Trabi Cafe in Binangonan, Rizal

Trabi Cafe in Binangonan, Rizal is just a few minutes away from Taytay, Rizal. Since July 2 was declared a holiday in Pasig City, I took this annual opportunity to explore a new coffee shop within Rizal. If you’ve been my reader/friend, you know how I love discovering new places with intricate details yet budget-friendly.

Upon entering their shop, I fell in love right away with its aesthetics. It stored bicycles as their main theme. Every corner was filled with artsy and fancy designs. The smell of their coffee seemed pretty relaxing, too.

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Look at this counter. Sooo minimal yet elegant.

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Isn’t this artsy?

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Grabe. This is room goals. I want this in my house.

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View of their second floor.

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Still on the second floor.

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My favorite design in Trabi Cafe.

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It’s the little details that count. I love how they promote simplicity and elegance at the same time.

My overall review.

I love the interiors of this cafe. They have Wi-Fi, and sockets for your charger. You can work here. Trabi Cafe is open from 1PM-11PM. This is freelancer-friendly. Also, the menu is within my wallet’s reach. Coffee ranges from 60PHP-120PHP only. We ordered fries (120PHP) good for sharing (2-3), Blended Dark Mocha (120PHP), and Chocolate Cake (180PHP) good for sharing (2-3). You will never regret visiting this shop. Trabi Cafe’s landmark is in Gardenville Resort and Plants.

How to get there? Ride any jeepney going to Binangonan Hiway. Tell the driver to drop you at Gardenville 1 in Tayuman, Binangonan. I guess 500PHP is enough for this trip.

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Cagayan de Oro City Day Trip

After exploring Camiguin Island for one whole day, we went to Cagayan de Oro City. We reached CDO at 6:30AM. We ate our breakfast in Jolibeeeee because we had to make use of their washroom. After that, we rode jeepney going to their “Little Divisoria”. We paid eight pesos.

Where to go to Cagayan de Oro City?

At 7:00AM, we visited Xavier School in CDO.

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The photo above was the church inside. There was a Mass when we passed by this church.

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Hello, there, Saint Francis Xavier! This was taken inside their campus.

After we went to Xavier School, we headed to Saint Augustine Cathedral.

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A closer view of the cathedral.

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The stunning beauty of Saint Augustine Cathedral in Cagayan de Oro City.

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Take a look inside their church. We did not attend the Mass because we had to be at the airport right before 3:00PM.

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We were supposed to visit this park, but it was closed when we arrived there.

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Jeepney is their main mode of transportation. Motorelas are also there.

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This was the park outside.

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A bridge that connects the two sides of CDO.

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A view from the river in CDO.

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This was their museum in Cagayan de Oro City. I used to be a water tank built a long time ago. But now, people appreciated it most because it houses a part of CDO’s culture.

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I wanted to see what’s inside, but it’s Sunday, and it’s closed. It’s inside Xavier School. 😦

 

After wandering around the city, we ate our lunch in Jolilbee, again. Then, headed to Gaisano Mall to buy Pastel. Then, we want back to Agora Market and rode a van going to Laguindingan Airport.

AND THAT’S IT!

We did our best to squeeze everything in our schedule. I had fun! It was surreal and exciting. CDO will be always in my heart because of good food, and good people. I remember the first time we went here. We only spent  800php for our fare, thanks to Cebu Pacific Piso Sale! You should always wait for this promo.

 

Camiguin Island Day Trip

This post is only about our day trip in Camiguin Island. Have fun reading!

Last week, I attended my friend’s wedding in Cagayan de Oro City. Since, we had enough time to stroll in the region, my friends and I decided to visit Camiguin Island.

We arrived in Camiguin on a Friday evening. I only had one whole Saturday to roam around the place since we need to be back in Cagayan de Oro city on Sunday afternoon. I had work on Monday, thus, I badly need to follow this hectic schedule.

Anyway, I thank God that we were able to enjoy our Camiguin Day Trip fully no matter how bad the weather is. Camiguin Island is one hour away from Balingoan Port in Misamis Oriental.

