Coworking Space in BF Homes Parañaque

To spend a day in a coworking space is something I have been planning to do but never had a chance. Most coworking areas are not-so-near my location and going out of the village is not very ideal, thanks to the heavy traffic in the Metro. I also saw some packages with expensive rates and not very welcoming to a per-day-only office setup. Have you tried coworking or do you wish to explore this arrangement?

Coworking is a style of work that involves a shared workplace, often an office, and independent activity. Unlike in a typical office, those coworking are usually not employed by the same organization. Typically, it is attractive to work-at-home professionals, freelancers, independent contractors, or people who travel frequently who end up working in relative isolation. (Source: Wikipedia)

Just when I was reconsidering an area in Alabang (either LaunchPad or Regus) and in Las Pinas (Gather), I saw two possible spots with no need to leave the subdivision! So while walking around Pergola and eating at Container Turf came into view The Common Space and WorkPlays.

The Common Space

Address: Unit 203, The Pergola Mall, Aguirre Ave., Cor. Gaches St., BF Homes

The Common Space is a coworking area offering different platforms of workspace for freelancers, startups, students, and ventures of all types. They support these core values: Community. Cowork. Create. Collaborate.

The Common Space, Pergola BF Homes Paranaque


Address: 3/F C&C Building, Aguirre Ave., BF Homes

Workplays is a coworking space provider that caters to freelancers, small companies, and startup businesses. They aim to offer their tenants a work space that is both relaxing and mentally stimulating, breaking the mold of conventional offices; providing a conducive work area plus the opportunity to meet and work with other entrepreneurs.

WorkPlays at Aguirre BF Homes Paranaque

At the moment, I am only eyeing for three things: the location/parking, amenities, and rates for half-day, whole-day-only and one month plus per hour meeting room fee of 5 people. 

Coworking space rates at BF Homes Paranaque

Shall I include in the category where is the better coffee? 🙂

For now, I just like to know if this kind of setting is for me. If the experience is good, I am open to cowork for weeks or even months. Well, both have unlimited wifi connection and coffee refills so this must be okay! Where to spend an office day?

Photos c/o the FB Fan Pages.

Parañaque City to Implement Number Coding Scheme

Traffic in Paranaque, like most areas in Metro Manila, has become a plague even when inside the villages. There are just so many problems along the way—rooting from poor government policies to bulk of cars to drivers’ bad behavior.

July 2015 I wrote about “BF Homes heavy traffic” and sadly, nothing has improved a year after that. It is still a frustration to go around even inside the subdivision (like anywhere in the Metro); let’s hope that right solution can still be implemented and followed to ease the intense congestion.


With the hope to improve the chaotic road traffic, Unified Vehicle Volume Reduction Program (UVVRP) or Number Coding shall be implemented in Paranaque starting October 1, 2016 which means all private and public vehicles will be banned from the streets depending on the ending number of their plate licenses and depending on the day of the week except Saturdays, Sundays, and Holidays.

  • Monday – 1 and 2
  • Tuesday – 3 and 4
  • Wednesday – 5 and 6
  • Thursday – 7 and 8
  • Friday – 9 and 0

Reasons (following the document screencap of Mayor Edwin Olivarez via his Facebook page):

  • There is an increase in the volume of traffic and it has become unacceptable.
  • Maynilad is heavily repairing certain pavements along Dr. A. Santos Avenue (Sucat Avenue).
  • Utility companies are also expected to perform repair and maintenance of roads in the entire city of Paranaque.

To be honest, the real details about this news has been very confusing and I hope the local government can properly disseminate a solid information. But this is what we have for now*:

  • The City Council, however, to create an ordinance exempting Senior Citizens from the ruling but not valid anymore. Our seniors are not exempted.
  • Some said BF Homes is not included but the ruling governs all roads.
  • No window hours at first for private vehicles (7 am to 7 pm) but there is now—open to pass from 9 am to 4 pm. Trucks with the same open window.
  • Effectivity starts on October 1 but this is a dry-run with apprehension and full implementation on October 10.

