Book Cum Ethnology Museum & Beeffalo: A Review


Situated at the heart of Marikina City is a newly-built museum for the history and book enthusiast alike. For only Php100.00 admission fee, guests are provided with a guided tour of both the book museum and the ethnology museum.

First Stop: Book Museum
The whole museum has been built in honor of the proponent’s father, Atty. Dominador Buhain. Inside the book museum are books, magazine and other printed paraphernalia that he has acquired throughout his travel to 215 countries around the world.Before you get to see his collections, you will have to go around the building first. At the front, the walls are divided into two murals, the left (if you are facing the museum) tells the history of printing in the world, the other, the printing history in the Philippines. One of the highlight of the museum is the smallest printed book in the world. Actually, it is a tablet with Chinese scripture. The writing is even smaller than my own and you would have to use a magnifying glass to read it (if you can read Chinese, but don’t worry, there’s a translated version you can read on top of the glass display). They also have miniature copies of the works of Shakespeare that would make your eyes ogle.
At the back of the museum is another mural depicting modern day Marikina. There is fish pond underneath that is a replica of the Marikina River. The mural shows the various places to visit in Marikina such as the Shoe Museum and Science Centrum among others.
The museum is also filled with marble feet. They have benches with feet as the well feet, and marble feet statues of the Buhain clan.

Last Stop: Ethnology Musem
The ethnomology museum has been the highlight of the trip. It featured Atty. Dominador Buhain’ collection of artifacts from Visayas and Mindanao (most are from Cordillera).The artifacts serves as a mirror as to how the Philippine natives live. From hunting gears to household tools, and even real life coffins, you can find them at the museum. You will even get to see skulls of human, crocodiles, dogs and other animals and find out their significance to the natives’ daily lives.
There is also a room in the museum where you are free to browse photos of Atty. Dominador and his adventures abroad.

Just like other museums, taking of photographs are not allowed, which is kind of disappointing. I would have loved the book museum more, if only they have a space for a library where one can feel free to read some books. It doesn’t have to be those in display on the glass shelves, just a thought of a library inside and the wonder of what books one might encounter would be worth it.

Side Trip: Beeffalo
Thanks to Groupon vouchers, me and my companion are able to save more than Php300 for a lovely dinner for two. For only Php288, we get Php600.00 worth of dining experience to Beeffalo.
The restaurant is located along Gil Fernando Ave.(about twenty minute walk from Blue Wave Mall). The ambiance of the restaurant is homey and pleasant, perfect for a family get-together.
Outside there are picnic benches with romantic lighting, perfect dates and even a barkada gimmick. Although we didn’t get to see the place in action at dark, we truly enjoyed our meal.

Seafood and Corn Chowder (Php90): A soup that will satisfy your craving for seafood combined with soft and sweet bites of corn. It’s creamy and delicious, making every sip and bite worth it.
Buffalo Chicken (195): You’ll get three slices of buffalo chicken which you can dipped in their special honey sauce. I never knew chicken and honey could be perfect for each other. I also tried the chicken with their homemade gravy and teriyaki sauce, and each just works perfectly well with each other. You can hear the crunch of the breading with every bite, making the eating experience more enjoyable.
Porterhouse (385)
The dish might sound expensive but it is definitely worth the price. We were served 250g of steak (well-done) that was cooked to perfection. The meat isn’t too tough or too soft, it’s just perfect. Put in some teriyaki sauce and you’ll get heaven in your mouth.

Our day has been filled with laughter, learning and even more laughter. It only goes to show that you need not spend so much to have a wonderful time. There are many places nearby that you could visit which would give you memories to rekindle from time to time.


Why You Shouldn’t Fear Rejection

Many people would look at me and see a confident girl who can take over the world if she wanted to. With her charm, her wit, her mind, and everything that she is, it seems like she can get what she wants. What I’ve just written are just assumptions of course, I never really know what people thinks of me. Well news flash: I’m not perfect, I’m a scaredy cat, I’ve had my fair share of failures and mistakes that led me to be how I am today.

It saddens me when I hear people, especially those who I love and know, those people whose potentials are clearly burning brightly but are afraid to let the world see and experience it. They keep telling that they fear rejection, failure, and it is what holds them from trying.

I’m not good enough. I can’t do it. I don’t qualify. I don’t think I can These are the words that I often hear them use as an excuse. I really just don’t understand why. How do they know if they won’t even try? There is no harm in trying is what I say. So what if you don’t get it, it simply means that it isn’t for you. It has nothing to do with who you are, it doesn’t diminish your character, you’re still you, the wonderful you.

