Jana’s Sweet Spot

I’m going blind from this sweet, sweet craving

Let’s lose our minds and go crazy crazy

– Cake by the Ocean, DNCE

Everyone who knows me personally knows I have a sweet tooth. Not just the oh-I-like-cake-and-chocolate-a-lot kind; I am more of the SWEET-MOTHER-OF-JEEBUS-THAT-CAKE-IS-WHAT’S-MISSING-IN-MY-LIFE-TODAY-SO-HELLO-DIABETUUS kind. Thankfully, my friend owns a pastry shop in the city and she’s always there to be my enabler (is this a good thing or a bad thing? Ah well, as long as I get my sugar fix! Mwahaha!).

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Jana’sSweet Spot is owned by Ms. Jana Caiña Abellanosa, a nurse-turned-phenomenal-pastry chef. While still practicing her profession as a nurse and medical researcher, she decided to enroll at Monster Kitchen Academy to spice up her life. Who could blame her, right? Ms. Jana is young, passion-driven, and simply put, just amazing (and I’m not saying this as a friend!). She graduated at the top of her class at Monster Kitchen and even bagged a few awards at the annual Kumbira Festival that’s held in Limketkai Mall during fiesta month. From taking small-time orders online until she finally opened a physical store at Capistrano-Akut Sts. in Cagayan de Oro City last 2014, Jana’s Sweet Spot has made a name for itself and is a place you should never, I repeat, NEVER  bypass if you ever find yourself in CDO.

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Jana’s Sweet Spot is known for its cakes, cupcakes, and silvanas which are made by none other than the owner and shop manager herself, Ms. Jana. You can be assured that there’s always a huge dose of love and dedication poured into every delicious creation crafted by Ms. Jana’s hands.

I keep going back for the shop’s silvanas! It is an absolute delight; a bite of heaven in soft chewy oversized cookie form.

Recently, though, Jana’s Sweet Spot has upgraded its menu and now serves crazy shakes! They come in different flavors such as chocolate, mango, strawberry, vanilla, and banana. I personally love the banana and chocolate flavors and they are called “crazy” for two reasons: the toppings range from huge cookies to tiny colored candy sprinkles and Ms. Jana doesn’t use whip cream… she uses butter cream instead! Now isn’t that a treat for sweet-toothed monsters like me?! Why yes, yes it is.

annual fiesta DESSERT-all-you-can buffet

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In line with the fiesta celebration the city prepares for, Jana’s Sweet Spot also commemorates such a special event by holding a buffet where you can stuff yourself with everything the pastry shop has to offer for one whole day and guess what? It’s for only 100PHP per person! You read that right! 100PHP FOR EVERYTHING IN SIGHT AT JANA’S SWEET SPOT! Provided, though, that you don’t take anything home and you don’t share your food with a friend (come on, guys. A true friend knows not to share food at a buffet). The buffet is still on going today, August 26, 2016, and will end tomorrow, August 27, 2016, at 8:00PM. Make sure to visit Jana’s Sweet Spot today or tomorrow and try everything out for only 100php!

 

Jana’s Sweet Spot

Address: Capistrano-Akut Sts., fronting Cosmopolitan Building, Cagayan de Oro City

Contact #:Jana – +639177989853

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Poem: Table of Contents

Table of contents

A table is a flat bed of thoughts and daydreams;

hidden smoke of all feelings imaginable emanate from its head,

all ideas from pen to paper supported by its legs;

it doesn’t move, you take it for granted, it makes you think;

sub rosa, a table is a witness to your silent notions and private ramblings; 

a solid metaphor where the mind creates secrets without knowing.

Yea… I got inspired by the tables I was decorating for Daydream Lounge and Café hahaha! What do you think about it?

Still a work in progress
Still a work in progress
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A New (Ad)Venture

Greetings from the one who chases daydreams!

Once, I had a daydream about opening my own café and/or lounge. During times when I’m procrastinating and am in no way motivated to continue memorizing legal provisions, I think about what my café/lounge would look like, what it should be known for, and what food I’d love to serve to customers. I’d imagine how I’d feel once it’s right in front of my eyes, like I finally found a place to let my ideas run wild without much constraints.

That daydream is finally coming true.

daydream booksWHY DAYDREAM?

In line with this blog and upon the suggestion of my good friend, Kate, I named the place “Daydream Lounge & Café.”

Also, like I said earlier in this post, it’s because this café/lounge used to be just a daydream but now it’s coming true (If you happen to ask me this personally, please know that I look and speak calmly on the outside but I am so giddy inside).

 

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So, what is daydream lounge & café all about?

Daydream is both a Study Lounge and Art Café rolled into one. It’s a place where you can study and at the same time appreciate the works of local freelance artists in Cagayan de Oro City. The café is dedicated to be an avenue for hidden gems to be exhibited without cost.

I want to encourage artists to showcase their works and make my city appreciate what local artists are capable of. Aside from that, I want to build the confidence of beginners in the field of music, literature, and art so that they can continue improving. Everyone is free to exhibit their work and all they need to do is send a message so we can go over the details.

