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10 Summer-Themed Restaurants and Cafes To Try

Time to eat out with your family and friends!

School's out, Candy Girls! So what better way to celebrate a year of endless deadlines, impossible due dates, and ridiculous clutch cramming sessions, than with a hearty meal or two at the cutest cafes and restaurants that just scream summertime?

  1. CaliBurger

Truth be told, beach trips are little on the pricey side now that everyone's looking to book a summer getaway. But that doesn't mean you can't still channel a sandy morning by the sea. This California-style burger joint offers the perfect atmosphere for anyone looking to have a litte bit of the ocean on land.

L4, Century City Mall, Kalayaan Ave, Makati, 1210 Metro Manila

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  1. Uke Box Caffe

Before Alexis Ren, there was Lilo Pelekai—the young heroine of Disney's Lilo & Stitch who first sparked our love for chill beach days with reggae music wafting in the air. But lucky for us, this summer season, we won't need to travel 13 hours just to get some of that Hawaiian aura and relaxing ukelele tunes because this quaint little cafe nestled amidst the hustle and bustle of QC is just around the corner.

Eulogio Rodriguez Jr. Ave, Quezon City, 1110 Metro Manila

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  1. Sunrise Buckets

No summer is complete without a midnight adventure with those people in your life who seem to make the sun shine brighter. Complete with the beach bum decor, this American-style eatery is a perfect pit stop for a chill pig out before the highspeed road trip ahead of you.

The Grove by Rockwell, Eulogio Rodriguez Jr. Ave, Plasig, Metro Manila

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  1. Bag O' Shrimps

When you've spent 10 months in a place confined with a 3-inch handbook's worth of guidelines, summer automatically becomes your well-earned escape from those constrictions. And that's why over at this nautical, seafood restaurant, "Eat with your hands"—a rebellious shunning of silverware and all the formalities that come with it—is the ony rule.

Ground Floor, Tuscany, Upper McKinley Rd, Taguig, 1634 Metro Manila

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  1. Polu Kai Grill

What's a summer vacation without a good ol' luau? Channel your inner tiki warrior as you battle plates and platters of tropical delicacies that'll leave you yelling "Hana Hou!" as your hand plunges in the air, waving over a waiter, ready as ever for round 2.

Mcarthur Avenue Bonifacio Global City, Taguig

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  1. EASY Skate + Surf

With months of freedom laid at your very feet, there's no better time than now to learn a new skill. Enter: EASY Skate + Surf concept store. With its laid-back interior decked out in all kinds of cruising (whether on waves or land) equipment, you can either opt to avail of their free lessons or just sit back with some friends and enjoy the easygoing energy with a cuppa.

Unit 104, #3 Brixton St, Pasig, Metro Manila

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  1. Bag of Beans

Nothing says summer like open air and vibrant hues. Although this coffee shop may require quite a trip, it's the perfect location to escape to when you just want to get away from the fast-paced and high-speed hustle of the city. Embellished with quirky bright decor and knick knacks of all sorts, friends and family will find this a worthy candidate for a happy little hangout.

Aguinaldo Highway, Near Tagaytay Rotonda, Tagaytay

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  1. Artsy Cafe

Its name definitely does not dissappoint. Bright shades and a mix-n-match of tchotchkes, summer is alive and breathing in this Fil-Am restaurant. There's something about the lack of streamline design and the inspirational jabber written just about anywhere in lively colors that gives the place the free-spirited vibe that makes it a perfect location for your next summer date.

Maginhawa, Diliman, Lungsod Quezon, Kalakhang Maynila

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  1. The Porch by Casa Verde

A classic take on the All-American summer scenario that has made waves in both the '70s media and literature, this house-themed restaurant channels all the fun, Tom Sawyer-esque adventures that this season has brought you since childhood. Whether it's sitting out in the porch, sipping on orange juice while sunbathing, or playing hide and seek in the perimeters of the foyer, warm and sunny days will be the only thing on your mind as you dine in this homey nook.

Address: 113 Anonas Extension, Sikatuna Village, Quezon City, Masunurin, Diliman, Quezon City, Metro Manila

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  1. Wicked Kitchen

The movies have spoken, you can't have summer without going on at least one camping trip. Although bivouacs and hiking during vacation may not be typical Filipino tradition, that shouldn't stop you from getting that woodsy, outdoors vibe you crave. This is where this gem of a restaurant comes in; since a dish of s'mores are the pinnacle of camping trips, Wicked Kitchen offers a creative take on the old-school favorite.

Address:  Maginhawa, Diliman, Lungsod Quezon, Kalakhang Maynila

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Serene Fae 20 hours ago

"The paradoxical idea of attaining a happier life and how to withstand these beliefs."

