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.
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’.
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.
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!’.