Monday, December 16, 2013

Eating healthy for this Holiday Season with Hally Berry and Herbalife

Sometime in 1999, my nutritionist gave me a list of dietary programs to follow and from like 120 pounds, I became 90 pounds. Very effective and well, to think that it’s all about power, determination and control, I would say, a lot of effort and work. I don't want to hear that pregnancy and motherhood alibi for being fat, I like to be sexy because that's what I like....I don't know about you but as for is sexy, period....ala Hally Berry style. (Even when she was pregnant, she's still sexy my golly.) So pardon HBs photos scattered here, just like to share where I want to focus....a nice body shape for this about you?


Time flies and now I am heavier so far in my lifetime. I am thinking of that crash diet or maybe have that Bangkok pills. When you are not getting any younger, a lot of teeny bitty things are happening in your body already and as for me with 5 feet in height the 120 pounds, it’s worst as I ever imagine. Arthritis.

Christmas is coming and as much as I want to divulge with Lechon and all kinds of puddings, I want to control my food intake and I would like to start it now. 

For the program, I will try this list from Herbalife.

According to Samantha Clayton, Herbalife’s director of worldwide fitness and education, it’s all about minimizing impact. “No matter where you are on your personal wellness journey, think twice before over-indulging during the next few weeks. My advice is to, at the very least, try to break even and maintain your weight this holiday season. It’s amazing how easy it is to gain weight in such a short amount of time, and although weight gain is an easy as eating a few too many pieces of pie, taking off those pounds come January is a much harder tasks.”

To keep those calories from creeping on this holiday season, Herbalife is sharping these top 10 tips:

            Tip 1 – No savings:

Don’t cut down or starve all day to enjoy the party at night. Skipping your breakfast and lunch is a not a good way to avoid weight gain. There are many reasons why this is a good tactic; a drop in sugar level, lack of energy and lack of concentration are just a few of the down galls of the “starve and binge” technique. Chances are, if you wait all day to enjoy the party food, you will consume twice the amount because you will be so hungry.

            Tip 2 – Snacks:

Have a healthy protein rich snack before you head out to a holiday party. Filling yourself up on healthy snacks that contain protein will keep you full and stop you from having that extra cup cake.

            Tip 3 – Move around:

Use holiday parties as an opportunity to socialize with your friends. Keep walking around and don’t park yourself next to chips and dips. Walking counts as exercise so the more you move the better.

            Tip 4 – Dance:

Let loose and dance off the party calories; the extra bonus is that the more time you spend dancing the less time you will spend eating.

            Tip 5 – Routing:

Don’t skip your work-outs. The best thing you can do is keep your exercise routine intact. We all know holiday diets can go awry, but if you can at least keep your workouts going it will help.

            Tip 6 – Watch your drinks:

Try to avoid drinking too many sweet drinks. It’s amazing how many calories can be hiding in a simple holiday punch. Stay hydrated with water helps.

            Tip 7 – Maximize your time with quick fix workouts:

If time is tight try to do a quick 10-minute routine in the morning and another 10 minutes before you go to bed. Simple exercises performed in an interval style will help burn some calories and keep you toed over the holidays.

            Tip 8 – Step away from the computer:

Sitting in front of your computer screen looking for that bargain may cost you in the long run. Stay active this holiday season by walking around the shops and carrying bags or boxes doubles up as a workout.

            Tip 9 – Make every minute count:

Think active all holiday season. Take the stairs. Park in the furthest spot from the store. Get outside and go for a walk. The more active you are the fewer points you will gain.

            Tip 10 – Routine:

Don’t wait until January 1st to start you exercise plan, start today. The sooner you get your body into a positive active and healthy routine the better chance you have of reaching your personal health goals. 

About Herbalife Ltd.

Herbalife Ltd. (NYSE:HLF) is a global nutrition company that sells weight-management, nutrition and personal care products intended to support a healthy lifestyle. Herbalife products are sold in more than 98 countries to and through a network of independent distributors. The company supports the Herbalife Family Foundation and its Casa Herbalife program to help bring good nutrition to children. Herbalife's website contains information about Herbalife, including financial and other information at

So, just gettig ready for summer actually. Pardon Halley Berry's photos, I just really like her body..need an inspiration here.


For me it's all about determination, control and empowerment. Focus Grace...Focus. Let's all try this top 10 under Herbalife, well, it's all about us, our body and our decision. Let's all be sexy.