The Revolting Truth About Happiness by Theserenefae

If people ask you about your vision of a happier life we automatically envision ourselves having more money, true love, a better job, Instagram-worthy vacations, etc. But let me break this to you this, According to Dr. Laurie Santos, Professor of Psychology at Yale University and the voice behind The Happiness Lab podcast, "Most of the goals we think would make us happy do not really make us happy." And why is that? Simple, being happy is all in our minds. The human mind ploys us with these lenses on how we envision ourselves and our lives to be happy. The perception of "having" or "gaining" is the exact opposite of what will truly make our lives better. So how can we really be "happy"?

• Seek happiness inside you. This is a quintessential reason for our vision of happiness: misconceptions about having a lot of money would make me happy; owning this and that would make me happy; entering a relationship would make me happy. This is not the case, if you want to be truly happy with your relationship, you have to be already happy on your own. If you want satisfaction from others, you have to be satisfied with yourself. And so on.

• Fill that hole righteously We all have that tiny hole inside our hearts, tampering it with temporary band-aids. Fill this hole with purpose. Have you ever heard about The Three "M's"— Master, Mission, and Mate? Define who will be your Master, is it God? If that's so, your Mission could be following his words and will. Mate would be the last for they will be the best companion to fulfill your mission. Now hear me out, it is important to do this accordingly. We often times jumble it or invert it which can lead to failures.

• Give gifts to others. The wonderful grace in giving. There’s nothing like the rush of pure joy when you get a chance to give. However, this may not be something that we're used to. But apparently, openhandedness is our soul's true shape. As Eugene Peterson put it, "Giving is what we do best. It is the air into which we were born." This doesn't necessarily mean we have to give away our stuff but we can also present love, kindness, gratefulness, etc. in our own simplest ways to anyone such as giving time, encouragement, helping hand, or even forgiveness. Try giving and you'll receive inconceivable gifts in return.

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First, you have to understand that simply knowing doesn't change your behavior. Care to realize that all the tips that I have mentioned are all verbs? Because at the end of the day, it is all about how you choose to be happy and initiate actions towards success. Know, reflect, visualize, believe, and do something about it. All of these are Actions! This is the secret of all the happiest and most influential people in the world—actions. Furthermore, do know that some of these tips do not work instantly most of the time. It requires a lot of time, motivation, consistency, and effort. I do know it's easier said than done. Take each of them slowly, one step at a time.

If it wasn’t for pain, I wouldn’t be alive. It may sound contradictory, but it’s true. Pain reminds me that I can feel, along with other emotions. Pain reminds me that I can heal, just like how I did in the past. Pain reminds me that I am strong and I can do better. It reminds me that life can be bitter, and it is up to us to make it a little sweeter (or saltier, depending on what the person wants).

With this epiphany, I take pain in a positive light. It’s normal that it can break me and make me want to stay in bed all day, but having someone or something remind me that there is hope is enough. It’s normal that I cry my heart out, but it’s important to remember that there’s a calm after the storm. If it wasn’t for pain, I wouldn’t be who I am now. It has shaped me and how I look at things. It has changed the way I approach circumstances that can challenge me and my beliefs.

Pain, back then, made me cower in the dark. Pain used to be my biggest fear, and I used to do my best to avoid pain. However, I realized that avoiding pain is like avoiding life. Because of how I wanted to protect myself, I closed myself off to people and opportunities. I used to tell myself that “this will end badly”, or “this is going to hurt in the end”. I always focused on how much pain I might endure in the end that I forgot to enjoy the process.

It’s inevitable, you see? Endings, most of the time, may hurt. It’s natural for us to grow attached to someone or something, and their disappearance might bring us a lot of pain. However, one should always remember that the pain is a reminder of how close you became, how many memories you had. If it wasn’t for pain, life would be pointless. If it wasn’t for pain, we would be nothing.

margaux marie 20 hours ago

19 year old pharmacy student-businesswoman from Pampanga. I, Kimberly Chaile D. Ocampo, started planning my own business back when I was 18 years old. Despite being a student, that did not stop me to work and start up something for me to earn my own money. I was also influenced by my parents who are both hands on when it comes to the marketing world. I have decided to start my own mini restaurant/fast food restaurant recently (Feb 2020) and it was named as “Hungry Hubb”. From the word itself which is “Hungry” we thought of something that would give people the biggest hint that we sell food.

Because of the sudden quarantine, every store was forced to close for our own safety that is why there was a sudden decrease on our sales. But Hungry Hubb managed to survive by focusing on online selling and social media promotion. Our best seller would be Shawarma salad which is mediterranean style. We add authentic Garlic sauce to our shawarma (Which is available in Wrap, Salad, & Rice). Every product that we sell are very affordable and delicious. Our starting price is only 50php. (Shawarma Wrap). For Shawarma Salad (70php). We also have Milktea (60php) and Rice meals such as Lechon Kawali, Chicken barbecue, and Pork Barbecue for only 120 pesos.

And of course, I wouldn’t make it up this far without the help of my family and friends who have supported be from the very start. This is an open letter and inspirational especially to students that want to earn their own money. Nothing is impossible. You just have to be determined enough to turn your plans into reality.

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