CVT-X Art Fair @Buku-Buku Kafe –Imus, Cavite

Oh hi everyone! I was so busy last November, but I’m baaaack! 🙂 I should have done this post a month ago, but I really had no time for my November was packed with final requirements, final exams, book reviews, research papers, and a whopping full-length TV Show project. Since my December is also going to be as equally full as my November, I better start posting the highlight of my November, 2016.

I was invited by Ms. Jessica Santiago, the owner of Buku-Buku Kafe to cover the CVT-X Art Fair. I really had no time for that, but heck; it’s Buku-Buku Kafe! How can you say “No” to that? So I cleared out my schedule and set the whole 13th of November just for this Art Fair.

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CVT-X Art Fair, an event made possible by Buku-Buku Kafe and The Al Project, is a gathering of digital and traditional artists from all over Cavite. That day was filled with art workshops, art bazaar, art demonstrations, live Open Mic Spoken Word Poetry presentations, and an art exhibit.

The Art Exhibit

 

Personally, I’m a not-so-artsy-type-of-guy, but the art exhibit was one of my favorite parts of the event. It’s a combination of digital and traditional artworks made by Caviteno Artists of course.

The team was still preparing stuff when I came. I actually think that I was the first one to arrive in the said event. The good thing was I had the opportunity to look and appreciate the artworks without worrying that I might be blocking the artworks to others because I was all alone that time.

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The art exhibit was composed of fascinating masterpieces, but I had my own personal favorites. Here’s my top 3.

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“HABBAKKUK 319”

By Maan Catimbuhan

Watercolor and papercut

 

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“LANTERN”

By Sarah Ibasco

Watercolor and Acrylic on paper

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“VICTORIAN MOURNING DOLL”

By Gian Lauran

Mixed Media

 

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[I just found out that all my photos from my DSLR are lost for unknown reasons. Huhuhu! Oh my, Ziano, this is a disaster!]

This event is not just for those who want to showcase their creativity in various faces of art. This is also for those who want to learn and further unleash their creative talents in drawing and in watercolor painting.

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Live Mural Art

While all other activities were being held simultaneously in different parts of Buku-Buku Kafe, a live mural art painting was showcased near the main entrance of The District –Imus. This live art mural was conducted by Mr. Jo Ocampo from Cavity Collectives.

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New (Blogger) Friends

 The moment that really made this event memorable was the bond I had with my fellow bloggers. We talked a lot about blogging stuff and I learned new tricks and tips here and there. Having blog-related conversation with them was so fun; that finally, I had a blog conversation with someone who’s also into blogging.

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They’ve got interesting blogs, vlogs, photoblogs too. Please do check them out whenever you feel like to:

The Daily Whim

True False Maybe

Joyrney to Life

Seraphimsnotes

Days with a Camera

Cong TV

I would like to thank Cheryle Ramos, Natalie Tugade, and Jesma Salas for allowing me to use their Instagram posts about the CVT-X Art Fair.

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Buku-Buku Kafe – Imus, Cavite

Buku-Buku Kafe – Imus, Cavite

I had a lot of plans last weekend, but nothing on my list was accomplished because of two (2) reasons: I woke up late (someone stole my photo to advertise their brand on Facebook and it made me awake all Friday night reading laws concerning the Copy Right Law of the Philippines); and I went to Ayala Malls | The District in Imus, Cavite (to pay my Globe Postpaid Bill)

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My aunt and my cousin went shopping while I check the place. It was my second time to visit Ayala Malls | The District and I was looking for an interesting spot to hangout while they’re doing their stuff. There were few cafés in that mall, most of them were franchised stores and were packed with consumers. I ignored those clichés for I was searching for a divergent one; something raw that you can only see in that place. Don’t get me wrong, Starbucks and J Co. are successful businesses because everyone (including myself) loves them. But I am not a frequent patron of the said mall that’s why I looked for something that I can only experience there.

