The BELO Intensive Whitening (Kojic Acid + Tranexamic Acid) Skincare Line (Plus GIVEAWAY!)

I've shared over my blog and my other social media sites especially in Instagram that I love travelling!  Hence the hashtag #MPTravels to #InsertNewCityHere was born.  I'm happy that my work gives me the opportunity to travel to different places, because personally, experiencing a new culture or heritage makes me feel so alive.  And when I travel with the family, the first thing that comes to mind is - head the BEACH!  Enjoy the sand, the sea and of course the SUN!  Although I put sunblock on my face, hand and body, still, I get dark in some places and it's uneven.

I haven't really addressed this concern seriously.  I always thought, my color will be back sooner or later.  But with the kind of skin that I have, it's not as easy as others who just have their skins peeled off and after a few weeks, their colors are back.  Not for a morena me.   I just want a lighter color, actually just back to my regular color, faster that the rate it's going.  I'm happy that an innovative and advanced whitening skincare product could address this skin concern: BELO Intensive Whitening Bar (Kojic Acid + Tranexamic Acid).
My first encounter with BELO Intensive Whitening Bar (Kojic Acid + Tranexamic Acid) was trying their soap.  It was effective on me and I definitely saw positive results within two weeks of use.  

I'm surprised to know that this time, skincare line has expanded to having BELO Intensive Whitening Face and Neck Cream and BELO Intensive Whitening Body Cream.  It's like a power trio products working altogether to give me the desired results I want for my skin!

I tried using all three for more than a week and so far, I am liking the lightening effect they have on my skin, just how I liked the BELO Intensive Whitening Bar, when I first tried it.  I didn't use any other product while I use these power trio skincare product.  Here are the results on my arm:

Before Using
After using for almost 2 weeks.
Diba?  EFFECT kaagad!  So what are the active ingredients of this effective skincare product?  They boast of a unique combination of two most powerful whitening actives – Kojic Acid and Tranexamic Acid which are both responsible for a lighter appearance and tempering melanin formation.  Kojic Acid is known to be an organic compound that gives the skin a visibly lighter appearance.  While Tranexamic Acid is a peptide proven to inhibit inflammation and melanin formation. These are ideal for stubborn dark spots that do not respond to other skin lightening ingredients.  

USING BELO INTENSIVE WHITENING SKINCARE LINE
SOAP
During the first few days using the soap on my face and body, I felt a slight stingy sensation, which is normal because the active ingredients are already working in exfoliating the skin.  It will fade away through continued use.  It's recommended that the soap be used twice a day on face and body to see the results better.  Make sure you don't use any other whitening product while on the BELO Intensive Whitening care.  The soap also has Salicylic Acid which is an active ingredient in effectively drying my whiteheads and blackheads.  It made me a lot happier because of that.  
BODY CREAM
The body cream is surprisingly light on skin and doesn't leave me feeling greasy like other body creams I used.  It smells really good and even my kids like it.  It leaves a silky finish and yet it's not heavy on the skin.  And because it's SPF 30 it protects my skin for 300 minutes when I go out of the house on my way to work in the morning!  It's recommended to use it after bath and twice a day to get the best results.
FACE AND NECK CREAM
I use the face and neck cream just like how I use my other face and neck moisturizers, after cleansing and toning.  Same with the body cream, it's light on the face and neck and it's not at all greasy unlike most of the moisturizers I use!  It's recommended to use this twice a day as well.  It comes with a spatula to help you scoop your desired amount.  But for me the recommended amount for the face is a medium pea-size which you may dab all around your face.  Spread it with your middle or ring finger, which they say, gives the lightest pressure on your face compared to the others.  This way you won't have to drag your facial skin downwards and you may prevent premature sagging of the skin.  Another good thing about this is that it's SPF 30 which protects our skin from the harmful UVA and UVB rays of the sun.  It's expertly formulated, hypoallergenic and dermatologically tested.
I'm satisfied with the results I see after using BELO Intensive Whitening Skincare products for the face, the neck and the whole body.  What's more, these are seen over the counter and also available online, and believe me, are not expensive at all.  They are sold at very affordable and reasonable prices and hence I believe should be the choice of whitening products of every Filipina, who like me, are looking for quality and effective products which do not come with a shocking price tag.  BELO Intensive Whitening Bar only costs Php 60.00 each, BELO Intensive Whitening Body Cream with SPF30 150ml is only Php 199.75, and BELO Intensive Whitening Face and Neck Cream is only Php 249.75.  Try these practical and effective BELO Intensive Whitening Skincare products to see the results yourselves!

