Going solo at Geronimo's Cafe + Bakery

I watched a video on Facebook that starts with a question, "Have we forgotten how to make friends?". The video shows children striking up a conversation with solo diners in a restaurant.

It reminded me of my late aunt who used to go to the mall in order to talk to the sales ladies or fellow coffee shop habitues. She said she was lonely and talking to someone helped.

It also reminded me of the occasions when eating alone in a restaurant was my "me" time. Living in a studio apartment and sharing my small space 24/7 with others could have that effect.

Dining alone has its benefits, like the chance to ruminate, read a book without disruption, watch people and focus on the food.

"Lonely" alone or "leave me alone" alone, there is a cool place to dine - Geronimo's Cafe + Bakery.

It fits the stereotype of a cafe; people are there not only to dine but to work. Every time I go to Geronimo's Cafe + Bakery, there will always be that solitary person who i…

Ways to have a relaxed body and happy skin

Stress is a normal part of life. In fact, we can't be 100% stress-free while we are alive. But, we can manage stress better through activities that promote self-care rather than self-harm (vices).

When feeling stressed to the point of getting anxious, I would normally take a break, lie down (corpse pose), meditate and take deep breaths. This enables me to resume work with a clear mind and calm disposition.

Results of a study titled "Levels of Nature and Stress Response" by Alan Ewert and Yun Chan and published on PubMed Central (PMC), found that visiting natural environments reduces a person's stress.

There are mornings when I would walk around the plaza, marvel at the trees and the different tunes that the birds sing.

A massage helps reduce anxiety, stress, lowers blood pressure, relax the muscles and improve posture.

There are days when I long for a getaway. When there's not enough cash for…

Fashion finds at Plazuela de Iloilo's bazaar

Bazaars provide opportunities for small local entrepreneurs to bring their goods closer to shoppers.

In a bazaar, an entrepreneur can rent a small space for just a minimal amount. Here, shoppers can also find good deals.

A homegrown mall, Plazuela de Iloilo has a heart for these entrepreneurs and thus came up with a daily bazaar.

I was amazed to find stylish dresses, blouses, shoes, and bags at such affordable prices from varied stalls. It was also here that I bought Hello Kitty fans for me, mom and sis. Yup, they have a stall for Hello Kitty lovers!

The bazaar is not just for women. There are T-shirts for men, clothing, and accessories for teens and children. The bazaar caters to people of all ages and gender.

While the bazaar happens daily, there are perks for those who shop on a Monday, Friday or Sunday.

For a single purchase receipt of P200, shoppers can have a free fortune telling session with the famous Madhu anytime between 5:30 and 9 pm on Fridays or Sundays or avail free eyebrow sh…

Whatever you share online lasts forever; pause before you post | #makeITsafePH

The Philippines now has 67 million Internet users, with all of them active on social media, according to the “Digital in 2018” report of Hootsuite, a US-based social media management platform.

While internet use has enabled the delivery of helpful information to a wider audience, it has also given rise to Internet-related crimes such as rape, theft,  bullying, and piracy which made the public, especially the youth, very vulnerable.

I’m glad there are companies like Globe Telecom who take this situation seriously through their #makeITsafePH cybersecurity and cyber wellness campaign.

The campaign aims to educate consumers about online threats and what they can do to avoid becoming a victim. It also teaches the public proper online etiquette so that they would not become a source of such deplorable behavior. 

Being a stakeholder, this article is my contribution. I would share how our information is being stored and used, how we can use the internet in a positive way and reduce harming oursel…

Grab improves the lives of commuters, taxi drivers

GrabTaxi is a ride-hailing app that has tremendously improved the lives of many by connecting commuters and taxi drivers and solved traffic-ridden commute issues.

One of the individuals who benefitted from the app is Kenneth Leslie Santander Aquito of Quarry Taxi. He said that since he became a GrabTaxi driver in 2017, his life has improved.

"Daku gid nabulig sang Grab sa akon. Indi na problema ang wala sang pasahero kay tungod sang Grab, may nagapa pick-up na nga pasahero," Aquito told this writer during a phone interview.

"May incentives ako kada semana kag gasulod ini sa GCash. Daw bangko ang gwa nya nga pwede ko makuhaan kwarta kon may emergency," he added. GCash, another app, is a fast and secure way for Grab to send money to the drivers.

"Kaagi na gani nga may balayran sa school pero pigado ang byahe, dira ko nagakuha sang kwarta. Sang una, indi kami makasupot kag magapanugutang pa. Pero halin sa pag-entra ko sa Grab, may kuhaan na ko sang kwarta," he s…