Elegant Townhomes in Mariposa Street near Cubao

These days, location is one the major considerations in choosing a home. Looking for a townhouse that will surely make your everyday life better location and design wise? Mariposa Townhouse should be your choice.

20 Elegant Townhouses

20 units of 2 storey townhouses which is near Araneta Center in Cubao and near major schools, colleges and universities. It is also near hospitals such as Saint Luke’s and STI- Delos Santos Medical Center in Quezon City. Furthermore, it is also near pilgrim sites such as Minor Basilica of Mount Carmel, the shrine is known the first church to assume the status of a minor basilica in the Diocese of Cubao.

Vicinity Location and Places of Interests

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Mariposa street and nearby places of interests ( google map)

Accessibility to Schools and Places of Interests

Elegant townhouses are within 30 to 45 minutes away from Greenhills, San Juan and near Dela Salle, Greenhills, ICA , Xavier, Saint Paul University,O.B Montessori,  Trinity University of Asia, Jubilee Christian Academy, Tomas Morato street, Quezon City Sports Club, Amorano Stadium, Kamuning Public Market, Fisher Mall.

Amenities and Green Spaces

A plus point in buying this townhouses is that it has a communal swimming pool area.  You can do whatever you like at your balcony while watching your family enjoying the pool. The pool side can help unwind and providing relaxation, you can even can throw a pool party!

Having a pocket garden with flowering plants can brighten a space with living plants and can bring positive energy vibes to the people living within the community. Also, having these green spaces does have positive restorative effects on mental health and well-being. According to a well-known feng-shui expert, the place have a positive energy and promotes attraction for good well-being.

townhouses with swimming pool and pocket garden

A distinct town homes which is ideal for families big or small people with units that provide easy access to the entire 2-storey home. One can easily climb the stairs with kids even grandparents could enjoy the comfortable well-lighted and ventilated rooms.

The parking slot had a capacity of between 2 to 4 cars. This also comes in fully air-conditioned rooms.

Each townhouse features a foyer, dining hall, kitchen , powder room, maid’s room with toilet, powder room and laundry area.

ground level with parking slots and garden

Lot size can vary from 105 square meter to 152 square meters. A family can also enjoy the outdoor scenery and skyline of Metro Manila and surrounding mountains on a clear moonlight nights.

The second floor had a Master bedroom comes in with walk in closet, toilet and bathroom, bedroom 2, bedroom 3 with toilet and bathroom and light court.

Please contact: Architect Nikki Parulan – Marketing Representative
email : wynona.marketingymaz@gmail.com / 0926-064-2982

Ymaz Builders: http://ymazbuilders.com/

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Affordable Dishes at Kusina de Maria in New York, Cubao

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Kusina de Maria just recently opened their business to the general public last February 9, 2019. The hole in wall type restaurant’s named after the wife of the proprietor. Our host told us, whenever her aunt is mad at her, she would be called “Maria.” instead of Marianne.  Business partners includes Mr. Joseph Talucod, Mr. Emman Talucod and wife.

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New York Avenue, Cubao, Quezon City

The restaurant is just a few blocks away from the iconic Araneta Center and near three provincial bus stations. People living within the area would still refer this as  Juan Love Pet Store. ( which is the only pet store in New York Avenue for a number of years). The proprietors decided to change their business and moved the operations in Murphy, Cubao area.

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Sitting capacity of the restaurant is just between 10 to 12 people at any given time. While waiting for your dishes to be served, One can play traditional board games like chess , scrabble, tic tac toe and dama.

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Proof to the pudding are the queue of people at their restaurant during meal times. Some of the popular dishes are easy and fast to prepare like chicken mami, hamburger, silog meals, sisiglicious, bente singko meals, bagnet, chicken wings, nachos, french fries, hotdogs, shakes and mais con yelo.

Affordabest Meals

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Red Lemon Juice– We like the taste, not too sweet and mildly flavored drink.

Nachos– Serve with chopped onions, chopped tomatoes ,ground meat and grated cheese toppings. One can add a few bucks if they wanted to add more onions, tomatoes and bell pepper.

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When it comes to cleanliness, we would consider several factor like freshness of ingredients and handling of foods. Some of the dishes are deeply guarded specialties. while others are self taught recipes commonly seen in cook books, youtube or blogging sites.

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Chicken Buffalo Wings

Chicken Buffalo Wings– This is best paired with rice. It had the right amount of sweetness and a little kick of spiciness. The chicken coated with batter then deep fried before a glaze is added. One of the best chicken wings in this side of the city.

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Hidden Wings Honey Barbecue

Hidden Wings Honey Barbecue– This is one of my favorite fried chicken wings, this had some sesame seed toppings with nice balance of sweet, savory, spicy and crunchiness.

