Vintage Hauls at Greenfield Weekend Market

It was overcast and humid saturday late afternoon when two of my blogger friends, juanderingbulakenyo,pinoyvintagekolektor continued our extended walking tour.  While three other friends decided to spend their time in SM Megamall.

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vintage items like magazines, stamps, stickers, posters, bottles, toys, coin holders, NBA cards, posters among other stuff.

Greenfield Weekend Market Vintage Hauls

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We manage to have a short walking tour of Greenfield district around past 4:00 pm. The district is home to several well-known venue place, restaurants,NAWASA water cement tower, decade old trees, manicured lawn spaces, ornamental flowering trees, statue, mid-century warehouses / buildings turned into commercial spaces and condominium buildings.

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Mr. Jose Yao Campos bust

Greenfield district is a combination of residential, commercial, industrial,education and places of worship are located. Used to work at the nearby One San Miguel building few years ago.

Shopping malls, schools and universities are located within 15 to 20 minutes leisurely walk. But the one which attracts foodies even expat community is the Greenfield Weekend Market. The semi-permanent stalls are there for a while and there are live bands performing on a rotation basis.

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Greenfield Weekend Market entrance

 We were greeted by two friendly sales agent which gave a few insights on the weekend market which according to them were also pet friendly.

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Our group decided to eat light snacks and lemonade. The lemons are neatly arranged on ferris wheel.

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bucheron

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photo booth area

We explored within the stalls at the back portion. Amaze with some of the stalls selling pre-owned books,vintage items, coins, stamps, portrait sketches, magazines, stickers, coin banks, toys and cassette tapes. There is also a tarot card booth where one can pay a small fee for reading one’s fortune.

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My friend also bought 2 pre-owned books, then our group decided to leave the place since it started raining hard and winds blowing off our umbrellas.

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Mr. Eric David sketch artist booth

Being a collector, I was able to buy some vintage stamps and coins in one of the booth.

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framed banknotes, photos, coins and stamps for sale

We were able to ask the security guards on the possibility of other activities within the area like bird watching and guided walk.

Overall, the weather is quite uncooperative but our vintage hauls were the ones that we would cherish.

Our group will surely come back for more exciting food, tree walk, bird watching, chilling down or just walking within the district exploring and admiring mid-century architecture.

Note : Greenfield Weekend Market usually starts from 4:00 pm till 12:00 midnight

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Special Guest Mayor Joy Belmonte at 73rd Mid-Year Orchid Show

Honorable Josefina “Joy” Belmonte -Alimurung together with Honorable Candy Medina- Atienza (councilor 6th district), Assistant administrator Attorney Lord, Engineer Zaldy Dela Rosa, Quezon Memorial Circle administration staff, affiliated plant societies, invited guests, media, social media bloggers and Philippine Orchid Society members, were treated to a grand ribbon cutting, a tour of the exhibit area and opening of the 73rd mid- year orchid and festival 2019.

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Engineer Zaldy Dela Rosa shakes hand with Mayor Joy Belmonte ( photo courtesy of Quezon City press corp)

73rd Mid -Year Philippine Orchid Festival 2019

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l-r Mr. Norberto Bautista, Engineer Zaldy Dela Rosa, Honorable Candy Medina- Atienza and Mrs. Susan Lee ( photo courtesy of Hon. Candy Medina -Atienza)

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blooming phalaenopsis and dendrobium orchids were given to the guests of honor

Opening was held late afternoon past 4:00 pm within Hardin ng Bulaklak ( HB/ Flower Garden) the exhibits highlighted the blooming of several varieties of waling-waling  or Vanda/ Euanthe sanderiana which is the highlight of the festival.

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several varieties of Waling- waling on display at the show

Vanda Sanderiana

 Vanda sanderiana / Euanthe sanderiana locally known as Waling-waling

It is good that there were some blooming Waling-waling during this time of the year since rainy season started a little bit late.

