Alone/Together: More About Life than Love

To be honest, when I watched the trailer of Alone/Together, I thought the movie will just focus on the love story of Tin (Liza Soberano) and Raf (Enrique Gil). But after watching the movie, I realized that I was wrong. In fact, I was more drawn into Tin’s life and struggle and I realized there are 3 lessons in her story that I can apply to my life.

*WARNING: MAJOR SPOILERS AHEAD

Never forget who you are

At the beginning of the movie, you would constantly hear Tin emphasizing the words, “never forget” during her museum tours. At first, you would think that she is referring to what happened to the Philippines in the past but as you watch the movie, you can relate those words to what happened to her after she graduated from UP.

Long story short, Tin was not able to reach her dreams. She wanted to become a museum archivist but unfortunately, she was not able to achieve her goal because of some circumstances that happened in her life. She decided to move on from that dream which included forgetting who she really is.

But along the way, with the help of Raf, she realized that she cannot forget her true self. No matter what happened to her past, she will always be the same woman with a dream to change the world.

I know a lot of people who think they are no longer the same person because of the challenges they faced in life. But I do not agree with them. Yes, there might have been changes in their personalities and perspectives in life, but they are still the same person as before. So no matter how much you try to run from your past self, you will always have it with you.

It’s never too late to reach your dreams

It took Tin 5 years before she started her path as a museum archivist. There was even a point in her life when she just wanted to settle in a convenient life with Greg (Luis Alandy). But Raf and her UP professor made her realize that she can make her own dreams.

So even if Tin was already 27 years old with a bad record from her previous job, she made her way to reach her lifelong dream. She applied to various museums and got the job she always wanted.

Sometimes, we just settle on what is convenient for us. We take this certain job because the salary is high enough to provide the needs of our family. But sometimes we forget that it is also important to choose a job that you love. Imagine going to work and instead of being stressed about deadlines and other stuff, you actually enjoy what you are doing. Isn’t that more satisfying than killing yourself for a job that you will eventually resign after a few years?

What’s meant to be will always find a way

Even if Tin lost her way, she was able to find herself and reach her goal. It does not matter if it took her 5 years or even more. What’s important is that she found herself and now she is doing everything she can to become the best version of herself.

Other than her dream of becoming a museum archivist, Tin also realized that she was meant for Raf. Although the movie did not really explain why the two broke up in the first place, you will get the idea that Tin broke up with him because she is already entering a new chapter in her life while Raf was still stuck in college. And just when they thought they have moved on from each other, the two reunited at an event.

Tin and Raf’s love story were full of ups and downs. But what made their relationship different from other couples is that they were meant to be. To be honest, I knew from the beginning that they would end up together. But I had second thoughts when Aly (Jasmine Curtis-Smith), Raf’s girlfriend, became pregnant. There was even a scene when Tin said to Raf, “lagi mong tatandaan na mahal na mahal kita” and Raf replied, “ingat ka”. (OUCH)

But I guess, if it’s meant to be, it will be. Tin and Raf did really prove themselves to stick to each other no matter what happens.

To sum it up, what I learned from Alone/Together was to never give up on my dreams. No matter how rough life is, I will keep on going until I reach my goal. I won’t run away or forget who I am just because I failed to pursue my dreams. Instead, I will do everything I can because it is always better to risk everything than regret in the end.

Potato Corner: No Longer Just a Stall in the Corner

BETTER LATE THAN NEVER. I was so excited when I found out that Potato Corner will have its first concept store in Glorietta 4. The store opened on November 27, but unfortunately, I was not able to drop by since I have a lot of errands to do at home.

My friend trying their interactive menu for the first time. I guess this is the newest trend in the food industry.

But when my friends and I decided to buy gifts for our Christmas party, we were amazed at how the store looked like. It was very different from the usual Potato Corner stands that we see. But what surprised us the most is that this concept store offers 25 flavors!!

