Detached Life at Potipot Island (Candelaria, Zambales)

If you just want to escape from the hustle and bustle of the city and have a quick weekend get-away with your family or friends, Potipot Island should be on your list.

Potipot Island, Zambales - Lovers in the City
Potipot Island view from the Boat Dock

How to Get There
Our group went here by private vehicle. We left Quezon City by 11pm and arrived at around 5am in front of our boatman’s house. Travel is roughly 6 hours if without traffic but it may be longer if you are on commute. From Steve’s house (our boatman) we parked our car then walked to the boat dock, five minute away. Steve’s assistants brought our heavy things in tricycle and went ahead of us. By the time that we arrived at the boat dock, it is still dark and can’t see the Island from afar. There is no electricity supply in the island so the thing that makes us identify where the island is located is the flickering spotlight in the beach front. We waited for dawn to see clearly our boat travel going to the Island. Travel from boat dock to Potipot Island is roughly around 5 minutes.
Where to Stay
Entrance fee to the Island is Php100 for day tour and Php300 for overnight. There are no hotels or Inns available in Potipot Islands aside from few cottages or “kubo” for rent (Php1,500). Tent rentals are also available but it is not a service provided on the island. You have to tell your boatman that you’re planning to rent one. Tent rental is Php300 which can accommodate for 2pax. Better yet bring your own tent to save some money. Continue reading “Detached Life at Potipot Island (Candelaria, Zambales)”

Cat Cafe Manila- Maginhawa Street, Quezon City

Yours truly is not a Cat person. We have a cat at home for the purpose of threatening the rats around, but personally, i find it clingy and sometime annoying. Kevin on the other hand is a dog person. He even wrap our left over and bones from our packed lunch to feed his dogs when he arrive at their house. But Kevin has a friend couple who treated cats as their baby, and before the year ends, they wanted to  visit the Cat Cafe Manila at Maginhawa St. Quezon City.

The Cat Cafe prefer a reservation before you go there, but if you will go there by walk in, you might be a chance guest if there are few customers. The Cat Cafe interior is small, it can house approximately 20-30 guest simultaneously. There are high chairs on the side, if you do not want to get bogged down by the passing cats. But, I advise you to take an Indian sit around a small table so that you will have an opportunity to have get around gets, play with them and even sit and sleep with them.

Cat Cafe Entrance

Cat Cafe Manila

Cat Cafe Manila

Cat Cafe Interior

Cat Cafe Manila Interior

Cat Cafe Manila Interior

Cat Cafe Manila Wall Art

Cat Cafe Manila Books and Games

Cat Cafe Manila Wall Art

Cat Cafe Manila Restroom

Before you go inside the Cafe, guests are required to sanitize their hands, read the house rules and take off their shoes. This is for the safety of the cats and the guests as well.

Entrance fee is Php200, good for one hour stay with Php100 consumable for foods. They also give a Membership card where you can have a free drink on your fourth visit and Free entrance fee and 100php consumable on your 9th visit.

Cat Cafe Manila Ticket and Loyalty Card

As I have said in my intro, I am not a cat person. But observing their behaviors made me adore them. The cats in the Cat Cafe are “PusPin” or Pusang Pinoy as my friends call them. They belong to the breed of cats that is commonly domesticated in Filipino household.  Some of the amazing observations I have with them: A cat named Mama Cat is so clingy and malambing. We have just seated on our chosen table and she immediately walked in our middle and took a nap in the lap of my friend. She really wanted to be spoiled. One cat is Ashley. She is a beautiful black cat with an intricate stripes at her spine. During our stay, she just laid in one high chair like she is not on the mood socializing. I do not know, but maybe because we visited during siesta time. Hehe. One cat named .. is just sitting on beside the glass window like thinking deep about something. After seeing them and having a fellowship with them, your mind will change about them. They are amazing! Like us, they are unique, have a certain features, attitudes and even a “mannerism”. The cats in Cat Cafe Manila are also very healthy, they are clean with no cat scent and I can’t believe that their breed will grow as big as a dog.

