food review

Food Review: Izakaya Kenta

Izakaya Kenta signage
Izakaya Kenta signage

New year, new dish to try at an authentic restaurant which serves Japanese cuisine – Izakaya Kenta. This authentic Japanese restaurant’s cuisine is more on Japanese foods and sushi bars where Japanese food lovers usually visit or dine. They also serve lunch, dinner, coffee and drinks that guests could enjoy.


Izakaya Kenta’s ambience is nice and I love their wall painting (wasn’t able to take a picture of it though). I also love the comfy space and the restaurant’s accommodation.

Two of the foods I’ve tried during my visit there with my school friends were the Spicy Tuna Maki as my main dish followed by their Coffee Jelly which was my dessert, as well some as my friends’.

Spicy Tuna Maki
Spicy Tuna Maki

Spicy Tuna Maki (Php 180) 

This authentic Japanese dish is made from a fresh tuna with spicy sauce which comes along a wasabi paste and ginger as its garnish. What I like about this dish is its right amount of spicy taste.

Coffee Jelly
Coffee Jelly

Coffee Jelly

One of my favorite desserts here in Izakaya Kenta. I love the taste of their coffee flavored gelatin topped with vanilla ice cream which goes perfectly after eating something spicy.


book review

The Fault In Our Stars – John Green (Chapter Summary)

Chapter 1:

A sixteen year old cancer patient, Hazel Grace Lancaster, narrates about her life and how it is like living with a thyroid cancer.  She resents being forced to attend a cancer support group  where she finds herself surrounded by fellow cancer patients or survivors. Hazel describes this as a hellish experience.

However, she meets a friend, Augustus Waters, a fellow cancer patient who has been dealing with osteosarcoma.

Unknown words in this chapter:

1) improbable : not probable or not likely to happen  (page 6)
2) cannula: a tubular instrument of any one of several types introduced into a body cavity  or tube,especially to permit drainage or irrigation. (page 8)

3) osteosarcoma: a sarcoma derived from bone or containing bone tissue . Osteo = “bone” ; sarcoma =“tumor” (page 11)

4) hamartia: the error of judgment or tragic flaw in the character of the hero of an ancient Greek tragedy. (page 19)

Chapter 2:

As days go by, Hazel and Augustus seem to like each other’s company. They trade books with each other, watch movie and talk about the diagnosis of their illness.

Unknown words in this chapter:
1) enchiladas: a tortilla rolled around a filling of meat, cheese, peppers, etc. , served with a peppery sauce.  (page 27)

2) toroidal: of or having to do with, or characteristic of a toroid (page 30)

Chapter 3:

Hazel faces the next day like a normal day, unaware and unexcited to celebrate her thirty third and a half birthday. She would usually focus on reading a book while her friend, Kaitlyn, shops for shoes.

Unknown words in this chapter:
1) herpes: any one of various virus diseases causing spreading blister-like blotches on the skin or mucous
membrane, such as shingles and cold sores. (page 39)

2) fraught: a burden or load (page 41)

3) dysmorphia: deformity or abnormality in the shape or size of a specified part of the body. (page 44)

Chapter 4:

Hazel spends her time in bed, reading a book written by her favorite author, Peter Van Houten, who doesn’t know about her existence. She had written letters to him regarding what happens to the other characters which however remains unanswered.

Meanwhile, she pays a visit to Augustus’ house, only to find him consoling his best friend, Isaac, who has been recently dumped by his girlfriend who can’t seem to handle his dilemma or situation.

Unknown words in this chapter:
1) perpetuity: the condition of being perpetual; existing forever (page 50)

2) gargantuan: enormous/gigantic/huge (page 56)

3) bereft: deprived or bereaved (page 58)

Chapter 5:

Augustus shares to Hazel the email he received from her favorite author, Peter Van Houten, through the care of his assistant, Lidewij Vliegenthart. Unable to believe her ears, Hazel asks for the email address of his assistant and starts writing, sharing her disappointments that Peter didn’t fully finish the book.

Augustus and Hazel also plan to visit Amsterdam through Lidewij’s invitation and without Peter’s knowledge. Augustus pays for their trip ticket in going to Amsterdam.

