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Bucket List Check: Sky Diving

Published June 28, 2014 by Mrs. Universe Philippines 2020 - Star Villanueva

If you’re going to jump out of a plane you might as well pick somewhere beautiful… like Hawaii!

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I’ve made a reservation through online a week before going there. I even booked a shuttle service since the location is on the North Shore of Oahu quite far from where I am staying and nobody can drop me off there because of the fact that nobody knows I was going there till they saw the photos! Haha!

 

I barely slept that night thinking I was going to jump out of a perfectly nice aircraft at 14,000 feet!

 

Precisely at that moment I realized there is no backing out! It was an indescribable feeling!

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Falling at approximately 130mph towards the aqua marine blue sea, and the wind is rushing through your ears quite loudly as you try to grasp the magnitude of everything around you, it was surreal. I was trying to keep my eyes open the entire time because the view was beyond the word amazing.

 

The whole thing lasted about 12-15 wonderful minutes. It was absolutely spectacular.  So spectacular, that makes me wanted to do it again!

 

The things you’ve always wanted to do? go ahead do them! It will be an unforgettable experience for you too.

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Proud of My Weekly Column at Philippine Star Today and The New Image Model-Endorser of BNY!

Published September 24, 2012 by Mrs. Universe Philippines 2020 - Star Villanueva

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Maiden Issue of my weekly Star Bliss Column at Pilipino Star Ngayon – September 23′ 2012

I have been postponing for ages to write the good news. Maybe because until now, I’m ecstatic and overwhelm with all the blessings that keep coming. I’m now an image model/endorser of Bunny Jeans or better known as BNY. I’ll be modeling their clothes in Philippines and in Middle East. My first photoshoot using BNY clothes was held in Doha, Qatar. I love all the clothes, it’s so comfortable & classy. I’ve already attended one of their events and then they introduce me in the stage as one of their endorsers. The feeling was so surreal, I’m so glad. Thanks to “Doha Trensetters” – The Company that imports brands such as Hammerhead, Dickies & BNY in Doha. They have a showroom in Montazah st. in front of Montazah Health Center. So readers from Doha, please visit their shop! They have variety of wardrobe collections from jackets to pants, shirts, polo and dresses.

BNY Jeans

Checkered collection of BNY

I’m so excited to see myself on another magazine, but this time I’m in the cover. Honestly, I haven’t seen the layout yet but they said it’s now for printing and might be published next week.  It is really something!

Ok, too much of being in the modeling side, here comes the other side of me. I’m so proud to announced that I now have a regular weekly column at Philippine Star Today (Pilipino Star Ngayon) my articles will be about beauty, fitness & health and yet another feature at Health Today Magazine is also coming out. I really consider it a milestone in my life that I will treasure and forever will be proud of.

Pilipino Star Ngayon
I grew up reading health, beauty and fitness magazines and newspapers and here I am now. Having my own column in a real and well-circulated newspaper. God is so good. He will always give more than I asked for. I’ll be forever thankful.

So anyway, I shall finally post the pictures I got off the net for the BNY Catalogue and from my Intagram account at #StarVillanueva

Bunny Jeans Dress
BNY Dresses

I had shot this more than a week ago during the peak of summer season, Yes! still having photo shoot under the heat! So imagine the humid and I was wearing BNY checkered collection polo shirt but still looking so comfy! Good thing I shot some of it in a covered area, at least there wasn’t any direct sunlight all the time so no need to retouch my makeup often, since I’m doing my own makeup, it’s not that I don’t trust makeup artists but I just personally preferred to apply it on my own.  I personally think that I did a job well done! Cheers!

*Once again beware of my posers (see details here)
* Please like my Facebook page

Fitness First!

Published August 30, 2012 by Mrs. Universe Philippines 2020 - Star Villanueva

I recently became a Fitness First Gym member. I took advantage of the 14 months membership because of its huge discounts. It’s just that when I exercised at home or hotel gyms, I already get used to do with what I am doing and experienced a plateau, a condition when the person exercising finds his fitness, strength or endurance staying at a constant level. Fitness First is perhaps the most popular gym in the worldwide. Reason? They have so many branches, mostly in malls, making them the most accessible gym anywhere.

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The benefits and what I like about Fitness First gyms:
  • Free gym introduction session for new members
  • You can also use more than 500 Fitness First gym worldwide.
  • Secured gym access by swiping member card at the gym entrance gates.
  • Free fitness assessment and they recommend programs to lose weight, get fit for sport, build cardio fitness, strengthen muscles.
  • Many fitness instructors where you can ask help for gym equipment usage at any time in the gym.
  • Cardio exercise machines (treadmill, cycling, etc) have TV’s with satellite TV channels. You get a free headphone when you join so that you can choose TV channels and listen to it privately while doing exercises so that you won’t get bored.
  • Many Group Exercise classes! Fitness First has world renowned programs such as BODYJAM, BODYBALANCE, BELLYDANCE, BODYCOMBAT, BODYATTACK, RPM, BODYSTEP, BODYPUMP and other popular dance classes like YOGA, ZUMBA and SALSA and more!
  • You can participate in as many classes as you want and you don’t have to pay extra. Cool!
  • Members lounge and cafe bar (unlimited free drinks)
  • Steam room and sauna, it feels so good to sweat out!
  • Safety lockers to keep your stuffs and hot/normal hair dryers are provided.
  • Free DVD rental. You can borrow any of the 500+ movies and watch it at home.
  • Free use of computers and internet wifi.
• Many fun member events and theme based fun classes during celebrations
  • Now you know why I joined to Fitness First gym. Joining Fitness First is really worth the money spent. 
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Part of my motivation to stay fit is to wear to exercise clothes and accessories! My friends are telling me that its just my excuse to go shopping! haha! I love my Pink boxing gloves, It’s still so girly despite of throwing heavy punches! Pink is all that matters! (Photos are from my Instagram account, Follow me @ #StarVillanueva )

