"Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things you didn't do than by the ones you did do... Explore. Dream. Discover."~ Mark Twain

Tuesday, August 23, 2011

Cupcakes by Sonja

Cupcake Galore! =)

     We've been reading a lot about Cupcakes by Sonja from Facebook posts and blogs so we were convinced to try it! We haven't toured Bonifacio Global City yet so this is also a chance to do so. We took the MRT to Ayala and rode the Fort bus to Market! Market! and just walked from there to Serendra. Our eyes lit up when we finally saw this small but cute store! :)

     We grew up eating cupcakes, the ones bought from supermarkets. The ones offered by Sonja's are more creative, fun-looking, and great tasting! Can't wait to try them all! =)

At Sonja's cupcakes

     Cupcakes by Sonja was opened in September 8, 2006 as the first bakeshop in Manila to specialize exclusively in cupcakes. - from http://cupcakesbysonja.com

Welcome! ^_^

     Cupcakes by Sonja is just a quaint store at Serendra but is definitely worth trying! Outside are simple, white metal chairs, good for having coffee and cupcakes on a cool day. On the window are displays of cupcakes -- makes you wanna dig in! =p

Ready for some sweets!

     The place feels like a dream! There were red-striped walls, checkered floors, floral stools by the window and a glass window where you can watch them make the most-raved about cupcakes!

Friday, August 19, 2011

Earth Café

Welcome to Earth Café

     After the feast for our eyes at Pinto Art Museum, it was now time for a feast for our tummies! We're ready to try Earth Café's organic dishes after walking around the vast galleries. We're so happy that we were able to dine at Earth Café before it closed.

Garden Setting

Stone Pathway

      Earth Café, owned by Chef Ricci and Ms. Irene of
Laya, is inside Pinto Art Museum. Like at Laya, they serve organic dishes with fresh herbs as well as beverages. It is in the middle of a garden which is true to its name. You become one with the earth with the food you eat and where you eat, surrounded by lush trees and bushes, colorful flowers and a beautiful garden landscape.

More Art :p

Al Fresco Dining

     Earth Café has an outdoor kitchen, as well as seating by the garden. There are also seats inside the gallery for those who want to dine while appreciating the beauty of the displays. Inside the gallery are paintings, sculptures, and works of art using various media.

Monday, August 15, 2011

Pinto Art Museum

Entrance to Pinto Art Museum

     It was raining that day, there's a storm even, but that didn't stop us from our agenda that day-- to visit the Pinto Art Museum in Antipolo. Our travel to Pinto Art Museum (PAM) reminded us of when we went to Laya a year ago and that was one memorable trip! The museum collects a fee of 100php for adults and 50php for children. We were then asked to log in and PAM brochures were given to us.


Little church

     Several decades of devotion to art and culture has led to this haven of creativity. It took almost two years to plan, construct and organize the project. Finally on December 5, 2010, Pinto Art Museum (PAM) formally opens its doors to the general public. It is nestled within the confines of the Silangan Gardens. - from Pinto Art Museum's brochure

Simple words and Simple Deeds: 
No to Plastic

     After getting our brochures, we then headed out to the First Gallery. The glass jars with random things from the Marikina flood caught our attention. It was somehow a sad reminder of the alarming, traumatic and catastrophic event that happened during Ondoy -- that day should've taught us to be more aware of our environment, to be more caring and considerate to Mother Nature.

First gallery

     The first gallery we went into was not too big, it even looked like a house in Greece, with the white plastered walls and simple lay out. There was a small area up the stairs where more works of art are displayed. There was an open space with a small fountain and an archway that led to another room.

Thursday, August 4, 2011

Kape Pilato Bistro Café

Kape Pilato

     Kape Pilato is a budding new restaurant in Malate, Manila. The interiors of the two-story establishment look high-end, really modern, and spacious! You'd expect that the food prices are high but they're affordable. They even have combo meals. =) And the food looks, smells and tastes great!

View from the top

     On the walls on the left of the resto are the words coffee in different languages like cafe, kope, caffe, and ko-pyi in French, Hawaiian, Italian and Korean.


     The chairs and tables all have modern designs, putting emphasis on clean lines, different shapes and the colors white, black and silver.

Modern-designed tables

     On the second floor are booth types of black and white seats, again with the modern feel, as well as a mini bar with bright cherry red seating. This area is perfect for big groups or families enjoying their meal. =)

Mini bar