Vegetarian Supplies

Vegetarians can easily survive in Manila if you know where to get your supplies. And supplies I mean vegemeat, frozen items you can use to recreate caldereta, menudo etc. Here are a few places I frequently visit:

1. Polomi in Quirino Avenue cor San Marcelino – specializes in frozen vegetarian products from Taiwan. There’s a vegetarian version for chicken, beef, shrimp, fish (salmon), burger. Ideal for starting vegetarians or if you want to add flavor to your cooking. They also have veg mutton which is a good flavor enhancer to stewed dishes. Try their salted roasted “chicken”. Great to cook pininyahang manok with.

2. Vegetarian stores along G Masangkay Street Binondo – G Masangkay street is quite near the 168-999 area of Binondo coming from Soler. There are two vegetarian stores in this street. One is Happy Veggie close to Soler, a restaurant and veg supply store, and the other is on the far end of the street (Sorry I forgot their name) a canteen type of eatery with a wide selection of vegetarian supplies including veg noodles and sauces. They also sell really nice, freshly made, firm tofu.

3. Varona Healthfood – the Varonas are truly dedicated nutritionists who study the effect of food on the body. Varona sells homemade cutlets and vege chunks for use in dishes like bistek and lengua. They also have a small eatery where you can order bbq, tocino etc. They sell ground soy coffee and they make very good soy milk – fresh daily!

Will be adding to the list as we go along.

Manila review also featured addresses and contact numbers of other vegetarian places and restaus. Hindi talaga magugutom ang vegetarian sa Manila!


EGO check

Got any lcd, led, crt tv or an old dvd, mp3 player you want to revive? Need to have your remote control checked or repaired? Microwave oven busted? Need advise on your electronics – whether it is worth saving or not? Ed of EGO Audio Video is open even on Sundays to check your devices, and repair it for an affordable price. Ive brought CD players, dvds, remote controls to Ed for many years and I was never disappointed. Mr Ed (shown in the pic) was a technical guy back at Sony in the earlier days and had also trained in Japan. The shop used to be located at along zobel roxas but had transferred here at arellano street since the old place had been demolished.

The laptop guy

They called themselves I first found them on olx while searching for alternative repair shops for my old 2006 white macbook. before retiring the old macbook i had sent it to another shop down at cash n carry and also at the pc mall in new manila. The price for updating hardrive, ram and installing new class a battery was a bit too much for me as i wasn’t sure how much longer i would keep the old macbook. the price range was between 8-11K depending on the repair shop.

Cut to I called the number on the site and discovered that it was still active. A man named robert said that they had already moved out of their mall shop but that he still does repairs from home – in Blumentritt… near Chinese General Hospital. Having vague memories of Dangwa, Chinese Gen, Laong-laan and UST, i decided to give him a visit. I was a bit nervous as i’ve never had to drive to a stranger’s home before – some more in the Blumentritt area.

After getting lost in the ghettos i finally found his place (easier to find if you come from quezon city). His repair shop is the humble garage turned  laptop repair shop. One deskm, two display cabinets for stocks and lots of screw drivers of all sizes.

Robert does a lot of laptop repairs – there were about a dozen lined up behind his desk. He patiently removed all the screws (I didnt realize there were soooo many for a macbook), and after negotiating for a new hard drive (sealed Samsung), a second-hand ram, a new class-a battery – we came to an agreement Php5500 all in! And I just have to add extra Php500 for iOS installation.

Now, the macbook is running well, and even faster than my i-MAC. Old reliable restored at a price i was most happy to spend. Best of all, i found a new talent i could recommend to friends who still find good use for their old laptops.

We could all easily just bring our gadgets to the macshops and certainly it makes sense to bring it to the manufacturer – but after discovering that even apple laptops are made by other parties (hard drive by toshiba, ram is by kingston, DVD rom by panasonic, mother board by Asus) i realize all i need is a skilled, reliable computer guy to repair my computer.

There is another solution and the solution is practical, affordable and as reliable.

Mr Robert can be contacted at 0919 6371414 or (02) 4403969. His shop is at 2449 Karapatan Street Blumetritt Manila

Find what?

This all started with a need to find solutions to something urgent, to something i could afford, something i could get in bulk but not spend a fortune on etc. So with the help of a few helpful friends allow us to share with you great finds and great solutions in our wonderful city of Manila, Makati (and other neighboring cities). All a few clicks away from your devices and a few minutes away via car or cab.