Valentine’s Day in Philippines

Valentine’s Day is considered as one of the most popular holidays in the world although it seems to become a much commercialized occasion these days. Many business owners take advantage of this special celebration of hearts since a lot of people look forward to it to take time in expressing the love and care they offer to the special people around them. Such way of expressing is by buying and sending chocolates with flowers particularly red roses. Some companies make Valentine goods like stuffed Teddy bears, Valentine’s cards; couple T-shirts for lovers, couple watches, jewelries, heart-shaped candies and cakes, and the like. So obviously, this is a special day for mainly lovers.

Valentine Recipe
Valentine’s Day Recipe

When did Valentine’s Day began? 

Historically and originally, this occasion wasn’t about love or romance at all. It was in fact quite confusing because there have been different stories of where and when Valentine’s Day started. Some historians wrote it started on the 3rd century A.D. when Emperor Claudius II executed a martyr priest named Valentine on February 14.

Ancient Christians honored his martyrdom and began the liturgical celebration named after St. Valentine. Another martyrdom story was about St. Valentine of Rome which was imprisoned for performing weddings for soldiers who were not allowed to marry since it was then believed that married soldiers didn’t perform well in the battles compared to unmarried soldiers. In the prison, Valentine had healed a blind girl named Julia, the daughter of his prison officer. Finally, before he got executed, Valentine wrote Julia a letter and he signed, “Your Valentine” as a farewell; which may have been the origin of today’s Valentine’s cards. However, the celebration of Valentine didn’t have any romantic implications until Chaucer’s poetry about Valentine’s Day in 14th Century. 

Chaucer's Valentine Poem
Chaucer’s Valentine’s Poem

Married couples, boyfriends-girlfriends, live-in partners, and even people who has their secret crushes, feel very much excited on Valentine’s Day. It is their chance and might be their only chance to express their intimate feelings to someone they love. In fact, they don’t just celebrate it on the 14th since many people celebrate the occasion on other days of the love month.

Below are the things that Filipinos do on Valentine’s Day:

 

  • Dinner date – couples save this date for a special dinner. Of course, restaurants usually offer discounts or promos for this special occasion like ‘Dinner for two, for the price of 1’ and they make sure they have prepared a very romantic ambiance for their in-love diners. And they are of course served sweet desserts like heart-shaped cakes and candies! 

    Valentine's Dinner
    Valentine’s Day Dinner
  • Valentine’s concerts and gigs – Filipinos are known to have a lot of talented singers and almost all Filipinos are undeniably music lovers. Many couples spend this day by watching concerts especially inspired by love stories.
  • Sharing the love to children – Although, Valentine’s isn’t only for lovers. In elementary and high-schools, students are taught to make Valentine’s cards in their Art subjects and finished projects are to be given to their parents and guardians. This is one way of teaching the Filipino children express their love for their parents by writing love letters in their very own handmade Valentine greeting cards. Sweet! 

    children holding their Valentine cards
    children holding their Valentine cards
  • Giving Valentine’s goodies – Usually, boyfriends and husbands give something to their girlfriends and wives. As mentioned earlier in this post, things like red roses, chocolates, Valentine’s cards, stuffed Teddy bears, heart-shaped balloons, anything that’s for couple – shirts, watches, pillows, coffee mugs, and more, these are very common to give as a present for the day of Hearts. 

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    Valentine’s Day goodies

BUERGER’S DISEASE

Let’s talk about Buerger’s Disease

President Rodrigo Duterte suffers Buerger’s Disease 

Philippines President Duterte
Philippines President Duterte

As quoted from Singapore news on December 14, 2016 about Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte.

“Oust me – good; assassinate me – better; I have this migraine every day,” he said. “I have a lot of issues with my spine. What I have is really Buerger’s disease. It’s an acquired thing that you get from smoking, because of nicotine.”

Doctors had advised surgery on his spine, he said, but his wife, a nurse who used to work in the United States, did not agree because “a lot of operations for the spine went wrong”.

He added: “If you guys see me always in a sad mood, I am actually pushing a nerve here to relieve the pain,” and touched the right side of his face.

What is Buerger’s Disease?

 

Almost everyone with Buerger’s disease smokes cigarettes. However, Buerger’s disease can occur in people who use other forms of tobacco, like chewing tobacco.

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Buerger’s Disease patient is mostly trigger to  young male (e.g., 20–40 years old) who is a heavy cigarette smoker. More recently, however, a higher percentage of women and people over the age of 50 have been recognized to have this disease.

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Another name of Buerger’s Disease is  “Thromboangitis Obliterans”

Buerger’s disease (thromboangiitis obliterans) is a rare disease of the arteries and veins in the arms and legs. In Buerger’s disease, your blood vessels become inflamed, swell and can become blocked with blood clots.