Philippine STAR Ngayon

Published October 26, 2011 by Mrs. Universe Philippines 2020 - Star Villanueva

Whether we admit it or not, at one point in our lives, we’ve wondered what it would be like to be in the shoes of our favorite celebrities–where fame, fortune, and endless Twitter followers and Google hits come up at the click of their name.

After college, I had no grandiose dreams of being a Super Star! I just want to be employed as an flight attendant and to have my own business, I never have thought that God will blessed me endlessly with fame, career & fortune all at once! It’s like living the dream having my own spa and photography studio as my business, flying career, modeling, magazine writer, few endorsements, and investments. Thank you Lord! Nothing I could as for more. 

 

Philippine Star Ngayon (I’ll publish the Hi-Res once I get the copy, I have 2 more pictures on page 2)

              

Still available Nationwide in Philippines, October 2011 issue of Health Today from bookstores or magazine stands near you, grab yourself a copy now.

It’s me, gracing the pages of a Magazine! 3rd time!

Published September 30, 2011 by Mrs. Universe Philippines 2020 - Star Villanueva

I got featured again at Health Today Magazine October 2011 Edition, before my photo was just was just ¾ or ½ page of the magazine, but this time I’ve got the whole page! Yey! This is what I am waiting for! Thanks you Ms. Ingrid Cabrido for this opportunity and Mr. Leo Bautista for the photo!

For others maybe Photoshoot could be tiring, not for me because I’m used to wearing makeup and high heels, and of course, I love my pictures being taken by professionals! Modeling or posing in front of camera is one of my life’s joy… I don’t consider it as a career though – it’s just something I enjoyed doing. As what I’m saying since then, as long as I’m happy with what I’m doing I don’t care if there’s no fee involve. I’m just after the experience, exposure and addition to my picture collection and personal portfolio.

Here I am, gracing the pages of Health Today Magazine October 2011 Edition for the 3rd time!


Available to all leading newstands, bookstore, and supermarket! Grab a copy now! God Bless you all, Thanks!

Another Magazine Exposure & Endorsement! =)

Published July 31, 2011 by Mrs. Universe Philippines 2020 - Star Villanueva

 

In Health Today’s August Edition – I’m endorsing the Art & photography workshops in the city.  It is a fact that doing something enjoyable has been associated by positive stress, the healthy kind that motivates the person.

Discovering a new talent can be rewarding, especially when it can lift your spirits & open your eyes to a new opportunities. While finding your inherent strength you may meet your inner artist – and develop a deeper appreciation of beauty from between – HT

When Health Today’s July issue was released I wasn’t in the Philippines. I was really eager to have a copy the soonest so I just asked one of my colleagues who happened to have Manila flight to grab a copy for me, since she’s Korean I instructed her where she can find it… National Bookstore, FullyBooked, Booksale, even in grocery’s magazine rack or 7-11, but unfortunately, she forget about it… but anyway, I had a Manila flight a week after so it’s ok! As soon as I landed, I immediately, went to bookstore! Wow! Nothing beats the feeling of buying a magazine to see your face in it! The feeling is surreal!

I’m looking forward to have more endorsements, and photoshoots too… Modeling and practicing my make up skills are really an enjoyable moment for me! I started building up my portfolio in my FB but it’s not yet formal because I don’t have much time to update it from time to time.

Right now, I’m a flight attendant, businesswoman, entrepreneur, real estate investor, model, magazine writer, Star Bliss Salon & Spa owner of 2 Branches and soon to be a professional make up artist, Jeweler & Hotelier!

 “When you dream, dream BIG, and never give up. There’s no law that says you have to dream small. Your dream is just yours. Never let anyone tell you that your dream can’t happen, it can! Nurture your dream. Keep seeing yourself do what’s never been done before. Believe me, it has no other choice but to come true!”

* I have a new business, but I’ll keep it private for now as instructed by my mom, Shhhhh! Don’t tell anybody! =)

* Again please BEWARE of Scammers & Posers who loves to use my pictures!

* Related Post: A Smile that made it to HT July 2011 Edition!

My Eye LASIK Surgery was a success! Now I’m Free!

Published April 30, 2011 by Mrs. Universe Philippines 2020 - Star Villanueva

My LASIK surgery was a success. For anyone who has been considering it, I definitely think it is the best money I’ve ever spent on myself this 2011.

