Cafe Crawls

I am a coffee person. Some of my favorite activities revolve around coffee: discovering new cafes, hanging out at coffee shops with Inggo after dinner, or doing a drawing session with my friends in a coffee shop. I’ve been thinking of a witty way to call this activity, but all I got is Cafe Crawls. So here are some photos from cafes that didn’t have enough photos to make a separate post.

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Cafe Mocha at Costa Coffee

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Costa Coffee Eastwood branch. London style.

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Alab (Chocolate batirol with sili) from Cafe Mithi , Maginhawa Street.

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Kori Kohi at UCC Clockwork, Estancia Mall

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The second floor of Theo’s Baked + Brewed, Maginhawa Street.

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Cortado at Equatorial Coffee, Katipunan.

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Wall decor at Serenitea, Tomas Morato.

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Shabby Chic vibe at Fancy Crepes, Matalino Street. (I did a review of this place 4 years ago!)

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Pretty bike ♥.

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Caffe Dolce, Banawe.

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I love the hydrangea inspired shell centerpiece at Cafe Mary Grace. ♥ Cutest thing everrrr!

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Cafe Bene, Eastwood.

Whew! That’s all for now. Most of my posts recently are interiors, but I’m still painting every other day. Just need to compile them all again. Any coffee shops that you’d recommend ?


Papa Diddi’s

Around summer of 2015, we discovered a new dessert place at Maginhawa Street during our usual walks. We thought 3 scoops of unique flavored ice cream for  99php is steal, so we tried it out. And that’s how we became semi-regulars to this place ♥.

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Cute display.

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Law books turned into lighting fixtures.

Papa Diddi’s is a tribute to the owner’s father. He was a lawyer, hence the law books turned into lighting fixtures. He also loved making ice cream for his family in the province back then. Sigh. I really, really love their story. You should read it when you’re there since I feel I can’t do justice to their story.

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You can either choose the ceramic cup…

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…or choose this Bird’s Nest for your base! This is Inggo’s.

As of July 2016, we could proudly say that we’ve already tried all of their flavors HAHA. My favorites would be: Davao meets Bicol (Chocolate with a spicy kick), Tres Leches (so creamy!), and Roasted Forbidden Rice. You can have a free taste of every available ice cream for the day if you can’t decide.

Recently, they’ve expanded with another Maginhawa branch called Papa Diddi’s et al. This place now has cafe food and a bigger seating capacity.

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Place mat art.

 Papa Diddi’s Facebook page.

Seoul Train

A few weeks ago after work, Inggo & I passed by this newly opened restaurant at Sgt. Esguerra. I love the design of the place! The exterior looks like a train and the interior looks like a train station and train carriage.

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Waiting area. The magazine & posters are hints as to who is The girl of Seoul Train.

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Bibimbap & unlimited ban chan!

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Press the red button to call the waiter!

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Thank you! The food was delicious. I’ll try this again with my office mates next time. ♥

Monologue (May-July)

I’m back! Still can’t transfer my photos from my phone to laptop through USB connection, but I discovered that I can transfer through the ASUS app Sharelink. SO – I’m halfway through my Monologue notebook. Thinking whether I should get another one soon or to upgrade to Stillman & Birn or Strathmore notebook. The reason? Some pages of the Monologue soft sketch book won’t absorb the paint as shown below. (The hair on the left drawing).

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Argh. I hate the effect! But still, progress is still progress. As usual, the realistic portraits are referenced from Pinterest. The anime-ish ones are mine. My watercolor set is Prang (unless otherwise stated), and I use my Craftdoodle waterbrushes. 🙂

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Left: I like the hands / Right: Galaxy hair without the white speckles yet.

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The left drawing doesn’t look the same as the reference HAHA.

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Left: My Sola ♥ / Right: I don’t like the final render huhu

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Left: I used my Reeves watercolor pan set here / Right: Loose pencil sketch with loose rendering. 😐

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Then I tried fashion drawings. Haha.

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Left: I already posted this on the last Monologue post / Right: I tried blending the skin by adding water on dried paint.

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Left: I used my officemate’s Simbalion watercolor set. Too powdery for me / Right: Kimono girl sketch.

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Left: Self portrait with light wash / Right: Sketch of Sona, a League of Legends hero.

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Left: Progress artwork with wet on wet technique. / Right: I tried to render with more shadows. Doesn’t look like the original though!

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I’m now into drawing leaves as shown here. HAHAHA.

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The first & last image are my latest drawings. Not sure if I should finish the left one. I like the wash effect but I was supposed to put more detail on the lanterns. The right one is still unfinished. It needs more leaves in the background.

I’m glad that I can still paint. ♥ Mostly during break times in the office. Speaking of which, I need to do those “requested” portraits soon. Argh.

Until next time?