Once upon a time, some few years back, I had sort of shoe addiction. Every pay day, I see to it to buy at least a pair of shoes which became a habit until I have no more space in my extended shoe rack. This addiction to shoes went on and stopped when I got pregnant with my first-born.

Most of my shoes then were style over comfort and style over functionality. See how impulsive I was back then? My shoe addiction was more of stress buster for me and I was this heels type of person; it makes me feel sexy strutting a pair and rather than seeing the functionality of it.

When I got pregnant, I realized that my feet have to be more confortable when I exercise. That was when the search for the comfiest pair of shoes started. It went on and on.

This motherhood has really challenged the personal style in me having to balance the comfort over style with whatever I wear, because you know, I am still a woman. I too, need to look fabulous to say the least. Would it be nice if these shoesies can be folded and kept inside your bag and change shoes whenever there is a need for mommy time aka running-after-your-toddler or feet-are-tired-of-walking? Yes? Sure can do because you can’t have a broken ankle always for wearing heels and running after your tots.

Without further ado, let me share with you my latest discovery. Shoes that are proudly Philippine made, foldable, comfortable and is available in all sort of style--from sandals, flats, brogues and even boots! Need I say more?

You can feast your eyes with the style I specifically choose from their site or my personal picks. Here are they:

Mishka Shoes is currently available in Landmark Makati located at the 2nd floor of Shoe Section. They are also available in different bazaar events around the Metro.

If you want to get latest updates from them, follow them on Facebook Mishka Shoes and instagram Mishka Shoes.

Share your latest OOTDs with your foldable shoes Mommies!
If your baby was born prematurely, you greet the day of discharge with anxiety as the newest member of your family walks away from the safety and security of the Intensive Care Unit (ICU). But with the wrong medical equipment, the risks at home pale in comparison to the dangers inside the hospital.

According to the Journal of Perinatology, a premature baby hooked up to multiple plasticizers could be exposed to over 16 kilograms ofdiethylhexyl phthalate (DEHP). This exposure is 4,000 to 160,000 times higher than what is deemed to be safe.  

“Premature babies require a lot of specialized care,” explaineIf your baby was born prematurely, you greet the day of discharge with anxiety as the newest member of your family walks away from the safety and security of the Intensive Care Unit (ICU). But with the wrong medical equipment, the risks at home pale in comparison to the dangers inside the hospital.

According to the Journal of Perinatology, a premature baby hooked up to multiple plasticizers could be exposed to over 16 kilograms ofdiethylhexyl phthalate (DEHP). This exposure is 4,000 to 160,000 times higher than what is deemed to be safe.  
d Julian Nair, Managing Director of B. Braun Medical Supplies, Inc. “Parents need to be made aware of the dangers of DEHP, because the threat is real.”

DEHP is one of the first six compounds that the European Union (EU) is phasing out under its Registration, Evaluation, Authorization& Restoration of Chemical Substances (REACH) program. Paris is set to ban it from medical equipment this year.

In 2011, the Food and Drug Administration reported cases of DEHP in food and beverage products that were imported to the Philippines. These products were consequently pulled out from the groceries due to their health hazards.

Be safe, be DEHP-free

From grocery bags to food containers, Filipinos are urged to use DEHP-free items. For expecting parents, this is even more important because their newborns deserve the safest and best care possible.

“When looking at everyday items, we take a lot of things for granted. But these details shouldn’t be taken lightly nor overlooked, because they could put our health at risk,” said Nair.

B. Braun, a leading manufacturer of healthcare solutions, uses an alternative compound to create its products. “We use DEHT (Diethyhexyl terephthalate) instead of DEHP,” said Nair.

B. Braun uses DEHT as a substitute to DEHP in all its healthcare products, including plastic cannulas and intravenous bags designed for nutritional support and blood transfusion.

He concluded, “Product innovation will always be our driving force in improving people’s lives. For B. Braun, patient safety always comes first—and this has been our trademark for the last 17 decades.”