It’s actually not plan at all, I was just roaming around Trinoma Mall, all of a sudden I went for an eye check up. I want to have LASIK that day but they said that I should rest my eyes for 3 days without wearing contact lens. For 3 days, I was excited for the possibility of not having to wear glasses or contact lens ever again!

Operation day:  After a series of tests, that took approximately 20mins. I’m all set! The nurse put an anesthesia eye drops to both of my eyes and let me wait for an hour before I was ushered into the operating room.

During the surgery, I was asked to keep my eyes fully opened. It was a bit of a challenge because I can see the entire procedure of the doctor & nurses… (That makes me want to close my eyes!) It wasn’t painful but very uncomfortable. Then, I was instructed to wear a protective goggles and prescribed 3 kinds of eye drops that includes antibiotic.

Two hours later, the pain is setting in. I couldn’t open my eyes, a major sensitivity to light also set in, my family whom with me the entire time even have to accompany me inside the mall after having dinner. I wasn’t sure if that was normal that it was stinging terribly but I took a painkiller!

Fast forward to the next week, I can see & function during my flights, I can drive in daytime using a very dark eyeglass. Everything looks great! I’m so thankful to God because I’ve made the right decision for my eyes. Now, I felt so blessed to have a new vision free of eyeglasses & contact lens! I’m completely utterly happy!

Star Bliss Salon & Spa List of Services

Published July 20, 2010 by Mrs. Universe Philippines 2020 - Star Villanueva

          ” Be Pampered Like a Star…”

Star Bliss  is a spa specializing in natural nail, hand and foot care using quality and imported products.  Star Bliss Spa believes that nothing can be more rewarding than being able to bring out the beauty of nails and natural way.  At Star Bliss, one gets to experience the real sense of being pampered also by body massage, scrub, bleaching, firming, paraffin, Whitening treatments, hair spa, hair removal, hot oil and more.

Super Star Body Scrub Treatments: 

Whitening Body Scrub with Glutathione – restores skin’s natural lightness and overall skin tone this whitening body scrub contains mineral-rich sea salt and Glutathione to remove dead skin cells, whiten skin blemish, darkspots, whiten your skin to a glowing perfection and dries out and prevent pimples.

Anti-Cellulite Scrub – Known to heal, soothe and revitalize skin cells, gentle yet stimulating exfoliant to improve circulation and break up fatty deposits. It is formulated from carefully chosen herbal extracts that flush away toxins. This treatment contains moisturizing properties to promote a firmer supple skin and embodies the most recent technology for anti-cellular complex.It delivers a number of positive effects to improve tone and skin appearance.

Sea Salt Scrub – Natural, refined sea salts and essential oils are blended together for the ultimate body exfoliation. This treatment with improve blood circulation, energy flow and release tension. Kiss all your rough spots good-bye! Applied in a circular motion that is sure to liven up your skin tone as well as your senses!

 


Ms. Ehra Madrigal After her Manicure & Pedicure

Luxurious Massage Therapy:

Muscle Tension Stress Release – Using Swedish massage strokes, classic and stimulating, full body massage that helps soothe tired muscles, increase circulation and reduce body tension.

Jet Lag (Sleep Better Massage) – The massage starts from your feet. Your feet will be washed and dipped in salt water, followed by a massage of lavender and Eucalyptus oils that will give you a complete relaxation out of jet lag. The next step is to massage the head gently and this really helps you to get rid of the stress and mental fatigue. This is followed up by a mild massage of the eyes, which will help to remove the dark circles and the drowsiness. This massage will give you a good sleep for the night and you will adjust to the new time zone easily.

Volcanic Rock Massage – For the ultimate treatment of aching muscles, the warmth of basalt stones used in this massage helps achieve deeper relaxation.

Twin Massage – A tension-releasing, deeply relaxing and re-balancing massage with two therapists working in synchronized movements to achieve mental and spiritual bliss.

Shiatsu Massage – Based on the concept of acupuncture, this Japanese-style pressure point massage works on vital energy points resulting in balanced chi.

** All massage starts from your feet. Your feet will be washed and dipped in salt water – Salt helps tired, swollen feet. A solution containing salt and water is hypertonic. This means that it drains excess water out of your feet and soaks it up.
** Also followed by unlimited Tea & Coffee that complements the soothing effect of massage beautifully.


* Newly wake up Mr. Jay Manalo after his body massage

Hair Treats:
Aroma Scalp Treatment & Shoulder Massage – Using essential oils, this soothing massage is designed to balance the body’s and improve mental and physical health. Star Bliss Spa treatment will give your hair and scalp the best conditioning and massage you’ve always wanted.

Protein Treatment Hot oil- Give life to your hair from root to tip. Hot oil treatments can help with dry scalp conditions including dandruff & Hair Fall. Since oil and moisturizers are the key ingredient, they can condition the scalp and skin in addition to the hair. Relaxing Head & Shoulder massage follows. 

Hair Mask (Protein & Keratin) Treatment – Specifically for dry & damaged hair. Recommended if you recently color, permed or straighten your hair.

Also offers: Hair  Color, Hair Rebond & Hair Cut – Men we do have our professionals to make sure you get the cut & color that you want. Ladies our licensed hair stylists are ready to give you the hair makeover that you deserved!

