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17 August 2018

How to Design Ergonomically a Condominium Unit for a Condo-Sharing Lifestyle?

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As much as we can, due to an expensive lifestyle in the urban zone, we need to be tactful on how we can lessen our expenses. One of the best tipson how to cut off your monthly bills into 50 percent is to look someone who can shoulder half of your total monthly obligations.  And so, the idea of Condo-Sharing arises and became popular in Metro Manila recently.



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Condo Sharing is a course of action in accepting other parties to live with you in one dwelling, provided that all expenses must be shouldered equally by all dwellers. In this way, whoever is the owner of the property will no longer suffer towards pricey monthly obligations.
Having a roommate is like dating; sometimes successful and sometimes failure. And so you have to be careful in allowing someone to stay with you to avoid misunderstanding in the future. All parties must be informed about all the bills; there should be rules and limits that need to be strictly followed – e.g. accepting visitors.

Moreover, as a host/owner, you also have to consider the design of your condo unit – is it designed ergonomically to accommodate renters?  Or is it comfortable for all both parties. 

In this vlog, Archie Sa-onoy will share his “know-how” in designing a unit for a condo-sharing centric dwelling.  He will give us a tour inside his condo unit with a blue painted wall.



Watch the video below.

Truly, the idea of having a roommate is challenging but with Archie, he was able to practice a “since of togetherness” towards his roommate and, simultaneously decreasing his burden from his numerous monthly bills. Great Idea, isn’t it?

06 August 2018

How to Go to Tiendesitas, Pasig City and What To Expect There?

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Tiendesitas sits on a 30,000 square meter area within Frontera Verde, which houses 12 Maranao architecture-inspired pavilions called "villages." Indigenous materials used in creative ways adorn these villages using chemically-treated cogon grass for roof, old kalesa wheels into chandelier frames to light the restrooms, and duyans (hammock) scattered around to allow shortbreaks amidst frenzied shopping activities. The result is a stylized and unique Filipino architecture. The design of the complex also gives attention to the needs of the disabled and the elderly.

Sizzling Tokwa, perfect as Pultutan.

At night, shoppers can be treated to acoustic and live band performances. There is also an area dedicated to special shows, exhibits, and unique Filipino presentations. Kids and adults can also enjoy riding the kalesa, which goes around Tiendesitas.










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Commuting Routes: courtesy of Ph-commute

From Makati:

Route 1: MRT-Jeep

  1. Take the MRT to Shaw Boulevard station.
  2. Walk to the Edsa Central jeep terminal.
  3. Ride a jeep to Ugong, Pasig, and get off at Tiendesitas.

Route 2: MRT-Jeep/FX

  1. Take the MRT to Ortigas station.
  2. Walk to Megamall.
  3. Ride a jeep/FX or walk to Robinson's Galleria.
  4. From the Ortigas entrance of Robinson's Galleria, ride a jeep to Rosario, and get off at IPI (Ortigas Avenue cor. Eulogio Rodriguez Jr. Avenue). Landmark is a flyover.
  5. Walk along Eulogio Rodriguez Jr. Avenue (on the side of IPI), until you get to Tiendesitas. You will also pass by Republic Cement and Road C.

Route 3: FX-Jeep

  1. From Buendia, ride the FX to Robinson's Galleria.
  2. From the Ortigas entrance of Robinson's Galleria, ride a jeep to Rosario, and get off at IPI (Ortigas Avenue cor. Eulogio Rodriguez Jr. Avenue). Landmark is a flyover.
  3. Walk along Eulogio Rodriguez Jr. Avenue (on the side of IPI), until you get to Tiendesitas. You will also pass by Republic Cement and Road C.

From Mandaluyong/Pasig:

Route 1: MRT-Jeep

  1. Take the MRT to Shaw Boulevard station.
  2. Walk to the Edsa Central jeep terminal.
  3. Ride a jeep to Ugong, Pasig, and get off at Tiendesitas.

Route 2: MRT-Jeep/FX-Jeep

  1. Take the MRT to Ortigas station.
  2. Walk to Megamall.
  3. Ride a jeep/FX or walk to Robinson's Galleria.
  4. From the Ortigas entrance of Robinson's Galleria, ride a jeep to Rosario, and get off at IPI (Ortigas Avenue cor. Eulogio Rodriguez Jr. Avenue). Landmark is a flyover.
  5. Walk along Eulogio Rodriguez Jr. Avenue (on the side of IPI), until you get to Tiendesitas. You will also pass by Republic Cement and Road C.

