Monday, July 31, 2017

Top 5 Hair Problems and Suggested Solutions

It has been said that the hair is a person's "crowning glory." May it be long, short, curly, or straight, the hair plays a major part of one's identity and character. It is the main reason why it is given due importance and the strong need to take good care of it. However, no matter how much we give our best, hair problems still arise. 

Here are the Top 5 Hair Problems and Suggested Solutions: 

1. Hair Loss or Excessive Hair Fall - This is one of the most common hair problems experienced by both men and women. This is attributed to a variety of causes such as stress, pregnancy, too much vitamin A, lack of iron and protein and in serious cases, autoimmune diseases such as alopecia and lupus. Certain medications and chemotherapy are also known to cause hair loss. 

Suggested Solutions: Depending on the cause, one can consider these solutions to address the problem:
  • For stress, having enough sleep is helpful since sleeping allows hair to repair and regenerate.
  • It is also very important to get the proper nutrition since having a healthy hair and scalp is dependent on what the person eats. Iron and protein-rich food can help strengthen one's hair. 
  • For pregnancy-related hair loss, one can expect to see improvements after giving birth. 
  • If it is caused by alopecia, lupus or other serious medical condition, it is highly recommended for one to see a health professional for appropriate intervention. 

2. Hair Damage - Too much sun exposure and extremely high temperature brought by hair dryers can take their toll on one's hair strands. The heat drains the moisture of one's hair causing breakage or split ends. For swimmers and people who love going to the beach, exposure to chlorine and salt water can also pose serious hair damage. Overstyling, perming and the use of other hair chemicals are also known causes. 

Suggested Solutions: Look for a gentle shampoo and a conditioner that can help infuse moisture. Minimizing the use of hair dryers, hair irons and products that are made of strong chemicals also helps. To protect one's hair and scalp, the use of a hat to avoid direct sun exposure is recommended. For swimmers, one can opt to use a bathing cap to protect one's hair. 

3.  Dry Scalp and Dandruff - Dry scalp is a condition when the skin has too little moisture which irritates the scalp and causing it to flake off. Dandruff, on the other hand, is caused by too much oil on the scalp which causes skin cells to build up and then shed more quickly than usual. 

Suggested Solutions: Use a shampoo that is specifically made to address dry scalp and dandruff problems. You can check the complete list of the best shampoos for dry scalp and dandruff, here. After using a medicated shampoo for a month but the scalp's condition does not improve, it is highly recommended for one to see a doctor to possibly rule out other skin problems such as psoriasis or eczema. 

4. Premature Graying- Though gray hair is associated with aging, this also occurs in younger individuals who are in their early 20s. According to WebMD, premature graying occurs when color-producing cells stop producing pigment. Recent studies show that stress is not the number one factor causing it but it is caused more by a genetic or vitamin deficiency problem.

Suggested Solutions: To address vitamin deficiency, take vitamin B12 supplements. It is also recommended to increase intake of food high in vitamin B12 such as red meat, liver, mackerel, shrimps, mussels, and egg. Temporarily, one can also opt to conceal gray hair through the hair coloring treatments or hair highlighters. 

5. Head Lice and Nits - This problem occurs irrespective of age or gender but it is most common to children aged 3-14. Head lice are wingless insects that are living off through the human's blood from the scalp. They reproduce so quickly by laying eggs called nits. Among all the hair care problems, head lice infestation is the most serious since it is highly contagious. Thus, it is must be addressed as soon as possible. 

Suggested Solutions: The use of nit comb and nit picking is the most effective way to get rid of head lice. In case one does not have the time to do so, home remedies such as the use of vinegar and mineral oil mixture can be an alternative solution. It is fairly easy and effective. There are also medicated shampoos for head lice available in the market. 

How about you? Do you know any other solutions to these common hair care problems?

Friday, July 28, 2017

Tax and Estate Planning Is Important to Everyone

They say that the only thing that's constant is death and taxes. A few days ago, I was able to read an article about the family who is struggling and fighting over with their inheritance. There was no will left by the husband/ father and the beneficiary written on his assets may have not been updated. In this scenario, it was named after the decedent's sister and not the surviving wife and children. They also have some issues in terms of transferring the properties due to the cost and taxes involved. 

