Tuesday, 31 October 2017

LARJ CAFE

ABOUT.

LARJ CAFE: A newly opened Cafe in Pateros that offers a wide range of selection, from pasta to salad, to coffee and frappe beverages. Larj Cafe also serves Inutak, a Pateros/Taguig native delicacy, with a twist.
Larj Cafe is barely new in the market. Got noticed of it when we were passing by and thought of trying it somewhat sooner. Last night, I got to try the cafe again for the second time. Yes, been here once with a friend and I would say it's a pretty decent coffee shop.
THE PLACE.

With its humble space, Larj Cafe's interior is made up on mostly brown colored materials - yung table and chairs, yung sofa, the walls (bricks and wood), and even the logo it self. That's what I liked about the place, hindi makalat tignan sa mata. They keep it minimal in terms of colors. 

At syempre nga since mostly brown colored ang theme sa loob, the lights are giving off a very relaxing ambiance. Perfect for studies, catching up with friends or spending time with yourself.

Meron din sila chairs and tables sa veranda for al fresco dining or for smoking I guess? The only thing I noticed though was the lack of restroom. Kasi maliit lang naman yung place so mapapansin ko kaagad kung meron man. 

Sunday, 25 June 2017

THE MINIATURE MUSEUM MARIKINA

ABOUT.

SPIRIT OF BETHLEHEM: A private collection of over 500 belens/nativity sets from all over the world. It boasts of numerous pieces from here and abroad. - As per Official Facebook.

MINIATURE MUSEUM: Aleli Salinas Vengua started a hobby of collecting junk from toothpaste caps to splinters of wood to make a makeshift table – has impassioned her to create more than 60,000 miniature pieces that she artistically designed to resemble the interior of a 24-room mansion. The collection, of which each room is enclosed in a glass case, comprises the usual rooms in a mansion. - As per Official Facebook.
Hindi updated ang Operating Hours.

PERSONAL EXPERIENCE.

To be honest, I really don't know such place exist until nadiscover ko siya sa Google Maps. Yes it's weird. Ewan ko ba, pag nagproprocastinate ako at babad sa internet, kung saan-saan ako napupuntang website. **Grin. LOLs.

Anyway, the very next day I decided to visit the Museum. Dahil traffic, nakarating ako sa location ng mga 4:30PM which is technically late na. Nagdecide pa din ako tumuloy, paid the fee, and put my macro photography skill into test. Meganon?

Nakakapressure kasi magsasara sila ng 5:00PM so I only have 30 minutes. Sa dami ng nakadisplay, ang hirap kung saan ako magfofocus. Hashtag #Nakakaoverwhelm. Ganun! Ayoko na lang ipahalata. Well dalawa lang naman kaming visitor nung oras na yun so wala talagang makakahalata.
Actually maliit lang ang museum pero sa liit ng mga nakadisplay, parang ang laki ng lugar. The room was devided into two parts: The Belen Collection and the Miniature Collection. Honestly, with the limited time at personal requirement na magpicture, ang hirap itake-in lahat ng nakikita ko.

The Spirit of Bethlehem area offers a wide selection of belen or nativity set. Galing sa ibant ibang bansa (Philippines too) at gawa sa ibat ibang materyales like wood, resin, stone, atbp. Ewan ko na lang kung makalimutan mo pa kung ilan ang bilang ng tao sa Nativity set after neto.

And here's the Miniature Museum part. Just to give you an idea kung panu kaliit ang mga nakadisplay sa mga susunod na pictures, the photo below show a room set with my hand on it. It's a visual presentation baby. Enjoy the photos! 
Garage.
Basement.
Food Shop.
Christmas Room.
Living Room 1.
Oriental Room 1.

Saturday, 22 April 2017

UNEXPECTED | March 2017 Civil Service Result

In the wee hours of April 22, about 1 AM, me and partner were lying in bed waiting to fall asleep. We were both busy on our phone checking other people's lives on Facebook. Then I suddenly came across a friend's post about him passing the Civil Service Exam last March 2017. I immediately jolted out of bed and secretly checked Google for Civil Service result 2017, clicked the first result, and looked up my name under Region 5 passers. Ayun wala. Sad. Takte!!
Narealized ko, I took the exam here in Manila. Nabuhayan ulit ako. Naisip ko baka nasa NCR list of passers ang pangalan ko. So I scrolled down the list of NCR passers very slowly, scared that my name won't be on the list as well. The next thing I know, I was jumping up and down on our bed! I passed!!! Thank You Lord! Imagine how hard it was for me to get into sleep after knowing the results. Eeeeee. 
It was six years ago since I took my first attempt to pass the National examination. I was a fresh graduate then. Nagreview pa ako para makapasa talaga pero hindi ako pinalad. Medyo madaming beses na rin nagtry ang Ate at Kuya ko at unfortunately, di pa sila pumapasa. Alam ko medyo disappointed si Mama na kahit isa man lang sa amin ay walang nakakapasa. I decided then na lumuwas at makipagsapalaran sa Maynila. LOLs sa makipagsapalaran!

