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A closer look at Suzuki Ciaz.

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To be blunt, the first time I “encountered” Suzuki Ciaz was through an ad – there, the model unit was tan-colored (apparently they refer to this shade as “Prime Dignity Brown”) that, at any other time, may look okay, but didn’t do it for me because the shade reminded me of (sorry to say this) poop. So it was with abated breath that I waited for the unit to drive test to arrive (at my tita’s place in BF Resort Village in Las Piñas). A white unit (they call the shade “Pearl Snow White”) arrived, and I was pleasantly surprised that it didn’t look “wedding-y”; it was actually a pretty car (it isn’t drop-dead gorgeous, yes; but it’s not ugly at all).

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And so I was exposed to Suzuki Philippines’ entry in the sub-compact sedan segment, the Ciaz.

Ciaz – said to be an acronym for “Comfort-Intelligence-Attitude-Zeal”, and which actually replaces Suzuki’s SX4 sedan – is, to my surprise, a nice looking car, with no out-of-place parts.

On the outside, the car is elegant – e.g. there are no lines out of place/un-sexy edges (making it look even sleek/sporty), unnecessarily large grills (as if calling for attention), unsightly headlights (as if they’re too big for the model; this one has projector-type headlamps), et cetera. Particularly when considered front-facing (complete with the signature Suzuki “S” logo in front), Ciaz looks like an executive sedan.

Inside, the Ciaz continues to be not bad. Some features worth highlighting:

  1. Start with the all-black interior. Some may find this boring, but you know, black=class, at least most of the time. An issue for me here, though, is how easy it is to leave marks on… just about everything. I placed Baliwag chicken (inside a plastic bag inside a supot/paper bag) beside me, and upon removal, the mark left didn’t come off easily (no stains; but removing the mark was tedious).
  2. The gear stick is “supported” by the dashboard – i.e. you can see what gear you’re on right on the dashboard, as opposed to other cars that: A) relies on you “knowing” your car enough to trust your shifting; or B) somewhat forces you to look at the light that appears beside the gear. The somewhat tricky part here is when you’re turning (and may have to change gears), and the dashboard is covered by the steering wheel.
  3. The enhanced leg, head and shoulder room for all occupants (and I mean all). Ciaz claims to be the longest car in its class, measuring 4,490 mm (length), 1,730 mm (width) x 1,475 mm (height), with the car getting an extended wheelbase of 2,650 mm. Particularly when you check the back seats, the space is impressive – it ought to seat three, but four (admittedly slimmer) friends didn’t find the back tight at all. There are minute details worth mentioning – e.g. rear headrests don’t adjust – though these become trivial/appear like we’re nitpicking, considering that the back also has an armrest (as needed).
  4. A keyless push start system – i.e. “Look, ma, no keys!”.
  5. An Android OS-based multimedia system with mirror-link capability and GPS navigation (As a friend said, “It’s like having a tablet there.”). It’s not iPad-fast (or since it’s Android, Samsung-like); but considering that other at-par cars aren’t even touchscreen equipped, can’t complain on this one.
  6. The trunk space isn’t bad – e.g. I carried three sacks of gravel (over 15 kilos per bag) alright; and another time, a bicycle (with the wheels removed) fitted inside nicely (plus some bags). Forget trunk space flexibility, nonetheless, since the rear seats don’t fold in any way.
  7. Equipped with dual SRS airbags and ABS with EBD (on all variants).
  8. It even has a heater – sorta (initially) out of place in a tropical country, though coming in handy when heading to places like Tagaytay or Baguio City.

Ciaz is powered by Suzuki’s K14B 1.4-liter 4-cylinder engine, and come with VVT (variable valve timing; with the VVT emblazoned at the side of the car) to generate up to 92 horsepower at 6,000 rpm and 130 Nm of torque at 4,000 rpm. Obviously depending on the variant, the engine can be mated to either a 5-speed manual or 4-speed automatic.

