Product Talk: Well Naturally Bar Chocolates

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One of the things I noticed in Sydney when I moved here is most of them are health conscious. In the groceries, you can see a wide range of healthy options which I just see in “Healthy Options” store in the Philippines. Here, it’s a way of life! But for others, it’s luxury.

Inline with being healthy is the awareness of one’s sugar. Nowadays, diabetes is not only hereditary but acquired. A lot of younger generation tends to overdose themselves with sweets and all forms of sugar. Studies show that Australians consume approximately 54 kilograms of sugar per year – the equivalent of 37 teaspoons per person, per day. Imagine how much sugar intake!

Well, I can’t blame them, I myself am a chocolate lover. And chocolate does have a LOT of sugar! It’s a delightfully sinful dessert that gives us satisfaction and excess sugar. But what if there’s a chocolate that offers the same quality and taste but will give you no sugar? Would you try it? I did!

Well Naturally No Sugar Added

Well Naturally No Sugar Added

The Well Naturally No Sugar Added Family Blocks range gives you the better option! It is naturally sweetened with stevia, not sugar. I’ve been hearing about Stevia for a couple of years now but in case you don’t know, Stevia is a plant-based ingredient which has zero calories and no impact on blood sugar levels. Awesome, isn’t it? As they say good things come in new packaging.

I’ve tasted majority of them and I will share with you my thoughts. These come in 2 types: Dark & Milk chocolate range.
The Dark Chocolate has the following:

  • Great taste
  • Naturally sweetened with Stevia
  • 70% Cocoa
  • Gluten Free
  • Natural antioxidants
  • No artificial colours, flavours or preservatives
  • Available in 6 delicious varieties

The first chocolate block I tried was the Rich Dark Dark Chocolate! As always, you can taste the cocoa and a bit bitter for my taste. I’m not a big fan of the dark ones but I gave it a try. It was okay but wasn’t able to finish 3 cubes.

Rich Dark Dark Chocolate

Rich Dark Dark Chocolate

The next one was the Mint Crisp Dark Chocolate! I do love mint so I was excited to try it. True enough, one bite of the chocolate burst a whole minty flavour. I liked it better than the Rich Dark one.

Mint Crisp Dark Chocolate

Mint Crisp Dark Chocolate

The next would be the Acai Dark Chocolate! I’m not so sure how acai should taste so I say it’s fine for me. It still has the strong Dark Chocolate taste so I’m not so keen on this one.

Acai Dark Chocolate

Acai Dark Chocolate

And finally, a milk chocolate range! Yay!!!
The Milk Chocolate has the following:

  • Great taste
  • Naturally sweetened with Stevia
  • 80% less sugar than regular chocolate
  • Gluten free
  • No artificial colours, flavours and preservatives
  • Available in 4 great tasting varieties

I tasted the Fruit & Nut Milk Chocolate first before the Creamy Milk! I should’ve tasted these first before the dark ones. Well, just saving the best for last. These milky chocolates are just so heavenly! You wouldn’t believe that it’s Stevia and not sugar. It tastes exactly like other milk chocolates out there. But the good thing is, you don’t have to worry about the sugar because there’s none!

Fruit & Nut Milk Chocolate

Fruit & Nut Milk Chocolate

These chocolates are divine! It is indeed.  Truly, Well Naturally committed themselves in creating high-quality, sugar-reduced products that consumers can enjoy without the side of guilt. Always remember to treat yourself better.

Healthier Choice, Happier You.

Well Naturally products are available in Woolworths, Coles, independent grocers, health food stores and good pharmacies nationwide. Product RRP: 90g – $5.20. For more information, please visit www.wellnaturally.com.au

Wait, there’s more!

Who wants to try these Well Naturally chocolates? I will be giving away a Well Naturally pack worth $35 for 2 of my readers. Just tell me

What is your favourite Well Naturally No Sugar Added family block product and why?

Please include in your comment your name and email address.

This promotion will go on for a week. I will notify winners via email for the postal address.

