Friday, March 30, 2012

The Five People You Meet in Workplace

The corporate jungle is an interesting place because there are several kinds of people (who might not necessarily jive) trying to work together to achieve a common goal. And you can’t choose people you’re going to work with. You are dealing with a mix of people, both the good and the bad. Consider yourself lucky if you have cool and kind co-workers. But it’s also expected to encounter the difficult ones. Based on observations, there are five people you meet in the workplace who make the corporate life more colorful (or not).

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Wednesday, March 28, 2012

The Powdered Milk Face Cleanser

Image: Danilo Rizzuti
This summer, there is a greater need for us to put a premium on taking care of our skin. The heat alone is enough to remind us of common skincare tips -- hydrate (at least 2 liters of water each day!) and load up on sunscreen. As the old folks say, we reap what we sow. So we better work hard on saving our skin from harmful sun damage. 
As we scoured all over for beauty tips this season, we remembered a beauty secret that worked well for us from years back. We realized that our tools for getting a healthy summer glow are right there in the kitchen!:) Check out our homemade beauty recipe for a milk face wash:

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Monday, March 26, 2012

Swimsuit Guide for Every Body Type


Can you feel the summer heat, dear Single Belles? It’s time to pack our bags and head to the beach or pool to cool off. But wait, do you have the perfect swimwear already? Before buying your swimsuits, it is important to know your body type first. Your choice of swimsuits should enhance your assets and conceal  your flaws. Check out our swimsuit guide for every body type to avoid swimsuit disasters.

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Saturday, March 24, 2012

SB's Top 5 Comfy Summer Hairstyles

No matter how much we love this beach season, there's no denying that too much heat can take us to sticky (literally!) situations.  This fact calls for a lot of adjustments we need to make - changing the clothes we wear, the food we eat, and the way we style our hair. Yes, our hairstyles significantly affect our comfort in the midst of humidity. Arm yourself with a comb and join us as we beat the summer heat with our top 5 comfy (and easy-to-do!) summer hairstyles:

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Thursday, March 22, 2012

Diet = Happiness? :)

The Happiness Diet 
We have yet to find a person who associates going on a diet with being happy. But new research reveals that changing what we eat can help regulate our mood and improve our brain health. It is also claimed to aid in weight loss (woohoo!). As Prevention* shared, this method is called the Happiness Diet!

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Tuesday, March 20, 2012

Secret Summer Destinations in the Philippines


Summer is officially here! Where are you headed to, dear Single Belles? Most of the tourists' top-of-mind destinations would probably be the more famous vacation spots in the Philippines such as Boracay, Palawan, Bohol, Cebu and Davao. Local and foreign tourists alike flock to these destinations yearly. But much has already been said and written about these places. It’s about time we give the spotlight to uncharted places in the country and explore what these less known places have to offer.

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Sunday, March 18, 2012

Summer Must-Try: The Body Clock Reset Diet

Some people drop up to 8 pounds in just 3 days!
Image (Abs):
Summer is here. It's that time of the year again those who worked hard to get fit and lean can finally strut their stuff under the sun. Others (ahem!), unfortunately, are now cramming their way to get rid of the flab. Sounds familiar?:) Well, with all the slimming products available, there sure is a growing market for what we'd like to call "fitness procrastinators." These are the ones who won't feel the need to deal with the weight problem until a scheduled beach trip is near. Whether we admit it or not, it's the sad truth. That's our main purpose for sharing with you a discovery we had from a recent issue of Prevention magazine*. This might be of help to those sulking in regret now for putting off hitting the gym (and those who succumbed to the power of chips and M&M's).

The magazine feature showed us a glimpse of The Body Clock Reset Diet adapted from The Belly Melt Diet book. Join us as we try this one out. We have the summary of the hour-by-hour slim-down schedule and 3-day meal plan described to help us take control of hunger pangs, cravings, and get fit at the same time. 

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Thursday, March 15, 2012

Patty Laurel's Love Letters ♥

Patty Laurel
Patty's photo courtesy of Mango Red
We've seen her growth from a UAAP courtside reporter to a media practitioner, preschool teacher, college professor, and lifestyle blogger. Thanks to her personal blog, Patty Laurel generously shares her life experiences (from random food trips to major travels!) with us online  for years now. She has undoubtedly found her niche in the digital world. Through her blogging, we get to witness not only  the evolution of her online space but also the wonderful transitions in her life - one of which is her recent engagement to boyfriend Patrick Filart.

Just like many of us, we know Patty also had to go through tough and painful times when it comes to matters of the heart. It's just amazing how everything turned out so well in the end. Her journey to finding love should serve as an inspiration to every Single Belle. 

