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Best Thrift Stores In Metro Manila For Unbelievably Sick Finds

July 05, 2017
Shopping is probably one of the more done things by Filipinos. However, the best stuff to pick up might hurt the pockets of some. Why is this so? Because the "more-common" items are most likely mass-produced.  But did you know that there are thrift stores in the Metro that are sometimes better than "branded items"



Yes, what's actually great in Manila is that it contains a number of thrift stores for the millennials.  To point it out, thrift stores doesn't always mean what you think.  Overused, dirty, dusty, etc, is probably what you're imagining right now.  Yes that is what thrift stores are but if you take a look at these shops, you might change your mind and directly head on to these stores.
Well what I can guarantee is a good find with a good price.  So, what are we waiting for? Here is the best thrift stores where you can drop by and score good finds!

Anything Antique and Old - Bangkal

If you love anything old and vintage, then you must prepare for Bangkal.  They have everything from furniture, sculptures, to novelty finds.  You can buy designs here for your own personal space at home.
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These items are truly remarkable if you are looking to let the inner ancient Filipino in your house.  Make sure to wear airy-outfits because the place is not airconditioned.  In addition to that, the place is jam-packed with vintage stores in one row.  You might get extremely uncomfortable especially with our current weather.
Address: Gen. M. Hizon St. Bangkal, Makati City

Books (Bookay-Ukay) - Maginhawa


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If you live around Quezon City, then you've probably heard of Bookay-Ukay.  This bookstore is home to a ton of books that come in good prices. Bookay-Ukay is one of the thrift stores in metro manila that offers unbelievable availability of books you haven't seen in your local book shops.  They have a diverse collection of books that you wouldn't want to miss.

Trying to find a book that you want to finish next? Head to Bookay-Ukay and amaze yourself with what you can buy.

Address: 78 Maginhawa St., Teacher's Village East, Diliman, Quezon City

Anonas Ukay (Clothes) - Anonas


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Although we know of a lot of ukay-ukay in the Philippines, the Anonas Ukay-Ukay is just one of the few thrift stores in Metro Manila you wouldn't leave without buying something.  Standing four floors high, the Anonas Ukay can definitely make you want to go back when you pay a visit.  It's a dream come true for bargain-hunters; imagine buying stuff for the price of P20.00?

If you're expecting this place to be dusty and unorganized, think again!  It actually is one of the cleanest and well-organized ukay-ukay's I've ever seen. With it's four floors, you'll definitely want to buy dozens of stuff here.
Address: Beside the Anonas LRT-2 station

Music Items - Cubao Expo


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If you've never heard of Cubao Expo, well you're missing a lot. This place is known to offer vintage items like old books, records, even artifacts.  Do not be shocked if you see items that is more expensive than your iPhone because they primarily sell classic items.  However, some come really cheap! Vinyl hunters might be surprised when they find vinyls that only cost P35.00! I'm pretty sure that everyone will love the offers of Cubao Expo does.

Aside from these vintage shops, there are also a lot of apparel shops here, too! But wait, there's more.  After tiring yourself out in going around looking for items, try out different restaurants, bars, and cafes.  They look vintage, too.
Address: 175 Gen. Romulo Ave. Cubao, Quezon City

Home and Events Items - Dapitan

Want to give your house a different vibe? Or do you need some giveaways or gifts for events? The Dapitan Arcade is perfect for you! Since they sell unique and quality items, this hub is every designer's haven.  From furnishings and accent pieces to vintage decor, you can find anything that would design your home here. You can also find decorative second-hand pieces, furniture, and refurbished kitchenware here.
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Okay so let's turn it up a notch. Aside from all I've stated above, they also sell cheap stuff for your kitchen needs! Both your inside and outside kitchen. Want to hype up your instagram-room-picture taking? Head to Dapitan Arcade now!
Address: 37 Dapitan cor. Kanlaon St., Laurges, Quezon City

Vintage Home Decor - Kamuning

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We all know that designing houses can cause a fortune but what are we here for? Would you believe that in one of the thrift stores in Metro Manila, you can find restored and refurbished furniture for a cheap price you wouldn't believe? Well here in Kamuning, I can guarantee a good find without a high price tag.

Although you may find items here that would put a hole in your pocket, items of glass and wood quality would definitely come cheap. So are you looking for a new vibe to your home? Drown yourself with a lot of antique-looking furniture and home decor in Kamuning!
Address: Kamuning Road, Diliman, Quezon City

Photography - Quiapo

We all know that Quiapo is the hub for churches, palm-readers, and snatchers... Kidding! Well, Quiapo is also one of the few places where you can go shopping for your photography items at a very low price.