Here are the flavors offered:

  • Cotton candy
  • Curry
  • Honey butter
  • Spicy cheese
  • Maple bacon
  • Kimchi
  • Butter and garlic
  • Blue cheese
  • Sweet and sour
  • Ketchup and mayo
  • Cinnamon
  • Cookies and cream
  • Paprika
  • Chocolate
  • Chili Lime
  • Seafood
  • White cheddar
  • Cheese
  • Barbecue
  • Sour cream
  • Chili barbecue
  • Sweet corn
  • Wasabi
  • Ranch o’ cheddar
So many choices, so little time!

That is not the only new feature of Potato Corner as it has a self-ordering kiosk. This touch screen machine allowed me to pick my fries, flavor, and other special orders. I also have the option to set the cuts of the taters from jojos, waffle-cut, loopy, or shoestring.

Definitely a must-try!!! Good thing the store was not as jam-packed as it was on it’s opening day/

Afterward, the machine released a stub. I waited for the cashier to call my number and paid for my order. While waiting for my fries, I had the chance to check the augmented reality game screen by the exit.

It was such a fun experience, and I would certainly go back again to try all the new flavors.

5 Things That Will Convince You to Watch Bohemian Rhapsody (Spoiler-Free)

I didn’t know much about Queen. I knew only the band’s name, the lead singer Freddie Mercury, and a couple of their songs.

It’s funny that I learned bits and pieces of information about the rock group just on random occasions. When I was in high school, I asked the best guitar player in the classroom for song recommendations. On top of the list she gave was Bohemian Rhapsody.

The next thing I knew, I was already playing the song on repeat. The track got me having the last song syndrome, except I couldn’t always sing well the “Galileo! Galileo!” part.

And one time when I was listening to My Chemical Romance, I heard the lead singer talking about some Freddie Mercury before singing Under Pressure, the official soundtrack of the animated film Happy Feet. I then researched Freddie Mercury and learned he was the vocalist of Queen. Eventually, I started to wonder how he managed to write the lyrics and arrange the melody and instrumentation of my all-time favorite song Bohemian Rhapsody.

I could go all day telling you about the other occasions I learned something new about the band. But since the title promises to enumerate reasons the movie tribute to Queen will be worth your while, I give you without further ado the five things that make Bohemian Rhapsody a must-watch.

1| Rami Malek Did an Oscar-Winning Performance

Forgive me and a lot others for we didn’t know Rami Malek. When I saw the trailer, I even asked, “Why didn’t they get Johnny Depp to play as Freddie?” But when the first few minutes of the film rolled as I was seated in the cinema, the answer hit me – Rami Malek was simply effortlessly amazing! His speech, his moves – they were all so Freddie Mercury. He killed it! He is a living proof that Hollywood isn’t made up of the same old faces.

Rami Malek and Freddy Mercury
From left to right: Rami Malek, Rami Malek as Freddie, and real-life Freddie Mercury

This may be too much to say, but I think his acting was an Oscar-winning performance! And I should be right when I say no one could’ve pulled off a Freddie Mercury better than Rami.

2| It’s the Perfect Tribute to Queen and to All Other Great Musicians

In the movie, you will see how chart-topping music was made during the 70s and 80s. Everything relied on lyrics, vocals, and musical instruments, not much like the many songs we hear today that actually depended on digitalized musical effects.

And because there’s now much advancement in the field of music-making, anyone can be a selling recording artist by the likes of Maja Salvador, Enchong Dee, and Kim Chiu, to name a few. For Freddie’s sake! What has the music industry turned into? Forgive me for going down this road.

Anyway, Queen were a perfect example of a band that created music out of passion, creativity, and pains. Just imagine how they were able to put the pieces of the world hit Bohemian Rhapsody together! Having no aid of advanced music-mixing software, the song had to be rendered with organic instrumentation and non-autotuned vocals.

Queen rock band
Hail all you, Queen!

This and all their other songs will make you rethink the way you look at how hits today were actually made. But regardless of how much or how little you know about today’s music industry, Queen were among those legends that will forever be remembered for their great music.

As the movie showed, their songs were just as wonderful as their journey to stardom. So it was just so right that this tribute was made for them. Kudos to the makers of this movie! Bohemian Rhapsody is a perfect way to commemorate the legends that were Queen and to give respect to those who make great music today.

