Month: April 2017

ALL THAT GLITTERS by INES BAUTISTA-YAO

I am such a sucker for stories about boy-girl best friends. Why that is, well, you will never know (haha).

All That Glitters is so much more than what you’d expect it to be because of the title. You’d think it’s just about the stars and shiny 24K bracelet charms and champagnes and anything that pass up as real-world pixie dusts. But since it is Miss Ines we’re talking about here, it has to be about what each of those represents. It’s about dreams that you dare to reach and what you are willing to do to get them. It’s about your world, how much it means to you, and this whole new world that captures your very soul. It’s about love and friendship, about your “wish” guy coming to life, staring at you right in the face, and about that other guy who’s always been with you while you dream.

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This one literally gave me butterflies and knots in my tummy. And I mean literally. Like my tummy tingled a few times, while I tried so hard not to cry. I thought at some point I needed to pee with all that emotion bottling up inside of me, while I quietly and breathlessly turn page after page. Who gets that at… well… at non-teenage years? Yes, people who read Ines! And people who keep replaying that midnight scene at Carlos’ house over and over in their heads!

READ IT! IT’S WHAT YOU ARE DESTINED TO DO NOW!

Ancient Secret to Health: KEFIR

A friend of mine introduced me to KEFIR MILK two weeks ago. She and her family had been drinking this for over two years now and she claimed to have been feeling light, happy and healthy every since. Well, you wouldn’t believe how happy and positive she always looked whenever we were together, so yeah I believed her instantly.

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I did a little research on it when I got home and found out that ancient people from Asia and Europe lived longer than we did today because of what they ate. That’s a known fact, actually. While we now live in a world of preservatives, people then lived in a world of fermented foods to preserve their lives. Thus, they were very much aware of probiotics.

Kefir milk is made by fermenting goat’s milk or cow’s milk with kefir grains composed of composed of lactic acid bacteria, yeast and polysaccharides. It’s a probiotic. Pro, meaning for life (as opposed to antibiotic, which kills bacteria).

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Kefir grains, on the process of fermenting goat’s milk.

From what I have researched (and it isn’t much yet), kefir is so much stronger than yoghurt. The reason? Yoghurt only has about 2 strings of bacteria in it, while kefir has 56. Plus, it is the only type of bacteria that, when consumed, stay and live in your gut to fight off bad bacteria that cause most of our illnesses and complications. How do you keep these little miracle buggers on your tummy? Well, you keep drinking kefir milk AND you start eating prebiotics (food of probiotics).

My friend then gave me a liter to share with my mom and my grandma, who were hesitant to take it at first. It was a new thing; they were scared. I urged my grandma most especially since she had been constipated for 3 days already. It was worth a try, I told her, and she obliged. A few hours after drinking her share, she went to the comfort room three times. And she fell ill for an hour or so. The following day, though, she felt great. And she no longer had that nagging pain on her knee. Fast forward to two weeks of drinking kefir milk, my mom said she woke up feeling very light and happy, and my grandma no longer had regular bowel movement now and she started playing with my neice (her great grandchild) in the garden again. I started feeling less bloated.

What are the Top 7 benefits of Kefir?

  1. It is a source of high amounts of nutrients, like protein, calcium, vitamin A, B1, B12, K2 and D, magnesium and phosphorus.
  2. It boosts the immune system since live microorganisms (probiotics) stay in our digestive tracts.
  3. It aids in digestion, so no more feeling bloated. Plus, no symptoms of lactose intolerance.
  4. It produces kefiran, a polysaccharide that reduces blodd pressure, cholesterole and sugar.
  5. It fights off bad bacteria that inhabits or enters your body.
  6. It is said to be cancer-preventive.
  7. It helps maintain weight.

I am pretty sure I will be buying more kefir milk for my family, just to see how far it HEALS us. Will be posting updates.

 

A Cover Reveal

Summer Feels
A #romanceclass anthology

Genre: Romance
Release Date: April 30, 2017

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Summer loving happens so fast, as you’ll find with Summer Feels, an anthology of 23 stories of love under the summer sun by #romanceclass authors. Savor the candied thrill of firsts—first loves, first kisses, first solo vacations—and the bittersweet triumph of second chances. Tour the Philippines as the stories take you to mountain retreats and island paradises. Let the magic of the hot sun, clear blue skies, and lots of love take you on a roller coaster ride of feels. With stories ranging from sweet to sexy, there’s sure to be something for any fan of romance.

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Featuring stories by:

Elea Andrea Almazora • Erleen Alvarez • Ella Banta • Rachelle Belaro • H. Bentham • Halina Cabrera • Charlie Dio • Mina V. Esguerra • Elizabeth Galit • Georgette S. Gonzales • Ami Granada • Irene Jurado • Catherine Lo • Arlene Manocot • Bianca Mori • Eris Peñaluna • Farrah F. Polestico • Kit Salazar • Miel Salva • Fay Sebastian • Kate Sebastian • Yeyet Soriano • Marian Tee

Edited and compiled by Kate Sebastian

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Cover and interior design by Miles Tan

Miles Tan likes inhabiting imaginary worlds, from fantasy books to sci-fi shows to cheeky mysteries to role-playing games. She works with websites, plays with graphics, and is now currently painting with words.

Finding X is her first published novella. Her short story “Something Real” is included in the YA Luna East anthology, Kids These Days.

To learn more about her books, visit milestanbooks.com. To see more of the cover art she’s designed, check out milestanbooks.com/works.

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When Sparks Fly by Ines Bautista-Yao

The reason I fell in love with Miss Ines’ first book, Only A Kiss, was because it was about best friends and a kiss. I must have read that book a dozen times, feeling better and better each time I did, and thought that she couldn’t exactly top that. At least not that easily.

I wasn’t questioning her skills to write; I was particularly pointing to the fact that I often stuck with books I deeply related to or with stories I wished happened in my lifetime. Who doesn’t, right? But then, I read When Sparks Fly, and that thought about Miss Ines not being able to catch my heart again that easily, vanished into oblivion. I now have my second favorite Ines book!

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How that happened, well, When Sparks Fly is about best friends, and boyfriends, and trusting the foundations of each relationship we get ourselves into. It’s about being able to tell who you are in every friendship and every relationship, and using that to keep yourself and your mate happy. It’s about the sacrifices we make and the strength to take in the pain that comes with them. It’s about forgiveness. It’s about how your love for your best friend may just save the love you have for your man. It’s about photography and coffee and sports. It’s about you, basically. Because I found something in Regina that’s me. And so you might, too.

Another Ines Masterpiece! I literally almost forgot to breathe at the sudden story twist!

PS. I can’t believe I went through the whole book, though, thinking that one of the characters wasn’t straight! Hahaha, silly me! Now, I can’t get the thought of another book out of my head!

Keep dreaming with me on that!