My First Visit to a BTS-Themed Cafe: Personas Cafe

Because I have time to write blogs last May 3 (thank God for holidays)! Yay!

I’ve never been to Jalajala, so I was nervous and excited at the same time. Good thing Personas Cafe replied to my text message, wherein I asked about directions. Note that I left at 11 a.m. and arrived at the cafe at 2 p.m. Really proud of myself on how dedicated I was to Kape Tayo, Rizal. At dahil diyan . . . na-tour ko na buong Rizal! Yehey!

How to Go to Personas Cafe

Ride an Antipolo-Tanay jeep and then tell the driver to drop you off at Tanay palengke, near the jeepneys going to Pililia. Ask around where to ride a jeepney going to Bayugo, and then open your Google Maps and pin “PMSI Commercial Building,” which is the location of the cafe.

I suggest that you go a little earlier if you’re a lone commuter like me. According to the residents nearby, jeepneys going to Jalajala bayan travel only up to 5 p.m. Since it was past 5 p.m. when I left the cafe, I had to ride a tricycle going to Malaya, which was thrice the fare of a jeepney ride. The jeepney I rode in Malaya dropped me off at Tanay palengke, wherein I found Crossing jeepneys.

What to Expect in Personas Cafe

I wasn’t able to take a picture in my Fuji camera, but BTS standees welcomed me as I went up the second floor. The doors, the walls, even the ambiance had purple hues, reminiscent of the famous K-pop boy band BTS.

Pictures of the handsome and talented boys surrounded the whole cafe. Pillows of BT21, charming characters created by the iconic K-pop group in collaboration with Line Friends Creators, were lined up at the edge.

Their comfort room was clean, PWD-friendly, and complete with bidet and flush. They also have an outdoor dining area (apologies, as I didn’t have pictures taken from my Fuji cam, but I took several in my camera phone, which I posted on Kape Tayo, Rizal’s page).

What made this experience unique was the woman in the cafe who served foods and drinks. Aside from the fact that she lent me a special edition of BTS’s photobook, she also shared about the sunflower farm and other tourist spots; it made me think of how proud she was of Jalajala. She was also the photographer behind my favorite pictures!

What to Eat in Personas Cafe

They had no meals, but small snacks, such as corndogs and brownies, were available. One piece of corndog (PhP 60), two pieces of brownies (PhP 15 each), and a cup of dark mocha frappe (PhP 90) were enough during my three-hour stay.

For more information about this cafe, check out this post by Kape Tayo, Rizal.

Favorite Pictures

Personas Cafe
Tues to Sun, 11:00 a.m. to 7:00 a.m.
2nd Floor, PSMI Building, JICA Highway, Purok 3, Jalajala, Rizal

Baras and Pililia Escapade: RXpresso Cafe and Bulawan Bistro Cafe

One last municipality to go before I complete my cafe hunting tour in Rizal! Yay. Huhu, but search engines only returned a few results, so if you know cafes in Jalajala, let me know.

Below are the cafes I visited in Baras and Pililia: RXpresso Cafe and Bulawan Bistro Cafe.

RXpresso Cafe

Usually, I would only go to coffices, resto cafes, and casual coffee shops so I could thoroughly blog about their interiors and meals. This was the first time I visited a roadside cafe in Rizal, which can be found in the municipality of Baras: RXpresso Cafe.

How to Go to RXpresso Cafe

From any point in Ortigas Avenue Extension, ride an Antipolo-Tanay jeep and tell the driver to drop you off at Baras-Tanay boundary. You can easily locate RXpresso Cafe using Google Maps.

What to Drink in RXpresso Cafe

This roadside cafe offers various iced and hot drinks, including their best-selling flavors: salted caramel, dark mocha, and their signature mix. I ordered a 22-ounce iced dark mocha for PhP 110, and I tasted mocha the first sip.

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

RXpresso Cafe
Baras, Rizal (near Tanay-Baras boundary)
10:00 a.m. to 9:00 p.m.

Bulawan Bistro Cafe

I had a hard time finding coffee shops in municipalities beyond Binangonan coming from Cainta such as Baras, Jalajala, and Pililia. When it was my turn to visit Pililia, Google Maps would usually show “temporarily closed” cafes or cafes that were unresponsive to queries. Good thing Bulawan Bistro Cafe was able to respond to me through text and was able to answer my inquiries regarding directions.