Nail Treatments:
Foot Spa with special Treatment – starts with a refreshing peppermint footbath and scrub, followed by a gentle massage promoting blood circulation and providing relief throughout the body.

Foot Reflexology – Targeting points on the feet linked to specific body parts and systems, it offers relief from pain and stress and brings balance to the body. Also known as zone therapy, reflexology operates on the theory that every part of the body corresponds to a point on the hands and feet. By applying pressure strokes on these points, healing is stimulated and balance restored in the body.

Bliss Manicure & Pedicure – Experience manicure & Pedicure the way it should be – great service using a very good brand. Cuticles are conditioned; nails groomed and polished, the Star Bliss Spa way!

Special Foot Spa- Give your feet the pampering it deserves. Try our Foot spa service and enjoy a soothing foot soak & foot scrub, capped off with a luxurious application of moisturizers that will leave your feet feeling soft, smooth and sensational.
Give your feet a treat with our warm and relaxing foot spa and feel the difference!

Star Bliss Nails & Body Spa is backed by trained and experienced people . The spa service business has the fastest growing niche market in the industry today.

Kiddie Spa Services & Prices:  “ Even Your Little one Deserves Pampering Too!”

Kiddie Manicure – P100

Kiddie Pedicure – P120

Kiddie Body Whitening Scrub – P 500

Kiddie  Hair Spa/ Hotoil – 250

Kiddie Body Massage – 250

Kiddie Foot Spa – 200

* Star Bliss Salon & Spa is a Sole Proprietorship, For Franchise Inquiry: Send an email to Starbliss_spa@yahoo.com /

 * Addresss:  #67 Timog Avenue Corner Scout Torillio QC.

My Love Affair with Coffee

Published June 22, 2010 by Mrs. Universe Philippines 2020 - Star Villanueva

Sharing one of my many published articles in Qatar Airways Q’ways magazine but this is the shorter version because I intentionally removed the research part such as benefits & side-effects of coffee to avoid some references issues. After being absent for 2 consecutive issues due to my hectic flying schedule, Star Bliss Nails Spa marketing, client meetings, (lists goes on) now I’m back again to writing. Sometimes, I wish we have more than 24 hours each day to accomodate all my multi-tasking habit! But as mentioned to my previous post, I like it when I’m tired, let me now share my love affair with coffee…

If there was one thing my friends & family would be jealous about, it would most likely be coffee. I drink it everyday, I think about it all the time and to say the least, my life has somehow revolved around it. The influence that coffee has brought into so many aspects of my life is astounding. One would probably find it hard to believe that coffee has influenced my work, lifestyle and health, among so many other things.

To start the flight right, I would drink coffee, then I’ll drink again during the course of the flight until the end to boost my energy. The dosage of which is enough for me to go malling or sight-seeing. Being in the airline industry for quite sometime, coffee running through my bloodstream is an understatement. The kind of lifestyle I have intensely requires tons and tons of coffee. It has become a way of life, a part of my system. I should have included coffee in my “All Time Skin & Beauty Secret Post”.

 Nothing is quite as sweet as that first sip. Nothing is quite as warm as that mug against my hands. Though many, many more cups will follow this one each day, that first sip, that very first cup, is special. And so are the other dozen I’ll have for the day. I honestly don’t know how many cups of coffee I slug down each day. I don’t count — I drink. Hence, I’m so hopped up on caffeine that my body twitches with a speed of an Oryx!

This is my love affair with coffee and I intend to make it last. Coffee & Me, Me & Coffee. We make sweet music together and it is this perfect harmony that makes me fall for it madly and deeply each time. 

Star Bliss Nails & Body Spa – Now Open For Franchise!

Published May 3, 2010 by Mrs. Universe Philippines 2020 - Star Villanueva

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

OUR VISION
To be the top full service spa center.

MISSION STATEMENTS
We are dedicated to provide CUSTOMER SATISFACTION through rendering of professional spa services and the delivery of high quality products. In our quest for excellence, we are committed to continuous training, research, and application of new technology.

THE PEOPLE ARE OUR GREATEST ASSET. We develop our people to their fullest potential by providing training and opportunities for growth and advancement. We ensure good working conditions, compensation based on performance and attractive benefit program. The interest of the company and the employees are inseparable.

* Star Bliss Nails & Body Spa is backed by trained and experienced people . The spa service business has the fastest growing niche market in the industry today.

* Star Bliss Nails & Body Spa is a Sole Proprietorship, For Franchise Inquiry: Send an email at Starbliss_spa@yahoo.com

* Qatar Airways Crew – Transport / Pick up from Diamond Hotel can also be arranged just call us up at or message us in Facebook.

