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Grand Opening of Blue Post Boiling Crab and Shrimps at Greenhills , San Juan

Blue Posts Boiling Crab and Shrimps opened their 3rd Metro Manila after SM North EDSA and SM Mall of Asia .

crab chowder, spicy beef soup, garlic lemon butter shrimps with corn cobs, crab with fried garlic , fried chicken are some of the in-house specialties of the restaurant.

The rustic fisherman’s wharf inspired restaurant first have their successful restaurant chain in Davao in 2013 , where the some of the freshest ingredients like crabs, shrimps , pomelo , native chickens are sourced from nearby provinces like Davao, Zamboanga and Surigao.

The restaurant theme and foods were inspired by the flavors and cuisines of Louisiana and the popularity of boiled seafood restaurants in the United States.

Aside from good food, there is also an unlimited supply of DIY Nestle powdered juice station and bottomless pineapple drink courtesy of  Dole Philippines. One can also mix juices and form their own flavor ( mixology ) from about half a dozen flavors.

The sitting capacity of the branch is between 140 to 150 persons at any given time.  There is a small private room with a capacity of between 30 to 50 people, ideal for small company .

Dining Experience

visitors enjoy eating with their bare hands and foods are laid out in the table (boodle style )

The restaurant management encourages diners to enjoy their dishes with their bare hands. Food-grade wax paper is used as a plate, along with a plastic bib. Which is one of their tag line is “It’s fun to be messy” since diners will definitely get their fill of seafood while eating with their hands.

Appetizers 

Deep fried squid with light batter mixture with sauce.

Calamares– Php 237 per order

Deep fried crab meat with shrimp and pork meat in light batter mixture with sauce.

Crab and Shrimp Roll– Php 259

Boiling Crabs and Shrimps with Corn cobs in three kinds of sauces: Garlic Fried Sauce, Sweet and Spicy Asian Sambal Sauce, and the Savory Boiling Cajun Sauce.

Games

There was an in-house game of mixing powdered juices, The winners were Mr. Bryan Depano ( Blue Post Slim ) and Mr. Apolo Cuenco ( Rocket Apolo ) , While Always Hungry PH won the ” Best in Instagram ” contest . Each of the participant won gift certificate and loot bags courtesy of Blue Post Boiling Crabs and Shrimps , Dole Philippines and Nestle Philippines.

Overall , we liked the menus and the rustic ambiance of the newly opened restaurant. We also had a chance to meet the CEO Mr. Anthony Ang or Mr. AA

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

Address: 2nd Floor , O-Square Building , Greenhills Shopping Complex, San Juan City ( The building is just in front of Unimart )

Website: http://www.bluepostsboiling.com/

 Facebook Page: https://www.facebook.com/BluePostsBoiling/

Royal Rumble Fish Show in Greenhills, San Juan

Philippine Arowana and Lou Han Society together with different fish societies and Greenhills Shopping Center management will hold a fish show from October 13 to 16, 2016  . The fish show is called ” Royal Rumble ” which will showcase different fish breeds , some of them are rare breeds  on display .

Among the sponsors are Fukuda, The Big Fish Place , Animal Scene , Dymax , Aquavitro , Seachem , Aquatic Imports , Nueva Pet Center , Abo Kingdom , Pepsi and media print partner Manila Bulletin.

The fish show will feature lectures, seminars , exhibits and competition at the show. Unlike other trade fairs and exhibits – There are no entrance fees.

Here are the following categories for ROYAL RUMBLE 2016

** Small Category A ( BOTH Kamfa and ZZ)starts at 2.6 ” TO 3.5″
***Medium Category B – 3.6″ – 5.0″
***Large Category C- 5.1 ” above

***KF or Kamfa Category

Small Cat.a=A – 2.6 – 3.5 “
Medium Cat.B – 3.6″ – 5.5
Large Cat. C – 5.6 ” above

***FREE MARKING – OPEN SIZE
***FREE HEAD – OPEN SIZE
***SHORTBODY – OPEN SIZE

***KF-ZZ CATEGORY –
SMALL – 2.6 -3.5”
MEDIUM- 3.6” -5.5”-
LARGE – 5.6” ABOVE

(Categories will be based on all of the following characteristics or when applicable : KOK, Color , Pearl, Finnage , Shape , Markings , Face , Deportment, Condition and Over-All Impression.)

