It was around July of last year when I first learned about Charabento and visited the place by accident. My friend, Chasing James and I had our very instagrammable bento meal that time. Later, I learned from the owner, Ms. Ajero, that Charabento offers tutorial sessions on how to prepare these very cute bento meal arts. Without second thoughts, I jumped into a new fun and learning experience. I was able to create my very first “bunny” bento meal. Read my blog here or you may also watch my experience on this video below.
Well, obviously, I truly had fun in my very first ever creative bento meal art! 🙂
What’s I did not show you is how comfy it is to stay here at Charabento cafe. The store is spacious and can take quite a number of guests. Students love coming here hugging giant teddy that makes you feel always a kid at heart, plus there’s a sense of “home” in here.
Because this coffee and tea house is located at Timesquare Talamban, students from nearby schools (Talamban NHS is just in front) are the major customers. During my first dine here, we were surrounded by a lot of teeners chit-chatting, students who just had a break from school. Why not? It’s not just near and the place is not only cozy, but the prices are also affordable – VERY STUDENT FRIENDLY.
Every corner is a nice spot for that perfect smile, too. Make sure to bring that photographer friend of yours and ready that “pangmalakasang-pose” 🙂 I tell you, there are a lot of instagram-worthy corners here.
Aside from the bento meals that this cafe is very well known of, they also have a wide array of different drinks. One of my favorite is the Sunset Drink – it’s very colorful and it can really quench your thirst.
Of course, who would miss the favorite drink of today’s time – MILKTEA! They offer different flavors of milktea, too, which use fresh milk and not just creamer. Watch my video below and get a gyst on how they prepare their milkteas.
So yum-yum isn’t it?
For milktea lovers, make sure to drop by at their store this Sinulog month. They have a promo running until January 31, 2020. For a price of 199php, you get to have unlimited milktea and unlimited fries! Sobrang sulit na!
I understand that everybody is talking over cafes and coffee shops these times. I, myself, have been hopping from cafe to another in search for the best place and best cafe to be. There’s this cafe somewhere in Capitol Site that until now I still can’t get over with, no jokes aside! Why? They serve the BEST FOOD and BEST CUISINES I didn’t expect to have on cafes or coffee shops, ever! THERE, I SAID IT, RIGHT AWAY! Capslock para intense 🙂
If you happen to pass by at the capitol, or if you are looking for a place to hangout or chill with family, friends and loved ones, consider dining at THE 8TH MUG! You will surely love the place and the food, I assure you!
A Little History
The 8th Mug was conceived on August 8, 2018, hence the name, obviously 🙂 But aside from that, they also offer 8 different varieties of coffee drinks, still sticking with its brand name – The 8th Mug. They were opened for public last November 2018 with a coffee shop concept, serving the people with mostly coffees and simple meals with moderate prices. As time goes by, this cafe had evolved into producing and serving best, freshest and comparably world-class international cuisines while still having a Filipino palate.
The 8th Mug gives you the feeling of a prim lady or gentleman in a modest industrial setting. The minimalist but elegant interior design gives you peace and serenity, just a perfect place for some ME time especially for students and young professionals, freelancers or digital nomads who just wanted a quiet place to be.
The 8th Mug takes pride of their high-quality foods because why not? They have 5 baristas in the cafe plus 6 chefs, with Chef Lehner as the head chef, who has been there from the start and foundation of this cafe. They are proud to say that the foods they serve are products of the creative conceptualization and imagination of some fine, young chefs of Cebu City.
Their foods are also claimed to be served as fresh as it could be, as they take the purchase of the crops, vegetables and meats, on a daily basis – all fresh, mostly bought straight from Carbon Market, supporting our local farmers.
