Wednesday, July 27, 2016

Neo: Our 3K Finisher

Fun runs are something the hubby and I enjoy doing.  We make sure to participate up to two fun runs a year.  It’s a good fitness and bonding activity for both of us.  As such, we would love to bring our little boy with us during one of the fun runs we attend.

Last May, Neo participated in his first ever fun run and finished his first 200m dash.  Thanks to Nickelodeon’s Slime Cup Run2016.  So that being said, our next step would be to upgrade Neo’s 200m dash to a 3K run.  And that he did last Manila Bay Clean-Up Run 2016! J

Joining a fun run as a family is not really part of my bucket list but this is something I would love for us to do.  Lucky for us because were able to sign up to Manila Bay Clean-Up Run 2016. 

So last July 12, our whole family (Papa, Mama, and Neo) together with Ate Espie, Tito GB, and Lola Nitz, arrived early at CCP Complex to participate in the Manila Bay Clean-Up Run. 

The family that runs together stays fit together! 

Neo had fun running his first ever 3K run.  He was very energetic and still had lots of energy even after the run (which gave me the feeling that I should enlist him for a 5K run next time haha). 

Our tired-looking 3K Finisher! J

Way to go, little boy!  Let’s move up to 5K next fun run! J

Saturday, July 23, 2016

Lunch Visit at Sonya’s Garden

Sonya’s Garden is one of the most popular bed and breakfast areas in Cavite.  It is located at Alfonso, though some people would think it’s at Tagaytay.  We already visited the place sometime last year, toured it, and were able to taste their famous Hispanic bread.  After that visit, we vowed to go back to Sonya’s Garden again.

So when the perfect time came, we went to Sonya’s Garden and have our lunch buffet.  We went there as walk-ins and luckily they were able to accommodate us.

The dining area for guests is like a big green house.  It has a rustic feel with wooden furniture.  Sonya’s Garden serves organic food for lunch buffet.  

After we were seated, a big bowl of fresh salad was served to our table.  It is complete with different choices of toppings that you can opt to try or not.  Drinks were also served (I forgot if its dalandan or orange juice).

Salad includes flowers.  It is edible! J

There are few choices of food.  Some are served as an eat-all-you-can buffet where you go the buffet table and get your food. 

Salmon Belly and Pasta.
Two types of pasta sauce (sun dried tomato and chicken cream with mango).
Shitake Mushroom and Ratatouille.
Dessert: Sweet Potato and Turon (Banana rolls).

Freshly cooked bread with various spreads was served within the meal.  This got to be one of the best tasting bread I had.  And the anchovy spread was the best partner for it.

Freshly cooked bread with different spreads to choose from.  

After eating, a slice of chocolate cake and a cup of Tarragon tea were served to each guest.  I don’t have a picture of the cake as Neo gladly finished it the moment the server put it in our table. 

We toured the place again after eating.  The greens and beautiful scenery never fails to put a relaxing smile on my face. 

Strolling silently because the area is a quiet zone.

All the foods served to us were organic.  And by organic, it means that not all foods were tasty – but it also means that all foods served were healthy.  If you’re looking for a relaxing way to eat and detox, Sonya’s Garden is the place for you.  But don’t forget to shop at their Panaderia for Hispanic Bread as a treat before you go home – as we did J

The little boy took this photo. 

Rates for lunch during weekend Php683.  Kids are charged half the price.

Tuesday, July 19, 2016

Allied Against Dengue: A Movement to Defeat Dengue

It’s the rainy season again.  The season most commonly associated with a lot of sickness, including the dreaded Dengue fever.  As a tropical country, The Philippines is one of the many countries where Dengue is prevalent.  Last year, a total of 200,415 Filipinos were reported to have acquired Dengue fever.  

What is Dengue?

Dengue fever is a virus caused by the bite of a female Aedes Aegypti mosquito during daytime.  There are 4 types of dengue virus which means you can acquire dengue 4 times!

What are the Symptoms of Dengue?

Here are some of the symptoms of Dengue.  You do not need to experience all symptoms, and a manifestation of just 2 symptoms should be enough reason to go to your doctor.
·         High continuous fever that lasts 2-7 days
·         Bleeding of nose and/or gums
·         Nausea/vomiting
·         Skin flushing (rashes)
·         Loss of appetite

What Can We Do At Home?

Not all patients who tested positive for Dengue virus needs to be confined.  Some just needs to stay home and rest.  Do take note of the following:
·         No medicine or antibiotic can treat Dengue
·         Bed rest and lots of fluid intake
·         For fever, give paracetamol (the safest).  Avoid Aspirin or NSAIDS (Ibuprofen).

How Can We Avoid Dengue?

The Department of Health suggests 4S:
·         Search and Destroy – change water in vases, clean your roof’s drain, clean the inside and outside of pails and other water receptacles, ensure that no water is left in dish holders, cover all reservoirs, and overturn all receptacles used for storing water.
·         Say “No” to indiscriminate fogging – say “Yes” only during outbreak or epidemic.
·         Seek immediate consultation – consult a doctor immediately after 2 days if fever does not improve.
·         Self-protection measures – check out my blog suggestion about this.

Thus, the Allied Against Dengue Movement was born.  It was launched last July 12, 2016 in the Philippines and its main purpose is to unite efforts to take action and defeat Dengue.  GlaxoSmithKline Consumer Healthcare Philippines Inc had join forces with our government together with several private sectors to take this initiative.  Allied Against Dengue Philippines includes in their roster: The Department of Health (DOH), Philippine Pharmacists Association, Inc (PPHA), GlaxoSmithKline Consumer Healthcare Philippines Inc, Mercury Drug Corporation (MDC),, and CNN Philippines.

Proud Allies Against Dengue representatives.

Allied Against Dengue is focused to empower healthcare providers, public and private organizations and communities to reduce the impact of dengue.  Initial steps are already in place such as having more than 1,200 healthcare providers (including doctors, pharmacists, and general practitioners) to help educate the patients and consumers.  Also, 50,000 DOH primers will be distributed to public schools to increase awareness. 

DOH Primer to be distributed to public schools.

As a mom, the health of my family has always been on top of my priority.  And I vow to always make sure to help my community to fight this dreaded disease.  I am Nerisa Nunag and I’m a proud Ally Against Dengue!

I am Nerisa Nunag and I’m a proud Ally Against Dengue!

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