A Visit to FootZone Spa in Annapolis , Greenhills San Juan

Ground Floor, 17 Annapolis street , Greenhills , San Juan City , Metro Manila -Philippines

main lobby

I have been visiting my relatives in San Juan and I always pass by Annapolis street on my way to their homes.

waiting lounge with large sofa  and equipped with an assortment of newspapers, magazines, flat screen tv with cable channels and wifi

lounge area with assortment of magazines , newspapers

Footzone Spa had been in the business within the area for about 15 years . The area boast of 500 square meters space with 16 rooms and can accommodate up to 42 bits or clients at any given time . Visitors at the center are also given complimentary tea as part of the service.

cable ready flat screen television

The business had a regular clientele of people living around Greenhills, Ortigas , Makati , Cubao and Quezon City . In fact , there are some local celebrities that are their regular customers .

display cabinet

They also have an interesting display cabinet or showcase set at the lobby that features the materials used by their therapist

ventosa bottles

They have different services offered such as Chinese Foot scrub, Local foot scrub, Body scrub and Ventosa.

massage and sauna room

The spa had also specially trained Chinese massage specialist has been trained by their highly skilled Chinese trained local therapist.

massage room  with massage chairs

 laundry area

There is area where linens and bed sheets are automatically cleaned every time that a clientele . This is a plus point for the establishment .

Here are some of the Services
Foot massage
Acupressure therapy
Air hammer massage
Cupping or Ventosa theraphy
Hot stone therapy

I would recommend my viewers to try and visit their place.

THE FOOTZONE SPA
Address : G/F Richbelt Tower , 17 Annapolis St. Greenhills,San Juan, Metro Manila
+63 (2) 705-1301/726-7742 , +63(921) 498-8889, +63(96) 261-6626

Operation Hours:
Monday to Sunday
1:00 PM to 1:30 AM (Last call: 12:00)

Footzone Blog : http://footzonespa.blogspot.com/

Facebook Page: Footzone

Goodwill Bookstore Marks their 77th Anniversary with a Blast

Goodwill is celebrating its 77th Anniversary this 2015 with the Theme : Good Books, Good Service, Goodwill!

 In line with this, Goodwill will be having its own Book Fair dubbed as “Goodwill Bookstore’s Book A’Fair  in September”, from September 16 – 20, 2015, which will be held at the V Mall Activity Center, Greenhills, San Juan City.

 In support of this Bookfair, we will be having several highlighted  Events and one of them is the yearly Goodwill Bookstore Brain Buster Inter School Quiz Competition.

Now on its 6th year,  The 6th Goodwill Bookstore Quiz bee Competition will be held from September 16 – 19, 2015, simultaneous  with Goodwill Bookstore’s Book A’Fair in September, at The Jewellery,  2nd Level, Greenhills Shopping Center.

These Special events are featured to thank our valued clientele for patronizing Goodwill Bookstore and its affiliates : Katha Publishing Co. Inc., EDCA Publishing & Distributing Inc., Bridges Bookstore (building bridges of Goodwill), through the years.
Highlighting this Book Fair is the yearly Goodwill Bookstore Brain Buster Inter School Quiz Competition : An Academic Challenge. Now on its 6th year, this IQ contest is a competition between teams composed of High School (Grade 9 & Grade 10) students from both public and private schools. The contest will be composed of two rounds: the Qualifying and the Final Rounds, both of which are “Oral” phases that will involve buzzers.
The categories for each of the rounds shall be Science, Mathematics, History, Physical Education and Sports, Current Events , Language & Literature, Music and the Arts & General Information.

Qualifying or Elimination Rounds will be held live on stage, at the GTCI Events’ Place, – The Jewellry Place at Greenhills Shopping Center, San Juan City on the following days :
Sept. 16 (2 PM) 1st day – 1st Batch of Elimination
Sept. 17 (2 PM) 2nd day – 2nd Batch of Elimination
Sept. 18 (2 PM) 3rd day – 3rd Batch of Elimination

The Final Round shall be composed of two (2) phases, the Semi-Finals and the Grand Finals and will again be held live on stage at The Jewellry Place, at 10am on September 19, 2015. Major Prizes are at stake for the competing Schools & Students during the Grand Finals .

