Enervon: Energive, Energuard

I’ve always been a fan of Enervon’s “More Energy, Mas happy” campaign plus I load myself with vitamin C everyday; When Enervon and GMA7 contacted me for this short segment, of course I gleefully said yes!

Now, if only they made me sing the tune.

After that diving experience in Davao, I will try my best to work through this year to get into more underwater adventures.

Special thanks to the following:

Apparel: Reebok (RSH Sporting House)
Make up: Snoe Beauty Inc
Fitness Studio: Sky Fitness
Photos: Dietrich Bautista
Others: Suncoast for Lightwater

Sapul sa Singko Active Mornings: Curves Circuit with Zumba Fitness®

Proud to be Curves Philippines Ambassadress.

Get ready for the new Curves® Circuit with Zumba Fitness®. The only 30-minute class that mixes the moves of Zumba® with the proven strength of training of Curves for a wildly effective workout. You’ll tone up, burn hundreds of calories, and have so much fun you won’t even realize you’re working out! Classes are filling up quickly!

Have you tried Curves Circuit with Zumba Fitness? We took Lia Cruz of Sapul sa Singko Active Mornings to join us in the party!

Segment:  6:58 –  8:18 for the introduction

Let’s do the Salsa Travel!

Segment: 00:21 – 02:25

You may view the entire July 15,2011 Sapul sa Singko news feature HERE . Thanks Lia! See you again, Soon! 🙂

2/f Serendra
Fort Bonifacio Global City

TOTAL FITNESS: Burn calories without working up a sweat

Published in this month’s issue of TOTAL FITNESS magazine. Grab a copy TODAY!

Total Fitness July 2011, page 24

If men can just cut out on beer and steak and lose five pounds instantly, women, on the other hand, may burn off the same number of calories (or more) as they would on an hour of aerobics class or intense 30-minute circuit training simply by changing their daily habits one at a time.

Possible? Yes.

Pay attention to these tips on how to make your body work as efficient as a burning machine without breaking a sweat.

Calorie Burning Tip #1 : Stand More

The average calories burned for a 190 lbs male weighing is 252 calories for an hour. meanwhile, a female weighing 140 lbs can burn 127 calories in an hour by just showering and toweling off. You may also burn as much as 76 calories in an hour just by attending a church ceremony, standing quietly. Imagine how much calories you can burn if you`re standing in line waiting for your license renewal or the next train at the station.

So, the next time you’re on the phone, stand up and walk around that tiny are of your cubicle.

Calorie Burning Tip #2 : Calories in, Calories out

What many of us don`t realize is that we`re constantly moving and that every movement helps. Tapping your feet when you’re in your cubicle, stretching,moving your hand in circles, and even the mundane filling of paperwork make a difference–specifically, 5 to 20 calories burned per hour. Every muscle fiber moved becomes energy, which increases your body`s temperature and metabolism.

Calorie Burning Tip #3: Use the Stairs

Use the stairs on your way to your apartment unit, on your way to your third office floor office, or even when you’re heading to the next floor at the mall. This is great not only for burning calories but also for shaping up those bums, hamstrings, and thighs.

Calorie Burning Tip #4: Eat small meals

Rather than cursing the genes you were born with, why not train your body to burn more calories by making your metabolism work in your favor? How? Don`t skip meals. Eat 6 to 7 small meals every 2 to 3 hours. These in-between snacks will curb your cravings and keep you from over-indulging.

Calorie Burning Tip#5: Stretch as soon as you wake up

Bend and touch your toes within the first 30 minutes upon waking up — when your metabolism is at its peak. Take advantage of the magical first 30 minutes. Extend your arm when reaching for your clothes, stretch while taking a shower, sway each leg when you’re brushing your teeth. Without noticing it, you’re actually done a simple workout.

Calorie Burning Tip #6: Breathe

Breath. Tuck in that belly. When properly performed, the rhythmic contraction of the abdominal blood vessels during inhaling and exhaling help circulate blood and enhance oxygen uptake and metabolic rate.

Deep breathing while seated, driving the car, or even just relaxing can fire up your metabolism and burn the fats in your belly.

Time is your friend – ‘Run’ it

WE all are busy. A 9-to-5 job, a school schedule to fit, kids to help assignments with, cooking for the family, feeding the dog, and then training to top it all off, can sometimes be a bit overwhelming.

How do you get to squeeze training in a whirlwind schedule?

Sit down on it, and plan it. Extra short runs will keep you going. Come race day, you will appreciate all the training you managed to fit into your hectic schedule. If ultramarathoners and triathletes were able to train for hundred milers, what makes you different?

Here are some tips to help you find time to go for a run, a swim or a bike ride out for a route, even if it’s only 20 or 30 minutes.