From Manila:
Route 1: LRT-1/LRT-2/Jeep-MRT-Jeep

  1. Go to MRT-Shaw Boulevard station. In order to get there, either:
  2. Take the LRT-1 to EDSA station, walk through the connecting bridge, and take the MRT to Shaw Boulevard station.
  3. Take the LRT-2 to Araneta-Center Cubao station, walk through the connecting bridge, and take the MRT to Shaw Boulevard station.
  4. From Divisoria/Recto, ride a jeep to San Juan, and get off at Vicente Cruz/Pureza. Ride an FX to SM Megamall, and get off at Shaw Boulevard station.
  5. Walk to the Edsa Central jeep terminal.
  6. Ride a jeep to Ugong, Pasig, and get off at Tiendesitas.
Route 2: LRT-1/LRT-2/Jeep-MRT-Jeep/FX-Jeep


  1. Go to MRT-Ortigas station. In order to get there, either:
  2. Take the LRT-1 to EDSA station, walk through the connecting bridge, and take the MRT to Ortigas station.
  3. Take the LRT-2 to Araneta-Center Cubao station, walk through the connecting bridge, and take the MRT to Ortigas station.
  4. From Divisoria/Recto, ride a jeep to San Juan, and get off at Vicente Cruz/Pureza. Ride an FX to SM Megamall, and get off at Ortigas station.
  5. Walk to Megamall.
  6. Ride a jeep/FX or walk to Robinson's Galleria.
  7. From the Ortigas entrance of Robinson's Galleria, ride a jeep to Rosario, and get off at IPI (Ortigas Avenue cor. Eulogio Rodriguez Jr. Avenue). Landmark is a flyover.
  8. Walk along Eulogio Rodriguez Jr. Avenue (on the side of IPI), until you get to Tiendesitas. You will also pass by Republic Cement and Road C.

Route 3: Jeep-FX-Jeep/FX-Jeep

  1. From Divisoria/Recto, ride a jeep to San Juan, and get off at Vicente Cruz/Pureza. Ride an FX to SM Megamall, and get off at SM Megamall.
  2. Ride a jeep/FX or walk to Robinson's Galleria.
  3. From the Ortigas entrance of Robinson's Galleria, ride a jeep to Rosario, and get off at IPI (Ortigas Avenue cor. Eulogio Rodriguez Jr. Avenue). Landmark is a flyover.
  4. Walk along Eulogio Rodriguez Jr. Avenue (on the side of IPI), until you get to Tiendesitas. You will also pass by Republic Cement and Road C.

Route 4: LRT-2/LRT-1/Jeep/FX-Jeep

  1. Go to Cubao. In order to get there, either:
  2. Take the LRT-2 to Araneta Center-Cubao station.
  3. Take the LRT-1 to Doroteo Jose station, walk through the connecting bridge, and take the LRT-2 to Araneta Center-Cubao station.
  4. From Divisoria or Taft, ride a jeep/FX to Cubao, and get off at LRT-2-Araneta Center-Cubao station.
  5. Walk past Isetann and Aurora Arcade, and turn right at Gen. Romulo Avenue.
  6. Ride the jeep to Libis/Rosario/De Castro and get off at Tiendesitas.
From Pasay:

Route 1: LRT-1-MRT-Jeep

  1. Take the LRT-1 to EDSA station, walk through the connecting bridge, and take the MRT to Shaw Boulevard station.
  2. Walk to the Edsa Central jeep terminal.
  3. Ride a jeep to Ugong, Pasig, and get off at Tiendesitas.

Route 2: LRT-1-Jeep/FX-Jeep

  1. Take the LRT-1 to EDSA station, walk through the connecting bridge, and take the MRT to Ortigas station.
  2. Walk to Megamall.
  3. Ride a jeep/FX or walk to Robinson's Galleria.
  4. From the Ortigas entrance of Robinson's Galleria, ride a jeep to Rosario, and get off at IPI (Ortigas Avenue cor. Eulogio Rodriguez Jr. Avenue). Landmark is a flyover.
  5. Walk along Eulogio Rodriguez Jr. Avenue (on the side of IPI), until you get to Tiendesitas. You will also pass by Republic Cement and Road C.

From Quezon City:

  1. Take the LRT-2 to Araneta Center-Cubao station.
  2. Walk past Isetann and Aurora Arcade, and turn right at Gen. Romulo Avenue.
  3. Ride the jeep to Libis/Rosario/De Castro and get off at Tiendesitas.

From San Juan:
From Greenhills, ride the free shuttle to Tiendesitas. The shuttle service terminal is in front of Mercury Drug across Connecticut carpark. The shuttle leaves every hour from 2pm to 8pm (according to http://www.greenhills.com.ph).