Our schedule in Balingoan Port is 2:50. I believe their last schedule is 4:30PM. Please do your research, though. Sometimes, schedule changes.

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We spent an hour going to Camiguin Island. There were many offers from the locals regarding motorcycle rentals, motorela rentals, and tours. Please compare prices. When we got off from the boat, we were offered 600PHP for a motorcycle. But, we found a cheaper rate for this. We got ours for only 350PHP for 24 hours.

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There were people who will convince you to rent their motorela going to your supposed hostel. I suggest, ride a jeepney instead. We paid 20PHP for a ride going to Mambajao.

From Mambajao, we rode another tricyle heading to our hostel, Caves Dive Resort. We paid around 800PHP/night. Do not expect that much. Inside the room, there were only two single bed, a table, and electric fan. There were two chairs and a table outside too. You will share washrooms who also stayed in another room. I think, this only justified your payment. If you wish to rent a room that has its own comfort room, you may afford it. It’s about 1,500PHP.

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We arrived in our hostel at 5:00PM. I guess, the time and the weather that day convinced us to rest and to eat. We found a pizza store that offers dinner to. They also offered Tapsilog in their menu. It was quite pricey for the cheapest meal that we had cost 120PHP. It was lami (tasty) so I guess, it was worth our money.

We strolled some parts of Mambajao, and found out that there were also live singings and mini-concert in some restaurants. There were drinks, and some gigs, too. If you are the kind of person who is into this, then try it. For our group, we just listened to few songs and headed home.

 

Day 1. The only day we experienced Camiguin Island.

 

Our group woke up at 5:00AM. Left our hostel at 5:30AM. Scheduled a boat going to White Island at 6:00AM. If you wish to take pictures at the White Island without too much photo bombers, then follow our schedule. There were only few people that time, for it was too early. The sun was not friendly, somehow, we thanked God that this event saved our skin from future sunburns.

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We also ate our breakfast in a carinderia here. My friend and I spent only 120PHP. Both of us. With coffee, extra rice, and three viands plus pansit. Good deal, I guess!

After an hour in White Island, we headed to Mantigue Island. Mantigue Island was wider and bigger than White Island. However, when we reached here, it was raining hard and the wind brought coldness to us. My friends, enjoyed the waves though. I had no choice but to play with it, too.

I got no picture in this Island because it was raining! I had to safe keep my camera.

After an hour in Mantigue Island, we headed near the port and had our lunch there.

After our lunch, we literally explored Camiguin Island using our rented motorcycle. We attempted to visit falls, but due to its location, we were not able to do so. But then, we enjoyed how the island looked. So refreshing to our eyes. It’s simply elegant!

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We reached Sunken Cemetery and viewed the famous cross. We could have rented a boat going there, but it was raining. We did not have the chance.

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After Sunken Cemetery, we went back to an Old Church Ruins. This ruins was said to be established by the Spaniards. But, due to a volcanic eruption, everything turned to ash. Only some pillars were left.

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After visiting the old ruins, we passed by the steps to an old volcano. We had limited time, so we skipped this part.

We had so much fun after vising Ardent Hot Springs. Never skip this spot in Camiguin Island! So relaxing and soothing to one’s soul. Before we entered here, we had our early dinner first. We ate grilled pork, isaw, and chicken. Everything was perfect.

There you go. In just one day, we managed to visit six spots in Camiguin Island. I bet, you will fully enjoy Camiguin Island for three days and two nights. In our case, we only visited this in a day due to lack of time and day job.

 

Here is our Camiguin Island Itinerary.

6:00am-7:30am – White Sand Island

7:30am-9:00am – Breakfast + We went back home. Hygiene. Yes.

9:00am-10:00am – Travel to Mantigue Island

10:00am-12:00nn – Travel + Stay in Mantigue Island

12:00nn-1:00pm – Lunch

1:00pm-2:30pm – Supposed visit to falls, but went back due to logistics problem.