Time management: Write out a schedule. When you have written out the plan, you are much more likely to follow it than just being a thought hanging on top of your head. Post the schedule everywhere. Broadcast it for the world to know through a blog, put a copy on your desk, another near your dresser, on your door, purse or gym bag – even in your car if you must. Constant reminders are effective – it’s just up to you on how you’ll reciprocate. Forgetting will be close to impossible – it’s now your turn to act on it.

Visibility: Keep your running shoes and clothes in your car at all times. You wouldn’t know when time suddenly permits for you to head out to a gym visit or get blessed to take a route out in the park. Every so often, you may get a short window of time during lunch, a sudden cancelled meeting or when you’re through with the day early. If you have your gears with you at all times, all you have to do is change to those outfits and get out there.

July 14, 2011

Essentials: Apart from your running shoes, keep handy baby wipes, extra clothing and your comfortable flip-flops. When your BlackBerry suddenly informs you of a meeting, no one else has to know about the sweat you just broke into. You’re ready for any battle.

Wake-up motivation: A cliché goes: wake up a little earlier than normal. The most difficult thing to do, especially for those who struggle to get up from their beds every single morning, is to run before work. It can be one of the most stress-relieving activities. It also helps elevate endorphins for more energy and focus. Once you’re done with the early morning route, you need not to worry all day if you’ll be able to squeeze in a run after work. What a way to tick-off an important engagement for yourself early in the morning.

Tag another one: If you’re the type who’s into a lifestyle change and needs a little motivational push, tagging along or being with another friend would work tons of wonders. Make plans to meet a friend for a run, treat it as an important meeting (canceling is not an option!). Make yourself accountable to someone other than just yourself.

Best of all, be sure to make running fun, too!

BROKEN SILENCE: About Growing Up


About growing up
July 29, 2005, 8:00am

Life used to be full of fantasy and wonders. Everything was thought of as a fairy tale; we used to foresee that falling in love and being in love is such a lovely Walt Disney movie or a book perfect to make you cry, pout and smile. For some time we used to think that fate and destiny come in a package but as we grew up and had all the gazillion crushes and heard all those problems life has become less spectacular yet more interesting.

We used to live in a world where partying, having crushes and relating with people were the highlights of our existence. We used to be happy-go-lucky in grade school and high school. College was one of the things most of us would love to be part of. Though it spoke of truths, somehow, we get to reminisce that those days were the turning point of our being.

Why do we exist? Where are we heading on to? Have we become idealistic or cynical? Where were we when this and that happened? Now, being in the middle of childhood and adulthood, we’ve traced our roots and sometimes wishing that the tick of the clock would pause for a while and let us do the things we wanted to do.

We were hasty and impulsive then; now, we see things differently and we live for what the future will hold. Fate and destiny now are not thought of as an encapsulated situation; now we vividly face everything that surrounds us. Responsibilities are more than just memorizing Chemistry, Physics, Statistics; they have become to be rationalized in our own state in a mathematics that now includes accounting and management.

Our life encounters are all made by choice. The chances are weighed. Priorities are evaluated. And now, life is a hierarchy of truth not just a structure of how we’re supposed to live and be known of.

Is this life deserving to be called and be compared to a Walt Disney movie now? Our genre has even changed to a more complicated and more intense level. Culture has been changed into a modernized forgotten past. Relationships has become bound to be more understood. How can we ever tell if Life is already perfect for us? Nobody said that Life is as simple as how we have memorized our alphabet or learned the numbers from 1 to 100.

I still couldn’t – but I have to – believe that this life really is a walking contradiction, that we are what we chose to do and what we wanted to be. It’s either we go to a battle without preparation and fight with fire or gather all the strength ask about all the information, then analyze before fighting over things that we wanted.

We do have our needs and desires. As we have grown up, these two words may have become synonymous, but in reality they havebecome antonyms of how we used to think they are. Our needs are the necessities and our wants are weighed to either what we crave for, what we just feel like having or a selfish act of being a brat or a stubborn human being.

Sometimes, even if we wanted things so bad, we just can’t have it all. Every action has an opposite or parallel reaction.

Every substance added to another substance either gives a positive or negative outcome. To think more than twice is what we do now; before, we just wanted to do things for the sake of being there, of doing it, or in an abusive way just to be where and what we want to be.

Growing up, getting old and moving forward will never be fair. We have to walk with our shoes and sometimes feel others’. Life is an irony of living and dying. In every situation, there’s always a relation – either we take it or leave it.

What is this life supposed to hold? Our existence gives the greater essence and yet, are we living the way we’re supposed to live?

