Monday, October 11, 2021

Watsons Partners with Plastic Bank to Do Good for the Oceans

October 11, 2021 0 Comments

Recently, Watsons Philippines has collaborated with Plastic Bank to help reduce plastic pollution and alleviate poverty by creating livelihood as part of its Sustainability Program.

Watsons partners with Plastic Bank to Do Good for the Oceans


Plastic waste is a big problem for the environment and humanity in general: Every minute, one garbage truck of plastic is dumped into the ocean. If this continues unabated, there will be more plastic than fish in the oceans in 30 years. 


Plastic Waste Problem


Sadly, the Philippines is one of the top 3 contributors to this plastic problem. One of the major contributors to plastic waste is single-use plastics which come from retail products and lack of landfill resources, but among those things, I think the people are mostly responsible for this waste.


Sustainability has always been part of the Watsons DNA. Recognizing that the ocean stores a quarter of CO2 from the atmosphere and up to 93.4% of heat caused by the greenhouse effect, Watsons is committed to reducing the overall impact of its own-brand plastic packaging so that it may contribute to ocean protection.


The A.S. Watsons Group has banned the use of microplastics in its own brand of rinse-off cosmetics or personal care products since 2014. By the end of 2019, this ban has been extended to all brands so no rinse-off cosmetics or personal care products from any brand are sold at any Watsons stores.


Watsons Philippines offers its customers four Sustainable Choices: Clean Beauty (mindfully created products without “unwanted” ingredients), Refill and Reduce (refilling bottles and reusing containers), Better Ingredients, and Better Packaging.

Through its Impact Program Collaboration with Plastic Bank, the health, wellness, and beauty retailer will continue to Do Good for the Oceans by committing to the prevention of 50,000 kg of plastic bottles from entering the world’s oceans - the equivalent of 2.5 million bottles over the first 12 months.  


Viki Encarnacion, Watsons PR and Sustainability Director

 “At the heart of Look Good, Feel Great is Do Good. Watsons has always been at the forefront of sustainability and this collaboration with Plastic Bank only further reinforces our commitment to helping make this world a better place,” said Viki Encarnacion, Watsons PR and Sustainability Director.


David Katz, Founder, and CEO of Plastic Bank

“We are happy to team up with Watsons Philippines - a company that shares our vision of creating a regenerative economy. This collaboration showcases our unified goal of stopping ocean plastic while creating more opportunities for people living in vulnerable coastal communities,” said David Katz, Founder, and CEO of Plastic Bank.


As citizens of the Philippines, we are responsible for every plastic waste that goes into our oceans. We have to do our part too and help our LGU's and our community by recycling things at home. Recycling would then be easier if we segregate our waste properly from biodegradable non-biodegradable. By doing this, there will be lesser wastes that go into our landfills, most especially if biodegradable wastes are put into good use like making it into fertilizers.


Top 5 Things to Recycle


Waste Less Recycle More


Have you been doing these things too? :)

Check out below so you'll know. ;)


https://www.watsons.com.ph/


Monday, October 4, 2021

Solitaire - a Classic Game that Never Fades!

October 04, 2021 0 Comments
The pandemic has made almost everyone to be more active online. Some people who'd been staying at home for years or people who are quarantined get bored and stressed, so they rely on social media, binge-watching movies or tv series, and play online games to calm their minds. And I am one of them; doing these things keeps us entertained and diverts our minds from the current health crisis for a while. 

So, aside from watching Korean and Chinese TV series, I also love to play online games during my free time. One of the games that I missed playing is the Solitaire game; I remember it's one of the first games I played when we had our first computer way back in the late '90s. This old-school card game is quite addictive because it's a challenging game, plus it helps improves my mental skills and calms my mind. 

Among my favorites are Classic SolitaireSpider Solitaire, and Pyramid Solitaire

Free Classic Solitaire Card Ga,e

The goal of the Classic Solitare game is to stack the cards into sequences. These sequences are based on suits and rank. For example, the cards will be stacked K, Q, J, 10, 9, 8, 7, 6, 5, 4, 3, 2, A with no mixed suits.  Sounds easy, right? 

