Good Times Cafe was originally located in Manila. I have quite forgotten the reason why they packed up and left (must be high cost of real estate) and I am ashamed to say that I have also forgotten the province where they are setting up a similar cafe (I think in Bacolod) in. I have been remiss in notetaking and blogging.
Anyway, the artists living in this ancestral home all pitch in to decorate the place (using old and donated tiles and glass), play host, cook (the cafe has sees more people at night for laid back banter and drinks) and create artwork which they exhibit and sell in the cafe.
I think everyone would have loved to have a yard or garden like the one they had. :)
view from the street
the family that once lived here
the gate that opens into this haven of mosaics and artwork
they are still extending this to the back of the house, installing a bar and a koi pond
you will find artwork everywhere, using all media possible
I believe this is a real stuffed bird
Not sure if it was called kamonsil or something... the property had a lot of edible plants/trees
my boys at the gate
my boys with Kuya Aldrin
Kuya Aldrin's painting
their mentor, Ed Tabangcura, likes using all kinds of materials like cement and clay (for frames and paintings)
There are a lot of paintings and scuplture of deities from different religions. I also noticed that most paintings had a water-like element to it, most suggesting movement and flexibility and I even asked Kuya Aldrin if that was an influence of their mentor or a very Filipino quality.
Anyway, again, I would have loved to hang out there and learn more about art (for they do get invited to teach or speak or do workshops) or just chum out with people whose creativity just flows.
Maybe my sons will get to apprentice in time :)