(*I will update the post as soon as soon as I get the “final” word.)

Don’t want to assume that this is the way to sort the issue neither do I refuse that this will work. It may or may not but we can always try. Do you think this will help solve the problem? Perhaps the answer is deeply rooted to each of us, our courteous and proper behavior on the road is a leap to traffic improvement.

Other online source: Alabang Bulletin

Moving from Small to Big School (Preschool to Grade 1)

Last week, I was invited by the school of my son to talk in front of the new set of parents on how to ease the transition from small to big school. Not that our family has mastered it but moving to grade one is a milestone and should be made memorable for our kids. Here are six quick tips:

  • Help him prepare emotionally.

Weeks before the start of class, enthusiastically talk to your child about his big new school.  Excite him about the fun of having long walks at the corridor, chances of meeting new people, seeing a huge field every day, and learning with a lot of other kids (from 12 to about 40 students per classroom)!

  • Listen more.

Expect to hear new characters and events from his stories—nice (and naughty) classmates, reason of unfinished snacks, race mates from the classroom to the drop-off gate. His tone of narration would signal if he is coping well or not; do not resist to keep in touch with the adviser if there are persistent stressful signs.

  • Initiate his independence.

Most small schools would allow parents to be inside the classroom and would let them take a peek of their child while studying even if this means weeks or months of “guarding and staring” at the doorstep. Well, this is a huge no-no in the big school; we can’t even drop by to check if our child is okay during recess! Believe that he can do it with the support of his teachers.

“Hard to let go” – Picture was taken back in 2013 during the first day of pre-school

  • Learn to trust.

Give him the assurance that his teachers are going to be like his Daddy and Mama while in school. But really, the most terrifying part comes from the fact that we will leave our child from people we don’t know (yet) and they will be in charge of our kids daily! Try to soothe your worries and have a peace of mind that our children would be in caring hands.

  • Enjoy the process.

There will be days that it feels like a roller coaster ride—from resisting to follow his new routine to giving brilliant reasons not to study. But just keep it going and have fun at the moment; he won’t be grade one forever.

  • Know that he can.

Because you made him ready for this. There are a lot of options to do home school or perhaps continue with his small school curriculum but here you are, taking the step and preparing for that special day.

  • And last, don’t forget to take his picture on the first day of school!


SkidKart Circuit At The Village and Nuvali

SkidKart Circuit is a fun drift activity that can be experienced this summer at the South of the Metro for kids and anyone feeling like a kid. No need to envy younger children riding a moving kart at the park, you can now play and ride with them too!

Freshly conceived last December 2015, SkidKart is roaming the city to bring unique adventure for people of all ages. Feel like checking them out? The team is now skidding at the following venues:

The Village Sports Club –  Tropical Avenue, BF Homes, Las Piñas

  • Racing Dates: All summer of 2016
  • Circuit Time: 10 am to 8 pm every weekend and will be daily beginning March 25 to end of summer
  • Track Length: – 120ft/250sqm


Solenad 3 – Nuvali, Sta. Rosa, Laguna (near National Bookstore and Kenny Rogers)

  • Racing Dates: March 3 to April 2, 2016
  • Circuit Time: 10 am to 9 pm
  • Track Length: 150sqm


Some would just prefer to have a try while many are persistent repeaters who simply love the feel of the drive, pick your race:

  • P100 for 3mins
  • P180 for 6mins
  • P300 for 10mins

Safety is also part of the commitment. The organizers assure that all riders are provided with helmets, well briefed by marshals, big carts are equipped with seat-belts and brakes, stoppers are installed in every kart accelerator to reduce the speed. Marshals are also well-trained to ensure safety within the circuit. Barricades that are wrapped with foam are installed around the track to absorb the impact of the karts. And regardless of the weather, there are tents installed to protect the racers from the bright sun or heavy rain.

It is fun to see how everyone found their new ride and became an enthusiast of skidding!


Kids skidding around



92-year old skidder!

Our family will surely ride this again, and again, and maybe a lot more wherever they are! Try it and let me know if you had fun, too!

