Health First

Yesterday, I ate at SGD Coffee with my mom. I had the Sagada Omelette and SGD black, while my mom had chicken tocino. For dessert, I had a lemon square.
I am currently struggling with jobhunting, and I don’t have a lot of people to count on. Good thing my mom was free and she was able to treat me to a healthy lunch. Putting my health first amidst the demands of jobhunting and working freelance is my current priority, and that involves the food that I eat.
I’d say that I am currently winning on this aspect!

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Grip on Grit

Yesterday, I had breakfast at SGD Coffee in the Maginhawa area. I was reminded of the grit that is inherent in me, as I saw the bracelet on my stack. 

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The cafe was a lovely tribute to the mountains in the middle of the summery city. 

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I had my usual SGD black as I crocheted. 

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I also got myself an oatmeal cookie. It was to die for. 

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If you need strong coffee, and chunky oatmeal cookie, and a quiet space for working and reflecting, SGD is your best bet. Not an ad, I am simply a fan of the place. Do check it out soon!

NKTI Lenten Pilgrimage 2019

I joined the NKTI (National Kidney and Transplant Institute) Lenten Pilgrimage last April 13, 2019 to three churches in Pampanga. I was lucky to have a free day to explore these churches and spiritually nourish myself in time for Holy Week. 

I started my day with some crochet in the tour bus.  

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Our first stop was the Lahar Church dedicated to Our Lady of Lourdes at Cabetican, Bacolor, Pampanga. The church was submerged in lahar during the eruption of Mt. Pinatubo in the early 90’s. 

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I got to eat street food like scramble and buko sherbet before our mass and recollection. 

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Our second stop was St. James the Apostle Church at Betis, Guagua, Pampanga. 

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We were able to stopover for food and drinks at Guagua’s town plaza. I was to find a Rizal monument there!

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Our last stop was the St. Augustine Parish, an adobe church with historical significance at Lubao, Pampanga. 

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Before going home, I had my usual toasted naked longganisa at Breakfast Bin.  

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I am grateful for the opportunity to pray, tour, and worship with the men and women of NKTI at Pampanga. I am inspired to remain steadfast in faith as I carry on with life, and it is my hope that I can share this faith with others through this blog, and social media. 

May you have a blessed Holy Week ahead! 

UP Therapy

Yesterday, I had early dinner with my best friend Luti. I was feeling the stress from my violent incident at the MRT, so I was glad that she was able to make time for me. 

But first, I had binatog   (boiled white corn with desiccated coconut and cheese) from a street vendor. It was the best appetizer!

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Luti and I chose Steakfix at Maginhawa, where we both got the Hawaiian chicken steak. 

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I got the chicken plate with two sidings: mucha rice and cheesy mushroom omelette. It was delicious!

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For our nightcap, we had milk tea at Nomu. I got the jasmine green tea with pearls, and it was so good!

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We all need friends, food, and milk tea after a long day. Thank God I have my best friend and the best food trip options close to home!

Fueling Women

Yesterday, I started my day with some toasted longganisa and hot chocolate at Breakfast Bin.  

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Then, I checked out some exhibitions at the Ayala Museum. 

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I especially liked their Women and War exhibit. 

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After running some errands, I got myself some pares and siomai from Kanto Pares. Yum! 

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As a woman, I prioritize self-care because the most important person in my story is me. Seeing empowering exhibits and eating yummy food are just two ways to fuel myself. Happy International Women’s Day! 

1995

Yesterday, I went to UP Cine Adarna to go back to 1995. I was nine years old during that time, so I indulged on a childhood treat: bicho-bicho right outside the film center.  

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Then, I watched Sana Maulit Muli starring Lea Salonga and Aga Mulach. 

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It was released in 1995. It was a nostalgic trip back to the 90’s. Plus, it was a treat to watch a young Lea Salonga onscreen. 

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I had a lovely time, and I proceeded to some self-care at a spa. 

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I had early dinner at Breakfast Bin, where I had the delicious veggie skillet. 

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For dessert, I had matcha and banana ice cream scoops from Papa Diddi’s. 

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By the time I got home, I was inspired to finish knitting this cowl using yarn I bought from Rosario, Pasig

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It was time to continue knitting, so I chose a ball of Mandala Yarn from The Attic Yarn and Craftery. I carried on from there. 

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Sometimes, we need a trip back in time to appreciate the present more. I look forward to enjoying more vintage films in the future to inspire me to cherish my time.  

