Starbucks Launches New Espresso Layer Collection and Lunch Items!

Ever since I started working in digital, I’ve been working mobile in random places around the city. Sometimes I’d find myself in Makati for a meeting, or in Quezon City for an event. Because I live down south, I would have to leave early. That means I would have to rely on a good cup of coffee to perk me up, and sometimes, I would have to get lunch on the road.

Of course, I trust Starbucks to give me an injection of pep and energy, but I would have to search elsewhere for a good meal. Now, it looks like I can get both in one place because Starbucks just launched its new lunch choices, which are meant for quick lunch runs.

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Grab Celebrates Chinese New Year with Free Chinese Food in BGC!

Photo taken by Mark de Joya, using a Huawei P9 Plus

We haven’t even finished a month this 2017, and we’re already preparing for another holiday: Chinese New Year. It’s a festive celebration of the Lunar New Year, and people, regardless of their ethnicity, are preparing to celebrate it with tikoy, hopia, and ang pao. I spent Chinese New Year last year at Binondo with some friends, and was slightly traumatized at the volume of people. It was fun and vibrant, but I’m slightly claustrophobic so I might not do it again.

I still want to have a little slice of the Lunar Year, and I’m happy to hear that Grab is hosting a celebration with the Chinese New Year food truck, where they’ll be giving free Chinese food in Bonifacio Global City!

Grab’s food truck will be at the C1 Central Square in Bonifacio High Street from January 25 to 27, from 11AM to 5PM. To avail of Chinese snacks like siomai, dumplings, kikiam, and more, simply grab a ride within BGC!

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If you can’t make it to the food truck, you can have Chinese treats delivered to your doorstep using GrabExpress. Grab users must be in BGC and select the special GrabCNY icon. Make sure that you have the same pick-up and drop-off point to qualify for the promo.

I want to see the food truck for myself, so I’ll be going on Friday morning to check it out. I’m hoping it will give me luck for the rest of the year!

Sailor Jerry Spiced Rum is Now in the Philippines!


The way we drank when we were younger is different from the way we drink now. In my case, I was happy to drink San Miguel Light or Red Horse beer. Back then, drinking was a means to get drunk, so there were times when me and my friends would down cheap gin before going out so we didn’t have to pay for overpriced drinks. A lot of people agree with me on this.

Now, I, with the support of the people who agreed with the point above, am more selective of what I drink. I am more likely to study the list of drinks available in a bar rather than order something safe, like the San Mig or the Red Horse. And I now drink to savor the taste, as well as the moment I found myself in. While I still do enjoy the occasional San Mig (I graduated to Pale Pilsen), my palate has become more adventurous.

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Thailand’s Coca Restaurant Brings Thai Flavors to SM Aura

One of my favorite Asian destinations is Thailand. I like how it looks and feels like the Philippines, except the public transportation is better, there are more shopping options, and the local culture is embraced and respected. One of the must-see things in Thailand is a visit to the historic Grand Palace and Ayutthaya. Another is to try the local cuisine. I love Thai cuisine’s complexity of colors, flavors, and smells. Recently, I discovered Coca Restaurant at SM Aura, a Thai import that will soon fulfill my Thai food cravings.

Coca Restaurant is a well-known hot pot place in Thailand. It was established in 1957 by Srichai Phanphensophon and his wife Patama, who created authentic recipes using fresh ingredients. The restaurant opened in Manila around 2013, and I’m a little surprised it took me this long to discover this Thai gem.

I got to Coca Restaurant’s Thai food and here’s what I thought:


We started off our meal with the Salmon Grapow Cups, or stir-fried salmon with hot basil and chili served in fried wonton wrapper cups. I almost didn’t recognize the salmon as it was cooked in a unique way, but I liked how the chefs dared to cook things differently. It was a sign of things to come. And oh, the salmon grapow cups come with a kick so make sure to pair it with some Thai iced tea (P90)!

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The Starbucks 2017 Planner is Here + Planner Giveaway


I’ve been using planners since 2005. I am incredibly forgetful so I need a notebook to list down everything I do. I can’t survive without it because it’s like a personal assistant, reminding me what I need to do for the month, the week, and the day. That’s how structured my days are: everything is planned. The tradition lives on even if technology has encroached on my life, and I’m excited for next year because I’ll be able to use the Starbucks 2017 planner!

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Single Origin Opens in Rockwell + Promo!


I am a huge fan of breakfast food and places that offer all-day breakfast dining. The thought of waffles, pancakes, and fruit preserves can put a smile on my face, and the idea that you can have it past noon can fill my heart with joy.

A popular breakfast place in Manila is Single Origin. Their Bonifacio High Street Central branch is popular for its cafe and bar setup, cleverly combining breakfast food and premium coffee with cocktails. A date took me there once for breakfast and I loved the dark atmosphere.

Just recently, the guys behind Single Origin opened a new branch in Rockwell, and despite offering the same menu, the vibe is completely different. If Single Origin in BGC is moody, Single Origin in Rockwell is bright, airy, and warm. That’s because half the restaurant is made up of floor-to-ceiling glass windows that bathes the place with light and the promise of a good day.

I had the pleasure of dining at Single Origin’s Rockwell branch during its soft opening and here’s what I found:

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