Photo credits c/o SkidKart Circuit FB Page

For inquiries, email

BF Home’s Thrifty Meals (Order Below Php100)

Trying to be thrifty as we start the New Year? How do we begin exactly? Start with small things, agree. The realistic target. The doable plan. The clear goal—to save!

Maybe less frappuccino purchase and more home-made brews or instant coffee?

More recycled get-up than shop for a new batch of clothes?

Limit the cinema experience to DVD nights at home?

Go to a more affordable restos than the fine-dining type?

Perhaps, yes to all? Let me explore the last one especially when inside the village where dining becomes a euphoria to many.

The challenge is to find a place where meal affordability is available without compromising the food quality. Seldom do we find a not pricey but yummy venue to eat (while offering decent facilities, too).

Here are the inexpensive below Php100 meals inside BF Homes, Paranaque that you can check in alphabetical order (can’t rank which is which—all seem so fair-priced and yum):

atoys porkchop bf homes restaurants below 100 writenowna (2)Address: 195 Aguirre Avenue

Not Air-Conditioned

Suggested Meal: Porksilog – porkchop with fried rice and egg at Php70 (or plain rice with egg at Php50)

What to expect? A thin slice of porkchop yet I enjoyed the distinct a-bit-salty taste of it. Ideal match with rice and the sunny side up egg.

boss chief bacolod bf homes restaurants below 100 writenownaAddress: 318 Aguirre Avenue


Suggested Meal: Bacolod Batchoy (or 2 pork barbeque, garlic, rice and drinks) at Php85

What to expect? A good hot bowl of batchoy while the barbeque has a fair portion for its amount.

Dusadee Thai

dusadee thai pork bagoong bf homes restaurants below 100 writenownaAddress: 40 Aguirre Avenue

Not Air-Conditioned

Suggested Meal: Pork Bagoong Rice Meal at Php95

What to expect: An honest, no-pretensions, no-frills serving of Thai plate.

eans burger bf homes restaurants below 100 writenowna (2)Address: 265 El Grande Avenue

Not air-conditioned

Suggested Meal: Single Quarter Pound at Php50 and add nachos on the side for Php35

What to expect? Excellent taste for its price versus your usual fast-food burgers plus their patty is actually juicy.

lugawan republic bf homes restaurants below 100 writenownaAddress: 33 Aguirre Avenue


Suggested Meal: Basic Lugaw at Php60

What to expect? Hot Pinoy comfort food with garlic, onion leaves, quail egg, and tiny goto slice that is so delicious! For me, the best congee ever (even against the more expensive competitors)!


matys tapsilog bf homes restaurants below 100 writenowna (2)Address: 289 Aguirre Avenue


Suggested Meal: Tapsilog at Php75 and Barsilog at Php40

What to expect? This is my preferred tapsilog place than the other more famous tapa chains. Serving is small (as the usual) but the taste is way better.

outbox bf homes restaurants below 100 writenownaAddress: 318 Aguirre Avenue

Not Air-Conditioned

Suggested Meal: Quicky Cheesy Beef at Php65

What to expect? Pocket-friendly meal but you might need to order extra rice to make sure you leave with a full stomach. Beef is served right for its amount and the taste is A-okay than expected.

shawarma snack center bf homes restaurants below 100 writenownaAddress: 42 President’s Avenue and El Grande Arcade, El Grande Avenue


Suggested Meal: Special Shawarma (beef, chicken, or mix ) Php75

What to expect? Such a satisfying wrap but servers at President Avenue are consistently not very enthusiastic—giving cold service vis-a-vis the warm shawarma.

UPDATE (as of February 2017)

  • New address of Maty’s is 273 Aguirre Ave., BF Homes, Parañaque
  • Outbox – closed

Photo Source: Images via Facebook page of each establishment.

HollerMall: Home to 44 PH Online Brands

BF Homes especially the stretch of Aguirre Street is known to satisfy the seekers for gastro adventures and I’ve been writing about some fascinating restaurant encounters. Other than great food, shopping for some exclusive finds is a highlight here too!