In today’s world where coffee shops and cafés are super trendy, we are always on the lookout for a new and good place to hang out with family, friends and loved ones. Personally, I’ve been hopping from cafe’s to another in search for a pinterest-y and as I always say, instagrammable ambience that’s very refreshing to one’s eyes. Once I see the place would be picture-perfect, then that’s the time I will check that spot and hang out with myself, most of the times. Honestly, my first impression goes to the coziness and good vibe of the place and how nice it would look on pictures; and when I’m there to see it myself, that’s the only time that I come to verdict with the foods they serve. What I say, is that, for most of us, we judge according to what we see first, so generally, it would always be “Place First, Food Second”. 🙂
Luckily, and by grace, I’ve come to scroll on Facebook this newest cafe opened in Nasipit, Talamban, Cebu City – the place where I come to study. If you are living or familiar in Talamban, you’ll know how cafes are rampant in the area. Near USC or University of San Carlos alone, with just few walks, I’ve been to five different cafes already. I am happy now to include this newly opened and newly cafe I discovered, the 6th cafe on my list, and I can’t wait to share to you all. Fellow Laagans at heart, I introduce to you, Talamban’s newest craze – RCC Cafe and Resto!
Formerly located in Banilad, this cafe is back to business with a larger space this time! RCC Cafe and Resto had just their soft opening last September 14 and is set for their grand opening this October 14, 2019! Although the place is still on its soft opening, a lot of people have been coming already, regardless of age or status. I’m even surprised but happy to see groups of friends and families, even with babies, coming to this place. That only means that RCC cater and are opened to different mass of people because as I always see, the cafes I went to are mostly filled with either students or young professionals.
If you come to this place, the first thing you’ll notice and for sure you’ll love is the cool, chic environment that is pastel-colored cubes or spaces, each space with its distinct huge pastel palette, very delightful to everyone’s eyes! You can’t miss to have your selfies all over the place!
The area on the second floor is perfect for students who would just want to chill or study as the place have enough space where you can work with school stuffs. Plus, the cafe offers its unlimited use of wifi when you order a minimum amount of 100php. When we were there, a group of teeners where actually doing their school project.
Aside from this cozy atmosphere, they also offer different varieties of food from meals to snacks, to cakes and pastries, to ice-blended drinks, coffees, frappes and milkshakes which are their specialty, by the way. Their flagship among the meals on the menu are the crispy sisig and chicken teriyaki. Definitely you can come to RCC Cafe anytime of the day!
Exact Location: Gov. M. Cuenco St., Nasipit, Talamban, Cebu City (The place is the building next to EV Academy, with a signage of RCC Cafe), walking distance from USC – Talamban Campus.
Mark your calendar and watch out for RCC’s grand opening set on October 14, 2019! Once it’s fully functional, the cafe plans for the following:
open for bookings/reservations for special occasions
unlimited coffee for working students/professionals
HOW TO GET THERE?
By jeepney and grab/taxi: Ride any jeep that will pass Talamban (13C, 62B/62C, 24G, 13I). Ask the driver to drop you off at EV Academy (Reviewer for IELTS). The building next to it is already the place for RCC. That’s infront of Goodyear. The place is along the road, so it’s very easy to locate.
CAR: If you’re bringing your own car, navigate the place via Waze or Google Map. Just search “RCC Cafe in Nasipit Talamban”. There’s a parking space but very limited.
Watch my vlog about this fun experience on my YouTube Channel : Maistrang Laagan or you can watch it here (Please don’t forget to subscribe) 🙂
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One day, my adventurous friend, “Chasing James”, went to Robinson’s Time Square at Talamban to shoot some video clips for his vlog of the selected items we have hauled from Thrift Shop (Ukay-Ukay). At that time, there’s a program happening in the activity area, so we were looking for a possible place were we can have our fun shoot. We happened to see this café that really caught our attention. And since we didn’t have our lunch yet, we decided to get inside and had our meals.
Upon ordering, we saw in their menu these very affordable meals that are prepared artistically, very instagram-perfect! My eyes were delighted and with no second thoughts, I ordered the three-bear bangsilog and James had his cute panda pork-adobo meal.
Later, I learned that Charabento had been having charabento classes previously and had stopped since the soft opening of their café here in Timesquare, Talamban. I actually have been eyeing on bento meals since before. I have a parent in the private school where I taught before in Zamboanga, who has been preparing artful bento meals for her kids and has always been posting her prepared meals on her FB account. I always wish to learn some things about creating and preparing these kind of meals for my “tatlong bebes” (my three boys).
