Food Trip: Cafe+

Whenever I am in Luzon, I crash at my friend’s place in Baliuag, Bulacan. And since we both work from home, sometimes we feel the need to just go out and work somewhere else for a change of environment. The most obvious choice are coffee shops because 1. they have comfy chairs, 2. they almost always have wi-fi (although we always bring a portable wi-fi, it doesn’t hurt to have a back up in case the signal is weak), 3. they are more lenient to customers who stay for more than an hour, and 4. they have coffee!

We’ve always wanted to try Cafe+ so, when we had the opportunity, we took it, grabbed our laptops, and went on a 10-minute or so drive to Plaridel. The place is cute, they don’t have comfy chairs though, and they could use a bigger parking space. But if you get there early enough or on a not-so-busy part of the day, you’ll be fine. And of course, there’s always public transportation. Since it is just by the road, it is also accessible to jeepneys and buses going to and from NLEX.

The place serves brunch, coffee, and desserts. This is their cute, hand-drawn menu (click for a larger view):

Cafe + Menu 3Cafe+ Menu 1 Cafe+ Menu 2

The first time we went there, we ordered beignets, which was delish but we couldn’t finish it as the sandwiches were already so filling! Their sandwich orders come with a choice of a salad or fries on the side. We ordered both, and by the end of the meal, we decided the salad was a much better option (especially if you’re looking to stay away from fried food). Besides, their Asian dressing was yummy!

Their store is open from 9am-10pm. Here’s their Facebook page just in case you want more information. Enjoy!



Loom Band Craze

I’ve been meaning to post something about my loom band addiction. It’s funny because I only found the time to actually write about it when I am no longer into it as much as I used to. I guess before I really would rather loom my time away instead of blogging? *hides*

Anywho, so what got me into it? I don’t really know. Possibly the power of social media at play, after seeing a bunch of my friends uploading their latest creations on Facebook and Instagram, I just had to do it too. I started with the small kit, the one that comes with a few bands and a really flimsy excuse for a hook. Eventually, the need for a sturdier hook and loom won and I bought myself a much more expensive set, still not the Rainbow Loom, but the price was just a couple of hundred bucks lower. It had better bands and the hook was still plastic, but it was bigger and it was great. I also bought the Rainbow Loom upgrade kit that comes with a metal hook. Because everybody knows the metal hook is the best hook. LOL.

But then came the problem of needing more bands (problem talaga?). I know I spent a lot of money buying my new loom kit, but I just couldn’t make myself buy the Rainbow Loom bands. Kuripot ako in that sense. All I could think about was how many cheaper loom bands (yes, them lead-laden bands!) I could buy with just 1 bag of the original stuff. Just imagine all the bracelets! I wasn’t going to sell them anyways, they were just for therapeutic purposes, so no, I won’t spend P180 pesos for a bag of loom bands. Thanks, but no thanks.

So my friend and I went to the market in search of loom band sellers and we found one who sold them for P20/gram. We bought a lot. I think I spent about P500 on new bands. That was a lot of bands, but it didn’t last for long. It was time for more hardcore loom band shopping! LOL. We found ourselves one Saturday morning in the middle of Divisoria trying to find the vendor with the cheapest price.  Oh things you do for crafts! After some haggling, we finally got our stash (which cost almost P1K) and went home.

That was two months ago and I have not used up that stash until now. I rarely find time to pick up my hook anymore. I was into it maybe a couple of weeks after I got back home and even made my own bracelet designs! But lately, I’ve been a lot busy with my blog, learning web design, and work that I can’t squeeze in looming anymore. I still have not made my dad a bracelet he had requested a couple of months back! Well, after hearing the news about loom bands having high amounts of lead, I doubt my dad would even want to wear one now.


A Short Visit to La Union

I have been to La Union twice, and on both instances, I never tried surfing. The first time, I was unprepared, and the second time, I was scared. But that is not to say I didn’t enjoy both trips, because I did. Oh boy, I certainly did.

I mentioned before on this post about Manila Ocean Park that I have water anxiety. And anybody who knows me real well or travels with me to beaches would know how much I get really scared when I go swimming in the beach. Somehow, in La Union, that is never the case for me.

Last summer, my friends and I decided to go on a road trip. Mara drove us all the way from Manila to La Union in her Ford Ranger. They were a great bunch, but I was, as always, a sleepy traveler and slept for most part of the drive. Teehee.

It took us about 6 hours to get to Hacienda Peter, where we stayed. We were blessed with cloudy weather, which made swimming so much more fun. I played in the water until my legs and knees hurt from trying to fight the waves.  Unfortunately though, it was a rather short trip. I was tired from all the swimming that I slept early that night. We went back to Manila the next day.

This place warrants another visit. Maybe before the year ends. Yes? Yes.

Photo Walk – 8/30/2014

I went to Paseo del Mar the other day to take some pictures. I’ve been holed up in my room ever since I got back and I needed to just get a whiff of fresh Zamboanga City air for once. I took my Fujifilm XF-1 with me and took a few pictures. It was a rather short walk because it was nearing night-time. I just went to Fort Pilar and took a couple of shots along the way. I went back to Paseo del Mar after a few minutes to have dinner with my parents.

I’m thinking of doing more photo walks in the future. I get to travel often but I barely take pictures. Yeah, I’m just lazy like that.

Flower Drawing

I found an old flower doodle on one of my notebooks and decided to digitize it with Photoshop:



I definitely need more practice on the pen tool. Eeks. But I’m happy with the color palettes I used on this one. If you wanna see what this looked like on paper, click here (yeah, I did say it was a doodle. LOL. Sorry for the messy paper).