Friday, February 25, 2011

EDSA at 25: What They Have in Mind

What I have in mind: Let's remember EDSA for what it's worth to the millions of Filipinos from different walks of life, who marched, prayed, and hoped for a better country.

Scenario: The Philippine Center for Investigative Journalism (PCIJ) asks young people what they know about the 1986 People Power revolution.

"The PCIJ asks college students what they know about the 1986 People Power revolt. Results were surprising. Is EDSA Revolution even in our history books?" - PCIJ video blog.

Very true as it may seem, what these college students have in their minds is quite alarming. I am about to write a blog post to feature and highlight 1986 EDSA Revolution, 25 years after until I got a chance to peek into this PCIJ video.

Watching the video and listening to what they have to say make me realize that we don't need to spend much, million of pesos to celebrate this very historical event and might as well spend those special funds to improve our EDUCATIONAL SYSTEM as this is to motivate and inspire everyone in the academe.

But wait, don't get me wrong here, I am definitely not up to going against EDSA 25 celebrations. I just want to raise the issue: there are lots of MORE important things and national concerns to deal with. Here's my own list:

Discipline. Corruption. Education. Health. Politics. Governance. Pollution. Poverty.

The meaning and substance of people power is one of the treasures and legacy that our people should be thankful of. However, people especially those who run the government seems to be indifferent to this value and meaning. On a personal note, I believe all that's happening today are the by-products of what happened before, generation to generation, one government to another. Nothing much has actually changed. But it is not the people but OUR ways of tolerating these issues of corruption, injustices and discrimination at all levels.

Well, I just want to share his thoughts as it makes sense to me. :-)

Going back to what has happened this last quarter of a century, we need to first answer these basic questions: 1) Do we have better quality education now? 2) Is there less corruption? 3) Is there less poverty? 4) Are there more jobs domestically? 5) How is the peace and order situation? 6) Is there a more efficient rendering by government of basic services? 7) Have we matured as voters? 8) Have we licked the insurgency problem? 9) Have we straightened out problems within the PNP and AFP? 10) Have the promises and vows made in 1986 (a quarter of a century ago!) been fulfilled? If we do a life-style check on all those that served in government the last 25 years under Cory, FVR, Erap, GMA, including all their respective Kamag-anak Inc. and cronies, what do you think the findings would be? And finally, what is it we are celebrating and who are we going to be fooling again?

Read more of him and his ideas here.

♥♥♥ Mai Raine ♥♥♥

Thursday, February 24, 2011

What Our Teenagers Should Know

We Real Cool

Gwendolyn Brooks
(1917 - 2000) (Kansas, USA)

We real cool. We Left school. We Lurk late. We Strike straight. We Sing sin. We Thin gin. We Jazz June. We Die soon.

The poem extends much regards to being teenagers as well as their attitudes, beliefs, behaviors, interests and hobbies. Being so active, young and curious, "we" teenagers have issues and some concerns on decision-making. We tend to be impulsive to try new things without thinking about the consequences.

Extreme emotions run high and attitudes seem to be inconsistent and abrupt when a child becomes a teenager. He or she may pursue into something that could eventually not good for him or her or would soon put him or her in a very complex situation.

The art of being "cool" gives some thrills at the beginning BUT may soon cause harm and troubles on these teenagers.

In a nutshell, the poem tells something about the essence of the teenagers' (holistically BOYS) self-awareness and decision-making, the importance and the art of making responsible choices.

Persona/Characters: Teenagers (generally/majority BOYS) or Adolescents

The poem initially portrays this teenage psychology: I felt as if I was at the top of the world, as if I could do anything and no one could stop me. Persistent and impulsive, these teenage boys would do whatever they want to, regardless of what the circumstances are.

At the end, they would be in trouble and in a predicament that they will be needing much help and attention from their family, loved ones, mentors and friends. However, much assumption may lead to worst case scenarios that it must be too late before they realize what they have done to themselves and to their lives.

Teenagers today are severe, impulsive, tough and adventurous. Generally, most of them are faced into different kinds of societal problems and difficulties. And with that, they need more "poems" like this to help them, us realize how important making the right and responsible decisions for ourselves and our future.