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And just like an answered prayer, a mesmerizing café suddenly appeared out of thin air (lol).  The name of the café was Buku-Buku Kafe and it scored high because it entailed everything on my checklist!

Something Raw (Fresh): (Checked)

Something Divergent: (Checked)

Something Interesting: (one big check mark)

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The Name:

The name itself is already interesting. As far as I remember (Feel free to correct me if I’m wrong), Buku means book in Bahasa (?); and to convert it into a plural form, all you have to do is to repeat the same word again. So, Buku-Buku in Bahasa means “Books.”

For me, the name is just brilliant, it is something that will make you think and wonder “why and how did they come up with that kind of name?” It is something that draws first-time customers wanting to know more about the name.

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The Interiors:

In my opinion, the theme (Industrial style) is just damn good. The exposed pipes, unfinished floor, mason jars, and wine bottles repurposed as lamps are just great to see. It is well designed but not cramped. It is not overly done. I also love how they reused old magazine pages as placemats.

And oh, the books! It’s part of the theme of course. They have a shelf where you can borrow and read books while waiting for your order. And when you look up on the ceiling, it’s also filled with books.

One thing I don’t like about the café’s interior were the tables. They have these tables for three that were too small even for a single person.

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The Service:

I just experienced “Customer Service at its Finest!” No kidding. They were just showing who they were. Unlike in other cafés wherein employees are required to utter scripted and robotic sounded greetings, or those who are forced to speak in English even if they don’t want to; employees here, on the other hand have the freedom to show their hospitality and their quality service using their own personal and preferred ways. Employees here are more humane. If you ask them, they’ll gladly tell you their likings on the menu, they’ll also tell you why they like it. And their reasons were not “because it’s the best seller” or “because it’s the chef’s specialty”, you’ll receive a personal reason… something that was not rehearsed or memorized.

The waiting time for the food was also quick. They were able to serve the food in about 10 minutes. Not bad!

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Food:

In my opinion, the food were a bit (just a bit) pricey, but it’s worth it. You’ll never question the receipt once you tasted it. I ordered Chicken Alfredo and in my opinion, it was impeccably cooked. I did not rush for I cherished every element of the dish. I was not done with my food, yet we were already planning to come back to Buku-Buku Kafe. My companions ordered Drunken Sea and they liked how it was prepared. The ingredients were fresh (according to them) and everything that you would want in a seafood dish was present in the dish.

For the drinks, I chose Grilled Lemonade. It was good, but did not like the after taste of it.  I liked the Tsokolate-Mint better. In this type of drink, you’ll be able to experience a natural taste of a freshly processed Tableya. You’ll feel at home and your cherished moments will playback in a fast forward mode once you tasted it.

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The Verdict:

My Zian-o-meter generated a lovely result! Here’s the breakdown:

Ambiance: —–10 out of 10

Food: ————9 out of 10

Service: ———10 out of 10

Price: ————8 out of 10

Accessibility: –10 out of 10

Total: ————9.4 out of 10

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Note:

It might seem that I’m over selling the café, but that was how I felt when I went there. 🙂

Dreamland Arts and Crafts Café – Tagaytay City

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Last Saturday (April 16, 2016), the day when I temporarily closed my blog, was a frustrating day. The process of transferring from WordPress.Com to WordPress.Org was new to me and it took me like forever to accomplish it. Dealing with the interface of my hosting provider was also a headache. Installing and customizing my premium theme is another struggle I faced that day. Everything was new to me; and I have to learn everything in a rush. At the end of the day, I was forced to close my blog, www.iamziano.com, for an entire week to study and deal with everything.

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Fortunately, my aunt asked me to go with her to Tagaytay. I decided to go because I really need a break that time. I, together with some of my relatives went to Dreamland Arts and Crafts Café. It was really an interesting place because there’s a lot of fascinating stuff to see. I remember myself turning my head from left to right to everywhere because there’s so many fixtures to look at. This café is over decorated in a positive manner. It didn’t look trashy despite of the place being overly decorated.

