Tuesday, October 3, 2017


The Innovation Olympics 2017 is a competition that challenges the next generation of agriculture, business and technology leaders to develop innovative solutions to real-life challenges of smallholder vegetable farmers.

Last September 29, 2017 we saw the breed of young and intellectual minds a eight groups of students presented their own technological solutions. With the theme “New Technologies to Improve the Productivity of Vegetable Farmers”, the East-West Seed Innovation Olympics encourages students to tackle real-world problems experienced by local farmers and challenge them to come up with innovative technology solutions to help improve farmer’s productivity.

As an agriculture graduate myself, I was so amazed by these students. We might be tackling the same farmer’s dilemma but several years ago, when I was a student our approach to solving the problems was so much different by how these students presented their proposed solutions. Yes! Through the use of digital technology. 

The Innovation Olympics 2017 was conceptualized by East-West Seed Companyin celebration of its 35th Year Anniversary. As part of its core values, that is, “Learning and Innovation”. The goal was to involve more people in the mission of serving smallholder farmers by harnessing new technologies to improve the productivity in vegetable farming.

Among thirteen (13) project proposals presented, eight groups made it to the final pitch which was held last 29 September 2017 at The REDREC Auditorium, University of the Philippines Los Banos, Laguna. The eight teams are:

1. TINDEROW (UPLB) – An online platform that aims to have an efficient transaction between the buyers and the farmers. The said platform is convenient for consumer and farmers as it eliminates the value-addition among the middlemen of the value chain.

2. MINERVA (UPLB) – A modular and intelligently automated aquaponic system that will serve as an alternative source of income for the farmers. By using several existing artificial intelligence, as well as microcontrollers and sensors for automation, the farmers will be able to focus on their arms while their aquaponic system is running by itself.

3. LIGHT AGRITECH (UPLB) - The introduction of "smart solar-powered irrigation system"aims to save water and improve crop production of our vegetable farmers as it automates the irrigation of a vegetable farm.

4. LAGUNA SANGRE (UPLB) - the project will utilize cropping systems technologies in crop intensification and diversification to optimize the land utilization.

5. i-AGRI VENTURES (UPLB)- it aims to provide an affordable, effective and sustainable means of increasing the total productivity of tomato farms through monitoring the soil moisture content to avoid the effect of insufficient and excessive water in tomato and developing a postharvest facility that may decrease post-harvest losses and increase market value of the crop.

6. AGRIVIZ (Asian Institute of Management) - an agricultural e-commerce platform that aims to incorporate data analytics and disseminate information to improve the productivity and profitability of Filipino vegetable farmers.

7. AGRISSIVE (UPLB) - an organically made agrochemical solution which can be a culmination of two agricultural inputs: pesticide and fertilizer.  Such product can be a convenient tool for ensuring the quality and safe consumption of the produce as well as another source of income for the community in times of need.

8. TEAM OPPA (UPLB) - the technology is a simple contraption that utilizes different sensors and data to inform the farmer about the details of his vegetable farm through SMS or text messaging.

Each of the projects presented were evaluated based on: entrepreneurial approach, business innovation, improving farmer's quality of life, and in improving the farmers' standard of living.

The board of judges were composed of technical experts from the East-West Seed Group chaired by it Vice-President Mr. Simon Jan de Hoop.  Other members were Mr. Juan Santos, Ms. Anne Isabelle Sam, Ms. Mary Ann Sayoc, Ms. Maaike Groot, and Mr. Henk Hermans.

Finally,the top three innovative ideas that emerged as the big winners are: 1.)Team Agriviz of the the Asian Institute of Management (AIM). Their e-magsasaka business model converts farmers’ mindset to being market-driven rather than production-driven; 2.)
Team i-Agri Ventures of UP Los Banos effectively defended their innovative idea of a “multi-crop dryer” that hopes to significantly increase farmers’ revenue by increasing the market value of thee crop and reducing post-harvest losses; and 3.)Team Oppa, also of UP Los Banos, came out with a technology that could increase the yield of farmers by as high as 87.5% using the very popular text messaging. Their contraption makes use of the weather, predicting rain pattern and effectively informs the farmers farm information in 30 seconds which normally takes 2-3 hours.

The 3 winning teams were provided with an initial seed money of P150,000. For 120 days, they will implement their project in their selected farming community.

The East-West Seed Company, accordingly will be hands-on in monitoring the progress of the student's projects. Given their technical expertise, they will also provide guidance and assist the top groups.

In January 2018, the team with the project that exemplified entrepreneurial innovation and made the most significant impact in their adopted farming community will be declared as the EWS Innovation Olympics Grand Champion and receive PhP 250,000 cash prize.