I felt like heavens above had listened to my prayers and wishes! After years of just seeing posts after posts on Facebook, I finally had a chance to experience first-hand the preparation of bento meals! At last, it is happening now and this wish is granted because of Charabento! Together with Vlogger/YouTuber, Ma2ke TV, we had our Charabento tutorials from the owner herself, Ms. Rowena Ajero.
The Start of CharaBento
Ms. Ajero shared to us that her hobby of creating these artful meals was primarily because of her kids. Being an artist, herself, she was able to translate this passion into creating bento meals creatively. Bento, as known in Japan, is a single-portion homemade or takeout meal that is composed of rice, meat and vegetables. Because Ms. Ajero had the artistic way of creating some famous cartoon characters into her bento meals and bento boxes, she named this CHARABENTO – which means Characters in Bento.
If you’re a mom like me who has their preschoolers who are difficult to feed, or an Ate or future moms out there, here’s a new, trendsetting way of preparing meals that every kid, AND even adult will love. If you’re in Cebu, and is wanting to learn the art of creating bento meals, here’s a good news for EVERYONE and for every aspiring bento artists out there! CharaBento is again opening their CharaBento Classes once a month starting this August 2019. The classes are open every last Sunday of the month.
What: CharaBento FunMeet/Mini Workshop
When: Every Last Sundays of the Month Starting August 2019, 1:00 – 3:00 PM
Where: CharaBento Café, 2/F Talamban Time’s Square, Gov. M. Cuenco Ave. Cebu City
P750 (mom and child)
P500 (without companion)
The registration/participation fee
includes the food ingredients for 2 bento boxes, the free use of tools and some
Please check this link for the registration and for a slot reservation.
What are you waiting for? Unleash that creativity in you! Come and join them and you’ll be really surprised with the outputs you’ll produce. Don’t worry if you feel that you don’t have that talent, because honestly,I had been there. I felt like I have no art skills, really, but you’ll just be amazed once you finished creating your CharaBento meal.
Checkout these fun-filled photos we have during our tutorial session with Ms. Rowena on CharaBento Making.
I can’t put much into words my experience for this bento tutorial, but I have it documented on my vlog. Please make sure to watch it on my Youtube Channel, link is here.
From Ayala Malls, you can ride a 13C jeepney with a fare of 11php or may opt to ride a taxi or grab. Below is the google map direction of CharaBento, TimeSquare Talamban if you are travelling from Ayala Center Cebu.
I grew up in a
little barrio in Zamboanga City where everything was so simple; our commodities
where cheap and almost always available whenever needed. I was living a simple
life until I turned adult and moved living in a city. It was only this time
that I learned how expensive a cup of coffee was! I felt like a price range of
130-160PHP for just a cup of coffee was already an exaggeration. Honestly, I
grew up picking up some ripened fruits of coffee because my father had coffee shrubs
growing in our farm (actually, we still have until this time, but just only
fewer trees than before). With this reason, I know exactly the smell of coffee
beans. My grandmother and relatives in my mother side have been grinding coffee
manually – or should I say pounding coffee, until they get coffee powder. I
grew up with this memory, and it remains vivid, still.
with this childhood memory, I actually don’t drink coffee, especially black
coffee. I only learned drinking 3-in-1 coffees (the creamy latte, especially)
in my early 20’s, but even then, these just occasionally happens, as I still
prefer milk or choco drinks.
Recently, as I was café hopping, I usually order frappes, smoothies or cold drinks, because I still feel that coffees are too expensive. Sometimes, I try their teas and at times I order cafe latte. I love the cream taste of café latte and so it is only this type of coffee I drink whenever I wanted to.
But… what really makes a good coffee? How do you say that the coffee you’re drinking is of good quality? What are the things you need to watch out for in preparing and making this type of drink? I honestly don’t know the basics or standards of coffee making. For those people who are new in the world of coffee, or even for those who love coffee but has little knowledge about it, let me share to you some fun facts I learned from Coffeeteria.
Coffee 101 with Coffeeteria
Because it’s my first, I am very excited with my coffee lessons with Coffeeteria, one Monday afternoon. It was my vacant day from my graduate studies class and I had time to visit their shop. The managing owners were very kind to teach us make our own coffee. In fact, they encourage their customers to ask the baristas anything about coffee, and they gladly would answer any queries the customers would have. The managing owner/barista of Coffeeteria, similarly, told me that whenever I go to any cafés, I shouldn’t be shy to ask about the details of the coffee I am ordering.
