Workplays: Your New Virtual Workplace in the South

In today’s age of growing technology and broadening skill sets in the Philippines, co-working spaces are undeniably in full throttle. Employees are not only roistering the flexibility of working from the comforts of their home, hence, they are also given the chance to exhibit their skills without the need to move to larger cities. Though one can find the motivation in setting up a home office, virtual offices are rapidly becoming the standard for remote employees.

Choosing to work in a virtual office will definitely aid freelancers, budding entrepreneurs, start-up businesses, and veteran business people to proliferate, develop, and nurture their businesses to expand and grow in a short span of time. In addition, co-working spaces also offers more advantages, than a regular office, that truly rationalizes why it can surely make your company and your employees more efficient and productive in work.

However, the swift escalation of employer needs for the perfect virtual office has made these work places increase relentlessly as well. Thus, the struggle of looking and finding the perfect co-working space is tough – which needs an ample time of research. Hence, if you want a virtual office that has the seamless features of a remote work place and is impeccable for almost everyone – from freelancers, entrepreneurs, start-up businesses, and veterans, then Workplays is the perfect place to be.

Workplays is a newly developed co-working space that is located in the heart of Paranaque City. What is special about Workplays is that it offers more than what other co-working space provides – which we’ll discuss thoroughly today.

What is Workplays?
Workplays is a co-working space that promises to bring life and fun while maintaining focus in working. The place is perfectly designed in a calming setting that is certain to take away the stress you have in mind.

Why Workplays?
Workplays’ perfect location, ambience, and community makes it different among the other co-working spaces available in the Metro. The Workplays community is jam-packed with freelancers and start-up companies that is sure to make things happen and succeed in each of their endeavors.

Since it is located at BF Paranaque, it is very accessible from its neighboring cities and some provinces such as Las Pinas City, Muntinlupa City, Makati City, Alabang, Muntinlupa City, Laguna, and Cavite City. Thus, Workplays will be your number one go-to place for your virtual office needs.

·         Fresh New Place to Work
Since Workplays promotes life and fun while working, the place is designed intricately with trees and swings that would definitely inspire you more to focus in work.

·         Community of Ideas
Co-working spaces are a primary place where different types of people collide with each other. Workplays is your go-to place if you want to be surrounded by individuals with a variety of ideas and skill sets that will surely help you in gaining additional knowledge and information that is useful for your business.

·         Coffee + Internet + Water + Electricity = Productivity and Efficiency at Its Finest
This virtual work place is jam-packed with the best resources that you will need in order to be more productive. They have the best artisan coffee, the fastest internet connection, and an unlimited supply of water and electricity that will surely fuel everyone’s great minds.

·         More for Your Business
By choosing Workplays as your partner for your business success, it will surely save you time, effort, and money in the process. Additionally, the Workplays will certainly be a great help for your business’ growth and will surely aid you to conquer your goals in a span of time.

It doesn’t matter if you will be co-working with them for a day, a week, a month, or for a year – the place is filled with desks, office tools, and a spacious area that are strikingly designed. Plus, these resources are all ready to use.

Given these points, Workplays stands out among other co-working spaces in the country because it is absolutely helpful in building collaboration, openness, and sustainability to your business. Additionally, Workplays is a conducive work place that will surely stimulate your employees to work lively, efficiently and productively.

*This is a guest post by Justin Estor of SEO-Hacker and is for informational purposes only.*

DotA 2: How It Changed the eSports Scene

In today’s age of technology, eSports are blowing up the internet world because of its interactive games that is slowly being recognized as a sport. As a matter of fact, eSports have become more popular because of their active participation in various international gaming competitions. This 2017, the Masters Manila site is holding an upcoming event that comprises an eSports tournament that will be held here in the Philippines.

However, there are some people who has no idea about the eSport world especially those who just started to appreciate this sport. Don’t worry, we have you covered! Just sit back, relax, and continue reading this brief background about eSports and how its slowly changing the world of games and crafts.

