ukiyo – living in the moment

UKIYO – Living in the moment. detached from the bothers of life.

There have been so many beautiful learnings from the Japanese culture which I’ve kept in my heart for years now. One of which is Ukiyo. It is to live in the moment. An effort to focus on the now and what is good.

I also like Kintsugi. The Japanese art of putting broken pottery pieces back together with gold — built on the idea that in embracing flaws and imperfections, you can create an even stronger, more beautiful piece of art. Credits: https://www.nbcnews.com/better

Their punctuality. That time is gold. And it is one of the best expression of respect to other people. How hard-working are they. Their politeness. They are one of the healthiest country. Their food is also one of the most intricate in preparation and presentation plus they are healthy and equally good in taste too. Their application of cleanliness have been a practice like no other. 5S originated from them right.

We have almost 200 countries all over the world and it is nice to know that each of them has an influence to the other.

Though for now, I found myself motivated by Ukiyo.

Ive been fighting off being knocked down by the news we’re getting everywhere on top of the pandemic. This was like those I read or watched years ago, like Outbreak or Perfect sense or Doomsday. All of humanity just like a fleeting balloon.

I have been contemplating on how I will be able to do the desires of my heart, and when. Like they tag it: #lifegoals.

I sometimes feel I “might” run out of time, this is for the young. I already consumed more than half from my sands of time, and keep on praying Oh God, please let me see myself doing them. These prayers kept me silent and in deep thought. At some point, hopeful.

Good and bad times in all my breathing life, at my age, seems overwhelming, though it was said, your “in” trays will never be empty. You will be passing and there’d be more you will leave in that tray.

While those I was able to finish are realizations that God was with me all along.

It brought me to choose, what counts most and focus on it (them), to decipher how I define the remaining days of my life.

Tomorrow is always concealed. So I choose to focus on the now. And release myself from being trapped in this chaos. As Ukiyo. I chose to live in the moment. For tomorrow, is another day.

a greener world

To plant a garden is to believe in tomorrow.

Audrey Hepburn

I spent most of my day in the garden today. Holding forth my patience, as the cats are playing, running, scratching surfaces wherever I’m around.

Collecting snails, and contemplating whether ill end them or relocate them somewhere. I must do it as they love to munch on my leaves. The cobwebs I put down went back after a day, I put them down again.

I propagated some aglaonemas, gently pulled out its baby and transferred to a new pot. I noticed that there is a better lome soil. One where the water can pass through right away.

The plant experts would always remind you to have pots with holes so that the plant will be well drained after watering. However, its not just the pot. The soil is critical too.

I removed the leaves that are wilting. According to the green thumbs, the plant will do better without the wilted ones. Like its time to go. And its an eye sore too.

From time to time, you’d notice that there are butterflies fluttering here and there. Probably pollinating from one plant to another. Lets thank them. I visualized too what my garden would look like if everyone’s present already. =) It actually made me smile. =)

This round shelf cant make me sleep! lol! till then. =)

#ctto

We had it at HEAT – Edsa Shangri-la Hotel

We had it at HEAT – Edsa Shangri-la Hotel

“It is lovely, when I forget all birthdays, including my own, to find that somebody remembers me.” ~Ellen Glasgow~

Each year, we usually celebrate our birth month in different places due to our busy schedule, Jen used to call it our month-long celebration.

This year, our last celebration was at Heat Restaurant. Heat stands for Healthy Eating and Amazing Treats.

It is located at the lobby level, Tower wing, 1 Garden way, of Edsa Shangri-la hotel fronting the huge swimming pool, so each time guests passed by our table in their swimming gears, I am no longer surprise.

We tried their buffet for a slightly late lunch (conflict of schedule it is), so we have very limited time bonding and consumed our food like were frenemies. I was telling her that “Hey, I can cook this!” but she says we need to just enjoy eating the more that we were not the ones who got tired preparing it.

This is what we’ve had:

No soft drinks for me. And i really liked that bottomless iced tea.

Should I be awkward with that rice? =)

Especially when Jen opted “no rice” instead.

But she had lots of these.

And some Japanese food too…

While I savored the greens..

And the hakaws!

And of course the sweet treats!

I especially loved this blueberry ice cream topped with unlimited walnuts…=) Of course I took advantage, walnuts is one of my favorites just like pistachio.

Jen isn’t much of a sweet tooth, though she truly enjoyed scooping from the dessert station.

This is what she actually wanted, but we can’t make it for dinner time, she had to work and I have to be home before 7pm, curfews nowadays isn’t only for teens…

So we will just have to set another date for Jen’s lobsters.

While I indulged on the sweets.

If you want to try this gastronomic treat, you can book a table thru:

Phone: (632) 633 8888
Location: Lobby Level, Tower Wing
Operating Hours: 6am – 12 midnight (Mon – Sun)
Dress Code: Smart Casual
Smoking Policy: The hotel’s designated smoking area is located at the 2nd floor, beside the tennis courts.

 

 

Luna Cafe…

Luna Cafe…

“Coffee and friends, make the perfect blend.”