An expert once stated that there is a heightened anxiety among today's teens and young adults. Such must be accordingly addressed and resolved. They shall be exposed into some situations like this that can lead them to self-realization and awareness - so there will always be a lesson learned, which they can adopt and practice in real life.

Even though the poem was written in 1960, it mirrors the situation of today, for many young men and even young women skip school every day — not to mention those who dropout.

The first seven lines in the poems sound so upbeat but tones change dramatically in the last line. And this sudden change in the tone of the poem redirects the focal point of the verses; thus, it brings new light to the meaning.

The entire tone of the poem is very upbeat; however, the tone changes dramatically at the end with the following statement: "We die soon." This one line alone says a lot.

In a more in depth analysis of the final line (which refers to death), the subtitle of the poem states: THE POOL PLAYERS. SEVEN AT THE GOLDEN SHOVEL. The number "seven" has the aura of good fortune while the boys shoot pool. Moreover, the word "golden" typifies prosperity and happiness, akin to how the boys are feeling.

However, the word "shovel" signifies an ominous sign, relating to death, casket, funeral and later burial. Brooks implies that street people will eventually die soon. These young men are obviously street people because they are not in school.

♥♥♥ Mai Raine ♥♥♥

Wednesday, February 23, 2011

Leisure 18 Purple with L-Carnitine and Korean Ginseng


This product has been made of Brazil Original forest small black coffee, and natural plant gamboge fruit, (HCA), and with scientific processing with precise extraction. Scientific result through many years repeated research and development as well as spending large amount of research fund by the America Kangshi Lainuo International Medical Research.

-> Leisure 18 slimming coffee can effectively decompose fats, and has diuresis effects.
-> It is anti-cancer and anti-aging. It can even prevent cardiovascular disease.
-> Increases fat reduction and regulates the metabolism.

Dosage: Drink 1 sachet in the morning before taking your breakfast. You can add a little creamer, sugar or chocolate drink to adjust the taste.

With continuous intake, you will be slimmer in 18 days. It is pure, natural and healthy! Safe with no side effects.

-> Not to be taken by pregnant or nursing moms and people with high blood pressure or cardiovascular disease.


Lose weight for just 18 days. (can be 18 and a little more days, or even as fast as 5 days)
So easy to prepare.
No oily feces
No need to exercise.
No need to diet. ( You might feel that you're not in the mood to eat either.)
No stomach pain.
Can make you radiant and blooming.
Can make you alert.


1. Lock and prevent the absorption of fat intake
The fat digesting substance of the fatty acid is a single glycerin in which it forms the fatty substances with negative electricity. When drinking Leisure 18 Slimming Coffee, it will eventually produced the gastric juices in our stomach to form the PECTIN with a negative electricity, that will equally distributes gastric juices and immediately exerts the strong ion absorption effect when meeting with the fat digested foods, producing large amount of the compound. Then the PECTIN of the Leisure 18 Slimming Coffee will wrapped the fat substances and cannot be absorbed by the intestinal wall.

2. Increase reducing fat and regulate metabolism
LEISURE 18 SLIMMING COFFEE contains multi-active substances that can increase the fat-reducing effect in our body and can effectively transformed the fats in our body into a heated fat cell. That it will expedite the speed of the body to reduce fat and regulate our body’s proper metabolism.


Good-tasting gourmet coffee
Fat blocker

Speed up metabolism
Burn calories

Appetite suppressant
Energy booster

Lowers blood sugar and cholesterol
Good for body figure maintenance


> People with heart problems and any other related illness.
> People with high blood condition.
> People with migraine and other related illness.
> Pregnant women.
> Breast-feeding women.
> People with ulcer.

How to Enjoy Your Cup of Leisure 18 Slimming Coffee: (Applies to all slimming coffee)

Drink 1 sachet of slimming coffee everyday, 30 minutes before 1st meal of the day. You may or may not add any 3-in-1 coffee (I do this to improve taste and aroma.) :)

Strictly 1 sachet per day.

For inquiries, questions and orders, please feel free to send me an email at ...

You may also text or call us at: (Sun) 0932-72855-44 or (Globe) 0915-8718721.

