Notice something different? That's right. I've finally moved out from Blogspot and invested in Squarespace. But before I go into details about that "big change", let me talk about where I've been in the past months.
How long has it been since the last time I packed my bags and flew to another place? How long has it been since I bid goodbye to my mother who keeps reminding me to stay safe and to my father who texts me "kamusta nak?" even if I haven't boarded my plane yet? I traced back the months and my count reached to three.
Back when I was in my fourth year in college, my Philosophy teacher once said, "Ask your parents or anyone you know about death. There's a 95% chance that they'd quickly change the subject and literally knock on wood. Or worse they'd say "Should we be worried? Is there something you're not telling us" Try it. Try it when you get home tonight. Ask them."
Ahhh...here we go again. It's already the last week of 2016, and we're two days away from welcoming another year. What better time to look back at all the amazing things that happened in the last 12 months than today.
This entire post is a portrayal of how much of a "TV show addict" I am and how much I badly need to go out and see my friends. Over the past few weeks, aside from being totally slammed at work, I've been busy looking out for new episodes. Along the way, I also discovered new shows but so far, these three are on top of my list.
Back when I was in high school, I had no idea about what kind of look I was going for every time I dress up to go out of the house. For me, it was always comfort over style. Gimme a cool shirt, a pair of denim jeans and sneakers, and I'm all good.
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.
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 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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,
— the Philippine’s very first branch — has opened their doors to the fried chicken-loving Kagay-anons.
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.
Do you ever get that certain feeling of wanting to be alone even for just a few hours, in a place where not a lot of people you know frequently visit, and just let your thoughts flow free? Well, I get that feeling a lot. I've been looking for the right place to spend time alone, and Dave's Beanery Cafe is the perfect sanctuary.
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.
Two months have passed and I finally reached the end of Sylvia Plath's The Bell Jar. I first knew about Sylvia Plath and her work when I stumbled upon a comic illustration of "The Fig Tree" from Zen Pencils (one of my favorite websites ever). The comic instantly captured my attention. Not only was it a good illustration of Plath's words, but I also found it very relatable.
It took me long time to finish reading this book because in all honesty, I found the story line quite boring. When I reached the middle part, I lost interest in finishing the book and watched the movie adaptation instead.
When I found a copy of David Levithan's Every Day, I knew I had to buy it. The first few lines of the book caught my attention in an instant. And I didn't regret spending a portion of my salary for it.
Before I begin talking about the life lessons I've learned from this book, let me share the struggle I am in because of it. You see, I know what I was in for when I purchased the book a month ago. I know that the book is filled with lines that will make my heart shatter into tiny million pieces, but I didn't expect it to be that sad.
First of all, I'd like to apologize for not regularly updating this blog anymore and for failing to post interesting stuff (lol as if my posts were ever interesting haha!). I have been so preoccupied with so many things lately.