When you’re on the other side of the country — or the world — from your significant other, the odds aren’t in your favor. Long distance relationships are stigmatized as being difficult or even impossible. But if you're considering a long distance relationship or fall into one you really can’t resist, don't worry - KakaoTalk has your back.

KakaoTalk, one of the leading mobile chat applications in the Philippines, shares the secrets of surviving a long distance relationship. Wherever your partner may be, if it is true love, then it is worth working, or waiting for.

1.     Stay connected.
KakaoTalk is well known as a reliable, easy and FREE way to stay connected. Kakaotalk is especially helpful for those in long-distance relationships because it allows you to make calls and send unlimited messages across the globe any time of day or night. KakaoTalk can help shorten distance the two of you are dealing with.

2.     Share to show you care.
Greeting each other “good morning” and saying “good night” before bed is a daily must. Plus, KakaoTalk lets you send media files ranging from voice notes to photos and videos. Send a photo that shows what you’re up to and make your loved one feel closer to your everyday life.

3.     Trust is a must.
If you are going to be in a long-term relationship, you've got to have trust. Trust is a foundation for any relationship. Without trust, doubt will build nothing but tension between you two.

4.     Chat together with your family or friends.
Group chatting with others can make things a bit more exciting. Mix it up a little bit. You can create groups with up to five members in KakaoTalk for group calls. “Hanging out” with others will make you both feel more closely involved in each other’s lives while you’re apart.

5.     Honesty is still the best policy.
Talk about your feelings of fear, insecurity, jealously as much as possible. Don’t try to deal with things all by yourself. Be open and honest with each other. Let your partner comfort you when you need it and extend the same support to them.

6.     Be playful and creative.
If words aren’t enough to express your emotions, KakaoTalk offers hundreds of exclusive moving emoticons that will help expand your range of expressions.  The Kakao Friends emoticons are famously adorable and perfect for making your partner swoon.

7.     Journey towards the future.
The truth is, no couple can be in a long distance relationship forever. Eventually you will both need to establish a plan for being together. Even if you are not living in the same space and time zone, it’s important to work toward eliminating the distance.

Communication is key to keeping your love alive and strong. KakaoTalk’s features allow you to get your message across – no matter how simple or how far. KakaoTalk takes messaging to a new level that’s interactive, fun and user-friendly.

Download KakaoTalk today and enjoy a whole new chatting experience and complete connectivity. To find out more about KakaoTalk in the Philippines, visit www.facebook.com/kakaotalkph

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About KakaoTalk
KakaoTalk is a mobile messaging application and global mobile social platform that launched in 2010. Since launch, the service has grown as a leader in the mobile industry, being the first to expand its service beyond messaging to a social platform encompassing games, digital contents, marketing, commerce and more. KakaoTalk currently has more than 158 million registered users from 196 countries, and billions of messages are delivered every day in form of text, photos, video, voice and more. As a global, cross-platform application, it is available in 15 languages, on Android, iOS, BlackBerry, Windows Phone and Asha. For more information, visit www.kakao.com/talk/en.

If you were like me who values every single minute of time, you would probably search for places where you can celebrate a memorable event in our lives. This love month, it is best to plan where to take our loved ones without the fuzz.

What better than finding that one person (friend, lover, confidant) who loves food like you do, to accompany you for that perfect dessert, dinner and drinks this Valentine’s Day.

Valentine’s day is the biggest day for dining out, trumping popular nights out such as New Years. The highest traffic day [on Zomato] on Valentine’s day is 61% higher than any other day in the year.

Across the world we also found that different timings work well for people to meet on Valentine’s. Couples in most places (Delhi, Manila, Dubai, Auckland and London) prefer to go for an evening meal or dinner on Valentine's except for Johannesburg where lunchtime traffic shows a spike.

Did you know that women search for more romantic places to dine at as compared to men on Valentine’s day? Women do tend to like Valentine’s day, at least a little bit more than men. Quite on the contrary to what many people would assume, women were found to be much more active on our Valentine's day special collection - female users comprising 61% of the total visits to this collection during the Valentine’s week.

