Sunday, September 25, 2016

Unmasking Your Thyroid with Merck thyroid.ph

Hello po!
Merck (the world's oldest pharmaceutical and chemical company with headquarters in Germany)  held Unmasking Your Thyroid, a bloggers' event about raising awareness on thyroid disorders, last September 21, 2016, at the Holiday Inn Makati.

Merck (the world's oldest pharmaceutical and chemical company with headquarters in Germany)  held Unmasking Thyroid, a bloggers' event about raising awareness on thyroid disorders, last September 21, 2016, at the Holiday Inn Makati.
2016 thyroid public awareness campaign 

We had hearty dinner before proceeding with the forum proper.

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According to a 2012 study by the Philippine Society of Endocrinology, Diabetes and Metabolism (PSEDM), 1 one in 11 Filipino adults has goiter, and around 1 in 12 suffers from some form of thyroid disorder.

Unmasking Your Thyroid Merck

Millions of Pinoys are affected by problems with their thyroid, yet awareness of this disease remain very low. Thyroid disorder symptoms are often mistaken for another disease, or worse, just ignored by patients with this disease.

thyroid.ph
Thyroid and Pregnancy

Welcome Message by  Dr. Raymond Tapang, Medical Director, Merck.

Welcome Message by  Dr. Raymond Tapang, Medical Director, Merck.

Dr. Nemencio Nicodemus, Jr., PSEDM President and UP College of Medicine and Ateneo School of Medicine and Public Health Professor, gave a most informative talk on what the thyroid is, as well as symptoms and treatments pertaining to thyroid disease.

Firstly what is the thyroid?
The thyroid is a vitally important hormonal gland that plays a major role in the metabolism, growth and maturation of the human body. It helps to regulate many body functions by constantly releasing a steady amount of hormones into the bloodstream.

T4 and T3 come from iodine

Dr. Nemencio Nicodemus, Jr., PSEDM President and UP College of Medicine and Ateneo School of Medicine and Public Health Professor, gave a most informative talk on what the thyroid is, as well as symptoms and treatments pertaining to thyroid disease.
Thyroid hormones T3 and T4 

Thyroid hormones are critical for development of fetal and neonatal brain, as well as many other aspects of pregnancy and fetal growth.

Thyroid hormones are critical for development of fetal and neonatal brain, as well as many other aspects of pregnancy and fetal growth.

Goiter- enlargement of thyroid glands

Goiter- enlargement of thyroid glands

Prevalence of goiter in the Philippines:
1st Survery, 1987- 3.5%
1993 Survey- 6.7%
2008 Survey- 8.9% people with goiter VS 5.1% people with diabetes

More people have goiter than diabetes, and yet more people seek treatment for diabetes than for goiter!!!

Prevalence of goiter in the Philippines: 1st Survery, 1987- 3.5% 1993 Survey- 6.7% 2008 Survey- 8.9% people with goiter VS 5.1% people with diabetes More people have goiter than diabetes, and yet more people seek treatment for diabetes than for goiter!!!

Permutation of goiters based on Form Function Pathology or FFP

Permutation of goiters based on Form Function Pathology or FFP

Historical clues for goiter presence

Historical clues for goiter presence

Hyperthyroidism (too much thyroid hormone) patients tend to have hyperactive metabolism: they can lose weight despite having a good appetite, have heart problems, irritable thoughts, insomnia, sweating, heat intolerance, and hand tremors.

Hyperthyroidism (too much thyroid hormone) patients tend to have hyperactive metabolism: they can lose weight despite having a good appetite, have heart problems, irritable thoughts, insomnia, sweating, heat intolerance, and hand tremors.

Hypothyroidism (too little thyroid hormone) patients will have slower metabolism: they can gain weight despite not eating much, move and speak slowly, feel tired, depression, cold intolerance and irregular menstrual periods.

 Hypothyroidism (too little thyroid hormone) patients will have slower metabolism: they can gain weight despite not eating much, move and speak slowly, feel tired, have depressed thoughts, cold intolerance and irregular menstrual periods.

Q and A portion. A lot of bloggers have shared personal experiences about the topic at hand. The subjects cancer, nodules and PCOS are also touched.