Unknown words in this chapter:
1) sobriquet: a nickname (page 64)

2) insipid: without any particular flavor; lacking interest or spirit; dull (page 68)

3) bacchanalia: a wild, noisy party; drunken revelry (page 68)

4) insidious: seeking to entrap or ensnare; wily or sly (page 86)

Chapter 6:

Hazel grows curious about Caroline Mathers and views her page, only to find thousands of condolence messages for her and learn that Caroline had died of a brain cancer a year ago. She felt jealous upon finding Augustus’ message and a photo of him with her but then shook the feeling off.

Hazel thought of Augustus Waters and felt that she might hurt him every time they are together and decides whether to avoid him or not.

Unknown words in this chapter:
1) oncologist: a person who studies, or knows much about, oncology (page 92)

2) vernacular: a native language;  language used by people of a certain country or place (page 93)

3) pre-emption: the act or right of purchasing before others or in preference to others (page 95)

4) lascivious: inclined to or feeling lust (page 95)

Chapter 7:

Just the night before their trip to Amsterdam, Hazel suffers from a headache and pleural effusion which caused her another trip to the hospital. She woke up only to find herself in the ICU, feeling alone as her parents were not allowed to stay with her inside the intensive care unit for the whole time.

Unknown words in this chapter:
1) coterie: a set or circle of close acquaintances; group of people who often meet socially (page 109)

2) sarcophagus: a stone coffin, especially one ornamented with scriptures or bearing inscriptions (page 112)

3) digress: to turn aside from the main subject in talking or writing (page 113)

Chapter 8:

A cancer team meeting was led by Dr. Maria to discuss about Hazel’s cancer situation and decide whether to let her travel to Amsterdam or not as this may pose another risk to her health.

During that meeting, Hazel recalls the time she almost or was about to die from her cancer. She saw how her parents were worried and suffering with her and hated the feeling of having to hurt them. The doctors were hesitant at first in letting her go to Amsterdam without any medical assurance that it will be safe for her to travel.

Unknown words in this chapter:
edema: an abnormal accumulation of watery fluid in the tissues or cavities of the body, often causing visible swelling (page 115)

Chapter 9:

Hazel went back to the Support Group before she travels with Augustus to Amsterdam. One of their fellow cancer patient, Michael, had passed away after battling with leukemia while the rest of them either had a relapse or had gone NEC (no evidence of cancer).

Isaac invites Hazel over to play with him and talks about the game and his relationship with his ex-girlfriend, Monica. Hazel reprimands Isaac about what he did to Monica, i.e. going blind.

Unknown words in this chapter:
1) leukemic: of or having to do with leukemia (page 129)

2) relapse: to have a return of the symptoms of an illness following convalescence. (page 129)

3) remission: a decrease by lowering or lessening, as of pain, force or labor (page 131)

Chapter 10:

Hazel and her mom prepare for their trip to Amsterdam together with Augustus and drove over to his house to pick him up. Hazel and Augustus spend their time watching movies and reading a poem while on board the plane.

Augustus then confesses his true feelings to Hazel , who then dismisses the thought of him falling in love with her as she didn’t want to hurt him in the end.

Unknown words in this chapter:
1) stubbly: bristly ; like stubble (page 138)

2) ludicrous: absurd but amusing, causing derisive laughter (page 145)

3) homebody: a person who prefers the pleasures of his home and family to outside attractions. (page 146)

4)  flummoxed: confounded or bewildered (page 146)

Chapter 11:

Upon arrival to Amsterdam, Hazel, her mom and Augustus were driven to their hotel which is the Hotel Filosoof. Hazel and Augustus later on spend their dinner at Oranjee which was set up by Lidewij Vliegenthart. They continue talking about each other’s cancer situation and what would their death outfit be in their funeral.

Unknown words in this chapter:
1) ubiquitous: present everywhere (page 156)

2) midriff: the diaphragm separating the chest cavity from the abdomen ; the middle portion of the human body (page 160)

3) gnocchi: dumplings (page 165)

4) narcissist: a person characterized by narcissism or has an excessive love or admiration of oneself (page 170)

Chapter 12:

Hazel prepares for the day she will be meeting her favorite author, Peter Van Houten, together with Augustus. She felt nervous at the first place that they would never find his house as all the houses in Amsterdam almost looked the same and that they’d never find their way back to their hotel in case they get lost.