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WHAT ARE THE SYMPTOMS OF BUERGER’S DISEASES?

The initial symptoms include pain induced by insufficient blood flow during exercise in the feet and or the hands. The pain usually begins in the extremities but may radiate to other parts of the body. Patients may experience numbness and tingling in the limbs and also Raynaud’s Phenomenon. Raynaud’s is a condition where the extremities of the hands and feet turn white when exposed to cold. A common sign in Buerger’s is skin ulceration and gangrene of the fingers and toes.

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As Buerger’s disease worsens, you may start to develop ulcers on your hands and feet, which can be painful. Skin infections can also set in. Gangrene can develop if the tissues in your hands and feet completely die due to lack of blood supply. If you develop gangrene, your skin and underlying tissues become black.

Out of your two feet and two hands, it is usually at least three of these that are affected in Buerger’s disease. However, you may notice symptoms in just one finger of your hand or one toe on your foot.

In addition to smoking, male gender, genetic factors, infectious agents and mental stress due to poor socio-economic circumstances have all been suggested as possible trigger factor. Cardiovascular risk factors may also be important, especially glucose intolerance.

The only way you can help yourself for not getting burgers diseases is live a healthy lifestyle.  You may have hear this again and again from family, friends and your aquentances and it is not gonna stop until you help yourself.

Take one step at a time.. and do your best if you want to avoid Buerger’s disease

  • Brush and floss daily to keep your teeth and gums healthy and free of disease.
  • Get a good night’s rest. …
  • Enjoy regular family meals. …
  • Smile and laugh out loud several times a day. …
  • Meditate,  (how to meditate can be found HERE. Pray, or otherwise find solace for at least 10-20 minutes each day.
  • Eat breakfast, and eat smaller meals throughout the day. A healthy breakfast can jumpstart your metabolism, while eating small, healthy meals (rather than the standard three large meals) keeps your energy up.
    Avoid eating at night. Try to eat dinner earlier and fast for 14-16 hours until breakfast the next morning. Studies suggest that eating only when you’re most active and giving your digestive system a long break each day may help to regulate weight.

WHAT FOOD IS BEST FOR PEOPLE WHO SUFFER BUERGER’S DISEASES?

  • High quality protein. Protein is a source of waste products in body. High quality protein contains more essential amino acids. Our bodies can absorb them and use them to maintain the normal function of body so as to reduce the production of waste products, which is good for kidney protection. Lean meat, fish, egg white and poultry without skin are all high quality protein. But if you have proteinuria and kidney function impairment, you should follow a low protein intake.

 

  • Avoid salt- here is why?
  1. Salt or Sodium Chloride  in ANY form is an irritant and is toxic to the body.
  2. It kills our taste buds.
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  4. Salt has irritating effect upon the body and its delicate membranes, especially in cases such as gastritis or ulcers.

In many fresh foods such as vegetables like celery or sea vegetables, they have high contain in sodium, that is more than good enough salt.

Here is my simple recipe for pumpkin with NO salt.

However if you must need salt.. try using very pure sea salt like

#seasalt
#seasalt

And what I use at home to marinate some meat for BBQ is the Himalayan salt.

#himalayansalt
#himalayansalt

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IDEAS IN DAVAO CITY TOP HOTELS

In this post we are going to explore the top Hotels in Davao, but first here is a brief introduction of the booming city. Davao has never been so much popular until today.. The home of Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte.

In Philippines, there are numerous cities and even country sides that are popular for tourists coming from different parts of the world. Palawan, Boracay, Cebu, Baguio, to name a few. Which is why Hotels are very important.

Recently,there is one city which became undeniably popular. It is the largest city in the world in terms of land areas with 2,443.61 square kilometers. It’s now considered as one of the most visited and the fastest growing city in the Philippines. Many tourists find Davao City as one of the safest city in the world because even when they have to walk around the city at night-time, nothing bad happens, no cell phone snatchers, nor kidnappers. It is strictly enforcing a ‘No Smoking’ in public places and ‘Speed Limit’ ordinances.

When a city becomes a hot destination for foreign tourists,they must have loved not only the city and its people but the accommodation as well. For travelers, accommodation is an essential part of travel since they are far away from their homes. There are various considerations to take note in choosing Hotels such as location, security, ambiance, and even price. Here are the top hotels in Davao.

 

1.The Apo View Hotel      (150 J. Camus Street, 4-A, 1st District – Poblacion, Davao City 8000, Davao del Sur, near Peoples’ Park)

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The Apo View Hotel

It’s located in the heart of the city so accessibility is at its best, not to mention its 24-hour Casino which also contributes for it to become one of the most popular hotels in Davao. It’s the Davao’s first hotel and second oldest in the Philippines, no wonder it is rich in history and hospitality. It has everything that has to be offered to tourists and locals alike. The rooms are spacious and clean. If you are exhausted from a long travel, the hotel’s pool, gym, and massage service will surely give you a relaxing stay.

