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Coffee in a quaint cafe with tons of inspiring decor? That sounds like the perfect place to chill for us. We've heard about Bowerbird Coffee several weeks after it opened but never had the chance to visit the place, until recently. Locating the shop was a bit of a challenge since we missed to spot the newly opened Lane 101 in Masterson's Avenue. Eventually, we saw the huge shop sign painted on a large block of wood and the brightly lit fairy lights. It honestly looked like it was calling us from a distance. 

When we entered the small shop, we were greeted with the sweet smell of freshly brewed coffee — something we'll never ever get enough of. It's hard not to swoon at all the beautiful knick-knacks on display. There were wooden shelves designed like a swing on one wall and beautiful sketches, postcards and flowers hanging on the other. Packages of imported coffee, cute teacups, and magazines sat on the wooden shelves. Looking around the shop was a visual treat.

We definitely don't mind spending a rainy afternoon in their shop, enjoying a cup of coffee, scribbling away on our journals, and drowning out all of the noise outside with heart-melting music playing through our earphones. It's such a cozy and inspiring place.




Che Roa, one of the owners, explained that a Bowerbird is a kind of bird in Australia. She said that they're basically hoarders because they gather and keep all sorts of things inside their nest. She also shared that some people mistake their name as "Powerbird", making it sound like a networking company instead of a coffee shop.

Bowerbird Coffee serves soul-awakening cups of joe, using 100% Arabica beans from different local roasters such as Kapeng Lumad, Kahayag Coffee Roaster, Maramag Coffee, and many more. These roasters source their beans from the mountains of Miarayon, Libona, Maramag, and others.

Che shared that she also collects single origin or specialty coffee beans from India, Guatemala, and Honduras, to name a few. "It's a hobby of mine when I do manual brewing or make espresso. Sometimes I share it with some of my friends." Aside from serving coffee and sumptuous pastries in their shop, they also offer catering services for events such as weddings and birthdays.

What's next for Bowerbird Coffee? Expansion to serve more great cups of coffee. For sure, we will be the first ones on the lookout when they move to a bigger place or branch out soon. We'll be there!

Bowerbird Coffee: Creativity And Passion In A Cup is located in Lane 101 Building F, Stall # 7, Masterson's Ave., Upper CarmenCagayan de Oro City.



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Vivre (/Vi/) is a homegrown lifestyle website based in Cagayan de Oro, PH. If you'd like to contribute, don't hesitate to shoot an email to vivrethesite@gmail.com.

Hole In The Wall Cafe Series - Bowerbird Coffee PH

Cagayan de Oro, Misamis Oriental, Philippines


Coffee in a quaint cafe with tons of inspiring decor? That sounds like the perfect place to chill for us. We've heard about Bowerbird Coffee several weeks after it opened but never had the chance to visit the place, until recently. Locating the shop was a bit of a challenge since we missed to spot the newly opened Lane 101 in Masterson's Avenue. Eventually, we saw the huge shop sign painted on a large block of wood and the brightly lit fairy lights. It honestly looked like it was calling us from a distance. 

When we entered the small shop, we were greeted with the sweet smell of freshly brewed coffee — something we'll never ever get enough of. It's hard not to swoon at all the beautiful knick-knacks on display. There were wooden shelves designed like a swing on one wall and beautiful sketches, postcards and flowers hanging on the other. Packages of imported coffee, cute teacups, and magazines sat on the wooden shelves. Looking around the shop was a visual treat.

We definitely don't mind spending a rainy afternoon in their shop, enjoying a cup of coffee, scribbling away on our journals, and drowning out all of the noise outside with heart-melting music playing through our earphones. It's such a cozy and inspiring place.




Che Roa, one of the owners, explained that a Bowerbird is a kind of bird in Australia. She said that they're basically hoarders because they gather and keep all sorts of things inside their nest. She also shared that some people mistake their name as "Powerbird", making it sound like a networking company instead of a coffee shop.

