8 Movie Theater Secrets That Affects Your Movie Experience

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A trip to the movie theater is exciting especially when you’re favorite movies are on the silver screen. Buying your tickets days before the movie screening is a life hack everyone is well aware. However, a lot of people are still in the dark of the secrets of movie theaters. For one, some people aren’t aware that cinema schedules are available online. They also don’t know that ticket reservation is possible. Sureseats, for instance, allows you to purchase and reserve seats on selected movie theaters.

Get your ticket early can affect your overall experience. But that’s only one part of your movie trip. There are also other things that can affect your movie experience and movie theaters are hiding them from you.

Below are the movie theater secrets that can affect your movie experience.

1. The best seat in the house

If you want the best sound and wish to enjoy the film, then you should choose a seat somewhere way back. Your seat must be two-thirds of the back seat. This is the same spot where engineers sit to fix the sound system. The best seat in the house is in the center of the screen.

2. Dirty floors

If you drop your food, don’t pick it up. Ever. Workers do not properly clean the movie halls. The tight time shifts between movies don’t give them enough time to go through the whole theater. With a few minutes to spare, they can only sweep the floor or pick up discarded trash. If someone spilled their Coke earlier, you are sure to find the floor sticky.

3. Trash

Wrappers and other trash is not always the movie theater’s fault. This one goes to the moviegoers. It’s best to throw out the garbage yourself. But if you decide to leave them on your seat, do not leave them on the floor. It’s better if you place them on your seat. That way, cleaners can quickly collect your popcorn box, bottles, cans or empty cans.

4. Volume

Movie theaters must follow an audio system standard and volume requirements. However, they often neglect to follow these and regulate the volume levels that suit themselves. High volume levels are dangerous to hearing. Bombings and actions scenes can exceed the approved level so beware of them.

5. Snack prices and secret ingredients

Popcorn prices sold at theaters costs twice as much as those sold in supermarkets and popcorn stands. Incidentally, popcorns sold in theaters smell great for a reason. They have a secret recipe to create to create an alluring scent. Some popcorn makers mix coconut and canola oil to cook their popcorn. Others add food additives to enhance the flavor.

The prices of combo deals are also more expensive compared to individually bought food and drink. If you check the individual prices of the combo components and add them up, you will see that the amount you saved is not all that big. You will save more when you order the small variant.

6. Popcorn freshness

Popcorn doesn’t get spoiled or rotten even when you store it for days. Movie theater workers pack up leftovers at night and store them in plastic bags. They heat them and sell them again the next day. It might take two days before management decides to throw it out.

7. Cameras

Theaters are equipped with cameras to catch those who illegally record the movie. If you plan to cuddle and make out in the dark, you should be aware that cameras capture your action even in the dark. Once a worker catches you, they can give you a warning or kick you out of the theater. It’s best to cuddle in at home to prevent embarrassing yourselves and the people around you.

8. Commercials and previews

Movie theaters are raking their revenue from previews advertising. Revenue from ads increases from ten to fifteen percent per year as it becomes common and popular. The commercials push the movies behind their schedule.

Meanwhile, some movie theater can show the wrong previews. Since the rise of automated digital projectors, there’s rarely anyone on the projection booth.

Now that you know the things that can affect your movie experience, you will know how to act and decide accordingly. You become aware of what movie theaters are hiding from you and choose if it’s still worth to purchase a ticket. If you do, be sure to get them early and keep these details in mind to get the best viewing experience.

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What To Do at Vertis North: A Guide

Vertis North is the latest hangout in the North.
If you want variety from the shopping choices at Trinoma or the lively crowds at SM North EDSA, you can recharge in the refreshing urban setting of Vertis. The area has a mall, green walkways, corporate buildings, and its own Seda Hotel.

Vertis North is unlike any establishments in the area. Its exclusivity and proximity to comfort make it an exciting hangout spot in the city. The citizens of Quezon City and the hip and chill people who wish to hang out can visit the whole block.

Here are seven things to do while at North EDSA.

1. Catch a fan meet at the ABS-CBN Vertis Tent.

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Is there an idol you’ve been dying to meet? Worry no more a there’s safe and accessible place to see your favorite artist up close. You can purchase tickets for a fan meet where you can have an autograph signed and catch a few performances from your favorite person in the world.

Come prepared with a few questions or small token to give to your idol. The event usually lasts for an hour or two depending on the number of artists and their prepared program. Most of all, it depends on their fans. Vertis Tent can hold almost 2000 people.

