In the Philippines, There's a Coffee Shop Where You Pay with Honesty

This store is too small for dishonest people, such is the mantra of this business called the Honesty Coffee Shop located in Batanes, in the Philippines. The unique concept of this cafe is in the name itself, honesty. Some people may find it odd that there aren’t any crew or staff inside this humble store. This is because everything is self-service in the shop – from making your own coffee, […]


Fabulous Home in the Philippines Clad with Bamboo Poles by Atelier Sacha Cotture

Swiss-Filipino studio Atelier Sacha Cotture designed this fabulous home in Parañaque City with bamboo poles. Description by Atelier Sacha Cotture: Location The house is located in the residential subdivision of Better Living in Paranaque City, Metro Manila. The area features a low density neighbourhood of houses and low rise buildings. Program The program is a 465sqm family house on a 360sqm lot. The entrance foyer, garage and service area face […]


Two Terraces in Two Different Worlds

When I saw this picture (Pamukkale in Turkey) , only one place immediately entered my mind – the Banaue Rice Terraces of the Philippines, pictured below. I wanted to compare these two landmarks and categorize both of them as “terrace” so I searched for its meaning and soon learned that “terrace” has various meanings, two of which are as follows: 1.  Used in farming to cultivate sloped land. Graduated terrace steps are commonly used to farm […]


Places: Villa Escudero

A different kind of dining experience that is uniquely Villa Escudero. This hacienda is located in Quezon Province, Philippines. Rest or enjoy lazy afternoons in hammocks, and comfortable rooms in the midst of nature. What you’re seeing above is the Waterfall Restaurant where you get to dine as cool water is running over your feet. [via home-designing]


Kamay ni Hesus (Hand of Jesus)

Allow me to share with you a place where you can meditate, relax, see the wonders of God’s creations, and most especially, experience a different kind of healing. I would like you to discover the “Kamay ni Hesus Shrine” located in Lucban, Quezon, Philippines. You need to climb at least 200 plus steps to reach the top. Yes, it takes a lot of energy and effort but I should say […]