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Photography is one hell expensive but would you believe if I told you that you can score items/parts in less than P1k pesos? And yes, they're legitimate!

Hidalgo Street in Quiapo is the place to be. Some professional photographers got classic vintage cameras for P100.00 but needed a few repairs.  Not bad, eh? In addition to that, they also sell second-hand cameras that are fully working. Reliable and somehow-known people own the stores here so don't think that these stores offer fake an illegitimate items.
Address: Hidalgo St., Quiapo, Manila City

I know what you're thinking... "Why haven't I heard of these before!?" Well, now that you know, when are you planning to visit?
What's your favorite? Hey wait, that's not even right, why? Because you can even visit all of them in one day. Just make sure you have the energy and the strength of a thrift-shopper!
Have a thrift store in mind that you want to have in this list for bargain-hunters like you to be aware of? Let us know!

Best New Restaurants in Metro Manila

July 04, 2017
A restaurant is a very popular name in the world. It comes from the words of “Rest and Rent.".  A guest takes Rest in a restaurant and pays Rent for having food their food & beverage.  It is a public place which opens to all where they can eat a meal and pay for it.

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Many people take their meal in a restaurant if they do not feel having it in their home. Furthermore, in these places, your food is usually served at your table by a waiter or a waitress.
Nowadays there are many different types of restaurants, from fast food to family casual. In addition, a lot of places evolved and had their own rendition of a restaurant.  In Metro Manila, restaurants are all over the place. On top of that, people visit them and travel long distances.  But did you know about these new restaurants in MNL? If not, then here is a list of new restaurants in Metro Manila.

Baker & Cook (Bakery)

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Baker & Cook is from Singapore and they are owned and managed by celebrity chef Dean Brettschneider; he is part of the Bistro Group.  It is connected with Plank, a pizza place, another franchise handled by the same group. Baker & Cook first became known for their wide range of artisanal bread and pastries, as well as their brunch-inspired menu.
This restaurant brings out a little of bit of Germany, Italy, France, America, Denmark, Australia, New Zealand, and other places.  It applies a modern form of baking methods for its different breads, pastries, and desserts.

Location: Level 1, S Maison, Conrad Manila, Seaside Boulevard Corner Coral Way, Mall of Asia Complex (MOA), Pasay City

Poke Poke (Hawaiian)

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Poke bowls are a fairly new dining concept here in Manila and have been gaining popularity. It has long been popular in Hawaii but only recently and took root here.  It's a leading Hawaiian dish which serves raw fish on top of rice or quinoa mixed with vegetables and other toppings.
Poke Poke allows you to customize your own poke bowl with different ingredients like salmon, unagi, steak, rice, bacon, avocado, and more. Greenhills. San Juan Branch is currently their third branch in the Metro which just opened last, June 14, 2017.

Location: 8 Missouri St., Northeast Greenhills, San Juan City

Early Night  (Resto Bar)

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Early Night, a newly opened resto-bar that serves drinks and food like Sisig Fries, Pork BBQ sticks, Tokwa’t Baboy, Crispy Nilasing na Hipon and more. 

Location: 2nd Level, Unit C, The Fort Entertainment Center, 5th Ave. corner 26th St.
Bonifacio Global City, Taguig, Metro Manila, Philippines

Pepper Lunch  (Japanese, Kid Friendly)

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Pepper Lunch is a “fast-steak” restaurant concept that offers premium steak, teriyaki, yakiniku, and other rice meals in a sizzling plate.  Although it's labeled more as fast-food, a lot of people still visit and enjoy meals here.

Location: O Square Greenhills, Ortigas Avenue Corner Wilson Street, Greenhills, San Juan City

Gringo (Latin American, Mexican)

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If you are a fan of chicken, McWilson Corporation’s Gringo Chicken and Ribs has a lot more to offer.
Gringo, known for its Cajun-Creole, specializes in Latin American and Tex-Mex line of dishes including chicken, ribs, burritos, and more. It has opened its new doors up North in Quezon City.
Gringo Back Ribs is available in Half Rack (P325, no sides), Full Rack (P620) and Rubs Muchos (P980). Its ‘lemony and herby’ chicken comes in quarter (P148), Half (P285) and Whole (P535). It also has a Southern Spice Chicken variant, distinct for its Latino flavor.