Together, Hazel and Augustus set off to Peter Van Houten’s house. Much to their surprise, Peter Van Houten is not the man they expect him to be. He turns out to be a miserly old man who spends his life drinking alcoholic drinks. Aghast by his rude behavior, Hazel and Augustus ended up arguing with Peter Van Houten, especially when he insulted Hazel’s medical condition and refused to give answers to her questions regarding his novel’s ending.

Wanting to make up for their spoiled trip, Lidewij takes Hazel and Augustus to Anne Frank Museum.

Unknown words in this chapter:
1) reedy: sounding like a reed instrument (page 180)

2) ontologically: philosophically dealing with nature of reality (page 182)

3) douche: an obnoxious and contemptible person, typically a man (page 184)

4) putrid: thoroughly corrupt or depraved; extremely bad (page 190)

5) addled: muddled; confused (page 191)

6) vermouth: a white wine, either dry (pale yellow) or sweet (usually reddish-brown), flavored with wormwood or other herbs and used as liqueur or in cocktails (page 194)

7) fetish: anything regarded with unreasoning reverence or blind devotion (page 207)

Chapter 13:

Hazel, her mom and Augustus spent their last full day in Amsterdam strolling and exploring other places they haven’t visited yet. While in the middle of the middle of their strolling, Augustus opens up to Hazel about his relapsed cancer, stating that it had returned before the time Hazel went to the ICU.  He, however, reassures her that he will fight against his illness.

Augustus also confessed that he was supposed to have chemotherapy treatment but he gave it up for the sake of going to Amsterdam even though it would make his parents furious.

Unknown words in this chapter:
1) bluster: to talk noisily and violently; a noisy and stormy commotion (page 210)

2) machismo: manly self-assurance; masculine drive (page 210)

3) hunker(ed): to squat on one’s haunches, or with the haunches brought near the heels (page 213)

4) paisley: a soft, woolen cloth with a very elaborate and colorful pattern (page 213)

5) palliative: useful to lessen or soften; mitigating (page 215)

Chapter 14:

Upon returning home from their trip to Amsterdam, Hazel discusses with her dad that Gus’s cancer had recurred, to which he admits being told by Gus’s parents and apologizing for it. Her dad also admits reading An Imperial Affliction while they were away and wished the same thing as Hazel.

Hazel drops by her friend’s, Augustus, house, to check on how he’s doing only to find out that he was asleep on the living room couch , with the medicine pumped through his body.

Unknown words in this chapter:
1) recurrence: an occurrence again ; repetition; return (page 222)

2) oncogene: a tumor-producing gene (page 224)

3) barf: to vomit (page 224)

Chapter 15:

Augustus was rushed to the ER for his chest pain a week after having dinner with Hazel’s parents over his house and was admitted overnight. Hazel drove over to the Memorial after having heard about the news. Emily, Augustus’ mom, tells Hazel that she can visit her friend but not at the moment when they needed to be a family.

Two weeks later after Gus had been released from the hospital, Hazel drove him to the Funky Bones where they once hang out. Augustus opens up to Hazel about imagining himself to be the skeleton, which signifies that he is close to dying.

Unknown words in this chapter:
1) nostalgic: feeling or showing nostalgia; homesick (page 231)

2) prematorium: common hall (page 231)

3) goading: anything that drives or urges one on; inciting (page 233)

Chapter 16:

Augustus Water’s condition gets worse as his cancer progresses to the last stage. He shares with Hazel his pre-Van Houten analysis of An Imperial Affliction. He promises as well to write a sequel for her but couldn’t as he’s tired all the time.

Downstairs, Gus and Hazel play a video game he would always play with Isaac.

Unknown words in this chapter:
1) memoir: a biography, now especially a relatively short or limited one; biographical note (page 235)

2) eponymous: giving one’s name to a nation, tribe or place (page 237)

Chapter 17:

Hazel drops by Gus Water’s house to check on him, only to find her friend writhing in pain and she calls her parents for help. In the middle of their game, Augustus opens up once again, talking about death and mentions about having an obituary written about him.

This makes Hazel get a bit frustrated with Gus, offended that Gus thinks he doesn’t mean anything to her as a friend and that he won’t make it to write a eulogy about her.