We can all say that it is not easy to lose a loved one and problems like these are certainly not welcome. According to experts, these scenarios could have been avoided if proper estate and tax planning was made. 

Tax and Estate Planning may not be exciting but it is important and practical. This is not just for wealthy families but also for middle-earners or investors who are very keen in planning their family's future. 

Some of the reasons why you should consider estate planning are the following: 

1. Protection for your children. Making sure that it goes to the right person or the appropriate trustee is assigned. 

2. Avoids family conflicts. Whether we admit it or not, family disputes arise when money is involved. Much more huge amounts from inheritance. 

3. Minimize cost and taxes. Tax and Estate Planning helps you minimize cost and taxes when transferring the estate or property. 


So, if you want to learn more about Tax and Estate Planning, Gargoles Law Office will be conducting a seminar on August 15, 2017 at the WSI Corporate Center in Makati City. 

Key topics would include: Estate Planning Tools, Basic Concepts of Property Regime, Basic concepts of Law on Sales, Computation of Capital Gains Tax and Documentary Stamp Tax, Basic concepts of Law on Donations, Computation of Donor’s Tax, Basic Concepts of Law on Succession, Computation of Estate Tax, Living Trust, Family Holding Corporation, Life Insurance Policy and Final Analysis on Transfer of Property

It is also recommended to CPAs since it comes with CPD Credits. For more details, you may visit their Facebook page or register online via this link:

Wednesday, July 26, 2017

Tips on How to Find the Best Car Deals

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Buying a car can be an emotional roller coaster. Excitement, anxiety, and anticipation can be overwhelming and may lead to regrets and bad decisions. Thus, here are 7 simple steps to follow if you are planning on purchasing a new car. 

1. Identify your needs and budget - With the different make and models, one may have a hard time choosing the car to purchase. Some of the things that you should consider are the following: 
  • What is the purpose of your car? Is it for personal, family or commercial-use?  
  • Where will you use it? Is it for city-driving, off-road, long-distance travel? 
  • What is the size of the car? Do you have ample parking space? 
  • How many seaters do you need? 
  • Do you prefer automatic or manual transmission? 
You can easily narrow down your search by visiting a reliable car dealer's website such as Maximize their filter and search tools to help you out. 

2. Review future costs, maintenance, and resale value. Once you have chosen a car, find time to research more about it and its future costs.
  • Are spare parts readily available in your area? 
  • Is the maintenance labor-intensive or expensive?
  • What is its current rating or review from current owners? 
  • Does it have a good resale value? 

3. Determine your "target price." 

After you are convinced that it's the perfect car for you, then the price becomes a deal-breaker. Make sure to set a "target price" that is within your budget. You have to make sure that you still have money after making the big purchase. Remember your car won't run without gas. 

4. Choose your payment terms and trade-in price (if applicable) 
  • Are you trading-in an old car? 
  • Are you planning to purchase in cash or installment? or lease? 
  • What are the ongoing interest rates? 
  • How long is the payment period? 

5. Check special offers and promotions

Don't forget to check your dealer's website or social media account for special offers and promotions. A lot of instances, car dealers offer cash rebates, lower interest rates, freebies or extended warranty and additional insurance coverage. 

6. Test Drive

Just like buying shoes, you have to feel and try it to know it's the perfect fit. Never purchase a car without testing it whether it's brand new or pre-owned. 

7. Lastly, Negotiate and Close the Deal

When everything is just right, don't forget to ask your dealer or agent what else can he offer (e.g. more discounts or freebies.) Make sure you have the right documentation and arrangements. Then, be ready to take home your new car. 

Monday, July 24, 2017

Stress, Hair Loss and Unproductivity - How to win against it?

I admit I was so stressed for the past few months. Work, family-related concerns and personal issues had taken a toll on me that it started to affect my productivity. 

