What is Izumio?
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The first time I learned about Izumio was when I saw my friend Mavis sipping water from this interesting foil package—and you know me, I love packaging.


When I visited Dr. Vicki Belo at her office, I saw her sipping it too. Naturally I became curious.
To know more about the product, Mavis told me to get in touch with Keiko Ozaeta, who brought the product from Japan to the Philippines.
I got to meet Keiko at an event in Rustan’s Makati. Keiko, who swears by the product, looks youthful and amazing. Here she is with Japanese fashion icon Hidetoshi Nakata.

Hidetoshi Nakata and Keiko Ozaeta

Izumio was created in 2007 by Japanese Dr. Shigeo Ota. It is a beverage made by dissolving a high concentration of hydrogen in water. Hydrogen water is very popular in Japan and is fast becoming known in other Asian countries and the United States.
“It has helped so many with their quality of life. I was impressed with the benefits seen in all ages—from babies to the elderly coming from various backgrounds,” said Keiko.

While it is not a cure or medication for illnesses, Keiko explained that Izumio purifies the body and helps hydrate six times more than regular water.

Other benefits include:
• fights damage caused free radicals
• lowering of cholesterol
• skin rejuvenation
• reduction of cellulites and wrinkles
• improvement of blood circulation and memory
• regulation of blood sugar
• reduction of side effects of anti-cancer drugs
• improvement of symptoms of vertigo, fever, gout, constipation, diarrhea, dengue and other illnesses.

Ozaeta said there are four places in the world where the waters are said to have curative powers.
These are Lourdes in France, Tlacote in Mexico, Nordenau in Germany, and Hunza in Pakistan.
Studies showed that Izumio contains 4,700 times more hydrogen than the water from Lourdes France.

Through this opening on the floor of the Grotto, one can view the healing waters of Lourdes
Through this opening you can see the source of healing waters of Lourdes

“What makes the water special is the hydrogen infused in it. The healing power of hydrogen has been proven by scientists for its ability to remove free radicals in our body and changing it into water. The toxins in our body are thus eliminated through urine or sweat. Since excess and free radicals in the body oxidize our DNA, this leads to a domino effect that can trigger aging and diseases. Drinking Izumio will help stop this oxidation process at an early stage and helps maintain our health and wellness,” said Kekio.

Izumio comes in single-drink packs. You’re advised to consume the contents of the pack 15 minutes after it is opened because hydrogen dissipates easily.
To preserve product quality, store it in a refrigerator or a cool, dark place away from direct sunlight and high temperature.
A box of 30 cheer packs costs Php 5,600. This is good for a month since Izumio should be taken at least once a day to maximize the benefits.


To purchase Izumio, you may become a member of Naturally Plus Philippines.
The membership fee of Php 1,500 is good for a year. It’s a one-time registration fee, so there’s no renewal fee as long as one box is purchased every year.

For those interested, there’s an ongoing promo for the following:
1) Purchase four boxes for Ph P22,400 ( free membership)
2) Purchase six boxes for PhP 33600 + PhP 1,500p for membership and get two free boxes free.
Members enjoy free delivery nationwide.

Naturally Plus Philippines is at V Corporate Center
125 L.P. Leviste Street, Makati
For more information, call 328-3540 or (0916) 327-8953.
You may also call or text Keiko Ozaeta at (0920) 953-2800 or Menchi Tantoco at (0917)831-5121.

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I adore children, especially when they’re tiny and don’t answer back.
A guest on BBC World was being interviewed about the South Korea impeachment via FaceTime when his little girl walks in.
He tries to push her away, but watch what happens when the cutest little baby rolls in in a walker.
It is so adorable.

How to tell if your patient will die
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I just visited my last grandmother in the hospital.
Like me, she didn’t eat vegetables and drank Coke until 2015. She is 93 years old.
Last March 4 at 4 AM, she went into cardiac arrest. It was a First Saturday.
No family was around to give consent, so the hospital staff automatically resuscitated her.
She is now brain dead.
As a devotee of Our Lady, I know she would have liked to have passed on a First Saturday, as I would too.
I’m glad I was able to hold her hand, kiss her head, and thank her.
It won’t be long now….

Many years ago I found this video which might be helpful to those watching over a loved one in the hospital.
I think it’s good to know when it’s time to call family and friends to come over and say goodbye.
I’m reposting this for my cousin Jay who is watching over Lola Liddy at the hospital.
This video will give you a clue if your patient is about to die.

Be very still
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Warren Buffet said, “The trick is, when there is nothing to do, do nothing.”
Today, I choose to do nothing. I have cancelled my appointments.
I have taken my shower and blowdried my hair because if I don’t, I will look like Medusa.
I’ll be in pajamas all day. I’ll be sitting in my office, waiting for my Lenten meal of ebi tempura and rice. A friend is coming to visit me.
Nurse Wanda will come tonight for my enema.
I will be very still today.

Because the Bible says, “The Lord will fight for you, and you have only to be silent.”
Therefore, I need not struggle today.

Please check out our Airbnb at St. Francis Condominium
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Reposting this for anyone who’s looking for a place to stay near Shangri-La Hotel, but cheaper!
We have a 38-square-meter studio at St. Francis Condominium at Shangri-La Place.


I personally designed the interiors with the help of Kellyn and Rex Gapuz.
When you enter, you’ll find the kitchenette which has small appliances—sorry no cooking because we want to avoid odors and critters.


Feel free to hang your clothes inside the closet.


This is the work area, with swivel chair from West Elm. We have free wifi and cable TV plus DVD player if you’re into that 🙂


The two single beds are separate to make the studio more spacious, but you can put them together if you want to sleep side by side.


This studio sleeps up to three people. The couch is long enough to fully recline on. Just request extra pillows and blanket 🙂


The bathroom—though tiny—is chuva-approved. Check out Philippe Starck x Duravit toilet.
We redid it three times until I was satisfied. Wish it were bigger though….


It was basically designed as a hotel room without the room service—but you can order McDo or pizza. What’s a hotel stay without CNN?


Oh, but the condo is attached to the Shangri-La Plaza, which has so many food choices.
We require a minimum stay of two nights. Please recommend to your friends and family.
To know more about listing and room rates, please click HERE.


Photos: Miguel Nacianceno