Saturday, February 22, 2014

First Valenzuela City Auto Show

One Valenzuela thought that she would not make it to the Auto Show held at the City Hall grounds. Lo and behold! The bus she rode from her teaching stint was fast enough for her to see the event. The cars were really, really cool! Here are some of the sights and scenes from the said activity.

One Valenzuela enjoyed checking out the cool automobiles. Even the city's fire truck is awesome and pogi! Until the next auto show, Valenzuelanos!

Thursday, February 20, 2014

A Quick Peep at Malabon Grand

Because of the cool afternoon breeze, One Valenzuela and her family walked their way towards BBB from Araneta. A few moments more and then they saw Malabon Grand. Since it is already open, they decided to ask for some details at the Information Desk. The staff at the counter were really warm and accommodating, that they even allowed the group to check out one of the ten rooms.

Malabon Grand flashes a photo of their rooms at the big screen.

This is Room 6. You get what you see. Looks good, smells good too.

As of this writing, Malabon Grand has a casino. One Valenzuela hopes that it will have a swimming pool to cater to families in the future as well as a function room to celebrate various occasions. This place definitely got a lot of potential.

Malabon Grand
Address: 110 MacArthur Highway, Brgy. Potrero, Malabon City
Room Rate (as of February 13, 2014): Php3,195.00
Check In Time: 2:00 p.m.
Check Out Time: 12:00 p.m.
Inclusive of breakfast for two
Telephone Number: 294-1066 to 67
(Information taken from the flyer given)

Valenzuelanos, you will easily spot Malabon Grand which is just along MacArthur Highway and is across Victoria Court.

Friday, February 14, 2014

Putong Pulo and Friends: a Valentine's Breakfast

Happenings at the Putong Pulo and Friends event held by the Rotary Club of Valenzuela. The Valentine's breakfast at Maricopa Restaurant ran from 8:00 to 10:00 in the morning. The funds garnered from the activity shall be used in the Rotary's various projects.

It's definitely a great event to start the day. Have a lovely Valentine's day, Valenzuelanos!

Wednesday, February 12, 2014

All Day Convenience Store Now Open in Brgy. Malinta, Valenzuela City

All Day Convenience Store in Brgy. Malinta, Valenzuela City
All Day's Pizza Bar at Php35.00. It comes with a free iced tea.

Having pizza cravings in the middle of the night? Problem solved!

People checking out the store line up in front of the cashier to pay 
An All Day personnel has informed One Valenzuela that they also have branches in Brgy. Paso de Blas and in Brgy. Bignay. Upon further inquiry, she also learned that the All Day Convenience Store chain belongs to the Villar group of companies. 

The store is open from 7 a.m. to 1 a.m daily. It can be found at the back of Mercury Drug-Malinta Branch and is along Maysan Road.

Saturday, February 8, 2014

Giveaway Winner Announcement!

Congratulations, Cedrix Rodriguez!
You won 2 cinema tickets and a food basket.

Another DIY basket done! 
Other than the movie tickets and chips giveaway, One Valenzuela also chose 2 participants who will receive pens with the "Valenzuelano ako" engraving. They are:
-Aira Mae Reyes-

These pens are engraved with "Valenzuelano ako". Aira and Jay shall receive them through mail. Congratulations!
To be fair with all those who joined the giveaway, One Valenzuela asked three of her Valenzuelano friends to pick their best 3 bets on who will win the movie tickets and food basket. (Thank you Ash, Zy, EG for the help!)

Kindly e-mail me at so that we can coordinate on how you can claim your prize.

Again, thank you very much for joining the contest and for supporting the blog.

Ang sarap maging Valenzuelano!
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Spread the word and share the posts from this blog. Salamat po!

Wednesday, February 5, 2014

Milk Tea Craving Satisfied! Tea 101 Taiwan's No. 1 Drink at SM Center Valenzuela

One Valenzuela's having fun tasting milk teas from various stores here in the city. Together with her family, she tried out some of the variants offered by Tea 101, a newly opened branch at SM Center Valenzuela.
Top ten bestselling drinks in Tea 101: take your pick!
Other than their Milk Tea series, Tea 101 also has their Choco Craze series, Rock Salt and Cheese series, Heal-Tea series, Iced Slush series, Fruit Tea series, and Taiwan Favorites. 

Tea 101's drinks come in various sizes: regular, tall, skyscraper, and empire. Prices start at Php55.00 up to Php125.00. Want something to chew on while sipping your drink? Tea 101 also has sinkers such as pearls, grass jelly, egg pudding, QQ jelly, nata crystals, aloe vera, rock salt and cheese, and lychee nata. Additional sinkers cost Php20.00 to Php30.00.

A very simple guide on how to enjoy Tea 101
Though Tea 101 is not along the main halls of the mall, One Valenzuela saw groups of people going to the store to have some of the milk tea bestsellers. Valenzuelanos know it when something is really good!
Tried the Chocolate Milk Tea and Okinawa Milk Tea, both are yummy!
One Valenzuela has to say that she has been at Tea 101 on many occasions to have some more of their milk tea. Some variants on the menu are really interesting. One Valenzuela believes she will be back here to try out their Rock Salt and Cheese series.
Yeah, this is what we call milk tea love! Got these empires before catching a movie.
Love milk teas? Visit Tea 101 Taiwan's No. 1 Drink at SM Center Valenzuela!
Reading from Tea 101's brochure, there are also other branches in Quezon City, Mandaluyong, and Pasig.

