Intelligent, wearable health gadget “manipulates” you into running better

Before you write me angry emails about how I’m lambasting a wonderful gadget, let’s get one thing straight: Manipulation isn’t necessarily bad, especially if it’s something you signed up for.

If you’re anything like me, you know how important it is to get moving. And if you’re a lot like me, you know your, um, limitations.

The thing about limitations is that most of them are subjective. You say, “I can’t do it!” just because you don’t feel like it, not because you truly can’t.

Limitations, Shmimitations

Here’s another thing about these self-declared limitations: Since they’re based on your ingrained belief systems, arguing with you about why they’re not true can prove futile. Anyone with a psychology background will tell you that the more you argue about the delusions a person has, the more he’s bound to stand by them.

Predictably Irrational

The world of advertising has used this knowledge to their advantage. Dan Ariely, a behavioral economics professor, wrote Predictably Irrational to tell the world one thing about consumers: They are, well, predictably irrational. The more we know this, the more we can overcome the hurdles of our predictably irrational nature.

According to behavioral economics expert Dan Ariely, consumers are predictably irrational. Can the same be said about our behavior towards physical fitness?

Hence, the necessary role of manipulation – that is, if you want to push your so-called “limitations”. Now, are you ready to meet the gadget that can manipulate you into pushing yourself towards – and perhaps beyond – your limits?

The Healthier Alternative to Deep-Frying

When I said yes to Erwan Heussaff cooking for me (yes, he cooked for other people, too, but whatever), I thought it was another celeb-turned-entitled-chef and it was another poser foodie event.

Erwan HeussaffFoot in mouth, I tell you this: Far from being a famous poser, Erwan is smart. And boy, can he cook.

Well, color me wrong about my ill-informed presumptions! Thank you, Philips, for making this dinner happen. It’s nice of you to prove me way off beam once in a while.


Fried vs Air-fried: Is there a diff?

“Air is the new oil,” said Reah Ronsayro, business development manager for Philips’ Home Living, as she described the Rapid Air technology of their trademarked Airfryer. Erwan used the Airfryer – among other Philips kitchen gadgets – to prepare a five-course meal, which he cooked on the spot.

The Red Light

Here’s where Erwan Heussaff cooked for me. Oh, right, he also cooked for 14 other guests. (I keep forgetting that fact. Silly me.)

“Oleogustus, or the taste of fat, may soon be acknowledged as the sixth taste, right next to sweet, sour, salty, bitter, and umami. With the airfryer reducing oil use by up to 80 percent, will the taste of food deteriorate when air-fried? And with oil known to contribute to satiety, won’t we feel less full with air-fried food?” I asked.

Calling the Konsulta MD hotline: Is it worth your peso?

    If you have PhP150, what will you spend it on?


    Will you go to your favorite café to buy a mug of caramel macchiato? I don’t blame you. I’m all for a good caffeine fix. Will you buy an issue of your favorite magazine? Hey, reading broadens your horizons, right?

    But I bet you did not consider spending that PhP150 on a health hotline that you – plus three other loved ones! – can call as many times as you want, whenever you want, for an entire month. Well, here’s a wake-up call (pun intended): If you want the most out of life, you better consider making an investment on health. (If not PhP150, then just PhP15 – I’ll go into that later.)

    Konsulta MD: Disruptive health technology for Filipinos

    In August 3, Konsulta MD opened its doors – er, rather, phone lines – to the public, welcoming questions that revolved around health. Does weight affect one’s ability to get pregnant? Should you pile on your clothes or switch the electric fan on when your child has fever?

    Konsulta MDWho do you call for the answer? (Source:

    Do you go to the clinic or emergency room to have these questions answered? Do you go to Dr. Google?

    When you answer the above questions, you will realize that there is a major void in healthcare that needs to be filled.

  1. 1. We wait for hours before the doctor finally sees us at the clinic. (Imagine if you have two or more doctors to consult.)
  2. 2. We see grumpy doctors in the hospital who look like they have boycotted sleep for good.
  3. 3. We hear of people in the provinces complaining about not having enough doctors to address even their most basic of health needs.

All three scenarios above are about health but at first glance, they seem unrelated. Read between the lines and you’ll see the message staring you in the face: We have a shortage of doctors in the Philippines. And it may be getting worse.


Did you know that there are only 7 doctors for every 10,000 Filipinos? With about a hundred million of us populating our country to date, boy, are we in trouble. Filipinos want access to healthcare but problems in our current healthcare system make it difficult, if not impossible.

I’m sure there are more, but I can think of three types of Filipinos who can benefit from Konsulta. Curious? Here they are.


3 Types of Filipinos Who Will Benefit

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