Radiate Youthful Glow with Burt’s Bees Radiance Line

It’s been a while since I saw and spent time with the ladies of Sample Room. Although we’d communicate constantly via email and Facebook, there’s something about meeting up physically over a nice cup of tea and afternoon treats. February 12, 2015 marked the launch of an exciting offer from Burt’s Bees exclusively available through Sample Room.

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2015 02Have you heard about the amazing benefits of Royal Jelly? Royal Jelly is an excellent source of nutrients including eight essential amino acids, proteins, minerals and vitamins B1, B2, B5, B6, along with Biotin, Niacin and Folic Acid. No wonder it’s fed to the queen bee in her first days of life to ensure her growth and fertility. Imagine a skin care product infused with all the Royal Jelly goodness!

Radiance Serum The Burt’s Bees Radiance Serum is a lightweight, nourishing liquid that helps enhance skin’s natural radiance. It’s formulated with Licorice Root Extract and Glycerin for moisturization. 2-3 drops are all you need after cleansing and toning the skin. Since it’s officially summer in the Philippines, this light serum is a great nourishing and brightening addition to your skin care regime.


The Radiance Facial Cleanser (I haven’t tried this yet) and Toner. The cleanser is formulated with Jojoba Beads that help exfoliate skin. The toner is gentle as water but packed with the nourishing benefits of royal jelly.

P1160724-002The Burt’s Bees Radiance line is now available for order online! Check out https://www.burtsbees.com.ph and enjoy shopping wherever you are! You can also follow @BurtsBeesPH on Twitter, Instagram and Facebook.

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Welcome back, Hale!

Hale got everyone excited last month when they announced that they were back together again! They’ve been working on songs since last year and have released their first single “See You”
They dropped by the show on February 18 for an hour-long set, much to the delight of their fans who have been supporting them since 2004. Below are some videos of their live performance on the show.

Leadership Lessons from Numbers 16

What leadership lessons can we pick up from Moses and Aaron as they were challenged and defied by the people entrusted to them?

Numbers 16 talks about Korah, Dathan and Abiram. Korah was a leader from the Kohathite clan while Dathan and Abiram were from the Tribe of Reuben. They connived and rose up against Moses, bringing together with them 250 other leaders from the Israelite tribes. Watch to see what principles you can learn from both sides.

THE ONE WHERE I TALK ABOUT BIKINIS (Applying 1 Corinthians 10:23-24)

(Applying 1 Corinthians 10:23-24)

DISCLAIMER: Before you flinch and think of this as a prudish anti-bikini entry, please keep it mind that my bikini issues are PERSONAL. Wearing a bikini does not automatically mean you’re bad or immoral. I’ve worn bikinis in the past after being cajoled by my friends. Prior to that I’ve always been a one-piece kind of girl and I’d often pair it with cycling or board shorts because I was shy. 

The Apostle Paul says in 1 Corinthians 10:23-24 “ ‘Everything is permissible’—but not everything is beneficial. ‘Everything is permissible’—but not everything is constructive. No one should seek their own good, but the good of others.” In the whole passage, Paul talks about the freedom of a believer—how there are certain activities and meals that believers can legitly enjoy but if it causes a young believer to stumble, then it’s best to abstain from it.

In this 2-part series, I will be talking about 1) Bikinis and 2) Alcohol.

While there is no mention of bikinis in the Bible, we are taking the principle above and applying it to modest dressing so as not to lead others to temptation. As it is, wearing a bikini isn’t technically sinning. I believe a girl can wear a bikini without the intent to seduce men. Maybe you just feel more comfortable swimming in them. The thing is, while you may not have any issues, it could be someone’s weak point. There are some men who cannot resist looking at certain female body parts and the mere sight of such could trigger lustful desires. Now you might say “That’s his problem, not mine. I’ll still wear my bikini.” My personal stand on this is to exercise brotherly love by not being an instrument of temptation.

Come to think of it, wearing a bikini is no different from wearing your regular underwear. Sure, the fabric and designs are different, but they cover and expose the same amount of skin.

Photo from eatliver.com

Photo from eatliver.com



Depending on the people you’ll be with, I think most girls won’t have a problem wearing a bikini to a family beach trip or a Boracay weekend with the best girl buddies. Others however, don’t really care.

Let’s take a look at COMMON MOTIVES/REASONS
-To fish for compliments: “Bikinis are SOOO IN. I want to feel sexy and free.”
-Boast about one’s body: “I worked so hard to get this bod. I might as well show it off.” “It’s a public beach! Anyone can wear what they want!”
-Attract attention: “I might meet someone cute. He should see me in my bikini.”

When my friends convinced me back then that I looked okay wearing a bikini, I was able to overcome my shyness and wore one to the beach whenever I had the chance. When summer would approach, I’d clock-in extra workout hours to get a trimmer, leaner “bikini body”. Upon achieving the ideal look, I’d happily flaunt it and make sure flattering photos would be taken. Back then, I’d get a confidence boost every time my bikini photo would get a Facebook like or comment from a friend.

