Bond over Chocomaltee goodness with your kids and MILO

When I was a kid, my mom gave me and my siblings MILO to drink in the morning, before going to school. Growing up, my sister, brothers, and I would use MILO to make many other different things like ice candies and shakes, or eat it in its powdered form as, well, dessert. Now that I’m a mom myself, I share to my daughter the goodness of MILO by making her a warm cup of chocolate drink in the morning to give her the winning energy to last throughout the day. Me, I still drink MILO in the morning — sometimes mixed in coffee for a more delicious perk-me-up.

Like me, there had been and still are many mothers who warm the hearts and tummies of their children by giving them MILO. That’s no wonder, as the brand has been a staple in the dining table for over 50 years. For generations, MILO has been enjoyed hot or cold. Its Chocomaltee flavor from a combination of malted barley, milk powder, sugar, and cocoa is one that kids really love. And because it has Actigen-E, a unique combination of vitamins and minerals essential for the optimum release of energy from food, moms trust MILO to keep their kids healthy and active.

There are a lot of ways to drink MILO, and with the summer season kicking in by next month, here are some recipes you and your children can make and enjoy.

MILO Dino MILO Dino

No. of Servings: 1

Ingredients:
1 piece MILO 22g
½ cup cold water
sugar to taste
½ cup NESTLÉ Fresh
Ice as needed
MILO powder as needed for topping
crushed chocolate pieces (optional)
crushed KOKO KRUNCH (optional)
candy sprinkle

Procedure:
1. Dissolve 1 22g pack MILO in water. Add sugar if desired.
2. Pour in NESTLÉ Fresh. Add ice as needed.
3. Top with desired amount of MILO powder on top.
4. To add more color and fun, decorate with chocolate pieces, KOKO KRUNCH and candy sprinkle if desired.

MILO Scramble MILO Scramble

No. of Servings:  2-4

Ingredients:
1-2 tbsp chopped mango jelly
½ cup MILO
1-2 cups crushed ice
1 tbsp sugar or to taste
¼ cup BEAR BRAND Powdered Milk Drink

Procedure:
1. Put mango jelly on 2-3 glasses. Blend MILO, ice and sugar together in a blender jar.
2. Pour prepared mixture in glasses. Top with BEAR BRAND Powdered Milk Drink before serving.

For more information about MILO, log in to MILO Philippines official website or the MILO Philippines Facebook Page. You can also follow MILO on Twitter and Instagram.

(PR content and photos from Andrea Alido of Strategic Edge)

Caramel vs. Hazelnut redux: Starbucks asks which is your favorite Macchiato

Starbucks Caramel Macchiato and Hazelnut Macchiato

Are you Team Caramel Macchiato or Team Hazelnut Macchiato?

Just like last year, Starbucks Philippines is once again asking you: Are you Team Caramel Macchiato or Team Hazelnut Macchiato?

Yep, it’s time to pick your favorite Macchiato once more. From February 24 to March 5, 2015, Starbucks will run an online poll at http://starbuckspromotions.ph asking you which of the featured Macchiatos is the one you like best. The winning beverage will be announced on March 6, and will be celebrated with a “Macchiato Buy One, Get One” offer on March 9 at all Starbucks stores nationwide.

Both the Caramel Macchiato and Hazelnut Macchiato will be available starting February 24 until April 20, 2015. Visit a Starbucks branch near you and taste both — then go to the online poll and vote!

My child has G6PD Deficiency

When my second child, Ayla, was born, I thought the worst part of it was seeing her discharged with a hep lock because of UTI. But when the newborn screening results came, hubby and I discovered that she has G6PD deficiency.

I felt my world crashing down.

But what is G6PD deficiency?

Glucose-6 phosphate dehydrogenase (G6PD) deficiency is a condition wherein a person’s red blood cells lack the G6PD enzyme. With little or no G6PD enzyme, the red blood cells easily erupt or are destroyed when exposed heavily to certain triggers. The effect is hemolysis, wherein the red blood cell count decreases, and the destroyed red blood cells go to the liver, which produces bilirubin. When the bilirubin count in the body increases, this results to jaundice. In worst cases, bilirubin goes to the brain and affects it, causing mental retardation or even death.

This condition has no cure, and a person with G6PD deficiency would have to live with it throughout their lives.

G6PD deficiency is hereditary, an x-chromosome linked disorder. That’s why, after a confirmitory test which resulted positive to the condition, I got depressed. I blamed myself, maybe I didn’t take care of myself too much (even when I followed my OB-Gyne’s instructions) so the baby had it. For nights, I cried because I was confused… and afraid. Afraid for my baby. Will something happen to her? And if so, what do we do?

That’s why I did a lot of research about G6PD deficiency. With the technology we have today, it was easier to find out more about this condition. One of the websites that was pretty helpful is g6pddeficiency.org, created by Dale Baker. He himself has G6PD deficiency. In the website, he gives details on living with the condition, and the food and drugs to avoid to prevent hemolytic crisis. Among these are fava beans, anything menthol (as in candies and even Vicks), ampalaya, soy/soya, and artificial blue coloring.

Locally, the Newborn Screening Center also gives information to parents of kids with G6PD deficiency. It gives a brochure about G6PD deficiency and the list of things to avoid. There’s also a Facebook Page, G6PD Deficiency PH, where I can consult fellow Pinoy parents who have G6PDD kids. What’s also helpful about the FB group is that it has bookmarked polls, discussions, and frequently asked questions for every member to see.

Learning that I have the available resources, the feeling of dread and uneasiness got less. I learned that I am not alone in this battle. And that, while G6PD deficiency is a benign case, we can have control over it. As long as we take only what we must and avoid what should be avoided.

