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Best Coffee Shops in Rizal 2021

If you are looking for a coffee shop in Rizal in the time of pandemic, then you are reading the right blog. I am a Rizaleño since birth so I have been to different coffee shops in Rizal. There are lots of coffee shops not in the list. You may have seen them trended online on Facebook, but I won’t let the trend affect my personal bias.

I have listed my favorite coffee shops because I have personally went to their store/ordered from them online. These are the first shops that come to my mind whenever my friends ask me “Kim, anong magandang kapihan sa Rizal?”

I highly recommend these coffee shops if you are looking for some cozy vibes, chill place, and affordable meals. As of this writing, it is still pandemic. So, please, go out with precautions.

Are you ready? Here we go!

5. Trabi Cafe (Binangonan, Rizal)

I have written about Trabi even before they transferred to their new location. They are now located in Binangonan, Rizal. You can easily search them on Waze or on Google.

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You will love their pasta, frappes, and fruit teas. There are books in their coffee shop. You can also work here silently because they have plugs and free wifi.

There are outdoor dining and they are open until 10pm, depending to the IATF rules.

Visit their Facebook page here.

4. Figaro Coffee (Cainta, Rizal)

This has the best homey vibes. It is situated in Brickroad Sta. Lucia, Cainta, Rizal. They have pleasing aesthetics and warm atmosphere. You will love their Filipino dishes paired with coffee or frappe.

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They have also wifi and sockets just in case you need them. Only few people are eating here (in my experience) and most of them are studying I think. So, if you are looking for a quiet coffee shop, go here.

Visit their Facebook page here.

3. Cafe Esque (Antipolo, Rizal)

This one is in Antipolo, and no, it does not have that overlooking thing. What if offers is peace, comfort, and warmth. It has satisfying meals and drinks that you would never forget. You will love the vibes, and the paintings displayed here (with no additional cost or entrance). The shade.

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You may also consider working here if needed. You can also have a group meeting here once the pandemic ends, hopefully.

You can search them here.

2. Art Capital Cafe (Angono, Rizal)

I have been here before, and in 2021, it has never changed. The artsy feels and cozy vibes are still present. I still love their nachos, and coffee. Their coffee is something you’d like to drink for the rest of your life.

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You can also eat rice meals, pasta, and snacks here. Good for family trips. Go give this a try!

1. Drip Kofi (Taytay, Rizal)

This coffee shop has helped me cope with pandemic. I saw them on Instagram. Through IG, I ordered Ca Phe Sua Da. And boom, it’s like a lifetime relationship with this coffee. It is indeed authentic Vietnamese coffee. It has been my go-to cafe whenever I go out.

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You will love their coffee. Period. Also, they have a very friendly staff and the owner is really nice. Believe me when I say Drip Kofi in Taytay is really good. Hayyy! They have aesthetically-designed cute shop in Taytay, Rizal. They also have branches in Binangonan, Antipolo, and Rizal.

The photos are from not mine, they are from each coffee shop’s Facebook page.

Let us support local businesses. They are thriving this pandemic. Our support matters.

Do you have any recommended coffee shops in Rizal? Let me know in the comment section.

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Weekend Baguio Trip

Note: This is a super duper late blog post about Baguio.

It’s been weeks since my friend and I went there. Some Baguio-goers would follow the usual Baguio itinerary. What we did was so simple. We just visited the museums and allowed ourselves to immerse with so many artworks.

Ben Cab Museum

Museums are gift of humanity to the world. I would never skip any museum in every place that I visit. Hehe. Here are some of my favorite art works from Ben Cab.

 

Baguio Museum

We rode a taxi from Ben Cab Museum going to Baguio Museum. That cost us 120PHP I think. Unfortunately, Baguio Museum was being renovated so there were only few pieces for exhibit shown when we went there.

