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our next stop was betis crafts, which is a manufacturer of high quality furniture that are exported to other planets… err i mean to hotels worldwide. was thinking of my dad the whole time, mainly because he’s picky when it comes to furniture and because i wore the shirt he let me borrow, which is like ten times larger than what i wear but it’s super comfortable. anyhoo, here are my favorites…

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so… i strayed away again from the whole group because the ‘tour guide’ has literally morphed into ‘teacher’, nyahaha! but i found and admired these lovelies while they were all blabbing somewhere.

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the best item in the whole showroom was this princess bed… because ozummm princess bed is ozummm.

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after ogling all that furniture, we had some lemongrass tea and turon platano. noms. yes, the tour guide also had some commentary about the food, haha. although, next to wintermelon and mountain tea, i really love lemongrass, which made up for it.

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there are other stuff other than furniture that’ll fascinate you in case you’re visiting betis crafts such as vintage objects, wooden statues, and old mirrors… at least, if you’re into that stuff, lol.

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also found a trailing plant with flowers, i forgot what it’s called, but it looks pretty. so eun, there’s still so many nice places to go to in pampanga, planning to drop by again sometime soon!

yun lang.

♥ melai

i am not exactly fond of churches and i’m not the most religious person in the planet… i knew we had a church in our itinerary and thought i’d focus on ogling stuff instead since i knew that the tour guide would turn this part of the tour into a history lecture.

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this is the last church i went to since forever my ilocos trip. yes, i’m a big sinner, haha. although, i do go to the ozummm ones. betis church is in guagua, pampanga and from what i remember, it was built around the 1600s. its exterior is rather ornate, with the walls covered in intricate patterns.

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we entered the church from the museum area, and it was reminiscent of my old college with similar doors, floors, and laypeople bustling about. i studied for four years in an all-girls catholic college… and it does look a bit like a convent, teehee. and so this part of betis church felt sort of cozy to me.

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the main church though felt a little bit cold, it was huge and dark and when it’s this empty, every step echoes sort of eerily. but everything gets warmer when you look up at all the murals. it’s kind of like looking at a religious nintendo 3ds with all that trompe l’oeil, lols.

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so yeah, just ogled stuff because i didn’t want to listen to the tour guide blab passionately about church history, although if art is your hustle, you’d definitely enjoy looking around this church. the laypeople are also very kind and would guide you around in case your tour guide is still on boring teacher mode, hahaha!

yun lang muna.

♥ melai

joined a tour group to pampanga some months back, finally documenting it here in three parts…

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we headed to mexico, pampanga to atching lilian’s house. it looks really old and somewhat creepy. there’s also a small hut nearby, and what’s supposed to be the courtyard has been turned into an alfresco dining space. on the other hand, if you don’t know atching lilian, she’s pampanga’s celebrity cook, and also the sweetest, wittiest, little old lady i have ever met.

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i roamed around a bit and found some interesting stuff… ogling the place is kind of like going back to the past when there were no electric ranges and sacrifices were made over fire… err i mean, cookware was made of wood and clay instead of the usual non-stick products that i use, nyahaha.

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we ate before the cooking demo, and i can’t remember what the dishes were called anymore, charot. but everything’s good and surprisingly mid-ground imo. what i mean is, nothing’s too spicy, too sweet, or too salty.

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i took a video of the whole baking demo but haven’t exactly cleared out the noise, would share it… someday, haha. i’ve baked cookies and other pastries before, but the sanikulas cookies are made of arrowroot flour and coconut milk. the dough is pressed with special wooden moulds… also, there are no electric mixers here, everything’s done by hand so… okay din siyang pang-exercise, lolz.

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sanikulas cookies! the designs are intricate and pretty, and we got to eat them while they’re still warm, noms. they’re so good that i bought two boxes. in case you’re wondering, that’s a stuffed tarsier guarding the cookies.

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atching lilian also made cookies with the pope’s image, this was when everyone was preparing for the papal visit, and we were allowed to take pixxors but were told not to release them until these were shown on tv. on a side note, i got so many hugs from atching lilian, she was so nice! hugs and cookies, my day was made at that point.

yun lang muna.

♥ melai


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