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Friday, June 29, 2012

La Mia Tazza Coffee at Legazpi City

Featuring another coffee haven in Bicol..

THE LOCATION:  La Mia Tazza Coffee is located at the 2nd level of Embarcadero de Legazpi. Whenever I go to Embarcadero I see to it that I am able to get myself a coffee from this shop. Not only that I patronize local products, but the coffee serves as an energizer for my drive back to Naga.

THE PLACE: I am able to visit LMT only during daytime, but I bet it's even more relaxing at night. During daytime, the view of Mayon Volcano will keep you company and the sea side ambiance is just great.

Photos taken May 2012

THE COFFEE: Looking for something unique? Order the Pili Tazzino or any other beverage that is uniquely Bicol, with Pili of course. The price is affordable and the taste is competitive. 

Here's a photo of the Pili Tazzino that I ordered. 

Photos shown next were taken last March 2011. La Mia Tazza at dusk is very romantic.

Wednesday, June 27, 2012

Dare to be A-Hero

Dare to be Heroes
July 28, 2012
@ Xavier Hall, Ateneo de Naga University

Open to all Ateneans and Non-Ateneans

Tuesday, June 26, 2012

Move Bicol: May Power Ka Ba?

Social Media for Change
Move.PH Chat Series

Move Bicol: May Power Ka Ba?
July 6, 2012
Ateneo de Naga University Gymnasium

Register HERE

Tuesday, June 19, 2012

Open Web Day at ADNU

Open Web Day 
@ Ateneo de Naga University
on June 30, 2012
8:00 am to 5:00 pm

Register at http://openwebdayadnu.eventbrite.com/

Monday, June 18, 2012

Philtrust Naga Branch

Philtrust Naga is NOW OPEN in Naga City
Located at Corner Elias Angeles St., P. Caceres St. Naga City

Another bank in the city!

Photo by oragon.com

Before it was this old building..
Photo by bobbymay of SSC CamSur

Friday, June 15, 2012

Loving Avenue

Love is becoming an icon of Avenue Square and Avenue Plaza Hotel. Not only because they have a LOVE sign at the Avenue but most importantly because they know how to love and pamper their guests.

One weekend, we decided to cool off the day and use the pool pass given to me by Avenue. We were having second thoughts of having a dip because it was actually the windy day of June 2, 2012. But then again we pushed through with it and arrived at the hotel at around 6 in the evening. Grrrr it was a chilly dusk.

We headed up to the locker and changing room and prepped ourselves for the swim. Peeking through a small room inside the changing room is the Sauna room.  The Sauna didn't entice me to get in simply because I had no intentions of vaporizing myself. Why? I believe I do not have enough fats to burn out because I'm excessively slim. lol Everything was there, towel, shampoo, soap, hair dryer with a cold and hot shower. All you have to do is just bring yourself and extra clothes.

View from the pool is a portion of Olympia Gym that I've never been to. 

It was a Saturday, the infinity pool of Avenue Plaza Hotel looks so beautiful at night with the accented lights on the sides of the pool itself. Plus, be relaxed with the sound of a background music being played for hours. The water was great, I thought it was cold, but it wasn't.

It was a good timing, there were only few hotel guests and or gym members who were using the pool because actually they are the only ones who have access it. I just wished there's also a membership for pool usage alone. People like me, I believe, do not need to enroll in a gym. I do not know how to swim, but mind you, our swim at the infinity pool made me love the water very much and even thought of that idea regarding pool usage.

We spent about 2 and a half hours at the pool and when we were about to call it a night, I could not believe myself that I was floating here and there. Kung nuarin linilipot na si mga kaibahan ko, saka man lugod ako ginanahan ning todo. haha
I was actually surprised, no kidding. 
I was enjoying the pool all by myself!!

It was getting dark, we ended the night with delighted hearts and an unforgettable experience. The opportunity that was given to me by Avenue Plaza Hotel is a once in a lifetime experience indeed. I am an averaged income earner and I do not have the luxury of time and money to be in that beautiful place. I seldom set foot  atAPH not unless there are parties or wedding receptions that I get to be invited. I dunno when will I be able to swim there again.

Oh, btw, Avenue Plaza Hotel got recently awarded by Trip Advisor. APH may not be a 5 star hotel but it's the best in the Bicol Region. Hotel guests can testify to that.

See how Avenue loves every guests who visits them?  I can attest to that!
Go ahead guys, dream like I did, maybe you can also get a pool pas or other gift certificates from Avenue! Don't forget to like them on Facebook to win lots of surprises! Interact with Avenue, interact with us. 

Thanks for the LOVE Avenue!
Thanks a lot Ms. A!

Thursday, June 14, 2012

White Bean

Looking for a BRIGHT new place? Here's something new for coffeeholics. Bean there, done that!

White Bean is the renamed, renewed, and revitalized concept of Trevi Cafe. It's like a person who had a grandiose make over. LOL

coffee, cakes + love
this is so me hahaha

LOCATION: Ground Floor of Nagaland Emall.

THE PLACE: The former Trevi Cafe which was quite dim is now a very vibrant and dainty white-painted coffee shop. Contrary to the color of a coffee bean which is dark brown, this coffee shop made use of the color "white" with accents of blue and pink. Baby colors right? Since the place is white, pink and blue, this is no place named after Rowan Atkinson's character Mr. Bean. Definitely not.

Honestly, I have never visited the coffee shop when it was still Trevi Cafe. I don't know, I just didn't feel like going there. But now?? When I saw some photos of the place posted on skyscrapercity thread, my senses were awakened calling me to visit the place. The whole coffee shop is not yet complete. Photos shown below is just half of the whole place. Nagaland Hotel's lobby is in between the dining area, quite unique right?

View outside, opposite the road is Nagaland E-Mall
See the hotel entrance on the right? The white doors on the right most part is the access to the other half of White Bean (still under renovation)

You can sit here if your alone.

Interesting displays

A miniature couch

THE FOOD: The taste is very competitive enough since the cost it not that pricey (See price list below). Plating is also good and preparation does not take too much time to fill in your stomach. Drinks come in one size only. No short, tall, grande, or venti.

Italian Soda: Green Apple & Cucumber Flavor

Iced White Mocha

Ceasar Salad

Chef's Choice Salad
with mango, grapes and pili nut slices 

See the pili nut?

Creamy Pesto Pasta
yummyness and creamyness pasta! ftw!

plus a complementary cupcake

BUDGET: Php 120 - 200 per person. The coffee is so!!! affordable. The pasta has a huge serving. And I'm excited to try their cakes which will be available soon (according to the staff).

SOMETHING UNIQUE: The ambiance of the place is very different from the usual coffee shops with warm colors. The couches are very comfortable, they make you feel like a prince and princess.

I will definitely go back to White Bean, there's a long queue on the menu to try! So hurry guys, it's not that pricey, very affordable and yet with a very competitive taste. But for the meantime, Bean there done that.

Last week of June  2012 Food Photos

Flavored Iced Tea

Raspberry Italian Soda