Empowering Women in Subic: Connected Women Subic Hosts An Innovative Meetup Experience

  Exciting news for the women of Subic!  Get ready for the first Connected Women Meetup of 2023 , happening simultaneously in different municipalities across Zambales and beyond. The Connected Women Subic Meetup will be hosted by Jen Cajucom and co-hosted by Mitch Carvalho and Lynn Singian. It will be held on February 15, 6pm at Kairos House of Blends , located at the ground floor of the Balai Subik building along National Highway, Mangan-Vaca, Subic. And that's not all. Other municipalities in Zambales will also be holding their own meetups, with Myra Concepcion hosting Connected Women Castillejos, Melissa Moscoso for Connected Women San Felipe and April Mora for Connected Women Olongapo. This will be in conjunction with Connected Women's community-led meetups held all over the Philippines and in other countries. Since 2018, Connected Women meetups in Zambales have been hosted by Jen Cajucom and held as a single meetup for the whole province every 6-weeks. This time around, a

Bathroom Essentials You Just Might Forget

It is human nature to make mistakes, especially when one is undertaking something as overwhelming as a wholesale home redecoration or renovation project. This can be anything from taking a sledgehammer to the wrong wall to choosing the wrong curtains – they can be catastrophic or cosmetic, although to some people the latter might well equate to the former! It tends to be the smaller things – in size, not necessarily function – that escape notice. This is because the bigger, centrepiece items will be foremost in your eyes both literally and figuratively, as they draw the attention. But you ignore these things at your peril, as with just a little more attention you can get seriously increased functionality and style in your bathroom.

Tap Out

Now, you are well within your rights to say taps are taps, and that’s the end of it. How much complication can you introduce to an item of such straightforward utility? Well, as in most things, it’s the details that matter. I am shocked that many people still buy taps that use rubber washers. This is the same as using a mangle when we have washing machines (sort of). Ceramic washers are the very best option here as they do not wear out anywhere near as quickly, eliminating those annoying leaks. For extra elegance, why not try a waterfall taps, whose flow imitates that of the natural phenomenon it is named after. Something different,anyway.

Putting a Lid on It

Toilet seats are another thing that are tossed in the basket (online or otherwise) and fitted without too much of a thought. Thing is, this is one item you will see and use a lot, so why not make it unique by submitting your own design to a company and having them use decals or paint to make it for you? In practical terms, I always counsel getting a soft-close toilet seat, as not only does it protect the pan from damage but it minimises the time you are in contact with what is a germ-ridden item. Win-win.

Keeping the Heat On

This is all the more pointed now, as November segues into December and the mercury shoots for the nether regions of the thermometer. Heating the bathroom, for me, is non-negotiable, and I will go to almighty lengths to ensure I don’t have to step from the shower into tortuously chilly conditions. One way to do this is to ensure you get thermostatic radiator valves, which will work to ensure your bathroom is kept to your optimum temperature while minimising your energy use. Plus, the hands-off operation makes for a serious ease of use.

bathroom radiator valves

Photo credits:  bathempire.com


  1. Helpful tips that need to be followed by the homemakers. In fact, they need to know the essentials of the bathroom and the kitchen as a whole.

  2. Dr. Philip Tan-GatueDecember 18, 2013 at 8:05 PM

    I like sinks that are "one piece" - meaning there is are no separate parts. The spaces between the parts, especially the underside, may be areas of fungal growth.

  3. I want to have a car and I don't have any idea that there are stuff like this though I know if super foggy but Winter? I don't think I can handle such weather. So complicated!

  4. The roads are a lot slippery on winter so extra caution should be exercised.

  5. these are indeed the types of things that I truly sometimes forget, I am glad you've shared these ways now at least I can remember them.

  6. wow, that bathroom looks very modern, maximizing every space.

  7. one of my bathroom essentials now is a bathtub because the kids love warm bubble bath! we really have to save up for home improvement.


  8. I love well maintained bathrooms. And choosing the right bathroom fixtures is a must for me.

  9. Wow, that bathroom picture is immaculate. Wish mine is that sleek!


  10. your bathroom essentials list covers everything. I especially like the last because days when the temps dip down, it's really nice to come out of the shower on a warm and toasty room.

  11. candyzmakeuptreasuresDecember 19, 2013 at 7:36 PM

    I have wanted to paint our toilet seat for better
    appearance. Keeping the heat on can help prevent the growth of molds. Thanks
    for the tips.

  12. Good for wide-space comfort room. But what it is a small area CR, will this idea be applicable.

  13. I love the soft,decorative lid! It doesn't feel yucky while you're sitting on the throne. Ha! Ha! Ha!

  14. When it comes to the technical repairs in the bathroom, I don't have a say. It is the husband's job. Lol. I am only for everything that's needs to be in there. So when the motif for our bathroom is pink, blame me! And my girls. The husband is the only "he" in the family and I am just glad that he doesn't mind it if the rugs and many others are pink. LOL.


  15. I'm not really familiar with the kind of washers. Only used one kind since I was a kid. But these are good tips though :)

  16. This post reminds me of the Sanitation Hackathon sponsored by World Bank last year.

    It's a human right to... y'know. And I think it's also fitting to be in a toilet with the necessary items as one stays there for a few minutes to almost an hour to exercise the human rights. :)

  17. I for one loves a tidy and clean bathroom. Everything in there should be working perfectly. Heated water is very important to me too. So we are glad that we don't have problems with our radiator or heating system.

    Sweet Home Keeping

  18. The bathroom and toilet says so much about the people living in the house...I think, and maintaining it is a really big task. these are great points to start with in undertaking that task...

  19. One of the reasons why I love staying in hotels whenever I go to Manila is that their bathrooms is just heaven for me. I live in an urban place where bathrooms are not as fancy as those in the hotels. Hahahaha! :)



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