A Coarse and Fine Brunch

Coarse and Fine  is a two-story affair that is comfortably homey, and a great venue for friends to catch up on each other over great coffee and food, plus excellent service.

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CAFE CRUISING V: Ravelle & Miko

It has been quite some time since I wrote about the coffee shops that I have visited but it doesn’t mean I have stopped café cruising.  I have been to a number of cafés – some I discovered hiding behind bushes and some were introduced by friends. However, it takes time for me two write…

Six Bookstores Selling English Books in Jakarta

For someone who loves reading, a steady supply of reading materials must be secured. And for someone (a foreigner) who loves reading, and living in a non-English speaking country, a steady supply of books, magazines, and newspapers in the English language is almost always a concern. Finding a bookstore selling foreign language titles was a…

Revisiting Taytay Falls

If my memory serves me right, it was after graduation from high school when I last visited Taytay Falls in Majayjay, Laguna. I planned to revisit the place several times but things would pop up and I would have forgotten about it.  So, when I learned that my brother was off-duty from work one Thursday…

Culinaria Lucban: Isabelito’s Cucina Filipino

Lucban, in Quezon Province, is globally-known for the colorful and tradition-laden Pahiyas Festival but the quaint Southern Tagalog town is also known for its culinary tradition. A visit to Isabelito’s Garden Resto
is must-try for modern Filipino cuisine with a Lucban twist.

CAFE CRUISING 4 : Morning at Monks

I woke up a tad early today, a Sunday, for a trip to a diagnostic clinic for a blood test.  On my walk back to look for a convenience store to buy bottled water and for a breakfast nook, I found a large black door with the word “Monks” painted in white on it. There…

NOT THE USUAL EL NIDO TRIP

I woke up to a gloomy, gray morning. I dragged myself out of bed, went for breakfast, and dined with the Japanese (mom) and German (dad) couple and their kids. After a cold shower, I decided to take a walk to the pier, the take-off point to all islands facing the West Philippine Sea, including…

NOTHING CAN SPOIL AN EL NIDO TRIP

It was July and the weather was unpredictable. It rained on most days in El Nido, Palawan. There was a brewing storm up northern Philippines, and that caused monsoon rains in the western part of central Philippines, where El Nido is located. All island-hopping trips were cancelled. It was frustrating. Tourists, travellers, and visitors go…

IF LIFE IS THIS INCONVENIENT, THEN I WON’T MIND

It was a long, almost six hours, bumpy ride from the Puerto Princesa airport to the northeastern tip of the long island, called Palawan. I was squeezed between the driver and a Caucasian passenger at the front part of the coaster, a backpack under my leg and my gadgets on my lap. The back of the…

CAMBODIA 2011

I was browsing through my files a month ago and sifted through photos taken from my trip to Cambodia in 2011. Funny, but it seems like I find the photos (more) interesting after five years of taking them. Did I get bored looking at them after the trip? Probably. Or is it the ‘throwback’ effect?…

KALYE BUDIN: Tayabas’ Pasalubong Haven

Cassava cakes come in different forms and tastes and there is one sweet, cheesy kind that is found in the sleepy town of Tayabas in Quezon Province, the Philippines.  It is called budin and is found in abundance in a narrow strip called Kalye Budin (cassava cake street) where a string of mostly wooden houses make and…

CAFÉ CRUISING 3: A Lazy Sunday Afternoon Café

Just before I left for my three-week July holiday, I visited two new coffee shops that opened a month or so in the neighborhood.  I expect that these new ones will give an exciting competition against the three previous ones I wrote about. Here’s the second.   You won’t miss it. It’s the tiny coffee…