On my way to work, I spotted this newly-opened coffee shop in our hometown. Luna Cafe. It looks cozy from the outside, and I saw some splashes of the color pink inside. I instantly wanted to pay visit and check their menu so I scheduled it immediately over the next weekend.

Facade… They’re on the second floor.

I have been on the look-out for a coffee shop ala “Starbucks” that’s just near my place, like a rendezvous. I think this one’s the nearest so far. I have a leaning with “Picked” but it is 2 rides away from where I lived. And Starbucks is an hour drive from home.

Luna Cafe happens to be sitting beside another coffee shop. I just wondered why the owner of the place allowed tenants in similar businesses, it should be offer a variety as they will both benefit from it, looking at it, the other coffee shop looked gloomy, there was no guests at that time. While there are 2 tables occupied at Luna cafe.

Their interiors is the typical shabby looking, modern take of whats’ eclectic since they combined industrial chairs with girly and chic pieces, there are even flowers mounted on their walls that are made of papers. It actually added charm to the place or could be, because I just love the color pink.

My instant favorite is this wall. It inspired me to mount photos of those personalities that somehow inspired me and impacted my mindset, the likes of Mother Theresa, Frida Kahlo, or maybe even a photo of Madonna along my own portrait. Ahaha

Jen got quesadillas, as always, it has become her favorite. I tried the chipotle, because It reminds me of someone very special looking for chipotle when he visited the Philippines a few months ago.

Quesadillas..

We also wanted to try the mozarella logs, which also reminded us of the mozarella logs from Spatzle. I think I want to go back.

 

One of Cafe Luna’s best sellers are their artisanal coffees, intricately prepared in an artistic way, good to look at but you will always wonder if you’re going to eat all those decors since they are edible. Or should I leak the dripping chocolates on the sides of the mug.

I had avocado and Jen had their best seller specialty coffee: Cadbury Nutella.

The serving time was a bit longer than usual, so I again questioned what if it’s peak time. Jen asked me to not complaint and told her I will complaint, I am just sharing my views just with her. Or maybe they should have this standard spiel of informing their guests prep time of each item that we ordered.

Anyway, I just took photos of each corner to kill time, I even went out and took this pretty windchime, a hot air balloon, which is made of glass. It’s sound is so pacifying as soft wind came in that late Saturday night.

Their line-up isn’t pricey and I think is worthy for another visit when boredom at home hits me or should I need a little change in my environment. Anyway, it’s just 15 minutes away from home.

Cafe Luna is located at: Pacita Avenue, corner 16th avenue, Pacita Complex, San Pedro, Laguna.

Some photos courtesy of: http://www.decobake.com.ph/luna-cafe

Little Flour Café

Little Flour Café

“Love doesn’t just sit there like a stone, It had to be made like bread, remade all the time, made new.” ~Ursula K. Le Guin~

It was just accidental that I discovered Little Flour Café, it is the brainchild of Wild Flour Cafe, that charming country-style bakery which instantly became famous for the Cronut (Crossant + Donut) craze as they were the first one to do it, but I remember a hotel in Makati did Dossant (Donut + Crossant) too. Still, they captured the discriminating taste of Filipinos (4 branches in less than 3 years) but with some tweaks that are intentionally executed to create a signature distinction, still, both has achieved the same recognizable theme.

Very country-side signage.

“Off-mall.”

However, it saddened me when the “Pistachio Au lait” isn’t available during our visit.

Originally, I was eager to witness how those chairs were hung and instantly created a different and unique form of art.

One of my fascinations.

It isn’t peak yet, there are a few guests in some tables, so I was free to have my photo taken with those hanging chairs. You know how much I love chairs!

It’s almost lunch, so we kinda have like a brunch:

I had my mushroom bowl, it is packed with roasted mushroom, pickled vegetables, grains with fried egg. It is a bit spicy for me but I can manage. Besides, I am in front of half a dozen sweets ordered for me by my other-half.

My mushroom bowl…

They also do coffee art. You can even request your name be spelled on it. =)

Latte art. =)

These pastries that we personally choose from the display area, with an attendant who helped us decide by describing each and what sells best, so we came up with 5 different items. Both of us love “ube” (purple yam) so we get that one too. They call it “Ube Bomboloni”. Bombolini are doughnuts in Italy.

Neatly arranged goodies.

Are those flowers for sale too?

There are jams too. =)

Almost half a dozen goodies in front of us.

A very simple menu board.

There is a waiting area furnished with different types of chairs, in anticipation of guests waiting to be sitted while waiting during peak hours.

Nice chairs.

With its’ cozy interiors and well-appointed furniture, it is surely a place to linger with both colleagues and friends. And of course with a loved-one. =)

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PS

They also have special wines and beers. =)

But no Blue moon. =( Just Stellas.

Little Flour Café is at the ground level of World Plaza Building, 4th Avenue, corner 31st. Street, Bonifacio Global City, Taguig

         You can contact them at 02-777-7383. They’re open from 6:00 am to 10:00 pm                 daily.