The rules of Classic Solitaire are:

  • Cards are arranged from left to right, with the bottom-most card of each pile placed face-up.
  • Move cards from the Table to the Foundations, beginning with the Ace of each suit.
  • The draw pile is the source of new cards. Only one card at a time can be drawn. 
  • Cards of a lower consecutive rank can be moved below a card of a higher rank, but only if the cards are of a different color.
  • The game is over when all cards are cleared or if there are no moves possible.

Play Free Spider Solitaire Game

In Classic Solitaire, all four suits are used. In Spider Solitaire, the number of suits can vary depending on your level. One suit is beginner, two is intermediate and three or four is expert level. 

In Spider Solitaire, cards must be of the same suit in order to place them in sequential order if you want to be able to move that run of cards. You can stack different suits, but then you won't be able to move them as a group.

In Classic Solitaire, the sequenced cards must be alternating red and black suits. 

Cards from the Reserve. In Classic Solitaire, players deal with a single card from the pile. In Spider Solitaire, you deal a single card to each column in the Table or Tableau. 

Spider Solitaire is arguably the most difficult of all Solitaire games. It has been estimated that the most expert players can only win around 50% of the time as many games are simply impossible to win. 

Free Pyramid Solitaire Game Online


Pyramid Solitaire differs from Classic Solitaire in that the cards are arranged in a pyramid layout. The object of the game is to remove pairs of cards that add up to a total of thirteen from a pyramid arrangement of twenty-eight cards.

Pyramid Solitaire


The rules of Pyramid Solitaire are:

  • The game is played with one 52 card deck.
  • Deal cards to form a pyramid, starting with a row of one card, followed by a row of two cards, and so on, down to a final row of seven cards.
  • The pyramid will consist of twenty-eight cards in total shown face-up.
  • Pair cards to total thirteen. These pairs are moved from play. 
  • Kings can be removed without pairing, as Kings are worth thirteen points. 
  • Only open cards can be paired. 
  • When you can't make another move, from the pyramid or from the draw and waste pile, and you have no more deals left, the game is lost. 
  • The game is won when all cards are removed from the pyramid. 

Garden Secrets Hidden Objects Games

I really enjoyed playing Solitaire games, you might not have thought about it, but this game also teaches us about decision making which we can apply in our life. ;)

Aside from playing Solitaire, I also love playing other games such as the Hidden Object Games and Word Games.

Garden Secrets Hidden Objects Games

Word Game - Letter Scramble

So far, these are some of the games that I liked and keep me entertained at home. For more free online games that are fun to play, check out https://www.solitaire.org/free-online-games.


Friday, October 1, 2021

Hello, October!

October 01, 2021 0 Comments

Hello, October! :) 

I missed doing designs at Canva, so I decided to customize my laptop's wallpaper a few days ago and I had fun tweaking the design and adding photos of my family to it. Here's the output of my Customized Desktop Wallpaper! :) 

Cute Customized Desktop Wallpaper

I also made a wallpaper for my daughter's tablet using Canva, and she's sooo happy when she saw it that she immediately set it as her tablet's wallpaper. Isn't it cute? She loves bunnies and unicorns, so I added those images to this design. :)


Customized Tablet Wallpaper - Android

I really love Canva because you can make a lot of things from it - may it be for personal, school, work or business. Don't have this awesome tool, yet?  Sign Up for an account at Canva now!

Sunday, September 5, 2021

Help Save the Planet with Watsons Sustainable Choices

September 05, 2021 0 Comments

With more and more people aware of the current environmental challenges we face, like climate change, brands such as Watsons have made it their duty to listen, search and adapt in their own way.


Watsons Sustainable Choices


Thus, the campaign SUSTAINABLE CHOICES by Watsons was created. Launched to promote products that will fit into customers' sustainable lifestyles, Watsons hopes to create a ripple effect that would make people inspired to do the right thing for themselves, and for everyone to keep making sustainable choices in their daily lives. 


Sustainable Choices will help customers “Look Good. Do Good. Feel Great” and, in the process, reduce their environmental footprint as the retailer puts sustainability at the core of brand development and sourcing, from packaging to ingredient choices.


Clean Beauty - Watsons Sustainable Choices


These are aimed to help shoppers make Sustainable Choices by providing them with better options, including Clean Beauty, the use of Better Ingredients, and Better Packaging and Refilling, as part of a long-term commitment to protecting the environment anchored on four pillars-Community, People, Customers, and Planet.