3| Everyone Applauded Because Who Wouldn’t?

Honestly, most of the movies that I watched in the cinema didn’t get any applause from the audience. I can only count in my fingers the number of films I watched that got everyone clapping at the ending.

To be fair to Bohemian Rhapsody, it really deserved more than just all the applause it got from the audience I happened to belong in. I don’t know, but I really felt I had to put my hands together for Freddie Mercury, Queen, the songs played, and the people who were behind the movie tribute.

The fact that I wasn’t the only one that applauded is enough proof that Bohemian Rhapsody was a good watch. If I wasn’t too shy, I would’ve decided to be on my feet until the rest followed suit for a standing ovation.

4| No One Wanted to Pee, but for All the Good Reasons

Halfway through the movie, I felt the need to empty my bladder. But guess what? I waited for the entire screen time to finish (up to the movie credits!) until I finally decided to pee. Bohemian Rhapsody was too good to watch that I didn’t want to miss any scene.

Not surprisingly, I wasn’t the only one who held urine in. Since I chose a seat along the second-to-the-last row, I sure would see almost everyone who would pass by either aisle. Trust me, I saw no one standing up to go to the toilet.

When the movie ended, I heard someone telling his friend, “Come on! Hurry! I need to pee. I’ve been holding this for more than two hours already because I didn’t want to miss any second of the film.” So yeah, it wasn’t just me! If you found that a movie made the watchers choose staying seated and possibly getting UTI over going to the toilet in the middle of the screening, then that movie must be a must-watch!

5| It Brought Strong Nostalgia (in a Positive Way)

I wasn’t born yet when Queen were in their prime. Freddie Mercury didn’t even make it to my birth year; he died (of AIDS-related pneumonia) in 1991 at the age of 45. But Queen’s music has carried on, most especially Bohemian Rhapsody, which has always been among my all-time favorite songs since high school.

Hearing the band’s masterpieces again, this time along with the songs’ backstory, gave me the nostalgia. I was so touched that I couldn’t help but reminisce all those years when I would just listen to their music with no knowledge at all of how the lyrics came to be.

The movie made me want to wish I were already alive when Queen were doing their album tours. I could’ve expressed more my admiration and gratitude to them.

Perhaps the only thing that will stand between you and watching the movie is the fact (or little spoiler) that the song “Too Much Love Will Kill You” never played all throughout. But the film  isn’t all about just any single song. It’s about the band’s story and legacy. So whether or not you are a fan of the rock group, you will find it worthwhile to watch Bohemian Rhapsody in big screen and to catch there the actor who played Petyr Baelish (oops!).

Exes Baggage: Which Type of Viewer are You?

Exes Baggage gained the attention of netizens because of the tandem of Carlo Aquino and Angelica Panganiban. I was one of the excited fans who looked forward to watching the movie. Good thing, my bestfriend and I were able to watch the last full show in Glorietta.

There was a long line of excited viewers in front of Cinema 2. While waiting for us to enter the cinema, I found the different types of viewers who will watch the movie with me.

1 | The CarGel Fan

It has been years since we all last saw Angelica and Carlo together. And believe me, most of their fans missed them too. This is why the movie is the best opportunity to see them again. I even overheard some fans talking that night about the interviews and behind the scenes of the movie. The fans are all hyped with the closeness and bonding of the two. Who wouldn’t want those two to get back together?

2 | The Brokenhearted

Exes Baggage is about two people who fell in-love at the wrong time. The title itself speaks that the movie is going to be relatable to those who just had their heart broken. As expected, the cinema was full of either those who missed their ex or those who just broke up with their partners.

During the climax of the movie, when Pia (Angelica) and Nix (Carlo) are having a confrontation, I can hear sniffs around the cinema. Even my bestfriend cried during the movie!

3 | The Hopeless Romantic

I have been a fan of Filipino movies ever since I was young, and I noticed that almost all of the movies end with a happy ending. This is why it is no surprise that some of the viewers I saw that night were hopeless romantics.