My Very Own Star Bliss Salon & Spa

Published April 27, 2010 by Mrs. Universe Philippines 2020 - Star Villanueva
“Be Pampered Like a Star…”
 
 Every once in a while, we all deserve to indulge and pamper ourselves so we can recharge our tired mind and body. I’ve always enjoyed pampering myself by going to spas. Just early this year my mom and I went to The Spa then out of nowhere we had a conversation about starting our own spa business. It was more on kwentuhan lang na parang nangangarap because It’s my dream talaga to have my own spa since I‘m a self confessed spa addict. I didn’t know that my mom was so serious regarding our conversation! Nagulat na lang ako meron na daw 2-storey space for rent siya na nakita, the location was very nice. It‘s in Timog Cor. Scout Torillo in Quezon City (in front of Off The Grill-Near Jade Valley) it’s near lots of restaurant so that it would be convenient for our customers to buy snacks in case they got hungry and also walking distance from condos, schools & other establishments and there are many parking lots available.

 
 * I’m planning to put up a branch near my condo in Mckinley, if anyone is interested to franchise just let me know.  
The treatment rooms/beds has the warm and luxurious feel, enhanced further by ambient lighting and the sweet scent of aromatic essential oil in the 2nd floor for massage, scrubs & waxing services, while the 1st floor mainly caters foot spa, manicure, pedicure & Hair Spa services. (Will post the list of services soon).
 

* Pang billboard sa Edsa hehe!
 
Last year, I already set my mind that I’m going to resign this year, but while my spa is under construction, I overspend unexpectedly then decided to extend my flying career a “bit” more!
 
For Franchise Inquiries/Appointment:
Star Bliss Nails Spa Timog Cor. Scout Torillio
Starbliss_Spa@yahoo.com
Contact#: 3329172 / 5461764
or Leave a message @ FACEBOOK

My Curls Are Back!

Published December 3, 2009 by Mrs. Universe Philippines 2020 - Star Villanueva


*After 9 hrs flight, more than 30hrs of being awake, no make-up at all, this is me around 1pm…


*….and this is me around 5pm, after 3cups of coffee, after 4hrs of sitting there.

Went to Tony & Jackey Salon in Tomas Morato Branch to have my 2nd digital perm. They charge P3000 pesos for korean hair products in any length of hair and P5000 for L’oreal. The difference is that you can use the korean products if you have healthy, virgin hair. For my hair they recommended L’oreal products because I’ve told them I had a digi-perm last May 2008.
Related Posts:
1st Digi-Perm @ Tony & Jackey

After 9hrs flight from Doha, Immediately went to SM Mall of Asia, to finish off my last session of upper lip laser Hair removal, then from MOA went to Tony & Jackey. After series of washing, putting hair products and digital perm machine. The complete procedure ended after 4hrs! Even if I’ve had 3 cups of coffee, I’m still so sleepy that time but I’m glad there is WiFi atleast there’s something for me to do. After that my family pick me up and had a dinner in Shangri-la Restaurant in West. Ave. Then back to Diamond Hotel for early morning wake up call for tomorrows’ flight. I’m so glad I had 4 Manila flight last November! =)
* Dinner time @ Shangri-la with my dear family…

 

Doha Home Makeover and Christmas Tree!

Published November 28, 2009 by Mrs. Universe Philippines 2020 - Star Villanueva

We only have 9 days OFF in Doha each month because most of the time we are out of country, all over the world or simply flying but it’s always good to know that at the end of the day, after a tiring flight you’ll go home to a clean and homey atmosphere so we’ve decided to makeover our flat. (Flat is the common term used for Flight Attendant accommodation here in Doha, just like buying a condo unit you have a choice whether Flat or Loft.)

We want to convert our boring spacious living room into a lively area and our common dining area to a special one but that will not happen overnight because we have to clean first, do some laundry, lots of vacuuming, then my favorite part “Shop” for home accessories, Christmas ornaments and a Christmas tree!

A beautiful, symmetrical tree is a perfectsymbol of the Christmas season. But simply by decorating it you’ll create a one-of-a-kind memory of the season…

 * This is our ordinary and not so lively living room, we rearrange it and transfer one sofa to another location in the flat near our rooms.

  * The Dining Table used to be there, now it’s our welcome/chill area since it’s directing towards the main door and that’s our little Christmas tree. It may not be as big like the ones back home in Manila but what’s more important is to feel the essence of Christmas… It’s the thought that counts! =)

* Pictures in our Flat (Taken last Feb 2007)

 

Journal of an H1N1 Patient

Published July 9, 2009 by Mrs. Universe Philippines 2020 - Star Villanueva

 

I want to share this information as a caution for all of you to be more aware of the pandemic.

 

 

I never imagine myself to be hospitalized and rushed by the hospital by an ambulance because I rarely get sick. Even If you surround me with people with cough or runny nose I will be the only person who won 19t be affected. Even if I took vitamins without food I won’t be acidic. Even if I ate different cuisines or try out many desserts my stomach won’t be upset nor sleep deprivation won’t stop my body from being well.

 

 

But when I got sick, it’s always controversial! The last time I’ve been hospitalized was during the midst of Dengue outbreak when I was in high school because of Dengue Fever. Also had Chicken Pox during summer of 2002, when I was 17 years old and about to enter college! It was horrible! Every time I look in the mirror I was crying because I look like a zombie!

 

And to date while H1N1 pandemic are still going on. I became a suspect patient and rushed to the hospital after 4 days of experiencing the symptoms.