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Baguio Food Trip

After visiting some museums, we did our personal errands like eating lunch, strolling around the Burnham Park, and eating merienda. At 2:00PM, we went to our hotel and leave our bags there. We napped for a while, then went out again to eat Visco’s cake!!!

Here are some pictures taken at Burnham Park.

Lastly, we also visited Baguio Cathedral. Here’s what you can see inside.

 

Baguio Night Market

We looked forward to visiting Baguio Night Market. Here are some photos we took there. This is my favorite part of the day btw! 🙂

These photos are taken at the streets.

Strawberry Farm in La Trinidad, Benguet

Of course, we cannot skip Strawberry Farm in La Trinidad, Benguet. You can pick strawberries for 400PHP and up. It depends.

Here’s an up-close look at freshly picked strawberry.

Mines View Park

Okay. We went here because we bought pasalubong at The Good Shepherd’s Convent. Here are some of the flowers we saw at Mines View Park.

Mt. Cloud Book Shop

This bookshop is one taxi away from Mine’s View Park. Well, everything is accessible with taxis! Haha. Mt. Cloud Book Shop is an indie book store that sells indie and some traditionally published books. I believe, they are friendly to new authors. Don’t skip this place in your Baguio Itinerary! 🙂

There are really lots of places to visit in Baguio. You can enjoy Baguio in weekend as long as you could prioritise the places you wanted to visit. Hehe. For us, it’s mostly museum, food, and of course, church.

Here is our suggested itinerary in Baguio for weekend.

Baguio Weekend Itinerary

Day 1 

5:00AM – 8:30AM – Travel time to Baguio

8:30AM – 10:00AM – Breakfast at The Ruins

10:00AM – 12:00NN – Ben Cab Museum

12:00NN – 1:00PM – Baguio Museum

1:00PM – 2:00PM – Burnham Park

2:00PM – 3:00PM – Checked in our hotel

3:00PM – 5:00PM – Strolled at Session Road. Lunch. Etc.

5:00PM – 6:00PM – Dinner along Session Road

6:00PM – 9:00PM – Strolled at Night Market

 

Day 2 

9:00AM – 11:00AM – La Trinidad Strawberry Farm

11:00AM -12:00NN – Slow down for personal errands.

12:00NN – 2:00PM – The Good Shepherd, Mines View, and Mt. Cloud Book Shop

2:00PM – 4:00PM – Lunch at SM Baguio, Coffee, and Merienda.

5:00PM – 11: 00PM – Rode the bus going home.

 

Here is our basic Baguio Budget for Weekend.

Joy Bus going Baguio – 520PHP (Student Discount)

Victory Liner – 400PHP (?) (Discounted)

Hotel for one night – 1,500PHP (split into two)

Food, Entrance, Taxi – 2,500 (Estimate)

So that’s roughly 4,170PHP. We splurge our money on food and taxi. So if you want to explore Baguio budget-friendly, then public transportation is really recommended. 🙂

 

Stay safe and sane, guys.

 

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Taiwan Trip 2019

It’s my first time to travel abroad. Thanks to Taiwan-visa free perks for Filipinos. I am so excited and hyped about this trip. Thus, writing about this experience took me two weeks. So, let me share this unforgettable trip with you.

How do you plan your trip abroad?

I applied for my passport. I only got the chance to use it after two years. Then, we booked a flight going to Taipei-Manila, and Manila-Taipei via Airasia. I paid 6,200php for roundtrip fare. We booked a hotel near the Taipei Main Station (their version of MRT). After that, we planned for our itinerary. I searched for the places which we could possibly visit in three days. We based our activities on that itinerary. Most of our activities were booked on Klook. Lastly, we prepared for our money, wifi, and lots of prayers.

For our wifi, it is better to book it at Klook. For your currency, some blogs say that you may opt to use US dollars, then have it change for NTD. We had our own ways. We exchanged for foreign money at the airport.

 

What to do on the same day of your trip abroad?

