• Surprising Uses Of Downy Fabric Conditioner | Mea in Bacolod
    Surprising Uses Of Downy Fabric Conditioner
    Posted in: Featured, Guides

    We commonly use Downy fabric conditioner on clothes since that’s what it’s meant for. However, there are other practical uses of the product that many of us don’t know about. As a mom, you have to get creative to get the most out of the products you use. In this guide, I’ll share how I use my Downy fabric conditioner for chores other than laundry.


    The Many Uses Of Downy Fabric Conditioner Around The House

    I’m currently in love with the scent of Downy Sweetheart from the Perfume Collection. It’s hard to break the scent down, but in my non-professional opinion, it’s a mix of floral, clean and sweet scents. I don’t know why but, to me, it smells adorable. The pink packaging really suites the scent.

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    Moving on to the uses! Listed below are ways on how I use my 900ml Downy Fabric Conditioner:



    I use the fabric conditioner in all of our clothes and linens. Sometimes, however, I feel like I need to reinforce the scent. So, what I do is put some of the fabcon into a clean, empty spray bottle. I dilute it with water and spray it on clothes and sheets whenever necessary. 1/4 of the bottle I fill with the fabcon, then the rest is water.



    I use the same mixture above to spray our room. It feels great to walk into a clean room that smells as fresh as flowers. Because our pillows and sheets smell the same, Downy Sweetheart’s scent is boosted when I spray it in every corner of our bedrooms.



    Moving on to the bathroom. Whenever the faucets or shower head needs polishing, I spray them with the fabcon. I don’t mix anything with the solution. The concentrated liquid will work as is. I put it into a clean spray bottle and I directly spray it onto the grimy fixtures. Let the liquid soak for a few minutes, then wipe all the hard-water stains away. It could also work on sliding shower doors and mirrors.



    This tip I read on other blogs. I tried it myself and it really works. To clean different hard surfaces, I mix one part of the fabcon to 4 parts water. Again, my container of choice is the ever trusty spray bottle. I spritz a good amount on a surface I want to clean, then I wipe the dust away. This technique also repels dust since there’s a thin film of fabcon on the hard surface.



    Nobody likes a stinky gym bag. When it’s time to clean out mine, I wash it first. I dry it under the sun for a couple of minutes. Then, when it’s dry, I spray it with the same mixture of fabcon and water I use as a linen freshener and room spray.


    Practical Mommy Hack

    You don’t have to buy a whole bottle. You merely have to go to the “tiangge” nearest your house and buy a sachet for only five pesos (P5 MSRP). A practical way to approach this would be to use an empty spray bottle (from your old colognes), just wash and reuse it. Or, better yet, you can simply put: “Buy Downy Fabric Conditioner” on your grocery list so you won’t forget.

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    CityMall Mandalagan: First Movie Theater with Recliners in Bacolod
    Posted in: Featured, Where to Go

    Last time, I wrote about the opening of the cinemas at CityMall Mandalagan and Victorias. Recently, CityMall Mandalagan just added a new movie theater feature that will make more Bacolodnons want to enjoy a film within its doors. CityMall Mandalagan is the first movie theater with recliners in Bacolod. If that doesn’t amp up your movie viewing experience, I don’t know what will.

    My Experience In The First Movie Theater With Recliners In Bacolod

    Along with other guests, I was invited to experience the new Premier Cinema and, of course, the recliners. Located on the second floor, next to Cinema 1, there are only forty (40) seats available. You can choose where you want to sit when you purchase your tickets.

    Inside The Cinema

    You can expect the inside to be similar to smaller movie theaters without a balcony. There are tiers of chairs, separated into sections by lit stairs. The floors are lined with plush carpets. The A/C, safe to say, has more than enough horsepower to keep the entire cinema cool.

    Movie Theater With Recliners - Bacolod City - Mea in Bacolod | CityMall Mandalagan

    The chairs have a bit of a distance from each other so you will never feel like everything is crammed into a tiny space. Even the aisles are spacious! Usually, in regular cinemas, you would have to place your bags on your lap if someone wants to pass through your row. But with CityMall’s Premier Cinema, you won’t have to do this. You’ll have enough room to place your bags on the floor and stretch your legs.

    Ze Lazy Boys

    The pièce de résistance are, definitely, the recliners. Because CityMall Mandalagan’s cinema is the first of it’s kind in the City of Smiles, they went big. Instead of regular lazy boys, they went with electric ones that have a button on the side for easy reclining.

    How to use the controls: you will find the button at the lower part of your right armrest. The button should be lit with a blue light and divided into two halves. The first half allows you to recline with your feet up, and the second one gets you back to an upright position.

