Monthly Archives: July 2015

BOOK Worm: Romantic Suspense Action — rolled into ordinary turned super Angela

kindle-logoThis eBook presents the experiences of the main character Angela, a girl-next-door with a superb analytical mind for decoding encrypted communication. Her talent spins her to a dangerous adventure where she gets romantically entangled with the wolf-in-sheepskin.

From a technical perspective, this 175-page, 1,195 kB eBook takes a few seconds to download. It has simultaneous device usage that allows sharing across all devices, so I get to read the book from my iPhone when we are mobile, or on my Kindle during bedtime. The artwork preempts you to the James Bond-like femme fatale suspense yet light action plot.

I am rating this book a four-star guided by my priority criteria of personal relevance & objective achievement for selecting books that are entertaining, interesting & relaxing to read.

Disclaimer: I had purchased & read this eBook. This voluntary & unsolicited book review is intended to share personal insights on facts & actual experiences on its use in order to aid fellow consumers with informed choices in their purchases.

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TECH Tips: Reflectorized Armband in Classic Black— Good for Traveling through Airports at Night


I like wearing this classic black armband during travel and shopping. It’s especially useful when it’s dark due to the reflector strip that frames the smartphone’s screen. That’s because I like keeping my hands-free while on the go… I love fanny packs and belts to keep my valuable stuff— trimmed down to the 3 Cs: cash, card and cellphone— handy. But when traveling internationally though, my fanny pack is full with travel documents that I need an armband to house my ever reliable communication device and mobile entertainment center, my smartphone.

The armband serves its purpose well. The neoprene material is stretchy enough to accommodate my iPhone 6 and my daughter’s iPhone 5S, even with thin cases on. The cutoff holes are just right for easy accessibility of ports. The plastic face allows normal touchscreen operability without difficulty. The Velcro straps adjust easily and comfortably around a 120-pounder’s (mine) and 100-pounder’s (my daughter’s) bare arms or over clothing. The inner texture does not rough up the sleeve part of our clothes. It also has a secret pocket for keys or emergency cash should we wish to stash some secretly for emergency purposes.

As for maintenance, it can be thrown in the washer with the rest of the laundry, and should I be dissatisfied with my washing, its price is affordable enough that replacing it will not break your budget.

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HOME Helps: Pure Copper Cup Keeps Drinks Cool

I love how this copper cup keep drinks cool. My grandmother had always had one & it took me all of these years to acquire one. It is an olden oriental belief that drinking in copper containers bring health benefits.

Here are some of its features:

PURE, SOLID COPPER – No nickel, tin, or steel! Our copper mugs are only PURE copper, as your mule deserves! Go for the real deal – get the full experience.
GET HAMMERED – Each mug is carefully hammered to stunning perfection by hand. Thick walls and a classic 16oz size make this the perfect Moscow Mule mug!
ICEY ICE COLD – An authentic copper mug frosts up in seconds! These mugs get COLD – REALLY cold. Super refreshing with a Moscow Mule!
GREAT CUSTOMER SERVICE! – 100% LIFETIME GUARANTEE.
BONUS RECIPE CARDS INCLUDED – love the recipes & new twists with old drinks.

They are available at http://purecopperbrand.com and on Amazon.

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HOME Helps: Stunning Copper Cup

Drinking in a copper container is believed to have health benefits. Whatever they are, I enjoy doing so because of the following characteristics:

PURE, SOLID COPPER – No nickel, tin, or steel! Our mugs are only PURE copper, as your mule deserves! Go for the real deal – get the full experience.
CLASSIC DESIGN – 16oz is the perfect size for a cocktail. This handcrafted mug is 3″ wide by 4″ tall without handle, 4.8″ wide with handle. The handle is welded – no ugly rivets (LEAKS!). We use a FOOD-SAFE lacquer to help keep your mugs looking amazing!
ICEY ICE COLD – A real copper mug frosts up in seconds! These mugs get COLD – REALLY cold. Super refreshing with a Moscow Mule!
GREAT CUSTOMER SERVICE! – 100% satisfaction guaranteed.
BONUS RECIPE CARDS INCLUDED – for unique twists in drinks.

The mugs are well-made, look stunning & function well. I’ve been using them daily for a month now & it’s luster has not changed. It keeps my drinks cold longer, is shatter-proof, odor-free & leaves no after-taste with your drinks.They are available at http://purecopperbrand.com and on Amazon.

