"...we will always be half of what we can become"

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When this cafe opened in town, it became the locals' favorite. Even those from the city would come and visit this place. For me who lives close has never tried it until my partner and I decided to try it one time when we were looking for a place to eat.

I liked right away the food that we ordered. It's right for my taste, the price is affordable and the serving is plenty. It's a great deal. So we went back and also with friends.

The place has limited seating and sometimes the wait is long so we had to go find some place else to eat. The last time we went back, they have extended their dining area to accommodate more people.

Business is doing good.

It was therefore a surprise when they announced in their social media page that they are shutting down. It was then evident that the place that they were renting was bought by another company who built a commercial building on the spot. There were lots of complaints about that company online but that's another story.

So it was with delight when we learned that Half Cup is opening again but at a different location this time, farther from the former spot.

Me and crazybeautifulfurmom decided to check it out.

The cafe was located at the third floor of a department store. There was no elevator so one would have to be prepared to take the steps.

There were signs on each floor encouraging you to go up just a little bit more and you'll get there.

This sign will greet you when you reach the place.

They were not fully functional at that time for it was still a soft opening. They announced in their page that the soft opening was a week before we came so I'm surprised that it was still their soft opening when we went there.

I guess they do need a lot of preparation.

Back in their former shop, they had printed menus that they hand out to you once you are seated. This time, all are written on this board for the meantime. It was late afternoon when we got there so most of the food are not available. We then chose the familiar food that are available.

It was pay as you order set up that time so after paying for our orders, we went ahead and find a place to sit.

This place is huge! It occupies the entire floor. The ambiance is pleasant. You can choose to sit by the windows so you can enjoy the view. There were plenty of seats. We decided to stay in the pen where you can sit Indian style.

These are the rules when inside the pen. Of course one must remove their footwear and place them in the racks by the entrance to the pen.

I like how they repurposed these palettes and crates and turn them into tables. We need more innovative and simple concepts such as these so that we will lessen our wastes.

These booths are where you will get your orders. There are also booths for utensils, service water, books and games. It is pretty much self-service.

Sitting inside the pen is not a good idea. Our orders would be prepared separately so when one order is done, you have to get it from the designated booth. It is a hassle to keep putting your shoes and then taking it off again.

What I did is to sit in one of the chairs outside the pen and waited for our order and then pass it along to my friend. When all our orders are complete, that's when I finally went back to our table.

This is a cupcake that is smaller than it looks. This is a bite size cupcake but what I like about it is that it is not that sweet. Even the vanilla ice cream is just the right amount of sweetness. If only the cupcake is bigger, then the price would have been just right.

There fries are well cooked. The toppings consist of lots of cheese, beef and freshly chopped tomatoes. These are then served in small dish. Maybe to make it look like there's a lot of serving? But one serving is enough for two. The juice of the tomatoes makes the fries soggy though.

Banana hazelnut waffles are perfect combination. Those compliment each other. I can do away with the cream but it's all good. This is my favorite of all the things we ordered.

For drinks, we only had water which is located at the other end of the room. They should add more booths for water where it is strategically placed where one can easily get it.

Since this is a self-service cafe, then you better clean as you go. There are also designated racks and trays for every used plates, glasses, utensils and leftovers/trash.

This is printed on a wall. What can you say about it?

There are also merchandise for sale such as these that are displayed in front of the counter.

Their tagline says that nothing is half-baked. However, this is not the same taste that we have loved and kept going back when they were still in their former location. The fries and cupcakes were a bit of a letdown. I guess we expected too much. I did commented to one of the staff that the food didn't taste like the way it was before and she replied that they did make some slight changes. These changes made me wonder whether I should go back again. However, they do serve other food so I'm still willing to give it another try.

This visit was two years ago but we haven't been back since.

After traveling, it's time to recharge and do some food blog. I haven't done a food blog in a long time. While remembering this was a bit easy, some of the details are still hard to recall.

However, I do remember that I was not satisfied when I left the place. There is that feeling of not wanting to dislike put trying to find what did I like about the experience. Hopefully, next time, it will be better.

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Wow it looks like a great place to hang out! I think just by going there one can be whole and not just half of what we can be. Hahaha. But it's probably true, we are too lazy to be the best version of ourselves. Only those who exert effort become the best among the rest.

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2 years ago

That's why let's exert effort to eat and eat lol!

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2 years ago

Bwahaha I like that, exert more effort in eating a lot. 😂

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2 years ago

Ang sad naman nung di na sya kasing sarap nung dati. Sana makagawa pa sila ulit ng improvement. Pero sa itsura ng foods mukang appetizing at yung cupcake kakaiba. Instead na icing, ice cream ang topping. Yung banana hazelnut waffle mukang nakakatakam din lalo kakaiba ang combo nya. Ang ganda din ng place ang luwag parang foodcourt ng mall. Magkaroon pa sana ng more innovation sa food next time na babalik balikan ng tao.

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2 years ago

Gulat din ako nung nakita ko gano siya kaluwang. Napawow ako dun na part. Un cupcake okay lang din naman kaso bitin.