Dr. Chrysanthus Herrera, Medical Science and Government Affairs Manager, Merck (left), and Dr. Nicodemus, Jr. (right).

Dr. Chrysanthus Herrera, Medical Science and Government Affairs Manager, Merck, (left), and Dr. Nicodemus, Jr. (right).
I asked about the price of the tablets taken after thyroid surgery (because it will be as maintenance/ for life drugs)and was answered that they are not expensive

There are a lot of people who may have thyroid disorders, but are not aware until it is too late. Therefore, it is important to check one's thyroid as early as possible, especially if there is a family history of the disease, or during pregnancy. Proper information, prevention, and early detection is better than cure!

information on thyroid
Thanks for a fun and enlightening evening, Merck! By the way, the butterfly as you can see in the logo depicts the thyroid gland which is butterfly-shaped.

The website www.thyroid.ph is an online repository of information to learn about thyroid disorders, and contains useful guides to help check for symptoms such as goiter, hyperthyroidism or hypothyroidism.

For more information, you can also visit https://www.facebook.com/thyroidph

Wednesday, September 21, 2016

Dearberry Philippines Grand Launch

Hello po!
Heavens heard me when I prayed to be among the lucky ladies invited to the intimate Grand Bloggers and Vloggers launch of dearberry Philippines held last September 3, 2016 at the Joy Ballroom 2 and 3 of the Oakwood Premier Joy-Nostalg Center, Ortigas, Metro Manila.

Grand Bloggers and Vloggers launch of dearberry Philippines held last September 3, 2016 at the Joy Ballroom 2 and 3 of the Oakwood Premier Joy-Nostalg Center, Ortigas, Metro Manila.

dearberry Philippines arrived around March this year (2016) and they are planning to open a physical store on the first quarter of next year. But dearberry is no neophyte in the business and the company behind it already has rich heritage. Please refer to the Part 1 for additional information and facts about dearberry HERE.

dearberry Philippines online started just this year and they are planning to open a physical store on the first quarter of next year. But dearberry is no neophyte in the business and the company behind it already has rich heritage.

Makeup on display garnered oohs and aahs from the mesmerized attendees.

dearberry makeup

Twist It Baby, Cleanberry Cleansing Foam, Photo Sharp Concealer, Dance Berry Balm, Starlit Tear Liner, Online Gel Liner,

Twist It Baby, Cleanberry Cleansing Foam, Photo Sharp Concealer, Dance Berry Balm, Starlit Tear Liner, Online Gel Liner,

Lip Service Lipstick, Magic Oil Control Powder/Primer, Play Choux,

Lip Service Lipstick, Magic Oil Control Powder/Primer, Play Choux,

Flirt Lipstick, Draw It Baby Lip Crayon, Clean To Go Remover Stick, Cover Girl BB Primer, Toc Toc Blusher, Twinkle It Baby Lip Gloss,

Flirt Lipstick, Draw It Baby Lip Crayon, Clean To Go Remover Stick, Cover Girl BB Primer, Toc Toc Blusher, Twinkle It Baby Lip Gloss...

Bling It On Mono Shadow, Single Scoop Blusher, Pore-Rimer,  Rockit Eye Shadow, Miss Perfect Gel Liner, Rockat Girl Eyebrow/ Liquid/ Pencil Eyeliner, Miss Mona Lisa Eyebrow, Mascara- Long Lashmellow/ Must Eyetem,

Bling It On Mono Shadow, Single Scoop Blusher, Pore-Rimer,  Rockit Eye Shadow, Miss Perfect Gel Liner, Rockat Girl Eyebrow/ Liquid/ Pencil Eyeliner, Miss Mona Lisa Eyebrow, Mascara- Long Lashmellow/ Must Eyetem...

Prin-Sense Duo, Cheekiss, Kiss of Berry Tint Lip Balm, Honey Flash Cream, Suri Suri Aguamenti Powder, Photo Sharp Pact...

Prin-Sense Duo, Cheekiss, Kiss of Berry Tint Lip Balm, Honey Flash Cream, Suri Suri Aguamenti Powder, Photo Sharp Pact...