But for me, more than the nimble performance, Ciaz also fares well because it offers a quiet(er) and smooth(er) ride. If you’re heading to Las Piñas coming from Pasay/Baclaran via Coastal, and turn right at BF Resort Drive at Casimiro/Alabang-Zapote, you’d encounter oh-so-many humps (not to mention potholes). Braving these (humps and potholes) didn’t bother me (and my passengers) at all. Turns aren’t problematic either (stable and quite sharp).

It’s this quietness that I also remember even in longer drives (e.g. Tagaytay) – though as my cousin (who also tried the unit) said, “this calm is tricky” as it “could cocoon you into a false sense of being secured”. More than once, I got a sense that Ciaz is a lightweight car (curb weight is 1,010-1,040 kilograms) because I could “feel” big (e.g. trucks) or speeding (e.g. jeepneys driven by barumbado drivers) vehicles “pushing” me, so that I had to cut speed (then at 80kph). And you know that oft-repeated stories about smaller cars, that when you reach a certain speed, your control over it lessens faster, too? I had some moments like those in Ciaz, too…

Fuel use isn’t fixed. In ideal (and I’d say often city driving) conditions, just as when I received the unit, the dashboard boasted that consumption is at 8.8L/100 km. Driving around the city (e.g. from Las Piñas to Quezon City), this went to 8.1L/100 km. And on the way to Tagaytay, this went up to 9.1L/100 km. I’d say more than acceptable…

To sum up, this isn’t gonna be on everyone’s must-have car (particularly with cars fast mimicking tech goods, with newer units released before you can say “HELLO!”). There’s bound to be a model (or two, or three – depending on needs and budgets) that one would want to get hold of. But having said this, Ciaz is not at all a bad car particularly in its category. Sleek (even sexy), not-a-bad performer, no voracious gas guzzling, et cetera, it’s not surprising for Ciaz to be noticed. And so, yes, I do see you Ciaz…

The Suzuki Ciaz is available in five colors (Pearl Snow White, Metallic Star Silver, Metallic Mineral Grey, Pearl Super Black, and Prime Dignity Brown), and sell for P738,000 (GL M/T), P773,000 (GL A/T), and P888,000 (GLX A/T).

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M.D. dela Cruz Tan is the founder of Zest Magazine. And no, the initials (i.e. M.D.) do not make him a "medical doctor" (as many have erroneously thought in the past); he is actually a graduate of Bachelor of Arts (Communication Studies) of the University of Newcastle in New South Wales Australia (just don't ask when, he says). He can: photograph, do artworks with mixed media, write (of course), shoot flicks, community-organize, facilitate, lecture, research (with pioneering studies under his belt)... this one's a multi-tasker, who is even conversant in Filipino Sign Language. Cross his path is the dare (read: It won't be boring).

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Efficascent Boost launched, designed to provide powered-up ‘roll-axation’

Efficascent Boost is specifically created for the convenience of individuals on the move. This roll-on allows for quick and hassle-free application.

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These days, one can hardly take a break to relax amid busy schedules. Millennials and Gen Z, in particular, are having a hard time catching up with the demands of work and side hustles. Some get overwhelmed by juggling multiple responsibilities and an active lifestyle, which can take a toll on one’s physical and mental well-being.

Enter Efficascent Boost, designed to provide that powered-up “roll-axation” for those quick breaks.

Easy-to-use roll-on applicator

Efficascent Boost is specifically created for the convenience of individuals on the move. This roll-on allows for quick and hassle-free application. Whether you’re at work, in the gym, or on a weekend adventure, Efficascent Boost can leave you rejuvenated with just a few swipes. Simply roll it onto your shoulders, back, and arms, and you’ll feel the cooling sensation and refreshing scent.

Cap massager for muscle relaxation

Efficascent Boost goes beyond just a roll-on applicator. It also features a cap massager that helps relax tired and sore muscles. Make the most of your break time by using the cap to gently massage your shoulders, back, and arms. Now you’re ready to take on the world even after a long day at work or an intense workout session.

