Sunday, November 19, 2017


When you spend a great deal of time online as a blogger talking about one new interesting thing after the other, it’s inevitable that you learn more of them as you go on. Like the concept of essential oils. They’re one of the most sought-after healthy-living products around, extracted from an expansive variety of plants and herbs, many of them therapeutic. The chemical compounds of these essential oils provide their original hosts with natural defenses to various ills, and these various resistances can be taken into by the human body when breathed in through a diffused form in the air.
Essential oils have been around even here in GenSan for so long. Now a new player in the market has entered the ring. They’ve even got a freshly engaging name: Young Living. But don’t let the name make you think that they’re some relative rookie in the essential oil business. Actually, Young Living has been on the international scene for over two decades now, and in fact they are the standard by which the purity and potency of essential oil products by various other companies are measured. You can ask for no other indelible mark of quality than this.
And believe me, Young Living are absolute professionals when it comes to ensuring the quality of their essential oil products, and the commitment they put into that promise, which they call “Seed to Seal.” They choose only the best seed species for essential oil-producing plants, cultivating the farmland where these worthy seeds are planted and harvesting only at the ideal moment. Young Living then uses their own distillation facilities to extract those precious essential oils, and use laboratory-grade equipment to verify the top-notch quality of every sample gained, before sealing the finished products and making sure they are delivered across the world to the doors of all eager and interested customers.
These are all important stuff to consider because Young Living only produces 100% pure therapeutic-grade essential oil blends, the number-one topmost of four grades for all essential oil products on the market. That means these oils and their blends have genuine therapy-based medicinal effects once taken into the body. And they can be done in several different ways: aromatically for a sweet fragrant experience, topically for a sweet sensation on your skin, or even internally by mixing a few drops with your beverage of choice.
You know what that means: essential oils of such high grade have so many ways to be put into use, so Young Living is taking the bold step of enabling you to try them all, courtesy of their Premium Starter Kit package. It’s got everything a newcomer to the wonderful world of essential oils needs to get the best first experience out of it. And what a way to go about it too; each kit starts you off with 11 different Grade-1 essential oils in 5ml bottles, each of which has a different but universally beneficial effect on you. Some of these oils can be used in all three methods described above, others can be just two of the three, but all of them are guaranteed to make you feel good as advertised.
From flowers to fruits, herbs to minerals, every source of essential oil in this starter pack provides benefits ranging from immunity boosts, improving blood pressure, relaxes muscles, relieves inflammation, boosts mental acuity and memory, the list goes on and on. Pick your favorite: lemon, lavender, and even holy frankincense; the possibilities are boundless.
One of the methods of essential oil intake is aromatic, so Young Living’s starter kit also includes an electronic diffuser of your choice in design. Adding a drop or two of their oils to the water inside the diffuser makes for a therapeutic aroma that would fill your room or workspace for hours. Or alternatively you can fit the AromaGlide roller attachment to a bottle of your choice for easy topical application on your skin.
It doesn’t stop there. Young Living wants you to try every option they have for getting some good therapeutic stuff in your system. That is why they’ve included two packets of their NingXia Red wolfberry supplements for a down-the-gullet infusion of rich nutrients with a genuinely delicious taste. The pre-added essential oils to the mix are just the icing on this healthy liquid cake.
The rest of your Young Living Premium starter kit is a fun way to share your own experience with others. There are oil sampler sachets and even empty oil sample bottles – 10 of each for both – with which you can pass around to your circle of friends. Who knows, they might enjoy the Young Living experience enough from your demonstrations to try the entire package for themselves. The company’s even gracious enough to provide business cards for easy contact. You can make a start at your own journey of discovery in the wonderful world of essential oils with Young Living by visiting them online at It could be the best change of your life.