Sunday Chill

Yesterday, I heard Sunday mass with my family. 

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I knitted while waiting for mass to begin.  

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Then, we had lunch at Pho Hoa, and I was pleasantly surprised with their pretty floor. 

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Then, I watched Alone/Together starring Liza Soberano and Enrique Gil. As someone who hangs out and jogs at UP Diliman, I appreciated the beauty of the campus on the big screen. They even ate the street food that I love on the movie! Also, they featured the National Museum and Vargas Museum, two museums that are close to my heart. I will definitely visit those two again. And I really enjoyed watching this movie because I recalled how idealistic I was then, and that it’s never too late to pursue my dreams. I’m still young after all. 

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For dinner, I had the toasted naked longganisa with brown talangka rice from Breakfast Bin. 

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I also had ice cream from Papa Diddi’s. I had the mango cheesecake and barako coffee scoops. They were both delicious and even complemented each other. 

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Sundays are best spent with both my family and by myself. I was able to knit, eat, and watch a movie. Definitely a Sunday peg for weeks to come. 

Purposeful Saturday

Yesterday, I attended a meeting for a brand that I have been supporting for many years now. It was fun to interact with other ladies who also advocate for the brand. I can’t wait to see how our ideas can translate to better marketing strategies for this brand, and I certainly look forward to more collaborations with this brand in the future on an advocate basis. 

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The meeting surprised me, because I realized that I have so many ideas to contribute and share. I am truly passionate about this brand because it gives back to communities that need work. It empowers people through dignified wages. And as both a core advocate and an end user, I am happy to help them improve by sharing my expertise. 

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After my fruitful meeting, I went to Barkin’ Blends to spend time with their friendly resident doggos. 

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It warms my heart that my favorite doggo, Ella, is always this excited to welcome me to the cafe. 

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Spending time with her and the other doggos is priceless, and the comfort they bring is second to none. 

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For dinner, I had Tapa King, which is a favorite from my childhood.  

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I also had a cookies and cream frappe from Farron Cafe. It was delicious!

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And before going home, I watched The Girl in the Orange Dress at Cinema Centenario. It always feels like home for me in this microcinema. I have a favorite seat there (G5!), and it’s the best way to end a productive day. 

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I’ll always support brands that promote goodness and purposeful living in my own way. And in the course of my journey, I’ll find ways to unwind by spending time with dogs and supporting local films. Here’s to more purposeful Saturdays!

Brunch Bin

Yesterday, I had the toasted naked longganisa with brown talangka rice for brunch. 

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I missed my Maginhawa favorite, and it’s still delicious!

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For dessert, I had two scoops of Papa Diddi’s ice cream. I had cheese closed and barako- both flavors complemented each other perfectly. 

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I have my usual foodie finds, and I can’t go wrong with them. If you find yourself craving for a hearty breakfast and yummy ice cream in local flavors at Maginhawa, look for the brands above! You won’t be disappointed. 

Sunday Slowdown

Yesterday, I heard Sunday mass with my family.  

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We later had Chinese brunch as my dad wanted comfort food.  

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Then, I packed all these stuff for my crafternoon at Makers Cafe. 

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I went there to buy my minimalist stainless steel Catriona earrings. 

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But I also went there to hang and knit!

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I had carbonara and a long black to energize me as I craft. 

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Then, I took out my copy of Always Be Creating by Abbey Sy and my journal to answer some journaling prompts from the book.  

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I realized that I wanted a daily reminder of my late friend Diane, so I bought this side moon gold-filled necklace from Pulseras by Kim. 

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Feeling inspired, I continued journaling using Abbey’s book. I also finished reading it in the cafe, and I no longer felt overwhelmed with my life. I realized that there is a process to pursuing my purpose and achieving my goals. And it pays to be creative in order to find beauty and meaning as I go along. 

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I finished knitting my scarf. As I began crocheting a new one, I was privileged to witness the procession of the Black Nazarene. 

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I packed my art bag and proceeded to Cinema Centenario to watch Rainbow’s Sunset. It was touching and heartwarming. 

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I later had dinner at Get Greens. 

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It was my first time there. Their green pesto pasta did not disappoint!

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Then, I stitched my scarf together to turn it I tom an infinity one. 

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I enjoyed my day at Maginhawa, and I got to do a lot!