What are eSports?
Electronic Sports, or also known as eSports, are a form of competition that is catalyzed by electronic systems such as video games that are arbitrated by human-computer interfaces. It is also identified as an organized multiplayer video game competitions between professional players. Most commonly, the genres that are affiliated with eSports are real-time strategy, fighting, first-person shooter (FPS), and multiplayer online battle arena (MOBA) plots.

The Commencement of eSports
As early as 1972, there has been a video game competition for Spacewar! that took place at Stanford University. During that period, The Space Invaders Championship competition has attracted more than 10, 000 participants across the United States of America, which established competitive gaming as a mainstream hobby.

For this reason, numerous video games such as Pac-Man and Donkey Kong came out in the market. Continuously, more video games was released in the 90s era.

eSports Today
Undoubtedly, electronic sports has grown and branched out into various game types (FPS and MoBA) and mode (solo or multiplayer). Example of these games are League of Legends (LoL), Call of Duty (CoD), Counter-Strike: Global Offensive (CS Go), and Starcraft II. However, a specific game stood out and had took the eSports competition to the next level.

DotA 1 and 2: History and How It Evolved Throughout the Years
Defense of the Ancients, or most commonly known as DotA, is a multiplayer online battle arena mod in the video game Warcraft III: Reign of Chaos and Warcraft III: The Frozen Throne. Developed by Blizzard Entertainment, they included a “free world editor” in the game that allows player/s to create a custom “maps” which can be played with other players online.

In 2003, DotA 1 was released by a mapmaker under the alias of Eul who based the game’s map on a previous Starcraft map known as “Aeon of Strife”. The game’s gameplay is simple: destroy each team’s Ancient with the help of each member’s chosen heroes. Ever since the game was introduced to the public, thousands of gamers have been hooked in the game and DotA 1 has received numerous outstanding feedbacks across the Globe. Since its success, an updated version of DotA 1 has been developed and published by Valve Corporation in 2009. DotA 2, has the same gameplay with its previous version, but Valve made some big changes to its interface that made it far better than DotA 1.

DotA 2 Tournaments: From Major Champioships to the Road to The International
Since its debut, DotA 2 has become one of the hottest and most patronized MOBA games in the market. This is why Valve created the Major Championship and The International as their token of appreciation for their loyal players and fans.
How Did DotA 2 Changed The eSports Scene Around the World?
Because of the main events that Valve has showcased to the world, several pro gaming companies have also created tournaments for their own games, such as League of Legends, Call of Duty, CS GO, and many more. This goes to show that DotA 2 has influenced other online game platforms to generate such main events to exhibit the game and the players as well.

Given these facts, eSports are making its way to show the world that sports is not all about getting into physical activities like basketball, volleyball, badminton, and more. The world of electronic gaming proved that using your mental skills and reflexes while playing an online game is considered as a sport too, since it practices one’s mental ability and logical skills.

*This is a guest post by Justin Estor and is for informational purposes only*

3 Dishes You Can Cook With Jack Daniels

If you ask a person to name an alcoholic drink, more often than not, they say the name Jack Daniels. That wouldn’t be a surprise because it's the top selling American whiskey in the world; even reaching developing countries like Indonesia, or the Philippines. Jack Daniels has been a mainstay in the whiskey business ever since its founding in 1875 and it’ll only continue to grow to dominate the whiskey industry. Nowadays, because of human ingenuity, Jack Daniels whisky can be used in a lot of ways other than drinking; one of which is to use it in cooking, it sounds weird but if you’ve ever tried eating food infused with Jack Daniels whiskey, you’ll surely know its good.