Bowerbird Coffee serves soul-awakening cups of joe, using 100% Arabica beans from different local roasters such as Kapeng Lumad, Kahayag Coffee Roaster, Maramag Coffee, and many more. These roasters source their beans from the mountains of Miarayon, Libona, Maramag, and others.

Che shared that she also collects single origin or specialty coffee beans from India, Guatemala, and Honduras, to name a few. "It's a hobby of mine when I do manual brewing or make espresso. Sometimes I share it with some of my friends." Aside from serving coffee and sumptuous pastries in their shop, they also offer catering services for events such as weddings and birthdays.

What's next for Bowerbird Coffee? Expansion to serve more great cups of coffee. For sure, we will be the first ones on the lookout when they move to a bigger place or branch out soon. We'll be there!

Bowerbird Coffee: Creativity And Passion In A Cup is located in Lane 101 Building F, Stall # 7, Masterson's Ave., Upper CarmenCagayan de Oro City.



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Vivre (/Vi/) is a homegrown lifestyle website based in Cagayan de Oro, PH. If you'd like to contribute, don't hesitate to shoot an email to vivrethesite@gmail.com.

Upon entering the gates of Seven Seas Waterpark & Resort, you know you’re in for some fun. For its grand opening and holiday festival, Vivre got to witness first-hand on what the first themed waterpark in Mindanao has to offer. Created to take fun and leisure to a whole new level, a myriad of high-rising and adrenaline-induced waterslides are everywhere in sight, thus the shrill sound of enthusiasm from the guests. 

Taking in the form of an island with pirate ships, Seven Seas Waterpark & Resort was made to look like a film coming out to life; think Pirates of The Carribean? Its atmosphere, are cohesively and delicately planned out, that even its merchandise store called The Pirates' Market and café called Captain Oliver's Cafe gave off the same kind of feeling you get when you walk around from one location to the next. Really, it was an entirely new world in there!




Several activities welcomed guests to finally commence its opening to the public. A giant stage by the wave pool housed performances by DJ Kyle and DJ Kitty, the singing mermaids, and a show-stopping production number by the Seven Seas Pirates in one of the waterpark’s ships. Other than those, a fireworks show entertained everyone by evening and a tree-lighting ceremony was held near the fountain. Guests were then ushered into the clubhouse for a lavish dinner. Some of the VIP guests were Hon. Yevgeny Emano, governor of the 2nd District of Misamis Oriental; Hon. Maxie Rodriguez, vice-governor of the 2nd District of Misamis Oriental; Mayor Jennie Uy of Villanueva, Misamis Oriental; Mayor Maximo Seno of Opol, Misamis Oriental; Mr. Mario Mamon, founder, and CEO of Enchanted Kingdom; and Ms. Marie Unchuan, Department of Tourism Region X Director.  

Behind all these was Engr. Elpidio Paras’ vision, who spoke to the crowd of the waterpark’s humble beginnings. “Like any other project, Seven Seas began as a simple dream.” With his modest and unassuming demeanor, he simply reminisced of the time when his wife hoped for a place where their grandkids could play and eat around by a nipa hut in a fishpond. “True enough about 6 years ago the opportunity came and we were able to acquire this property [and] we’re very happy that we found the right connections.” Where Seven Seas presently stands was previously a vast fishpond they once desired to attain.








He also shared that it was vital to create a backstory of Seven Seas rooted from the rich history of the Philippines, back to a time when the Dutch wanted to take the country into its wing from the Spaniards in the early 1600s.  Aside from that, Seven Seas represents his seven children whom he dearly loves and takes pride in, as well as the symbolic number seven. Definitely, the entire Paras family was as invested as he was in this dream project.

The waterpark not only personified a new face of fun but boosted Mindanao’s tourism step by step and generated jobs for the people of Barra, Opol  an opportunity greater than the adventure and thrill that it gives. Over 200 staff are currently working in the park and most of them are residents of Opol.

The next time you're thinking of going on a brand new adventure, put  Seven Seas Waterpark & Resort on your list. Grab your family and friends, pack your board shorts and rashguards, and head to Barra, Opol, Misamis Oriental! 