Cat Cafe Manila Kevin
Mama Cat sleeping on our table.

Cat Cafe Manila

Cat Cafe Manila
Ashley sleeping on a tall chair on one corner. The black stripe on her spine is really beautiful.

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Cat Cafe Manila

The visit to the cats alone are sulit na, but the foods are also worth a review. Kevin and I combined our ticket so we had a Php200 consumable. We were able to order a Meowcha cupcake (Php60) and Mango Graham Shake  (P140), both tastes good. The Meowcha cupcake is not that sweet but the coffee flavor of the icing blended well with the base. The Mango Graham is amazing, it really tasted like a Graham Cake but you are eating it through a straw.

Cat Cafe Manila Meowcha Cupcake and Mango Graham Shake
Meowcha Cupcake and Mango Graham Shake

Cat Cafe Manila Cupcake stand

Beside sitting with cats and eating, we were able to play a Cat-oply, a monopoly game with Cat cards. The Cat Cafe Manila has a full stock of card and board games related to cats. Hehe. It is fun to play with your company while consuming your one hour stay chilling with the cats. Of course, you cannot play a full hour with the cats, because they are either asleep or sitting on corner almost all the time.

Cat Cafe Manila Catopoly

They also sell souvenir items related to cats like a flash drive, bookmarks, tickler and ball pens. What really caught my eye from the souvenir shelf is the Mason Jar with a text printed on it- “When I die, the Cat gets everything”! Haha!

Cat Cafe Manila Souvenirs
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If you have fallen in love with one of the cats, they have an adaption program. There is an adaption procedure like screening and interviews that will be conducted with a minimal fee.

Cat Cafe Manila House Rules
Cat Cafe Adoption Program Rules

I wasn’t able to remember and play with all of the cats. But here are their portraits. Believe me, they are all beautiful!

Cat Cafe Manila Cats

Our group really enjoyed our stay! This cafe is indeed worth a visit!

Cat Cafe Manila

Cat Cafe Manila

Second Floor, Maginhawa Building, 189 Maginhawa Corner Makadios Street, Sikatuna Village, Quezon City
Open: 12pm-10pm

Cat Cafe Manila Facebook Page
http://catcafemanila.com/

Andy's Famous Batangas Lomi and Bulalo (Malakas St., Quezon City)

Andy’s Famous Batangas Limi and Bulalo – Shame to us that we forgot to blog about this amazing restaurant located just behind our work place.

We still remember, January 2015 when this restaurant just opened and its fame quickly spread like wildfire. Morning noon and night, the place is jump packed with customers and many are willing to wait just to taste their delectable Batangas Lomi, Bulalo, Goto and silogs. This place is “dinadayo” as we have seen people in group coming here in van just to eat here. Solen Heussa

Andy's Front

Andy's Front Part

Andy’s Famous Batangas Lomi and Bulalo is strategically located at the back of SSS and East Avenue Medical Center in Malakas Street, and also near Quezon City Hall and Philippine Heart Center. You will see employees from nearby offices eat here during their break time and people from nearby residences buying take out foods here. The place is not air conditioned, so it is really humid here on midday despite numerous electric fans hanging on the wall. The place is small, and has a clean paresan atmosphere. There are long lines at time, so if you are planning to drop by here, make sure it is not on break time and midday, or you can just do take out.

Andy's Famous Batangas Lomi and Bulalo

Andy’s Menu and Prices

Us, your Lovers in the City tried almost all of the dishes in their menu. Who wouldn’t, if the place is just nearby your work place, the dishes are affordable and have heard many recommendation and “must try” from word of mouth?

Andy's Famous Batangas Lomi and Bulalo
Batangas Lomi (P45 regular)

This Batangas Lomi contains generous toppings: from Special Kikiam, Squid Ball, Liver and Liempo. The regular serving (P45) can be shared by two people, while the Special (P85) can be shared by 3-5 person. A must try!