Skin care with lots of beneficial, natural active ingredients.

dearberry skincare

Snail Nourishing Cream, Snail Repair Eye Cream, Snail 4D Healing Mask, Snail & Collagen Ampoule Mask, Extreme Brightening Whiteful Ampoule Mask, Eleven to Four Sun Care Cream,

Snail Nourishing Cream, Snail Repair Eye Cream, Snail 4D Healing Mask, Snail & Collagen Ampoule Mask, Extreme Brightening Whiteful Ampoule Mask, Eleven to Four Sun Care Cream...

Danbi (means welcome rain) in  Numbers 3 to 8 (essence mist, fresh toner, deep moist toner, smoother, moist toner, all-in-one lotion), Berry Bright Skin Care (moisture toner, serum, moisture emulsion), Bombi Aqua Miracle Gel, Pure & Popular, Royal Jelly Charcoal Mask,

Danbi (means welcome rain) in  Numbers 3 to 8, Berry Bright Skin Care, Pure & Popular, Royal Jelly Charcoal Mask...

Coco's Recipe Secret Mask Pack (Honey/ Pumpkin/ Yam/ Milk/ Potato), Coco Vera,

Coco's Recipe Secret Mask Pack (Honey/ Pumpkin/ Yam/ Milk/ Potato), Coco Vera...

Coco's Secret Recipe Natural Juju Perfume Hand Cream (Green Tea/ Camellia/ Gardenia), Undo Magic Lip & Eye Makeup Remover, Extreme Moisturizing  Aquaful Ampoule Mask...

Coco's Secret Recipe Natural Juju Perfume Hand Cream (Green Tea/ Camellia/ Gardenia), Undo Magic, Extreme Moisturizing  Aquaful Ampoule Mask...

dearberry products were also passed around for our perusal.

dearberry coco secret milk, undo magic, danbi,

We were able to see for ourselves how amazing they are.

dearberry suri suri, photo compact,

We played with these babies, and fell in love!

dearberry miss mona lisa

dearberry is indeed good quality- most of the products have a mild scent and the colors are highly pigmented.

dearberry review

We tried them on- smelled and swatched.
Left is under fluorescent light, right is using camera flash. These are just one layer (swipe) each and yet the colors are very pronounced.

dearberry swatch

We also enjoyed a sumptuous dinner.

dearberry oakwood

They introduced all about dearberry to us. History and background of the company, each product, and there is room for question and answer. It had been said that college students are their target market- but really, any person (regardless of age) with a penchant for cutesy packaging, appreciates high quality products at prices within reach can be huge fans!

dearberry launch

The afternoon's hosts-  Odie Quintana and Marika Manuel of BamRock Mdsg.

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image taken from dearberry FB

Beck Dalusung showed a demo of Korean makeup look on her model, Izella.
Among the technique she taught are proper steps in using dearberry makeup, gradient lips and hide-and-seek eyeliner application.

Beck Dalusung showed a demo of Korean makeup look on her model, Izella. Among the technique she taught are proper steps in using dearberry makeup, gradient lips and hide-and-seek eyeliner application.

Lootbags and prizes on display-

dearberry products

Mr. Vince Ting, owner of dearberry Philippines, posing with happy Filipino beauty and lifestyle bloggers.
Also in full support during the event are dearberry's Korean owner and marketing head.

dearberry philippines
image grabbed from dearberry FB

Thanks dearberry!

Here are dearberry catalogue, fine quality brushes, sponge applicator, Aquaful mask, Bling It On Ice Mist, Flirt Lipstick Million Dollar Orange, Blueberry Lip tint balm, Photo Compact Concealer in Natural Beige and Powder Pact in Light Beige, Coco's Recipe Masks, Rockat Girl Eyeliner Phantom Black, Miss Mona Lisa Eyebrow Smoky Grey, Long Lashmellow, Toc Toc Blusher Marshmallow Bunny, Handkeeper Sasha Hand Cream, Pure and Popular and Snail Cream samples.

I have used most of the items and was inspired to post a school-appropriate makeup tutorial vid on YT here!