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table judging of Cymbidium chloranthum and cattleya hybrids

It is also good that table judging for flowering orchids were introduce during this show. This will enable orchid hobbyists and the general public to appreciate the orchid competition winners up close. Most international orchid shows normally present their orchids that way.

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strap leaf vandas with red and white ribbon can trace their parentage to Vanda sanderiana and Vanda coerulea.

The mayor also delighted the crowd with her three good news which were delivered during her speech after the ribbon cutting ceremonies held within Quezon City Memorial Circle in Quezon City.

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carnivorous plants for sale at the commercial stall ( photo courtesy of Dr. Tan)

Commercial Booths and Daily Activities

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schedule of daily talks

62 commercial booths selling different kinds of plants, carnivorous plants, orchid hybrids, ornamental plants, pots, fertilizers, native orchids, ferns, fruit trees, cacti and succulents, flowering annuals, variegated ornamental plants among others.

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 Pagsolingan’s Garden with Rare & Exotic Plants (courtesy of Dr. Roland Salazar )

Rare and Exotic Plants – Dr. Roland Salazar

Address: 106 Mindanao Avenue Garden Center,Mindanao Avenue , Barangay Talipapa, Novaliches, Quezon City

There will be daily lectures or talks starting today at 2:00 pm at the pavilion area within the exhibition site. Entrance fee is Php 30.00 for the general public, Php 20.00 senior citizens, students and person with disabilities with valid identification card.

73rd Philippine Orchid Society’s exhibit, lectures and commercial trade fair will run until September 9, 2019 !

Jonas Pares House : 40 Years of Love and Passion

Jonas Pares House is a MUST dine- in place when one is within the vicinity of N.S. Amoranto street (formerly called Retiro street) and near Banawe street. The Pares House specializes on beef, pork pares, siopao asado, bola-bola, dimsum, mami, kikiam, buchi, chopsuey and other home cooked dishes.

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two kinds of siopao ( asado and bola-bola take out pack), Jonas beef pares, fried rice and free soup

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Jonas Pares House is located within Mayon street corner Malindang street, Quezon City.

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chicken feet with tausi

Our gang of friends would find time to eat at this pares house whenever we would visit nearby Lourdes church, Suki market ,Dapitan arcade during our thrift shop hunting

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steamed siopao asado and bola-bola

History

Jonas started as a small carinderia / eatery with just a few seats available way back in 1979. It was the husband and wife tandem of Mr. Roger Tiu and Mrs. Lolita ” Lolly”  Tiu team up with a seed capital of Php 6,000 envisioned a restaurant providing fine-dining quality food at a price affordable to masses.

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Jonas history by Mr. Cirilo F. Bautista (poet, columnist)

The recipe came from her father who would often got invited during fiesta or special occasions to cook for the guests. His love and passion for food that would define his legacy which left lasting impact in the culinary world. Eventually, he taught his daughter the art of cooking pares and its ingredients.

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meal viands

Mr. Roger Tiu would cooked the beef pares while Mrs. Lolita Tiu would serve to their clients. Most of the early customers were from nearby Lourdes church and outlying areas.

What makes Pares so special is how the beef was prepared and cooked. Seventy percent (70%) of the beef is lean meat from beef flanks; the rest of the 30% is from fat. The beef is tender because it was slow-cooked in a charcoal-fed fire for at least 12 hours !

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customers

They started cooking 5 kilos of beef pares in 1979 and increased to at least 100 kilos of beef meat everyday by 2019. Jonas Pares is credited and popularized the term “Pares” which means the pairing of beef and fried rice. Pares meal which started within the district then soon spread to different parts of the city and in far flung provinces.

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shrimp hakaw -one of MUST try dimsum

Jonas Pares started adding more dishes and enlarging their restaurant by the 1990’s. The restaurant floor space was increased, its facilities upgraded, and air-conditioning installed.

