Where to Eat: Beantage Cafe

Yass! It’s Friday! Hmm.. I smell weekend plus it’s payday! I can’t help my excitement.

For those residing in Cavite, Beantage cafe is old news. Established in 2014 and with three stores currently operating, one branch in Imus and the other two in Bacoor. Upon entry to the cafe, it is impossible not to notice their walls painted with fun and inspiring sayings related to your favorite joe. Aside from good food and drinks what’s more enticing about this cafe is the rustic interiors that gives a vibe as if you are just having a cup of coffee or tea  in your own cozy attic with your squad.

Serving food that costs below PhP 200 this cafe joint is perfect for students and yuppies who wants to have their own sweet time but is penny-pinching.

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Nachos – PhP 130
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Ferrero – PhP 160
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Oreo – PhP 145 + Cheese Bacon – PhP 115

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‘Till my next food adventure! Have a nice weekend!

XO: Chia

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Why I love my Philippines

Stuck in day to day heavy traffic, empty promises made by some pompous politicians, little income but high taxes, and  corruption are only few of the things we dislike about this country, but if there are 100 obvious reasons to hate this country I see five big reasons to love my Philippines.

#1 Waters

Philippines an archipelago made up of over 7000 islands, a home for stunning waterfalls, rivers, lakes and beaches. To name a few there is Potipot island known as the little Boracay of Zambales for it has powdery white sand and crystal blue waters. You can reach the island through a small boat in less than 10 minutes from Dawal beach. It doesn’t matter if you are just a curious tourist who wants to drop by and check how beautiful the place is or someone who is in a quest of finding oneself looking for some alone time with nature so decide to try primitive living, set up a tent and stay overnight. Surely, you will enjoy the beauty of this little island with or without accompany the way I did.

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Looking for a place beautifully developed; make your way to Puerto Galera white beach in Oriental Mindoro. Recognized for its wonderful diving spots fall in love with the rich life underwater or enjoy the surrounding view of lush green mountains during daytime.  Can’t stand a night without partying?  Have fun watching fire dancers doing flare routines, and enjoy conversing with friends over good drinks. How can I dare say no to this place?

If the beach doesn’t sound interesting maybe a trek to Kabigan (kaibigan = friend) waterfalls is. A 120-foot waterfall with a base forming a natural pool shape hiding deep inside the forest of Brgy. Baloi Pagudpud Ilocos Norte waiting to be discovered. On your way to the falls, you will find a river stream too! Pretty certain that it would be an alluring experience for nature junkies.

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#2 Histories

Subjugated by foreign countries hundreds of years ago Philippines is also a country rich in stories that needs to be told. Try to go anywhere and I guarantee there is an interesting story behind those big old walls. The Bantay (Bantay meaning guard.) Belfry that sits on top of a hill in Ilocos Sur for example, built in 1590, said it has served as a watchtower and was part of the city’s defense during the Spanish regime. And the grounds around the tower were believed to be the same grounds where Diego Silang with his troops fought the Spaniards centuries ago. If the tower looks familiar, that is because scenes of the movie Panday were shot there. How cool is that?

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Want to hear a folklore? Here’s the one I find lovely interesting:  The story of the star crossed lovers Marin and Duque. There’s a beautiful Princess named Marin who had many suitors including the Datus (Royal leaders.) of Camarines, Mindoro and Laguna. But Marin is in love with a modest man Duque. Despite the absolute disapproval of her father Datu Batungbakal they continued seeing each other secretly. Until the Princess decided to follow her heart and leave the royal life, she was born with. So, one night they rode a boat heading Tayabas Bay. Unfortunately, her father learned about their plan so Datu Batungbakal together with the Datus of Camarines, Mindoro and Laguna the persistent suitors of Marin sailed after the lovers. When Marin and Duque thought that they would be caught, they decided to drown themselves. Years had passed when a heart shaped land emerged from the spot where the ill-fated lovers drowned. They named the island Marinduque – the heart of the Philippines. See we have our own version of Romeo and Juliet.  

#3 People

Branded as the country of smiles, I bet it’s no news that we Filipinos are naturally… happy people (well, except for those who are having a bad day! 😛 ). Very hopeful and full of sense of humor, Filipinos can find happiness even in the most dire situation. And believe it or not we are honest people, *Laughs* this trait may be hard to see among our politicians but Filipinos are honest. Just look at the Ivantans (Locals of Batanes.) they are regarded as the epitome of honesty that means we can be as honest if we want to. Creative and hard working these are the most obvious traits we Filipinos have. One good example for me is the Burnay jar makers. They manually pedal the potter’s wheel then mold the bantog clay using their skilful hands very determined to make a beautiful piece of Burnay jar. This is hard work and creativity combined. I am honored to be a Filipino. Are you?