Location: G/F Phase 2, UP town Center, Katipunan Ave. Diliman, Quezon City

Icelavie  (Coffee, Juice)

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Icelavie is a popular Malaysian brand known for their giant cups that serve a variety of coffee concoctions, tea, and fruit juice. It’s the biggest cups you’ll ever see.
These drinks come in a blue cardboard-like container with a take-out handle, in case you want them to-go or you weren’t able to finish the entire thing in one sitting. This is currently their second branch in the Metro.

Location: 2/F Circuit Lane Makati, Riverfront Drive, AP Reyes St. Carmona, Makati

Paul Boulangerie (Breakfast, French)

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Paul Boulangerie and Patisserie is a popular chain of Bakery/Café restaurants established in 1889 in the city of Croix, in Northern France, by Charlemagne Mayot. They’re known for their Multi-seed breads, Salad Saumon Roti, and Pain au Chocolat.

Location:G/F SM Mega Fashion Hall, SM Megamall, Ortigas, Mandaluyong

Rainbow Dreams Café (Caffee and Dessert)

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Because of the cuteness and adorableness traits cartoon unicorns perceive, a lot of people love them.
Rainbow Dreams Cafe allows you to wear uniform onesies and serves dreamy food and drinks like milkshakes, unicorn pasta carbonara, blueberry white chocolate waffles, and many more. You can also have a Photo Op with their stuff toys.
Rainbow Dreams Café is not only the first unicorn-themed café in the country; it’s also most accessible to people within Metro Manila. They just opened last May and it’s becoming prominent for all ages.

Location: 2/F 80 Maginhawa St., UP Village, Diliman, Quezon City

Amazing Laws You'll Wish The Philippines Would Have

July 01, 2017
With all the laws of our country, you would wish to have some amazing laws, right?  The true nature of laws is not to make the country awesome in the first place.  However, wouldn't it be nice and fun if we had laws which most people can enjoy.

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Well, we were able to grab and study some of the best and most creative foreign laws in the world. I'm pretty sure that you'll wonder why our previous presidents never thought of these... And I do not have an answer to that as well.

Sliding scale for fines - Finland

Here in the Philippines, when you get caught speeding, your fine will be the same no matter how much you earn or how much your tax is.  In Finland, this is not the case.  If you get caught speeding, you'll be fined depending on the speeder's income.  They determine your average daily expenses, cut that number in half, then multiply by days from 1 to 120 depending on how serious your case is. In 2015, a successful Finnish businessman named Reima Kuisla was pulled over for going 64 mph (102.998 km/h) in a 50 mph zone.  Can you guess his fine?  Well, it's only 54, 000 Euros which is equivalent to more than $60, 000.  

Paid parental leave law - Estonia

A few months back, the senate approved the 120-day maternity leave.  But, this leaves the dad exempted.  It also became a discussion to extend the paternal leave to 15 days but the issue was not closed.  Most countries have paid maternal leaves while a few number of countries don't.  In that don't, what I mean is that it is their company's decision if they will approve this leave or not.  Take a look at this chart of maternal leaves around the globe.

As you can see, there are countries that provide their people paid maternal leaves but there are also countries that don't. Estonia, on the other hand took it to a different level.  The Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development says that Estonia allows up to 87 weeks of 100% paid leave for every new parent. Well that's more than a year and a half.  Wouldn't this law be great to our situation?

Nationalized health care system - France

Here in the Philippines, we cannot deny the fact that one of the more expensive things is health. Furthermore, we Filipinos, as much as possible, try to avoid being ill or else, a staggering medical bill is just right our bedside.  Yes, since the era of our new president, they are trying to cope and improve the health care system but what chances do they have against France? France ranks first in the WHO's (World Health Organization) 2000 World Health Report.  Why? Because their government handles most medical bills of their citizens.  Although citizens can get their own personal private supplemental insurance, it's still their decision and this law right here is fairly written.

Bicycle safety laws - Netherlands

Two years ago, around 818 cyclists died in the motor vehicles incident in the United States. The prior year, 185 cyclists in the Netherlands were killed as well; so they devised a law to protect their cyclists.  In 1999, the Dutch government created the Dutch Bicycle Master Plan which gives privilege to cyclists over vehicle drivers. Let's take this as an example; if a bicycle and a car collides in the Netherlands, the driver's insurance is on the line right away.  Dutch cities continues to improve and find ways to make cycling even safer.  After all the tragedies involving bicycles, it was surely positively responded to by the Dutch government.

Urban agriculture law - Cuba

Cuba had an unfortunate encounter with the Soviet Union which in turn molded them to what they are now.  From that time, the Cuban government realized that the occurrence was a great opportunity for them to be healthier.  Moreover, it allowed for more sovereign and efficient food base by implementing an urban agriculture law.  And what does this law do?  Well it's just allowing unused land to be plotted with crops for food production - legally and without a price.

