Why Shamcey Supsup Needs Hubby’s Approval to Post Baby’s Photos

Shamcey Supsup doesn’t want her daughter Nyke to ever feel pressured to do something she doesn’t want.

So to those who are asking if she and Lloyd will allow Baby Nyke to join pageants in the future, the former beauty queen says, “It depends, but it’s going to be up to her.”

This means that the one-year-old can choose to be the person she wants to be.

“We will just be there to guide her. It’s her decision.

“Sa akin, as a mom, magiging role ko is to tell her to finish school siguro.

“After that, kung ano gusto niya, we will let her do her thing,” she points out during a bag store’s recent event.

Nyke, whose full name is Nylah Kelsey, is so named simply because Lloyd wanted the name Nyke.

Her nickname came first so when they selected her full name, it stood for winner, brave, and goddess of victory.

Shamcey jokes, “So dapat panalo na siya.”

Unlike most celebrity parents, Nyke’s photos do not dominate her feed and Lloyd’s on social media.

The host/architect/restaurateur has two reasons: one has something to do with protecting her daughter’s digital footprint, the other is, “yung mga shots, hindi okay.”

Smiling, she says, “I think mas madalas on Facebook. I post videos kasi personal account.

“Yung mga lolo, lola na malayo, that is the only place for them to see her regularly, aside from messaging or video call apps.

“On Instagram, since public so here and there lang.

“Pero ang sarap i-document nung paglaki niya.

“Nung mas bata siya, mas maraming pictures.

“Now, ang hirap na kunin kasi ang likot na so less photos na rin.”

Lloyd plays an important role in Nyke’s social media presence.

Shamcey reveals, “I ask him, I show him first, siya mag-a-approve. Kasi ayaw niya mag-post ng pangit na picture ni Nylah!”

Meanwhile, as parents, the two relish the opportunity of working together, and, at the same time, being able to bond with Nyke.

“If we need to spend time at home, uwi lang kami.

“Bonding na rin namin yung if we bring her somewhere for quick check-ups or trips to the mall.”

This story originally appeared on Pep.ph.

* Minor edits have been made by the Smartparenting.com.ph editors.


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These Cool Backpacks Are Perfect for Every Disney Lover

No matter how old you get, Disney will always have a soft spot in your heart…and if you disagree, stop lying. We know you secretly clicked on our Disney-themed list! And because we love Disney as much as the next guy, we were thrilled to find out that they teamed up with JanSport for a wonderfully nostalgic backpack collection.

The Disney x JanSport Summer 2017 Collection is a limited-edition 32-piece range that features popular JanSport silhouettes clad in never-before-seen and familiar scenes from Mickey’s adventures. They’re perfect for kids and kids-at-heart!

Check out some of our picks:

Superbreak Gand Dot (P2,490)

Disney Superbreak (P2,490)

Disney Right Pack Expressions (P4,690)

High Stakes Forest Camp (P2,990)

Superbreak Hide and Seek (P2,990)

Right Pack Expressions Alpine Take a Hike (P4,690)

Disney High Stakes (P2,990)

Hatchet Mickey Floral (P4,290)

The Disney x JanSport Collection is now available online and at select retailers nationwide.

For more information, log on to JanSport’s Facebook page

This story originally appeared on Spot.ph.

* Minor edits have been made by the Smartparenting.com.ph editors.

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Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg Gives Great Advice In Harvard Commencement Speech

Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg delivered the commencement address to the class of 2017 at Harvard University. He himself only got his honorary degree from Harvard this year. He actually dropped out of the university in his sophomore year in 2005.

Zuckerberg began his speech by saying, “If I get through this speech, it’ll be the first time I actually finish something at Harvard.”

Zuckerberg, though, delivered one hell of a speech. Here are our favorite parts:

1. “My best memory from Harvard was meeting Priscilla [his wife]. I had just launched this prank website Facemash, and the ad board wanted to ‘see me.’ Everyone thought I was going to get kicked out. My parents came to help me pack. My friends threw me a going away party. As luck would have it, Priscilla was at that party with her friend. We met in line for the bathroom in the Pfoho Belltower, and in what must be one of the all-time romantic lines, I said: ‘I’m going to get kicked out in three days, so we need to go on a date quickly.'”


2. “Movies and pop culture get this all wrong. The idea of a single eureka moment is a dangerous lie. It makes us feel inadequate since we haven’t had ours. It prevents people with seeds of good ideas from getting started. Oh, you know what else movies get wrong about innovation? No one writes math formulas on glass. That’s not a thing.”

