Kikay Reviews: Raw Bites Healthy Snacks Box

Subscription boxes seem to be the new “in” thing these days, from beauty and make-up products to food! Last month I received a Raw Bites Box for review and since I am definitely trying to eat more healthy foods, this was a great way to discover some new products and tastes.

Raw Bites Box is the first healthy snack subscription box in the Philippines, and they only send you products that meet two or more of their #rawvolution rules:

  • gluten-free;
  • organic;
  • natural sugars;
  • vegan; or
  • no preservatives

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Kikay Reviews: Softex Hello Kitty Feminine Care

People born with ovaries and uteruses know that once a month the world changes for us and we have to deal with an extra challenge. Menstruation will always be a drag despite every attempt to make it more comfortable and hassle-free, and so we deal with it by being extra-nice to ourselves with comfort food, lying in bed, and whatever other treats we may think of.

If you’re a giant Hello Kitty fan, one more way to treat yourself during this time of month is to pick up a pack of Softex Hello Kitty feminine care products.

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Kikay Reviews: Vionic Footwear

Despite what my social media may display, I don’t spend all my days in active wear and athletic shoes. I do like to dress up when the occasion calls for it, and I have my fair share of heeled shoes to go with the dresses and pantsuits. However, that usually means grinning and bearing it through pinched toes, callused balls of the feet, and a sore lower back.

With the entry of Vionic footwear into the Philippines, though, I’ve found comfortable and stylish shoe choices that are orthopedist-approved — they’re good for your feet! Vionic has built-in orthotics in its footwear and inserts that help maintain the natural alignment of our feet and ankles while standing and walking. Continue reading “Kikay Reviews: Vionic Footwear”

Plana FORMA Core Class

I’ve only gone to a Plana Forma class once before. I took a beginner class that introduced my body to the isometric movements and shapes of this workout that combines principles of yoga, ballet, and Pilates to sculpt and tone the body and make you stronger.

Four years later during this current lull in my running and tri training, I pounced on the opportunity to attend another class at the opening of the new Plana FORMA branch in Il Terrazzo on Tomas Morato Street in Quezon City.Β  Continue reading “Plana FORMA Core Class”

Intro to Brazilian Jiujitsu at UFC Gym Philippines

I don’t really watch much TV these days, let alone sports coverage or games. But even in the insular world of triathlon I haven’t escaped UFC — the Ultimate Fighting Championship, which has elevated the profile of mixed martial arts from niche to spectator sport.

When I heard that UFC Gym would be opening branches in the Philippines, though, I began considering what kind of impact such a gym would have on our fitness landscape. Sure, we have boxing gyms that also offer other martial arts on the side like Muay Thai, but the UFC branding would definitely bring a glamorous sheen to combat sports training and attract a different sort of market.

UFC Gym Philippines Brazilian jiujitsu trial session
a little demonstration from UFC Gym Philippines in the Octagon

At the same time, UFC Gym would have to be legit, with top experts in each of the mixed martial arts disciplines overseeing the training regimens offered. With the first few branches opening in August, UFC Gym has temporarily set up its Octagon on the 4th Level of Robinsons Galleria where they have started offering introductory sessions to the public and to their pre-selling members.

Lucky me happened to be one of the first participants in UFC Gym’s introductory Brazilian Jiujitsu class taught by their BJJ head director, Mark Doze. Continue reading “Intro to Brazilian Jiujitsu at UFC Gym Philippines”

Kikay Reviews: New Balance Vazee Prism V2

I haven’t done a shoe review in quite a while no thanks to being quite busy with work. However, today I’ve got some time to burn at the airport (four hours before flight departure!) and much to say about the New Balance Vazee Prism V2.

I’ve been running in the Vazee Prism since January, when Planet Sports so generously seeded it to me. It’s become my go-to shoe for runs longer than an hour and offers such a great ride when I feel like going for a cruise-y run. Continue reading “Kikay Reviews: New Balance Vazee Prism V2”