Artisan Bread Goodness at Harina Artisan Bakery Cafe


Harina Artisan Bakery Café (Formerly Monsees Café)
Location: 118 Katipunan Avenue, White Plains, Quezon City
Contact Number: (02) 3526721
Store Hours: Monday to Sunday, 6am to 9pm.
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/harinacafe
Twitter: @harinacafe
Instagram: @harinacafe

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Formerly know as Monsees Café, Harina Artisan Bakery Café officially re-opened its doors to the public this November. From a smaller neighborhood bakery, Harina is now ready to accept a bigger audience and offer a more extensive line-up of dine-in and take-out breads and meals.

ar·ti·san  [ahr-tuh-zuhn]: a person or company that makes a high-quality or distinctive product in small quantities, usually byhand or using traditional methods.

Upon arrival at Harina Café, you will be greeted by a couple of beautiful red doors which will lead in to a very homey and cozy dining area. A bunch friendly staff will assist you inside the cafe. The café is divided into 2 parts, there’s the dining area and the take out area where you can choose and buy their Artisan Baked Goods.

What makes Harina Artisan Bakery Cafe special?
”Everything is a labor of love. The baking is done the traditional way, without shortcuts and chemical additives. Since chemical additives are not used, the flavors of each ingredient are fully developed. It wasn't necessary to add chemicals to bread for centuries and Harina believes that it still isn't. Nothing less than premium ingredients are used. The breads are hand rolled. They do not mass-produce their breads, they are baked in small batches rather than on a vast assembly line. An interesting corner is their open baking area which allows customers to see how some of their products are made.”

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AirAsia Zest’s Amazing In-Flight Meals and More!


AirAsia Zest, The Right Way to Fly!
Book now @ www.airasia.com
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/AirAsiaPhilippines
Twitter: https://twitter.com/AirAsiaPH
Customer Service Number:+632 742 2742 (AirAsia and ZestAir Philippines)

Air Asia Zest

NEW PARTNERSHIP

The Green+Orange Planes are gone and they are all turning RED!

You may have noticed some changes in the local airline scene recently. AirAsia Philippines, formerly flying from Clark Airport are now flying from NAIA Terminal 4 (Old Domestic Terminal) and Zest Air Planes are now being converted into Red AirAsia Planes. Not to mention the redirection on their website. That is because AirAsia Philippines and Zest Air have joined forces to create a new formidable force in the Philippine Airline Industry - AirAsia Zest now in Manila!. Banking on each other’s strengths, Zest Air’s local experience and AirAsia’s regional connections, AirAsia Zest Plans on stepping up the competition and further lowering down the costs of flight for the Philippine Tourism Industry. I believe this new partnership will definitely drive growth in the Philippine Tourism Targets and provide new destinations to travel hungry travelers and under-serviced flight destinations.

NEW DESTINATION(S)

AirAsia Zest is off to a great start by offering a first in the Philippine Airline Industry – Flights to Miri Malaysia. The Inaugural flight from NAIA 4 to Miri Malaysia will take place on December 7, 2013 and will be joined by Tony Fernandes himself and his new chief of staff (the Apprentice) Jonathan Yabut.

AirAsia Zest In Flight Meals Menu (3)

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An Incredible Island Vacation at Bluewater Sumilon


Bluewater Sumilon Island Resort
Location: Sumilon Island, Oslob, Cebu Philippines
Contact Number: +6332-3183129 (Cebu) | +632-8175751 (Manila)
Email: sumilon@bluewater.com.ph
Website: http://www.bluewatersumilon.com.ph/
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/BluewaterSumilon
Twitter: https://twitter.com/BlueSumilon

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It was a dream come true. I have been to a lot of different beaches here in the Philippines but enjoying the sun, food, and the sand in your very own private island resort was a surreal experience. Bluewater Sumilon Island Resort is located 3-4 hours drive south of Cebu Island, it is just a couple of towns away from the southern most tip of Cebu – your jump off point to Dumaguete and Siquijor. Upon arrival on their Mainland Port/Reception area, we were greeted by their super friendly staff. From there going forward, we were officially on vacation. No need to lift a finger on carrying our luggage and stuff.

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ISSAAS: Linking Agriculture with Tourism


I recently attended the press release session of ISSAAS (International Society for Southeast Asian Agricultural Sciences) during the start of their 2013 Congress here in Manila. I am a big fan of Agri-Tourism so I thought I’d listen in and get their thoughts on some burning issues related to Agriculture and Tourism as well.

