Curated Corner: Lovely Things

A museum cafe in Manila, a slow film about people and relationships, and music that makes you feel good and light.  This list is only three things but it’s worth it.

1.) The Museum Cafe

The Museum Cafe is the perfect place to spend a long hot rainy summer afternoon with good company. Our server for the day was attentive and amiable- instead of just ordering drinks, we had a Filipino merienda (afternoons snacks)  to pair it with. The interior is bright and sunny with art pieces and plants, the tables are made of marble and the walls of wood- on closer inspection, the cafe had quite a retro feel to it. It’s a very beautiful place, and it gets quieter on Sunday afternoons, a good time to lounge around, do some work, have an afternoon date, or quality alone time.

Address:  Greenbelt 4, Dela Rosa Street, Makati

2.) FILM : THE TABLE (2018)

Conversations between two people of varying relationships. The Table is just that, a film set inside a cafe, in one particular spot where different people have  a sitdown talk throughout the day. It features four different pairs, each conversation an exploration of their relationship. We see a glimpse of a certain moment in these people’s lives. The film is subtle but it draws you in with a very well-written script that is equally well executed by its actors. The film also shows shots of coffee and other drinks being prepared. It has a meditative quality as if we are there to witness and ponder about our own lives and the similar instances that may seem too simple or fleeting but are actually very beautiful and meaningful. This film left me remembering about the quiet moments in my life, the littlest things (like how one particular coffee drinker had a box of tea sitting in his cupboard just for me) and how that moment has stayed with me.


I’d describe Phum’s music as breezy, cool, and relaxing. It’s cafe music, road trip music, lounging in your bed – staying at home kind of chill. Phum is Thai but spent his growing years in New Zealand thus all of his songs are in English. My number one favourite is his song Run followed by Lover Boy and Strangers in a Dream. Phum also writes his own songs and has had succesful tours around Asia. I wish he’d stop by Manila!

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