X Factor Australia 2014 Winner: Marlisa Punzalan

I just feel like I need to post something. Hahaha! I know at this very moment, the whole Filipino community here in Sydney is celebrating because of Marlisa. Even friends from the Philippines keeps on asking for the link of tonight’s show.

By the way, I also have this strong feeling that my housemate’s text vote is the 0.01% that made the difference. (Ang tindi ng Pinoy! Ibang klase!)

So yeah, Congratulations Marlisa Punzalan!

XFactor Australia 2014 Champion: Marlisa Punzalan

XFactor Australia 2014 Champion: Marlisa Punzalan

Here’s her single: Stand by you

 

I like it when she sang Titanium, which was apparently tagged as the “game changer performance“:

To see all the reactions and links of Marlisa, you can search for the following tags:
#MarlisaPunzalan
#XFGrandFinal
#Marlisa
#StandByYou

Here’s her official FB Page: https://www.facebook.com/MarlisaMusic

International Coffee Day with Mr Black

I’ve been a coffee drinker ever since I began working. When I was in the University, I didn’t feel the need of caffeine to keep me awake. However, when I started working late hours, having a long day, I can’t help but give in to sip a cup of coffee.

Well, it’s not that bad. The bitter taste that I hated before seems to be nothing. I’ve been used to drinking the all in one powdered drink. However, when I got to Sydney, I learned to love coffee beans.

In line with this, we’re celebrating International Coffee Day on the 29th of September. What do you plan of having for the day?

Why not enjoy a delicious Mr Black espresso martini to celebrate the occasion?

Mr Black Espresso Martini

Mr Black Espresso Martini

MR BLACK is the brainchild of Phillip Moore and Tom Baker, two men in a shed, who used crowd-funding website ‘Pozible’ to turn their idea in to a reality in 2013. 

Tired of other nationalities claiming high prices for their inferior booze & ‘coffee’ style products, it took the dynamic duo more than six months, 240 iterations and blending coffee from three continents to lovingly craft a cold drip coffee beverage that tastes like damn fine coffee.

The hard work was not in vain with the team picking up a Gold Medal at the London International Wine & Spirits Competition and taking the title of ‘World’s Best Coffee Liqueur.’

This coffee innovation really looks interesting. I should definitely would try one!

For more information visit facebook.com/MrBlackSpirits

 

How about you? What coffee do you like?

Festival of the Winds 2014

Last weekend, we went to Bondi beach to be part of the Festival of the Winds. Finally!!! Beautiful weather after months of rainy days! It was my first time to go to this event and so I was excited. I was with Andrew, Reg and Teejay and we just took the train going there. It’s not surprising that there are heaps of people in queue to catch the bus from Bondi Junction to Bondi Beach. We decided to walk from the station to the beach. It’s just a 2.5km walk so it’s similar to crossing the Harbour Bridge so that’s not too far.

Festival of Winds

Festival of Winds

We arrived in Bondi beach after half an hour and we saw colourful kites up in the air. We were like kids enjoying every shape and colour flying where the wind blows. Apparently, it’s not allowed to fly a kite wherever and whenever you like it. There’s a law from the Australian Civil Aviation about kite flying. You might want to check it out first before you go and make your own kites. If you’re in the Philippines, this event very much like the kite flying during the Hot Air Balloon festival during Valentine’s week.

Festival of the Winds

Festival of the Winds

Festival of the Winds

Festival of the Winds

Festival of the Winds

Festival of the Winds

The crowd was massive and I’m sure those who brought their cars had problems finding their spot. The weather was perfect and you simply have to enjoy the moment. Too bad we didn’t bring our picnic mats and kites with us. It would’ve been better if we stayed and really be take part in the festival. Nevertheless, we had a great time despite the long queue for the bus going home.

Festival of the Winds

Festival of the Winds

We know what to do next year though!

See the rest of the pictures in my Facebook Page album:

Hello September!