 

My previous flights are Manila & New York from where we had a confirmed H1N1 case. I didn’t have any symptom by that time. I even flew to Milan on July 3-4 and I’m fine during the flight although I already have sore throat – Happy 4th of July! The following day, I had cough, body ache and slight fever but I thought I was just tired so I didn ‘t bother to go to the clinic, just stayed home and didn’t inform anyone.

 

 

Welfare office were calling me on July 6. To ask my condition because one of the crew I’ve flew with was already in the hospital and 2 crew from my accommodation are already in the hospital. I wasn’t  able to answer the phone it was on silent mode because I’m sleeping.

 

 

 July 7 – Though I’m not feeling well I still attended Q’ways Magazine Meeting. The meetings starts at 8am till 2pm, since I’m already within the vicinity, I headed to QRMC (Qatar Airways Medical Center). After speaking to the doctor she then recommends that I should stayed in Hamad Medical Hotel for some tests. The place was nice. It’s like real hotel. It’s used to be Athletes Village where the athletes stayed during Asian games in Doha. We were provided unlimited sandwich and bread, Tea/Coffee in the lounge and 4 Meals a day. Only had one complain –  NO INTERNET CONNECTION!!!

 

* To everyone esp. those crew I’ve flown with and people I’ve encountered double your vitamin intake and if you suspect any flu symptoms go to hospital immediately. We are exposed to different nationalities from all over the world. We might as well take extra measures to prevent any sickness. Health is Wealth and Internet connection is an asset!


 

* Especial thanks to Jero for cheering me up by calling at least 8 times a day. Ate Camille for cooking for me and for being “on call-24/7” and Gandings courtesy of Rachel for coming over just to bring something much much much appreciated! And Rumana for dropping me off to my accommodation such a big help… Sometimes you’ll find a helping hand to people whom you least expected…

What Matters Most

Published May 12, 2009 by Mrs. Universe Philippines 2020 - Star Villanueva

 

                                       
The worldwide economy might be recessing for now but no one can stop people from investing their money in the stock market or in other similar fields of

investment. Another way of investing your money is by buying jewelry. One of the reasons why this is so popular is because it’s not a fad, meaning Gold Diamonds are always in. It’s also in our way of life. Wearing jewelry has been a part of some cultures already. Another reason is it’s a low-risk investment because you won’t have to pay a large amount to own a pair of earrings. Should you ever need money, you can always pawn your jewelry to the nearest pawnshop, which is really convenient! =)

 

 

 

But still don’t forget to stay fit and healthy- because, health is wealth. Be conscious and keep track of your condition and do frequent exercises. Keep an eye on what goes into your stomach and make sure to take in only nutritious food such as fruits & vegetables, of course no one wants to get sick!

 

 

Lastly, save money. Save as much as you can. It’s one of the most essential Armour we must all keep in. Put this on top of your list and all else will follow. I’m not saying deprive yourself, of course it’s ok to spend and give some reward to yourself after a job well done but too much is not practical. Be smart to look on the cost of the goods you purchase and as much as possible, avoid spending too much on luxuries.


 

* Do you want to work away from your family or just stay home with your future children while waiting for your income? It’s your choice.
 

All about Eye-Cream

Published August 3, 2008 by Mrs. Universe Philippines 2020 - Star Villanueva

I began using eye cream when I started working. It’s been an important part of my skincare regime because I have sleeping disorder (I’m awake the whole night & sleeping during the day!) The eye area seems like the first area that aging can be seen obviously. If you’re a fan of moisturizers to keep your face supple & on a youthful glow include eye cream in your skincare regimen.

Clinique all about eyesOlay eye Cream

If I’m in a layover I’m using Clinique’s All about eyes rich, it’s in my vanity bag which I don’t remove in my suitcase that’s why. If I’m home I’m using Olay Eye Total effects. It has a good description in the label that says it gives a radiant glow and fights the 7 signs of aging all around the eye area. The Result is very minimal to me. I still have dark under eyes. So I tried other eye moisturizer along with Olay I’m also using Lancome D-Contraxol eye serum & Sometimes Lancome Renergie Eye Microlift. Whenever I feel like I also put St. Ives Eye & Face stress gel.

(Sa dami ng nilalagay ko sa eyes ko sana naman effective ang results… hehehehe)

Health Problems Related to Diet

Published July 29, 2008 by Mrs. Universe Philippines 2020 - Star Villanueva

A Healthy Diet

At least six health problems have been proven to relate to diet. The first four problems occur in children as well as in adults. The last two occur primarily in adults.

  1. Iron deficiency anemia

This type of anemia usually occurs between 6 months and 2 years of age. The main symptoms are fatigue and delayed motor development. Iron deficiency anemia can also cause behavioral symptoms such as restlessness, irritability, and poor attention span.

  1. Overweight

Obesity is one of the most common nutritional problems in this country. Obesity is also one of the most important contributing factors in heart disease, hypertension, and some cancers.

  1. Tooth decay

Tooth decay is more likely if a child has a lot of sugar in his diet. (Poor toothbrushing habits also contribute to tooth decay.)

  1. Intestinal symptoms

Too little fiber in the diet can cause intestinal problems such as constipation, abdominal discomfort, appendicitis, gallstones, and some intestinal cancers.

