Monthly Archives: December 2011

Bicol Day 2

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DSC_0764During my trip in Legazpi City, I stayed in Sampaguita Tourist Inn near the workshop venue 

DSC_0817Breakfast was at La Mia Tazza

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DSC_0768Cafe Americano while I reviewed my presentation for that morning

DSC_0769Concorde Cake. Wafer cake is just so yummy. I know you aren’t supposed to have dessert for breakfast but this with the Americano is just perfect.

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DSC_0787IT’S SHOW TIME! I started by interviewing some of the resident bloggers

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DSC_0797Then I gave away two Stereotyped shirts!

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DSC_0799I’m so relieved the students had fun during my talk

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DSC_0814Lunch with the organizers at Small Talk

DSC_0815Pili Basil Pasta. Tastes like Pesto but even better with Pili!

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After lunch, Franzy and I met again to go to Cagsawa Ruins.

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The road to Cagsawa was ruined by the 2006 (I think) eruption of Mayon Volcano. Kinda creeped me out a lil.

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It was a long walk from the main road, but all worth it to see these structures I only see in postcards as a child. I can’t believe that’s JUST the belfry of the Cagsawa church. I suddenly realized I have this some sorta fear of ruins (which just sucks because I love going to ruins.)

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This native guitar works just like a regular guitar (but I thought it was different)

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DSC_0847They even have violins

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DSC_0849The Hoy Stick. Spin it, say “hoy” and it spins the other way around!

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DSC_0852Abandoned house

DSC_0857Beautiful clouds after the rain

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Franzy was raving all about this restaurant ever since I arrived from Manila, so I can’t leave without even trying. Buena Cena Una is an old house converted into a restaurant and events place in Daraga, Albay.

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DSC_0870Lumpiang Tinapa. I love Tinapa or smoked fish, so I can’t resist to try this rolls when I saw them on the menu. The smokey goodness of the fish and the crunch of the wrap with the tang of the vinegar is just awesome. I’d like to try this at home!

DSC_0871Cheese sticks.

DSC_0872Bruschetta. The bread could use a little more toast and more drizzle of olive oil perhaps. Twas just okay.

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DSC_0874Wild Fern Salad. I wish I had noticed that they are adding a vinaigrette to this salad. Usually, I like my Pako salad with just a drizzle of fish sauce and calamansi. Or if they’re doing this with a dressing, they could have gone easy in it.

DSC_0875Clubhouse Sandwich

DSC_0880Before leaving, I decided to visit Daraga church, but it was closed.

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DSC_0882I wish I could be back soon!

Thanks to Josh Acuna of St. Agnes Academy Alumni Association for inviting me to Legazpi City!

Bicol Day 1

So you all know that I was invited to Legazpi City to talk about blogging and social media. My talk was scheduled at 16th, but I decided to go a day before to meet my friend Franzy and go tour around town.

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I arrived at the city just in time for the opening of the workshop. I dropped by first to say hello to the organizers and I also met some of the other speakers. I was dead nervous to see all the students who would listen to me the next day.

DSC_0708Grace Imperial from Divine Word College hosted the event

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The Workshop was graced by seasoned author and proud advocate of the Bicol language, Mr. Abdon “Jun” Balde, Jr. He recited to the audience a poem he made titled, “It’s A Weird Wired World” The original was in Bicolano but I thankfully, Mr. Jun posted a Tagalog version in his Facebook account! I rarely like poems but this one’s too witty and funny to pass!

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Franzy and I met up around lunch. We left the workshop and headed straight to Embarcadero. It’s a mall beside the sea and seems appropriate also that boats dock in this area, hence the name of the mall. If I remember accurately, some time in December last year I found myself beside the sea also.

DSC_0718First meal in Bicol was in Biggs Diner in Embarcadero

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DSC_0720Pop-vintage diner. Reminds me of 50’s Diner in Baguio City

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DSC_0722Tocilog

DSC_0723Bigg meal (pun intended :P)

DSC_0725Rex Clothing cross tee, Thrifted gray denim jacket, Oxygen reversible jeans, Punchdrunk Panda Negatives plimsolls, Bags of Love UK leather holdall, Speedo square frames

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DSC_0730The clouds were affirming it was a good day. I love clouds!

