About a couple of days ago, no wait, that was actually Thursday XD ...I have somehow lost track of the weekend like last week, and last Friday until right this moment on a Sunday, I have been a bit disoriented and quite far from my schedule (^^U)
So last Thursday, my sister and I decided to pay our grandma a visit, and to meet up with our aunt because my sister had some dresses she needed to have repaired. Our cousin Jennie also came by and brought her daughter along, and this simple meet-up turned out to be a really fun and heartwarming and spectacular afternoon (^_^)
|Three big cups of coffee for me and my sister and our cousin|
We all had an early lunch which our grandma prepared for all of us, then after a while our aunt had to leave for some errands, and our grandma went for her afternoon nap. The four of us (including my niece) decided to go to a nearby coffee shop called InGen Cafe which we discovered was so nice and cozy and served good coffee and delicious desserts. Jennie frequents this place with her husband and daughter, so she brought us there, and it was a nice discovery for me and my sister (^_^) We can already see future bonding moments with our cousin there, or the occasional away-from-the-city retreat which my sister and I intend to have when things get too busy at home or at work, and we need to get away. (The area is still technically part of the city where I currently live, but this is already the older part of the city which was actually our hometown, so it feels "homey" on a much deeper and totally different level XD A lot of things have changed, but most of the shops and small businesses and old houses that have been there when we were growing up are still thriving and still have that old-town feel to it ^_^)
Since we were in the area, my sister wanted to visit the old library and museum which we often visited especially in the summer when we were kids, but we discovered that the library has been transferred to another nearby location, and the museum has been renovated and improved, so we went in for a quick tour. We were not allowed to take pictures though.
|A Small Serving of Happiness: InGen Cafe offers small affordable cheesecakes so you can treat yourself to something good and sweet even if you're on a budget (or if you want to try EVERYTHING)|
After checking out the museum, we took a walk at the plaza across the old church, and discovered new stores and found old houses we used to visit when we were kids. It was so nostalgic and some roads and buildings were almost dreamlike in quality.
We passed by the garden beside the church too and remembered how as kids we ate off the santan flowers during mass XD We found a nice lady feeding a bunch of stray cats and my niece became excited because she likes "ming ming" as she calls cats XD
Later on we headed for the new library building, and were amazed at how much it has improved from the time we were kids. We still think they need more and newer books and resources though, so we might collect some for donating when we have gathered enough. Before we left, we asked for Library ID Application Forms, and decided to come back every once in a while to read or borrow books, or maybe even to work when we need to do so in a different setting (^_^)