by Be-Blogger Pilipinas on: Julio 7th, 2011


Ito ang dingding na babati sa’yo pagpasok mo sa Bookay-Ukay, sa 55 Maginhawa Street, UP Teacher’s Village, Diliman, di kalayuan sa Moonleaf Tea Shop. Bago mapuno ng mga nakapaskil na larawan ng mga dating pangulo at pulitiko, ng magsasaka, at bungo sa iba’t ibang anyo, pulos grafiti ang makikita mo (mababasa, kung maintindihan mo). Dito pa lang, alam mo nang di basta-bastang “bookstore” ang Bookay-bukay. Bookstore? Anong bookstore?



Ayon sa kanilang Multiply site, ang Bookay-bukay ay isang art installation: pansalag at pambato sa malalaking tindahan ng libro, pati na rin sa mga institusyong sumisikil sa malayang pag-iisip. Dinadayo ito ng mga mag-aaral ng UP, lalo na ng mga mahilig magbasa at namamahalan sa mga preyso ng libro sa National o sa PowerBooks. Marami ring makikita ritong mahirap matagpuan sa iba.




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 Sinangag Express, open 24 hours

by Be-Blogger Pilipinas on: Julio 4th, 2011


Pangalawang beses ko pa lang kumain sa Sinangag Express, at sa parehong branch malapit sa De La Salle University sa Taft.



Kahit tanghali na ako dumating, galing sa gym, dinayo ko pa rin para sa almusal na uso nang hinahain kahit tanghali at gabi.



Nagulat ako dati nang biglang sinabi ng isang kaibigan na “gusto niya ng sex”. Ano raw? Yun pala SEx ang ibig niyang sabihin, o Sinangag Express na pinaikli. Tatanungin ko sana kung alin ba ang mas masarap, pero gutom na rin ako nun.




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 Art, Artifacts, Aperitif and Apparel in Manila

by United Blogs of Benetton on: Abril 12th, 2010

Cubao Expo is a multitude of things in one. Originally meant as a collective of stores by local shoemakers (formerly known as Marikina Shoe Expo), it is now a vibrant community of artists, designers, art galleries, students, musicians, collectors, comics and cinema enthusiasts – and more.

It has become the venue for music gigs, art exhibits, fashion shows, film viewings, and even live graffiti spraying events. Students, artists, and writers have made it their beer haunt. The high level of creative energy palpable in the place is a direct effect of the assembly of very unique establishments – each with their own personality – put together in one short horseshoe drive.

Heritage, the soul of Cubao Expo, is a good place to start. It is an art gallery displaying both local masters and current contemporary artists. It is likewise an antique and curio shop that sells furniture, tribal sculpture, stained glass windows, lamps, weavings, jewelry, old books, records, and magazines, and an endless array of things you are likely to spend an entire afternoon just exploring.

The Grand Thrift Store is exactly what it says – but with more character than you’d expect. The place is literally covered from wall to wall with plaques, posters, glassware and crystal, handbags, different models of telephones and radios, and all sorts of knickknacks – many of which (especially the clocks) will bring you back down memory lane, to the bygone eras of 50 actresses, Imelda Marcos, and most probably to the time of your own grandmother. It is an unforgettable exercise in nostalgia all packed in a quaint little room.

With racks that are literally cabinets, The I Love You Store has a similar overwhelming feel as The Grand Thrift Store, only translated into the language of fashion. What adds more endearment to the eclectic mix of clothes, shoes, and accessories are the store’s painted walls, mini chandeliers, printed seats and couches, and cotton-candied ceiling.

Speaking of furniture and chandeliers, Karma boasts its own multi decade collection of retro interiors, which started as a private collection of its owners.

If gifts are what you’re looking for, MBS will surely have something that can be treasured. This can of course include comics, which Sputnik specializes in, together with graphic novels and figurines. You can also give an artwork from one of Cubao Expo’s art galleries is Pablo, which, with its white walls, pares down distractions for quiet appreciation.

After your sojourn for shoes – which Soliman can create for you made-to-measure – clothes, art, and whatnot, you can call it a day and call the waiters at Mogwai for a bucket of cheap beer, while catching up with ubiquitous faces from the local underground and indie scene.

Or if all that ogling and oohing got you hungry, proceed directly to Bellini’s Italian restaurant, and perhaps chat up the owner, who used to be part of the Italian paparazzi, between your pizza and pappardelle.



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