With the short lesson of making and preparing coffee, interestingly, I learned the following fun facts about coffee.
Coffees are not always bitter. It’s a common mistake and misinterpretation of many people. Coffees are not necessarily bitter. It depends on the beans and the way it was toasted that makes it bitter.
There are two major types of coffee plants. The types of coffee also determine its taste. The two types of coffee are Arabica and Robusta. Arabica grows in highlands like Mt.Apo while Robusca grows in lowlands. Because Robusca grows in lowland, it does not get so much sunlight, and as a result, they have a strong taste, example of these are the Kape Barako we are familiar with. On the other hand, Arabica are mostly used by café stores in making espresso because they have inviting smell and taste.
Coffees growing in a different location have a taste different from others. Coffees do not have exactly the same taste. They have a distinct taste depending on the area or location they were grown. For example, coffees growing in Mt. Apo have a different taste than coffees growing in Cotabato, even if they grow in the same country. Because of this, coffees are named after from their place of origin.
Coffees are very delicate, so they must be prepared carefully. One wrong move or wrong step in preparing a coffee does not yield to an exactly the same taste. At worst, ingredients such as coffee or milk are put into waste if procedures are not taken seriously. With that, coffee must be consistently prepared, with exactly the same procedure, with even exactly the same amount of force and pressure needed; otherwise, it will affect the taste and quality of coffee you are making and preparing. I understand now why coffees in the café are costly because they are prepared meticulously.
Do not ask for expiration date. In coffees, asking for an expiry date is discouraged. Instead, ask for the ROAST DATE. Knowing the roast date of your coffee will help you determine whether your coffee is still fresh or not.
There are still other things I learned such as the difference between an espresso versus café latte versus a macchiato; how to design your latte, etc. For this time, I will just leave it to myself. J Feel free to leave a comment after reading this and let us talk over a coffee. What do you think?
What I Love About Coffeeteria
So, what makes Coffeeteria different from other coffee shops? Here are few things that stood out in my visit to their shop.
Quality Coffee Crafted With Love. Cofeeteria is owned and managed by people who are coffee lovers. This love is radiated and reflected to the kind of products they produce in their coffee shops. They make it sure that the customers receive and taste the coffee that they themselves would love to have. With this, you are ensured that the coffee you’ll get is nothing but the best. I have personally seen how they make their coffees – it is consistently crafted with love!
2. Cozy Place. Their place is not so wide, it can in fact accommodate a maximum of 25 persons only but the place doesn’t get crowded. You can have enough peaceful and calm “me-time” whenever you need it.
3.Good Food. They just don’t give quality coffee services but they also offer other varied snacks you’ll surely love to taste back. I personally tried their chicken nuggets and the tuna pasta and the serving is quite large for a solo eater, so make sure to bring someone with you.
4.Wifi. You can enjoy an internet connection and take your time either working on something or visiting your social media while just chilling around the place.
5.Accept Bookings & Reservations. If you are looking for a place for a small gathering, like bridal shower or birthday parties with few guests only, you can make a reservation at Coffeeteria. The following are the rates consumable for four hours.
12:00 NN – 4:00 PM (3000php)
4:00 – 8:00 PM (4000php)
8:00PM – 12:00 AM (5000php)
An extension will cost 500 PHP per hour.
6.Board Games. You can actually play games with your friends while waiting for your order, or while waiting for a company to come – just some mind and board games to ease your stress and free your mind from the loads of work outside.
7.Humble and Friendly Staffs. The staffs they have are mostly co-owners of the shop. They are very approachable and very modest. As I have said, ask anything about your coffee, or your order, and they will gladly answer you back.
8.Environment-Friendly. This is really one thing that I adore and I salute about Coffeeteria. They are skipping the use of plastics in as much as possible. They are in fact using metallic straws in their drinks and paper straws for take-outs, truly worth to be emulated by other cafe stores.They have an online store for these types of items. Please visit them here. The following are rates of their eco-friendly products.
metal straws set (silver) – 350 PHP
metal straws set (rose gold/gold) – 450 PHP
metal straws set (black rainbow/purple) – 550 PHP
(All sets include a bent straw,thin straight, Milktea straw & eco pouch)
collapsible cup – 650 PHP
Aside from their online store, the aboved items are sold also in Crossroads, Craftstory, beautymanila.com and Makers – Bonifacio District.
