• Mom we Love: Maricar Pastrana-Holopainen

    The co-founder of Urban Ashram Manila-Center for Yoga reveals she's a big fan of electronica music and beef salpicao.
  • Maricar Holopainen

    The best clothing stores for me is...
    For my yoga clothes, I shop online at Sweaty Betty, Lululemon, Hardtail, and American Apparel. For basic stuff, I  really like going to Zara, Mango, Massimo Dutti.

    The kind of music I listen to is...
    A lot of chill, house, electronic, electronica, music that is a little bit more ambient like  Avicii, Nicolas Jaar, Calvin Harris.

    The best compliment I’ve received is...
    “You look like you haven’t changed.” I think it’s a double-edged sword, it can work both ways. But I choose to take it as a compliment.

    The best recipe that I cook is...
    Beef Salpicao. I think it’s a versatile dish because you can serve it as tapas, you can make it a full meal and you can put rice all over it and garlic. And the longer you marinate it, the better it tastes, like adobo.

    My shortcut to feeling beautiful is...
    Sleep. Really good quality sleep. That’s all it is. You do that by getting rid of all the noise, you quiet yourself down. I would do some breathing exercises and really shut off any external stimulation, so I turn off all the lights. Set yourself up really well and then quiet your mind. It doesn’t matter how long you sleep. It’s the quietness of your mind. It’s the quality.

    My instant mood booster is...
    My breathing exercises in the morning. I do the Qi Gong exercises, which take about 7 minutes.  

    My favorite place for inspiration is...
    This house. Everyone has his own quiet place. If you want to engage somebody, you can. If not, you still have your own place.

    My most recent purchase is...
    A projector and a big screen. We watched Frozen here Saturday night. It’s cheaper than buying a flat-screen TV. For me that was the best sulit entertainment because the screen comes free with the projector.

    The best advice I’ve received  is...
    "Avoid future suffering and conflict." That’s from my husband. He says pain and suffering are inevitable, which you can’t control, but there are things you can control and avoid. So if you see that you’re headed for disaster by doing this habit, you want to avoid future suffering by stopping today. Lying, too -- you want to avoid future suffering? Then just tell the truth now. It sounds like such a negative thing, but it’s actually a really smart thing because what it does is it makes you stop and observe the situation, pause and breathe, and think “What should I be doing next?”.

    When I want to indulge, I...
    Some days, I don’t work the whole morning then I say “Okay lang, I’ll work in the afternoon”.

    I know I’m turning into my mother when ______.
    When I worry about my children, about things that aren’t happening that could happen and I eventually spend my energy worrying. You need to catch yourself and say “I need to get out of this loop".

    You know you’re a Filipino parent when ______.
    When you put twalya in the back of your kid’s shirt bago pa sila pawisan. There’s something about the sense of touch, you feel na inalagaan ka. The kids feel secure.

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    Read more about Maricar Holopainen's healthy lifestyle and parenting style in the May issue of Smart Parenting magazine, out in newsstands now!

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    Photos by Dairy Darilag. Hair and makeup by Ruel Papa





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