Monday, November 14, 2011

B1G 7: Finding Rest in God

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I had one of my most defining weekend in my life. This 3-day, 2-night appointment with God made a life-time impact on me. I saw joyful faces with humble hearts serving God, was inspired with true-to-life testimonies from singles, savored praise and worship songs, was encouraged with inspirational talks from the pastors, witnessed people surrender their lives to God, found solitude with the Lord, met new friends, was reminded by the love and sacrifices of our Savior, experienced true rest and shared God's love only by His grace :D

I am overwhelmed with all the things God has taught me in this retreat and forever grateful for the opportunity to be part of His work. Being a facilitator for the first time brought about anxiety, insecurities and fear on my end. I knew myself well, I am not good at people, I like to do things on my own, I'm not comfortable sharing with strangers, so how can a timid person like me facilitate a group of ladies with different personalities. But God encouraged me in His word,

"Do not be afraid; do not be discouraged. Be strong and courageous."
--Joshua 10:25

 Sharbs, AJ, me, Badette and Eigh =)
Now I understand how God enables us to do the work in spite of our weaknesses. I met four beautiful souls (Sharbs, AJ, Badette, Eigh) and together we learn how a perfect God loves us despite our imperfections; His sacrifices in pursuing us to be His children; how God could fill our hearts with overflowing love that compels us to love others just like He first loved us. I will always be thankful to have known these ladies whom God send my way to encourage me.

"I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me." 
--Philippians 4:13

Indeed B1G (Be one with God) event has never failed to amaze me every year on how God intentionally works in transforming lives of His people.

Wednesday, November 9, 2011

10 Best Fat-Burning Foods

A post for healthy-living :)

1. Low-Fat Dairy Products Calcium is a metabolic trigger. Skim milk and yogurt are rich in complex carbohydrates, which boost your metabolism by keeping insulin levels low after a meal. High insulin levels signal the body to hold onto fat. A study of dieters done at the University of Tennessee found that those who ate 1200 mg of calcium a day lost twice as much weight than those who avoided dairy.

2. Hot Peppers Capsaicin, the chemical in jalapenos, habaneros, and cayenne peppers gives them their bite. It speeds up heart rate and boosts metabolism. A study reported by AOL Health found that eating just one spicy meal a day boosts metabolism by up to 25%, and the calorie burn lasts for up to three hours after the meal.

3. Green Vegetables They’re a dieter’s salvation because they’re high in fiber and low in calories. In addition to their numerous health benefits, their slimming powers come from the fact that the more you eat at a meal the less room you’ll have to eat other foods that might not be so wonderful. Asparagus is especially good because it’s a natural diuretic that flushes out the system and minimizes water retention. Studies are also showing that it may play a role in fat breakdown.

4. Good Fats Olive oil and avocados are great sources of heart-healthy mono unsaturated fats. The oleic acid in olive oil stabilizes leptin (also called the satiety hormones). Avocados are also a great source of fiber.

5. Berries Blueberries contain more antioxidants than any other fruit. Strawberries, raspberries, blackberries, and grapes are also good. Aside from their many other proven health boosting claims, a cup of fresh or frozen berries contains about 6 grams of filling fiber.

6. Nuts Almost all nuts qualify: almonds, walnuts, pistachios, etc. contain protein, fiber, and “healthy fat” that helps keep you feeling full. Snacking on 24 almonds will keep you feeling far more satisfied than snacking on the same number of rice cakes. Nut butters count, but buy ones that don’t have added sugar. Peanut butter is particularly good because it’s high in Niacin, which prevents bloat.

7. Tea (Hot Or Iced) In a Swiss study, tea drinkers burned 266 more calories per day than non-tea drinkers. Green tea is the best; it has a chemical called EGCG that causes the brain and nervous system to run faster, which burns more calories even while the body is at rest. Black and white teas are also good. Avoid heavily processed bottled and canned tea drinks and brew it yourself.

8. Coffee (Caffeinated) Caffeine speeds up your heart rate and helps burn more calories. Even though the caffeine in the Mocha Frappuccino counts, it’s full of sugar and fat. It’s best to get your caffeine with low fat milk and go easy on sweeteners. It’s been shown that taking caffeine before a workout helps you last longer and consume more oxygen during the workout. The more oxygen you use, the more calories you burn

9. Whole Grains These are a great source of complex carbohydrates and fiber. Look for “whole grain” or “whole wheat” products. If the label says “wheat,” there’s a good chance the processing has stripped of its fiber and nutrients.

10. Grapefruit It’s been praised as a diet aid for years. Grapefruit is high in pectin, which breaks down body fat. WARNING: Grapefruit can interfere with many medications, especially blood pressure meds. Check with your doctor, pharmacist, or the Harvard Medical School Family Health Guide updates.