Clean Beauty - Watsons Sustainable Choices

Clean Beauty


Carrying a wide range of Clean Beauty products available at affordable prices, the store's Clean Beauty products contain better ingredients that are sourced responsibly with an eye toward sustainability. These products don’t contain ingredients like Hydroquinone, Triclosan, Quaternium-15, Chloroacetamide, Triclocarban, Phthalates, O-phenyl phenol, Borates, Methylene glycol, and Microplastic beads. Watsons Philippines recognize brands and products that were carefully created to benefit consumers, the community, and the planet. For a list of Clean Beauty products, check this out https://www.watsons.com.ph/clean-beauty.


Watsons Sustainable Choices - Choose Refill
Reuse & Refill  

Watsons Philippines believe in reusing so it will make refill packs available for purchase so they can reuse the original containers of shampoos, conditioners, lotions, and other personal care products, enabling them to create a habit that helps reduce waste going into landfills.


With over 8 million tons of plastic being thrown into the ocean every year, the retailer is taking a proactive stand on the use of less plastic and choosing a better plastic for packaging. 


Watsons Sustainable Choices - Better Ingredients
Better Ingredients 

Palm Oil and its derivatives are used in 70% of beauty products, and with its yield being far better than any other crop, there is no way to remove it from formulations. The problem with palm oil is that it is extremely harmful to the environment.


Watsons Philippines is committed to sourcing, offering, and promoting the best possible product options, made from ingredients that are sustainable and responsibly managed such as Sustainable Palm Oil. (Roundtable for Sustainable Plan Oil/RSPO-certified). By putting systems in place to promote sustainable palm will lead to less deforestation, a more sustainable health & beauty industry.



Watsons Sustainable Choices - Better Packaging

Better Packaging 

Biodegrading of plastic bottles takes 450+ years, while plastic bags take a grueling 20+ years, adding grave impact to the environment. Watsons Philippines promotes products packaged in recycled containers by encouraging the use of 100% sustainable paper packaging that comes from sustainably and responsibly managed forests and plantations or using bio-based or post-consumer recycled plastics. In stores, it has been encouraging shoppers to refuse single-use plastics wherever they go and instead, bring their reusable shopping bags or use eco-friendly totes.



Look Good, Do Good & Feel Great with sustainable choices 


“Sustainable brands and products recognized by Watsons should go beyond ingredients that make users beautiful inside and out. They must also uphold ethical business practices and encourage initiative in buying and sourcing ingredients. These brands should also look toward minimizing waste in their supply chain as well, and where and when possible, we are also looking at their use of packaging and their recycling and upcycling programs. It's rallying our partners and suppliers to Do Good with us,” said Viki Encarnacion, Watsons' Public Relations and Sustainability Director.


Do Good Acts

Watsons believe beyond its customers; everyone can make an impact by making simple sustainable choices every day. By embodying the “Look Good. Do Good. Feel Great” ideology, it helps us all ensure that our planet looks good for future generations by doing good today and every day!


For more information, you may visit https://interactive.watsons.com.ph/sustainablechoices


Friday, September 3, 2021

My First Jab of the Covid-19 Vaccine

September 03, 2021 0 Comments

Are you afraid to get vaccinated? Me too! I also have doubts but I keep on praying for signs and He gave me a lot. I keep on praying before and during the day of my vaccination... And He calmed my anxious mind and I wasn't nervous anymore when it's time to get my first jab... 


They checked our temperature and Blood Pressure before we get vaccinated. Usually, my BP goes up every time I had it checked because I'd get really nervous. But I was surprised because this is the first time that I get a normal BP result on the first try. Prayer works! :) 



Everything goes smoothly after I got vaccinated with Coronavac (Sinovac), with no other side effects aside from the pain at the site of injection. It's been 3 days since I got vaccinated and so far I feel good with just a little muscle pain on my upper arm and sometimes feeling tired and sleepy.


Not all people who got vaccinated experience the same side effects, but these side effects are normal because this is a sign that our body is building immune protection.


Other people will experience common side effects of the COVID-19 vaccine such as:

  • Some pain, swelling on the arm where you received the vaccine
  • Chills, or mild fever
  • Tiredness
  • Headaches
  • Joint pain or muscle aches
These side effects typically go away within a few days.