Striking a life balance is not an easy task. It requires hard work and dedication which sometimes can be strenuous or even impossible to achieve. It led to immune deficiency. I started getting sick which later on, caused other parts of my body to get affected like I had an unnatural amount hair loss.

I started reading about hair loss caused by stress and found out that at its peak, our white blood cells attack no less than the follicles, thus causing alopecia. What’s more, anxiety could drive your hair into a prolonged resting phase, which is called telogen effluviumSince this is very alarming, I decided to take action. 

Here are some natural ways for us to destress:

1. Get enough sleep. Never underestimate the power of sleep. If you feel that you are over your head in dealing with anxieties, choose to rest it off for a while and recharge.

2. Exercise and have an active lifestyle. Let’s get physical to de-stress. It helps release endorphins, or what is known as the happy hormones, that can be beneficial in relieving the tension.

3. Have fun and reward yourself. Watch the timeless story of Tony and Maria and their fateful love affair as the electrifying classic WEST SIDE STORY musical premieres at The Theatre at Solaire on August 10. Read more on

4. Eat more fruits and veggies. Having these as a staple in your diet will bolster your immunity from disease, which in turn, knock out stress. We can all benefit from the vitamins and minerals of the healthy food we consume.

It’s best to complement these simple regimens with a topical solution that’s safe to keep your crowning glory at its robust state. NOVUHAIR, nature's answer to hair loss, is made up of 19 natural ingredients that work in synergy to help remedy stress-related hair loss and promote healthy tress and scalp. 

The challenge in preventing these mane problems is to keep your locks healthy with proper care and let it grow naturally sans subjecting your hair to temporary relief with the use of harmful chemicals. Go natural.

NOVUHAIR contains natural extracts, herbal oils and essences, such as lavender that is also known to relieve stress. It also has a scent that leaves a calming effect. 

NOVUHAIR is available at Mercury Drug and other leading drugstores nationwide. For more information visit, like the brand’s official Facebook Page, Novuhair Official, and follow on Twitter at @NovuhairNatural. You may also call NOVUHAIR hotlines at 4136570 and 09228830575 and order online through and

Tuesday, July 18, 2017

Lookna – Helping Legit Business Reach Their Potential Customers

In a perfect world, you would have an unlimited budget to market your business in order to find new customers and increase sales. You could buy lots of online and offline advertising, run promotions to build traffic in store and online, and launch a proactive public relations campaign to increase your product or brand's visibility and awareness. But this isn't a perfect world. Realistically, most small businesses and even many mid-sized firms have more great ideas on how to peddle their wares than available resources. 

So where do you start if you are looking for more customers? Learning to generate new sales leads is an essential skill for an entrepreneur.

In Lookna, we'd like to make things easier and fair. Forget the old ways of research and composing of ads in limited characters. We provide a simple and straightforward listing that shows important information about your business such as your business name, address, operating hours & more. We also aim to provide unbiased advertising opportunity by providing fair and equal opportunity to all business owners.

How to Find New Customers and Increase Sales? The answer is, Understand Your Target Audience. Before you can find new customers and increase sales, you need to understand who your customer is, what value proposition you offer to customers, and what your competition is currently offering in the market and where there are gaps for a new entrant. In other words, you need to do some market research – whether that means hiring an outside firm to do the legwork or trying to do it yourself. There's an underlying disconnect between your motivation to increase sales and your customer's motivation to solve their problems. Certain products and services may appeal to one audience but not to another, so understanding the strengths, weaknesses, opportunities, and threats in your target market is critical. You can get to know your customers and segment the market any number of ways including by:

Demographics-- statistical data on a population including income levels, age, etc.

Psychographics -- the attitudes and tastes of a certain demographic.

Ethnographics -- examination of particular cultures.

Buying habits -- how what and where customers purchase products and services.

Internet marketing is alive and well, and growing by leaps and bounds.  The environment of the Internet and the virtual business world offer more potential for connecting your business with potential consumers than any other medium, past or present.

Unfortunately, as business owners, we know that every one of our competitors understands this same concept. They are also working just as hard as we are to figure out how to best maximize their online marketing strategy.  After all, the name of the game is to place our product or company squarely in front of potential online customers.