We’ve all purchased something via the internet at one point. Perhaps even going from one website to another for specific brands and designs of bags, shoes, accessories. The catch is, 44  trendy e-commerce shops in the Philippines are formally launching their physical display all set in one place and within the neighborhood.


HollerMall will officially hold its concept store’s grand opening on November 28, 2015, from 2 PM to 9:30 PM and everyone is invited to join in the fun! Tagged as “your favorite brands now under one roof,” home to 44 online-based brands in the country. From retail space, to marketing, to delivery handling, HollerMall is the partner in further establishing their brand. Shy Shop, Backdoor Studios, Caia the Label, Maven Manila, Zach and Ross, and Jukaykay atbp. are only some of the famous names available.





“I feel that HollerMall shows promise in terms of helping the sales of the brands we handle, and our popularity will grow because of our honest and effective services, as well as the perks we offer,” says Chesca de Mesa, the HollerMall Marketing Head. “I have huge hopes for the grand opening, and our team is working very hard to ensure that you will be able to enjoy the activities when you drop by!”

Besides the open store, raffles are to commence every hour and tons of freebies will be given away. If you feel like joining the contest, the organizer suggests to start purchasing GCs for the raffle starting today (November 25) until the grand opening on Saturday at 4:30 PM; winners to be announced at 5 PM.

The event is co-presented by Craft Box PH and Englicom with the official media partners When in Manila and Clozette.

HollerMall is located at 32 Aguirre Avenue, Barangay BF Homes, Parañaque City. Regular mall hours are 11AM-9:30 PM daily.

The establishment is right before Tirona Street coming from Pergola. It is always a good time to visit if you are in the search for unique and wide range of quality labels. Let me know if you enjoy their pool of products!

UPDATE (as of February 2017)

  • No longer at BF Homes. Moved to 866 Ocampo St, Malate, Metro Manila, 1004

The Next 5 Coffee Stopovers Inside BF Homes (Part 2)

More coffee beans are brewing up inside BF Homes. I’ve already listed my five caffeine-filled stopovers from the previous post and now adding up the next five; all coffee shops are new with an exclusive village address and there is no overdose here. Wait, it’s not solely about the coffee anymore but also the rice meals, pastas, pastries, and desserts too!


Yummy meets healthy in a cozy caffè, bakery and commissary run by two budding Filipino chefs who enjoy traveling and always putting a Pinoy accent on their European and Asian travel-inspired cuisine. Taste the intense Vietnamese signature drip coffee pair with their freshly-baked warm pandesal dip to condensed milk.


Other than coffee, their mains are mouth-watering too especially the House Roast TKC Pork Liempo-chon, slow oven roasted pork belly with a Cebuano twist.


Address: B6L7 Tropical Avenue BF Homes International Las Piñas (neighbor with Kapeng Mainit)


Barako Haus is a fresh choice to the nearby Starbucks along President and Aguirre Avenues. The store is serving your typical beans but also alamid (pre-digested coffee cherries eaten and defecated by the civet), considered as the most expensive coffee beans in the world. The Filipino facade adds up the comfy feel of the place. Also, introducing “sungka” to my son while sipping a hot mug is the kind of to-do activity while here. Sungka is a traditional Filipino game played wherever Philippine migrants are living;  playing it is also known to improve mathematical thinking and observation skills.


Address: Unit 102 Presidents Arcade Presidents Avenue BF Homes, Parañaque (neighbor with Cafe IF)


The tiny space along Tropical Avenue is worth the stop if craving for something strong and sweet. They serve a so-called “Kapeng Mainit Special” compose of barako coffee with cinnamon, cocoa, and crème brulee creamer. But for me, the hot mug of black barako is perfect as it is, no need to add anything! The oozing chocolate “Beignets of Kapeng Mainit” will complete the treat. Beignets is a French doughnut covered with powdered snow-like sugar and stuffed in the middle with either chocolate or green tea filling.


