Newly Opened Cafe in Tanay: Triston 360 Cafe

This was the farthest cafe I had visited so far (I visited last December 16). In fact, it took me almost four hours to commute. But the pink skies and the experience were worth it.

How to Go to Tanay Triston 360 Cafe

I had to ask the cafe itself for instructions since it was my first time to go to Tanay.

I rode an Antipolo-Tanay jeep from a point in Ortigas Extension and had the jeepney driver drop me at Tanay Bayan. The tricycles there led me to the jeepney terminal that passes by some points in Marilaque Highway. (While writing this, I should have asked if they pass by Cuyambay).

From the jeepney terminal, I asked them to drop me off at Martessem. From there, I rode a tricycle that gave me a ride up to Cuyambay Arc (it cost me PhP 150 though).

If you’re cafe-hunting alone like me, I suggest that you leave as soon as you eat, as finding jeepneys and tricycles is more difficult at night.

What to Experience in Tanay Triston 360 Cafe

It was a simple cafe, nothing fancy. Their “theme” focused on their purpose and location—their advantage. It was a newly opened cafe when I went to visit, so many parts were still being constructed. But today I heard that they already have a stonehenge-inspired rock installation and a backyard.

From the cafe, you’ll also have a good view of Laguna De Bay and some Tanay mountains and fields. I thought I was unlucky that day since it was slightly raining and I wouldn’t be able to see the sunset. To my surprise, I was blessed with a burning pink sky.

Before I forgot: wear a jacket. Do not underestimate the cold air of Tanay peaks (which was what I did, and I regretted wearing a skirt that day haha).

What to Eat in Tanay Triston 360 Cafe

They gave me a lot of free food, so it was a surprising experience. I only ordered their continental breakfast (PhP 259) and blue layered iced coffee (PhP 128), but they also gave me tuna pesto, blue ice cream, and tea.

My orders were okay, but if I’d go there a second time, I would pick one of their pastas and a warm cup of tea. For tea goers, I would highly recommend theirs; I felt cozy after drinking, which was a great pair for a freezing body.

For more information, visit this post by Kape Tayo, Rizal.

Triston 360 Cafe
5:30 a.m. to 7:00 p.m.
Ipil St. Corner, Marikina-Infanta Highway, Tanay, rizal

Tales of Illumina and Selfielicious PH Photo Dump

Christmas Day ranks second among my favorite days of the year. Siguro kasi parang ang saya na ang daming ilaw kahit hindi masaya ang Meralco bill. Well, isang beses lang naman sa isang taon, sabi nga nila.

But this season went from exciting to gloomy because of the tragedy that was Odette. We made ways to help kahit ba hindi direct na makapunta roon. I’m praying that my fellow countrymen who are affected by the typhoon will soon recover. Usually, I’ll schedule myself on a trip, but I decided to use this fund to help.

Sabi ko, sa malapit na lang, one that would not cost me more than two thou. Ayun, my brother and I went to Ever Gotesco Mall in Commonwealth to visit Tales of Illumina and Selfielicious. Naka-promo ‘yung kinuha ko sa website nila. So for PhP 998, puwede na ‘yung dalawa. Sa Klook kasi, for example, ang Tales of Illumina ay PhP 799, while ang Selfielicious ay PhP 349. Kinuha ko na ‘yung promo.

Bale, literal na photo dump lang ito. Hehe.

Tales of Illumina

Ginawang Tales of Illumina ang sinehan sa Ever Gotesco Commonwealth. Ang dami nilang nailagay—from Instagrammable rooms to educational sections (May Florante at Laura, Ibong Adarna parts ang Tales of Illumina). May pa-perfomance din sila.

This one of the walls you’ll see before you enter Tales of Illumina. Trip ko ‘to kasi may zodiac signs.

The set of images are grouped para lang mas organized and makita n’yo rin ang pagkakasunod-sunod sa mismong venue.

Here are the rooms in the left-side area:


Philippine Myths






Springs and Orange Balls


Stories in Philippine Literature

Violet Lanterns


I See Magic

Here are the rooms in the right-side area:


Adventures of Hiraya

Whimsical Path

Colorful Balls


Cotton Balls


Pink Balls


Selfielicious PH

True to its name, kung mahilig ka mag-selfie at mag-picture-picture tulad ko, then go. (Pero sa balitang Omicron, mukhang hindi na naman puwede.) Anyway . . .

Again, may iba na nilitratuhan ko na lang ang venue kasi swak-swak lang. May iba rito na kamukha ng nasa Dessert Museum, actually, tulad ng lips sa may smooch section.

Birthday Party






Lady Bug






Blue Balls

Piggy Bank

Rubber Ducky

Table Tennis and Billiards

Christmas Trees

Emoticon Balls


Sorry sa lack of description. It is what it is naman kasi. As in for pictorials talaga. Favorite picture Nag-enjoy naman ako dahil mahilig naman talaga ako pumorma at magpa-picture, lalo na kung comfortable ako sa kasama ko.

Huling gala ng taong 2021.

