Thursday, October 28, 2010
I don't have the pictures now but will post as soon as I've downloaded them to my cranky desktop at home.
This particular one caught my attention yesterday. I think mainly because I've been more exposed and a lot more open to special needs children now that my son is doing therapy. To be honest, I actually cried and it's very embarrassing because I was reading this at the office after work. Maybe it was because I had a very long day at work or maybe because I could empathize with how the father felt while taking those photos.
The Time Photo article is Echolilia: A Father's Photographic Conversation with his Autistic Son. Aside from the photos being absolutely amazing, the pictures would actually speak to you as a parent. I don't know if it made me sad or if it made me a bit happy because somehow the father was able to reach out to his special needs son without the need for complicated conversation.
The photographer also has a blog which is an interesting read. You can also see more of his photos here.
Thursday, October 21, 2010
Monday, October 11, 2010
I must admit I'm the usual couch potato. No exercise. Just sit, eat, watch TV, eat, work in front of the laptop, eat, then surf the net, eat, then sleep. No physical activity whatsoever. Unless you count driving as a physical activity (I drive an automatic transmission car by the way, which makes driving a non-exercise).
Some go the slimming shake-pill-tea route, but I'm afraid to try all of those because I don't have a gall bladder anymore. Yup, had mine remove 3 years ago because of nasty gall stones. I'm afraid if I take those chemical-infused slimming stuff, I would torture my liver - yuck!
My sister recommended I try the Apple Cider Vinegar concoction to lose weight. She said to pour 1-2 tsp of ACV into a glass of water then add 1-2 tsp of raw honey. Drink before each meal, 3 times a day. That's it.
I actually bought the ACV even before reading up if this concoction of hers works LOL. I bought the Bragg organic ACV (available in Healthy Options). Then the raw honey from Landmark Supermarket. Bragg organic ACV at Php139 and Cem's honey at Php60.80.
I've started taking this drink 3 times today. Taste is not bad. If you're used to lemonade, then this is just okay. Shake or mix well so the honey does not stay at the bottom of the glass.
My weight today is 141 lbs. I'm 4'11" tall (or short!). This gives me a BMI of 28.5 (overweight!). I need to lose 20 lbs because the ideal weight for my height is 94-124 lbs. Aaarrrggghh!!!
I've read some of the literature of ACV benefits on weight loss and it sounds promising. Overall, the concoction, according to a study, will result to a long term weight loss of 15lbs per year even without a change in diet - nice! Read up on ACV benefits and other home remedies here: Apple Cider Vinegar Benefits
Let's see how this turns out. I'm desperate for a weight loss plan but I don't want to go through the pill route - so help me God!
Yesterday while out window-shopping with my mama and my sister, we went inside VMV Hypoallergenics in Trinoma to check VMV Armada Face Shield. My sister desperately needs a good sunblock for her diamond peel treatment next month.
I didn't expect to see a bunch of products for babies as I thought VMV only carries makeup and adult skincare products. One product that caught my eye is The Big, Brave Boo-Boo Balm. The label says:
Validated Hypoallergenic: VH-65 (Free of all known allergens)
100% Paraben + Preservative-Free
With antibacterial, antiviral, protective properties
Usage, Patch + Clinically Tested
For Infants, Babies, Newborns 0+, even those with very dry, sensitive, atopic skin ; for Pregnant or Lactating Moms ; for Men and Women with very atopic, sensitive, allergy-prone skin
Once I got home, my daughter (as if by fate) had an accident which gave her a nasty knee-wound. After she took her night shower, we immediately applied the balm. Verdict: Not painful at all, no sting. We still have yet to see if the product works - which means if it heals the wound in a week's time.
Product details here: VMV Hypoallergenics Grandma Minnie's The Big, Brave Boo-Boo Balm
Imagine my disbelief when my friend told me her mom is looking at buying a box of Anion Love Moon pads to relieve her and her entire family (4 girls in the family + my friend's mom). My reaction was "Anion what???". My second reaction was "P3,500 for a set???!!!!". That was damn expensive!!!
I researched this Anion pads on the internet and found some pretty interesting stuff. It is made of super-absorbent layers but the most important part is the negative ion strip. This strip is said to reduce or prevent several infections and inflammations and promote overall health and well-being.
To read more about the benefits of Anion Love Moon pads, go to this site -> Anion
I ordered a trial pack which I expect to receive within the week. I'm excited to try this new product and will test the product claims (not sure I can test all but will try to check some of it)!