Checked Out: World Street Food Congress 2016

There is no doubt that our country has a thriving street food culture, especially here in the metropolis. From the carts that offer cheap fishball to some filling goto sold by those streetside stalls, Filipino street food is a fascinating experience in itself.

It should be no surprise that this year’s edition of the World Street Food Congress was held here in the metropolis recently, serving as an opportunity for contemporary Filipino street food to take center stage along with the street food of other countries who participated in this special event.

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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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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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Last Saturday at Bonifacio High Street

The Urban Roamer found itself one Saturday (April 11 to be precise) at the area of Bonifacio Global City for some personal matters. So it was a pleasant surprise to see not one, but two events happening that day in the area, particularly at the area of Bonifacio High Street. So what else to do than to check them both out eh? Read on for more.


The Bonifacio High Street ampitheater area was the venue for an annual event called Vinyl Day, a day filled with music courtesy of the live acts as well as that in the records being sold…to be specific records in vinyl discs. Unless you’ve been living under a rock for so long, vinyl records are making a comeback of sorts in recent times as not only people are buying and collecting old vinyl records, but a number of artists are releasing their music in vinyl as well.

Thus Vinyl Day is a celebration of music, both old and new, through a format that is being reborn. Leading the way for this event is its organizer/sponsor Satchmi, which is known for making vinyl turntabless fashionable again with their products.

The event also showcases a sale of various vinyl records, including boxed set ones. In addition, there is a mobile station nearby that lets you play the records you bought to check out the sound quality.

Even if you do not have a vinyl turntable or have no interest buying a vinyl record, the music courtesy of various artists was enough to check out the event and enjoy the rhythms away.


From filling those musical cravings to filling those cravings of the taste buds, a few steps away, right at the middle of Bonifacio High Street, is another event called the Gastronomy Festival. As earlier suggested, not to mention the name alone, this festival is all about food, to be specific, food being served from not the usual vendors.

The middle of Bonifacio High Street was transformed into an outdoor picnic venue as food trucks are lined up with different items on their menu, premium food items at expectedly premium prices.

Meanwhile, the stage nearby was transformed into an outdoor movie theater which was showing that day some films that have gastronomic themes, like Ratatouille for instance.

If anything, I wish the next Gastronomy Festival, I assume there would be one next year, would have more vendors and more choices that would be more affordable. After all, it is supposed to be a “festival.”


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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