Studies have also suggested that using both sides of the brain makes a person healthier in mind and body, hence, Daydream being purposely created to be both a Study Lounge and Art Café. I want students or anyone working while at the lounge to be more efficient in whatever it is they’re doing; as they use their left side of the brains to read, work, etc, the atmosphere and art around them can make the right side of their brains work when they take a small break. Little things like these are important to me because it creates a difference!

Please watch out for Daydream Lounge & Café‘s opening this September 2016!

Daydream Lounge & Café

Address: 2nd floor, Elipe City, RN Pelaez Boulevard, Carmen, Cagayan de Oro City (right across Liceo de Cagayan University Main Building)

Facebook: http://fb.com/daydreamloungecafe

 

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Get Lost: Osaka

One really random night, after watching a bit of anime to soothe my weary soul from all the insults and quips I have been enduring from law school since the first day I enrolled, I dreamt about gallivanting around the Land of the Rising Sun; “soaring, tumbling, freewheeling!” (in the words of Jasmine from the Disney movie, “Aladdin”) with not a care in the world for codal provisions and jurisprudence. The next morning, I woke up in an apartment near Kami-Shinjo Station in Osaka. Like what the-? Did I just really transport myself to Osaka, Japan while I was asleep?! OH. MY. GOD.

Of course not.

It took months of planning and preparation because I need a visa to even step foot there now.

Moving on, I stayed there with my family for about four (4) days. Note, though, that since this was a family vacation without a tour package (meaning, I had a set of middle-aged parents who are not used to long walks anymore, three [3] siblings of different ages wanting to see totally different things, and I was the tour guide… who always got lost), we couldn’t really cover everything everyone on the internet has raved about as the “TOP THINGS TO DO AND MUST SEE” when you’re in Osaka. Besides, I like to take my time to take in my surroundings instead of rushing from one point to another because of a darn list of places to go to.

大阪市こんにちは!

We arrived at Kansai International Airport, also known as KIX, at around lunch time. After grabbing a quick bite at McDonald’s (for some reason, I find it funny yet ironic that the first thing that welcomes me at KIX is a cheeseburger and fries) we went to buy our Surutto Kansai/Kansai Thru Passes at the Tourist Information Center (I’ll discuss more about this pass in another post) headed to Umeda Station where my friend, Chinumi, met us. After that, we headed to our apartment located near Kami-Shinjo Station (we rented an apartment using AirBnB). The Kami-Shinjo area is, honestly, a little far from the busy parts of Osaka; it’s 15 minutes to Umeda and 25-30 minutes to Minami-Namba via train. However, I can’t complain because three blocks away from our place is a grocery store and a takoyaki shop that sells one of the best I’ve tasted during our stay.

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 (PSEUDO) UNDER THE SEA~

The train ride to Umeda Station from KIX took about 2 hours via the Nankai Train so when we got to the apartment, it was already around 5:30pm or so. After we were settled at the apartment, we decided to head for Osaka Aquarium Kaiyukan. We took a taxi (which I will never recommend that anyone do because it is expensive af) because the aquarium’s schedule for last admissions was at 7:00pm and taking the train from our place to Kaiyukan would take more or less an hour. PS We paid 3,000+ yen for a ride from Awaji Station. 

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For more info, please check back for the link on my main post on Osaka Aquarium Kaiyukan!

HOW ABOUT SOME WINDOW SHOPPING AND A DATE WITH GLICO MAN?

For the rest of our stay in Osaka, we went to check out other places like Shinsaibashi and Dotonbori. Shinsaibashi is a shopping district in Minami (Namba) and has a lot of establishments. It kind of reminds me of the anime, Tamako Market. Shinsaibashi-suji has a Disney outlet and I bought my Mickey Tsum Tsum pillow there! While a little ways away from Dotonbori, and getting lost in the process, we also had a little side trip to Daiso, that famous global 100-yen shop we all know and love.

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Gotta catch ’em all including Totoro!

The next destination was, of course, a visit to Yodobashi Camera! One of the largest chain stores for electronics in Japan with one humongous building which sells electronics (every kind that you can imagine!) as well as novelty stuff. It would take one whole day to see everything Yodobashi has to offer (and I’m not even exaggerating)! After our trip to Yodobashi, we checked out the Pokemon Center in Daimaru and Kiddy Land in Hankyu Umeda. All three are in the same neighborhood and are a few minutes away from each other. At the basement of Hankyu is Donguri Kyowakoku which sells official Studio Ghibli merchandise in Osaka (please check back for a separate post on how to get to the Pokemon Center and Donguri Kyowakoku in Osaka).

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On our last day in Osaka, we took the limousine bus from Umeda Station to Kansai International Airport Terminal 2 where we were boarding a domestic plane to Tokyo. It’s best that you go really early because the bus ride takes at least an hour and a half to Terminal 2 from the train station.

Stay tuned for more of our crazy Japan adventures!

Next posts include A Daytrip to KyotoOur Stay in Tokyo, and other various much needed information you need to know before you head for the Land of the Rising Sun.

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