Potato Corner Opens at Goodwill Homes 1 in Barangay San Bartolome, Novaliches

Potato Corner the leading flavored french fries in the local market had open their stall within Goodwill Homes 1, Barangay San Bartolome, Novaliches, Quezon City.


Potato Corner

There was not much fan fare with a simple welcome from the area manager of the stall. Goodwill Homes 1, Novaliches stall opened past 12:00 noon on July 30, 2020 after about two weeks of renovation of the former sari-sari store which used to rent the place.

Potato Corner stall is just beside the famous Ohtako Takoyaki stall which opened last July 9, 2020.


Potato Corner and Ohtako Takoyaki stall

Potato Corner

Address: Stall 1, BI Lot F, Katipunan Avenue, Barangay San Bartolome, Goodwill Homes 1, Novaliches, Quezon City

Operational Hour: 12:00 nn to 8:00 pm, Everyday

10 Ways to Take Care of Syngonium podophyllum

Syngonium podophyllum commonly called American evergreen, African evergreen, Whitefly, ,Goosefoot, nephthytis, arrowleaf, arrowhead plant.

These plants originated from tropical Mexico, Belize,Costa Rica,Panama,West Indies, Central and South America. This was introduced in many parts of the tropical, sub-tropical and even temperate countries as an indoor plant. Some cultivar had escape cultivation and have been considered invasive plant species in many parts of the world.


Syngonium cling on a ficus tree

Syngonium are hemiepiphytes in their natural range and spends part of its life cycle as an epiphyte clinging on trees, poles even on walls.


Syngonium flowers

The genus comes from the Greek words which refers to the fused ovaries of female flowers. In Belize and parts of its natural range, arrowhead vines roots and bark are used in traditional medicine for treatment of wounds.

plant are poisonous and can cause severe mouth pain if eaten due to oxalic acid. Purely grown for ornamental purposes.

This use to be commonly sold in many garden centers throughout the country for just few bucks. Due to the increasing demand of the African evergreen plants, Plant centers ,dealers and online sites sells this between Php 100 to Php 300 depending on the size and variety. This is also popular plant grown in dish garden and terrariums.


Syngonium podophyllum growing on a ficus 

10 Ways to Take Care of Syngonium podophyllum

10.) Synognium and allies are related to Araceae family, Same family as Caladiums, Alocasia, Colocasia, Xanthosoma.

9.) For those living in temperate and sub-tropical climates, This plant prefers indoor temperatures of between 15 C to 18 degrees Celsius during winter time and between 18 to 32 degrees Celsius during summer time.


Syngonium young leaves grown by the author

8.)Feng Shui practitioners consider Syngonium podyphyllum and allies which had a distinctive leaf as lucky plant to grow. Leaves changes from arrow shaped to a five lobed form as it matures. The five lobed shape represents the five elements; water, fire, earth, wood and metal thus provides the perfect balance of Yin Yang as the new leaves are shiny and the older ones are matted with patterns.

This also symbolize re-birth and reborn into another being. One can put this plant in entrance or main windows in homes or business establishments.

7.) Syngonium plants are not just decorative, they have the ability to cleanse the air you, breathe, act as anti-pollutants and can tolerate low light levels.

6.) These are propagated by cuttings rooted over water. Another way to propagate the plant is via air layering or seeds.

5.) Syngonium preferred in bright filtered light. It should never be subjected to direct sunlight, as that would scorch the leaves.

4.) Keep the soil moist during the growing period which occurs mostly in the rainy season. Allow the plant to dry out slightly between watering. Fertilization can be done during its active growth like applying any water soluble fertilizer brand at 1/2 to 1/4 the strength. Organic mixture can also be applied directly into the potting mixture.


Adding Naturamin which can help the crop or ornamental plant to overcome stress like (sprouting, drought, pests and diseases). Try to dilute 3 grams per liter for matured plants. Once to twice a week spray in leaves and in parts of the plant. This comes in 100 grams and 1 kilo package. This is not just good for ornamental plants, but also for orchids, ferns, fruit trees, cacti, palms and vegetables.

Naturamin is distributed by Harbest Agricultural Business Company based in Pasig. The company also have satellite offices in Luzon, Visayas and Mindanao.


Syngonium growing on a dead tree stump on partial shade

3.) This can be grown in partial shade – For those who have gardens, this can be grown in decorative containers or in terracotta pots with loose and rich soil. Avoid growing this plant in plots and in garden type setting, because this can spread and cover the ground in no time. This can be invasive and can spread in moist places.

