First Time Home Owner Shopping Haven: Japan Home Centre

Because a first time home- owner bought a lot of brand new big stuff for their home, they tend to forget the small things. And by the time they realized they need this and that, they already run out of “house money”to spend to.

And that’s how we are for the first few days after moving here. Argh! We forgot to buy walis! How about the dustpan? Or new hangers? errrr how about coffee jars? Ubos na budget ko for a trip to Crate&Barrel (how I wish hahaha)

Then we found Japan Home Centre…

Products ranges from 66 Pesos, 88 Pesos, 188 Pesos and 288 Pesos.

Imagine a USB cable for charging for only 88 Pesos. And it works really well, unlike the one you can buy from CDRking.

Curtain rod for only 66 Pesos! It’s really cheap and the quality is nice too.

Big jar is 88 Pesos, small jar is 66 Pesos while the salt and pepper container is also 88 pesos. The Izumi soy sauce and oil container is also 88 Pesos (includes 2).

See how cheap the tabo is? Yep! 2 pcs for  only 88 Pesos.

We bought a lot of things for our home at Japan Home Centre and so far everything is still in good condition. I also bought hangers there and a few containers.

We’ll be back for more! We really enjoy shopping at Japan Home Centre.

10 Big Things You Can Do at KidZania Manila

All roads lead to KidZania Manila, the kid-sized city built for children that opened at Park Triangle Mall in Bonifacio Global City. Providing a unique and realistic educational environment, KidZania Manila allows kids between the ages of four and 14 to get hands-on experience on their dream jobs.

Built to scale for children, KidZania Manila is the first-of-its-kind indoor play city for kids, where they can explore a myriad of opportunities. But what makes the KidZania experience truly meaningful and authentic are the realistic places and recognizable brands that make up an actual city—from paved streets and kid-sized vehicles, to hospitals, shops and, dining destinations.

KidZania Manila banks on the power of personal experience as a learning tool to help kids find out about how society functions, and develop their independence, self-esteem and real-life skills, so they can get ready for a better world. The goal is to spark kids’ imaginations, ignite their minds, nurture creativity, and inspire real-world exploration.

Here are 10 big things kids can do at KidZania Manila:

1. Become a citizen.

Visit the PaZZport Office to sign up as a KidZanian and get your real PaZZport.

KidZania Manila establishes itself as a fully-functional society for kids, primarily promoting good citizenship. Here, kids can apply for a paZZport to become naturalized citiZens and fully enjoy the benefits of belonging to this great nation. They can enroll in the B•KidZanian program that has three Citizenship levels. With each visit, KidZanians accumulate stamps that allow them to upgrade their citizenship level and thus unlock privileges, earn more kidZos, and have more fun.

2. Seek employment.

One of the popular jobs at KidZania Manila is to be a Veterinarian. Here, kids learn how to take care of pets.

There are over 100 professions to choose from at KidZania but first, they’ll need to go through an orientation that will help them identify their strengths and careers that fit them. Kids get better direction in the jobs that they wish to pursue inside the city after consulting the employment office.

3. Tell the story of KidZanians.

Kids work on their stories at the Newspaper.

Children’s storytelling skills can be developed further as they play the role of a journalist in KidZania Manila’s Newspaper office. Here, they learn the basics of newswriting after which, they are given the chance to write their own story for the city. They can also let their creativity soar at the Magazine Publishing Company, and write a feature story or illustrate their very own comic strip.

4. Investigate a crime.

Kids get to solve a case at the Crime Scene Investigation.

For kids who dream of helping keep the peace and order in the real world, KidZania also has its own law and order institutions, such as a Court House and a Police Department. When they sign up to work at the Police Station and Crime Scene Investigation establishment, they will get to play detectives investigating and solving cases, and participate in trials at the Court House.

5. Learn how to fly a plane.

Pilots-in-Training get to use real flight simulators as they learn the basics of flying a plane.

Wannabe pilots will be in awe once they step inside the Aviation Academy where they train on real flight simulators, and learn how to take off and land an aircraft. Aside from being a pilot, they can train to be a cabin crew member, too!

6. Save lives.

Kids learn how to respond to emergencies as paramedics.

Becoming a doctor is a top choice among children, and they can live out this dream at KidZania Manila. They can role-play as surgeons, paramedics, or veterinarians, and perform simulated procedures, giving them a glimpse of what it is like to save lives for a living.

7. Earn as they work.

KidZos are KidZania’s own currency.

Inside KidZania Manila, kids will learn the value of their hard work. Kids earn kidZos, KidZania’s currency, for every job they perform. Through this, they get an introduction to financial literacy through basic transactions involving their earnings. They can use their kidZos to buy items from stores like the Joy Basket and Department Store, and avail of services inside the city.

KidZos earned from other KidZania facilities are accepted at KidZania Manila after having them exchanged at the bank. This leads to another fun learning opportunity for kids that entail managing their finances.

8. Open a bank account.

After working hard, kids can choose to save their hard-earned kidZos at the bank.

On their first visit, kids can open their own personal bank account and will be given their own personalized ATM card which can be used at any of the city’s ATMs to withdraw their kidZos. Kids learn about saving money by apportioning their earned KidZos and enrolling for a savings account that will earn interest.