About East-West Seed

East-West Seed is an integrated vegetable seed company engaged in the development, production and distribution of tropical vegetable seeds. 

For many years, the company has recognized that access to quality seeds and sharing knowledge go hand in hand. East-West Seed is actively involved in farmer training and extension to support farmers with knowledge and skills in profitable vegetable production.

Today, East-West Seed is one of the 10 largest vegetable seed companies in the world, with a leading position in the most important Southeast Asian countries and rapid expansion into India, China, Africa and South America.

Monday, October 2, 2017

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Saturday, September 30, 2017

Ramen Nagi Manila Opens at Solenad 2, Nuvali

I am a big fan of noodles and Japanese noodles in particular because of its unique taste and flavor which suits the picky eater me. But since I live in the province, at times just to satisfy my cravings I have to travel all the way to the Metro and endure the long queues at Japanese restos.

Well I am so glad now because recently Ramen Nagi Manila opened its 16th restaurant at Nuvali. Oh! What a relief, I no longer need to travel for hours and their new place is somewhat more convenient for me to go. I can be there anytime to satiate my appetite more often.

What I like most with Ramen Nagi is that you can customized your ramen, any which way you want. On your table there is a ready check-list with boxes and description that you can just tick. And they will have your ramen prepared the way you want it. But if you’re a first-timer and not sure about anything, just check the “Chef Recommendation” box to go for the standard way, their chef will take care of it and next time, you’ll know which taste to adjust.

They have four standard ramen – Butao King, Black King (garlic, squid ink), Red King (Spicy) and the Green King (basil,cheese).

When we went there with some friends on the soft-opening day, I go for the basic which is my usual preference, nothing more nothing less because I can’t endure spicy taste and I’m also not fond of food with so-rich flavors. I just made sure, the shoulder pork belly cut was there.

Along with your ramen, there are also available side dishes like the Pork Katsu Roll, Chicken Karaage, and the Aurora Shrimp which we ordered. YOu may also opt for additional tamago (egg) and the nori (seaweed sheet).

You need not go in hurry to consume your ramen because the delicious taste and flavor will always be there up to the very bottom of your bowl, even when the broth cooled down a bit. Because they have big serving (yah! Its already too big for me), I am just always slowly enjoying everything.

Like and follow Ramen Nagi Manila on Facebook and Instagram for more of your favorite Japanese ramen.

Their Nuvali store is located at Solenad 2 Nuvali, Sta. Rosa, Laguna (just near the newly built Ayala Mall, facing the national road going to Tagaytay).

Thursday, September 28, 2017

PSBank wins back-to-back for excellence in Customer Experience

Philippine Savings Bank (PSBank), the thrift bank arm of the Metrobank Group, is the only Philippine bank recognized at the recently held Customer Experience Asia Excellence Awards for its exceptional customer experience strategy. The Awards ceremony, organized by the International Quality and Productivity Center, was held in Marina Bay Sands in Singapore last Sept. 12, 2017.
The Bank bagged third place (Bronze Award) for both the Customer Experience and Best Customer Experience Team categories for the second straight year. It also received an Honorable Mention for the Best Social Media Strategy category. 

It is the only Philippine bank that joins the big boys league composed of DBS Bank Ltd., Maybank, CIMB Niaga, Singtel, Dell, Mumbai International Airport, Ping An Group, Orchard Turn Developments Pte Ltd. , Central Provident Fund Board and Mobitel—companies that were recognized for delivering exceptional customer service in the Asian region.

“As the banking industry’s landscape continues to transform at an unprecedented pace due to technology and different customer demands, the one thing that remains constant is customers continue to value exceptional service. At PSBank, providing the best customer experience has been at the forefront our business. The Bank recognizes that understanding the customers, their needs, and providing a unique experience that puts them at the center of what we do is vital to sustain our existence,” said SVP and Marketing Group Head Emmanuel Tuazon.

“These awards are testament that we are in the right path of our journey in providing exceptional customer experience to our clients. And for that, we are simply grateful,” he added.

The Best Customer Experience Award category honors and recognizes organizations that promote an exceptional end-to-end customer experience by putting their customers at the heart of every process, people and technology. Meanwhile, the Best Customer Experience Team category recognizes the group of individuals who have provided interactive and friendly customer service through face-to-face and different touch points to create excellent customer experience for their organization. The Best Social Media Strategy category acknowledges companies that use social media as a strategic channel for excellent customer interaction, engagement, service support, marketing and sales promotion leading to a seamless end-to-end omnichannel customer experience.

