Thursday, March 20, 2008


Looky at Sancho's new get up. INDIGObaby now carries BabyLegs! I love them! Because Santi cannot be contained and loves to crawl about, these are perfect to protect his legs & knees from dirty floors. It's also great for keeping him warm during nappy changing sessions. Oh, and good for protecting him from mosquitoes as well! A multi-purpose fashionable accessory! What a steal!

Friday, March 07, 2008

All Girls Day Out


A whole afternoon spent with my best friends from college and the 2 main men of our lives - Santi & Benny (you can see their little feet popping out here too!)

S just got back from Maui/SFO! We wanted to hear all about her adventures so, we planned a get together since we haven't seen each other in ages!

Recap of the day:

1. Lunch at Chelsea Market- We shared a Salmon Pizza, Meatball Pasta (I know, I was outnumbered by carnivores!), and choco chip cheesecake for dessert. I had fresh lemonade (detox time) while D had her watermelon shake. Yummyness. Never mind that we could have spent much much less a block away. We couldn't care less at this point, we were famished!

2. Foot Spa at Nail Tropics - P450 for an hour of pampering while gossiping over who we saw on magazines, who broke up, who gave birth...blahblahblah. I brought along my maid (not yaya, she is my new all-around girl) to carry Santi while I was having my pedicure. Really needed this because I don't even recall the last one I had, prior to giving birth pa! Sheesh!

3. Sonja's cupcakes- We can't get enough of the sugar! Again, we shared a white and dark chocolate cookie and an oatmeal cookie. I like her cupcakes more. Mrs. Fields rule the cookie world!

It ended too soon.

'It's 4pm na?!' someone blurts out.

Time does fly when you're having fun! As we said our good-byes, we vowed to do this more often. Weekly dates to reconnect, uplift our spirits and feed our souls! I know it does sound like Sunday mass.

Maybe an all girls day out is spiritual after all?

Tuesday, March 04, 2008

MSG Zombies

My recent epiphany led me to research on health hazard articles online. Yes, I was shocked to learn about the microwave bit. But, truth be told, intuition always kept me suspicious of that radiation box. When I was pregnant with Santi... I kept myself at a distance when heating food. I also recall a story (real or not) of a woman who had her breasts done and while being in front of a heated microwave, they popped -- something to that manner?!

I read a very interesting article by Alex Renton about MSG and it's history. I am surprised to learn that

MSG is the sodium salt of the amino acid glutamic acid and a form of glutamate.
Glutamate itself is in many living things: It is found naturally in our bodies and in protein-containing foods, such as cheese, milk, meat, peas, and mushrooms.

Yes, glutamate in breast milk! 10 times more than cow's milk! No wonder babies prefer breast milk over formula..because it tastes so much better!

The glutamate found and made in our bodies is natural and safe..but MSG, which is commercially manufactured glutamate, is a killer because of the contaminants in the process.

Why do food companies add MSG to their products anyway?

1. It tricks our tongues into thinking that the food we are eating is high in protein and nutritious
2. Stimulates the pancreas to create insulin. Blood pressure drops and after an hour we are hungry for more food. And 'once we pop, we can't stop' or 'bet you can't just have one!' Eerie!
3. An excess of it will turn into GABA which is addictive and calming. Think VALIUM. Hence the term MSG is nicotine for food.

....more info on the truth on MSG here.

So, we all know it's bad for us but we choose to put it in our mouths anyway? Are we living in sheer denial? And for people who are trying to avoid it...we are shocked to find out that it's an ingredient in almost everything we eat!

Names MSG goes under: monopotassium glutamate, glutavene, glutacyl, glutamic acid, autolyzed yeast extract, calcium caseinate, sodium caseinate, E621 (E620-625 are all glutamates), Ajinomoto, Ac'cent, Gourmet Powder

May also contain MSG: natural flavours or seasonings, natural beef or chicken flavouring, hydrolyzed milk or plant protein, textured protein, seasonings, soy sauce, bouillon, broth, spices

I have been more aware of purchases at the grocery now and even taught my maid to be wary of ingredient labels. I use Mama Sita's Pang Gisa which claims that it has no MSG. I sure hope that it's not all hype. All the other flavor enhancers reads 'no preservatives' but when you read the ingredients, they all have MSG :P

It's tough cooking without soy sauce too. Our taste buds are so used to the flavor that when we do cook healthier alternatives, they seem bland.
Oh no! It's time to detox those dead tongues. Wake up MSG zombies!

Monday, March 03, 2008

Playdate: The Modern Mums G

Video taken last Feb. 22, 2008.

Santi eats a cracker and naughty Benny steals some from his mouth! I love these boys so much! It's such a delight to watch them feed themselves. They'll probably grow up loving food so much like their mums & dads. I mean, just look at them below salivating for some ice cream (photo taken months ago).

I look forward to our next playdate together! It's my only form of socializing now. If before I used to go watch movies at a real theater, go to dinners, bars and even clubbing til the wee hours of the morning...Now, it's anticipating the next playdate with my mummy friends for an exchange of baby milestone stories in between latest chismis with people we know (used to know well! hehe)

Oh, how things change.

