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Healthy Lemon Pepper Roasted Chicken opens at Goodwill Homes 1

The Lemon Pepper Roast Chicken recently opened their stall at Goodwill Homes 1 within Barangay San Bartolome in Novaliches. The proprietor had their own special blend of herbs and special seasonings.  They were able to secure the rental space on the later part of November 2018.

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The Lemon Pepper Roast Chicken stall ( photo taken last December 15, 2018)

The outlet used to be a local eatery ( carinderia). They had an introductory price of Php 230 ( roasted whole chicken) and one can purchase Php 99 for another ( total of Php 329.00 ). The in-house opening promo was until December 31, 2018.

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oven roasted chicken

A few days ago, They had another promo of this month. They lowered the price of their roasted chicken at Php 199 per piece. This is about 10% to 20% cheaper than the other roasted chicken outlets which retails between Php 210 to Php 260 per piece. There are at least 4 other roasted chicken stalls within the vicinity.

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The Lemon Pepper Roast Chicken signage

Those living within Goodwill Homes 1, San Pedro IX subdivision, Kingspoint Subdivision, California Village, Sierra Vista and nearby areas can enjoy the promo until the end of this month.

They also had small wooden chairs and table for those who wanted to eat these roasted chicken with rice value meal which starts at Php 65.00

Address: Katipunan Avenue, Goodwill Homes 1 , Barangay San Bartolome , Novaliches, Quezon City

Operation: Everyday from 10:00 am to 10:00 pm

Note : We will try to update this blog, since the roasted chicken outlet does not have any social media accounts and contact details.

 

 

 

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Bargain Sale or Sales Gimmik at TMRD Japanese Surplus

My two friends are always on a look out for some quirky items and kokeshi dolls. They would roam around Fairview, Novaliches in Quezon City and even up to North Caloocan just to purchase some of these pre-loved items, whenever they have some spare time.

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TMRD Japanese Surplus along Quirino Highway, Barangay Talipapa near Mindanao Avenue, Novaliches, Quezon City

There are a lot of these stores which carry items from Japan, South Korea or even United States. Demand for these items is growing because it had some cultural and collecting value. Although some people would advise them to be wary over these pre-loved items, since they might be posses by spirits by its former owners. Some would say that these might be the leftover items from Fukushima prefecture which might be highly radioactive.

There were at least a dozen known thrift stores along Quirino Highway, Novaliches which carry different items, some focuses more on clothes and shoes. TMRD is one of the bigger store which carries a wider selection of pre-loved items.

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pre-loved clothes and fashion items

I personally think that this is a cheaper alternative for my friends to spend some time shopping and hunting for these items. They are not the party type people and seldom goes out together with their families.

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sake cups, plates and ceramic wares for sale

My two friends already went to TMRD Japanese Surplus store several times to purchase some quirky items. The place is just one ride away from their house. The store is having their 4th anniversary sale which started late November and lasted until the end of December 31, 2018.

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set of kokeshi dolls bought by my friends

There was an in-house raffle promo which was valid until the second week of December 2018. A customer get a raffle stub for every Php 1,000 pesos single purchase. My friends were able to buy some small kokeshi dolls but only managed to pay Php 250 for a couple of small items which included small cups. They agreed to come back and invited me to join at their buying trip since they have seen some folders and postcards. They also took some photos of the other kokeshi dolls which caught their fancy and asked the sales personnel ( tindera) about their prices. Vowing to come back few days after.

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Kokeshi urban style – these two piece set was bought for just Php 70.00 a pair ( height about 5 inches or 13cm)

The first three dolls on the far left side was bought around December 10 at Php 130 or around $2.47 for all three items.

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vintage sosaku doll with unique features

vintage sosaku kokeshi doll -might have been created in the mid- 1970’s or 1980’s . It had two smaller kokeshi dolls which gave the illusion of eyes.

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This was the real bargain deal, They paid Php 60 or roughly $1.15 for this small wooden doll ( height about 4 inches or 10 cm).

Second Visit

We went to the store a few days after their last visit (December 12 Wednesday) around lunchtime. I started looking for some folders and postcards but the sales clerk told me that someone already bought the items. Much to the dismay of my two friends, when they found out that some of the kokeshi dolls they initially wanted. The prices had risen in just a matter of few days.

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This pair of kokeshi sosaku style wooden dolls were priced at Php 50 a pair during December 10, 2018 visit, but became Php 100 when we visited the store. ( unknown origin)

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Togatta kokeshi doll originally priced at Php 70.00 few days before, when the sales clerk told my friends that it was bargain at Php 150.00 (roughly $3.00) by the time we paid the cashier.