Andy's Famous Batangas Lomi and Bulalo
Sizzling Sisig (P55)

Whenever we see a Sizzling Sisig dish in a menu on any restaurant, we make sure that we try that. Pork sisig here in Andy’s is very tender and tasty perfectly combined with their garlic rice.

Their silogs are very goood, and it is our favorite. You can ask a sabaw of the Bulalo for your silog meal, and it is a perfect combination!

Andy's Famous Batangas Lomi and Bulalo
Sizzling Bulalo Steak (P150)

The Sizzling Bulalo Steak is unique as this is the first restaurant we’ve encountered that serves this dish. If you are curious, this is Bulalo sans sabaw in a gravy. The meat is also very tender and tasty.

Because of the success of this new restaurant, come second semester of 2015 and they have successfully opened an extension branch nearby their first store called Andy’s Grill which has bigger menu and serves inihaws. It is also featured in Solenn Heusaff’s show, Taste Buddies.

Andy’s Famous Batangas Lomi and Bulalo
Address: 98 Malakas St, Pinyahan, Quezon City, 1100 Metro Manila
Andy’s Facebook Page
Tel: (02) 961 9332
Open: 9AM – 11PM
Map

Minalungao National Park – General Tinio, Nueva Ecija

“Minalungao National Park is a protected area of the Philippines located in the municipality of General Tinio, Nueva Ecija in Central Luzon. The park covers an area of 2,018 hectares centered along the scenic Peñaranda River bordered on both sides by up to 16-meter high limestone walls in the foothills of the Sierra Madre mountain range. It was established in 1967 by virtue of Republic Act No. 5100. The park is considered as one of the few remaining natural environments in this region north of Manila. It is promoted by the local government as an ecotourism destination offering breath-taking scenery of green pristine river and unique rock formations. A system of unexplored subterranean caverns have also been identified as potential attractions. Facilities for picnics, swimming, fishing, raft riding and cliff diving have likewise been put up to draw more visitors.” – Wikipedia

Minalungao National Park - General Tinio Nueva Ecija

Going Here

The road going to Minalungao Park is unpaved, so if you are going here by car, I suggest bringing an SUV or 4×4. If you are going here by commute, tricycles from Gapan (main road), will ask for 700-1000 for whole day rent. So if you will go in Minalugao in big group, I suggest that you rent a private van rather than commute.

Surprisingly, though this place is now a famous must go for quick get away near Manila, we arrived here during the APEC Holiday with few people visiting the park.

Entrance Fee in Minalugao National Park

Entrance fee is P30 per person and P50 for the car pass.

Tour Guide

There are tour guides that will approach you upon parking, they are usually kids living nearby the area. It is up to you how much you will give them as there is no standard rate for guides. Or you can go by yourselves and follow other tourists since the terrain is not that difficult and the must visit areas are not far from each other. But if you are going to get a guide, I advice that you get a boy and older guide since you and your group may need their help in traversing the rocky and steep terrain especially if you will be going to the caves. We hired  two young boy aged 12 and 13. They are funny and very helpful. After a few chats with them, I am saddened by the fact that they are not going to school anymore, maybe because they are already earning money from tour guiding and the necessity to study for their future is no more relevant for them. I do not know if there are official tour guides hired or affiliated with the Minalungao Park Management, but I do hope that the local government and the management of the park will regulate the tour guiding of the minors.

Minalungao National Park - General Tinio Nueva Ecija

Minalungao National Park - General Tinio Nueva Ecija

Minalungao National Park - General Tinio Nueva Ecija

The park is already undergoing development. The way to the caves are already cemented. They say that the three floor building in the picture above is intended to be a hotel. There are few stores selling souvenir items and snacks on the side of the road. I do hope that despite the initiative of the local government to improve the place, the natural beauty of the park will still be conserved.

