Purefoods Sexy Chix

I’m always on the lookout for quick, convenient eats that are still healthy. When I was sent a nice little care package of Purefoods Sexy Chix, I got all excited.

Purefoods Sexy Chix are made with Magnolia chicken breast chunks and packed in “guiltless” broth.

Purefoods Sexy Chix

If you want more excitement for your palate there are also adobo, arrabiata, and Hainanese variants. The arrabiata uses shredded chicken instead of chicken chunks.

Purefoods Sexy Chix

You can eat it straight out of the can, or you can dress it up with some of the suggested recipes on this website – My Great Food.

I consider myself a good cook who can whip things up from anything I can find in the kitchen. So I make sure I keep my kitchen well-stocked; Sexy Chix is a staple in my cupboard because I can add chicken chunks to anything I’m making for extra healthy protein.

Want to try Purefoods Sexy Chix out? Three lucky readers can win their own goodie package!

Here are the mechanics:

  1. Visit My Great Food and look at the recipes section.
  2. Comment below what recipe you want to try making using Purefoods Sexy Chix, and who you would share the dish with.
  3. One comment/entry per person.
  4. Contest runs for one week. This is open only to Metro Manila residents. This contest has been extended to July 20!
  5. Three lucky winners will be drawn at random. They will be informed through email how to claim their goodies.

Cheers and good luck!

BSI Medicated Spray for Muscle Aches

I’m starting to get into gear again for next year’s races, and nothing makes me ache more than the first long hard sessions back. In the past I’ve just sucked up the muscle pains and stiffness, knowing they’ll pass in the next few days. But why tolerate when you can make the pain go away?

Some people pack tablets of muscle relaxants or pain relievers, but I try to avoid taking too many medicines. Plus, I’m allergic to many of them… As I packed my day bag for the Challenge Philippines bike course recon last weekend, I made sure that aside from a change of clothes and a towel I also threw in a bottle of BSI Medicated Spray. As in, I literally threw the bottle into my duffel bag because I knew the plastic bottle wouldn’t break even among all my other stuff. (I’m not a neat packer.)

I’ve been using this for a few weeks now and knew I would need the instant pain relief once I’d finished climbing those hills of Bataan. It also reduces muscle swelling, which hampers mobility and I knew I would need to be able to move around even after my workout. BSI Medicated Spray is prescribed by physicians and approved by our Philippine FDA as a home remedy for muscular pain, so I know it’s safe and effective. It also contains all-natural ingredients, a plus for those trying to avoid synthetic chemicals.

BSI Medicated Sports Spray
I chicked the boys… but made my thighs cry. (Note: not effective on broken hearts or bruised egos.)

What I like most about BSI Medicated Spray is that it’s easily sprayed on, so I don’t need to use my hands to apply it, and it’s so easily absorbed that I don’t even need to massage it into my muscles. There’s nothing more annoying than getting liniment in your eyes or on your face because there was some left over on your hands.

It’s not just for after a hard workout or race. I first encountered BSI Medicated Spray at the Milo Marathon; some runners were using it to help their muscles relax and warm up before the race. If you’re coming from a hard workout the previous day, using a bit of the spray before your next workout helps reduce the feeling of muscle stiffness.

The spray is also great to have with you during long training sessions and races. I’ve seen my ultramarathoner friends keep it in their support vehicles so that they can spray it on when they feel the cramps coming on. At volunteer aid stations for marathons and triathlons there’s usually a bottle of this to spray on for those who need it.

BSI Medicated Sports Spray
BSI Medicated Spray + Zensah compression tights = bye-bye muscle aches!

So forgive me whenever you encounter me smelling like menthol or a giant mint candy; chances are I’ve just come from another big training session. BSI Medicated Spray is my pain reliever of choice.

BSI Medicated Spray is available in spray form and as a medicated plaster at Mercury Drug Store, Rose Pharmacy, and South Star Drug. Find more information about BSI Medicated Spray at The Filipino Doctor.