Happy Shopping :-)

♥♥♥ Mai Raine ♥♥♥

Tuesday, February 22, 2011

Lowest IDD Rates: GLOBE IDD Sakto Calls

I made short calls to Australia and US to talk to foreign clients and was surprised that I only have a very low amount consumed and deducted from my Pre-paid Load. Globe has finally made me so satisfied and amazed with their promo on the lowest call rates abroad. I have never been so happy with Globe's services.

One more thing, yesterday I got updated, real time emails and prompt replies from their Customer Care/Support Team and was able to keep me posted with my G-Cash Card concerns. And I am quite glad that, I guess, GLOBE has somewhat improved their customer care services. Keep it up! :-)

This service is ideal for short calls since the call from the Philippines is being charged by the second. It is easy to avail of this service, the caller from the Philippines, using a mobile phone, only dials 12800+country code+area code+phone number. Very easy, so affordable.

The Globe Landline IDD Sakto Calls gives discounted per second charging for calls to the United States, Canada, Australia, Saudi Arabia, Hawaii, Hong Kong, Singapore, South Korea, China, United Kingdom, Malaysia, Taiwan, Thailand, Kuwait, and Equatorial Guinea.
Calls to the rest of the world are charged on a per minute basis at the regular rate of $0.40 per minute or around P18 per minute.

The service combines the convenience of per second charging and the affordability of a cheaper calling rate. It is ideal for those who do not need to stay long on the phone since they will only be charged for the airtime consumed.

At the same time, the discounted rate to select destinations makes calling abroad much more affordable.

To use the IDD Sakto Calls, Globe Landline postpaid subscribers need to complete the following dialing sequence: 12800 + + + while Globe Landline prepaid subscribers need to complete the following dialing sequence: 12898 + 12800 + + + .

The 12800 dialing prefix will replace the “+” or “00” that precedes an international number. Without the 12800 prefix, subscribers will be charged the regular IDD rate. No registration is needed.

At the same time, the Globe IDD Sakto Calls is available to all Globe postpaid, Globe prepaid and TM mobile subscribers who can also enjoy the P0.15 per second IDD rate to the same destinations.


For only P0.15 centavos per second IDD calls to top 15 destination abroad.
Dial 12800(country code)(area code)(phone number)

Globe World Widest Services

Saturday, February 19, 2011

Hikari: Our Platinum Ogon Koi Bids Goodbye

Among our fishes in our mini garden pond, Hikari, a Platinum Ogon, is one of our favorites. Being the biggest of them all, he has been the sweetest. Relieving our stresses, these aquatic creatures have been our buddies in getting some relaxation, comfort and serenity.

By merely looking or staring at them while they swim around, you wouldn't believe that they have already made us feel rejuvenated and grateful.

Figuratively speaking, they have provided us such "feeling" that we could only get from them. And every time, we will come closer for whatever reasons i.e. feeding or some bonding time, they would as if welcome us with open arms - fins. And that has always been the greatest part of spending some quality time with them.

We've got a lot of fishes but just one loss would surely be different. His death would greatly affect us especially Eieo. Being the biggest and the most visible fish, Hikari is easily noticed by anyone. And now that you're gone, mornings and free time would never be the same again.

Good bye, Hikari. You'll surely be missed. Hugs!

♥♥♥ Daddy Ren, Mommy Mai and Eieo ♥♥♥

Platinum Ogon High Quality Koi
, imported from Asia, are a striking solid white color with a brilliant metallic sheen. Their deep, pure coloration does not contain blemishes of any kind. These beautiful Koi have a ghostlike appearance and stand out dramatically against the dark background of a typical pond. Ogon Koi are in the family Hikarimuji, which translates to "light without pattern."

The Platinum Ogon Koi are rated by breeders as AAA Grade Select - the highest rating these fish can receive. They are produced by some of the best brood stock in Asia. While Platinum Ogon HQ Koi can live longer than 200 years, they typically live 25 to 35 years. These high quality Japanese Strain Koi are a product of years of professional breeding, and will turn your pond into a showcase of champions.

