Monday, July 27, 2015

Miao Cat Cafe

My friends, Jan, Jane and I went for a road trip and decided to go to Maginhawa where there is this one restaurant with cats inside. Unfortunately, we were too early so we decided to go for a similar cafe that is located in Quezon City also.


Location
Miao Cat Cafe is at 2/F #7 Congressional Ave, Quezon City.
It is in between Cherry Fooderama and KFC corner Mindanao Ave. which is at the corner. It is on the Cherry Fooderama side. You have to really look at the buildings as it is really a small place. First think you'll see is the Cake2Go at the ground floor. They have like two parking spaces so if you are bringing a car, you can park at KFC.

Visiting hours
11.00am - 1.00pm; 2.00pm - 4.00pm; 5.00-7.00pm; 8.00pm-10.00pm 


Checklist before entering
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Read the waiver and sign.
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Miao house rules

Food
Our entrance fees were consumable to one food and one drink and we're allowed to stay for two hours.
Again, that's 300 pesos for adults and 150 pesos for kids
(rate as of June 2015)


Sweets.

Cute souvenirs.

I ordered mac n' cheese. Nothing special.

Jan ordered Pesto. Nothing special too. He wasn't able to finish it.

Some of the cats would be around when you're eating but they aren't like dogs that would wait around.
The cats did not beg for food.
You can't feed them with human food as seen as on the Miao house rules above.

Each cat has their own personality.
There was this cat who is not interested on food but is very much interested on straws.
This sphinx was just smelling the tea.

 

They have their own eating and drinking area.
I did not see where their litter box was.


 Charkie, the first cat we met was waiting on our table with the menu.
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While waiting for our order, we played with Charkie.
The place is clean and odor is not an issue.

I liked the design of the small cafe. Very artsy.

You can use these paw gloves. 
Cute!

This is creative.
Cat and Fish together???

Apparently, the fish was ignored.


Now it's time to play with them. 
Look . . . this cat looks interested already.

  

 This wasn't. 
Do Not Disturb (House rule)
It was asleep the whole time we were there.

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The sphinx is ugly because it does not have any fur.


But it was the sweetest cat we encountered.


Jan fell in love with them and wanted to take 'em home. 
Actually noone can take 'em home. They have chips or tracker with them.

This sweetie wants the spotlight.

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Everyone was busy with all the cats there.
The host said there are 40 plus cats from different breeds. Some were in the vet or other house for grooming.
She said that Miao Cat Cafe is the first one in the Philippines.


Cats everywhere!!!
Under the table.


On top of the table. 


At the corner.
I want to have this.


 A the top on their bed.

Hiding.

 Walking around.

We found out that Jane wasn't that fond of cats hahaha
So she took a cat nap.

 Groupie!
We got a photo bomber with us.

Now, it's selfie time with these lovely cats.
The others were pretty hard to catch.
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You got to love this tip box.

Watch the video.

After 2 happy hours, we had to leave. 
It is a good stress reliever.
I love cats!
Before you leave, don't forget to brush off those cat hairs.

I shall return!

Sunday, July 12, 2015

Callao Cave Penablanca

On our way to Palaui Island, we planned a side trip to the famous chapel inside a cave in Penablanca. Tourist would always say that it's in Tuguegarao just because it is the city right next to it. Penablanca is the first municipality of Cagayan Valley that is next to Tuguegarao.


We had to haggle with tricycle drivers in Tuguegarao city.
Standard rate is 700 pesos for a rented tricycle.
He gave us 500 pesos.
That's Kuya David Maramag, our driver.


We were six so we had two tricycles.


It was around 45 minutes ride estimate to be around 24km from Tuguegarao.
There were two routes going here.
One is going up where it is the long way up. Most of the road is paved and some are under construction.


The other route is shorter but it will require you to take a boat to get to the place. Which will cost you 20 pesos per person for the boat ride.


When we got there, we saw the stairs.
We thought this was the one but it wasn't.
I wonder where this is heading.


Entrance fee rate as of April 2015


We did not get any guide.
We weren't doing spelunking since we had a very limited time.

 

Guidelines that you should read.
Better read it now here than when you get there :)


Kuya David our driver said we have to prepare to climb a steep number of steps.
But it wasn't that many . . .  well for someone like me who has climbed 1000 of steps in other places.


The entrance


Since we did not have a guide, we relied on whatever literature was posted.
This was a bad one. Too high, too far to read for someone who is shortsighted ..
. and that would be me.


So I went for the lower ones.
In 2007, Armand Salvador Mijares found fossils and believed to be the remains of a Callao Man which was around 67,000 years old. Now how did they know that? I don't know. :)


The first part of the cave is very spacious.
It is a limestone cave.


It was holy week when we went there so there were so many people around.
We couldn't get a photo without other people in it.

So, the locals made a chapel inside.
Though that time it looked like a tourist spot where everyone can take photos anywhere.


Groupie!


What I liked about it is that it is lit by natural light.

 

This is the hole on top where the light at the altar comes from.


Not a Catholic. Not a believer on idols but I just need to have one shot.





Not sure what was wrong with my camera.
No effects on this. 
My white blouse was just glowing on all  my shots.
No miracle here ha ha ha