With her permission, we'd like to share with you parts of Patty's heartwarming posts this year. One is her "Love Letter to the Big Guy" and another is her "Love Letter for Singles.

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Tuesday, March 13, 2012

The Single's Guide: Dreaded Questions Part 2

The Love Life Edition

For most singles in their late 20s or early 30s, it's so common to hear these questions: “Kailan ka ba mag-aasawa? Hindi ka pa ba mag-aasawa? You’re not getting younger ah, when are you getting married? Kailan ka ba magsasama ng boyfriend/girlfriend sa bahay? Wala ka bang ipapakilala sa amin? Kailan ka ba magkaka-boyfriend/girlfriend? Bakit ka walang boyfriend/girlfriend?” Choose whatever suits you as we’re sure there are different versions of the dreaded question. Phrased in numerous ways, the same question really drives at a similar point. It simply puts you on the spot for the lack of someone special in your life. We know you’re also possibly fed up with the awkwardness it brings. If you think you've had enough, join us as we "prep up" with some possible answers. There's no better way to face your tactless Tita and the rest of the nosy gang but with a set of ready-made remarks.

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Sunday, March 11, 2012

Bianca Gonzalez: Learnings from a Supergirl

Image: Bianca Gonzalez's Official Facebook fan page (Pinoy Big Brother Unlimited photo)
TV and print personality Bianca Gonzalez solidified her celebrity status when she joined the Pinoy Big Brother Celebrity Edition in 2005. The reality series stint contributed a lot to her being a household name today. Since then, we were able to witness the developments in terms of her relationships, career, and life in general. We find it inspiring to have seen her build confidence in the hosting field and grow as an individual through various endeavors. And when it comes to love, we recognize her wisdom and maturity. We can  recall there was a phase in her life she was always interviewed about her thoughts on love and moving on. Now that she's in a happy relationship, we're convinced she's a perfect life peg for all the single girls out there.

Read on as we bring you the top 5 life learnings we got from Bianca and her personal thoughts on singlehood and relationships.:)

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Friday, March 9, 2012

Why Are You Still Single?

Image: All the Good Ones AREN'T Taken book cover,
Being single shouldn't be a burden. Spreading this belief remains to be one of the driving forces in maintaining this blog. However, we are very much aware that society equates happiness and success not only to a stable career but also to a  steady relationship with a special someone.

We have probably lost count of how many times we've been asked about our relationship status. Because of the pressure, what gives more discomfort than revealing we're unattached is answering the follow-up question, "Why?" Many of us often just give off an embarrassed smile and blindly accept accusations of being picky and idealistic (watch out for an upcoming article to tackle this issue!).  But seriously, aside from constant ranting sessions with friends about how hard it is to find "The One," have we really thought the situation through? Have we sat down and reflected on what the possible reasons could be that we're still single (that is if you're seeking to be in a relationship)
A random find at a local bookstore helped shed some light on this. The title All the Good Ones AREN'T Taken (Change the Way You Date and Find Lasting Love) was quick to catch our attention (not to mention the book had a chocolate truffle on its cover!) and give some semblance of hope. What kept us reading through it was the author's interesting classifications of unhappy singles. 

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Tuesday, March 6, 2012

The Single's Guide: Dreaded Questions Part 1

Hello Single Belles! I’m sure all of us have encountered at one point or another people who ask about the touchy subjects -- weight, age, and love life. Tired of dealing with such awkward situations? We’ve come up with suggestions on how to answer annoying questions and hopefully put an end to the tactlessness. For now, allow us to deal with one of the major concerns – the weight issue. (Love life questions deserve their own spotlight.)

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Monday, March 5, 2012

Hazel Chua: What She Gained from Losing!

Images: Hazel Chua's Facebook fan page & Good Housekeeping Jan-Feb 2012 (Summit Media)
The Biggest Loser Pinoy Edition was certainly a primetime hit in 2011. In the span of a few months, a bunch of weight loss challengers instantly became household names. Apart from their astounding physical changes, what really struck us in the program were their amazing  transformations in life. One particular journey had a huge impact on us throughout the season - that of Hazel Chua's. Her story mirrored the struggles of ordinary single girls, overweight or not.

Read on to discover her journey and get a few fitness and life tips.
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Friday, March 2, 2012

Being Alone May Boost Your Social Life

Being Alone ≠ Loneliness
Images: Flickr Creative Commons - bench (DieselDemon) and cup (pj_vanf);
Being alone is not synonymous to loneliness. As a matter of fact, it can actually contribute to being a happy and well-functioning individual. Studies show that spending some time away from family and friends leads to a better appreciation of time spent with them

Read on to find out the reason behind and what you can do about it.
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