Cooling sensation

The Efficascent Boost formula ensures that you experience a long-lasting invigorating effect when you are feeling hot and sweaty, or simply need a quick pick-me-up. The science behind cooling sensation has shown that it can help reduce pain and inflammation, making Efficascent Boost not only a relaxation tool, but also a potential aid for muscle recovery and relief from minor aches and pains.

Refreshing scent

In addition to its revitalizing properties, Efficascent Boost also boasts a refreshing scent that can awaken your senses. The pleasant aroma is carefully crafted to provide a calming effect to help you unwind. Whether you’re in a crowded subway or a stressful meeting, a quick application of Efficascent Boost will transport you to a state of tranquility. It harnesses the power of scent to enhance your relaxation experience.

Compact, convenient, and all-around

Efficascent Boost’s compact size and easy-to-use roll-on applicator make it the ideal companion for busy bees. Whether you’re traveling, working, or hanging out with friends, it can easily fit into your bag or pocket—relief right at your fingertips. Efficascent Boost is also not limited to just one area of the body. It can be applied to various parts, such as the neck, wrists, and even the soles of your feet.

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Doogee T series tablets equip with TÜV Rheinland-certified display for eye protection

With TÜV Rheinland Low Blue Light Certification, eye comfort can reduce 50% harmful blue light of wavelengths between 415nm to 455nm which is harmful to the eyes. The Doogie T series, with this certification, offers better eye comfort for daily use, day to night. Users using these tablets can look at the screen for a long time without hurting their eyes.

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Committed to offer high-quality mobile devices with cutting-edge features and stylish design for its customers, the Chinese-owned mobile device maker Doogee recently introduced in the Philippines its Doogee T series of budget tablets consisting of T10S, T10, and T30 Pro, equipped with an IPS FHD screen that is TÜV Rheinland-certified to protect users’ eyes.

The display has a pixel density of 224 pixels per inch which is certified to be safe for the eyes by TÜV Rheinland eye safety standards. It also has a 60Hz refresh rate with resolutions of 1200×1920 pixels (for T10) and 1600×2560 pixels (for T30 Pro) to view any content on the tablet with good color accuracy and brightness for a better viewing experience. The display also has a narrow bezel that offers greater visual impact.

Doogee has made the tablets’ screen eye-friendly by TÜV Rheinland Low Blue Light Certification. Using this display, users can watch their favorite movies and videos without becoming tired of them. The Doogee T series has three screen modes: the Dark Mode, Sleep Mode, and Eye Comfort Mode which help reduce the exposure to blue light for better eye protection, healthy vision and lower risk of eye strain and stress at all times.

With TÜV Rheinland Low Blue Light Certification, eye comfort can reduce 50% harmful blue light of wavelengths between 415nm to 455nm which is harmful to the eyes. The Doogie T series, with this certification, offers better eye comfort for daily use, day to night. Users using these tablets can look at the screen for a long time without hurting their eyes.

Jom Alovera, E-Commerce manager at Doogee Philippines, said “eyes will be protected as Doogee tablets have a TUV-Rheinland certification for low blue light, meaning, you can add longer streaming time with your favorite tablet. You’ll also be able to enjoy your favorite content on a bigger screen.”

The TÜV Rheinland Certification serves as the new quality standard for mobile devices which the Doogee T series has obtained. This shows the brand’s commitment to produce more quality products equipped with the latest technology to protect users.

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Calm-a-lung for a healthier life this Lung Month

It’s alarming to see that many take their lungs for granted and forget to care for them. Unhealthy habits or wrong lifestyle choices such as smoking can have a grave impact on the health of our lungs.

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Lungs do more than just help us breathe. They work hard to provide the body with oxygen and protect it from harmful substances through coughing or sneezing. By keeping the lungs strong and healthy, we keep the body strong and healthy as well, enabling us to enjoy and live our life to the fullest.

