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Junlen Antonio Jun 1, 2020
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From food platters to baked goods!
Do you enjoy cooking or baking in your free time? If you do, you might want to turn your hobby into a business, especially if you're looking for ways to earn a little extra money or to add to your family's grocery budget. One ...
Marymil Cabrera Apr 30, 2020

It was 2012 when the doctor said I have scalp psoriasis. I cried so hard knowing that there’s no cure yet and all I can do is to prevent it from spreading. I tried different doctors and different medicines — both for topical use and for intake — just to have another options with high hopes that I can finally find a cure or at least prevent it from spreading. Followed all orders from the doctors, spent a lot of money for years but nothing happened.

Having this condition is shameful. People will think you have the worst dandruff and dry skin in the whole world. Others think that you are just calling it “psoriasis” to make your scalp condition (dandruff) sounds posh. Fyi, to those who are not familiar with my condition: Psoriasis is a chronic skin condition that causes skin cells to multiply up to 10 times faster than normal. This makes the skin build up into bumpy red patches covered with flaking white or silvery scales and sometimes these patches will crack and bleed. They can grow anywhere, but most appear on the scalp, elbows, knees, and lower back.

Though it looks unpleasant and itchy, psoriasis isn’t contagious. You cannot pass the condition from one person to another. It’s an auto immune disease. Stress is also a big trigger for a psoriasis flare. Until I gave up and accept the fact that I’ll be flaky for the rest of my life. One day, I discovered body oils and aromatherapy oils, and I couldn’t be any happier as oils help me conceal the patches and soothes the itchiness because it moisturizes the patches. Aromatherapy oils, on the other hand, does not only help me physically but also mentally and emotionally as it relieves my stress and anxiety. It also introduced me to yoga and mindful breathing.

Using aromatherapy oils, I made my own products like moisturizer for patchy skin; hair mist to moisturize and soothe itchy scalp; face and body mist to hydrate, refresh and soothe dry and tired skin; aroma blends for on-the-go aromatherapy session, formulated for topical use; and of course, essential oils.

As a living proof that aromatherapy works, I created my own brand: @anapanasati.ph to share with everyone the benefits I take pleasure in with aromatherapy, to make aromatherapy accessible to everyone and to encourage everyone to practice mindful breathing. Since we’re under enhanced community quarantine, I took advantage of the time and learn more about aromatherapy by studying online; continue experimenting; do product shoot every now and then; and make friends with people who are interested with aromatherapy and who have the same condition as me online.

These things also help me cope up with anxiety caused by the corona virus pandemic. So if ever you see someone with psoriasis, smile at them (since giving a hug is discouraged nowadays) instead of looking us down and making us feel that we’re contagious because as mentioned WE ARE NOT. So don’t stress yourself out! Inhale and exhale before reacting, and smile. To the people who have the same condition as mine; don’t lose hope, everything is possible if you believe. Just breathe in and breathe out and tell yourself every day, “I am beautiful. I am brave. I am strong. I am great. Psoriasis is not my identity and I am more than my psoriasis”.

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We’ve heard about pineapple barongs before, now it’s time for coconut husk bags to hit the market.
Raphaella Mae Sanchez, known by her friends as Yaelle, is currently taking up Marketing Management & Behavioral Sciences Major in Organizational and Social Systems Development at De La Salle University Manila and is the Human Resources Executive Vice President of Terra. She ...
 
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It's possible!
People don't always get along because each and every one of us is wired differently. We have different likes, personalities, and values, which sometimes can stir up conflict with those who are not like us. But instead of letting their differences get ...
 
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"Being bipolar was no longer an obstacle. I understood then that what others deemed to be my weakness was just another strength waiting to happen."
One common misconception about having a mental illness is that it's a barrier to success. But we say, having a mental illness is a sign of strength and 25-year old Martinna Mañalac proves exactly that. Diagnosed with bipolar disease, Martinna chose to ...
 
