Coffee Shop

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    Oh My Gulay – The One Where I Become A Temp Vegan
    Posted in: Coffee Shop, Food, Mexican, Restaurant

    Words and Photos by Joanna Pilla The classic ‘tourister’ question I get whenever people I know come up to Baguio is “where are all the good food joints?” and even if there is a restaurant named “that damn good sick joint” I always find myself answering “OMG” literally, actually, because one of my most favorite […]

  • Frothy Chococcino with brown sugar & yummy cookie chip
    Dome at Shangri-La Plaza Mall
    Posted in: Coffee Shop, Food

    Whenever my personal-related meetings take place at the Shangri-La Plaza Mall, chances are, the venue  would be at Dome’s Café. It’s my top-of-mind not only because of it’s European-style ambiance that draws me almost naturally (even though it originated in Australia), but also because of its customer service. There’s truth in Dome’s reputation for very […]

  • Caffé Ti-Amo
    Caffé Ti-Amo
    Posted in: Coffee Shop, Food

    I used to be a constant fixture of the library back when I was still a student. The habit started when it’s where I had to stay to get excused from attending ‘mass,’ as a non-Catholic studying in a Catholic school. I’d read all sorts that the shelves had to offer, and eventually, I have […]


    The Side Tripper

    “Make sure you don’t take any side trips,” warns Schumler, from a phrase in the 1993 American film Swing Kids. If you are someone who does not have time to lose, then it is better for you to stick to your main agenda, because there is something about side tripping that submerges the soul in experiences that sometimes make you hope that time would stand still, as the experiences they bring can be more impactful than the main trip itself. It is that free flowing agenda, an unexpected sleepover or a detour that has unintentionally brought pleasant surprises. You can live without it, like you can eat a cake without its icing, but your journey may not be as meaningful. If travel is the ‘best medicine for the heart’,* then for me, side trips are secret ingredients to the most memorable travels and other events that can happen in between or off the main route of one’s itineraries. Welcome to Side Tripper, a collection of photographs and blogs about the many side trip adventures of our family and friends. *Source: The Global Commission on Aging and Transamerica Center for Retirement Studies, in partnership with the U.S. Travel Association (Los Angeles Times, December 17, 2013 by Chris Erskine)

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