Dr. Philip Niño Tan-Gatue: Acupunture Theraphy for Eczema and Blood Circulation

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It's been 3 years since I first encountered eczema on my left leg.  It started out as three mosquito bites then it became a coin-size scabby wound.  It was very itchy and my ex and I foolishly applied alcohol and "katinko" on it for itch relief which made it weep and it spread to areas that the weeping touched.

A few months later, it still wouldn't heal so as my medical student little sister suggested back then, I consulted a dermatologist who instructed me to apply cortisone cream (weeping eczema) and ointment (dry eczema) on it.  Like magic it heal but left dark scar marks which are now lighter but still distinguishable.

The doctor also instructed me to always wear pants as to avoid mosquito bites as it can again transform into eczema.  If ever I do have some again, I should apply cortisone immediately so they can heal faster and I can avoid scars.

Two years ago, a new eczema formed on my left elbow.  This time, it weeped a lot and spread faster.  As told, I applied my cortisone cream and it disappeared.  A few days later, I had a Thai message and after, my eczema got bigger so I applied cortisone again.

After a swim in a pool in Tagaytay Haven Hotel, the left elbow eczema became bigger, tremendous wept with burning sensation.  I also had eczema all over my arms, legs, chest and even a spot on my cheek.  Thus, I went to visit the doctor again who said I have to avoid bacterial infection from swimming pools on top of mosquito bites.  I was prescribed three weeks worth of cortisone ointment and cream as well as anti-histamine amounting to 4,000 php worth.  And, I applied them as instructed.  As I applied my medication, I felt that my body was not taking it too well as more and more eczema appeared on places where I did not put medication.  I also hated the antihistamine because it made me drowsy and incapable of thinking and focusing.  I was also feeling chilly.  My sinusitis is bad and I easily caught colds and flu.  I was allergic to new things I was never allergic before like shampoos, soaps, chocolates, shelled seafood, milk, sugar, peanuts, egg and more!!!

That's when I decided to stop with the cortisones after the prescribed period and do some research on the net.  It opened me to so many things like how traditional medicine are treating the symptoms and not the root causes.  I'm not saying that conventional medicine is bad.  It just doesn't help in my case.  I felt that my problem is holistic and beyond just the skin which conventional medicine addresses.  I begun to change my lifestyle like nutririon intake, getting sunshine and exercise.  The conversion was really difficult phase for me because it swayed away from conventional medicine which my sister specializes in.  It was also an indirect insult to my mom since I swayed away from her nutritional prepared food which she learned from her subject in nutrition in college and from taking care of grandmother (who had been on a stroke for 20 years).  While, I am an accounting graduate and law student with zero knowledge in nutrition and my sole source is the internet.  The family thought I was crazy!  I had a tough emotional battle whch probably made my eczema worse.  I was terrible!  I couldn't sleep at night because of the itchy and weepy eczema and I was really confused on what to do (listen to my body and research or obey my family).  I was going nowhere but down so I realized that I needed to be firm for my conviction even if it meant hurting my love ones or swaying away from the norm.  (I'll share more of my story when I get well. Promise!)

Dr.  Philip Niño Tan-Gatue

I've literally read articles and watch videos of over a thousand studies and what I noticed is alternative medicine is now being validated scientifically and is coinciding with conventional medicine.  So when my friend Kay mentioned Dr. Philip Niño Tan-Gatue who does acupuncture I booked myself for a consultation.

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I went to his clinic in PGH Room 208 Faculty Medical Arts Building (Family Medicine) where he had a long line of patients.  Some were even foreigners.  He inspected my tongue and hypothesized that blood circulation was my problem.  I told him I always feel lack of blood flow.

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Needle near my Right Elbow
So I had two therapies.  First was for my eczema which involved 4 needles: 2 near my right and left leg just above my knees and 2 near my right and left elbows.

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Needles Near My Knees
I was asked if it hurt and I said I don't feel anything so he got them out and in several.times before I felt it hurt and said ouch.  I laid there for 15 minutes.

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6 Needles on My Back (pardon the quality I had to acrobat to take the photos =p)
Then, I was instructed to lay on my back where 6 needles were pinned to improve my blood circulation.

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Needle on My Back
Before I was dismissed, I was then instructed not to get wet for the next 2 hours.  Walking home, I felt some points hurt as if pressure is applied on them.  I slept so deeply that night.  I've been to spas before but none of them  have delivered that good of a sleep.

