Book and Piganda

Celebrating our anniv at Cubao X

For this week, I’d skip ThreeThings. Instead, I’d like to write (briefly I hope) about our anniversary celebration.

I told Jed ‘I leave the day’s planning to you‘.

Girls tend to want to always be surprised – I’m not an exception. But I couldn’t help not meddling with his plans and he was not very good in keeping secrets either (haha) but the day went pretty well, very well I should say.

Jed is a Quezon City boy. He was born there, went to school there until high school before he went to UPLB but he didn’t get to move around much and explore all of their huge city. We agreed that we’d spend the day in QC since we spent the previous week in my city (Batangas City).

After church, we went home for lunch with his mom and sister and off we went to only he (at that time) knew where. Turns out, he wants to us to visit Cubao Expo (fondly called Cubao X) just a couple of blocks from their house.

Some information about the place:

“Cubao Expo (formerly Marikina Shoe Expo) is a hub of novelty shops, galleries, restaurants, and bars well-known among the literati, painters, photographers, collectors, celebrities, and indie musicians, and filmmakers.” – WikiPilipinas

While a journalist wrote of the place as “perhaps the last artiste’s haven in Manila, Cubao X – where intellectual rebels, indie designers, comic book geeks and gamers, rock purveyors, and the odd restaurateur find refuge”. 


It was the main shopping area for shoes from Marikina before the large shopping malls dotted the Cubao area. It has evolved through time to accommodate the niche market of ‘literati, painters, photographers, etc’ that it has become known for. Recently also, it has an added attraction with the Art in Island (we’ll come back for this next time).

Jed prepared a ‘budget’ for us. ‘I saved the whole week for this. See I prepared‘, he’d remind me. Haha. I have to admit, I did not expect how he’d plan it all out being the homebody that he is. ANYWAY.

We started walking around, it was really not a very big place but there are lots of interesting stuff so we ended up staying for about 4 hours.

We first went in to this quaint shop ‘The Reading Room’ and looked around (forgive me as I’m still saving for a decent camera so there’s not much photos of the place). You can check them out here. We bought two cutesy stationery for keeping tabs of our reading list. Apparently, the store’s been in Cubao X for about 8 years now.

Inside, one can list the ‘book’s title, start time and finish time’. There’s also a quote that says ‘Any great things have small beginnings’ :)

Next, we went in to a couple of antique shops. We didn’t really buy anything, more like looked around and basically stayed to listen to the various vinyl records playing. “They sound really, really good and sharp,” he’d keep saying.

We went to the antique shop called Remnants at the end of the U-shaped expo area and started going through their book selection. And then Jed found Terry Pratchett’s Nation hardbound book for only P280.00. Whoa! I almost knocked over a shelf of figurines because of excitement. He also got the CS Lewis’ Narrative Poems.

We had a small chat with the owner Kuya Chito Soliven and he said they’ve been there for quite a long time already. He said they were also the book sellers at CAL in UP Diliman. Mid-April, they hope to get their new stocks of books out of the customs. We should check them out again, he added. We said ‘sure we’ll visit again’.

Book and Piganda

A bit hungry, we went to this shop ‘The Appraisery‘ because we saw the box of table top games on display and we knew they served food so that would be the perfect place. We went in, ordered coffee (P80-90.00) (they didn’t have cold drinks besides Iced Tea then) and a Seattle dog sandwich (P150.00). Jed went to the second floor to look for games for two players only.

When Jed went down with this big box ‘Le Fantôme de l’Opéra’ (The Phantom of the Opera), I couldn’t quite think what to make of it. ‘This is the only game for two players and it says about 30-minutes of playing so I got it’ he said.

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So we had about 10 minutes of figuring out the game then we had our first try of it and it was actually fun, a bit confusing at times, but fun. He won the first round as the Phantom while I won the second round also as the Phantom. We had quite a harder time being the Investigator, I guess. Another two games and we’d probably get the hang of it more, however I had to go home to LB so we promised ourselves we’d play it more.

The sandwich was good, as well as the coffee but the place is really interesting because of the games. It was like a cheaper and more accessible version of Ludo from my previous post, though, I think The Appraisery was established earlier.

Before leaving for home, we dropped by an ukay-ukay store a bit and scanned their stuff. Jed quickly pushed a small stuffed toy to me. ‘Here, this is for you’

We named it Piganda (a pig panda who constantly appears in the photos with our loot. hehe).

Before leaving, I told Jed I enjoyed our time and we’d definitely come back to explore Cubao X more. He said ‘hooray!’.

ThreeThings: March 1-8

The weeks have been passing by pretty quickly. The days become a blur when your work piles up. You wake up, go to work, try to finish work, bring work home, sleep and repeat.