Address: B3L6 Tropical Avenue BF Homes International Las Piñas (neighbor with Test Kitchen Caffe)


Korean cafe with coffee, milk snow, fruit smoothie, and tea on the menu list. What’s more fascinating is the ambiance, like transporting you somewhere else… and yes, perhaps one of the gardens in Korea. Other than coffee, I also enjoyed the strawberry milk snow (pile of shaved ice, milk, and sliced strawberry tops).


Address: 2F GLT Bldg., President St., BF Homes, Parañaque (neighbor with Barako Haus)


Operated by an Austrian Chef, the cafe serves authentic pastries and coffee from Austria. Get your hot brew and take a pick of their array of Styrian sweets like the Apple Strudel, a traditional Viennese pastry filled with apples, cinnamon, raisins served with vanilla ice cream and whipped cream on the side.


Address: Suite 201 Greenworld Plaza, 79 Presidents Ave., BF Homes, Parañaque

UPDATE (as of August 2017)

  • New address of Kapeng Mainit is at #3 Pablo Roman, BF Homes, Las Piñas
  • Café Styria and Cafe IF – Closed

Photo Source: Images via Facebook page of each Coffee Store.

Treat of Ilocano Cuisine At BF

It has been months since our last Ilocos trip and there are still days that we have this strong craving for Ilocano food; bagnet and empanada top the list for the must-eat-now!

  • Bagnet – deep fried crispy pork belly that is similar to lechon kawali; boiled first then fried twice to make it super crispy.
  • Empanada – similar to a thin taco that is fried to crisp with filling as vegetables, longganisa, and egg. The outer crust is made of rice flour with atchuete (making that distinct orange color).

Sure we can’t travel to Ilocandia as much as we hope but glad we can pacify the tummy with the available Ilocano restaurant just a few blocks inside the village.

Balai Ilocos


Address: 188 D Aguirre Ave., BF Homes Parañaque

The space is small yet packed with Ilocano-themed memorabilia. And for a moment there, the food being served can transport you to Ilocos. Take your pick from rice meal, merienda, or family order. No empanada on the menu though.

Stoops Bagnet Ilocos



Address: Presidents Avenue, BF Homes, Parañaque

Affordable, fast-food-type serving of Ilocano dish but not compromising the authentic taste. Bagnet is as you would like it with varying order options (rice meal, double, large, or party size) but I have not tasted the empanada (out-of-stock during my visit). To pacify the surge of cholesterol, go for vegetable sides as Pakbet or Dinengdeng.

Mama Remy’s Ilocano Empanada


Address: Along El Grande

Passing along El Grande and you might hardly notice a tiny stall of Mama Remy’s (so putting up here a photo of their outdoor lighted sign to help you find their corner easily). If you fancy eating that hot, delicious Vigan Empanada at the Plaza and for some reason is simply stuck in Parañaque, a munch here may not be the closest you can try but can stand as a workable alternative until the next trip.

UPDATE (as of Aug 2017) – 

Closed stores: Balai Ilocos and Stoops

Photo Source: Food images via Facebook page of the Restaurants.

Have You Done Your Shopping at the Good Shepherd Bazaar (aka Ruins)?

And just like that, here is the start of the BER months—commencing the Christmas season for most of us in the Philippines. You’ve probably read a holiday greeting FB posts, heard jingle bells being played while on the mall, or perhaps started buying (or at least canvassing) for Christmas presents.

If you feel like browsing what’s hot yet affordable on the market and you just live around BF Homes Parañaque then visiting Ruins is the closest venue to (window) shop.

The Good Shepherd Bazaar (while the locals still call it Ruins) is tag as the mini-Greenhills/Divisoria of BF residents selling almost everything you have in mind— uncaught pirated DVD-DVDs (more interesting to actually hear sellers either shout or almost-whisper their movie selections to passersby), all types of clothes, shoes for all ages, beauty stuffs, toys for big and small, mobile units and accessories, game consoles and related gadgets.

These products are mostly available at a low price and can even go further if you have a charmed talent in bargaining but limit the expectations for most of the items may not be original and/or just a good imitation (so better check and inquire which is which). There are certainly good deals and great finds to feed your curiosities but just make sure to stay on guard.

