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Saturday, July 10, 2021

Dear Survivor: I Triumph the Challenging Times!

Dear Survivor,

 

How are you today? Are you still doing fine? It's already more than one year now that we are staying at home, wearing face mask and face shield, and having our alcohols as our 'bestfriend' taking them in our bags whenever we go. Yeah, I write you this letter to formally and personally congratulate you for surviving and reigning triumphant in these trying times!

 

Covid-19 conquers the whole world, but you never let it conquer you! Thank you God for never letting me alone in fighting this crisis therefore until now, I'm still here strong and fighting writing this letter with full of will and inspirations!

 

Today, I want to enumerate in this simple letter what pandemic brought me... those great things to be thankful for, and the changes making my life better and grateful making me as an Ultimate Survivor in these trying times!

 


So without further ado, let's start counting our blessings!

 

1.  Learning New Things Specially Cooking!

 

I really love to eat! We even tried different dishes and delicacies from different restos before pandemic. But did you know that this pandemic brought me more to kitchen not to eat but do most of the cooking?! Yes, I learn to cook during this period! And I already cooked most of my favorite foods such as sinigang, dinengdeng, tinola, adobo (with a twist), goto, and more variations of my favorite seafood! 

 

Since I'm staying at home most of the time, I've learned the art of cooking! And I'm proud to say that my output tastes one of the best (even surpassed the taste of the foods we often ask to be delivered). In fact, I already did my cooking vlogs sharing my very own "How To Cook Recipe"  to my viewers on my YouTube channel. And here are two of my cooking videos:

 



  Well if you have time to visit my place, I'll let you taste some of my cooking! :)) 


2. Turning Officially As a "Plantito" Making My Roof Top as a Sky Garden!

 

Many people turning to a plantito or plantita is not anymore a new story  to most of us during pandemic. But what my story makes unique with the others is that, I was able to transform my roof top  into an all-green 'Sky Garden' with a newly installed artificial grass!

So without further talks, I'll tour you then to my gardening accomplishment. Here they go:

 

 
 



Stay tune 'cause I'll be raising more new plants on the coming days! :))

 

3. Discovering My Talent in Singing!


Yeah, I am a shy type of person. I can't dance or sing in public. But this pandemic gave me more 'kapal ng mukha' in Social Media! I've discovered that I have a talent in singing... that I can sing actually! 

 

While everyone got crazy over TikTok,  I built my career in the WeSing app. I did my own covers of many of the hit songs. And these are some the samples:  

 

 
 

 
 


Sorry if I made your ears burst! Will train and perform more next time! :)) 


4. Getting Hooked with Thai Series and Movie!

 

While everyone is on KDramas, I'm on Thai dramas! This pandemic brought my heart to Thailand! I got hooked with different Thai series and Thai movies! I became a huge fan boy of many Thai actors. In fact, I already know more about Thai actors rather than KPop artists. And yes, I am more updated with Thai actors that with our own local showbiz!  

 

My YouTube vlog then was re-tagged as "Bringing Thailand Closer to You Heart" as I gave more updates about Thai artists than with the local Pinoy celebrities. These videos were some of the proofs:

 



 
 
If you want to know more about Thai series, movies, or even their actors, don't hesitate to ask me and I'm glad to share you more!

5. Got New Sets of Collection . . . Got Addicted to Thai Merch!

 

Sawadee Khap!  This pandemic truly converted my heart into Thai! Aside from getting hooked with the Thai series and Thai celebrities, I also got addicted buying different Thai Merch straight from Thailand! These add to the wide range of my collections!

 

I'm not yet done with my unboxing of my lovely Thai merchs, but here are photo glimpse of some of those new collections:

 




 
Once I've unboxed them all, I'll share them with you!
 
6. More Exciting Celebrity Virtual Interviews!
 
Pandemic didn't prohibited me to do my passion - to interview different celebrities and attend more events!  
 
Even I'm staying at home for more than one year now, I'm still able to attend events and interview different personalities virtually! Here are some of my recent virtual interviews making me more in-demand as a blogger / vlogger and online worthy:
 
 
 


   

If you want to ask your favorite local celebrities, well, don't hesitate to approach me and I'll ask them for your during my exclusive interviews! :))

7. Getting Trusted by More Brands and PRs, Able to Review More Products!
 
Staying at home also gave me more opportunities to review and unbox more products! Different brands and PRs also sent me more gifts gaining their trust.  
 