05 August 2018

How To Play Traditional and Indigenous Games in the Philippines? (Laro ng Lahi)

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In this video, I'll be featuring some of Filipino Games that I used to play when I was young.


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1. Doktor Kwak Kwak please help us! -

Doktor Kwak Kwak is a game that children fond of. You can play it in school, street and fields. This game is composed of 5 or more players. Actually playing this game with more players will be more challenging. The more the challenging the game, it will be more fun. It needs concentration, speed and strength to play this game.

The mechanics of the game is simple. First, to know who will be DoKtor Kwak Kwak, you can play elimination by “jack en poy” or “bato bato pik” and the looser will be Doktor Kwak Kwak. Next, He will turn back so that other players formed a circle and start to tangled or twisted their body and positions in a way of entering under the hands or passing above the hands of co-players while sitting down and keep their hands holding. Then, after they already finished the twisting part, they will call Doktor Kwak Kwak by saying “Doktor Kwak Kwak please help us”. Lastly, he will come and solve or arrange the twisting part. After he arranged it, he will cut by his hand the circle and other players will run. The player who will be caught be the next Doktor Kwak Kwak.

This game can offer us a number of psychological benefits in addition to physical benefits. It can also help us to communicate effectively like in the twisting part of the game. This kind of game is cheaper than playing online games. It can enhance also our self confidence and develop our mental ability. It can also allow ourselves to have quality time in our friends or capable family member in playing this game together.

2. BAGSAK TSINELAS GAME or STARFINISH - Honestly, this game is new to me - you can watch the mechanic in the vlog of Kulas #BecomingFilipino - https://youtu.be/cKf-gX5iGC0

3. LUKSONG BAKA

Loosely translated in English, as “Jump over the Cow.”, is a traditional Filipino game that originated from Bulacan, it involves a minimum of 3 players and a maximum of 10 players. It involves the players jumping over the person called the "Baka", and the main goal of the players is to successfully jump over the "Baka" without touching or falling over him/her.

How to play luksong baka?

a). At the start of the game there should be one player that should be called "Taya" (It') or in this game the "Bakang lala" (Cow).

b). The players should avoid contact or falling over the "Baka" player while jumping over.

c). The "Baka" player should start with a bend-down kneeling position (A "Baka" player bends over with his hands placed on his knees).

d). All players are to jump over the "Baka" until all the players have jumped. Once the 1st set of jumping over the "Baka" is done, the "Baka" player's position will slowly rise-up after jumping over the "Baka" player.

e). Only the hands of the jumper may touch the back of the person who is bent over. If a player fails to avoid contact or fall over the "Baka", he/she will replace the "Baka" player with a bend-down kneeling position , and the game continues until the all players decides to end the game.

3. HABULANG BULAG

4. JAK EN POY

Rock-paper-scissors (or rock, paper, scissors) is a zero-sum hand game usually played between two people, in which each player simultaneously forms one of three shapes with an outstretched hand. These shapes are "rock" (a simple fist), "paper" (a flat hand), and "scissors" (a fist with the index and middle fingers together, forming a V). The game has only two possible outcomes other than a tie: a player who decides to play rock will beat another player who has chosen scissors ("rock crushes scissors") but will lose to one who has played paper ("paper covers rock"); a play of paper will lose to a play of scissors ("scissors cut paper"). If both players choose the same shape, the game is tied and is usually immediately replayed to break the tie. Other names for the game in the English-speaking world include roshambo and other orderings of the three items, sometimes with "rock" being called "stone"

5.  SIATO .

Siato - a popular Filipino game between two or more players. Two sticks are used to play this game. One is about two feet long, and the other one about half a foot long. A small hole in the ground is made where the smaller stick will be placed with one end at the bottom and the other end sticking out. The player will hit the smaller stick with the longer one so that the smaller stick flies to the air. At mid-air, the player then hits again the smaller stick with the longer one. This is repeated three times. Whoever hits it to the farthest distance wins the game. As punishment, the loser will be forced to shout the word "siato" without interruption while running back to the original starting place.

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📹 A Space-Smart Design ® , Fully-Furnished 2-BR Loft Units at Studio Prices.

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Modern high ceiling living room with TV including elegant kitchen complete with induction cooker.
Urban Loft makes use of the popular loft concept, expanded further with an innovative half-stairs feature and integrated space-saving storage solutions.

Whether you want to enjoy city comforts, to ensure your children's future, or to work your way towards financial freedom - Urban Loft is the investment that will give you more room to grow for less.

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2nd Bedroom with Loft. Elegant and modern design.

SMART INVESTMENT.



Fully furnished modern interior decor.