For the complete list of ticket fees, cabana rates, and park rules, visit their Facebook page. We hope to SEA you there soon!

Fun Under The Sun At Seven Seas Waterpark & Resort Holiday Festival


Upon entering the gates of Seven Seas Waterpark & Resort, you know you’re in for some fun. For its grand opening and holiday festival, Vivre got to witness first-hand on what the first themed waterpark in Mindanao has to offer. Created to take fun and leisure to a whole new level, a myriad of high-rising and adrenaline-induced waterslides are everywhere in sight, thus the shrill sound of enthusiasm from the guests. 

Taking in the form of an island with pirate ships, Seven Seas Waterpark & Resort was made to look like a film coming out to life; think Pirates of The Carribean? Its atmosphere, are cohesively and delicately planned out, that even its merchandise store called The Pirates' Market and café called Captain Oliver's Cafe gave off the same kind of feeling you get when you walk around from one location to the next. Really, it was an entirely new world in there!




Several activities welcomed guests to finally commence its opening to the public. A giant stage by the wave pool housed performances by DJ Kyle and DJ Kitty, the singing mermaids, and a show-stopping production number by the Seven Seas Pirates in one of the waterpark’s ships. Other than those, a fireworks show entertained everyone by evening and a tree-lighting ceremony was held near the fountain. Guests were then ushered into the clubhouse for a lavish dinner. Some of the VIP guests were Hon. Yevgeny Emano, governor of the 2nd District of Misamis Oriental; Hon. Maxie Rodriguez, vice-governor of the 2nd District of Misamis Oriental; Mayor Jennie Uy of Villanueva, Misamis Oriental; Mayor Maximo Seno of Opol, Misamis Oriental; Mr. Mario Mamon, founder, and CEO of Enchanted Kingdom; and Ms. Marie Unchuan, Department of Tourism Region X Director.  

Behind all these was Engr. Elpidio Paras’ vision, who spoke to the crowd of the waterpark’s humble beginnings. “Like any other project, Seven Seas began as a simple dream.” With his modest and unassuming demeanor, he simply reminisced of the time when his wife hoped for a place where their grandkids could play and eat around by a nipa hut in a fishpond. “True enough about 6 years ago the opportunity came and we were able to acquire this property [and] we’re very happy that we found the right connections.” Where Seven Seas presently stands was previously a vast fishpond they once desired to attain.








He also shared that it was vital to create a backstory of Seven Seas rooted from the rich history of the Philippines, back to a time when the Dutch wanted to take the country into its wing from the Spaniards in the early 1600s.  Aside from that, Seven Seas represents his seven children whom he dearly loves and takes pride in, as well as the symbolic number seven. Definitely, the entire Paras family was as invested as he was in this dream project.

The waterpark not only personified a new face of fun but boosted Mindanao’s tourism step by step and generated jobs for the people of Barra, Opol  an opportunity greater than the adventure and thrill that it gives. Over 200 staff are currently working in the park and most of them are residents of Opol.

The next time you're thinking of going on a brand new adventure, put  Seven Seas Waterpark & Resort on your list. Grab your family and friends, pack your board shorts and rashguards, and head to Barra, Opol, Misamis Oriental! 



For the complete list of ticket fees, cabana rates, and park rules, visit their Facebook page. We hope to SEA you there soon!

Kagay-an Coffee Cartel has just opened a few days ago, by a group of four friends whose love for the art of making coffee, and simply by coffee itself, has enabled them to start their own cafe in the city. It took months to plan out- since August of this year, to be exact, but the idea, which has always been a part of their conversations, remained long before. 

Coffee Cartel isn’t as ordinary as you would expect. Unlike many other known coffee shops, Coffee Cartel takes pride in getting locally sourced products from Kape Maramag in Maramag, Bukidnon . “Mindanao hasn’t always been known for its coffee beans but we do have them and this coffee could compete internationally.” Ed Abella, one of the owner says, that apart from helping our own farmers in Mindanao, the coffee beans produced right where we are could be as promising.



