Healthy Options Series 2: What you need to Know

What are the basics of a healthy lifestyle? Medically I think it is the computation of your body mass index (BMI) and ideal daily calorie intake. This is the core of weight loss programs.

What do you need to compute your BMI? You need to determine your weight in kilograms and your height in meters. Your BMI will determine if your are normal, overweight or obese. Various medical studies relates higher BMI to several disorder more commonly in Hypertension and Diabetes.


According to the Center for Disease Control and Prevention, the interpretation of the results are as follows:


In computing your daily calorie intake, I used the one published in the Medicine Blue Book 9th edition by Willie T. Ong, MD and Anna Liza R. Ong, MD.

  • Take your ideal body weight. In women, 100 lbs for the 1st 5ft then additional 5 lbs for each additional inch. In men, 106 lbs for the 1st 5 ft and additional 6 lbs for each additional inch. Note: For small frames subtract 10% and for large frames add 10%. Convert the weight from lbs to kg by dividing 2.2.
  • Ideal body weight X 35 cal/kg = daily calorie intake
  • The daily calories intake must be divided into 50% carbohydrates (cal/day x 0.4/4=grams of carbs) , 20% protein (cal/day x 0.2/4=grams of protein) and 30% fat (cal/day x 0.3/9=grams of fat)

So start counting your weight and calories so that you can start a proper diet. If this is too complicated for you there are lots of calculating apps that can be used to. Or you can consult your doctor for more information.

Picture it & Write: I am a Woman


– Photography by mehmeturgut on Deviantart.

I am a woman

I am daughter

I am a sister

and I am a mother.

I am a woman but I am not your prostitute

I am not your slave

Nor am I your punching bag

I deserve respect

I deserve to dream

I deserve to be loved

I deserve to be heard

and I deserve to live

because I am a woman.


We Are Love146 from Neighborhood Film Co. on Vimeo.


This my contribution to Picture it & Write


#FWF Free Write Friday: Time and Place

The year is 1682, winter has passed but I am still on this boat. I have been looking at this window for ages to see the new land. I am thrilled to set foot on it. I am very lucky that my father has allowed me to accompany him. His name is William Penn.


It is almost sunset. The sky is still bright. My stairs are illuminated by the sun’s ray. And I can hear inaudible shouts from the crew above.Until finally someone shouted, “LAND”.

I was hurriedly collected by one of my father’s crew. He summoned me, Papa. I hurriedly climbed to see him. Then he said, “Sophie, this will be called Pennsylvania”.


This is my contribution to Free Write Friday.


Healthy Options Series 1: Choosing to be Healthy

To be healthy is more than just the exercise and diet, you must choose it. I had my shares of becoming addicted to exercise and abruptly stopped because I lost the interest to do so. I crash diet at some points but I never made a lot of progress. In fact, in 2003-2005 I exercised a lot and I had for most healthy foods but I relapsed. I gained a ton. Over the years I tried and then relapsed and retried and relapsed.

It is true that the world today is becoming busier and busier everyday. And we resort to all sorts of bad poisons and habit. The technology made everything easy but made most of us unhealthy. Well health isn’t easy it requires tedious work to be achieved. You must change your mindset to attain optimum health.


  • You should and must acknowledge all the bad things you are doing to you body. Just like all the other things in world, you must graciously accept your mistakes. I looked myself at the mirror and finally said you are unhealthy. And once I did I was pretty much driven to change everything.
  • I shifted my thinking from aesthetics to potential health benefits. Yes, we ourselves and the society dictated the size 0 causing lots of people especially women to crash diet and even made themselves anorexic and bulimic. Health is first and let aesthetics be just the consequences of becoming healthy.
  • Join a club that focuses on health. Joining a club or forming it together with your friends and family will definitely help. Surround yourselves with people that believe in your cause. Two or many is better than one. Success rate is increased when you have someone who can inspire you and encourage you.
  • Make a timeline based on a realistic goals. Put it in your phone’s reminders or posting it in your mirror or your kitchen ref just to remind you of your aims.
  • Knowledge is power. As a health worker, I actually have been equipped with the consequences of becoming unhealthy and it isn’t pretty. So try to research on potential health risks. Plus getting sick is much more expensive than getting healthy.

