November is my favorite month. It is primarily the month of the Scorpio 🦂 zodiac, which represents my Sun ⊙, Ascendant ↑, and Pluto ♇ sign unanimously. I remember that I used to be drawn to astrology. But as I get older, I find the significance of the stars to be less and less convincing. I still keep a digital record of my natal chart though that “decodes” the interplay of forces among celestial bodies (also known as generic assessments that almost seem voodoo). Fast forward, MBTI is what replaced astrology in my life.
I like November because it is right in between Halloween and Christmas. It is also a lot colder in this month, which my oil-filled pores and long-sleeved tops are always grateful for. I’m not sure if it was the offshoot of feeling festive, but a lot of things fared well for me in November that just made me happier.
We were able to buy a residential lot in a preselling community a few weeks back and we’re starting with our amortization. I also touched a novel again after a long time. It feels relatively fresh because I’ve only been consuming manhwa — the Korean counterpart of a manga — these days. I also have time to prepare breakfast again and squeeze in a workout every now and then. But because my day isn’t longer than anyone else’s, I gave up my playtime.
It’s routinary that I make sure to give at least five hours of my week to anime and films. The top five anime I’ve seen this year so far will have to be Jujutsu Kaisen, Haikyuu, Bungou Stray Dogs, The Promised Neverland, and Kimetsu no Yaiba. But if the final season of Attack on Titan had been released earlier, I think I would’ve slashed off
Kimetsu no Yaiba.
I decided to do my annual physical exam on my birthday because it’s a practical use of time to compress a lot of outdoor tasks in one day out. To be honest, I hate having to look presentable just to go out and risk catching COVID-19. So in crucial times that I must head out, I make the most out of the effort by doing plenty.
Here’s a photo diary of where we had my birthday brunch. After fasting for the blood test, I just wanted to go somewhere beautiful and become satiated — and not just eat anything to fill in the void in my stomach since that would cheapen my hunger (because it was my birthday and I felt entitled to demand).
Paolo: “So what do you want to have?”
Me: “I want breakfast food 🍳. Coffee ☕. Nature 🌳. And a view 🌄.”
Burrow Café — Antipolo Beehouse
113 Beverly Hills Drive, Beverly Hills Subdivision, Dolores, Taytay
The place is neatly tucked away in the mountainside among a lot of trees. I think public transportation is not available in the area, so you have to drive here or visit through Grab. Although the place is isolated, it’s easy to find your way here with the help of Google Maps.
The pathway is a downslope walk that adds to the charm of its name. Kinilig ako because the term burrow is (almost) poetically accurate. As we descended deeper, nagfeeling akong si Persephone for a bit. 😅 “Ooh, are we visiting the underworld?”
Food took 15 minutes to be prepared, which isn’t bad prep time when you see how everything seems fresh. But we were insanely hungry then because we just fasted. Everything is green and there’s a small stream beneath the cafe, which is beautiful to look at from the al fresco. If you’re gonna dine here, sit by the al fresco where you can soak up the sunlight and get a good view of the outdoors.
I wanted to say that the pizza tastes like Italy 😚👌 hahahaha 😂 but that’s dumb and I’ve never been there. The margherita tastes rich, herby, and light, and yet it is filling because the size is generous. We each had a slice of the eggs benedict and I’m sure that there’s a hint of honey. I love how it tastes clean and buttery at the same time. All that we ordered felt fresh and light and there was none of that greasy indulgence, which I had started to hate at my age. After eating, I washed my palate with a glass of bitter cold brew. They also serve craft beer that I intend to try next time.
We headed down to see the stream after eating and some lounging. We stayed here for a few minutes to just look at the water and listen to it splash and flow. You can also hear birds, insects, and the wind rustling the trees, and it was all relaxing. I’m sure that my kids would love this place as much as we did, and we’re looking forward to bring them here when the pandemic is over.
Reservation details are above should you want to visit the place soon. In our case, we were just fortunate to be accommodated as walk-in diners because there were few people since it was a Friday morning.
Some birthday reflection:
I have grown so much in the past years and I think the best part is how I’ve become deeply attuned with myself. I think that I’ve been consistent and honest with my concept of identity and happiness that is almost unapologetic. There are numerous things I dislike about life, and sometimes I even get tired of my own, but my brain keeps on feeding me thoughts that remind me of how much more I want to experience, feel, and think. My mind does not house the brightest and most hopeful of thoughts, but I’m able to get by just fine because I have desires, responsibilities, and just enough EQ-IQ to understand that everything is more of a state of mind rather than a state of being. I’ve been a parent and an adult for quite a time now, yet I can still be as petty as a toddler. I still badmouth myself for some reality check and I’m aware that I’m not always liked. But despite these misgivings, I am able to like myself more than all of my doubts combined.