Hunger games

Sorry I’m on a diet again. I’ve been trying out this diet pill from my friend, and since Monday I’ve lost 3 lbs. already.
I need to lose another 10-15 lbs. If it works and nothing bad happens, I’ll let you know where to get them.
Aside from losing appetite, I’ve lost desire to shop. Yesterday and today I’ve had writer’s block.
So you also lose zest for all the other things you love to do. At least I did.

Are there side effects?
For the first two days I felt like a truck ran over me. I was sweating buckets and felt so tired even without a workout. I was just strolling in the mall. I had to sit down and eat when I felt weak.
The next two days were better. I felt hungry but have had no cravings.
No Coke, no ice cream, and today no rice.
This morning I felt a bit of palpitations. Nothing scary, just a little bit. If it happens again, I’ll quit.

I feel no depression and I’m not cranky.
I do feel sleepy at odd hours and have been sleeping before midnight and waking up in the middle of the night.
I do not recommend this to working women and especially not to lactating women.
Since I work at home I can sweat and lie down whenever I need to.
At home I can always have something to eat whenever I feel hungry or weak. I basically eat because I have to even though I don’t enjoy food right now.
So I guess that’s it. I’ll be back to regular programming tomorrow and write more entries.
As for now, I’m already in bed.

Twinkle Ferraren x Freeway for Summer 2012

This Summer 2012, Freeway collaborates once again with swimwear designer Twinkle Ferraren, whose collection features handwoven strips of swimsuit fabric.
On her third collaboration with Freeway, Twinkle says, “It’s a fusion of different visions, aesthetics and styles. I describe this collection as ‘feminine in action’. It features handwoven braids, weave designs and appliqués in sporty, active silhouettes with feminine details.”

Freeway Swimwear 2012 Poster

Twinkle says she was inspired by our local weavers, the intricate patterns they create, and the passion that comes with it.
With a keen understanding of what women want, her collection doesn’t sacrifice style and femininity no matter how active or sporty their lifestyle.
“More and more women are getting into sports, being active and keeping healthy through dance, sports and water activities. It’s great to see some feminine details especially in swimwear,” she added.
“As a designer, it is both a task and an honor to bring to light a person’s inner beauty and unique personality whenever she wears my creations.”

Gold One-shoulder maillot with crochet detail (Php 1,295)

Top: White with crochet detail (Php 795) • Bottom: Black with crochet detail (Php 645) • White Cover up

Top: Mustard with crochet detail (Php 795) • Bottom: Blue with crochet detail (Php 645)

One-piece (Php 1,295)

To complement the sporty chic swimwear collection by Twinkle Ferraren, Freeway showcases wide array of cover-ups, hyper-bright summer dresses, flirty tops and flattering bottoms to make you stand out this summer season.

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Swatch, Stars and Swag at Salon de Ning

Last March 15, the Peninsula Manila’s Salon de Ning was transformed into Swatchville, as each room was decorated to complement the latest Swatch collections.
Dressed just like French fine artist Fafi, Alodia Gosiengfiao held court in a room illuminated with blacklights and fluorescent doodles.


Alodia Gosienfiao dressed as Fafi

Another room highlighted the Dragon Swatch, in commemoration of Chinese New Year


This is where guests, including Anne Curtis, had their fortunes told

Anne Curtis gets her fortune told

A third room was decked in black and white, just like the new Lorenzo Petrantoni Swatches

Petrantoni room

A fourth room in gold was inspired by the Swatch Chrono Golden Block Collection.

Rowell Santiago, Derek Ramsay, Anne Curtis, James Locsin, Matteo Guidicelli
L-R: Rowell Santiago, Derek Ramsay, Anne Curtis, Swatch Brand Manager James Locsin, and Matteo Guidicelli

Matteo Guidicelli gave away dragon plush toys and Year of the Dragon Swatches to best-dressed guests, such as Henny Zobel.

Matteo Guidicelli awards best-dressed Henny Zobel

Myx Awards’ Best New Artist, Zia Quizon opened with an apt song—Cyndi Lauper’s Time After Time, accompanied by Robby Mananquil on guitar.

Wearing Petrantoni Swatches, Christian Bautista sang a duet with girlfriend Carla Dunareanu.