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2 years ago

A unique and feel good place everyone must try to visit from time to time.

We will never be whole because we will always be half of what we can become.'

  • ito ba yung when you are trying to reach some point in your life or dream, you will never feel fully accomplished because you feel like you could do better or you want more.

  • ito ba yung parts of you were given to each of the process you go through to reach the point of becoming who and what you want to become.

We will never be whole because we give pieces of ourselves to people to memories and to dreams. And when we become something else that is when we recharge.

Hindi ko alam pinagsasabi ko.

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2 years ago

I think it's all about being content. As humans we want to improve and keep improving. We want to be the best that we can become. However, we all know that there are things that are not meant for us. Until we learn to accept our limits, then we will never stop. How far can we go to prove to ourselves and to others what and how we want to be?

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2 years ago

Good that you are giving afull picture of the place you visited. So that peoples could rethink about going. As everybody luks for a satisfied meal wherever they go. The outlook and the captions of the restaurant look good. Hope one day they will satisfy the needs of the customers.

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2 years ago

I really am curious what improvement they have done if there is. We can't go back now just yet because of all these restrictions happening every now and then it's hard to cope up.

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2 years ago

What I did is to sit in one of the chairs outside the pen and waited for our order and then pass it along to my friend.

Lol. That was quick of you to work out an efficient system to get your food.

The juice of the tomatoes makes the fries soggy though.

Here's an idea-next time ask them to hold back on the tomatoes and add more cheese instead. Yummy!

Two year's plenty of room for improvement. If they are still around and thriving, maybe it's time for another visit.

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2 years ago

Good idea. I don't remember tomatoes in their fries before. Now that they do that, I will do exactly what you said.

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2 years ago

Maybe next time po, they will satisfy your taste, ang ganda ng ambiance nya, cguro they still adjusting parin tsaka ung slogan maganda din:)

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2 years ago

Siguro nga malaking adjustment din sa kanila. Gusto ko din un ambiance lalo na pag maliwanag pa sa labas. Need pa ng improvement sa lighting pag dumilim na.

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2 years ago

Too bad the food wasn't as good as in the other cafe. I would like there to be a place here with a Pen where you could sit Indian style. Although, in that cafe, they should find a way to get all the orders together for a group and avoid taking off the shoes again and again, LOL

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2 years ago

Right? Since it's self-service, it's better if all the food are served at once.

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2 years ago

Ako basta may food lang okay na talaga ako eh. Naku food blog na naman tayo, nagutom na nga ako dito eh, literal.😁

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2 years ago

Lol! Kung sabagay be thankful pa din kasi may food :)

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2 years ago

Hmm. You made me feel Iike I was there. Well, lesson learned. Don't expect too much. I feel you when you are used to something then it was suddenly changed.

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2 years ago

I'm not sure if they are under new management or they are restructuring their food but it was a definite change.

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2 years ago

Wow! This is the type of place I like. So cozy and its good for picture taking. I like how it is "Clean as you go" set up. It will really help the staffs as well to lessen their works.

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2 years ago

True wala ka talaga makitang staff na naglalakad except lang siguro kun pupunta from one booth to the other pero halos lahat nasa likod ng counter and booths.

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2 years ago

Ang ganda nga talaga. Hindi magulo. Maganda din talaga yung claygo, masasanay ka kahit sa ibang kainan.

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2 years ago

Oo din kaya magandang train mga bata sa ganyan.

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2 years ago

Trueeee mas maganda talaga.

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2 years ago

I like that place. I love the designs. The writings on the wall was what captures my eyes once I visited a place.

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2 years ago

I forgot to mention about the doodles they were doing at that time on a portion of the wall.

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2 years ago

It was like a modern vintage place. Cool ambiance! I also love to hang with those kinds of places, unfortunately, some of my favorite place are close or they don't service dine in.

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2 years ago

I hope soon you are free to dine. It's still a big adjustment to all of us.

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2 years ago

Woah brilliant set-up, nice idea and design haha, I got some ideas from the set-up especially the table one hehe.

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2 years ago

Right? It's doable and it's a great way to recycle stuff and repurpose them.

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2 years ago

Sometimes we create many expectations of something and then when we live it, it disappoints us. It would be good for you to give it another chance.

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2 years ago

It's a bad habit I have to break :) There are still lots of food and drinks that we have not tried so for sure we will go back.

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2 years ago

Ang ganda ng ambiance tapos mostly wood yun gamit nila. Kahit yun nakasulat sa table eh very catchy. I think puro recycled materials gamit nila. Tama ba

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2 years ago

Yun mga tables lang yata sa loob ng pen pero ung sa labas, hindi na recycled hehe.

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2 years ago

Ay ganun ba, hehehe..pero ang sarap kumain sa ganahn siguro

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2 years ago

Hehe ang galing ng photo editing po. Pero may ganun talaga no, minsan pagnawala tas bigla bumalik hindi na tulad ng dati 🙊🙈😂

Pero ang sarap po nila tignan sa pictures. Heheh

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2 years ago

Oo din. Nasabi nga nung isang staff may changes daw sila. Pero try pa namin un ibang food nila soon.