Let these some of the photos speak:
 




   
And of course, here are some of my unboxing and review vlogs:
 
 
 



 
These are some of the great things pandemic had brought me. Instead of making myself bored or problematic because of the crisis happening all over the world, I made myself more worthy and productive discovering different new things! And with that, I can proudly say that I am an Ultimate Survivor... still living and kicking!!!  

Congrats Rocky! I'm so proud of you! I didn't only write this letter to appreciate your fighting spirit but to give an inspiration and spread good vibes to everyone! "Su Su Na Krub" (means "Keep on Fighting" in Thai)! 

 
Sincerely Yours,
Rocky Batara aka Runner Rocky
 
 

 

This story is an entry to ComCo Southeast Asia’s “Write to Ignite Blogging Project Season 2: Dear Survivor”. The initiative continues to respond to the need of our times, as every story comes a long way during this period of crisis.  The initiative aims to pull and collate powerful stories from the Philippine blogging communities to inspire the nation to rise and move forward amidst the difficult situation. The “Write to Ignite Blogging Project” Season 2 is made possible by ComCo Southeast Asia, with Eastern Communications and Jobstreet as co-presenters, with AirAsia and Xiaomi as major sponsors, and with Teleperformance as sponsor.


 

Thank you and hope I inspire you with this letter! 07/10/2021 (Bits of Rocks)


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Thursday, May 13, 2021

7 Hygienic Habits to Protect What Matters Most

The fight against the COVID-19 virus continues even today. While the world embarks on a global search for a vaccine to contain the pandemic, the first line of defense in protecting ourselves and our loved ones is good personal hygiene.

Proper bathroom hygiene is essential, and especially important when we are spending more time together at home. By sharing 7 simple habits, the new HygieneClean™ campaign by American Standard™ seeks to educate and promote better bathroom hygiene to help us protect what matters most - our loved ones. While hand washing remains the most effective action to reduce the spread of pathogens, good bathroom hygiene habits are also important.


Habit #1: Wash your hands frequently. The number of germs on your hands can double after you use the toilet and can cause serious health problems if they come into contact with your eyes, nose and mouth. By washing hands frequently with soap and water for at least 20 seconds, we can prevent the spread of infections including COVID-19. The Signature Collection basin faucet features the ComfortMove™ technology which promises a smooth and precise handling movement for just the right amount of water, every time. The faucet also contains low lead for an additional level of health and safety for you and your family.

Habit #2: Flush the toilet after every use. If you think the toilet bowl is festering with germs, you’re probably right. On average, a toilet bowl is home to 3.2 million bacteria per square inch, which is why flushing after every use is important for the safety of our health.

Featured in the Acacia Evolution Collection, Aqua Ceramic™ harnesses the power of water to penetrate between contaminants and the toilet surface, ensuring that waste is lifted off with every flush. The one-piece toilets are also equipped with the Double Vortex™ flushing system which ensures maximum flushing performance with minimum water usage, saving 22,776 liters of water in a year for a family of 4. Combined with PowerRim™ technology, the rimless design eliminates hard to reach surfaces for effective removal of dirt and stains; while ComfortClean™ technology features an antibacterial glaze that effectively inhibits the growth of E. coli bacteria in the toilet bowl.

Habit #3: Shower frequently. Showering frequently not only keeps grime and germs away, it can also be a great experience with intuitive controls, multiple spray modes and safety with American Standard Safety Lock on the EasySET™ shower products. The EasySET™ Concealed has a preset temperature function which means you no longer waste precious water fiddling with the control for the perfect comfortable water temperature. The Safety Lock ensures that water temperature is kept at a safe level to protect the young ones from scalding incidents.

Habit #4: Clean your toilet thoroughly. A single gram of human feces can actually contain up to one trillion germs. E. coli is one of the many bacteria found in feces (and toilets) that can cause gut-related and respiratory infections. To combat against E. coli, American Standard™ has developed ComfortClean™ technology, part of its HygieneClean™ System to provide long-lasting protection against bacteria and germs. A revolutionary ceramic glaze with zinc oxide effectively inhibits the growth of E-coli inside the toilet bowl, as proven in tests conducted by Industrial Microbiological Services Limited (IMSL). ComfortClean™ can be found in the Signature Collection, where the one-piece toilets are also equipped with SiphonMax™ Flushing System with PowerRim™ to remove both heavy and light waste with minimum effort.

