ron migration

once a year, like a bird flying south for the winter, ron whooshes into manila and we get to spend a day with him before he whooshes out again.

 

marben's bulalo and tawilis, i dream of you often

annual eat-until-you-burst meal with ron

java jazz cafe

cake and coffee and tsokolate

pandan tea

bald trees, bald man

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super sunday!

i’ve been craving for bulalo the past few weeks and have been looking for an excuse to go to tagaytay for some. daniel needed an out-of-town trip because he had a very important question to ask rt. together, we worked really hard to make it all happen, which means that my bulalo craving has been satisfied and RT AND DANIEL ARE NOW ENGAGED! :D!

mabuhay ang bagong, um, engaged! yup, that's an engagement piano key on a chain, friends and neighbors. the actual piano is sitting in daniel's house's living room. 🙂

because we were so, so efficient, we also managed to sneak in some bawai and ilog maria in between the proposal and the bulalo-fest! 🙂

(oh, and also some gourmet cafe, but that place was a disappointment so i try not to think about that part of the day.)

all we could manage were sounds of ecstasy. everything tasted *so* good! a revisit is definitely in order.

after-lunch authentic vietnamese coffee

a very happy (and very full) binbin

i ❤ the bird house

we've been wanting to go to ilog maria for years! the whole place smelled wonderful. good work, bees!

giant bee on a chopping board!

cross-section of a beehive

the bee boxes looked eerie among the trees.

more eerie bee boxes

guess which two convinced everyone else to pose for the group shot.

oh, gourmet farms cafe, you were so pretty and held so much promise!

those cookies were, to be blunt, really bad. 😦

mar ben canteen, home of the best tagaytay bulalo! how i've missed you and your good friend crunchy tawilis!