DSC_0731Literally beside the mountain

DSC_0732Clouds

DSC_0733There’s a go kart arena but we were too lazy to try

DSC_0735Walked this road

DSC_0737And stopped by for a very vain photo haha

DSC_0741MORE CLOUDS!!

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DSC_0745Was tired and hungry again, so we went to Bikol Blends to chill

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DSC_0750The place has impeccable service, and the fastest wi-fi in Legazpi, maybe…

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DSC_0756Tried out Sili Ice Cream! Contrary to popular belief, this one is not so spicy – it lingers on creamy side and releases the spicy sting on the throat, not on the tongue.

Was practically sleepless and tired so we opted not to go around that much. More of my Bicol trip in my next posts!!!

Dr. Martens reopens in the Philippines!!!

Imagine how happy Doc Martens lovers here in Manila were when the beloved shoe brand announced they’re opening in The Fort Strip in Bonifacio Global City! A lot of us were frustrated because there is not one outlet that sell trusty ol’ DM boots before. So when it reopened its doors again to Manilenos, there is no way we would miss it!

DSC_067014-holes!!!! Oh love.

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DSC_0673Mantons, Desert boots, Tassel loafers, and Bennets

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DSC_0675Everyone was wearing their favorite Docs

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Dr. Martnes Philippines is located at The Fort Strip – in a container van! Very cool concept! It looks like pop-up shop, but when we asked around, the people working there actually told us it’s here to stay! OH JOY!!!!

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DSC_0691Dinner break at Burger Avenue

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DSC_0696Radiactive Sago Project plays for Dr. Martens Philippines opening

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DSC_0704Borgy Manotoc hosts the giveaway

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Thrifted blazer, Basic white v-neck, H&M purple plaid scarf, Penshoppe semi-glossy pants, Thrifted (from Karl Leuterio) boots, Bags of Love UK leather holdall bag

PdP Blogger Hangout at Milky & Sunny

I think it’s just appropriate that I’m blogging this just now. Though yeah, it’s a little (if Dec. 7 is just yesterday to me, yes haha) late. I miss PdP team and these bloggers!

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DSC_0597Milky & Sunny in Kapitolyo, Pasig is just right beside Moonleaf Tea Shop. 

DSC_0603The wall paint really reminds me of an old-fashioned milk bottle… Hmmmmm

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DSC_0610Something really funny about this photo :P

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DSC_0619Rob Cham trying to endorse Moonleaf in a swear-free way. HAHA!

Punchdrunk Panda gathered bloggers last Dec. 7 at Milky & Sunny to introduce to them (and give them also, you bet!) the latest designs of their new batch of laptop sleeves! Nothing really formal here, we just met, ate really delectable breakfast food (even if it’s 3pm-ish! ALWAYS YUMMEH!) hogged on milk tea, and just had fun. Sometimes, it’s nice to have a break from the usual events we have in town. This little get-together is a manifesto to that!

Add to that a really fun photo shoot with them bloggers! Lemme see yo swagger, guys and gals! Shot none other than by moi.

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Ava Te with Kneil Melicano‘s Red

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Gerd Perez with Rob Cham‘s Monsters

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Robbie Bautista with JP Cuison‘s Robohands. 

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Thysz Estrada with Tof Zapanta‘s The World is Our Playground

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And Rob Cham didn’t mind to pose with his creation! Pretty mug shot, ain’t it :P

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It was really a fun day! But what makes this thingamajig happier is zeh FOOD! Introducing Milky & Sunny’s bestsellers!

DSC_0605Broccoli and Mushroom Casserole. Perfectly cheesy and healthy chow. I love how the broccoli is cooked just with the right crunch – not to0 tough, not too soggy. Also the faux meat flavor added by the mushroom is tricking my taste buds.

DSC_0606Bacon Tostadas. This comes in three or four (can’t remember, sarreh haha) but the moment it lands on the table, people grabbed instantly. Bacon-y goodness with the tomato sauce and cream with veggie crunch to boot. Who eats this for breakfast??? I’ll certainly would!

