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Marikina Food Trip: A Taste of Japan at Fukurou Restaurant at Bluewave Mall

Many Pinoys are into Japanese food. I myself is a fan of maki, tempura, tonkatsu and the soup that’s best for bed-weather — the ramen.

Japanese food, aside from being a comfort food, is a specialty food that is quite pricey. For this reason, some of those who rave this type of cuisine do not indulge in the dish too often. Good thing, recently opened in Marikina is an authentic Japanese Restaurant which serves popular Japan bento and other signature dishes at affordable price.

Fukurou Nihonryori is located at the ground floor of the Bluewave Mall (in front of Marquinton Residences) in Bgy. sto. Niño, Marikina City. As if it’s destiny, you’ll find it across Japan Home, a novelty and homeware shop for low-cost Japan-made products. It is right beside Max Restaurant. Read More


Mall Sale Alert: SM Malls Nationwide End of Season Sale 2015

Heading for a mid-year shopping? Check out SM Malls End of Season Sale from June 26 to July 5, 2015.

All SM Malls Nationwide, including SM City Marikina, SM Masinag Rizal and SM San Mateo, are having sale items up to 70%.off.  Read More

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Marikina Back To School Bazaar 2015

Marikina Back-To-School Bazaar 2015 photo by Marikina News

Marikina’s famed leather and school shoes are on display and on sale in “Marikina Back To School Bazaar 2015″ at the Marikina Freedom Park (in front of Marikina City Hall), along Shoe Avenue, Bgy. Sta. Elena.

The Bazaar was organized by the Marikina Shoe Industry Development Office (MASIDO) and joined in by known shoe manufacturers in the city which usually join the Marikina Shoe Festival trade exhibits and sale. The bazaar will be open until Tuesday, June 14, 2015. It features Marikina-made school and casual footwear and other products such as belts, bags, slippers, wallets and others that are made of either genuine and synthetic  leather. The sale started in May 15 and is open on Mondays (12:00 noon to 6:00 p.m.); Tuesdays to Saturdays (8:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.); and Sundays (8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.). Read More


Marikina Food Trip: Original Vietnamese Cuisine at Ca Phe Saigon

Vietnamese food ranked as world’s third healthiest ethnic cuisines in an article published at CNN.com. Eating healthy is more than a fad for people who are serious about nutrition-filled life and for them, eating Vietnamese is a real treat because of the variety of colorful and good-tasting refreshing dishes from this Asian food group. 

The good news is that Marikina now houses an authentic Vietnamese restaurant. This dining haven of light and all-natural cuisine is found at the heart of Barangay San Roque. Ca Phe Saigon (or Caphe Saigon) is a small homey restaurant which remains to be a portion of the house of its proprietor, Margareth “Apple” Bonifacio. From first-hand experience, I can guarantee the authenticity of the vietnamese-served dishes personally supervised by Apple’s mother who is a Vietnamese by origin and is now happily residing in the Philippines. Madam Mary Rose Bonifacio, with her vietnamese name Huynh Thi Huong, decided to share with Marikeñans and all others who wish to dine in this city the cultural heritage of her homeland in tasty and purest food form. 

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Sale Alert: SM City Masinag Back To School Sale May 2015

The school starts in a few weeks so if you are doing your back-to-school shopping for your children of yourself, check out the mall sale happening this weel.

SM City Masinag is holding a 3-day Back To School Specials on Friday to Sunday, May 29 to 31, 2015 with extended mall hours of up to 10:00PM on May 29 and 30.

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Marikina Food Trip: Re-Tasting Boyong’s Buffet’s Cheap But Delicious Burger and Meals

If you are into burgers and pasta, I say Boyong’s Buffet is a must-visit for you. I recommend this simple small food house mostly because the Boyong’s grilled burger is tummy satisfying and delicious tasting at a very affordable price of 35 pesos.
When Boyong’s Buffet first opened, it was named Boyong’s Grill. It only occupied a small space in the supposed garage of the owner’s house. They set up some tables and chairs, a counter for ordering and voila, they served the cheapest best grilled burger and halo-halo in town. Their halo-halo was my and my workmates and family;s favorite because of the smooth textured and crystallized ice they use and of course, the low price tag, something like twenty pesos or so only. Sadly, Boyong’s no longer serve  halo-halo. Back then also, aside from burgers and halo-halo, it only served sandwiches and rice meals with either hungarian sausage, dinuguan or pork barbecue (bbq). They also served dinuguan with tasty puto pao (for only 12 pesos). Read More


Experiencing the Hype that is SM City San Mateo

The accessibility of SM City San Mateo from our  place is a tempting condition to visit the newest mall near Marikina. So, despite the photos I saw on Facebook where the mall appeared over crowded and flocked by mallers or mall goers, my family decided to go to SM San Mateo on its 3rd day of operation.

True enough, the traffic to the mall was heavy and although we rode a jeepney where we are supposed to get off right in front of the mall, we decided to just walk the short distance where traffic congestion became quite unbearable.

A funny encounter at SM City San Mateo –

You know you’re in a provincial SM City Mall when the guard at the entrance asks you not the usual: “Ma’am, pa-open po ng bag (please open your bag for checking)…”

Instead, he asked: “Nanay, pa-open po nung bag ninyo (Mother, please open your bag)…”


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Celebrate Month of May Feasts and Events in the Philippines

For tourists who wanted to experience local festivities in the Philippines, May is the best month to visit.

Local fiestas and celebratory festivities happen in May. One of the much-awaited event in towns and cities are the “Flores de Mayo” (flowers of May) or Santacruzan (or Santa Cruzan). It is said to be the “Queen of Filipino Festivals as it features the parade of the most beautiful and esteemed lady young towners in their lovely embroidered gowns and they walk under floral-decorated arches. They are usually escorted by handsome young men, too. Read More


SM San Mateo Rizal Opens Tomorrow!

Another SM City mall is opening tomorrow and this one is very close to home!

SM San Mateo Rizal will open its mall doors to the public tomorrow, May 15, 2015. The newest baby of SM Prime Holdings is located along General Luna Avenue, Barangay Amprid 1, San Mateo Rizal, near Budget Lane Supermarket. To grace the opening event are showbiz artists JM De Guzman and Julia Barreto. JM will be at the Mall Atrium at 11:00AM while Julia will be at the same venue at 4:00PM. Read More


A Melodic Life

This week is particularly stressful for me. My blood pressure shot up which affirmed that my stress level was really a cause for warning. For three (3) days, I was feeling nauseous and heady. On the fourth day, I decided to take a day off from work and rest fully.

Part of my relaxation activities is simply sleeping. For a working mom, sleep depravity is a typical issue and a leisure activity. After the doctor’s check-up, I immediately went home and tried to get quality slumber. After the nap, I did another relaxing activity (at least for me), making DIY hand-sewn pouches and bags  from scrap and recycled fabrics. Read More