Para you can also say together with Sarah Geronimo "Only BELO touches my skin!"

GIVEAWAY ALERT!!! 
Because our dear friends from BELO Essentials are very generous, they are giving away FIVE (5) BELO Intensive Whitening Skincare Sets!

Giveaway Mechanics:

1. Open to all readers residing in Metro Manila and willing to claim their prize in BGC, Taguig City.

2. LIKE Mommy Practicality and BELO Essentials on Facebook or follow all tasks in the Rafflecopter.

3. Create an entry by answering this question on the comments form below this post: "Why do you want to have a lighter skin?" 

4. Five winners will be chosen based on how unique and creative the message is.

5. Giveaway ends on April 10, 2015.

6. Winners will be announced on April 15, 2015.

Good luck to all! 
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Our Unforgettable Archery Trial at Archery Academy

 A few weekends ago, my son and I were invited by Rica Tai of Archery Academy Manila to swing by their archery center located at Intrawest Centre along Annapolis St. Greenhills, and try the sport.

I didn't have any second thoughts about giving in to the invitation, so saying yes was easy for me.  Besides, it will be my and Dandré 's first encounter with Archery and it definitely is worth a try!  I of course wanted to be a Katniss Everdeen for a day!  My son was excited when I told him that we' ll be taught how to use a bow and arrow, and actually shoot a target.  Who wouldn't right?

Upon reaching their archery studio, we were immediately oriented about the sport by Coach Gio Endaya.
He taught us the basics of Archery such as first how to test your eye dominance, how to properly hold the arrow and rest it on the bow, parts of the bow and different draw weights, how to hold it properly, correct stance, how to shoot, and finally how to retrieve the arrows correctly to avoid any accidents.
It wasn't as easy as it looked like.  It's not like getting an arrow, setting it on a bow and shooting.  It's a precision solo sport which takes a lot of discipline and determination.  Archery, like dance, involves graceful movements, correct steps, and body coordination to be able to execute it nicely.  Glad that Coach Gio was patient with the kids, that includes me, and passionately took us through each step of the Archery basics.
My son brought his friend to try the sport and they learned so much about Archery and it got both of them very interested and also curious at the same time.  They were very enthusiastic.  They are 11 and 9 years of age, which are good ages to learn Archery. They got the proper stance, basic shooting steps and careful handling of the bow and arrow in 2-3 tries!  While the Mommy Practicality was fumbling and not aiming her target very well.   But I didn't give up.  Few more tries and I was already hitting the targets (which was within the white space of the paper, good enough right? Haha!)
Coach Gio said that my son and his buddy were very good students.  They learned pretty fast compared to others.  Rica, Gio, and their other partner Rachelle Sison, all archers for years before starting their baby passion project the Archery Academy, all noticed that it was easy to instruct my son and his buddy because they are athletes.  My son and his friend play basketball and are very active.  My son is pretty curious that he with his friend asked a lot of questions.  Coach Gio let them try the bows with stronger/heavier strings (for beginners, Archery Academy lets students use 16lbs).
 Apart from the whole wonderful experience, what we all like about the studio of Archery Academy are the fun murals on the wall, the depth of the place perfect for shooters of long range, and it provides an environment of focus and learning.  After our trial, I could say that Archery is definitely a sport worth trying, both adults and Kids!
SUMMER PROGRAM
The good news is, Archery Academy is offering summer programs starting April!  So you and your kids could also try this challenging but fulfilling sport!

Their minimum age requirement for kids is 9 years old to ensure that the child could handle the bow and arrow properly and shoot the arrow with enough force to hit the target.  Here are more details about their Summer Program:
This summer, they are offering classes thrice a week (MWF) for 8 meetings with 2 hours each for only Php8,500 for first time enrollees. Returning students will only be charged Php6,500. This is because the first time enrollees fee includes their own string, arm guard, finger tab and a shirt, which they will be using for the entirety of their Archery classes.

