06/4/15

Bricking Development: Checking Out the 1st LEGO Certified Store in PH

Last May 13, the toy and hobbyist retail scene in the metropolis, and in the country in general, got itself a big boost when toy building company LEGO opened its first LEGO certified store right at the newly-developed Park Triangle in Bonifacio Global City.

This comes right off the heels of last year’s success of LEGO in the release of The Lego Movie and the recently-concluded BRICKXHIBIT and ABRICKcadabra events that were held at Resorts World Manila the previous month which showcased a growing community of LEGO builders and enthusiasts in the country. Thus, the opening of a LEGO certified store here not only boosts the presence of LEGO in the country but also a venue where LEGO lovers can call home.

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04/20/15

BGC’s Bibliophile Haven

We normally think of Bonifacio Global City (BGC) as a bustling business and commercial district where many work, shop, and have fun. But BGC is also making a mark as a place for learning and knowledge with the presence of its landmark science-themed museum The Mind Museum not to mention the Korean Cultural Center where you can learn Korean culture in its many aspects from the traditional to the modern. (AKA the Korean wave)

Other than those 2 prominent landmarks, there is also another place to learn in this busy district, serving as an oasis of knowledge in the midst of tall skyscrapers with its rich collection of books, photographs, postcards, and other materials related to the Philippines. Today, we shall take a look inside this one of a kind and under-the-radar type of library.

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03/9/15

Casa Real at Acacia Estates: A Piece of Old Manila in New Taguig

Located in the developing city of Taguig near the old sprawling military complex of Fort Bonifacio, Acacia Estates is a massive development project of DMCI. Yup, that same DMCI who’s behind that monstrosity near Rizal Park that sticking out like an ugly sore thumb. But in fairness to them in this case, Acacia Suites does not have any controversy in its development, at least from what I’ve heard of.

By itself, Acacia Estates is a complex of clusters of mid-rise residences which is itself its own with various facilities, stores, even a supermarket within its premises. But perhaps the structure that stands out in this modern urban development is its events place, which takes the form of a grand old house like the ones that used to stand in the city during the Spanish and American eras. Continue reading

12/20/14

Something “Niu” in Buffet Dining

The Christmas season has been known as an occasion to get all stuffed up with all the weight gain thanks to those countless Christmas parties and, most especially, the Noche Buena and Media Noche feasts at home. And with the rise of buffet restaurants in recent years, you can expect more dining choices, not to mention those long queues at this time of year.

To add to those dining choices is a new buffet restaurant by Vikings Luxury Buffet Restaurant. But rather than open a new restaurant under the Vikings name, they have decided to take this restaurant to the next level, for starters by giving it a different name: Niu.

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06/17/14

A Football Stadium In A Business District: Emperador Stadium in McKinley Hill

The World Cup fever is on and many around the world have caught it. Even here in the Philippines, despite the fact that the country is not one of those qualified to join this global competition, unfortunately.

That does not take away the fact that Philippine football in recent years is enjoying a steady rise in popularity, thanks in part to the performance of the Philippine football team belovedly known as the Azkals. There is also the presence of up-and-coming football league in the country, the United Football League (UFL) which was founded in 2009 to help promote Philippine football.

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