Things To Try in Minalungao National Park

1. Picnic

Minalungao National Park - General Tinio Nueva Ecija

2. Spelunking

Entrance fee for each cave is Php 10 per pax. But when we arrived on the cave entrance, there is no personnel collecting the fee so our guide directly assisted us inside the cave. The cave is small, and I am surprised that it is cold inside. Wear rubber shoes or rubber slippers with straps if you want to go inside the cave for your safety. Bring a flashlight, yes, it is dark inside the cave.

Minalungao National Park - General Tinio Nueva Ecija

Minalungao National Park - General Tinio Nueva Ecija

 

Minalungao National Park - General Tinio Nueva Ecija

3. Bamboo Rafting

Bamboo rafts are available for whole day rent at P250 for rafts with no roof and P500 for rafts with roof, maximum of 10 passengers. During our visit, we were not able to rent a raft since all are already occupied. Cottage is also for rent at P200.

Tip: Some bloggers said that you may haggle the price of the raft rent especially if you will not be using the raft for the whole day

Minalungao National Park - General Tinio Nueva Ecija

Minalungao National Park - General Tinio Nueva Ecija

Minalungao National Park - General Tinio Nueva Ecija

Minalungao National Park - General Tinio Nueva Ecija

Minalungao National Park - General Tinio Nueva Ecija

4. Cliff Diving and Swimming

Cliff Diving and swimming against the wild current of the river is very dangerous. But if you are the adventurous type, defying the danger can be very satisfying. We tried swimming in the lower part of the river, but tricky it is, on one step, the water is just above my waist but the next step will be above 5 feet. Our team decided to pass through the water to step on the sand bar, though others have successfully reached it, me and Kevin did not push through because of the very strong current and afraid that we will step on the unknown part of the river.

If you are going to swim, you can rent a floating wheel (salva –bida) for P50.

Minalungao National Park - General Tinio Nueva Ecija

Minalungao National Park - General Tinio Nueva Ecija

Minalungao National Park - General Tinio Nueva Ecija

 

Minalungao National Park - General Tinio Nueva Ecija

5. Zipline

Zipline Fee is Php 50 only, a very cheap amount to pay to to see the beautiful lime stones and the river on top view. Though we didn’t try it because of time constraint on our itinerary, I asked our guide about it and told me that you have to pay another P50 going back to the starting point or you can trek downward the steep place where you will be landing and hire a raft for you to cross the river to reach your starting point.

6. Walk Up to Minalungao Cross and See Minalungao from the Top

You can also try walking up the 1000 step toward Minalungao Cross and see the beautiful view from the top.

There are is a bathroom and shower room in the park, and you have to pay Php 10 to use it.

Minalungao National Park - General Tinio Nueva Ecija

You will see in our photo that the water is color mud. We missed the pristine green water because of rain fall the previous night. So it is best that you go here in Summer or when the weather is sunny! Plan going here early for parking lot and to avoid many crowd, yes it is frustrating to take a picture when other tourists are taking loooooong time to have their pictures takin in one place.

Again, practice “Leave nothing but footprints, take noting but photographs”. We’ve seen traces of plastics on the picnic area in even in cave.

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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 Nuffnang.com.ph‘s Page. The author shared this to reach out more volunteers for the good cause of Cleaning the Bay Coast.

Lovers in the City Dream Houses

This blog, the Lovers in the City is born out of the dreams and bond of a couple, yours truly and Kevin. We are in relationship for over two years now where our relationship has come in a point of contentment. A “Wala nang hahanaping pa” stage where everything is in its rightful places and planning for the next step.

As a couple, we share both of our dreams; We both wa        nted to be a college professor. Kevin wanted to have a sports car and four other car variants while I just want a smart car and an SUV. Kevin wants to live in a condo because he fantasize a modern bachelor living, while I want to grow old in a serene rural area where we can relax in the nature and be away with the busy crowded place of the metro.

Browsing at Property24 Philippines Website, we came up with these five dream houses that we will add to our #RelationshipGoals.

  1. Condo – Resort Living at Illumina Residences 

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A  three Bed room in Illumina Residence which is a Resort Condo located along V. Mapa and P. Sanchez streets in Sta. Mesa. Why Resort Condo? We always long to have a get away once a while to recreate our mind and soul, and unwind from the stress we accumulated from work. So why yearn if you can have that Resort Living in the city?

