Let this entry be the comeback to my blog writing. I have decided to continue this narration of our Palawan Adventure after an absence of about five years. We are still here, love being here and still prefer to live here. By now, our children have spent most of their young lives in Palawan.
So let me begin by saying that I am so happy that there is a cozy outdoor cafe where you can have an espresso or decaf coffee or hot chocolate or a tea smoothie when most places have closed for the night. Today was a slow Sunday that started with sleeping in and having a late breakfast. We walked on the beach, had Sinigang na Bulalo and Seafood Gising Gising for lunch and spent the early afternoon lounging on Facebook, YouTube and Instagram. Heard Mass at the Immaculate Conception Cathedral on this Feast of Christ the King, went to SM and had dinner at Shakey's and watched Frozen 2. And my family STILL needed a nightcap. So, Mayad. Look, the store window is all dressed up for the holidays!
Mayad is one of the rare places where they don't shoo the customers away thirty minutes before closing time. The staff are cheerful and courteous even at 10:45pm even when they are obviously tired. The aircon and music are still on at 11:10pm while they clean up, as the couple in the corner continues their conversation.
Its convenient location within the City Coliseum grounds gives the little cafe a huge garden where the customers can stroll around with their drinks. The pretty flower lamp posts and dropping lights complete the al fresco vibe, especially when they have acoustic nights and the occasional poetry reading sessions.
The drinks are good and the quality is consistent. When you take a sip, the taste is not exceptional but it is far from disappointing. It hits the spot. My green tea matcha is always just right, not too sweet and well-stirred. Our hot chocolate orders are always perfect. And I'm so so happy they have decaf whenever I need a psychological kick and do not need the palpitations that go with a caffeinated latte.
Across the street, there is a malunggay pan de sal store that is open 24 hours and sells those hot and small crusty pan de sals for P2 apiece, 24/7.
At 11:30pm, we headed home, and called it a day. Tomorrow we work and study again.