In most cases, women users dominated the male user base in Valentine’s special collection too. Trends also show that women, on the average, viewed restaurants priced 32% higher than those looked up by the male user base. Love, it turns out, doesn't just require warmer hearts. It requires deeper pockets too.

So, this love month, invest in people who will feed you as much goodness as you do them. If you plan to take them to the restaurant of your fancy, go visit Zomato and see what the foodies out there has to say about their experience.

Do you know what Kim Chiu, Arnel Pineda and Michael Christian Martinez have in common? They all have Asthma yet have accomplished so much in their respective fields. Do you know of a friend, loved one or relative who are winning against asthma as well? Do you want them recognized as winners against asthma just like Kim, Arnel and Christian?

GSK will launch the Search for Winners Against Asthma 2015.  The campaign aims to choose and recognize 10 young asthmatic achievers from different walks of life.

The advocacy likewise introduces Olympic figure skater Michael Christian Martinez as the new face ofthe campaign. Martinez, an asthmatic, began experiencing asthmatic bronchitis when he was just two months old.

He recalls being in the hospital frequently and says the cold rink actually helped improve his health. Year after year my health keeps improving, so my mother fully supported me to continue skating saying it's better to spend themoney on skating than in the hospital.

The program is a nationwide search for young asthmatic achievers aged 30 years and younger who are outstanding in their respective fields despite having asthma and inspire asthma sufferers that they, too, can win against asthma.

Therationale for the target age group is driven by thefact that asthma is one of the most important chronic disease during childhood causing substantial morbidity1Uncontrolled asthma is associated with a reduced lung function, impaired performance in physical exercise, and impaired quality olife.  More severe asthma leads to more frequent school absenteeism which may negatively affect an individual’s level of education and, possibly, choice of career5People within this age group are in theprocess of developing the necessaryknowledge and skills that will enable them toachievtheir goals in life and asthma should not deter them from realizing their full potential. Thus it inecessary at this early stage to raise their awareness on asthma and how they can win against it.

Asthma can be a serious condition but it can be controlled. Access to doctors and treatment has been shown to significantly decrease asthma deaths and hospitalizations.8 People with asthma can lead normal and active lives. They can even excel.



In February 2014, GlaxoSmithKline (GSK) launched Win Against Asthma Today -- an integrated advocacy  campaign  aimed  at  increasing  awareness  and  amplify  existing  efforts  to  spread information about asthma and howit can be managed.

The campaign also encourages patients to consult their doctors and discuss the best way to manage their asthma.

A lot of asthma patients do not realise that they are settling by accepting as normal thelifestyle restrictions resulting from uncontrolled asthma. Patients unnecessarily accept symptoms, assuming that frequent symptoms, exacerbations and lifestyle limitations are an inevitable consequence of having asthma. They may feel that although current treatments can alleviate their asthma symptoms, they just need to accept and bear that it normally happens.   This is where the partnership and constant consult with their doctors become very important.

To prove that the disease should not be a deterrent from living ones life tothe fullest, real asthma patients were invited to provide testimonies of their experiences and how won against the illness. Celebrity asthmatics, Kim Chiu and Arnel Pineda became the featured ambassadors for the first wave of the campaign.

As more asthma patients become aware that they can win against asthma just like Kim and Arnel, thecampaign aims to strengthen its pool ofambassadors to continuously inspire more patients to take control of their asthma.

The Search foWinners Against Asthma will run from February until May 2015 and will be touring different schools and drugstore outlets to spread the advocacy and invite more people tjoin the campaign.

The deadline for submission of entries is on March 31, 2015 All entries will be screened during the first week of April. As we celebrate World Asthma Day on May 5, the top 20 finalists will be announced and will be immediatelfollowed by online voting The top 1Winners Against Asthmwill be announced anawarded by the 3rd week of May 2015.

This advocacy campaign is supported by the Philippine College of Physicians (PCP), PhilippinAcademy of FamilPhysicians (PAFP), Philippine Society of Allergy, Asthma and Immunolog(PSAAI), Huawei and Folded & Hung.

Fomore information please visit http://www.facebook.com/winagainstasthma

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