Category Archives: Household

Keep kitchen knives always sharp?

By honing them with a butcher’s steel (also called honing steel, sharpening steel, sharpening stick, sharpening rod, or chef’s steel) before and after using them. Before using a knife, spend a few seconds honing it with about 30 strokes. Then when you’re through using the knife and before putting it away, hone it again also with about 30 strokes.  Do this to all the knives you frequently use.  You’ll be using a sharp knife every time!Honing knife with a butcher's steel.


Find an IKEA reseller in Manila?


My daughter told me about two stores in Manila that resell IKEA products. My wife and I got to visit one of them — IKEAph — at 129 Katipunan Avenue, Quezon City (look for a shop called “5 Corners” just before you enter White Plains Subdivision if you’re coming from the direction of Ateneo de Manila University). We found the items on sale to be reasonably priced — even cheap actually.

We got a boxed set of 6 glass tumblers for less than P200. Not bad. We ended up buying quite a number of items, including a reading floor lamp for P1,050. IKEAph has another store at 120 Kamias Road, Quezon City. It also has a website on Multiply ( Here’s a screen shot:


The other store, which I haven’t visited, is Mayflower 1620 Enterprise. It has a Multiply site ( The address is 3rd Fl., Eastman Bldg., 4977 Enrique St., Palanan, Makati, Makati City. Tel: 833-5590. Cell phone: 0917-8131201.

Trivia — the acronym IKEA is made up of the initials of the Swedish founder (Ingvar Kamprad) plus those of Elmtaryd, the family farm where he was born; and the nearby village Agunnaryd.