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ART washes from the soul the dusts of everyday life.”
It’s Friday night and one of my best buddies slept over at home to spend the weekend with me for some activities. She lined up a few such as having a Swedish massage and eating out at BGC (Bonifacio Global City) on top of my pre-sched visit to an Art Fair and attend a birthday party. We were able to divide four activities from Saturday to Sunday wishing weekends will be more than two days the very least.
Squeezing in midnight snack to bond on our favorite quick-service restaurant a few blocks away from home. Our all time favorite twister fries only happens on the last quarter of every year and we don’t want to miss it.
Come Sunday, we headed to this fair called MANILArt which I have calendared since last year. It used to be my world and I want to again experience what’s it like being around Bohemians once again. A rhapsody of everything fair.
Some of my college batchmates hold their own exhibits through the years and I only get to see them from our group chats. I have always been an spectator online. Now, I can’t wait to see one. In living color. I was welcomed by this Buddha.
Their names are no longer familiar to me. They are the young artists of today with a common passion as what I have been with more than 20 years ago.
And I must say, It felt the same. And as Art itself evolves. They still awed me, inspired me, and quenched my thirst to absorb how endless art can be expressed ceaselessly by different individuals with varying views and imaginations of how life and beauty conives and finally translate it to a canvas, or a paper, or Strathmore perhaps.
Some of which reminded me of known artists too. As it is being said that Art can always be recycled. Copied. Transcribed. Not as exact. We get ideas from all around us, and we twist it, we tweak it, enhance it, we play with colors and different mediums until it is all ours and become personalized. We then own it. It is how Art is conveyed. I am looking forward to more exhibits and ManilArt next year.
Secretly, I have gathered ideas what’s gonna happen when it’s my time to launch my very first book. My close friends giving out leaflets and tokens as to what to expect from my book with the warmest greetings they could give to our guests. I see cocktails too. =)
Now that’s what we call Creative Visualization. I’m so excited! (–,) ❤ ❤ ❤
I love places that have an incredible history.
I love the Italian way of life, I love the food,
I love the people, I love the attitudes of Italian.
~Sir Elton John~
My foodie buddy and I were thinking of where to dine-out come Sunday of this particular week. We ended up at the Fort Strip and opted to try this authentic Italian Restaurant on this corner block somewhere in Bonifacio Global city.
Cafe Puccini reflects all that is Italian, without you reading it’s name, you will know instantly that it’s an Italian restaurant. There are murals everywhere depicting some icons of Italy. Various knick-knacks are all over the place giving us a hint of Italy.
They specifically themed their interiors like it’s the 1920s.
We actually found ourselves craving for pastas and pizzas. And so we ordered those for this late Sunday lunch. I must say it is a place that will satisfy all your Italian cravings. Skipping the antipasti (the traditional first course of a formal Italian meal), zuppe (soup) and insalate (salad). They have a wide selection to choose from and are partnered with premium wines. Pastas are of different kinds: penne, spaghetti, lasagna, ravioli, gnocchi, fettuccine to name a few.
This vintage pasta maker caught my attention and I visualized how the chef was forming its’ dough and laid it there to create pastas in different shapes moreso spaghettis! =)
As we wait for our orders, our eyes were already filled with experience of Italy. Each item that you see in all corners and walls are reminiscent of what a typical authentic Italian restaurant is.
The feel is truly there, even in their menus, and even if some terms are unheard of, I didn’t have a hard time recalling them as I encountered them in my recipe books and other Italian restaurants in the Philippines.
I even saw their Sommelier assisting this couple across our table as she removes the cork from the wine bottle with a vintage cork borer. As she poured the sauvignon wine to their glasses, it clearly shows, she was trained to do that.
I have estimated that the inside of this restaurant can accommodate more than 50 guests, I especially loved their deep-buttoned scarlet upholstery on their “settee”.
And the patio outside can sit more or less than 30 guests.
Having been to many different Italian restaurants including Guiseppe’s in Tacloban City, where the Italian owner mans the place himself, interacts with his guests and reminds me of those wedges and logs of cheeses in their display chiller. He would normally boasts that he bought them himself directly from Italy.
Cafe Puccini on the other hand minus the Italian owner to entertain you, created an Italian ambience like no other.
Most of the guests at that time are foreigners. It was such a good time to bond with one of my best buddies who loves to eat just like me. She had her favorite seafood: lobsters. And ordered for black raviolis filled with minced lobsters’ meat topped with tomato sauce with chunks of lobsters too.
We shared with each other 10 slices of pizza Italiana with ricotta cheese which aroma I can smell as the waitress was about to bring it on our table. It was topped with salami that are lightly spicy and so the menu said.