The doctor said that it won't cure the eczema but it will stop new ones.  So I tried eating chocolates and then I had new pimples and bumps on several parts of the body which usually happens if I eat the food I'm allergic to so I can't tell any difference with regards my eczema.  Maybe it helped but it should still be supplemented with proper lifestyle.  And, I'm not sure if it requires some sort of follow up for it to work.   In terms of blood circulation, I still feel lack of blood flow on my arms and leg from time to time but I believe its better now because: 1. My mind is so sharp and focused 2. I'm sleeping better.  I even have dreams now and I remember them even as I wake up. 3. My vision is sharper even without my glasses on.

So the outcome was not really what I was expecting but it's great nonetheless.  I wonder if there's something it can do for my mom's toothache and hypertension or my brother's high bad cholesterol (LDL).  If the session fee is not so far apart from a typical spa session, I'll probably gift my them a session for their birthday hehehe. 

If you want to get in touch with Dr. Philip Niño Tan-Gatue click here.  I know you all want to know his rates.  I've been requested not to divulge it here so contact him to inquire.  He is very accommodating and responds instantaneously.

Keeping the Glass Looking New

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There are many amazing places to put glass windows, but a person can be really creative when using glass panes for the roof. There are plenty of malls will have skylights throughout the building to make the place feel less enclosed to the shoppers, and it is obvious that certain buildings like greenhouses require a roof made completely of glass.

Dust and Bugs
Unfortunately, poorly installed panes can become fairly dingy over time. This is because, more often than not, such installations require multiple layers of panes to be used. Only one layer could be much too weak to handle common weather disturbances. Since there are a number of layers, a poor installation of the product would allow dust to collect between the panes. In fact, bugs would be able to easily crawl between the panels and leave it looking dirty.

Using Tape
On that same note, anyone that is looking to install something similar should look into using tape to remove the gaps between the panes. Companies, like International Trading Partners, Ltd., offer a special tape for the consumer to apply during the installation of the panels. These tapes offer the person a way to stop dust from collecting between the panes, which will keep the glass looking clean and professional.

Regardless of the reason behind getting multi-layered windows, keeping the dust and bugs out will ensure that the lighting stays at its maximum. Greenhouses will not need to worry about the plants getting too little light, and large shopping centers will continue to offer their guests a clean and professional appearance!

OOTD: First Outfit Post for the Year 2015

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I've been wanting to try something new each year.  For the year 2015, I'm committed to work on my fashion.  This is my first OOTD.  Watch out as I'll post more as this will be a regular collaboration. 

You can follow us on LookBook too. We'd appreciate the Hype. =) 

As it is the new year, I wanted to start things fresh.  Thus, I wanted something colorful and trendy and still be comfortable and not restricted as I go about my first shopping spree for the year.
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For my top, I chose the Yessica Maong Top and Plain Black Sleeveless Shirt to protect me from the cold.   The Yessica Maong Top is thick but not heavy.  The Plain Black Sleeveless Shirt is color black so it can absorb heat and provide warmth. 

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To add some colors, I chose this very light and comfty Promod Shorts.  For footwear, my New Balance Shoes which I just bought fits everything perfectly.  I love the comfort and style it brings into my whole outfit.

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Since I'm expecting extra baggage today, I decided to carry only essentials with my H&M Bag

Female Outfit (OOTD) Roundup
Top: Yessica Maong Top
Shorts: Promod Shorts
Bag: H&M Bag
Shoes: New Balance Shoes

The Function of Uniforms in Restaurants

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The purpose of uniforms in a restaurant is mainly to provide a professional look to the staff. It distinguishes them from the guests as well as helping support the theme of the establishment. Restaurant uniforms also serves several useful functions.

Employee Uniforms

The employee’s uniform is another way to show customer’s what style of restaurant they're in. Casual settings may only require matching t-shirts while fine dining is accompanied by staff in full uniform. This makes it easier for the customer to spot the employees. By dressing alike, the employees will feel more pride in their work. Uniforms create an environment that is professional and more enjoyable to be a part of.

Chef’s Uniform

The chef’s uniform stands out. It includes the toque hat, a double breasted white jacket, and black or checkered pants. The jacket provides protection from the heat of the oven and stove while preventing boiling liquids that splatter from harming the chef. The white symbolizes cleanliness, and the entire jacket can be reversed once stained. The hat has been a part of the chef’s uniform since the 16th century. Its height indicates a chef’s ranking within the kitchen.

Together, the chef’s and staff’s uniforms can create a professional appearance for any eating establishment. Uniforms that will support the restaurant’s theme and offer protection to each individual can be found at sites such as Averill’s Sharper Uniforms or in retail stores.

Waterside Resto Bar Launch: Latin American and Mediterranean Dinner (Solaire Resorts and Casino Sky Tower)

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Simultaneously launched with Oasis Garden Cafe is Waterside RestobarWaterside specializes in Latin American  and Mediterranean cuisine.