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2 years ago

It is nice to go out with friends and be able to eat delicious delicacies in places where the customer service is noticeably good.

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2 years ago

So true. In this cafe though, it's mostly self-service. All the staff are behind the counter or booths.

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2 years ago

I love the ambiance, Kuya Lee. Naglalaway ako sa cupcake hahaha.

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2 years ago

Masarap nga siya pero bitin hehe.

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2 years ago

I thimg I I wanne experience the restaurant where you'd sit on the grass but I find it weird that you have to pull your foot wear, I don't like my legs exposed in public. Thise rules are really funny especially the "no pillow fight" rule. I'd like to break that rule if I were there ...ðŸĪŠ

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2 years ago

Lol! Pillow fight it is :D We have to remove our shoes so as not to dirty the grass which is fake by the way :)

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2 years ago

I hate it when a cafe I like closes down. Luckily it opened again in another location. It looks nice. I cofes and funny enough I am sitting at a cafe having a coffee and read your article.

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2 years ago

It's really good that they finally opened again and they have a bigger area now.

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2 years ago

bet ko yung fries at yung cupcakes...

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2 years ago

Un cupcake nakakabitin hehe. Nasanay lang ako sa malaking serving :D

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2 years ago

hahaha yun lang

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2 years ago

Yung food/sweets talaga 😍. Can't wait for your another food blog 🙂

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2 years ago

Hehe tingnan ko kung ano pwede ko next.

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2 years ago

Yay makapabisin sir! Nagmayat sa mangan diay adda grass nan hehe

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2 years ago

Wen ngem makakiliti haha!

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2 years ago

Half Cup losing its first location really took a toll on the business. It's not easy to have to start again in another location after securing your first regular customers. I wish the cafe best of lucks. And do make sure to blog about your next visit there.

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2 years ago

I surely will but I don't know when. The situation here now is that we still have restrictions imposed suddenly just like right now.

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2 years ago

So sad that mostly business nowadays are shutting down because of this pandemic, they able to relocate but as you have said the taste is not the same anymore maybe because they are in tight budget with ingredients.

The Ambiance is really cool tho, I find it cool setting down in the floor hihihi.

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2 years ago

This was prepandemic. They were just starting then but pandemic hit so I hope they were able to sustain.

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2 years ago

Parang nakakarelax naman jan :) Ang ganda ng place at nakakatakam ang pagkain..I miss dining out :(

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2 years ago

Oo din kasi ang aliwalas kaya maganda din na tambayan. Sana nga makalabas na kayo soon.

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2 years ago

Hopefully :)

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2 years ago

nakakagutom naman tong article na to HAHAHA Pero yung place sobrang nakaka relax huhuhu

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2 years ago

Hehe gusto ko din ung place. Ang luwang e :D

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2 years ago

Amazing place to have lunch or dinner too 😋

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2 years ago

Indeed. The ambiance is relaxing which I like.

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2 years ago

Mukhang maganda po dyan sir. Sa La Trinidad po ba yan?

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2 years ago

Yes, sir. Malapit sa market.

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2 years ago

Ay bet ko ang ganyan yung uupo dun sa green platform

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2 years ago

Oo nga e parang nasa park lang hehe.

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2 years ago

Ang ganda naman dyan :) And that writing on the wall (your title) is interesting. Perhaps it's true :) Maybe very few of us really live up to our full potential...

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2 years ago

So many factors, meaning excuses, that prevents us from exploring our potentials :D

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2 years ago

Very, very true. That's why Les Brown said the richest place on earth is the cemetery because most of us go to our graves with so many unexpressed ideas and unfulfilled desires or goals

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2 years ago

That's a sad truth. Inta agkali ti kinabaknang haha!

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2 years ago

Wen ayana banda? LOL!

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2 years ago

Wen ayana banda? LOL!

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2 years ago

The sitting place is so huge and such a nice ambience and those foods look super delicious :p i wanna try all lol

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2 years ago

It is. I was genuinely surprised. The original place was not even one-fourth of that.

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2 years ago

Agingganaak lang basa basan. Pintas. Mayat pay inkastam jay blogs mu.

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2 years ago

Nareviewk daytoyen jay tasteem hehe.

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2 years ago

ah jak cguro nabasa pay

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2 years ago

Innayun mo kuma j signage ijay stairs. Kakat katawa ngata dijay haha! Try mo order j grab food tas let me know nu inmokay manen pag raman mo t lako da

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2 years ago

Madik amu nangikargaak jay pix nga dagijay. Nadelete kun sa.

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2 years ago

Ada jay photo chat history ta. Nakitak dagus haha

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2 years ago

I really like cafes nowadays, although the food and drinks was expensive but the concept/theme of their restaurant was so nice, just like what you have shared on these photos.

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2 years ago

That's true. Cafes now have upgraded. Cafe owners have to keep up with the modern times.

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2 years ago

Ang ganda po ng place nila 😍 pero dahil nag iba sila ng place baka nag iba narin yung nagluluto ng food kaya nag bago yung lasa.

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2 years ago

Kaya nga e. Nasabi naman na may mga changes daw talaga.

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