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clasped stares penetrate,
and beyond what the eyes
reach or the soul feels
lives an undeniable desire,
irrevocable judgement of the damned
timid heart, wanting more
one time, just this time



Quaint Cafe

Listening to the stories of two of my officemates, I was really excited to try out this new coffee shop in the City of San Fernando. My dear friends Yel and Randy agreed to finally try it out last Sunday after dinner. Its was a rainy evening, and there were a handful of people in the coffee shop.

We were immediately overwhelmed by the design factor of the shop. There are multiple concepts in the interiors of the place. While this place may interest the Instagram/Tumblr crowd, we all agreed that the designers went over the top. Chef Yel, who has high aesthetic standards, was not a big fan of the flowers scattered all over the place. I felt that whenever a local coffee shop is situated right beside Starbucks, there is always a silent attempt to compete with the SB experience everyone is almost already familiar with.

The coffee experience in general is ok, but the service of Coffee Project-Pampanga still needs a lot of improvement. I am personally willing to give this palace another visit.

Photos: @bongwarpedmind

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A Pleasant Stop at Baguio

We visited Baguio last year, and after a long trip from Pampanga, Jojo and I decided to take some rest and had hot coffee and a plate of salad before heading to the house we rented.

Patch Cafe is a small nook of good decoration, and upbeat vibe. It was a bit unexpected and was surprisingly pleasant.The place serves all day breakfast, good coffee, and very fresh salads. The place sits in the middle of the busy town, just across SM Baguio.

WIFI: good/free

Restroom: lovely and clean

Price: affordable

Staff: very nice

Serving: generous and healthy

Parking: street

Verdict: I look forward to visiting this place again.

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you are what you read (Part 2)

This is a continuation of the post I made on August 2014 that had  some of the books I have read and some Starbucks merchandise given to me by friends and former students.


“But it was a first attempt, and most of them are ignored. Better things were yet to come”- C. Cachero, Digmaang Rosas, 2000.

Metallic Tumbler from my student, Wesley


“When you’re dying from thirst, you’ll drink from a mudhole.”- H. Robbins, Where Love Has Gone (1962)

A red, white and gold printed tumbler from my student, Arvel


“As the child begins his life, he aims directly and energetically towards functional independence.”- P. Soliven,

Half a millennium of Philippine History: Snippets of what we were – snatches of what we ought to be (1999)

A gold tumbler with fish prints from another student, Jacob


“It was whispered, by those who peered after her, that the scarlet letter threw a lurid gleam along the dark passageway of the interior.”- N. Hawtorne, the Scarlet Letter (1850)

New York Mug from my dear friend, Tonie

“batirol” night

The Angeles City Museum recently opened CAFE MUSEO, a small cafe that turns the lobby of the Museo into a cozy nook during evenings. I went there last night after a visit to the Blessed Sacrament, and ordered the popular Tsokolate Batirol and some pasalubongs to take home. The smell of putubumbong from the stalls in the plaza was so inviting, as it reminds me of the joyful season of Christmas. But more than the delicious food available in the cafe, I mostly enjoyed sitting outside as I watched the busy streets of Sto. Entierro with the majestic and peaceful background, the Holy Rosay Parish. This place would be a perfect place to just relax and appreciate the beauty of our town.

There are so many improvements in this part of the town, and I know that more people will frequent this place to have a laid back evening especially after a hectic day at work. I will definitely be back soon to try the cucumber and panda juice, and crackers with kesong putt.

Cafe Museo is opened from 3:00 pm tp 10 pm everyday.

Kudos to the Angeles City government in exerting effort to improve our town plaza!

you are what you read

Reading, as they say,is an essential part of learning. Reading can also move a person’s intellect a step higher than simply being informed.

This series features some of the books I have read and some Starbucks merchandise given to me by friends and former students.


