Books! Food! Music! Board Games!

Hey, everyone. I did not die – only slumped with deadlines and torpidity. I have completed exactly one book for the month of November, and I am having a heated relationship with Brandon Sanderson’s Elantris. I have heard so much about this man and my good friends are great fans but I can’t seem to get past the 80th page. Oh well.

I have been playing board games a lot though, which explains this post. I’m attending an awesome albeit laid back event tomorrow that features some of my favorite things:

Books! (La Belle Aurore Bookshop) Food! (Bintana Cafe), Music! (musical people) and Board Games! (Cebu Board Gaming Society).

ImageSee you, droogs! It’s gonna be fun.


February: Books, Coffee, Charchar, Anime, and Caves

I’ll be on my way to Manila and Baguio in a few hours and won’t be back ’til days later. It’s February 2013 tomorrow (!!!), which is crazy since it feels like I just spent the New Year a few days ago. Regardless, I think February’s going to be a great month.

I’m still in the middle of The Wise Man’s Fear and when I finish it, I don’t know what to read next. Well, I always don’t know what to read next anyway (I just pick up what feels right at the moment), so I’m really hoping I won’t finish this during the vacation because I’d be restless with the limited book choices I have in my Kindle. We’ll see!!

As early as last week, I already have all my weekends booked. So many events to look forward to, here’s some of them:

February 2-3, 2013: Personal holiday in the North. It’s my mom’s birthday, and my boyfriend’s a few days later and we decided to spend some time in Manila, mostly to go shopping for toys. We don’t want to spend a hefty airfare just to shop though (we’re poor cats), so we decided to squeeze in a couple of days in Baguio too. I have a friend who’s based in that cold city and is willing to drive us around. Another friend also volunteered to check on my cats while we’re gone (we scheduled the trip way before the adoption), and we are sooooo grateful for this… sacrifice.

February 9, 2013: La Belle Aurore is serving coffee all Saturdays of February! My favorite bookshop in Cebu City is teaming up with Boots Coffee Bar to serve “exotic and specialty single origin coffee brewed in different manual methods.” They’ll be serving Kape di Mutit (aka Kopi Luwak, Civet Cat Coffee), and I’m excited to finally try it.

Here’s the sched:

Feb 2 & 9 in Junquera:
Ethiopian Sidamo
El Salvador
Kalinga Brew
Kape di Mutit (aka Kopi Luwak, Civet Cat Coffee)

Feb 16 & 23 in H. Cortes:
Kenya AA Karumandi/ Kichwa Tembo
Costa Rica Monte Paso Microlot
Kalinga Brew
Kape di Mutit (aka Kopi Luwak, Civet Cat Coffee)

Brewing Methods and Price:
V60 Pour Over:
Specialty Single Origin . . . . . P85
Kalinga Brew Blend . . . . . . . .P65
Kape di Mutit . . . . . . . . . . . P120

French Press:
Specialty Single Origin . . . . . P75
Kalinga Brew Blend . . . . . . . .P55
Kape di Mutit . . . . . . . . . . . P110

Vietnamese Phin:
Specialty Single Origin . . . . . P70
Kalinga Brew Blend . . . . . . . .P50
Kape di Mutit . . . . . . . . . . . P100

Please do drop by. If you like coffee, this is going to be exciting. If you don’t, there will be books. Coffee will be served from 10 A.M. to 4 P.M., I think. Check out the FB event page here.

Also on February 9, 7:30 P.M. is a Valentines/Char-char Event also at La Belle Aurore. It’s called Lovebug / Labhag. It’s not easy explaining the bisaya humor in this, but I found the event name very amusing.
Please do join us at the FB event page here. We’ve been sharing our favorite love poems and other char-char notes there. It’s a hoot.

February 16, 2013: UP Otakufest VI: A History of Magic! This is a yearly gathering of anime cosplayers and enthusiasts to… have fun. I shared last year’s event with some guys I play D&D with. It’s always fun and I get to see the guys from school again. My boyfriend’s band is performing too (as they always do, every year).


I usually go there just to hang out, since I’ve drifted apart from the whole anime culture (which I used to be obsessed with, BTW). I still enjoy seeing kids in costumes though.

February 23, 2013: We’re possibly going on an outdoor adventure trip in Danasan. I’m not really the outdoorsy type but I love spelunking and there are cave tours offered in some of their adventure packages. This activity is still too far out though so things could change.

I’m sorry for blabbering. I’m waiting for time to pass so I can get out of here and go straight to the airport.

La Belle Aurore Bookshop is open!

I was invited by JB to a private event/grand opening in the new branch of La Belle Aurore in Junquera last Saturday. Being the hermit that I am, it’s the first time I attended an event of the sort, and I was hesitant at first but I was glad I showed up. It was a wonderful night surrounded by books and by people who love books and reading as much as I do.

Here’s the program and my invitation. More pictures from the event after the cut.

It would be wonderful to attend more events like this in the future!

Maria Kim Y. Martinez singing “Nella Fantasia,” “Somewhere Over the Rainbow,” and “Think of Me.” She has the most wonderful voice. I wish I can hear her sing again.
Readings by Anthony L. Kintanar.
I don’t have pictures of Kristine and Anya Martinez because, I don’t know. ๐Ÿ˜ฆ
Jessica N. McYorker singing her original pieces, “Prosperina,” “Orpheus,” “Lilies,” and “Kef.”
Readings by Louella E. Alix
Bea Martinez reading poems by Sara Teasdale
Nancy Cudis of
Jaclyn Noelle M. Liston reading an excerpt from Nabokov’s Lolita
JB (owner of La Belle Aurore). Congratulations on the new branch! ๐Ÿ™‚
Miracle Romano for the finale.
It was my first time meeting Sir Ton after years of knowing him online. He insists we’ve met before though. haha
Wonderful people from Multiply! Jac, Meewa, moi, Sir Ton.