The ideal setup for Platinum Ogon Koi is a 1000+ gallon pond with a fine gravel substrate, rocks, and hardy plants. Because these Koi savor plant roots and will dig to get to them, be sure to place large rocks around the base of plants to protect them. You will also need to provide adequate filtration to maintain proper water conditions.

Know more about them; read it HERE.

Friday, February 18, 2011

Go Negosyo and GMA-7: Supporting Women's Month

Babae Kapuso Ka ng Bayan: 3rd Annual Women Entrepreneurship Summit 2011

Hubby and I would surely attend this series of events for biz-minded individuals, business enthusiasts and newbies in the industry. Investing in our own business and online shop/s, we therefore believe that we still need some formal training on how to effectively run the business - targeting our goals at our own pace.

We've been wanting to inquire and register since January 28; however, we still cannot contact the organizers - phones are always busy. If not, nobody's answering. For some reason, we already tried many ways to contact the Go Negosyo Team: blog commenting, sending an inquiry on their site, sending them SMS - many times beyond making lots of long distance calls.

But we will never say "NO" - we won't stop until I get the slot reservations, until we are officially registered to attend the summit and expo. We still look forward to being a part of the business gig and be able to meet great people and fellow business enthusiasts - fresh and new ideas simply excite us more.

This opportunity is indeed a good reward and fulfilling treat for many women out there. So, let's grab this chance, get into new business ventures, and succeed all our biz endeavors. Thanks to the Organizers. Kudos!

See you there! :)

♥♥♥ Rainier and Myraine ♥♥♥

Visit Go Negosyo now. Click it HERE.

More Details from the Organizers:

Join us as we celebrate the International Women’s Month by recognizing inspiring women, educating aspiring and practicing entrepreneurs, and showcasing possible business opportunities for women (and men, too!).


Visit over 300 booths and exhibits that showcase business ideas and opportunities in health & wellness, beauty & cosmetics, fashion & accessories, food & culinary business, technology, direct-selling, franchising, and so much more!


Attend free seminars on the how-to’s of starting your own business: from knowing your strengths and your ambitions, to finding business opportunities, to marketing your products and finding capital. Plus, talks on women’s health, education, good governance, and other issues and concerns facing women today.


Get to know the Filipinas who have not only excelled in entrepreneurship but who also embody admirable traits of passion, with compassion, perseverance, integrity, concern for others and care for community.


Be the first few to get hold of our future bestseller (written by Dr. Joy Abaquin, educator, parent and entrepreneur, and one of the Angelpreneurs of Go Negosyo) that teaches parents and Go Negosyo advocates how to raise children (of all ages!) with entrepreneurial mindset and positive attitude.

Plus, freebies, giveaways, games, and exciting performers and guests await!


(for students, teachers and professors) Present School ID

Thursday, February 17, 2011

EDSA Garden House: The Healthiest Place To Be

Valentine's Day with Hubby at the EDSA Garden House - Pick N' Pay Herbs Garden

Hubby and I celebrated Heart's Day on February 12, 2011 and it wasn't the usual romantic date or couple's day out. We had it very differently - we went to the heart of the metro and had a great therapeutic experience.

Relaxing, fun and convenient, herb picking and plant shopping
at the greenhouses are perfect moments for us. We never thought this could be very ideally romantic.

What we had in our "shopping basket" ...
Sweet Basil (Three pots) - perfect for pasta (yummy)
Kalanchoe Indoor Ornamental Plant (Seven Pots) - succulent, ornamental herb
Organic Garden Soil for Fruits and Flowers (One Big Bag)
Mayana Herbal Plant
and more. :-)

Promoting backyard planting in the middle of the Metro, EDSA Garden House opened its doors as an herb garden supermarket on November 20, 2007.

Here, numerous kinds of herbs from the Philippines, Taiwan, Hong Kong, China, and Thailand are propagated, displayed, and sold at very affordable prices.

Imbibe the scents of culinary and medicinal herbs, this sanctuary for health-conscious people is indeed a great place to be.

In here, they can learn various herbs' uses and unique properties, or just simply relax and enjoy a garden paradise in the midst of a busy commercial hub.

