This Year I Am Thankful For


I can’t believe it’s the last day of 2015 and I’m sitting here in front of my computer, typing another year-end post. It seems like it was only yesterday that I published The Best of 2014 in a Playlist and yet here I am again. Cliche line, yes, but the feeling is very real. 

A Quaint Afternoon

Walking Through Memory Lane at CU Museum of Three Cultures


Before classes ended for this year, I had to do a short visit to one of Cagayan de Oro’s museums: Capitol University’s Museum of Three CulturesIt's one of those school requirements that doesn’t feel much of a requirement or school project. It was fun visiting museums and learning more about my city. It’s true what they say that one way of getting to know a place is not only through their food and tourist spots but also their museums. 

She's About To Pop!

A Fun Day for GIBI Shoes

What’s one shoe brand that you have trusted all these years? One brand that immediately comes to my mind is GIBI Shoes
Ever since I was still in high school, I would always ask my mother to buy me a pair of their black leather school shoes. Not only are their designs cute and trendy for young girls, there is also no question about the quality. Every pair of GIBI shoes I had in high school stayed with me for as long as two years. To be honest, most of the cheaper brands I used before lasted for only several months or a year. 

Sweet Little Pleasures

Its true what some people say that Cagayan de Oro is falling deeper in love with food. One proof of that is the rapid rise of restaurants and cafes here and there. But despite all the hip and new places to eat, my college friends and I revisited one of the city’s favorites last Thursday. Cafe hopping (lol at the term) is one of my favorite sweet little (guilty) pleasures.

5 All-Time Favorite TV Shows


I am such a huge TV show junkie! Just like some people out there, I tend to binge watch whenever I have time to kill. I can totally relate to Natalie Tran’s TV Binge Hangover video. I couldn’t resist watching another episode. Sometimes I tell myself, “Hey that’s enough. Let’s watch this tomorrow or some other time when you don’t have school stuff to deal with,” but like what Nat said in the video, why not live a little dangerously? Haha :)

Spooktacular Halloween Circus


I did something really crazy for Halloween. 
Aside from the fact that I dressed up as a goth version of Snow White (or okay the old evil witch in the movie then), I ended October with a loud whoosh.

7/11 Rocked Its Way to CDO


It was a blast! This sentence doesn’t even begin to describe how cool the event was in the previous weekend. 7-Eleven, a popular chain of convenience stores, rocked its way to Cagayan de Oro last Saturday. After expanding to Davao City last May, CDO is the second city in Mindanao to have 7-Eleven stores. 

Where to Eat in CDO: Pizza Republic Pick + Mix by Giuseppe Guenco


What’s better than pizza? Okay so maybe there isn’t anything better but what if you could choose whatever topping you want? In Pizza Republic Pick + Mix by Giuseppe Genco, you can point at whatever topping they have available and pay only 245 pesos!

To The Beach We Go

Medina, Misamis Oriental, Philippines

It has been a long time since my family and I went out for a mini vacation. We were relieved, blessed, and thankful to have spent yesterday in a beach, 90+ kilometers away from home. It was a good day to escape the hustle and bustle of the city, and just enjoy each other’s company. 

Long Rides: The Good and The Bad of Commuting


This photo shows one of Cebu’s main roads - Mango Avenue. I got stuck in traffic last summer and it was one of the horrible things I’ve ever experienced in my entire life. 
One of the reasons why I don’t like to go to the city when there’s nothing very important to do is the long commute. I live about 14 kilometers away from the heart of the city. So whenever I need to go there for classes or meetings or appointments, I have to get ready two hours before the scheduled time. The commute takes an hour and if I’m unlucky (which I usually am), I have to bear an hour sitting in a crammed jeepney. 

Where to Eat in CDO: Simple Joys Bakery and Cafe


There’s this new place in Cagayan de Oro that will make every girl want to put on their Sunday dresses, strap on their pretty sandals or wedges, and maybe wear a lovely floppy hat while they eat cake and drink tea. This is exactly what Simplejoys Bakery and Cafe made me feel when I visited it recently!

The Long Weekend Road Trip

Of all the things I’m thankful for this week, its the mini vacation that me and my closest college friends had last Wednesday and Thursday. Classes were suspended because of the faculty retreat, so we hit the road and head to the mountains.

Internship Realizations



Looking back at all the highs and lows of the internship that I had over the summer makes me feel a mix of many different emotions. It was an experience that challenged me so much. It revealed a lot of things about myself and about the people I was with. It made me realize several things about the newspaper industry, and it made me fall in love with the idea of being in a different city alone.

Of Bonfires and Good Friends


During the long weekend, a few of my college friends and I went to the beach at night. Even if it was raining cats and dogs, we still pushed our plans through. We wanted to have a one last hurrah to the great summer we just had. The rain didn’t stop us from grilling our dinner, passing around shot glasses of good drinks, and exchanging stories.

Time Travelling in Museo Sugbo

Cebu City, 6000 Cebu, Philippines

 A day after my co-intern and I finished our duties in Cebu Daily News, we spent a day rewarding ourselves with art and history. Our first stop was supposed to be the Cebu City Public Library but unfortunately it was closed when we got there. So we went to our supposed to be second stop which is Museo Sugbo.