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Here’s to more crafternoons and warm memories. 

Hospital Life

My dad is in the hospital again, and I was on-call to help with errands and tasks for my family. 

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I crocheted in the hospital room. 

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I ate my packed lunch, which was chicken pot pie (a Christmas gift from a family friend). 

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I bought some washable cotton face masks as I’ll need to wear them whenever I’m with my dad moving forward.  

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I finished crocheting the cowl! 

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Then, I visited Cinema Centenario to watch Gusto Kita with All My Hypothalamus. The film’s lead actress, Iana Bernardez, was amazing!

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Whenever I am sad, I always go to Maginhawa for a film or some comfort food. I’m glad I finished my cowl, watched a film, and got home feeling better.

Here’s to staying strong amidst struggles!

Steak Dinner with my BFF

I had a lovely steak dinner with my high school BFF Luti last night. We chose Steak to One because we also wanted to check out the weekend bazaar after our meal. 

We chose well! Our porterhouse steaks were delicious and even the iced tea was refreshingly good.  

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For dessert, I had Malagos chocolate ice cream from Papa Diddi’s. 

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Sometimes, we just need one friend who believes in us, and yummy comfort food to nourish us during tough times. May you also find that friend in your life, and may you continue to seek food that not only makes you full, but happy as well. 

Self-Care Saturday

Yesterday, I got to swing by the Human Nature flagship store to check out this year’s Christmas boxes. As you know, I am a Human Nature core advocate. You may help me and Gawad Kalinga communities by purchasing fair trade toiletries from my online store.  

Thank you in advance for your support! 

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Afterwards, I went to The Maker’s Cafe to clear my head with some knitting. 

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This charming cafe, which is right beside my Alma mater Holy Family School, always gets me in a creative vibe. 

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I ordered their chicken alfredo, which is pleasantly spicy. It was a delicious crafternoon companion. 

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Then, I dropped by the hospital to care for our sick family member. Since the hospital stay will end tomorrow, I brought home this pretty pot of flowers in my Knitting Expedition tiyargo bag. 

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I had dinner at Uno Cinquenta, which had a lowkey Christmas vibe. I totally like their minimalist decor. 

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I also got my pixie trimmed at a nearby salon beforehand. 

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I got a gyudon from the park’s Japanese resto.  

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I got my legs waxed...

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 ...then I drove home to finish knitting this cowl. I used mocha fusion yarn purchased from The Attic Yarn and Craftery

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Self-care for me is a practical journey. If I don’t care for myself, then I won’t be able to effectively care for others too. It all begins with me, so I make sure that my needs are met. As you can see, I have simple rituals, and they do keep me grounded. I hope that you have also found your self-care routine, and that they also help you to be the best version of yourself. 

Film and Sense

I have been taking care of a sick family member for the time being. It can be stressful, so I make sure that I take breaks every now and then. 

I frequent the hospital chapel for some silence in the middle of the day.  

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I also knit to keep myself calm and cheerful.  

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I also continue to watch films! The other night, I caught the showing of Tanabata’s Wife at UP Film. 

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It was beautifully shot and acted. Mai Fanglayan, who won Best Actress at the Tofarm Film Festival for the title role, was there for a short Q&A session. 

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Everyone in the audience receives button pins. It was a fun screening at UP, as always.  

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I bought vanilla milk tea from Moonleaf Maginhawa after the screening. I was preparing for two more movies that night. 

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I love the Christmas vibe at the cafe! 

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I continued my movie marathon at Cinema Centenario. My second film for that night was On Your Wedding Day. It was a funny, light feature.  

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My third and last film for the night was Liway. Glaiza de Castro was amazing as a rebel mom. She also sang Pagbabalik well. Overall, it was heartbreaking film with a wonderful ending. I ended up crying while enjoying my dinner. 

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I ate mt Tornado Peri-Peri chicken to-go. It was delicious! It was the perfect companion to Liway. 

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If you also love films, go for a marathon at your local micro cinemas!  Support your local restaurants and cafes too. And don’t forget to clean as you go, especially since micro cinemas are usually kept clean by the owners themselves. Be a good cinephile and do yourself a favor by watching the latest features today. 

Spoonfuls of Hope

I had some free time to spare from my obligations, so I decided to knit and eat this adobo flakes naked burrito from Army Navy. 

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I also swung by Maginhawa to visit Makers Cafe, which serves light food, coffee, and local merch.  