TOP 77 CUSTOMERS TO BE HONORED AT GOODWILL BOOKSTORE BOOK A’FAIR
Another highlight of Goodwill Bookstore’s 77th Anniversary is the awarding of the Top 77 Customers of the Company based on their last 5 yeas’ Average Sales. They are composed of Educational Institutions – Schools, Universities, Bookstores & other Trading Companies.
Awarding of the Top Customers will take place simultaneously during the 5 Day Goodwill Bookstore Book A’Fair in September.

CHILDREN’S BOOK LAUNCH ALSO SLATED & MANY MORE!
Also slated is a Children’s Book Launch, featuring “Ang Batang Gustong Maging Puppet”, written by Mr. Wan Lu, the Great Filipino Puppeteer.
Other surprises will be featured by our very own Children’s Authors like Ahwel Paz & Bimbo Papasin of ABS CBN Kapamilya Network. All these are spearheaded by Katha Publishing Co. Inc., the publishing arm of Goodwill Bookstore.
Come One! Come All!
Celebrate Goodwill Bookstore’s 77th Anniversary offering – witness & participate in Goodwill Bookstore’s Book A’Fair in September and enjoy all these innovative product demos & exhibits, games galore & raffle prizes!

Please LIKE their Facebook Page: Goodwill Bookstore

Tiangges in the City

Since the Hispanic era , People from every town and cities across the country would come to the market center to buy and  sell their products during the fiesta. Traders  from far flung barrios and municipalities come and trade during market days.

tiangges / bazaar /   flea saod ( Bicol term for market place).  These  market started as a small outdoor market with a lot of cheap bargain prices , old antiques, export overruns , imported items  and exotic goods that are available for sale !

plant stalls within the Quezon Memorial Circle

Some of the more common flea markets are those in Marikina , Greenhills in San Juan, Tutuban night market in Manila, Baclaran street stalls in Paranaque.

AANI weekend market inside the Quezon Memorial Circle

a more recent additions are the Lung Center sunday market, Salcedo Park sunday market, AANI weekend market in Taguig and Quezon Memorial Circle, Strata Food Stall in Emerald Avenue in Pasig among others.

a food stall in Stata street market

The Stata food street market is located near the Strata building hence the name, The food market  is also known as Emerald Avenue night  food market / Banchetto night food market  were over 100 stalls were rented out .

Monster Burger outlet at the Emerald Avenue night market

Most of the clients were office workers, call center agents, passers-by , joggers ,  residents of nearby places like Ortigas, Pasig .

There are ready to eat meals, candies, drinks, imported  chocolates and home-cooked meals that were available and ready to be packed for those hungry customers.

pasta carbonara, macaroni ,pancit palabok

home-made cookies, cakes and sweets

The phenomenon started when a group of entrepreneurs started to set-up about 200 stalls within Sidcor Resort in the present day Makro in Cubao, Quezon City in mid 1990’s.

plant stall

Sidcor Resort was  a swimming  style resort were several areas were used  to accommodate people.   Ka Earnie Baron, Mr. Zacarias Sarian and several television and radio personalities used to conduct weekend seminars and trainings . At one time,  Philippine Orchid Society used to rent a space within the compound in the mid-1990’s .

stall selling various native bags and ready to wear

As the tenants and buyers increased, the organizers started to looked for possible alternative areas to be the next market place . After the Ayala group bought the land from the owners of Sidcor in the mid- 2000 , With  series of negotiation , organizers found  the alternative  nearest and most accessible place was the Lung Center compound.

vintage collectible  glasses and fancy mugs from Japan

Lung Center tiangge can be a bit overwhelming, but not confusing. There are an estimated 450 to 500  stalls with  similar items being sold  are clustered together. The present area were fully occupied , The stall tenants usually set-up their items for sale during  late saturday evening or early sunday morning.  Plant traders usually come during late saturday evening.

car plates from the United States- collector items

Majority of the stall owners pack-up their things by 12:00 noon. Some tenants may linger for about an hour or so after the 12 noon deadline.  Some of the tenants may sell their produce at an even lower price, instead of  returning their goods or produce back home, some will give -in to the request of additional discounts to their  insistent customers. ” Minsan binibigay na namin ng mura , kesa naman masira o magbayad ng dagdag freight

stall selling export overruns of  children and infant dress

“Sometimes we give our customers lower prices instead, to prevent spoilage or paying additional freight” according to one of the stall owners. This is another opportunity for bargain hunters to come -in! Baratan Time !!!!