Where to Find
Their coffee shop is located at Talamban, going North Gen Hospital, just above 360 Pharmacy. For those who are commuting, you may ride a jeepney bound for Pit-Os, either 62B/C or 13I, just tell the driver to drop you off at Saver’s Depot, Talamban – this is the landmark just next to Coffeeteria.
If you are riding your own vehicle, a taxi or grab, the
place can be navigated through Waze or Google Map.
If you have some updates about Coffeteria, feel free to comment or message me, or if there’s something wrong in my fun facts 🙂 – since those are just some of the things I remember from the quick lesson. I hope you can swing by at Coffeteria – truly, they are pouring happiness in every cup!
many of you love the atmosphere of working in a café? Perhaps for some, they
love the smell of a brewing coffee; others may after the air-conditioned place that
makes them stay cool and comfortable; some would love the cozy background
perfect for their social media posts; or for most, they seek for the strong
internet connection they need for their research and other stuffs.
a person like me who originally came from South of the Philippines, Zamboanga
and Basilan, studying or working in a café is a new thing to do. When I first
came to Cebu to pursue my higher education, I didn’t know this thing is a
trend! When I was studying in college, I remember working for my school-related
stuffs and studying for my exams either in the boarding house only or in the
school library. We only had internet shops then where most students indulge in
playing online games or doing some research for a school project.
I came to Cebu to study, I had a hard time doing my school works, reading
hundreds of pages of articles, writing my papers and meeting my deadlines
because I had one nursery and two pre-schoolers who would always interrupt me
when I am about to work. Then, I was able to enter this very cute café (that
was my first) and I had a pleasant stay there studying and working on my school
I realized that there are actually many cafés in town, and the choices are limitless! In my 11 months of stay in Cebu now (as of this writing), I had been hopping from cafés to another in search for a perfect place to work. I was never satisfied for the total service of each of these cafés. There are those with little space that gets crowded when too many gets in. Others also may have a nice, instagrammable ambiance but offers a poor internet, which is a sad thing for me. For most of the cafés, students who get in are merely chitchatting, others in high tone that distract others’ work. For these reasons, my work is always interrupted and I cannot perform at my best and fullest potential.
At last, I Found You!
Just 2 months ago, my husband’s classmate introduced us to this café in F. Ramos. Those were the days when our finals were coming, and the school year is almost to end. We had a lot of papers to do – strenuous writing that needs 100% concentration. The first time I went here, I posted it already in my Facebook account because I was so happy and satisfied. Since then, my husband and I have been coming here whenever we needed a place to work.
Even if it is far
from our place, Bacayan, we don’t mind coming to this place because nothing
compares the comfortability and super-fast internet connection that the place
Friends and laagans, I introduce to you my favorite café in town – WORKPLACE CAFÉ! Everything in my checklist, things that I look for in a café, are all present here, with still a lot of things to offer that makes us a happy and contented customer.
What Makes Workplace Café Different From Others?
Workplace Café is the first co-working café in the Philippines and is such a best place to study and work while you are enjoying a coffee shop ambiance. I have enumerated below the things I love about this place – the reasons why I always love to come back whenever I have a serious work to do.
1. Super-Fast Internet Connection
This is my topmost favourite reason why I love coming back to Workplace. They actually offer a fiber wifi connection that is super fast and super strong. With Workplace, you will never be disconnected!
I go to a café, I always position myself to a table close to a power outlet.
Here in Workplace, wherever you are seated, power outlets are present! You will
never have a problem charging your mobile phones, laptops or any gadgets you’re
love the swivel chairs here. I always feel comfortable even if I stay and sit
for long hours. I never feel any discomforts.
4. Cozy and Peaceful Ambiance with Cool Interior Design
place and its interior design is very relaxing, and upon your first step in the
café, you’ll say that the people here are very engrossed with whatever they’re
working. It inspires you to work harder, too. You’ll hear no shouting or
talking in a loud voice – peaceful, indeed!