Mandatory paid vacation - European Union

While some countries like the U.S do not allow paid vacations, the European Union took it up a notch and declared it mandatory.  Whilst here in the Philippines, paid leaves are dependent on the company, the points or credits are still earned depending on your regularity and position.  So, the European Union labor law gives its workers 4 weeks of paid vacation time each year.  Yes this is on top of sick leaves, vacation leaves, holidays, and other paid leaves under the European Union.

Back in 2012, the European Union Court of Justice even imposed  “a worker who becomes unfit during his paid annual leave is entitled at a later point to a period of leave of the same duration as that of his sick leave.”

Wouldn't it be nice to have a rule like this?

Now I know that not all countries' rules can be the same; it's just because cultures are different and the way they discipline their people is not the same as well.  But, just thinking about it, have you ever thought of these laws to be implemented by our government?  Would it be of big aid if they really did?

Justin Bieber Concert Tour in PH - Ticket Prices Out!

July 01, 2017
A lot of our local "Beliebers" would be excited because their idol is visiting our country again! Since these past few months, a lot of rumors were spreading that he's going to visit the PH again after his last concert tour.  Skeptics did not believe that but the news turns out to be true! Filipino Beliebers would get another chance to see him perform live in the Philippines.  After some time, the grown, buffed, and more matured Justin Bieber will be returning back on stage for his fans here in the Philippines.


Bieber brings his "Purpose" Tour to the Philippine Arena in Bulacan on September 30, 2017, concert promoter Music Management International (MMI Live) said Wednesday.

Now I know that fans nationwide are hyped enough to know how much it's going to cost.  Good news for you, then because it was released!

Ticket prices of Justin Beiber's PH concert in 2017:

  • VIP standing: P17,850
  • Lower Box A Premium: P15,750
  • Lower Box A Regular: P12,600
  • Lower Box B Premium: P10,500
  • Lower Box B Regular: P8,400
  • Upper Box A: P5,250
  • Ppper Box B Premium: P4,200
  • Upper Box B Regular: P3,150
  • Upper Box B Sides: P1,575
MMI LIVE tweeted the said event together with the ticket prices last June 28, 2017 at 8:00 A.M.
Another good news for fans because ticket prices will go on sale via SM Tickets on July 9, 2017! To refresh your memory, Justin Bieber, more or less, visited our country a couple of times now.  His first concert which was held here on May 2011, on 2013 when he went to Tacloban, Leyte and visited typhoon victims of Yolanda. This September, prepare to be amazed and starstruck as the 23-year old Canadia singer-songwriter serenades the Philippines with his top-hit songs.  Since he was discovered and named as a little boy who can sing, he has brought tears and smiles to everyone.  We can't deny his fame and his talent as he is truly an exceptional artist!

HMD Global to Launch the New Nokia 3310 2017 and Nokia 3, 5 & 6 in the Philippines on June 8

June 04, 2017
Great news for mobile consumers in the Philippines who've long been waiting for the official launching of the reimagined Nokia 3310 as well as the all-new Nokia-branded Android Smartphones and will be held in an exclusive venue within NCR on Thursday, June 8, 2017! This was revealed by a press invite from HMD Global.

They call it "The New Home of Nokia Phones" - and their local PR agency for the PH media launch of the above-mentioned handsets. HMD Global has previously stated that all its products will be available in the Philippines. These include the Nokia 3, Nokia 5, Nokia 6, and Nokia 3310.

Other feature phones of the same brand are already being sold in the country such as the Nokia 216 and Nokia 215.

There are also rumors about the yet to be unveiled Nokia 8 and Nokia 9. However, these won’t be included in the local event.
New Nokia 3310 Features

The new Nokia 3310 has a 2.4-inch color display, Nokia Series 30+ operating system, 2.0 Megapixel camera with LED flash, and 2G connectivity. There’s also 16MB of internal storage and a microSD card slot.

A 1200mAh battery powers the Nokia 3310 for up to one month of standby time or 39 hours of listening to FM Radio. These are all housed in glossy and bright-colored plastic casing. HMD Global also highlighted the built-in Snake game.
Nokia 3310 Feature Phone

Before we all get too excited, remember that the Nokia 3310 is still a feature phone. Hence, there’s no Wi-Fi and apps. Nevertheless, its Opera Mini browser is sufficient for checking Facebook as long as you have the patience. MP3 playback is supported too.

