May 28, 2014

All great things are preceded by hardships


I remember there were times I wanted to give up. But then science taught me one great lesson about life - that it is not always the strongest nor the smartest of the species that survive, but the one most open and adaptable to change. And this kept me going.

May 25, 2014

Casiguran: Wish it were as easy to forget you as it was to love you

Located at the northern part of Aurora Province, Casiguran is a charming coastal town boasting of unspoiled white sand beaches and fresh seafood, including lobsters, half a kilo of which is as cheap as watching X-Men: Days of Future Past on the big screen.

















Casiguran is accessible via bus or van from Cabanatuan or Baler. From Manila, it takes 10 hours to get to Casiguran. At the town proper, there are tricycles for hire (P500 round trip) for those who want to visit Casapsapan Beach.  

May 24, 2014

AntiTeasis: Books and Brews

What are your favorite word entries in David Levithan's The Lover’s Dictionary? Mine are the following:

I, n. Me without anyone else.

indelible, adj. That first night, you took your finger and pointed to the top of my head, then traced a line between my eyes, down my nose, over my lips, down my neck, to the center of my chest. It was so surprising, I knew I would never mimic it. That one gesture would be yours forever.

misgivings, n. Last night, I got up the courage to ask you if you regretted us. "There are things I miss," you said. "But if I didn't have you, I'd miss more.”

only, adj. That’s the dilemma, isn’t it? When you’re single, there’s the sadness and joy of only me. And when you’re paired, there’s the sadness and joy of only you.

suffuse, v. I don’t like it when you use my shampoo, because then your hair smells like me, not you.

I was delighted to find a copy of this unorthodox love story dictionary at AntiTeasis’ mini library, while waiting for my tea.






Orange cinnamon marzipan and strawberry raspberry
cold teas in mason jars

Cream cheese bagels

Lemon and cinnamon mini donuts





Check out this smart-casual place and find out the antithesis of (or cure to) afternoon boredom.

AntiTeasis: Books and Brews
Unit C #154 Maginhawa St.
Sikatuna Village, Quezon City

May 23, 2014

Twist Comfort Food + Difference

“The beginning of love is to let those we love be perfectly
themselves and not to twist them to fit our own image.”
- Thomas Merton


The Hallmark ambiance

The twisted chandelier

The open kitchen

Lychee cobana

Pan seared teriyaki glazed salmon with truffled white cheese
and caramelized mushrooms and side salad

Paella pasta

Famous twist cookies with goat's milk - Speculoos, kimchi Nutella, 
matcha blanco, triple xocolat, lemonpeel cheesecake, honey walnut oat

Twist take home goodies




Tell me, who doesn’t love some twisted cookies?

Twist Comfort Food + Difference
2/F Pos Bldg., Tomas Morato Ave. cor.
Sct. Madriñan St., Tomas Morato, Quezon City

May 18, 2014

Commune Café+Bar

Gregarious by nature, people love to commune.





Cafe mocha

All-day breakfast tocino and chicken longanisa




It’s liberating to get together at Commune and partake in the 3rd wave of coffee revolution.

I assure you, their coffee cat ain’t second rate or trying hard.

Commune Café+Bar
Liberty Center, #104 H.V. Dela Costa
Makati City
Tel. No.: 0933-7200241

May 11, 2014

Daraitan: River Trekking and Spelunking in Tinipak

There is no such thing as love triangle. There is only someone in the middle who likes attention.

Tinipak is such a tease. Two municipalities (Tanay, Rizal and General Nakar, Quezon Province) are fighting over land ownership of this long stretch of beautiful river that runs through them. Can’t blame them, even I fell in love the moment I saw those emerald-green waters, refreshing cave pools, giant white marbles, boulders and rock formations - some are shaped like natural Jacuzzi. Even the DILG was also smitten by its exotic charm, that it was awarded the “cleanest inland body of water” in the whole Southern Tagalog Region.  















How to get to Daraitan:
1. Ride Tanay-bound bus/van/jeepney at Shaw Blvd. terminal station.
2. From Tanay market, hire a tricycle P300 (good for 3 pax-one way) to Daraitan. Better hire a tricycle than wait for the Daraitan-bound jeepney (with only two trips per day). Travel time is about an hour. Expect very rough road going to Daraitan.
3. Register at Daraitan Barangay Hall and get a tour guide (P600). It usually takes an hour of trekking to get to Tinipak. Overnight camping is allowed.