Steps Against Aging

Aging is, for many people, one of the most stressful parts of life, as it can affect us in any number of ways that manifest themselves mentally, emotionally and physically. For the most part, it is the physical changes involved with aging that tend to resonate the loudest with people and in particular women. The simple fact is, nobody likes to see him or herself growing older in the mirror, and these days many women will go to extreme lengths if necessary to reverse or stall the process. From attempts to limit stress to begin with all the way to researching anti-aging methods on sites like, lots of women put a lot of effort into this idea.

To begin with, a lot of women who fear that they are beginning to show some age take to pampering themselves, in an effort to alleviate stress (and thereby slow down the aging process itself). It is true (to varying degrees, depending on who you talk to) that emotional and mental stress can lead to physical consequences, particularly in the long term. For this reason, whether it means getting a massage occasionally or taking relaxing vacations, a number of women who are aging make concentrated efforts to stress less, in the hopes that they will also age less, or at least more slowly.

Lots of women also take steps toward eliminating the physical signs of aging that are already showing, in addition to preventing further stress and aging. For example, it is extremely common for middle-aged women, and even young women, to make thorough use of various creams and makeup that are designed to cover up blemishes or hide wrinkles, etc. These sorts of remedies can be applied as often as a woman wants, and, when used carefully and correctly, can go a long way toward bringing some youth to the face.

Some women tend to take these efforts even further by looking into plastic surgery as a solution for aging. Stress relief and cover-up methods can go quite a long way toward reducing the effects of aging, but many women find that to achieve the full desired effects, drastic changes are necessary. This is where plastic surgery comes into play, for a lot of people. There are plenty of different procedures, from breast augmentations and facelifts to liposuction and tummy tucks, that can all help a woman to look more youthful in various ways. These may be somewhat extreme steps to take, but if you are greatly concerned with the age that is beginning to show in your face and body, they may be worth looking into.

Win Php 5,000 in CASH from Unionbank My Easy Loans and Certified Foodies – Ends 01/08/12

Are you a certified foodie like me and my brother Ken? Then, profess your love for food and get a chance to win Php 5,000 in cash in Unionbank My Easy Loans and our food blog Certified Foodies’ Twitter giveaway.

Twitter giveaway from Unionbank MyEasyLoans and Certified Foodies

All you have to do is follow @myeasyloans on Twitter and answer the question above (Why are you more than a 10 in your love for food?) through a 140-character tweet, including the hashtag #UB111111 and tagging @myeasyloans. You also have to leave your Twitter posts on our giveaway post (click here on the banner above) so we can easily monitor the entries.

We’ll pick our top 3 favorite tweets and Unionbank will pick the winner. So, make sure you take note of the criteria. The full mechanics can be found here. The winner will be announced on their Twitter account and on ours.

Lastly, be creative with your answers. I know that 140 characters aren’t enough to express one’s love for food, but you can make it happen! We’ve already seen a couple of interesting answers. 🙂

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MGE Taxi : The Only Cab Company I Trust

It was one late afternoon during the last week of November. We were coming home after grocery shopping in Landmark. In my attempt to save on transportation expenses, I told my bro that if we can hail an MGE taxi cab before a UE Letre bus comes along, then, we’ll take a cab. 😀

MGE Transit Corp. is the only cab company here in Manila that I truly trust. I remember going home every day from my work in The Fort from years back and calling their customer service hotline to have a cab sent my way. There was a fixed additional Php 50 for calling them, but it was worth it considering they’re MGE and I can sit back and relax while we drive our way home to Navotas. And I always pay about Php 200+ because their taxi meters aren’t rigged. That I can confidently attest to.

An MGE Taxi CabOkay, not the MGE taxi photo I’d prefer to post here but it’s the only thing I can find on Google. Wasn’t able to take a photo of my own and I can’t even remember where I got this.

Since my schedule for work before was flexible and I go to work late at night (call center supervisor), I almost always take taxi cabs to work. I’ve had a ton of frustrating experiences, and I even had multiple arguments and fights with cab drivers because of their controlled and rigged meters. In the past year though, I decided to just shrug it off. But, I always try to wait for an MGE taxi just to avoid any added stress.

Going back to that November afternoon, aboard an MGE taxi cab, we got to talk to the driver. I’ve been very curious about how they screen people, their company’s guidelines and how they punish those who fail their standards. The cab driver, let’s just call him George (This is NOT our cab driver’s real name. I had to use an American name to lessen the possibility of someone actually having the same name 😀 ), let us in on what they go through to ensure all the employees are taken care of and are meeting the company’s standards.

EMP TaxiMGE is owned by Macario Lim Gaw Jr. Their “sister” cab companies are EMP and Green taxi, respectively my second and third among my reliable list of taxis. They have been around for years now and have maintained their position as the top taxi service provider in Manila. Let me tell you a few things about them, as shared by our cab driver George.

All their drivers are given a 3-hour briefing where they learn the company’s guidelines to ensure the quality of their service, how to handle different situations and how strict they are with their policies. In fact, they warn their drivers right away that if they have any intentions of breaking the rules or the guidelines, might as well quit as early as possible because they don’t take customer complaints lightly.

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