If you want to try using Jack Daniels in your cooking, here’s a list of ideas you can try:

#1. Jack & Coke Ribs

Are you a big meat lover? Are you an even bigger whiskey fan? If yes, you’ll love this combination! You can do the typical way of cooking and grilling ribs but the secret will be in your BBQ sauce. While the ribs are baking in the oven, prepare your typical ingredients for BBQ sauce but now also add Jack and coke to the list of ingredients, while mixing all the ingredients together, add a generous amount of whiskey and coke into the sauce. The combination of whiskey and coke will make the sauce oaky and sweeter at the same time, also it’ll add a certain kick to the sauce. After the baking is over, lather the BBQ sauce all over the ribs (remember, be generous!), then grill it. You can also set aside some BBQ sauce to serve as a dip while eating the ribs!

#2. Jack Daniel’s Meatballs

The secret in this recipe is also in the sauce (like in #1!), cook the meatballs the normal way, remember, you can use either ground chicken or ground beef. After cooking the meatballs, it's time to make the Jack Daniels sauce; prepare these ingredients:

1/4 cup Jack Daniels Whiskey (or more)
1/4 cup Soy Sauce
1/4 cup Dijon mustard
1/4 cup scallion
1/4 cup brown sugar
1/2 tsp. salt
1/4 tsp. Worcestershire sauce
1/2 tsp. garlic powder
1/4 tsp. black pepper
1T. Cornstarch

Mix them all together in a pot over fire, while the sauce is cooking, add the meatballs. Stir them to coat and after a few minutes, you can put it in a plate and start eating.

#3. Jack Daniels Mac and Cheese

An essential side dish for most places, your mac and cheese can do better by giving it a kick of Jack Daniel’s whiskey. Throw away the mac and cheese box in your pantry and go make your own! It’ll be so worth it. Start by cooking your pasta, and while that’s cooking, you start to coat a couple of strips of bacon with a mixture of JD whiskey, brown sugar, and cayenne pepper. When coated, slice it up into small pieces then fry; while the bacon and pasta are cooking, melt butter in a pot and add flour, a cup of whiskey, different kinds of cheese (up to you), and a cup of milk, mix until combined. When the pasta and bacon are cooked, mix all three (pasta, bacon, and the sauce) together and there you have it! Mac and cheese with a bite!

Human creativity will always think of ways to create something extraordinary, all people need is time and inspiration. You’ll never know, maybe someday there’ll be a restaurant dedicated to the service and use of whiskey; the only limit is a person’s imagination.

*This is a guest post by Justin Estor and is for informational purposes only*

5 Camping Tips With Your Dog

A good camping trip is determined by a lot of things such as location and activities. You could have your camping trip in scenic Tablas island or near a resort for convenience. But what really makes a good camping trip is the company you’re with.

If you are planning a camping trip you are probably thinking of bringing your best friend. Who better to bring but man’s best friend, camping with your dog is an experience neither of you will forget. It will help you form a stronger bond with each other, even stronger than before. 

*This is a guest post by Justin Estor and is for informational purposes only.*

How To Survive a Forest Fire

Whenever you think of going out for a trip to a forest, as much fun as you expect to have you also have to be prepared for the worst situations. You have to have your own list of survival tips for certain situations that may come.
One of the worst-case scenarios that could happen is a forest fire could occur. As bad as it sounds you have to ready yourself and plan for your survival strategy. If you follow the tips on this list you’re giving yourself a chance to survive that forest fire.

Drop Everything and Get Out
Do not waste any time and make a move. The common mistake that people often make is that they panic in emergency situations. These are one of the instances that you have to follow your instinct and run. This is also not the time to be sentimental, you should not prioritize anything else but your life. Material things can weigh you down as you are fleeing the area, don’t think of saving anything else but yourself.

Downhill is the Way to Go
Fires spread faster uphill thanks to updrafts. With this knowledge in mind look to find routes of the area that bring you to the opposite direction. Find downhill routes to give yourself a better chance of escaping the fire. The lower elevation you go the less likely that fires will spark in these areas.

