Explorations around Metro Manila are always the best.
My capability to drive has given me more reasons to head out on weekends and visit new and unfamiliar places. It’s also practice for me as I get to try driving on different roads and eventually struggle to memorize all the directions (thank goodness for my GPS), lol.
What was supposed to be a manager meeting/consultation ended up being a cultured afternoon at UP Diliman last Saturday. I’ve been here so many times for different purposes but I’ve never navigated the whole place (and I’ve always wanted to for the longest time).
Actually, I’m a pretty persistent managee. I just wanted to see these beauties.
Here’s a random fact: I’d choose sunflowers over roses. Any day. <3
So anyway, since I’m at it, I figured I’d just share a bit of what we did in case you’re interested to visit UP as well. :)
It’s currently sunflower season and the whole stretch of University Avenue is packed with them. Best to visit while they’re still at full bloom. :)
The campus is really huge and is a nice place for recreational activities such as jogging and biking. And there are a lot of eateries around so it’s the perfect place for food tripping on a budget.
We arrived at around 12-ish and the scorching heat was killing us. What’s more, we had no idea where we were headed – UP is huuuuge. Waze was a life saver (ish).
Luckily we caught sight of the Shopping Center for Roma & Charlie’s fruit shakes. It’s a pretty small stall but the place was packed. I got an apple + carrot + ginger shake. SO GOOD. And it’s only P60 (for a 22oz cup). And of course, I can’t say no to a big refreshing drink to cool down on a hot day.
No UP ikot for us; we did cardio all the way with all the walking. /cries/ In all fairness though, I like walking and taking in the whole ~culture~ and feel of the place (idk what I’m talking about lol).
But yeah you could take the UP ikot/toki jeep and they can drop you off at several different places inside the campus.
Long roads full of trees. So much photogenic spots here.
This loyal cat near Snack Shack though. Cutieee.
It took us a long (and a tough) time to find The Snack Shack, but it was worth the walk (and wait, ‘cause they grill as you order).
This baby is only P70 (quarter pounder with cheese). I’m not much of a burger person but this was really good and satisfying (and diet killing, but I walked the whole day anyway). No special flavorings, just the simple burger – cheese – veggies – ketchup – mustard filling, just the way I like it.
Wandered around the campus after lunch and saw this.
Of course, I love getting cultured (museum geek forever). Went inside the Vargas Museum (entrance is P30 for non-UP students) and checked out the paintings and works of art inside. Got to see original works of Amorsolo (which were discussed in one of my classes before) and other national artists, plus some exhibitions that day. So much happiness. (going to museums make me happy, don’t judge)
Headed to the Oblation and a lot of graduates were taking selfies, lol.
Golden hour and got to see these beauties and take proper pictures. <3
My only problem was the swarm of huge bees…yeah.
Work mode (finally) and discussions at Chocolate Kiss Cafe inside the Bahay ng Alumni.
They have the best cakes and the price is super inexpensive, too. Devil’s Food Cake though, was heaven (especially the marshmallow icing) in every bite. Also the best place to cool down ‘cause the place is air conditioned and conducive enough for working.
This is proof that I spent quite a long time walking along University Avenue taking pictures and braving the cars that drove by, hahaha. All for Instagram and blog content. Hashtag dedication, lol.
Much thanks to one of my managers (I have managers…loljk) and closest friends Fons for spending this Saturday with me (and for feeding me lol)!
To more adventures around the city (while I still have time). :)