3. “Taking on big meaningful projects is the first thing we can do to create a world where everyone has a sense of purpose. The second is redefining equality to give everyone the freedom they need to pursue purpose.”

4. “Purpose doesn’t only come from work. The third way we can create a sense of purpose for everyone is by building community. And when our generation says ‘everyone,’ we mean everyone in the world.”

5. “We all know we don’t succeed just by having a good idea or working hard. We succeed by being lucky too. If I had to support my family growing up instead of having time to code, if I didn’t know I’d be fine if Facebook didn’t work out, I wouldn’t be standing here today. If we’re honest, we all know how much luck we’ve had.”

6. Millennials are already one of the most charitable generations in history. In one year, three of four US millennials made a donation and seven out of ten raised money for charity. But it’s not just about money. You can also give time. I promise you, if you take an hour or two a week—that’s all it takes to give someone a hand, to help them reach their potential.”

7. “Change starts local. Even global changes start small—with people like us. In our generation, the struggle of whether we connect more, whether we achieve our biggest opportunities, comes down to this—your ability to build communities and create a world where every single person has a sense of purpose.”

Watch Zuckerberg deliver his full speech below:

This story originally appeared on Cosmo.ph.

* Minor edits have been made by the Smartparenting.com.ph editors.


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Do You Really Need 8 Glasses of Water a Day for Great Skin?

There are two kinds of doctors. One scribbles prescriptions and may say little else. The other spends a good chunk of time talking about healthy alternatives because he does not wish you to rely on drugs alone. Dr. Howard Murad is the second kind, a dermatologist who gives equal importance to both face creams and lifestyle choices.

Murad has created a world-famous skincare line, researched water retention in cells, and promoted overall health in the book Conquering Cultural Stress. After years of clinical trials and case studies, he has also debunked conventional beauty advice and promoted his own findings.

Lesson 1: Eight glasses of water a day for hydrated skin is a “sham.”

IMAGE Pixabay

In his book, Murad cites a study by the National Research Council that recommends 2.5 liters of water a day. This information became oft-cited in media and espoused by physicians. But the second clause was left out: Most of this amount can be found in food items, such as fruits and vegetables. For Murad, it is better to “eat your water” than rely purely on a jug of water for those 2.5 liters. The water in fruits and vegetables has nutrients, and stays longer in the cells.

Lesson 2: Sitting all day is bad for the health.
Think only smokers are doing all-day damage to their bodies? Spending most of your day sitting may come close. Circulation is slower when you are seated. This means that “feel-good brain chemicals aren’t pumping as fast.” To aid circulation, dedicate work breaks for walking.


Lesson 3: Some fruits and vegetables are better bought organic.

Pesticide content is high when these fruits and vegetables are not grown organically: apples, celery, cherries, grapes, lettuce, nectarines, peaches, pears, peppers, potatoes, spinach, and strawberries.

Lesson 4: Good health and skin depends on how much water your cells can retain.
Amino acids, glucosamines, essential fatty acids, lecithin, and antioxidants make the cell lining strong and prevent water from seeping out. Remember these five ingredients when starting a new, healthy diet or consulting with a nutritionist.


Lesson 5: Four days of cellphone use is equivalent to 20 minutes of exposure to the sun.

Even the digital life can have unpleasant effects on the skin. Murad recommends having one unplugged day a week. Think of it as an invigorating treat for your mind, too.

Lesson 6: That said, Murad still recommends sticking to a four-step topical routine.

The conventional advice still stands: Cleanse, tone, treat, and moisturize every morning and night.

Murad MattEffect Blotting Perfector

Make sure that your skin is “soft and pliable a half hour after you wash your face.” If your cleanser leaves your skin dry, change it. A toner returns your skin to a pH level that helps repel bacteria, so don’t skip this step. Apply repair products such as retinoids and antioxidant creams before the moisturizer. In the morning, wear a moisturizer with SPF even if you are acne-prone. Those with oily skin may need more intervention. Use Murad’s MattEffect Blotting Perfector to set your liquid foundation after moisturizing. It can also absorb midday oil without erasing your makeup.

Murad is available at Rustan’s The Beauty Source.

This story originally appeared on Townandcountry.ph.

* Minor edits have been made by the Smartparenting.com.ph editors.