  


Designed for relaxing and working, Kagayan Coffee Cartel is a perfect go-to hub for creatives and coffee-goers alike. It is also the café’s vision to promote CdeO’s local artists, as seen in one of the walls of the coffee shop where a set of black-and-white photos have been framed. “Those are my photos, actually.” Ed says sheepishly, who mentions he is also a photographer. Ed explains that the café would feature an artist every month so people could also recognize the artists behind the highlighted works. Being able to bring together artists for poetry nights and exhibits would be one of the biggest goals of the café. 

“All you need are the right set of people.” Ed straightforwardly says, when asked about how others could start their own coffee shops. “A business has to have a heart. It has to believe in something.” A vision seemingly fit right where Coffee Cartel stands. Seemingly, Kagay-an Coffee Cartel already has that off their checklist.  

Kagay-an Coffee Cartel is located in  88 Arch. Hayes St., (near Mister Donut) Cagayan de Oro City

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Vivre (/Vi/) is a homegrown lifestyle website based in Cagayan de Oro, PH. If you'd like to contribute, don't hesitate to shoot an email to vivrethesite@gmail.com.

Photos by Kagay-an Coffee Cartel

Hole In The Wall Cafe Series - Kagay-an Coffee Cartel

Cagayan de Oro, Misamis Oriental, Philippines


Kagay-an Coffee Cartel has just opened a few days ago, by a group of four friends whose love for the art of making coffee, and simply by coffee itself, has enabled them to start their own cafe in the city. It took months to plan out- since August of this year, to be exact, but the idea, which has always been a part of their conversations, remained long before. 

Coffee Cartel isn’t as ordinary as you would expect. Unlike many other known coffee shops, Coffee Cartel takes pride in getting locally sourced products from Kape Maramag in Maramag, Bukidnon . “Mindanao hasn’t always been known for its coffee beans but we do have them and this coffee could compete internationally.” Ed Abella, one of the owner says, that apart from helping our own farmers in Mindanao, the coffee beans produced right where we are could be as promising.



  


Designed for relaxing and working, Kagayan Coffee Cartel is a perfect go-to hub for creatives and coffee-goers alike. It is also the café’s vision to promote CdeO’s local artists, as seen in one of the walls of the coffee shop where a set of black-and-white photos have been framed. “Those are my photos, actually.” Ed says sheepishly, who mentions he is also a photographer. Ed explains that the café would feature an artist every month so people could also recognize the artists behind the highlighted works. Being able to bring together artists for poetry nights and exhibits would be one of the biggest goals of the café. 

“All you need are the right set of people.” Ed straightforwardly says, when asked about how others could start their own coffee shops. “A business has to have a heart. It has to believe in something.” A vision seemingly fit right where Coffee Cartel stands. Seemingly, Kagay-an Coffee Cartel already has that off their checklist.  

Kagay-an Coffee Cartel is located in  88 Arch. Hayes St., (near Mister Donut) Cagayan de Oro City

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Vivre (/Vi/) is a homegrown lifestyle website based in Cagayan de Oro, PH. If you'd like to contribute, don't hesitate to shoot an email to vivrethesite@gmail.com.

Photos by Kagay-an Coffee Cartel

Last September 3, Chingkeetea hosted a dinner in collaboration with Vivre. The dinner named, Artists’ Night: A Creative Gathering, brought forth few artists in the local scene to take part in a special night filled with art and creative ideas.

The dinner took place in Pacifico Hotel’s E-Bar, which sat atop the rooftop of the building. Guests, dressed in shades of blue, started arriving by 5pm where the sun slowly set in, adorning the entire venue. Vinyl records on jazz music were also looming around, setting a relaxing mood for the evening. 







The tables were set with a rustic feel, decorated with fresh flowers from Petals CDO. Chingkee Te, specifically curated the whole atmosphere of the table set-up. Before dinner, guests had an art session in their preferred medium. Some chose to write essays and poetry, while others drew and painted their brushes away. Guests shared a good meal afterward. 