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#4 Food

Filipino cuisine is equally rich as our history and talking about being creative earlier, that works for culinary too. Naturally gifted with wide variety of ingredients needed for cooking, Filipino food is very interesting as the flavors vary from island to island. Give your palate a treat of Ulang Ulang a native dish in Marinduque made of grated young coconut, de shelled shrimps and calamansi. It is an original recipe of Aurora Pitero mother of Rose Sotta the owner of Casa de Don Emilio a restaurant at Boac, Marinduque.

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Craving for the best Bulalo soup? Drive straight to Mahogany market in Tagaytay. You don’t have to be disappointed for not getting the view of Taal volcano from this side because eateries at Mahogany market are famous for serving the best sinful bone marrow soup that will just make other Bulalo you’ve tasted seem bland. Did this stimulate your taste buds?

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# 5 Thrilling Adventures

Philippines do have a big room for thrill seekers too! It depends how dauntless you are but there are activities that would shake the hell out of yourselves. If cliff diving is your thing then you must have heard Imelda cave at Marcos island in Pangasinan. A twin chambered cathedral shaped cave with a natural pool said to be 70 feet deep. Climb up to the cave wearing your life vest then jump for as high as 20 feet.

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Like Morroco and Dubai, we also have natural sand dunes in the country. You don’t need to travel so far for an exhilarating voyage just visit Paoay sand dunes in Ilocos Norte. Ride a 4×4 jeep, hold on tight at the steel bars, then enjoy trailing the small, medium (seems like a 45 degree) to high (what seems like a 90 degree) slope sands that would make your knees feel like jelly.

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How can I not choose to love the country that has so much beautiful things to offer? It wouldn’t be called Pearl of the Orient Seas for no reason, right?

Chia

This would do the Trix

It was a sunny afternoon when I went out with my food buddy to try the newly opened café along Molino road, but to our dismay the café was still closed (our fault we didn’t check what time they open on Saturdays). So accidentally, we discovered this snack cranny at the second floor of the next building that just opened last July 2015.

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The casual aesthetic of Trix n’ Boxes snack café gives off a freshening vibe that just made me want to stay for a while.

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We tried Pesto Pasta that I paired with a glass of Dark Choco Jelly and Hamburger partnered with a cold Cappuccino.  Their Pesto Pasta may not be as tasty as compared to that of my favourite Italian restaurant, neither was I shortchanged. As for the Hamburger, it was big and tasty enough to satisfy my food buddy. The drinks were sweet and big enough to make us (ME) feel happy for the rest of the day.Trix N Boxes - ChiaChinR

With its very affordable meals, I find this shipshape snack bar ideal for students because for as low as PHP 48 to PHP 120 One can enjoy either a good food or drink that fits the budget.

Have you been here? What do you think?

Katungkulan Beach Resort – Ternate Cavite

Formerly known as Cavite de Boracay, Katungkulan Beach Resort is only 2 hours’ drive away from Manila.

FEES AMOUNT IN PHP
DAY 100
NIGHT 200
TABLES 250
COTTAGE 350-500
ROOM 1000-1,500

You’ll know that you are there when you see this signage that says: “Marine Barracks – Gregorio Lim”. Yes, you read it right! KBR is inside a marine barracks so just in case security is one of your concern I don’t think rebels will be anywhere around the vicinity. Although I am not sure about the thieves, you’d better keep an eye on your belongings.

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To set your expectations right though the place was known as the “Boracay of Cavite” (I don’t know why), the sand is not powdery fine and white as the original Boracay of the Philippines. Don’t be deceived by the photos, the sand is off white to grayish and fine (but not powdery fine). The seawater may not be crystal blue however it is clean and clear.

Things to do:

Wade and splash into the salt water, if you are lucky you will have to share the beach with the marines doing their training and bask under the sun with your family or friends for a gabfest.

(And that is me with my sisters. In chronological order I am the eldest, but it would seem that I am the youngest now. Trololols!)

You can also sing at your heart’s content, there is a karaoke machine available. Coz aside from eating, us Filipinos loves singing (even though singing doesn’t love us – I mean “me”).

Katungkulan Beach Resort may be very simple compared to other beaches that I had been to, no extracurricular fun activities like kayaking, skimboarding, banana boat ride and all that, but that’s what makes this beach special. It offers simplicity.

Sometimes this is the kind of escape that we are looking for plain, simple and no sugar-coating. Now I guess you’ll know what they mean when they say “simplicity is beauty”, right? 🙂

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Can you spot the star?

So long!

Chia