TFG: The Book Club, Whatnot, Writing 101: Class of 2014
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TFG’s Book of the Month for May: To the Lighthouse by Virginia Woolf

F2F29: To the Lighthouse by Virginia Woolf

To the Lighthouse Face to Face Book Discussion Details:

  • Date: May 31, 2014
  • Place: Borough, The Podium, Mandaluyong City (there’s a last minute change of venue and I’m too lazy to edit out the name of that horrible restaurant)
  • Time: 3 PM to 6 PM
  • Discussion Leader: Me
  • Attendees: Aaron, Aldrin, Alexa, Beejay (before), Bennard, Ella, Emir, Erlyn (my guest’s guest), Gwaxa, Ingrid, JL (after), Jonathan, Kristel, LouizeMariaMeliza, Momel (my guest), Monique, Ranee, Rhena, Roni (my guest), Tricia, Veronica, 
  • Food I Ate: Pumpkin ravioli and mojito.
  • Post-discussion Activity: None, hahaha! I chose to focus on the online and the offline discussions.
  • After the Book Discussion: Dinner at Teriyaki Boy. Then I went elsewhere.
  • Other Nominated Books: The Sound and the Fury by William Faulkner and The Trial by Franz Kafka.
Discussion Time

Discussion Time

The F2F29 Attendees

The F2F29 Attendees

Guests from Write Here, Write Now

Guests from Write Here, Write Now

  • Next Month: The City and the City by China Miéville. If you wish to join us, please visit the discussion thread for more details.

Wait! This post is part of the Writing 101 tasks, and here’s the prompt:

If you could zoom through space in the speed of light, what place would you go to right now?

Today, choose a place to which you’d like to be transported if you could — and tell us the backstory. How does this specific location affect you? Is it somewhere you’ve been, luring you with the power of nostalgia, or a place you’re aching to explore for the first time?

Today’s twist: organize your post around the description of a setting.

So let’s talk about Borough. Because yes, I want to go back there to try more of their food. I was too busy leading the discussion that I forgot to order a second round of drinks even if I asked the waitress for the menu. And I was not able to taste the cookies and milk! Sheesh.

Anyway, I saw Borough through a restaurant aggregator (is that what you call those sites?) when I found out that Bistro Vignette, the original venue, didn’t honor my reservation and told me with an insincere apology that they are not open on Saturdays (and they have the temerity to ask me to move the event on a Friday). What’s worse is that they lost my contact number (that’s why they couldn’t contact me). So why take customers’ numbers and lose them, huh? They could’ve just checked the day of my reservation when I asked if they could accommodate us, right? That way, no one would have been bothered. That was just a really horrible and distressing experience. I would never eat there. Ever.

A few hours later, I was able to make another reservation at Borough, which I now consider a blessing. Borough is a 24/7 restaurant, but here’s the thing: it’s located inside a mall which is not 24/7. Isn’t that cool? They talk of comfort food, but upon looking at their menu, I didn’t see a lot of those (my comfort eats are pastries and cereals; I guess it really depends on who’s looking at the menu). But there are cookies! And besides, Borough is a real comfort, coming from my experience with that blasted bistro. It would be my first time to eat there, and I’m sure that I will not forget it because it’s going to be the place of the book discussion that I’ve been moderating for over a month. It will, in a few days, become the past.

The interior design makes one feel warm. I like the wood panels. They give the feeling that you are inside a cabin. Overall, it’s very modern. There are round tables for small groups, long tables for big groups (like us), high tables and high chairs, the bar, couches on the upper area (open only from 10 PM onwards). The lighting is warm, the service is okay. The waitresses that attended to us were attentive but they looked bored. It would be a shame if they were annoyed at us for discussing the book.

The Bar

The Bar

The food looks like it wouldn’t fill your stomach but it actually would. It took me nearly an hour to finish my food, the pumpkin ravioli. It is sprinkled with crushed pecans (or walnuts?) and dried cranberries. The only complaint that I have is the whole clove of garlic hiding underneath a raviolo (because I like my garlic minced; I just can’t seem to eat a clove). I always forget to bless my food with a photo. My foodie friends had the time to do that. According to them, it makes the food taste better.

Grilled cheese and tomato soup

Grilled cheese and tomato soup

Cookies and cold milk

Cookies and cold milk

I think the discussion was fairly successful. Great place, great food. Great thoughts, great opinions. Great book, great people. It was a  beautiful day. I couldn’t ask for more. So thank you to everyone who participated both in the online and offline discussion. As a token of my appreciation, I had asked an artist friend to design bookmarks and produce hand-made notebooks that might help in answering big questions.

The Meaning of Life

The Meaning of Life

Really, a million thanks! :)

Okay, the twist says that I should organize this post around the description of a setting, not finish the post with an advertorial of a restaurant. Well, there are pictures of the venue taken here and there, so I guess that’s a workaround twist.

Photos courtesy of Ella, Monique, and Rhena.



  1. Monique says

    Oh it was a successful discussion indeed! :D

    You should come back if only to try the cookies and milk. They were SO good! :) What I liked about the interiors are the strings of lights strung from the railing of the mezzanine area to the front signage – I don’t know if anyone else noticed it. I wasn’t able to take a photo, unfortunately. But I will definitely come back there – husband needs to try the food. :)

    Oh and that thing about the food tasting better when you take photos of it? That’s the husband teasing me when I whip out my phone to take pictures of the food before eating. So sweet. XD


    • What? I didn’t notice the string of lights! How could I not? Well, it’s just a couple of blocks away from the office. I think I will slip out and visit the place when work becomes unbearable. :D


  2. Actually, daughter is asking me to take her there already, since I mentioned the grilled cheese and the muniere. hihihi :)


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