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An Afternoon at La Maripili with my new 35mm Lens

La Maripili Work date lunches is our thing. Gab and I will pick a cafe, have some lunch, coffee, and dessert, all while getting some work done. We’ll sit in silence for hours, only chatting here and there to make comments about the food, or the place, or the people, or ask each other random questions that pop into our heads. He’ll work on his novel, I’ll work on my blog. It’s the best way we get some productivity done while we’re together, which is all the time.

A few days ago, Gab told me about a new cafe that opened in the south called La Maripili Churreria. It’s so new that the first time we visited, they were still finishing some paint work on the other half of the cafe. We didn’t really mind and proceeded to order six of their chocolate covered churros just because.

La Maripili (22 of 1)Flavors: dark chocolate, white chocolate, hazelnut, strawberry and mango — they were all delicious. But I’m a hardcore white chocolate type of girl, so that was obviously my favorite. Hazelnut was Gab’s.

La Maripili (1 of 21)We decided to return another day bringing along all our work stuff with us for a work lunch date. I ordered myself the French Melt and a Cortado espresso shot (admittedly, I expected it to be a latte. I had no idea it was an espresso shot, so imagine my surprise lol) while Gab got himself a simple ham and cheese melt.

La Maripili (2 of 21)

I brought along my Fujifilm X-A2 camera with my new 35mm lens to test it out since I haven’t gotten around to taking photos since I got it last week. I fell in love with the quality of 35mm photos after seeing my blogger friends photos on Instagram. We call it the “blogger” lens because it’s the perfect lens most bloggers use/covet for the ultimate bokeh effect in the background. I personally love it too. After experimenting during my afternoon in La Maripili, I can now say my photos have more depth in regards to quality.

La Maripili (9 of 21)La Maripili’s counter.

La Maripili (18 of 21)Mirror shots.

La Maripili (19 of 21)Another mirror shot, testing quality, I’m standing about 2.5 meters away.

La Maripili (10 of 21)Half of the menu, so now you get an idea of the price range. Not bad.

La Maripili (15 of 21)A book I bought in Amsterdam, I’ve only gotten through 1/4 of the book. It’s quiet interesting, though.

La Maripili (3 of 21)Halfway through my cheese melt. Eating while reading is easily one of my favorite activities. Together, of course. Double the fun.

La Maripili (4 of 21)Gab sat on a separate table because all my mess easily took up half of ours. I don’t mind, I like my tables messy. It somehow gives off this more productive vibe.

La Maripili (6 of 21)I haven’t read Gab’s novel save for the first two pages. One day this notebook will be worth a whole lot. I can feel it.

La Maripili (8 of 21)I asked Gab to take a photo of me so I’d have a photo of myself up on the blog… Haha.

La Maripili (7 of 21)Churros + thick hot chocolate = heaven. I never liked churros until yesterday. To be fair, I’ve only tried the S&R ones, and they never made an impact on me.

La Maripili (13 of 21)

La Maripili (5 of 21)My favorite photo of Gab. I sneakily took a photo because he somehow reminded me of Hemingway. Not the young version, though. The older one. I think it’s because of his beard.

La Maripili (17 of 21)We were testing the photo quality despite being against the light. Not entirely terrible. I quite like it.

La Maripili (11 of 21)This is the longest Gab’s beard has grown. He was first growing it for fun, and then suddenly he had to keep it for work where roles required him to have a beard, to look more manly or tough. I love Gab’s beard. I think it makes him look more manly, which to me is sexy. He’s naturally baby faced, which I actually hate. It looks like I’m dating a younger guy.

La Maripili (16 of 21)This is less candid. Gab wanted to test out the lens himself and he loved the contrast and shadows.

La Maripili (14 of 21)Instax Wide polaroids. Haven’t used my Instax Wide in almost a year. I thought it was time to unearth it and take it for a spin.

La Maripili (21 of 21)Playing with afternoon shadows and light, my version.

La Maripili (20 of 21)Playing with afternoon shadows and light, Gab’s version.

I’ve always loved my Fujifilm X-A2 camera, but I think I’ve fallen in love with it even more now with the new lens. It makes a huge difference in my photos and the quality, and of course, lighting also takes up about 60% of what makes a good photo and La Maripili has superb lighting, great ambiance and food.

While I really love the place, a part of me wishes it doesn’t get too popular to the point of it being overly crowded. It’s so hard to find nice cafes to work in now and I generally try to stay away from places like Starbucks because I would much rather support the smaller businesses — they’re just quite difficult to find, you know? If you know of nice small cafes in the metro that I should check out or you think I would love to have work date lunches with Gab in, let me know! :-)

La Maripili is located in Alabang Town Center, it’s in the new building in the Madrigal side entrance, across Molito. 

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  • Reply Hani Lutfi 9 April 2016 at 3:08 pm

    I love photography, I think good photography brings a blog to a whole other level, it brings so much depth and dimension to a posts, it drives me madly in love!