This is a sponsored post for BSI Medicated Spray. View my disclosure policy.

The Digital Lifestyle with Globe GoUNLI20

If you follow my social media accounts you’d think I probably can’t take a step without tweeting it. LOL! I’m kidding, but there’s a grain of truth there; I’m always on the move and rely on my smartphone to keep me in touch with everything else I have going on. It’s a mobile digital lifestyle and I love having a postpaid Globe line on GoSURF + Unlimited Calls and Text so I can surf, call, and text to my heart’s content.

Globe’s prepaid allows people to tailor their phone expenses on a day-to-day basis, though, so my friends who are on prepaid are able to save a lot, especially when they are out and about only a few times a month.

Take the new Globe GoUNLI20 promo, for instance. This is the market’s first-ever voice and surf combo and is the only prepaid promo that offers unlimited calls with all-day surfing. GoUNLI20 offers unlimited calls to Globe and Touch Mobile numbers, 15MB of data for mobile surfing, and 20 SMS to all networks — all for P20 valid for 1 day.

Globe GoUNLI20 for prepaid

Unlike previous promos, you don’t even need to dial a prefix to take advantage of the unlimited calls. Just register for the promo by dialling *143# and select GoUNLI from the GoSakto menu, or text GOUNLI20 and send to 8888.

To know more about GoUNLI20, visit www.globe.com.ph/gounli20.

Slimming Down for Summer

There used to be a time I went on a diet every March so that by April and May, the prime beach season here in the Philippines, I would have a bikini body to flaunt. That diet usually involved a strict regimen of boiled chicken breast, sweet potato, hard boiled egg, and coffee. It was definitely restrictive and not sustainable (it’s the “fashion week” crash diet my runway model friends used). By the time I was done with my beach trips, I was also done dieting and I would come down hard on all the food I’d felt deprived of. Bottom line, that summer body never stuck around too long.

my latest swimsuit pic after teaching a kid’s swimming class ;)

I actually haven’t had a real beach vacation in the last two years; most of my trips to sand and surf lately are due to triathlons! But because I’m training for endurance events, restricting food intake is out of the question.

I love food and eat most things (unless I’m allergic to them). My rule of thumb is moderation and only eat as much as I need to fuel my body. What I focus on now is the quality of the food I put into my body — what nutrients are in it, what are its health benefits, etc.

For example, right now I’ve just finished teaching an intense dance cardio class. I had some lunch, but still feel hungry. So I’ve made myself a snack of two slices of bread, lightly toasted, with kaya (coconut) jam and butter.

Great weather to have my snack outside!

This quiets my growling stomach and will keep me sated until dinner. I realize the jam and butter aren’t the best spreads, but they taste pretty good on the Gardenia Slim n Fit Wheaten bread I put them on. What’s nice about Gardenia Slim n Fit Wheaten bread is that it contains fiber that helps sweep away bad cholesterol in the body and keeps certain, ahem, functions, regular. It also contains L-carnitine, an amino acid that helps your body burn stored fat as energy. Goodbye, love handles! :D

These days I’m slimmer, and I’ve got triathlon and the right nutrition to thank for that. Now I’ve just got to plan that summer beach trip to show off my healthy, forever beach-ready figure!

Beach ready bod
Beach-ready. Now all I need is the beach!

To learn more about Gardenia Slim n Fit, log onto their website gardenia.com.ph/wellness, like their Facebook page facebook.com/gardeniawellness, and follow them on Twitter and Instagram.

Gardenia also has a promo running on Facebook this month of May. “Be Fit N Fly with Gardenia Health Breads and Tigerair”: they’re giving away bread packages, and the grand prize is free airfare for 2 to any domestic destination c/o Tigerair! Check it out. :)

This is a sponsored post for Gardenia Slim n Fit Wheaten Bread. View my disclosure policy.