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Passion and hard work always pay off.
While everyone was busy playing hide and seek or hopscotch in grade school, Erica Rodica was busy selling everything and anything from ice candies and snacks to accessories. She even used to rent out her Goosebumps and Archie Comics collection to her ...
 
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Or any business in general!
Before, the big dream is to graduate college, enter the biggest corporation in the country, and make a name for yourself. Now, the BHAG or the big hairy audacious goal is to start your own business and make your own legacy.It's safe ...
 
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You don't need to be rich to start a business.
Jeff Ong and Rhea Bue are both 20-somethings who are very passionate in so many ways. They both have a mutual love and taste for fashion, which pushed them to start their own clothing line. Leaving their regular jobs, this duo aimed ...
 
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Because it's time to stop dreaming and start doing.
A lot of people dream of entering the fashion industry—from writing, styling to fashion designing—but not everyone has the guts and the grit to actually turn their dreams into reality. But Rosbert Villar begs to differ. While studying fashion design and merchandising ...
 
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It's doable!
Fact: If you're in college and want to earn money, you have to have a side hustle. Some students make a business out of their passions, like starting a small resto or selling clothes online, while others use their skills, like their ...
 
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Some are pretty easy, too!
When you think about having a sideline, two of the most common sellable crafts that come to mind are writing and designing. But money doesn't only come to those who can do either or both—there are actually a lot of simple things ...
 
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 Business advice. Want to start your own business? These ladies have some helpful advice.  (via FemaleNetwork.com) Blogger BTS. A fashion blogger shares what it's really like to be one. (via Cosmo.ph) KathNiel on Cyberbullying. Kathryn Bernardo and Daniel Padilla to netizens: "Stop cyberbullying." (via Pep.ph) Compact cams. Here's ...
 
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Cold Food

The most thrilling and delightful moment of any school day is opening up your baon during breaks. There is always so much excitement in unveiling your homemade meal and snacks housed inside matching heat-insulating containers. Because preparing packed meals is an age-old tradition of showing parental love, loved ones pour effort into curating a nutritious meal accompanied by a selection of side dishes, desserts, and beverages daily; it reminds us that we are being taken care of, even from far away.

Baon plays a significant role in a Filipino childhood. Almost every Filipino child comes to school with baon made especially for them by their parents or household helpers. Even Filipinos in the labor force continue to bring baon for varying reasons: to save money, recycle leftovers, cater to personal taste, or attend to special needs. Nonetheless, eating your baon is a heart-warming experience that allows Filipinos to bring a piece of home along with them wherever they go.

Even other cultures practice making packed lunch. In Japan, mothers create bento--Japanese meals in partitioned boxes. Because of the popularity of bento, trends have emerged, such as the Kyaraben, or character-themed bento. Naturally, Japanese parents and students began competing for who had the cutest and tastiest bento, and this is similar to what I have witnessed in my own childhood. I remember seeing my classmates sharing their snacks and lunches. They would compare and boast about their parents' or yayas’ cooking. In my case, I never had the chance to join in the competition or indulge in homemade cooking. Up until this day, I have never brought any baon to school.

For a long time, I envied others. As trivial or petty as it may seem, not having baon became a problem for my grade school self. During that time, I had to sit in a separate cafeteria away from my friends because the kids who bought food were assigned to sit elsewhere. You could consider me spoiled, but I wanted to experience something most kids did. I had food at home, so what made it so hard to bring some with me to school?

Now that I am on my final year in high school I have come to realize the benefits of purchasing my own food. Since I spent on food everyday, I learned to budget my allowance at a young age. Over the years, I learned to practice self-control whenever I wanted to eat more greasy fries and drink sweetened beverages. I have tasted the strangest viands at the school cafeterias, and I have repeatedly satiated myself over my latest delicious discoveries. Despite the struggles, I am thankful that I have never had baon because of what I have learned. Not to mention, I never had to experience eating cold food.

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