Habit #5: Maintain good personal hygiene when using the toilet. Manual bidets and e-bidets are gaining more popularity as they provide a more sanitary cleanse. Compared to hand-held trigger sprays, manual bidets and e-bidets offer hands-free options for a hygienic cleanse and keep the toilet seat clean and dry. The Slim Smart Washer II, a manual bidet seat and cover that fits easily with elongated toilet bowls, comes with self-cleaning antibacterial dual nozzles to allow for different angles for posterior and feminine cleansing, and effectively minimizing risks of cross contamination.

Habit #6: Make personal cleansing more hygienic. More consumers are making the upgrade to integrated shower toilets for elevated hygiene, comfort and convenience. With an integrated shower toilet like the Aerozen™, the auto-flush feature provides for a germ-free and hands-free experience. Its seat sensor eliminates any accidental flushes and water wastage. It also features dual nozzles that are antibacterial and self-cleaning, so there is little worry about cross contamination among users. Nozzle tips are rinsed with water before and after every use, while a nozzle shutter provides added hygienic protection against potential backsplash. Its quick-detach seat cover allows it to be easily removed for convenient cleaning of hard-to-reach areas. 

Habit #7: Clean and disinfect high touchpoints regularly: Practice routine cleaning of frequently touched surfaces in the bathroom such as sinks, faucets, toilets, door handles and light switches. The sink where we wash our hands harbors over 2,700 bacteria in a square inch. Now the faucet which we turn on with our dirty hands, and then off with clean hands has over 6000 bacteria lurking per square inch! That is probably enough reason (and germs) for us to start wiping down the bathroom regularly!

American Standard™ products continue to be packed with HygieneClean™ technologies to raise hygiene standards globally. The highly dependable offerings of American Standard™ have been providing consumers with inviting bathrooms to relax in. Innovative breakthroughs and technologies have further placed the brand at the forefront as it endeavors to raise the standard of living by delivering bathroom solutions that are beautiful, purposeful and safe for everyone. For more information, visit www.americanstandard-apac.com. 05/13/2021 (Bits of Rocks)

 

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Wednesday, April 28, 2021

Reminders on How to Stay Healthy During Lockdown

With the sudden surge in COVID-19 cases in different parts of the country, many cities and municipalities have already re-imposed stricter community quarantines that may last for a few weeks or longer.

We’ve been in a lockdown for more than a year so we essentially know how to keep ourselves mentally and physically healthy while staying at home, but a few reminders won’t hurt. To help you stay safe and protected during these times, AXA Philippines, one of the country’s leading insurance providers, shares these important tips on how to stay healthy at home.

 
Eat healthy. As you stay safe at home, you can strengthen your body’s immune system by adopting a healthier diet. Be sure to consume more vegetables and fruits for a good dose of essential vitamins, minerals, and antioxidants. Aside from COVID-19 prevention, this will also do wonders for your body as it can improve digestive health and lower your blood pressure, among many other health benefits.

Exercise at home. With more spare time on your hands, you can take an hour or two every day to do some workouts at home. For starters, you can check out YouTube and just follow simple fitness tutorial videos for beginners. Once you get used to it, this may also be the start of a new active lifestyle – lockdown or no lockdown.

Stock up on essentials. With the increase in COVID-19 cases, it’s best to stay away from crowded places. If you can, get everything you need in one trip when you visit your local supermarket, pharmacy, or convenience store. Better yet, have them delivered to your home. Don’t forget essential items to maintain your overall well-being, such as food, medicine, and hygiene and self-care products.

Wash and sanitize. Ever since the outbreak, medical experts have advised that the proper washing of hands is still the best way to prevent getting COVID-19. So, remember to do so whenever necessary. Also, carry a hand sanitizer or alcohol with you at all times in case there’s limited access to running water while you’re out for necessary commutes. It’s also best to sanitize items that you have delivered or taken home from the outside and other high touch point surfaces in your house, such as doorknobs, light switches, remote controls, and faucets and taps.

Take a social media detox. Nowadays, social media can be a source not only of valuable COVID information, but also of negative content such as bad or fake news, chaotic rants, humble brags, and other things that may cause loneliness, anxiety, and low self-esteem. This is mentally unhealthy, especially during isolation. Give yourself a bit of inner peace by taking a break. Channel your time and energy toward activities that may be a better use of your time, such as reading books, journaling, taking online classes, or doing short meditations.

Aside from these tips, AXA Philippines also strives to help you stay healthy and protected all year round with its extensive portfolio of health solutions. For example, with AXA Health Start, you and your family can prepare for health setbacks and get coverage for top critical illnesses namely heart attack, stroke, and cancer. The affordable policy covers your family in one plan with built-in coverage for child of insured against child critical conditions, and it covers two lives in the plan: the policyholder and a spouse, parent, or sibling. The plan also has life insurance coverage and flexible payment terms payable in 10 or 20 years.