2.) Regular pruning during rainy season which also coincide with their growing season will encourage new growths.

1.) There were 36 species with at least a dozen known cultivar varieties grown for indoor plant or horticultural trade.

Sources, References, Bibliography

Personal Interview: Growers and backyard propagators

Royal Horticultural Society of London

Madulid, Domingo; Winner, National Book Award, Science, 1995. Revised Edition, 2000 with 388 pages. Syngonium podophyllum, Araceae pages 99 to 100, Bookmark, Makati, A Pictorial Cyclopedia of Philippine Ornamental Plants.

Screening of the topical anti-inflammatory activity of some Central American plants / S Sosa et al / Journal of Ethnopharmacology, Vol 81, Issue 2, July 2002, Pages 211-215/ doi:10.1016/S0378-8741(02)00080-6

Hernandez, J. (2007). In Hawaiian rainforests: exotic aroid ecologies. Aroideana 30: 91-97.

Govaerts, R. & Frodin, D.G. (2002). World Checklist and Bibliography of Araceae (and Acoraceae): 1-560. The Board of Trustees of the Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew.

Special Lomi at Chedy’s Budbod Restaurant

Special Lomi is one of the new specialties that one must try while eating at Chedy’s Budbod restaurant. It which had thick fresh egg noodles of about a quarter of an inch which takes its roots from the Filipino-Chinese communities.

This dish became popular in Batangas and nearby provinces. Lomi noodle dish became not just for special occasion but a comfort food especially during rainy season.


Special Lomi at Chedy’s Budbod Restaurant

Chedy’s Budbod restaurant offers their customer a slighty different twist. Their lomi noodles is in rich broth topped with hard boiled egg, fried lumpia, deep fried liempo, fried garlic and chopped spring onions. It is a complete meal and very filling.

One can adjust to suit their preference by adding more soy sauce, ground pepper, a dash of calamansi and few slices of red chilies will add more flavors and taste to the lomi. This is for an affordable price of just Php 69.00!

Special lomi is now available at Chedy’s Budbod Restaurant which is located within Kingspoint Subdivision in Barangay Bagbag, Novaliches, Quezon City.

They also accepts bulk orders for and special delivery within Kingspoint Subdivision, Kasiyahan Homes, Grand Monaco Villas, San Pedro IX in Barangay Bagbag, While Goodwill Homes 1, California Village and Sierra Vista in Barangay San Bartolome.

Address: Unit C, Lot 2 Block 37 King Henry corner  #60 Katipunan Avenue, Kingspoint Subdivision, Barangay Bagbag, Novaliches, Quezon City 

Operations: Everyday

Operational Hours: 9:00 am to 8:00 pm

Cellphone : Smart – 09213134475
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7 Mystical Stories Behind Japanese Doll Collecting

Japanese dolls are an ancient craft representing thousands of years of civilization. There were different kinds of dolls representing children, babies, some the imperial court, warriors, heroes, fairy-tale characters, gods and (rarely) demons, and also people of the daily life.


doll made from folded paper

Some would traced its roots between 8000-200 BC period. There were between 10 to 15 types of traditional dolls depending on the authority. We have featured some kokeshi doll collectors in the country and the stories on how did they started collecting their Japanese dolls.


Some are kept in Kyoto National Museum ,Peabody Essex Museum, Yodokō Guest House, Museo Pambata and Japanese Doll Museum by karljapz in Lipa, Batangas.

Japanese doll collections can be categorized by the material they are made of such as wood dolls kokeshi, kamo-ningyo and nara-ningyo, clay forms such as fushimi-ningyo, porcelain and among others.

7 Mystical Stories Behind Japanese Dolls Collecting

The rise of people collecting Japanese dolls started in the mid-19th century when Japanese started opening for trade in other countries. There are some Japanese doll aficionados who collect the doll for their artistic craftsmanship. Dolls were then send or bought by rich families and royalties who treasured and cherish the dolls from Japan.


different kinds of doll including daruma made from folded paper, cloth and plastic

More dolls were brought home after the second world war by American service personnel and travelers from many parts of the world. In the country, the rise of Japanese doll collector were mainly attributed first to hundred of thousands of OFW in Japan  from late 1970’s to early part of this millennium.

Second is the rise of thrift stores in the country which propelled collectors to easily buy pre-loved dolls at a fraction of the cost in the native country.


7.) Ichimachu dolls are posses by the people who formerly owned these dolls. Some people believe that during the Edo period, spirits of dead person who owned the doll may posses the doll.