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Drew Arellano Reveals the Frustrations of a Working Dad

Travel show host Drew Arellano has one of the most desirable jobs. But with his new role as a father, the Kapuso host admitted that he’s been craving for more indoor adventures with his son Primo instead.

Drew, along with wife Iya Villania and Primo, talked about his new life as a dad at the BabyFlo event held at the Shangri-La EDSA Hotel in Ortigas Center last Friday, May 19.

The 37-year-old dad confessed onstage, “It’s hard for me to do my travel show weekly, you know. When I wake up somewhere and I’m not with these two, parang it’s not normal.”

All his life, Drew has been taught to prioritize family above all else. Having a family of his own now, the Kapuso host wanted to make sure that he’s always present in his son’s life. That was why Drew felt frustrated and worried when Primo barely recognized him during the first few months.

He recounted, “I’m sure hindi pa niya alam na I’m the dad, pero feeling ko alam niya that I’m just the clown, you know? First few months ni Primo, meron akong frustration and dilemma.

“Kung minsan, when we do the travel show abroad and we do it for a week… Whenever I get back from my travels, when I open the door na, tine-testing ko kung kilala na niya ako.

“Yung first few months, parang gaganyan ako, ‘Hello!’ Titingin lang siya for a few seconds na parang, ‘Who is this guy?’ And I’m like hurt! Super!”

It didn’t help that Primo’s face easily brightened up whenever he saw Iya around. But through Drew’s constant efforts to go home before six o’clock—a.k.a Primo’s bedtime—the father and son were soon able to establish their own bond. This meant a lot to Drew.

“Just by the mere fact na alam na niya, malaking bagay na sa ‘kin ‘yon as a dad. So, yeah, in the morning, slap in the face is like, ‘I love you, Papa!’ for me.

“Pak! I love you, Papa! Yeah!”

This story originally appeared on Pep.ph.

* Minor edits have been made by the Smartparenting.com.ph editors.


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Massage Places Under P500 You Can Escape to for Mommy Me-time

I personally enjoy a good massage. It helps me calm down on hectic days at work. While indulging once in a while in luxurious spas are great, it’s the underrated massage places that really take the cake when I’m super busy. If you’re game, you may want to visit those on this list, but don’t expect Jacuzzis and steam rooms and free tea after your session—these places are often simple and cheap, but they’re great in alleviating pent-up office-related tensions and giving you that boost you need.

Here are four that I’ve tried. If there’s a branch near you and you’ve had a heavy breakfast, you can opt to make your quick escape during lunch break and come back to your cubicle feeling refreshed.

1. Vibes Massage

“Vibes” stands for Visually-Impaired’s Brotherhood for Excellent Services. All their therapists are properly trained, very professional, and can seriously give you an awesome massage, whether you choose to have a 30-minute half-body or a one-hour whole body session. They offer Swedish and Shiatsu, but they’re best with Pinoy Hilot.

Location/s: Robinsons Forum, Robinsons Metro East, Robinsons Otis, SM City Bicutan, SM City Calamba, SM City Lucena, and other malls nationwide

Approximate Rate/s: P200-300 for half-hour; P400 to P500 for 1 hour

2. Beijing Foot Spa

Beijing Foot Spa doesn’t only offer foot massage, though it’s definitely their forte. Some of their packages include head, hand, arm, and shoulder massage, which makes them really sulit. If you often wear heels, this is definitely the place to go to. Just don’t be surprised when your therapist pulls out a pair of rubber hammers: they’re said to relax your muscles after a pressure point massage, but if you’re uncomfortable with the service, you can request to forgo it.

Location/s: Greenhills Shopping Center, Il Terazzo Tomas Morato, Lucky China Town Mall, Silver City Frontera Verde, Robinsons Metro East, Cherry Shaw, #47th Barangay San Roque

Approximate Rate/s: P350 for half-hour back massage; P500 for a one-hour-and-fifteen-minute foot massage (inclusive of head, hands, arms, shoulders and a quick back massage)

3. Bali Bliss Day and Nail Spa

If you’re into Balinese massage, then visit one of the many Bali Bliss Spas within and outside Metro Manila. You get the whole deal—a great massage, plus a bit of aroma therapy, and a really relaxing environment—for prices that won’t bust your budget.

