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dry run

October 28, 2015. Served some baked goods and drinks. The best plant box along Mother Ignacia 😉, and a nice wall art…then road workers.

As our operations gets developed, interns helped and adapted well. Part-timers came at night–it was a bit scary outside–it felt safer with them. Friends and/or customers gave us gifts (food, artworks, etc.) and words of encouragement; we received lots of coffee beans–plus regular supply of Vietnam coffee 😁. On our official opening (03Dec15) and blessing day, we invited close friends, shared our journey into becoming “respite.”

Each day we met new customers, they wanted more stuff; we had baking workshops for kids and adults, expanded our menu. Red Velvet Cupcakes, Dark Choco Chunk Cookies, and Panna Cottas are our regulars’ choice. Coffee from Mt. Apo pleased customers; and our (secret recipe) Hot Chocolate was a favorite.

The flowering plants in front made our days brighter. Rolly Boga, Goro and Gekorr kept us company; some paintings and zines (by @denvergarza @ev.yu @steph.chu) entertained us. After joining two Local Loca bazaars and one 10aAlabama fair; road workers started digging.

We were inaccessible…worried.

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One was into coffee brewing; another studied pastry art, trained two to help out. Found a space for rent, during renovations hired a staff…then some interns and part-timers. Met hundreds of friends, customers (turned friends), passersby…not enough. Almost two years passed, now moving to another space.

Sylvette wanted to serve good coffee–source out beans, highlight its flavors through proper brewing. Before, she was exploring “spirituality,” now its coffee.

Jessica found pleasure on satisfied palates, if they’re not, drives her to make–used to be nice dresses, but these days–good recipes to bake.

Brewed, baked, and sold online; at bazaars, met people, artists, friends…good friends, became customers; then more baked goods, thus more hands.

Lita values tradition, as Mary admires innovation, their dynamics in cooking is unparalleled; now, they’re also skilled bakers.

A space, along Mother Ignacia, number 72, looked promising; gathered enough resources, courage; leased it, renovated.

Diana just passed her board exams (interior designer); her first project, with great patience–working with her two sisters–she pulled through, and did well.

Marlon was assigned as helper (construction worker); hired him as maintenance guy, assistant, etc…but best of all he’s resourceful.

Soft opening, everybody came; soon, road construction…obstruction, almost nobody came, for a long time. Learning, learning, and still learning…not ready to leave, held on too long.

Mj and Pat came first, they were determined; Clinton, Kerwin and Lennard didn’t need the job, but always reliable; Dre is highly efficient; Julius was attentive; Christian, Kurt and Ryan were enthusiastic.

Fleeting, now…we’re heading to “better” space…finally a respite.