Friday, March 23, 2018

Hot Chocolate and Pine Trees (Paseo Rizal Mayagay)


Paseo Rizal Mayagay, Tanay, Rizal
There are several establishments along the Marilaque Highway that is worth stopping by simply to take a quick look or to stay a little longer for breakfast, lunch or dinner. One place that should not be missed is Paseo Rizal Mayagay - an old house themed restaurant, bar and an art gallery popular among cycling groups and motorcycle riders.

I had several chance of visiting Paseo Rizal. The very first thing that catches my attention is the art gallery on the ground floor. Works of Art are displayed together with items that remind us of the past. I appreciate works of art in any form it may be. I consider chess itself as an art form where two combatants paint on a canvass called a chessboard. I recall reading an article where players who had the opportunity to play chess against Fischer or Tal is akin to painting in the same canvass with Van Gogh. However, chess as a form of art is an idea discussed and debated among players. Others consider chess mainly as a sport devoid of any artistic significance. They say that checkmating your opponent is the only goal in chess and any artistic derivative is nothing but a consequence.  But whether chess is an art or not depends on the view of the players.

The second floor is where the bar and restaurant is located. But since I am able to visit this place mostly in the morning, I never had the chance of seeing what the place is like at night. What I enjoy most however is having a hot tablea (dried cocoa) on the veranda while enjoying the view of the mountains and pine trees. With the undeterred development, finding a quite place to relax and let your thought wander is becoming difficult.

After a very challenging and exhausting week at work, sometimes we just need to find a place where we can sit back and have a nice cup of coffee or tablea. One of the best place to do this is at Paseo Rizal Mayagay.

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