Gathering at the lounge area, a discussion on a special project commenced. But before that, artists who wrote read their poetry and other writings out loud to the group. The dinner went about with good conversations and creative brainstorming. The special project called INDIGO, which is still under wraps, is something that CdeO can truly be proud of once it will come to fruition very soon.


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Alve Jane Aranton is a 21 year-old writer from Cagayan de Oro, PH. She is a lover of words, coffee and cats. Alve blogs her feelings at  She Is The Paper Back Writer.

Photos by Joshua Motomull. Video by Ajae Evangelista

Artist's Night: A Creative Gathering


Last September 3, Chingkeetea hosted a dinner in collaboration with Vivre. The dinner named, Artists’ Night: A Creative Gathering, brought forth few artists in the local scene to take part in a special night filled with art and creative ideas.

The dinner took place in Pacifico Hotel’s E-Bar, which sat atop the rooftop of the building. Guests, dressed in shades of blue, started arriving by 5pm where the sun slowly set in, adorning the entire venue. Vinyl records on jazz music were also looming around, setting a relaxing mood for the evening. 







The tables were set with a rustic feel, decorated with fresh flowers from Petals CDO. Chingkee Te, specifically curated the whole atmosphere of the table set-up. Before dinner, guests had an art session in their preferred medium. Some chose to write essays and poetry, while others drew and painted their brushes away. Guests shared a good meal afterward. 

Gathering at the lounge area, a discussion on a special project commenced. But before that, artists who wrote read their poetry and other writings out loud to the group. The dinner went about with good conversations and creative brainstorming. The special project called INDIGO, which is still under wraps, is something that CdeO can truly be proud of once it will come to fruition very soon.


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Alve Jane Aranton is a 21 year-old writer from Cagayan de Oro, PH. She is a lover of words, coffee and cats. Alve blogs her feelings at  She Is The Paper Back Writer.

Photos by Joshua Motomull. Video by Ajae Evangelista

Colorful spools of thread, two sewing machines, pieces of cloth in different patterns and textures, beads in reused jars — these were what greeted me one humid August afternoon when I went to Shaira's house. "Sorry for the mess," she said and I didn't mind. It was her version of the "creative mess" that every artist and creator is familiar with.  

I've known Shaira for a long time. We don't even count the years we've been friends anymore. Way back in high school, she used to sketch a lot in the back pages of her notebook. She even sketched a few of the characters from short stories I wrote. For a school project one time, she made a replica of The Colosseum in Rome with paper-mâché. 

I will always remember her as the girl who never fails to push her creativity as far as she can. And her latest creative projects proves just that. I've sat down with her to talk about her craft which she turned into a business and she was more than glad to share her thoughts:

How did your passion for designing and tailoring start?

My great-grandmother used to sew pajamas and other outfits for us when my sisters and I were still kids. It really amazed me watching her sew using her treadle sewing machine. She inspired me to try sewing myself. 

I started sewing outfits by hand for my dolls. It wasn't until my junior year in college have I dared to learn using a sewing machine. I started with altering ready-to-wear clothes. I explored pattern-making and eventually, I learned how to make clothes from scratch.


What or who inspires you to continue your passion?

The endless possibilities you can incorporate and do with sewing, that's what pumps me up. Making new things that can make others smile keeps me going.

How did Glaze: Cut & Sew start?

It was actually unplanned. Last summer, my sisters kept asking me to make swimwear for them. They’re the sporty-type of girls. They’re totally not into the sexy and daring swimwear available in the market. So I made it based on how they wanted them to be. 

They posted photos of them wearing the swimwear I made online. Their friends got curious where they got it and I had been receiving requests since then. From then, I decided to put up a Facebook page and that's when Glaze: Cut & Sew was born.

Out of all your work so far, which piece is your favorite?

The first top I made for myself! I've been sewing day-and-night yet I barely have time to sew for myself so it was a big reward haha!

As an artist, what is your greatest motivation to keep creating?