*all photos of HB from the internet images

Wednesday, December 11, 2013

Elabram Systems visited Philippine Red Cross for Haiyan Victims

Elabram employees shared their blessing for Typhoon Haiyan or Typhoon Yolanda victims in the Philippines and collected Php 52,000.00. The amount collected will be coursed through to the Philippine Red Cross (PRC) Chairman Richard Gordon on December 9, 2013 at PRC Headquarter in Intramuros. The amount might be small compared with the big donations from different multinational companies but this one is different because it came from the pockets of all employees. 
Employees are Radio Frequency Engineers, Accountants, Administrators and Managers who made sure to contribute a portion of their salaries to help even in a small way to the victims of the devastating and biggest typhoon ever recorded in history so far with more than 10,000 casualties in the Philippines alone.


Liza Valdez( Business Administration Manager), Engr. Joel Nuesca (Associate Director), Chairman Richard Gordon (Philippine Red Cross), Engr. Grace Bondad Nicolas (Marketing & Brand Manager), Engr. Arnel Castaneda (Project Manager) and Ng Ke Yuan (International Business- Finance).

According to Alfred Hoh of Elabram Malaysia, “Our regional offices at Malaysia, Thailand and Indonesia are all sending their support and all are sending their prayers to the victims and casualties.”


Former Senator of the Philippines and now Chairman of Philippine Red Cross Richard Gordon with Ng Ke Yuan

Former Senator of the Philippines and now the Chairman of Philippine Red Cross Richard Gordon said that the amount from the Elabram employees can build a house and can go along way. Nothing is a small amount especially in times of calamity.


Elabram executives who were in full force who went to PRC Headquarter for a long term partnership were Associate Director Engr. Joel Nuesca, Business Administration Manager Liza Valdez, Project Manager Engr. Arnel Castaneda, International Business in Finance Ng Ke Yuan and Marketing Manager Engr. Grace Bondad Nicolas. The group was met by Digital Strategist Kenneth Dimalibot and Director of Fund Generation Janette Alcaraz.


Former Senator of the Philippines now head honcho of the Philippine Red Cross Richard Gordon and Liza Valdez


Digital Strategist Kenneth Dimalibot, Director for Fund Generation Janette Alcaraz, Engr. Grace Bondad Nicolas and Chairman Richard Gordon

Elabram Systems is a reliable Telecommunication Engineering and IT service provider specialized in Specialist Resource Provision, Project Management and Engineering Services of advance telecommunication in wireless network solution and considering Philippines as their second home since Elabram has an office in the Philippines.

Elabram for Haiyan Victims

Tuesday, December 3, 2013

1st Health Bloggers Meet:Kapit bisig para sa kalusugan Pangkalahatan.

 Here is a little preview of what I am going to discuss for the 1st Health Bloggers Meet and Launching of Philippine Health Bloggers Society.

In the Philippine's not everyone have an access to medicines or healthcare, even with a good insurance like HMO, some medical practitioner working in first class hospitals even can't provide good services. For 6 months that my husband and I were trying to get pregnant in 1997, this doctor only asked me to drink Buko juice without sending me to X-ray facility to check why I can't get pregnant or even not trying to check what's wrong with me. In the Philippines, kulang na lang itawag sakin "baog" or the inability to bear a child.

Oh! anyway, attend the 1st Health Bloggers Meet to find out why I am advocating the Reproductive Health Law in the Philippines and why I chose to have twins instead of quadruplets and why my choice is giving me a multiple blessing.

Join us on December 14, 2013 at Quezon City, please check the poster below with Ana Santos and Alvin Cloyd Dakis.

Monday, November 18, 2013

Social Revolutionists conquered Laguna at the Laguna Blogging Summit

Santa Cruz, Laguna--November 14 & 15, 2013 are the dates that Social Revolutionists conquered the hearts of Laguenos. The 2nd Laguna Social Media and Blogging Summit (#2LaBS) was held at the Cultural Center of Laguna from 8am to 5pm with powerful speakers who were armed with their strong & revolutionary topics to share, empower & teach the participants about Online Marketing, Social Media Ethics, Passion, Responsibilities and on how to become a catalyst for change. 

For this year, the event became bigger and louder. The participating students are from Laguna State Polytechnic University (LSPU), STI, AMA, University of the Philippines and De La Salle Zobel Ayala Alabang. 