 

2. Shop homegrown brands.

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If you are looking for craft supplies for calligraphy and artwork, you can head to The Craft Central. The store has calligraphy pens, watercolor products, and several workshop materials. It also has different journal covers and fillers, notebooks, and famous art supply brands.

Vertis North has Apartment 8 Atelier and features the best formal and casual wear of the brand. It’s minimal style, soft colors, and artistic cut makes the brand a go-to for ladies who dress up for a special occasion.

Some shops at Vertis North are Straightforward and Retail Lab x Fifth Rack. Straightforward is a local brand featuring men’s casual clothing from sweaters to board shorts. Meanwhile, Fifth Rack and Retail Lab are concept stores. They house different local brands so shoppers can find them in one place.

 

3. Watch the latest flick at the movie theaters.

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Vertis North Cinemas currently has ongoing Monday Madness promo series. Co-workers can show their IDs to avail the buy one take one ticket sale. Bond with your movie mate with the showing of the action-packed The Incredibles II or the empowering women of Ocean’s 8.

 

4. Belt out tunes at the Time Zone Karaoke Hubs.

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If you’re fresh from a breakup, head to Time Zone and sing your heart out in their deluxe karaoke rooms. The screens have electronic songbooks besides the old-fashioned flip and enter. The K-Town part of the mall will also have a karaoke hub soon so watch out for that.

If singing isn’t in your alley, you can play air hockey, arcade games, Guitar Hero and other innovative sources of entertainment that will make you sweat.

 

5. Meet a furry friend during the weekend.

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Drop by the PAWS Pet Cafe open Fridays to Sundays from 1-9 PM until July 29. The cafe is at the Level 1 Atrium. The cafe is available to everyone as long as you pick from any of these ways:

  • Order a minimum or food an/or drink from the available menu outside the cafe registration booth.
  • Purchase a minimum amount of P200 of any Pet Discount Inc. products at the booth.
  • Pay P200 as your registration fee.

All transactions must be at the registration booth. After payment, sign up for a scheduled timeslot. Each customer can stay for a maximum of 45 minutes inside the PAWS Pet Cafe.

 

6. Dine with the family.

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If you want an all-day breakfast meal, you can head to Pancake House and avail their exclusive offers. There’s also the new additions to the menu of Pepper Lunch. You can try their Cheese Rollers and Beef Aglio Olio.

There is also authentic Japanese cuisine. Watch out for the Oppa Chicken in the K-Town section of the mall. The area will soon have several samgyeopsal restaurants to satisfy your palate.

To wash off the flavors, you can have coffee at the Zoo Cafe or taste the heavenly desserts at PaperMoon Cafe. PaperMoon has tarts, specialty cakes, and Mille crepes. These desserts will make you come back for more.

 

7. Have a grand stay at Seda Hotel.

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A staycation in the city? What more can you ask?

Seda Vertis North is a prime location for a family or couple staycation. It has an e-lounge, a chef’s table, and connecting suites.

If the room is your primary concern, don’t fret. It has a spacious bedroom designed for relaxation and comfort. It the conveniences of modern home- work life, from WiFi to HDMI connections.

A family bathroom has a bathtub and separate showers. It also has signature toiletries. Most of all, it has a walk-in closet and an ironing board.

It has everything you need to have the most comfortable stay in the city.

Vertis North brings life to the heart of Quezon City. It blends urban living, leisure, and comfort in one area. When in Vertis North, everything is within your reach.

Hunt Down These Sports Gear at 4 Local Sporting Stores

Players require appropriate sporting gear to deliver the best performance. Besides optimal performance, some sports need equipment to play them. Others require protective gear to minimize the impact of a collision and prevent injuries.

If you wish to try a new sport or release your adrenaline, you must purchase the necessary items below. It’s best to arm yourself before heading to the playing field.

Baseball

Mizuno, Abreeza Mall

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First Baseman’s Mitt

First basemen receive throws from infielders and catch attempts from pitchers. Thus, their gloves are different from the rest of the players in the field. First basemen and catchers are the only ones to wear mitts. The leather mitt has a deep pocket to withstand several catches. It has open style-webbing to scoop throws or stop ground balls without bringing amounts of dirt. The robust curved edged design and large size make it easy for infielders to spot the player.

Catcher’s Mitt

A catcher’s mitt is smaller than the first baseman’s. It has a closed webbing for quick moving balls and conceals pitch calls. If you want a better view of incoming balls, you may consider open webbing. You can have padding on your mitt for protection, but it will come with a smaller pocket. Using mitt an inch bigger to provide the full pocket you need. Catcher’s mitt uses the measure of the player’s circumference.