Unknown words in this chapter:
1) excruciating: causing great suffering; torturing (page 239)

2) mortified: ashamed, humiliated (page 240)

3) obituary: a notice of death, often with a brief account of a person’s life; necrology (page 240)

Chapter 18:

Hazel receives  a call from Gus, asking for help and saying that he’s at the gas station. Sensing that something is wrong, Hazel dresses up and switches her BiPAP with her cannula, heading off to the gas station that Gus had mentioned.

Upon reaching the gas station, Hazel rushes over to her friend’s side to see what’s wrong and finds him covered up in his own vomit and that the skin of his abdomen is warm and bright red, signifying an infection. She immediately calls up 911 for emergency.

Augustus Waters breaks down and keeps telling to himself that he wants to die so as to end the suffering.

Unknown words in this chapter:
1) annihilated: destroyed completely; confused (page 242)

2) waiver: to give up; relinquish (page 245)

Chapter 19:

A few days later, Gus Waters was discharged from the hospital and was permanently moved upstairs to the living room. He was, however, deprived of all his ambitions and put under more medications to alleviate the pain.

Gus and his family, together with Hazel, went out for Gus to enjoy and have some fresh air.

Unknown words in this chapter:
1) irrevocably: irreversibly; unalterably (page 248)

2) fleece: a fabric with a soft, silky material, used for lining outer garments.

Chapter 20:

Hazel gets a day off from visiting Augustus as she herself wasn’t feeling well and a bit tired. However, she receives a call from Gus, asking her to be at the Support Group and prepare a eulogy for him. Hazel hesitates at first, but then gives in to his request.

While preparing to go, Hazel gets in a heated argument with her parents for the first time, stating that they were the ones in the first place who asked her to get a life outside instead of being just a homebody.

Hazel meets up with Gus and Isaac at the Support Group room, with her eulogy prepared. Gus told her that he thought of arranging a pre-funeral service. Isaac was the first one to eulogize, describing how Augustus Waters is as a friend to him, then followed by Hazel who breaks down almost in the end of her eulogy.

Unknown words in this chapter:
1) inexorable: not influenced by prayers or entreaties; relentless (page 253)

2) eulogy: a speech or writing in praise of a person or thing, especially as a set oration in honor of a deceased person (page 254)

3) self-aggrandizing: aggrandizing or magnifying oneself; the act or practice of enhancing one’s own importance, power or reputation (page 257)

4) lectern: a stand that serves as support for the notes or books of a speaker

Chapter 21:

Augustus Waters, or simply called ‘Gus’ , passes away just a few days later after his pre-funeral. This news leaves Hazel shocked and devastated.

She checks on her friend’s wall page and reads the condolence messages written by other people and receives a call from his parents regarding his funeral that will be held for five days.

Unknown words in this chapter:
clarion: clear and shrill (page 263)

Chapter 22:

Gus Water’s funeral was held at the Support Group’s chapel or church where a lot of people visited and took a close look at him in his casket.

Peter Van Houten shows up at Gus Water’s funeral, much to Hazel’s surprise. Later in the middle of the funeral, each of Gus Water’s family member and friends gave a eulogy about him. Hazel was still pissed at Peter Van Houten’s arrival and didn’t like the idea of him showing up right after what he did during their meeting in Amsterdam like nothing happened and hitching a ride with them after Gus was buried.

Unknown words in this chapter:
1) casket: a coffin (page 269)

2) lanky: awkwardly long and thin; tall and ungraceful (page 269)

3) pulpit: a platform or structure in a church from which the minister preaches (page 271)

4) rotundity: roundness or plumpness

5) titter: the act of tittering or laughing in a restrained manner (page 272)

6) pall-bearer: one of the men who walks with or carries the coffin at a funeral, so called from the old custom of holding up the corners or edges of the pall carried over the coffin. (page 274)

7) infernal: of the lower world (page 275)

8) precocious: developed earlier than usual in knowledge (page 276)

9) booze: an intoxicating liquor; a drinking bout (page 277)

Chapter 23:

A couple of days later after Gus Water’s burial, Hazel drops by Isaac’s house to play a video game with him and talked about how they were coping up with their friend’s death. Isaac also mentions about Gus writing a sequel about Hazel’s favorite book An Imperial Affliction.