ISSAAS 2013 Congress

Global Warming

One of the main issues of the Agriculture Industry is Global Warming so to mitigate this, they are trying harder to keep up with the changes in the environment. They use more water for irrigation and on the other side, they use more storm resilient crops to survive sudden storms and typhoons. Agriculture was not as it used to be but we must keep up and stay resilient to keep the food basket full.

Attracting Young Minds

The new generation of adults are leaving the farm and very few are taking Agricultural related courses in place of more popular and in-demand city courses. This problem is the same across all countries. Young people are moving out of their Family Farms to move to the city, leaving the farm to be ran by their old folks with no clear future on succession. To mitigate this, countries are offering free Agricultural Courses to individuals who want to pursue a career in Agriculture. Even in the Philippines, UPLB offers subsidies to some agriculture related courses. In Japan, they included “Farm Visits” to the Educational Field Trip Itinerary to familiarize the students about the farm activities – in the hopes that they will like it and get a career in Agriculture.

GMO: Genetically Modified Organisms

A surprisingly sensitive topic between the members of ISSAAS. Some are ok with it some were not so much. But among all the answers given, what struck me was – it really exists. GMO is being used for the food security of the world BUT unfortunately, there are no extensive research or studies on the long term effects of these GMO Products on humans and the environment. Everything is still in the Gray Area.

Plantation Based Farming

Plantation based farming is basically utilizing a huge amount of land dedicated in the production of a certain produce. For example: Banana Plantations, Coconut Plantations and now the ever Growing Palm Plantation for the production of Palm Oil. The challenge here is, huge amounts of lands are being used as plantation lands since it is easier to maintain focus on a certain product than to allow other produce to be planted and harvested. More and more chunks of land are being converted into Palm Plantation and less and less lands are being used for other crops.

Organic Products

Organic Stuff are becoming more and more popular nowadays and people are paying the premium. The problem is, particularly here in the Philippines, there are only few private organization which offers organic certifications and no government official seal on organic products. That is why even though products are marketed as organic, the public is not really assured of the authenticity of the seal and at the same time, the public is not even aware that there should be a seal of authenticity. Currently, the organic farming relies on trust.

Agri-Tourism

Agri-Tourism is becoming bigger and bigger nowadays. In Japan, they have farm tours where you can actually take part of the actual farming process – Hands On! In the Philippines, there are bee farm plantations, strawberry picking in Baguio and other family or privately owned farm restaurants and resorts which cater to tourists. The challenge for the organization is to raise awareness about Agri-Tourism, make it more mainstream and to get more support from the government.

Member Countries of the ISSAAS meet every year to present new technologies and to impart the best practices in the Agricultural Industry. Last 2012 and this year 2013, ISSAAS Congress were held here in the Philippines. The 2014 ISSAAS Congress will be held in Japan. To know more about ISSAAS, visit their website at ISSAAS.ORG.

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By: DENCIO
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Manila Taxi Fare Guide Table (By Distance and Time)


Manila Taxi Fare

Most locals who ride the Taxi regularly within Metro Manila, Metro Cebu and Metro Davao are familiar with the standard Philippine Taxi rates. Most passengers like me even have historical records on how much my meter will cost to get me from one point to another since we often go on certain places on a regular basis. But if your still have doubts about your taxi’s meter reading, here’s a quick table guide on how to compute your taxi fare within the Philippines. I saw these when I was riding a MGE taxi a few weeks back when I was heading home.

The Philippine Standard Taxi Rate or Computation is as follows:

Flag Down Rate: P40.00
+
Distance Rate (every 300 meters) P3.50
+
Wait Time during stops and traffic jams (every 2 minutes) P3.50
=
Total Fare

I know its hard to compute the estimated fare because of the combination of time and distance charging and not to mention, the horrible traffic situation in Manila so let these table guide your trip cost estimation:

Here’s the Philippine Taxi Fare Guide by Distance (Manila, Cebu, Davao)

Philippine Taxi Fare Guide By Distance

Here’s the Philippine Taxi Fare Guide by Wait Time (Manila, Cebu, Davao)

Philippine Taxi Fare Guide By Wait Time

It is not a perfect system, the final meter reading still rules but at least if you are planning on taking a cab in Manila often, it pays to be informed and like I said, store some historical data on how much does it really costs (at least on average) to get around Metro Manila via the Cab.

To get the actual distance between your destinations, you may always consult Google Maps! :)

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