It's having people who appreciate what I do, especially knowing my clients are pleased with the items I make for them. Getting good feedback from them makes me feel so happy and proud of myself. It pushes me to learn new techniques to improve my craft.


Was there a time in your life when you felt you wanted to give up your craft?

There were a lot of times especially when I decided to turn my hobby into a business. I'm often caught in a situation where I can't seem to handle the pressure I'm getting from the orders I'm getting at once. 

It's not the same as before when I can take all my time making something. Now, I have deadlines to meet. It's actually a big shock for me. I felt I'm not good enough and I don't make enough from what I do. The pressure and stress I've been going through are too much to the point that I wanted to give up.

What projects are you currently working on?

I'm currently working on making costumes made out of recyclable materials for my friends. I believe an event will be held showcasing them so I'm doing my best to make them presentable as possible. And I do still make swimwear and other beachwear. 

What next for Glaze?

I'm planning to work on outfits for corporate or office work. You know, those tailored trousers and blazers. I'm also developing new patterns so I can sell them on my Etsy shop soon. 

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Photos and interview by Pearl Aton.  Pearl is a digital nomad born and raised in Cagayan de Oro, PH. She loves dogs and dreams of having at least five of them one day. Pearl blogs over at The Wandering Dreamer.   

To see Shaira's work and to order custom-made swimwear and clothes, check out her Facebook page

Stitching Dreams: Shaira On Tailoring And Starting GLAZE


Colorful spools of thread, two sewing machines, pieces of cloth in different patterns and textures, beads in reused jars — these were what greeted me one humid August afternoon when I went to Shaira's house. "Sorry for the mess," she said and I didn't mind. It was her version of the "creative mess" that every artist and creator is familiar with.  

I've known Shaira for a long time. We don't even count the years we've been friends anymore. Way back in high school, she used to sketch a lot in the back pages of her notebook. She even sketched a few of the characters from short stories I wrote. For a school project one time, she made a replica of The Colosseum in Rome with paper-mâché. 

I will always remember her as the girl who never fails to push her creativity as far as she can. And her latest creative projects proves just that. I've sat down with her to talk about her craft which she turned into a business and she was more than glad to share her thoughts:

How did your passion for designing and tailoring start?

My great-grandmother used to sew pajamas and other outfits for us when my sisters and I were still kids. It really amazed me watching her sew using her treadle sewing machine. She inspired me to try sewing myself. 

I started sewing outfits by hand for my dolls. It wasn't until my junior year in college have I dared to learn using a sewing machine. I started with altering ready-to-wear clothes. I explored pattern-making and eventually, I learned how to make clothes from scratch.


What or who inspires you to continue your passion?

The endless possibilities you can incorporate and do with sewing, that's what pumps me up. Making new things that can make others smile keeps me going.

How did Glaze: Cut & Sew start?

It was actually unplanned. Last summer, my sisters kept asking me to make swimwear for them. They’re the sporty-type of girls. They’re totally not into the sexy and daring swimwear available in the market. So I made it based on how they wanted them to be. 

They posted photos of them wearing the swimwear I made online. Their friends got curious where they got it and I had been receiving requests since then. From then, I decided to put up a Facebook page and that's when Glaze: Cut & Sew was born.

Out of all your work so far, which piece is your favorite?

The first top I made for myself! I've been sewing day-and-night yet I barely have time to sew for myself so it was a big reward haha!

As an artist, what is your greatest motivation to keep creating?

It's having people who appreciate what I do, especially knowing my clients are pleased with the items I make for them. Getting good feedback from them makes me feel so happy and proud of myself. It pushes me to learn new techniques to improve my craft.


Was there a time in your life when you felt you wanted to give up your craft?

There were a lot of times especially when I decided to turn my hobby into a business. I'm often caught in a situation where I can't seem to handle the pressure I'm getting from the orders I'm getting at once. 

It's not the same as before when I can take all my time making something. Now, I have deadlines to meet. It's actually a big shock for me. I felt I'm not good enough and I don't make enough from what I do. The pressure and stress I've been going through are too much to the point that I wanted to give up.