Nokia 3310 Price and Availability

The official price of the Nokia 3310 is €50. This is equivalent to around ₱2,650.00. However, we’re not sure if this is the same for the dual SIM version.

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Nokia 3310 – Phone Specifications
  • 2.4-Inch QVGA Color Display (160×240 Pixels)
  • Nokia Series 30+ OS
  • 2.0 MP Camera with LED Flash
  • 16MB Internal Storage
  • Expandable Up to 32GB via microSD
  • Dual SIM
  • 2G EDGE and GPRS Networks
  • Bluetooth 3.0
  • FM Radio
  • MicroUSB 2.0
  • 3.5mm Audio Jack
  • 115.6 x 51 x 12.8 mm
  • 1200mAh Battery (Removable)
  • Red, Blue, Yellow and Gray Color Options

Nokie 3, 5, & 6

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Nokia 6 Key Specifications 
  • 5-inch Full HD IPS, Gorilla Glass 3
  • 16 MegaPixels, PDAF, f/2.0 aperture, Dual Tone LED Flash
  • 8 MegaPixels selfie cam, f/2.0
  • Full HD Video Recorder
  • Quad Core ARM Cortex A53 based Qualcomm MSM8937 Snapdragon 430 chipset
  • Adreno 505 GPU
  • 3GB RAM (4GB RAM option)
  • 32GB ROM (64GB ROM option)
  • Hybrid secondary nanoSIM slot supports microSD card memory expansion
  • Android 7.1.1 Nougat
  • Dual SIM Dual Standby
  • 4G LTE Cat4
  • Non-removable Li-Ion 3,000 mAh battery

Nokia 5 Key Specifications  5.2-inch Full HD IPS, Gorilla Glass
  • 13 MegaPixels, PDAF, f/2.0 aperture, Dual Tone LED Flash
  • 8 MegaPixels selfie cam, f/2.0
  • Full HD Video Recorder
  • 4 GHz Quad Core ARM Cortex A53 based Qualcomm MSM8937 Snapdragon 430 chipset
  • Adreno 505 GPU
  • 2GB RAM
  • 16GB ROM
  • Hybrid secondary nanoSIM slot supports microSD card memory expansion
  • Android 7.1.1 Nougat
  • Dual SIM Dual Standby
  • 4G LTE Cat4
  • Non-removable Li-Ion 3,000 mAh battery

Nokia 3 Key Specifications  5-inch HD IPS, Gorilla Glass
  • 8 MegaPixels, autofocus, f/2.0 aperture, Dual Tone LED Flash
  • 8 MegaPixels selfie cam, f/2.0
  • Full HD Video Recorder
  • 4 GHz Quad Core ARM Cortex A53 based Mediatek MT6737 chipset
  • Mali-T720MP2 GPU
  • 2GB RAM
  • 16GB ROM
  • Hybrid secondary nanoSIM slot supports microSD card memory expansion
  • Android 7.1.1 Nougat
  • Dual SIM Dual Standby
  • 4G LTE Cat4
  • Non-removable Li-Ion 2,650 mAh battery
Nokia is returning with their classics topped up with the innovations of today's time. Although they have been out of the game for some time, they are showing confidence and competence and will try to include themselves in the market.

No Cellphone While Driving To Be Imposed on May 18

May 23, 2017
"Texting while driving" has taken so many lives all around the world. In the U.S, there are about 1.6 million crashes every year and this is because of the distraction of our devices while we are on the road. Today, texting and driving takes about 200 deaths everyday all around the world.

No CellPhone While Driving

Last August 2016, the Anti-Distracted Driving Act became a law. This is to prohibit distractions such as texting, browsing the internet, even answering a phone call while driving.

This law would be imposed in the 18th of May 2017. Drivers who would be pesky should be penalized accordingly. For the fines, please see below.

A driver who will be caught using his/her mobile device inside the vehicle while he/she is in the driver's seat shall be reprimanded. This includes mobile phone usage even when the car is immobile (stop on a traffic light or heavy traffic).

Here are the fines of the said law:
1st Offense: Php5,000.00 fine
  • 2nd Offense: Php10,000.00 fine
  • 3rd Offense: Php15,000.00 fine + 3-month suspension of driver's license
  • 4th Offense: Php20,000.00 fine + revocation of driver’s license
There are exemptions to the rule which could actually save you from paying the fine.  These are as follows:
  • When the phone is being used for emergency purposes such as contacting:
    • Health Care Provider
    • Law Enforcement Agency
    • Fire Department
    • Emergency Departments/Agencies;
  • When operating an emergency vehicle such as a fire truck, an ambulance, a police vehicle, other vehicles used for emergency purposes.
  • When the phone is in hands-free mode which allows a driver to access his/her phone without paying too much attention to it; and if the mobile device does not cross or interfere the line of sight of the driver.
A lot of us are hoping that with this new law, the calamities of texting and driving would be lessened given the fact that the government is already imposing it as a rule.  Along with this, it is also important for drivers to be strictly reminded of road rules other than this to ensure a healthy, safe, and active driving environment.