Hazel hurriedly rushes to her car , though she was aghast to see Peter Van Houten in the backseat, wearing the same suit he had worn during her friend’s funeral. From there, Peter Van Houten opens up to Hazel that he wrote the book in memory of his deceased daughter who died from leukemia.

After realizing this, Hazel decides to forgive the old man and after Peter Van Houten gets off from the car, she drops by Gus Water’s house to search for his written sequel but finds nothing, to her dismay.

Unknown words in this chapter:
1) labyrinthine: of or forming a labyrinth (page 279)

2) depraved: having very bad morals; corrupt (page 281)

3) beatified: made supremely happy or blessed; declared to be among the blessed and entitled to a specific religious honor (page 285)

4) leukemia: a rare , usually fatal disease characterized by a large excess of white blood cells; any of several cancers of the bone marrow that prevent the normal manufacture of red and white blood cells and platelets, resulting in anemia, increased susceptibility to infection and impaired blood clotting (page 285)

Chapter 24:

Hazel receives a call from Gus Water’s dad regarding a black Moleskin notebook where Gus used to write his sequel or eulogy for her. She hurriedly drives over to Isaac’s house to pick him up and headed to the Support Group before their session with Patrick begins. She kept looking for the torn pages from the notebook around the room but couldn’t find it.

She spends the rest of her time listening to Patrick’s testimonial about living with cancer, feeling bored like she usually does. She feels out of the mood to share her memory of Augustus to the group and wishes that she would just die. At home, she watches her favorite TV show with her parents while eating dinner.

Unknown words in this chapter:
1) hover: to stay in or near one place; wait nearby (page 296)

2) revile: to call bad names; abuse with words (page 299)

3) fumbled: felt or groped about clumsily; searched awkwardly (page 299)

Chapter 25:

Hazel writes a correspondence to Peter Van Houten’s former assistant to ask if she had, by any chance seen the letter or sequel that Gus wrote for her to which Lidewij (Van Houten’s former assistant) responds to later in the afternoon, indicating that she hadn’t seen any but will try to find it and apologizes as well when she heard the news from Hazel that Gus Water s died.

Right after checking her email, Hazel spends time with her family by having picnic in commemoration of the Bastille Day and visiting Gus Water’s grave at the Crown Hill Cemetery.

Upon reaching home, Hazel receives another email from Lidewij Vliegenthart, notifying her about what happened when she visited her former boss’s house . She (Hazel) reads the attached files which included Gus Water’s letter to Peter Van Houten days before he died. It was his eulogy for her.

Unknown words in this chapter:
1) unconscionable: not influenced or guided by conscience (page 301)

2) monolith: a single large block of stone, especially one forming a monument or used for building or sculpture (page 305)

3) voracious: very eager; unable to be satisfied (page 305)

4) indefatigable: never getting tired or giving up (page 307)

5) mercenary: a soldier serving for pay in a foreign army (page 307)

6) bequeathing: giving or leaving by means of a will when one dies (page 310)



movie review

Movie Review: Heneral Luna

This historical film takes us back to the setting of Philippine-American way back in 1898 where General Antonio Luna (John Arcilla) , a commander of the revolutionary army , leads an uprising against the American colony years after the Spanish reign, wanting peace and freedom for Philippines – our Motherland.  However, much to his dismay, some of his cabinet or elite members would want to make a deal with the United States.

General Antonio Luna’s decisions are somehow opposed or met with resistance by some soldiers who only want to follow Emilio Aguinaldo and are loyal to him. Due to his arrogance and short tempered nature, General Antonio Luna makes a number of enemies, not only with the Americans but also with his countrymen and cabinet members particularly Gen. Tomas Mascardo (Lorenz Martinez), Felipe Buencamino (Nonie Buencamino) Pedro Paterno (Leo Martinez) and Capt. Janolino (Ketchup Eusebio) , leading him to his untimely death as well where he was assassinated by a pack of presidential guards.

I could correlate the lines of General Antonio Luna with that of Enjolras, a fictional character from Les Miserables. Some of his quotes like “Freedom cannot be won by protecting their loved ones. They have to pay the price.” and “Do we not have the same right to Liberty?” can be associated with “Have you asked of yourselves what’s the price you might pay?” and “Will you stand up and take your chance?”