Here are dearberry catalogue, fine quality brushes, sponge applicator, Aquaful mask, Bling It On Ice Mist, Flirt Lipstick Million Dollar Orange, Blueberry Lip tint balm, Photo Compact Concealer in Natural Beige and PowderPact in Light Beige, Coco's Recipe Masks, Rockat Girl Eyeliner Phantom Black, Miss Mona Lisa Eyebrow Smoky Grey, Long Lashmellow, Toc Toc Blusher Marshmallow Bunny, Handkeeper Sasha Hand Cream, Pure and Popular and Snail Cream samples.

Another good thing worth mentioning is that unlike other Korean brands, there is no fake dearberry product yet!
dearberry Philippines is the sole carrier of the brand in the country and you may contact them for your orders! I heard they also give freebies <3

Thanks for visiting and I encourage you to sample this awesome Korean brand- dearberry!

Top 7 Reasons dearberry Rocks!

Annyeong-haseyo!
The thing I absolutely love about Korean cosmetics is that these makeup contains beneficial, skin-caring ingredients! Now please allow me to introduce you to an exciting brand of makeup and skin care in the Philippine market- dearberry!

dearberry pop up store

dearberry brand essence is "affordable high quality cosmetics made with ingredients from nature."
It believes "healthy skin is most beautiful" and adheres to the basics "firstly keep skin healthy, then optimally solve target issues."

dearberry has natural ingredients, with berry complex, uses supercritical- the best extraction method- to get fullest benefits. With regards to business operation, they cut unnecessary cost to make price low.

dearberry concept of base materials:
dearberry concept of base materials:
all about dearberry berry complex

dearberry berry complex

Berries are the strongest in anti-oxidative activity- that means hello, younger skin!!!
berry complex
dearberry gigawhite in a glance...

dearberry gigawhite in a glance...
dearberry niacinamide explained...

dearberry niacinamide explained...

History and Backgound-
March 1956- JULIA Co Ltd., the parent company of Fine Bio, was founded by Jung Family just 3 years after the Korean war. Their dream was to make better cosmetic products in quality with affordable price for Korean people who had to start everything from nothing after the war
March 2002- FINE Bio was founded by JULIA Co Ltd
May 2012- FINE Bio launched dearberry brand in Korea

dearberry korean brand

dearberry is made in Korea by top tier factories like COSMAX (main and most important manufacturer of L'Oreal and other world famous brands) and WINNOVA (main and most important manufacturer of TonyMoly, The Face Shop and other Korean brands).

dearberry also has stores in New York, USA, Singapore and  soon- Philippines!

dearberry endorsers include Boyfriend, Ki Eun Se, Ko Won Hee and Jeon Ji Yeon.

dearberry boyfriend

Here is dearberry's recommended regimen to get the coveted Korean porcelain skin!

Here is dearberry recommended regimen to get the coveted Korean porcelain skin!

Here are the Top 7 reasons to choose dearberry!
  1. Affordable
  2. High quality
  3. Natural, skin-caring ingredients
  4. Cute and fun packaging
  5. Trustworthy brand
  6. Cutting-edge formulation
  7. Made just for you!
Get your dearberry kbeauty fix at their online store or buy from any of their accredited dealers!
For more info, please check out:

You may also visit Part 2 for dearberry Philippines launch HERE.
Thanks for visiting!

Thursday, September 15, 2016

Kusina Master's 7 Flavors Buffet!

Hello po! Ranked Number 7 Pinaka Patok na Buffet Restos 2016 by a popular program on TV, 7 Flavors in San Juan is a must visit! The restaurant was opened last May 13, 2015.

7 flavors buffet

Celebrity Chef Boy Logro is the Chairman and co-owner or 7 Flavors by Gastronauts Inc. He is also the President of Manila Culinary and Hospitalty Academy and The Royal Caterer, both situated in 663 J. Wright St., San Juan.

7 flavors chef boy logro

The first floor is a Gourmet Cafe, Bakery, Resto Bar.
Nice interiors that are foodie pic worthy. Don't worry, the restaurant has FREE Wi-Fi access.

7 flavors san juan

Tasteful decoration leading to staircase.