Apart from their Summer Program, the Archery Academy Manila also has a year-round Weekend Program (P5,600/new student and P3,600/returning student) which includes 4 sessions of 2 hours each, every Saturdays and Sundays from 9-11am.   A per session rate is also available for only P550/head an hour.  The Archery Academy Manila can accommodate a maximum of 8 persons at a time, so it's important to call ahead of time to schedule your slot.

For more information about the Archery Academy Manila Summer and Year-round Programs, like The Archery Academy Manila on Facebook (facebook.com/TheArcheryAcademy) or follow them on Instagram (instagram.com/TheArcheryAcademy). 

Panadol® with Optizorb® Makes Super Moments Pain-free

We all know how pain affects the quality of life of any person.  For instance, a terrible headache would immediately ruin a great day out in a park with the family.  It limits the play time and bonding time with the kids and even your husband because you're in discomfort and in pain.

Personally, the pain I experience more often than not is headache.  Honestly, work is affected because I couldn't concentrate and sometimes I have to take a leave just to rest and wait until it goes away.  If that happens, even when I am home with my kids, I couldn't enjoy my time with them because the pain hinders me from doing so.  It's heartbreaking to let quality time with my family wait and suffer as I deal with my headache. True there are pain medications available but it doesn't just do its job quickly as needed.
Make super moments pain-free with (Paracetamol)Panadol®

How I Survived Being A Single Mom

I know you.  I feel you.  I can read your mind.  I am you.  A Single Mom.

It was eleven years ago when I made a beautiful mess in my life.  I got pregnant out of wedlock and was forced to be married to a person I didn’t see my entire future with and whom I knew I had a lot of differences wtih.  But we still got hitched anyway, because the family cared too much about what other people may say.  But we learned our lessons well, right after that mistake.  I remember very well saying, “I don’t want to get married.”  My voice and feelings were less important than the situation we were in. 

We tried a year, but separated soon after desperately trying.  I felt alone, but relieved.  I felt scared, but ready to face the consequences.  I was easily judged, called names, and even taken advantage of by some people.  I had a lot of insecurities.  I struggled financially.  I raised my child solo.

2015 Easter Egg Hunting Events in Metro Manila

We'll be welcoming Holy Week earlier this year because it's happening on the first week of April (April 2 to 5).  Due to readers and supporters who refer to my blog for events list for the children, I am compiling the 2015 Easter Egg Hunting Events in Metro Manila already.

But before Easter Sunday, I do hope that we all observe the holiness of the long holiday and in remembrance of the Passion of Christ.  To Catholics, like my family, we regularly do our Visita Iglesia in Manila or Quezon City churches on Maundy Thursday and attend other church ceremonies and activities in observance of the Holy Week.

Without any more delay, here are the EGG-Citing 2015 Easter Egg Hunting Events in Metro Manila:

ROBINSONS MALL
When: April 5, 2015, Sunday | 10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
What: Easter Egg Hunt, Magic Show, Tea and Cookie Party, Games and Prizes
Fee: Free, registration is needed to be done from 10 am to 12 noon.
For more information, like them on Facebook or visit their WEBSITE

EASTWOOD CITY
When: April 5, 2015
Where: Eastwood City Mall
What: Storybook Parade, Giant Easter Egg Exhibit, Candy Buffet, and Easter Egg Painting and more.
Fee: Php 599.00
For more information, like them on FACEBOOK.
CENTURY CITY MALL
When: April 5, 2015, Sunday | 1:30 - 4:00 PM
What: EGGVENTURE ISLAND - Easter Egg Hunting, balloon ship, magic show, meet high-seas characters, and free candy treasure.
Fee: P300/child.
Register at the mall concierge desk. Entrance is P300 per child. Early registrants (March 16-27) have a chance to win grand special prizes, including an iPad Mini!
For more information call 7056200 loc.111/112 or visit www.centurycitymall.com.ph/deals.html or likew them on FACEBOOK
ARANETA CENTER
When: April 5, 2015, Sunday | Gateway Foodpark
For more information, like them on Facebook.