The central theme lies on freedom and peace through means of Revolution. This time it was against the American colony. Others fell during the battle while some rose up to take the place of the fallen general. After watching this movie, I could say that the actor John Arcilla as well as the rest of the cast portrayed the role very well.  This is another historical film worth watching as it serves as an eye opener to every Filipino citizen to what’s going on right now, especially with the government.

food review

Restaurant Review: Yuan Congee & Dimsum Bar

Craving for something Asian? Want to try something different?

Then Yuan Congee & Dimsum Bar might just be the one you’re looking for.  This restaurant is known for its best congee and you can have your very own congee topped with a variety of mixed vegan, meat and assorted toppings. Aside from their congee, they also serve siomai and other Asian cuisine.  They also have this buffet style of catering , but strictly no sharing or leftover, unless you would want it ordered for takeout.

You have this choice of either having your congee topped with rice of any kind (Sweet Chix Rice, Spareribs Rice, Yuan’s Special Porky Chops, Buttered Chicken Rice, etc.) , veggies (Sichuan Spicy Cabbage, Crunchy Tofu, Crispy Mixed Veggies, Seasoned Soya Veggies, Sichuan Stir Fried Eggplant, Garlic Spinach, Crispy Mixed Veggies and Breaded Shrooms) or none at all.  As for dessert, I tried out their coffee cream and jelly and so far, it tasted really good that I’d want to order more.

When it comes to the restaurant’s appearance, I could say that it has a nice ambiance and quirky sense of design. Their walls are designed with bricks and grass. Come and see this restaurant for yourself.  Yuan Congee & Dimsum Bar is located along #178B CM Recto Street, Barangay Maytunas, San Juan City.  It opens from Monday to Sunday 11 am to 12 mn.


Nuts About Coffee Bean and Tea Leaf

About The Company

Coffee Bean and Tea Leaf was found or established by Herbert Hyman in the year 1963 , with his dedication or passion for finding and serving his customers the best coffee and tea, making him California’s founding father of gourmet coffee.

Celebrating its 50th year, Coffee Bean continues its expansion and becomes one of the largest , privately-owned family-run coffee and tea shop, also becoming the model for a successful coffee and tea company. Continuing its search for only the finest and rarest leaf and premium, coffee beans, CBTL now offers over 22 coffee varieties and 20 kinds of tea for its customers with their hard work to build relationships with farms and estates, assuring the availability of the best coffee and tea harvests.

Products Served By Coffee Bean and Tea Leaf

Coffee Bean and Tea Leaf serves or offers coffee (Brewed Coffee, Iced Coffee, Espresso, Café Americano, Cappuccino and Caramel Macchiato) , Tea (Iced Tea, Hot Tea, Tea Latte, and Tea Selections), as well as coffee-based iced blended drinks (Mocha, Vanilla, Double Chocolate, Caramel,  White Chocolate Dream, Espresso and Cream, etc.) , and non-coffee ice blended drinks (Pure Vanilla, Pure Double Chocolate, Sunrise, Mango and Matcha Green Tea).

Aside from coffee and tea, the company also serves breakfast, good tasting dishes (sandwiches, ciabizza, pasta, and salads), and cakes and pastries.


A. Espresso (Brewed Coffee, Iced Coffee, Espresso, Café Americano, Cappuccino, Caramel Macchiato)

B. Latte (White Chocolate Dream Latte, Double Chocolate Latte, Vanilla Latte, Mocha Latte, Café Latte)

C. Coffee (Today’s Fresh Brew)

D. Non-Coffee (Hot Vanilla, Hot Double Chocolate)

E. Coffee-Based Ice Blended Drinks (Original Mocha, Original Vanilla, Double Chocolate, Caramel, White Chocolate Dream, The Ultimate)

F. Non-Coffee Based Ice Blended Drinks (Pure Vanilla, Pure Double Chocolate, Sunrise, Mango, Matcha Green Tea)

G. Tea (Iced Tea, Hot Tea, Tea Latte, Tea Selection), Signature Tea (Hot Tea, Today’s Iced Tea-Black, Green Teas, Herbal and Fruit Infusions, Flavored Black and Oolong, and Flavored Green), Tea Latte (Chai, Double Vanila, English Breakfast, Tropical Passion, Moroccan Mint, African Sunrise, Matcha Green Tea)

