5 Places Perfect for Studying Near UP Manila and DLSU
Let's be honest, being in college is more than just going to uni and attending classes. It's mostly composed of late night study sessions, big-ass coffee cups that you rely on every single night just to stay awake, and the countless amount of homework that you do in the morning because you accidentally fell asleep during that "nap" of yours. If this hasn't happened to you yet, the time will come. Trust me. Nobody graduates college without going through these at least once.
So to those people who refuse to study where their beds are or are sick of their local coffee shop, here are five places you can go to while cramming all your papers and assignments.
- Mr. Park's
Mr. Parks is a café that's open for 24 hours, so it's definitely the perfect place to pull an all-nighter. You can find it in Adriatico Street near Robinson's Place Manila. They play Korean pop music softly in the background which is a plus for all the K-Pop lovers out there. They offer pastries and drinks that range from P50 to P170. They also have a very nice aesthetic. Most importantly, Wi-Fi is available. The only downside to this café is there are no outlets available, so if you plan on staying here, better prepare your gadgets for a whole night of studying.
- Coreon Gate
Coreon Gate is an internet café with branches in Taft near DLSU and in Adriatico St. near UP Manila. These two branches have their fair share of similarities and differences. For one, they are both open 24 hours and they have available outlets everywhere. They have fast Wi-Fi but it lasts for a limited time only. Buying food or a drink entitles you to five hours of internet connection for one device or, if you just need Wi-Fi, an hour costs P40, but this will be available to more than one gadget. Both shops are frequented by students, especially the one near UPM, so it's better if you come early to get seats. Both serve Korean meals ranging from P50 to P200 but the Coreon Gate near DLSU has more variety. By this, I mean Coreon Gate Taft offers delicious bingsu.
- Bo's Coffee
The fact that Bo's Coffee has "coffee" in its name already affirms that coffee is their specialty and they make sure they serve it right. With their drinks ranging from P150 to P200. It's basically the same price as other famous coffee shops. The food may be a bit pricier especially if you have a limited budget, but it tastes amazing—Bacon Pesto is my favorite. They're open from 7am to 2am every Monday to Thursday, 7am to 11pm every Fridays and Saturdays, and 7am to 8pm every Sunday.
Tambayan is known to be a drinking place for most UPM students, but little do people know that they serve unlimited coffee or tea for only P100 to P120. It's also a great place to study since there's wi-fi. The second floor is mostly where the partying and drinking happens, so the first floor is not as loud as you would imagine it to be. There's only limited outlets and the food is a bit expensive for a college student's allowance, but it's a good option when there are no more seats in the other cafés. Tambayan is open from 11am to 2am.
- Barn's Café
Barn's Cafe is also known to be more of a drinking place for DLSU students but there's actually a café in the second floor. Cool, right? They're open from 9am to 9pm. Since they close early, it's not much of a place for late-night studying but it's perfect for those whole-day study sessions where you can eat quality and affordable meals ranging from Php120 to Php 300. The frappes in Barn's Café are also a must-try.
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This is a drawing and a poem I’ve made for a summer love. Our time together was short-lived but the feelings were not.
On a platform we stand
Faces seen all in a blur
Relentless searching led by a spur
To find someone, to feel something
Aren’t we fools to waste away time?
To look for one man’s treasure
Somewhere as ephemeral, as fragile
As a bond built in crime
But aren’t we just like every weary heart?
Hoping for an oasis
In the midst of the desert
Wanting to quench our thirst
Aren’t we all like frosted windows
Of old and battered houses on winter?
Wishing for the sun to give us warmth
To melt the facade so we can show what the inside is made
Aren’t we maven pretenders?
A Casanova? A Temptress? Who made us this way?
A sly fox? A ruthless hunter?
Let down the walls, It’ll be okay
Rushed for a hug, now no hesitating
Engulfed by a sense of bliss or was it longing? Eyes wide-open,
Stepping on a quicksand I embraced the fall into the deep end
Gazed at you lying there unaware With you, found something rare I swear
Realization dawning as loud as a thunder
As the Beating of your heart put me into a deep slumber
Waking up from this reverie
Truth slapped me back to reality
Two worlds so different, now I see If only I could I’d be anything and anyone you need me to be I’m the ludicrous clown, you see
Thought if I ruin it first I’d be free
From the doubts brought by my own insecurity I was so wrong,
What a tragicomedy Brought by the month of April
We rushed the ticking of clock to May Hands interlocked
Weaved skin to skin on a rainy day But when June came to say hello, all went dark grey
What was once there ceases to exist Like the wilting of a flower
Once so beautiful, so full of life Now turned into dust by death’s kiss
Unbounded joy brought by your presence
Paralleled with the perennial ache of your absence Yearned for and offered seventh heaven
Now the heart weeps for evanescence
A mirage, to be the fair maiden The sorrow to find out I’d end up our own villain
But all’s well for you are but a distant dream Gamaliel, You are, I knew it from the very beginning .
