Getting kids to love biking

Strider Bikes

A good way to reduce our carbon footprint is teach kids to love biking. At Bonifacio High Street, caught the first ever R.O.X. Outdoor Festival’s cool ways to develop bike skills for every age, particularly the Strider Bikes kiddie bike race (no-pedal Strider bike is intended to build a child’s confidence on a bike); and the chance to experience an urban pump track, which requires highly specialized skills, core strength and stamina ‘coz it’s a kind of biking that can be really harsh on the upper body and arms. Brandon guessed his once downhill biking instructor Bans Mendoza will be there, so we dropped by the festival area to say hi.

Strider

Aren’t they just adorable?

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The Colors of Easter at Cupcakes by Sonja

Cupcakes by Sonja are not your ordinary cupcakes. I’d like to call them couture cupcakes, inspired by New York’s famous Magnolia Bakery, where the owner, Ms. Sonja Ocampo, apprenticed before opening her own shop in ritzy Serendra at the Fort Bonifacio Global City. The Magnolia Bakery cupcake fever was made famous by Carrie and Miranda’s cupcake eating scene in SATC. Hyped as well as pecked at, the pretty expensive little cakes  by Sonja  are still being chased by sugar junkies since after they were introduced in the Philippines four years ago — proof of the icing on the cake.

I have a thing about cupcakes. Part of my collection are printed cupcake liners even if I don’t bake. In fact, I made a huge 3-layer cupcake stand to hold store-bought cupcakes for Alexa’s rubber ducky-themed baptismal party when cakes in Laoag were still synonymous with marshmallow frosting. The visit to Sonja’s was wonderful bliss, a feast for the senses! Names such as Lemon Drop, Peppermint Patty, Southern Pecan Cupcake Pie, Pistachio Berries N’ Cream, Crème Brûlée Cupcake Tart, Valrhona Chocolate something, etc., were symphony to the ears. It felt like forever spring inside.

The festive colors of Easter are all over the place.

I asked  Ms. Sonja’s assistant: If I were to buy one, what would you suggest?

“The Red Velvet Vixen.”

If she mentioned something else, I would have still bought the red cupcake — it stood out among the rest.

And if I purchased a 70-peso cupcake, I might as well share a donation to charity. That’s cream cheese icing on the cupcake!

A Happy Easter All!

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