Catcher’s Mask and Chest Protector

Often, expensive gear is lighter and absorbs more energy than cheap gear. Some equipment uses an advanced material with less weight even if it offers the same protection as its alternatives. Bulky equipment slows down as the player when running or throwing to bases. Protective gear must have the right fit so it won’t move and expose the body from injury.

There are two types of helmet you can choose – traditional mask or hockey style. The traditional style is earless and worn from the backside. This feature offers players vision of the field and makes it easy to toss it after a play. The hockey style is the most comfortable and has the most protection. Both helmets are adjustable to fit the shape of the wearer’s head.

Basketball and Soccer Equipment

Planet Sports, UP Town Center

Shoes

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An all-around basket player needs footwear with a perfect fit for running in a straight line or quickly shift direction. The shoe must keep your heel in place, offer ankle support and have enough cushion to make you comfortable during the game.

Your feet will be in contact with the force when playing soccer so you must know its parts. That way, you can select the shoes which complement your performance during the game. The material of the insole, midsole, outsole, vamp, and cleats all affect the construction of footwear aimed at specific playing surfaces.

Soccer ball

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Soccer balls may have a casing made of PVC (polyvinyl carbonate), PU (polyurethane), a combination of PVC/PU, or synthetic leather. PVC balls are cheap, and PU balls are softer to touch than PVC ones. Synthetic leather balls are the easiest to control. The ball comes in five sizes, so it’s best to check with a coach on restrictions before buying one. It also varies depending on the type of game and playing field.

Golfing Gear

Mizuno, Harbor Point Mall

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Clubs

A primary set must include the putter, pitching wedge, sand wedge, three, five, seven and nine irons; the three wood; the driver. A beginner set of clubs is ideal in case you plan to quit, but a full set of clubs is a must after a year of playing. You will have an additional three pitching wedge irons, yet you must select a separate putter. A blade type putter is great for starters. You can choose between graphite and steel shafts. If you are a committed golfer, you can customize your golf clubs to fit your size and swing.

Golf shoes

Since your feet will carry most of your weight, you must select a comfortable pair. Modern pairs vary in appearance. There are dress-style shoes, athletic style, and golf sandals. Comfortable pairs of shoes come in different price ranges so you must think of your price requirements before settling on footwear. Also, don’t forget to try it for a walk and a few swings if possible. It gives you an idea how it feels when using it.

Decathlon, Festival Mall

Golf gloves

Find out the material you prefer to use. Leather gloves turn soft when you use them frequently. Still, it lasts longer than gloves made of other materials. Meanwhile, synthetic gloves offer better grip during hot and wet weather conditions. The glove must fit each finger and slide smoothly in the palm of your hand. You must use the Velcro closure or attach the snap to secure it in place. There should be enough material between the ends of each finger. Too much indicates you have the wrong size of glove.

Tees

You must purchase the right tee to regulate the height of your swing. Typical lengths of golf tees come in three sizes – 2.75, 3.25 and 4 inches. If you tee off with wood, hybrid club or iron, you must use the smallest tees. Those who wish to use tees above the grass can use 1 1/2 or 2 1/8 inches while players with large hands can opt for 3.25 and 4-inch tees.

Tennis Equipment

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Racquet

Power or game improvement racquets are for players with shorter and slower swings. They are lightweight and feature an oversized to super-oversized heads. ‘Tweener racquets are head-light to head-heavy and extended in length. On the other hand, control or player racquets are heavy with small heads. The weight of the head is symmetrical with its body.

Tennis shoes

A pair of playing shoes is flat with a pattern on its soles. The designs depend on the terrain of the playing court. A durable sole is necessary for baseline players due to their constant lateral motion. Serve-and-volley players need a shoe with a durable toecap and medial on the arch to support their back foot. Foot type also plays a role when selecting proper tennis footwear. Overpronators need stabilizing tennis shoes while under pronators are better off with flexible kinds of shoes to alleviate shock issues during swift lateral movements.

Protective gear, playing equipment and accessories are a must when playing a team or individual sports. Finding the right fit and material is essential to improve your game.

9 Home Decorating Finds To Score This 2018

Shopping for home decoration is similar to buying clothing.

You must take note of the measurements, quality, color, and material among other things. A lot goes on with interior decoration. Visiting the right store on top of scouring the pieces you wish to include in your home proves to be a source of a headache when you are at a loss for ideas.