I encourage to find ways to change your mindset. It takes a lot of effort but you will definitely rip the benefits by choosing to do so. God bless everyone.

To enjoy good health, to bring true happiness to one’s family, to bring peace to all, one must first discipline and control one’s own mind. If a man control his mind, he can find the way to Enlightenment, and all wisdom and virtue will come to him”.

- Buddha


The Drift

Papa and I were so close when I was young. I admired him so much for pretty much everything. When I was in second grade, he and I started to become oil and water. We never clicked like we used too. He lost his job to a very extreme case of gout. Our family seems to be so afflicted with rapid increase in uric acid causing our joints to inflame badly. So with all his joints inflamed including every little joint, Papa came home defeated and probably depressed.

Mama is a public librarian. She has a meager salary and ended up with so many loans just to get us through. I used to complain so much of our life and as well as Papa’s lack of determination to help us. I was astounded by the fact that he spent his days angry, moody and simply sits on the chair day by day. I never understood it as a young child and was still full of pride when I became a young adult. And as stupid as I was, I did only come to realize that Papa was clinically depressed on his deathbed.

Clinical depression is condition characterized by symptoms categorized by Diagnostic Statistical Manual of Mental Disorder. It is a serious condition that may lead to suicide but it is treatable if the patient is willing to undergo medications and therapy treatments.

In our country where going to a therapist has it social stigma, awareness for such disorder remains a little bit behind bars. Social awareness is a must not just for clinical depression but all other psychiatric disorders because our society plays a big role with the probable development and worsening of condition that has high mortality rate. Going to a therapist is not to be shamed of, it has to be addressed before it worsens.

Support from the family is another big thing. My Papa would have been a little better if I had made it a little easier for him. I was to consumed with anger. Luckily despite everything Papa has my mom and my other siblings. Me I was just angry probably depressed too.

I urge everyone to be aware of your family, friends and other acquaintances. They might be going through something. A little encouragement,  a smile or a little act of kindness would make a whole lot difference for someone.

Collective Hauls for March 2014

Every once in a while I do some splurges on beauty products. And since I have been doing so I thought might as well share with you and what I have bought, give the prices and give a review about it.

Disclaimer: I am not here to brag, I just want to share the information about the prices and review on the products.

* Watson’s Personal Care Store – is an international drugstore mainly in Asia.

* $ 1 ~ Php 45

Body Splurges

Watson’s Gentle Touch Body Scrub in Aloe Vera (100 g) – Php 189 (~$ 4) Buy 1 Take 1 Deal.

Notes: Gentle scrubs are perfect for my sensitive skin. Scrubs tend to dry my skin but this has been good so far and it has some smoothening effect on my skin.  The buy 1 take 1 is a good deal especially because I use the scrub once a week. The downside is that it is not hydrating. I don’t see as many dramatic changes like glistening skin, etc.

Body Treats Grape Seed Body Oil 230 ml – Php 129 ~ $ 3


Note: I love this stuff. I use this after bathing when my skin is still wet. It is very hydrating. It is comparable to the Neutrogena Body Oil but it is one fourth the price. It is smoothens and moisturizes the skin. So far I have no  complaints.

Milk Essence Hypoallergenic Body Milk Lotion 850 ml – Php 159.75 ~ $ 3.55


Note: I have been repurchasing this lotion since I have used it about a year ago. This is moisturizing and I don’t get sticky and warm. Plus it is very affordable and it can last me more than 3 months. For the value and quality, it is a very good deal.

Nanny Rose’s Queen Bee Honey Wax 50 g - Php 80 ~ $1.7


Note: I have not tried this yet but I will make a separate review and the whole process of waxing this stuff.

Body Luxuries Japanese Blossom – Php 250 ~$6


Note: I think they are trying to imitate Bath and Body Works’ Body Mist. It is comparable in fragrance but the staying power is very inferior as compared to previous brand mentioned. It is relatively cheaper and I think it is very wearable.