About PSBank
PSBank is a key player in the Philippine consumer banking industry. The Bank emerged as the 2nd strongest bank in the Asian Banker's AB500 annual ranking 2016-2017 edition. PSBank is the only savings bank that has consistently cornered a spot in the list of the top 10 strongest banks in the country for six consecutive years. We have expanded our network to 250 branches and more than 600 ATMs nationwide.

About Customer Experience Awards
Customer Experience Awards is born out of a simple vision; to create an event which will honor the highest level of achievement in customer experience across the Asian community. Presented at our flagship Customer Experience Asia Summit, the Awards pay tribute to organizations and inspiring role models that lead the way. These Awards form the industry’s benchmark and provide an opportunity for CX professionals to gain recognition for their achievements and initiative. Judged by an Executive Panel of experts, each Award will celebrate the success of pioneers in the space of Customer Experience.

This year, the award-giving body received 148 entries across 12 awards categories.

Thursday, September 14, 2017

Award-winning Marvel Creative Day Out to stage its second year in the Philippines Opens entries for Marvel-inspired creative art, fashion, and product designs

MANILA, PHILIPPINES - The award-winning Marvel Creative Day Out is back! In partnership with the National Commission of Culture and the Arts, this one-day Marvel creative and inspirational event, planned for September 25 at De La Salle - College of Saint Benilde, will take you closer to your favorite epic stories of Marvel Super Heroes. This year’s event will not only showcase the world of Marvel comics but also fashion and other product designs for the first time.

Marvel Creative Day Out will continue to showcase local talents with acclaimed Filipino Marvel artists. Back for the second year, Leinil Francis Yu, penciller for comic books “Secret Invasion” and “The Avengers” and Harvey Francis Tolibao, penciller for comic books “Iron Man” and “X-men” will once again share the stage with Marvel Asia’s VP of Brand Development C.B. Cebulski to share the dynamic Marvel Universe that has evolved from a comic-book brand to the global entertainment brand that it is now. Allen Au-Yeung, VP of Creative for Disney China, will also visit here for the first time to share how Marvel stories and characters come to life in fashion and product design. 

Whether you’re a fan, an artist, or a designer (fashion/product), Marvel invites you to be a part of this ultimate celebration by expressing your love for the brand in the form of your creative work, which will be showcased in the event’s exhibition. Get creative with your Marvel submissions - anything from sketches, paintings, sculpture, installation, digital art, fashion designs in clothing and accessories or products designs. Submissions are open until September 15. To submit, you can go to: http://bit.ly/2wekNoU

Stay tuned for more details on the inspiring talks and workshops at Marvel Creative Day Out 2017. See you on September 25 for yet another celebration of Marvel creativity!

Unilever and PCIEERD explore possible partnership

A team of research and development specialists from Unilever Philippines visited the Philippine Council for Industry, Energy, and Emerging Technology Research and Development (PCIEERD) explore areas for possible research collaboration particularly for the production of new products or improvement of existing with S&T innovations.

The team was led to facilities that they can access for their R&D activities, namely:

• Advanced Device and Materials Testing (ADMATEL)

• Nanotechnology Laboratory (NANOLAB)

• Food Innovation Center (FICs)

• Packaging Technology Division in ITDI

• Electronics Product Development Center (EPDC)

• Innovation Center for Yarns and Textiles (ICYT)

• Modular Innovation Center for Oils, Blends, and Sauces

PCIEERD Executive Director Carlos Primo David facilitated the discussion on possible partnership, stating that the Council is now geared to having more interaction with the industry to make sure that government resources will be put in good use.

In general, collaboration with DOST could start in addressing Unilever's current challenges in the food and personal care sections, that is in nutrition content and use of local flavors and ingredients.

DOST-PCIEERD and Unilever Philippines are yet to set another meeting to further discuss the possible collaboration.

Also on August 1, a facility tour was conducted for exchange students from Tokyo Tech High School of Science and Technology and De La Salle University-Integrated School to explore the current trends in research areas related to energy production and its impacts to the environment.

Wednesday, September 6, 2017

When Sharing Isn’t Caring

PSBank reminds everyone to keep your personal information close!!!

Filipinos comprise one of the largest digital communities in the world. We thrive on increased connectivity and communication, primarily via social media. It has never been easier to share content online as it is today, from articles from our favorite sites to moments from our everyday lives. 

With increased sharing, however, comes a bigger target on your back, which cybercriminals will be happy to hit. They are always on the lookout for any bit of personal information that they could abuse. Your identity might get stolen, huge loans might get credited to your name without your knowledge, and your whereabouts can be traced, leaving you vulnerable to all sorts of crimes.

As such, PSBank reminds everyone that it is important to review the information that we share and post online. Moreover, the Bank says that it is also equally crucial to safe keep personal and financial records properly. 

