Sunday, October 18, 2020

El Bohemio at the Art Sector Gallery
and Chimney Cafe

     It feels great to go riding outside the metro again! Never felt so alive in months! Haha! Haven't rode my bike to far places since the start of the Community Quarantine in March. Some of my rider friends were able to go riding after the GCQ (General Community Quarantine) that started in May. But I  guess I was too lazy to join any trips. Then came the rainy season - more laziness haha!

Met up with friends at KRB.
With Shah and her new XTZ!

Just arrived! 

    Anyway, yeah, it's good to see some of my rider friends again. I was invited to a birthday celebration last October 2nd in Rizal Province. We all met at KRB Motocross Speedway in Antipolo for lunch, at Coach Mel's place (known by riders as Mel Aquino's Yamaha Off-road Training Camp woohoo!). Then we headed for Binangonan to this really awesome place. 

    On a hilltop in Eastridge Executive Village stands this white modern-Mediterranean style building that gleams brightly under the sun. It houses the Art Sector Gallery and also Chimney Cafe 360. 

   It is a special events place where not only can you can appreciate fine art while you lounge and enjoy a favorite beverage or snack, but also marvel at the beautiful view of Laguna Lake and the Sierra Madre mountain ridge. You can also see how lovely the sun or moon rises or sets on them from their balconies and decks.

   If you know where to look (and if weather permits), you will see the Pililla Windmills or even Ortigas Center or Makati, or your house if you have excellent vision haha!

 Architecture itself is an art and I couldn't help but admire the cleverly designed interior. Not just the aesthetics but the use of natural light and ventilation. It was fun climbing up a series of stairs to the mezzanine and other elevated spaces. (Couldn't help but feel my age also haha! Sorry no elevators here.) And yeah, nice to see familiar artworks in here too (some I've seen at ArtFairPH). Most looks new  to me and they're awesome!


  So if you're into art watching and hanging out in someplace chill then I recommend that you visit this place. However do visit their FB Page first because there's a limit to how many visitors they can accommodate during the quarantine. There are specific days for walk-in customers and other days for event reservations. They are open from 2PM to 7PM only and it's self-service when it comes to ordering food. 

     Many thanks to Jane Cometa for making this Art Sector trip possible! <3 And of course Happy Birthday kuya Bong!

   Here's a Binangonan sunset (Oct.. 2, 2020, 5:40 PM.) I've never seen the sun setting from this elevation before. Up here in Tayuman, on one of Art Sector's decks, I can see Angono and Taytay, and Metro Manila behind Laguna lake, under a vast purple and orange sky. Absolutely breathtaking! ^_^

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