How to Go to Bulawan Bistro Cafe

From any point in Ortigas Avenue Extension, ride an Antipolo-Tanay jeep. You know you have reached the end of the trip when you are already in Tanay terminal.

In the terminal, look for the line going to Quisao, Pililia, and tell the driver to drop you off at Bulawan. You’ll see Bulawan along the highway, but when you’re in doubt, use Google Maps.

On the way home, there were already a few jeepneys returning, so I had to ride a tricycle going to the market. The tricycle driver kindly dropped me off at a jeep with an Antipolo-Crossing sign.

What to Expect at Bulawan Cafe Bistro

Their more well-known business is the Bulawan Floating Restaurant, and I honestly didn’t know they had a separate cafe. It was as beautiful as the restaurant⁠, and it had an outdoor and indoor dining.

If you’re looking for a spacious cafe that would fit twenty or so people, Bulawan Bistro Cafe would be perfect. Aside from their beautifully designed interior filled with indoor plants and rattan lights and mirrors, you would also love their glass windows that would allow you to have a glimpse of the windmills.

Their fully furnished wooden tables are perfect for tita-tito gatherings. My favorite part was the wall filled with rattan mirrors, in which I took plenty of selfies.

Below are pictures of what Bulawan Cafe Bistro looks like at six in the evening.

The cafe does not have its own toilet, so if you need to pee, you have to go to their restaurant. At least you’d be able to get a glimpse of their restaurant, which is just as beautiful as their cafe.

What to Eat at Bulawan Cafe Bistro

I ordered their truffle infused kabute pasta (PhP 195) and iced caramel macchiato (PhP 105). I must say both are must-trys! I badly wanted to taste their pizza, but I went there alone and had no one to share with. Maybe next time.

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

Favorite Picture

Bulawan Bistro Cafe
Km. 59 National Highway, Pililia, Rizal
7:30 a.m. to 7:00 p.m.

One of San Mateo’s Nook Coffices: Cafe Ditto

Another nook coffice in Rizal is Cafe Ditto, a cafe in San Mateo. Thanks to Facebook, I was able to check this coffee shop out. I would like to apologize in advance for not being able to write this immediately, as I was busy with a lot of stuff these days. I could only write blogs if I have spare time on a weekend.

How to Go to Cafe Ditto

It was easy to go to Cafe Ditto. From Sta. Lucia East Grand Mall, cross the bridge until you get to the road where jeepneys going to San Mateo and Montalban are waiting for passengers. Ride on and tell the driver to drop you off at Guitnang Bayan 2.

Unfortunately, the jeepney driver took another route to avoid traffic. Good thing my Google Maps was open, and when I knew I was near Cafe Ditto, I told the driver to stop and followed the directions on Google Maps.

What to Expect at Cafe Ditto

Cafe Ditto is one of the nook coffee shops with free Wi-Fi and available-to-use sockets I found in Rizal, making it a legit “coffice.” Their walls are decorated with brick-design wall stickers while warm lighting illuminates the whole place.

A perfect place for barkada catch-up, Cafe Ditto allows their customers to play with their board games as long as you return them properly. They also have BTS and Harry Potter figurines that fans might like.

Their place also extends to an outdoor dining if there a tables inside the cafe are already occupied.

What to Eat at Cafe Ditto

I had a unique cafe experience with Cafe Ditto because they served siomai (PhP 25) and gyoza (PhP 25), which were foods rarely served in cafes. Since I hadn’t had lunch yet, this was a blessing in diguise since I only planned on eating their choco waffle (PhP 45). Their iced mocha (PhP 165) is a must-try.

I stayed there for a long time to finish my last four hours of work and then start another chapter of my current ongoing novel. When I bought their best-selling cheesy tuna (PhP 35), the lady gave me a free iced latte. Thank you po!

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

Favorite Picture

Cafe Ditto
Monday to Thursday: 11 a.m. to 8 p.m.; Friday to Sunday: 11 a.m. to 9 p.m.
2nd Floor New 323 Old 130 RGG Building, General Luna Avenue, Brgy. Guitnang Bayan 2, San Mateo, Rizal