Here are some tips on what you can and cannot share in a public domain: 

● Never post photos of valid Identification Cards online. Once scammers and cybercriminals get hold of a photo of any of your valid IDs (e.g. PRC, TIN, SSS), they can use your personal information in these IDs to apply for big loans. Keeping photos of your IDs in your phone is also discouraged.

● Do not fill up your profiles. While it becomes more convenient from your friends and relatives to know your whereabouts if you post your address and contact details, you also leave yourself vulnerable to hackers and criminals. Also avoid posting your complete birthdays, your exhaustive employment history, and your complete family lineage in social media.

● Refrain from posting all of your travel plans or photos, particularly while you are still in the middle of your trip. Not only do you let potential cybercriminals know your current location, you also indirectly tell them that your home residence is currently unattended and vulnerable. Just share some (not all) of your photos after you have arrived back home. 

● Do not post photos of extravagant or expensive purchases. Yes, buying that dream car or watch may be a fulfilling experience that makes you happy, but don’t get so excited that you act carelessly. Posting indicators of wealth attract scammers and criminals. 

● Protect your medical records and information. Cybercriminals may use your personal medical details to gain benefits for themselves—drug purchases, false insurance claims—and you may end up paying for all of these. Do not post any medical details online, and properly dispose medical records, prescriptions, and other similar documents. 

● Properly dispose receipts, pay slips, bank statements, and other similar documents. Shred or dampen these documents, or do anything that could make the details unreadable. 

● When going out, bring only the necessary cards, IDs, and/or official documents. It is unwise to stuff all your cards in one wallet. Bring only what you need for the day. 

We live in an increasingly connected world where information is created and shared at a fast pace,” says PSBank First Vice President for Information Security Dan Jose D. Duplito. “We must be wary of information we carry with us and post online, because even one small personal detail could become the last missing piece that fraudsters need to compromise your identity or online accounts," he added.

About PSBank

PSBank is a key player in the Philippine consumer banking industry. The Bank emerged as the 2nd strongest bank in the Asian Banker's AB500 annual ranking 2016-2017 edition. PSBank is the only savings bank that has consistently cornered a spot in the list of the top 10 strongest banks in the country for six consecutive years. We have expanded our network to more than 250 branches and more than 600 ATMs nationwide.

Together Again: Scholar-Graduates ng Unang Dekada ng DOST-SEI

In connection with the celebration of the 30th SEI Anniversary, we are pleased to invite the DOST-SEI scholar-graduates, to a get-together activity entitled, "Together Again: Scholar-Graduates ng Unang Dekada ng DOST-SEI" on 27 September 2017, 3:00PM to 8:00PM at the Reception Hall of the Philippine International Convention Center (PICC), Pasay City.

This get-together activity will feature special guest-artists Ms. Arnee Hidalgo and Mr. Noel Cabangon, under the direction of Engr. Jeffrey Hidalgo, a DOST-SEI scholar himself.

It’s time to get-together, scholar-graduates! RSVP to togetheragainsei@gmail.com with your name, birthday, contact number, school, course, and year graduated. Then wait for your e-ticket. Registration is extended up to 31 August 2017.

Hurry, only limited slots left! On a first to register-first served basis.

We hope you can join and celebrate with us on this important milestone of SEI.

Tuesday, August 29, 2017

Moments that matter with the Samsung AddWash Front Load Washing Machine: More time for you and your family!

In a fast-paced, constantly moving society, time means everything. Because Samsung understands the importance of setting aside time for moments that matter, the tech giant introduces an efficient washing machine that provides homemakers the convenience needed to care for their family and help them achieve a balanced life: the Samsung AddWash Front Load Washing Machine.

With the washing machine’s AddWash door, there’s no need to worry if a stray sock or an essential part of a child’s costume for a play is not included in the laundry the first time around. The AddWash door allows easy inclusion of extra wash items, detergent, and fabric softener, without having to wait for the current wash cycle to finish. With this feature, all needed clothes can be ready for use in no time, allowing both kids and adults to not miss out on their activities and get to enjoy them the best way possible.

The Samsung AddWash Front Load Washing Machine also features the EcoBubble Technology, which makes use of air and water to dissolve detergent, creating powerful yet gentle cleansing bubbles that penetrate clothes 40 times faster than a regular washing machine. Regardless if cold or hot water is used, the EcoBubble innovation provides superior performance and cleans clothes thoroughly while protecting fabric color and quality. With this, parents can be assured that the family’s clothes are free from dirt and stains without having to resort to rigorous hand washing.