I’m the type of girl that grabs almost every opportunity that comes my way. I’m the queen of part-time, coupons and everything else. If there is something that interest me, I try it out. I’ve been rejected to job offer once, twice, as much as four. I’ve been denied chances to win on contest or even to participate in one. I’ve also been rejected on the aspect of love, and that was the biggest rejection of my life.

Long ago, I’ve had my fair share of heartbreak which caused an emotional trauma. I cried my eyes out for half a year and I felt like a zombie, meaning empty. I don’t know how to live. After almost four years of being a happy couple, he suddenly doesn’t want me anymore. Somewhere along the way, he decided he doesn’t want to be with me. With one phone call during Christmas, without any explanation whatsoever, he left me. At the time, I never wanted to try again, in love that is. For a hopeless romantic such as myself, that meant that I’ve really hit the down low.
I fearED that the person I might fall in love with next will not love me as well. I felt that no one would seriously, hopelessly fall in love with me.

Two years later, I met a wonderful guy. He has everything I wanted in a man, a stable job, a beautiful heart and mind, plus the attitude of a true man, and has good looks too. I was so afraid of trying to fall in love again. I was afraid and never even thought of the possibility of him liking me back. My fear had caused me him. I lost him, all because I was too afraid, and by the time I was ready to face my fear, it was too late. He did liked me, but he feared rejection too. It was an almost love story, one where we were but we weren’t.

That particular stage in my life had thought me the lesson, that I shouldn’t have been scared. Yes I’ve lost the person I almost or maybe I did fall in love with again, but that doesn’t mean that there is no one else out there for me. Soon enough, I met him, the guy who turned my life around.

He is the weirdest, coolest and astonishingly ridiculous person I’ve ever met. He stripped me off my vanity and insecurities. He made me feel special and happy, and loved. He is just so worth it, the pain and whatever it might cause me, that I just couldn’t NOT TRY to work things out. I’ve learned my lesson, so with everything I am, with trembling bones and pounding heart, I’ve admitted I love him. We’ve been together ever since, sure we have our dramas and other episodes of heartbreak but we fight off our obstacles hand in hand.

Dear Love, if you are reading this, I want you to know that I have fallen in love with you because you have a lovely character and yet there are still more of you I see that you seem to be blinded of. It hurts me that you don’t believe in yourself as much as you should. You’re talented, you’re awesome, you are just too lazy to try. Someday when you’re ready, which I hope is soon, I hope you get out there and show the world what you’re capable of. Get out there and together we’ll make all our dreams come true.

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Ranting about Porn, Infidelity and my view of loyalty


Whenever I hear my boyfriend say how sexy, how hot,or how yummy another girl looks, whether it’s a Victoria Secret model or a girl we just saw passing by, I feel a little insecure. I am not tall, nor do I have super boobs or a rocking ass that he seems to prefer in a girl.
There is no problem with acknowledging that a girl looks pretty, but it’s different when you’re saying something that refers to her sexuality. Sometimes I even think that given a chance, he’d take it and go after the girl. I know he loves me with all his heart but still I can’t prevent my brain from thinking otherwise at some situations.
If a man’s perspective of beauty, especially my man’s is towers away from what I am, then it makes me feel that he does not regard me as beautiful.
Honestly, I am sick and tired of porn, sex magazine, girls who are regarded for their sexuality rather than their personality. I am a human being, all girls are, and we should not be treated as objects or be graded based on how “hot” we look. With guys continuously patronizing those objects and thoughts, then the more the industry grows. I don’t understand how men think, now how do other girls think, what I write is based on my opinion alone. Sure, there are men that I find really attractive and sexy but I never and would never think of them sexually. I have a man I love and he is enough for me.
Men would say they are loyal, the ‘chicks’ are just a feast for the eyes and that they would not even think of doing it. It’s all in the mind. Well, that is a lie. Loyalty is not just about not going to bed with another person who is not your partner. It’s also about devoting your heart, mind and desire to only one being. Men would use the excuse ‘It’s normal… It’s biological’ Well, that’s crap. If you love a girl, if you truly do you would not want to make her feel unsecured and doubtful.
I do see other guys as handsome but I never think of anything sexual about them. All I see is how good looking he is. Also, if he’s the male equivalent of a bimbo, then he’s off the list. You can admire beauty and not be malicious. YES YOU CAN! IT MAY BE HARD BUT YOU CAN!
So for example you see a video of a girl with big boobs boxing around, and you keep staring at her breasts. You are being malicious. You are thinking OF THAT GIRL’S BREAST, at the back of your mind if you can do something you would do something about those coconuts. That is still cheating.
For those used to it, it’s hard to shake the habit, but if you really want to, you could. You just need a motivation, a goal, and commitment. Your goal is to shake off the malicious habits, the motivation, loving your girl the right way, and of course commit yourself in doing so. Refrain from watching people having sex or pictures of people almost nude. It is unhealthy for your soul.
It’s not me being too righteous, or if it is,it’s who I am.I want a man that would love me the right way, a man I can trust and depend on. Think about this, if your relationship is hanging on a balance, between you and your malicious acts, what would you choose? Who do you love more, is it your vice or your relationship? Just ponder on the thought.