DSC_0608Chicken and waffles. Waffles ain’t normally savory, but this one is soooooo good. I like that they added mustard — totally a mustard junkie :P

DSC_0611Strawberry Cream Cheese Pancake. Definitely the star of the meal! Though I’d like fresh strawberries, the jam worked out just as fine. Cream cheese is the way to go too!!! Sent endorphins all the way!

DSC_0612Breakfast Enchilada. I don’t know how an enchilada should taste like, but I like their sauce and that they put so much cheese!

DSC_0615Tapa with garlic and egg. I’d like my egg to be sunny side-up though. Tapa, on the other hand, is cooked well — a little rare would do, but this is fine again. GARLIC rice is GARLIC rice. I loooooooove!

Can I just have breakfast food all day?

Moonleaf giveaway winner + updates!

I must admit, I really had a hard time deciding for the winner of the Moonleaf Planner. But y’know, though I really want all of you to win (LOL!) I wish I have enough resources too, I have to choose one.

And our Moonleaf planner winner is… Zeti Cuenca (@zeticuenca)

Don’t worry if you didn’t win in this contest – you can still avail of this very affordable, albeit pretty and functional, planner! You just have to go to the nearest Moonleaf Tea Shop branch and buy one for only PhP300 (white) / PhP450 (black)!

Speaking of which, I’m really tempted to go to Moonleaf San Fernando earlier this day since I was near there and was craving for Wintermelon Black Tea. Though sadly, nobody can drive me there, and I’m too tamad to commute, HAHA! Sucha brat!

Tameta Clan. Shot earlier at my Aunt’s house in Malolos.

Merry Christmas everyone! I hope we all had a meaningful Christmas… though mine took a lot of twists and turns and whatnots, in the end I can say that this is the best Christmas everrr! Just received the best gift too, I wish I can blog about it already, but yeah, I can’t :P

Hello! Did you miss me?

I know it’s so bipolar-ish of me to be so happy after my existential x philosophical x dreading post about Christmas. But hey, again — if we can be happy everyday, and Christmas is JUST another day. Then we can be happy on Christmas day. Merry Christmas IS appropriate to say! :P

A few updates before I start my backlog-killing spree! (Oh fun!)

  • Our benefit pop-up bazaar at Moonleaf Maginhawa turned out to be success! We raised over PhP23,000 for Northern Mindanao! Way to go bloggers and shoppers! Moonleaf is still accepting donations up until the end of this day ONLY.

  • I’m so excited to share to you my Bicol adventure! Well, not really an adventure as I was there for the First Bicol Social Media Workshop! Had a grand time with students from Bicol University!

PPhoto by one of the students from BU

  • Right after touchdown in Manila, I went straight to prep for my sister’s debut! Angel @ 18 was a huge success, and I’m so proud of my sister!!!

Angel’s so pretty!

Syempre, di ako pakakabog! Unkabogable KUYA!

  • HAD THE GRANDEST TIME AT PdP’S CHRISTMAS PARTYYYY! Pictures to follow! So sad though others didn’t make it na.
  • I still have utang posts about PdP’s blogger hangout at Milky & Sunny and  Dr. Marten’s re-opening in the PH! It was so much fun!!! *oh forgive the lag, December is a busy month :(*

Photo by Miko Carreon

  • The Moonleaf Tea Shop Planner giveaway is still on UNTIL the end of this day (Dec. 24, 11:59pm) I hadn’t have time to read every comment, but it seems to me, so far, that everyone LOVES the Moonleaf planner!

  • My already-stout heart has been made even stouter by people giving stuff to me for Christmas. I love you all, guys and gals ❤
  • And if you haven’t got anything for me, just refer to this Wishlist. CHAROT! But yeah, you can give me anything from the list. Do not hesitate, please. HAHA! #makapal #ohyeah!

So that’s pretty much everything happening! If you must know, after my backlogs I’m on to my Pokemon workout and will finish probably American Psycho (and probably also, succumb into downloading Haruki Murakami e-books.) HAHA!

IF I FINISH. ARGH. 

Oh my. Look at days passing by.

Yes, I am positively sure (and not dreaming) that Christmas is here in less than a day’s time. Look at that. Just like that, it’s here. I can’t even.

