Sensodyne: Why Filipinos Say NO! [Breaking News]

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News flash: Filipinos are saying "No!" after GlaxoSmithKline (GSK) and the Philippine Dental Association (PDA) announced their partnership. But it's not exactly a bad thing.

But before I go further into details, here's some good news: Sensodyne toothpaste is now available at your favorite sari-sari store!

Spoiler: Vigorous toothbrushing might actually lead to tooth sensitivity! More myths debunked later.

"Sensodyne is too expensive." Does that sound familiar? I can't tell you how many times I've heard people say that. Too many people believe Sensodyne toothpaste is something they can't (or won't) afford to buy.

Sensodyne sachet

Little did we know that GSK has been listening to us all along. They now join the "tingi" bandwagon, giving us Sensodyne in sachets. Every sachet of Sensodyne has a suggested retail price of  PhP10.

Sensitive Teeth: You Probably Have It

About nine out of every ten people living in the Philippines actually suffer from symptoms of dentin sensitivity. (It's also what we all know as pangingilo.)

But people still don't put a primer on proper oral care because they think it's not as important as, say, exercising regularly or eating a balanced meal. (That's a myth, of course; dental caries have been linked to serious heart disease. But I digress.)

Yes, all you get from using Sensodyne may simply be relief from pain due to dentin sensitivity. But mind you, do not underestimate this pain!

Tooth sensitivity involves branches of the trigeminal nerve. Trigeminal nerve disease has been known to lead to severe pain syndromes. (You probably know what I mean if you experience ngilo while you enjoy your halo-halo this summer.)

Luis Manzano

Are you suffering from ngilo, even if brush your teeth regularly? I won't judge you. Actually, even the charming Luis Manzano confesses to a few oral blunders himself.

3 Reasons Your Blog is Broke

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Want to know the reasons your blog is broke? You have probably read about the first two reasons your blog isn’t earning. Here, we continue the list – and I’ll tell you why posting your selfies all over the place just might backfire on your blog.

Reason #3:
Your idea of earning from blogging revolves around - surprise, surprise - your own blog only.

Did you know that you can also earn from other people's blogs? Oh, you did? How come you haven't gone down that road yet?

There are websites who pay guest bloggers for excellent content. You don't always have to get paid for guest posts, but if you can get paid, why not?

If you haven't Googled for paid blogging opportunities yet, then you're not really serious about earning from blogging. Oh, you are? Then prove it; look for a blogging job, pronto!

FYI: I hate to rub it in, but websites will not hire you if your grammar sucks. Scroll up and see reason number 1.

Reason #4:
Your impression of social networks boils down to selfies and food porn.


Blogging: 5 Reasons Your Blog Isn't Earning

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There are many reasons you don't earn from blogging, but these five are at the top of the list. Spoiler alert: You might get butt-hurt.

You have a blog and you spend day after day trying to get people to read it. So far, your efforts have been futile - and this list tells you why. (Of course, I may be wrong. After all, who am I to tell you how to blog? Keep reading and be the judge.)


When I started blogging almost 10 years ago, I never thought it would be a major source of income. Like many other bloggers, I just wanted an online space where I could air my opinions. I realized years later that there was money online.

Of course, I didn't earn much from blogging back then. I had just graduated from medical school and maintaining a blog, more so earning from it, was not on my list of priorities.

5 Reasons Your Blog Isn't Earning

Things are different now. It has been about a decade since I first signed up for a blog and I have learned a lot about how the cogs and wheels of blogging work. I developed my own blogging standards and tried to stick to them as much as possible. Looking back, here are the five reasons my blog wasn't earning in the past.

Let's see if these are also reasons your blog is broke! Ready?

Reason #1:
You don't care much about your grammar because you claim you have a "personal blog".

I'm actually not a grammar nazi - skim through my blog and you are bound to find a grammar faux-pas or two. But not knowing grammar is different from not wanting to learn it.