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I bought a pair of Pulseras by Kim spoon earrings because I love using one! I’m a proud Pinoy spoon user in a world that predominantly uses fork and knife to eat.  

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My star stud earrings are also from Pulseras by Kim. This earring setup makes me happy!

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I was also delighted to receive a postcard from my high school friend Nurai, who’s based in Germany. I’m touched that she remembered me during her trip to London!

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Lastly, it was a real treat to receive snail mail from the Pink Sisters convent. 

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Comfort food, basic bling, and snail mail all give me hope amidst challenges. I look forward to more simple joys to keep me going. 

Self-Care and Sukiyakidon

Yesterday, I had my monthly pixie trim at a salon at Maginhawa. I’ve been experimenting with different salons every month, and I’m glad that I found a salon that’s perfect for my hairstyle and budget at every major location I frequent. I’m happy I found a salon at Maginhawa that can do a mean pixie because I’m always there for lunch or dinner. 

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Speaking of lunch, I ate at Happon for the vibe and the delicious Japanese food.  

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I ordered their sukiyakidon, and it was the perfect self-care meal. It was delicious! 

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I hope that you can also find a place that you can go to whenever you need a dose of self-care. It pays to know that you can rely on some places that can uplift your mood and comfort your soul. Your happiness should not be someone else’s job, it’s yours. So make yourself happy, and always schedule in some self-care. 

Makers Cafe

Yesterday, I got to catch the opening of Makers Cafe. It is located along Maginhawa Street, and it is right beside my alma mater, Holy Family School. 

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I won a pair of Pulseras by Kim stud earrings, and I gladly selected a pair of starry ones.  

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I also got to meet Kim, the lady behind Pulseras by Kim! The cafe is also hers, and I’m stoked to have a space along my favorite foodie street that sells coffee and bling. 

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I ordered their carbonara. It was delicious!

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Their flat white did not disappoint. 

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The tiny space was spruced up with hipster details. 

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They also have fast WiFi connection, electric sockets, and yummy waffles. 

I bought gold-filled jewelry from Kim as well: a textured chain and a minute Eiffel pendant. So cute! 

Do take note that Kim also customizes jewelry. She also sells in bulk for giveaways.  

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I also bought hoop earrings for my mom. 

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Before driving home, I took selfies with my alma mater’s facade. 

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I love bling, pasta, waffles, and coffee. All these can be found under one roof. I will definitely be back for more coffee and good vibes! 

Self-Care and Coffee

Yesterday, I spent the afternoon for grooming and self-care. 

I started my day with a wax session at my usual place.  

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Then, I had my pixie trimmed at the salon next door.  

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I liked the female stylist’s take on my pixie! I will definitely return for another trim from her. 

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Next, I had late lunch at The Round Robin Cafe. My main course was their salmon carbonara, which is my go-to order whenever I’m there.  

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And for dessert, I had their delectable matcha cheesecake and latte.  

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Self-care can go a long way in reinforcing my self-esteem. Whenever you’re feeling down, try visiting a salon and a cafe. Your mood will definitely be brighter, and you will thank yourself later.  

Crochet and Coffee

I’ve been crocheting, eating, and sipping coffee for the past few days. It has been a relaxing routine to balance my workouts.  

This was Breakfast Bin’s adobo with egg and talangka rice. 

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For dessert, I had Papa Diddis’ cheese and coffee ice cream. 

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And yesterday’s lunch was at UCC. I had their famous rice casserole with curry hamburg. 

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I capped off my meal with my usual kori kohi. 

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Living simply does not mean that I have to have a boring life. I still enjoy the food that I crave for and I manage to carry on with my handmade lifestyle. I believe that the secret to my resilience is that I know what my priorities are. For as long as I have good food and yarn to work with, I know that I will have joy in my life. I hope that you will also find yours! 

I Melted My Heart

Yesterday, I had my usual toasted naked longganisa with brown rice and aligue. It was perfect with a book and coffee. 

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I was still hungry after finishing my meal, so I had this hot chocolate stirrer for dessert. 

It was a delicious drink, I must say! The chocolate melted after ten minutes of stirring. It resulted to a full-bodied chocolate experience.  

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My early morning, post-workout feels melted along with this hot chocolate. I will definitely have it again at Breakfast Bin, which has already become my happy place along Maginhawa. I look forward to more simple breakfasts and moments along my favorite foodie street in my city!