9. Get the license to drive.

Kids learn responsible driving at the Driving School. Once they get their license, they get to drive on the driving streets.

Getting their hands on the steering wheel is always an exciting activity that kids can’t wait to learn. KidZania Manila has its own driving school where kids can eventually secure a driver’s license and be able to operate a car within the play city.

The play city also has a car dealership shop where kids can know more about car design and assembly and a gas station where they can learn how to check tire pressure, change oil, and operate a gas pump.

10. Discover their green thumb

At the Farm House Store, kids learn about harvesting fresh produce.

Kids can foster an improved appreciation for food as they learn its value and also the responsibility of growing something through KidZania’s Farm House Store and Urban Garden. As green grocers and urban farmers, KidZanians will understand how fruits and vegetables find their way into their homes as they go through the process of planting, harvesting, and delivering the produce.

They also get to examine and care for trees in the garden and around the city as they assume the role of an arborist. They are taught how to take care of the native trees—narra, bitaog and balete—seen in the city.

Let your kids enjoy the KidZania Manila experience! For more information, visit

About KidZania
KidZania is an interactive kids’ city combining inspiration, fun, and learning through realistic role play for children four to 14. Kids can independently explore a kid-sized city with over 100 exciting roles. Each experience is designed to empower kids, giving them the confidence to be their best selves, and inspiration to be great global citizens. One of the world’s most inventive, most awarded and fastest-growing kid’s educational entertainment concepts, KidZania has 20 locations in 17 countries, including in the Philippines.

KidZania, Inc., headquartered in Mexico, was founded in 1997, opened its first park in 1999, and is privately held. For more information about KidZania Manila, visit

KidZania is locally franchised by Play Innovations, Inc., whose majority stakeholder is ABS-CBN Corporation.

Chowking Chunky Asado Siopao Surprises Consumers Nationwide

Thousands of excited customers lined up at sampling booths located in selected malls nationwide for Chowking’s #BuksanParaMalaman challenge, to try out the Chowking Chunky Asado Siopao. They tasted the hot and soft siopao and discovered just how chunky at asadong-asado it truly is.

CHOWKING NOVA: “Customers were excited to open their Chowking Chunky Asado Siopaos to discover the true taste of a meaty, asadong-asado siopao treat.”

To complement their delicious surprise, a trick art station was set up and customers were able to have their creative and interactive photos taken with the giant Chunky Asado Siopao photo wall.

Customers were delighted and satisfied with their Chowking Chunky Asado Siopao experience. A customer who sampled the siopao noted how it was, “siksik ang laman, malasa, at masarap.” Another one who lined up at one of the sampling stations said “talagang solved ka, kasi hindi tipid sa laman at malambot pa ‘yung bun,” while someone shared “lasang asado talaga, masarap at malaman kasi Chowking.”

CHOWKING GLO: “Customers playfully posed at the trick art station to capture their delicious encounter with the Chowking Chunky Asado Siopao.”

Feel like you missed out on this experience? There is a free in-store sampling of Chowking Chunky Asado sioplets—mini siopaos with the same chunky and asadong-asado filling—in selected Chowking stores on November 28. Mark your calendars so you too can take the #BuksanParaMalaman challenge.




Loyal drinker of Great Taste White coffee wins P100K in Great Taste White promo

Loyalty truly has its rewards, and 67-year-old Lourdes Estoquia learned this in a surprisingly great way. Attending the regional draw of Great Taste White: Choose Great, Win Great Raffle Promo at Robinsons Galleria, she was pleasantly surprised when she was announced as the winner of the P100,000 tax-free cash prize.

Together with a neighbor who also joined the promo, Lourdes decided to drop by the mall to watch the raffle draw. Little did she know that she would be coming home that day as one of the nationwide promo’s lucky winners.

Lourdes Estoquia (center) got the surprise of her life after hearing her name being called as one of the lucky winners in the regional draw of the Great Taste White: Choose Great, Win Great Raffle Promo.

“Nasa harap po kami ng stage nang nabunot ‘yung entry ko at makita ko ‘yung pangalan ko sa screen na winner ng P100,000. Nung ikinuwento ko sa asawa ko, hindi siya makapaniwala,” said the housewife from Caloocan City.

Lourdes admits to being a loyal Great Taste coffee drinker. Even her husband, Roberto, enjoys sipping cups of Great Taste White Smooth & Creamy. “Kahit wala pa po ‘yung raffle promo, umiinom na kami ng Great Taste, kaya marami po talaga akong entries na sinali diyan,” Lourdes said.

“Malaking bagay po ‘yung panalo ko dahil meron na po kaming pambili ng maintenance na gamot para sa vertigo at hypertension ko,” said Lourdes who admits she and her retired husband rely only on the allowances given by their three sons who all have their own families to take care of.

Aside from buying medicines, Lourdes also wants to share her winnings with her six grandchildren. “Gusto ko rin magbigay sa simbahan na malapit sa amin, bilang pasasalamat sa Diyos,” she shared.

Lourdes is very happy and thankful that their loyalty to Great Taste White has been the key to their good fortune.

For more updates on the Great Taste White: Choose Great Win Great Raffle Promo, check out their official Facebook Page (Great Taste 3in1).