Its been a while since I’ve been to Maginhawa. I will definitely miss the spontaneous trips my dormates and I would make, just to try out different cafes or restaurants.
I decided to go one last time before I leave my dorm and college life behind. A cafe full of people and a lively atmosphere, I wasn’t expecting this from the title. I have never heard of this cafe before but seeing as my friend suggested it, I thought we should give it a try.
I am used to a warm, cosy and relaxing atmosphere whenever entering a cafe. However this was different, the first thing you would see while entering would be families and couples enjoying their food.
Seeing as I am a huge fan of pasta I ordered the puttanesca. They also serve sandwhiches, rice meals, pastas, breakfasts and of course coffee.
What I love about their coffee is you can choose the type of beans for your brewed coffee and it was only 80pesos. The coffee was definitely worth it. I would definitely come back for the coffee.
For the food however well it was served fast which is a huge plus for me. The food was at the right temperature and it had the right amount of ingredients. It wasn’t anything special for me but I would come back for the coffee and for the atmosphere. Especially if I wanted to catch up with friends.
I’m back to attending events finally after nearly a year I get the opportunity to go somewhere new and meet new people. I was invited to watch the special screening of the finalists of Nissan: GTA Academy. Where they showed episodes of the time the finalists spent in Silverstone, UK. It showed a bit of drama, happy memories, motivation and inspiration. It was great to watch them on the big screen after seeing the six finalists last year where they were announced that they would be battling out against each other and countries in Asia.
Congratulations to Joward Policarpio for winning against other Asian countries and for making the Philippines proud. It was a blessing to watch this on the big screen and would love to see the winner race even more hopefully against other countries and not just in Asia.
Are you a fan of arts and crafts? This place is the perfect place for you! Common room is full of handmade goods such as wallets, bags, postacards, pillows you name it. They even have caligraphy pens, ink and the whole sets complete.
The downside would be the price but what do you expect. It is a room full of arts and crafts made by a variety of artists put in one place.
To top it off the music is calm and the vibe will make you wonder off into another world as you stroll around. I think even if you don’t want to you you really will end ip buying something.
It’s a place to just spend your money that you won’t regret!
My favourite place in Tagaytay is Bag of Beans. I love the coffee there and the atmosphere. It’s a perfect place to chill and hang out with family, friends or even a special someone. This is my second time here and I would suggest that everyone who goes to Tagaytay visits this place before they leave.
Not only do they serve Civet coffee which is made from the poop of a cat but they also serve great hot chocolate and desserts. They also serve food but I have yet to try the food here.
It has a cosey atmosphere that is serene and relaxing. There’s not much going around you and its like being in your own backyard, a dim lit area with nature surrounding you.
So happy to have tried something different! It was my second time in Megamall and I really enjoyed the short amount of time I was there. I am a huge fan of malls. I grew up in malls, everything is there. I was amazed how many differen and exciting restaurants there were there. A lot I’ve never even heard of, on top of that the international brands that are popular on the high streets of London were there. I would love to go vack to this mall!
My friend and I came along a restaurant called Chelsea Kitchen. It was our first time to hear about this place so we didn’t know what to order. We ordered there best seller which was pizza, we had hawaian and three cheeses.
The pizza base was super thin and unlike other places not soaked in oil. Followed by buffalor wings, that’s the perfect combination. Wings and pizza, it was like heaven. The wings were full of flavour, the skin had more flavour than the chicken itself but it still filled my stomach. I would definitely order these and come back again.
Trailing around SM Megamall the other day I came across a stall that caught my attention, BLK 513. I am already familiar with this as I saw it previously on others blogs. So I was also excited to try something new out.
This is a dark skin frozen yogurt made from Greek yogurt. It is supposed to be healthy as dark skim does not contain a lot of calories.
You would just think of it as coloured yogurt but actually it is more than that!
It is not too sweet and not sour either it is just inbetween. You can choose whether you have it in a cone or a cup, a cup costs (pHp185) and a cone (pHp170). However with the cup you can choose one crunch, two fruits and then one sauce.
I chose the chocolate dip, mango and lychee followed by caramalized cookie sauce.
All the flavours clashed together, you had sweet, sour and crunchy. It is not heavy on the tummy and it every spoonful wants you going back for more.
The first time I ever tried flavoured beer was in England when I went to a Belgium restaurant. For some reason I didn’t so much appreciate it. However after having enough local beers here in the Philippines I started to appreciate flavoured beer.
