respite espresso cafe light and watercolor art by ev yu

October 28, 2015. Served some coffee and baked goods. The best plant box along Mother Ignacia…and a nice wall art. Then, road workers.

As our operations gets developed, interns helped and adapted well. Part-timers came at night, because it was (a bit) scary outside due to limited lights–dark street. It felt safer with them.

Friends and customers gave us some words of encouragement. We got lots of gifts: food, artworks, and regular supply of (free) Vietnam coffee beans.

On December 3, our official opening and “blessing” day. We invited close friends, then shared our journey into becoming “respite.” Each day we met new customers, they wanted more stuff. We expanded our menu, and hosted baking workshops for all ages.

Red Velvet Cupcakes, Dark Choco Chunk Cookies, and Panna Cottas were our regular’s choice. Served some coffee from Mount Apo which pleased our customers. Then, our “secret recipe” Hot Chocolate was a crowd favorite.

The flowering plants made our days brighter. Rolly Boga, Gekorr, and Goro kept us company. Some paintings and zines entertained us. After joining two Local Loca bazaars and one 10a Alabama fair. They started digging.

We were inaccessible, and worried.

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