    FAQs About The First Movie Theater With Recliners


    1. How much per ticket?

    The price for one movie ticket is P250 pesos.


    2. Can I bring my own snacks?

    Nope. You would have to purchase your snacks at the cinema’s snack stand. This means that you cannot bring outside food.


    3. Where’s the restroom?

    The restroom is actually outside the cinema. You would have to do a bit of walking if nature is calling. However, during the viewing event, they opened an exit door which is a shortcut to the restroom. You won’t have to go outside.

    I’m not sure if they’re going to open the same door when regular viewing schedules resume, but I hope they do. It’ll be easier for viewers to access the restroom without missing a good chunk of the movie.


    4. Where can I find the movie schedule?

    You can double check the latest movies, their prices and their schedules at CityMall Cinema’s official Facebook Page. Click HERE to go to the page.


    5. Is the movie experience really that amazing?

    How amazing your movie experience will depend on you. During the viewing event, we watched The Greatest Showman starring Hugh Jackman and Michelle Williams. It’s a musical (and I love a good musical) so I had a great time. You’ll definitely have a comfortable and leveled up movie experience, if that’s what you want to know. Besides, if you’re already paying P200+ for a movie ticket in regular cinemas, why not pay a  little bit more for premier seats?

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  • Irvins Salted Egg Potato Chips - Taste Review
    Snack Review: Irvins Salted Egg Potato Chips
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    Irvins Salted Egg Potato Chips - Taste Review - Mea in Bacolod


    “Dangerously Addictive” – with this kind of tagline, you really have to wonder how Irvins Salted Egg Potato Chips taste like. In case you didn’t know, Irvins Salted Egg is a snack. Basically, you can imagine potato chips with a coating of egg yolks. It was originally sold in Singapore but, it has reached the shores of the Philippines through online marketplaces like Lazada as well as through the official Facebook Page which you can check here.

    Irvins Salted Egg Potato Chips

    The bag was given to me as a gift. This post was not written out of sponsorship.

    I got to taste the legendary Irvins Salted Egg Potato Chips when I was given one bag as a gift. Thank you to Sir Jonathan for the thoughtful gift bag. On to my thoughts!


    Irvins Salted Egg Potato Chips - Taste Review | Mea in Bacolod

    Based on their PH Facebook Page, the price of a 105g bag of Salted Egg Potato Chips is P300 while the 230g bag costs P600. The bag I got was 105g which is 20g more than a bag of sour cream flavored Piattos. You would think that the price is a bit steep for one bag of chips but I think it’s reasonable enough because it is imported, the demand for it is good, and the net weight is just right.  It’s also pretty flavorful but we will get to that next.

    Is It Really Addicting?


    I have to be honest. I didn’t like it when I first tasted it because it’s a bit weird to the tongue. It’s unlike any potato chip I have ever eaten. The texture is a bit grainy. You’re tongue’s going to identify some saltiness, sweetness, and spiciness. I guess my brain wasn’t ready to process all of these flavors. And, as you can see, it is a bit oily.



    But, as I tasted one chip after the other, I developed a taste for it. I didn’t even notice that I already consumed half of the bag. Naturally, I didn’t share this snack with my husband and my son. I had to have this one for myself. So, YES it is addicting.

    When Should You Buy Irvins Salted Egg Potato Chips?

    Personally, I wouldn’t eat this on a regular basis. It’s one of those snacks that you don’t want to have too much of because the taste might get dull for you. This is just for me, of course. You can choose to have it every day if you wish, but I think that this is ideal as a gift or “pasalubong“. It would also be nice to have a bag in your pantry just so you have your own stock when you get the craving for it.

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  • New Years Resolution And Achievements - Mea in Bacolod
    2018 New Years Resolution & MNB Achievements
    Posted in: Diary, Featured

    2017 was probably the year that allowed me to learn the most life lessons. Whether it was in the area of love, family, business, health, friendship or blogging, I had more epiphanies than I could chew. But, that’s a good thing. Although I didn’t want extra stress in my life, I couldn’t do anything about the circumstances that came. I powered through each one because I didn’t have any choice but to do so. Doing this helped me arrive at a new years resolution that I am definitely going to stick to this 2018.

    My New Years Resolution: Purpose

    Everything I do, I need to do it with purpose. I want to love with purpose, build friendships with purpose, build a family purposefully, and blog with a purpose. You know when you just go through life aimlessly doing all the mundane things that you ought to be doing? My 2017 was fairly close to that. I did, however, garner a few victories blog-wise.