Tales of Illumina
2F Ever Commonwealth, Quezon City

Selfielicious PH Lower Ground Floor Ever Commonwealth, Quezon City

Last-Minute Reflection This 2021: My Highs and Lows

I’m meeting 2022 with a fever, but this won’t stop me from blogging. Every year naman, maraming ganap. This year, not much. Definitely not my favorite year, but I don’t hate it either.

The Highs

Pinaka-high ko talaga this year ang makapagtrabaho sa Wattpad. Thanks to Rayne and Nayin for recommending me. At first I was really hesitant. Feeling ko hindi ko kaya. Pero I’m always like that, e. Lagi ko na lang pinalalampas ang opportunity. So no, not this time.

Then high ko rin ang makabalik sa momentum sa pagsusulat. This year, I finished Over Again, wrote three short stories, and started a prose compilation and one novella entitled Laro Tayo. Alam ko it’s not much, pero for me na naging busy, it was what I can accomplish. Salamat sa 358K follows!

Nakapagumpisa ako ng passion project ko this year: Kape Tayo, Rizal on Facebook, Instagram, and Tiktok. Since ang hilig ko din namang magkape at magpunta sa mga magagandang lugar, why not, di ba? Natutuwa lang ako na makapunta sa iba’t ibang kapehan. For sure, I’ll continue this project hanggang sa ma-cover ko lahat ng cafes.

The Lows

From March to July, puro lang ako trabaho and walang dumadating na pera. I thought kaya ng savings ko, pero I thought ko lang pala talaga iyon. So pagdating ng money, I spoiled myself and others to death. I fixed my room, bought yummy foods, spent my money to give and give and give . . . and ayun, I exhausted my account. I’m really not the best when it comes to financial matters, but this can’t be my reason all the time. I’m already 30, and when I think about this, I become anxious of my future.

I only started this around September when I got my professional fee. Maliit lang ‘yung bills here kasi I pay my share at the start of the year. Food here ay ‘yung takeouts from Food Panda and Grab, and Gifts here include giveaways, charity work, and mga palibre to friends and family. Sadly, in three months, I’ve spent a six-digit amount. Imagine kung whole year. Hayst.

Nagkaroon din ako ng malalang depressive episode this year. Again, I’m not the type who seeks help from friends (but I really appreciated those who reached out). Ginawa kong coping mechanism ang pag-draw. Check my IG stories na “coping mechanism” ang label, pero may content warning na agad.

I also gained weight, from 50 to 53. Low to for me kasi I’m maintaining at mabilis talaga ako mag-gain. Sa stress din siguro. Nag-start ‘to noong parang naging laging pagod ang feeling ko, around December. Ini-insist ko pa rin kasi ang routine ko kahit gusto ng katawan kong magpahinga. In return, kinain ko nang kinain. Sana makabalik ako sa 50 ulit before it gets worse.

Next Steps

  • Save more. Ito talaga. Since tapos ko na rin naman na ang kuwarto ko (next blog na lang), I don’t need to splurge on anything naman na. Titigil-tigilan ko rin muna ang puro libre. Marupok kasi ako when it comes to that. Partida, from September lang ang account ko. What more if I start fresh next year? Nakakatakot. Gusto ko i-try ‘yung 50-30-20. I hope it will work kasi naging pabaya ako sa 80-20. Titigilan ko na ‘tong “I deserve this.” Masasabi ko na lang na deserve ko kung natupad ko na adulthood goals ko siguro.
  • Go back to a healthy lifestyle. I’ll start exercising again. Natigil na naman kasi ulit. And healthier foods.
  • Read, watch, draw. Goal ko next year ang makabasa ng mas maraming libro at makapanood ng mas maraming films. Last year kasi, puro nga ako trabaho until the end, unlike the previous years. Movie-goer pa man din ako, but given this pandemic, I don’t think I can watch in the theaters anytime soon. Wala rin akong nabasa this year na hindi part ng work ko. Draw . . . yeah. I just want to hone my skills pa. Plan ko like every week, iba. Watch a movie sa first week, read a book sa second week . . . something like that.
  • Sa work, gusto ko pa mas maging dedicated. Ewan, I felt na lacking pa rin ako in this aspect. Or as a workaholic, gusto ko lang lagi akong may inaasikaso while reaching for a goal. Siguro dapat isama ko rin ‘to sa resolution ko—na uso magpahinga at na hindi kailangan i-unnecessarily exhaust ang sarili.
  • Writing-wise, ang goals ko e set per story. This year, gusto ko lang matapos ang Laro Tayo and start my wlw novels (yes, plural) na. Magiging break ko ang short stories in between.

Ayun. That ends my reflection. I hope you all had a fruitful year. Sana, ngayong 2022 din. Let’s stop making excuses for ourselves, kesyo hindi natin kaya, kesyo ganito tayo pinalaki. We grow, we learn. Let’s shift our mindset. Patama ko talaga ‘to sa sarili ko every year. Hahaha.

Thank you for being a part of my 2021. 🍑