Illumina Residences is strategically located to be near Ortigas, Makati and Quezon City Business District, plus it is also near trade centers in Cubao and Manila.

2. Condo – Another Resort Living at Castilla Place

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Property 24 Dream House

This 3 Bedroom Condominium at 1 Castilla St. Valencia, New Manila Quezon City is another Resort Living Condominium with Landscaped Garden, Pools, Gazeebo, Sky Park among others. Like our said preferences, it is near Business Districts, Schools and Hospitals.

3. A Spacious Family House at Capitol Park Homes

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Property 24 Dream House

Did I previously said that I am writing about my dream house? Yes, this house costs 30M, 30 with six zeros. But if you are planning for a happy family in a perfect house, I think this would be a very nice fit. Kevin wants to have a music room in our future house, while I also want a library. We want our future children to be either musically inclined or well read or can be both. 🙂 We regret that when we were young, there was no avenue or open playing field for us to spend our childhood on playing a musical instrument, play sports or be well versed in something like History or Foreign Language.

This house in Capitol Hills also has a car garage for four. I think I can bargain with my love to settle on four cars rather than five.

 4. Another Spacious Family House at Capitol Hills

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This Family house is also located in Capitol Park Homes in Capitol Hills, Quezon City. This is quite bigger with my earlier selection but cheaper. It has a four bed room, toilet and bath and garage. I live near Capitol Hills and It is really my dream that one day that I will have my house inside a peaceful executive village like the Capitol Park Homes. Capitol Park Homes is near Malls like Ever Commonwealth and Shopwise Commonwealth. It is a 15 minutes drive to Ayala Techno Hub and Quezon City Circle. It is also a few minutes away from Ateneo de Manila, Mirriam College, Diliman Preparatory, and University of the Philippines Diliman.

5. A Rest House in The Woodridge Place, Tagaytay Highlands

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Tagaytay City is very known for its year-round cool weather. We once went to Palace in the Sky, a tourist spot in Tagaytay and one of the highest peak you can be to see a panoramic view of Tagaytay and Taal Volcano. Just below the Palace of the Sky is the Tagaytay Highlinds. How pleasing and perfect it is to wake up to see a majestic creation of our God every morning!

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Aida's Chicken (Makati Cinema Square, Makati City)

Kevin has previously posted that we went to Little Tokyo food compound in Makati. We found the place to be exactly resembling a typical Japanese atmosphere but we also found that the food are really expensive for a not-rich and non-Japanese like us. Hehe. And Since we also bought a bike that day, we decided to spend on a less costly dinner. So from there, we used the OpenRice website to find a decent dining place nearby and we found that Aida’s Chicken is few blocks away.

Aida’s Chicken is a homey atmosphere restaurant that serves Filipino lutong bahay dishes.

The place

 

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There are paintings hanged on all corners and I’d say that all looks good. I am not a professional artist nor a critic so I cannot say the technicalities of it. An observation is most of the paintings depict sensual images that resembles BenCab’s arts in Baguio.

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Aidas Chicken Painting

Aidas Chicken Wall Paintings

 

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Aidas Chicken Menu

 

Aidas Chicken Executive Menu

 

Aidas Chicken Foods

The Food
We ordered Salted Fried rice which is good for 2-3person. We asked the crew how salty it is but she said that It is moderately salty. When the rice was served, i then found out that there are daing flakes which makes the fried rice salty.

We also ordered Chicken Sinigang which is also good for sharing. I would say that their Sinigang’s sabaw is one of the perfect sinigang flavor I’ve tasted. The vegetable of the Sinigang were cooked fine but I observed that the chicken are not freshly cooked. I tasted that the chicken might be pre-boiled for quick preparation. But this preparation makes the chicken flavor taste less.

We also ordered Liempo. Also good for sharing.