5. Power Nap Station
When you feel sleepy and drained from long hours of working, you certainly would want to pause, take a break and take a nap. Don’t worry there’s a place, too, where you can comfortably close your eyes and sleep. The last time we went here, I honestly had taken a long nap! Haha
6.Open 20 Hours Daily
We don’t need to worry on rushing things thinking that the café will soon close at a specific hour. In most cafés, they are only open until 12MN or 2AM at most, the next day. At workplace, they operate from 10AM to 6AM (the next day). Usually, MM and I come to Workplace even at 8PM or 9PM because we know we still have long hours to work.
7.Buying of Foods Not Compulsory
Most of the cafés will require you to buy and order food first before you can use the amenities. Here at workplace, you’re not required to buy, you can actually bring your own food if you don’t like to buy. You only have to pay here their hourly/daily/monthly rates and you’re good to go:
Hourly Rate: 60php on the first hour and 40php on the succeeding hours.
Daily Rate: 320php (best for those staying 8 hours or more)
Monthly Rate: 5000php per month inclusive of a locker
The rates you pay include a complimentary drink, either an iced tea or a brewed coffee. Paying the rates above will grant you access to the amenities offered by Workplace.
8. Delicious Meals and Snacks that Support Local Products
may not require you to buy their food but in case you want to order, their menu
offers palatable meals. Aside from this, their coffees are fresh from Bukidnon
Farms and their signature chocolate drink are chocolate tableas from cacaos
harvested from a local farm in Argao, Cebu.
9. Conference Room
When you are in a small group who would want to hold meetings, conference and workshops, Workplace also has a conference room that caters to this kind of event. Check out the conference rooms and its rates below:
F. Ramos Branch:
1 to 8 pax
550php first hour
450php succeeding hour
One-time consumable of 200php worth
40php/hour per person in excess of 8
Maximum chair capacity is 12
to 20 pax
consumable of 300php worth
Room (Ground Floor)
to 15 pax
php first hour
consumable of 200php worth
Room (Second Floor)
Up to 20 pax
750php first hour
650php succeeding hours
One-time consumable of 300php worth
10. Friendly and Approachable Staffs
It is important for the customers that the staffs are very warm and friendly and they have it here. The guard in fact is very welcoming as he opens the door for you.
11. Systematic Ordering and Checking-in
When customers get in, they log in and are given a certain number and the voucher code for the wifi. When this customer will order food from their menu, the orders are registered systematically to their computer with the customer’s corresponding number. Payments will be settled upon the checkout of the customer.
Three Branches to Choose From
Choose which place is
near you and experience studying and working in a coffee shop vibe:
Ramos Branch (Main Branch)
#4 Yap Building, F. Ramos St., Cebu City
10 AM to 6 AM (nextday)
#2 Autogas Station, Banawa, Guadalupe, Cebu City
10 AM to 6 AM (next day)
Jamestown, Mantawe Ave., Tipolo, Mandaue City, Cebu
8AM to 4AM (next day)
A Tour at Mandaue Branch
How to Go to Workplace Cafe?
If you’re bringing
your own vehicle, or riding a taxi or a grab, the place can be navigated using
Waze or Google Map, just search for “Workplace Café” and select the location of
the branch you would like to go.
If you are riding a
jeepney, you may follow these routes:
F. Ramos Branch:
a jeepney going to Ramos and tell the driver to drop you off at St.Paul College
which is fronting Workplace. Ride a 14D jeepney (from Ayala), 17C if you are
from Lahug and 13B jeepney from Talamban.
SM City or E-Mall, ride a 01K Jeepney bound for Parkmall.
Ayala, ride a 12L Jeepney bound for Labangon and ask the driver to drop you off
at 7-Eleven Banawa.
Wait, There’s More!!!
Avail Workplace Café’s promo now of unlimited brewed coffee and/or iced tea when you check-in the café anytime between 10AM to 12:00 NN. Promo valid until July 31, 2019! Come and visit at the branch near you!
Something To Share?
Tell me about what you think of the place. If you have gone here, share to me your experience or your pictures working on this cafe! Enjoy wandering and happy working, laagans!!!