or 1,194,270 people through food packs delivered through Local Government Units. They will reach a total of 631,921 families or 3,151,605 people by the end of their program. ADB and the Government’s Bayan, Bayanihan has delivered food packages to 13,370 families or 66,850 people through the Philippine Army and DSWD. ADB has provided funding to reach 80,000 families or a total of 400,000 people. Jollibee’s FoodAID program delivers ready-to-cook chicken to low-income families from its commissary through a network composed of Don Bosco, Caritas Manila, and the Samahan ng Nagkakaisang Pamilya ng Pantawid (SNPP). So far, they have delivered to 199,491 families or 977,455 people. They are targeting to reach 500,000 families or 2,500,000 people by end-April. “In sum, Project Ugnayan and its Partners have reached 1,522,569 families or 7,612,845 people in just over three weeks. This number will rise as all deliveries have already been programmed by the partners,” said Fernando Zobel de Ayala. The donors of Project Ugnayan are (in alphabetical order): Aboitiz Group, ABSCBN/First Gen, Alaska Milk Corporation, Alliance Global Group & Megaworld, AY Foundation & RCBC, Ayala Corporation. Bench/Suyen Corp, Bonifacio West Devt Corp. Carmelray Group, Cathay Land, Inc, Cebuana Lhullier, Century Pacific, Coca Cola Philippines, Concepcion Industrial, Consuelo “Chito” Madrigal Foundation, Inc., Daiichi Properties, DMCI Group of Companies, Dowell Container and Packaging Corporation, Far Eastern University, First Life Financial Company, Focus Global, Inc., Global Food Group, Glorious Commercial Exports, Inc., Gokongwei Group of Companies/Robinsons Retail Holdings, ICTSI, JAKA Group 1, Jollibee, J.P. Morgan, Kawit Prime Holdings, Inc., Leonio Group, Mercury Drug Corporation, Metrobank, Mumuso Group, National Grid Corp of the Philippines, New World Hotel, Nutri-Asia, Oishi/Liwayway Marketing Group, One Meralco Foundation, Penshoppe, People R People, PepsiCo/PepsiCo Foundation, Philippine Racing Club, Inc, PLDT/Metro Pacific Investments Corporation, Puregold, Ramon S. Ang & Family, RRK/Lee Jeans, Shang Properties Inc, SM/BDO, Sta. Elena Construction, Sugar Junction Inc., Sunlife of Canada, Super Prime Holdings, Inc, Supreme Steel Pipe Corp, The Alpha Suites Inc., Unilab, and Wilcon Depot.

The SM Store Online Shop: Review

I have tried all the online shopping apps available here in the Philippines. Especially when I was still pregnant with Chuck because of the convenience that it brings me. Let’s admit it, the traffic situation alone here in the Philippines is like a nightmare!

Plus, I like online shopping because I get to see how much money I will spend before I even pay for it.

I was so excited when I found out that the Legendary retailer, The SM Store now offers online shopping! I have waited for this because I get most of my essentials from Watson’s. It’s very tempting to go to a Watson’s shop because you get to see a lot of items that will surely catch you eyes! You know, stuff that you don’t really need but are good for the skin, hair, etc. HAHA!

Not only that, we all know that SM has everything that we need! From baby essentials to cooking. You’re probably thinking about my first ever Shop SM haul.

But before we get to that exciting part, allow me to share my shopping experience. I didn’t use their app because I am running out of phone memory (don’t judge, I am a new mom so… expect countless photos and videos of my son stored on my phone).

Their website is okay – I didn’t experience any lag. Signing up is as easy as 1 2 3. Also, you can earn points on your SM Advantage card when you shop online. You just have to key in your card number (sadly, my SM advantage card is already expired :/ ).

They have 7 categories that you can explore: Women, Men, Kids, Home, Beauty, Sale and New. You know where to go when you want to buy your favorite moisturizer or maybe a new pair of shoes.

You can use your debit/credit card for payment or you may opt for cash. They have three delivery options that you can choose from: Ship to address, Pick-up at The SM Store and Cash-on-delivery.

Choose, whatever works for you!

So, back to my haul. Haha! Of course, I immediately checked the SM Health and Beauty for my skin care and I also got some stuff for Migs from SM Men’s.

I received an e-mail confirmation upon check-out. A day after, I received an SMS from 2Go too. They gave me a 2Go tracking number which unfortunately is not working. It maybe because of the Holidays why 2Go was not able to fulfill the expected day of delivery.

My package came in a small box and non of the items were damaged because each item were carefully packed by SM – but I do hope they find an alternative instead of using bubble wraps.

All in all, the experience was good except for the delivery part which is not SM’s fault. Will I consider shopping again? Absolutely!

Today is the best time to shop because there is an ongoing Big Clearance Sale (Up to 50% off on Selected items)! Check out this link for more information.

Happy Shopping!

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