Sunday, May 1, 2011

A Well Spent Weekend

Before I start this post, I would like to thank my friends in the blogosphere who wished me well. For some reasons, I just felt so down and lonely over the past days. Through your prayers and God's help, I'm feeling better now.

Today was a fun filled day for me. God perhaps wanted to make me forget all my worries and problems in life. My day started with my friend's wedding. I attended Jen and Marlon's wedding with my two High School friends, Anna and May Ann. My previous post showed some pictures of that event.

I spent the afternoon with my cousin, Annette and my niece, Alexia. We went in this beautiful restaurant in our hometown.  
The shot of the facade was already perfect, if not only because of the improperly parked Chevrolet. 

Here is a closer look of the shabby and rustic facade of the restaurant.
An antique wooden windmill greets every guest of the restaurant. The windmill is surrounded by a pond and different ornamental plants. I just love the idea of the windmill! Where else can you find this in the city? 

Pan de Amerikana is the name of the shabby restaurant. The right side of the facade features a window that provides a view of the bakery. Aside from the restaurant, Pan de Amerikana also maintains a bakery that produces the famous Filipino bread called the "Pandesal."  Pandesal is a round yeast bread eaten by typical Filipinos during breakfast. Here is how the Pandesal look like
Photo source here
Most of the neighborhood bakeries cook Pandesal using an electric or LPG (liquefied petroleum gas) powered oven. Pan de Amerikana however bakes its Pandesal with the use of the traditional "Pugon." The Pugon is also called as the wood-fired oven. Instead of coal or electricity, all bread produced by Pan de Amerikana are baked using the traditional wood and fire. The facade window will give you a view of the traditional Pugon way of baking bread.
The right side of the window has a well, not really a "functioning well" but a "fountain well." That's me and my niece, Alexia. 
The entrance of the restaurant with the kid fooling around Mr. Baker.
So what's inside the shabby and rustic restaurant?
Main Counter of Pan de Amerikana
There are picture frames that boasts the celebrities and other prominent personalities who have visited the restaurant. The colored tiled window serves as a cover to the restaurant's cooking area. If I am not mistaken, the tiled window came from an Antique house. Have you noticed the ceiling? They are filled with tree branches and a vintage glass chandelier. Whoever thought of using the tree branches is very resourceful and creative.

I was talking about the "Pugon" oven a while ago. Here it is,
A closer look of the Pugon oven
Pugon Oven
Can you see the colorful jars? Here's a closer look of the jar with a fake sink
 The main attraction of the restaurant

Annette and Alexia
Some great antique pieces inside the restaurant
Vintage Coal Powered Flat Iron
Vintage Singer Sewing Machine
Oil Lamp
A Transistor!
Popeye with a Harp and a Vintage Ice Machine
The pictures are not yet over. Kids will surely love this 
There's a Hanging Bridge that leads to a resting place under a tree. If I were the owner of this restaurant, I might as well invest in building a tree house. Not all kids in the city are able to experience playing in tree houses.This might make another attraction to the restaurant. 

Alexia enjoyed the Hanging Bridge

Well, even us grown ups.. hahahaha!

I hope you all had a great weekend. Tomorrow is Monday, rest is over and back to work. With a well spent weekend, I am praying and looking forward for a better week.


  1. Hi Diane! I'm glad you're feeling better and the wedding sounds like that would be a wonderful way to have a bit of joy! Glad you're day went well and what a special place!
    Thanks always for popping in to see me.
    Be a sweetie,
    Shelia ;)

  2. I think I would have been able to spend all there! So many things to look at! And how cool is that tree house & bridge??!!!

  3. Pan de Amerikana has a branch along Katipunan (White Plains area). Their building is an upside-down house and all the decor is upside down too :)

  4. I loved this post Diane. That restaurant is fantastic! I especially love the Pugon bread oven and the colorful glass jars and containers. The swings and bridge-decks...all what I would expect to find in your country. Thanks for posting this day.

  5. What a fun looking place. I found you over at Art at home, and am now following. Have a great day :)

  6. What unusual decor! The owners must love vintage and antique objects very much. I love the Vintage Singer sewing machine :)

  7. Diane, saan itong Pan de Amerikana? Naaliw naman ako dahil nakakita ulit ako ng pugon :) Salamat sa pag-join sa Creative Bloggers' Party & Hop. Sa uulitin :)


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