  1. Coronary artery disease

A lot of animal fat (especially cholesterol) in the diet contributes to coronary artery disease. This disease hardly exists in poor countries where the population subsists on low-fat, high-carbohydrate diets. It is also less common among vegetarians.

  1. High blood pressure

High blood pressure has been associated with an increased amount of salt or a decreased amount of calcium in the diet of some susceptible persons. Most people, however, get rid of extra salt through their kidneys and don’t develop hypertension.

RECOMMENDATIONS FOR A HEALTHY DIET

  1. Learn the four basic food groups:
    • milk products: milk, cheese, yogurt, and ice cream
    • meat/eggs: red meats, poultry, fish, and eggs
    • grains: breads, cereals, rice, pasta, and so forth
    • fruits/vegetables; may be consumed as solids or juices.

Twenty percent of a healthy diet should consist of milk, meat and eggs, and 80 percent should be vegetables, fruits, and grains. (Fiber is found in grains, fruits, and vegetables.) This is similar to the recommendations that children receive 55 percent of their calories from carbohydrates, 30 percent from fats, and 15 percent from proteins.

  1. Eat three meals a day.

Breakfast is essential for children. Skipping breakfast can compromise performance at school. For dieters, skipping breakfast usually doesn’t lead to weight loss. All meals should contain fruits or vegetables, as well as grains. Meat or milk should be included in two of the meals.

Eating snacks is largely a habit. Snacks are unnecessary for good nutrition but harmless unless your child is overweight. If your child likes snacks (and most children do), encourage fruits, vegetables, and grains, but don’t give them close to mealtime.

  1. Decrease the amount of fat (meat and milk products) in the diet.

Americans eat excessive amounts of meat and dairy products. Although cholesterol is important for rapid growth, children over age 2 should consume it in moderation (not eliminate it).

To decrease the amount of fat in the diet, follow these guidelines:

    • Remember that one serving of meat per day is adequate for normal growth and development.(Don’t serve meat more than twice a day.)
    • Serve more fish and poultry and fewer red meats, since the latter have the highest cholesterol levels. Lean red meats are lean ground beef, pork loin, veal, and lamb.
    • Trim fat off meats and the skin from poultry.
    • Don’t serve bacon, sausages, spareribs, pastrami, and other meats that have a high fat content. Cut back on hot dogs, lunchmeats, and corned beef.
    • Limit the number of eggs to 3 or 4 per week. (Eggs have the highest cholesterol content of any of the commonly eaten foods. The cholesterol in one egg is equivalent to the cholesterol in 14 ounces of beef, 1-and-1/2 quarts of whole milk, or 1 quart of ice cream.)
    • Serve 2 percent milk instead of whole milk for children over 2 years of age.
    • Decrease the amount of milk your child drinks to 2 or 3 cups per day. (Encourage your child to drink water to satisfy thirst.)

On the other hand, some teenage girls may need to be reminded to consume adequate milk products (the equivalent of 3 glasses of milk) to lay down the bone mass required to prevent osteoporosis later in life.

    • Buy margarine instead of butter.
    • Keep in mind that red meat may be hard to give up because of the widespread misconception that red meat helps to build muscle mass and strength.
  1. Increase the amount of fruits, vegetables, and grains in the diet.

Follow these guidelines:

    • Children should consume at least five servings of fruits and vegetables per day. (Fifty percent of American children eat only one fruit or vegetable per day.)
    • Try to serve a fruit at every meal.
    • Offer fruits as dessert and snacks.
    • Start every day with a glass of fruit juice. (Caution: limit fruit juices to 2 cups per day to prevent diarrhea.)
    • Since fruits and vegetables are interchangeable, don’t force children to eat vegetables they don’t like.
    • When making casseroles, increase the amount of vegetables and decrease the amount of meat.
    • Serve more soups.
    • Encourage more cereals for breakfast.
    • Use more whole-grain bread in making sandwiches.
  1. Include an adequate amount of iron in the diet.

Throughout our lives we need adequate iron in our diets to prevent anemia. Everyone should know which foods are good sources of iron. Red meats, fish, and poultry are best. One serving per day of these foods will provide adequate iron. Although liver is a good source of iron, it contains 16 times more cholesterol than beef and should be avoided. For young children who refuse meats in general, use low-fat luncheon meats as a meat source. Adequate iron is also found in iron-enriched cereals, beans of all types, peanut butter, raisins, prune juice, sweet potatoes, spinach, and egg yolks. The iron in these foods is better absorbed if the meal also contains fruit juice or meat.

  1. Avoid excessive salt.

Salt is not usually harmful for people without high blood pressure. However, to discourage a taste for excessive salt in infants do not add it to their foods. Remove the salt shaker from the dinner table. Use other herbs and spices instead of salt. Purchase salty foods such as potato chips and pretzels sparingly.

  1. Avoid excessive pure sugars.

Sweets are not bad, but they should be eaten in moderation. Most humans are born with a “sweet tooth.” They seek out and enjoy candy, soft drinks, and desserts. The main side effect of eating candy is tooth decay if the teeth are not brushed afterward. Eating food with a lot of sugar (“a sugar binge”) can cause, 2 or 3 hours later, jitters, sweating, dizziness, sleepiness, and intense hunger. This temporary reaction is not harmful and can be relieved by eating some food. A love of sweets is not related to obesity (if the total calories per day are normal) or hyperactivity. A high amount of sugar in the diet has not been correlated with coronary artery disease or cancer.