Space-Smart design with modern living room complete with built-in storage and elegant design.
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Modern bedroom overlooking the high ceiling living room and elegant decor.

2nd Loft-type Bedroom overlooking the high ceiling living room.

Modern high ceiling living room with overlooking loft from the bedroom with balcony.

Stylish stairs open up to serve as additional storage utilizing space-smart design.

Modern glass bathroom to complete the chic and modern interior design of your condo.

Modern Loft type bedroom complete with bed and mattress so you and your family can enjoy building memories together. 

03 August 2018

How To Go To Philippine Tarsier Sanctuary ,Corella, Bohol To Witness The Smallest Monkey in the World?

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With the mission of  establish a forest reserve in the island of Bohol which shall serve as the sanctuary of the Philippine tarsier; to protect and manage the tarsier sanctuary through the active participation of local communities; to establish and preserve a wildlife research laboratory for the study of the ecology and biology of the Philippine tarsier; to establish and uphold visitor facilities for ecotourism and disseminate information material about the Philippine tarsier with emphasis on the species' protection and conservation , The Philippine Tarsier Foundation, Incorporated (PTFI) was established  in 1996.

The said non profit, Non-stock Corporation is based in Tagbilaran City, Bohol, Philippines, but the sanctuary itself is located in the Municipality of Corella. It is being supported by the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) and the Department of Tourism (DOT) eve if it is run by a private sector.  You can visit the 8.4-hectare (20.7-acre) sanctuary or forest reservation in Corella but the viewing area that can be accessible to all tourists is just one hectare wherein you have to pay for an entrance fee of PHP60 (as of May 2018).

Once you visit, you can expect a reception and souvenir counter, an exhibit area, an audio-visual room, restrooms, and administration offices. Outside is a lounge deck, and nearby a parking lot and you can also see few signages that give you some trivia about tarsier e.g. “Tarsier can only have one baby per year”,  “Tarsier cannot survive in a cage”, and “Tarsier s commit suicide once get stressed due to noise pollution”.



Moving inside the “viewing 10 hectare forest”, you will experience such “green feeling” which visually relaxing seeing those trees and shrubs. The visitor’s guide will then approach you and brings you to where the tarsiers can be viewed. They‘re hiding on the branches of the woody grasses which is unfortunately – it is really difficult to obtain a perfect shot for Instagram. It was actually my first time to visit the place but I already touched and took a picture with a living tarsier way back 2013 in Sagbayan Peak (unfortunately as of May 2018 it is no longer available).


Unlike in Sagbayan Peak back then, tarsiers were confined in a huge cage that gave the feeling of the animals living in the wild forest. But in Corella, the tarsiers are living freely in their natural habitat.



How to go to Corella, Bohol?

Going there is so easy, though I went there via private car but nothing to worry about, it is very accessible.

Via Public Transport:

From Seaport or Airport get into a tricycle and tell driver to take you to Sikatuna Jeepney Terminal (This is right infront of Island City Mall). Fare is P100.00 per tricycle.

From Sikatuna Jeepney Terminal, get into a Jeepney bound to Sikatuna via Corella. (Just anybody there which jeepney passes by Philippine Tarsier Foundation. )This jeepney drops you off to Philippine Tarsier Foundation. Fare is P17.00. Tell the driver of the jeepney that you are headed to Philippine Tarsier Sanctuary in Corella.

Upon arrival there is a huge signage and rough road, take it and walk for 300 meters to the Research Building where you will pay P60.00 entrance fee and have a guide to show you around the sanctuary and where to see the tarsiers.

Going Back, just take a jeepney headed to Tagbilaran. And yes it is safe to hitch hike here. Fare is P15.00 for jeepney.

Via Tricycle:

From Airport or seaport or anywhere in Tagbilaran City, take a tricycle and ask driver to take you to Philippine Tarsier Sanctuary in Corella One way is P150 per tricycle, round trip is P500 when driver waits for you.
Via Car:

Make sure to contact a trusted travel agency. Tell them to take you to Philippine Tarsier Sanctuary in Corella. Fare is P500 per car and P1,000 round trip from Tagbilaran City.

Via Habal Habal

You can look for a Habal Habal in Dao Terminal; fare is within PHP400-500

01 August 2018

Anytime Fitness Is Now Serving 24/7 To Its Purple Members In Mandaluyong and Near Cities.

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With the mission of enriching innumerable lives through better health, convenience, community, and inspiration-driven franchise ownership gym, the leading 24/7 Fitness club in the country named ANYTIME FITNESS brings the access to the fitness enthusiast who are residing in Mandaluyong and its surrounding cities.  This newly-opened purple gym is located at 3rd Floor, The Royal Plaza Commercial Center, 14 Domingo M. Guevara, Mandaluyong, 1550.