Written by me, the one-shot story
Coffee is about a girl who used to cherish moments with someone in a cafe. Sometimes, a simple drink can leave an imprint on someone's mind. ____________________________________________
It's been a year since my boyfriend and I broke up. I love him and he loves me too but things just didn't worked the way it should be. Now I'm heading at the cafe where we started and ended. I have no choice but to go there after all it was made up of both happy and sad memories. But that's life , right? We can't be happy all the time. Challenges come and hearts can break. But it doesn't just end there.
"One signature coffee , please." I said as I ordered from the cashier.
"What size?" she asked.
"Small." I said.
Then she took my payment and I headed towards the seat near the window. A window seat.... for two. The cafe was surprisingly full tonight unlike the past few days.
Again, I have no choice but to sit on that window seat. It is where we sit often. It is our seat. Our place. There are a lot of couples at the cafe and wow I'm alone. There's a part of me which says you should be happy because he's not the only guy in this world. Another part of me says you're still hurt so don't pretend to be happy. The truth is , I am both happy and sad. I'm happy because we're both free and we can focus more in our careers. But I'm sad because I'm not the other half of his heart anymore. I'm sad because I let him go even though I still love him. I'm sad because I can't see him. I'm sad because I can't share this relaxing coffee shop where we can chill with the aromatic smell of the coffee.
"Small signature coffee?" the waitress said as she serves my coffee.
"Yes. Thank you." I said.
"Since you're a regular customer here, we would like to give you this item for free." the waitress said. She handed me a purple journal with the name of the cafe on it and a pen.
"Oh thanks." I said .
"Enjoy your coffee!" she said.
I took advantage of using the freebies from the cafe. A window seat is also a bonus in inspiring me to write something. While sipping my coffee my brain and my heart began to function smoothly.
And so I wrote: My coffee has been cold lately, I can't feel anything after taking a sip and there's no heat to leave a pain on my lips. And it was a relief. But then, I remember one thing about sipping a cold coffee instead of a hot one: cold coffee doesn't leave you any marks when you sipped it, just like a blunt feeling. But a hot coffee will leave you a remarkable pain from the heat which reminds you that you are alive to feel....
I closed the journal and stared at the window. He was the coffee. The hot coffee. No matter how our breakup hurt me, he left me a mark and a lesson to learn. A hot coffee can be a challenge too or an obstacle. They all made you feel that you are alive. That you can go on with your life. You can still stand up. Love taught me to move forward. He taught me to be stronger. He is love.
WHAT IT'S LIKE TO BE A BROKE FANGIRL/FANBOY
One of the proudest things as a fan is the feeling that you are part of their growing fandom and stardom. From streaming their songs online, watching their music videos, TV guestings, collecting photocards, albums, lightsticks, attending to their concert and fan meetings surely, you're a fan! But there's a problem, MONEY.
It's really heartbreaking when you hear that members of your favorite band are coming and their concert is just around the corner but here you are thinking of how to sell one of your kidneys just to go to their concert (kidding).That no matter how much you try to save, it will never be enough for a ticket because you are only a student who has limited resources or if you're an adult, you have bills to pay. So joining a "team bahay" livestream is your last resort, but sometimes even those links don't work!
Of course if there's team bahay there's also "team airport/ team labas", fans who waits at the airport hoping to see their idols upon their arrival. How we wish we could also attend and be part of it, something like shouting their names, fanchants then cry out of happiness while waving their lightsticks or banners. What a concept isn't?
Hey, cheer up! being broke doesn't make you any less of a fan. Know that there are other ways to support and love them. For sure our idols have the same and equal love to us no matter what "team" we belong (team concert, team airport/labas and team bahay).Maybe for some people, they might think we are being overly dramatic without knowing that for us fans, their existence itself and music saved us and made us happy once in our lives. -Gwy June 16,2020