For more information, visit https://www.axa.com.ph/healthstart and follow @AXA.Philippines on Facebook and Instagram for more updates. 04/28/2021 (Bits of Rocks)  

 

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Friday, April 9, 2021

"Drink Like A Boss" with TRUE BOSS' Very Own Fruit Enzymes!

We are all familiar with milk teas and fruit teas. Actually they are now dominating the fruit juice market. And yeah, they are all my favorite! But, have you also heard of the Fruit Enzymes?  

Well if you haven't know yet about fruit enzymes, feel free to read my blog post about Fruit Enzymes in my blog Runner Rocky.

Fruit enzymes are actually very first in the Philippines. And they were brought to us by True Boss. You may also read about the details of True Boss in my Runner Rocky blog.  

So today, let me flex to you five of the flavors of True Boss they have sent to me. These are the following:









 

The five drinks above are the following:

Fruit Enzyme Plus (fruit enzyme with two fruit add-ons)

   1. Peach enzyme with Double Mango toppings

   2. Grape enzyme with Strawberry & Mango toppings

Fruit Enzyme drink with basil seeds

   3. Apple enzyme base with basil seeds

Fruit Tea with Cheese Milk Foam*

   4. Green tea with Mango fruit toppings

Secret Menu*

   5. Strawberry Slush

*Does not contain fruit enzyme

Feel free to try these fruit enzymes juices and have a guilt-free drinking because of the various heath benefits they give! Cheers! 04/09/2021 (Bits of Rocks)

 

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Wednesday, March 31, 2021

What Is Child Acting Like Today?

With minimal child labor laws during the early days of Hollywood, child stars had it rough. When they misbehaved, studio employees locked them up in windowless sound rooms, giving them only a block of ice to sit on. When Shirley Temple was just 12 years old, an MGM producer threw her out after she giggled when he exposed himself to her. Judy Garland was given amphetamines to keep going as a teenager, which ultimately led to her addiction and early death from an overdose at the age of 47, as an article on the dark origins of Hollywood stardom notes. 


Fortunately, things have changed significantly since then. While it still requires hard work, there are laws and rules in place that must be followed by producers and anyone else working with a child actor on the set today. Even child stars who are emancipated minors require following certain rules with California Labor Laws very clear as to how they are treated. They've been put in place to protect the kids as well as the filmmakers and include requirements like half-hour meal breaks and getting at least an hour of recreation time on the set.

While being a child actor can be challenging due to busy schedules, perhaps having to turn down invites to birthday parties and the like, it can also bring many benefits.

Public Speaking Experience

Child actors are practicing public speaking whenever they're standing in front of a casting director auditioning or performing to a sold-out house. That translates to an adult who is comfortable speaking in front of people, which can be a huge benefit personally and professionally in many careers in addition to acting.

Greater Self-Confidence

Confidence is important for school, careers, relationships, and life as a whole. Acting is a great way for young people to understand how to think outside of the box, appraise situations and be more confident when going into unfamiliar situations. They learn to trust in their abilities and their ideas, which can help them go far, even if it's not a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.

 
Memory Skills

Memory is a skill that takes a lot of practice, including memorizing lines. The tricks child actors have to use to remember their lines are going to be invaluable when it comes to studying for tests in school or simply remembering the names of people they meet at a business conference as adults.

Communication Skills

Acting is all about communication, bringing the opportunity to improve both verbal and nonverbal communication skills, which benefit young people throughout their lives. It can improve their tone of speech and articulation as well as observation and listening skills.

Strong Work Ethic

Kids in the acting business naturally learn at a much younger age the importance of being on time and prepared for an audition or a booking. If they aren't, they will understand quickly that arriving late on the set or goofing around is something that will get you fired. That's a lesson far better learned early on than as an adult when it can have more serious consequences. 03/31/2021 (Bits of Rocks)

 

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Tuesday, March 23, 2021

Prevent Fire Mishaps this Summer and Always

If there is one thing that the pandemic has taught us, it’s to always look after the things that matter the most, including the home that keeps us safe through these challenging times. Even amid a pandemic, fire cases in the country continue to rise, but these can be avoided with proper caution and preparation.

AXA Philippines is here to help you secure your home and your family’s safety with these tips:


Get a smart smoke detector. It's one of the easiest and most effective ways to protect yourself and your family. A smart smoke detector will give you an instant warning which can greatly reduce fire-related accidents. Another great thing about having smart devices at home is that they allow you to monitor remotely. In case a fire breaks out while you’re not home, your smart smoke detectors can send you an alert on your phone, so you can call the fire department or ask a neighbor to check on your house.