“The explosion of color and energy in the Spring has always trilled me” – SPRING MEADOW by Mayumi Oda in Goddesses (a coffee table art book)

Create your own Tumbler from my former student, Raia (Rachelle)

a Christian flagellant performing a bloody, Good Friday ritual, Pampanga 1920. from A Philippine Album by Jonathan Best

Tumbler with gold Christmas prints from my student, Francis  and his mom, Madame Alpha

“Lovely wife, you were lovely, before this, you were sweet, you lauged in the dark, and there was no pain” Bienvenido Santos: Ash Wednesday, You Lovely People

A lovely Stainless SB mug which Jojo bought for himself. He used it a couple of times, before he finally gave it me.

“David wasn’t a creep,” Peter thinks wonderingly, “he was nice. Ordinary” (p. 42). Kurt Chandler, Passages of Pride

Another overused Coffee Press from Starbucks-BODUM Collection (I badly need a new version of this one) from my former student, Candice

“Give me a man or woman who has read a thousand books and you give me an interesting companion. Give me a man or woman who has read perhaps three and you give me a very dangerous enemy indeed.”
― Anne Rice, The Witching Hour

An overused Black Tumbler from my former student, Candice

In the ranks of men… or was it all a dream?
This Achilles
He’ll reap the rewards of that great courage of his
Alone, I tell you – weep his heart out far too late
When are troops are dead and gone.” Book 11, lines 907-910 ILIAD of Homer

2003 Starbucks Barista Collection Mug given to me (or did I force her her to give this to me) by my good friend, Abigale during my stay in Pedro Gil Sta. Ana, Manila #GoodYears

“Why have I been writing of Cafe Adriatico in the past tense? It is still there, alive and kicking after a quarter of a century.”-Ambeth Ocampo in Malate: A Matter of Taste

2003 Starbucks Barista Collection Mug given to me by my sweet friend Manel when we had some coffee in Starbucks in Malate, Manila probably around that year too.

“Desperate people lose the thing that makes them human beings. They lose their heart. Anger and hate fill them so that they act like animals.”
― Arlene J. Chai, The Last Time I Saw Mother

Christmas Mug from Nish

It is not our abilities that show what we truly are. It is our choices. DUMBLEDORE : Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets (JK ROWLING)

Christmas Tumbler from a student

“We read because we are essentially alone.”
― Jessica Zafra, Twisted 8: The Night of the Living Twisted

SB Logo Tumbler from Seanne

“A world could be made in five pages, and one that was more pleasing than a model farm. The childhood of a spoiled prince could be framed within half a page, a moonlit dash through sleepy villages was one rhythmically emphatic sentence, falling in love could be achieved in a single word–a glance. The pages of a recently finished story seemed to vibrate in her hand with all the life they contained.”
Narration, Page 7 Ian McEwan, Atonement

Christmas Tumbler from a former student

“Para syang langit na bughaw kung kaunti ang ulap at malakas ang araw-may aandap na kidlat sa kalayuan, at akala mo’y namalaikmata ka lamang.” -(Relasyon) Tony Perez, CUBAO MIDNIGHT EXPRESS

Apple green Tumbler, from my good friend, Shelley

“Listen to the quiet and experience the peace it affords your soul”- SOUL RETREATS FOR TEACHERS from my former student IA, December 2003

Printed Starbucks Tumbler from my former student, Keimil

“One of life’s quiet excitements is to stand somewhat apart from yourself and watch yourself softly becoming the author of something beautiful even if it is only a floating ash.” Norman Maclean, A River Runs Through It and Other Stories

Starbucks Puerto Rico from my good friend, Anton

“Life is a very thin thread and it only takes a second to snap it”
― Sidney Sheldon, The Naked Face

White Christmas Starbucks mug from a student


“The last image he ever saw was of himself floating on the surface of a boundless expanse of water, moving farther and farther away, like an uprooted rice plant, or a solitary puff of raw cotton.”- Su Tong, RICE

Stainless Via Tumbler from Jojo



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