Almost everyone has experienced needing a certain piece of clothing the next day and discovering it in the laundry pile. There’s no need to fret if a big family dinner or fancy party suddenly gets scheduled. The Samsung AddWash Front Load Washing Machine grants users the relief of finishing the wash cycle in 59 minutes through the Super Speed feature. Once done, users can immediately utilize the dryer function. Without having to compromise the quality of the wash, this 2-in-1 washing machine completely rinses and dries clothing fast, making them ready for use in less time than normal.

With the washing machine’s ergonomic design and combined features, there is no need for homemakers to cut short their bonding moments with loved ones due to extra time spent on chores, on top of the time allotted for work. The Samsung AddWash Front Load Washing Machine gives families the convenience of balancing their responsibilities to better care for their loved ones.

Watch the AddWash TVC here: [https://www.facebook.com/Sams ungPH/videos/10154997191512857 /]

The Samsung AddWash Front Load Washing Machine lineup is available in all authorized Samsung dealers nationwide. For more details, visit the Samsung Facebook page or log on to samsung.com/ph .

About Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd.

Samsung inspires the world and shapes the future with transformative ideas and technologies. The company is redefining the worlds of TVs, smartphones, wearable devices, tablets, digital appliances, network systems, and memory, system LSI and LED solutions. For the latest news, please visit the Samsung Newsroom at http://news.samsung.com.

Wednesday, August 23, 2017

Wo-Nut Opens at SM City Calamba

Wo-nut is the first and original combination of both waffle and donut toppings and fillings. Its primarily about a variety of innovative recipe in premium and regular flavors that will surely entice the Filipino taste buds. 

Consumers from the south can now enjoy wo-nut as it opens its outlet at the Third Level of SM City Calamba last 12 August 2017.

On its opening day they gave out FREE wo-nut for the first 50 customers and its buy 1 take 1 for the next 50 again. There are other freebies and promos within the day.

Wo-nut only uses fresh ingredients and therefore its guaranteed that your waffle donut is of quality and enticing for your taste. Try the different flavors that they offer now. More varieties will be added soon.

They are also available for dealership at a minimum costs of P388,888.00 for a cart package which includes the food cart, manpower, equipment, training and marketing assistance. Other packages are also available. For more details check out their website or call telephone no. 0921-4144137.

Friday, August 18, 2017

Loads of prizes are at stake in PSBank’s Triple Combo Promo

Here’s great news for PSBank Online and PSBank Mobile App users. PSBank has not only made banking simple and hassle-free for you. Now, banking through PSBank Online and PSBank Mobile App is rewarding with the PSBank Triple Combo Promo. 

Under the PSBank Triple Combo Promo, which will run from August 17 to October 16, 2017, PSBank Online and PSBank Mobile App users can get a chance to win loads of prizes in three promo categories:

iPad Pro, Want Mo promo. For every successful Bills Payment, Fund Transfer, and PayMe transaction worth at least PhP1,000 or a Telco Reload of PhP300, you will get one raffle entry. In this category, one winner will bring home a 10.5 inch iPad Pro (64gb), while 100 lucky winners will each receive PhP500 Cash Credits. 

Love to Lock promo. You can earn a raffle entry by simply locking or unlocking your PSBank card or account using either PSBank Online or the PSBank Mobile App. 15 winners will each receive a very relaxing spa treatment worth PhP3,000.
PayMe, Pay We promo. Every successful PayMe transaction you make with a minimum amount of PhP500 entitles you to a raffle entry. For this category, 25 PayMe pairs (requestor and payor) can win back the actual value of their winning PayMe transaction or up to PhP1,000.
Don’t miss out on the chance to win exciting prizes. Pay your bills, transfer funds, reload your phones, make PayMe transactions, and lock or unlock your ATM card using PSBank Online or PSBank Mobile App now. 

Not enrolled in PSBank Online or PSBank Mobile? Simply visit our website to enroll your PSBank deposit, loans, and PSBank Prepaid Mastercard accounts to PSBank Online and download the fully loaded PSBank Mobile App for free from Apple Store or Google Play. 

All raffle winners will be drawn electronically on October 27, 2017 at the PSBank Head Office in Makati City.

For details, call our 24/7 Customer Experience Hotline at (02) 845-8888, visit any branch near you, or https://www.psbank.com.ph/articles/promos

About PSBank

PSBank is a key player in the Philippine consumer banking industry. The Bank emerged as the 2nd strongest bank in the Asian Banker's AB500 annual ranking 2016-2017 edition. PSBank is the only savings bank that has consistently cornered a spot in the list of the top 10 strongest banks in the country for six consecutive years. We have expanded our network to 250 branches and more than 600 ATMs nationwide.

