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Samsung SideSync: A better way to sync (and share!) Android to your Ativ PC for FREE

Back when I was building my own PC’s, one of the biggest reasons why I chose to do configure my own hardware and install a fresh non-OEM copy of Windows was that if I bought a branded PC, there was sure to be bloatware installed. Bloatware: the software that came with a branded PC adding custom UI’s and other features that were redundant to Windows. It was a way for manufacturers to differentiate themselves from the rest but the irony was everyone had their own version of bloat and this significantly slowed down Windows. Which is one of the reasons why in this new Windows 8 era, Microsoft had decided to release its own Surface hardware.

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The Exit Bar (Somewhere) in Makati


I was nearby, at least according to the geotags that some friends had placed and I initially though that the locations on Foursquare and Instagram were wrong. But all roads led to this amazing little place hidden from the daily grind. Well, the hiding starts at 5:30 PM daily.

Boom. After 20 minutes, I found it. Wow. Blown away.

The Exit Bar is located at the end of your day, in the corner of your life where you need to be showered with smiles, a great mood, and waiters that know your name.

Sit at the bar. Watch them make great drinks.

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Jonathan’s Greatest Work: Magnum Opus Fine Coffees

Belgian Heartbreaker

Jonathan is what I would call the “reverse bartender.” He’ll listen to you. He’ll engage in small talk but in return he’ll serve you an upper. Jonathan Choi is the proprietor and head bean of Magnum Opus Fine Coffees, an artisan coffee shop located in the always-busy intersection between Aguirre Ave and Elizalde in BF Homes, Paranaque.

Jonathan recognized me from my days with the Hinge-Inquirer group doing a little (big-sized!) magazine known as m|PH. Yes I was famous before the Internet. JK!

In an article I wrote for 8list last week, I outlined the 8 reasons why ‘Magnum Opus’ is the definitive coffee geek’s haven in the south. for one, the Belgian Heartbreaker won me over:

I insisted on his personal take of a café mocha which was essentially an amalgamation of ristretto (quickly pulled espresso shot so it’s not watery), cream and molten Belgian chocolate all served in a short martini glass. The sum is a creamy, frothy tug of war between the jolt of an espresso shot and dark chocolate. This feeling is what the great Greek poet Horace refers to in his poem to Murena, ‘The Golden Mean.’

‘The Golden Mean’ was a Horatian ode that deconstructed the topic of ‘balance’ in the same way that the Dark and Light sides of ‘The Force’ must be kept in check.


On my first visit, Jonathan confirmed a suspicion about how I make coffee. I’ve postulated that my el-cheapo handpresso can pull a better shot of espresso than my relatively more expensive 16 bar espresso machine.

Tarry no further. Do have a read over at 8list.


Magnum Opus Fine Coffees

115 Aguirre Avenue, BF Homes Parañaque.
@magnumopusfc on Twitter and Instagram