Aikyatchi: #HeistClub

“We challenged Filipino writers to tell us tales of crime and mischief, fear and suspicion, dark alleys and darker souls. Welcome to #HeistClub.”

Mystery and crime lurk anew from the dark corners of the Filipino ebook community with today’s release of the #HeistClub bundles.

#HeistClub is an online writing workshop facilitated by Mina V. Esguerra and Bronze Age Media, Inc. last August. Writers were encouraged to create crime and mystery stories primarily set in the Philippines, all of which have the potential to become series in their own right. The result: the works of sixteen authors with stories ranging from fraud and unique modus operandi, to plain old revenge.

My second story, “Sampaguita”, is part of the “What We Hide” bundle. To be concise, this is about a Japanese expat, driven by remorse over the apathy towards Manila’s crime problem, who prepares to exact revenge on a wanted criminal.

The #HeistClub bundles are available at the Buqo Bookstore. You may buy them through the Buqo App on your smartphones, or through these links:

What We Fear:

What We Hide:

Why We Run:


Episode 85: Food Choices and More at the Gustos Night Market

Food markets are aplenty in Metro Manila, but nowadays it’s not just good or reasonably priced food, or a good location, that draws in foodies and other patrons from all walks of life. We dropped by Gustos Night Market, recently set up near Forum Robinsons in Mandaluyong, to check out what makes this place unique.

First of course is the food. Ever since it first opened last January 8, Gustos Night Market has offered a wide selection of food choices. You can spot new and familiar concessionaires serving a variety of meals, from snacks and sandwiches, to rice meals and the occasional barbecue. And since the food market runs from Wednesday night to Friday night, there’s always something new to look forward to.

The venue itself makes for a relaxing atmosphere. The area gets cool and windy at night, so guests can feel comfortable even if the place is crowded. The organizers made sure it gives off a formal, international buffet type of vibe, from the set-up to the tables and chairs reserved for customers.

It also helps that Gustos Night Market offers nightly entertainment featuring up-and-coming performers. We for one would like to see new musical talent featured in their stage soon, as there’s a welcoming crowd right there.
You could be surprised what kind of crowd you join up with.
Speaking of crowds, the food market is surrounded by BPO companies and other offices where employees are welcome to dine, listen to music, and relax. Good thing the market is continuously kept spic and span and secured, though it would help for customers to be mindful of their belongings and garbage.
Gustos Night Market’s organizers say it will open soon in more locations. So far, Bonifacio Global City is in their immediate sights, but if you want to see where else they intend to pop out, following them on Facebook and Instagram is your best option. 
We’re looking forward to seeing more food choices and improvements in Gustos Night Market. The crowds are getting bigger anytime soon, and so will the market itself. Besides, it’s not always weekly (or much of the week) that you find a classy, comfy food market to visit when your munchies sense demands for some unlimited grub grabs and then some.
Gustos Night Market is located at the open parking area of Forum Robinsons, Robinsons Road, Mandaluyong City. It’s open on Wednesday, Thursday, and Friday, 8:00pm to 4:00am.

Aikyatchi: Gustos Night Market at Forum Robinsons

If you’re looking for a new place to hang out tonight and you happen to be around the Boni Avenue area in Mandaluyong, you may want to take the time to drop by the Gustos Night Market at Forum Robinsons.

If you’re familiar with the Gustos Food Market along San Miguel Avenue in Ortigas Centre, surely you’ll find the same good food and company when you venture to Forum Robinsons.

Over one hundred food choices and drinks for all belly sizes and wallets await foodies looking for a quick meal this side of Mandaluyong. Diners can also unwind for the coming weekend to great music and live entertainment.

The Gustos Night Market is located at the Forum Robinsons Open Parking Area, Robinsons Road.

The market is opening starting today, January 18, and every Wednesday, Thursday, and Friday afterwards, at 8:30pm.