What to eat? Once done with shopping, munching on Pinoy street food should be part of the plan with isaw, kwek-kwek, sago’t gulaman, fruit shakes, shawarma, pizza, sisig.

When to visit? Some Tiangge stalls are open daily starting early afternoon until midnight but better come in the evening instead. The place is not air-conditioned so it can be totally hot and humid during day time. You should really go if you equate shopping to working-out and sweating.

Where is Good Shepherd? Ruins is right beside Tropical Hut, Pergola Mall, and Robinson’s Supermarket (before Aguirre’s main gate guarded entrance).

Just a sample few of what’s at Ruins

Just a sample few of what’s at Ruins

15 Must-Know Facts about BF Homes

BF Homes trivia2 - writenownaLast week, I invited a friend for lunch along the Aguirre Food Hub and got caught up when she popped a question not about where to eat (she seemed to trust me enough that I would take her to a yummy restaurant) but rather what does the BF means to BF Homes (she is from Quezon City, by the way). Oops… I’ve been residing here for years and even writing about the community but still uncertain with the meaning of BF (blush). Sure I heard or read it somewhere.

After the sumptuous meal and lovely chat, I promised to text her the BF meaning. I asked help around the neighborhood and most are quite clueless too! Ay.

So I have to formally do a research and gather some relevant trivia. Whether you are from here, a random visitor, or a major fan of the establishments within the village—it won’t hurt to know a little background information about our place.

  1. BF is an acronym of Banco Filipino
  2. In 1964, Tomas Aguirre founded Banco Filipino and by around 1966, BF had become the premier bank in the Philippines.
  3. Aguirre, figured that with such earnings, it was time to venture into the next phase and to consider land development. With that, he put up the BF Homes Incorporated (BFHI) arm to further realize his goal.
  4. Tomas Aguirre owned numerous companies dealing in banking, finance, real estate, construction, marketing, insurance, water utilities, among many others.
  5. Prior to the formation of Ayala Alabang in Muntinlupa, Aguirre already envisioned that a suburban community in the south of Manila would be ideal.
  6. It was the first gated community of its kind in the 70s.
  7. The first subdivision to have its own movie house with a bowling alley as well as a few commercial complexes; all unheard of at that time. The now closed Torama Theatre located along President’s Ave., at the back of Tropical Hut.
  8. It also featured two premier 4-star hotels developed consecutively:  El Grande Hotel and the Tropical Palace Resort.
  9. In 1978, the Parañaque portion of BF Homes was regrouped with neighboring subdivisions, by decree of President Ferdinand Marcos, as Barangay BF Homes.
  10. Sometime in 1985, Tomas Aguirre fell out of favor with the Marcos government, and Banco Filipino ceased operations, citing insolvency, causing BFHI to suffer as a result.
  11. Around that same year, the Tropical Palace, a popular venue for the residents, mysteriously burned down. A year after, the El Grande Hotel (almost abandoned for nine years before once again operating, albeit for a few months) was also damaged by fire, though was not as severe.
  12. By March 1989, management of BF Homes was then transferred from BFHI to the residents, under the aegis of United BF Homeowners Association Incorporated (UBFHAI).
  13. With the residents now in control, clusters of streets in the vicinity were split and fenced from each other, BF Homes trivia - writenownaforming their respective associations. This caused the subdivision, which was up until then a large community with streets connecting with one another, to become a collective of eighty-two enclaves.
  14. BF Homes Paranaque is said to be the biggest subdivision in Asia.
  15. Barangay BF Homes is the largest barangay in the Philippines comprising BF Homes Paranaque subdivision, Tahanan Village, Maywood Village, Jackylou Ville, Goodwill II, Teovile subdivision, Ireneville, RGV Homes, St. Rita Village, South Bay Gardens, Camella Homes Sucat, portions of Sucat road, mission areas i.e. Clinic site, Ipil site, Masville, Sampaloc site and other areas.

Photo source:
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