Location/s: C. Raymundo; Greenwoods; Rosario, Manggahan; Kapitolyo, Pasig; Vista Verde, Cainta; Poblacion; UP Village QC; Lilac St., Marikina

Approximate Rate/s: P120-P170 for a 30-mintue whole body massage; P270-400 for one-hour whole body massage

4. Nisce Skin ‘N Face

Their Dead Sea Salt Scrub w/ Massage is pretty good, but that’ll take you more than hour to finish (since you’ll need to take a shower after the salt scrub), so the next best thing is their Tranquility Massage, which mixes both Shiatsu and Swedish techniques. It’s a great reward especially after a long meeting or an intense client presentation.

Location/s: SM Megamall, Mandaluyong

Approximate Rate/s: P499 for full-body Shiatsu/Swedish/Tranquility Massage for one hour

This story originally appeared on FemaleNetwork.com.

* Minor edits have been made by the Smartparenting.com.ph editors.


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Know the Different Kinds of Fish and How to Cook Them

If your seafood menu has become boring, try using other kinds of fish available in the market and see how easy it is to prepare them in different ways:

Apahap (SeaBass)
Apahap has delicate flavors and they are best when oven-baked or roasted, pan-fried, or grilled. Try this seabass recipe from one of our readers:

Bangus (Milkfish)
Bangus is a common fish variety that is used in most Filipino kitchens as it can be served any time of the day. How about smoking it (you can use it for omelet, too!), stuffing it for relleno, or using it in your sinigang?

Betilya (White snapper)
The betilya can be grilled, fried and served with soup or cooked with a tasty sauce. Try this Sarciadong Isda recipe to start with:


Blue Marlin (swordfish)
You can find Blue Marlin at bigger markets such as Farmer’s Market in Cubao and is best used for grilled and fried dishes. It can also be used for sinigang!

Danggit (Rabbitfish)
This salted and sun-dried fish is popular in Cebu, but it can also be sourced in bigger markets in Metro Manila. How to use it? Danggit may be used for pinangat, sinigang, and paksiw dishes.

Dilis (Anchovy)
Dilis, when it is dried, can actually be an appetizer. But this saltwater fish can also be fried and used in omelets and paksiw dishes.

Galunggong (Hard-tail mackerel)
Galunggong is usually pan-fried and served with rice, but you can also take it up a notch and serve it with gata (coconut milk).

Gindara (Oil fish)
Gindara is best when grilled and served with a teriyaki or a barbecue sauce.

Hito (Catfish)
Catfish is a common fish variety that can be prepared in a number of ways: use it for a seafood version of kare-kare, or as an appetizer in the form of a salad.


Labahita (Surgeon fish)
Labahita may be fried, or used in a sweet and sour fish dish. It is also great in sinigang or in a pinangat dish (either used with a souring agent such as vinegar or tamarind or coconut milk).

Lapu-lapu (Grouper)
The grouper is a versatile fish to cook with: it may be filleted and fried, steamed, or poached! The delicate flavors make it an ideal choice for adding other layers of flavors.

Maya-maya (Red snapper)
The red snapper is best used for sauce fish dishes: boiled and cooked with a light broth or a tomato-based sauce. It can also be used in kinilaw.

Pampano (Pomfret)
Pampano fillets may be grilled or used as a whole fish in saucy dishes such as a sweet and sour dish or served with a black bean sauce.

Tanigue (Spanish mackerel)
The tanigue can be used for fish steaks and kinilaw. It also works when grilled or used in a dish simmered in a coconut milk sauce.

There are many ways to prep tilapia: pan-fried, filleted and fried, grilled, or steamed!

Tawilis (Herring)
Tawilis can be found in Tagaytay but if you have access to this small fish, they are best enjoyed when breaded and fried to a crisp!

Additional inputs from Mira Angeles

This story originally appeared on Yummy.ph.

* Minor edits have been made by the Smartparenting.com.ph editors.


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Why It’s Okay to End Some Friendships Even When It’s Painful for You

Lovers come and go; but friends stay forever — or do they?

Some people think that breakups only happen in romantic relationships, but it could happen to friendships, too. And sometimes, it’s for the best. No matter how much you treasure your relationships, there will come a time when you can’t (and are not obliged) to maintain all of them, especially if it’s not doing you any good emotionally and mentally.

“A good friendship is a wonderful antidepressant“, says psychologist Janice Kiecolt-Glaser, director of the Institute for Behavioral Medicine Research at the Ohio State University College of Medicine in Columbus. “Relationships are so powerful, we don’t always appreciate the many levels at which they affect us.”