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BEAUTY Bonus & HEALTH Helps: Gluten-Free, Soy-Free, Non-Toxic, All-Natural Beautifier & Skin Protector

I am in the serious stage of fighting age with grace. Moisturizers and other substances plump up the cells, but oftentimes without complications to sensitive skin. For those concerned with compatibility, you will never go wrong with a gluten-free, dairy-free, non-toxic, all-natural and cruelty-free proprietary formulation because nothing touches your skin but the goodness of mother nature’s blessings.

This blend is composed of 10 flower and fruit oils that bring out the best to restore youth and beauty, and delay the telltale signs of aging. It plumps skin cells, fights bacteria and fungus, and provides an anti-microbial protection. The ingredients act independently as well as synergistically to give these therapeutic and aesthetic effects.

Shea butter
Coconut oil
Argan oil
Evening primrose oil
Rosehip Fruit oil
Calenula flower oil
Clary sage oil
Ylang-ylang oil
Frankincense oil
Geranium oil

I have acne scars and still suffer from sporadic breakouts, but after using this for 1 menstrual cycle, I had not observed any severe reaction. This is usually my dilemma when I use moisturizers and synthetic oil-based formulations. Instead, my skin now enjoys the richness of the oils to keep it from getting dry and receive that protective cover to prevent acne and tinea flavia formation. I extend the use to my neck area and hands to deter a turkey neck and wrinkled hands.

I highly recommend this hydrating moisturizer for those with sensitive skin and skin disorders. It’s like having your topical antibacterial, antifungal ointments and creams with the added advantage of a moisturizer that is vegan-based without preservatives or additives.

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HEALTH Helps: Mid-Sized & Mid-Priced Heart & Brain Food with the Same Soft Gel Delivery System for Maximum Bioavailability (Absorption & Use by the Body)

This review of Norwegian Fish oil by Holistic Solutions is my sole opinion and view of my personal use of the product, and should not be deemed as medical advice.

Omega-3 fish softgel is one of the supplements I take regularly & this is the 4th brand I’ve tried. In summary, it is highly recommended for people who have difficulty swallowing large capsules.

BACKGROUND: I’ve worked in the pharmaceutical industry for quite some time, and though I used to market synthetic therapeutic drugs, I believe in the benefits and convenience of natural food supplementation. From what I know, they are called food supplements mainly because they do not register a consistent therapeutic effect and, as the term implies, act in support of insufficiently nutritious meals, something we take for granted in this current fast-paced fast food society.

One of the non-therapeutic oral supplements that I take seriously is eicosanoids, the main active component of omega-3, believed to have anti-inflammatory actions on the heart, brain and joints. Fish oil with a high level of omega-3 supports our dietary need for these essential fatty acids which are ideally derived from the fish we eat. I am prone to eating just red or white meat from beef, pork & poultry during the work week, and taking fish oil capsules additionally compensates for what I lack from not including deep-sea fish in my regular menu.

SOURCE & DOSAGE: I compensate my unhealthy lifestyle with two (2) softgels a day. To replace the equivalent health benefits of two (2) softgels of this fish oil, I will have to include approximately 110 grams (about the size of 2 small adult female fists) of herring or sardines, the richest source of omega-3, in my daily diet, something that is close to impossible considering the sheer amount & monotony of eating the same food! Let this be a silent warning that omega-3 is not for those allergic to its ingredients.

COMPARISON WITH OTHER OMEGA-3 BRANDS IN TERMS OF CONTENT:
SIZE: For supplements like omega-3, size of the capsule is an issue. There may be brands whose active ingredient is high, but I end up not taking it because it triggers my gagging reflex. It’s great to have this option of dividing my doses into two as it assures a consistently higher bioavailability of omega-3 in my system at all times than taking a single dose of the higher milligram bigger capsule brands.

SAME DELIVERY SYSTEM: The second thing that I look for in omega-3 source is the quality of the softgel that encapsulates the fish oil. Some people think that the higher the milligram content the better, this is not true. The covering should dissolve in the right place of action in our digestive tract, in this case, the small intestines. If for example, the vitamins or minerals that you take breaks down fast and while still in the stomach, the nutritional content is broken down and destroyed as well by the stomach acid, defeating the purpose of being absorbed by the body for its nutritional use. This quality of the capsule is called enteric coating. Since no brand presented a scientific dissolution study of the softgel capsules, I would consider this standard across all brands.