A new condo for sale in Makati is in dire need of decorating. Luckily, luxury malls like Glorietta and Greenbelt are just around the corner to provide you with your decorating needs. If you plan to go for a haul or just redecorate, you must add these ten items on your list to score during your shopping trip.

1. Contrasting palettes

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Fusing bright and unexpected colors such as oranges and blues or purples with earth tones complement audacious personalities. These color combinations can work on small items and trinkets as well as pieces of furniture. Ashley Home Store at Glorietta 3 has signature home furniture, accessories, and mattresses.

2. Dark paint

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Rooms with enough light from windows can take on a dark color. Midnight blue, charcoal or terracotta are some hues you can try for a bold interior. True Value at Glorietta 1 offers a wide selection of paint colors

3. Decorated fireplace

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A standard feature on top of chimneys is the mantel-piece design. It makes the area feel outdated. Covering the outer walls of the fireplace with wallpaper or paint is more tasteful.

4. Disco ball

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Adding a disco ball in the living room or entertainment area makes an instant party place. The ball doesn’t provide illumination, but it’s an excellent reflector. Contemporary home stores like Dimensione may have one lying around their showroom.

5. Geometric shelving

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Irregularly shaped storages double in form and function. They are highly useful in keeping the space organized while adding design.You can opt for a standee that is a work of art in itself, or you can install some storages on an empty wall. Paint its inner part with bright hue to make the items out. A store like Home Bound has stunning pieces of functional furniture.

5. Lampshades

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An efficient way to change your home without spending too much, you start with the small items. Changing your lamps shades with bolder patterns and brighter colors improve the aura of the room. Try exploring A Touch of Elegance at Glorietta 4 for lighting inspiration.

6. Patterned flooring

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For the bold and loud characters, you can place your focus on the floor. Stencils or printed details like Moroccan-inspired or paisley patterns effortlessly brightens the area. Paint splats over solid colors is a simple way to include design while giving life in the space. Handyman has every decorator’s needs in store.

7. Oversized pendant lights

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Pendant lights or enormous chandelier changes the ambiance of the room. The oversized item dictates the personality of the area. To keep the balance of the room, ensure that the size of the light pendant is within the size of the table underneath it. Decor, a lighting boutique at Glorietta 4 has a variety of overhead lighting options.

8. Upholstery

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Another way to include patterns in your home is by installing brightly printed fabric on your chairs. If covering the whole things seems overboard, keep one side in a solid hue. The remaining side works with loud prints or patterns. The pieces at Victoria Mondiale combines comfort and aesthetic.

9. Unpredictable side table

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You can try a different surface instead of the usual four corners. A table with unexpected features – wooden vine-like legs or animal-shaped body – are ideal conversation pieces. Some surfaces can stand alone while others need support like a glass topper. Muebles Italiano has furniture pieces inspired by generations of culture and artistry.

Indeed, the malls of Makati CBD solves decorating woes. Glorietta guarantees to fill your condo unit with class and style. Most of all, it will amplify the color your life has to offer. These pieces will make you look forward to your time at home.

Three Must-Visit Malls in BGC

Bonifacio Global City is the central business district of Taguig. Though some parts of it are still under construction, it became a popular urban destination for the young and vibrant population. The street art, business opportunities, and weekend revelry attract people from all walks of life.

Still, the one thing that draws people to a place is a shopping mall. BGC will not grow without one. Here are three malls in the district worth the drop by:

SM Aura

SM Aura is home to cultural and social events because of Samsung Hall. Besides the numerous activities that fill social calendars, it is popular with diverse crowd due to its tasteful, contemporary stores.

The mall has Crate+Barrel, Gourdo’s and Kultura to fill your bare condo. It has a two-level Forever 21 and a branch of Bershka, Ever New, Stradivarius, and Zara to fill empty closets. It also has a Cyberzone on the top floor along with an avant-garde food court.

You can spot the contemporary setting of the food court from a mile away. It serves comfort food faves such as crepes, Frankie’s buffalo wings, beef pound burgers, and paella. There’s also Pepper Lunch, Sbarro and a stall that sells organic food. What sets the food court apart from other SM malls is its floor layout. The tables and chairs are enough to accommodate lunch groups from corporate offices in the block. The place is also kept fresh and clean by the housekeepers religiously walking in the hall.

Uptown Mall

Uptown Mall is the latest addition to the upscale developments of Megaworld centered on lifestyle. You can find the multi-level retail and dining haven at the posh 9th Avenue.