There were scenes when the viewers would cheer or scream in excitement, especially when Nix went to the convention wearing a suit. I admit, I was even one of those fangirls. Hello? We’re talking about Carlo Aquino here! But the loudest reaction was on the last scene when Nix and Pia… I’m not going to spoil it because believe me, you might end up screaming as well.

4 | Team Carlo or Team Angelica

If there are viewers who are after the tandem of Carlo and Angelica, there are also those who are just watching because they are a fan or either Carlo or Angelica. Of course, some fans might miss their favorite stars since both Carlo and Angelica have been missing in the industry lately. And as a supporter of either artist, it would be a waste not to see his or her movie on cinema.

5| Those Who Are After the Movie Itself

There are also some movie goers who are more after the story of the movie instead of the main characters. These are the people who felt that the movie was written for them. I mean who wouldn’t be intrigued after watching the teaser especially with the scene where Nix asked Pia who is her worst ex and she answered, “yung may asawa” *ehem* Derek Ramsey *ehem*.

Overall, Exes Baggage showed the importance of finding the right person at the right time. Either you are brokenhearted or a firm believer that true love does exist, you will certainly have fun watching the movie.

7 Relatable Lines from The Hows Of Us

I was one of the many KathNiel fans who were ecstatic when the news came out that the couple are going to have another movie with Direk Cathy (who happens to be my all-time favorite director). When the trailer was out, I had high expectations. And when I finally got to watch the movie, I must say that The Hows of Us is one of the best KathNiel projects I have ever seen.

Basically, the story is about a couple who — of course I’m not going to spoil the entire movie for you. All I want is to share the  memorable quotes from the movie that I am sure will hit you whether or not you’ve already seen the film. There may be minor spoilers below, so read at your risk.

1| “Feeling ko lahat kaya namin basta magkasama”

We all went through this stage. The intense feeling of being in love to the point that no matter what happens, as long as you are with your beloved, you feel everything is going to be all right. George (Kathryn Bernardo) felt the same at the very start of their relationship. She and Primo (Daniel Padilla) were so lost in love that even if things got hard (it even came to a point when they longer had enough money to pay for the bills), everything still seemed perfect all because they had each other.

I think what made this line so relatable is the fact that we tend to believe that we can survive anything with our partners. We have this perspective that love can conquer all, especially in the darkest hours. George believed that she and Primo could achieve their goals as long as they were together. Unfortunately…oops!

2 | “Will your life be better without me?”

When Primo said this line, I was crying so much that my eyes were already puffy. I personally think that when things get rocky, we sometimes tend to think that maybe we are not the right person for our partner (aww!). Primo felt that he was dragging George down because of his dream and passion, so he asked this heart-breaking question.

I think when you are truly, madly, deeply in love, you tend to prioritize your partner than yourself. You will sacrifice even your own happiness, just for them to be okay. In this case, Primo left, thinking that George would be better off without him.

3 | “Matalino ako eh pero dahil sayo natatanga ako”

Trust me, some might have denied it to everybody, but I am pretty sure most people have said this line at some point in their lives. Sometimes, even if we know our worth, we tend to be “marupok” when it comes to someone we love. Despite all the bad and hurtful things that they have done to us, with just one apology, all the pain and anger will be gone.

George said this line when she confronted Primo. George is an intelligent girl, but she knew that with just one song, one smile, and one sorry from Primo, she would fall for him again. Pero kasi naman ate sino ba hindi magiging marupok kay Daniel?

4 | “How did you not find a reason to stay?”

When things were falling apart, George asked Primo to leave, which he unfortunately did (and he did not come back until after 2 years). When he came back, George asked Primo this question. In my perspective, Primo left because he knew that he was just a burden. He didn’t want to cause more pain, so he decided to leave.

Sometimes leaving is the only choice you have left. You do not leave because you do not love that person anymore, but rather you leave because you hate to see him or her in pain. You then believe that maybe, just maybe, things will work out that way.

