Monday, May 30, 2016

Weekend Dining at La Creperie

On a weekend when it was just us ladies hanging out, Mai and I decided to go to Salcedo Park. We used to go there all the time. We were just going to go to Coffee Bean when we decided to go try La Creperie finally. We were going to try it out earlier this year but couldn't find the place which as it would turn out was at the back of the V Corporate Center (duh!).

My always cheerful and easy going friend, Mai. 

I thought it was a charming place to dine in at and we initially planned on just getting desserts. 

The place was empty when we first got there. Though around dinner time, people had started arriving. Luckily, I've already taken these photos. 

Mai and I decided to have early dinner here instead of just desserts since we saw that they also offer main dishes. Boy how I regretted that decision.

Mai ordered bolognese pasta.The sauce was a little creamier than I'm used to but it was okay. In fact I thought I should've ordered that instead! I ordered the Corned Beef. When I told Ryan this story, he said "why did you order corned beef? of all the things you can order!" Well, I pick the safe choice when it comes to food usually and so when I saw corned beef, I said that's what I'm getting. I found the taste bland. But perhaps it was because I didn't dip it in vinegar. I don't like vinegar. I downright dislike the smell of vinegar. I had high expectations of the corned beef but it was for me a let down.   

What saved the whole dining experience? Well, the dessert and tea did. We ordered the 20 layer emille crepe cake and the silver moon tea which we got as a recommendation from someone on Foursquare. 

Like I said, the place is pretty - makes a good background for IG-worthy photos which I took advantage of, obviously. Loved what it says on the poster behind me. 

Actually even the bathroom of this resto has a cute wall decor of Parisian men and women in silhouettes and that French saying "life is made of small pleasures". Couldn't agree more! 

Sunday, May 29, 2016

Moments Vol. 2

The week that passed kick started on the wrong foot at work. To say it was stressful is an understatement. But as I said, I'm trying to see the good things that happened to me and not the bad ones. So here we go with the week that was...

Dined in at a new place near our office: Gorky's. 

I've been meaning to eat here since the first time I saw the place packed with customers. This week, my friends from work and I finally decided we should go. We had a stressful start to our week and we figured we deserved to treat ourselves and indulge in comfort food. This was our comfort food: pizza and pasta. It's delicious by the way and affordable too.

Coffee with a friend after work 

As you know, one of my favorite ways to chill is by drinking coffee. And so when Ver asked me to meet up for coffee, I jumped at the chance. Ver's become a good friend whom I met through Ryan. Always nice to hang with Ver.

Of course we went to CBTL where I had my go-to drink, English Breakfast Tea Latte

Had one of those rare just a chill kind of event

Work events usually have me up on my feet the entire time. I'm also either trailing an executive who's being interviewed by a journalist, running around looking for something or someone and basically dealing with hunger pangs for hours since I don't eat until after the event is done. Plus work events usually need a lot of preparation - documents to be written, reviewed, approved and printed. Executives that need to be sat down and briefed before engaging with the media. But not this event. All I had to do was secure the tickets, show up and that's it. Nothing more to do. I could have even gone home already after that if I wanted to (strong rains however prevented me from doing so). While I waited for the movie to finish, I drank coffee at CBTL, I had dinner and just chatted the night away with my work colleagues.  

In fact it was so chill, I even had time on my hands to get my photo taken. This is me doing a movie night OOTD.

Sunday, May 22, 2016

Moments Vol. 1

Last year, I borrowed this book from my friend, Mai: The Happiness Project by Gretchen Rubin. It's been with me for awhile. Finally last week while I was getting my hair done at the salon, I decided to start reading it.

This phrase in this book "The days are long, but the years are short. Time is passing and I'm not focusing enough on the things that really matter." got me. I've been so caught up with the hustle and bustle of life that I forget that even though I'm not always having adventures or getting some much needed long R&R, I still have some good things happening in my life.

This past week I've decided I'm going to document those good moments so I would be able to remember them especially whenever I find myself looking at the glass half empty. This is my own happiness project.

My week's good moments:

Shared meal with Maila

I was feeling like the stress of the job was beginning to overwhelm me and I told my friend from work, Maila, I felt like going out for a breather. We ended up grabbing a light dinner after work at Terikayi Boy. We shared a solo order of chicken karaage and california maki plus iced tea and then just talked. Good meal + good friend = a good way to cap off work

Friday night is movie night

Yesterday my friend, Ver invited me to watch X-Men: Apocalypse. I didn't enjoy the movie but I loved that I watched it with Ver and Ryan. You just can't go wrong when you're in the company of good friends. It was a good way to end a really harrowing work week.  


OOTD shoot and dined in at a place we haven't been to before

My weekend is usually spent having dinner and coffee in the mall with my high school friends, Mai and Ryan. This weekend is a little different though. Mai and I spent it walking around Salcedo Village, Makati, taking OOTD photos (we were both wearing a dress) and finally eating at La Creperie.