Tagging suddenly became so rampant and the sharing of photos so easy. I realized how my seemingly harmless bikini photos could land on someone else’s feed—a future employer, a psycho stalker or a church mate. How would you feel if someone suddenly approaches you in church and says “Hey! I saw your bikini photos! Nice! Sexy!” Thankfully, that hasn’t happened to me yet but the mere fact that almost anyone can have access to these photos made me think twice about bikinis and how it can lead others to temptation.

I also learned that waiting to be appreciated based on how you look in a bikini reveals where you anchor your self-worth. To be firmly anchored in Christ means there is no need for worldly validation that you are sexy. If you accepted Jesus Christ as your Lord and Savior, be reminded that you are precious and valued. Before you were even born, Jesus already thought of dying for your sins on the cross. Isn’t that reality so much better than running after fleeting bikini comments?

To sport that skimpy bikini or not? Think about it.
Ask yourself:
Will God be glorified if I do this?
Will it cause a brother/sister to stumble?
What are my motives?
If this goes online for all the world to see, would it be something I’d be ashamed of?

Have a blessed day!

Shopping with the dolls at SM Shoe City


It’s been a while since I got new shoes for myself. If you listen to my show, you may have caught me sharing many times that I take extreme care of my shoes, bags and clothes. I do what I can to extend their lifespan although I know that it also depends on my usage and the quality of the material.

With my hair and make-up artist Apple. :-)

With my hair and make-up artist Apple. :-)

Would you believe that I’ve had that white dress since I was 16? :-) When I buy shoes, I make sure that I can use them many times and that I can wear them with a lot of my clothes. My rule is to get the basics–shoes for casual days (meaning jeans, shirts and shorts), dressy shoes for special events, formal shoes for teaching and speaking engagements and some stylish, fashion-forward pieces for those days when I wish to make a statement through my clothing. I remember attending the launch of SM Shoe City a little over a year ago. I’m grateful to have witnessed the wonderful milestones of SM Shoes and Bags–they always have something to offer everybody. For the bold, fashion-forward crowd, they partnered with Rajo Laurel twice [I am so looking forward to another collection :-)] and I am a proud owner of four Rajo Laurel for Parisian pieces. They also launched their men’s line: Salvatore Mann and Milanos and they’ve continuously surprised the ladies with fresh, wearable designs for Parisian. Continue reading

Beauty and the Beast The Musical in Manila

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Some friends and I were able to catch Beauty and the Beast the Musical at the CCP Main Theatre just this week and we were doing our best not to sing out loud during the musical numbers. It’s not that we’d be ejected from the theatre, it was more of avoiding dagger looks from those who wanted to really watch and concentrate. :-p

Beauty and the Beast the Musical was first seen on Broadway 1994. Susan Egan (also the voice of Meg in Hercules and Cinderella in some Disney Princess recordings) originated the role of Belle, while Terrence Mann played the Beast. It’s impressive how they mounted it onstage in less than 3 years since the movie was released (this makes me all the more excited for Frozen on Broadway). For the touring cast, Hilary Maiberger takes on the role of Belle, Darick Pead as the gruff, temperamental (but soft-hearted) Beast, Adam Dietlein as the self-absorbed Gaston, Paul Crane as Maurice, James May as Cogsworth, Emily Matthenson as Mrs. Potts, Hassa Nazari Robati as Lumiere and Andrea Leach in the expanded role of Babette, the feather duster.

If you’re seeing this for the first time and haven’t listened to the original cast recording, you’d be delighted to hear some songs that aren’t part of the original movie soundtrack. Songs like “Home” (which Belle sings as she is detained by the Beast in his castle, waxing sentimental on the true meaning of ‘home’), “Me” (another obnoxious self-centred song by the musical’s vain antagonist Gaston) and “If I Can’t Love Her” which is sung by the Beast after he realises how he let his anger get out of control again, prompting Belle to leave the castle.

Beauty and the Beast in Manila is made possible by Broadway Entertainment Group, Disney Theatrical Productions, NETworks, MKFAE and Ovation Productions. The shows began on January 9 and were supposed to run until the 25th but due to the Papal Visit, some shows were moved or cancelled. They’ve extended their run until February 1, 2015 so go and grab your tickets at http://www.beautyandthebeast.com.ph and http://www.ticketworld.com.ph.

Ticket prices: P7,895; P6,845; P5,790;P4,740; P4,210; P3,160; and P2,105

Thank you so much Ovation Productions for a fun evening!

with Tito Renen de Guia, CEO of Ovation Productions.

with Tito Renen de Guia, CEO of Ovation Productions.

with Ms. Grace Foronda and my dolls!

with Ms. Grace Foronda and my dolls!