CELESTINE Bazaar

CELESTINE Bazaar

“Every artist was first an amateur.” ― Ralph Waldo Emerson

I have not attempted to write about losing a loved-one. I do not have the strength for it. I lost my mother months ago and then I learned that there’s a proof that even in lowest times, you can find something positive from it. With me, I developed new relationships, or specifically new friendships.

Jen, the owner of Celestine Bazaar is my schoolmate during high school. We have common friends, though we’re not literally friends then. And very recently, that common friend brought us together. In a special way, it made me happy, because they reminded me of the good old days, and who I was.

Jen never stopped sending me comforting messages when she learned I lost my mom and it surprises me that she gives it to me, free-flowing. I really appreciate it. It meant a lot to me. I have been thinking of ways how I could give it back.

And during one of our chats, she invited me to visit her shop: “Celestine Bazaar”, she named it after her second mom, sister of her mom, who also passed away and we shared the same sentiments. She was very thoughtful. She and our common friend (who lost her mom too), made me feel that they understand what I’m going through.

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She invited me to visit the shop once, and instantly, when I get there, I found nice items for myself, I also bought one for my mom even if she’s physically no longer with me, I bought her a mirror. =)

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Onwards, the friendship continues and we discovered having the same interests, and one time, we ended up to collaborate by doing ex-deals. She allowed me to display my beaded stuff in her shop and I offered too that she can also display some stuff in my mom’s shop at home soon.

You will surely find items that will interest you at Celestine Bazaar. I, personally, each visit, left the place not empty handed. As there are too many good finds. Beautiful things in all corners are plenty and pretty. You’ll find yourself planning to go back again as you intend to buy more stuff.

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Here’s a peek of her dazzling collection:

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I am so proud of her to showcase and endorse the incredible craftsmanship of Filipino wood carvers from Paete, Laguna: The Wood carving capital of the Philippines. =)

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She is also meticulous in offering new items. Soon, we are going together to Paete, where she gets all of her wooden items that are intricately created. I can’t wait for that too.

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The floor lamps are one of her best sellers:

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Just in time for the Holiday season, please drop by at Celestine Bazaar for your gift items need or if you’re wanting to add some items for your house, or doing some renovations, or looking for items to fill-in your new home, the shop can provide for you.

Celestine Bazaar is located at: Bro Business Center, Pacita Avenue, San Pedro, Laguna 4023. You can contact them at: (02) 919 3922.

For more items, please visit their Facebook page too:

https://www.facebook.com/celestinamendoz/

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Olal’s Botanical & Nature Spa

Olal’s Botanical & Nature Spa

“No matter how much it gets abused, the body can restore balance. The first rule is to stop interfering with nature.” ~Deepak Chopra~

On your right side, when you’re coming from SLEX (South Luzon Express way) upon exiting San Pedro, you’ll find Olal’s Botanical & Nature Spa.

I spotted said place while I’m on my way home from work and immediately asked Jen (my spa buddy for years) that we try it over one weekend.

It would be best if you reserve your slots especially if you’re visiting in the afternoon onwards. So we did.

From it’s name, the place upholds an array of greens, unmistakably transporting you from a city to a Botanical garden. It actually feels breezy and tranquil.

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Photo source: https://www.facebook.com/olalsspa/
Photo source: https://www.olalsspa.com/the-spa

We had our usual Swedish massage for an hour, the strokes are fine, my favorite part is the special foot wash in a dim-lighted room with the leaves that I’ve been loving lately, painted on their walls. A sight to behold specifically for me.

Some spas missed to provide their clients the basics: hot towel after the massage itself. Just so to get rid of that oily feel. A hot cup of flavored tea. And probably some corteous inquiry if the service went well. Olal’s did all that. =)

So, I’m comfortable recommending them if you’re needing that massage therapy to relieve tensions and release those happy hormones. =)

For the list of their services, please click this link: https://www.facebook.com/pg/olalsspa/services/?ref=page_internal

The main branch in San Pedro is located at:

18 Magsaysay Road, San Antonio, San Pedro, Laguna 4023
Phone: (02) 851 3180
Email: olals.spa@gmail.com
Website: https://www.olalsspa.com/

While their Sta. Rosa branch is located at:

Unit 310 2F Acadia Blgd., Paseo De Sta. Rosa, Sta. Rosa – Tagaytay Road,Santa Rosa City, Laguna 4026

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

Maestro Fedeli Cafe..

Maestro Fedeli Cafe – Second time around…
When I think of coffee. I think of the food I want to have to pair it with. I think of the place too where I am going to get it. I think of the chairs where I am gonna sit and sip. Chairs to us matter guys! A lot! Mine should have milk on it. 
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Yep, I am!
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And yes I do!
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Mine always have latte on it..
But have you noticed that chairs in coffee shops or restaurants in general are intended to be not too comfy? I just noticed it. Is it a standardized thing to make it that way so as not to encourage lingering, in this way, more guests can be accommodated. 
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We won’t fit in here. Good for 2 pax only..
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I loved how they came up with a bench out of driftwood..
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And a revolving chair cum stool with back rest such as this..
I also think of the mug where it’s poured. I appreciate these little things. In retrospect. Always. More so, I think of the people I’m having them with. Czarina is the nearest thing to my heart next to my biological son. She is one of my son’s best friend. He brought me to her. Along with his exes! lol!
I learned to love them. Or they are easy to love. Their being carefree, I didn’t mind. I’ve been there. The good thing about it is that I instantly acquire daughters by heart without me rearing them in my tummy for nine long months. They are already big and God made me feel what’s it like having one. I see and felt one with Cha. 
Cha would not fail to kill me with her sweetness. Jen and I opted to bring her to Maestro Fedeli.
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They recently transferred.
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They are so easy to find, or I just grew up in the area.

I promised her that we’re leaving after lunch on this particular lazy Saturday afternoon. And she was literally thumping her right after we had lunch and kept asking “Are we leaving?” She’s such a baby. 

We heard Maestro transferred to a bigger space so all wanted to check it out. We had our usual. Nachos, choco chip, Oreo chip, beef sandwich, and my blueberry cheesecake which now comes as a whole. It used to be per slice of a bigger whole. And higher by P50.00. 
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Mine is caramel frap, Cha’s choco chip and Jen’s has chocolates on it too..
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Beef sandwich.. bland to look at.. though it was good.
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Mine of course is the cheesecake… though we shared on the nachos and sandwich..
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Baked mac..=)
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Oreo chip cheesecake..
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Red velvet cookie..
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We missed the chocolate cake… There’s always a next time..
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They have salads and pastas too..
The interior and exterior is nicer, I’ve been looking for that photo of a pretty girl drinking coffee, I must assume it’s on the second floor. As we opted to stay outside.
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Cute!
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Chalk board art..
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Left facade..
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Front facade..
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Can’t help but admire this simple vintage lamps..
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And the mason jars they utilized to light the exterior area..
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“Peace to all who enter here..”
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“Tampipi” is a native Filipino bag/ back pack..
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Saw this at their old branch..
We were so full, both our stomachs and our souls. As young as she is, Cha can be as deep. Jen and I are also simultaneously collating all the ideas we can get from their shop. We kept comparing all the nachos we’ve tried and voted for our favorites. 
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Too pricey for me.. as there are no meat on it..
 
We almost didn’t want the day (or night) to end. But there are obligations even on weekends. 
 
What’s special in here is we were able to bond. Two souls from different generations made my heart bigger and my soul younger.
 
I can only be grateful. In a few minutes, I’d be back to reality. Till then. Maestro Fedeli is located at: 7th street, Pacita complex, San Pedro, Laguna.