The mall still has empty spaces since it is relatively new, but it has boutiques for fashion fanatics, travel, and sports enthusiast. Fast fashion stores like H&M and Uniqlo established their branches on the lower levels. You can also find Topshop, Topman, Nine West and Aldo. Moreover, you can spot items from Instagram shops on Mercer Street, a concept store on the second floor. Nike, Adidas, and other sports-related establishments are on the top levels.

There are bars, bistros, gastropubs and various dining options around the area. Homegrown restaurants such as Livestock, Hook, Sweet Ecstasy are worth visiting. You can enjoy Asian cuisines and Western breakfast menu al fresco on the mall’s veranda.

You can spot the organized and well-kept staff maintaining the pristine floors and comfortable rooms.

Venice Grand Canal Mall

The mall is a small rendition of the romantic city in Italy. The buildings in the area are pastel-themed, and architecture is patterned to European structures. The mall has an artificial lake where visitors can rent and ride the gondolas. You can also place love locks like those in Paris! The whole place is indeed a picture-perfect paradise.

Venice Grand Canal Mall is notable for the restaurants in and out the complex. The mall is lined with establishments that offer international street food and local gourmet palate. There are casual dining restaurants such as Mati’s Meat and Bread, Comfort Tuesdays, Rice & Dough which serves deep-fried favorites such as wings, potatoes, and pizzas. If you want to immerse to a different palate, you can head to Café del Mar, The Meatball Revolution, and Toni & Sergio.

The Grand Canal also has fine-dining spots. Ponte Rialto and Gran Caffe’ Lavena brings authentic Italian cuisine without consuming air miles. Last but not the least, you can have a feast of local flavors in Cuesina Garden Bistro and Alab by Chef Tatung.

The mall is spacious, luxurious and airy. It celebrates life and keeps the romance alive through the ambiance, amenities, and food.

Venice Grand Canal Mall, Uptown Mall, and SM Aura are the malls you must visit the next time you chance upon BGC. These malls are highly-recommended for a reason. They do not only offer brands of retails and dining, but they also make sure to provide an unforgettable shopping experience.

Sustainability in Urban Design

It is not enough for a place to be habitable. It also needs to be sustainable.

Urban design is the process, design, and organization of public space, transportation systems, and open space. With half of the Earth’s population crowding in cities, urban design needs to take a hard look at its mechanisms. Each city must commit and choose sustainable development. The Philippines in terms of population and the economy exponentially grows each year. But, the land areas of its cities remain the same. The same rings true in other cities across the globe. Three (almost four) billion people stay in these urban areas. Therefore, the role of urban design has a significant impact in today’s contemporary way of life.

According to a United Nations’ (UN) report, 60% of the Earth’s population will crowd cities by 2030. This is not good news for various reasons.

Millenials are slow to pick up the traces of needing change concerning their way of living. Thus, it is better for the current millennia to have the collective movement of individuals, industries, and countries to commit to change. The foundation of inhabitation – the Earth, is ruined and its cries are getting louder. The natural structure of planet is sacrificed to have the luxurious comfort of the modern life. The towering skyscrapers, concrete housing units, and asphalt plazas are chosen over the lush greeneries and the natural wonders of the world.

Urban Development

Urban development is a perennial threat to nature. Fortunately, developers like Ayala Land Inc. (ALI), considers the site’s ecosystem in their planning and design. Bobby Dy coins the term “eco-efficient.” It is a simple yet effective word that summarizes the purpose of their city districts. Natural resources or the natural state of the land area should not be sacrificed because of urban design and development. ALI patterns their design to the area’s original state.

The best example of eco-efficiency is their dynamic suburb in the South, Nuvali. Nuvali has a long stretch of green grass park and open spaces. The structure mixes modern suburban living with green zones and forestry. It also encourages recreation and outdoor activities which are refreshing for the modern dwellers.

Organization and Open Spaces

Although aesthetic plays a major role in urban setting, it is important for a developer to consider general public interest and not be biased towards age and way of living. When the city or structure is open to everyone, the need to have access to additional public infrastructure is removed. The environment becomes inclusive and inclined to only one goal – providing for the years to come.

Ayala Land is best known for their wholesome urban design. The company follows its focus areas as a guide during planning – resilience, pedestrian and transit connectivity, eco-efficiency and local economic development.

Their latest land developments incorporate wide spaces and parks. Having these spaces encourages time off the digital world and physical activity. It also lessens the dependence on vehicles as these places are conducive to walking. Most importantly, it discourages cul-de-sacs which can be rampant in urban areas. The design also creates low-carbon cities because they become walkable and mass transit-oriented. This is much more sustainable and healthier for the people. It also gives a high quality of life to residents.