H. Breakfast (Bagel with Cream Cheese, Tasty Toast Treat, Food For Thought, Blueberry Bagel with Cream Cheese, Brek O’Day, Salmon Scramble, Eggs Ben, Salmon and Cream Cheese Bagel)

I. Good Tasting Dishes (Gourmet Sandwiches- Chef’s Tuna, Chiptotle Roast Chicken, Grilled Chicken Caesar, Salami and Cream Cheese, Roast Beef, Turkey and Melted Cheddar Cheese; Ciabizza-Tuna and Olive, Vegetarian, Sausage and Bell Pepper, Salami and Mushroom; Pasta – Tomato & Herb Linguine, Spicy Tuna Linguine, Roast Chicken and Mushroom Fusilli, Lasagna, Spinach and Cheese Ravioli, sardine and Garlic Linguine; Crisp Salads – Greek Salad, Chinese Chicken Salad, Chilled Spicy Chicken Pasta Salad, Coffee Bean’s Classic Caesar Salad)

J. Cakes and Pastries (Cakes – Chocolate Fudge Cake, Chicago Cheesecake, Chocolate Caramel Lava Cake, Blueberry Cheesecake, Toblerone Cheesecake, Triple Decker Cheesecake, Guiltless Chocolate Delight, Turtle Pie; Pastries – Espresso Pistachio Biscotti, Cranberry Almond Biscotti, Chocolate Chip Cookie, Oatmeal Raisin Cookie, Ensaymada, Tuna Pandesal, Ham and Cheese Pandesal , Sardine and Feta Wheat Pandesal, Cheese Muffin, Honey Bran Muffin, Blueberry Muffin, Banana Chocolate Muffin, Lemon Square, Banana Caramel Slice, Blueberry Bagel with Cream Cheese, Raisin Scone, Mocha Waffle, Salted Caramel Brownie, Chicken Pot Pie, Spinach and Feta Cheese Quiche; Others – Honey Stick, Sour Apple Stick, Orange Juice, Pink Guava Juice, Mango Juice, Acqua Panna, Perrier, etc.)

My Photos:

Visit any Coffee Bean and Tea Leaf stores:

A. Quezon City

CBTL – Tomas Morato

Address: G/F Bellagio Square, Sct. Fuentebella cor Tomas Morato Ave. Laging Handa, Quezon City
Telephone: (02) 371-8688

CBTL – Eastwood City Walk 2

Address: G/F, Eastwood City Cyberpark, Eulogio Rodriguez Jr., Avenue Bagumbayan, Libis, Quezon City
Telephone: (02) 706-3106

CBTL- Gateway Mall

Address: Ground Level, Gateway Mall, Araneta Center Cubao, Quezon City
Telephone: (02) 799-2616

CBTL- Trinoma

Address: Trinoma Level 3 Indoor/Outdoor, Quezon City
Telephone: (02) 757-6003

CBTL- UP Ayala Land TechnoHub

Address: Ground Level , UP Ayala Land TechnoHub Commonwealth Ave., Diliman, Quezon City
Telephone: (02)738-4470

CBTL- Centris Walk

Address: Ground Floor Centris Walk, Eton Centris, EDSA Corner Quezon Avenue, Quezon City
Telephone: (02) 352-2080

CBTL – Robinson’s Galleria

Address: 2nd Level, East Wing, Robinson’s Galleria, EDSA cor. Ortigas Avenue, Quezon City
Telephone: (02) 909-7204

CBTL – Katipunan

Address: Ground Level, Regis Center, 327 Katipunan Avenue, Loyola Heights, Quezon City
Telephone: (02) 442-3454

CBTL – Robinson’s Magnolia

Address: 2/F Robinson’s Magnolia, Aurora Blvd., cor Dona Hemady Ave., Kaunlaran, Quezon City
Telephone: (02) 720-9619

B. San Juan

CBTL – Greenhills Promenade

Address: Ground Level, Promenade Greenhills Shopping Center, Ortigas Ave., Greenhills, San Juan

C. Ortigas

CBTL – Ortigas Park

Address: Ortigas Park, F. Ortigas Jr. , Ortigas Center, Pasig
Telephone: (02) 632-1808