It’s alarming to see that many take their lungs for granted and forget to care for them. Unhealthy habits or wrong lifestyle choices such as smoking can have a grave impact on the health of our lungs. 

Focusing on the risks of stress, when not managed properly, stress can worsen the condition of those suffering from chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) and asthma, two respiratory disorders that are common worldwide and in the Philippines. Stressful situations prompt the body to release hormones such as adrenaline and cortisol, which cause rapid breathing. This can make breathing even more difficult for a person suffering from COPD or asthma and can cause them to panic. Between managing the symptoms of both conditions and dealing with daily responsibilities and commitments, stress will only exacerbate a patient’s condition.

August is National Lung Month, OMRON Healthcare, one of the most trusted brands for clinically proven medical equipment among Filipinos, hopes to emphasize the importance of taking care of our lungs properly and urge Filipinos to make this an utmost priority. OMRON offers innovative tools to help patients with respiratory diseases rise above COPD and asthma and manage their symptoms better for an improved quality of life.

Breathe with ease at home

COPD, a respiratory disease caused by smoking tobacco, remains the third leading cause of death worldwide, according to the WHO. It currently ranks as the seventh leading cause of poor health worldwide as measured by disability-adjusted life years. In the Philippines, where smoking is prevalent, COPD is among the top 10 causes of mortality.[1]

Asthma is another common health challenge for many Filipinos, affecting approximately 11 million or 1 out of 10 Filipinos, according to the Global Asthma Report. Sadly, 98 percent of Filipino asthma patients do not have access to proper treatment.[2]

Knowing how to manage the symptoms of COPD and asthma makes a positive difference in the quality of life of patients. Lifestyle changes such as quitting smoking, eating healthier, staying active, and getting enough sleep will certainly make a significant improvement in one’s health.

Home health management can help a lot. Home nebulization therapy is a safe and effective treatment for patients with COPD or severe asthma. It has the same effect as oral medication but with a much lower and more manageable dosage.[3] Here, the patient inhales the mist and the medicine is then delivered directly to the organ where it is most needed for a much more immediate relief for the patient.[4]

Calm-A-Lung and nebulize at home and on the go

An advocate for accessible health management and solutions, OMRON launches its Calm-A-Lung campaign this National Lung Month to make quality health treatment more accessible to Filipinos who need it most.

Getting respiratory relief in one’s home brings unparalleled comfort and puts the patients’ minds at ease. With the OMRON Compressor Nebulizer or NE-C801, every nebulization experience will feel like a breeze. This compact and lightweight nebulizer is the smallest and most convenient tabletop nebulizer and is designed for easy setup and use. The NE-C801 is powered by CompAir, which provides highly efficient nebulization and administers medication as effectively as other models three times its size. It produces small particles the size of MMAD 3µm so that the medicine can flow smoothly and easily all the way to the user’s lower airway.

Asthma attacks can happen anytime and anywhere. This is what makes the condition so stressful, especially for children and their parents. Whether at home or on the road, unforeseen episodes of asthma attacks take away the fun and happy mood of the day.

With the OMRON NE-U100 or Mesh Nebulizer, patients can take the medication and get the respiratory relief they need anywhere and anytime. This portable nebulizer is also battery-operated so users don’t have to worry about finding a power outlet to use it. With its pocket-sized design, users can take it anywhere and use it in whatever position they are in, even when they’re lying down, without causing any spills.

Nebulizers have unique and specific features designed to address different patients’ needs. That is why it is best to choose the nebulizer that is more suited to the condition of the user and the nature of their ailment or symptoms.

This National Lung Month, let’s start making smarter choices to improve our lung health, including managing our stress and finding the right tools to ease any respiratory challenge. OMRON’s home nebulizers not only make the nebulizing process a little more stress-free and comfortable but also help in effectively managing the symptoms of respiratory diseases, giving our lungs the love and care they deserve.

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