Cafe Hunt Part II


The last cafe that my friends and I went to during our cafe hunt was Cafe Talk - Library. It’s several blocks away from Coffee Prince. We can ride a jeepney bound for Ayala since it will pass by the cafe, but we chose to walk instead. Be extra careful if you’re going to do the same thing we did. Cebu City’s streets aren’t super safe, especially at night. 

Cafe Hunt Part I


During the six-week internship, most of the nights were spent walking around in malls or cafe hunting. Since me and my friends didn’t have TV in the pad and getting a taxi is just a few taps away, we were always out somewhere trying one cafe after another. During one particular night, we went out to try Coffee Prince and Cafe Talk - Library. I decided to write about the other cafe in a separate entry because this one’s already heavy with photos :)

Book Craze Inside MV Logos Hope

Cebu City, 6000 Cebu, Philippines

There are a few more posts left and I’ll finally be done with my Cebu backlogs. And every time I try to recall all the fun I had makes me miss it. Take me back to that stressful but fun summer please! 

Quirky Things at Tazza Cafe


If your food adventures takes you to Lahug, one of the places you can try is Tazza Cafe. There are a lot of Instagram photos of their place and what caught my attention was the red London telephone booth-looking door (hehe) and the blue couch. Two of my classmates arrived in the city that morning, after being assigned in Ormoc, Leyte for a month as part of their internship duties. Since the five of us were already in Ayala Center Cebu, we grabbed a taxi right away and went to the cafe. I just couldn’t miss the chance to tag them all along to another cafe hunt haha!

Cozy in Pink at Cafe Tiala


There’s a place in Cebu City where you and your friends can dine in a pink room and you’ll be treated as prince and princesses by the staff. You can borrow princess clothes, drink tea, watch a movie, and pretend like you’re royalty. Yup! It’s only in Cafe Tiala that me and my friends pretended we were princesses for the night. Well... minus the dress-up-like-princesses part haha!

Good Food with Good Friends at Cafe Racer


After a long day of work, I wanted to eat somewhere new and unique not only for the blog but also for the sake of having a different kind of dining experience. Cafe Racer is the first place I thought of. I’ve seen so many Instagram photos of it, but those were just sneak peeks of how cool the place was. It’s a different feeling to see the actual cafe.

Not Your Ordinary Hotel


Ever since I blogged about Albert and Pebbles’ engagement photos for work, I knew I needed to visit The Henry Hotel. Just by looking at their photos, it made me wish I could teleport to that place right then and there! And yeah... I wished that I’d have my pre-nup photos taken there too~hehe

Coffee and Teddy Bears at Picasso Coffee


I blogged about asking for your suggestions on places to go in Cebu a month ago and one of chocominteu’s suggestion was Picasso Coffee. The universe was on my side again because a good friend of mine, James of The Chubby Buddy.com, was also in the city and we decided to meet in the said cafe. 

A Saturday at Simala

Sibonga, Cebu, Philippines

The first week of me and my co-interns’ stay at Cebu was spent on trying to adjust to the Cebuano lifestyle. We had to learn almost every route, every street, and even every jeepney number. Well it wouldn’t be possible to know all these things without getting lost. We got lost several times and had to resort to burning our money by riding regular taxis (because we didn’t know about GrabTaxi yet). 

Hearts Melted at Cafe Caw

The first place that I thought of trying once I get back in Cebu was this quaint cafe in Mandaue City, Cafe Caw
I saw photos of their coffee and desserts on Instagram and I thought, “I need to visit this place ASAP.” The universe was definitely on my side because my co-interns and I settled in a pad in Banilad. We were just several blocks away from the cafe. 

Where to Eat in CDO: 678 Chicken


Cagayan de Oro’s rising to the top of every foodie’s must-visit place! Not only are cafes and tea shops sprouting everywhere (like wildflowers hihi), but restaurants are opening left and right too. Recently, 678 Chicken — the Philippine’s very first branch — has opened their doors to the fried chicken-loving Kagay-anons.

Where to Eat in CDO: Bowties & Butter

Here’s a confession: I am a huge fan of french toasts, cakes, cupcakes, brownies – basically anything sweet. Okay it isn’t really a confession~teehee. My sugar obsession is apparent on the food posts I have published. Cafes and tea shops – where most of these sweet things are being sold – are usually the star of my food posts. I have lost count on the number of shops I have tried, but who’s counting? I don’t mind if my “shops-to-go-to-when-you’re-craving-for-sweets” list is growing!

Spruce Pinked


It took me quite a while to post this set because I needed to painstakingly remove the "distractions" in the white backdrop. This is actually my first time to do a "studio shoot". Well it wasn't really a studio. We just utilized the white wall in the company's office and of course, the natural light (since I don't know how to work with their studio lights~teehee). This is also my first time to shoot for a company. It's sort-of like a break from the events that I usually photograph. 

Book Talk: Me Before You and Life Realizations



Out of all the books you've read, there are certain ones that will make you want to read it over and over again. Sophie Kinsella's Shopaholic series, and David Levithan's Everyday are two of my personal favorites. Recently, Jojo Moyes' Me Before You has been added to the list. 

Book Talk: The Bell Jar and Life Realizations


How long has it been since the last time I published an entry under the "book talk" tag? Yeah that's right. Two months have passed and I finally reached the end of Sylvia Plath's The Bell Jar

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