6.) Some people believe that collecting the doll will bring prosperity and good luck.

5.) Daruma dolls bring good luck and are sold without eyes. The doll can be made from paper machie, wood, metal or even plastic and represents 6th monk as Bodhidharma who can from India or China to spread the Buddhism. It is customary to paint the eye with marker once you set a goal and fill the second one once who have fulfilled.

Daruma dolls are burned in a special ceremony in Shinto shrines or festival.

4.) Hina- Ningyo are traditional type of dolls displayed in family homes leading up to the Girls’ Day. They are sold in sets and represent an imperial court. Some people believe that collecting and completing the set will help them bring prosperity.

3.) Collecting kokeshi doll can be lucky or may also brings “bad luck”to individuals collecting the wooden doll. It is also widely believed that Kokeshi doll influence the development of Russian matryoshka dolls or nesting dolls.


Kokeshi and Ainu wooden dolls on display

“kokeshi” was originally written in hiragana, and not from the Chinese syllable  “kanji”. The meanings of the combination of each phonetic syllable.

“ko” could mean two things; either “small”, or “child”. The word “keshi” could pertain to “poppy” or “doll”.

Another term “keshi”could also have been taken from the word “kesu”, which technically means to erase.

If one would definite the two words “child”, and “erase”, in which had its roots to infanticide, which sadly happen quite a bit among poverty stricken areas of Japan during the Edo period. Sometimes due to high infant mortality during the period, Each Kokeshi doll symbolizes 1 dead child.

It was then customary for parents that when a child passes away, they leave a kokeshi doll on the shrine inside the house to represent and honor the soul of the child who departed. Ms. Angelita Chua ( personal friend) collects some quirky kokeshi dolls made from marble or stone.

2.) Teru-Teru Bozu – These are dolls crafted by children and can influence weather. These are also quite rare to encounter at a local thrift stores since they are made from papers or fragile materials.

1.) Hina No Tsurushi Kazari, small handmade dolls which are passed on from mother to daughter to bring good luck. Since they are fragile very few handmade dolls can be seen for sale at the local thrift stores.

Big Discount Promo at HoneyRhaine Coffee Shop

HoneyRhaine Coffee Shop is having a double promo for their second year anniversary with the community.


left to right, dark chocolate, winter melon and kiwi fruit tea for just Php 199


They started with buy 3 large milk tea promo for just Php 250.00 early May 2020 then capping another in-house promo which started on July 11, 2020 with Buy 2 Large milk tea with 1 Free large Fruit Tea for just Php 199.00 !



There is no time frame for the in-house promo, so one can enjoy their milk teas, fruit teas and other in-house blends. There is also an ample parking space just beside the shop. For a just a few bucks, one can request for add-ons.

Honeyrhaine Coffee Shop


Honeyrhaine opened around early part of May 2018 and caters not only to the residents of Goodwill Homes 1, But also in adjacent Kingspoint Subdivision, Kasiyahan Town homes, Gran Monaco Villas, San Pedro IX subdivision in Barangay Bagbag, Novaliches, Quezon City.

The store remain partially opened during the entire Enhanced Community Quarantine (ECQ) period from March 15 to May 31, 2010. They usually serve only take outs during the time period.

what we liked about their milk tea, coffee, frappe and tea is that one can customized the sweetness according to their preferences. I would prefer 15% syrup but my nephew would like 25% sweetness. They would but at least once a week at this shop.

Some of their customers would come as far as California Village, Sierra Vista, Torres Village, Holy Cross, Barangay Nagkaisang Nayon, Vista Verde and Barangay Caybiga in Northern Caloocan.

The place had been getting a lot of accolades from foodies, milk tea aficionados and a hang-out place for students before the pandemic lock down crippled most of the business.

The stall also sells Happy Haus Donuts which one can bring home and enjoy together with the family.

Honeyrhaine Coffee shop with Happy Haus Donuts display stall

Note: The author nor his immediate family members are not stakeholders of the coffee shop. All prices quoted in this blog are subject to change without prior notification and the in-house promo within specific time period.

Honeyrhaine Coffee Shop

Address; #3 Katipunan Avenue corner Amethy Street, Goodwill 1 Subdivision, San Bartolome, Novaliches, Quezon City

Facebook: honeyrhainecoffeeshop

Instagram: @honeyrhainecoffee

Email: honeyrhainecoffeeshop@gmail.com

Contact : 284206459

Operations : Everyday

Operational Hours: 10:00 am to 9:00 pm

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