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When we arrived, the first thing I did was to take pictures (of course) for me to show you the place. After taking some photos, we began ordering our desired food; but, we encountered a huge problem. Almost everything on the menu was not available. We were aware that we arrived at that place just before midnight; but if the café operates 24/7, then they should have prepared for it considering that it was a weekend. The owner must have predicted that a lot of people visit Tagaytay during weekends.

 

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The only available food when we ordered was some burgers served with potato chips. It took us like nearly an hour before we had our meal. It was so long, but I personally didn’t notice it for I was so busy taking pictures, reading stuff on the walls, roaming around the place, and taking more pictures. The food was decent. It was not disappointing nor was it something that will make you come back again. I am not going to deal with their foodstuff in this blog post because almost everything on the menu was not available. The food that we ate were not on our top picks. I just don’t know if the food that were not available would have a better taste than the one we ordered (out of no choice).

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The Verdict

So, the scores were made; here’s the result of my “Zian-o-meter” for Dreamland Arts and Crafts Café – Tagaytay City:

 

Ambience: 10 out of 10

Food: 7 out of 10

Service: 3 out of 10 (they nearly had no food to serve)

Price: 8 out of 10

Accessibility: 9 out of 10

Total: 7.4 out of 10

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Dream Land Arts and Crafts Café is indeed a must-visit place in Tagaytay City. It is a kind of Café that you won’t see every day. If you’re looking for something new, or you love dream catchers; then, this is a perfect place for you! 😉

What are your thoughts about this post? Have you been to this place? Do you have any questions regarding the topic? I wanna know them! Hit the comment box below.

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Note: Some of the pictures on this blog post are not mine. I was not able to get good photos because it was kind of dark in the place and I also have a pretty crappy camphone. I was permitted by the admin of www.instagram.com/indiegreenculture to get photos from Dreamland Arts and Crafts Café’s official Facebook and Instagram page. All borrowed photos are properly linked as seen on their “caption” boxes.

 

 

Go Organic at Ilog Maria

Ilog Maria Honey Bee Farm or simply “Ilog Maria” is situated along Emilio Aguinaldo Highway in Silang, Cavite. It is known for its honey (of course) and other organic products.  I went there with my aunt to buy a citronella spray for mosquitoes; and also for me to feature something here. Hahaha!

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Whenever I go there, I just visit the shop to buy something that interests me and I’m done. But I decided to be a tourist (in my own home town) to know what can this farm offer us aside from their shop.

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Ilog Maria Honey Bee Farm Shop

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The shop is okay. You’ll see a lot of products from different kinds of soaps to candles made from beeswax. If you are looking for a product that is organic, handmade, and has honey in it, there’s a big chance that you’ll see it there.

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Lavender Soap

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Beeswax Candles
Some of the products you’ll see in Ilog Maria Honey Bee Farm are soaps, honey cider, beeswax, extra virgin honey, bee propolis, bee pollen, mosquito repellent, beeswax candle, and a lot more.

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At the back of the shop, you’ll be able to see the mini factory where they make some of their products like the soap. The place was so open that you can see and observe how they make their products. Visitors aren’t allowed inside though.

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I think this is their mini factory. There’s no sign saying that it’s the factory but I saw some people making stuff there so I assume that it’s their factory. haha! 🙂
I walked further down and I saw these fantastic “stingless” bees. Who knew that stingless bees exist in this world?!? I had a chance to observe them closely. They looked like black ants with wings.

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They also have a museum-like area in this farm. In this place, you’ll be able to observe bees in their respective beehives. Some facts about the Farm and the bees are also present here.

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Ilog Maria has a wonderful history. Check out Ilog Maria’s about page to know its history.

Have you visited this place before? How was your experience? Are you interested to visit Ilog Maria and you want to know more? Don’t be shy to hit the comment box!

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