Lookna ensures that all services and listings that you will see are accurate and from a legit business owner, that is why we provide verification process before a listing will be shown to searchers. Because of that, you can be sure that advertisers who subscribe to Lookna are real service providers and not just middlemen who act as the link between the service providers and customers.

Bacolod's Freelancers Hub: Dojo 8 Coliving Space

Coworking spaces are very important to freelancers like me. If you are not so sure what I am talking about, a coworking space is a place with a shared working environment like an office or something like a study area at home. The only difference is that the people using it are usually not employed by the same company or organization. 

Though there are a lot of variations in terms of the ambiance or atmosphere, a strong and fast internet connection, as well as a reliable generator (in case of power outages), are constant in coworking spaces.

I was still in Manila when I started using coworking spaces. There is no doubt that the availability of these work areas has saved me every time there are power outages or internet failure and I cannot afford to miss work. Thus, when we moved to Bacolod, it was one of the things I looked for ASAP. 

Luckily, we were able to find Dojo 8 Coworking Spaces. It is located at Lacson Street, Bacolod near Starbucks Lacson. The place is very accessible and rates are really cheap. Not to mention they offer unlimited coffee. Then earlier this year, they opened their second branch at the back of Bar 21 named Dojo 8 Coliving Spaces.  By the way, this is not a sponsored post.

Dojo 8 Coliving Spaces is not your typical coworking space. So, let me share with you the top 5 things why it is so popular among freelancers and students. 

1. Overnight Accommodation - Dojo 8 have rooms available in case you need to stay overnight. They are very spacious, clean and affordable. It is also very ideal for travelers who still need to work and can't really rely on their hotel's wifi service. My friends from Dumaguete stayed at Dojo 8 for quite a number of times and they love it. 

2. Location - They are located in the heart of Bacolod City. As mentioned, they are at the back of Bar 21, a restaurant that provides a fusion of Filipino delicacies combined with Italian and American favorites (You can read about our Bar 21 Review here) and Bob's Cafe just across the street. There is also a Japanese restaurant a few steps away. 

3. Recreational  Facilities and Fun Environment - Dojo 8 provides ping pong tables and other outdoor games. They also have the garden area and some chairs outside which means that you have options on where you want to stay. You're not just limited to an air-conditioned room sitting on a chair. 

4. Pet-Friendly - As a fur parent, this meant a lot to me. At Dojo 8, you can work while your dogs play on the lawn. No need to leave our furbabies alone at home. Thus, I am looking forward to bring Crumpy, Cheesecake, and Cinderella soon. (I am thinking if we would be allowed to visit together or there is a limit on the number of dogs one can bring.) 

5. Events - Dojo 8 Coliving Spaces is now central to freelancer events here in Bacolod. They hold both free and paid seminars and workshops. Last January, they had the HOW TO START A HOME-BASED CAREER SEMINAR organized by The Purple Secretary and last May 12, the Freelancer Meet-up organized by the Digital Career Advocates of the Philippines. 

And aside from all of these, I love working at Dojo 8 because you get to be surrounded by like-minded people who want to be productive.

So, don't forget to follow Dojo 8 Coliving Spaces on Facebook for event updates and promotions. How about you? Do you have your own favorite freelancer spot? 

Monday, July 10, 2017

Gas up for only Php 10/ Liter on July 11 at Phoenix Gas Stations Nationwide

Phoenix Petroleum Philippines is celebrating their 10th listing anniversary with the biggest sale ever. On July 11, 2017 from 10AM-12NN gas up for only Php 10/ liter.  

Promo is applicable for cash and credit transactions. PO and bulk transactions are not included. The use of drums and/or liquid containers is also not allowed. Promo is not valid in conjunction with other promos.

