[Viaje del Sol Series.3] "Starbucks" stop @ Jay's Kinabuhayan Cafe
I've always wanted to check out Kinabuhayan Cafe's rustic homey ambiance and it is renowned for being the jump off point for trekkers of Mount Banahaw. Since we just came from Kusina Salud, we decided to make this our starbucks stop during the tour. The ambiance of the place is enough to create headaches for Photographers because it is charming in any angle you shoot and it challenges you to create that perfect composition. The best part about it are the windows where it would act as picture frames of the live scenes happening behind the windows. Jay Herrera was there to greet us and give us a hospitable welcome and later on toured us to the Kubli springs. Jay is the co-owner of the place with Winston and he is also the chef behind the delicious innovative food in Kinabuhayan.
The barako coffee here is distinctive however, the group still liked the Kusina Salud Barako coffee version. The coffee just costs us P40/ pot and we are happy that we decided to check out this place. All the viaje del sol stops, have the new green brochure with the half face of the sun in the cover. I took alot of the brochures to distribute to some of my readers (just in case).
This dining place is very engaging with works of art all around. It is like you are in a production stage and we became the actors in the stage. This is the same concept in the windows where it was designed to act as picture frame (both ways) to capture the outside nature ambiance or the homey ambiance of the cafe. We have some great postcard shots in the next posts.
The place have three rooms where each is a kubo with its own distinct personality. It is a bed and breakfast that would costs you P500/head which already includes breakfast. This is the same costs for just eating lunch/dinner/picnic in this place -- all at P500/ person. Well, thats is a simple way to line price everything at P500.
Don't expect air-conditioned rooms here. I took a shot of the bed with kulambo (nets) so practically you could already see that staying at Kinabuhayan is party and drinking all nights and the beds are just used when you are really just tired or drunk already :)
There is also a tree house which Jay uses when all the other Kubo's are occupied. I checked it out and its so narrow that you don't want to stay here. It would be difficult to go all the way up here when you are already drunk :)