Books and Brews Cafe


Name: Books and Brews Cafe
Address: Mango Square Mall, Juana Osmeña St., Camputhaw, Cebu City, 6000 Cebu
Type: Cofffe Shop
Opened: May 8, 2017
Price range: PHP48+
Amenities: Sofas, books, WiFi

A pretty quaint and quiet place, with bookshelves that encourage customers to read, Books and Brews Cafe is a really nice blend of a place between brews of all sorts, some choice baked goods (classic brownies and chocolate cookies, both of which are deliciously satisfying to one’s sweet tooth), and books.


Very aesthetically pleasing, with an introvert-friendly ambiance, it’s definitely a place I predict will prove to be popular amongst the local Cebuanos and tourists who drop by Cebu.

With a pretty good WiFi speed, it’s quite a work-friendly place. The tables also allow space for 4 people and is large enough to hold at least 3 laptops, if group work is in mind. There are also a number of wall sockets for charging if ever you do need to do so.

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Located in Mango Square Mall, it’s easily accessible from most parts of Cebu City.

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A great place to check out? Definitely!



Thai Sojourn at Marco Polo Plaza Cebu

On my second day of internship, I was sent to a Thai food event at Marco Polo Plaza Cebu. Food again. And this time, I was surrounded by bloggers. Or rather, the table I was at was where bloggers sat, while traditional media sat at the other long table nearby. And the event was one heck of a foodie paradise.

Which leads me to my question that I asked myself constantly today, while sitting with these people, eating Thai food and listening to their conversations (as they were all friends with one another, talking of inside jokes and things I had no idea about; i.e. travelling in and around Southeast Asia and the world).

Is this the life of a blogger in Cebu? Or any other media/press personnel? All the time? Is it? Events and free food and gift bags? Because, yes, I got another gift bag today, and this time, it was from Marco Polo.

Anyhow, as events go, I rather enjoyed myself, looking forward to the food being served, while also being absolutely nervous and anxious about the whole thing, having this sense of being out of place and not belonging. Because truth be told, I was doubting my capabilities, feeling like a completely huge liar and a poser.

But really, the food was amazing and absolutely fresh. Quality ingredients were definitely used to make the dishes and the flavours were all a great blend, perfectly balancing things out. Definitely great Thai food offered.

Anyhow, next week will bring a whole new level of challenges. Let’s see how it goes then.

First day of my summer internship – Chinese food at Master Po Cebu

Amazing how I got this internship really. I’m blessed with something that’s so challenging in terms of tasks to do, yet also really fun at the same time. The blend of the different sorts of outputs, all to be done at my own time (so long as I hand them in by the deadline) is just the right sort for a quiet introvert like me.

Anyhow, for the first ever event I had to cover, it’s safe to say that it was not as nerve wracking as the setting I’m at right now (second day of internship – Marco Polo Plaza Cebu). But at the time, I was indeed frightened that I’d do something wrong.

It was the launching of 9 new dishes for Master Po Cebu, and it was in line with their partnership with a local ASD centre for children (The Kids Gym Therapy Center). Ms Jan Joan Yu-Soa’s son suffers from the aforementioned disorder and this showed her exactly how difficult it is for those who suffer under ASD; the discrimination, the bullying, and the mean comments. It was all painful for her, most especially since there were also moms at the school her son is enrolled to that told their children not to play with her son, because “naay something“. And because of her experience, she wanted to provide the children of the centre with a safe place for them to learn and develop skills they’d need, so each day, some of the kids would come over to help out with the dishes and mopping of the floor. In fact, three kids from the centre, including her son, were there to help out at the press release of the dishes.

The food, when it came out, looked scrumptious. And since it was Chinese food, it was like I was brought back to my childhood, most especially with the glutinous rice (not many of the others liked it though, but then again, I enjoyed the dish due to how much I missed that sort of food).

I also met some other press people from other news agencies (Freeman, etc.) and a few of them befriended me, which was really nice of them, because everyone already seemed to know one another at the place and I really felt out of place. At least I left feeling less alone.
At the end of the whole thing, after all the games and feeding, they gave us a bamboo straw, an environmental alternative to plastic straws. It can be reused many times and could last up to 2 years if taken care of. I’ll not be using it though, because it’s been packaged too nicely. So it’ll just lay there…a memento of my first day of internship at InnoPub Media, doing events for…

I feel like I’ll definitely be gaining weight from this internship if food is all I’ll be doing…but I’m definitely not complaining.