When we came and visited the EDSA Garden House for the very first time, hubby and I couldn't stop shopping - picking our own choices of herbs, plants and ornaments. We've just discovered new treasures and have appreciated the benefits of herbal gardening. It is truly a therapeutic experience! And we are so sure that you'd love it, too.

Come all and have fun.

♥♥♥ Mai Raine ♥♥♥

Monday, February 14, 2011

Hokkaido Pills - Guaranteed Safe and Effective?

With 40 capsules and good for 20 days, Japan Hokkaido Pills have become one of the best-sellers among our slimming products. Hokkaido Slimming Pills used to be 'selling like hotcakes'. Now, should you join the fad and get that figure you've always dreamed of? Or take the risks of having drastic slimming effects but may eventually harm you and put your health on a comprised condition?

Which way to go? It's all up to you! 
Check this post and see how we can best help you in your weight management ventures. Visit our blog HERE.

Take the natural, safe and effective way of losing weight and maintaining a healthier and happier you. Learn from us, visit our PAGE today. 

AUTHENTIC Japan HOKKAIDO Slimming Pills: 
What they claim? 

Japan Hokkaido Pills For Weight Reduction have the following advantages:
(400mg x 40 pill Reduce weight safely and in high speed)
Beautify waist and thighs
Consolidate body figures
Leave your body light
Relieve and discharge night stool and constipation
Promote good digestion

Pill for weight reduction / aimed at the waist, abdomen, hip, thighs and face where fat always accumulates. Its specific Fat Consumption Formula is aimed at the accumulation of fat, accelerate the metabolism of fat, as well as promote the discharge of night stool and fat, and reduce fat, for weight reduction - worry-free!

What They Have to Say?
1. Drink plenty of water or fresh juices.
2. Eat small yet frequent meals. Never skip meals. Even if you don't feel hungry, it is advised that you still eat on time. And YES, I's like to reiterate: eat small servings.
This is to prevent hypoglycemia* which can cause headache, palpitations, and body weakness. (unsalted crackers, candies or anything that is high on glucose will do)

*Hypoglycemia is the medical term for a state produced by a lower than normal level of blood glucose due to skipping meals, low blood sugar and insufficient glucose intake.

NOT ADVISABLE FOR: pregnant women, with serious illness, children, lactating mothers

Japanese-Chinese Formula:
Thousands of year ago, the medical value was officially approved in Japan. Based on the Chinese traditional composite formula developed the weight reduction formula for the eastern. It is verified by its medical features and practical demonstration that it can meet the demand for perfect body figure of ladies. The accuracy of its ingredients and their contents guarantee the perfect figure construction effect.

Pill for weight reduction / aimed at the waist, abdomen, hip, thighs and face where fat always accumulate. Its specific Fat Consumption Formula is aimed at the accumulation of fat, accelerates the decomposition and consumption of fat, promote the catabolism of fat, as well as promote discharge of night stool and fat, and reduce fat, for weight reduction without worry.

Dill extract:Intensively the functioning efficiency of the body, improve the catabolism of fat, and reduce the accumulation of fat
Chinese rose extract, trumpet creeper extract:improve metabolism and promote consumption of fat.
Evening primrose extract lotus:reduce the excessive absorption of fat, promote the discharge of night stool and fat, and reduce fat.
Function: Weight Reduction
Appropriate population: simple obesity, obesity
Inappropriate population: children, women in pregnancy or breast feeding.

Guaranteed Period: 2 weeks you'll see initial slimming result
Manufactured Date: See bottom of the box. Storage: Coll And Dry place
Administration and dosage:two pills a time, once daily,before breakfast with clear water.
Japan Hokkaido Cangye Pharmacy Co.,Ltd.

Really? Too good to be true.

Well, we really don't know where this "Hokkaido Slimming Pill Fad" will take us but for us, we decided to go for the healthier way, we all gave Optrimax Plum Delite a try and we are all amazed and happy with its results. See for yourself! Read more HERE.

Friday, February 11, 2011

PANLAPU: The Philippine Miracle Herbal Eyedrops

Update: Hi avid readers!

I wrote this blog in 2011 and my grandmom and mom-in-law were really using Panlapu for both cataract and glaucoma respectively. 

