• Curated Corner,  Featured Posts,  Slow City Life

    Curated Corner 3: Coffee, Art & Rain

    I haven’t been a fan of coffee since 2013. The last time I was an avid drinker was when I was back in Manila where I would frequent an art cafe together with my friend, Rob. We would talk about so many things, from story concepts to mundane jokes to relationship troubles. But as the years progressed and the constant move from one country to another took its toll, my insomnia started, and coffee was the last thing I wanted to touch. However, I still loved looking for coffee shops that offered respite to my often anxious state. They provided me a quiet and safe space where I could stay…

  • Nostalgia Pieces,  Writer's Cafe

    An Eternal Summer Afternoon

    I read somewhere how the Philippine government was trying to figure out what to do with 10 million mangoes produced in excess due to the warmer weather. Mango float, mango shake, mango graham, mango juice, mango jam… the list went on in my head. But the list quickly turned into memories of long, languid, hot summer afternoons, and falling mangoes. There was an abundance of mango trees in Area 1. It was a neighbourhood of faculty homes in the fringes of our university. The paved roads had become dusty from continuous plumbing repairs by Manila Water but it was still lush with overgrown plants and trees. There were mostly fruit…

  • Featured Posts,  Nourish,  Slow City Life

    Nourish: Mini Croissant Sandwich

    Have an awesome morning with these mini croissant sandwiches on the go. Creamy avocado spread with sweet grape tomatoes, and pancetta that’s just the right amount of savoury. A sandwich is pretty straightforward and totally customizable but I’ll share with you one of my favourite, quick snacks. I’m guilty of always skipping breakfast so I solve it by having these ready the night before and just grabbing them on my way out. I haven’t had a grumbling stomach at work these past few days. Ingredients: Mini croissants Pancetta/ prosciutto (your choice of meat) Cream cheese Avocado Grape tomatoes Cilantro Procedure: Cut the mini croissant in half mash the avocado and…

  • Curated Corner,  Slow City Life

    Curated Corner: Lovely Things

    1.) SPACE: MUSEUM CAFE The Museum Cafe is the perfect place to spend a long hot rainy summer afternoon with good company. Our server for the day was attentive and amiable- instead of just ordering drinks, we had a Filipino merienda (afternoons snacks)  to pair it with. The interior is bright and sunny with art pieces and plants, the tables are made of marble and the walls of wood- on closer inspection, the cafe had quite a retro feel to it. It’s a very beautiful place, and it gets quieter on Sunday afternoons, a good time to lounge around, do some work, have an afternoon date, or quality alone time.…