Economic Vibrancy

A thing, structure or endeavor that is sustainable is said to solve today’s problems while also providing for the problems of the future. Generations to come should meet their own needs using these structures and environment-friendly solutions. Thus, it should be an enabling environment.

Rapid urbanization puts pressure on resources. Densely-packed cities can lack sources of fresh water supply and strain the living environment and public health. During planning, local and small-scale businesses are heavily considered. The shops and stores should be strategically placed so they may contribute to poverty reduction. There should also be designated spaces for public utility and health services.

Cloverfield, an ALI development in the North, is an example of a well-planned community that employs living, retail, and health. The development has a residential tower, shopping mall, park and a hospital – all within walking distance.

Well-planned public spaces commune communities and people together. Physical and cultural activities, recreation and play, are also encouraged. The spaces restore a sense of place, identity, and pride in an area, and play a significant part in attracting businesses and jobs. Thus, poverty is reduced.

Technology has picked up speed on constructing megacities, but it has not made low-carbon cities. Local and international urban development still have a long way to go. Choosing to be sustainable goes back to planning, where all the aspect of the building is considered. When the vision for the future is clear, urban design will manifest through eco-efficient development.

Where to Dine in UP Town Center

There are some Ayala Malls, but UP Town Center is something special. The idea is that for the students, workers, and residents around the area to have a place which would respond to their needs and wants. The 7.4 hectare UP Diliman East Campus property will be reconstructed to become a hub of opportunities and businesses. Aside from the stores and restaurants in this establishment, there are a lot of events and activities held in UP Town Center. UPTC, as fondly called by their visitors, is open every day, from 10 in the morning until 9 in the evening every Sunday to Thursday, and until 10 pm during Friday and Saturday. Some stores have their own schedule so check them out as well.

To give you a quick food trip in UP Town Center, here are the ten places where you could (and should) try dining at:

Silantro Fil-Mex

Images are from the websit: Silantro Fil- Mex

Silantro Fil-Mex, Silantro for short, is known for serving Mexican food infused with Filipino taste. You’d get delicious food and fine service with a good price. Since the place is superb, expect a lot of people dining so if possible, get a reservation before you visit.

What you should try: Beef nachos, Beef Quesadillas, Chicken wings, Seafood Paella (and you can order alcoholic beverages too!)

St. Marc Café

Images are from the website: St. Marc Cafe 

If you’re out for a quick snack and some refreshing drinks or desserts, St. Marc Café is your go-to. This specialty bakery and patisserie is a well-known place from Japan. They envision and work towards satisfying the needs of their customers, as well as making them “need” some more.

What you should try: Little Fuji, Kyoto Delight, Mango Fantasy, Nara, Matcha Latte, Freshly Brewed Coffee, Egg Salsa, Chococro, Salmon Cheese Potato, Carbonara

Cold Stone Creamery

Images are from the website: Cold Stone Creamery

Serving the finest, freshest ice creams, cakes, smoothies and shakes for 25 years, Cold Stone Creamery is really something. This international franchise from Arizona has a signature way of delivering ice creams as it’s created on a frozen granite stone.

What you should try: Berry Berry Berry Good, Birthday Cake Remix, OREO Overload, Midnight Delight (and you can also create your own mix)

Pepper Lunch

Images are from the website: Pepper Lunch

ペッパーランチ Peppaa-Ranchi is a “fast steak” restaurant in Japan and was established in 1994. The customers can cook their food choice of beef, chicken, pork, and salmon over an electromagnetic plate which is heated up to 260 degrees Celsius to make sure that your meat is perfectly cooked. You can also pick your seasoning and sauce – Amakuchi or the brown honey sauce, or Karakuchi or the garlic soy sauce.

What you should try: Beef pepper rice, Shimofuri pepper steak, Salmon pepper rice, Beef BBQ Yakiniku with egg

Rodic’s Diner

Images are from the website:  Rodic’s Diner 

Since 1949, Rodic’s Diner serves nothing but the best beef tapa and garlic rice. They are known for being a budget-friendly restaurant for classic Filipino food.

What should you try: Tapsilog, Kare-Kare, Sisig with egg and rice

Mama Lou’s Italian Kitchen

Images are from the website: Mama Lou’s Italian Kitchen 

As what the name suggests, Mama Lou’s offer yummy Italian cuisine along with a relaxing ambiance. Mama Lou’s Italian Kitchen started in 2010 and still delivering good food which they are known for.