I was so anxious days before our trip. It’s my first time. So, I searched lot of vlog about some questions asked at the immigration. I oversearched, I guessed, because when I was already there, the immigration officers, asked me tolerable questions.

The very first thing that we did upon our arrival is to proceed at the counter of Airasia. Then, the teller checked our passport, boarding pass, and told us to pay our travel tax. That time, we paid 1,620php for the tax. This could be paid through debit, credit, or in cash. After that, we checked-in our baggage. There, we were asked to fill-out the immigration card. We filled that out with the details about our trip. After answering that sheet, we went to the immigration officer. There was a long line. Hence, make sure you arrive at the airport ahead of time.

The immigration officer asked my two companions first. So, when it was my turn, she asked me about my companion’s names. She asked me about my job. I told her I am a teacher. Also, she asked me if I am really a teacher because I looked too young to be one. I responded with yes, questioning my choice of clothes that day.

Thank God, we passed those questions. We waited for our flight. We were two hours early for our flight. Take note. Waiting for our flight earlier is better than rushing up to the gates.

 

From Taiyoan International Airport to Taipei Main Station

We lined up, again, showed our passport, and gave our fingerprints. It was quite fast. Then, that’s it. It was about two in the morning when we arrived at Taiwan. We claimed our Klook wifi right there at the airport.

Guess what’s our next problem? The way to the Main Station. We only had 1,800NTD in our pocket. The fare going to the city cost 1,500NTD. Can we risk that money? Thank God because while strolling around the airport, we saw a bus outside. We only had to buy ticket from the booth nearby. That was about 75NTD (not accurate though). The thing was, this was way cheaper than a taxi. The MRT that time was still closed. So, we had to ride bus. It was an awesome experience by the way. We paid less.

 

At the Taipei Main Station

Friendly tip: Book your hostel near the Main Station. All forms of train pass there.

From the Main Station, we headed to our hostel. However, upon seeing a 7/11 store nearby, we decided to eat our dinner there first. We tried noodles, and their coffee (which is quite the same). Noodles was not salty. Hence, it’s a big YES for me.

After eating, we walked going to our hostel. That was nine minutes away from the main station (if you are familiar with the streets). Thanks to Google Maps for being so efficient. We found our hostel, left our baggage there, and got ready for day one.

 

Day 1 in Taiwan

Our Day 1 started at 6:00AM. We ate some breakfast sold at the street. My friend’s sister treated us with lots of food. Hence, the inner me was so delighted. Hehe.

We bought Easy Card for 100NTD and loaded it up with 500NTD. This was enough for us for three days. We even had excess fund before going home.

  1. Our first stop was at Chiang Kai Shek Memorial Hall.

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  1. Then, we headed to Taipei Zoo.

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  1. We rode the Maokong Gondola Cable Car.

 

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  1. We ate stinky tofu and their Taiwanese chicken.

 

  1. We passed by at their National Museum.

 

  1. Of course, we took pictures at Taipei 101.

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  1. We ate so much at Taiwan. That’s it. Too many to mention.

 

Day 2 in Taiwan

Our Day 2 was a bit calm. We booked our tour via Klook. This was convenient for us, since the tourist attractions at northern part Taiwan were far. Here’s what we did at Northern Taiwan.

 

1. We went to Yehliu Geopark.

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2. We lit up Lanterns at Shifen Street.

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3. We looked at the Shifen Waterfalls.

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4. We took pictures at Jioufen Old Street.

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What I loved about this trip was the streets of Jiofen. It felt like the old times! I was immersed with their culture by merely looking at the food stalls, souvenirs, and different artsy locations there.

Our Day 2 in Taiwan ended at Ximending Night Market. It was just a stree full of stores, milktea shops, and mostly souvenir shops.

Our Day 3 was quite peaceful because we only ate breakfast, and rode MRT going to the airport.

Here’s my favourite photo:

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I would never forget this experience. I will forever treasure new learning from this journey. I am praying for more adventures because who knows? God may allow these future journeys to happen.