Monday, July 3, 2017

Five Reasons Why You Should Send Your Kids to New Zealand

"And they’re not about vacation or holiday at all!"

Filipinos always emphasize the importance of higher education, as it is key to landing a secure and stable career. But what if education can be pushed to an entirely different level, where youths gain a broader and more enlightening worldview, international exposure, and endless opportunities for personal and professional growth? With New Zealand’s education system, this is already a reality.

Aside from its breath-taking sights and premium produce, New Zealand is home to top-notch education that produces high-performing graduates. Here are five reasons why you should consider New Zealand for your kids’ future:

1. World-class education that keeps students mobile

Over 3,500 Filipino students are currently in New Zealand experiencing Kiwi education for themselves, and there are many more students from different countries – proof that the international scene recognizes New Zealand as a high-quality study destination. In fact, New Zealand is the only country in the world that can claim to have all eight of its universities ranked in the top three per cent in the world. 

The country also offers internationally-recognized qualifications which allows for any New Zealand graduate to have great mobility, whether they prefer to stay in New Zealand, go back to the Philippines, or relocate overseas to work.

2. Passion and practicality go well together

Filipino students are often faced with the dilemma of choosing between landing promising careers and pursuing their interests. More often than not, students can only choose one or the other, but New Zealand makes it possible to combine both. 

The country offers a variety of carefully-designed courses and programmes that cater to the interests of its students, be it for standard courses such as business management, and humanities or for niche courses such as gaming, animation, or adventure tourism.

3. Opportunities keep pouring in even after graduation

What makes New Zealand’s education system unique and of high quality is its innovative teaching approach that values both theory and practice. All courses and programmes, regardless of institution, expose students to real-life situations so as to give them a head start in the industry. For instance, aspiring chefs are trained in student-run restaurants and cafes while business management students are given the chance to shadow industry experts and leaders.

Institutions also have their own placement programmes to assist and support graduates find their way in their chosen industries.

The New Zealand government has also recently proposed shifting the education system in to a more digitally oriented one which will encourage computational thinking and allow students to design and develop digital outcomes. This enables students to keep pace with the fast-changing digital and be skilled creators. 

4. Students can focus without worrying about their safety

Parents will be glad to know that New Zealand cares about the safety and security of all of its students, whether local or international. In fact, student surveys show that 90 per cent of international students are happy staying in New Zealand. New Zealand is the most peaceful English-speaking country in the world[2], and it is the very first country to adopt a strict Code of Practice for the care of international students. Updated in the past year to support the rising number of international students in New Zealand, the Code sets out minimum standards of advice and care for students, and provides them with guidelines to adhere to should they have concerns about the treatment they are receiving.

To further enhance the safety and overall experience of international students, New Zealand’s Ministry for Education had also recently released the country’s first International Student Well-being Strategy. The strategy focuses on four areas that make up the international student experience in New Zealand: economic well-being, education, health and well-being, and inclusion.

5. There is an endless list of exciting things to do 

Who says learning can only be done within the four walls of a classroom? Taking advantage of the country’s exhilarating environment, New Zealand allows students to challenge boundaries to experience the world and achieve deeper learning. 

There is a number of activities students can do in New Zealand to complement their learning in school. Students not only have great access to the great outdoors, but also the city scene and various museums. The New Zealand environment makes it conducive and exciting for international students to pursue a life of learning.

For more information on studying in New Zealand, head over to http://studyinnewzealand.govt.nz

About Education New Zealand:

Education New Zealand (ENZ) is New Zealand’s government agency for international education. ENZ works to grow awareness of New Zealand as a study destination and to support New Zealand education providers and businesses to take their services and products abroad. 

Wednesday, June 21, 2017

A Father: Head of the family and not just a provider

Imagine working in a world where time seems to just past by and where almost everything changes instantly. Think of having to keep up with an environment where it costs a lot to stop or even slow down for a while. Sound taxing, right? What more of prioritizing the welfare of everybody in the household on top of it all. 

But every head of the family doesn’t mind about it. Fathers are said to be the pillars of our homes. They toil sun up to sun down to give our needs and desires.

Some of them go abroad with tears in their eyes because they will be physically separated from their families. However, there is a certain joy in their hearts knowing that they will be able to provide for their loved ones back home.

To honor these gallant paternal men and let them feel how extraordinary they are and important their sacrifices are for their families, Father’s Day has been a yearly universal event. As we mark again this special occasion on Sunday, June 18, 2017, our applause and recognition will never be enough to show them how grateful we are to have them in our lives. 

Our dads, together with our moms, take good care of us the moment we’re born. They are the ones who provide everything we need for our everyday lives. From infancy up to adulthood, they feed and clothe us. 

