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TRAVEL

Sihia Cafe Review

Sihia Cafe is a new coffee shop in Taytay, Rizal. They’ve opened in March 2022. Since then, people have started appreciating their coffee, pastries, and cozy shop.

Sihia Cafe has a Paris-vibe because of their interior. They are proud to state in their Facebook page that all of their furniture are secondhand. Their curtains are locally-made, too. They use eco-friendly utensils in their shop, too. You will see lots of dried flowers upon entering the shop. They are for sale and are ready for delivery within their store hours 9:00AM-6:00PM.

Aside from their cozy vibes, you will be welcomed by their friendly baristas who are also the owners! They are so approachable and accommodating to all our requests.

I’ve ordered Mocha (P135), cheese bread (P9) and cream cheese bun (P110). I can guarantee that it’s worth the price. They are open for dine-in, to-go, and deliveries.

This coffee is a must-visit if you need a nook where you can sip coffee while contemplating about your future. 🙂

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TRAVEL

Coffee Rush Binangonan Review

If you need a place for good coffee and stunning view away from the city, you should visit Coffee Rush in Binangonan. It is situated on top of a hill in Rizal. You should visit this coffee shop in Rizal if you’re craving for coffee, pastries, and fresh air.

It’s me in my natural disposition.

I assume you have read my post about the best coffee shops in Rizal. I have to update this list because Coffee Rush is not yet included there.

I’ve first encountered Coffee Rush in their small kiosk in Eastwood, Quezon City. Ever since, I’ve been a fan of their Spanish Latte, whether it’s hot or iced. In QC, they also offer the popular strawberry cake from Baguio. As of this writing, that branch is already closed.

Maybe, they’ve closed that branch because of the bigger and wider branch in Rizal. It is near ArtSector Gallery and Chimney Cafe which is the first overlooking café in Eastridge. So, if you’ve been there, you already know how to go to Coffee Rush.

It is my second time to visit the place in Rizal before convincing myself to actually write a lengthy review about it. Here are the reasons why you should really go here.

1. I love their coffee. Love is an understatement to be honest. They offer unforgettable coffee lattes. I’ve tried their Mocha and Spanish Latte. Both are great.

2. You would love their pastries, too. It is mouth-watering. You would also great find lots of pastries that are not usually offered in other shops.

3. Their all-day breakfast are all yummy. From their sisig to bangus meals, their silog-like meals are something to try here.

4. They have invested on a spacious area. If you need to have your alone time, go here. If you need time to spend quality kwentuhan with your friends, bring them here, too.

5. I seldom write about coffee shops because I make sure that I have tried them before recommending. So, if you are still reading up to this part, please, try their coffee.

Aside from their food, you would also love the view. You would see Laguna Lake and the refreshing view of the countryside. The air is really fresh despite the number of private cars going. There is enough parking, by the way. You just need to keep your receipt and show it to the guard upon exit.

You can easily search their location on Waze. If you want to avoid lines and crowd, go there in the morning. If you want to enjoy the city lights, maybe spend more time lining up outside the shop before entering.

Here are some of my photos from the coffee shop. I am not a good photographer so I think my writing will suffice. Hehe. Also, it is my tenth year of somehow writing blogs. Happy to be consistently writing and updating here. I still have a lot of pending blogs about my recent coffee shop reviews.

Do you have other recommendations? Let me know in the chat box.

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PERSONAL

Do I miss working onsite?

Do I miss working onsite? Yes, and no.

After IATF declared NCR to be under Alert 1, our school administration has reminded us that we are going back to report onsite anytime soon. I’ve read the memorandum thrice, and yes, it’s really happening.

We’re going back to school.

Looking back, working from home is never easy. We have to learn new apps, websites, and technologies. I’ve learned the different connections I needed to make my online classes work. I’ve familiarized myself with techy stuff like LAN, HDMI, and some websites. I’ve come up with strategies to make learning fun and exciting at the same time.

In two years, we got used to converting the traditional class set-up to a modern one.

I must say, it’s challenging. All of the adjustments really made me who I am today. (Wow ha).

Now, we are about to return onsite, I can feel all of the new transitions that we need to face. I could feel that I need to adjust my online class lesson plan to a hybrid one.

Basically, it’s like this: Traditional setup to online class to hybrid learning. I am not sure what’s gonna happen next.

Now, do I miss working onsite? YES.

I miss seeing the kids. I miss hearing their laughters. I miss singing and dancing with them. I miss interacting with them! Now, they are not just inside the square screen on MS Teams, inside the screen of my laptop. I am teaching kids face-to-face. I miss them.

Again, do I miss working onsite? PARTLY NO.

I don’t miss waking up at 4:00AM, leaving home at 5:00AM, traveling for an hour, and waiting in the faculty room for another hour. I do not miss the rainy days, and not having a choice of how do I get home comfortably without spending lots of bucks in Grab or Angkas. I do not miss the transportation system in the Philippines. I do not miss lining up and waiting for a tricycle for an hour just to get home after another hour. I just don’t miss it. I now value my hours of sleep at home, lunch with family, time with my pet, Tyni.

What have I learned after all these transitions?

After two years of working online, I think I have to practice the practicality of lesson preparation rather than a lengthy plan. I will stick with the essential, fun, and necessary. I will still continue to engage my students. I will seek more activities that will make them enjoy learning.

And that ends my Tedtalk for today, friends.

How are you? Are you working from home, onsite, or both? Let me know in the comment section! 🙂