Affordable Medical Care at UPMC

With the physical nature of my job and my sport, I’m always mindful of how far I can push before my body fails. I’m blessed that both my parents are doctors, so whenever I fall ill I get my diagnosis and prescription without having to leave home. I understand that I’m the exception, not the norm. Everyone else I know has to go to a hospital or a clinic, queue for a few hours to see their doctor, and then (depending on diagnosis) get outpatient care or get admitted. It’s a time-consuming process, especially if plenty of tests need to be done.

University Physicians Medical Center

The University Physicians Medical Center or UPMC is designed as a one-stop health facility. UPMC is a multi-specialty outpatient diagnostic and surgical center located at the University of the Philippines Manila-Philippine General Hospital Faculty Medical Arts Building at the PGH Compound on Taft Avenue, Manila. Continue reading “Affordable Medical Care at UPMC”

Finding My Way Home with the BlackBerry Z10

I got my BlackBerry Z10 in April, right around the time I started doing long rides in preparation for my triathlons. One of my long rides took me eastward to Rizal. I would pack up my bike and drive up Antipolo, past Teresa and park at DPWH Morong with a bunch of other cyclists. We’d log mileage through Jala-Jala or Bugarin, then drive back to Manila.

One time, the car I was convoying with took a different route back, and when I lost my companions at a turn, I found myself lost. I would have panicked, but realized I had the Maps app on my Z10. How hard could it be to find a way home?

I opened the Maps app, which used the Z10’s GPS to locate me. My Globe Powersurf 499 data connection allowed Maps to download the area’s road map so I could see where I was, which was somewhere in Angono, Rizal.

Could I possibly find my way from Angono to Pasig, where I live?

I keyed in my destination, the Eastbank Road that runs parallel to Pasig River, and Maps tracked a route from my current location to it. As I drove, Maps guided me with turn-by-turn navigation cues to let me know it was time to watch out for the turns.

The roads got narrower and more congested with tricycles, but I trusted that Maps wouldn’t lead me wrong. With a big sigh of relief, I finally got onto familiar roads and switched off Maps. I knew that the next time I needed to find my way home from a run or a ride, I could rely on my Z10, Maps, and Globe Powersurf 499, which gives me 1GB of data monthly — more than enough for all my traveling needs.

To register to PowerSurf 499, just text POWERSURF to 8888 or dial *143# for FREE.

Treating Myself and My Family with Globe Rewards

Being sick for the past week and a half gave me some time at home to take care of myself and also be with my family, who have been expressing how much they miss me because I’m out training whenever they hang out. So yesterday, I decided to take my mom and dad to see “Gravity” at the Ayala TriNoma cinemas.


Since I just registered for some big-name (and expensive!) races, I need to start penny-pinching. Good thing I have plenty of Globe Rewards points saved up. Prepaid subscribers earn points for every reload; postpaid subscribers (like myself) earn points based on their billed amount. One point is equivalent to one peso, so points are as good as cash at partner merchant stores like Ayala Cinemas.

I’ve also used Globe Rewards points to tank up at Petron before driving to my weekend long rides and runs. Globe Rewards points are also accepted at Figaro Coffee and Wendy’s, which is perfect for post-training refueling.

Using Globe Rewards

Enchanted Kingdom, Sunglass Hut, Rose Pharmacy, and Bench round out the list of Globe Rewards partner merchants.

I texted BAL to 4438 (the Globe Rewards number) to find out how many points I had. Afterwards, to pay for the tickets all I needed to do was text BUY *10-digit cellphone number of partner merchant* *amount* to 4438 and the tickets were mine!

We enjoyed the movie and it was a great way to spend my last day off before I resumed my regular schedule. As a long-time Globe subscriber, it really is more rewarding with Globe. I hope to earn more Globe Rewards points so I can take my family out to the movies again soon!

To learn more about Globe Rewards and how you can use it, here are some cute instructional videos starring Globe ambassador Bianca Gonzalez.