The very punctual and energetic President of Laguna State Polytechnic University, Dr. Nestor De Vera as keynote speaker wowed the audience with his vision that Social Media and Online Marketing as the present and the future. Dr. De Vera is always very supportive to this kind of events, he was also with the 1st Laguna Social Media and Blogging Summit (#1laBS) last year. 

 Dr. Nestor De Vera

The lead organizer of #2LaBS Engr. Grace Bondad Nicolas welcomed the participants and grateful with the different schools overwhelming support. She discussed the Ethics in Social Media that in order to win in a Blogosphere, one must know how to engage with her audience, practice respect, learn that Blogging is not private but for public consumption and not to engage with bashers. 

Engr. Grace Bondad Nicolas

Engr. John Cueto who is writing about technology explained the idea about "Niche” while Pastor Eyriche Cortez shared his power tips in Blogging. TV5 show host and motivational speaker Chinkee Tan of Chink Positive wowed the audience with his wit and techniques for success and that in order to succeed, one must have a positive attitude and mindset, the participating students can’t help but to get his books after his talk to learn more the idea of positive thinking. 

 Pastor Eyriche Cortez

Chinkee Tan

DLSZ Rhodora Espiritu discussed the importance of educational blogging. Rhodora started a Blogging group at DLSZ for the students to understand the importance of Social Media and did a mini summit with the speakers of #2LaBS before the actual event. Dr. Tess Termulo discussed her advocacy that started on Facebook. She is a member of a community that spreads humanism in the Philippines and leverage the use of Social Media to promote peace and equality while Venzie Crisostomo, the chairman of Anakbayan and an active leader of Kabataan Partylist connected with the participants by sharing his advocacy online that leads him to do it offline too. He told everyone to be aware and concern about what’s happening in the Philippines and that each of us can do better if only we are united as one wherever we are online or in real world.

The Team

The 2nd day of the summit is also exciting with the speakers as follows with their topics;
Atty. Chris Lao- Anti Cyber Bullying and Cyber crime law
Ben Francia- Search Engine Optimization
Director James Jimenez- Social Media in voters education
Pocholo De Leon Gonzales- Branding
Bert Guevarra- Environment awareness
Janette Toral- Branding and Bloggers as digital influencer

Grace Bondad Nicolas, Atty. Chris Lao and Pamcy Fernandez of Gardenia Bakers Philippines

The co organizer of #2LaBS Ross Del Rosario also shared how to win in a blogosphere in a short period of time. Over all, with the different schools attended the event, the organizers are most certain that there will be another summit next year.

The organizers would like to thank the following sponsors;
Gardenia Bakers Philippines, Greenwich Pizza, Zoomanity Group, Elabram Systems Inc., 2GO Shipping, Globe Telecoms, Pro Friends, Air Asia, Havaianas.

Oriang, 100 Miles Café, Province of Laguna, Tiago Progressive Cuisine, Hotel La Corona De Lipa, Mernels Cake, Microsoft, COMELEC, Sofitel, Asus.

Media Partners;
Kliping Times, The Tribune Post, Ronda Balita, Magic Expose, Royal Cable,,,, Webby Thoughts, Manila Channel.

Engr. Grace Bondad Nicolas
Engr. John Cueto
Rod Magaru
Dianne Salonga
Pepi De Leon
Myrns Roman
JayL Aquino
Ivan Saldajeno
Florencio Jusay
Rhodora Espiritu
Mac Vasquez
Mark Acsay
Katrina Capili
Odessa Escaler
Jojo Busayong

Social Revolutionists conquered Laguna at the Laguna Blogging Summit
Cultural Center of Laguna
November 14-15, 2013
8:00am- 5:00pm

Thursday, October 24, 2013

Democracy in Social Media by Grace Bondad Nicolas

I'm in my "Book Mode or Reading Mode" zone these days. My Dad, an Entrepreneur for more than three decades always telling me that we can learn so much from those successful businessmen and that their vast experience from different challenges could help us solve our own, I agree. 

These days, hard copy books can be expensive not to mention some might not be available at the nearest bookstore at your area. I remember ordering a Php 10,000.00 worth of book from Amazon, that's the book requirement of my professor when I'm still taking my Masters at Letran and thank goodness at the end of that semester, I received the highest grade. That's what I'm calling, it's worth it. 