    Blog Achievements By Yours Truly

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    • Globe Media Awards 2017 – Shortlisted for Blogger of the Year
    • Globe Media Awards 2017 – Shortlisted for Social Media Advocate of the Year
    • Office of The Governor Negros Occidental Tourism Division – Plaque of Appreciation for the Negros Bloggers
    • Rotary Bacolod South – Won Beauty Blogger of The Year (thepracticalbeauty.com)
    • Blogapalooza: Generation D – Attended the event in Manila

    My Plan For 2018

    Because my main goal is to go through 2018 with purpose, I promise myself to do everything with a goal in mind. I want to be healthier, spend more time with my family, earn more but work less, blog more, grow my network, grow my business (Messy Bessy Bacolod) and all that good stuff. I’m really looking forward to what this year has in store for me. I personally want to thank all of my readers for supporting my blog one way or the other. My hope is that you also live your life with purpose. Happy new year!

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  • Attend Yoga Classes in Bacolod - Mea in Bacolod
    Why You Should Start Attending Yoga Classes
    Posted in: Diary, Featured

    Why You Should Start Attending Yoga Classes

    I only started doing yoga semi-seriously this year. I was consistently putting off attending a class the year before this because I thought that yoga was only for thin people. I opted for the DIY approach for my yoga classes to avoid being in a group; I started following YouTube videos. When I finally took my first class at the LotusSpace here in Bacolod, I realized that there were yogis (people who practice yoga) who are built the same as I am. After that, I slowly began to practice some more through videos online. It was when my friends Myzha and Jade invited me to join Kath Martinez’s yoga class that I became hooked.

    L-R: Jade B., Yours truly, Myzha C, at Kath’s Studio.

    Why I do Yoga

    Personally, I practice yoga to center myself and work on my awareness. The more aware I am of my mind and body, the more of myself I know. Deep stuff, right? I also do it because it is a form of exercise. Although it won’t help me lose pounds quickly, I’m happy to be on the journey I am taking.

    TIP: Yoga is all about self-discovery. Most of the time, you don’t go into the practice with a pre-determined purpose so don’t worry if you can’t answer the “Why I do yoga” question yet. As you practice, the answer will be gradually made clear.

    Why You Should Do Yoga

    There are plenty of reasons why you should consider attending yoga classes. The benefits are numerous. I can’t really speak for all yogis reading this now, but, personally, I have noticed a major difference with the following:

    • My concentration has improved. I’ve been more productive recently. I guess my mind is clear enough to think about other things that I need doing.
    • I have more energy to burn. It may sound ironic to say that I have more energy the more I do yoga, but it’s true. My body feels lighter, and I don’t feel as sluggish as before.
    • I eat less. I promise you that I have not been eating the same way as before. I don’t have as many cravings anymore.
    • I am motivated to improve, not just in my yoga practice but, myself as a person.
    • I handle my time better. This is probably because I have also improved my mindfulness of time and of things around me.
    • I am more flexible. I sit in front of my computer most of the time because of work. Usually, my limbs feel numb or stiff after a few hours. But, thanks to yoga, I no longer have the problem. My back pains have also diminished significantly.

    There may be other benefits that you can reap from attending yoga classes. Improved blood circulation is one of them. Improved overall mental health is also another. And, the chance to practice with others who are on a similar path to self-discovery as you can be very encouraging.

    TIP: You have to be comfortable with your yoga class. That means trying out one class at a time to see how you like the students, the teacher, and the studio. Find a class that you will be most comfortable attending.

    What You Need To Get Started (Plus DOs & DONTs)

    Now let’s talk about your yoga stuff. When you finally decide to take yoga classes, you’re going to need some basic stuff to get you started:

    1. Yoga Clothes

    The first things that you’re going to need are yoga clothes. Gym clothes will work as long as they’re not too lose or they don’t make you feel restricted when you do the poses.

    • DO use fabric softener with your non-sports clothes. I use the Downy Antibacterial solution for my shirt, tank tops, and towels. I usually wear a top or shirt over my sports bra. I also bring towels for my sweat. The anti-bacterial fabric softener ensures that my shirts and towels are clean (bacteria-free) and won’t stink.
    • DONT use fabric softener on your sports clothes without reading the washing instructions. Sports clothes are made of a special kind of fabric that’s breathable and that easily absorbs sweat. Fabric softeners may affect its stretchability and breathability. It would be ideal to use Downy’s Antibacterial on sports clothes but not before reading the washing instructions.