2:30pm-4:30pm – Travel + Sunken Garden + Old Ruins

4:30pm-7:00pm – Travel +Ardent Hot Springs + Dinner

 

Here are some of our expenses:

White Island Boat Rental   450PHP / 4Pax

Hostel                                     1,400PHP/ 2 nights

Motorcycle Rental                350PHP/ 24 hours

Mantigue Boat Rental         600PHP/ 4 Pax

Ardent Hot Spring                50PHP/ head

Food depends on the location.

 

We had to sleep early at 8:00pm because we will leave our hostel at 2:45AM. We rented a van going straight to Cagayan de Oro City. We paid 530PHP for it. This included the fare in the boat, plus other expenses. We left Camiguin Island with so much happiness, and hope to be back here anytime soon!

 

Recommendations.

  1. Visit Camiguin Island for at least 3 days and 2 nights. You could spend one week here, but 3 days will be enough to explore everything.
  2. Always compare prices. Never deal with those people who would approach you just right after you got off from the boat. They never let you haggle.
  3. Find the cheapest yet worthy hostel. Our hostel offers overpriced food. Maybe, you can look for one that has cheaper deals.
  4. You can save money for food if you choose to buy goods from Mercury Drug or in the Market in Mambajao. Always bring bottled water with you, too.

 

We reached Cagayan de Oro City as early as 6:30AM. Please check out my post about my HALF DAY TRIP in Cagayan de Oro City! Thank God for this gift! 🙂

 

Sa Wakas Musical Farewell Run Review

Sa Wakas, a new Pinoy rock musical, started its farewell run last April 7, 2018, in Power Mac Spotlight Circuit Lane, Makati City.

I decided to watch this play because of the ff: 1.) its title, 2.) good reviews, and 3.) music. Oh, and also 4.) poster design of Sir Karl Castro (book designer of Sir Ricky Lee!).

The plot was simple yet surreal. It showed the sweetness of first love, and the bitterness of infidelity. It’s the same thing you’ll see on telenovelas, movies, and books. The only difference was Sa Wakas was staged. Also, it was presented in a different way. It wasn’t chronological, too. Mapapaisip ka talaga. Lines were well-written.

Of course, music was fantastic. Sugarfree did it well. The musical director was so amazing. He did everything perfectly. Galing. Also, the actors were able to relate the songs to their characters.

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The theme was in an urban setting. There were condos, rooftops, bars, office, and bedroom on one stage. They were so creative. I can’t imagine that some cabinets would be there, too. The stairs were used also. So millennial.

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The Wakas Musical is a must-see play! This must be dedicated for those who are in love, in denial, in confusion, and in between.

 

What other plays do you recommend? Tell me please!

 

Always stuck in traffic, 

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The Kundiman Party

“Life is the only thing that artist needs.” – Adela

At first, I thought that The Kundiman Party would be boring and dull. But, I was wrong. This musical kundiman play built a connection between the past and present, the old and the youth. It discussed social media, politics, family, and a little slice of life. It used jokes and puns to describe the funny and ironic side of life.

It talked about the relevance of the past customs to the present day’s challenges and struggles. It encouraged the young ones to open their eyes (minds and hearts).

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Those young people were called to SING, REMEMBER, and RESIST. It was so funny, yet everything made sense. Imagine veteran actresses gave justice to their roles. OMG. I was left hanging at the end of the play. Everybody who watched it wanted more!

The Kundiman Party, a new play by Floy Quintos, is about Adela who was a famous Kundiman singer of her time. It is also about Bobby’s political struggles to resist. It is everybody’s story that you should watch out.

Everybody should see this play. It is still staged in UP Palma Hall, Wilfrido Guerrero Hall.

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Look at the Bright Side of Life with Monty Python’s SPAMALOT

It’s been a while since I watched a musical play. The last play that I’ve watched was Si Saldang, Si Marvin, at ang Halimaw ng Gabi last February 17. After that, I got stuck with paper works.

It was Monday night after my MA class when I received an invite to SPAMALOT. I didn’t have any single idea about this play. This was literally foreign to me so I did a little research about this musical play. I’ve found out that this is an adaption of Monty Python and the Quest for the Holy Grail. On its second rerun, Monty Python Spamalot must be a thing last year.

