FIG TREE Cafe – Another Shabby Chic themed restaurant in the Philippines…

Fig Tree Cafe – Another Shabby Chic themed restaurant in the Philippines…

“The best is yet to come…”

Almost everyday I passed by this place before (or after because I came from work) Susana Heights in Muntinlupa, Metro Manila (a town away from my place), I am agitated to stop and drop by and check it out.

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Fig Tree Cafe…

As expected, sometimes I am so busy juggling duties at work and at home (and others), Foodie buddy was the one who informed me about Fig tree cafe. Lately, she is now doing recommendations, she knew what I like and what I will approve and not disapprove. I love her for that. =)

Since she told it to me, Fig tree is so distracting and very attractive,

entrance
Isn’t it so distracting?

each time I passed by it, I really wanted to stop! It’s just that, either I lack time or It’s best to go there with friends, I have been passing by it for months now.

And then finally, We get to see it! Unplanned.

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Lovely sight to behold!

And believe me, it was so lovely! Very “Shabby chic”. I had this “happy feeling”, that those stuff I am passionate about have been appearing here and there in my own country.

interiors
Eclectic too..
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I fall in love all the time with quotes hanging on the walls. These and family photos take my breath away..
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I have been working on my own house too, hanging photos and quotations here and there.

Although, honestly, I also felt something is lacking. I can’t figure it out specifically, The “Shabby chic” feel is there. But I am not seeing something that if I see it, I would instantly know it would be it.

lamps
Lighting fixtures..
pail lamps
Those are pails right?
chands
This chandelier I think is the focal point. =)

Anyway, let’s go to the “Food testing” ceremony.

giant jar
That giant mug meant for the cubiertos is trending! =) I saw it from Matis’ too!

ceneter piece
Shabby chic isn’t chic without flowers..=)
flowers on table
Each bouquet per table shows one positive word, I thought they’re the seven fruits of the Holy Spirit, although there are a lot of tables.

Since I already had my lunch from work, my Foodie buddy was the one who get to try their “Caldereta”.

caldereta
Feels like home..=)

It’s one of those staple Filipino food that you will normally see from Filipino households. Along the list are: Adobo, Menudo, Kare-kare, etc. Said list is one of their specialties.

menu
Not too small, not too big for a menu..
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I enjoyed the menu boards written in chalks..
chalk menu
Desserts..
filipino menu
Most of them are favorites of the Filipinos..
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Filipinos are naturally foodies..=)

I tried it too. And honestly, I liked it. It is very “Caldereta” for me, and not so spicy which is why I like it. I am not a spicy person. I’m like my late father, he doesn’t want food that are too spicy, unlike my son and my mom who always have a sauce with chili during meal times. I’d rather go for food with something salty or sweet on it. Not too much of sour and spicy.

After she finished her late lunch. We ordered for a slice of chocolate cake for her and blueberry cheesecake for me.

choco cake
She had a hard time consuming it, it’s bigger than the usual. ahaha!
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Mine is quite small, though, good enough for me. I even shared some to my buddy.

I was not able to ask if they’re the one who baked them, although I assume they did, I later discover that they have a Catering business.

catering
Maybe they can help us with our up-coming birthday (s)..=)

Nothing extraordinary to the two sweets that we ordered. Just the usual of what to expect from a chocolate cake and blueberry cheesecake. Just the same, these two are our comfort foods. So, it was a happy experience having our favorites available in their menu.

6 seater
We can bring friends here!

Maybe we will try next time those cupcakes lining up in their display area.

cupcakes
I see red velvets!

As I was asking the attendant who owns the place. He whispered to me that it was that guy sitted on the 3 seater couch on the left corner of the place. He just smiled at us and before I know it, he was gone. I was expecting he would somehow do PR or mingle or just find out whether the food were great or what.

Fig tree cafe is kinda big for a restaurant in the provinces. It can seat around 40 to 50 persons during peak hours. A Cleopatra chair is there for waiting guests.

cleo chair
One of the attendants told us they peak at night..

A vintage bike is also situated beside the entrance giving the feel of countryside scenes.

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Very country..
bike
The frame reads: ” ….Ours is my favorite love story..”

Isn’t it nice to dine in a place where you feel like you are being transported to another country and your food are those that your grandma cooks every weekend? Take your pick. I think mine is still “Mechado”.