Severe side effects are very rare, but could include:
  • Itching
  • Fainting
  • Vomiting
  • Severe allergic reaction
  • Wheezing, difficulties in breathing, or shortness of breath
Let a health worker know immediately if you experience any of these side effects. [Source: https://www.unicef.org]



I am glad I decided to get vaccinated, I'm looking forward to my 2nd dose before the month ends. Hopefully, it will go smoothly too with no complications. 


By the way, the day I got vaccinated was also the day that I became officially part of theAsianParent's #TeamBakuNanay. I am proud and happy to be a part of this wonderful community that conducts informative and meaningful campaigns which aim to educate everyone about the effectiveness of vaccines in protecting our family's health.


My First Jab of Covid-19 Vaccine - Mama Miah
(Nevermind my haggardo verzosa and hungry look, hehehe!)


Hopefully, more people will be encouraged to get vaccinated, too. As for me, I choose to get vaccinated to protect myself, my loved ones, and the vulnerable people around me. 


Thank you, City Government of Davao! The vaccination site was well organized and the process goes smoothly and orderly. 


Praying for everyone's safety. Stay safe everyone and ALWAYS follow the protocol when going out even when you're already done with the 1st and 2nd doses of the Covid-19 vaccine! :) 




Sunday, August 22, 2021

Celebrate Kadayawan FEASTival with Grab and Win P10,000 worth of GrabFood Vouchers!

August 22, 2021 0 Comments
Happy 36th Kadayawan, Davaoeños! Let's enjoy, create meaningful memories, and celebrate the Kadayawan with a FEAST from our local restaurants and have them delivered from the comfort of your homes through Grab!

GrabFood offers a lot of promos and super sulit deals from a variety of food merchants that we love. And to make this Kadayawan Festival even more exciting and rewarding, Grab, the leading food delivery app celebrates the Kadayawan FEASTival with a raffle promo and 35 lucky winners can Win up to P10,000 worth of GrabFood vouchers

Celebrate Kadayawan FEASTival with Grab and Win P10,000 worth of GrabFood Vouchers

Make your Kadayawan Festival extra special, and satisfy your food cravings through GrabFood and join this promo now! 

Here are the mechanics:
  • Order from a select list of restaurants on GrabFood
  • Use the Promo Code MADAYAW
  •  Accomplish the raffle form, with 1 order equivalent to 1 raffle entry. The raffle form may be accessed here: https://grb.to/FEASTival


Grab will be awarding 10 winners with 40 GrabFood vouchers worth P250 off, no minimum order required, and 25 winners with 8 GrabFood vouchers worth P250 off, no minimum order required. Vouchers can be used for any restaurant, in any city, and with no expiry date. 


Promo runs from August 16, 2021, until August 31, 2021. 


The electronic raffle draw will be on the following dates via an online Zoom meeting with the presence of a DTI Representative: September 6, 2021 


Winners will be posted on Grab’s Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram (stories) accounts on September 9, 2021. Winners will be contacted by a Grab Representative on the same date. Winners will be notified via registered mail and in-app inbox message.

Tuesday, August 17, 2021

mWell, PH’s First Fully-Integrated Health & Wellness App Rolls Out the first Nationwide Virtual Medical Mission

August 17, 2021 0 Comments
mWell, PH’s First Fully-Integrated Health & Wellness App Rolls Out the first Nationwide Virtual Medical Mission 
 
Better healthcare access for Filipinos become a reality as mWell, the country’s first fully integrated health & wellness mobile app by Metro Pacific Health Tech makes history with the first and largest nationwide virtual medical mission in the Philippines - the National mWellness Day

This two-day virtual event, an unprecedented first in the telehealth and healthcare industry, will be held on August 28-29, 2021. During the National mWellness Day, mWell app users anywhere in the country can avail themselves of free online teleconsultations from a roster of specialized doctors, including dermatologists, gastroenterologists, doctors of internal medicine, gynecologists, pediatrics, and psychiatrists, among others. 

Doctor consultations are free of charge and booking fees are waived! mWell gives Filipinos a gift of wellness, especially in this period of heightened restrictions, enabling users from all over the country to get much-needed access to health professionals from the safety and comfort of their own homes.