Mind your electricals. A common cause of fires in the country is faulty electrical wiring. Make sure to hire professional help when you smell anything burning or see flickering or dimming lights, as well as discoloration or scorch marks on your outlets. If the members of your household are working or studying from home, make sure to not overload your power outlets. Plug in only the appliances and devices that are necessary and don’t leave anything plugged in overnight. That way, you not only get to keep your house safe but also save money on energy bills.

Keep plants away from fire source. During quarantine, many have tried fostering their green thumb. Always be mindful of where you place your potted plants because they can easily catch fire. It’s also best not to have them in the kitchen. Instead, put them where they will be safe and aesthetically pleasing. Additionally, don’t put out cigarette butts in the soil of the plants. Most potting soils contain large volumes of peat moss, shredded wood, bark, and vermiculite – all of which are highly flammable.

Have an immediate emergency contact. Even if you try to be safe, emergencies can still happen anytime. AXA Philippines provides an enhanced emergency response service through Rescue Line, which is available for free for everyone. It’s a special 24/7 service accessible through Emma by AXA mobile app if you need emergency response such as in case of a fire, among other things. Rescue Line has a dedicated command center so you can receive help directly from the nearest fire station, thanks to its nationwide coverage. It also notifies not only the authorities but also your nominated loved ones simultaneously.

For more information about AXA Rescue Line, visit https://axa.com.ph/rescue-line. 03/23/2021 (Bits of Rocks)


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Friday, January 15, 2021

5 Commuting Hacks in the New Normal

With the holidays over, thousands of Filipinos are coming back from their hometowns or simply traveling to get to work.

If you are one of these commuters, please remember that the pandemic is not yet over, and strict health protocols are still in place. However, there are ways for you to be able to get to your destination safely. AXA Philippines, one of the country’s leading insurance providers, is here to give you some tips on just that.

 
Prepare for cashless payments. Many transport services have implemented cashless paying schemes as a precautionary measure against the COVID-19 virus. For example, ride-hailing apps only accept bookings if you will pay through your e-wallet or credit or debit cards. Also, trains and some buses only allow passengers to ride if they have a reloadable contactless smart card. To avoid any hassle, make sure that you have the necessary apps and cards. But if you have to pay with cash, it’s best to prepare the exact amount to lessen physical contact.

Always bring your essentials. When you take public transportation, you may be at risk and be exposed to many strangers. Remember to always protect yourself by properly wearing your face mask and face shield. It’s also best to bring a spray bottle of alcohol and a pack of sanitary wipes to not only clean your hands, but to also sanitize handrails, windows, and other surfaces in a public vehicle.

Check required travel documents. Since regions in the country are under different levels of quarantine, some places may have stricter policies and health measures than others. This means that some cities may require you to present certain documents prior to entry. These may include a travel pass issued by municipal offices or city chief of police, medical certificate, company ID, and a negative RT-PCR result. Because of this, make sure to do your research before traveling and prepare whatever is necessary.

Keep yourself entertained. If you’re going to ride the train, a bus, or a van service, expect the lines to be long. Since these modes of transportation can’t operate at full capacity, you probably have to wait in line for a long time. So, fight the boredom and frustration by keeping yourself entertained. Before you leave the house, you can download movies or a television series that you can binge-watch on your phone as you wait in line. You can also create a music playlist, listen to podcasts, install new games, or bring a pocketbook to help you pass the time.

Avoid talking and eating. When in public transportation, refrain from talking or eating as this will require you to open your mouth or take off your mask. Conversations can wait until you are indoors and no longer around strangers. Likewise, make sure that you eat before you leave the house so that you won’t get hungry while travelling.

Have an emergency contact. When you’re on the road, regardless if you are commuting or riding a private car, it’s best to have someone to reach out to in case of emergencies. To help with this, AXA Philippines has Rescue Line, a special service accessible through the Emma by AXA app that provides 24/7 free access to emergency response such as roadside assistance, police, and ambulance anytime, anywhere. With just a few taps, professional help may be requested, and your loved ones will be simultaneously notified of your emergency situation and current location. What's more, AXA has also enhanced its emergency response services with Rescue Line’s geotag feature which can help pinpoint your location faster and more accurately. You may download Emma by AXA via App Store and Google Play and register or create your account, even if you are not yet an AXA insurance policyholder.

