HMR Trading Haus: imported surplus items at a low price

HMR Trading Haus offers Ilonggos an alternative venue for buying surplus items sourced abroad for their personal and business use sans a membership requirement.

HMR Trading Haus sells a wide range of items from industrial tools, home and office furniture, audio and video equipment, electronics and gadgets, sporting goods, branded apparel, toys and other novelty items.

"HMR is like your 'balikbayan box'. We source our products from the US, Australia, and Asia," said Sharlene Carman-Powell, sales, and marketing director.

About 20 percent of the items are pre-owned and 80 percent are brand new surplus products. They refurbish previously owned products to make them 'brand new'.

Every day is a "sale day" at HMR Trading Haus. "Our prices are so affordable on quality items. We are a bargain store. Every day is a sale day for us. Businessmen, wholesalers, e-commerce traders come to us," said Powell.

Then, when you sign up for their Loyalty Program, you…

Palapak: miraculous healing during Leganes' town fiesta

The town of Leganes will once again be filled with devotees and the sick who want to be healed during the feast of St. Vincent Ferrer, April 5. (Note: celebration is moved to a later date if the Holy Week takes place in March)

Considered as a Jaro Archdiocesan Shrine, the St. Vincent Ferrer Church located at the Poblacion of Leganes, is home to the famous “palapak”, a healing tradition of pressing the image of the saint on a person or his/her things. The word “palapak” means “to step on” or “press on”.

Romela Toledo, 43, used to travel an hour from her town Sta. Barbara to Leganes every Sunday in order to hear mass at the shrine as part of her devotion after the saint healed her son.

“It was August 2003 when I gave birth to my son. He was confined in the nursery intensive care unit of St. Paul's Hospital because of a blood infection. He was hospitalized for two months. Every week, he had to undergo platelet transfusion,” she said.

“One day, a nurse attending to my son told me to have …

5 reasons to eat at Soi - eat Thai, love Thai

One of the distinct features of authentic Thai food is the balance of spicy, salty, sweet, sour and bitter flavors. One can enjoy all these flavors in just one dish. This harmony is what I love about Thai food and I found it in Soi - eat Thai, love Thai.
Let me share the five reasons why I would dine at Soi Thai Restaurant again:

1. Full flavored yet light Soi’s dishes are full flavored and vibrant yet light. We love to eat, so we would usually order not less than four dishes. During our first visit, we even had about nine! And on every occasion, we leave Soi full but without that feeling of being bloated. I believe that a dining experience includes how one feels afterward.
2. Mild or Spicy You get to choose whether they should cook your food spicy or mild.
Sukothai, a Soi original and best-seller is quite memorable as it is served piping hot and spicy but in a pleasant way. Its main ingredients are flat noodles imported from Thailand, shrimp, monggo sprouts, cilantro, peanuts, and spices.…

Customer experience and how to thrive in the tourism industry (Tips)

Globe myBusiness teaches SMEs how to stand out through a four-day workshop titled Digital Tools to Future-Proof Your Business at The Tides Hotel, Boracay Island where well-known entrepreneurs and inspirational speakers were tapped to share their experiences to motivate the participants.
Francis Miranda, an advertising consultant, and an entrepreneur has been helping businesses and guiding others with theirs; and traveling to as many places as he can. With one of his beliefs being to “tailor fit your life to how you want it,” he’s a firm believer in the idea that success comes to those who actively work for it and take all the opportunities they are given.

Customer Experience When it comes to creating the ultimate “wow” experience, Francis has only three guidelines: Extraordinary, progressive and consistent.
Make sure customers’ experience is beyond that of an ordinary shopping trip, treatment or procedure. Make sure it becomes progressively better as time goes by. And finally, make sure t…

Chicken Binakol of Iloilo

Held on the last weekend of January every year in Iloilo City is the Dinagyang festival, a religious and cultural festival in honor of the Santo Nino and to celebrate the selling of the island to Malay settlers by the Atis. Since there is no better way to culminate the festivities than over a home cooked meal shared with loved ones, let's cook an Ilonggo favorite.

Very similar to Tinola, the difference with this dish is the addition of young coconut water and its meat making the broth a little sweeter than you might be accustomed to. The key is to get a good balance of flavours by adding some saltiness (fish sauce/patis), bitterness (chili leaves/dahon ng silk), heat from some red chilis and ginger. The result is an aromatic symphony of ingredients that will have you drumming to the beat of a satisfied belly. Best served with steaming hot rice!


For the Paste:
4 Lemongrass stalks (use only white lower portion)
1 Red or White Onion (small) 
1 thumb Ginger (skin removed)
4 clov…

Momoki: The best eyewear is plant wear

I’ve never been a fan of sunglasses but nowadays when I suffer from dry eyes which can turn red when exposed to heat and foreign particles, I have no choice but to wear a pair.
A friend introduced me to Momoki Eyewear and since then, I never leave home without it. It’s so light and I don’t feel the reason why I loathed sunglasses before - headaches!

While it cannot change the hot weather, it certainly prevented my eyes from going all watery and dry as a result of foreign particles in the air.
Not only that, wearing sunglasses makes one look good and thus, feel good.
I own a Momoki Bamboo on Black Polarized PC Lens. The hinges are made of bamboo. They have other designs such as the Two-Toned Multilayer Polarized Wooden Sunglasses (all bamboo), Zebra Retro, and more.

Momoki is not just about sunglasses. They also have bamboo watches and wireless Bluetooth speakers.
Their products are light-weight because they use Moso-Bamboo (Phyllostachys), the fastest growing plant on earth.
“All our wood-m…

Seda Atria kicks off the holiday season with ‘Lin-ay sang Paskua’ and more

Seda Atria has kicked off the holiday season with activities that aim to spread love and cheer; a Christmas tree lighting ceremony, a partnership with Smile Train and Misto’s many exciting promotions for the whole month of December.

LIN-AY SANG PASKUA Hotel Manager Joseph Del Rosario led Seda Atria in launching their Christmas tree with the theme “Lin-ay sang Paskua” on the 15th of November.
“Lin-ay sang Paskua” reminds us of the hardworking women of Iloilo province who are instrumental in obtaining the graces and blessings that we have received throughout the year. She is the pride that we feel for Iloilo. She is the gratitude that we all want to convey. "Lin-ay" represents our "Paskua" to everyone who feels that pride and appreciation of being an Ilonggo.

The tastefully adorned Christmas tree is a pop of brightness that greets guests when they arrive at Seda Atria. Look closely and notice that the Christmas tree exudes femininity. There’s the magical purple lighting …