Get as Low as Possible
The superheated convective current usually passes high. It is important to be aware of ditches in the forest ground because these ditches are great places to seek shelter and let the heat pass. Hiding in these ditches gives you a better chance to survive the heat because most times the fire isn’t the problem, it’s the heat that really affects your body. If there are no ditches around you can dig a trench for yourself or a hole where you can hide and wait the fire out.

Identify Safe Routes
Safe routes are routes that have natural firebreak, these firebreaks are meant to give you a clear direction out of the area. Routes that have firebreaks are routes without combustible material. These are routes with a lot of boulders, cement roads and even large bodies of water. These areas allow you to take a breather and can direct you to your next step.

Don’t Inhale the Gases
If you truly are prepared you should bring a mask to protect your respiratory system. Not only are there dangerous elements in the smoke the hot gas could also cause you to get fatigued and being fatigued in a forest fire is the last thing you want to happen. If you don’t have a mask use your clothes to breathe through, it should be good enough to get you through.

As in all things planning and preparation is the real key of surviving a forest fire. Be sure to be aware and familiar with the terrain so you will know where to go and what todo. Plan and give yourself the best chance to survive.

*This is a guest post by Justin Estor and is for informational purposes only.*

5 Fictional Cars Better than your Ride

Ever since the invention of the first automobile; cars have always been a constant in the lives of humans. Through the years, cars continue to progress while car-makers pursue innovation; to accommodate the ever-changing needs and demand of the buyers. But the truly futuristic vehicles that leave anyone who sees it in awe, also known as “dream cars” are limited to only be seen in movies and television screens, but don’t let that stop you; with enough drive to push you to limits, you can build your own dream car. Just learn to look in the places where people often disregard; or in the least likely of places. You’ll never know! You might find the piece you’re looking for in some heap of metal parts in the Philippines.

Of course, building your dream car isn’t cheap, and it consumes a lot of your time. That’s why people call it an investment! But when you finish building your dream car, you’ll experience a joy that’s hard to forget. If you’d like inspirations for your dream car, here’s a list of fictional cars that are better than your current ride:

#1. KITT from Knight Rider

KITT stands for Knight Industries Two Thousand; it’s a highly intelligent vehicle that prioritizes the safety of its owner above everything else. KITT can see, smell, think, hear, remember, and with it’s high intelligence, it can also drive itself. Aside from it closely functioning like a human, KITT has gadgets installed in it; there are grappling hooks, lasers, radars, tear gas, and a parachute; to name a few. If you’re looking for a car than can also act as your friend and can talk to you, then KITT should be your inspiration.

#2. Christine from Christine

If you have the inner urge to kill someone then you can use Stephen King’s creation as a reference. Christine is a vintage car that is possessed by supernatural forces, it delights in killing its victims using different parts of the vehicle. One way that Christine killed its victims is trapping them inside the car and eject exhaust fumes to slowly kill them. But the best thing about Christine is not its psychotic tendencies but its ability to repair itself.

#3. The Batmobile from the Dark Knight Trilogy

Christopher Nolan’s adaptation of the caped crusader introduced us to a brand-new image of the beloved bat mobile. Although there were many incarnations, the Christopher Nolan version is arguably the most advanced and most realistic out of all of them. It featured missiles, machine guns, armor that is near-impenetrable, has remote control function, and it can be converted to a motorcycle. Oh, was having a rocket engine that can propel it to great speeds mentioned?

#4. Mach 5 from Speed Racer

A car that is made for speed; the Mach 5 is vehicle built to outrun every other car in existence. Its features include having jump jack under it so it can jump a short distance, special grip tires that can have traction on any kind of terrain, rotary saws that can clear obstacles in its way, a deflector that is bullet-proof and can seal the cockpit for underwater driving, extra-strong headlights, and it can be used underwater for 30 mins. This is a car that cannot be stopped by natural forces.