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Hidden Wings Super Spicy

Hidden Wings Super Spicy – I personally like the super spicy version ( but not too spicy for my taste buds). This is good pairing with beer or any ice cold drinks.

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Hidden Wings Garlic Parmesan – The fried chicken wings were coated with a nice combination of garlic flavor and parmesan cheeese. It does not have strong garlic after taste. It also had good balance of salty and one can still savor the taste and smell of parmesan cheese.

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Hidden Wings Spicy Cheese

Hidden Wings Spicy Cheese– One can taste the cheese flavoring with hint of some spice coming from sliced chilies.

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Kabasig- combination of bagnet and sisig

Kabasig– This dish is good in any meals or finger food. The meat is crunchy with some chopped onions ,chopped banana chilies topped cream. Unlike other sisig dishes, calamansi flavor is already infused in the dish.

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Mais con Yelo

Mais con Yelo– not too sweet with the right balance combination of shaved ice, cream of corn and evaporated milk. Price is not bad for small ones which cost Php 15.00 ( small cup).

Food Delivery Service

According to the proprietors, They are currently in negotiation for food delivery service within the area.

We must say that one can find good food, good place and affordable price in Cubao, Quezon City.

Note: The restaurant is planning to expand its operations in the next few months. There are also plans for opening more branches in the coming months.

Please try to visit their restaurant and help them like and share their page:

Kusina de Maria FB Page: https://www.facebook.com/kusinademaria

Address: 116 New York Avenue corner Stanford street, Cubao, Quezon City

Operations: Everyday from 11:00am to 1:00 am the following day

Contact : 0915 345 3188

Second Wave of RETRO Convention 2019 at Ali Mall

Retro Convention (RetroCon)2019 second wave had another successful trade fair, exhibit and show held at the iconic Ali Mall from March 30 and 31, 2019. This was organized by the same team behind the popular HistoryCon and supported by management of Ali Mall and Araneta Center in Cubao, Quezon City.

RetroCon crowdcrowds and booths

First Wave

The first wave was held last March 22 to 24 with Binibining Pilipinas 2019 candidates and Araneta Center management were on site to meet and greet their well wishers and collectors. The first wave also pave way for the reopening of ALI X, Ali Mall’s new wing that is home to all things vintage that are for sale.

vintage celebrity photos(old vinyl magazines, posters, photos etc…)

Nostalgia

We would remember that some of the old time serious collectors would have stalls, hosted swap- meets and hang-out area (tambayan) within Ali Mall.

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Elmer Padilla
Mr. Elmer Padilla (Boy Tsinelas)

Mr. Elmer Padilla is more popularly known as “Boy Tsinelas“. He originally hailed from Catbalogan City in Samar province and decided to relocate to Imus, Cavite province in order to seek better pasture. He started to craft some well loved action figures by using old flip-flops as a medium to makes both ends meet.

He caught a netizen’s attention and posted his photos on Facebook, and was reposted in several pages around September 2017.

His crafts were presented to Mr. Mark Ruffalo (Hulk) an action figure from Filipino artist Elmer Padilla – Thor star Chris Hemsworth got one as well.

Table Bourse

There were at least 50 table bourse dealers with different kinds of unique items ranging from old magazines, photos, banknotes, coins, wood carvings, stamps, first day covers, antiques, tin robots, kewpie dolls, tektite, car plate numbers, soft drink bottles, stuff toys, game consoles, comics, books, rosaries, emphameras among other stuffs.

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There were other interesting actives like on the spot raffles, traditional games that were played on streets like tatsing, teks game cards among others.

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Saw some familiar faces, friends and co-pickers within the group. There were live performances and on the spot auction for those looking for vintage items.

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Another highlight are the different comic artists and on the spot sketching activities. Unlike other events, It is open to the general public and there were no entrance fees!

Kawang KomiksKawangis Komiks and a Komikero /Comic book Artist

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Kewpie dolls
Kewpie dolls

There will be another event slated on April 14, 2019 SUNDAY at Ali X Auction dubbed as ” Grand Antiques and Collectibles Exposition“.

Silver Anniversary of Hotel Sogo Goes with their Advocacies

Hotel Sogo’s Beginnings

Hotel Sogo was founded 25 years ago. The hotel chain celebrates their ( silver anniversary ). Its red color serves as a red flag and gained its notoriety as a love hotel for those who have tight budgets.

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To reach 25 years of service is a tough road. Para tumagal sa company and ma-achive itong 25 years dapat meron tayong loyalty sa company sa sarili natin and disiplina sa trabaho, said 25 year Service Awardee, Ms. Isabel Barrete, Executive Assistant.

