Surviving the 10-Day Lemon Juice Cleanse (Rappler.com)

NOTE: My first major piece for the year was the product of sacrifice, self-awareness, honesty, and a whole lot of lemon juice. THANK YOU to my editors at Rappler for allowing me to share this–and thanks to the many readers who made this one of the “most read” pieces for that cycle!

Sharing an excerpt here 🙂

"Surviving the 10-Day Lemon Juice Cleanse": A must-read on Rappler.com! :)
“Surviving the 10-Day Lemon Juice Cleanse”: A must-read on Rappler.com! :)

MANILA, Philippines – The Lemon Juice Cleanse, a.k.a. Master Cleanse or the Lemonade Diet, is a 10-day cleanse that involves fasting on all solid foods and drinking only a concoction made of freshly squeezed (or fresh pressed) lemon juice, pure maple syrup (grade B), and cayenne pepper. It was introduced by Stanley Burroughs in 1940 and regained popularity after pop icon Beyoncé Knowles reportedly lost at least 20 lbs. on the cleanse, for her role in Dreamgirls (2006).

A 3-time “survivor” of the cleanse, I first tried it in January 2009 as my way of detoxing after the holidays and preparing myself for a new job. I did it again in 2010 before embarking on the campaign trail; and, just recently, I did it a third time in order to “reboot” my system and get back on the path of health and wellness.

Here are some things I’ve learned along the way.

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Filipina wins first prize at prestigious ballet tilt (Rappler.com)

Published in Rappler.com (June 9, 2012)

AMAZING FORM. Power and passion combine in Adea and Cordero’s rendition of the Don Quixote pas de deux, choreographed by the late great French-Russian dancer and choreographer, Marius Petipa. Photo by Sakari Viika / Helsinki International Ballet Competition
AMAZING FORM. Power and passion combine in Adea and Cordero’s rendition of the Don Quixote pas de deux, choreographed by the late great French-Russian dancer and choreographer, Marius Petipa. Photo by Sakari Viika / Helsinki International Ballet Competition

MANILA, Philippines – 25-year-old Candice Adea, a principal dancer of Ballet Philippines, has won First Prize, Senior Women’s Division, at the recently concluded Helsinki International Ballet Competition, one of the most prestigious ballet competitions in the world. The competition drew 69 dancers from 28 countries, including the United States, China, Japan, Finland, Canada, Italy, and Cuba, among others.

Her partner, Jean Marc Cordero, also a principal dancer of Ballet Philippines, was a semi-finalist. He won a Special Jury Award for Best in Pas de DeuxTechnique (partnering).

Adea’s win makes her the first Filipino ballet dancer, male or female, to ever place first in a prestigious international competition. She beats the records of Lisa Macuja, who placed second at the Asia Pacific International Ballet Competition in 1987, and Christine Rocas, who placed second at the New York International Ballet Competition in 1997.

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5 things travelers hate about Manila — and how the city’s tackling them (CNNGo.com)

CNNgo - 5 things travelers hate about Manila--and how the city's tackling them (by Nina Terol-Zialcita)It’s a great city, but what’s with all the traffic and trash? Finally, Manila is trying to clean up its act

By Niña Terol-Zialcita 

For travelers used to efficient public transport, wide roads and a general sense of order, Manila’s careening jeeps and buses, overflowing trash and a globally “hated” airport are a shock to the system.

Bill Davis, an American missionary and editor based in the Philippine island of Palawan, calls it “benign chaos.”

“That’s how it seems to many foreigners,” says Davis, who has lived in the Philippines for 30 years and visits Manila several times a year. “Frenetic activity. Almost inconceivable numbers of people everywhere you look. All in motion. Noise, music, voices … [Filipinos] have a tolerance for crowds and noise, and actually consider it masaya (fun) …”

Fortunately, the Philippines is waking up to the harsh realities underscored by world rankings and social media rants. Using our trademark ingenuity and resourcefulness, we are now starting to address some of the biggest things that travelers hate most about this gateway to the Philippine archipelago.

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