    2. Yoga Mat

    I bought my mat at a store at SM City Bacolod for less than P700. It’s actually just a sports mat. What would be better is a non-stick mat so it’s easier to do the poses. I’ll show you guys what the mat looks like on another post.

    • DO clean your mat regularly. Clean it right after you use it. I’m currently using an organic surface cleaner from Messy Bessy Bacolod.
    • DONT roll your mat up while it is still wet. To avoid bacteria from building up, make sure that you air dry your mat first before rolling it up and tucking it away.

    Those are all the things you need to get started. Actually, even if you don’t have a mat yet, you can still attend your yoga classes. Most yoga studios have mats that you can borrow so all you really need are clothes to practice in. If you have more questions about my yoga practice, send me an email or leave me a comment below. Don’t forget to LIKE my page for different blog updates.

    READ ALSO: What You Need To Know Before Going To Yoga Classes

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  • Manokan Country Chicken Inasal from Bacolod | Mea in Bacolod
    First-Timers Guide To Eating Chicken Inasal at Manokan Country
    Posted in: Budget Eats, Featured, Where and What to Eat


    The Manokan Country near SM City Bacolod has been serving the infamous Bacolod chicken inasal for, I don’t know how many, years. It’s been there ever since I was young, and, as far as I can remember, I and my family have spent numerous weekend dinners there.

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    The Manokan Country is not a place for you to wine and dine but it’s always packed.

    After all those dinners, you would think that my family would be fed up with the inasal there by now, but no. We keep coming back for more and, apparently, the rest of the world keeps coming back for more inasal as well.

    Eat Bacolod Chicken Inasal at Manokan Country

    Because of it’s age and the consistency of the taste of the Bacolod chicken inasal served, the Manokan Country has become a part of every visitor’s Places to Eat in Bacolod list. But, here’s the thing. If it’s your first-time visiting the Manokan Country, you’ll have a whole array of restaurants to choose from. The place isn’t called “country” for nothing. There’s, probably, more than ten places that serve Bacolod chicken inasal.

    How To Choose Where To Eat

    I recommend going to places that you’ve already heard of. We have always gone to Aida’s. When I was younger, I clearly remember my mom knowing most of the old staff’s names. There’s also Nena’s, I think there’s Nena’s I and II. I don’t remember eating at any other place at the Manokan Country.

    How To Eat Bacolod Chicken Inasal

    Eating inasal (barbecue) is a no-brainer but there’s a way Bacolodnons eat chicken inasal that makes the experience a little more enjoyable. Here’s how you can do it:

    1. Sawsawan Perfection

    Sawsawan means sauce in our local dialect. I’m sure that there are more types of sawsawan for Bacolod chicken inasal, but I have always stuck with just two: original and sinamak combo. I made up the names of the sauces, of course.

    To me, there are two types of sawsawan: original and sinamak combo.

    As soon as you are seated, the waitress will give you small dishes for the sauces, plus calamansi and chili peppers. Your sinamak (a special concoction of vinegar and other ingredients) and soy sauce will be on your table. To make the original sawsawan, combine calamansi, soysauce, sinamak, and chili peppers (crushed; optional) into your small dish. The sinamak combo, on the other hand, is a combination of sinamak, calamansi, and chili peppers (crushed; optional).

    2. Talaba – Your Opening Act

    Talaba is a popular appetizer at the Manokan Country.

    You’ll have to wait while your Bacolod chicken inasal is being grilled. While you wait, order an appetizer – talaba (oysters). We’ve always ordered talaba before we dig into the rice and inasal.

    3. Prepare Your Rice

    Don’t be stingy with your chicken oil.

    No, I don’t mean that you need to cook your rice yourself. As soon as your rice is served, prep it with chicken oil and salt. I don’t know about those who have eaten chicken inasal before, but Bacolodnons are generous when it comes to pouring chicken oil on rice. My husband sprinkles a little bit of salt on his rice after he pours the oil.

    4. Small Gulps

    Take small gulps of your drink to make more room for your inasal.

    You’re going to want to enjoy more of your chicken inasal so make sure you don’t drink as much coke or water. Make room for the inasal you’ve been dying to eat.

    5. Hands-on Experience

    Always use your hands.

    There is no other way to eat Bacolod chicken inasal – you have to use your hands. You can use a spoon and a fork too, but it’s tradition. The sinks you will see at the restaurant are specifically for handwashing before and after you eat your Bacolod chicken inasal.

    Please be reminded that the Manokan country isn’t a place where you can dine and wine. It’s more informal and Bacolodnons like it that way. So, next time you visit my city, go to the Manokan Country and enjoy our inasal the way we do.

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