Sitting Capacity and Ambiance

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Jonas Pares House is well lighted with modern fixture and cozy ambiance with a sitting capacity of between 70 to 80 persons at any given time. Mixing both native, modern while having a community bulletin board for those who wanted to post their messages.There is also a counter where one can get free service water, tube ice, condiments and chili paste.

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take out counter

There is also a small take out counter inside the restaurant where one can buy some dimsum, cakes, canned drinks, buchi, pastries, nuts among others.

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community bulletin board

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blueberry cheesecake

Blueberry cheese cake– One of their best selling desserts (Php 110 per slice). We tasted their famed blueberry cheese cake which is a little bland for our taste.

In- House Promo

There is an in-house promo which enable customers to buy 6 siopao ( steam buns) for just Php 270.00. It comes with its sauce and special package. Ideal for pasalubongs and treats.  One can order a combination of asado and bola-bola.

The restaurant is also listed under popular travel and restaurant site zomatoph, booky and tripadvisor.

Note and full disclosure:  The prices quoted in this website is base on the prevailing prices. Prices of their meals, pares and in-house promo are subject to change without prior notice from the management of the establishment. The author is not connected with the management or employed by Jonas restaurant.  Just an ordinary “suki” customer at the place.

Address: 561 Mayon street corner Malindang street, Santa Mesa Heights, Quezon City, 1114 Metro Manila.

Operations: Everyday from 6:30 am to 10:00pm

Contact (02) 712 6261

How to Commute: ( There are many ways on how to commute going to Jonas Pares)

1.) From Mayon street and A. Bonifacio Avenue- Take a jeepney ride with Mayon street going to Welcome Rotunda jeepney ( Php 9.00 minimum fare)  One can opt to walk along the Mayon/ Del Monte Avenue intersection which can take between 25 minutes to 35 minutes walk.

2.) From Santa Cruz / Blumentritt -Manila – Take a jeepney with Retiro street signage ( aka N.S. Amoranto street route) – From Blumentritt ( Php 9.00 minimum fare to Php 12.00 per head depending on the route)

3.) From PNRI station Blumentritt – Take jeepney route going to Retiro/ Muñoz ( Php 9.00)

4.) From LRT line 1 -Blumentritt station – Take jeepney with the route Santa Cruz/ Retiro to Muñoz

5.) From Quezon Avenue/ MCDO- There is a jeepney route which ply Quezon Avenue to Banawe street.

Special Promo of Hodai Fusion Restaurant

Hodai Restaurant combines Japanese, Korean, Italian dishes that takes on a new concept of a modern buffet styled setting. Base on Japanese cuisine and culture, The base of operation with its distinctive flavor, freshness of the ingredients and preparation methods.
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wide array of dishes
The logo is strategically posted and represented by a cat which is like neko with paws holding up. In East Asian culture like China, Japan and Korea, the cat presents good luck and attracts customers.
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Hodai fusion restaurant facade

Buffet with a Twist

Hodai restaurant is an affordable all-you-can-eat twist on the current Japanese food market without the sacrifice of quality, taste, ambiance and space to share a feast with your loved ones. There is also an area where one can refill rice.

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kani salad

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fried cream dory with special sauce and pechay

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fried tofu with sauce and chopped spring onions

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fried tempura

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fried pork tonkatsu with lettuce, onion and sauce
The menu consists of three (3) sets labeled Value, Silver, and Gold. Wherein customers have the option to decide which among the sets meet with their cravings. Menu items include Tonkatsu, Japchae, Rose Cream Pasta, Kimchi Gyozas, Maki rolls, Teriyaki, Spicy Cheese barbecue and a variety of other dishes. 
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lightning fixtures
The interior is nice , clean, modern and brightly lighted. It had a capacity of between 150 to 160 customers at any given time. The old house was re-purpose as a restaurant.  One can also taste a sample of Korean ice cream.