  1. Know what to eat before exercise.

Eating meat does not improve athletic performance. The best foods to consume before prolonged exercise are complex carbohydrates. These include bread, pasta (noodles), potatoes, and rice. These should be consumed 3 to 4 hours before the athletic event so they have passed out of the stomach.

Water consumption continues to be important up to the time of participation and every 20 to 30 minutes during the activity.

My Long-Term easy to follow diet

Published July 23, 2008 by Mrs. Universe Philippines 2020 - Star Villanueva

 

Not knowing the healthy benefits of it, I always like whole grain products such as bread, cereal, oatmeals & wheat bread eversince I remember. (Since I was in grade-school to be specific) I’m literally patronizing the high fiber diet  without me knowing it! I don’t even wanna call it a diet because it’s more of a routine for me. My grocery cart & suitcase on the way back to Doha (as shown in the picture) is usually filled up with oatmeal & granola bars – It’s my favorite anytime snack besides from chocolate. I ate a lot! I never deprive myself to eat whatever I want. If you deprive yourself you’ll just end up eating more. Another secret is that Eat-sleep-pattern is a big no-NO!!!

High fiber diet is "less strict" than many other diet plans. Just increase fiber consumption! Just focus on foods high in fiber so you should eat more whole grain foods such as cereals and bread. Fresh fruits and vegetables are also high in fiber, as well as being an excellent source of important vitamins and minerals. Fiber is important for the health of the digestive system and for lowering cholesterol. Foods containing fiber often are good sources of other essential nutrients. This diet +  some  yoga  stretchings = Flat  Abs!

 

 


On getting a healthy weight…

Published July 23, 2008 by Mrs. Universe Philippines 2020 - Star Villanueva

When it comes to nutrition, it’s easy to spend a lot of time worrying about what to eat. Just as weight gain is caused by eating more calories than you burn, the only way to lose weight is to eat fewer calories than what you burn. People can cut back on calories and lose weight on almost any diet, as long as they stick to it. The real challenge is finding a way to keep weight off over the long run.

Low-fat weight loss strategies don’t work for most people. Low-fat diets are routinely promoted as a path to good health. But they haven’t fulfilled their promise. One reason is that many people have interpreted the term “low-fat” to mean “It’s OK to eat as much low-fat food as you want.” For most people, eating less fat has meant eating more carbohydrates. To the body, calories from carbohydrates are just as effective for increasing weight as calories from fat.

Low-carbohydrate, high-protein strategies look promising in the short term. Another increasingly common approach to weight loss is eating more protein and less carbohydrate. Some of these diets treat carbohydrates as if they are evil, the root of all body fat and excess weight

* Regularexercise or physical activity can do everyone a world of good. It helps prevent heart disease, diabetes, osteoporosis, and a host of other diseases, and is a key ingredient for losing weight or maintaining a healthy weight.

My Favorite Chocolate Drink

Published July 22, 2008 by Mrs. Universe Philippines 2020 - Star Villanueva

One day, I’ve seen a commercial about a skinny woman tells you how wonderful it is to fit into her old clothes again. They show a picture of how she used to look, so you can compare it to her current body state. Then they will tell you how you can get the body etc.  I know I’m not fat but I’m not skinny either! Hehe! But I ate a lot! I crave sweets every hour of the day and I cannot resist it. So I’ve tried the slim-fast milk chocolate and really like it to help fulfill my chocolate cravings and it taste so good! I really like it!  Did it work? It work for me. I could drink one when I was reading my morning email and wouldn’t need to eat anything until lunch but during lunch I still eat. I never skip meal & I snack in between. I never deprive myself from eating because when you deprive yourself you’ll just end up craving more food!

Phyto Fiber diet drink

Published July 22, 2008 by Mrs. Universe Philippines 2020 - Star Villanueva


I ate a lot so I have to search for a helpful product that will help me maintain my weight.Well according to their ads it is a fast & effective way to eliminate congested waste matter, also helps lower bad cholesterol,
cleansing function and anti-oxidant properties that promotes better complexion and has an anti-aging effect.  Out of curiosity  I was able to finished 1 box which contains  20 sachet.  (it cost  85 riyals here in Doha)  I’m not sure whether  it’s effective or not  but one thing I’m sure of is you’re not supposed to drink  it if you have other plans rather than staying at home!  because you’ll  definitely  end up going to the toilet after or 5-6 hrs!!!  =)

Coppertone Ultraguard Sunscreen

Published July 21, 2008 by Mrs. Universe Philippines 2020 - Star Villanueva

Protect yourself from the harmful UVA/ UVB rays that cause skin aging & burning, for sunblock I preferred to use lotion spray because it’s easier to apply. You’ll just spray it evenly to your existing moisturizer 20-30 mins. before sun exposure. I bought this for only $12 last June ’08 with the sun’s harmful effect it must be used daily but I only used it  occasionally or whenever I feel like! hehe! =)

Coppertone