For more information about AXA Rescue Line, visit https://axa.com.ph/rescue-line. 01/15/2021 (Bits of Rocks)


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Thursday, December 24, 2020

4 Kitchen Safety Tips When Using LPG

As everyone continues to stay at home, people have been spending a lot of their time in the kitchen lately – from preparing daily meals and trying out new recipes, to cooking with the kids and of course, enjoying homecooked meals with the entire family. With this, kitchen safety is more important than ever, and it starts with securing all the tools and equipment, including making sure your LPG cylinders are safe and professionally installed.

 
Solane, a leading LPG provider in the country, offers these safety tips on the use of LPG to make cooking at home a safe and enjoyable experience.

Place the LPG cylinder in a well-ventilated area. When choosing a spot for your LPG cylinder, make sure that there is an opening, such as a window or a door, to ensure adequate ventilation. Make sure that LPG cylinders are also far away from other heat sources, electric outlets, and hazard-prone areas in the house to avoid ignition. Lastly, make sure that your LPG cylinder is in a secure and upright position.

Inspect the LPG cylinder. Upon delivery, carefully inspect your LPG tank to make sure that it is in good physical condition. First, check the cylinder for dents, cracks, corrosions, or other damages. Then, make sure that the safety cap and security seal are in place. If there seems to be a problem with any of the components, turn off the gas supply and have it replaced or repaired immediately. To make it easier, Solane offers customers a free 7-Point Safety Check. Through this extra precautionary step, Solane's well-trained riders help ensure that the tanks are safe and secure.

Use correct equipment and accessories. With LPG cylinders, ensure that you are using the correct hose by checking for the mark, "LPG Hose." Branded regulators,  such as RECA and TPA, are recommended because these are manufactured according to specific standards. When attaching the regulator, ensure that it is securely connected to the cylinder valve. The regulator knob should also be open to allow the outflow of gas from the holes. It’s also important to regularly check the condition of these two and replace them as needed. The hose should be replaced every 2 years while the regulator should be replaced every 5 years upon the date of manufacture.

Practice caution. Whether you are installing, using, or disconnecting your LPG cylinders, caution is a must. To avoid mishaps and injuries, you should also never attempt to fix, refill, or replace your cylinders without the help of authorized personnel. Don’t forget to turn off the cylinder valve or regulator and gas appliance when not in use. Follow the manufacturer's instructions regarding the use and maintenance of your gas appliance. In case of an emergency, try to eliminate all sources of sources of ignition and turn off the gas supply of the cylinder. If the leak is on the cylinder, cover the leaking portion with a wet rag.

Make sure your LPG is authentic. To help ensure the safety of your family, buy your LPG cylinders from authorized dealers only. In addition, when buying gas tanks, be sure to check for quality markings on the cylinders, such as the registered brand name and trademark of the manufacturer, standard used and test dates, the serial or code number, expiry date, tare weight and LPG content, and the “Made in the Philippines” mark.

For more information, visit https://www.solane.com.ph or follow @solane.ph on Facebook. To order Solane LPG, call 8887-5555 (Metro Manila) or text (0918) 887-5555 (nationwide). 12/24/2020 (Bits of Rocks)

 

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Thursday, December 3, 2020

Self-Care in the New Normal for Stay-at-Home Moms

The new normal has changed the routines of families at home. With most family members working or attending classes from home, stay-at-home moms — who usually take the lead in taking care of the entire household — most likely has little time for herself.

To ease the feeling of being stressed or overworked, Solane, the country’s leading LPG solutions provider, shares these simple suggestions to help moms during this time:


Plan your day. It’s easy to lose track of time when the whole family is at home all the time, blurring the lines for school and work. It’s important to create a schedule to help moms establish a little control and structure especially during the pandemic. Planning ahead may prevent moms from feeling overwhelmed.

Get everyone involved with meals. Make meal prep a family affair! Give each child a role that they can safely handle, such as washing or peeling the ingredients. While the teens can cut and take care of the plating, dad can check help with the preparation so everything is easier for moms to cook.

Share the load. House responsibilities become easier and less stressful when shared with family members. It also makes for a great bonding opportunity. Assign the kids some chores, like clearing the clutter, folding the clothes, and setting the table. And why not do the tasks to a little music or turn it into a game?
 
Prioritize me-time. Moms, or even parents in general, always put their kids first that they sometimes forget to take some time for themselves. However, with the ongoing pandemic, it has become even more important to look after’s one’s physical and mental well-being. Include “me time” in the daily schedule, and take that opportunity to relax with a book, meditate, or exercise. Being physically and mentally healthy allows moms to be their best selves.   
 
