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Friday, April 25, 2014

Robinson's Metroeast Lingkod Pinoy Center Schedule

I watched a movie with my brother last week at Robinson's Metroeast. This 'commercial' was shown before the film trailers:

Credits to Leonardo Claro

If you haven't watched the video above, what is Lingkod Pinoy?


In the efforts of Robinsons Malls to better serve the public, we have the
Robinsons Malls Lingkod Pinoy Center or RMLPC, a brainchild of Mr. Frederick Go
himself. 
The Robinsons Malls Lingkod Pinoy Center is positioned as "Lingkod Pinoy". A
Public Service program of the Robinsons Malls that aims to turn Robinsons Malls
into venues for hassle-free, safe, and comfortable processing of requirements
such NBI Clearance, SSS payments and LTO license renewal, among others. 
As of now, there are existing Robinsons Malls Lingkod Pinoy Centers in Robinsons
Galleria, Robinsons Place Manila, Robinsons Otis, Robinsons Metro East, Robinsons Place Imus, Robinsons Place Dasmarinas and Robinsons Nova Market.

Source: LINK

Convenient right? Don't think there's anywhere else you'd see Government offices that are walking distance to each other, let alone in the same building! If you're in need of their services you'll need the schedule:

I took this picture April 2014

GSIS (Level 4):
MON - THU 10 AM to 9 PM

LTO (Lower Ground):
MON - FRI 9 AM to 6 PM

NBI (Level 4):
MON - FRI 10 AM to 7 PM

PAG-IBIG (Level 4):
MON - FRI 10am to 6 PM

PHILHEALTH (Level 4):
MON - FRI 10 AM to 6 PM

This public service announcement has been brought to you by Catnippy! (lol)

Friday, April 11, 2014

Where to Buy Dragon Ear Cuff in the Philippines? + Shop Review: Alembong Accessories

I was at the mall earlier this week when I overheard this conversation between two college students:

Dude: Pangarap ko yan nung high school eh! 
Dudette: Alin? 
Dude: Ayun oh. 
Dudette: San nakakabili? 
Dude: Hindi ko nga alam eh. Pero pangarap ko talga yan nung high school! Dati nga bumibili na lang ako ng dalawang hikaw tapos kunwari gagawin kong ganyan.

They were behind me on the escalator and they talked loud enough for me to hear. I'm not sure, but I'm willing to bet they were talking about the dragon ear cuff I was wearing that day. I would have told the dude where I bought mine had he asked me directly, but he didn't. 

One of the reasons why he probably wasn't able to buy an ear cuff since high school is because they're quite hard to find. Ear cuffs are usually not available in jewelry stores here in the Philippines. Even the ones that sell body piercing jewelry don't carry them (or at least the ones I've checked out). Another reason is because he didn't know what they're called. Some stores list them as ear wrap, ear ornaments, or cartilage cuff earrings even. 

Like this guy, I've wanted one for a while now. A while back, I've found a commitment-free dragon ear cuff at ThinkGeek.com:

Dragon Ear Cuff  by Think Geek


It's $37.99 + shipping. That's P1,551.45 + the headache of shipping from the US to the Philippines. Imagine going through the trouble of having a single item shipped from the US and then having it go through the Philippine Bureau of Customs. One day I shall have you! But not today, I'm afraid.

Last February, I did a search on dragon ear cuff and found:
Dragon Ear Cuff (P150) from Alembong Accessories' Facebook Page
Listed by the store Hanger Games on Sulit.com.ph. (As of writing, the website is now called OLX.ph and the store has only one advertisement listed on their member page. It's of a bag and not the dragon ear cuff.)

In the product description they mentioned their Facebook page: Alembong Accessories. I messaged them on Facebook after midnight (because night owl) and they replied within minutes! They were able to answer all my questions about the product. The shop even allowed me to pay through PayPal even though it wasn't listed as an accepted payment method in the description.

After they confirmed that they have received my payment (a few hours after I paid through PayPal) they shipped my order via Xend the next day. I got my package in two days!

Photos taken using my Cherry Mobile Flare HD:

Package delivered via Xend
Comes in Alsa Gulaman Crystal Clear Flavor Box! (jk)
Side by Side still in packaging
Back
Front
'Antique Gold'
'Antique Silver'
Side by Side
Front + Back
The dragon ear cuff is made of zinc alloy. Comes in two colors: Antique Gold and Antique Silver. The earrings are zinc-free and nickle-free. I have sensitive skin, but I haven't had an allergic reaction from these earrings at all. It's important to notoe that the ear cuffs are made only for the left ear. Did I try putting it on my right ear? N-no! But I'll say it would probably look silly.

Dude, if you're out there, make your high school dreams come true! Alembong Accessories is a great shop to buy ear cuffs from!

Alembong Accessories
Contact: (+63) 917 893 2881
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Friday, April 04, 2014

Chicas at Epic Coffee Roastery Kapitolyo

Epic Coffee Roastery (Photo courtesy of Joyce)
I've been to Epic Coffee Roastery before. My latest visit was a week ago with two of my friends for dessert after grabbing breakfast at Kanto Freestyle Breakfast. We came for the handcrafted ice cream, but ended up ordering a slice of Belgian Chocolate cake too.


All the yummy cakes
Belgian Chocolate cake (Photo courtesy of Joyce)

Epic Coffee Roastery hand-crafted ice cream
Peppermint Chocolate

Vanilla Bean

Barako
What Joyce had to say about Epic Coffee Roastery:

Looking for a peaceful ambience from your usual crowded, coffee tambayan shops? Let me suggest this small coffee shop that is a recent addition to the growing number of food shops at a now commercialized Brgy. Kapitolyo in Pasig City (said to be the new Maginhawa Street).They serve a variety of coffees and teas, delectable cakes and pastries, freshly-cooked meals, handmade artisan ice cream, etc. The coffee shop'sambience has this retro feel with classic bikes display and classic stuff from the 70's. But boy, you guys should try their Barako-flavored artisan handmade ice cream. For someone who needs a different kind of jolt not in a coffee cup. I absolutely love it. :)

More photos courtesy of Joyce

Epic's Mission


Quotes

Hand-crafted ice cream

Display: Canon Camera



Bicycle

Mini bicycle on one of the shelves

Epic's Water Station

Epic Coffee Roastery
#102 East Capitol Drive, Kapitolyo, Pasig City
Store Hours: MON to SUN 8 AM - 10 PM
Phone: +632 631 0057
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