Ride a 6 Seater with UberXL: Special Mother’s Day Promo

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Uber has been a lifesaver for me and the kids. It’s hard to travel almost anywhere especially with small kids in tow. Having the Uber app has made things much easier. It’s been a good experience so far and I rely on it most of the time. For one the security gives me peace of mind and I’m kind of particular about cleanliness. With Uber I know I won’t be riding an old rusted up car but a clean and newer one.

I got an invite to attend the UberXL Special Mother’s Day promo event in BGC. Jael and I of course, took an Uber to the event.

The intimate discussion and activities were made just for us moms. We got to learn about more aspects of the app and most I wasn’t aware of. I’m usually pretty on top of things but I was surprised that I wasn’t taking full advantage of the app.

Cat Avelino, Head of Communications sat down with us to talk about some Uber highlights and what we could expect with UberXL.

The concept of six seater rides is not a new one but its one that I’ve been waiting for from Uber. Perfect example of when I would need this is today! The kids and I along with their friends are attending the YouTube Fan Fest and I was worried about how I would get all of us there together. UberXL to the rescue! Instead of taking 2 Uber rides we can all go in one vehicle.

Among the many things I didn’t know about the Uber app was the Family profile. My ears perked up at that as I have two teens that are often out and about. You can add your family members to your own profile and book rides for them (at your cost of course) and be able to track where they are on their journey. You get an alert whenever they book a trip.

Press the Menu button (upper left hand color (3 lines) | Go to Settings | Scroll down to Add Family Profile | Add Family members

You have to have a Payment preference though like connecting a credit card to be able to do so.

Uber drivers are constantly encouraged to improve their service. They have Smooth Driving Stats for comparison and a real time ID check where Uber drivers are asked to take a selfie and the selfie is compared to the photo on file. This ensures that the driver in your Uber ride is the assigned driver.

Another example of improving service is the Phone Movement alert where drivers are encouraged to mount their phones so they don’t text or call while driving. A speed alert is also available for drivers who drive excessively fast.

Brush Lettering with Ina Estrada

As part of a special treat we moms got to try our hand at Brush Lettering with Ina Estrada, freelance graphic designer. In elementary I always had the best penmanship. Today that’s far from what’s happening. I literally scribble and my mood dictates the legibility of my handwriting. Sad but true…

I was so excited to be learning this craft as it’s been something I’ve always had an interest in. We were provided brush pens and practice sheets. Ina gave a a short talk about the basics of brush lettering and I picked up plenty of tips from her.

Here’s me concentrating very hard and trying to perfect those wisps and light lettering styles. It’s really all in the heaviness of your hand and the confidence you need to write each stroke. My first attempts showed visible hesitation. As I went on though I could make better strokes.

Needless to say I’ll be practicing and dabbling in this more.

The first line was our guide while the next 2 lines were for us to practice on. Not too bad if I do say so myself.

Part of the activities included a Coffee Workshop as well. I’m not a big coffee drinker but I can always appreciate the art that goes into making those cups of coffee.

This Uber session has further put my mind at ease and I’m grateful for a service such as theirs. Keep UberXL in mind for those big family trips or outings with friends. Mother’s Day is the perfect time to try it as everyone will be out celebrating this special holiday for moms.

Happy riding and Happy Mother’s Day fellow mommies!

#UberMom #WhyWeUber

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JOHNSON’S® Research on Baby Sleep Leads to Launch of New App

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When it comes to raising a baby, a mother’s priority has always been about ensuring their health and development. For working moms especially, the ultimate challenge is getting the right amount of sleep for both her and her baby.

What with busy schedules and always being on-the-go, pioneer in the science of baby development, JOHNSON’S®, has developed a new mobile application perfect for all working parents. Featuring a set of proprietary and customized tools, the app is designed to be the ultimate sleep expert-partner for parents.

Tonight We Sleep™ App. Key Features:

Sleep Log: Parents are able to log-in a baby’s sleep schedules–- this includes the times and number of hours that baby sleeps and wakes—for close monitoring of a baby’s sleep patterns. This feature even produces a sleep analysis score that comes with recommendations from JOHNSON’S® sleep experts!