The market also had a smattering of cooked delicacies, including breads and cakes, sweets and kakanin (rice cakes), carinderia style eateries, leche flans (crème caramel) and sumans on offer. In fact, the mix of vendors was a little unique and aimed at a wide audience of buyers. The people who go to this market must represent a relatively broad cross-spectrum of society, though that may be a stretch as most probably came in cars while some were definitely commuters.

stall selling native fruit wines and vinegar

weekend market is also a place were new products , services or even a venue to advertise one’s  own business.

stall tenant selling vintage items from Japan and Korea

There were sections for Ukay-ukay from Japan, Korea and China  were all sorts of mugs, plates, cups, dolls, books, bottles, vases,  ceramics are sold . Bargain hunters and collectors of vintage stuffs used to frequent the place every sunday.

Dr. Micheal Tan inspecting the vintage items

Dr. Micheal Tan an anthropology professor ,  Philippine Daily Inquirer columnist and  collector of vintage stuffs frequents Lung center flea market .

Tita Rosie Santos an orchid and plant dealer from Quezon City

The sunday market is like a social activities were friends , relatives and barkadas usually meet . In some cases, a group of native orchid and plant enthusiasts  usually went to the center the night before!

Ceratocentron fesselii Senghas 1989

This miniature  orchid depicted above is found in Luzon, central Philippines in montane forests as small sized, cool to intermediate growing, monopodial epiphyte found on tree trunks between 900 to 1,300 meters in elevation that need to be mounted on tree pieces to  yet kept moist at all times . This species has an erect, monopodial growth habit with very leathery, dark green, elliptic, obtuse, leaves that are basally con-duplicate and clasping the stem which blooms in the winter on an axillary, erect, short, 2 to 4 flowered, often more than one inflorescence per leaf axil. flower color may vary from yellowish to dark orange.

Synonyms Hymenorchis javierii

Popular Ineng’s barbecue started its operations in flea market

Some stake-out at the wee hours of the saturday night or early sunday morning just to buy the plants coming from as far away as Quezon, Laguna, Batangas, Bulacan, Nueva Viscaya, Bicol.

silverware from Thailand

This is the trill of plant hunting on the tiangge style, Just to be ahead of your potential rivals! Bring flashlights and Have a keen set of eyes !  Some even pre-order the plants or goods way ahead of others! During the past few years, as the strict enforcement of DENR  regulations on the trade of  wild plants and animals  , fewer and fewer native plants including orchids are being sold ! So most orchids being sold are supposed to be grown in farms.

customers haggling

RTW, linens, curtains, pets, brick-a-bracs, seafood, poultry, meat, fruits, vegetables, breads and pastries, cooked food (with an adjacent area with tables and chairs where you can eat al fresco) and plants.

Oncidium orchids  inter-generic hybrids on sale

Bazaars have been popular these days primarily because of its unique appeal. Also, they are affordable, they have a wide variety of products or goods and more enjoying than your usual grocery shopping at the supermarket.

This market has been known for it’s enticing fresh products that still came from far-off provinces. Fruits and vegetables were of high quality and the sea foods are those not usually found on our local markets.

roasted calf

Prices are quite reasonable , While the art of  haggling and grappling is not frowned upon (of course, it’s a tiangge!). Be sure to be  early in order to get  discounts based on buena mano.

ube jam

There is also a section were fresh organically grown fruits, vegetables, produce which are being sold . There are also free taste on new products.

How to get to Lung Center of the Philippines:

Commute: From MRT Quezon Avenue station, best to hire a cab or if you feel like really commuting, board a bus or jeepney bound for Fairview/Lagro/Philcoa or UP and drop off in front of the Lung Center of the Philippines. (this is opposite the pedestrian entrance of the Ninoy Aquino Parks and Wildlife Center) also on Quezon Avenue. From Manila, jeepneys and buses with signboard Fairview, Lagro and Philcoa all pass by the place. From LRT Monumento station (good for those coming from Cavite), you need to board buses going to Baclaran or Cubao then alight on Quezon Avenue before transferring to a Fairview-bound jeep or bus.

Commute : From Novaliches /Monumento/ Valenzuela / Caloocan  – ride any bus going to the south ( Baclaran, Alabang, San Pedro, Makati  )  go down at the MMDA foot bridge near  the Philippine Women’s University then walk towards the Jeepney station below the Quezon Avenue flyover / there is a Lagro / Philcoa jeeps .