Dimston Dimsum Corner

Located near CIE, Mabolo Panagdait

Located near CIE, Mabolo Panagdait

Whenever there are days that I don’t feel so well, this can be easily remedied by a quick dimsum fix. In Cebu everyone knows that Dimsum fix to be Dimsum break: Cebu’s fastfood dimsum place. But honestly it isn’t exactly cheap and it’s not something I think I can afford to have all the time. Fortunately a new place just popped by near where I work: DIMSTON Food Corner.

It’s actually a name play from the owner’s name: Disston + Dimsum. There you have Dimston.

Dimsum at a Budget

This all costs me a mere 105php!

This all costs me a mere 105php!

There are actually several options around Cebu for your budget dimsum fix. I’ve probably seen hundreds of siomai kiosks or food stalls whether at the streets or in the malls, ready to serve a dimsum-loving mass of Cebuanos. However what sets this one apart is that first, it’s not a food stall, it’s really a food corner with its own dedicated area for eating. Second, ALL the dimsum treats here are for 35php each ONLY. No kidding, their steamed rice, siomai, japanes siomai, friend siomai, or even their empress rolls: 35php.

Empress Rolls
Still a personal favorite: Empress rolls! only 35php here!

Be warned though, don’t go comparing the quality of the dimsum to be that of Dimsum break or other popular dimsum providers out there. It’s not exactly the most delicious dimsum but it still was good enough to enjoy considering the price point. Also interesting to note, your food isn’t served in just some ordinary plate or bowl,you have your classic steamed rice bowl, and individual steamers for your dimsum. Kinda feels like the real deal.

Open type of food corner, and literally a corner

Open type of food corner, and literally a corner

If you ask me if I would go back there anytime soon? I believe I would. Although it’s kind of out of the way if you have to go through the heavy traffic flow at hernan cortes or Mabolo, but if you’re usually on the way you ought to give this a try! They are located just beside CIE, and beside 7 eleven near Rainforest park.

A quick snack or a meal for those on a tight budget! The place is also a nice one for chilling around or hanging out with friends after a good fill of dimsum.

They’re open from 10am to 10pm everyday!

Dimston Food Corner, Apparently the second best thing in fastfood dimsum

Dimston Food Corner, Apparently the second best thing in fastfood dimsum

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Bo's Coffee Travel Journal

Bo’s Coffee Awesome Travel Journal

Bo's Coffee Travel Journal

Bo’s Coffee Travel Journal

For those of you who frequent coffee shops and cafés you will know that this is the time of the year where you start rushing to collect all your stickers and stamps so you can get your favorite coffee shop planner or journal. Some of you are not even going to use it. For most of the people, this is just another collectible to store along with the other objects of collections. I, particularly, started joining on this huge craze when I finally had my Starbucks card.

 

Not another planner

Bo's Coffee Travel journal

Bo’s Coffee Travel Journal

For those of you looking for a planner I suggest you go on for your search for a planner because what I’m going to be writing about is NOT A PLANNER.  Let me point this out plain and simple: THIS IS A TRAVEL  JOURNAL for 2015. This means this is a journal that is designed to meet the needs of someone who is constantly travelling and is looking for a physical medium to chronicle one’s epic adventure.

So now that we’ve cleared that out let’s continue.

Bo's Coffee Travel Journal

Anthill Native Weaving for the Journal Spine

 

You don’t need to collect Stamps or stickers

As opposed to the coffee-café-planner craze, this Bo’s Origins: Travel Journal does not in fact need any  stamps and stickers to get it. We’re going all classical way of acquiring a brand-new journey here.. No we’re not doing barter-trade system (although Bo’s Coffee you might like to consider that for, you know, for the fun of the good old times).

All you need is a thousand pesos (Php 1,000). That’s right. With 1000.00php you can get your own Travel Journal. No need for drowning yourself in coffee or milk tea or any product. Just pull out some cash and then you’ll have this proudly  Pinoy journal!

Is it worth it?

For the practical shopper it might be a bit too pricey for just another journal. BUT WAIT! There’s more! (there always is, isnt there?) This isn’t JUST a journal.

