Karton.ph: Home of Filipino artisanal delights

When my original blog started out in 2008, I was primarily focused on indie and all-natural local brands. I was majorly into skin care, a little bit of makeup, with a dash of travel stories here and there. One of my greatest pleasures is discovering skin care products that are all natural, made with love, and crafted at home.

Fast forwad to today, I still get giddy at finding new stuff to try but since I try to live a simpler amd more pragmatic lifestyle, my shopping inclinations have tempered. I am more choosy about products that I purchase and brands that I support. Additionally, I’m mostly traveling or working so shopping online out of convenience has become a huge part of my life.

A new site you should definitely visit is Karton.ph.

Sick of all the run-of-the-mill commercial stuff in malls? Then you’ll love their selection of handmade, artisanal products and cuisine that are 100% Filipino-made.

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After a two-year hiatus, I’m finally back to Barre3

It’s a little TMI but when my personal life went disarray early this year, I decided that the only way I’d distract myself and feel better was to work out. I was getting bored of just using Youtube as my exercise guru (my yoga mat at home was not very inspiring) and the treadmill was boring the hell out of me, so the obvious choice was to go back to Barre3 which I’ve tried 2 years prior.

What is Barre3?


The short answer is: it’s a fitness program that combines ballet, yoga, and Pilates. Barre3 makes use of pulses or isometric movements to wake the muscles and fire them up. I’ll be upfront, it’s not particularly easy especially if you’ve been sedentary like me. But the graceful “ballet” part of it attracted me the most, as I was a frustrated ballet dancer growing up.

It’s said that the combination of all three programs help lengthen the muscles, target more muscle groups at once (we’re advised to tighten the core while doing legwork or push-ups on the barre), plus help improve mind-body connection (more focus means we get to hold a certain position longer, it’s all in the mind).

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Dry Needling at Polarity Physiotherapy

No matter how much we try to keep our health in check, there are some things that will eventually lead to aches and pains. Aging is one of them (ouch!) but lifestyle also contributes a huge part to our body pains. Like for example: I found out during my first Myofascial Release session that because I’ve been carrying my bag on my left shoulder for decades, my posture is leaning towards the right. Additionally, I found out I have a lot of knots around my neck area, my hip is misaligned, and I have pelvis dysfunction.


While regular monthly sessions at Polarity Physiotherapy have greatly eased my neck pains, alleviated the taut muscles in my glutes, and improved my posture, there are times when the pain is so great or the lactic acid has collected over a couple of weeks that we need more “intensive” measures. This is where the Dry Needling comes in.

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