Singing couple Carla Dunreanu and Christian Bautista duet while wearing Swatch x Petrantoni watches

Chris Tiu wore the 1st prize entry of the 7th Annual Chinese New Year Art Competition of the Philippine Star and Swatch.

Chris Tiu

Guest enjoyed champagne, wine, and halo-halo lambanog with salmon burgers topped with little Philippine Star flags, beef burgers with XO sauce from the Peninsula Hong Kong, crab caviar beggars’ purses, Aussie blue cheese and truffle honey on walnut toast with Peninsula Hong Kong’s Spring Moon walnuts, Peking duck salad on crispy wontons, foie gras pot stickers, gold-dusted beef samosas, Shanghai noodles, and baked Alaska.

Virgie Ramos and Teddy Boy Locsin
Swatch Philippines President Virgie Ramos with Teddy Boy Locsin

Milette, Miguel and Regina Belmonte
Milette, Miguel and Regina Belmonte of Philippine STAR

Don Jaime and Doña Bea Zobel with granddaughters Cristina, Henny, Natasha and Beatriz
Don Jaime and Doña Bea Zobel with granddaughters Cristina, Henny, Natasha, Sylvia and Beatriz

Natasha, Cristina and Sylvia Zobel
Natasha, Cristina and Sylvia Zobel try on the bright colors of the Swatch New Gent lacquered collection

A toast from Swatch Philippines President Virgie Ramos (center) with Christian Bautista, Carla Dunareanu, Anne Curtis, Derek Ramsay, Chris Tiu, Zia Quizon, Alodia Gosiengfiao and Matteo Guidicelli

The night evening ended with music by Jay-R and DJ Callum, Swatch x STAR loot bags, and puffy souvenir throw pillows printed with the Swatch faces—guess who took them home?

All my throw pillows

Thank you, Tita Virgie!

Updated: How to win one of five Nutrilite weight loss packages

Some people are naturally thin and some of us have to work for it.
You’d be surprised what some people go through to maintain their bodies. Besides the usual diet and exercise, many turn to supplements and meal replacements to achieve their ideal weight.
Do you want to lose a few pounds this summer? How about a giveaway to to help you jumpstart your weight loss?

I’m giving away five of these NUTRILITE Trim Down packs to five lucky readers.
Product Pack

It includes four basic products:

1) Nutrilite Positrim Protein Bar
Packed with 22 grams of protein, full of ready-to-go energy and with all the right nutrients for an active lifestyle. Each sugar-free bar contains only 250 calories.


A unique blend that combines the minerals chromium and vanadium with a special blend of herbs to help your body metabolize carbohydrates, fats and protein. It plays an important role in activating key enzymes involved in fat metabolism and gives your weight management program some extra help.


3) Nutrilite Positrim Drink Mix (Dutch Cocoa Flavor)
Substitute your meal with one packet: Just add water and shake up a glassful of energy and good nutrition.
Each packet makes a complete nutritious meal that provides a carefully considered formula of fats, carbohydrates, protein, fiber, vitamins and minerals.


4) Nutrilite Carb Blocker
The first and only supplement that provides an exclusive blend of natural plants extracts that blocks both sugars and starches which can help you lose weight. Lab tests show that a three-tablet serving of Carb Blocker taken with a high-carb meal, can help block up to 500 carbohydrate calories—without depriving your body of vitamins, minerals and fibers. Lose calories, not nutrients.


Each NUTRILITE’s Trim Down package also includes a tape measure and meal planner to keep track of your weight loss.
And it’s worth Php 6,840 at Amway Philippines (call 814-8181).
However, since you’ve read this far, you must be interested in winning one of five Nutrilite packages we’re giving away in this simple promo.

1) Contest runs from today, March 20, 2012 to March 30, 2012.
2) To join, you must have a Philippine address (for delivery purposes) and a Facebook account.
3) You must also “Like” the Amway Nutrilite page on Facebook.
4) Register HERE and answer the simple question: Who is your thinspiration* and why?
5) Winners will be announced on Saturday, March 31, 2012 on and Amway Nutrilite’s Facebook page. Winners will also be informed via email and Facebook.

*Thinspiration: a person who inspires you to lose weight.

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