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TOP 3 Reasons Why You Have to Change your Furnace Filters

There are many maintenance tasks that you must perform on a regular basis if you own a home. These tasks can often help you to save money in the long run, assuming that they are performed at the correct intervals. One of these tasks is the changing of the filter in your furnace. It is important that this task is not neglected. Otherwise, the damage to your furnace could be severe. Your furnace is a very expensive piece of machinery. Therefore, it is in your best interest to do whatever you can to keep it in proper working order. Here are some of the reasons to change your furnace filter. 

1. You will be provided with better air quality 

3M furnace filters, as well as those made by other brands, are capable of making the quality of air in your home much better than it otherwise would have been. The reason that you put a filter in your furnace is so there is less allergens like dust floating around your home for you and your family to breathe in. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) estimates say that the air quality indoors is four times worse than the air quality outdoors. This scary statistic is yet another reason why it is so vital to change the filter in your furnace on a regular basis. 

2. It will save you money in the long run 

If you always make sure that your furnace has a clean filter in it, it will run smoothly for a very long time. When a furnace has mechanical problems, it is often because the owner neglected the task of changing the filter. This caused the furnace to work harder than it normally should. If you have a furnace that is being strained because you do not change the filter when you should, it is only a matter of time until repairs are necessary. Also, the total length of time you will be able to use your furnace will be shortened. 

3. Your energy costs will be reduced 

As mentioned earlier, if you keep a dirty filter in your furnace, it will be forced to work harder than it is designed to. When this happens, the furnace will begin to drain more power than usual. Obviously, this will take a big toll on your electric bill. If this is happening over a long period of time, this will cost you are very significant amount of money.

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Don’t Believe These Fertility Myths

If you’ve heard one fertility myth, you’ve probably heard a million. The following “facts” aren’t as true as some people would have you think. While most people who offer up advice will have the best intentions, take everything with a grain of salt until your doctor gives you the right answer. 

1. You won’t be able to conceive over the age of 35. 

This is extremely important to get straight if you’re waiting a while to have a baby. Yes, fertility goes down over time, but the statistic that says that one in three women between 35 and 39 years of age won’t be able to get pregnant after trying for one year is outdated. In truth, 82% of women ages 35 to 39 are able to conceive within one year. If you’re truly concerned with your fertility, talk to a doctor. 

2. You can’t get pregnant when you have your period. 

While it’s unlikely that you’ll get pregnant while you have your period, it is possible. Some of the bleeding you experience may not be menstrual, but instead related to ovulation. Plus, ovulation can overlap with menstruation, especially if you usually have a short cycle.

3. Male fertility doesn’t run out. 

Men can’t have babies forever and ever, no matter how old they are. As men age, they experience a decline in testosterone. They can still be fertile, but the odds of getting someone pregnant will start to decrease after 35. For an example of someone who’s making a major difference in the healthcare field, read about Yosef Meystel.

4. It takes a long time to get pregnant if you just went off birth control. 

Spending a long time on birth control doesn’t necessarily affect how quickly you’re able to get pregnant. When you go off the Pill, for example, your body gets back to a normal cycle within just a few weeks. Ovulation will occur naturally within one month. The hormones don’t stick around to mess up your fertility.

5. You can help yourself get pregnant by putting your legs in the air after having sex. 

Lying on your back with your feet in the air doesn’t do a thing for your fertility. Sperm don’t need help to do what they’re supposed to do. However, professionals do suggest laying down for about 15 minutes and waiting a while to urinate. Otherwise, go about your business as usual!

Preparing to have a baby is so exciting. Make sure that you only heed the advice of professionals, though. Women who have had children will be brimming with advice and answers to your questions, but odds are that most people will have their information wrong.
After I told my kids weeks ago that Jollibee and the gang of the famous TV program, Jollitown would be coming to Davao, they right away had my Google Calendar marked. I keep forgetting and skipping a lot of things these days, I bet symptoms of occupied mind, so doing this will secure May 9 for the event. Thought the calendar thing didn't work though, they kept reminding me everyday that I have some place to go on May 9, geezzz, these kids! 

Anyway, the alarm went full volume in the morning of May 9 and before I knew it they we’re all rushing to take a bath without being told. Woaah, wish Jollitown would be here every day. 

We came seeing all these eager and excited mommies, daddies and kids at the entrance. We waited for our turn and finally we’re in. Wow, the whole SMX Convention Centre in SM Lanang was turned into a wonderland; there were kids and their mommies and daddies lining up on every attractions at the hall. 