That also means a change in lifestyle for me. Since I am breastfeeding my baby, I am now careful of what I eat and put on my body. I guess it’s also all for the better, because it would encourage me to eat well and think twice about using certain products that can also be harmful to my body. It’s also teaching me to read the labels.

Now, I’m less afraid of G6PD deficiency, knowing that I have the knowledge and support of people around me (good thing, too, that my kids’ pedia knows something about G6PDD). I’m still no expert; I’m still educating myself about it. But at least the heaviness in my heart has disappeared and I’m no longer blaming myself that it happened to my daughter.

My child has G6PD deficiency. And we are not afraid of it. With what we know and the support of our loved ones, we can overcome the challenges this condition may bring.

BRAIN GAIN: A parenting summit on how to raise smarter kids

Parenting in today’s age presents challenges that wasn’t present a decade ago: Aside from a highly competitive academic environment and evolving school curriculums, parents have to contend with the pervasive influence of social media and the internet. With all these challenges our children are faced with, how can they cope up, thrive, and excel in today’s dynamic and wired environment?

To address the concerns of parents of millennial children, Our Awesome Kids – a subsidiary of the popular food and travel blog Our Awesome Planet – is organizing an education forum entitled “BRAIN GAIN: How Parents Can Help Raise Smarter Kids! Techniques to Boost Intelligence and Productivity in School and in Life” at the Asian Institute of Management (AIM), Makati on February 28 (Saturday) from 1:00pm to 5:00pm. This is an ideal education forum for parents who want to help children boost their learning potential, academic performance, and overall productivity.

The Brain Gain Conference

The Brain Gain Conference — for parents and educators alike

The summit brings together top educational experts in their fields, which include:

Mary Joy Abaquin, who will speak on ‘How Understanding A Child’s Multiple Intelligences Helps Improve Their Productivity in School.’ She is the founder of the Multiple Intelligence International School (MIIS), and holds a Masters Degree in Early Childhood Education from Boston University (Summa cum laude) and a Certificate in Professional Education from the Harvard Graduate School of Education Program.

Cherry Pua-Africa, who will talk about ‘Igniting the Fire In Your Child  (Using NLP to Empower Your Child to Achieve His Highest Results)’. Cherry is the founder of the Singapore-based World Stage Superstar program, a successful student franchise that has trained close to 10,000 students, parents, and educators in the top local and international schools across the ASEAN region. Cherry has a Masters in Education and is a certified Neuro-Linguistic Programming (NLP) trainer from the American Board of NLP.

Goh Choon Kim, who will speak about ‘How Brainfit Fitness Improves Intelligence’ and ‘Improving Focus Among Children In A Highly Wired Environment.’ Goh holds a post-graduate degree in Education from the National Institute of Education, Singapore and has been actively involved in Singapore Education as a lecturer and consultant, working with schools and parents in the areas of cognitive and socio-emotional development.  Ms Goh’s key interest is in neuroplasticity and the impact it can have on schoolchildren and the way they learn.

Roberta Quiambao, who will speak on ‘New Study Techniques to Improve Grades and Overall Productivity’. She is the President of AHEAD Learning Systems, Inc., the country’s biggest tutorial service and review center that has been recognized as the “Most Outstanding Tutorial and Review Center” and “Most Outstanding Learning Center” by 3 national consumer groups.

Jeanette Yu Co, who will talk about ‘The Foundations of a Happy Learner: A Fit Brain + Knowledge’. Jeanette holds an MA in Education and is President of BrainFit studio, the leading provider of the most up-to-date and neuroscience-based brain fitness training programs in the country that improve both general intelligence (IQ) and emotional intelligence (EQ).

For inquiries and reservations, please contact (+63915) 932 2330 or (+632) 812 0102. You can also visit www.ourawesomekids.com or email us at ourawesomekid@gmail.com. Limited slots available.

The Brain Gain is brought you in partnership with Our Awesome Planet, BrainFit Studio, Mommy Mundo, The Writer’s Block, WhenInManila.com, Rappler, Smart Parenting, and The Philippine Star.

 

(PR content and photo by Ayessa Bandagoza of Our Awesome Kids)

Find Your Perfect Match this Valentine’s Day at Lazada.com.ph

Get your special someone the perfect gift with these cool gift ideas for Him and for Her

Candle-lit dinner, bouquet of flowers, a box of chocolates – do these things sound familiar? These may be some of the most common things that people prepare for during Valentine’s Day.

While it’s all about romance and rekindling the spark on Valentine’s Day, Lazada.com.ph, the Philippines’ Biggest Online Shopping Mall, rounds up some of coolest items to help you pick the best gift for Him and for Her without breaking a sweat — and most importantly your bank accounts.

Choose from an extensive product offering in categories ranging from mobiles, tablets, and consumer electronics to household goods, toys, fashion apparel, and sports equipment.

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Lazada Valentine’s Gift Ideas for Him

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Lazada Valentine’s Gift Ideas for Her

Be sure to check out www.lazada.com.ph/valentines-day/ to check out the rest of the sweetest deals for you and your special someone this Valentine’s Day, and make sure that you keep your eyes peeled on www.lazada.com.ph and the Lazada PH Facebook page as surprise discounts and deals will be unveiled to give you the most charming savings!

This Valentine’s Day special is brought to you by Lazada, the Philippines’ largest online shopping mall and a pioneer in e-commerce that provides fast, convenient, and secure online shopping experience.

(PR content and photos from Alvin Marayan of PRC, Inc.)