Sunday, March 02, 2008

Life Force

I've been having piercing pains in my stomach for about a month now and only yesterday did I muster the courage to go see a doctor. We went to see Dr. Crickette, for Santi's monthly check up. While wrapping up, I asked her natural remedies for my suspected hyperacidity or maybe even ulcers. She suggested that I follow the alkaline diet and that I could get a copy of this from her husband's clinic at 1609, only a few floors below hers at Medical Plaza.

We enter the Life Force clinic.

And I had the strangest feeling that this visit would forever have an impact on my whole life. Oh boy, was I right.

Dr. Crickette's husband, Dr. Nigel, specializes in advanced medicine and life support systems. I asked the secretary for a copy of the alkaline/acid dietary chart. Upon hearing that a patient was in the room, a tall Chinese looking man opened the black curtain division and approached me.

"Would you want to know where your chronic pain is coming from?" asks Nigel. "We could scan you", he adds.

"Urhmmm how long will it take?" I ask knowing that M, who was right behind me, will not want to wait.

"About 5 to 10 minutes" Nigel replies.

I willingly tried the Laser Life Scan (P2,995) which was pain-free. No pricking from needles..thank god! His assistant probed some laser on my hand and feet meridian points, sent some data to the U.S. for computer diagnosis and back again to us.

"No human interpretation therefore no human error", Nigel is proud to say.

And so came out my printed form of all things wrong with my personal DNA from the day I was born to my current state. I won't bore you with a detailed version of my not-so-healthy report. I will, however, vent about the alarming high- or shall I call them lowlights:

1. I have a cyst (again!) on my remaining ovary. -Shit. Not again! A few years back, 1 of my ovaries was removed through surgery because of a huge tumor that was found. It had teeth and hair. Too darn gross. Not too fond of that gruesome experience because it sure felt like a CS operation but no baby at the end.
2. Liver and kidney are not in tip-top shape. -Oh bummer. All that junk had to go somewhere.
3. I have lazy small intestines. -So, that's why I'm so constipated!
4. Low energy levels at 19% -Duh, aren't all hands-on mothers this exhausted?

If you were there to listen to him read and analyze my chart, I look like a person in doom. Ok, I am exaggerating but if I keep binging on chocolates (shuckers my only vice), not enough water (apparently), no form of exercise (and I thought raising a baby was enough!) and stressing myself out (eeep!) --- I will not be a healthy happy mum to experience life with Sancho. Sad, right?

A lifestyle change is the answer! Yoga and gym...Sign me up again!

Some life-saving stuff I learned from Doc Nigel:

1. Throw out the microwave! Heating your food or water can kill you! Did you know that when you heat vegetables in the microwave, they turn into free radicals or cancerous cells in your system?! Also, if you heat water and use it to water your plants...they will eventually die. YIKES. I have used the microwave all throughout my growing years, to heat my water for powdered coffee (which is bad by the way!), to heat my left-over food (also bad), and even to cook my turkey-bacon (bad! bad! bad!) I have indeed corrupted my body.

2. Never eat pork. In other countries, pigs are corn fed. In the Philippines, kanin baboy or trash is what is given. Pig eats trash, you eat pig= you eat trash. He even made this statement: It's even better to take heroin for a whole month. If you eat pork everyday for 1 month, you will surely die. If you take herion, you will still be alive! I was so annoyed at M because after this long speech about pork being so bad for you, he still chose to eat cripsy pata for dinner..WTF?!

3. Do not use Zonrox, laundry detergent or any of those commercially formulated home cleaners that have harmful ingredients. This article states how dangerous they are especially for babies who are mostly on the floor and put everything in their mouths. I found this site which lists safe and even cheaper alternatives.

4. Sleep early! There was an email circulating about why we should. I don't want to repeat. Too lazy to type as well. If you wanna know why, Google it.

5. Drink Alkaline water. Check! M bought this earlier today for me at the Living Water station on Wilson St. P60 per 5 Gallon of alkaline oxygenated water to quench my thirst and feed my cells much needed oxygen.

Other benefits of alkaline water are:
a. reverse aging process
b. lowers blood pressure
c. increase energy -yeah babeeh! I need this!
d. prevents and cures dengue
e. natural anti-oxidant
f. eliminates toxins and acidic wastes -for all you MSGed people
g. improves diabetes, migraines, athritis and chronic constipation -go healthy go!

Woohoo, placebo effect taking toll. Here I am feeling much healthier already... gulping my oxygenated-alkaline 'living water' that tastes like the flowing river (not kidding).

Other things I am now going to religiously take (as prescribed by Dr. Nigel):
1. VCO -the healthiest oil on earth!
2. B complex -promotes healthy nerves
3. Capsicum -food for the circulatory system
4. Seaweed -all minerals found here

More things said by 'Nigel':
1. He recommends every couple should get laid at least once a week to avoid prostate cancer.
2. Smoking grass is ok. All natural...don't panic it's organic!

It's 9:20pm and I must wrap this up because I shall retire for my health's sake. And I want to be a happy healthy yummy mummy to Santiwanty. As Dr. Nigel says, 'May the force be with you!'

*M thinks Nigel believes he is Luke Sky Walker. 'Life Force clinic, laser scans, etc...oh and he wears boots.

Life Force Clinic for Advanced Medicine & Life Support Systems
Suite 1609 Medical Plaza, Makati
Tel. 751-6607
Cel. 0928-5026400


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