Buffet Date Spots That Are Under Php500 Around the Metro!

May 14, 2017
As we all know, Filipinos are known to the world as a group of people who loves eating.  Whether it's a celebration for a birthday, promotions at work, marriage, or just a plain night out, eating is never a thing to miss.  We love the inexpensive delicious Filipinos delicacies we can find in the streets but wouldn't it be better if you dine in a place where you can grab all-that-you-can-eat?  Yeah, I know what went in you mind - EXPENSIVE but we're here and we'll provide you a list of buffet date spots in and around the Metro - good thing about that is it's only under P500.00!

Don Day

Aside from the rise of K-Drama, Korean restaurants are also becoming a boom here in our country.  If you try and think of it, expensive and exotic would be the first two things that would come in mind - until you try Don-Day.  Don-Day is one of the cheapest - if not, the cheapest Korean restaurant that offers eat-all-you-can-meat from Chap Chae, Beef Bulgogi, Ice cream, and Samgyeopsal!
Rates:
  • Php 299 – Don Day Table Buffet (Mon-Fri) (Without Grill, Lunch Time Only)
  • Php 399 – with Samgyupsal (Lunch and Dinner) (Mon-Fri)
  • Php 499 – with Beef + Samgyupsal (Mon-Sun) (Dinner)
Don-Day is located at 40 Malingap St., Teachers Village, Quezon City and 2G-5 Sunshine Boulevard Plaza, Quezon Ave. corner Scout Santiago Barangay South Triangle, Quezon City

Love Desserts

Obvious from its name, this restaurant is made for the pleasure of dessert-lovers.  Love Desserts has been curing the sweet tooth of visitors since 2011 and it is not showing a slow stop.  Even if its named Love Desserts, they also serve a variety of snacks to stray you away from too much sweetness.
Rates:
  • Php 199 – All the sweets you can imagine!! (Red Velvet Cakes, Peach Bavarian Creams, Mille Crepe Cake, Vanilla Panna Cotta with Mangoes and Blueberries, etc.)  Visitors are allowed 2 hours inside and this also comes with unlimited milk-tea and/or ice blended coffee.
Love Desserts is located at 915 Banawe Street, Quezon CityPearl Drive, Commonwealth Avenue, Quezon City, and Fairview.

Charaptor

If you want your meal to be laid-back grilled style, then you must visit Charaptor.  This restaurant specializes in grilled food which everyone can enjoy.  The best part? - they serve alcohol.  It's like attending a spring break party whatever the season is!
Rates: 
  • Php 390 Lunch (Tues - Sat)
  • Php 490 Dinner (Mon - Sun)
Charaptor is located at 9752 Kamagong Corner Aranga Street, San Antonio, Makati City

GPoint Smorgasbord and Bar

 You would probably mistake this restaurant for a bar and if that's the case, you are not wrong.  GPoint looks more of a pub than a restaurant but this pub-looking-restaurant features thirteen (13) cold dishes and eighteen (18) hot dishes which include Korean, Japanese, Arab, American, Scandinavian, and British cuisines.  They also have a pool table which visitors can use from 11 A.M.'til 5 P.M.
Rates:
  • Php 299 – (Mon - Sat 11 AM. to 3 PM) (Sun 1 PM to 3 PM) this does not include drinks and customers have 2 hours to enjoy.
  • They also have crazy hours run from 3 PM to 5 PM where you can get your drinks at a very low price!  For instance, a bottle of Tanduay Ice would cost you P25 and special drinks would be P65.
GPoint Smorgasbord and Bar is located at 510 Faura, Padre Street, Ermita, Manila from 11 A.M. - 3 A.M. (Mon - Sun) and 1 P.M. - 3 A.M. (Sun)

BigPlate

Now let's talk about our own.  How would you react if you would be served Filipino-fiesta style food in HUGE servings?  I know, right? BigPlate has this belief that Filipino cuisines should be served in generous servings but of course on a budget.  Enjoy classic Filipino-favorite cuisines!
Rates:
  • P 298 – Daily Fiesta Lunch Buffet (11 A.M. to 2 P.M.)
  • Enjoy luscious BigPlate Lechon Kawali, Kare-Kare, Beef (Slow-cooked), Crispy pata, fried chicken, and many more.
BigPlate is located at Caltex Compound, J. Elizalde cor. President's Avenue, Paranaque City.  Open daily from 7 A.M. to 9 P.M.

