Efficiency
Uber Fast!

Uber Fast!

Having Uber here in Manila is a great option for when you don’t want to take your car or you suddenly find yourself without a ride.  The main issues one has to deal with are spotty wifi or internet connections and of course, traffic which kind of affect the ETAs that drivers communicate to their...
Status Updates

Status Updates

In today’s Facebooked/Twittered out world, letting the world know what you’re up to has become pretty commonplace. Whether it be big announcements (“Are they Facebook official yet?”), news-worthy bits of information (“Signal #2, all classes in Metro Manila are suspended.”) or sometimes, the overly emo/passive-aggressive (“I hate you.” ), updating your status and reading other...
The "Eyes" Have It at Warby Parker

The “Eyes” Have It at Warby Parker

Warby Parker is probably one of the coolest shops with the hippest interiors to match. The fact that their eyewear was on display on bleached wood surfaces sans the glass casing normally found in optical shops in The Philippines shows they trust their customers enough to handle their merchandise with care. Warby Parker staff were...
When "Cute" Won't Cut It

When “Cute” Won’t Cut It

It is nice when management makes an effort and spends on nice uniforms that go with the theme of a restaurant. It is  surprising when the waitstaff actually engages the customers and goes beyond the mandatory “may I take your order” spiel. This isn’t something you’d normally encounter in local restaurants. Most employees are on...
Foam Delights and Service Rights

Foam Delights and Service Rights

Since getting a new mattress had long been overdue (the main indicator being aches upon waking up), a first time trip to Uratex was a bit exciting. The Marikina branch was quite comfortably airconditioned, and we were immediately assisted by a friendly and knowledgeable salesperson named Aldwin. He asked some standard questions then led us...
Ramen't You Glad?

Ramen’t You Glad?

We headed down south last weekend to see what the fuss was all about over this new ramen place called Yushoken in the Molito area in Alabang. Even if there was a bit of a line that trickled to the restaurant’s exterior, we didn’t have a long wait because of the restaurant’s tip to arrive...
It's All About Timing

It’s All About Timing

As it is with a great many other things in this world, timing is everything.  But sticking to things I know, you can’t burst into a fantastic  mambo flourish or goosebump-inducing instrumental solo without having the basic timing down pat. Perfect timing (achieved through careful planning or ridiculously good luck) sets the groundwork for showcasing...
Royaltea at TWG

Royaltea at TWG

Even if there was a line to get into this decadent looking tea place, I just had to give TWG go, having heard rave reviews about it.  It was reminiscent of the opulent cafes in Vienna or Italy down to the velvet rope at the entrance, touches of gold, sparkly lights and tight space.  The...
Easy, Breezy and Bright at Acuatico

Easy, Breezy and Bright at Acuatico

With family flying back home from all corners of the world to celebrate the 40th anniversary of my folks, a beach trip was definitely in order. The last time we had been to a beach all together was sometime in the late 80’s, in the beach-to-be back then, Punta Buluarte. Since we had the newest...
No More Mumu

No More Mumu

  So you’ve done your research and finally found a nanny or yaya that seems to fit the bill. She has a glowing letter of recommendation from her previous employer (or  the assurance of your best friend’s trusted yaya who happens to be the yaya’s aunt) her NBI, barangay and medical paperwork in check and has...
Lifeline Does Save Lives

Lifeline Does Save Lives

Last weekend Lifeline helped save my Dad.  Having sustained injuries from an 8 ft. drop to concrete, within 40 minutes of the phone call being made to Lifeline, the ambulance made it to Antipolo all the way from Paranaque.  The emergency team was quick yet very careful to not move my Dad, as we were...
Leave Me Blinded

Leave Me Blinded

After hearing the buzz about a new low-key watering hole, I finally had the perfect occasion/excuse to go check it out. Together with a friend who comes to town every so often and who had also read about it, I went to The Blind Pig, after figuring out where it was, thanks to Google maps....