Press Café

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Manila, Philippines 2013   |   Canon AE-1, Fujicolor 200


These past few days have been nothing but gloomy. I blame the weather for that. The sun rarely peeks through, and if it does, it's only for a short period of time. I'm longing for the day when the cloud clears.

While scrolling through my film archives, I dup up this set of photos which I took more than a year ago. I feel like it encapsulates the current weather we're having. Days like these usually call for a quiet session in a coffee shop. One that I frequent in the metro is Press Café, where coffee and books meet. Literally. Not to mention, they offer a range of delicious food and drinks.

Seen in this set is their Cold Macchiato, my mom's usual drink, and their Vegetarian Sandwich. Both of which are my all-time favorite, aside from their pumpkin soup of course. (Soups are my absolute comfort and love.) For some odd reason, looking at these somehow feels like home.

On another note, staying indoors and working 'til the wee hours of the morning led me to discover the use of podcasts. Let me tell you, it's the holy grail. It's perfect while working on illustrations, composing e-mails and painting. Despite the fact that I'm multi-tasking amidst listening to a podcast, I'm surprised that I could still absorb the context of what I'm listening to throughout each session. You would think a word won't get through to me with the amount of focus I place while working. It's a refreshing alternative to the tunes and playlists I have on repeat. Plus, it feels more upbeat (especially during late at night) to have a person talking in the background, discussing topics that I can heavily relate to or learn from.

One that I've been religiously listening to is The Accidental Creative. It's straight to the point, concise and delivers great advice to young creatives. I love the fact that it's a short play compared to the other hour-long podcasts out there. Another one I would recommend is After The Jump. It's a series of interviews with people around the creative community. The stories are immensely inspiring and there's a handful of insights to catch from it.

Do you listen to any podcasts? If so, feel free to share any recommendations below! I would love to hear from you.

Listen: The Accidental Creative on iTunes | After The Jump on iTunes