Clear the Coast: SM by the Bay Coastal Cleanup Drive


Help free our Manila Bay of trash by volunteering at the 2nd annual SM by the Bay Coastal Cleanup Drive (SMBCC)which will be held at the 1.3-kilometer stretch of the SM by the BAY Central Park this Saturday, September 19, 2015. Mounted by SM by the BAY, SM Mall of Asia, and SM Cares, this successful coastal cleanup which started last year is done in support of the International Coastal Cleanup program of the environmental non-profit group, Ocean Conservancy.

This year’s bigger and better coastal cleanup is supported by the Department of Environment and Natural Resources, the Philippine Coastguard and the local government of Pasay.

The event is expected to attract hundreds of volunteers from different private and non-government organizations and you could be one too! Participants of the Coastal Cleanup can register for the event as early as 5:30 am.SMBTB-Cleanup-Poster-22x28_light

Last year, the Coastal Cleanup drive was able to collect 2,454,500 kilos of trash, including 2,293 pieces of slippers and shoes, 1,813 pieces of food wrappers, 1,495 pieces of take away containers, 998 bamboo and wood, 882 beverage bottles, and 605 cigarette butts. This year, with an even larger area activated for the cleanup, more participants, partners and volunteers were invited to join.

Similarly, and as part of the International Coastal Cleanup program, participants of the cleanup drive will be again asked to document the trash they collect, with the data gathered to be sent directly to Ocean Conservancy.

The SM by the BAY Coastal Cleanup is an annual environmental awareness event wherein the coastal waters of Manila Bay will be celebrated and invigorated, not just for a day, but it will be an active drive that is promoted and supported the whole year-round.

With the continuing support of its local partners and sponsors, SM by the BAY is committed to the environment through raising awareness of ocean conservation, promoting community-based involvement, and improving the quality of the immediate area of Pasay City.

So, guys and girls, ready those shades and sunblock. Time to clear the coast!

Disclaimer: This article is originally posted in‘s Page. The author shared this to reach out more volunteers for the good cause of Cleaning the Bay Coast.

Mon's Restaurant at Camp Benjamin (Alfonso, Cavite)

Mon’s Restaurant is located inside the Camp Benjamin, a camp site and team building area in  Alfonso Cavite. There is no other restaurant like this in Alfonso Cavite when we searched nearby using OpenSnap App. Mon’s Resto sit on the side of Camp Benjamin’s two dormitory buildings. One thing fascinating about Camp Benjamin is that though it has a modern, well maintained and very nice facilities, it has maintained the trees all around.

Mon's Restaurant Camp Benjamin Exterior
Mon’s Resto is somewhat covered with Pine Trees.


Mon's Resto Camp Benjamin Balcony
If you will sit at the balcony, the experience is quite home-y and will appreciate the cold weather of Alfonso, Cavite which is near Tagaytay.


The type of dining they have is variety of Filipino Cuisine and for kiddies, they have a menu for them like spaghetti, burger. They have a breakfast menu named to the places in the perimiter of Alfonso Cavite.

The price at this restaurant is just as expensive in the restaurants in the malls but the BIG difference of Mon’s Restau is the food their serving. The food they serve is organic and it comes from their farm called Win Farm.

Mon’s Resto Menu

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In our preference, we ordered adobong manok sa tablea, tokwa’t baboy and garlic rice.

Mon's Restaurant Camp Benjamin Menu

Tokwa't Baboy at Mon's Restaurant Camp Benjamiin
Tokwa’t Baboy


Adobo sa Tablea at Mon's Restaurant Camp Benjamiin
Adobong Manok sa Tablea (250php), one of Mon’s Resto’s Specialty


Garlic Rice at Mon's Restaurant Camp Benjamiin
Garlic Rice (80php). Good for two serving


All servings are good for two. The Adobong  Manok sa Tablea has a bittersweet taste but it is overall good.

For our drinks, they serve hot and cold drinks (coffee, tea and smoothie). I ordered Latte Machiato while my girl ordered Pandan Tea.

Latte Machiato Mon's Restaurant Camp Benjamin Menu
Lata Macchiato (80php)


Cold Pandan Tea Mon's Restaurant Camp Benjamin Menu
Cold and Refreshing Buko Panda Tea (105php).


Based on the personal experience of our friends who also dined here, Mon’s Restaurant beverages especially the shakes and smoothies are a must try!

If you ever wondered why we were in this place when there’s places in the metro to search when you use OpenSnap, It is because I’m a south guy and Alfonso, Cavite is my mother’s place so I visit here often. When you go to Alfonso Cavite, Don’t Forget to go to Camp Benjamin and eat at Mon’s Restaurant! It’s worth a visit!

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Little Tokyo: a Japanese Restaurant Community in Makati City

Everyone knows in several countries the place: “Chinatown” right? We also have this in the Philippines. But did you know that there’s also a place called “Little Tokyo” in Makati City?

Little Tokyo Makati

Yeah. You heard it right. Little Tokyo. It is located in Makati along Chino Roces corner Fernandez Street. It brings the ambiance of Japan’s capital theme in the place. The old temple style is like in Edo Period. Many Japanese restaurants surround the place and there are many Japanese who come here and it feels like home to them. There’s a grocery store there named Yamazaki too. It can be also a location for a photo shoot for cosplayers. Take a look these pictures and be in awe of the location we just recently went to. We arrived here around 5pm and we observed that the place is still dead. There are some motorbikes parked improperly parked at the entrance and the parking space is still empty. I believe this place is a night place of the Japanese and the Japanese at heart around the area.

Little Tokyo Makati

Little Tokyo Makati

Little Tokyo Makati
A long garden path walk from the entrance/exit to the Little Tokyo entrance Ark. The people on the background has on going cosplay photoshoot
Little Tokyo Makati
There are cute bunny and mother bunnies in the garden.

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The exterior of the restaurants will make you feel that you are really in Japan. Also the interiors will make your Japanese experience genuine. Oishinbo has a little bar I observed from outside, and Wilma is looking forward to experience that, though she’s not an alcohol drinker.

In the evening, the place looks lively and diners mostly Japanese are starting to pour.

Little Tokyo Makati

As you can see there’s a bicycle there. We just bought a folding bicycle before going to Little Tokyo and we included it in our pictures.

Little Tokyo Makati

The restaurants there are quite expensive so wait for it—There will be a next part for the foodie. Try to visit the place and be amazed and feel the little of Tokyo in Makati.

-Kevin, the Lover Boy of the LoversintheCity