Anytime Fitness aims to be the average joe franchise gym where they offer modern facilities for the everyday person; not to over the top nor cheap and industrial. Well, with the amount of PHP2000 per month as a pre-selling price, with free membership and PHP 2500 for the key Fob; I must say that it is quite expensive to those who are living in a bare minimum as to compare sa mga bakal gym na 500-800Php ang monthly.  Inline to another fitness club like Gold’s Gym and Fitness First – medyo affordable naman ang Anytime Fitness.



Actually, I am still a Gold’s gym member until March 2019 but I opted to go to Anytime Fitness because of its 24/7 operation which is in line to my lifestyle na on the go kahit anong oras.  In addition to that, the Gym the I am currently with – is located in Taguig and I really have to allocate time before I go to work  para magpawis  but good thing on newly opened purple establishment , it is just one minute away from my place.



The official opening of the said branch is August 1, 2018 wherein I can now start working out in any time of my convenient time.  Wala ako masyado na expect sa gym nato as sauna is not available – lahat fitness lang .



Ang mahal magpaganda ng katawan BESH!” , yet the important is I can still continue my active lifestyle, mostly  “I am no longer young” , mas mahal ang magkasakit kaysa sa 2k per month na mag-e enjoy din naman ako magpapawis. I love working out to begin with.



Let see Kung maganda ba ang pamamahala and let us also see if ma maintain ba nila ang cleanliness.

See yah there!

29 July 2018

Baclayon Church – How It Looks Like in Current Days, After The 7.2 Magnitude Earthquake?

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That was Year 2010 when I last visited this oldest church in the Philippines - Baclayon Church – after I graduated in my Bachelor Degree. After three years, 2013 when a 7.2 Magnitude Earthquake hits the province and this well-build infrastructure was damaged. It was totally devastating because the said church is part of the Bohol’s tourist spot, historically; it also plays a huge role in narrating how Boholanos value their spiritual life and beliefs of Devine Power.

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Until 2018, I got a chance to revisit this church on May 26. I went back to my home-province Bohol with my friend William Pombo. Bohol travel is incomplete without visiting this church and so, after we indulged the white beaches of Pangalo Island, we drove towards the town of Baclayon. We arrived at 8:30AM wherein there were lots of tourists inside and outside the
church.

Staring the whole church from the viewpoint outside, I didn’t notice any marks from the catastrophic 7.2 magnitude earthquake after five years. It was totally restored especially the bell tower, however the green algae and the plants that grew on the walls of the church which added the characteristic of the said Church was no longer there.     Inside, there was no difference from what I saw when I first visited the church; the design is still surreal from other churches. I can still distinguish that it is really a BACLAYON CHURCH – the church that brought BOHOL into the skyscraper of Tourism Industry.



Truly, this is a proof that Boholanos has been recovered from the destruction of the said earthquake.



23 July 2018

How to Store Too Many Groceries in a 13 SQM Small Condo Unit?

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I already showed you guys on how to design your small apartment to accommodate numerous visitors in one setting in my previous blog post. Today, a certified foodie named Migs Bermido will share his own approach on how he maximized his 13 sqm condo unit especially he is a self-confessed Food Hoarder.

Migs loves inviting his neighbour inside his tiny space and cook for them. Indeed, he is fascinated of letting his friends, visitors and neighbour consumed his food supplies.

Congressman nga ang tawag nila sa akin (They even tagged me as a politician) “he jokingly said.

 Undeniably, his cabinetries are full of food supplies, his refrigerator is jam-packed of drinks, his fridge is occupied of too many processed foods and meats, above his cabinetries - you can find a lot of cereals , wines and on the floor, he put a plate rack wherein most of the space is full goodies.

“Isn’t it obvious with my body?” he added.

RELATED: The Best Birthday Gift Ever I Gave To Myself – New Condo Unit.





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Indeed, he has planned to install more cabinets in the future for more food storage. This guy is truly amazing on how he was able to maximize his small condo unit without sacrificing his love of foods. He even managed to cook foods inside his room using an 8 in 1 multi-cooker.


Moreover, hoarding too many foods inside in small apartment is everyone’s challenge mostly -living in the urban zone. We opted to buy at the fast food restaurant or even frequently bought ready-to eat foods in Carenderia and we tend to forget  – to live a homey feeling – cooking foods, dining after and washing dishes.  And with Migs, he still maintains the lifestyle of living in a big house yet he is inside a 13 square meter studio apartment.

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