Being a natural foodie with an eye for detail, I was supposed to create a food blog because I both love to eat and cook as well. I ended up blogging and telling stories about everything under the sun. Food, travel, hobbies, what fascinates me and of love itself.
The first time I saw Pamana restaurant from a friend’s post. I instantly adored it. It was the one in Tagaytay. I’ve always been fascinated with walls where different frame photos are mounted. I have 2 walls at home where I did the same though I am not that contented yet. I need more.
Bistro Pamana did just like that. They framed vintage photos of celebrities. As the owner was once a famous celebrity during her time.
My soul sis told me that it is Barrio fiesta’s sister company. Who also owned Isdaan in Laguna. Their specialty or focus are Heirloom Filipino dishes twisted and tweaked, serving them in gorgeous plates and “cubiertos” to match their theme: Vintage and eclectic.
I learned this because soul sis brought me to their Makati branch. We had to have dinner first while waiting for a client and I had adobo flakes for the first time. My sis get this basket of seafood both of which tasted great. It has prawns, fillets of fish and mussels. You’d be asked to choose from 2 ways to cook it.The adobo flakes comes with a soup, some condiment and eggplant salad. A staple Filipino meal presented with creativity.
The moment we stepped in I can’t help but be awed and sis told me “I knew it!” Why? The walls are painted in lavender that’s not hurting to the eyes because they stabilized it with white Wainscots. As I’ve always confessed, lavender is my favorite color. That is my chakra color as well. I feel energetic being around this color for the longest time.
Honestly, The framed photos amazed me. Not just because of the old photos of known Filipino celebrities. And sandwiching them with vintage mirrors as well. Most of the elements jived with each other. The quilted seats, the transparent dining chairs and to complete it – the chandeliers.
It is no longer a surprise for a place to be noticed, be popular and be featured in famous magazines and attain recognitions here and there.
One staff while I was admiringly looking at the photos on the walls asked me to try the one in Tagaytay and the newly opened branch in Quezon City. He proudly claimed that I will equally love it. Secretly, I am eyeing the one in Tagaytay… (–,)
I also noticed some clippings from magazines where they were featured hanged on the walls too. A kind of prevalent pride of being recognized. Which unquestionably shows that they made a name already in the Food and Beverage industry.
By the way, their iced water tasted sweet. I sensed they’re lemons. And none are those palt bits that are usually visible like the one I sighted from other restaurants’ service waters. Bistro Pamana is another hit. I’m grateful to my soul sis for bringing me here. I will come back here surely. And make my tummy happy … =)
Look! Miniature typewriters and sewing machine as check cases…=)
Sometimes, thoughts of some people on how to do things surprise us unexpectedly. To veer away from what is ordinary and be unique. These vintage stuff used as check box basically taught me that. And I’m just glad to realize. Until my next learnings.
-An only daughter. A mother of a 22 year old son. Passionate with so many things. A lover of life itself. First of which is to write. Then, sing (I specifically love the stage), read, cook, travel & take beautiful pictures (photography) and scrap booking, all of which are my own way of coping with life's challenges. Lately, I have been enjoying quilting and crafting with beaded fabrics. Friends usually associate me with the color violet. I love this color so much! However, I love pink, red, teal, orange, yellow, blue as well! Coffee is my water and my happy food is cheesecake topped w/ blueberries, frozen yogurt, sansrival and cream puff. I mastered fettuccine carbonara because that is one of my favorite food along w/ broccoli, prawns and mushrooms. Of all the International cuisines, Japanese food is on top of my list. Secretly, I love "Stitch" - that grinning indigo pup. =) Seriously, I dream to become a philanthropist (starting off by providing shelter to street children in our country) and a famous author someday. I'm just waiting for God's time for my first book to be published.-
It took me years to decide to blog, more so to write and have it out in the open. I started writing even as a child, I just keep them on file. It was my outlet.
Approaching the year(s) they say where life begins, or If I may say, the sweeter life. It was a year full of emotions. As I lost both my parents already, the unfathomable sadness prompted me to pour them out in my writings and share them to the world, hoping it might lighten the heaviness of my heart.
I live now with my son as a mother and as a daughter (as a friend and a sister), this has made me be ready to finally do what I am meant to do. Even If there's a lot that I wanted to do. This came first, like a first love that occupied a special place in my heart. It's a looong process, tiring, frustrating, exciting. The best part? is the happiness it brings. Even if things around seems all so wrong. It's like having my own place under the sun. My own safe and happy rainbowed world.
At times, there's guilt as well, for I strongly believe, writing (like singing) is a talent God has gifted us. We ought to use it and maximize it, in our littlest way, share it to mankind, for His glory. I just had a few distractions over the years and to realize that it is never too late to be who we ought to be, I have this very strong feeling, now is the time.
All my life, I have decided on things that made me happy, this is one of those. I may never be a winner of those best blogs that have been awarded to talented writers/ bloggers and I don't mind, there are strikes of being envious, but according to my father, there are two kinds of being envy. There's envy that is negative, it'll hamper you from doing good and there's an envy that makes you happy for others' success, or seeing yourself in their shoes, I think, the kind of envy in me, is the latter. Like celebrities who missed an Oscar, while the film was watched by the whole world, she/he did not mind, it's like knowing what counts best, and it's the capacity to share your talents to anyone who wants to receive it, without asking anything in return.
Expressing what's in my heart and mind on every occasion (which happens to be daily) and being happy about it is like a prize already.
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