This week’s no different. I go to work, try to finish work, realize it can’t be done, and bring home work.

Last Thursday, though, I guess everything just had to happen that day and I was particularly emotional too (the time of the month, you know). Forgive the vagueness of the post but I cannot divulge much information as most are work related (I don’t want this blog to be a ‘space for rant’ – that was witty of me. haha). Anyway, here are my three things.

1. Leadership (or administration) is a very important aspect of an institution’s life, and now I have first hand experience and learning of this cliche statement. If people ‘below’ don’t feel the sincerity and support of their superiors, they’d most likely have less motivation to do the things they do at work. On the other hand, I also realize how tough being an administrator is – balancing the nuances and difficulties of the ‘system’ as well as making sure that your people understand this. Also they must make sure that the people are not oppressed and depressed.

2. Jed’s patience is commendable, one for the books, ‘awardan na yan’ level. If I would be asked to describe him, one standout feature would be his patience – not docile or feeble, but strong, enduring, and wise patience.

3. I am a cry baby. I admit that now. I try to appear tough and strong but once you prick certain points, I’ll get teary and I’d not be able to hold it in. [It might also be the time of the month, but last week, I cried and almost-cried six times].

It’s almost the middle of the new week now. So much has happened already. Besides the sleep-work-sleep mode, I’m looking forward to lots of new learnings and new adventures too.

One adventure I’d be celebrating this weekend is our first anniversary <3

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ThreeThings: February 22-28

1. One of our beloved cat left us all too early. Seeker (sleeping on my crabby pillow below) died early Wednesday. He was believed to be hit by a car as he was prowling about the neighborhood. This is one of risks of living beside a main highway. One of my housemates said, ‘pet lovers are so strong. We get our hearts broken so many times and yet we still love’. So true. Goodbye our obese, suplado, tenacious cat.Photo on 10-27-14 at 1.29 PM #3 2. Celebration of life. I attended Moriah Praise Wagan’ dedication this weekend at Dad’s (buffets are always, always fun). From weddings last year, events are now centering on the babies. I’m still expecting more weddings this year, though. As usual, when college friends meet, there’s non-stop kwentuhan and tawanan. After the event at Dad’s, we went to Dolcelatte gourmet restaurant and bakeshop in Quezon Ave. We kept joking how we do not seem to fit in because of our being ‘masa’  in contrast with the places’ ‘sosyal’ atmosphere. We were so loud, I was half afraid they’d kick us out for being so noisy. 10430507_856839214375536_436948106927942742_n 1535029_856848264374631_3036104124859576771_n 3. Creamy Delights Greek Yogurt. I’m recently addicted to this. I could eat this 3x a day, all week  (as long as my tummy allows for me to). At one time, I bought two 4-pack sets of these. YUM! Screenshot 2015-02-25 10.24.49

ThreeThings: February 15-21

1. Learning a thing or two from facilitating team building activities (this can be another long blog, but for now this is all I have the time to write). We facilitated a team building activity for a big local company this week. We were a group of six facilitators from various fields facilitating 10 activities for over 120 employees. Suffice it to say that there really is a need to foster good relationship among employees within an organization and team building activities are useful in doing that, though there is a need to craft a carefully thought of program. Team building facilitation is a science in itself.  On another point, I realized how people’s occupations have a large effect on who they become essentially (eg. sales people tend to be very competitive).

2. Milestones for officemates. One of my colleagues is now transferring to a different organization (a Private company) but her work is still in communication. I’m happy for new opportunities for her though I’d really miss her. Another colleague has added another year to her wise years. Hooray for birthdays and new beginnings!

3. Fitness level: strength is okay but cardio is suspect. I can do the monkey bars, do push ups if need be, pull or push large objects, carry stuff around, etc but if I need to run for a long period of time, I’m doomed (the zombies will definitely get to me). Need to up my cardio again. The last time I did a 10k run was three years ago and a 5k run was a year ago. Haay.

ThreeThings: February 8-14

1. Start of Feb Fair – Our organization (UPLB-SVCF) has been setting up the zipline booth since 2003 (if I’m not mistaken) and this is the first time that we’ve set up and started operations without the ‘oldies’ since they have various work to attend to in various parts of the Philippines (Davao and Albay). So the task was put on the younger ones and I thank God that He has enabled them to really step up and strengthened them for the whole week of operating the zipline :)

2. Love learnings. Suffice it to say, I’ve realized how selfish I still am and how this human nature is one of the reasons why relationships fail. I thank God for giving me a patient, loving, and forgiving man. I also thank Him for making me realize what it really means to love – it is to give and to forgive the other and to forgive myself as well.

3. On replay: For King and Country’s Fix My Eyes. The lyrics of this song is worth meditating.