SMILE Magazine: Travel Journal Feature

What a delightful surprise from Cebu Pacific in-flight Smile Magazine’s Travel Journal Section, June issue. You’ll be able to find few of my Legazpi, Bicol destination whereabouts and what to do’s.  Special Thanks to Nikka Sarthou for the feature.

June 2011

Thank you to Tonyo Cruz for sharing this image on twitter as soon as he read it on-board and also to those who messaged me over twitter and facebook.

That’s why it’s called – Cravings.

A Human being’s body knows when it needs to rest and go to sleep, wake-up, visit the loo and when it needs to be fed or when it’s full. Humans forget how amazing our body is that we neglect and fight over what it needs. A heart never misses a beat, the lungs are always breathing and each of your organs doesn’t commit a mistake or give you a second of forgetting how it works. It’s a machine that never fails you when it’s been well taken cared of.

It is only but us who gives our body a hard time to function. Often times we mistake on the body wanting something but the truth is, it’s the emotions that are giving your body the urges to have what we call – Cravings.

Cravings are there because your body needs it. Cravings aren’t weaknesses not unless it has been over-fed and over-looked.

Cravings Photo Courtesy of FitSugar.com

Sweets such as chocolates, French fries and potato chips, sundaes and macchiato, bagels and lemon squares. When these thoughts occur, when you experience craving – take a moment and deconstruct; what does my body want and why? Check-in to your thoughts and cravings then internalize your relationship with food. Cravings may just mean you’re bored, emotional or just would want to succumb to pleasure but think again, do you deserve it? Do you really need it? Do you want a bite of it or the entire thing?

 Here are the primary causes of Cravings:

  • Dehydration

Dehydration occurs as mild hunger; so the first thing you do when you find a strange craving – drink up a full glass of water and gulp more of it. The body doesn’t send the message that you are thirsty not until you’re dehydrated. Drink 8-10 glasses everyday, the more, the better.

  • Being Dissatisfied

… Or the lack of life fulfillment. Being bored, uninspired, lazy or lacking a little life other than the routine makes a person munch of whatever there is beside, in front or what’s there for them to munch on which relates to Emotional eating. Eating becomes a substitute for entertainment, or to fill the void of life fulfillment.

  • Imbalance

Did you know or have you ever noticed that eating a diet too rich in sugar may cause craving for meat? Raw foods may cause cravings for extremely cooked or dehydrated foods and vice versa? Check your food journal and review the common denominator.

  •   Food Memories

Food is truly delightful and an indulgence is something one can never let go of.  Once you’ve got that craving on, you can control your craving by going for the healthier choice and go for what you’re really craving for. Want a chocolate? Go for the dark ones. Want a frappuccino Go for non-fat with no whip cream.  Often times it’s the moment that you’re wanting and looking for, not the indulgence itself.

  • Seasonal

Body craves for what isn’t available all the time but your body won’t know that not until you’re in the know. The change of weather and season may attract your cravings, too. When its cold or raining, you’d want for a hot coco with mallows, when its summer, you’d love to have ice cream and very cold iced tea and sodas but then again, you’d have to recall what it is that you want – you may just want a piece not the entire thing. Have a bite that should work.

  • Hormonal

When a woman’s body experiences the red-letter day, pregnancy or menopause, fluctuating testerones and estrogen levels may cause strange cravings. The increased appetite for carbs may be caused by low-serotonin levels, which signals the brain to get the body to eat more carbs. Factors as strong brain chemicals and hormone production may be powerful influences over behavior and physical cravings.

Try adding a daily vitamin supplement to your diet to stave off those odd cravings  (personally recommend Qplus’ Vital Code).  Aside from checking onto why you’d want to have what you’re looking for or wanting, you can always just have those cravings moderately by entertaining the craving and not eating the entire of it. It’s okay, go have a bite but don’t over-indulge.

Remember: a piece of donut would need you to finish a 5 miler to burn it.

Asian Traveler: Hidden Destinations

ASIAN TRAVELER, an independent travel and leisure magazine published by Pilsigns,Inc came up with its Philippine Summer: Hidden Destination issue lead by communicator, Editor-in-Chief Nina Terol-Zialcita.

Congratulations Nines!

In this issue you’ll find some of the Philippines most popular destinations and uncovered secrets. You’ll get to know some of the most brilliant ambassadors of the country filled with undeniable love for their craft, creativity and culture.

I, on the other hand was also featured together with other two wanderers high and proud of the beauty of our country – Get out there and Go somewhere unfamiliar. There’s nothing like the Philippines, encapsulated with 7,107 islands.

May Summer Issue

You can grab a copy of Asian Traveler at your favorite bookstores for only Php 150 or subscribe by emailing travel@asiantravelermagazine.com for more information.

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