Tuesday, February 12, 2013

PAPERMAN - Last Year's Oscar-winning Hilarious Short Film

Since Heart's Day is fast approaching, let me leave you all with a heartwarming short film from Disney. 

Spare me some 6-minute of your time and I assure you that it will all be worth it. ;)

This romantic comedy film has been nominated for Best Animated Short Film at the Oscar's. 

May you have a week full of LOVE! :)


Sunday, February 3, 2013

A Breezy Afternoon at 14 Four Cafe

My mom has been raving about 14 Four Cafe for quite some time now. Though the cafe is just a 10-minute drive away from our house, paying them a visit was nearly impossible due to my busy schedule.

Yesterday, I was too lazy to go to the gym for boxing (must be the weather or my sluggish attitude kicking in) so I opted to ask my friend out for an afternoon treat. We took this opportunity as well to finalize some plans we have for our upcoming business partnership - which I CAN'T disclose yet. Don't want to jinx it!! ;)

My husband-turned-driver was kind enough to drop us there before his basketball game. I, or should I say - We, were surprised of how a nice place could be hidden in the midst of a quiet subdivision in Taytay.

Based from my pre-visit research, the cafe is a furniture showroom turned into a cafe on weekends. 

You can check more about them here: http://www.14fourcafe.com/

Upon entering, we asked the crew if we could do a quick tour inside and  see their creative collections before we get seated outside. She gladly granted our request and guided us in. 

It is nearly impossible not to fall in love with this place. It gives you a relaxing vibe the moment you enter their sanctuary and provides you a snuggled up feeling by the time you rest on their super comfy seats. 

It is a perfect hangout place with your barkadas. Oh and they come with free wifis too! Ain't that a steal?! :)

And we can't help to not take photos of the outside as well. 

I made prior reservations to make sure we get the best spot. 

I specifically requested for alfresco seating and made the operator swore that she wouldn't put us somewhere hot and uncomfortable since it's 3pm and the sun's out smiling. 

And as expected, she perfectly gave us a big and nice work station. :) We had the right dose of sunshine and cool breeze for an afternoon.

A cafe will not be on my "must-visit" place if the food was a total disaster. 

I made a brave move and tried their Vegetarian Panini and paired it up with a Strawberry Milkshake to even out the taste. And again as expected, they did not disappoint. :)

Pam, Anny's daughter ordered for some Carbonara and Strawberry Milkshake and she said that the pasta was just 'uhmm okay'.

Anny has decided to get a Brewed Iced Tea and Cinnamon Pancakes. The custard that came along with the pancakes made it really special. According to Anny, they probably used 'cake mix' instead of of the  usual 'pancake mix' that made it light, fluffy and really tasty. :)

The food is worth one's penny and we never regret ordering any of them. However, I just wished they had more variety on their snacks and especially coffees.  

And yes, I'll definitely be back here! It's just a perfect place to do some creative thinking or simply experience silence and solitude.

Good food + Great ambiance = Definitely a must-try! :)


Home Is Where The Heart Is

Hey there! It's been ages and I honestly don't know how to start. Please allow me to apologize first on my houdini act. Things had been crazy as hell (in a positive way I suppose) and finding time to  update my blog has been really tough. But home is where the heart is, and a part of home for me is this blog. Gaaah! Let's keep the tears from falling. I don't want my comeback to be so emotional. Haha!

Alright now! So where do I begin? Uhmmm okay.

Well, 2012 ended fantastic and the start of 2013 has been tremendous! :) I had my very first 21k run for MILO (and got a medal for finishing it for 2 hrs and 30 mins), I'll finally be moving to a company that I've been wanting to be a part of, I went back to practicing Yoga (I had a very short stint mid of last year) and......... *DRUM ROLL PLEASE* I was able to climb Mt. Apo (Yeessss!!! Philippine's highest mountain yow! Beat that!!). 

Here are a few snapshots of my half marathon run last December.

This is me with my friend Pat who had her first 5k run.

The proud "me" of course.

And a photo of us with Coach Jim Saret who started it all. :)

I actually wanted to post photos of our Mt. Apo climb but so I thought it humbly deserves a separate entry on this blog. It was a truly remarkable experience for each one of us and it would seem unjustifiable if we don't give all the respect it is due. So please allow me to leave you with some of the best shots that we have as a teaser.

DISCLAIMER: These may not be the "best" of what you've seen but it is for us. Looking at these photos would always remind us of how amazing it was GOING and BEING up there. And if you ask me "HOW?"... Let me borrow a few words from Antoine de Saint-Exupery: "The beauty of the mountain reveals only to those who climbed it." 

To know the true beauty that lies ahead.. You have to climb and see it for yourself. :)

Words are truly not enough to describe the amazing creation God has truly blessed us with. There is always something that draws us closer to nature.. something that binds us and makes us feel more at home being a part of something this wonderful. For others, they are merely trees, rocks and soil that comprises the earth. For us, it is an answer we continuously seek every time we climb mountains... For us, it is a journey... a calling.. and a passion. :)

"You cannot stay on the summit forever; you have to come down again. So why bother in the first place ? Just this: What is above knows what is below, but what is below does not know what is above. One climbs, one sees. One descends, one sees no longer, but one has seen. There is an art of conducting oneself in the lower regions by the memory of what one saw higher up. When one can no longer see, one can at least still know." — RenĂ© Daumal