 Hair and Face

Hair Treats Hair Spa in Aloe Vera 650 grams - Php 229 ~ $ 5 buy 1 take 1


Note: My hair has been super dry since I have dyed it but ever since I have used it, my hair has been quite okay. I have used this in place of a conditioner. It is moisturizing. A tip when using it, you must let it stay in your hair for a long time before washing it. It takes about 15 minutes for it to take effect. It sticks to your hair makes it greasy if you don’t wash it properly.

Instant Argan Glow Morocco Argan Oil 30 ml - Php 599.75 ~ $30

Note: Argan oil is the most luxurious oil I have ever brought. It is very versatile. It can be used as hair treatment, moisturizer and cleansing oil. It does not give you the greasy feeling and there  are noticeable changes in my skin since I have used this product. I have made a comparison over another oil I have bought described below and will give you an in depth detail on a different article.

Moringa-O2 Malunggay Oil - ~Php 120 ~$3


Note: It has the same versatility of the argan oil but is way much cheaper. It is a very good quality oil with all natural ingredients. The only thing that sets me off is the odor after use but it is as expected since oil do have an old socks smell. I will give an in-depth after one month use of both these oils.

BYS Eye Liner – Php169/each ~ $4 and NICHIDO Eye Line - Php 80 ~ $2

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Note: The white and aquamarine eye liner is from BYS and it is very pigmented. The staying power is relatively long as compared to other eye liners I have used. The consistency is slightly creamy. The nude pink is from Nichido. When swatching it is highly pigmented but during application especially on the water line, it does not give a good color payoff. Highly soluble with water and fallouts during application is noted.

Maybelline Baby Skin Pore Eraser Php 299 ~ Php 6


Note: I absolutely love this product. It is very good primer and you can use it in place of your foundation and top it with favorite powder. Especially on the summer where there is too much heat, I highly recommend this product. It doesn’t clog pores and the gel like consistency which leaves a thin breathable layer makes it very wearable.

Celeteque Hydration Alcohol-Free Tone - ~Php 80 ~$2


Note: I had horrible experiences with toner before but I had to try Celeteque since it is for sensitive skin. It is alcohol-free and is hydrating. I am using this only at night and it is remarkable cleans and leaves a refreshing feeling. It also takes off excess dirt on my skin. I didn’t notice any stingy reaction.

Olay Total Day and Night Cream - Day Php 399 ($ 9) and Night ~Php 800 ($17)


Note: Olay total effects is my total go to cream. It dramatically change my previous skin problems. Since then I have used it everyday because it has been the only cream product that gave me no reaction. I used it singly before and it works well but with my current skin care regimen gave me a more healthy skin.

Evian Natural Mineral Water Facial Spray -Php 199 ~ $4


Note: I never leave the house without this bottle. I like that is hydrates, sets your make up and most especially leaves your face fresh. I am sure that there are other make up setting sprays on the market but I am contented that this is just water. I highly recommend this one especially now that it is already summer in the tropics.

MAC Lipstick Lady Danger - Php 999 ~ $ 22


Note: Its MAC, what else should I say? c”,)


Revlon Nail Polish - Php 325 (~ $7), Chic Nail Polish - Php 37 (~$0.8), Sansan Nail Polish (Ordinary Php 37~$0.8 and HD Php 40~0.9) and OMG Nail polish (Php 20~$0.4)

Note: Buying a high-end nail polish is not necessary. I have tested all of them but nail polish is nail polish. It is perishable. So just be practical.

So this is the conclusion of my March Haul. I highly recommend to have some ideas on your skin types and very much read the labels. Dermatologist-tested products are good however everyone is different. Some people are very sensitive even to gentlest formula.

Do not spend on products that you don’t believe in. If you want  to buy something make sure to research about the product.  It is important so that you won’t waste your money.

Clap Along the Adversities

When I was young I thought that happiness comes from popularity, materials things, wealth and just about everything that is not true about happiness. I thought I needed to be recognized and must be appreciated for everything that I do but I thought wrong.

What does it really require to become happy? It is you. If you don’t allow yourself to be swallowed by adversities and stand up for it then God will bless and shower you with joy.

Watch this video of people that were victims of typhoon Haiyan, one of the worst typhoon in the world, giving gratitude to everyone who helped them.