A day after Christmas, my world turned bleak.

Kasi, naubusan ng Coke ang store sa tapat…

Uyy, drinking soft drinks is not my daily habit, ha, but you see, the family was at a resort over at warm Bacnotan, La Union to celebrate a cousin’s wedding.  Since the weather was extremely warm (well, it seemed to be compared to cold Baguio City where we live), not getting our cold Coca Cola fix was simply tragic…

So I had to send the kids to look for open sari-sari stores, until they came home with this:

Coke Sari-Saring Happiness

(#Happiness I ended up not drinking it. That is my name there, ano?In love)

I had to personally go to the sari-sari store and thank Manang.  Ang tagal ko kayang hinanap ang Coke bearing my name!

And you should go thank Manang at your sari-sari store, too!


Because managing a sari-sari store is daunting, especially to first-time small business owners like Manang.  Seeing her survive all obstacles to make her sari-sari store grow is simply inspiring!

Manang at the store in La Union told me her children finished college through the help of her sari-sari store.  (I have a feeling she owns the resort as well.)

Running a business is difficult, she told me, especially if you have no business or financial background.   She learned through experience and by attending short-courses on bookkeeping and business management.

She also told me how the local government and global brands like Coca Cola are helping emerging sari-sari store owners through business skills training courses and financial services to help them grow their business.

I was pleasantly surprised that Coca Cola is spearheading a campaign to empower women and turn them into successful entrepreneurs.  It must be their way of giving back to the women who helped make Coca Cola the number 1 soft drinks brand.



Through Coca Cola’s STAR (Sari-Sari Store Training and Access to Resources), a program designed to help the women entrepreneurs, the Ate’s and the Manangs  are empowered to improve their lives, despite hurdles like failing to finish school and no technical know-how.  Educating them on how to properly manage the store, giving them access to resources and helping them connect with peers and mentors will ensure them success in their business.

Coca Cola’s target is to train five million women in 2020, and with successful women like Manang leading the way, I am looking forward to a future of Sari-Saring Happiness in every sari-sari store in the country.

After all, nothing -not even a world-class supermarket or a convenience store, can compare to the warmth, familiarity and friendly gossip that the neighborhood sari-sari store can bring.


You run out of cooking oil, you go to the sari-sari store.

Your ballpen ran out of ink?  Run to the sari-sari store.

Catch up with the neighborhood news?  Hang out at the sari-sari store.

And who has not stopped over at the sari-sari store after work before heading to their houses?

It is like home.cpae-ef-heart-pinks

Learn more about Coca Cola’s inspiring 5by20 campaign - 

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stand up and be counted!

College is the first time I have been around people who are extremely outspoken and aware of what is going on socially and politically.  It made me realize how important it is to have a voice in order to effect change.

I have joined the University’s Annual Christmas Lantern Parade for the first time a couple of weeks ago and the experience was surreal!  I felt like I was taking charge of my life!  After that, I jammed with my friends.  My guitar got a dent though and had to get it fixed. Next time, to protect your guitar, you really should be putting it in a sturdy guitar case. 

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opk’s for getting pregnant

I was at the mall drugstore awhile ago and I was amazed at the health DIY  kits that are available now. 

Years ago, probably the only health DIY kit you can find in your local drugstore is a pregnancy test kit. Now, I saw a UTI kit (a kit to find out if you have urinary tract infection.  The old route was via a urinalysis in the medical laboratories!) and an ovulation predictor kit.

OPK Kits

The ovulation predictor kit is just perfect for a friend who is trying to conceive but can’t!  She would probably need this!

What is an ovulation predictor kit (OPK) anyway?


Using an ovulation predictor kit is a great way to find out if you are ovulating properly. Knowing when you are ovulating is extremely important when you are trying to conceive, since there are only a few short days each month when a woman can get pregnant. Women have to time sex accordingly so that they can make sure to have sex during ovulation, for the best chance of getting pregnant. There are many different ways to know if you are ovulating, but if you are just starting on your TTC journey, an ovulation predictor kit might be the best choice for you. These kits are available over the counter at drug stores and online. They use your urine, much like a home pregnancy test, to detect the LH surge in the body and let you know when ovulation is occurring. For more information on how to use an ovulation predictor kit, visit Pregnancytips.cpae-ef-heart-pinks

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four ways to make over your mood in one minute

Are you sick of always being down in the dumps?
Do you feel like things keep going wrong for you?
You can actually feel better in just one minute!

Here’s how!

In just under a minute you will feel better if you:
Fake it!  Smile even when you feel so down and would rather pout. 
Walk confidently.  Forget the drooping shoulders stance.  The world is not your burden!
Hug a friend!  It feels good to know somebody cares for you.
Wear your lucky charm!  I have this magnetic bracelet which seems to zap all of my worries and leaves me with feel-good vibes the whole day!
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