5 | “Hindi na ako tanga” and “Hindi ka naman masaya”

Mikko is one of my favorite characters in the movie (Yohan is the first because of Daren Espanto — #fangirlmode). He represents that one friend who will kick your ass when you get back with your ex. All throughout the movie, you will see him warning George about Primo. But in the end, when George finally pushed Primo away and decided to go to her best friend, she said, “Hindi na ako tanga.” I expected Mikko would support her, but then he replied, “Hindi ka naman masaya.”

I personally did not expect that reply, but I guess sometimes even if our friends protect us from all the pain in the world, they are also the same people who can see our true feelings. Mikko saw that even if George was lost and hurt because of Primo, he knew that Primo would also be the only person who could make her happy.

6| “Pag mahal mo talaga, mahal mo no?”

A lot of things might have happened between Primo and George, but at the end of the day, they still loved each other. Cliché? But aren’t most people like that? No matter how many fights they have or how many times they feel like giving up, they still come running back to each other’s arms.

George might have sacrificed a lot of things for Primo, but she knew that no matter what, she would always love him. I guess that applies to everybody. We can justify all our actions, but we can never lie to our heart. If we truly love a person, we will come back to him/her.

7 | “In order to win the war, you have to stay together”

I think one of the secrets to a long-term relationship is staying against all odds. It is when even if the world tears you both apart, you still fight for your relationship. Primo and George went through hell in their 7-year relationship. But in the end, they still chose to fight their battle together.

I guess that is the biggest lesson from the movie — to follow our heart and fight for what we believed in. Primo knew it would be impossible to win George back, but he still gave his best. All relationships, either long- or short-term, never run smooth. There’s a phase during which the love you feel for each other are so intense. But there’s also a part wherein you get lost and tired. The roughness of the course of true love is normal. It will just be up to you if you will tread that path to a long-lasting relationship together despite the risk of getting hurt along the way.

Word Wonder: A Book Bazaar

August 31 to September 2, 2018 | Makati City

[Updated August 26, 2018] Satisfy your cravings for books, magazines, and comics at very low prices by visiting Word Wonder bazaar between August 31 and September 2, 2018 at Century City Mall, Makati City.

For 3 whole days, the bazaar will offer 10,000+ marked-down books, comics, and magazines to all bookworms. Other merchandises such as bookmarks, stickers, planners, and stationeries, among others will also be sold.

Word Wonder: A Book Bazaar in Century Mall

The book bazaar isn’t just about good reads!

Want to be better at writing? Attend Word Wonder’s onsite workshop for FREE! Just come early as the featured events will accommodate participants on a first-come, first-served basis. Only 6 to 8 people will be picked per talk. Just present your proof of purchase of Word Wonder items worth a total of at least Php250, and you’ll have a chance to get a slot.

Here are the confirmed workshops and talks at Word Wonder:

  • August 31, 2018, Friday
    • 4 p.m. Word Wonder Doodle Day Workshop
    • 6 p.m.  A Talk with Wanggo Gallaga
  • September 1, 2018, Saturday
    • 1 p.m. A Talk with Geoselle Dela Cruz
    • 2 p.m. A Talk with Monique Obligacion
    • 3 p.m. Making Children’s Books : Workshop by Beverly Wico Siy
    • 6 p.m. A Talk with Manix Abrera
  • September 2, 2018, Sunday
    • 1 p.m. A Talk by Save our School Network 
    • 2 p.m. Love of Reading Starts at Home : Workshop by Tet Mora
    • 4 p.m. Word Wonder Mandala-Making Workshop 
    • 6 p.m. A Talk by CARA Welfare Philippines

Entrance is free, but you are encouraged to bring your own ecobag as the event aims to help reduce plastic waste.

To know more about the book bazaar, visit Word Wonder’s Facebook page.

 

Photo and event details courtesy of Word Wonder.

 

Find your way to the venue by referring to this map:

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Taylor’s Coffee with a Heart: An Unusual and Heart-Warming Visit

One Friday, I wanted to look for a different coffeeshop because I am fed up with hanging around typical coffee places. The hustle and bustle of a jam-packed cafe can get a little overwhelming, especially if my main reason for going there is to unwind and talk to my colleagues after a hard day at work.