7 flavors reservation

The second floor is World Fusion Buffet.

7 flavors

Nice touches.
Crab carved from squash looking afer the Kani salad.

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For the curious, the 7 Flavors are sweet, sour, salty, bitter, spicy, umami and astringent. These sensations can definitely be felt in the wide variery of food selection!

what are 7 flavors

The evening of September 2nd, 2016 with patrons and food bloggers queueing to get their plates filled with world-class goodness!

Boasting a smart mix for everyone- meat, vegetables, seafood, rice, sweets- the menu choices differ every 2 weeks! Most of the dishes are conceptualized by Chef Boy himself.

7 flavors, food bloggers,

Let's walk thru the tables.
Here is the Appetizer section...

Appetizer section.

Fresh fruits (hey you can make this a dessert, but since I have read that it digests easily and quickly, better to consume them first), potato croquettes, tacos, breads, soup of the day...

potato croquettes, tacos, breads, soup of the day...

Everyone is sure to have his tummy satisfied. Even vegetarians will find something to love here.
Salads (both DIY with many dressing choices and assembled like kani and macaroni)...

salad

Main course section.
Creamy penne pasta, chicken parmigiana, Hawaiian beef stew, salmon head in coconut milk, chop suey, fried seafood with garlic mayo, salisbury steak with mushroom gravy, binagoongan rice, and more...

Main course section. Binagoongan rice, yang chow fried rice, salmon head in coconut milk, beef kare kare, vegetable pastel and more.

Roast beef Carving section, pork bbq, tonkatsu, and Chef's Station for the meat lovers...

Roast beef Carving section and Chef's Station for the meat lovers...

My most dearest- Dessert Section!
Cakes, cupcakes, brownies, cookies, pana cotta (blueberry or mango), mango tapioca, maja blanca, kalamansi tart, halo-halo and more!

Dessert Section! Cakes, cupcakes, brownies, cookies, pana cotta (blueberry or mango), mango tapioca, maja blanca kalamansin tart and more!

My busy plates!!!
Kainan na!!!

7 flavors boy logro

The food never runs out- serving trays are continually refilled...
I also got sushi, pizza and tonkatsu.

7 flavors buffet san juan

Big Scoop ice cream in different flavors, but we chose strawberry and chocolate.

ice cream

Also available for separate order are fresh fruit slush for the health-conscious and there are flavorful shakes. In the picture are Chocolate and Matcha.

buffet restaurant philippines

Unlimited drinks are included!
Nestea Strawberry red iced tea, orange juice and lemonade.

Unlimited drinks are included! Nestea Strawberry red iced tea, orange juice amd lemonade.

Now if you willl ask me, among the yummy food I tasted, which are my favorites?
The Top 3 are binagoongan rice, tacos and dessert (cookies)!

7 Flavors reasonably-priced buffet rates:
Monday to Thursday Lunch- Php 399.99
Monday to Thursday Dinner- Php 499.99
Friday to Sunday and Holidays, Lunch and Dinner- Php 599.99 (features action station)

Operating Hours:
Lunch- 11:00 AM-2:30 PM
Dinner- 5:30 PM-10:00 PM

Birthday celebrant?
You get to dine for FREE when accompanied by 5 full paying guests!

7 Flavors Buffet and a la Carte is located in 196 A. Mabini Street, Addition Hills, San Juan, Philippines. For table reservations, you may call 5430325 / 7210653 09176700291 09334177387.

Worth mentioning that 7 Flavors Buffet Cafe Bakery's toilet is clean and has complete amenitites like soap and tissue. This is important for food and drink all you can lovers hehe...

Check out their social media https://www.facebook.com/7FlavorsBuffet/
https://www.instagram.com/7flavors.ph/

7 Flavors Buffet and a la Carte is located in 196 A. Mabini Street, Brgy. Addition Hills, San Juan, Metro Manila, Philippines. Now if you are just commuting, when you alight from Shaw area, you can walk from PUP San Juan!

For table reservations, you may call 5430325 / 7210653 09176700291 09334177387.
Visit now na the Kusina Master's restaurant! Ping, ping, ping!!!