100 Day Anniversary in-House Promo

Hodai is celebrating their 100 days in business and they are offering an in-house 40% discount promo for weekends and holidays which starts on July 27, 2019 and also 50% discount promo for weekday(Mon to Fri) on July 29, 2019. The promo will last until September.

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Weekday (Mon to Fri) – 50% off

Value Set – 399 to 199 pesos
Silver Set – 499 to 249 pesos
Gold Set – 599 to 299 pesos

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Weekends and  Holidays – 40% off

Silver Set – 499 to 299 pesos
Gold Set – 599 to 359 pesos

It is also wise to make some reservations days or even weeks in advance for those planning to have their birthday parties and big groups.

How to Commute:

1.) From EDSA Quezon Avenue, ride a jeepney bound to West Avenue/ SM North/ Panay /Project 6 ( from Delta Theater) and get off at Examiner Street. Walk towards the restaurant ( just in front of ABS-CBN Lingkod Kapamilya Operation Sagip Center)

2.) From EDSA North, walk towards SM Savemore/ Paramount. One may opt to ride jeepney bound to Quiapo and get off at Examiner Street ( Php 9.00). Walk towards the restaurant.

3.) West Avenue: Another option is one can take a tricycle to the restaurant (P15 per person or Php 40 special )

4.) West Avenue- One can walk between 15 to 20 minutes walk from Paramount theater to Hodai.

Note: Promo prices posted at this site are subject to change without prior notice from the management of the Hodai restaurant. 

 Hodai Fusion Restaurant

Address: #14 Examiner street near West Avenue,Barangay West Triangle, Quezon City

Contact : 0956 460 5848 / 0920-234-1200

Operational Hours: Monday to Sunday 11:00 am to 3:00 pm, 5:00 pm to 10:00 pm

 

Bestylog : A Neighborhood Food Station

Bestylog is a neighborhood food station which specializes on all morning value meals, chicken wing, hamburger, french fries, smoothies which opened their business a little over a year ago within Old Sauyo road in Barangay Talipapa, Novaliches, Quezon City.

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Bestylog cover meals ( from FB page)

The prices of their TAPSILOG meals, lomi and hamburger are affordable. Most of their customers are residents of Barangay Talipapa,Old Sauyo, Silvinia Village, Mindanao Avenue and Novaliches.

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There were several private and public schools near the food station which also attracts additional customers during weekdays.

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Mr. Paulo Ortega, a resident of the barangay also told us that Bestylog would attract the mid-morning and late afternoon crowd. The food station sitting capacity is between 12 to 15 persons at any given time.

The menus were clearly posted and had a catchy names like hugot burger, bunwhich, oinksilog, Bes i am on a diet.

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Bestylog bumwhich and hamburgers are colorful and the buns come in 5 colors, purple, green, yellow, pink and orange.

Specialties

We tried to order almost everything on the menu, however not all meals were available which also includes their smoothies, milkshakes and fruit shakes.

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Ham Bunwhich

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beef tapa with fried rice

Beef tapa with fried rice- the beef is well marinated and tender, rice is pretty decent. One can have the option to not to order the egg.

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deep fried pork chop with rice or oinksilog

Pork chop is deep fried and crispy. One can have the option not to order the egg.

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lomi

Lomi – We tried their version of lomi, It is good for sharing between 2 to 3 persons. It had noodles, beaten egg, kikiam, liver, meat, squid ball topped with Baguio pechay. One can add powdered pepper and calamansi to enhance the taste. The downturn of their lomi is a little bit salty.

We only paid a little over Php 180 for the entire meal. When you are within Old Sauyo road or Barangay Talipapa near Mindanao Avenue ( jeepney terminal of SM/ Trinoma- C-5/ Hortaleza Beauty Center) Do not forget to pay this food station a visit!

Bestylog: Food Station

Contact: 0915-840-8880

Address:Old Sauyo Road,Barangay Talipapa,Novaliches, Quezon City

Operations: Monday to Saturday 6:00 AM – 9:00 PM