Connect with fellow moms. Sometimes there are certain struggles that only moms would understand. During this period, it’s important for moms to find like-minded friends that they can connect to through video conference sites or online mommy groups. Exchanging advice or sharing stories and laughs can keep their spirits up and motivate them during the pandemic.
 
Ease the tension. It’s likely that everyone in the family is tense because of the ongoing crisis. Before any issues start to blow over, try sitting down as a family to discuss problems and see how they can be addressed together. Also remember to be flexible and ease up on the rules every once in a while.
 
Moms deserve to take care of themselves too, even more so now. And they can do so with these simple suggestions from Solane. 12/03/2020 (Bits of Rocks)

 

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Sunday, November 15, 2020

Meet My Pet Cats' Favorite Food - Whiskas, Sheba, and Temptations from Shopee!

Who among you are pet lover? Well, count me in! Yeah, yours truly Runner Rocky is a certified pet lover! Since childhood, I used to took care of different pets from kittens, puppies, chicks or chickens, fishes, and even a piglet! Until today when I grew up, I'm still taking care of pets which are our cute cats and kittens!

Yes, I am a cat person! We started to adopt cats in 2013. He was Mac-mac, our very first cat who live with us in 2013. Next to Mac-Mac is Choleng or Baleleng or Leleng, our mother cat who are still living with us since 2013. She already gave birth to different kittens - some her first batch of babies were still living with us while the others were given to my friends. Today including Leleng, we have 5 cats living together with us.

Selfie with Two of my Favorite Cats - Nini, the daughter of Macmac and Leleng and her mother cat Leleng!
 

Great that our cats and kittens even though no foreign breeds grow up cute and healthy aside from being sweet and lovely! We feed them with cat foods, their favorite which is the Whiskas!    

They love Whiskas very much! In fact, they already tasted its different flavors. They even tasted all its variants both those in cans and those the chip types.  

Nini is Even Cuter When Sleeping

Our Mother Cat Leleng Who is Living with Us Since 2013

Great that the leading online shopping store Shopee is offering the cat foods particularly Whiskas and its sister brands like Temptations and Sheba. And yes, they are also giving great discounts and promos! 

Alright, allow me to discuss the different cat foods offered by Shopee and their promos. These are also the favorite foods of my cute pet cats! 


The Whiskas Junior Tuna Pouch Wet Cat Food (85g)


The Whiskas Junior Tuna Pouch Wet Cat Food (85g) has the following product descriptions:
 
1. Specially formulated for kittens 2-12 months old. Also suitable for pregnant and lactating cats.
2. Enriched with calcium and phosphorus for healthy bones and overall growth.
3. Contains natural antioxidants for healthy immune system.
4. Soft texture for easy consumption.
 
We are dedicated to helping the world become a greener place. In this product, we have lessened our plastic packaging effectively from 10 rolls to just three outer rolls. We have invested on research to make our carton packaging thicker and stronger so our products will still reach you in good shape. Please do reach out to us in case of any concern. Keep safe, always.

The Whiskas Junior Ocean Fish Flavor w/Milk Dry Cat Food (450g)


This Whiskas Junior Ocean Fish Flavor w/Milk Dry Cat Food (450g) has the following product specifications:

Crunchy, munchy and delicious chunks packed with real fish flavour and milk pockets
Made with high-quality ingredients that provide your pet Kitten with the nutrition it needs. The special blend of nutrients help support the cat's vital system. 

Provides Kittens with shiny coat, healthy eyesight, and energy to stay active. 

Backed by research done by the Waltham Centre for Pet Nutrition and Mars Petcare (the makers of Pedigree).

The Whiskas Adult Tuna Flavor Dry Cat Food 1.2kg

The Whiskas Adult Tuna Flavor Dry Cat Food 1.2kg has the following product specs:

Crunchy, munchy and delicious chunks packed with real fish flavour. It is made with high-quality ingredients that provide your pet cat with the nutrition it needs. 

The special blend of nutrients help support the cat's vital system. 

Provides adult cats with shiny coat, healthy eyesight, and energy to stay active. 

A balanced cat food that helps prevent obesity when fed right. 

Backed by research done by the Waltham Centre for Pet Nutrition and Mars Petcare (the makers of Pedigree). It is also available in other 1.2kg and 7kg packs.

The SHEBA Succulent Chicken Breast Wet Cat Food Pack of 6 85g

This SHEBA Succulent Chicken Breast Wet Cat Food Pack of 6 85g has the following product descriptions:

Sheba® varieties are designed by cat lovers to be the world’s finest cat foods. This passion is reflected in everything from the careful selection of ingredients to the gentle cooking process.