CBTL-Rockwell Business Center

Address: G/F Rockwell Business Center, Tower 2, Ortigas Ave., Ugong, Pasig City
Telephone: (02) 738-3641

D. Manila

CBTL – Robinson’s Place Ermita

Address: 2nd Flr. Robinson’s Place Manila (Midtown Wing) (at Pedro Gil and Adriatico St.) , 1000 Manila, City of Manila
Telephone: (02) 567-2004

CBTL – University Mall

Address: Unit 4, 2/F University Mall, Taft Ave. Ermita, Manila
Telephone: (02) 708-4649

CBTL- One Archer’s Place

Address: Unit 12 G/F One Archer’s Place, Green Podium, Taft Ave. Malate, Manila
Telephone: (02) 621-0724

CBTL- Avenue of the Arts

Address: Ground Level, Avenue of the Arts, 1388 Roxas Blvd. cor Sta. Monica Ermita, Manila
Telephone: (02) 450-1928

CBTL –Adriatico

Address: The Glass House , 1771 M. Adriatico St. Malate, Manila
Telephone: (02) 353-6388

E. Muntinlupa

CBTL – Alabang Town Center

Address: Former Stage Area Town Plaza, Alabang-Zapote Road, Alabang, Muntinlupa
Telephone: (02) 850-6398

CBTL – Asian Hospital

Address: Ground Flr., Asian Hospital & Medical Center, Filinvest Corporate City (2205 Civic Drive), 1780 Muntinlupa City
Telephone: (02) 856-5976

F. Mandaluyong

CBTL – SM Megamall

Address: 3/F SM Megamall, Atrium, Bridgeway, Dona Julia Vargas Ave cor EDSA, Wack Wack, Mandaluyong City
Telephone: (02) 909-7235

CBTL – Shangri-La

Address: 4th Level, Shangri-La Plaza Mall, Shaw Blvd cor EDSA , Mandaluyong
Telephone: (02) 661-9986


Movie Review: She’s Dating The Gangster

She’s Dating The Gangster is based on a wattpad story about a 17 year old girl named Athena Dizon (Kathryn Bernardo) who has to go with the deal of pretending to be in a relationship with one of the gangster Kenji Delos Reyes (Daniel Padilla) just to get his ex-girlfriend feel jealous and win her back again. Throughout their pretend relationship, Athena suddenly finds herself falling in love with Kenji and wants to back out of the deal. In the end, despite her serious health condition, Athena learns to fight for love, knowing or believing that it will let her live longer.

Watching this movie made me realize that love isn’t all about finding the right or perfect person but rather seeing an imperfect person perfectly. Love knows no bounds. Loving a person is seeing how God intends him or her to be. Love is accepting a person for who he or she is, not trying to change him or her. This movie is a must-watch for everyone, not just for teenagers but also for the whole family.

Quoting from the Bible, I Cor. 14:4-7, it states the qualities of love:

1) Love is patient and kind (v.4) – Love is all about being patient. No matter how long it takes, a person who loves perseveres and waits patiently for the right time to come. It is kind. It never seeks to harm other people. It does not envy, does not boast, nor is it proud – a person who loves knows how to be contented with what he or she has, but keeps himself or herself humble.

2) Love does not dishonor others, nor is it self-seeking (v.5 ) Love never finds a way to cause others shame or disgrace nor does it seek pleasure for itself. A person who loves respects other people’s feelings and seeks that other people are happy. It is not easily angered nor does it keep record of wrongs – a person who loves never loses his or her temper easily and learns to forgive and forget others for their wrongdoings, no matter how big his or her transgressions are.

3) Love does not delight in evil but rejoices with the truth. (v.6) – Love does not seek out to enjoy seeing people do wrong things or sin, nor does it lie. A person who loves would do the right thing and be honest all the time with the people they love, no matter how the truth hurts.

4) Love always protects, always trusts, always hopes, always perseveres. (v.7) A person who loves would always protect other people. Love never doubts. It always hopes for the best and perseveres no matter how hard it is. A person who loves is one who never gives up easily.

Love is not about trying to change the person’s behavior or attitude. A person who loves would accept his or her significant other, despite his or her imperfections. A person who truly loves would love another person whole-heartedly and unconditionally.