The Apo view Hotel - outdoor swimming pool

 

2. Marco Polo Hotel (Claro M. Recto Street, Davao City)

 

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Marco Polo is a luxury five-star hotel that overlooks Mount Apo

or the Gulf of Davao and gives the chance to watch the sunset and sunrise. It offers spacious rooms, great service, and affordable price. The security is very tight, the staffs are very accommodating, and food is fantastically sumptuous!

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3. Waterfront Insular Hotel

(J.P. Laurel Avenue, Lanang, Davao City, Davao del Sur)

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Water front insular hotel

Expect a wonderful…view of nature with this hotel’s excellently manicured gardens and landscapes to give their guests a much relaxing stay away from the hustle and bustle downtown area. What’s more, the scenic view of Davao Gulf right from the verandas of each rooms which are classic yet stylish. The location is perfect if you want a getaway to Samal Island.

4. Park Inn by Raddison Davao

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It’s a modern-style hotel located 6km from the Davao International Airport, an 8 to 10-minute walk to SM Lanang Premier Mall and SMX Convention Center, and 20-minute walk to the port to get to Samal Island (an island popular for its white sand beaches). It features fashionable rooms and suites complete with all the facilities and amenities (Wi-Fi, cable LED TV, fridge, workstation, etc.) a guest needs to stay relaxed and comfortable, very ideal for business travelers.

5. Infinity Suites (Porras Cor. Palma Gil St., Bo. Obrero, Davao City)

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It’s one of the new boutique hotels in the growing city with a minimalist concept.  Simple, yet convenient and has all the basic amenities such as Air-conditioned rooms, LED cable TV, fridge, Safe box, Mini bar, Hot & Cold shower, and Electronic Keycard Door Lock System.

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6. Seda Abreeza

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It is located right in front of Abreeza Mall which enables a convenient access to shopping and dining. The hotel’s in-room massage, fitness center, outdoor pool, and hot tub are ideal places to relax and unwind after a busy day. Other popular facilities are Free WiFi, computers in the lobby’s E-Lounge, and car rental services.

7. Hotel Tropika (Km. 7 J.P. Laurel Ave., Lanang, Davao City)

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Hotel Tropika features its classic style and traditional rooms. With the name “Tropika” which means tropical in English, guests will enjoy its colonial-style exterior and flourishing, tropical gardens. Indeed a resort feel is in this hotel!

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Take pleasure in the taste of Asian dishes though adequate breakfast selection for Western travelers is served. The hotel staffs wear cultural attires which totally add up to the traditional-inspired atmosphere. The rooms are adorned in modish wood and warm tones.

8. The Royal Mandaya Hotel

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The royal Mandaya hotel located in the center of Davao City
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Royal Mandaya Hotel at night

This hotel is perfect for both business and leisure travels.

It is surrounded with business, commercial, and recreational destinations as it’s located in the heart of the city. The hotel is popular for its cozy ambiance and remarkable hospitality. It’s located in the city core so a room on higher floors will give you opportunity to enjoy the panoramic view of Davao.

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very traditional settings you may find at this hotel

Facilities include Business centers for business travelers equipped with computers and printers, fax machine, and photocopiers. Excellent entertainment takes place in the evening at the Kamayo café by the pool where they play live tunes from classical to pop.

9. Grand Regal Hotel

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Grand Regal Hotel

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Also one of the famous hotels in the city.

Located 10-15 minute travel by taxi from the Davao International airport, this hotel features the Casino Filipino and more facilities for both business and leisure travelers and for the locals as well. It has a business center for most of your needs as a traveler and recreational facilities such as an outdoor pool, Karaoke bar, and fitness gym to kill the time away. What’s more, Guests can relax in the sauna room or enjoy a massage.

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10. The Pinnacle Hotel and Suites

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Compared to other hotels, staffs here welcome you with a lemonade drink which is unique and nice touch especially for worn-out travelers.

Its Pinnacle Suites are situated at the Penthouse allowing the guests a stunning view of Davao City.  It has 1 California King-sized bed and a separate living room this suite.

 

Other Accommodations are Superior Room, Deluxe Room, Premier Room, Family Room, Executive Suite, and Deluxe Suite.

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At The Pinnacle Hotel and Suites, guests may get pleasure of a massage or rent a car to travel around the area. Tasty selection of local and Western dishes is served in the restaurant.

Indeed there are various excellent hotels to choose from in the city of Davao. You may check out our affiliate partners HERE

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Wellness – Body loves it

Wellness today,

 

It is very important to invest in our health. Give yourself a break. Need to unwind and have your “me” time? Is your schedule so busy that you can’t even go to a massage parlor? Well, fret not. There are a lot of massage spas in the city that offers home service and wonderful spa experience.