Today in the Philippines, 33% Filipinos are online while 100% are using mobile phones, that's a whopping 100 million Filipinos having the power in their fingertips because of smart phones. With the available materials online, there must be no reason or excuse not to be aware or informative about what interest us, there's many online books that we can download or just read it at instant for free. 

More and more people now are jumping and revolutionizing the use of Social Media whether they use it for their business to target their intended market or just plain engaging to different Social Media platforms like Facebook or Twitter to socialize, post opinions or just to troll around. 

According to an award winning US journalist  Katie Couric, “The good thing about social media is that it gives everyone a voice. The bad thing is… it gives everyone a voice.”  

Now not only those in democratic states, but anyone with access to the Internet can actualize this freedom. Insightful content has indeed reached mass audiences, but many are beginning to ask, ‘Do we actually want to hear what everyone has to say?’

My Twitter followers came from from different sectors; Senators, Congressmen, Artists, Online Gurus, Entrepreneurs, Advocates, Bloggers or Students. They engage and yes sometimes a few of them are annoying. They talk about everything under the sun and moon and sometimes without sense or maybe just bantering out their opinion even though some of the messages are best kept with them. 

Social Media yes is free, everyone can have multiple accounts and  everyone  can set up their own blogs with the newest ready and easiest templates in front of you but that's the worst thing about it too, not everyone have the passion, not everyone could write a good content and definitely not everyone could engage to her followers. 

The democracy in Social Media is overwhelming but I am sure there will come a time that there will be standards. Social Media is revolutionary and I am confident, not everyone must have the power.

Monday, October 14, 2013

Lola Basyang: A Musical Play and truly Filipino

My kids are artists, they love to sing, dance and their drawings are the best. They joined contest and won a lot of awards for being creative. The month of October has been celebrated as the National Children's Month since 1993. During this time, both government and non-government organizations give focus to Filipino children in recognition of their vital role in the community and in nation building. Joining this celebration, the Philippine Educational Theater Association (PETA) will have a limited run of its longest-running musical production for children and young people, Christine Bellen's based on Severino Reyes' Mga Kuwento ni Lola Basyang.


Official Poster of Lola basyang under PETA

When I received an invite from the Philippine Educational Theater Association (PETA), I scheduled my kids right away, I know the story and heard about Lola Basyang when I was at their age and I wouldn't miss this thing for them. They are Filipino Americans but surely, a story from my youth from my native land will interest them too. Also, they love musical plays, when they were still in my tummy, I watched Les Miserables, Miss Saigon and Chicago at Broadway and sing the songs to them. 
Mga Kuwento ni Lola Basyang includes; Ang Prinsipeng Mahaba ang Ilong, Ang Binibining Tumalo sa Mahal na Datu, plus a new story, Ang Mahiwagang Kuba.

Ang Prinsipeng Mahaba ang Ilong (The Prince with a Long Nose) grew up thinking that he looked normal until he first stepped out of their castle.

Ang Binibining Tumalo sa Mahal na Datu (The Lady who Defeated a King) introduces Sharay, a servant's daughter from Tondo who surpassed the King's three challenges to make herself worthy of the prince.
Ang Mahiwagang Kuba (The Magical Hunchback) tells the tale of Prince Jorge, who was cursed to be a hunchback separated from his family. To reverse this curse, all he needs is a lady's kiss.


Photo from PETA

Mga Kuwento ni Lola Basyang is highly praised for its playful costumes and set design.
Costume designers Ron Alfonso and Boni Juan used household items like spoons, laundry clips, puzzle tiles and hand-sewn rags to adorn the characters. The set design by Mel Bernardo is similarly inventive, as it folds, unfolds, rolls on wheel, and uses ladders, slides, platforms and boxes.
Director Phil Noble allows his actors to jump and slide through the set that transforms from castle to house, or even a river.

Noble's direction can easily be dismissed as complex, but his love for drama and movement expels a youthful energy to the entire performance. He draws inspiration from the circus performances he watched during fiestas in his hometown Taal, Batangas.

Mga Kuwento ni Lola Basyang also features music by Noel Cabangon and Bob Aves.
The play runs from September 27-29, October 4-6, 11-13, 10:00 A.M. & 3:00 P.M. at The PETA Theater Center. Tickets are sold at Php600 (regular) and Php800 (VIP). For details, call 725-62440917-5765400, or | PETA Theater Center |