I love walking around Makati. So many things to discover around this city alone. 

Weekend spent girl bonding 

Sunday, May 15, 2016

Revisiting the National Museum

When Erin got back from her out of the country travel, she told me about her plan to do at least one new thing a week. I was enrolled with the idea of doing one new thing a week. She'd never been to the National Museum before and so we made plans to go visit one Sunday. While it's not the first time I visited (I went there way back in 2011 because I wanted to see Juan Luna's The Spolarium), it was the first time I was going there with a friend.    

It was nice to spend a Sunday afternoon in the National Museum. There were so many new things there!

Here are some of the new things I saw:

A room full of Ben Cab work of arts 

Ben Cab is a National Artist. It's not the first time I've seen his works. I've been to the Ben Cab Museum in Baguio way back 2013. I wish I was able to blog about that because that museum is so beautiful. Unfortunately, I lost the phone where all my photos from that trip was saved due to a snatching incident.

I like Ben Cab's artworks. His works have such vivid colors that they would immediately catch your attention. Vivid colors give me a feeling that his works are more alive.

The hallways of the museum are somewhat dark. Up to this time, though there are a lot more people visiting than when I first came, my imagination still makes me feel like the place is haunted.

The stairs in the museum is classic and elegant. #OOTD anyone?

I feel like I didn't get to explore everything inside the National Museum the first time around. So many things I found so new! Well... either that or I've already forgotten considering it's been years!

There were also religious works of arts on display.

And some works of arts that showed the history of the Philippines.

These two artworks are about the Japanese invasion in the Philippines. The last photo above, the one that looks like a skull is a tribute to the Bataan Death March. That was a dark time in our history. 

This is another painting of Juan Luna called Parisian Life. This is an example of his artistic work that is lighter in color and mood.

This one below is the famous Spolarium also by Juan Luna. As you would see, comparing it from the painting above, the mood of this one is darker and more gruesome if I may say so. But it's a glorious painting. Even when I saw this the second time around, I still found myself in awe staring at this masterpiece.

In this day and age of social media, going to a museum like the National Museum is now more than just about viewing the art works and appreciating them. It's also about taking photos of the things you see inside and taking photos of yourself - those "candid" shots and those "OOTD" shots. Erin and I did those when we were inside. 

Our selfie to document our time together in the museum

We did it too when we were outside the museum.

We didn't get to go inside the other museum building. It was supposed to be our first stop. But there were just too many people in line when we got there. We had agreed to go back after visiting the National Arts Gallery Museum (the one where The Spolarium is) but it's such a huge museum, by the time we finished, our feet were already tired and aching and we were hungry. I've been to that other side of the museum as well with my Dad. What's there to see in that other building? Read my post about it here.

If you'd like to visit The National Museum, you can do so for free on Sundays. You can also visit The National Museum or some other museums in the Metro for free during the International Museum Day on May 18.

Monday, May 2, 2016

Marikina Tour: The Book Museum

I've been to Marikina a couple of times before. Once was to eat at Pan de Amerikana and the second time was to visit the Marikina Shoe Museum.

Well, thanks to our resident Marikina tour guide, I recently found out about another interesting museum to visit when in Marikina - the Book Museum cum Ethnology Center.  

This museum was built to house the collections of Atty Dominador Buhain of the REX Group of Companies who loved to travel a lot and I mean a lot! He's been to every continent in the world - 221 countries and 76 provinces in the Philippines. Not a lot of people can say they're that well-traveled! He's even been gotten some awards to prove that. 

Anyway in every country he visited, he collected books which you will find housed in this museum. 

Nicely decorated facade of the book museum 

Here are some of the displays worth checking out inside the museum:

One of the world's smallest book, Das "Kleinste Buch der Welt" from Germany

That red book measures only 3.3 x 3.3 millimeter and it contains the Lord's Prayer printed in 7 languages.  

Miniature collection of Shakespeare's works

Because the place is also an ethnology center, we were able to see the difference between the cultures of the ethnic groups from Luzon and Mindanao. Here are some of the interesting stuff from the Cordillera region:

This is a backpack 

A coffin 

This gives the term headhunter a completely different meaning - a creepier version if you ask me
A visit to the other side of the ethnology museum will give you the impression of wealth and luxury - Mindanao ethnic groups culture is truly different. 

Bukidnon guitar aka Kudyapi

And did I mention that the owner is a fan of James Dean? They have plans to build a mini James Dean museum inside as well. 

Entrance to the museum is only at Php100 for a group of 5. 80 for students, researchers, senior citizens and Marikina residents. 

It's a very nice place to visit. Could even inspire the wanderlust in you. Plus the ethnology center is a good place to learn more about the different tribe cultures in the Philippines.

The Book Museum and Ethnology Center
127 Dao Street, Marikina Height, Marikina City
Open: Tuesdays to Sundays, 9am-12nn and 1-6pm