I searched for an alternative place that was just walking distance from the office, and I found Taylor’s Coffee with a Heart just along Valero Street. I felt the timing was right because they had an open mic that Friday night; any customer could just grab the microphone and sing to his/her heart’s content in front of everyone. I also learned they allocate a portion of their earnings for their advocacy of feeding street children. So I asked my friends at work if they wanted to give the cafe a try, and they all agreed. I guess I wasn’t the only one who wanted some place new.

The Place

When we got there, I was impressed with the physical setup. The placed looked cozy and homey, giving us a welcoming vibe. There were tables for both big and small groups, and a makeshift stage used for the open mic. One little thing that was a little discomforting was that one of their AC units was heavily leaking. But I have to hand it to the owner who was very hands-on that night by being the one who would mop the floor from time to time for the guests’ comfort.

Taylor's Coffee with a Heart open mic
A guest playing the guitar and singing a mellow song at the makeshift open mic stage

While we were waiting for our orders, the open mic started, and one of the customers started singing. The good thing about the program was that people were encouraged to sing whatever songs they liked.

Taylor’s Coffee with a Heart set up a complete sound system with perfect audio quality! There was also an acoustic guitar waiting for those who wanted to strum and pluck the strings. Those who wanted karaoke could just connect their phone with the speakers via Bluetooth, use the coffeeshop’s free WiFi, and play on YouTube the karaoke hit they wanted to sing.

Taylor's Coffee for the kids
Free WiFi to let the “volunteer sessionistas” easily search on YouTube their favorite karaoke songs

The experience would be great for the ones who were confident enough to render a number in front. And boy, there were a lot of singers that night — both bathroom divas and those who could really pull off a Moira, a Kyla, and even a Pavarotti. A number of Chinese customers were even game to sing to us their favorite Chinese songs — thanks to Taylor, the American owner, who did well at convincing the guests to brave the stage.

The Food and Beverages

Our orders came after a few songs. We didn’t mind the wait because we were enjoying the other customers’ performances and delighting in Taylor’s enthusiasm in hosting the open mic.

Taylor's Coffee with a Heart's Caramel Macchiato
Thumbs up for Taylor’s hot Caramel Macchiato

The menu of the coffeeshop was simple. They serve the usual hot beverages, the typical items on a Frappuccino menu, and their own version of milk tea. There were no fancy-sounding names or varieties that could be too much as a choice.

Taylor's Coffee with a Heart's Tapsilog
Silog meal with a heart for only Php99!

Even their food were simple: some rice meals, nacho snack, and sandwiches, to name a few, at fair prices. Meanwhile, the prices of their beverages were leveled with how much you would normally spend for a drink in other coffeeshops, so I guess there was no surprise there.

Taylor's Coffee with a Heart's Mocha Frappe.
You will have to stay longer just to finish this big glass of mocha frappe.

But what we didn’t expect was their large Frappuccino. Yes, the ice-blended drinks at Taylor’s Coffee with a Heart were in really, really large glasses! The taste, on the other hand, was not out of the ordinary; but there was no feeling of guilt that we were spending too much on an order of Frappuccino that big.

Their Advocacy

Speaking of feeling guilty about spending too much, Taylor’s Coffee with a Heart made us feel every cent we spent there was worth it. They have their own social responsibility project. They use a portion of their income to feed some street children in Makati.

Taylor's Coffee with a Heart advocacy
Taylor, the owner, explaining to the customers his cafe’s advocacy

Taylor said that every Sunday, they feed the homeless kids. With more customers coming, he hoped that someday this once-a-week activity will become a daily thing. So instead of frequenting well-established restaurants and coffee shops, I and my friends thought of paying Taylor’s Coffee with a Heart a visit every once in a while. For every meal and beverage that we’ll order there, we’ll feel good about knowing that not only our stomachs but also another’s will be filled. This is something that will make hanging out there more meaningful.

Overall, the experience at the cafe was something really new, considering that they offered more than what we expected.  If you are looking for a new place to visit, especially one that tries to help the less fortunate, try Taylor’s Coffee with a Heart.

