Healthiest Cocktails


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Place ice in a beverage shaker then add in 6 ounces of light rum, 12 broken up mint sprigs, 6 tablespoons of fresh lime juice and 2 tablespoons sugar. Shake well and serve over ice in a high ball glass. Top off each glass with a splash of club soda. Garnish with a slice of lime and an additional sprig of mint.

Rum and Diet Coke

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Ah, the classic rum and Coke—minus the, well, Coke. Enid Cortes, bartender at New York City’s Royalton Hotel, says a white rum and diet cola is a good choice to cut the calories. Or try a spiced rum to give the drink a kick.

Sea Breeze

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If you usually order a vodka-cranberry, try a sea breeze. The 4 oz. of grapefruit juice, 1½ oz. of cranberry juice, and 1 oz. of vodka will set you back about 180 calories.

Vanilla Vodka and Ginger Ale

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For a drink that tastes like a slice of cake, order a diet ginger ale and vanilla vodka. If you use a single shot of liquor, it’s less than 100 calories—and sugar-free.
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Summer is coming!

This year, summer is said to start on June 21st, making it 14 weeks away from today. Not that we’re in any rush, but why not start planning your beach outfits while it’s still snowing outside? That way, at least you can trick your mind into thinking summer is closer than it actually is! And online shopping doesn’t hurt either…

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Face Mapping

“Face mapping” is an ancient practice rooted in Ayurvedic teaching. It connects a point on your face to an organ or body part so you know what to treat internally for clear external results.

Here are 10 common areas your face may be experiencing an issue, and what they say about your health:


1. Forehead

Can be linked to digestion, bladder infection, intolerances and insufficient water in the body. Hair products like shampoo, conditioner, etc, can also play a part in congestion in this area.

2. Between eyebrows

Breakouts in this area are typically contributed to the liver or liver stress. This can come from a diet high in fat, eating too close to bedtime, or eating too many dairy products.

3. Nose

The nose is often connected with the respiratory system. The overproduction of oil or dehydration in this area can be linked to blackheads and pustules around the nose. The nose is closely related to your circulatory system, so if you find yourself breakout out there, it might indicate a blood pressure issue. Up the amounts of essential fatty acids in your diet (avocado, flax, olive oil), and avoid alcohol, coffee and spicy foods.

4. Cheeks

The respiratory system is often linked to break out on and around the cheeks. High pollution in the air and smoking can also be factors. However, specific breakouts in line with the teeth can relate to sinus or gum inflammation or infection. It is also important to note that acne on the cheeks might be caused by a dirty cellphone and pillowcases, or a tendency to touch your face a lot. Make sure to keep your hands away from your face, and accessories and sheets clean.

5. Chin/Neck

Typically, the chin and jawline, like the forehead, can be linked to poor diet, intolerances, and digestive problems. In females it is often linked to hormonal issues including ones menstrual cycle.

Ula Blocksage has a very informative video explain face mapping in more detail:



People’s Palace / Greenbelt 3, Makati / 729-2888 / 11:00am-10:00pm

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In the midst of the ever growing dining business in Asia, People’s Palace remains as one of Metro Manila’s finest Thai restaurants. After relocating from Malate to the trendy Greenbelt 3 in 2004, the restaurant keeps customers coming back with its wide assortment of authentic Thai dishes. Make sure to order their pomelo salad – one of their staple dishes.

MOVIE SPOTLIGHT: Breakfast at Tiffany’s

My current obsession with Tiffany’s was definitely brought on as a result of watching Breakfast at Tiffany’s way too many times, at way too young of an age. The opening scene of Holly Golightly walking down 5th avenue gazing into Tiffany’s is a moment that will stay iconic in Hollywood films forever. But what else about this film makes it so memorable?


Holly Golightly is eccentric, quirky, all-in-all weird girl with impeccable style. Silk eye masks and hot pink peplum party dresses are two things that seem impossible to be worn by the same person, yet the film’s main character manages to pull off both effortlessly. The witty banter she and Paul (Fred?) have with each other keeps viewers entertained the first, second, tenth time one watches the film.


Despite having its fair share of 1950’s racismBreakfast at Tiffany’s completely embodies ditzy socialite culture, and will remain one of the most iconic movies of time.