Healthcare Now a Tweet Away

Manila, Philippines — April 12th 2016—During the last World Health Day on April 7th, Practo – the world’s leading healthcare platform, and Twitter partnered to make healthcare access easier than ever.
Twitter_Practo_4Twitter users can get their healthcare queries answered in real time via the @AskPracto handle. Users  can Tweet to @AskPracto and they will get responses in real time from verified doctors and experts via the Practo Consult platform.

Practo Consult is a platform that enables consumers to connect with verified, high quality doctors and get quick, free and authentic answers to their health questions. It receives questions from over 100 cities and solves one of the most fundamental healthcare problems that the Philippines faces – access to qualified medical professionals. It is already available on the Web, m-web, Android and iOS platform and starting today will be available via Twitter as well.

The integration goes live in three markets – India, Philippines and Singapore and will be available in English. It will soon expand to cover more countries and languages.

“This is a first of its kind solution in the world and we’re building this right here in India. The ease of access and simplicity will be disruptive in how people access healthcare information. We’re really delighted to partner with Twitter to bring this solution to our consumers and help millions live healthier, longer lives.” said Shashank ND, Founder & CEO, Practo.

“Twitter’s real-time, public and conversational capabilities helps people connect with things that matter, big and small. Our customer service partnerships are designed to improve user experience and access to daily utility such as real-time train schedules, pollution data, and customer care from brands. We are excited about our partnership with Practo as this addresses a fundamental need for users and opens up the benefit of real-time healthcare information access to millions of users in India, Singapore, and the Philippines,” said Ravichandran Bhaskaran, Head of Business Development, India and South Asia, Twitter.



Essential life hacks for people planning to live on their own

Manila, Philippines. April 12, 2016 – For those who have finally taken that crucial step into adulthood, nothing feels like the satisfaction and excitement of moving into their own pad.  However thrilling the experience may be, they shouldn’t forget the practical side—furnishing the new home with the essentials they need to survive on their own.  Here are a few practical tips to check out:

Hanabishi publicity pic 2Get multi-purpose items

Not only does doing this give more value for money, but it will also save on space. A sofa that converts into a bed would work wonders in a small studio, for example, as would a storage chest that doubles as a coffee table.

In the kitchen, avoid tools and appliances that can only do one thing. A multi-cooker like Hanabishi’s 9-in-1 will serve any college student, new graduate or young professional well. Not only is it an automatic rice cooker, it also functions as a broiler, braising pan, steamer, slow cooker, deep fryer, stir fryer, food warmer, and cooker for stews and even barbecue. Another multi-tasker is the Hanabishi blender which is good not only for making delicious, healthy shakes, but also for pureed soups, sauces, and dressing as well.

Invest in good cookware

The three most basic pots and pans for starter condo, apartment or townhouse are a stockpot (for boiling water, cooking pasta, making soup and stews), a saucepan (for making sauces, heating up soup), and a sauté pan (for pretty much everything else).

Make sure that the pots match the type of stove in the home, though. If using a stove like the Hanabishi induction cooker, the user needs cookware that are magnetic—cast iron, steel, magnetic stainless steel, and ceramic-clad or enamelled iron pots and pans. It may be worth investing in these because in the long run, one can save a lot on electricity by using an induction cooker.

Don’t forget the essentials

First-time independent girls and guys may overlook the small necessities—dishes, utensils, towels, and bed linen, but obviously these are needed as well. They don’t have to be matchy-matchy; in fact unmatched dinnerware has its own charm as long as the new nester can  pull it off with flair.

Prioritize good air circulation

Good ventilation is crucial to keep that pad from getting too stuffy. A good electric fan, like the Hanabishi Windmill, will keep the air flowing. Its internal motor is durable, as are the thick banana type blades, allowing the fan to keep the air moving at a comfortable velocity all day long. It also has a low electric consumption.

To up the coolness factor, consider the Hanabishi Air Cooler. It can lower the ambient temperature by 2 to 3 degrees—and in the sweltering heat, 28° is so much cooler than 30° —and can maintain the cooler air for six to eight hours. Keeping the windows open can also help with the air circulation, but this may leave the room occupant vulnerable to mosquitos, so it’s worth investing in an insect killer. The heavy duty violet light tube attracts and electrocutes flying insects, and since it emits no fumes of smoke, it is also better for the air quality.

Be practical

Good quality home products don’t have to come with a hefty price tag, so it’s a misconception to think that there’s a need to get the priciest items in the malls to guarantee good performance. Affordability can come with high quality, such as in the case of Hanabishi products.

It’s a great time to relish the joy of being on one’s own!