Tuesday, November 8, 2011

Ace Water Spa Escapade

We wanted to relax and maximize our 3-day long weekend due to the declaration of PNoy for November 7 as regular Philippine holiday to celebrate our Muslim brothers’ “Festival of Sacrifice,” also known as Eid’l Adha. So we've decided to do a spontaneous escapade :)

Me and my officemates met at SM Megamall and had our late lunch there until 2:00PM then off we go to Ace Water Spa @Rosario, Pasig with a collective goal - to pamper our mind and body...

We opt to visit Ace Water Spa, Pasig for one it's more accessible than the QC branch, second it's a newer facility which opened only last May, 2011.

Regular Fees:
Adult - 550
Kids(4 ft and below) - 250
* Maximum of 4 hours

We reached Ace at 2:45PM, settled payment at the lobby(P550), where we also got our locker keys and headed straight to their locker rooms. Here are some of their house rules:
1. Cameras are not allowed
2. Customer must wear fitted swimwear ( Board/beach shorts, undergarments are stricly prohibited )
3. Bring your own bath towel
4. Wear swim caps ( courtesy of Ace )

Ace Water spa utilizes "Ultrasonic Jet System" that massages specific areas of the body with its aquatic jets strategically located to relax and soothe tired and aching muscles. This treatment is best done in heated water.

Ready to plunge in water?! We were more than excited! :D Here are the list of services we find at Ace Water Spa:
  • Kid's Area: Kid's Pool with Slide, Floor Fountain, Bucket Splash and Lazy River
  • Soft Massages: Bubble Bed, Bubble Pool, Bubble Massage and Hydro-Acupuncture Bed
  • Moderate Massages: Rainfall Acupuncture, Eight Nozzle Shower, Hydro-Buoyancy Massage, Buttocks Massage, Jet Chair and Jet Chair with Foot Massage
  • Hard Massages: Head & Shoulder Massage, Waterfalls, Multi-point Massage, Chest Jet Massage, Waist Jet Massage, Upper Body Jet Massage and High Pressure Massage
  • Hot Herbal Pools: Mint Pool, Jasmine Pool and Lavender Pool
  • Cold Pool: This is the fastest way to cool down after using the hot herbal pools, steam or sauna.
  • Lapping Pool: 8 lanes, 25 meter indoor swimming pool is ideal for swimmers and soon-to-be swimmers to practice their "winning strokes.
  • Steam and Sauna
I personally loved their Hot Herbal Pools sooo relaxing ;) It has four options:
  1. Hot Pool – classic one, no scent ;)
  2. Mint Pool – has the temperature of 36 C.
  3. Jasmine Pool – will surely make you invigorated while relaxing your muscles. This pool is marked at 38 C.
  4. Lavender Pool – is the hottest pool with 40 C as its temperature, while the lavender scent keeps the skin soft and smooth.
We stayed @Ace for 3 hours and for our entire stay we we're not disappointed :D We felt sooo soft and clean, refreshed and rejuvenated :)

They also have Coffee Lounge which serves eat-all-you-can lunch/dinner with unlimited red iced tea which we didn't try because it's a bit pricey for P899.

To sum up we were all trilled with our first Ace Water Spa experience. Location-wise - check, facilities - check, cleanliness - check, service - check, price rates - check (unless you got deals in discounted price check check check :D)

Ace Water Spa
United St. cor. Brixton St. near Pioneer St., Pasig City
Contact No.: 330-7776
For more details visit their website

Thursday, November 3, 2011

2012 Philippine Holidays

Have you been planning your 2012 get-aways? Last quarter of 2011 is the best time to start planning about it. First, check 2012 holidays, wait for seat-sales(optional but practical), book your flight and frantically wait for the travel date.

I'm looking forward to a bright 2012 with 6 holidays scheduled on a Monday and Fridays which gives us  6 long-weekend to schedule our trips :D

Enjoy your vacation!

Philippines - 2012

Jan 01, Sun - New Year's Day
Feb 25, Sat - People Power Day ( School Holiday )
Apr 05, Thu - Maundy Thursday ( 5-day long weekend! Apr 5-9 )
Apr 06, Fri - Good Friday
Apr 09, Mon - Day of Valor
May 01, Tue - Labor Day
Jun 12, Tue - Independence Day
Aug 19, Sun - Eid'l Fitr
Aug 21, Tue - Ninoy Aquino Day
Aug 27, Mon - National Heroes' Day ( 3-day long weekend! Aug 25-27 )
Oct 26, Fri - Eidul Adha  ( Possible 3-day long weekend! Oct 26-28 )
Nov 01, Thu - All Saints Day ( Possible 4-day long weekend! Nov 1-4 )
Nov 30, Fri - Bonifacio Day ( 3-day long weekend! Nov 30-Dec 2 )
Dec 25, Tue - Christmas Day
Dec 30, Sun - Rizal Day
Dec 31, Mon - New Year's Eve ( 3-day long weekend! Dec 29-31 )

For more travel date tips check Awesome Planet post.