I know it’s mid September already but still I want to welcome my birth month a very warm greeting. Here in Australia, this month is the start of Spring time. We will witness blossoming flowers everywhere. On the first day of Spring, meaning 1st of September, we really had an amazing weather. The fresh and wonderful Spring breeze is welcoming everyone. Unfortunately, the next day was “Winter” time again. Hahaha! It’s like a one day perks thing.

Anyway, to start off this month’s beauty, here’s a photo of the Sakura/Cherry Blossoms tree found at the corner heading to the train station. At first I thought it’s not a cherry blossom tree but a week after, it blossomed to this awesome pink cherry blossoms.

Cherry Blossoms

Cherry Blossoms

If you’re near Wollstonecraft and walk along Shirley Road, you’ll see a whole stretch of Cherry Blossom tree! My eyes were glittering in joy when I saw it. So I don’t have to go to Japan to see these, we have it here as well. And it’s during my birth month! How cool is that?

To kick-off a new month, a change of season, I did some changes too such as my bed sheet! It’s “ME” time this month so I’d like to pamper myself with things that’s pleasing to my eyes.

Purple Bed Sheet

Purple Bed Sheet

The next change would be my haircut! I travelled all the way to Westfield Parramatta to get a haircut to a famous Filipino hairdresser, Bhajun. I had a haircut last year as well and I had the same one this year. My goal is to naturally remove the hair color I had before. It’s a bit expensive to maintain dyed hair here so I will go back to my “natural” hair color which is black.

New Haircut

New Haircut

It’s a bit shorter that expected but he managed to cut my “ombre” hair. I’m kinda getting used to wearing my natural hair colour again coz it’s been a while. I can’t believe my hair is that black black! How do you like it?

I also bought a new phone case with card slot! I need it because I often use the train as my mode of transportation and we need to tap on and tap off the opal card every time you go in and out the train station. So instead of carrying it all the time, might as well stick it in my mobile phone so it wouldn’t be that hard to look for it.

Speck Purple Casing with Card Slot

Speck Purple Casing with Card Slot

I think that’s all the “new” stuff for now. There would definitely new things coming this month. However, I still need to think about what to do on my birthday. With me being busy at work, I might end up postponing my “Birthday Project” this year. I hope not though. I would probably do something different this year. I will keep everyone posted.

Have a wonderful Spring season!

What are your plans this season?

Western Union Reunions

I’ve been in Australia for more than a year already and I’ve seen a lot of Filipinos around Sydney. I’m sure there are heaps of Filos (short term for Filipinos) in other suburbs and regions of NSW as well as the other states of Australia but I will just focus in Sydney where I am residing at the moment.

This was the first day I landed in Sydney, Australia on May 2013

This was the first day I landed in Sydney, Australia on May 2013

I’ve been asked a couple of times why I left the Philippines and I always tell them that it’s a dream to live in a different country. The media, family and friends may influence this state of mind but whatever it is, I know that it’s always been an adventure for me to see a new world and experience it with them. I always tell them that I’m not certain if I’ll live here for good but for now, I want to try. So far, I’m enjoying it. I can name a number of differences but the respect for one another is always a priority.

I am fortunate to be here as an independent migrant with in-demand skills plus a supportive family and friends. I was not forced to go here, it was my own choice to try my luck in Sydney. Since then, I never felt that my decision to be here was wrong. The universe was good to me and I hope it continues to do so. Please don’t get me wrong, I love my family and I miss them so much especially on birthday celebrations and the like. Since it’s my choice to be here, it’s one of the sacrifices I made. However, as much as I’m enjoying my somewhat “lucky” position, I know a couple that had a hard time moving here. And sometimes, being away in a different country without a family or a friend makes life unbearable.

A family photo from my last Christmas in the Philippines before moving to Sydney

A family photo from my last Christmas in the Philippines before moving to Sydney

When I got here, I was able to catch up with a University friend, Marge. We’re both a Campus Ministry volunteer in the University of Sto. Tomas, Manila. I was surprised to see her after all these years as I never seen her since we graduated. Over time, I knew things about her from common friends but it was only here in Sydney that I get to know her full story.

