It’s a fact that learning is a continuous process that we should embrace. And, no matter how old or young we are, we should not deprive ourselves from discovering and experiencing new things around us. Discoveries may come in different forms – it can be a self-discovery of our inner potentials we never knew we had or our new likes and wants. Each day we also discover new things about our husband, new skills and learning of our kids, new restaurants to try, new places we want to explore and others.
This was the main reason why I immediately said “yes” to my cousin-in-law, Iris Mejia-Acosta of pinayads.com, when she asked me to pitch in her place for Nuffnang‘s invite since she’ll be in Davao for another engagement. The invite stated “Destination Discoveries” with a map. I was extremely excited to attend knowing that it will be a day of surprise adventure. Perhaps, I was also excited to meet new friends from Nuffnang and my fellow bloggers whom I knew through their blog sites but haven’t met them personally yet.
Our exciting adventure started at Mom and Tina’s Bakery Cafe in Pasig. First, I met the gorgeous ladies of Nuffnang, Ms. Abbie and Ms. Jel who were both very pleasant, gracious and not to mention, young. I also had the chance to meet and bond with one of the best beauty bloggers, Ms. Earth of earthlingorgeous.com, top mommy bloggers, Ms. Levy of levyousa.com and Ms. Olga of totteringmama.com. Going to the venue without personally knowing anyone made me so nervous. I felt so glad and relieved that my cousin’s blogger friends were all so nice and accommodating to me. (Thank you so much mommies!)
I must commend the delish buffet breakfast served that morning – fried rice, scrambled eggs, sausages, bacon, hash brown and fruits for dessert. Iced coffee were served too.
After our breakfast, we headed to the coaster followed by the cameraman and the videographer. It’s like taping a reality TV show and we’re all instant celebrities. Haha!
Inside the coaster, our first destination was finally revealed by Ms. Joanne through a mini “tweet” contest. And, yes, my guess was right, we’re heading to the “Pilgrimage Capital of the Philippines”, Antipolo. Antipolo was named after the “tipolo tree” (breadfruit) which was in abundance in the area. Well, I must admit the coaster ride made me reminisce my younger years when I had educational tours with my classmates.
First stop: Pottery Studio at the Crescent Moon Cafe
We were first welcomed by the owner/ceramicist/potter, Ms. Lanelle Abueva-Fernando, daughter of Philippine National Artist, Napoleon Abueva, inside the Crescent Moon Cafe where she gave brief background about ceramics pottery and the high demand they now have with restaurants here in the Philippines and abroad.
Before she toured us in their production area, she made it clear that no one should touch the molded ceramics since it can affect its shape.
Here are some of the things I discovered at the pottery studio:
- A clay forms a cohesive mass and retains its molded shape when wet with the proper amount of water. It is converted to ceramic when heated to higher temperature.
- Glaze covers the clay body of a pot. It is also a ceramic material since it permanently changes during firing.
- Firing transforms clay and glaze to ceramic through heating until they both “mature” and reached their optimal level of melting.
- Glazes range from being completely transparent to being completely opaque. You might actually think you’re color-blind when you see it’s before and after look.
- Glazes are of different surface qualities – there are very glossy, shiny surfaces, however, there are also with satiny finish or dry-looking matte finish.
- Hand-made pots are all unique. Some may look the same but they surely have differences.
- Pottery requires solitary concentration.
- Pottery is therapeutic.
Ms. Lanelle also demonstrated how pots were made using the potter’s wheel. With her gentle hands and deep concentration she converted the clay into a pot leaving us all in awe.
Here’s a video of Ms. Lanelle Abueva-Fernando demonstrating how pots are made:
Aside from operating her pottery studio, she also offers pottery classes to students. She even gave us the chance to spin the wheel. Some of our companions tried and we all ran when the clay flew off. (What an exciting experience that was!)
After that, we had to leave right away and proceed to our next destination: The Pinto Art Museum, an art gallery in Antipolo City, where Nescafe revealed their new and exciting product perfect for our weekend discoveries. I will share more of these on my next post. =)
Mom and Tina’s Bakery Cafe (Pasig Branch)
106 E. Rodriguez Jr. Ave.
(C-5), Pasig City
Tel: 914-0833 or 571-1541
Crescent Moon Cafe
(Tuesday to Sunday 9:00 AM to 4:00 PM)
Ascencion Road, Barangay Dalig, Antipolo City
Tel.: 658-3866 / 630-5854