From the first purr of anticipation, it’s easy to see the difference this makes. Sheba® meals have pieces of real meat and fish, delicate sauces and unique combinations of flavours.

The SHEBA Tuna and Salmon in Gravy Wet Cat Food Pack of 6 85g

This SHEBA Tuna and Salmon in Gravy Wet Cat Food Pack of 6 at 85g each has the following product description:

Sheba® varieties are designed by cat lovers to be the world’s finest cat foods. 

This passion is reflected in everything from the careful selection of ingredients to the gentle cooking process.

From the first purr of anticipation, it’s easy to see the difference this makes. Sheba® meals have pieces of real meat and fish, delicate sauces and unique combinations of flavours. 1 can is 85 grams.

The Temptations Tempting Tuna 12g


 And lastly, this Temptations Tempting Tuna 12g has the following product descriptions:

It has the following INGREDIENTS:
Chicken by Product Meal, Corn, Beef Tallow, Beef Blood Plasma, Rice, Wheat Flour, Flavours, Grain Distillers Dried Yeast, Minerals, Vitamins, Taurine, Salt, Antioxidants.
NUTRITIONAL INFORMATION:
Crude Protein Min. 30%
Crude Fat Min. 17%
Crude Fiber Max. 4.5%
Moisture Max. 12%
Ash Max. 12%
Calcium  Min. 0.6%
Phosphorus Min. 0.5%

 

These different varieties of cat foods from the makers of Pedigree PH truly make my cute pet cats grow healthy and lovely! You may also try those! Just feel free to download the Shopee app in App Store or Google Play to order and enjoy the promos!   

 How about you? Can you also share with us your lovely pets! 11/15/2020 (Bits of Rocks)

 

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Thursday, November 12, 2020

6 Helpful Tips for Home-Based Food Business Start-Ups

One of the silver linings of the COVID-19 pandemic and community quarantine is that they gave way to many delicious food home business start-ups. However, while majority of the start-ups continue to thrive today, home-based food businesses take a lot of work and require thorough research and planning to survive the ever-changing market.

If you’ve also been thinking of starting your own food business, let Solane, the country’s leading LPG solutions provider, guide you and help you. The trusted LPG gas of many business owners, Solane helps guarantee safety and weighs your LPG with its “Timbang Challenge service” which is essential for food business owners who want to get the best value for their money. Additionally, Solane also offers these practical tips to succeed: 


Know your target market. Identify which group your business will target: Is it the health buff or dessert lover? Millennials or moms? By knowing your target market, you will be able to narrow down your food offerings, as well as package them according to the buying behaviors of your target customers.

Conduct market research. Since the food industry is very competitive, it’s important to do your research before opening your own food business. Join online seminars, safe business networking events, and interview people who run small business to know what works and what doesn’t. You can also test your food recipes on your family and friends and ask for their feedback so you can make any necessary changes for the best product possible.

Prepare licenses and permits. Check with the Department of Trade and Industry (DTI), Bureau of Internal Revenue (BIR), and your local government unit to familiarize yourself with the necessary licenses and permits when opening a business. These documents are required to protect public health and safety, keep track of your finances for tax purposes, and help keep you accountable for your company’s actions, while simultaneously gaining the trust of new customers.
 
Use quality equipment. Aside from the ingredients, the kitchen equipment that you use are just as essential in running a food business. Make sure to invest in durable kitchen equipment, such as an oven if your business is baked goods, or a quality stove range to keep up with the demands of your food business.

Prioritize safety. In any food business, it’s important to follow proper hygiene and sanitation to ensure food safety. Restaurant owners should provide adequate hand sanitizing solutions, require employees to regularly wash their hands, and clean all kitchen tools and surfaces. Food business owners should also use high quality and safe LPG tanks, such as Solane, which conducts a free 7-Point Safety Check upon delivery to your home to help ensure that the LPG tanks are safely installed.

Promote your business. Get your family and friends involved in helping you spread the word. Consider spending a little money to advertise your business in your online community groups, and social media. Maximize the social media platforms and e-commerce business sites by creating your own business page to help your start-up reach a bigger market.

Starting your own home-based food business may be a risk and an uphill battle, but with hard work, ample preparation, the right equipment, and these tips from Solane, you can begin this new venture with more confidence. To know more about Solane, visit www.solane.com.ph. 11/12/2020 (Bits of Rocks)


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