The first time I met up with my friend Marge and JC who was visiting from the Philippines

The first time I met up with my friend Marge and JC who was visiting from the Philippines

When I heard about the Western Union Reunions, she was the first person that came to my mind. This new campaign will bring Filipinos overseas a chance to reunite with their loved ones back home. The promotion is participated by different countries all over the world and that includes Australia. They will give away 30 return air tickets per country via Philippine Airlines, the flagship carrier of the country. I wanted to get one of those tickets but I know that this is the perfect opportunity for Marge to see her beloved daughter. This would definitely be a REUNION for her and her baby girl.

This is Marge and her daughter Carmela

This is Marge and her daughter Carmela

Marge had a tough time to go abroad and leave her daughter behind. As all moms do, they’d sacrifice anything to give their daughter the best life they can give. And for my friend, going to Australia and working here will make that dream come true. It’s not an easy way for her. She first went here as an international student and went off her track as a registered Chemist in the Philippines to become an IT professional. I am in the field of IT and it was my key to get a PR Visa to Australia. She wanted to do the same path but things get out of hand and she needs to process her papers all over again.

It’s been more than 3 years since she saw her beautiful daughter and the only way of communication is thru the world wide web. Thanks to the advance technology we can see our loved ones thru the tools available in the internet! Also, since she’s transferring money to her daughter, she uses Western Union as a way to send money from Australia to the Philippines. Thus, making it easy to send money any time of the day.

It is really heart warming to know that there are organisations out there that are willing to reach out to our fellow Filipinos who needs their support and help all over the world.

I suddenly missed my family back home and would love to see them soon too!

Thank you Western Union for a chance for Filipinos to have their REUNIONS. It’s a lifetime gratitude for your love and support.

Kudos!

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Uncle Tobys Quick Sachet Oats

Product Talk by Nuffnang

They say that breakfast is the most important meal of the day. Why? Because it literally means “breaking the fast”. Our body didn’t have any food intake for 6-8 hours depending on your sleeping hours. And with that, we need some food to nourish our system. That’s why the first food of the day is necessary.

In my case, it’s a bit difficult to eat breakfast especially if I want to sleep in. It takes too much time and effort to prepare a good breakfast! Most of the time, I’m off to work and grabs a cup of coffee without having something balanced to eat. Good thing Uncle Tobys heard my plee. Their Oats Quick Sachets are perfect! It’s perfect for busy individuals like me and for the whole family as well. A convenient and tasty option to have in the morning. It has no artificial colours or flavours that makes it all natural and healthy.

Uncle Tobys Oats Quick Sachets

Uncle Tobys Oats Quick Sachets

So what’s my idea of a dream morning? It’s when I wake up in the morning without worrying what nutritious food I will take. It is with the help of Uncle Tobys Oats Quick Sachets as it is very easy to prepare and mess free! All you need is just add milk and stir to mix. I personally prefer hot milk or water before mixing. As recommended, it should be on high for 90 seconds, stir and allow to cool slightly before serving. It’s all you need before cracking on!

For more information, you can visit Uncle Tobys website.
So what do you have for breakfast?
Is it healthy enough?

Winter Season

After almost 2 months of not blogging, I’m back! There have been a lot of changes lately that made me missing in action. Yeah I know I’m just making excuses but well, yes I really am.

To give you an update, I just moved out and now living with my Uni friend. That means I was busy fixing our new apartment and making our house look tidy. It was my first time ever to actually move out and be on my own. I realised that it is way too different from moving to live in a dormitory in University since I need to have my “own” furniture and stuff. I was lucky I had friends and family that gave me hand-me-down stuff and I end up not buying much for myself. The only problem was the coordination of moving the furniture from one place to another. And to add, moving it up to the top floor of the building where we’re located. It was hard to move to and from the apartment and I eventually got blisters on my feet because of moving around. I was a bit worried coz I might get different injuries and viruses since I’ve got exposed wounds everywhere. What if I catch bacteria and develop a disease or something. There might be a possibility that I will have a hard time to research how to remove warts since there’s a chance I might get one. Yikes! Enough of those, going back,  until now we still have little bits of things that we need in our apartment.