I remember a time when Christmas used to be my favorite holiday. Though my parents didn’t really teach us to expect gifts (i.e. I am not sanay to receive gifts. LIKE NOT REALLY SANAY,) I always look forward to Christmas dinner, seeing grandpa and grandma, watching cartoons til morning, playing games, down to the last thing on the list of Christmas Eve-Day to-do’s which btw can grow as long as we can think of something to do. The next day, we visit relatives. We receive something, but not much. But it’s heartwarming to receive something and to see all of them and share food and drinks (and the old men will always be drunk!) We’ll go back home, tired of all the chatter-blabber but we know we had fun and there’s a year ahead of us to expect Christmas again.

I guess it ain’t the same when you grow up.

Christmas Eve. 24th of December. Everyone is in the house. School/Office are called off for a moment (or in my case, I almost spent Christmas day in the hospital. I shudder.) Everybody’s prepping for the Noche Buena. Cleaning the house. Chopping ingredients. You’ll check email every once in a while, find out you need to finish some last-minute work. It eats up all your time. You turn on the TV. Every station has their own crappy holiday special. Or maybe not really crappy — but you know? It’s just so commercialized. It’s almost Christmas dinner. You’re sleepy and you’re hungry. What on earth were you thinking to wait for midnight to eat dinner?! Isn’t it supposed to be midnight snack or something? But no, you have to watch your weight. Then Noche Buena comes. You eat, take pictures, laugh a little, argue who’s gonna do the dishes (I’ll normally say, “hey I cooked, bitches”) Then it’s settled. You open gifts after. After some years of innocence, I always intentionally forget to give someone a gift. Don’t ask. Then you sleep sparingly and you head to the relatives’ place in hours’ time.

Christmas day. 25th of December. Roads are empty. Malls are closed. You get in the car with the family, and you can’t take that EVERY radio station plays Christmas songs. AREN’T THEY FED UP?! It’s been on, for like, since September! Anyway, finally you arrive the relative’s house. You talk about your life (or why hasn’t you have a girlfriend or whatnot. WTF do they care?!) More and more chatter. Until then, it’s a blur. You just wanna shut off all of them, read a book or play Pokemon or something. The next thing you know is that you’re headed home, your energy’s drained and WHY THE HELL WERE YOU OUT AGAIN?! I could’ve slept and rested. But oh well, you don’t get to be Grinch, or Scrooge, or even just yourself and say Christmas is just another day in the freakin’ calendar. It’s always the day for them.

Then we have to do it all over again. Oh bummer.

I don’t know exactly why I’m having these realizations this Christmas Eve’s morn. Last year, I already knew Christmas isn’t my favorite holiday anymore (It’s New Year’s Day now anyway) and I even came up with a to-do list for Christmas Eve. So positive, ain’t it? I don’t get it now though. I’m just being transparent. Definitely I am NOT bitter. I am NOT hating. But I just really feel nothing this Christmas. I can’t feel it.

It will be just another day in the calendar. And people will wait another 365 days to splurge, get fat, and get broke.

I am not the Grinch who will steal Christmas. I am not Scrooge who hate Christmas. But I’m just Jonver who ain’t fond of Christmas. But that doesn’t mean Christmas can’t be happy. Like any other day, we can all be happy TODAY.

PdP pop-up shop for Northern Mindanao!

122411 UPDATE: EVERYONE, THANK YOU SO MUCH! We have raised over PhP 23,000 for Northern Mindanao and we couldn’t have done it without you! Thank you for supporting this relief drive and we are happy that we had the opportunity to help our fellow Filipinos! Let’s keep the helping spirit up! Merry Christmas everyone!

You probably heard every single effort to help Northern Mindanao. And it’s uplifting my heart to see Filipinos exerting every effort to volunteer/help/donate.

We at PdP want to help in the best way possible! The primary need now in CDO and Iligan are food and water. So instead of donating used clothes (and the alleged spring cleaning of some, evidenced by the presence of lace underwear and sequined outfits in the stash. OH REALLY? I’m so sorry, I just have to say that) we could donate food and water, or MONEY to be used to buy food and water for the Mindanaoans.

