SMILE Magazine

SMILE—Cebu Pacific Air’s official publication. Upon boarding Cebu Pacific Air vessel bound for Cagayan de Oro City, Philippines, passengers were all welcomed by the cheery crew and was offered the SMILE magazine for reading while onboard. SMILE magazine is published exclusively on behalf of Cebu Pacific Air. It is a very nice magazine full of travel saving tips, places to visit in the Philippines and abroad, where to dine and how to get there. This magazine features getaways that suits people of all ages; moms, dads, teens and friends and lets you take your own pick from an array of domestic destinations especially during summer wherein promises of unforgettable vacations wait to be experienced. This mag also features different activities that go well with one’s respective interests, the increasingly popular watersports for example and where to find the place and get there. For those who wanted to discover new interesting places, this magazine will surely help you as it uncovers the beauty of mysterious places. If you are also itching to travel internationally, no doubt this paper would serve as your tourist guide. This magazine also feature the airline’s more saving tips by their slashing of airfares every now and then. Well, the essence of traveling is not how much you save but how happy you feel after the trip. So just SMILE!

Train Yourself

When traveling to a new place such as the metropolitan areas of the Philippines, particularly Metro Manila, various forms of transportation exist such as Public Utility Jeepneys, taxi cabs, tricycles, horse-drawn carriages, public buses and trains. As for me, I wanted to spend my money wisely. My first day in Manila wasn’t that nice at all. It wasn’t my first time to be there though, but I was aware of the tricky city drivers trying to deceive the riding public with their fake taxi rates. Despite the fact that I was aware of it, still tricky, dishonest drivers outnumbered the honest and truthful few. I hated my experience of paying twice the actual fare due to the taxi driver’s dishonesty. After such disgusting incident, I decided to be more alert. Instead of taking the taxi to go around the metro, I took the LRT or the Light Railway Train to go from one place to the other and Jeepneys on interior parts of the city. Taking the train only cost me p15 bucks. It is hassle-free, fast and cheap! Thus, I finally “trained” myself! Lol…

Five Inches Off My Waistline

B-E-L-T-S. Did I spell it right? Haha! I am not referring to seismic belts or the Kuiper belt of the solar system here but I am talking about ordinary belts used to tighten loosing jeans and pants. Yes! Loosing… because I’ve squeezed enough fats out of my system which makes me need belts this time. I could not do a day without using one. Loosing almost 5 inches off my waistline means a whole lot of hard work for me. I haven’t noticed this change not until people around me often ask how I did it, since I was just having fun doing my afternoon brisk walk and run the oval at times with my daughter tagging along on her scooter.

I also played tennis with my husband once a week and sweat it off on the treadmill when the weather outdoors won’t allow me to go for a walk. I’ve been into jazz dancing too lately since our dance troupe will be having a dance presentation and we need to practice 3-4 hours on daily basis for 2 weeks now. Doing these exercises brings me to eat less than my usual food consumption, probably because I was exhausted and been drinking lots of water in between activities which then makes me full. I used to have slender body structure but gained much weight after giving birth to my daughter.

I had an adult onset of hypertension and episodes of tachycardia, a condition of an excessive rapid heartbeat, typically regarded as a heart rate exceeding 100 beats per minute. I was also told to lose weight giving that I still want to conceive another baby after my ectopic pregnancy last year. Well, good to know I’ve lose much weight and trimmed down the excess flabs off me. This is overwhelming on my part and that finally I can utter these words after long period of waiting: BRING ME THE BELTS!

Family Tree

Spending time with family is incomparable. I was glad our clan has decided to conduct an annual summer reunion. Last weekend, I went with my parents and siblings to a family gathering. It was so overwhelming to see familiar faces, old and young ones and even new members of the clan. I was able to know my roots. I even got to know my grandma’s cousin! Of course, they’re still healthy and alive. I was so amazed! What interests me so much was the reading of our family history and tracing our family tree. Wow! It was the first time I knew of my great, great grandparents’ names! I was so astounded. It was good to know where your genes came from. Upon knowing my roots, I felt decoded. I was able to map out the bloodstream I have had. Now, I won’t have a hard time filling in the missing names on my family tree diagram. Well, a tree’s genes tell what shape its leaves will be, thus, indeed, this is the family tree!


Urinalysis is the laboratory analysis of human urine. It is a procedure used to diagnose diseases involving the kidneys. Urine, on the other hand, is that liquid waste product that goes to our kidneys and needs to be excreted out of our system. Urinalysis is such an easy process that is usually taken for granted since it is a routine examination requested by physicians. Patients requested with such test often refuse to cooperate since they find it uncomfortable to collect the specimen. But don’t you know that this procedure despite its simplicity is considered a liquid biopsy? This procedure may detect abnormal body metabolism that may be yet undiagnosed and not clearly manifested physically by the patient. That is why, when you need to see the doctor for a medical checkup and requested for urinalysis, don’t hesitate to cooperate. This might be your chance to know how normal you are. Urinalysis— Routine, simple but totally helpful!