What projects are you currently working on?

I'm currently working on making costumes made out of recyclable materials for my friends. I believe an event will be held showcasing them so I'm doing my best to make them presentable as possible. And I do still make swimwear and other beachwear. 

What next for Glaze?

I'm planning to work on outfits for corporate or office work. You know, those tailored trousers and blazers. I'm also developing new patterns so I can sell them on my Etsy shop soon. 

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Photos and interview by Pearl Aton.  Pearl is a digital nomad born and raised in Cagayan de Oro, PH. She loves dogs and dreams of having at least five of them one day. Pearl blogs over at The Wandering Dreamer.   

To see Shaira's work and to order custom-made swimwear and clothes, check out her Facebook page

In case you haven't seen our posts last October 3, Vivre has turned one year old! It's a little bit crazy to think that it has been a year since we went live to share our stories. We are grateful to everyone who has supported us by visiting the site, reading our posts, contributing their art, and sharing their stories. 

As a simple "thank you", we've whipped up this fun playlist filled with nothing but songs that will make anyone get up and dance. Here's to many more years ahead celebrating art, culture, life, and love! 

Mix Tape # 2: Cheers, My Dear


In case you haven't seen our posts last October 3, Vivre has turned one year old! It's a little bit crazy to think that it has been a year since we went live to share our stories. We are grateful to everyone who has supported us by visiting the site, reading our posts, contributing their art, and sharing their stories. 

As a simple "thank you", we've whipped up this fun playlist filled with nothing but songs that will make anyone get up and dance. Here's to many more years ahead celebrating art, culture, life, and love! 


Every day, I wake up to the noise of my alarm clock. I would groggily rise up, quickly eat my breakfast and rush to get ready for work. I would roll my eyes at how terrible traffic can be, sit by my desk for hours as soon as I step foot in my office, and I am yet again glued to the bright glare of my computer screen. Sounds like such a snore? Well, I start my day the same way and end it like any other as I, admittedly, live for routine. Routine gives me structure, keeps me safe and comfortable, but most days, routine can get quite sickening. I am so familiar with it but then I am reminded of how life should be lived.

Recently, I have been struck with the realization that I haven’t watched the sun set in a while. I haven’t gone out of my own space for a minute or two to just feel the fresh air on my skin. I haven’t spared a time to put my phone down nor shut my computer off completely. I haven’t stopped moving around. I haven’t slowed down, at all, and I bet the same goes for everybody too. I bet we aren’t entirely living our lives the way we want when our “busy” daily routine are stuck closely with the demands of our own tasks. Some of you go to school and others like me, head off to work, normally preoccupied, usually restless and always in motion.

Here are things we can always try to do in combining mindfulness and grace in our daily lives.

1. Wake up 30 minutes earlier than your usual wake-up time.

I know, we’ve all fallen into the temptation of hitting the snooze button for a few more minutes of sleep. How could 5 more minutes be so bad, right? While it may sound good, waking up earlier than the usual might be even better. You could actually spend a lot of time doing stuff when you wake up in the wee hours of the morning. Waking up earlier means more time for prayer, exercise, coffee or listening to your morning playlist. I tried waking up once an hour earlier and I witnessed how the sun rose up through my window.  Man was it priceless.

2. Take a break.

Things can get pretty busy in the middle of the day but that doesn’t mean you don’t deserve a little break. So leave the desk, walk around and move those aching muscles, grab some food and relish the changing colors of the sky. Remember, you’ve got give some room for yourself to breathe.

3. Get into meaningful conversations.

Whether you’re at work or in school, surround yourself with people who you can genuinely speak with. Get into great conversations or spark one. Give up the gossip, pull off some jokes once in a while and talk about the positive things instead.

4. Put your phone down.

We’re all so engrossed on our phones that we tend to neglect the more important things. Surely, that tweet, status and photo post can wait. Learn to live, have fun and explore without it. Some places and certain events in our lives are better experienced on our own and with people nearest to us, rather than sharing it to a thousand more others we’ve virtually just known online.