Local beers in the Philippines are my usual choice of drinks whenever I go out seeing as it’s the cheapest option.
Walking along Greenbelt looking for a place to eat we passed by Draft and I decided why not? At the time I wanted to have a drink and on top of that I wanted something other than Asian food.
The place had a bar to the left full of imported beers. When we sat down we were given a menu, there was one for drinks and one for food. The drinks menu was full of beers from all around the world. It had different flavours and the percentage of alcohol. I picked the rasberry beer seeing as I rarely pick rasberry flavoured anything.
The beer was great! It was full of flavour, it tasted like fizzy rasberry juice. If you’re not into strong alcoholic drinks this is perfect. Perfect for a chill drink maybe abit pricey but definitely worth buying.
I fell in love with this place it was so serene! Though it is not somewhere I would go with friends. I would go here either with a special someone or family. This garden and spa is perfect for those who just want to relax and be in a peaceful environment.
With three swimming pools; one overlooking, one shallow pool and the best one was wirh a front view of the sunset. They also have a jacuzzi, two saunas a restaurant and places for you to get a massage.
I am a huge fan of jacuzzi’s and I nearly fell asleep in one. I cannot say much negative things about this place because frankly there isn’t. I just completely loved it and want to go back!
Photo by Meliza Joi Del Rsario
Photo by Meliza Joi Del Rsario
Photo by Meliza Joi Del Rsario
Photo by Meliza Joi Del Rsario
I’ve heard a lot of people mention Batangas but I’ve only been there once or twice. This Christmas my family and I decided to spend Christmas somewhere different, this time out of town. We decided to go somewhere relaxing. We drove all the way to Batangas which is just a few hours away from us.
It was the perfect place to go, especially as there was a scarce amount of people and so it was quiet and peaceful.
We spent the first day just relaxing, watching movies and swimming in the pool. We had lunch and dinner at the resort where it was a buffet, serving all traditional Filipino foods.
The music they played during the whole time was all Christmas songs sung by Michael Buble and Mariah Carey. Despite it being played on repeat during our two nights and three days stay, it added to the Christmas vibe.
The second day was unforgettable; it was my first time to try parasailing and second to try the banana boat. The parasailing made me disappear for a while as I day dreamed for most of the time. The most thrilling bit was when we were dipped into the water and dragged, a very exhilarating experience. I was worried I would somehow get in the way of the fishes or maybe even come across a shark.
For the rest of the day we just spent it here at the beach just 10mins away from the resort. I forgot to add we got to rent out a jetski and drive it on our own for 30mins. My cousin and I took turns to soar the sea in circles. Shame we didn’t have our own so that we could race around.
At the end of the stay we spent it watching horror movies and drinking beer for dinner.
Our trip came to end on Christmas day where we drove back with our faces a few shades darke4 and our hairs still with a hint of salt water.
I am a super huge fan of cafes and especially coffee. I came across Catabolic cafe on instagram and it immediately got my attention. I really wanted to visit it. The drinks looked awesome and it looked like a place I would hang out in.
My friends decided to go to Maginhawa to study and seeing as I had nowhere to go so I decided to go with them. We went to three places our second place we went to after we ate at Breakfast and Pies as Catabolic Cafe. We stayed there for a few hours, them studying while I was watching a movie.
They ordered a mocha with cute designs in top, I just love it when coffee has designs on the coffee. I had the raspberry iced tea which was perfect. It was actually sour which shows it wasn’t just full of water, it was so refreshing. Followed by this I had a cookie with white chocolate and sesame seeds. It was the greates if all cookies but it wasn’t one of those hard cookies that you get in places nowadays. Also it was my first time that I saw cookies with wasabi, now that was strange. When I asked the waiter what cookies she would suggest she told me to try the sesame seed. I was a bit too scared to try something out of the ordinary, I wasn’t it that mood.
The cafe wasn’t what I expected it wasn’t at great. However they have free wifi and a spacious layout. It was a bright and confy place to hang out. Though me and my friends where a bit bothered with the music as they played Adele the whole time on repeat. I have nothing against her I love her songs I just wasn’t in the mood to listen to Adele’s song for 3hours over and over again.
I will definitely go back especialy as I loved their toilet, it was complete with two kinds of tissues, yummy smelling handwash etc.