Bo's Coffee Travel Journal

Removable Leather cover! Awesome leather cover as well 😀

Top 10 reasons why you should get the Bo’s Coffee Travel Journal

 

      1. Leather Cover – okay I know we shouldn’t judge a book by its cover but HECK, the beautiful Anthill fabrics featuring Filipino designs, covering the spine, and the leather finish with just perfect stiches. This book, you can judge by its cover!
      2. Blank Pages – blank pages, blank pages everywhere! As a creative I can’t stand lines. I don’t mind lines for my lecture notes but for my ideas? Memories? Thoughts? NO ONE should tell me where and how to write. This is perfect for the writer who wants to be free of linear dictations.
      3. Cool illustrations – kinda small of a reason but I’m fascinated at how these illustrations were nicely done and I found it cool that these were elements that connected with me: a camera, a bird.. And many more! It did not hog the entire journal. They were occasionally placed here and there.

        Bo's Coffee Travel Journal

        Awesome sketches and illustrations!

      4. Personalization forms – because this IS a travel journal, expect something like a “Passport” page where you fill up your details and also a  bag tag in the first page to add your personal information. Small detail but I found this really cool and it felt like it mattered a lot to me.
      5. Traveler’s Checklist – at the near-end part of this travel journal is a travel checklist guide. I personally have one for myself but I have it on my Google Drive. I think this physical copy compiled by professional travel bloggers would make a very helpful one.
      6. Because Brown – Color matters to me. For some reason I’ve been having this unexplainable pull towards brown. Anyway, this color can be either formal or casual. So bringing this travel journal won’t feel off with anyone who is in a formal get-up or a casual on-the-go attire. Heck, carrying this journal would be an awesome fashion accessory of a sort
      7. Social Enterprise Coupons – So we have some social enterprises around the country, proudly local, who decided those who carried these journals deserved a discount. Support these businesses who wish to earn money while helping people in the process! I’m particularly looking at them Bambike Tours (bamboo bike) in Intramuros! Some really good deals here people!
      8. Once Upon a Coffee – Know where your proudly Filipino Coffee comes from. You have some of the finest travellers in the Philippines sharing an article or two in the journal. Reading through them will pique the interest of coffee-lovers and travel-junkies. Who knows they (the coffee origins) could be your next travel destination.
      9. Travel Blogger Spirit – given that photos and articles were shared in this journal, you can expect that some of the finest talents in the Travel community in the Philippines have imbibed a material manifestation of their talents in your copy of the journal. Hopefully this small reminder of their spirit of travel can inspire you to travel more as well
      10. The #YourHomeGrownBrew Challenge

        #yourhomegrownbrew challenge

        #Yourhomegrownbrew Challenge!

        – Okay okay let me just rave about this one in particular. THIS IS AWESOME! There’s a travel challenge in the journal that will allow you to win either 365 days of Coffee (Bo’s All access pass) for completing all 12 of them, or 1500php GC for completing at least 6 of them. I just checked all 12 places and at least 10 of them I visit almost every year! I got really pumped up and excited for this challenge! It’s like an amazing race for coffee lovers 😀 Now THERE’S a challenge I want to complete.

 

So I think I can either rave on about how wonderful this travel journal is, but for now I’m gonna leave you with this thought:

 

To Know yourself, know the world!

Travel not to run away, but to run towards.

Run towards life, possibilities, truth, adventure, opportunity, and most importantly towards love.

 

 

Butterbean ice cream

Butterbean: Cebu’s Make Your Own Ice Cream

Make your own ice cream

Cebu’s First Make-your-own Ice Cream!

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IrieBurger001

Lito’s Way Burger

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Big Flat Bread Pizza

That’s one huge pizza. I can curl up on it and sleep on it. It’s literally a Big Flat Bread

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East West Cafe Mango Sushi Roll

The Famous Mango Sushi Crepe 😀

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AICA Cebu

Class picture in AICA Cebu, batch 2011 😀

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Bo’s Coffee in Raintree Mall

Bo's Coffee Design

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Bonchon Chicken in Cebu

Bonchon Fried Chicken finally in Cebu

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Krua Thai Chili Crab

Krua Thai Chili Crab

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