Why crying is good for you
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“Emotional tears have special health benefits,” writes Judith Orloff MD in the Huffington Post.
“A study by biochemist and ‘tear expert’ Dr. William Frey discovered that reflex tears are 98 percent water, whereas emotional tears also contain stress hormones which get excreted from the body through crying.

After studying the composition of tears, Dr. Frey found that emotional tears shed these hormones and other toxins which accumulate during stress. Additional studies also suggest that crying stimulates the production of endorphins, our body’s natural pain killer and ‘feel-good” hormones.'”

Since its YouTube upload on September 11, 2013, more than 9 million people have viewed this Thai TV commercial produced by communications company, True Move H.
I wonder how many millions have cried watching this, because I sure have. And you?

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Sleepover at Raffles (Part 2)
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As if the Presidential Suite weren’t big enough, they also gave us the connecting Junior Suite.
You can see the kitchen behind and the door that separates the suites from each other.

Raffles Hotel Makati, Philippines

There’s a nice writing corner
Raffles Hotel, Makati, Philippines

and a long clean carpet

Raffles Hotel Makati, Philippines

I wonder if that door opens to another suite?

Raffles Hotel Makati, Philippines

This way to the bedroom. I fell in love with the louvered windows

Raffles Hotel Makati, Philippines
Raffles Hotel Makati, Philippines

There are two large beds inside—good enough for four. I prefer this room to the Presidential Suite. It feels so Laura Ingalls cozy to me.

Raffles Hotel Makati, Philippines
Raffles Hotel Makati, Philippines

Here’s the bathroom, which is Chuva-approved!

Raffles Hotel Makati, Philippines

See the counter sinks (cause I hate bowl sinks)

Raffles Hotel, Makati, Philippines

and the tub

Raffles Hotel Makati, Philippines

We had dinner outside and hung out for a bit in the bathroom.

Raffles Hotel, Makati, Philippines

It was already 1 AM after everyone had showered. We were all in pajamas and went to bed in the Laura Ingalls room. Penny and Patrice were going to share a bed, and I had one bed to myself—just me and my computer, in the dark, when I started watching this on YouTube.

I was attracted to the ’70s costumes and really scared.
Right there and then, we decided to download it. The internet was really fast, by the way.

Wifi speed at Raffles Makati

While waiting for the download to finish, we decided to move into the large bedroom in the Presidential Suite so we could all fit in the king-size bed. Being the scaredest one of all, I insisted on staying in the middle.

Raffles Hotel, Makati, Philippines

Meanwhile, we scrambled to get drinks and snacks, knowing we would not want to leave the bedroom once the movie has started. We also held one rosary each. It was the battle of the rosaries: Penny had Pedro Calungsod, I had Pope Francis, and Patrice had Pope John Paul II.

Raffles Hotel Makati, Philippines

We made sure to pee before the movie started.

Raffles Hotel, Makati, Philippines

Too bad the screen was small and the picture was pirated. Penny and Patrice fell asleep during parts of the movie. I felt like Jesus in the Agony of the Garden, but it did not have the scariest effect for me, except during the closing credits when the soundtrack freaked me out.
Still, I wasn’t able to sleep because I was in between two girls and couldn’t move. I also wished the aircon were colder.
I finally fell asleep at 7 AM when the two went out for buffet breakfast. I was able to sleep until noon.
We showered, packed, and headed down. Too bad we didn’t get to enjoy the pool. Maybe next time.

Raffles Hotel Makati, Philippines

Upon checking out I noticed this very discreet sign and was very impressed!

Raffles Hotel Makati, Philippines

Now I can honestly say there is one hotel that is truly first class in Manila, one that I would be proud to recommend to any visitor, and that’s Raffles Makati.
Special thanks to Loni Balagtas for arranging and having us. 🙂

http://www.raffles.com/makati/

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Lady Gaga wears Mich Dulce!
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Not the greatest fan of Lady Gaga, but even I am tickled pink for Mich Dulce to have one of the world’s biggest stars wear her Urban Kitty hat from this season, Fall 2013!

Lady Gaga wears Mich Dulce

Mich Dulce’s Urban Kitty hat photographed by Everywhere We Shoot.
In Tokyo the hat retails for ¥ 48,000 or about Php 21,000.

Mich Dulce Urban Kitty hat

Lady Gaga was photographed wearing this outfit while leaving a rehearsal studio.
Someone please explain the pig snout—is she protesting the pork barrel abuse as well?

Lady Gaga wears Mich Dulce

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A Sleepover at Raffles (Part 1)
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As someone obsessed with great hotels, I’ve got a hotel bucket list that includes the legendary Raffles in Singapore.
I have been there but I have not stayed in.

Raffles Hotel Singapore, facade

Don’t know when that’s going to happen, so a free stay at Raffles Makati sounded good enough for me.
I’ve stayed at some of Manila’s “finest” hotels, but tell you the truth, I don’t find them world class.
A lot of the better hotels here in the Philippines have unrenovated rooms and bathrooms, which is enough to make me want to go home.
The Raffles Makati is a different story.
I have been there for many events—usually at the Long Bar, and the hotel seems small when you enter the lobby. But you’ll be surprised when you hit the guest room floors.
When my friends and I checked in for a sleepover, I was surprised when they told us they were giving us the Presidential Suite. I swear my mouth was hanging open.
They brought us to the 10th floor, where a fine clean scent hit us immediately.
The carpeted hallway looked and smelled ridiculously clean, like fresh laundry.

Raffles Hotel, Makati, Philippines

Here’s something you won’t find at a deluxe room—elegant French doors

Raffles Hotel, Makati, Philippines

We had the Presidential Suite and a connecting Junior Suite. That’s 150 + 60 square meters of space for three girls!! Here’s the Master Bedroom with the king-size bed

Raffles Hotel Makati, Philippines

Writing desk and flat-screen TV (note: I couldn’t find an outlet to plug my laptop)

Raffles Hotel Makati, Philippines

The sitting area is where I found an outlet, so that’s where I parked my computer

Raffles Hotel Makati, Philippines
Raffles Hotel Makati, Philippines

The sitting room leads to a nostalgic dressing room with dark wood floors

Raffles Hotel Makati, Philippines

Obviously I don’t travel light. That’s my luggage for an overnight stay

Raffles Hotel Makati, Philippines

So much closet space!

Raffles Hotel, Makati, Philippines

and dressing table

Raffles Hotel Makati, Philippines

This room leads to probably the best hotel bathroom in the country

Raffles Hotel, Makati, Philippines

with modern bathtub

Raffles Hotel Makati, Philippines

separate shower and toilet stalls

Raffles Hotel Makati, Philippines

and so many amenities I forgot to photograph

Raffles Hotel Makati, Philippines

Outside the bedroom is the living room, where we listened to akashic readings

Raffles Hotel Makati, Philippines

There’s a bar that’s not mini

Raffles Hotel Makati, Philippines

A dining room

Raffles Hotel Makati, Philippines

Kitchen

Raffles Hotel Makati, Philippines

and a nice note from the Managing Director—thank you Mr. Meyer!

Raffles Hotel Makati, Philippines

Next: I’ll show you the Junior Suite

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