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MetroMart—a boon and a first for Philippine web-based store delivery services

In Uncategorized on June 11, 2016 at 7:19 am

One of the things that I’ve been hoping for is a good delivery service when it comes to buying groceries. I’m wheelchair-bound because of progressive multiple sclerosis, and need to plan my day to get things done. I have to find ways to continue to function. The key to this are strategy and efficiency. 

Stumbled upon MetroMart’s Facebook Page, and registered for the service. Was happy to find fresh produce, meat, and seafood from SM Supermarket.

Everything you need to know is on the FAQ page. 


The user interface is pretty straightforward.


They currently cater to Makati, Taguig, Mandaluyong, and Pasig, and charge a ₱40 delivery fee per store. So if you buy something from Eric Kayser, Babci and Benefit, that’s ₱40 (3) = ₱120. Or if you buy groceries only from one store like SM Markets, that would be ₱40 in addition to the total cost reflected in your Check-out page. That fee is waived for first-time deliveries.


Their friendly and highly interactive customer representative will keep you updated based on the instructions you’ve specified on the Check-out page.

The prices reflect store prices. And if the price varies, you may elect to be informed about it, or give them the authority to purchase the goods (or their substitute) immediately.

I purchased meat and fresh produce, and was immediately informed about availability and change in prices.


MetroMart personnel was helpful and efficient. And the shopper selected the good stuff.


Very happy with the outcome. Will definitely use their services again.

MetroMart is an enabling service for people like me with mobility concerns. I can get things done in a way that is affordable, and doesn’t cause too much stress (especially since I’m trying to recover from a nasty relapse).

Fluffy Blueberry Pancakes

In Uncategorized on June 11, 2016 at 5:18 am


Place a tablespoon of apple cider in ¼ cup of almond milk, and set aside.

To create the flour mix, sift together:
• ¾ cup rice flour
• ¼ cup potato starch
• 4 tablespoons cassava starch
• 1 teaspoon Calumet™ baking powder
• teaspoon salt


In a separate bowl, whisk 1 large egg till light-colored and fluffy. Add 3 tablespoons of honey and continue to whisk so that it retains its consistency. Add 2 tablespoons of sunflower oil and 1 tablespoon extra virgin coconut oil. Whisk again. Add the almond milk mix that you made earlier on, and keep whisking to make sure it stays light and fluffy.


Create a well in the middle of the bowl with the dry ingredients and pour in the wet ingredients. Gently fold the wet with the dry stuff. Do not mix the batter too much because it will yield hard pancakes. This is also the time when you add the tidbits and/or fruits that you want, but make sure they are dry and are at room temperature.


Cook away! Here’s something helpful from Tom’s Test Kitchen (I used sunflower oil in a clean atomizer instead of Pam™).

https://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=youtu.be&v=oKm0wdVU4Uw