  • Reply P 9 April 2016 at 3:10 pm

    Lesser-known-coffee-shop hopping’s my thing. Haha it really is a struggle to find good ones nowadays though. :( La Maripili looks nice! I should check it out when I visit my cousin in Alabang. Hehe lovely photos with your new lens, Camie! *heart eyes*

  • Reply renalexis01 9 April 2016 at 3:35 pm

    I love your photos! I’m dying to get that camera. I’m still saving up hoho

  • Reply ashleyclaisse 9 April 2016 at 3:48 pm

    The place looks great! I should visit this place when I get back on Manila. And I adore your relationship with Gab! You two are relationship goals Camie :) Stay happy!

  • Reply Louise Ramos 9 April 2016 at 4:07 pm

    The place looks great–and the food too! I also like going and looking for “unpopular” coffee shops, and then when I find a good one, hang out there for days in a row and just wish it wouldn’t go mainstream. Haha. My productivity level is so low at home. You and Gab are forever cute!
    Caffeine Rush

  • Reply Richel V. 9 April 2016 at 7:05 pm

    I figured this would be somewhere along Alabang and the prices seem affordable as well! Lovelier photos, Camie! I love the alternate solo shots between you and Gab. Hehe,

    Richel Goes Places

  • Reply Daria 9 April 2016 at 7:23 pm

    I love the quality of the camera and the photographs you have taken! Gab looks fab with the beard haha :) x

  • Reply Jamie Catt 9 April 2016 at 7:56 pm

    AHHHH love this Camie!! <3 can't wait for more of your photos! This is the lens I've been wanting to get ever since I tested it when I was buying my camera but it was so expensive on top of Fuji's body huhu

  • Reply ELAINE 9 April 2016 at 9:30 pm

    Love your photos, Camie! The new lens really made a huge difference. Churros and hot chocolate combo though. <3

  • Reply Katrina Calado 9 April 2016 at 9:35 pm

    Seems like a chill and relaxing place :)) btw love your photos ate camie :D

  • Reply Chrizzia 10 April 2016 at 3:28 am

    Your photos look even better!! I love the composition, the ambience, and the food looks delish . Love love love everything about this post :) :)

  • Reply Karla Barbacena 10 April 2016 at 1:53 pm

    Actually I think you’re boyfriend looks like Frank in How to get away with murder haha. Anyway nice photos again Camie! :)

  • Reply Carmela Resuello 10 April 2016 at 7:57 pm

    Same feeling, Camie! As much as possible I try to avoid Starbucks when I want to chill in a cafe, gradually Starbucks becoming a fast food now to be honest. Anyway, the photos are really good! I hope I can buy myself that kind of camera! lol.

  • Reply Monique 11 April 2016 at 1:16 am

    Hope to get the same camera before 2016 ends.

  • Reply bonjourreverie 11 April 2016 at 6:07 am

    Great photos! Would you ever consider doing a mini-tutorial blog post for this camera + lens combo? :) I’m still learning photography techniques with mirrorless cameras.

    Thanks! looking forward to the next post!

  • Reply Angela Fernando 11 April 2016 at 9:49 am

    The photos are really amazing :)

  • Reply shamaicrag 12 April 2016 at 3:57 pm

    Hi, Camie! Love your entry and photos! <3 Just curious. Where did you buy your Fujifilm cam and how much was it?

  • Reply Mimi Gonzales 13 April 2016 at 10:51 am

    Aww, date lunches are my guy and I’s thing as well! He would always accompany me whenever I do some work in an uncrowded coffee shop. Cebu has a lot of those. I live near the airport and there’s a cafe on the highway called Cafe RnB. Although it’s Korean-themed, the staff speaks in vernacular and the price is definitely cheaper than Starbucks, it’s much quieter, and I love the peaceful ambiance! You should try it there once you come here :D Btw, I love the lense, Camie! Waaah <3 I've seen it on your Twitter, but this entry just made me fall in love with it more.

  • Reply Elena Balaguer 13 April 2016 at 7:43 pm

    Clearly, there is talent oozing out of all your photos. I noticed the two of you at the café the other day and thought to myself “what an interesting couple, they clearly stand out, let them be”. I had no idea that something so beautiful would come out of your visit. Thank you. La Maripili.

  • Reply Ali 13 April 2016 at 11:24 pm

    I love love everything! I hope I could be as good as you in blogging <3

  • Reply Teesh 13 April 2016 at 11:43 pm

    You two, when together, always look cinematic. (do I even make any sense?)

  • Reply Mei 14 April 2016 at 1:23 pm

    Hi, did you get the 35mm f1.2 or f2? Thanks!

  • Reply Corinth 15 April 2016 at 5:11 am

    I love the woody interior of the place! And the way you edited your photos looks so moody and lovely! I love me some grain! Also, your composition is great!

  • Reply Loi 20 April 2016 at 9:36 pm

    I lov

  • Reply Loi 20 April 2016 at 9:37 pm

    I love your photos ate Camie! Makes me wanna buy the lens too! Gonna be saving for it, hope it’s not too expensive. :D

    • Reply Camie Juan 29 April 2016 at 2:29 pm

      It’s quite pricey, but it’s a great investment if you’re into photography or documenting life :)

  • Reply Elaine 26 April 2016 at 10:52 am

    Your photos are amazing, Ate Camie! <3

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