Most of you know that, aside from blogging, our content can also be found in Youtube. With that, we make it a point not only to be with the blogging community, but also more so to be with the Vloggers community whenever there is an opportunity.
After our first exposure to the Vloggers community, we were encouraged to produce more videos and also to find our own vlogging style. We also prefer, honestly, to be with the vlogging community since everyone seem genuine, friendly, and very engaging. Indeed, what you see them as in front of the video is also who they really are. So when kuya Jeyps announced that there will be a Pinoy Vloggers Christmas Party, we had no qualms in attending it.
The Christmas Party was held in Hot Star Fried Chicken at Blue Baywalk, Pasay City last December 11, 2016. You must be thinking why it was just posted now. Well, as you may know, Lloyd is the one who usually edits our videos. However, I asked if I could edit the video myself to improve my video editing skills. And with all the holiday busyness, bridal shower, and weddings also part of the equation, I finally finished it.
What we basically did as seen in the Youtube video was to eat, bond with each other, have a Christmas exchange gift worth PhP 200 (or 4 USD), and have a group photo. If you’re wondering what we gave as a Christmas gift the content was two bottles of Vitamin-C, two T-shirts and a Korean toothpaste. It’s useful and worth more than PhP 200 but it feels like it’s embarrasing to give because the person on the receiving end may be expecting something else. For instance, they want to get make up or a vlogging related product. Meanwhile, what we received were two tupper wares. Lloyd and I, of course, got one each.
After the Pinoy Vloggers Christmas Party has ended, those who were not in a hurry to go home and want some more UBE (ultimate bonding experience) with fellow vloggers were to play with dogs. I was wondering if there was a new pet cafe in the area since the cafe that I know of was Velvet Friends Cat Café for those who want to spend time with cats. It turns out they added dogs in the picture and has already changed its name to The PET Cafe by Velvet Friends.
The cafe is divided into two areas:
1) the cafe area
From the name itself, this is where customers can freely hang out with friends or loved ones without worrying about a cover charge. We’ll discuss into details about the cover charge later on.
It is also where customers can comfortably hang out after playing with the velvet friends. The area is primarily cat themed with a relaxed ambiance. We will update this blog post/ make a new blog post with more photos of it when we return. The cafe looks better with day light especially the play room that overlooks the huge park.
The pastries doesn’t have personality so we hope they taste good as they look. Will try some of these when we return.
2) the play room
This is the area where a cover charge is collected for access per hour. Rates are as follows:
- PHP 220 (or 4.14 USD) with complimentary iced tea.
- PHP 270 (or 5.42 USD) with complimentary milk shake.
The cover charge is only good for one area which is either the cat haven or the dog garden. You’ll be happy to know that they offer special discounts for the following conditions:
- 10% discount for groups of 5 or more.
- 20% discount for birthday celebrant.
- 10% discount if you’ll visit both the cats and the dogs.
Please note that socks must be worn within the play room. If you don’t have socks, the PET Cafe by Velvet Friends sells cute socks for PHP 45 (0.90 USD) per pair.
a) The Cat Haven
Although we didn’t get to play with the cats since we chose the dog garden, we still think it’s purrfect for cat lovers. We can see that they have a diverse breed of cats including imported ones (ones that we only see in movies).
Most of them were just chilling or napping during our visit. It was already nightttime so maybe they were already tired from playing. By the way, the PET Cafe by Velvet Friends provide interactive cat toys and cat accessories for the enjoyment of visitors.
b) The Dog Garden
Compared to the cat haven, the dog garden has minimalistic set up. There were also no dog toys maybe because their dogs were super friendly.
Guess who enjoyed the most? Yes! It’s me. I got to play with a Corgi which is the breed I want if ever I’ll own a dog. I can’t resist its foxy face, stubby legs, fluffy hair, and friendly personality.
If you want the dogs to come to you, you can ask the kuya (one of their staff) to give you a doggie treat. Just wave it around and they’ll come running at you. You may even see them do some tricks that will certainly entertain you.
The PET Cafe by Velvet Friends is Reasonable
For a total of PHP 486 (or 9.73 USD) only for Me-An’s and my access to the play area (* got the 10% discount since we were more than 5 in the group), we enjoyed an hour of play time with the dogs, got to bond with our new found friends, and also felt refreshed with their milkshakes. It was well worth it since we don’t have dogs at home to play with. Cuddling with them definitely made us happier.
Finally, their milkshake is thick in taste and is of quality compared to what we had tried in other cafes.
Given that the the Pet Cafe by Velvet Friends also have to feed the pets, keep them properly groomed, and ensure that they have complete vaccines, I think the price they’re asking for is truly reasonable. Each visit is also a memorable experience for visitors.
The PET Cafe by Velvet Friends
Location: Blue Bay Walk, Macapagal Avenue Corner EDSA, Libertad, Pasay City
Operating Hours: 11AM to 10PM