Ever had one of those weeks when you feel like nothing goes your way? Well, I’m glad tomorrow is a Saturday. All the calm and happy vibe of the past few weeks (Happy New Year!) have been sucked out by the past few days. So let me use this post to look back and be grateful for the week before for all happy things big and small–when I saw two good friends get married, when I got to finally try this cafe and bakery near the office, and when P and I discovered something new in an old haunt.
The wedding was held on a Tuesday, which was a welcome break at the start of the work week. It was also out of town and if you are looking for a place to get married outside crowded Manila, Tagaytay is a favorite choice. One of the loveliest churches there (well, just outside of it, technically it’s already in Nasugbu, Batangas) is the Transfiguration Chapel in Caleruega. The chapel with its beautiful brick facade (supposedly reproduction of the original chapel in Caleruega, Spain) sits atop the highest point of Caleruega, a hilly and sprawling area that’s also a favorite venue of folks going on spiritual retreats and photo hobbyists. (My friend Terrie wrote about the beautiful ceremony and party here.)
Two days later, a few office mates and I made our way to Wild Flour Cafe + Bakery instead of having our usual lunch at the pantry. We’ve all heard so much about the restaurant, which is a short walk away from where our office is, we decided to finally schlep our way there. It’s within the business district of Fort Bonifacio and attracts (at least at the time we were there) a throng of smartly-dressed professionals and young ladies who lunch. But the atmosphere was casual, the service brisk, and the food, at least the ones we ordered (Croque Madame, Grilled Cheese Sandwich and Tomato Soup, and the Shortribs Sandwich), were really good. The flavors were rich, and the bread, oh the freshly made bread made me want to go out, buy my own oven and harass their baker for the recipe.
What I did bring home that day was an old Kokeshi doll from a doll store nearby. It now sits on the shelf with all my husband’s manga.
Next week may shape up to be another exhausting week, but will keep in mind to focus on the good things no matter how small it may be, to be grateful and to stay positive. Yes, I’m saying this to myself now. Let’s all have a great weekend.
Where to get married: Transfiguration Chapel, Brgy. Kaylaway, Batulao, Nasugbu, Batangas; mobile: (+63921) 270-9890, (+63921) 830-4226
Where to eat: Wild Flour Cafe + Bakery, G/F Net Lima Bldg., 4th Ave cor 26th St Fort Bonifacio, Taguig; phone (+632) 856-7600
Where to shop: Uvla, Unit 64-A Cubao Expo Gen. Romulo Ave. Araneta Center, Cubao, Quezon City; email@example.com; mobile: (+63917) 819-9922