My kids didn’t know what to try first. Then we we’re greeted by a Kuya to try the Maze of Enchanted Trees, hence, getting inside the maze was the first thing they did at Jollitown.


Feeling euphoric after they made it out of the maze, they did it again and again and again, lol.JOLLITOWN FUNTASY LAND IN DAVAO

Photo opportunity with this fancy tree wall, I really love this!

And so the adventure inside Funtasy Land begin .... In the end I was so exhausted following them around. I was afraid I'll lost them in the crowd, not that I was afraid some bad guys would pick them up randomly, they can't do that in a child ever so friendly city, Davao. But I was so concerned about my aching legs and finding them would mean me walking around, lol. 

But then later thought, oh, what's funtasy land without having fun, go wander around and told them I'll just wait in one corner near the door. Problem solved!

The Rainbow Slide was a hit among the little kids.

Trying out the interactive games!

The Tram was one of the most lined attractions at the hall, despite the long queue my kids waited for their turm. They just wish it has a longer course like it would circle around the hall. 

The Gift Shop was another counter with a long line. Jollibee souvenir items were sold here. Bags, umbrellas, tumblers, miniature stuffed Jollibee and so much more.

Hetty on stage. I was waiting for Jollibee to join her and when he came out, the kids rushed near the stage that I was caught up in the middle crowd and can't move my arms to take a photo, lol.

Hetty and Friends entertaining the kids!

There were also crash courses on singing and dancing done in between shows, kids joyfully cooperated. 

My Jollibee fans with their loots!

Jollitown Funtasy Land was a fun experience for my kids, it was a morning well spent. They went home still talking about the giant slide, the dingdangdong clingers, the maze and so much more. Wish Jollitown will be back in Davao again next year! Thanks Jollitown for coming to Davao!

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Safety Habits For Sun Worshipers

Summer is just around the corner, and in some states, the sun trek has already begun. Considering the incidence of skin cancer, it's important to be aware of sun safety. 

Avoid Ultraviolet Rays 

Ultraviolet rays are the strongest in the spring and summer, and can cause wrinkles, skin spots, moles, and skin cancer. Ultraviolet exposure can happen even when the weather is not very hot. The time of greatest exposure is between the hours of 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. Ultraviolet intensity also varies per location. To find out the ultraviolet index for your area, you can go to the website provided by the Environmental Protection Agency. Stay in the shade during times of the greatest ultraviolet exposure for better protection. 

Wear Safety Clothing 

Different skin types handle the sun differently. Lighter toned skins are under the greatest risk for sunburn, but that doesn't mean that other skin types shouldn't be protected. Wear protective clothing, such as a sun hat, a long sleeve shirt and pants or sundress. Slip on a wrap after swimming, when water on the skin casts a glare that attracts sun rays. Certain prescription drugs can increase the sensitivity to UV rays. If your doctor has prescribed drugs that can make you sun-sensitive, be extra careful to limit your time outdoors. Check out the newest type of light clothing that is made with built-in ultraviolet protection. 

Apply Sunscreen Lotion To Your Skin 

Extra clothing should be combined with the use of sunscreen lotion for the best protection, since some UV rays can penetrate clothing. Apply sunscreen before going outdoors all over the skin, and reapply it every few hours. Choose a sunscreen lotion that has an SPF of 30.

Travel size sunscreen bulk products can be found and purchased online for the best deals. 

Don't Forget Your Eyes 

Sunglasses aren't just a beauty item. They are important protection for your eyes during the spring and summer months. Eyes can get sunburn from too much exposure to UV radiation, causing sensitivity to light, tearing, and a gritty feeling to the eyes. Over time, exposure to ultraviolet rays can damage the retina, causing the eye to be susceptible to macular degeneration and cataracts. Protect your eyes with sunglasses or contact lenses that are designed to block UV rays. Sunglasses that wrap around to the side of the face provide the greatest protection. 

Don't avoid going outdoors this summer. Enjoy your time in the sun while taking extra care to protect your skin.
When you plan to redo your bathroom, you may fail to appreciate how extensive this process can be. If you plan to farm out some or all of the work, you must seek bids from qualified professionals who are trained to handle the required tasks. Taking bids from contractors can be overwhelming if you have never before hired anyone for this kind of work. Rather than get confused and lose time on the project at hand, you can get bids from professionals like your local bathroom contractor by using this website. 