City Buffet


Want a quick all-you-can-eat that serves different types of cuisines? City Buffet is a buffet restaurant that serves American, Chinese, Filipino, Japanese, and even a few Italian dishes.  Well you can have unlimited drinks like different varieties of soda, juices, and salads!
Rates: 
Php 399 – Lunch (11:30AM – 3:00PM Mon to Fri)
Php 499 – Dinner (5:00PM – 10:00PM Mon to Fri)
City Buffet is located at  U/F SM City Fairview ,Quirino Hi-way Cor , Regalado Ave ,Quezon City and 4/F Robinsons Galleria, Ortigas Ave. Ugong Norte, Quezon City

Somethin' Fishy


Do you and your friends want an overloaded heavy breakfast that is pocket-friendly?  If you are, then you should not think twice in visiting Somethin' Fishy at Eastwood.  They serve a variety of dishes that would truly fill your gas tank!  Midnight to morning buffet lets late night owls to dine in Filipino, Chinese, and American cuisines from 12 A.M - 10 A.M.  
Rates:
  • Php 169 – (Mon - Fri)
  • Php 179 – (Weekends and Holidays)
Somethin' Fishy is located at Eastwood City Cyberpark, E. Rodriguez Jr. Ave., Bagumbayan, LibisQuezon City.

Choice Buffet


Craving for some savory Asian taste where you can eat how much you can?  Don't go elsewhere because Choice Buffet is made just for you. Specializing in Korean grill-style with Shabu-Shabu would really make your entire day!
Rates:
  • Php 490 – Lunch Buffet (Mon - Fri)
  • Php 580 – Dinner Buffet
Located at Pasay Hobbies of Asia, D. Macapagal Blvd. Pasay City. 
If you love to eat, then this list is perfect for you!  Whatever cuisine you wish to indulge in is possible and in a very affordable price.  Want to add more to this list?  Shoot us an email and let's tag-teams in helping our fellow citizens in finding the best and affordable all-you-can-eat buffet in the Metro.

2-Day Water Interruption to Affect 53,000 Households in Metro Manila

May 12, 2017
The Manila Water Company, Inc. is our sole potable water resource and wastewater that services more than six million people in the East Zone of Metro Manila.

And what would happen to its consumers if the government is undertaking maintenance works? There would be water disruptions, of course. However, the main reason why it was broadcasted is for us to be prepared. There are ways in which we can hoard water so we’ll have something to use and if you are part of the cities that would be affected, be extra ready.

Photo from Manila Water FB Page

According to reports, approximately 53,000 households will be affected by a 2-day water interruption next week in parts of the metro manila.

The Manila Water Company announced a temporary water interruption from Monday next week, May 15 at 8:00 p.m. until 6:00 a.m., Tuesday, May 16.

In the service advisory announced by the Manila Water Company through social media and television news reports, it’s been said that it will undertake the first phase of its pipe replacement and relocation works at Parian Creek, Barangay Kapasigan, Pasig City.

The listings below are vicinities and barangays that are estimated to be affected:
  • PASIG
    • Kapasigan
    • Bagong Katipunan
    • Sta. Cruz
    • Kalawaan
    • San Jose
    • Malinao
    • Sto. Tomas
    • Buting
    • Sta. Rosa
    • Palatiw
    • Bambang
    • Sumilang
    • San Nicolas
    • San Joaquin
  • TAGUIG
    • Ususan
    • Napindan
    • Hagonoy
    • Tuktukan
    • Palingon
    • Bambang
    • Sta. Ana
    • Calzada
    • Ibayo Tipas
    • Wawa
    • Ligid Tipas
    • San Miguel
    • **Portions of New Lower Bicutan
  • ALL BARANGAYS IN PATEROS
The Manila Water Company is warns the occupants of affected areas to just store a sufficient water for their needs for the duration of the interruption period to avoid any unnecessary difficulties during the said interruption.

We all know that water is the most useful and important resource on Earth. One surely couldn’t imagine how life would be without water. The best thing we could do is to take care of it and mostly to preserve it, because once we abuse water, we will end up destroying ourselves.

Mindanao Railway Project to Kick Off in 2018

April 22, 2017
The implementation of Mindanao Railway Project will start next year according to Philippines’ House of Representatives Speaker, Pantaleon Alvarez.