Aside from all-day video consultations with doctors, users can access, fitness and nutrition programs, wellness, and parenting solutions from pregnancy to family health management. The mWell app’s online health shop includes over three thousand health and wellness products SKU’s ranging from food, baby products, to skin and body care. 

mWell is a high-performance mobile app backed by a powerhouse of the top names in the healthcare, wellness, and tech industries. CareSpan's Clinic in the Cloud™ integrates digital care tools and data for mWell doctors and patients. LotusFlare’s multi-awarded cloud-native, IT digital enablement platform ensures a seamless, end-to-end customer experience. Ping An's healthcare technologies enable mWell to address Covid-19 concerns, diagnosis, care, and treatments. TELUS, the world-leading communications technology company and Canada’s leader in digital health technology. Philcare, a pioneer in the HMO industry and a leader in digital service, offering integrated, high quality, and cost-effective medical care, and Paymaya for secure, hassle-free payment transactions, to name a few. 

mWell is calling all doctors nationwide to be part of the country’s first-ever nationwide medical mission. By donating a few hours of their time on August 28-29, they can set up their virtual clinic on the mWell app and reach Filipinos who need them the most in these trying times. 

To be a volunteer doctor of the National mWellness Day, you may register through https://www.mwell.com.ph/partner-doctors.  To be a part of mWell’s National mWellness Day, download the mWell app from the Apple App Store or Google Play Store. For more information, visit https://www.mWell.com.ph


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ABOUT mWell:
mWell, is the health technology platform developed by Metro Pacific Health Tech Corporation that offers telemedicine, e-pharmacy, health and wellness programs, e-commerce, among others, in an integrated, tech-based healthcare digital ecosystem. Metro Pacific Health Tech Corporation is a wholly-owned subsidiary of Metro Pacific Investments Corporation, the leading infrastructure investment company in the Philippines with investments in various infrastructure assets including healthcare.

Tuesday, July 13, 2021

Why Everyone Needs a Trip to a Spa

July 13, 2021 0 Comments

In these trying times, people get so busy beating the deadlines at work, homeschooling your child, managing businesses, keeping up with the household chores, and attempting to remain sane with the current pandemic situation. Trying to juggle all these or some of these tasks every day can affect our mental and physical health. 


Why Everyone Needs a Trip to a Spa


Why Everyone Needs a Trip to a Spa? Well, we all owe ourselves to have a little time to unwind and relax from all the overwhelming tasks and challenges we face week after week. Thus, going to a Spa is the best way to help you release those accumulated stress from your body so you can be at your best self once again and ready to conquer another week of challenges.


Here are some of the benefits you can get when going to a Spa:


1. De-stress. 

Spending a few hours at the spa and having a massage is one way to help release the built-in stress that you have in your body, making you feel calm and relaxed. Other spa services like foot spa, facials, and body treatments also help you feel refreshed and recharged.


2. Improve Your Sleep. 

Getting a proper amount of sleep is very important for our physical and mental health. But factors such as stress can affect our sleep. The stress hormone cortisol increases when we are stressed, which can lead to insomnia. So, having a relaxing massage at the spa can help to reduce our stress because it decreases cortisol and increases serotonin and dopamine (the neurotransmitters responsible for helping to stabilize our mood). 


3. Detox. 

Our lifestyle and unhealthy habits can expose us to toxins. Fortunately, there are some ways to help you detoxify, such as going to a Spa. Spa treatments and services like foot baths, sauna baths, body scrub, and massages can help in breaking down and releasing some of the toxins in your body, making you feel energized and rejuvenated. 


4. Have a Healthy Skin.

Spa treatment such as facials helps improve the appearance of your skin. Whether you have acne or acne scars, blackheads or whiteheads, eye bags and dark circles, and visible signs of aging, skin treatments will help leave your skin looks clear, healthy, and rejuvenated.


A trip to the spa and getting the proper facial that your face needs, will give you a healthy and significant glow and fresh-looking skin that you deserve.


5. Improve Blood Flow and Circulation

Having a body massage has numerous benefits, and one of them is improving your blood flow and circulation. You feel relaxed after a massage which helps you de-stress. And as we all know, stress is one of the causes of high blood pressure, thus maintaining a healthy blood and oxygen flow throughout the body is very important to have a healthy life.


These are just some of the best benefits you can get from having spa treatments; no wonder numerous people go to a Spa nowadays. 


So, if you need utmost relaxation from your overwhelming and exhausting workloads, you might need to schedule a trip to a Spa right away. ;)


And while you're searching for a spa near you, you might be interested in checking out the real estate for sale in Whistler. Good luck and happy de-stressing!