April 13, 2019

Displaying Your Adventures

You have a thirst for travel, were born wanting to see as much of the world as you can. If you’ve been able to achieve that goal, then you probably have a lot of very cool memorabilia.

Gallery Display

A gallery wall is an eclectic way to show off many mediums at once. If you have an empty wall in your home, dedicate it to showing off your adventures.
  • You don’t have to only display things you bought on your trips; mixing in other decorations to fit the theme can make a fun statement. A world map wall clock, for example, might be a fun addition.
  • Mix and match picture frames. You can have all of them be one color or have none of them match. The choice is yours!
  • Display items of all kinds from your travels: masks, banners, newspapers, plane tickets, etc. The more variety the more interesting the display.


Shelving Units

If you have collections that require a 360-degree display, look into shelving units. Mounted on the wall or built-in, shelves are a dramatic way to show off your memories.
  • If you’re on a budget, simple bookcases can work as a curio cabinet for things like glass figurines. You can find these at secondhand shops for cheap, and a quick spray painting job will make them look brand new.
  • IKEA carries shelving units that come in many colors and customizable options. Bear in mind that you will need to put it all together though; the furniture does not come preassembled.
  • Custom cabinets built into a room can draw attention to what you want to display. If funds allow, look into carpenters nearby who can build something perfect for you.

Let your wanderlust decorate your home. It took you a lifetime to make it to these destinations, so stop hiding your treasures in a box and proudly put them on display.

April 7, 2019

How To Care For Your Stainless Steel Throwing Knives

If you have an interest in knife throwing, it’s important to choose knives that will last a long time. There are many benefits to owning stainless steel throwing knives. Stainless steel holds up well against heat, has a high impact resistance and is pleasing to the eye. However, there are still important steps to take in order to make sure your knives are properly cared for.


Keep Your Knives Sharp



Your knives don’t need to be razor sharp on all edges in order to stick in the target, but you should still take care to keep the tip sharpened. A knife file or sharpening stone will do the trick. Go slowly and take the time to research proper sharpening techniques.


Wipe Your Knives Down


Although stainless steel is highly resistant to corrosion, you should still spend a few minutes thoroughly wiping off your knives after use. Depending on your practice space, your knives will likely be coated with dirt, dust, or wood chippings. Simply wipe the knives down with a wet cloth to remove any stains or debris. Don’t forget to dry the blade and handle with a separate cloth as well. Be careful and take care not to cut yourself!


Protect Your Knives With a Case


It’s likely that you will need to transport your knives to and from your practice space. In order to ensure the longevity of your equipment, don’t just throw your knives in a bag to clank together. You can either find some sort of knife case, or simply wrap your knives and sheathes carefully in an old scarf or pair of socks. Pack the knives securely together to minimize movement and be careful unpacking your case.

Stainless steel is easy to care for and a fantastic choice for your knives. With only a little extra time and effort, your throwing knives will last you for many years!

March 12, 2019

Gardenia Expands Operations in Mindanao, Inaugurates Bread Plant

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Bread market leader Gardenia Bakeries officially opens its new most advanced, fully-automated bread manufacturing facility in Mindanao to serve the increasing demand for Gardenia products in the south.

The new plant will have a capacity of producing 130,000 loaves and buns a day which will be distributed with an increased fleet of trucks all over the region. It is also expected to generate hundreds of employment and contribute to the economic growth in the region.

Gardenia president Jun Umali said the new plant and expanded operations in Mindanao will now give consumers fresher bakery products and continual stock availability and accessibility. “We are now bringing Gardenia breads closer to our consumers with the opening of our newest plant. With our current distribution capabilities, Gardenia is available in Davao, Cagayan de Oro, General Santos, Surigao and Zamboanga del Norte, Butuan and Kidapawan but we will intensify our market penetration and saturation to widen our network, and eventually, reach every corner of Mindanao,” Umali asserted.


Fully Automated Bread Plant
The 2.5-hectare world class Gardenia plant, located in PHIVIDEC Industrial Estate, Misamis Oriental, adjacent to Cagayan de Oro City, is now the most advanced bread manufacturing plant in Mindanao.

“This completely new breadline features robotics and the latest innovations in modern baking. All major equipment are sourced from the best and reliable bakery equipment suppliers in Germany, the Netherlands, United States, Malaysia and Japan,” Umali shared. He added that the integration of these machineries and equipment into one unit is the company’s expertise learned from Gardenia’s operations in Asia-Pacific, thus enabling them to develop a proprietary manufacturing process unique to Gardenia Philippines.

Umali also shared that the plant is designed to allow consumers to witness and experience the modern baking process through a catwalk plant tour especially for consumers from Mindanao.