Tea 101 Taiwan's No. 1 Drink
Lower Ground Floor (Beside the Bowling Center)
SM Center Valenzuela
McArthur Highway,
Brgy. Karuhatan, Valenzuela City

According to their crew, the store is open during mall hours. Like Tea 101 on Facebook here.
What's your favorite drink at Tea 101, ka-Valenzuelano?
Would love to hear from you! Kindly drop a line below at the Comments Section. Thank you!

Sunday, February 2, 2014

Soon to Rise: Malinta High School

One Valenzuela saw a number of grade school students going through the gates of a walled open space in Malinta where a new public school will be built. Mmm, why not get the chance to visit the site too? Here, Malinta High School will soon rise. It was once a vegetable patch.
Construction of a new school (Photo taken on a weekend)
 360 degrees turn at the site
Construction of more classrooms
Plant from the groundbreaking ceremony
Uwian na! Some kids playing after their classes at Malinta Elementary School. As of this writing, the gates are now fortified and construction is on going.
After seeing how the kids run and laugh in the open field, One Valenzuelano think "They need a playground!" (^_^) But for now, she's happy to know that more schools are being built for the Valenzuelano youth. 
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Saturday, February 1, 2014

Gong Xi Fa Cai! A Visit to Chinatown in Binondo, Manila for Chinese New Year 2014

And One Valenzuela thought that she'd miss Chinatown yesterday! Comparing it from last year's celebration, there were more people who visited the place. Though it is jam packed with visitors, the cool jacket weather provided a lot of comfort. 

For those who weren't able to go to Chinatown (and for those who can't get enough of Chinatown!), here are some of the sights and scenes in this year's festivities.

A view from LRT Carriedo
The Arch of Goodwill, your pass to Ongpin Street.
Dragon statues all over Chinatown give the place an old world charm.
At Plaza Sta. Cruz, you will see the Arch of Goodwill and Carriedo Fountain.

The whole family enjoyed watching the dragons dancing in front of several establishments. Just the sight of the colorful decorations and lucky charms dangling on their stands will definitely make your day.
Dragons a midst the sea of people
Going through! Dragon watching along Ongpin Street

Now that's what we call Dragon Dance!

Other than the dragons, you'll also see some other cool stuff like this man dancing with balls!

Most bracelets go for Php50.00.
Find out what they do to the bracelets that you buy.

As always, there is a long queue for Shanghai Fried Siopao. Cheap and delicious at Php16.00 per piece.
Fish shaped tikoy at Php50.00 (small) by Ha Yuan Restaurant

Sincerity Cafe & Restaurant at Yuchengco Street is known for their good tasting chicken.

Carvajal Street

Various preserves and nuts at Carvajal Street

Quick Snack along Carvajal Street is known for their fresh lumpia.
Blind man singing Country Road by John Denver

"Ako'y isang bulag na umiibig sa'yo". He sings well! Found him near Carvajal Street.

"Ubos na po ang hopia!" said an Eng Bee Tin personnel.

No more hopia? A lot of people still flock to Eng Bee Tin to buy tikoy and their other products.

Beautiful Binondo Church
Roman Ongpin (1847-1912): Patriot, Civic Leader, Philanthropist
More about the man behind Ongpin Street 
Photo opportunity with Mr. Geric Chua of Eng Bee Tin, son of  Filipino-Chinese businessman Gerry Chua.
Dong Bei Dumplings

Hong Bon Bridge: A fast way to Lucky Chinatown Mall
Lucky Chinatown Mall entrance
One Valenzuela's family ate at the mall since the popular restaurants in Ongpin are full. After checking out the boutiques in Lucky Chinatown, they went back to Ongpin Street to see a few more places that they missed before heading back home.
A Korean store along Ongpin Street: bought a blueberry and raspberry flavored ice cream bar (Php60.00) for dessert.

A peep at the "Estero". Look for LGA Fastfood and try out some frog legs!
Til next year Binondo! Or maybe soon for a food walk! More luck and prosperity this year for everyone!
How to reach Chinatown in Binondo, Manila from Valenzuela City:
From Brgy. Malinta, ride a jeepney going to Monumento LRT (Php10.00). Next, ride the train and go down Carriedo Station (Php15.00). From there, Plaza Sta. Cruz is just a 5 to 10 minutes walk.
Carriedo Station
As always, One Valenzuela advises that you enjoy having your Binondo Food Walk on a regular day if you wanted to avoid the long lines in restaurants there. Bring water and avoid wearing flashy jewelry. It is suggested that you also put your valuables in a sling bag.  

Kindly see the article "A Little Bit of Dumpling Heaven" for Dong Bei Dumplings. For more photos on Tasty Dumplings and Cafe Mezzanine check out "Chow Time in Binondo".
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