On Dec. 23, PdP will be having a pop-up shop at Moonleaf Tea Shop Maginhawa for the benefit of Sendong victims. We will be there along with several brands and bloggers who will be selling old and new stuff with proceeds to go to CDO and Iligan City. We hope that in our ways, however little they may be, we get to contribute and help our unfortunate brothers and sisters.

It’s Christmas and there’s no better way but to send love to those unfortunate ones. Please spread the word!

Poster by Dan Matutina

Moonleaf Tea Shop 2012 Planner + GIVEAWAY!

As you may have read, THE planner of the season had hit Manila a week ago, and now — NOW I HAVE IT IN MY HANDS! (I am still in Moonleaf – Maginhawa as I type, so still no photos, haha!) But I have some photos from their Facebook account!

The Moonleaf 2012 Planner comes in a hard-bound, 100-page book form made with high-quality paper. The design is minimalist (they said no fuss right?) and is inspired by the beauty of (what else?) the moon. Your whole week is laid out in a 2-page spread: great for writing in lots of reminders!

Your planner comes with:

ONE – Nifty felt bookmark (made by our friends at http://www.tweeshoponline.com)

SIX – 10% discount coupons you can use THE WHOLE YEAR! (conditions apply)

TWO – FREE DRINK COUPONS you can use on your birthday and on our anniversary! (conditions apply)

There are LIMITED STOCKS for each branch so the planners are available only WHILE SUPPLIES LAST.


Also comes in a black variant!

So what do you do now?! THIS IS LIMITED ONLY! You should go now and BUY it while it lasts…

OR join this giveaway!!! Yes I am giving away ONE WHITE MOONLEAF 2012 PLANNER! All you have to do is to follow these simple steps:

  1. ANYONE can join this contest!
  2. Follow @moonleafteashop in Twitter and their Facebook account as well.
  3. Follow me @Jonver_David, too!
  4. Answer this question and comment in this post:

Why do you like the Moonleaf 2012 planner?

Best comment will win the planner!

Just like that, and have a chance to win the MOONLEAF 2012 PLANNER. Winner will be announced at December 24, 2011 11:59pm! I will be the Santa Claus who will be giving a very precious (and beautiful, indeed!) planner!

It’s a wonderful 2012 coming, I can feel it. Even better with this exclusive 2012 planner by Moonleaf Tea Shop!

Help #Sendong Victims!


It’s good that these kinds of calamity still induces creativity in us.

I really feel bad when I just knew of the victims of Sendong just yesterday. I still wasn’t feeling well, I’ve been to Bicol and then back for my sister’s debut… It was really a whirlwind week for me. So I just retweeted relief efforts, just so I can say I helped. But now, it’s helping for real na!

Then I saw it was all over Facebook and Twitter. We here at Manila didn’t even feel the storm, and it’s a blessing that we aren’t affected. But we have a responsibility somehow to our brothers and sisters in Mindanao.

LET US HELP SENDONG VICTIMS!

You can always donate through several organizations, if you don’t know where to start. For instance, you can donate to Red Cross Philippines using your mobile phones —

Thru Red Cross, Text REDAMOUNT to 2899 (Globe) or 4143 (Smart)
Thru G-Cash, Text DONATEAMOUNT4-digit M-PINREDCROSS to 2882

You can donate the following denominations:
Globe: 5, 25, 100, 300, 500 or 1000
Smart: 10, 25, 50, 100, 300, 500 or 1000

ALSO You can head over Moonleaf Tea Shop at Maginhawa street in Teacher’s Village. They accept any donations – relief goods like canned goods, used clothes, shoes, blankets, rice, etc. All your donations will be welcomed… But as of now, according to reliable sources, potable drinking water is the main problem in CDO and Iligan so maybe some of us can donate drinking water. You can tweet @Thysz to know more about this! They can accept donations until Dec. 24, so go now and help Northern Mindanao!

PdP will also be there on Wednesday, Dec. 22! We’ll have a pop-up shop in which all proceeds will be donated to Sendong victims! Please check it out and let’s buy for a cause!

So for now, that’s it. In times like these, only Filipinos can help fellow Filipinos. Let’s help build an emphatic and generous nation! Although being happy somehow isn’t appropriate now, I am really happy Filipinos are quick to move to help the nation! Good job all!