5. Do something out of the ordinary.

With routine almost dictating our daily living, breaking out of it can bring out some adventure in you too. Do something other than what your ordinary and usual tasks require of you. Write a book, compose a song, sign up for a yoga class with friends, run the tracks or learn something new. Think you’re too busy to do something that you (really, really) like? I beg to disagree. Doing something far from the ordinary gives you excitement and vitality.


While its easier to follow our typical routine in this fast-paced world, shouldn’t we be taking the time to slow down a bit and live a little?

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Alve Jane Aranton is a 21 year-old writer from Cagayan de Oro, PH. She is a lover of words, coffee and cats. Alve blogs her feelings at  She Is The Paper Back Writer.

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5 Ways You Can Incorporate Mindfulness and Grace in Your Daily Life


Every day, I wake up to the noise of my alarm clock. I would groggily rise up, quickly eat my breakfast and rush to get ready for work. I would roll my eyes at how terrible traffic can be, sit by my desk for hours as soon as I step foot in my office, and I am yet again glued to the bright glare of my computer screen. Sounds like such a snore? Well, I start my day the same way and end it like any other as I, admittedly, live for routine. Routine gives me structure, keeps me safe and comfortable, but most days, routine can get quite sickening. I am so familiar with it but then I am reminded of how life should be lived.

Recently, I have been struck with the realization that I haven’t watched the sun set in a while. I haven’t gone out of my own space for a minute or two to just feel the fresh air on my skin. I haven’t spared a time to put my phone down nor shut my computer off completely. I haven’t stopped moving around. I haven’t slowed down, at all, and I bet the same goes for everybody too. I bet we aren’t entirely living our lives the way we want when our “busy” daily routine are stuck closely with the demands of our own tasks. Some of you go to school and others like me, head off to work, normally preoccupied, usually restless and always in motion.

Here are things we can always try to do in combining mindfulness and grace in our daily lives.

1. Wake up 30 minutes earlier than your usual wake-up time.

I know, we’ve all fallen into the temptation of hitting the snooze button for a few more minutes of sleep. How could 5 more minutes be so bad, right? While it may sound good, waking up earlier than the usual might be even better. You could actually spend a lot of time doing stuff when you wake up in the wee hours of the morning. Waking up earlier means more time for prayer, exercise, coffee or listening to your morning playlist. I tried waking up once an hour earlier and I witnessed how the sun rose up through my window.  Man was it priceless.

2. Take a break.

Things can get pretty busy in the middle of the day but that doesn’t mean you don’t deserve a little break. So leave the desk, walk around and move those aching muscles, grab some food and relish the changing colors of the sky. Remember, you’ve got give some room for yourself to breathe.

3. Get into meaningful conversations.

Whether you’re at work or in school, surround yourself with people who you can genuinely speak with. Get into great conversations or spark one. Give up the gossip, pull off some jokes once in a while and talk about the positive things instead.

4. Put your phone down.

We’re all so engrossed on our phones that we tend to neglect the more important things. Surely, that tweet, status and photo post can wait. Learn to live, have fun and explore without it. Some places and certain events in our lives are better experienced on our own and with people nearest to us, rather than sharing it to a thousand more others we’ve virtually just known online.

5. Do something out of the ordinary.

With routine almost dictating our daily living, breaking out of it can bring out some adventure in you too. Do something other than what your ordinary and usual tasks require of you. Write a book, compose a song, sign up for a yoga class with friends, run the tracks or learn something new. Think you’re too busy to do something that you (really, really) like? I beg to disagree. Doing something far from the ordinary gives you excitement and vitality.


While its easier to follow our typical routine in this fast-paced world, shouldn’t we be taking the time to slow down a bit and live a little?

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Alve Jane Aranton is a 21 year-old writer from Cagayan de Oro, PH. She is a lover of words, coffee and cats. Alve blogs her feelings at  She Is The Paper Back Writer.

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