Mindanao Railway
Photo: Inquirer.net
The details of the massive and useful infrastructure are as follows:

§  Project involves construction of the 2,000-kilometer Mindanao Railway Project (MRP) which costs about US$9 billion will kick start next year.
§  Congress is working for the provision of funding in the General Appropriation Act to be used for the acquisition of properties for the project.
§  The new railway system will link major cities of Cagayan de Oro, Iligan, Zamboanga, Butuan, Surigao, General Santos and Davao.
§  The feasibility of the project has been completed by JICA, according to the National Economic Development Authority (NEDA), and will be presented to the NEDA Investment Coordination Committee (ICC) by the third quarter of this year.

According to Alvarez, the initial phase of infrastructure implementation will initiate in 2018 adding that the first phase will construct the railway link from Davao del Sur to Davao del Norte.

In addition to this, Alvarez said the second phase will be from Davao del Norte to Butuan City, while the third phase will start from Butuan to Cagayan de Oro. The fourth phase, he noted, will be from Cagayan de Oro to Iligan and Zamboanga peninsula.

The House Speaker also mentioned that the loop from Cagayan de Oro passing Cotabato to Davao will complete the rail system in Mindanao.

Earlier, the National Economic Development Authority (NEDA) reported that the feasibility study of the MRP has been completed and is set to be presented to the NEDA Investment Coordination Committee (ICC) by the third quarter this year.

Three countries namely Malaysia, Japan and China are interested to build the railway system, the NEDA stated.

Considered as one of the four major and massive railway systems which President Rodrigo Duterte promised to build, the Mindanao project will connect major cities of Cagayan de Oro, Iligan, Zamboanga, Butuan, Surigao, General Santos and Davao.

The other infrastructure projects which the Chief Executive vowed to establish are:

·       Luzon Spine Expressway Network which include the Tarlac-Pangasinan-La Union Expessway, North Luzon Expressway (NLEX), South Luzon Expressway (SLEX), STAR Toll.  Manila-Nueva Vizcaya, Manila-Sorsogon, and Manila-Batangas.
·       Mega Manila Subway Project – that will be constructed using the .Japanese tunneling expertise
·       Other railways:
o    Philippine National Railway (PNR) North Railway – connecting Manila and Clark
o    PNR South Railway – two components – one connecting Manila and Calamba and Los Banos in Laguna the other is Manila to Bicol.
o   Subic-Clark Cargo Rail – will connect Subic Port with Clark Airport to help facilitate goods and decongest ports in Manila.

The Mindanao Railway System is one of the banner programs of President Rodrigo R. Duterte and is expected to improve connectivity between the different regions. The improved plan is also projected to result to an enhancement in the level of exchange among regions in terms of goods, products, and people.

Live MLB Games Could Be Coming to FB

April 06, 2017
Facebook cascaded the news that they are in the process of developing an Apple TV application that will bear a focus on video. Moreover, after that confirmation, according to reports, Facebook is said to be in talks with the Major League Baseball (MLB) regarding prospective streaming rights to utilize the said Apple TV app.

Live MLB
Image: The Verge


Lee Berke, the sports media consultant, said on an interview “Facebook is aggressively going after sports content and they are now one of a number of competitors to traditional media outlets that are going after sports programming.” He also added, “It makes perfect sense that they would be going after name brand properties like the MLB.”

The discussion are actually part of Facebook’s effort to propose more live sporting content the same thing with Twitter who had National Football League (NFL) live streaming. Facebook’s idea to stream one MLB game per week during the upcoming season is parked.

The Opening Day for the MLB 2017 season is less than two months away. Yet, it is still unclear as to what games would stream via its platform.

On the other hand, the Major Baseball League has its own MLB TV streaming platform but it’s not that affordable and requires a subscription. Facebook, apparently would stream for free which are always supported by advertisements.

Facebook has pushed to sign deals with the owners of sports rights to livestream their games. It also makes sense for Facebook to be doing everything to secure additional live events. This is one key of attracting more people who are still watching live sports.

With this partnership, MLB would get contact to youthful spectators at a massive range, knowing Facebook whose scope of audience is worldwide. They have a gigantic range of consumers. This is one reason why Univision’s Mexican Soccer League Liga MX in 2017 decided to use Facebook to live stream their games.

The Facebook Apple app has no release date yet as of the moment, but to live stream an MLB game once a week is just the beginning of what has to come.

If you were to ask over this matter, how would you like to watch your MLB game? Would this new feature be beneficial to everyone considering both consumers and businessmen?
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