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Sleep Analysis: This feature provides parents with an analysis on a baby’s sleeping habits and provides answers to some of the most pressing questions parents may have. The results will come in according to the following sub-categories: General, Falling Asleep, Sleep Routine, Sleep Duration, Night Wakings, and Family and will likewise generate customized recommendations.

Ambient Sounds:  Research has shown that ambient sounds can help induce sleep (for adults, just as well, as babies). With this feature, parents can play DJ and mix up to four ambient sounds at one time; just the way your baby likes for bedtime.

Lullaby Playlist:  JOHNSON’S® Bedtime™ also boasts of a wide variety of lullabies that parents can pick from!  You can even set a playlist of up to four songs with no interruptions or advertisements. And the best part? The new lullabies have “all the science of sound embedded” so there will be no more second-guessing.

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Ask an Expert:  Parents also have direct access to JOHNSON’S® sleep experts who can answer all other sleep-related questions (not already addressed by the Sleep Analysis feature).

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“Sleep is very critical to a baby’s growth and development. That is why we created the first clinically proven routine together with an app backed by science, to lead to better nights for both moms and their babies,” shares Bessie Campillo, JOHNSON’S® Franchise Marketing Manager.

Sleep Medicine and Surgery Specialist Dr. Agnes Tirona-Remulla also shares, “One of the best ways you can get your baby to sleep is through a bedtime routine. When you commit to a bedtime routine, like the three simple steps of a bath, massage, and quiet time, you will see progress in your baby’s sleeping patterns and overall demeanor.”

She also emphasized that with better sleep, babies can enjoy a stronger immune system, improved social skills, and increased abilities in learning and memory.

Alongside the release of the Baby Sleep App, JOHNSON’S® also launched the first scientifically-proven bedtime routine, guaranteed to help you and your baby to sleep for an additional one hour in just seven days. More details about the routine can be found in the new app’s features.

The JOHNSON’S® Bedtime™ Baby Sleep App is now available to download on the Apple Store and Google Play Store for FREE.  You can also download it via the QR code here for easier access:


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More Savings Less Energy with the ASEAN SHINE Cost Savings Calculator

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The hot tropical climate is driving air-conditioning sales in Metro Manila, with one out of five households having purchased an AC unit in the last two years according to German-based market research firm *GfK.


Similar trends are seen in neighboring countries. A **joint 2015 study by the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) and the ASEAN Standard Harmonization Initiative for Energy Efficiency (ASEAN SHINE) revealed that air-conditioning accounted for almost half of the total residential and commercial power demand in Southeast Asia.

“Increased energy consumption translates to higher carbon emissions,” said Engr. Arthur A. Lopez, ASEAN SHINE Country Coordinator for the Philippines. “While air-conditioning has become indispensible to our comfort and productivity in the Philippines, we need better ways to meet our needs so we can reduce our environmental impact.”

As part of its efforts to aid governments in building a regional policy roadmap on energy performance standards for air conditioners, ASEAN SHINE has developed a Cost Savings Calculator that can assist consumers in choosing the best energy-saving AC unit for their needs.

More savings at less energy

The Cost Savings Calculator is a mobile app that enables retail salespersons to compare two AC models by calculating total ownership costs including purchase price and yearly electricity costs. The results demonstrate how more energy-efficient air conditioners can provide consumers with greater economic benefits.

“A five-star air conditioner might seem more expensive at first, but the long-term savings compared with that of a three-star unit only show that higher efficiency models help you cut down your expenses over several years,” Engr. Lopez said.

“Air conditioner manufacturers can see this as an opportunity to innovate more efficient units, ultimately helping the country reduce its carbon footprint,” he added.

Through the UNEP and the International Copper Association (ICA), ASEAN SHINE has also received a grant from the European Union (EU) to promote higher efficiency AC units by harmonizing test methods and energy efficiency standards across the ASEAN region. Many member states have already agreed to a uniform testing method based on ISO 5151-2010, which is the standard applied to non-ducted air conditioners and heat pumps.

The ASEAN SHINE Cost Savings Calculator is available via the Apple App Store and Google Play Store.

*GfK (http://www.gfk.com/fr/insights/press-release/strong-surge-in-ownership-of-air-conditioners-in-metro-manila-households/)

**joint 2015 study (http://web.unep.org/boosting-energy-performance-air-conditioners-asean)

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