List of participating stations:


  1. R Castillo, Davao City
  2. Tierra Verde, Sasa, Davao City
  3. Damosa, Davao City
  4. Gmall Toril, Davao City
  5. Lanang, Davao City
  6. Cabantian, Davao City
  7. Acacia, Davao City
  8. Matina, Davao City
  9. Apopong, General Santos City
  10. Bulaong, General Santos City

  1. Mabini, Cabadbaran City 
  2. Ampayon, Butuan City 
  3. Upper Carmen, Cagayan de Oro City 
  4. Tagoloan, Misamis Oriental 
  5. Hagkol, Valencia, Bukidnon 
  6. Mercedes, Zambanga City 
  7. Tablon, Cagayan de Oro City 
  8. Gusu, Zamboanga City 
  9. Tetuan, Zamboanga City 
  10. Puerto, Cagayan de Oro City
  1. Bolo, Roxas City, Capiz 
  2. Brgy. North, Baluarte, Molo, Ilo-Ilo City 
  3. Pook, Kalibo, Aklan 
  4. Yati, Liloan, Cebu City 
  5. B. Rodriguez St., Cebu City 
  6. Tintay, Talamban, Cebu City 
  7. Lopez Jaena, Bacolod City 
  8. Mansilingan, Bacolod City 
  9. Araneta-Singcang Sts., Bacolod City 
  10. Brgy. San Isidro, Ormoc City, Leyte 
  11. Tagbak Terminal, Tagbak, Jaro, Iloilo 
  12. Bulwang, Numancia, Aklan 
  13. Toting Reyes, Kalibo 
  14. Calindagan, Dumaguete 
  15. Rizal-Mabini Sts., Kabankalan, Negros Occidental 
  16. Kabankalan, Negros Occidental 
  17. Lagtang, Cebu 
  18. SRP, Talisay City, Cebu 
  19. Tayud, Consolacion, Cebu 
  20. Naga Naga, Tacloban Leyte
  1. McArthur Highway, Lucao, Dagupan, Pangasinan 
  2. Rosario, La Union 
  3. Sanciangco, Cabanatuan City, Nueva Ecija 
  4. McArthur Highway, Sto. Cristo, Tarlac City 
  5. 2615 Rizal Ave., West Bajac Bajac Olongapo City, Zambales 
  6. Burol 1st, McArthur Highway, Balagtas, Bulacan 
  7. McArthur Highway, Bocaue, Bulacan 
  8. Malhacan, Bulacan
  1. Candelaria By-Pass Road, Malabanban Sur, Candelaria, Quezon 
  2. Maharlika Highway, Brgy. San Rafael, San Pablo City Laguna 2 
  3. Brgy. San Antonio, Los Baños, Laguna 
  4. Brgy. Del Rosario, San Pablo City 3 
  5. National Rd., Ibabang Dupay, Lucena City 
  6. Balagtas,Batangas 
  7. Mabini, Bauan Batangas 
  8. Maraouy, Lipa City Batangas 
  9. Malvar, Batangas 
  10. Brgy. Wawa, Nasugbu Batangas
  1. Edsa Extension, Central Business Park, Pasay City (MOA) 
  2. Dr. A. Santos Avenue, Sucat Paranaque 
  3. Sta. Rosa Tagaytay Road,,Sta. Rosa City Laguna 
  4. Marcos Alvarez, Brgy. Talon V, Las Pinas 
  5. Brgy. San Martin De Porres, East Service Road, Parañaque 
  6. Daang Hari Molino Rd., Molino IV 
  7. Acacia Drive cor. Aguinaldo Highway,Dasmariñas Cavite 
  8. Km 18, E. Aguinaldo Highway,,Salinas IV,Bacoor, Cavite 
  9. Brgy. Bangkal, Evangelista cor. Gen. Estrella, Makati City
  1. Amang Rodriguez Ave, Manggahan Pasig City 
  2. #37 Timog Avenue., South Triangle, Quezon City 
  3. L8 Mindanao Ave 2 Brgy. Bahay Toro, QC 
  4. Dahlia Ave., Fairview, Quezon City 
  5. Malanday Valenzuela City 
  6. MH Del Pilar Malanday, Valenzuela City 
  7. Samson Rd. Caloocan 
  8. North Edsa 
  9. Sumulong, Antipolo
For more details, click here.