Quality Bread Offerings
“To ensure the high quality, freshness and great taste of Gardenia products, we use flour made from US wheat, milled to Gardenia’s high-quality specifications, milk from Australia or USA, and other imported premium ingredients,” Umali assures.

Wide variety of Gardenia products will be produced in the Mindanao bread facility, including white breads, health bread selections, flavored loaf offerings and buns or pandesal. Gardenia’s affordable loaf brand, Neubake, is also offered.


Strategic Facility Location
Umali explained that choosing a site adjacent to Cagayan de Oro as the location of the P1-billion investment is a strategic move. “Our new plant is purposefully located not only for Mindanao commercial operations. This will also serve as support to our Cebu plant or Visayas market. We can also dispatch breads easily to other areas when the need arrives, especially in the event of major calamities or natural disasters in those areas,” he explained.

“Moreover, the plant’s proximity to the ports of Cagayan de Oro, the gateway to Mindanao, ensures the availability and accessibility of ingredients,” Umali added.


Continued Growth and Leadership
Umali emphasized that the construction of the Mindanao plant is a continuation of the company’s goal to reach more of its consumers.

“With Gardenia in Mindanao, world-class quality bread products that will satisfy your appetites as well as feed your hearts will be at your fingertips. Our products will come to you fresh, delicious and healthy as we take Gardenia and breadmaking to the next level,” Umali concludes.


March 9, 2019

Northern Mindanao Food Fest Bigger than Ever on 5th Run

8 March 2019 – Half a decade ago, the first Big Bite Food Festival in Northern Mindanao uncovered an exciting food culture in the region. Founded by Centrio Ayala Mall, it has become mall management’s great pride and joy to discover new and innovative food entrepreneurs and enthusiasts comprising an incredibly dynamic local food industry.

The first Big Bite Food Festival was held in Marquee mall in Pampanga, a regional food haven in the North. Further down south in 2014, Mindanao followed suit with Cagayan de Oro’s then brand new Centrio Ayala mall offering itself as venue. Both festivals form part of Ayala mall’s institutionalized support for local food business and concepts.

Big Bite features the obvious massive-sized food items as festival highlight. Past years have revealed the giant halo-halo, the region’s largest maja blanca, enormous ham sliders, a colossal pineapple crumble and an oversized bowl of salad among a host of other interesting savory flavors and dessert delights in gigantic portions. In addition to such titanic highlights, Centrio gives an award to the year’s best food discovery, as judged by the country’s food industry leaders and celebrities. 

This year, gracing the festivities is the Philippines’ Idol sa Kusina, Chef Boy Logro. The Chef Master of GMA network is joined by young television host and former VJ, Joyce Pring to oversee stimulating culinary competitions and other cooking events throughout the 4-day fiesta. Celebrity Chef JP Anglo, host of CNN’s Hungry with Chef JP will be the festival’s Special Guest; completing the set are some of the country’s top food bloggers including The Pickiest Eater in the World, Ritchie Zamora. 

Big Bite regulars have come to expect fresh food concepts interspersed with all-time favorites from homegrown restaurants in the local food scene. What’s more, they are treated to excellent music featuring the best of local artists, and gastronomic sets in visually exhilarating scenes and instagrammable nooks and crannies which best showcase the epicurean pleasures the festival has to offer.

The Big Bite Northern Mindanao Food Festival runs from Thursday till Sunday, March 14-17, 2019.  

February 10, 2019

Gift Ideas for a Loved One

Birthdays, anniversaries and special events happen throughout the year. Do you consider yourself a thoughtful gift giver? For those who put a lot of effort and planning into gifts, they usually come out with a gift that their friend or family member loves. As you try to come up with gift ideas, consider you loved one’s personality and consider customized options. These tend to be more personal.

Personalized Belt Buckle

Do you have someone in your life who loves belt buckles? The most thoughtful gift givers consider making gifts personal. They think about what a person cares about and what might make that gift special to them. To give a gift that you know the person will love can be gratifying in its own way. Consider a high quality leather buckle with the receiver’s name on it. Whether you want the full name or just the initial, a personalized name belt buckle is a thoughtful way to remind them that you’re thinking of them.

Personalized Key Rings

Key rings are among some of the most useful gifts that you can give to someone. Not only is it a practical gift, but if you decide to have it personalized, you can get it with someone’s name. Everyone has a set of keys. It makes for an easy gift. If it’s an occasion where something big isn’t appropriate, consider something small like a key ring to show that you care.

Personalized Leather Bracelets

Leather bracelets are fashionable and high quality. If you want to give someone a cute present, consider a leather bracelet with an inscription. You can personalize it with their name, with an image or even the name of a couple for a wedding or anniversary. The options are limitless.

Giving gifts is a thoughtful gesture on its own. However, it is even more thoughtful when you put thought into the personalization and what the other person would enjoy.
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