Friday, September 30, 2016

Landers Superstore

Deo Montuerto | Afrotastic | Landers Superstore

Guilty as charged but I’ve always loved grocery shopping. There is much splendor and marvel when I see those big quantity of items displayed on every corner. Whatever I need, the aisles offer. That’s why when Landers Superstore opened, I had this drive to experience the enormous wonders it offered. It’s a store that’s super, after all.

Tuesday, September 27, 2016

Timbuk2


There’s always that excitement when we talk about customized and ready-made items; especially when these things will land on our hands. And what brand can we rely on to get these personalized goodies than Timbuk2. Because for a bag that’s well woven and tediously hilted, it’s definitely made for one’s personal touch.

A Century of Philippine Art


Time has once again extracted pieces of the past to bring back to the present. It’s as if an old familiar book was found, the dusted pages decided to begin not on the 1st page, but at the end. There is so much to feel about the: “A Century of Philippine Art” exhibit. But even with its delicacy and finesse, it’s still definitely worth seeing.

Sunday, September 25, 2016

Cityscapes with JanSport


Let’s be honest, the JanSport backpack is not hard to miss. This piece of all-around functionality has avidly been “shouldered” by people looking for fun and discovery. From jeepney rides to mall walks, I’ve always spotted this bag with its signature logo. But I guess I’ll be seeing it more around Cityscapes.

Tuesday, September 20, 2016

BLK 513

Deo Montuerto | Afrotastic | BLK 513

Black is the absence of color, so they say. But for others, black can also mean the absence of guilt and the absence of unhealthy fat. So for a cream-based treat, BLK 513's black and brooding yogurt is definitely a mystery waiting to be indulged.

Thursday, September 15, 2016

Chinatown

Deo Montuerto | Afrotastic | Chinatown

Riddled with businesses that run on cheap transactions, the oriental streets have definitely changed since I visited 7 years ago. In honor (sacred or not) of this refreshing meeting, I decided to walk the streets of Chinatown with a bucket hat; Far from looking like your typical China boy-- but what the hell, right?

Wednesday, September 14, 2016

Bánh Năm

Deo Montuerto | Afrotastic | Bánh Năm

On a personal note, there is no “best thing” since sliced bread. Not when sliced bread is passionately toasted and crafted to a hearty sandwich. But before the search for the next best thing, Vietnam delicacy really surprised me not in the form of rice dishes, but in sandwiches. Oh, and by the way-- Xin Chào!

As if the era of Asian expeditions began anew, I set off from the comfort of the North (nothing new there) to discover unfamiliar lands a.k.a. SM Southmall, Alabang. This brave effort was necessary to score one of the most authentic Vietnam sandwiches in the local scene. Like a true Spanish conquistador, Bánh Năm was a discovery worth recording.

Deo Montuerto | Afrotastic | Bánh Năm
Deo Montuerto | Afrotastic | Bánh Năm
Deo Montuerto | Afrotastic | Bánh Năm
Deo Montuerto | Afrotastic | Bánh Năm

Bánh Năm celebrated its store opening at SM Southmall to cater authentic Vietnamese sandwiches to the Filipino taste bud. To put it here bluntly, I’ve never been well-versed in Vietnamese cuisine so a Bánh Năm experience was in order. But before I got my hands on the cultural delicacies, store opening rituals opened the event. 

To tickle your minds, I’m giving a short trivia about the store: Bánh Năm came from two words, “Bánh mì”, which refers to the Vietnamese sandwich made of baguette, pickled daikon, carrots, cilantro, pate mayonnaise, and assorted meat. The “Nam” which means five, refers to the 5 flavors of Vietnam.

Deo Montuerto | Afrotastic | Bánh Năm
Deo Montuerto | Afrotastic | Bánh Năm
Deo Montuerto | Afrotastic | Bánh Năm
Deo Montuerto | Afrotastic | Bánh Năm

People began to circle the store, as their curious eyes wondered on Bánh Năm. I noticed that the store did well to exude a Vietnamese vibe. It's as if a quiet traditional celebration was taking part-- hungry people waiting to feast on a foreign delicacy, authentic Vietnamese chefs showcasing delicate culinary art, wooden designs that shadow a cultural scene, all in the humble space of a curious Vietnamese store

Before long, a line appeared in front of the store so I didn't waste any more time (maybe because I was already hungry, lol).

Deo Montuerto | Afrotastic | Bánh Năm
Deo Montuerto | Afrotastic | Bánh Năm

Monday, September 12, 2016

Birdhouse


Deo Montuerto | Afrotastic | Birdhouse

It’s a bird! It’s a plane! No, it’s…well, it’s really a bird. You can’t find Superman and his bravado at the Uptown Mall, but you do get to taste fried bird, erm—chicken! Bluntly speaking, that’s kind of the same thing. So I journeyed once again to the south streets to have a taste of the clucking wonders of Birdhouse.

Saturday, September 10, 2016

HORIZON


As staple as it may sound, time really does fly. To be honest, things have been crazy after graduation. I've been wading in the pool of the workforce for almost a year now. And every once in a while, the feeling of being completely lost comes to mind as I try to make sense of everything. In these instances, I take a deep breath and look at things beyond the horizon

Saturday, September 3, 2016

AsiaPOP Comicon Manila

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I always believed that being a geek is a compliment. There’s nothing really wrong with indulging in video games, books, and lore of the fictional universe. I’d like to believe that because of these things, imagination and creativity truly soars beyond the horizon. I witnessed this firsthand when I saw the "otherwordly" community at AsiaPOP Comicon Manila.

Friday, September 2, 2016

BRASILIPINAS 2016


I've always been curious about the wonders of Brazil. For me, there's something amazing about their energetic culture and how they position themselves as one of the best countries when it comes to festivals. Luckily, you don't have to travel halfway across the world to experience it. Rockwell's Sunset Street Party, Brasilipinas 2016, is a festival that will surely ignite your Brazillian vibe.