Togatta type kokeshi doll is 7 inches tall or 18 cm with signature at the bottom, by Kaiya Kichiemon (1905-1985) and probably made in the early 1970’s. The validation was thru the help of some kokeshi collectors like Mr. Henrick Stouten, Ms. Madelyn Molina and Ms. Nancy Togami who took time identifying the wooden doll.

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The small kokeshi with signature was originally priced at Php 20.00 but became Php 60.00 when we visited the store. The wooden kokeshi doll is by Obata, Toshio (birth 1932) a Tsuchiyu doll stands about 3. 75 inches or about 10 centimeters.

Tsuchiyu is an onsen within 30 to 40 minutes away from Fukushima prefecture. The doll is one of the 11 known traditional types of doll in Japan.

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small creative style kokeshi

This is the smallest kokeshi creative style which just stands 1.72 inches ( about 4.5 cm) by 1.75 inches height ( about 4.5 cm) with some chipped wooden hat due to age and handling.  This one was priced at Php 15 before but went up to Php 30 when we visited the store.

The group managed to haggle the price down for the two items from Php 60 to Php 30 and the small creative style kokeshi from Php 30 to Php 20.00. But for the other three kokeshi dolls, the sales clerk remain firm.  They paid Php 300 ( $5.70) for all these 5 items.

This makes us wonder why the store change their prices, We cannot help to tell the security guard and sales clerk that we notice the sudden change.  It was a bitter sweet deal that we got at the store.  If not of the sudden change, my friends could have paid Php 155.00.

 

 

 

 

 

Kingspoint Christ the King Parish Parade of the Saints

Parade of the Saints ushered in All Saint’s Day celebration at the Christ the King of the Universe parish within Kingspoint subdivision, Barangay Bagbag, Novaliches, Quezon City.

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Parade of  Saints poster

At least thirty children from various areas under the parish which also includes adjacent areas like Oro compound, Dupax compound, El Pueblo,Kasiyahan, San Pedro IX subdivision, Maloles Ville, Monaco Gran Villas ( Kingspoint) joined the parade to recognize the Saints who defended the faith.

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Christ the King of the Universe parish ground

There were few participants from nearby Barangay San Bartolome ( Goodwill Homes 1 and California Village). While some also participated at the first Kingspoint Halloween party a day before, bagging some prizes.

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children dressed up for the occasion

The event started with pre-registration few days before the actual parade around 5:00pm.  There was much anticipation for the event, since this is the first such parade organized by the parish.

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San Pedro de Calungsod, Saint Mother Teresa of Calcutta

San Pedro Calungsod had the most number of dressed- up participants, no less than 6 portrayed the second Filipino saint.

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The activity dubbed as “Parade of Saints,” was its first event for this year’s All Saints Day, introduced different Patron Saints within the church.

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Saint Micheal of Archangel portrayed by Shawn Ho from Goodwill Homes 1, Barangay San Bartolome, Novaliches, Quezon City

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Saint Micheal of Archangel portrayed by Mr. Marcio Santos of King Oscar street, Kingspoint Subdivision, Barangay Bagbag, Novaliches, Quezon City

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Saint Rose of Lima of Peru holding roses

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Saint Gabriel portrayed by Mr. Gerluy Mckenny Navarette from Goodwill Homes 1

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Mother Mary from Goodwill Homes 1

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Saint Teresa of Calcutta and Saint Micheal of Archangel

This year’s youngest participant who dress up as Saint Teresa of Calcutta is one and half years- old from King Oscar street,Kingspoint subdivision. She was accompanied by her parents and grandmother.

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Saint Helena

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Santa Barbara from San Pedro IX subdivision

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Saint Joseph

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San Pedro Calungsod from Oro Compound

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San Pedro Calungsod holding a Cycas revoluta or oliva while a female participant covered in white cloth and red skirt

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 Saint Catherine of Sienna with bible and palm frond

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Saint Therese portrayed by Ms. Mary Lilibeth Marticio from California Village

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l-r Saint Micheal, Saint Vincent de Paul, Saint Micheal of Archangel and Santa Barbara

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Ms. Precious Yhassi Pandan from Maloles Ville portrayed Saint Cecilia

Saint Cecilia of Sicily, Italy (lived around 2nd century AD)  is the patroness of musicians. 

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all smiles from the participants

Other participants also included Ms. Reyna Perez from King Oscar, Ms. Hannal Jabal from Maloles, who portrayed Saint Catherine. Mr. Caleb Castro who portrayed San Vincent de Paul from Monaco Homes and Ms. Precious Yhassi Pandan who portrayed Saint Cecila from Maloles Ville.

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The parade started past 6:00 pm and passed through several streets like Katipunan Avenue, King Ferdinand street, King Charles street, King Henry street before returning back to the parish.