#5. DeLorean DMC-12 from Back to the Future

Can anything beat a car that can time travel? Maybe not, but through the creativity and passion of people there may come a time that people can exceed the sheer magnificence of the DeLorean DMC – 12. Can you imagine how much adventure you can have with a time travelling car? Lots and lots! You can meet legends from the past or you can see what the future hold. The possibilities are endless!

With enough creativity and passion anyone can build something that surpasses common sense. We just have to wait and see what the future holds.

*This is a guest post by Justin Estor and is for informational purposes only* 

Hidden Gem - The Best Beef Noodles in Taipei

I hit up Taipei's famed Yong Kang Beef Noodle (永康牛肉麵) Shop to find out if it really is all it's cracked up to be.

A slight buzz surrounds the queue that stretches beyond the yellow, and slightly grimy shopfront of what is widely known as one of Taipei's best beef noodles. From the looks of it, dinner starts early at Yong Kang's (unexpectedly) small shop.

Yong Kang Beef Noodles sits in the region between hotspot Shida Night Market and popular cafe hopping district Da'an, where Pica Pica Café is located. Eschewing the usual Din Tai Fung - Taipei 101 combination that most travellers took, we went looking for Yong Kang Beef Noodles for dinner, right after a walk through Shida Night Market.

The hype surround this place was pretty obvious. Various TripAdvisor and blog reviews came up, and even Google Maps recommended the place, so I was rather sceptical about the whole thing. After all, how good could it be if the restaurant had to serve tons of people every night?

Down to Earth

There's no coddling done in this packed space. You follow instructions when it comes to seating, make decisions quickly and try your best to get out of the way when food is being served.

While it doesn't seem very sexy, Yong Kang Beef Noodles more than makes up for it with its highly approachable menu. It's a simple one-size fits all kind of menu. You're presented with a few noodle choices, some side dishes and drinks. We sat down, and quickly ordered some key items that all the online reviews mentioned.

Fast and Furious

Let's start with the Fried Pork Ribs that hit our table while the oil was still bubbling on the skin. Now, they didn't squeeze out the excess oil from these deep fried pieces of meat. So, while it's got a thin breading that had the potential to be crunchy, the tragic post-frying mistreatment ensured a lack of crunch. However, it helped to lock the moisture of the meat within it's casing, giving the meat a juicy bite. It could have been so much more, but it's serviceable.

We also ordered some dumplings. They were serviceable, but nothing to shout about.

Now, the Spicy Beef Noodles are the main event for most diners at this establishment, and I have to say that this bowl of noodles was every bit as good as they said it was. The key here isn't the beef, it's the soup stock. It's got that beefiness that comes from long hours of cooking, and a saltiness that isn't overwhelming. The "spicy" part of this dish isn't jarring as well. Rather, it's a gentle spiciness that makes an appearance mid-swallow. The beef is tender, and you have the option of adding other parts like tendons or stomach. I recommend going for the full works with this dish.

The Anti-Din Tai Fung

Yong Kang is the exact opposite of Din Tai Fung, in the sense that it's just less manicured. The menu is smaller, and more focused on beef noodles and you won't have the luxury of time or comfort of customer service. But Yong Kang makes up for it in down-to-earth charm and ease of eating. You won't find Xiao Long Baos that require 3 steps to eat, but you'll definitely find comfort in slurping down a hot bowl of beef noodles. Plus, that Taipei 101 Din Tai Fung queue is only for the most serious of Din Tai Fung fans.

So, if you're looking for a solid bowl of Beef Noodles with a legit heartlandish Taiwanese-style setup, Yong Kang Beef Noodles is your place.


Address: No. 17, Lane 31, Section 2, Jinshan South Road, Da’an District, Taipei City, Taiwan 106
Opening hours: Monday - Sunday, 11am-9pm

About the Author:

When not actively coming up with more insane marketing ideas in his workplace, Kenneth plays video games, finds the best places to eat and ponders on the nature of things.

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*This is a guest post and is for informational purposes only.*