When we asked for the bill, this one surprised me..=)

bill
Reminded me of “Papemelroti”, a shop I frequented since college..

They can boast the good ambiance, it was so humid coming from the outside and when they heard us complaining that it was really hot outside, one attendant immediately turned on one ACU (air-conditioning unit) to suffice the temperature outside. So we were very comfortable the whole time we were eating. The lights coming from the outside (because the windows are made of glass panels) weren’t glaring at all because of the dainty curtains they provided.

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I guess I’ll try their creme brulee too..

See you soon Fig tree! It’s cool that you’re just 30 minutes away from our place! =)

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Vanilla Cupcake Bakery…

Vanilla Cupcake bakery

“The meaning of life is to find your gift. The purpose of life is to give it away.”

My foodie buddy like me is a sweet tooth too. Bring her to any cake shop or pastry shop and she will definitely love it!

I have been eyeing this Shabby chic themed bakery in Alabang and at last, we made our first try. And surely, we will come back. Oh, I am coming back to a lot of places! Ahaha

front
Facade..

Here’s why:

The over-all ambiance is truly Shabby chic. A modern one. Shabby chic in the Philippines is not that much “in” unlike most countries in the USA and Europe.

Shabby chic items are often heavily painted through the years, with many layers showing through obviously time-worn areas. The style is imitated in faux painting using glaze or by painting then rubbing and sanding away the top coat to show the wood or base coats, known as “distressing” the finish of the furniture. Furniture pieces that are not genuine antiques are usually selected for their resemblance to older furniture styles, and may be reproduction furniture with a distressed finish. Elaborate furniture appliques depicting flower swags and garlands, cherubs, and other motifs may be added.

Fabrics tend to be cottons and linens, with linen being particularly popular, inspired by old French linens. Pure whites, as well as ecrus and worn or bleached out pastel colors are favorites. Fabric is often stained with tea to give it the look of old fabric. Bleached and faded are terms often applied to the style. Vintage floral patterns with pastel colors, cotton tickingpatterns, or linen in earth tones, are all typical of shabby chic style.

Antique pieces such as pie safes and jelly cupboards are popular in shabby chic décor.[1] Besides white, the shabby chic style also includes soft neutral colors such as sky blue, rose pink and beige tones. Hints from French-style interior design often show in shabby chic homes such as Rococo-style lighting fixtures, furniture or wall paneling.

The shabby chic aesthetic also expands to the garden, with the same design principles of using timeworn garden furniture and feminine accessories. Rose gardens are popular with the shabby chic style of decor.

Other popular decor items are pillows made of vintage barkcloth fabric, vintage linens, chenille bedspreads, vintage chandeliers, and anything with roses in the design. It is a soft, relaxed, feminine, romantic style of decorating that looks comfortable and inviting.

Variants of shabby chic style include:

  • Cottage chic
  • Beach cottage chic
  • French country
  • Gustavian (Swedish)

Source: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Shabby_chic

Vanilla cupcake bakery is modern Shabby chic utilizing framed quotes in typography (ephemeral or classic), chandeliers and quilted chairs from Heima, prints of floral, polkadots and stripes are in all corners too. It usually is on the pastel side – pink, mint, powder blue, peach, pale yellow, lavender, pistachio green. There will be some elements that is darker or bolder in color which makes it as an accent. Just keep looking around, and you will agree with me that it is another “happy place” to visit if you have the time.

entrance
Very welcoming!
ceiling
Falling for ceilings lately..
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Focal point..

Undeniably, it clicked locally since we waited for a table to be vacant and during our visit, a celebrity is doin’ her shoot on one of its corner. The place isn’t that big, roughly around 7 tables for 2-4 persons inside and 4 tables outside. Proof that guests flock their store? The display shelves of their cupcakes were almost empty and theirs are baked fresh daily.

shelves
Almost empty!
shelves 2
Wow! They almost run out of my favorite!
table for 2
We got our corner..
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Have a sit! ❤
heima
Quilted!
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Quotes in typography!

What I have is blueberry cheesecake cupcake (what else is new) and my foodie buddy took her own favorite variant-salted caramel.

orders
Let’s start!
our cakes
Caramel and Blueberry!
sugar
Can’t do without these!

More than ten years ago, I instantly knew it was her favorite since each time we go to McDonalds, I will get my sundae with Oreos or hot fudge and she will always get her caramel flavored sundae.

They served our coffee in these lovely mugs,

purple mug
They know me?

iced water in mason jars and those adorable plates have stolen our attention from our favorite cakes. One mug holding our “cubiertos” I suspected to be from Cath Kidston.

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Kidston mug!

Much as we want to linger longer, there are people outside waiting for some tables to be empty. Unless we place another order to be able to stay a little longer, but we can’t as our tanks are full, we just finished our heavy lunch from another place, had frozen yogurt and we just wanted to try this dainty country-side store that I have been seeing from google for several times now.

al fresco
Al fresco!
all smiles
Happy?
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Versions!
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From another angle..

This shop brought me into searching for more places in my country depicting this awesome feel of Shabby chic. I really hope to find more. =)

My own version of Shabby Chic…

My own version of Shabby Chic…

“People rarely succeed unless they have fun in what they are doing.” -Dale Carnegie-

A few years ago while I was without a job, I tried my best to be productive (battling my insecurity) even if I’m just at home. I look at it (having no job) positively (as an inspiring thought from a friend to turn negative into positive) and ended up creating pretty things (in my eyes) which I’ve always wanted to do but just can’t because I do not have ample time to do them. One of which is quilting.

While researching for several ideas in quilting (so grateful to Pinterest, Shabby Chic by Rachel Ashwell, Flower story from Facebook) I discovered myself falling in love with Shabby chic and all things that comes with it. I got so inclined with anything vintage too, reminded me of Casa San Pablo and why I was so attracted with their stuffs displayed in all corner, even the doodles on their floors.

If I may include it here, I used to paint. It was just a minor subject during college, and I eventually fell in love with painting too. It was just so costly and when I became a mother, you normally allocate your extra funds for your child, and I stopped painting then. But, really, I want to paint. Again.

Recently, because of shabby chic, I found myself having mixes of personalized color not to create a masterpiece, but to paint the terra cotta pots (lots of them) that my father acquired through the years. (–,)

I also was able to find a vintage water can (ceramic) and was happy upon acquiring it. I’m eyeing another vintage windchime for our garden too! (–,)

I also loved scrapbooking and collecting stamps. I guess the child in me remains. Being a graduate of Interior Design, I was with smiles that during my researches, Shabby chic is actually a form of Interior design! (–,) The desire to create pretty things (even if the’yre old already) remained in me.

Thanks again to the three sites I’ve mentioned a while ago for giving me endless ideas and validating some of mine can be possible too. These sites have helped me (big time!) as to how I will transform our house to be defined as Shabby chic.

Let me share with you some stuff I’ve done for the past 2 years. It is a slow process but I’m pretty sure I’ll be smiling wide in the end. Besides, designing your home even if you are not an Interior Designer is a non-stop process right? (–,) I strongly believe that each of us was gifted with a kind of unique creativity! I just hope my mom (the owner of our house!) will appreciate them as well! (–,)

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A collage card for my favorite tita! ❤
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The first quilted bedsheet I’ve made for myself! I sew them by hand and not by a sewing machine!
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I made a little business out of my quilts and made sure to always give it a personal touch. This one I lovingly crafted for my bestfriend Ruby! (–,)
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A corner in my bedroom with some vintage stuff!
The quilted cover for our bread toaster is also handmade by me!
The quilted cover for our bread toaster is also handmade by me!
According to Anne Morrow Lindbergh: "Arranging flowers in the morning ... can give a sense of quiet ... in a crowded day - like writing a poem ... or saying a prayer."
According to Anne Morrow Lindbergh: “Arranging flowers in the morning …
can give a sense of quiet … in a crowded day –
like writing a poem …
or saying a prayer.”
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That was the vintage watering can I’ve mentioned! I so love it! It took me years to acquire it and told the seller to let it go because it has been in their store for years! (–,)
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And while I was gardening, I found this heart shaped leaf. – “Life (GOD) is full of surprises!”
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Just one of the photos I got from Pinterest that was really inspiring for me! The power of flowers! (–,)

I don’t know how I am going to convert our house so it’d would speak for itself. I guess my passion will lead me.

More photos to follow! (–,)