Breaking Love into Chemicals

Dilated pupils and staggering heart beat
The prideful mind humbly admitting defeat
There is no escaping this breathless chase,
You can only wish that it’s just a phase.

Though you cannot drive, you can still enjoy the ride
Savor the feeling, be ecstatic and inspired,
So long as you remember that it isn’t real,
Soon you’ll have to wake, it’s just a dream.

As high and fun it is to be on cloud nine
In real life no one’s pouring you a glass of wine
To stay actually means saying goodbye
It’s just the way it is, don’t ask me why

Why fight a battle sure to end up in rubble?
Why force open a knowingly locked door?
Some things are meant to be just a pleasant view,
Not ours to hold, to tamper or to cling to.

(C) Joan Miranda


You cannot force the words to just come out,
When you have nothing to inspire you to write,
It maybe an object, a person or a feeling
A fantasized future or a past that keeps haunting

You can shake your head and cry all you want
You can scream, you can whine or maybe even rant
If the feelings not strong enough, it will not suffice
The words you’ll choose will just not fit right…

NOTE: I can’t write… ;( Going out to take a stroll and hope to get inspired…

(C) Joan Miranda

Once Upon a Reality

This is not a movie nor a fairy tale
Where happy ending’s waiting at the end of day.
It’s not for certain that he’ll feel the same
Sometimes the only option is to hope and pray.

Scared of drowning so I dare not dive
Yet something tells me “It’s alright, you’ll survive”
Better to lose yourself in battle
Than die hiding in the corner

Maybe I’m going to my own suicide,
But if I don’t, I’ll slowly lose my mind.
I need to hear it straight from thy lips
If we’re forever bound to this friendship.

The probability of rejection is at its peak,
Might give me a broken heart that’s hard to fix
In spite of warnings and alternative suggestions
I might look like a fool but I need answers to my questions.

Subconsciously Obvious

Beside you the world shines a thousand fold
Time becomes more precious than gold
Your existence makes me kneel down in prayer
As I thank God for letting me meet such a character

In this world full of misery and doubt
My feelings for you is all I’m certain about
Everything else becomes irrelevant,
Everything else I could live without.

My subconscious mind has given up fighting
My mind and my heart have stopped resisting
The most beautiful dream came to me last night
We were a couple and it felt just right.

Sadly, reality bit me in the morning,
You were cold and we’re barely talking
Somehow you are turning to a stranger
The spark I thought we had is getting fainter.

My Crush is Online

Can’t take my eyes off the screen
Hoping for a message from you to pop in
Is there a chance that you’ve seen my post,
About my desire for us to become close.

A little green light beside your picture
This silence is getting hard to endure
Won’t you be just a little kind?
Tell me what’s in your mind

What place do I have inside your heart?
You know I love you right from the start
So please stop it with the torture,
I’m lovesick and you’re the only cure

If there’s a chance you feel the same,
Won’t you please go and call out my name
A simple Hi or hello will do,
Any words at all from you….

Meteorite Love

Like a meteor I’m falling fast and bright,
Knowing at the end, I will just die out
Gravity is pulling me to the ground
And I can’t resist, can I hold your hand?
This feeling’s getting stronger,
My will’s getting weaker
I couldn’t fight it anymore
This love has taken me on a toll
Sometimes I wish that I’ve asked
If there is even a 0.0001 chance
Was it right to give up entirely
Or would we have had a love story
Walk with me and let’s talk things over,
No it cannot wait any longer
My mind is playing tricks on me
I keep seeing you where you shouldn’t be