Overall, we paid php630 and gave some tip. This restaurant is a hidden gem, i might say. You might be turned-off with an old-rustic exterior of Aida’s Chicken, but they serve good, authentic and healthy Filipino dishes.

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Aida’s Chicken is located in the Second Floor of Makati Cinema Square, Legaspi Village, Makati City.

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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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Buying a Bike at Cartemar Pasay City, Metro Manila

As a birthday gift for me, Kevin bought me a Folding Bike. But it is not a surprise, since he brought me with him to choose a bike of my choice. Here we are sharing our experience on Buying a Bike at Cartemar Shopping Center, Pasay Manila.

Cartemar is a known place for buying pets, pet foods, grooming and accessories. There are also a long straight of tiangge selling shoes and ready-to-wears. But on the side of Cartemar near Leveriza, you can see a long section of bike stores where you can see wide variety of bikes from Mountain Bikes and Road Bikes for hobbyist, cute toddler bikes and others in “hybrid form”.

Buying a Bike at Cartemar Shopping Center Pasay

Buying a Bike at Cartemar Shopping Center Pasay

The Bike stores area is a busy place. There are a lot of first timer like us canvassing and window shopping of their desired bikes.

Buying a Bike at Cartemar Shopping Center Pasay

Bike hobbyist coming around for customization and set-up of their bikes.

Here are a glimpse of the bikes on display in the area.

Buying a Bike at Cartemar Shopping Center Pasay

Buying a Bike at Cartemar Shopping Center Pasay

Buying a Bike at Cartemar Shopping Center Pasay

Buying a Bike at Cartemar Shopping Center Pasay

Buying a Bike at Cartemar Shopping Center Pasay

Buying a Bike at Cartemar Shopping Center Pasay

We found a Bike shop called Paulina’s, the first bike shop in the long path of Cartemar. The place has a comprehensive stocks of different bike brands, parts, accessories, and bike wear plus they give discounts. The time we went there, they are on sale!

Outside Paulina’s, you can see different designs of bike, this folding bike design was my first choice.Buying a Bike at Cartemar Shopping Center Pasay

Inside their store you can find bike parts..

Buying a Bike at Cartemar Shopping Center Pasay

And on the second floor of their store, you can see different varieties of biking gears and (expensive) bike, a heaven for bike enthusiast I might say. You’ll see that these bikes has 10-25% discount tags but a single bike costs 75,000 or more on their regular price!

Buying a Bike at Cartemar Shopping Center Pasay

There are biking shoes which I observed costs starts from 1k above..

Buying a Bike at Cartemar Shopping Center Pasay

 

Buying a Bike at Cartemar Shopping Center Pasay

There are biking gears like clothes, shorts, shades, socks, hand pads and knee support among others..

Buying a Bike at Cartemar Shopping Center Pasay

There are biking head gears also. There are cute doodled hard hats that costs 2,000. Mine, i bought a simple hard hat that costs 500 only.

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Buying a Bike at Cartemar Shopping Center Pasay
My Helmet which matches with the color my chosen bike

We bought an alloy folding bike on a nearby store. The sticker price is 8,500 but we haggled until Php 7,500. The bike weights 14kg which is good for petite frames like me. There are cheaper folding bike that costs around 4,000 but it is heavier..

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Buying a Bike at Cartemar Shopping Center Pasay

We had a problem because Kevin didn’t brought his car and we do not know how to bring it home. We are yet to visit Little Tokyo that afternoon but we do not want to spend much on Taxi. We then decided to buy a Folding Bike bag which costs Php950 at Paulina’s.

Are you also planning to buy a bike for your partner or your kids? Go and visit Cartemar, Shopping Complex Pasay City, Metro Manila.

How To Get There According to Ph-Commute

From Fairview, Quezon City

1. Ride a Bus with sign board LRT-Ayala Leveriza. Drop after the bus took a U-Turn at Leveriza.

2. Ride a jeep to Libertad/Baclaran, and ask the driver to drop you off at Cartimar.

Hope you find this post helpful.