I dunno why it took so long for me to retake the exam after I failed. Kaso narealized ko, I'm not getting any younger. I need a fallback plan just in case gusto ko na umuwi sa probinsya. Syempre ayoko naman magBPO ulit dun kasi mababa ang sahud at night shift pa. 

After getting encouragement from my partner, I decided to try again. Inasikaso ko lahat ng kelangan at nagbayad ng fee. This time though wala ng review-review. Nagpaturo na lang ako kay partner especially sa Math kasi dun ako medyo natatagalan.
Few weeks before the exam, di na ako nagaaral. LOLs. Got so tamad Ate Charo! Sabi ni partner, wag ko na lang daw muna seryosuhin. Just take the exam. Kung di man daw ako pumasa, I'll take the August 2017 more seriously. But NO! Wala ng ganun! Passer na ako!! Sobrang saya ko!! Pero once in a while chinecheck ko yung list baka mawala name ko. Praning?!? LOLs. Minsan iniisip ko pa baka may kapangalan pa ako. Pakshet! Sana wala naman. Ahaha.

I was planning to keep this a secret until Mama's birthday in July pero I can't contain the happiness and excitement. I told Ate and Mama over the phone. I hope I made Mama proud because MYMP. LOLs.

Sunday, 2 April 2017

TWIN LAKES TAGAYTAY

Pagkatapos magpakabusog sa Bulalo Point, sumakay ulit kami ng jeep papuntang Twin Lakes Tagaytay. The night before, we were planning to have Starbucks at Tagaytay-Nasugbu branch (malapit sa Leslie Bulaluhan) since it was our favorite branch but unfortunately it was full of pa-cool people na gusto na yata tumira dun.
Nagdecide na lang kami magStarbucks sa Twin Lakes kahit may kalayuan sa Tagaytay Proper. It's 13.8km from Tagaytay Rotonda. Kaya karamihan ng pumupunta dito ay may private car. So sasadyain mo talaga siya.
Ang dami ng nagbago since the last time na pumunta kami dito, ang dami ng food resto's at may Robinson Supermarket na din. Medyo malaki na din ang inimprove ng hotel/resort community na ginagawa ng Megaworld na tanaw mula sa taas ng Twin Lakes. Though medyo may kalayuan na ang Taal sa Twin Lakes, the view is still superb. 


Though to be honest, the construction of the hotel takes away the natural beauty of the view. Of course, you cut down trees. The usual green mountainside will gradually turn into series of concrete structures. Oh business nga naman. It makes me sad.
Twin Lakes
Address: Tagaytay-Nasugbu Hwy, Laurel, Batangas

BULALO POINT

When I think of Tagaytay, the first thing that comes to my mind is bulalo and crispy tawilis. Aside sa Taal view, eto talaga ang linolook forward ko. Bulalo and cripsy tawilis is almost like synonymous to Tagaytay.

Taking an advice from an office-mate, sabi niya try daw namin yung Bulalo Point. As in pilit na pilit siya na itry namin as if siya yung may ari! Mukha namang kapanipaniwala si office-mate. So after namin magcheck-out sa New Orleans Hotel, sumakay na kami ng jeep. Sa gabay at patnubay ni Waze, narating namin ang Bulalo Point.
Di naman fancy yung place, made up of mostly wood and metals. Pero at least may view ng taal kahit medyo nahaharangan ng mga puno pero okay na yun kesa sa wala. Walang aircon, alfresco dining!  Pero jampacked beybe,  alam mong dinadayo which means masarap!

Siguro naman alam niyo na inorder namin? Nasa title na sya mga Ate, bulalo (Php350) at crispy tawilis (Php200 yata) plus anim na steamed rice (Php35 each). Gutom? Andami-dami ng bulalo, nakakatuwa. I heard Bimby said, "What's sulit Mama?". LOLs!! Andaming laman at sobrang lambot ng karne. I heard Bimby said again, "What's siksik Mama?". LOLs ulet. Ang sarap isawsaw sa toyo na may kalamnsi at sili. At yung crispy tawilis, stay true to its claim, crispy siya. Haha! At syempre masarap, perfect match sa mainit na sabaw.

Total bill was around Php800.00.  I heard Bimby said for one last time, "What's sulit Mama?". LOLs.
Next time, pagnapadpad kayo sa Tagaytay at nagcrave kayo sa bulalo at crispy tawilis, wag mahihiyang magtanong kung may Ritemed version ba sila? LOLs. Seriously, the view is just a food for the eyes. Value added services kumbaga. The main reason you went to a restaurant was to fill up your tummy. Kaya be practical.
Bulalo Point
Address: Tagaytay - Nasugbu Hwy, Tagaytay City, Cavite
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