Saturday, November 18, 2017

ASEAN Chairmanship Passes from PHILIPPINES to SINGAPORE

At the conclusion of the 31st Summit of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) in Manila earlier this week, President Rodrigo Duterte turned over his chairmanship of the regional intergovernmental association to the next in line, Singapore Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong. This has been the mandated routine of ASEAN, with chairmanship rotating between the incumbent heads of government of the ten member nations every year. This also indicates that the new chairman’s nation will serve as the host country for the next ASEAN Summit, the 32nd since its inception.
As CNN Philippines tells it, President Duterte and Prime Minister Lee underwent the ceremonial handover of chairmanship at the closing phase of the 31st ASEAN Summit last Tuesday, November 14. “As the Philippines’ chairmanship of ASEAN draws to a close,” Duterte noted in his turnover speech, “I reiterate my commitment that my country, as ASEAN Chair, will remain steadfast in upholding the ideals and values we hold dear and in working for the realization of our shared aspirations.” Afterwards he presented the symbolic ASEAN Chairman’s gavel to Lee, who then congratulated the Philippines for their excellent chairmanship of the association and hosting of the recently-concluded summit.
On his own acceptance speech for Singapore’s new leadership role for the coming year, Prime Minister Lee thanked the host nation’s contributions to the three “pillars” of ASEAN that were forged in the summit. These included the finalized Code of Conduct for Parties in the South China Sea, a new ASEAN-Hong Kong trade agreement, and a consensus between the member countries on migrant workers’ rights and protection. For the part of Singapore’s future chairmanship duties, he promised both innovation and resilience and a renewed push for full economic integration, the current ASEAN Holy Grail of agreements.
Also included in the handover ceremony was PM Lee’s announcement of the new ASEAN secretary-general to serve at their Jakarta headquarters, Brunei Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade permanent secretary Lim Jock Hoi. He will succeed Vietnam’s Lee Luong Minh for a three-year term.
The ASEAN chairmanship handover followed other Philippine-hosted gatherings with the association and other world nations such as the commemorative meeting with representatives of the European Union, and the East Asia Summit, both of which took place earlier that day of November 14. Another important summit that Tuesday was the Regional Comprehensive Economic Partnership (RCEP) Summit, between the ASEAN nations and other major Asia-Pacific countries with interests in the region.
Photo courtesy of Manila Bulletin News


It has been a source of contention between more open-minded Australians and their notoriously conservative government, something that has been granted already to a lot of countries in the world that have English as one of their official languages. Certain Australian celebrities like pop idol Kylie Minogue have spoken out against the numerous barriers that they feel have greatly stifled the LGBT community Down Under. Ultimately however, a national postal survey was carried out asking Aussies if they would like same-sex marriage to be approved in the country. The answer that came back: Gay marriage in Australia is a go.
CNN Philippines reports that the results for the mailed-in survey votes were announced by the Australian Bureau of Statistics on Wednesday, November 15. In it, 61% of the survey responders voted to allow same-sex marriage in Australia, with 38% voting against the measure. It has been determined that the total number of survey responders amounted to 12.7 million people, or 79.5% of Australia’s population across every state and territory. That makes the 61% “Yes” vote a majority, spurring the government to finally begin legislation on legalizing same-sex marriage in the country.
Celebrations erupted with gatherings in every major Australian city, but more so in Melbourne. Hundreds of the city’s LGBT community gathered with supporters to hear the results being released, and the announcement of “Yes” winning resulted in fireworks with rainbow-colored smoke, confetti showers, and loud cheers from a sector of Australian society feeling their relationships finally gaining a modicum of legal protection.
Among the jubilant celebrants are an LGBT couple, Jane Mahoney, 28, and Josie Lennie, 26, who hugged each other with tears in their eyes at the survey’s triumphant result. Asked by CNN what they plan to do next, they simply answered that they would tie the knot, and would likely wait for a few gay weddings to take place first while they look them over for ideas to use on their own ceremony.
With the will of the people known, Australian Prime Minister Malcolm Trumbull accepted the survey results of an overwhelming “Yes” vote, and called on the Parliament to complete legislation legalizing same-sex marriages before Christmastime. Speaking to reporters, Trumbull, who called for the national postal vote back in August, remarked that the public voted “Yes” for fairness, commitment and love, and now it was Parliament’s turn to see things done.
The mail-in survey started on September 12 with forms sent out to all Aussies who are registered voters at the time. They had until November 7 to return the surveys with their votes.
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