This is the a place where love affairs of different backgrounds stay for “long” or “short time” purposes.

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buffet area

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The event was hosted at Eurotel ( Vivaldi) Cubao 7th floor. Our call time was around 2:00 pm but the event started past 3:00 pm. There are games, raffles and exciting afternoon buffet meal.

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Industry

Hotel Sogo has been in the hospitality industry for 25 years. Its first ever branch is near the station of LRT Monumento, Caloocan that opened in February of 1993.

Hotel Sogo was founded by two individuals in 1992 but only in 1993 they did it in full swing. One was a hotel professional with 2 decades of experience in another leading chain of motels and another one is a triple A licensed contractor.

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media, vloggers and bloggers

Hotel Sogo’s Tagline “So Clean… So Good”

Every brand has unique tagline. Hotel Sogo’s is so short and simple, you’ll not going to wonder why this hotel was named that way! Hotel Sogo is a budget accommodation but they do not want a budget kind of service given to their customers. They maintain a very well-kept environment that attracts positive vibes. Hotel Sogo’s motto which is “We Simply Do It Better” also stands out because of the idea that you don’t need much to perform much. Hotel Sogo follows a low-maintenance business model but the output is superb in quality!
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Roman themed room

Hotel Sogo’s Staycation Feel

Every guest who checks in at Hotel Sogo is welcomed with a traditional Japanese bow to show their utmost courtesy all throughout his/her stay. I have some friends, co-employees, bloggers and relatives who have stayed at the hotel and praised the hotel’s wide space and really good customer service. They have embraced a lot of innovations to provide the best service such as 24-hour Guest assistance SMS center where their customers can send text messages for free anytime they need it.

Growth

Hotel Sogo planned to have more branches within 2 years time. They are planning to expand to at least 60 branches by 2020. Currently, The have new hotels in Kamuning , Quezon City. They are planning to expands their operations in several Southeast Asian countries.

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Hotel Sogo’s Exciting Features
Guaranteed low rates
24/7 NO brownout
Secured private parking
Fully air-conditioned rooms
24-Hour food and drinks service
Complete safety and privacy
Accepts all types of debit cards and credit cards
Free wifi

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Creative Ideas from Farmer’s Garden

Farmer’s Garden is a haven for plant lovers that are living within Cubao area. There are about two dozen stalls which sells different kinds of plants, cacti, succulents, water plants, tillandsia, ferns, roses, orchids and ornamental plants.

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The mood is very festive as the Christmas season usher in more buyers.

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cacti and succulents at Php 25.00 per pot

 Farmer’s garden is beehive for cacti and succulent wholesalers and retailers. Some stall holders would put plastic animals to and create some interesting landscape works. One can use their creativity on how to present plants, orchids or cacti in interesting containers or attractive potteries.

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crotons and rhapis palm

Croton or San Francisco plant and Rhapis palm are also making a big comeback.

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African violets

African violets are also called Saintpaulias, these are popular indoor flowering plants.

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Ashitaba

Ashitaba scientifically called Angelica keiskei, commonly known under the Japanese name of ashitaba, literally “tomorrow’s leaf”. This grows at slightly higher elevations like Tagaytay, Lipa, Baguio, Benguet. This is the real ashitaba.

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Roses

These are hybrid roses which bears large flowers and are mostly grown in higher elevations.

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Dendrobium hybrids

Dendrobium hybrids are also popular among backyard growers and as live potted flowering plants. The flowers last between 2 to 3 weeks.

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Dendrobium hybrids

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ornamental pineapples

These ornamental pineapples are used as center table accents, for flower arrangements or centerpiece items. The colorful fruits are attractive and can last for several weeks. However these are not edible.

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different types of tillandsia and orchids for sale

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groot as an accent

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corn plant

 Corn plant or Dracena sanderiana variegata is another popular indoor or good luck plant.

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Tillandsia ionantha variety stricta

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Tillandsia ionantha variety Druid and Tillandsia andreana

Tillandsia ionantha variety Druid develops a peach color rather than the red.  Tillandsia andreana is another species that comes from Colombia and was introduce into the country some 10 years ago. It’s leaves can also have a pink tinge to them, which is actually a sign the plant is about to bloom.

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using bottles as creative way of presenting air plants

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Ruah’s Garden

Most of the plant stall holders are open between 8:00 am to 5:00 pm, but some cacti and succulent stalls wholesalers would open a little bit earlier, especially when their new supplies would be unloaded.

Farmer’s Garden is near Araneta Center, PUV terminal, MRT 3- Araneta Center.