Alyzza’s Coffee Plus – Guiuan, Eastern Samar

There’s a hidden coffee shop just around the town proper of Guiuan, Eastern Samar. You will find Alyzza’s Coffee Plus also known as AC+ a few steps away from Prince Hypermart. With it’s cozy interior and fast internet connection, spending time here is as if you never left the city. Alyzza’s Coffee Plus is a great find. Aside from coffee, they offer a variety of food and drinks like sizzling meals, all-day breakfast, smoothies, sandwiches, burgers and cakes. So when you are in Guiuan, Eastern Samar, and your craving for a coffee boost or just want to chill out, don’t miss dropping by Alyzza’s Coffee Plus.

Alyzza’s Coffee Plus is located at Lactason St., Guiuan, Eastern Samar.
Open daily from 8:30AM – 9:00PM.

Mahaba Island

In the Philippines, the months of April and May can be very hot. During this time classes are on break. We call it summer vacation even if we only have 2 seasons, wet and dry.  During this time, people go to the beach to relax, unwind and take a dip in the waters.
I’m lucky to live in this archipelago with lots of island paradise to choose from.  Last weekend, me and my friends went on an island hopping trip and one of our island destination was Mahaba Island in Inopacan, Leyte. Mahaba Island is part of Cuatro Islas group of islands. 


Buy Local – Taytay Tiangge

Looking fashionable doesn’t mean breaking the bank.  All you need to have is determination and a keen eye for great finds.

Lots of local outlets sell fashionable items at a very affordable price.  One of which is the Taytay Tiangge in Taytay, Rizal.  It’s a haven for shoppers and my newest favorite go-to place for affordable ready to wear (RTW) clothing.

Taytay Tiangge is located beside the new Taytay Public Market where a multitude of stores line up selling a variaty of garments, fabrics and RTWs.  My favorite item are their summer dresses. You could buy one for as low as one hundred pesos! That’s why, when I go there to shop I would jokingly say, “magdala ko ug sako”(“I would bring a sack” in Bisaya) because I would buy lots and lots of it. Not just for myself but for the ladies in the family, my mom, my sister and my cousin.

How to Get There:

  1. My starting point is at Robinson’s Galleria Mall, EDSA corner, Ortigas Avenue, Ortigas Center, Quezon City.  Just outside, you can ride a bus going to Taytay, Rizal.
  2. Tell the bus driver to drop you off at Taytay Public Market.
  3. Once you get off the bus, you will immediately spot lots and lots of stalls along the road. That means you have made it to the Taytay Tiangge!

Tips:

  • Bring your own shopping bag to reduce plastic bags usage.
  • Bring water to keep yourself dehydrated.
  • Be mindful of your belongings to avoid theft incidents.
  • Bring enough money according to your budget to avoid overspending.
  • Be mindful time because it’s easy to lose track of it while shopping.
  • Buy 3 pieces to get wholesale discount and save around P15 pesos.

Hat | Locally made at Digyo Island
Dress | Taytay Tiangge
Specs | Sunnies

Booksale! Life of Pi

My brother advised me to buy books at the thrift store instead of the bookstore because it sells books at a very low price.  When asked what I wanted to read, I didn’t have anything specific in mind.  I thought I just wanted to read anything that was not boring. His idea was, If I didn’t want to finish reading a book I bought on sale because I didn’t like it, I would not be wasting that much money… so there I went to Booksale and look what I found!

Unleash the Inner Artist

This is a story of an almost failed attempt to a surprise…

I and my office friends met over the weekend to plan for a surprise to one of our teammates celebrating his birthday on Monday.

We found a great place do some arts and crafts, Aplus Coffee Shop, located at the Upper Ground floor of the FLB Corporate Center just across Ayala Center Cebu, beside Ayala Terminal. The place was quiet with a few people studying over coffee. I loved its interior and overall feel. It felt like home.

For a few hours, we did some doodling, drawing and letter cut-outs. Afterwards, we headed to Ayala Mall to meet another office friend accomplice who happened to be having dinner at a restaurant in the mall on that day, too. To our surprise, the birthday boy was also at the same restaurant! Talk about coincidence and great timing!  All of us being at the same place, at the same time!

When asked what we were doing together, each of us had different answers, totally unrelated and some even conflicting! Nevertheless, we were able to pull off a birthday surprise the next day. Or did we not?

Ahoy Alcoy!

Looking at the horizon, with all the different shades of blue, is so calming and therapeutic. I had plenty of time to do just that over the weekend at Tingko Beach, Alcoy, Cebu.

Going to Tingko Beach from Cebu City was easy. We took a bus at the Cebu South Bus Terminal. After about an hour’s travel and Php120 fare, we dropped off right at the beach front. Tingko Beach is just along the road so it is very accessible. If you are not familiar with the place, just tell the bus driver to drop you off at Tingko Beach and you are all good. 

The previous week, I and my office friends thought of taking a break from the busy work week and decided on a camping trip at Tingko Beach. When we got there, the weather was perfect.  With powdery white sand on our feet and clear cerulean blue water inviting us to take a dip, we were all vacation-mode on! It was such an unforgettable experience with the right balance of chill, island life and beach bumming. 

Naked Island, Siargao 2016

I am 4 inches away from my ideal vital statistics of 36-24-36. Sometimes, it’s 3 inches away when I’m hungry. Haha! I have continuously done my daily planking routine in the hopes of looking good in a swimsuit.  Yes, it’s summer you know!  I can say that planking is an effective way of tightening your core musles. Plus, it helps you maintain good posture. I am kind of amazed even up to now how I would subconsciously correct my bad posture.  I will be trying out swimming next month.  I am excited not only because of the anticipation of having toned muscles but I would also be learning a very useful skill which I have wanted to master for such a long time now. Watch out for more updates soon!

For now, I’m sharing with you a picture of me by the beach. This was taken last month when I went to Naked Island, one of the many islets in Siargao.  Never mind the scorching heat of the sun, I am confidently beautiful… with tan lines. Haha! I am looking forward to more outdoor activities this summer. I hope you are, too!

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