Since we are not wine persons, we ordered for their bottomless iced tea that comes with a slice of lemon which enhanced its’ flavor. Just like saying what’s an iced tea without the lemon slice?
This late lunch at Cafe Puccini was satiating and we left the place with happy tummies.
Not to forget mentioning the complimentary breads neatly placed on a basket with 2 kinds of spreads. A pate and tomato salsa.
They showed us their big display chiller with their specialty cakes lining-up and introduced us to each. Since we were craving for frozen yogurt since last week. We opted to give in to our indulgence and got this salted caramel flavored yogurt. Five toppings in all. Yey! ❤ And that is guiltless bliss! (–,)
The Mind Museum – Amusing minds…
“The painter has the universe in his mind and hands.”
~Leonardo da Vinci~
If there’s a prize for the Filipino children of this generation. I must say its’ the museums kept intact in the Philippines like The Mind Museum.
It is classic and at the same time uber modern mix of art and science intricately rolled up into one, as if the other can’t do without the other. Moreso, a museum that makes us enjoy the best of both worlds.
The first time I went there, I was reminded of Enchanted Kingdom. There’s a wristband as pass with stickers that’s not as hard to peel off like those in Enchanted Kingdom. There’s an inviting souvenir shop acting like magnets attracting you to visit and bring home something as literally a souvenir.
I can’t recall if there’s a turnstile and upon venturing inside, it was truly awesome. For kids who are the hungriest to discover things that are still new to them, this place is like a beauty, dropping jaws, and shrieks of different kinds you will hear the whole time of your exploration. It is definitely a “Yesterday, Today and Tomorrow” thing.
Observing the other guests, especially the kids (and the ones who are kids at heart) I see them having fun the whole time.
I’m no so sure, how long this museum was constructed. Though, I am so sure, each work of art were carefully planned and executed – to painstakingly come up with this amusing chance for us to re-discover things that have been tackled when we were still in school is truly colossal. Museums nowadays are evolving. I am anticipating more modern stuff to come for the new generation to surmise and and expect in anticipation. By that time, ours is going to be part of the past already.
Creativity is a word that you can always yoke with this museum. The signage’s, the presentations, the series (or maybe I haven’t seen foreign museums yet though I see them in Google too) the concept and design is orderly and mindfully brought into being.
If I may, I am suggesting to all parents to encourage their kids into visiting the past, the present and their tomorrows by visiting museums such as this. It’s an experience they will really flip over and remember with a smile. It will stimulate their senses, help them be smarter in class and be able to correlate related subjects and be able to expound on a specific subject since they’ve seen the “What, How and Where” (and when) that were showcased in “The Mind Museum”. It is definitely gratifying. Come and see and let their senses(all of it) be awaken.
Please take a peep:
If I am to post all of my photos, they’re more than a hundred. Please visit for a more personal encounter. There’ll be no regrets!
Thinking of October as the sweetest month of the year is a personal note for me. Not only that they celebrate Sweetest Day on the 19th of October, I just noticed that I have consumed the most number of sweets this month of October. Not to mention the weekly supply I got from my in-laws of cakes in all kinds. They’re a brood of sweet tooth, and me and my mom are like an extension of that brood.
Yesterday afternoon, after checking some items that I’d be needing for a certain project, I met up with a friend and opted to check the newest mall in town, we ended up disappointed. Though, we were able to manage channeling the disappointment into delight by discovering a new cool and dainty shop that sells the cutest and the most regal cup cakes I have ever seen! They’re from the “Royal Touch – Gourmet Cupcakes”..
It was very welcoming and their interiors is very inviting. The attendants will greet you in the sweetest manner and you’d be glad to be sitting in their very aristocratic softly cushioned chairs.
It was not that big, but the mirrored wall on the other side of the shop made the place a little roomy.
We interviewed first their attendants on which items are the best sellers:
- The Queen of Citrus
- Chocolate Majesty
- Lady Blueberry Cupcakes
Then, we made our own choice:
- My friend chose this…
- While this one, I instantly fell in love with…
When we asked them as to where the other branches are located, we were surprised that this is the pilot branch. At the back of my mind, I was already wishing that they will branch-out the soonest. Some place near me. (–,)
We also learned that this tea salon is owned by a former chef of the Royal family – Carolyn Robb. cool! (–,)
It’s just good to know that they willingly decided to bring a grandiose of these splendid dessert to the Philippines.
I just can’t wait to have my next one… (–,)
And I am also bringing someone here I know who loves tea!
The Royal Touch Gourmet Cupcakes is located at:
SM Aura Premier Mall, 1634 Bonifacio Global City, Taguig