Saturday, March 30, 2013

Destination Discoveries Part 1


Exactly a week ago, I attended an event I was honestly doubting pa if I'll push through at first. I didn't know what to expect, Nescafe and Nuffnang just stated in their invitation na get ready for surprises and discoveries (nakakakaba!). I was also super puyat consecutive days before that, going to ganaps here and there. In short, tamad me (Hehe). Learned that my friend Krissy is going, so I jumped in nalang! Even slept over Pax's place to make sure I won't be late even when we came from a long tiring shoot the night before.



Eto palang! Eto palang convinced na ako na I made the right decision to join the event!
Hashtag-HASH BROWN! ;p

We gathered and had a buffet (!) breakfast in Mom & Tina's near Tiendesitas.
Naka tatlong balik ako, no judging! Hehe.

The beautiful Joanne Ignacio as the event's host. Love how she speaks.
For a morning call-time, chill na chill lang! ;)

The handed to us the day's "map" or "itinerary" - eto mismo yung nasa email nila.
We were all guessing kung ano yung mga stop-point illustrations,
bakit may PARANG SUMAN? Bat may parang pang-PAINT and POTTERY?!
  
After the breakfast, they all lead us to this cool coaster! 
Field trip mode on! ;)

Still clueless of our destination! But since clear skies mean good omen, I was SUPER EXCITED! 

Joanne made the coaster ride more interesting, with trivia, fun facts, and tweet-games!
With the hashtag #WeekendDiscoveries, we answered her questions via Twitter, at may prize daw!
One of the questions is about the location na pupuntahan namin, and ang clue: Tipolo Trees.
Bilang bingi, muntik ko nang itweet "Dipolog!?" Hahaha! Talagang eroplano levels nasa isip ko! ;p (#sabaw)

We actually headed to the beautiful Antipolo City! :)

Our first stop was in The Crescent Moon Cafe / Lanelle Abueva-Fernando Studio Pottery



We were introduced to Ms. Lanelle, an artist / potter.


Aside from the must-try cafe (sayang we were full pa and didn't dine na here), The Crescent Moon Cafe also houses one-of-a-kind stoneware ceramics that they produced there mismo. I learned that sila ang nag provide sa Yabu, Sumo Sam and other restaurants ng plates and other dishwares, which is so cool! :D 


We had a pottery barn tour:


They also create ceramic molds to meet bulk orders:

Hi Helga! :) Hehe!

The two giant ovens na kasha ang tao. :p

Ang cool nito, handmade kung handmade! How they patiently and uniformly paint
every piece of ceramic is just so painfully amazing.

We had the chance to watch Ms. Lanelle behind the wheel! 
Matagal ko nang dream to tryout this craft along with carpentry (hehe), but I have no chance pa to do so.

So with this lump of clay...

With utmost care and balance....

...Ms. Lanelle calmly worked on the potter's wheel to create...

...This vase! :)


It wasn't as easy as it seems! A blogger was given a chance to try out the craft,
but pedaled way too fast, the wet clay flew to the kawawa people in front! ;p Akk!

We stayed there for a while lang, had to leave din kaagad for our next Destination Discovery! Took a photo muna with the broken pots in their beautiful garden! I hope I can go back there and maybe buy some of their bulk ceramics, eat in Crescent Moon Cafe, and then maybe even enroll in their pottery workshop! The whole place is bursting with creativity and dedication for their craft--very impressive (and inspiring) indeed! :)
Our next adventure? More kwentos and photos on next post! :)

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