For the last 5 years, massage spas have been invading Davao.  I haven’t been to all of them but I would like to share some of my experiences and recommendations.

There are a number of reasons to get a massage. Here’s a few:

  • It can relieve stress.

Stress can affect our health. It can affect us physically, mentally and emotionally. Chest pains, headaches and hypertension are only the few possible effects of stress. Getting a massage can reduce stress and help us avoid dealing with its more serious effects.

  • It can help improve sleep.

People who have difficulties with sleeping can also benefit from getting a massage. Having a quality sleep is essential to our health. I schedule my massage on weekends after work.

  • Massage Therapy can boost mental health.

Studies show that massage therapy can reduce depression and anxiety. It also shows that getting the right massage can significantly decrease heart rate and blood pressure. (Source:  American Massage Therapy Association or AMTA)

So, what do I usually look for in a massage spa?

Before going to a particular spa, I usually check (or snoop around as others may call it) it first.  I look at their website (if they have one) or visit their Facebook Page. If I can get a contact number, that would be better.

  • Location

For those who have cars, location and parking space are really important. As for me, it’s better if the spa is near from where I am staying. The environment is also a plus. You are there to relax. Choose a place where you feel comfortable and safe.

  • Therapists

The core of every massage spa lies on its therapists. A good therapist and service will definitely make you a regular customer. Therapists must be polite, professional and of course they must be cleanly dressed. It is also important to me that my therapist is sensitive to the kind of pressure (massage) that I want. I personally do not like it when they talk too much. It takes the sense out of having to relax.

  • Massage Style

Different massage therapy spas also have different styles of massage. There are spas that specializes on only one type of massage and there are others that offer almost everything. Choose wisely. Choose one that suits your needs. I suggest trying all types and pick one that you like best. I personally like Swedish Massage and reflexology. Other popular kinds include Thai massage, shiatsu, and hot stone.

You can also tell if a massage spa is good by the way they treat their customers. Ask your friends for feed backs. Google. Do more research if possible.

Here are some massage spas you might like to visit.

  1. Restherapy Spa

Located at Mamay Road, Davao City, Davao Del Sur. It’s a must visit place for those who need a good treat. They have good customer service and their therapists are very friendly.

I had a very relaxing and satisfying experience here. They also have lower rates in the afternoon from 3pm to 6pm. For as low as 200php per hour, you can enjoy a massage that would truly calm your senses.

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They also offer Sauna for as low as 100php!

If you need a massage but would rather not go out, the Restherapy Spa also has the perfect solution for you! They offer HOME SERVICE for nearby locations for only 400 Php per hour.

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  1. Oriental Touch Shiatsu Center

This spa is amazing. Aside from massage therapy, they also offer manicure, pedicure and spa packages! They have been in the business since 2005. They are open from 2pm to 12 midnight.

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Their Whole Body Massage costs P299 per hour.

The Foot Massage is also at P299 per hour.

They also offer Home Service which is at P599 per hour.

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If you will visit their branches, you would notice that there is no difference with regards to their massage technique. They are very consistent. The therapist and staff are well trained. You’ll definitely experience an amazing service.

I also love the ambience and the music. Very relaxing.  You can book a spa party with them. They also offer Kids Spa Party for your little ones.  They also offer Chi Face Lift Massage, Shiatsu and a combination massage.

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  1. Lazuli Spa

It is named after Lapiz Lazuli. A deep blue gemstone believed to have healing properties. This spa is a little bit pricey. Their prices range from 1,200 to 2,500 Philippine pesos, depending on the length and kind of treatment that you like. It’s located at the 4th floor inside the Marco Polo Hotel in Davao City.

They are open daily from 10am to 11pm.  But if you are looking for a place to pamper yourself and relax, Lazuli is definitely a must-go place.  A friend invited me when she was visiting Davao. I was shocked to see the prices at first but after trying their service, I can certainly say that it was worth it. My friend even said that it was one of the highlights of her holiday.

The place is really quiet and clean. The staff are really friendly. Compared to other spas in Davao, the linens feel and smell new. The towels are still puffy and they do not smell. Other spas have very poor hygiene standard that you can even smell the sweat of the other customers all over the spa. I can say that this is one of the best spas in Davao so far.

So, what are you waiting for? If you are in desperate need of some pampering after all the craziness and stress from the past weeks, getting a nice massage is what you might need. Give yourself a wonderful treat.

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Certainly, many countries in Asia has varieties of spa culture and beauty traditions. Check out few of them below:

Mandarin Oriental Dhara Dhevi in Chiang Mai, Thailand

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The Nam Hai in Hoi An, Vietnam

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Afond Boutique Spa in Singapore

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