What should you try: Spinach and goat cheese pizza, Italian sardine pasta, Gnocchi, Vesuvio, Take the Cannoli

Backyard Kitchen + Brew

Images are from the website: Backyard Kitchen + Brew

If you are looking for a chill place to eat or grab some drinks alone or with friends, Backyard Kitchen + Brew offers good food, drinks, and company. It also has an artsy interior to add to its ambiance and comfort. The servings are enough for you to share, but you might want to eat it alone because the dishes they give are nothing less than perfect.

What should you try: Slow roasted pork and beef belly, Salted egg chicken skin, Buffalo wings, Tinapa and Quinoa Salad (and alcoholic drinks as well.

Property Reservations 101

You’ve seen this sophisticated and elegant townhouse Manila for sale. Given that it is near your workplace and your favorite Ayala Mall, you can’t help but purchase this property. What can you do? Reserve!

Reservation is your deposit when you rent a house, apartment, or condominium. You haven’t fully owned the property unless you have paid in full or partial, or depending on the terms agreed upon between you and the seller.

You can now have that condo by reserving it under your name. Property reservation is very easy as you only need the following:

  • seller or property specialist

  • Reservation Agreement Form, and

  • reservation fee

Through the seller or property specialist, you will be able to deliberate which property you should buy, depending on different factors and of course, its availability. After considering these details and confirming the property’s availability, you can continue with reserving it online. You may check the developer’s website and look for the “Reserve Now” or similar buttons to proceed. If necessary, you can also contact the developer for clarifications or reserve the property by visiting their office.

Another important thing is your Reservation Agreement Form. Carefully fill out the form and check all the details and signatures before passing it. If the Reservation Agreement Form is not available online, the developer or seller will be handing it to you. You can simply mail or fax the form to the developer or seller’s office before you proceed with your reservation. If these options do not appeal to you, you can always visit their office and have this done.

Now you’re finished with choosing the property and submitting the Reservation Agreement Form, you are now to pay the required reservation fee. Reservation fee differs depending on the developer and the type of property you are interested in. It can go as low as ₱5,000 and as high as ₱100,000. Aside from cash payment, you can also pay the reservation fee through the following:

  • bank deposit

  • credit card

  • online bank transferable

  • remittance center

  • and other methods advised to you

You will be asked to send proof of payment so make sure to secure an official receipt. Some only give out acknowledgment receipt so better check with the bank or establishment that you have what you need. Afterward, the developer will confirm your payment by sending welcome letters.

Keep in mind that the validity of your reservation fee for new houses in the Philippines is 30 days. Within this period, you should be able to make a partial or full payment for your property. Better ask your developer about the different payment options that you have.

Lastly, here are some other things that you need to know about property reservations:

1. Is it deductible? Definitely! The reservation fee that you’ve made will be deducted from the total selling price. Others deduct the fee from the downpayment.

2. Is it refundable? Unfortunately, reservation fees are non-refundable. That is why you should be sure of your actions and decisions before you consider reserving a property.

3. Is it transferable? It depends on the policies of the developer or seller. Some won’t let you transfer the fees, and others will charge a transfer fee if it’s permitted.

Be reminded that not all properties in the Philippines require reservation fees, so you are to confirm that with your developer or seller. Other developers immediately ask for a downpayment or initial payment. Nevertheless, in whatever reserving and purchasing you will be doing, be sure and secured. Make sure that you will be abiding by the policies you signed for so you can enjoy your property hassle-free!

5 Things you Usually Do in Your Bed

Soft, comfy, and warm, that is the reasons why you want to stay in your bed, right?

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The good thing is that there are already affordable yet comfortable beds available in malls in the Philippines. You can choose on to what kind of designs or styles of bed you want to have for as long as it is safe and comfortable, of course. And it will always be up to your liking.

Now, you have to erase your belief that the bed is only used for sleeping, taking some rest and or whatever that is in your mind, because aside from those things, there are actually a lot of other things you can do in your bed. Well, that, if you like doing these.

Breakfast in bed

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If a person is so sick and is having a hard time going to the kitchen for breakfast, usually, breakfast in bed is being served. There will always be a little table placed on the bed for the food. Or if you have a loving partner who is sweet enough to serve your breakfast in your bed.

Well, there is an advantage when you have your breakfast in your bed. First, of course, you don’t need to go to the kitchen and have your breakfast. Second is that it is just so sweet knowing that someone who is caring enough serving you a breakfast in your bed. And lastly, if you’d agree, it is comfortable sitting in your bed while eating your breakfast.