Similar to other fish oil in softgels, it does not melt or go gooey on my fingers. The slippery texture and shape contribute to it being swallowed easily. Don’t forget the big gulp of water.

PRICE: I think that we as consumers who purchase in a rush often overlook the comparative price and just look at the purchase price per bottle. Simply divide the price with the number of units (then the capsule price by the milligram content). In this case, 2 softgel costs 60 cents… hmmm, a lot cheaper than 110 grams of sardines, isn’t it? And, with the assurance that you CAN TAKE the capsule, rather than blurb out ginormous capsules that end up wasted.

PER SERVING SUGGESTION (1 serving = 2 softgels)

PER SERVING SUGGESTION  (1 serving = 2 softgels) This Brand Brand X Brand Y Brand Z
Total Fish Oil Content

(based on weight)

1,500 mg 2,000 mg 1,400 mg 2,600 mg
Fish Oil Content Difference 43% 0% 86%
EPA 800 mg 800 mg 644 mg 860 mg
DHA 600 mg 600 mg 336 mg 650 mg
Other fatty acids 100 mg not mentioned 70 mg 130 mg
Purchase Price per Bottle $17.97 $24.99 $20.97 $26.95
No. of Softgels per Bottle 60 120 90 180
Daily Cost of

OMEGA-3 Protection

$0.60 $0.42 $0.46 $0.30
Cost per mg of fish oil $0.00020 $0.00021 $0.00033 $0.00012

IN SUMMARY: This fish oil has 7% more of the active ingredients, roughly ¾ the size of the largest omega-3 capsule, yet mid-priced per milligram of the active ingredients compared to other brands. So, this is the just-right omega-3 softgel— mid-sized, mid-priced and guarantees compliance.

CONTINUOUS PROTECTION: On a final note, I have also read some studies that show omega-3’s protection against cancer, cardiovascular disease and age-related cognitive protection with little or no health risks, and know that taking omega-3 regularly is doing wonders for my body (and brain!) in terms of protecting it towards the old age. I may not see it now, but I know it is doing me good. It’s helping my body age gracefully in the inside. And so I end by sharing the age-old adage “An ounce of protection is worth a pound of cure.”

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HOME Helps: Eye-Popping Ice-Popping Trays

I adore how these ice cube trays easily pop out the ice when frozen. No need to twist and turn the trays for minutes because a single run of water to thaw warms the silicon material to be flexible enough for the cubes to wriggle out on its own.

Each tray can make 15 pieces of 1” x 1” x 1” ice cubes at one time enough to start the drinks rolling. The cubes are whole and is just the right size for medium to large-sized glasses or for use on jugs and juice decanters during travel and parties.

The colors are clean, cool and fun to the eyes, and the material seems to promise longer wear and tear compared to the traditional plastics that crack after some time. It is easy to clean, I just wash it in running water. It also does not leave a plastic odor. Since I’ve started using these ice cube trays, serving cold drinks had been easier… it requires less handling, which means less time for my hands to be soaked and wet.

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TECH Tips: Awesome sound quality in Cool Environment-Friendly Material

How cool should a wooden earbuds look and perform… clear and crisp audio quality, full and robust bass sound, easy-to-press tactile button (not within the earpods but accessible by the neckline), all rolled in an ultra-sleek chic stained wooden package… truly a classy earpod and microphone set for the music, audiobook and incessant telephone chatty earth-friendly user.

This tiny audio wonder keeps me entertained with steady & superb music. The built-in microphone assures consistent high-quality call output necessary during official teleconferences, and easily operates on a single button to answer & hang up on calls (quick press and long press, respectively). It remotely adjusts play/pause button with a quick sharp press, forwards tracks with a double quick press, and rewinds to previous track with a triple quick press.

I like using wired earpods when I shift from 1 gadget to another while working on my office desk. This eliminates set-up and connection time, especially when asswering calls.

Bonus: It comes with a handy pouch as storage when mobile, and 3 sizes of ear cushions for comfort and noise isolation.