 

LOCATION:
G21, 124 Valero, Makati City, 1227 Metro Manila

OPERATION HOURS:
Monday to Friday: 9:30AM to 11:30PM
Saturday and Sunday: 12:00PM to 11:00PM

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Y Cafe? Why Not?

It’s not very often that I find a spot in the city that’s deserving of my 4- or 5-star rating. Before I tell my friends or practically anyone to go check out a place I’ve already visited, I make sure it’s worth going back to. So when I tell you about this café that has kept me coming back, you’ll know where to go next.

It’s an Anime-Themed Place

The place that I’m talking about is Y Cafe. I discovered it during one of my Pokemon Go strolls around Makati. It was the human-size Gundam figure outside the restaurant that caught my eye. Although I did not enter the place that day, I promised myself I’d go there to try its food and drinks.

Y Cafe mural
I bet I can name more characters in this mural than you can.

And so one night last May, I went there with a couple of friends. I could say they were as impressed as I was with the ambiance. There were tons of references to all 90s anime we grew up with. The nostalgia was too strong (and good) that after our meal, we got lost in our conversations about our childhood anime heroes.

Take It Easy or Just Keep Busy

The last time I was there, I brought my brother with me. He wanted a good place to get his work done in his laptop, and I was planning to catch up on my journaling (yeah, I used it as a verb; bite me).

Y Cafe is relatively quiet – ideal for those who need some concentration. They’ve got a bunch of power outlets, comfortable seats, and good food. It’s just the perfect chill-out place – partly because we live nearby.

Eat. Work. Play. Create.
Eat. Work. Play. Create.

They’ve also got a decent bookshelf for the bibliophiles, a cool assortment of board games for the bored, a cute aquarium for the lovers of fish, and a widescreen TV for the Netflix addicts.

The Food’s Good

I’d say you’d spend around Php300 to Php400 for a good meal. I had the English breakfast during my first time there: a hefty serving of bacon, eggs, sausages, mushrooms, tomatoes, and bread. I also tried the Y cheeseburger. I must say that all that I ate did not disappoint me.

Y Cafe's Y Burger with fries
If you see Vegeta in this picture, your vision is over 9,000!

That’s my experience that I wanted to share. Y Cafe is a good place to visit just for the nostalgia and the gram. But it’s also one of the best places to frequent if you want a cozy place late at night to study, catch up on your reading, get some work done, or just unwind.

 

LOCATION:
Don Chua Lamko Building, 100 H.V. Dela Costa, Makati City

OPERATION HOURS:
8:00 a.m. to 12:00 a.m.

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Complete Guide to Social Media Marketing for Women Entrepreneurs

September 1, 2018 | Makati City

The traditional way of reaching out to your potential markets is not enough anymore. You now need to start applying the best practices in social media marketing, a more effective means of promoting your brand and products.

Be in the know! Attend the workshop featuring the Complete Guide to Social Media Marketing for Women Entrepreneurs on September 1, 2018 (Saturday) from 1:00 p.m. to 5 p.m. in Makati City. Who knows? You may become the next big female entrepreneur.

Here are the topics covered by the workshop:

  • Setting of objectives
  • Basic social media marketing principles
  • Identifying target markets
  • Messaging potential clients/customers
  • Community management
  • Content development
  • Social media etiquette
  • Facebook insighting
  • Social listening
  • Facebook advertising
  • Crisis comm management

Learn about all these from the keynote speaker Roche Leonor, Unilab Philippines’ Digital Marketing Head. What are you waiting for? Reserve yourself a spot now. Here are the ticket rates:

  • Early Bird Rate: Php1,700 (promo valid until July 31, 2018 only)
  • Regular Rate: Php2,000 (applies starting August 1, 2018 onward)

The registration fee shall cover the following:

  • Snacks
  • Modules
  • Worksheets
  • Chance to be 1 of the 3 attendees to have an exclusive 1-on-1 coaching session with Roche Leonor (NOTE: Only those who paid the regular rate are eligible for this).

Be steps ahead of your competitors. Register now. Get your tickets here.

 

Photo and event details courtesy of Brainbeliefs.