Bathroom with a view

Through the website, you can find contractors who are bidding on projects in your state. You can specify what kind of project you plan to begin and in zip code you would prefer your contractors to be headquartered. The state links allow you to see the average charge per contractor in your area so that you can go into the hiring process fully prepared and with budget in hand. 

Likewise, many homeowners prefer to utilize green technology in their home improvements. If you are environmentally aware and want to minimize the damage your remodeling could have on the water, soil, and air, you can use the green remodeling link at the top of the page. This link will give you more information about being ecologically safe in your home improvements. You can also find contractors who utilize green technology in their work. This site can provide what you need to get started with your bathroom remodeling.
Taking advantage of the country’s good financial atmosphere, Sun Life Asset Management Co., Inc. (SLAMCI) launches new product - The Sun Life Prosperity Philippine Stock Index Fund. 

This investment design gives clients the opportunity to invest in stocks and access the country’s biggest corporations without having to shell out a sizable amount of money or spend so much time analyzing the market situation. 

Investing in Philippine Stock Market can be complicated, laborious and moreso require a lot of professional expertise to get it moving. This means that for someone who isn’t adept to reading market figures, any investment shelled out would likely go on the blink. Hence, Sun Life Prosperity Philippine Stock Index Fund is launched to address this complications for you. This will work to minimizing the prospective risk and maximizing the potential of your investment as this will be handled by Sun Life’s team of expert fund managers.

SUN LIFE launches Phil Stock Index Fund, Davao City
Sun Life Asset Management Company, Inc. (SLAMCI) Executives during the media briefing 
at Seda Hotel, Davao City 
Ma. Goretti I. Jimenez, Head of Agency Sales (left) 
Valerie N. Pama, President (middle) 
Michael Gerard D. Enriquez, Chief Investment Officer (right) 

The Sun Life Prosperity Philippine Stock Index Fund closely tracks the performance of the Philippine Stock Exchange Index (PSEi), and mirrors its performance by investing in stocks which comprise the index – thereby giving the client access to the 30 largest companies in the Philippines, along with the opportunity to participate in the long-term growth of the Philippine market. 

“This fund is perfect for investors who have a high-risk appetite and a long-term investment horizon,” said SLAMCI President Valerie Pama. “The PSEi actually grew by 152% in the last five years; now, clients can ride on the growth of the Philippine stock market simply by investing in the Sun Life Prosperity Philippine Stock Index Fund.” “Launching this new product is among the many ways that SLAMCI is marking its 15th anniversary this year as we strive to help more Filipinos enjoy a prosperous life,” Pama said, adding that the company started 2015 on a good momentum. 

The Sun Life Prosperity Philippine Stock Index Fund will be available on May 5, 2015. 

Now with 47.6 Billion Pesos in assets under management (AUM), SLAMCI marked a 10.38% year-on-year growth, and remains to be the largest non-bank asset management company in the Philippines as of end of March this year. 

The Sun Life Prosperity Funds also marked a significant year-on-year growth, including the Philippine Equity Fund (18.37%), Balanced Fund (13.28%) and Dollar Abundance Fund (5.93%). The Dynamic Fund, which was launched in July last year, posted a 14% return from inception to end-March 2015. 

To learn more about the Sun Life Prosperity Funds;

Call Phone # 849-9888 or 
Growing old stinks. Stuff stops working like it used to, and you feel like it’s just a normal part of life. But, is it? While we all inevitably get old, we have a large degree of control over how we age. Sometimes, we can even slow down, stop, or even temporarily reverse the aging process. Here’s how.

Get Sun, But Not Too Much 

Everyone tells you to get out of the sun. This can be good advice but the way it’s often given is absolutely ridiculous. The primary way our bodies make vitamin D is by exposure to UVB rays - the kind of rays from the sun responsible for sunburns. 

Now, you don’t want to actually get a sunburn, but you do want exposure to some of those rays. Why? Because they are actually very good for your body. In a large epidemiological study of 2,100 female twin pairs, researchers found that increased vitamin D levels were correlated with an increase in telomere length. What is telomere length? Telomeres are “end caps” on your chromosomes that protect your DNA from damage. Think of it like the end of your shoelaces - that hard plastic or metal cap that protect the rest of the lace from fraying.

Sun Bathing

This is what a telomere does for your DNA. Protecting it from damage is very important, since damage can result in certain health problems. On top of this, shortened telomeres are a sign of aging, and telomeres normally shorten each time a cell divides. Eventually, those telomeres become so short that no further cell divisions are possible. Since vitamin D seems to help keep those telomeres longer, it makes sense to get more vitamin D, up to a certain range. Researchers say the sweet spot for the vitamin is between 30 and 60 ng/ml of blood. So, get tested and get out and get some sun. 