As we take our initial baby steps, our patriarchs guide and lead us in the right direction. When we stumble and fall, they assist us to rise and move on. In times of danger or any threat, they shield us from any harm.

All of these, they do out of unconditional love. Their selflessness, though, has its own toll. Working tirelessly could lead to high levels of stress constantly and problems not only mentally, but physically, too. So better watch out for the signs. 

Has tatay been constantly complaining about losing strands and strands of his hair every day? Or maybe has he been searching for a way on how to get them to grow back?

According to the hair loss statistics conducted by Statistic Brain in the year 2016, 40 percent of men experience noticeable mane vanishing as early as age 35. And as per the American Hair Loss Association, there are a couple of different factors that cause excessive hair fall, one being extreme degree of stress.

Nutramedica Inc. introduced a revolutionary product that aims to address this problem: NOVUHAIR, nature’s answer to hair loss. Being the only topical scalp lotion in the country that is made from 19 natural herbs, essential oils and co-factor nutrients all working synergistically, it’s perfect for all the heads of the family out there, be they biological or not.

NOVUHAIR is proven effective and safe to help prevent and stop the progression of hair loss and, at the same time, help promote locks’ growth. Simply spray a liberal amount of NOVUHAIR topical scalp lotion onto the scalp and massage for 5-10 minutes. Voila, it penetrates deeply into the roots, which helps rejuvenate, nourish and maintain the natural moisture of the hair. 

Still have no idea on what to give him on his big day? Well, NOVUHAIR might not be the most expensive gift to impress him, but the most valuable present he could ever have. This nature’s answer to hair loss provides him the chance to be ahead already in preventing his “crowning glory” from receding in the near future. 

So, head on to all leading stores nationwide and get a dose of this breakthrough product. NOVUHAIR is also available in shampoo and conditioner formats to further complement the benefits of NOVUHAIR topical scalp lotion. NOVUHAIR is available at Mercury Drug and other leading drugstores nationwide. You may also order NOVUHAIR online at www.lazada.com.ph. For inquiries, you may call 413-6570 or 0922-8830575, and visit www.novuhair.com.

Wednesday, May 10, 2017

SM Supermalls Happy Moms Day

Can't wait for these events happening at different SM Supermalls nationwide.

Check their site for available events near you https://www.smsupermalls.com/events/mothersday.

Friday, May 5, 2017

Club Balai Isabel Aqua Park Grand Opening

With my little boy Ivan MommyGiay took advantage of the four-days long vacation (being ASEAN Week and National Labor Day) and we had our most sought after day-off.  Just in time we were invited for the Grand Opening of the Club Balai Iabel Aqua Park.

The Aqua Park is a huge inflatable trampoline park afloat the Taal Lake Shore.  It boasts the country's tallest inflatable water slide and with stunning view of the very famous Taal Volcano.

The party was hosted by Mr. George CariƱo and Ms. Amy Perez of ABS-CBN Network.  It was also attended by local officials from the Provincial Government of Batangas and Talisay municipality. The designer and creator of the aqua park Mr. Peter Appleton was also there as he explained what's behind the concept of this water park. Accordingly, with his wife they are planning to settle here in the Philippines for more business ventures, which probably means soon there will be more aqua parks around the Philippines.

But for safety reasons, for now the aqua park admits only adults and kids either they are 13 years old above and/or 4 feet in height. Though there's a plan to expand the play area to accommodate the kids 13 years old below, that's good news for Ivan.

I've had my own experience and full enjoyment of the aqua park. Honestly its my first time in something like this. Even when we used to lived abroad, we've never been to an aqua park as we mostly visited the amusement park where husband works.

I was not able to cover the whole area of the Club Balai Isabel Aqua Park because there are certain portions where I had some difficulty maneuvering the obstacles. Yeah! MommyGiay is not so young anymore therefore it is exhausting and I have some fears when it comes to waters. Likewise I never dared to try the giant slide but according to my friends everything here is awesome. Anyway, getting aboard the swan trampoline is already a total enjoyment for me. I fall-off the water once and did I tasted Taal Lake not so fresh water? Good thing, the "kuya" life guards aer so helpful and accommodating.  They all reach out and tried their best to assist everyone. Yeah! they just so great helping me out to maneuver some of the obstacles and getting to the other side.

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Thanks http://ruelumali.com/ for the photo

All in all, it was a fun and great adventure.  Hopefully we can extend some more time and enjoyed basking in the morning sun.  But for now, there's long line for the other guests waiting for their turn to experience the aqua park adventure.  Well, I'll make sure I can come back some other time and bring my whole family here.