Now that you’re older and wiser, it’s time to be more careful when it comes to selecting friends you really want to spend the rest of your life with. Think of these as investments. It’s about time to cherish those who have stuck with you through thick and thin, and just let go of the toxic relationships that are stressing you out more.


Besides, letting go doesn’t mean you’ll leave them forever. For all you know, the break up could lead both of you to realize mistakes and end bad habits. Here are instances it’s completely understandable to cut the cord:

It’s always about them.

Whenever you try to open up about a problem, they always find a way to lead the conversation back to them and before you know it, all you hear is “I, me, and my.” So during those times when you needed a shoulder to cry on or advice on what to do, you ended up listening to their stories (that are likely to be repetitive).

You feel controlled or manipulated.

Have you ever felt the “friendship card” used on you? It’s when they ask you for a favor you’re uncomfortable doing yet they subtly force you to do it by saying, “Sige na, friends naman tayo eh.” Seriously, this could be one of the worst feelings since there’s a lack in sincerity. It begs the question of whether or not you’re really friends to begin with.

Everything is a competition to them.

Whether that’s at work or your love lives, everything seems to be a challenge for them to do better than you. And sometimes, instead of being happy for you and your accomplishments, they tend to get jealous and turn your win into something negative.


They always bring you down.

Naturally, friends are supposed to knock some sense into each other from time to time, but when they give constant (and unsolicited) negative feedback that’s not even called for in a situation, then you may want to think twice if your friendship is even worth it. Your friends should be your support group, not people who hurt you and put you down.

You don’t feel like yourself around them.

If you feel uncomfortable in their company, then maybe they’re not the right circle of friends for you. No real friend would want to make you doubt yourself or even make you feel bad about being who you are. So if you must, try to re-evaluate your relationships and see if they’re worth keeping. Remember, it’s okay to put yourself first, because at the end of the day, when everyone and everything is gone, all that will remain is YOU.

This story originally appeared on FemaleNetwork.com.

* Minor edits have been made by the Smartparenting.com.ph editors.


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13 Stylish Moms to Follow Online For Comfy-Chic Outfit Pegs

Motherhood is no excuse to start slacking in the style department—in fact, it becomes a wider avenue to experiment! After all, any mom knows only too well the challenges of staying comfy and chic at the same time.

In case you haven’t quite found your mommy #aesthetic just yet, let these 13 ladies point you to the right direction (while chasing after your toddlers, perhaps)!

Marian Rivera-Dantes


Georgina Wilson-Burnand


Sarah Lahbati


Kylie Padilla



Andi Manzano-Reyes


Andi Eigenmann


Maggie Wilson


Stephanie Zubiri-Crespi


Bea Soriano-Dee



Sam Richelle


Boom Sason


Pauline Juan


Eloise Alba


This story originally appeared on Preview.ph.

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6 Practical Hacks For Washing Your Bedding

It’s no secret that we begin and end our day in the comfort of our beds — in fact, some studies show that we spend one third of our life sleeping. This is why it’s very important that we make our resting space the cleanest and coziest spot at home.

Aside from tidying the room and decorating it with relaxing elements, investing in high-quality bedding is essential in creating a soothing environment. To help you take better care of your sheets, let these handy hints guide you:

1 Treat stains before loading your bedding in the washer. Remember, once spots have been “cooked” or dried, they become permanent. Try this hack: wet the stained area, apply dishwashing liquid, then scrub with a toothbrush before washing.

2 Unless there is no other way, do not mix the bedding with clothes that have hardware like big buttons, zippers or embellishments, as these rough textures cause pilling and abrasion in the fibers.

3 Use less detergent than the bottle recommends: if it says pour one cup, try using 3/4 only. Strong soaps weaken fibers over time, resulting to thinning or unexpected holes.


4 Avoid fabric softeners at all costs. While they leave a refreshing scent, they coat the natural fibers and break them down, resulting to thinning as well.

5 If you want soft sheets, try ironing them — this trick works especially well for cotton and linen sheets. You can do the same with your pillowcases, too.

6 For spare sheets, avoid storing them in plastic containers or big Ziploc bags as it can result in yellowing. Instead, you should find a spot for them in your closet or dresser as natural fibers need to be able to breathe.

PHOTOS and SOURCES: Target (Main) | St. Regis Boutique| theparentcue.org| Remodelista (Linen Logic: 20 Tips for Taking Care of Your Bedding)

This story originally appeared on Realliving.com.ph.

* Minor edits have been made by the Smartparenting.com.ph editors.


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