Stop Smoking 

Smoking accelerates the aging process by increasing free radicals. These free radicals then cause damage to various parts of your body, most notably, your skin, but also other organs. This is not new science. Stop smoking. It’s good for your health, and will help you slow down the aging process. 

Consider Plastic Surgery 

When all else fails, consider some plastic surgery. Plastic surgery, like the type done through can help you erase the signs of aging through surgical means. While this may not necessarily slow down aging, it can give you an instant facelift or tummy tuck - something that some people can’t achieve through diet and lifestyle change alone. 


Exercise is one of the best ways to reverse the aging process, especially barbell or weight training. Periodic stress that’s induced through heavy weight training helps upregulate the production (generation) of mitochondria (the powerhouse of the cell - remember grade school science?). These mitochondria help keep cells energized and going.

Woman Running

But, weight training also signals growth factors in the body, since the process of weight training includes micro-trauma to the muscles. This micro-trauma is the key to reversing the aging process, since growth factor signaling, and growth itself, is the exact opposite of what happens to you when you’re dying. 


Aside from basic diet and lifestyle changes, one of the best things you can do is to destress your life. Chronic stress is incredibly damaging to the body, especially the mind. Take up meditation, spending at least 10 minutes each day with it, and you’ll notice the differences almost immediately. Start with an app like Headspace

Dr. Kevin Ruhge is a member of the surgical staff at Huntington Hospital, Huntington Outpatient Surgery Center, and the Arcadia Outpatient Surgery Center. A member of the American Society of Plastic Surgeons, he specializes in cosmetic surgery of the face, body and breasts. His enlightening and helpful articles appear mostly on medical and health and wellness websites and blogs.
With Davao City growing exponentially, we expect influx of working professionals coming in from all over the region, expatriates, tourists both local and international. And along with the rising number of local population, this scenario will soon instigate traffic build-up going to and fro of workplaces and a high demand for decent accommodation and housing.

Recognizing this situation, construction company Datem Inc. through its development subsidiary, Eco Dwellings, Inc. has broken ground on April 28 its first residential condominium project in Davao called - URBAN HIVE PALMS as a response to this demand. No less than Davao City Mayor Rodrigo Duterte led the groundbreaking ceremony at the project site, Amazon St., Bacaca Road here in the city.

Urban Hive Palms is a 2.8-hectare development that will be composed of seven, low-rise six-story buildings. The complex will produce 852 units, all complete with a state-of-the-art amenities like, functions rooms, basketball court, adult and kiddie pools, fully equipped fitness gym, basketball court, strolling and jogging path around the complex.

URBAN HIVE PALMS: Ground Breaking
Fr. Renato C. Ocampo S.J of Ateneo de Davao University officiated the blessing of the ground

URBAN HIVE PALMS: Ground Breaking
Mayor Rodrigo R. Duterte signed the elements to be placed inside the time capsule

URBAN HIVE PALMS: Ground Breaking
The groundbreaking led by Mayor Rodrigo Duterte, Madeline Dizon-Marfori 
along with DATEM, Inc. Executives and Eco Dwellings' Officials.

URBAN HIVE PALMS: Ground Breaking
Mayor Rodrigo Duterte lowering the time capsule (left) 
Madeline Dizon-Marfori showing the mayor the 4-D scale model of the project (right)

Urban Hive Palms Davao Site Location
Project location

Urban Hive Palms Davao
Artist's Perspective

Engr. Arnulfo De Asis, Datem, Inc. President has briefed us that URBAN HIVE PALMS being a green building has conformed and has been certified by US Green Building Council to follow strict environmental standards. The complex will have its own water treatment and rainwater harvesting facility. The rainwater collected will then be used to water plants and greenery around the complex. The project also boasts a unique architectural feature that highlights a hive-like enclosure, hence the name, Urban Hive. Said feature does not only make the building aesthetically pleasing, it also serve as a protection against direct sun and rain. 

One bedroom units sell at P2.8M, two bedroom units at P3.4M and P6 million for three bedroom units. 

If you’re interested in this project you can visit their showroom expertly designed by Atelier Almario at;

Ground Floor Filandia I.T. Center Building, 
Quirino Avenue corner Jacinto Ext. Street, 
Davao City 

Or Call;
Davao Office Landline (082) 2241173 
Urban Hive Hotline (0917) 7983384


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