TOYS 'R US 
When: April 5, 2015, Sunday | 4:00 - 6:00 PM (Registration starts at 10AM - 1PM)
Where: Robinsons Magnolia Garden Center
What: Meet & Greet, Easter Egg Hunting and Loot bags
Fee: Spend at least 1,000 worth of merchandise at participating Toys R Us stores to get an entry pass.  Open to kids 4- 10 years of age.
For more information, visit their WEBSITE or like them on FACEBOOK.
ACTIVE FUN
When: April 5, 2015
Where: BGC, SM Megamall and Fairview Terraces
What: Egg Hunting, Eff Painting, Mascot & Magic Shows, Games, Prizes, Raffle,Snacks, and Easter Loot Bag
Fee: Php500 for Fun Club member/ Php 550 for non-members/Php250 per adult (inclusive of snacks)
For more information, visit their website or like them on FACEBOOK.
2015 Easter Egg Hunting Events in Manila

Chef Laudico Guevarra's Buffet Restaurant Experience

Last Valentine's Day, M and I decided to celebrate the day over our favorite past time, FOOD.  And what better way to devour (lots of) food than to experience it over buffet, the- Chef Laudico Guevarra's Buffet - way!
Chef Laudico Guevarra's Buffet Restaurant

Simple Mango Float Recipe

I admit, I'm not a contender to the Most Valuable Domesticated Mommy award.  Because as a full-time working mom, I rarely have time to cook or bake anything.  But like any other working mom, I'm kind of sure of this, I wish I could stay more at home and fulfill the domesticated roles like, first and foremost, take care of the kids, next cook all meals for the family and maybe sometimes bake or prepare dessert for them.   But don't get me wrong, I do cook, and my family says I cook well (they're a fan or they must really love me that much).  Unfortunately, I only get to cook real meal on weekends and desserts occasionally.

Such as this one time.

I checked the refrigerator, found two packs of all purpose cream and a can of condensed milk.  So I said why not whip up something my kids love, Mango Float!  It's very easy to do and no baking needed, only the ingredients, a good piling mechanism, and refrigerator.

So here's my Simple Mango Float Recipe!

What you'll need:

  • 2 cups of Ripe Mangoes
  • 2 tetra packs of All Purpose Cream
  • 3/4 cup of Condensed Milk
  • 1 pack of Grahams Cracker

Di Lang Ligo ang Ligo! It's So Much More with JOHNSON'S Baby

Since the time I became a mom, bath time for my kids has always been a pleasant and fun experience for them and me as well.  I love the scent of the oil I use to massage them before bathing, their shampoo and their baby soap as well.  More than just cleansing, I really have seen bath time as a time for bonding, playing and having fun with the kids.  A lot of singing, bubble playing, bath time story-telling going on in the bathroom.

After attending Johnson's Baby So Much More global launch event a few weeks ago, I found out that while treating bath time as a bonding time with kids and cleansing, it's also important for the child's congnitive development.  I guess I belong to the whopping 45% of the parents surveyed in the Philippines who didn't see this importance hence, Philippines has the shortest bath time duration for babies - 15 minutes vs. the global average of 23 minutes.
Johnson's Baby So Much More

LEGO Sunday Brunch at Spectrum, Fairmont Makati Hotel

For a parent of two boys who adore LEGO endlessly, I got very excited when we were invited to spend a lovely LEGO Sunday Brunch at Spectrum, Fairmont Makati Hotel.
LEGO is my younger one's current (if you consider one year and a half still current) favorite toy and he's the number one fan of Emmet of The LEGO Movie.  So just imagine how loudly he shrieked upon seeing this giant Emmet display in the middle of Spectrum.

Compilation of Valentine's Day #WhoGoat and Pick-Up Lines

Hello!  Since it's the love month and I am pretty much excited to experience with my loved ones (that includes my sons) like you, I'm compiling a super hit #WhoGoat and Pick-Up lines which could surely tickle the love bones of your lovey-dovey!  Are you ready?

Since I have a hang-over of the "That Thing Called Tadahana" movie, I'll start with: