My 1 dozen Most favorite pages at Instagram

Beautiful minds inspire others.

If you happen to visit my Instagram page, you wouldn’t believe (even myself), that I’ve already posted more than 9,000 photos (and/or videos) to date.

It has been a coping tool of mine. One of my many. I indirectly express my feelings through my posts, be it bliss, the blues, the triumphs and everyday struggle to live my mantra of loving what I’m doing and living for what I really love.

Along with this, I am awed and inspired by the following pages:

Martine Munro

When it comes to Interior Designing. Aside from what we’re pretending to be (me and hon as Chip and Joanna the second), Ms. Munro’s abode is literally a house of treasures. I love everything about it. The paints, the frills, the images and all. It’s like saying “It’s so me!” =)

Maggie Wilson

I love to travel and Ms. Wilson’s page is such a great site to learn of new places. What more? She’s a fabulous and glamorous traveler. I am so amazed with her flair for fashion. And by the way, I love her tattoos! She reminds me of my soul sister without the tattoo. =) As she is a very private person, she might kill me if she finds out her page is included here. =p

By the way, I am following her Casa Consunji too.

Salut Maroc

This definitely occupies my first in my bucket list when it comes to satiating my lust for travel. Not only for being located in one of the most beautiful countries I’ve known. I fell in love with its’ interiors the first time I saw it, swooned by it, and the colors, yes, the colors, makes me happy all the time.

Kenz

I am not much a fan of neutral colors, we all know that my hungry eyes crave for bright and bold ones. However, I can’t help but fell in love with her page. How she intricately (or is it spontaneous like her eyes were trained to see one if she sees one) chooses a photo of a place or an object and if you look at her page from afar, they’re all in the same shade. It is truly magnificent to me. A friend of mine commented that she might be just using a single filter provided by Instagram though I think they’re originals. =)

PS – She is my niece. =) And I am so proud of her.

Hulma Bespoke

This one is another Filipino Entrepreneur who makes beautiful shoes according to its’ clients’ wishes. I think I’m going to ask them to do me a pair soon. =) Hulma is a Filipino word for a mold to fit.

Nico Bolzico

I think this is one of their many awesome travels. Such a lovely couple. =)
Photo source: https://www.instagram.com/nicobolzico

Oh, when I’m super sad, I just have to go to his page, watch him being himself with his pretty wife. I actually love them and is my favorite celebrity couple. =)

The Gentleman Wolf

When I’m so in love? I go here. I cry. I smile. I laugh. I sigh. Just by reading everything about love, it’s here.

I was able to personally talk to him through exchanging messages and this is what Mr. Joel Clemons, a Therapist, had to say: “We are here to experience love, we deserve to share real love.” And I just had to agree. He offers coaching and counselling too for those who needs help.

Naughty Teas (and Mangelka) A Lifestyle Photographer/ Content Creator

I once dreamt of myself (me from another time), in another place, with a milieu being very vintage and very light. When I saw this page, It has transformed me to that old dream. Exactly the things I saw in that dream, except for two things: that magenta 17th century clothing. And that I do not like tea that much. (–,)

Soidog Foundation

Being one of their many followers and an advocate of animals safety, I show my support by following all of their great works. I encouraged other friends too to follow them and donate if possible.

M&Ms Chocolates

MnMs has one the best Advertising campaigns in the F&B/ Confectionery Industry. It lights me up watching them especially their videos. The M&Ms characters are the cutest for me. =)

Blossom and Dill

Oh how I love flowers. Who doesn’t? And this page perfectly translated all its’ wonder and beauty. Sophie Witham has one of the greatest eye for this delicate subject. As Christian Dior said: “After women, flowers are the most divine creations.” Check this page, and you’ll see why.

And last but not the least:

Trois Petites Filles

I do not know that much about this woman named “Victoria”. And this is why I am enthralled by her page. I am mesmerized by her mystery, her sensuality, motherhood, her love for Art and her scrupulous eye for it. For me, She is the epitome of a beautiful soul.

Not a day will pass without me visiting them. They’re all inspiring and sprinkles me good vibes every minute I spend looking at them with an immeasurable admiration. It literally makes my day. =) And inspires me to do more, be a better person, push myself more, exert more effort, and become the best version of me. I think this is my way of expressing that I am grateful for them, and all those inspiring pages out there. #onlineinspirations

Do you have your own top favorites too? Please tell me! (–,)

Love,

Beaut

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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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.

Let’s Go Spinning

Le’ts Go Spinning – An inspiring tale of this couple’s leap in the DIY service laundry business

“Sometimes life is about risking everything for a dream no one can see but you.” ~

Gone are the days when Jane and Leo would need to wake up early to go to work and take turns to file vacation leaves whenever their daughter has an important activity in school. Primarily, It was their daughter that fueled this couple to venture into this DIY service laundry business.

The couple with their precious Gwen…=)

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Leo’s girls..=)

This isn’t their first try. They have tried several businesses that didn’t work as expected. However, those setbacks didn’t stop them from trying and finally making it. They dared to be their own bosses.

Spin-off!

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Growth is essential..

And it was all worth it. Leo said, being persistent is the key. Among others like teamwork, since this is literally something that he and his wife worked on together. Their positive outlook in life, not being easily discouraged for every mishap was a major factor as to how far they’ve gone. And they expect to go farther.

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Family comes first. =)

And being together in this, they draw courage from each other, courage to take risk. And in so doing, they are now enjoying the fruits of all of their labors. And luck being on their side, after 4 busy branches, they are now with their first franchise.

So, why self-service laundry when there are other businesses to try? It is the fast-paced life of most Filipinos. They thought of making things easier for people whose always running out of time, giving them opportunities to spend quality time for their families.

Vision realized.

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Work life balance that is sometimes difficult to achieve. And to add that they thought of something that won’t need a special skill, a business that is easier to manage, because it is based on the performance of each machine.

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As it is literally, DIY (Do it yourself) thing. The core of the business is more of a need, not a want. That after shelter and food, we all need fresh and clean clothing. That was the bottom line.

It is given that all entrepreneurs motivating factor is to earn bigger. But for this couple, it is first and foremost – family. They so much wanted to spend more quality time for their only daughter.

As Jane was saying,they have been dedicating their skills to their employers for so many years, helping them grow their money and it came to a point, that they thought of saying goodbye to an 8-5 job, and think of a business they can call their own.

They also thought that having their own business, they would be able to help more people, an innate character of this couple, as I know them personally through the years.

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Of course, venturing into this, they were confronted by a handful of ups and downs. They no longer get a fixed income, that thought of receiving a specific amount twice a month is like being out of their comfort zones.

It was tough at first, but as the branches continue to flourish, the difficulties they had to endure together, tasted sweet in the end.

Just recently, their first franchise being operational already, allowed them to expand and extend the products and services they can offer to clients through other people with similar mind-sets. Those who wanted to be their own boss too.

The tag line: “Saving energy, time and money” is so befitting to their vision. Improving quality of work life thus allowing more time to spend with the family or oneself. If others dream big, they dream bigger. I asked the two of them in sync, how do they visualize the future? They see the map of the Philippines with their logos scattered in all parts of the land from end to end. And that is definitely big right?!

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SPIN-OFF pilot branch is located at:

Rosario Complex, San Pedro, Laguna. You can contact them at: 533.9592.

 

 

A whimsy and quirky place in Lubao, Pampanga

Prado Farm – A whimsy and quirky place in Lubao, Pampanga

“Seeing how beauty and functionality have been coaxed out of chaos, perhaps accounts for the sense of magic that one feels for Prado Farm”. ~Mariel Francisco~

It is a rare occurrence that I get to find things that are new to me. Things that inspire, fascinate and drive me to move forward. Even slowly but surely getting where I want and who to be.

Over the years, I have explored in my own little way and maybe more in the coming years if I can afford them already. A few friends inspire me too, pushes me to my limits because they know and desires seeing me making my big dreams come true.

They knew what’s it like how to place random items together and uncover a new-born artistry. They don’t just know how, they feel it.

Targeting a place somewhere in Bulacan, as I do my research, I went farther north and landed to a farm in Lubao, Pampanga. Thanks to fellow bloggers, they unveiled to my senses a place that arrested my attention.

I researched further if those who wrote about it are professional photographers as their photos are really amazing and soulful. It reminded me that it takes two to create beautiful pictures. Someone who’s got the eye for it, and the subject itself. I didn’t include a modish dslr, cool tripods/ monopods or even gargantuan lenses. All it takes are young convivial hearts that are unafraid, seeking and lovers of fun with their up-to-the-minute mobile phones. And voila!

So their photos brought us one weekend to Pampanga. A few hours travel by bus and we reach our seasoned and whimsical destination.

Prado farm is located at Siongco, Prado in Lubao, Pampanga. It is strategically situated in the main road and can easily be spotted if you have your own vehicle or just riding a bus.

The gate that’s made of old gas tanks was the only thing that I wanted to see in my own eyes, but Jen introduced me to several Instagram photos that there’s a lot more to it. Seriously, I don’t know what inspired the owners but the place is a mixture of anything which results into a very bewitching place.

I even got a vintage coaster which has a “1930” stamped to it. There’s a lot of grizzled items but they’re a bit pricey. Just to get there is sufficient to me already and to shop is something I candeal with another day soon.

I must say the 5-hectare farm is truly a “wander and wonder” thing to me.

The Facade

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The Souvenir Shop

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The Blue House

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The Old Train Station converted into a Museum

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On our way to the Yellow house

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I opted not to visit the pool as like a mermaid I might plunge into the water instantly, rather, listed in our bucket an overnight stay with them soon.

Junk architecture, sustainable designs, vivid colors, a vast flora, unique innovativeness, organic food, a set of artworks here and there that are literally surprising, country and vintage feel, a place that brings you back in time, giving you feelings of incredulity yet reckon that they are real right there in front of your eyes. All quirky and whimsy. =)

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If you want to visit the farm, their address is: Km 94 -95 Jose Abad Santos highway, Prado Siongco Lubao, Pampanga. You may call contact them at: 0920 903 0964 and you can visit their website too: http://pradofarms.com/