But we suddenly lost contact with the inventor and could NOT find him and her family anymore so we could no longer buy Panlapu. 

In as much as we would like to help you guys, we do not have the means to help you get/buy/try the eye drop. It was in 2013 when we could no longer avail this amazing product. 

Thus, as soon as we're able to get in touch again with the inventor and his team, we will gladly share the good news and let you know. 

Thanks again and God bless us all. Cheers!

PANLAPU herbal eye drops has become a trend in many forum and thread over the web with regard to eye problems, EENT infections, cataract and glaucoma prevention, natural treatment for eye problems and more. Panlapu cam from the words Panay (Panay Island) and Lapunaya (also known as the Mayana Plant in Panay Island).

Mayana Plant 101 - Know more about this herbal plant. Read it HERE.

God's gift to mankind, many different herb plants like that of Mayana Plant have amazing healing powers that have become a certified natural therapeutic solution for many diseases and other pathological conditions.

PANLAPU has also been featured in Manila Bulletin and the feedback has become Read Mrs. Nelly Villafuerte's review HERE

Miracle Herbal Eye Drops help you get rid of EENT problems and infections.
Available in 60mL - very affordable, safe and effective.
♥♥♥ Mai Raine ♥♥♥

Wednesday, February 9, 2011

Mayana 101: Its Amazing Healing Properties

Tagalog: Mayana
Scientific Names: Coleus blancoi, Coleus blumei Benth, Coleus blumei

Erect, branched, fleshy annual herb, about 1 m high. Stems, purplish and 4-angled. Leaves are blotched or colored, ovate, 5-10 cm long, with toothed margins. Flowers are purplish, numerous, in simple or branched inflorescence, 15-30 cm long.

Medicinal uses:
Bruises and sprains
Mild bleeding of wounds
Healing wounds
Weak lungs
Common colds and Flu
Skin Irritations and Allergies
Ear Infections
Cataract and Glaucoma*
Eye Infections and Irritations*
EENT Problems*
Asian traditional medicine for asthma, angina, bronchitis, epilepsy, insomnia, and various digestive problems.

*Also used as eyedrops for eye inflammation, sore eyes, cataract and glaucoma natural cure/prevention.

Introduced in the Philippines. Cultivated for ornamental purposes.

Volatile oils.

Parts used and preparation:
Seeds, bark, and wood.

PANLAPU* is one of the amazing and miraculous herbal eye drops.

More details? Read it Here.

• Antimicrobial / Diterpenes:
Diastereomeric Diterpenes from Coleus blume: Study yielded a new abietane type diterpene that whowed antimicrobial activity against B subtilis, P aeruginosa and C albicans.
• Antioxidant:
Antioxidant Activity of Coleus Blumei, Orthosiphon Stamineus, Ocimum basilicum and Mentha arvensis from Lamiaceae Family: Study showed all methanol samples exhibited antioxidant activity and suggested that Lamiaceae plants has pharmaceutical potential for its antioxidant properties.
• Forskolin / Erectile Dysfunction:
Study has shown forskolin may enhance smooth muscle relaxation. Studies are needed to assess the use of coleus in the treatment of erectile dysfunction.
• Anthelmintic:
Leaf extract showed high efficacy against Hymenolepsis nana (mice).
• Analgesic / Anti-Inflammatory / Antimicrobial:
Study isolated a mixture of sterols and triterpenes from the leaves of Coleus blumei. The isolates exhibited analgesic, anti-inflammatory and antimicrobial activities. The study also isolated capesterol, a-amyrin and b-amyrin.

Update: Hi avid readers!

I wrote this blog in 2011 and my grandmom and mom-in-law were really using Panlapu for both cataract and glaucoma respectively. 

But we suddenly lost contact with the inventor and could NOT find him and her family anymore so we could no longer buy Panlapu. 

In as much as we would like to help you guys, we do not have the means to help you get/buy/try the eye drop. It was in 2013 when we could no longer avail this amazing product. 

Thus, as soon as we're able to get in touch again with the inventor and his team, we will gladly share the good news and let you know. 

Thanks again and God bless us all. Cheers!