Tuesday, July 4, 2017

Random Thoughts about staying AHEAD in Life: Schools and the Future

I am here at Bacolod - Silay International Airport waiting for my flight. If you are wondering where I am going, I am flying back to Cebu again to spend more time with my family.This is actually my 3rd trip to the Queen of the South within a month and I am very thankful that my current job allows me to travel anytime I want. 

For the past few weeks, Val and I are working on one of our passion projects. Since we have been very blessed, it's about time that we pay it forward. We want to help graduating students find their dream jobs. As we were discussing on how to address the gap that hinders them from having gainful employment, we found out that there are actually several factors affecting their success. 

Based on a study conducted by the National Statistical Coordination Board (NSCB), graduates of the top 3 educational institutions in the Philippines are hired faster and paid more by employers.

Most corporate recruiters and HR professionals will deny this but this is actually the hard truth. According to one of my favorite bloggers, Tina Perez of, "We are living in a third-world country. And whether we like it or not, where our children graduated from matters a lot." (You can read more about her blog post, here.)

Luckily, I studied at Ateneo from kindergarten to college. So, based on my personal experience, finding a job was quite easy. I got invited to more interviews and got hired faster. Though HR professionals or recruiters won't really say it, I believe that my school has something to do with it and it was one of my advantages. I remember too when I applied to one of the biggest consumer brands here in the country, we were filling out an online application form and there was a dropdown of the list of schools. If you can't find your school on the list, you have no way to proceed with your application. We believed that was their discreet way of shortlisting applicants.When I was working as an online recruiter, I have clients who preferred and prioritized the graduates of the "big" schools for an interview. 

I realized that education is a huge investment but worth it. It is the best gift of a parent to his or her children. (So, Papa and Mama - if you are reading this, THANK YOU!) 

However, have you thought about what happens if one fails their college entrance exam? How will it affect a person's life? I had a friend who had the money but unfortunately, did not pass the exam in Ateneo. Thus, he was forced to enroll in another school. This detour has definitely changed the next 4 years or more of his life. 

Not getting in the "big" school does not necessarily mean doomsday. However, this means that at this crucial point of their lives, right before college, we should readily support our child's future by ensuring that they get accepted in a reputable school. Why take the risk when we can give them more? Enrolling them in a review center is one of the things that we can do for them.

Based on my research, one of the leading and most awarded tutorial and review center in the country is AHEAD TUTORIAL AND REVIEW. They are the first to offer Test-Based Reviews for the country’s most competitive admission exams, namely the University of the Philippines College Admission Test (UPCAT), the Ateneo College Entrance Test (ACET), and the De La Salle University College Entrance Test (DLSUCET). They have been in the business since 1995 and have several branches in Metro Manila as well as in Baguio and Tuguegarao. 

AHEAD TUTORIAL AND REVIEW take pride in their learning programs where students not only prepare for academic excellence, they have also come to embrace their role as future leaders of the global community.

Their services include the following: 
  • Review Programs - These are designed to help students get into the university of their dreams. Their programs help students focus on their lessons, guide them towards topics to be studied, provide them with the right reference materials, and motivate them to study harder.
  • Tutorial Programs - These are one-on-one and small-group tutorial programs where students get undivided attention and care. Students are assigned tutors who match their personality and requirements. With the right support, children become all that they can possibly be.  
  • Online Programs - AHEAD Tutorial & Review Center has developed an online learning platform designed to help learners work through their everyday academic concerns. Through AHEAD Online, students can review for their exams, finish their homework, and study their lessons in advance in the comfort of their own home. Students will have one-on-one reviews with expert tutors through video-conferencing platforms in a clear and seamless manner. This is actually my favorite among their offerings. 
What I like about this center is that they have very good feedback from their students plus, their online programs is one of a kind. Making you maximize the sessions without being affected by external factors like traffic which will either get you so tired or lazy.

Anyway, I will be boarding the plane in a bit. Just share your thoughts in the comments section below. If you have more questions, you may email AHEAD directly at or call them at (02) 426-0034 to 36 or 0917-89 (AHEAD) 24323. 
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