Studying in bed

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Oh, this! I know students can surely relate to this. Most students, if not all would prefer studying in their bed. Perhaps it is because they find it relaxing and comfortable way of studying in bed. They can lie or whatever position they want to have while studying.

While other students would prefer studying in bed, others find it uncomfortable. They can’t concentrate or focus on the topics they are studying. It makes them feel sleepy when they study in bed. Maybe it is because of the comfort the bed has that makes them feel sleepy. Definitely, both have their own reasons, whether studying in bed is advisable or not.

Playing games in bed

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Admit it! We all do love playing games in bed. It is quite enjoyable when we play in bed. Oh, and, by the way, there are actually a lot of indoor games that you can play. Board games, for example, you can definitely play it in your bed, or truth or dare, or even play games on your tab or smartphones.

Of course, that, if you don’t want to go out just to play or even sweat. Playing games in bed is a convenient and a stress-free game you can have.

Chatting in bed

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We all do this! Who doesn’t? There is no better and comfortable way to chat than chatting in your bed. You can lie down or whatever positions that you want while chatting with your families and or with your friends. This is also one way to relax and unwind in your room.

With this kind of ambiance, surely you will have a good chat since you will be comfortable in the place. And while chatting with families or friends, you can also do some other things which you both can have fun doing it together.

Watching movies in bed

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Aside from watching a movie in cinemas or in the living room, you can also watch a movie in your bed. This is also one way to relax and have fun watching while you are in your bed. If you don’t have a television in your room, you can have a portable DVD or a laptop to watch a movie.

Of course, you can also have any position while watching. You can lie down, or sit, it will always depend on your liking.

There are actually thousands of things you can do in your bed. This list is just a portion of what people usually do when they are in their beds. What about you? What do you usually do when you are in your bed? Anything in mind?

5 Types of Personality of Commuters

There are thousands of people living in our community, and every day, we meet hundreds of people in our way; be it at work, school or in shopping malls in the Philippines. It is inevitable! Different people with different personalities, that’s what we encounter every day.

If you are observant enough of the people around you, you can see how they behave. A little bit of an observation can give you an idea of what personality he or she has. Even just by riding a public vehicle, you can already see and observe people with their different personalities.

Talkative Commuters

Talkative commuters tend to talk a lot. Sometimes, they can’t notice that their voices are already loud. Some of the passengers might have fun listening to your talks, but the other passengers might be annoyed.

There are really times that we can talk loudly since the topics are interesting or funny enough for you not to mind or notice the other passengers, and that makes us talk or laugh out loud. The most embarrassing part is when one passenger might get annoyed and reprimand you to talk moderately and be considerate of the others.

Sleepy Commuters

We can’t blame them for sleeping inside the jeepney or in the public vehicles. They might be tired of doing the things that need to be done for work or for school and that leads them to sleep late. We all know it is not easy to stay up late since it drains our energy the next day.

We can understand that, but the most annoying part is that when they tend to sleep on your shoulders. Some of the people are hesitant enough to wake them up since they are sleeping soundly. Lucky enough if that sleepy commuter can notice that they are already sleeping on your shoulders.

Friendly Commuters

Unlike talkative commuters, these people tend to talk to you in a friendly way. You can say that they are kind since they talk to you even though you both don’t know each other. These people usually talk about what is happening in our community, or what caused the heavy traffic that leads the people to be late for their appointments, or even random questions like what school are you attending or what kind of profession are you working.

Some people that don’t want to talk might be annoyed by these people since they tend to ask random questions. Well, just don’t show it to them. They might be offended since they just want to talk and be friendly to you in good faith.

Commuters who always Complain

There are also commuters that are grumpy. They have a bad mood even though it still early in the morning. They tend to complain why the vehicle is so slow that he or she might be late at work or in school. They sometimes also complain why other passengers are a bother to them that leads them to be annoyed and irritated. Some of them will complain when other passengers ask them to lend their fare to the driver.

Sometimes, watching and observing these people can also affect our day. We also tend to be annoyed by his or her rudeness. Well, it is really up to us whether we let it affect our day.

Helpful and Considerate Commuters

These people are so rare nowadays. They help other commuters settle inside the jeepney or another public vehicle. They also help commuters who have difficulty in carrying their baggage. And whenever they see a senior citizen or a handy cap, these people will consider offering their seat and let them sit instead.

These kinds of people give us inspiration to also help others in times of difficulties even though they are strangers. “What goes around comes around.” Cliché as it may seem, but it is already proven.