Law School Hangout: Taxation Law Review at La Maestra Cafe

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Jumel, my boyfriend, is the only human being in my life who knows that I will malfunction as a human organism without caffeine in my bloodstream. This is particularly true when I have to study for my law school subjects, especially Taxation Law.

Tax… Tax… Tax… Taxing…

Sigh…

What about Taxation Law Review?

As I embark on my fourth year (of my five-year program) in law school, I already have a couple of review subjects to study. The most dreadful of all for this semester is my Taxation Law Review.

Who wouldn’t be intimated when this subject entails not just learning complicated provisions of law, but also applying them by answering hypothetical problems requiring mathematical calculations? Unfortunately, my knowledge or background in pharmacological computations was not much of a help either!

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My Taxation Law Readings. Sighs…

Anyway, when it comes to Tax Law, being my Achilles’ Heel, I feel like I always have to study twice as much as any average law student would. So, I find ways to make this endeavor more bearable, if not enjoyable. Most of the time, I’ll head to my Uni to stay in our library. But in some occasions, I’d like to study in coffee shops so as to get rid of the Metro Manila traffic.

La Maestra Coffee Shop near EARIST, my  previous workplace!

To have some change of environment, I decided to go to Manila to look for a cafe instead of going all the way to Pasay where my school is located. I remembered one simple yet cozy place where I used to go when I was still a professor at Eulogio “Amang” Rodriguez Institute of Science and Technology (EARIST).

Then, I remembered La Maestra Cafe.

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Photo taken from La Maestra Cafe’s Facebook page

 

 

The travel was worth it!

While it is only six stations away from Cubao, Quezon City, where I take a San Mateo-bound van or jeep on my way home, it was still quite a long ride. Good thing, the LRT and jeep rides I had to take was not put in vain because the place was open and quiet.

As soon as I got there, I didn’t waste any time and took pictures of the cafe right away:

 

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They have these bookshelves that contain some of the written works or research of EARIST students.
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Then, here’s the counter where one of my former students took my order. She’s having her on-the-job training here.

“Maestra” is a Spanish word for teacher. Hence, the name of this cafe. I can pretty much relate because I worked as a professor at EARIST three years ago. And since the owners of this coffee shop are college professors too, I was not surprised to see this on the wall:

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And look! They even have this “Dear Teacher,” freedom wall!

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Did you know that Jumel used to lounge here as well back in the days when he visits me, or Mama and Papa (who are also teachers) at work? Much to my surprise, my former student told me that they still have his note posted on the freedom wall above.

Imagine me reading his note with sparkly eyes and smile on my face:

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Since Jumel and I were both professors back then (he still is until now), he wrote this note and posted it on La Maestra’s freedom wall. I just find it sweet though. Ah! Little things like this mean a lot.

So, will I go back?

Definitely! I might even tag Jumel along with me for hours of intellectual masturbation on the Philippines’ defense situation. (Lol)

But of course, who wouldn’t go back in a place that’s peaceful and cozy; perfect for one who prefers solidarity? Perhaps, this is so because most of La Maestra’s customers, who are mostly from the same neighborhood, drop by only to take short orders of coffee, pasta, and ice cream.  Thus, most of the time, you have the place all by yourself. In addition, the cafe staff (my former Hotel and Restaurant Management students) are likewise courteous and considerate about the needs of their customers. They were sensitive enough not to turn on the music because they saw that I was reading my Taxation law books and materials.

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However, I have an issue with the lighting.

As someone whose migraine attacks are triggered by dim or flickering rights, I might skip staying here during the night. The place closes at 10 p.m. but I had to leave earlier because the lighting conditions are not going well for me. Instead, I went home and continued my readings in the comfort (too comfortable though) of my bedroom. I hope the La Maestra Management can do something about this. I think brightening up the place a bit will make the place even more captivating.

But of course, that’s just my opinion.

Apart from that, I would say that La Maestra is a great cafe in general. If you live near Sta. Mesa, Pureza, or Nagtahan area, this is something worth a try.

 

xoxo,

Tina


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