Also it was time for us to go, my little boy borrowed the staff's megaphone and called on MommyGiay.  "Mommy go back, I am hungry and I want water", everyone hearing it, ha!ha! Moms with kids can't really have 100% relax mode even while on vacation.  And he had his share of tantrums as he was not allowed yet access to the aqua park. Nevertheless, he enjoyed long hours of swimming at Balai Isabel's vast swimming pool.

Thanks to my blogger friends for the whole 2-days fun and adventurous summer vacay with you. Its always nice going back to Club Balai Isabel. For more details you may visit their website http://www.balaiisabel.com or at their Facebook and Instagram pages for more updates on promotions and club activities.

At the end of the day let us always thank the Lord God for all His beautiful creations.

Wednesday, April 26, 2017

Kiddie summer workshops open in SM Supermalls all over the country

SM Supermalls kicks off summer with exciting activities inviting children of all ages to learn new skills, discover another hobby and develop their talents through SM Summer ‘Musements in an SM Supermall near you starting April.

Parents who usually struggle with leaving kids at home during summer months now have more choices to continue enriching and entertaining their kids in the safety and comfort of their nearest SM Supermall.

The Kids at Work sessions, from April 18 to 30, is back to provide kids interactive summer workshops, where they can learn how to act, dance, draw and paint, sing, or play their first musical instrument. On April 1 to 12, participating SM Supermalls will hold music festivals and acoustic nights featuring well-loved music artists, as well as set up interactive playgrounds and art installations. Food tenants will also be offering special dining deals on April 21 to 23, April 28 to 30, and May 5 to 7.

Another anticipated highlight is the Grand Kids’ Zumba events from May 1 to 13, as this summer season can also be the best time for children to start healthy fitness habits. With online gaming as part of the key factors, studies show that the overweight rate of children in the Philippines has almost doubled over the last two decades. Play and sports are now available options in the malls this summer to provide physical exercise and social interaction for youngster of all ages.

Mall-goers are also invited to join the #SuperSummerAtSM2017 digital promo, powered by Vivo from April 1 to May 13. #SuperMoms and #IdolDads all need to do is to share their kids’ happiest summer moment on Facebook, then use its official hashtag #SuperSummerAtSM2017 for a chance to win exciting prizes.

For more updates about Super Summer at SM 2017 and exclusive news about SM Supermalls, visit www.smsupermalls.com or follow SM’s official social media accounts on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram; and get an insider access to all the fun happenings at SM Supermalls nationwide through SM’s Viber Public Chat. #EverythingsHereAtSM

Thursday, April 20, 2017

Novuhair encourages you to understand your hair

Other than your face, your hair is one of the first thing that other people notices, this very reason is why most people take extra effort in caring for their mane, but are you doing enough?

A hair salon is one of the usual places that a person would go to whenever they need to have their hair fixed, this is typical if you just need a relief from a bad hair day or to mend your split ends. What if your hair needs a more extensive solution such as for your hair loss?

Several factors can cause hair loss and understanding your lifestyle pattern may help remedy your condition.

· Stress is the most common factor in temporary hair loss.

· Incorrect use of hair products with harmful chemicals

· Childbirth also causes temporary hair loss

· Cosmetic procedures such as Rebonding, Perming, Bleaching and Dyeing

· Autoimmune diseases such as Alopecia.

· Medical treatment such as chemotherapy and Beta-blockers 

· Medical conditions such as Lupus, Diabetes, Anorexia and Anemia can also cause hair loss

Say goodbye to hair loss and scalp problems with Novuhair, natures answer to hair loss. Novuhair is made with 19 natural ingredients that include moringa oleifera, panax ginseng, virgin coconut oil and the natural essences of rosemary and peppermint and almost 100% natural.

Novuhair nourishes the scalp and hair by increasing the flow of nutrients and improving blood circulation to the scalp. Novuhair also helps hydrate the scalp, maintain the hair’s natural luster and prevent early hair graying, hair dryness and itching. It also penetrates deep to rejuvenate the hair follicles, provides optimum nutrition to help combat hair loss and/or thinning of hair, improves blood circulation in the scalp which contributes to the stimulation of hair growth.

Have your hair and scalp analyzed in order to check for problems. Novuhair, is offering a series of free hair and scalp analysis is various locations, check their monthly schedule at www.novuhair.com, Facebook page: www.facebook.com/NovuhairOfficial, Instagram: @NovuhairOfficial or on Twitter: @NovuhairNatural. You may also call the Novuhair hotlines at 4136570 and 09228830575.

Novuhair Topical Scalp Lotion, Shampoo and Conditioner are available in all Mercury Drug Stores and other leading drug stores nationwide. For online purchases, visit Lazada.com.ph and regaloservice.com.