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main altar

There was a short program after the parade which highlighted the end of the successful event.

Catholic Bishops’ Conference of the Philippines encouraged the faithfuls and parishioners to dressed as Saints rather than dressing up as scary mythical creatures, monsters, ghost,devils and antagonistic characters from the movie.

Note: All photos were taken by the author

1st Kingspoint Homeowners Subdivision Trick or Treat Halloween Costume Party

Kingspoint Homeowners Association together with residents living in the immediate vicinity had celebrated the first halloween costume party and competition with a big splash.

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tarpaulin poster at the entrance of the subdivision from Lukaria street

More than 500 entries from Kingspoint subdivision, San Pedro IX, Goodwill Homes 1 and 2, Dupax Compound, Kasiyahan Village, Oro Compound and Alipio Compound  registered at the costume party and competition.

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participants

The event started around past 4:00 pm with a short parade route near the Kingspoint SB Park and Covered Court.

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Mr. Desmond Lim and mom

Mr. Desmond Lim portrayed the character of Mr. Edward Scissorhands, An American film shown in 1990. The story is a romantic dark fantasy film directed by Mr. Tim Burton.

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left to right: Mr. Bea Remoroza, Princess Aya Oiden and Sofi Monique Oiden from Oro Compound- The youngest in this batch is just 2 years-old.

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a young participant dress-up as Son Goku of Dragon Ball Z

Mr. Raiden Bruce (contestant #70) from Katipunan ( kanan ) street. His favorite anime character is Son Goku of (Dragon Ball Z) together with his younger sibling.

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Kingspoint covered court jampacked with parents and their kids

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pop a balloon booth

Participants are also allowed to play at the several booth station manned by students from Kingspoint Montessori School.

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boo busters booth

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photo booth area

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arrow scare oh booth

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Pop-in the pumpkin booth

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Mr. Lamberto Nolasco- Kingspoint Homeowners Association president

According to the short remark made by the homeowner association president, the invited panel of judges are not residents of Kingspoint. This gives the board an impartial judgement on the outcome of the competition.

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Contestant #316 is Mr. John Renz Ace Alimocon from Alipio Compound

He portray the scary the character FredFreddyKrueger from A Nightmare on Elm Street film series. He first appeared in Wes Craven’s A Nightmare on Elm Street (1984) as a burnt serial killer who uses a gloved hand with razors to kill his victims in their dreams.

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left to right: mother, Nonna Bernice Saron and Niño Saron

Contestant # 84 Ms. Nonna Bernice Saron portray a School Ghost while Contestant# 83 Mr. Niño Saron portray a Male Dead Zombie Ghost dress in Barong Tagalog. They are residents of King Henry street and studies at Olive Grove School located in San Pedro IX subdivision.

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competition categories with stuffed toys as part of the prize

Costume Categories

Most Charming Prince, Most Dashing Princess, Most Adorable Angel,Cutest Saint,Scariest Spook,Cutest Superhero, Creepiest Creature, Goriest Ghoul, Terribly Terrifying Monster, Most Creative Costume, Best Face Painting.

Age categories 8 years and below- Prince and Princess costumes while 9 to 13 years-old – Scary Costumes

Aside from these awards, There are also candies and a lot of freebies. More participants are expected to join at the next year’s halloween party in 2019.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Miniature beer and liquor bottle collection

The author was invited by a friend who lives within Barangay Talipapa in Novaliches, Quezon City.

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miniature liquor , beer, vodka and soft drink bottle collection

Both husband and wife tandem are collectors and sellers of some vintage stuffs. Some of their haul are from Japan , United States, South Korea, Taiwan and some Southeast Asian countries.

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some of the miniature bottles does not have any content

They gladly showed me some of their miniature liquor, beer and soft drink  bottle collection. They have more than 30 miniature bottles. Some were still unopened and in almost mint condition.

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a few still have corkscrew 

Some of their visitors sometimes would randomly open their miniature liquor bottle collection and drink the content out of it.  They would put padlock to secure their collection.

It took them several years to gradually built-up their collection and They were able to collect some miniature soft drink bottles from coca-cola.

According to the husband and wife tandem which collects miniature bottles, It is not easy to maintain a collection. Some over eager visitors would take them home as souvenirs. But they will still try to maintain their collection as long as they are happy and people visiting their house appreciates them.

Dolor’s Kakanin stall at Goodwill Homes 1

Dolor’s Kakanin is a well known for home style kakanins and Pancit Malabon is quite iconic. This outlet store opened about 5 years ago within the residential area of Goodwill Homes 1 in Barangay San Bartolome, Novaliches , Quezon City.