 

Always look on the bright side of life!

I thought I wouldn’t appreciate their jokes and humor. But, my reaction while watching? I just laughed all throughout the play. Monty Python’s SPAMALOT was silly and addictive! I couldn’t stop laughing at all their gestures and lines. It was indeed a play to watch! It was certainly for people of all ages. BTW, Kids were watching with us that night. I love the witty use of puns, and verbs as jokes.

Monty Python’s Spamalot is for people who badly need humor and light take on life! My work and acads are killing me right now, and SPAMALOT is a blessing in disguise for me.

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This spectacular musical play is a Tony Awardee. It has been played in various cities around the world. It is adapted to suit the hearts and smiles of Filipino viewers. I love how the casts did their part. The choreography and musicality add beauty to the entire play. I couldn’t stop singing “Always look at the bright side of life!”

The directors gave justice to this play. Two thumbs up for these people.

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For 2018, Monty Python’s Spamalot is staged in Maybank Performing Arts Theater in BGC, Taguig City. Wherever you are seated, I guess that will be always enough to have an amazing SPAMALOT experience. It could be one of the highlights of your month! The poster looks amateur-ish, but this play will entice you with its witty acts and non-stop jokes.

You can always reserve your tickets at ticketworld.net. Prices range from Php 700 – 2,000. They are having promos on their Facebook page.

I am going to see two more plays this month. I can’t wait to share this experience soon.

Suggest more theater plays for me. Hehe! Let me know what else to watch, too!

 

Always stuck in life’s toughest decisions,

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A Recollection Based on the 7 Last Words of Christ: My Takeaways

My Takeaways from Me, Myself, and OTHERS:

A Recollection Based on the 7 Last Words of Christ

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Photo from St. Paul’s Online Facebook Fan Page.

I’ve been searching for a meaningful Lenten Recollection outside our parish. Luckily, upon stumbling on my Facebook newsfeed, I saw a sponsored post about Me, Myself, and OTHERS: A Recollection Based on the 7 Last Words of Christ. This event was sponsored and facilitated by Society of St. Paul. It was my first time to attend their recollection, and I was definitely let in awe. I was so inspired that I reached my point of updating this blog after six weeks of being idle.

Here are my takeaways from their recollection.

On Forgiveness…

  • Know ourselves first. Then, pray for our weakness.
  • We are Christians, first and foremost.
  • Love is all we need to forgive.
  • It’s hard for us to forgive, because we are hurt.
  • Pray for God’s mercy and healing for us to forgive.

On Sharing God’s Joy

  • There is no holiness in sadness.
  • God will forgive us if we repent.
  • Paradise is not for sale.

On Loving Our Mothers

  • God’s way is different from our ways.
  • God has always better plan than us.
  • If there is prayer, there is grace.
  • If you are close to Mother, you will never be set apart from the Son.

On Separation

  • Iniwan is different from Pinabayaan. The latter is total abandonment.

On Spiritual Thirst

  • Thirst will be always part of our life.
  • We can be physically or spiritually thirsty.

On Offering our Life

  • Jesus’ life is a never-ending story of giving of 3 S’s: sarili, sakripisyo, saya.
  • We have God who can always give what we need.
  • When God calls, He provides. When He provides, He sustains.

On Surrendering (my favorite)

  • We are called to a life of surrender may it be passion, attachments, or sins.
  • We surrender as a GIFT or as a response.
  • Surrender is the best gift we can offer to God.
  • Follow God without knowing where He’s send you.
  • Wait for God’s perfect timing without knowing when.
  • Expect a miracle without knowing how God will give it.
  • Trust God’s purpose without understanding the circumstances.
  • Surrender is a decision, discipline, and way of life.
  • Ang tunay na kalayaan ay pagpapaubaya.
  • It is through surrendering that we receive God’s gift of Lenten season.

Final Notes.

The Seven Last Words are not words of farewell. These are words of love. These are words of forgiveness. These are the sweetest and encouraging words that Jesus can tell us. He always has more than seven words to offer. When we listen to Him, everything is kept in place. Again, surrender.