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 It.has a modern interior that gives a semblance of luxury.

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It has a bright, colorful and classy bar area. 

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There are noticeably two types of dining areas, one with the usual table.and chair set up and the other with tall tables and stools.

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There are different stations which are all equipped with baking and cooking kitchen. 

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I liked that every station is open and visible to the diners so you can view every chef at work and how your food is meticulously prepared.

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There are also dessert chillers.

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Some are apparently not filled up yet.

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Complimentary Bread Basket
I love the rolls filled with green olives!


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The Sardinillas is mackarel swimming in smooth and fruity olive oil with fragrant garlic bits.  It is served with crusty bread.  I loved this!

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Boquorones Sharing (750 php)

I'm glad that Waterside introduced me to Boquorones.  It is a fish dish in vinegar with runny eggs drizzled with aoili sauce.  I found it interesting though I couldn't eat mush due to its tanginess.

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Chorizo Sharing (680 php)
The Chorizo is topped with mini bits of melon topped with mint leaves.  There's an interesting affinity of fruity, meaty and minty essence within this dish.

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Jabugo Sharing (900 php)
The Jabugo is thinly sliced ham topped with melon (supposed to be pineapple on the menu) and bleu cheese laid over bread.

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Banderillas Sharing (690 php)
The Banderillas is sticks of olives wrapped in piquillo pepper and grated garlic.
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Paella Valenciana *sample size
The Paella Valenciana is saffron-spiced bomba rice with chicken chunks, chorizo, hard-boiled egg, prawns and pimiento.  My friends loved this.  However, it was too wet for my preference.

La Parilla-The Grill

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Beef Brisket, Jumbo Prawns, Crack Back Chicken and Inihaw na Liempo *sample size

The highlight of our meal is the wooden board filled with Beef Brisket, Jumbo Prawns, Crack Back Chicken and Inihaw na Liempo.  I loved the Beef Brisket which was twice cooked, poached and charred.  Next to that, I enjoyed the Crack Back Chicken which was brined, roasted and BBQ glazed.

Sauces and Dips
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Chimichurri, Bordelaise and Red Pepper Spackles

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The shredded Asparagus is paired with goat milk and lemon.  It's refreshing  but not too interesting for non-veggie lovers.

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The Humita is so sweet and at the same time so spicy!

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The Crushed is scuffed carbonara potatoes.  It is so good that I don't mind loading up with those carbs.

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Pineapple Ravioli (260 php)
The Pineapple Ravioli is an unforgettable dessert.  It is a citrusy sorbet wrapped in thin cool sheets of pineapple topped with chili bits.  I'm amazed at the craftiness and creativity placed into this.  

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Dark Chocolate (260 php)
If you're looking for a total chocolate indulgence, then I'm sure you'll be more than fulfilled with the dark, rich and heavy chocolate consistency of the Dark Chocolate.   It is served with sour raspberry jelly and cream which you'll need to sooth your palette from the over chocolate indulgence.

Overall, I loved the experience!  It has certainly broadened my flavor exploration for Latin American and Mediterranean Cuisine.  Congratulations Waterside for a great launch!

Waterside Resto Bar (Solaire Resorts and Casino Sky Tower)
1 Asean Avenue, Entertainment City, Tambo, 
Paranaque City, Metro Manila
(02) 888-8888
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Coca-Cola® 5 by 20 Empowering Women Micro-Entrepreneurs

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Coca-Cola's new campaign 5 by 20 is one that is close to my heart.  The campaign's goal is to have 5 million women micro-entrepreneurs by 2020.

My grandmother was a sari-sari store owner and she was my hero.  When my grandparents settled in Ilocos, my grandfather would spend his day picking up garbage while my grandmother would chip in from her sari-sari store. 

She started with a humbly small sari-sari store at the edge of their rented one-storey house.   I can still recall the sari-sari store with wooden board sponsored by Coca-Cola®.  It had Coke logo on the left and Sprite on the right.   Through my grandparents joint effort, they were able to raise my parents and her 5 siblings successfully. 

I have a high respect for micro-entrepreneurs who try to make their business grow despite their limited funds by exerting more effort and passion into it.   These women entrepreneurs are not just for the money.  By putting their heart into it, . they play an essential part in the community and touch lives.

Through Coca-Cola's 5 by 20 campaign,  female sari-sari store owners will be  provided with trainings and seminars to develop their skills, financial support to expand their investment capabilities and more.  I'm glad Coca-Cola® recognizes their importance as the pillar of the Coca-Cola® business and much much more.  I look forward to the success of the campaign.