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Dolor’s Kakanin outlet store staffs -Goodwill Homes 1 subdivision

Background Story: 

Mrs. Dolores Santos started making and making native delicacies ( kakanins) to neighbors and in the market in the late 1930’s within Malabon.  Her kakanin sold very well that she soon opened a store in her house where she personally supervised and mixed in the flavorings for the kakanin during early dawn.  She worked with a passion for her delicious native delicacies and its soon gained popularity to far flung areas. Aling Dolor passed away in 1997, and the business is now being run by family members.

During the Malabon Food Trip several years ago conducted by Mr. Doy Arriola ( founder of  Pinoy Frugal Chow FB group ). Our group visited the old house where it all started.

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vegetable kikiam ( sold every saturdays and sunday only) and other specialties

Specialties 

 Aside from their original sapin-sapin.  They also puto, kutsinta, maja blanca, akai-akai, cassava cake, pitsi-pitsi and they would sell vegetarian kikiam ( quekiam) which used papaya as their main ingredient. Very similar to the ones sold at Concepcion Public Market and Kikiam ni Aling Upeng.

They also have some regional kutkutin/ sitsitria ( snacks from different regions) like lengua, pastillas, fish cracker, chicharon, shing-a-ling, turrones de mani among others.

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top view-l-r leche flan and pitsi-pitsi ,bottom l-r puto, kutsinta and ube halaya

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Aling Dolor’s pancit malabon with generous toppings of hard boiled eggs, shrimps, squid, baguio cabbage and calamansi

The cheapest Pancit Malabon bilao style is Php 185 which is good to share between 2 to 5 people.

For those living within the outlet, it is also wise to pre-order some of the specialties like pancit malabon, puto, kutsinta, sapin-sapin and kikiam ( available only during saturdays and sundays).

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Address: Block 1, Lot U5 Katipunan Avenue, Goodwill Homes 1 Subdivision, Barangay San Bartolome, Novaliches, Quezon City

Operations : Everyday ( Mondays to Sundays ) 7:00 am to 7:00 pm 

Landline : 294-66-67

The Goodwill Homes 1, Barangay San Bartolome, Novaliches outlet store open a little over 5 years ago and caters to the residents within Kingspoint Subdivision , San Pedro IX Subdivision, Oro Compound, Dupax Compound, Bicol Compound within Barangay Bagbag, Barangay San Bartolome, Barangay Nagkakaisang Nayon, Sierra Vista, Torres Village and even as far as Barangay Caybiga, Caloocan City and residents of General Luis street.

Here are the other branches and outlets within Metro Manila

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Note: This outlet had delivery services at minimum rates ( Php 300 worth within Kingspoint Subdivision, Goodwill Home 1, San Pedro IX Subdivision. Php 500 California Village, Sierra Vista, Torres Village and General Luis street) 

Food Tasting at Trat’s Bar and Grill Restaurant

Trat’s Bar and Grill Restaurant hosted a 2-day Food Tasting Festival on January 12 and 13 ( Thursday and Friday ) for the first 200 walk-in customers . The event highlighted some of the new menus to be offered by the restaurant .

We took the opportunity to sample the new sample dishes. January 12 – sample soup was Maya-maya a type of local fish which is popular – We just ordered rice Php 15.00 per cup  and freshly squeezed lemonade juice which cost Php 40.00. According to Chef Angelo , the restaurant will be selling the maya-maya head soup and bulalo soup for Php 80.00 per order.

Maya-maya head soup

Some of the walk-ins were residents of Goodwill 1 and 2, Barangay Bagbag residents , Kingspoint Subdivision , Holy Child Academy ( Kingspoint branch) faculties and staffs , some came as far as Barangay San Bartolome and tricycle drivers of the place.

early bird customers during the first day 

Saw one of my former classmate Darwin Arnuco together with his friends who also ate there. He is one of the ‘suki’ regular customer at the restaurant.

Holy Child Academy staffs- Kingspoint branch

Holy Child Academy staffs and teachers were among the early bird during the second day .

Bulalo soup

The same group also organized a Kingspoint Community Food Tour a few years ago with the aim to promote the area as an ideal food hub for the residents of the place.

Chef Angelo S. Cerdon

We also had the chance to meet Chef Jose Angelo S. Cerdon ( Manager ) of the Trat’s Catering Services- Aside from tasty grilled barbecue , isaw and sizzling plate . The restaurant  also had a good selection of pancit ( noodles dishes ) . They can cater for a minimum pax of around 30 to 50 to as many as 1,000 people at any event.

Contact : 937-9562 and 937-73-22 / 0915-672-6535 / 0922-8641350

email : joseangelo_cerdon@yahoo.com