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HEALTH Tips: All-in-1 Preparation for that Wishful Bump

I’ve been trying to prepare myself in mind and body for a last-minute conception, and this pre-natal multivitamins has everything I need.

I often have to take several oral supplements to feel confident that I have adequately supplied my system with all it needs to meet the demands I will have to get from it (like oil, water and fuel to an engine). After seeing the contents of this formulation, I was amazed at how every ingredient had been carefully thought of in terms of each individual action and in relation to one another, whether as a catalyst, booster, etc.

“Different strokes for different folks.” I strongly believe that taking 1 tablet daily is doing wonders to my insides. I know that there is the placebo effect that makes people react positively to intakes that they believe would do them good (a mind matter), but the fact that this good stuff being used by my body means that it is definitely doing something physiologically. The effects may be different from person to person, but it is my thought that I am giving the best nutrition for my body within the limitation of my lifestyle is what matters to me. I feel more prepared to face the day— a longer stamina to confront the mental and physical pressures of work and home, while still having that little wish on my mind.

Just to give a simple breakdown of what my body enjoys everyday, a daily dosage provides me with 9 vitamins, 3 minerals, and the conception/reproductive enhancer Vitamin B9 or Folic Acid… that’s 13 all in all. The variety of microsupplementation itself shows that what my sparse diet cannot provide is adequately compensated with.

Here’s how the international (IU) or milli/microgram (mg or mcg) content of this Pre-Natal Supplement
versus the Recommended Daily Allowance (RDA) for Pregnant Women
Vitamin A – 50%
Vitamin C – 200%
Vitamin D – 100%
Vitamin E – 100%
Vitamin B1 – 106%
Vitamin B2 – 85%
Vitamin B3 – 100%
Vitamin B6 – 104%
Vitamin B12 – 100%
Calcium – 15%
Iron – 156%
Zinc – 167%
and Vitamin B9 or Folic Acid – 100%

Since it is not adequate for Vitamin A and the mineral Calcium, I fortify my diet with foods that are high in these micronutrients like green leafy vegetable, carrots and milk and dairy products. Or, to give me peace of mind, I augment with additional supplements.

I am not a biochemist to expound on how each ingredient acts pharmacologically in vivo (or inside the body), but my experience in the pharmaceutical industry has convinced me that this formulation is but excellent for women of reproductive age. I may not feel it now, but I am extremely assured that my body is in the best shape it could be inside and out anytime this possibility becomes a reality. Supplements may not give immediately visible results because it is not therapeutic (brings you from a condition of sickness to well-being), but I am at peace knowing that I am preparing myself now for a probable occurrence. And all it takes is 1 tablet a day for waiting for a little gift to come by.

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HOME Helps: Modernist Cast Iron Scrub— Tough on Grease & Soot, Gentle on Pans & Hands

I keep a large cast iron frying pan which I use when we have large parties when frying just keeps going. Because these gatherings are normally done outdoor, during picnics and camping, we use firewood as well to keep everything going. So you can just imagine the thick soot at the bottom, never mind the hard sticky grease and food remnants on top.

Because I don’t keep cast iron cleaners all the time, either that or they get rusty and soiled too soon to be useful, it goes right into the garbage after each use. I waste at least 2 good sponges if there are no fine sandpaper around. I’m glad I found this cast iron cleaner from Hudson Essential. Not only is it sturdy, it doesn’t get beat to a pulp after just a few use. The toasted greasy fried food remnants at the bottom of the pan are easily rubbed off when washed with dishwashing liquid after an hour or more of soak in warm sudsy water. For the more stubborn ones, I boil water on it at just a level enough to cover the greasy part, allow it to cool, then proceed with my scrubbing off the remaining grease.

Since the cleaner is made of interlinked chains rather than a cluster of steel shreds as that of steel wools, it can be rolled for larger surfaces for faster cleaning or balled for focused scrubs. Cleaning it after use is also not a problem because the chain loops are wide enough and links are freely loose for the food, soot and greasy particles to fall off when laid flat. It doesn’t look bad either as it blends into my minimalist motif kitchen.

Overall, I am happy with this new design for cast iron cleaners. It’s definitely several times more reusable, gets the jobs done faster than steel wool scrub or ordinary sponge, it’s easy to clean, looks modernist and easy to store while hung by the sink or rolled into a drawer.

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