Recent Beverage Find: Buko Juice from Pan de Manila

If I have my way, I’ll drink buko juice every day. That’s because buko juice is my all-time favorite drink. In fact, I like buko juice more than drinking water. Some of the bottled buko juice brands that I’ve been buying are Fruitas Buko Juice, Buko Loco and Lipa Fresh Buko Juice. These “lockdown” days, I get my supply of fresh buko juice from Pan de Manila.

Does the packaging look familiar? I thought so, too! That’s because Pan de Manila’s Buko Juice are manufactured by the same makers of Lipa Fresh Buko Juice. Aside from the fresh coconut water, this has young coconut meat, too. This 500-ml bottle costs Php65.

Why You Should Drink Buko Juice (Coconut Water)

Chilled buko juice instantly perks me up, even more so on a hot day. Not only is it delicious, but it’s also packed with wondrous health benefits. According to NDTV, here are some of the reasons why we should drink buko juice.
• It is an all-natural refreshing drink without preservatives and no added sugar that’s low in calories and carbohydrates but high in essential nutrients.
• It can soothe stomach-related disorders like diarrhea, acid reflux or indigestion.
• It helps boost metabolism, especially if taken early in the morning on an empty stomach.
• It has anti-ageing agents called cytokinins that hydrate the skin and make it glow naturally.
• It has magnesium and potassium that keep the heart healthy.
• It has antibacterial and antiviral properties that help strengthen the immune system.
• It is a great cure for hangover.

You can order Pan de Manila bread and beverages through Ms. Alnie Mirante. Her Viber number is 0915-528-3592. Minimum order for delivery is Php500.

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Guide To Buying Art Online

The rise of digital channels and the rapid growth of e-commerce platforms over the last decade have caused people’s buying habits to change dramatically. Many people are now making a majority of their purchases online. This is especially apparent in the world of art where many art collectors, primarily the new art collectors, have turned to buying art online. This is largely a result of art businesses shifting to online and there are several sites that enable customers to browse various quality artworks from around the world right from the comfort of their own home.

It can be a seamless and rewarding process to purchase paintings, sculptures, and photography online, but it is crucial to identify the factors to ensure that buying art online is a positive experience. The factors are to confirm the legitimacy of the website or platform, the authenticity of the work and more. Read on for some tips for buying art online.

So you have come across a piece of art online, want to purchase it, but are unsure how or where to begin? Keep reading on to learn more.

Why Buy Art Online?

By purchasing a beautiful work of art online changes the entire experience of buying art. Buyers are able to easily engage with art with great ease and accessibility. Art galleries are now actively using online platforms to sell works of art and even major auction houses carry out online auctions weekly. Many art collectors have expressed how the ability to purchase works through these digital platforms has encouraged them to buy works by artists outside their country or region.

Tips for Buying Art Online

It is crucial to start searching on a trusted and reliable platform that sells legitimate works of art by recognized artists is the first step to buying art online. This is to prevent being scammed or stuck with art that you cannot return.

Do Your Research

Look into the reliability of the online seller or dealer who serves as the intermediary between the artist, gallery, and the client. Be absolutely certain that you are shopping on a genuine site and check out positive customer reviews and testimonials of that company to ensure that the website is legitimate before you make any purchases.

Credibility and Authenticity

All reliable and genuine online art platforms should sell works that come with a Certificate of Authenticity. This is a document that determines the artwork artist and date of creation, should accompany every work of art, whether or not it sells. It acts as a stamp of approval that verifies and proves that the work was indeed created by the artist. This certificate is needed should you plan on reselling the piece in the future.

Method of Payment

Just like purchasing items from other websites, you want to be certain that the method of payment is secure. Payment via credit or debit card is the safest. PayPal another trusted form.


When you buy a piece of art you love, you would want it to be handled and shipped by professionals. Ideally, when you buy art online, you should take note of which professional shipping service will be used. For large art pieces, it is better to confirm what the arrangement will be and whether custom-made special crates are needed to protect the artwork during art transport. There are many shipping companies out there ready to carry out your international shipment and very often people often feel overwhelmed when trying to arrange shipping items internationally. Online shipping marketplace platforms such as Shiply can help. By just filling up a simple form, you can receive personalized quotes from international shipping companies directly into your mailbox. You can compare prices and message the shipping companies for details, all in one place.

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My TinaPay Online Experience

I’ve been meaning to try TinaPay Online after seeing a number of good reviews on Facebook about this bread delivery service. I finally got to order from them last Monday. We bought three of their best-selling products (Ube Cheese Pandesal, Double, Spanish Bread) and a lot of pandesal (10 packs to be exact). Well, we didn’t eat all 10 packs of pandesal; we shared half of them to the stay-in security and maintenance personnel in our condo.

Each bread pack (10 pieces/pack) is placed in a brown paper bag with sealed sticker and put in a small plastic bag that’s carefully tied to avoid contamination.

Ube Cheese Pandesal and Spanish Bread (Small)

The bread smelled good! That was my first impression after taking all the bread packs out of the plastic bags. First to be wiped out was the Ube Cheese Pandesal, followed by Double Cheese. Our pandesal is meant to last until the weekend, so we still have some left for tomorrow’s breakfast. A few pieces of Spanish bread are still in the fridge, too.

Their Ube Cheese Pandesal was good. It’s slightly sweet with a slice of cheese inside. All three of us liked this a lot! Each pack (10’s) costs Php100. The Spanish bread (10’s – Small Php60; Big Php100), on the other hand, has an adequate amount of margarine inside. I also like that customers have a choice of size when ordering this.

The sweet Double Cheese is bigger and quite filling. It’s called Double Cheese because there’s cheese outside and inside the bread. Double the cheese, double the fun! Eighty pesos for a pack of 10 Double Cheese bread is definitely worth it.

Pandesal is soft and buttery, and it’s not hollow inside, so you’ll get more pandesal goodness in every bite. Our Filipino breakfast during lockdown is not complete without pandesal. We usually pair our it with peanut butter, Reno liver spread, home-made tuna spread, or scrambled egg.

Verdict: I like their bread. It’s freshly baked and smells so good. It’s also quite affordable. They also have a wide selection of bread to choose from. The seller is accommodating and replies promptly to inquiries, too.

How to order: Send TinaPay Online a message on Facebook. They offer next-day delivery with two payment options: BPI and GCash.

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