June Pasyal with Friends since Elementary School

I know it’s already October, but there were just so many things to prioritize that I almost forgot I had a blog—or basically a platform where I keep my pictures.

Anyway, I’ve been friends with Nini and Mic since 2005. We were classmates when we were Grade 5, and although I transferred to a science high school, our friendship stayed intact. Now years after, one of us is going (it’s went now, actually) abroad, hoping to leave this country permanently. I am happy for her, especially with the state of this country. But before she left us, we had planned our Manila getaway.

Our first destination was Manila Ocean Park. I’m not sure if there were new attractions, but it looked the same the last time I went.

Then we proceeded to Sofitel Manila to check in and rest for a while before jumping to our next adventure—The Dessert Museum. I had been to this museum a lot of times, but I suggested this because I knew my granddaughter would enjoy the experience.

The next day, we went to Dreamplay. I was awed with the aesthetics of the place. Since I only had a sighting ticket, I couldn’t play and go inside some rooms, which was fine since most of the activities were for kids. I definitely want to go back here for more pictures hehe.

We didn’t do much during our last day. We just enjoyed the last few hours swimming in the hotel’s pool, watched a movie and ate at Ichiba in Newport Mall, and strolled around BGC.

Here is my vlog on Youtube, which is basically just a collage of video clips I took. (Now I’m hungry because I saw our food pics at Ichiban. Huhu.)

“It is not fear that forces you to do well. It is empathy.”

I saw a Twitter post last week about how the author of the tweet experienced his script (his job was in the film industry) thrown to him. Grabe, ano? May hindi talaga makapag-adapt sa isang society full of empathy. Gusto nila ‘yung may hierarchy para sila ang nasa power, sila ang tinitingala. You know you can be a leader without scaring your subordinates, right? Doon sa tweet, nakasulat ‘to: “It is not fear that forces you to do well. It is empathy.”

Naalala ko lang how I feared my parents so much. Kaya nga my escape was through writing, e. My first novel was about me going to another world, having twenty-three other “souls” (they’re just different versions of me, actually) who understand me, and saving another world haha. ‘Yung gusto ko bida-bida ako sa kuwento ko . . . kasi doon na lang ako bida, alam n’yo ‘yon? Doon ako safe. Na at least doon, napapahalagahan ang opinyon ko.

Feeling ko talaga traumatized children din ang mga Isekai authors, e, chz.

Dati, I was a believer of discipline through fear. Kaya nga, admittedly, I was okay with dictatorship before (buti na lang talaga I learned so much). Kasi naisip ko, “Bakit ako, okay naman ako lumaki?” But as time passed by, I slowly realized that I was not a fine product as I thought I was. In a large group, I was often afraid to speak out dahil takot ako na baka mali ang sasabihin ko. There’s also this desire of standing out but not wanting to stand out, you know what I mean? Like you want to impress people, but at the same time you don’t want to attract people. Tipong I came to a point na napatanong na lang ako who was I impressing to begin with? Tapos when I failed, I was looked down upon by the people I was trying so hard to impress.

My parents have changed. And I love them even more, I admit, when they’re not the terror parents I knew when I was young. Pero the scars are still here.

Anyway, no’ng nag-aaral ako ng education, I learned that the philosophies in parenting can be applied to teaching. Do’n ko na-realize that whatever I learned from terror teachers were gone. Siguro ang natira na lang sa ‘kin ay ang learning na I don’t want to be like them. I don’t want to be the reason why a human being regrets their decisions in life just because they enrolled in my class.

Ayun lang. Isa na naman pong Twitter thread ang naging blog dahil ang dami kong gustong i-eme.

A Spacious Cafe with a Coworking Space: Eli Coffee and Tea

I was browsing for a coworking space nearby during the early days of June when Eli Coffee & Tea was suggested as a cafe on Facebook. The first that was advertised was their branch in Antipolo. However, I had already been to a cafe in Antipolo that time, and my goal was to visit one cafe per municipality in Rizal. Good thing I searched further and discovered that they had another branch in Binangonan.

How to Go to Eli Coffee & Tea

From any point in Ortigas Extension, ride a Binangonan Double Highway jeep and tell the driver to drop you off at Darangan. I only used Google Maps to check if I was near the location before going down the jeep. Eli & Coffee, if I remember it correctly, should be at the right side.

What to Expect in Eli Coffee & Tea

This spacious coffee shop in Binangonan can accommodate gatherings for over 20 people. The room next to the sliding door can be rented for private gatherings, but the whole cafe is available for a larger number of attendees as well. You can check their rates at the tarpaulin inside the cafe.

They also have a separate coworking space located below the coffee shop. If you’re planning to work, it will be better to stay at the coworking space since the cafe only has one socket available, which is placed on a high area of one of their walls (so it was a bit embarrassing to charge my device).

The atmosphere is cozy, and you’ll feel you’re in your rich aunt’s living room full of guests rather than in a cafe. A wide wooden bookshelf occupies a corner of the coffee shop, which is known to be the cafe’s instagrammable spot.

What to Eat in Eli Coffee & Tea

I stayed for a long time in the cafe, so I ordered two times: one for brunch and another for snack/dinner. The picture above was my brunch consisting of tuna pesto (PhP 120), tiramisu iced coffee (PhP 125), and chocolate chip cookie (PhP 55). The pasta had little serving, but the drink easily made me full.

My snack, shown on the picture above, consisted of mozzarella sticks (PhP 165) and Okinawa milk tea (PhP 105). The sticks were so, so good, especially with the salsa dip that came with it.

For more information about this experience, visit Kape Tayo, Rizal‘s Facebook page.

Eli Coffee & Tea
12:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.
2nd floor Pearl Building, National Rd., Calumpang, Binangonan, Rizal