On the other hand, it’s winter season in Australia! I remembered wishing to have a winter season in the Philippines but now that I am experiencing that I’m having second doubts if I like it. It’s pretty damn cold these days and I’m making it as an excuse for not updating my blog. Hahaha! My fingers are getting numb so I can’t be bothered to type and use my laptop. I surf the internet using my smart phone and that’s it. I can’t update my blog at work too so that’s one of the reasonsssss why my blog is not updated. As of writing, I’m wearing 2 layers of clothing plus a throw and a purple hand gloves wit ha yellow bow that I borrowed from my housemate, Reg. I wear 3 layers of clothes in the morning to office but thank goodness the building has a centralised heater so it’s not that bad inside.

I have nothing interesting to say at the moment, only my whining side is active. I wish I can re-arrange my system to religiously update my blog as it’s a good practice for me to share, reflect and improve my english as well.

What do you prefer? Summer or Winter?

 

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Movie 2014: The Fault In Our Stars

The Fault in Our Stars

The Fault in Our Stars (grabbed from iMDB)

Movie Cast:
Shailene Woodley as Hazel Grace Lancaster
Ansel Elgort as Augustus Waters
Nat Wolff as Isaac

To see the whole cast, see iMDb: The Fault in Our Stars 2014

Movie Synopsis:
Hazel and Gus are two teenagers who share an acerbic wit, a disdain for the conventional, and a love that sweeps them on a journey. Their relationship is all the more miraculous given that Hazel’s other constant companion is an oxygen tank, Gus jokes about his prosthetic leg, and they met and fell in love at a cancer support group.iMDb
 

 

I had the privilege to see the advanced screening of this movie through Nuffnang Australia. I’ve been an active member of Nuffnang Philippines and hopefully I can do the same thing here. However, the main office is located in Melbourne so most of the events are held in that state. Only few events like this one is held in Sydney. I do hope in time they will have more events here.

Anyway, I went to Event Cinema, George Street in the CBD with my cousin Grace who already read the book. I remembered her crying while reading this book so it got me intrigued. She was so excited when I told her that I got tickets to the movie and we’ll see it a week before the official release date in Australia. Because of this, we were asked to surrender all our bags to make sure that no cameras or phones or any media device are brought inside the cinema. There were a number of security staff inside.

Well, sine I don’t want to spoil anyone. I will just say my general reaction about the movie. I haven’t read the book but made me want to read it after watching this film. I got teary eyed most of the time whenever the characters cry. Hahaha! I reckon everybody if not most shed a tear while watching. There came a time where you can hear everyone sob. I really think that the film was touching, inspiring and well played. Such a good movie! I would want to own a dvd when they get to release one!

So make sure you bring some tissues with you if you know you’re a cry baby. You’ll need it badly. Hahaha!

Here’s the official trailer of the film:

 

Share me your thoughts when you get to see it!

Thoughts on Personal Hygiene

I’m not actually sure but I think it’s the Flu season these days. A lot of my colleagues are sick and my cousin and uncle are sick as well. Do you agree? What’s happening?! Is it because of the change of weather or it’s just virus? I’m not really sure!

After seeing a number of “victims”, I suddenly had the urge to go to the GP and get a flu vaccine. I was supposed to get one early this month but things get busy so I forgot all about that. I probably need to visit one very soon to avoid the virus! Is there a particular vaccine I need to get or just the generic one? Well, I think I need to confirm it with the GP.

So how to avoid getting sick? Hmm, let me see… First, double dose with vitamin C and drink more fluids. Next, make sure that you’re taking good care of your personal hygiene. It is recommended to wash your hands with a nice soap as often as possible. This is because germs can spread out quickly so it is best to have a clean hands every time. I also bring hand sanitisers and mini disinfectant alcohols with me all the time. It’s always true that avoidance is better than cure. Lastly, exercise! It helps build immune system so you risk getting sick.

That should help you, I hope.
What are your plans to avoid flu?

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