Daily Archives: January 30, 2012

Binondo Tweetup

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Grabbed the opportunity to do a photowalk of Chinatown even though I was running an hour late for our tweetup. I love Chinatown in the morning – it’s so busy and bustling with life. Also, I’m so excited for this tweetup – it’s been months since I’ve seen these people! Yay for tweetup and Chinese food = perfect combo!

DSC_0028Thank you Cafe Mezzanine for sponsoring our first tweetup for 2012

DSC_0024Kiampong. I love the nutty, machang-y flavor of the rice.

DSC_0026Asado. Best asado I’d had. Love that it ain’t too sweet.

DSC_0027Chinese Kikiam. Not a fan, but it’s fine.

DSC_0029Gokong. I love meaty soups. This one’s super pasok sa banga!

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Cafe Mezzanine is inherited and now owned by Gerry Chua a.k.a. Mr. Ube (also, owner of hopiang ube fame Eng Bee Tin.) They serve Xiamen, or Chinese street style, which according to Mr. Ube himself is the major Chinese cuisine predominant in the Philippines. What makes this place special is that 100% of their profit goes to the Binondo-Paco Fire Department and to TXTFIRE.

DSC_0031Yellow row: Reg, Ramon, Raffy.

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DSC_0042Firemen’s cup, eh?

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Mr. Ube is so funny and animated. He told us stories of his business, his life, and his volunteerism. Such an inspiring man, if you ask our group.

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Mr. Ube wanted to show us the TXTFIRE office and facilties, so he invited us over at their HQ. It was a bit surprising to find technology like this in the middle of Chinatown.

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As if the day did not lead us to tire ourselves already, we found ourselves still walking around Chinatown. This time, in search of butter chicken.

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DSC_0054Don’t let the signage fool you. They serve really yummy Chinese food!

DSC_0055Butter Chicken. Satisfy thy craving for chicken and fat. Perfect while hot.

DSC_0056Oyster cake. I can taste the sea in my mouth! Plenty of oyster bits in a glutinous omelette.

DSC_0057Scallops and broccoli. Our ONLY veggie meal, but equally delicious. I just wish there are bigger scallops in this dish.

DSC_0058Machang. Note to self: Do not eat this by yourself. Incredibly heavy rice cake with chunks (read: big) of meat inside.

DSC_0059Chinese Kikiam. Again, not a fan. But this one’s better than Mezzanine’s

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We still weren’t done after eating like there’s no tomorrow. Coffee and Asado ensued at Cafe Sa Lido. Don’t ask why, it’s yummy and it’s reason enough to do it. No pictures though. Either I was too tired, too full, or too happy to snap one.

P.S. This is our longest tweetup ever. Lasted for almost eight hours! Are we gunning for 12 the next time, tweeps?
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Kung Hei Partey!

It seems appropriate that the first event I’ve been to this year is with friends and colleagues in one partey! Lurve it!

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Of course, I came straight from Moonleaf

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Kung Hei Partey was held in The Bond Urban Pub in Makati City. One, I never knew of a Pub in Manila. Two, I love the place, just the right kind of chill…

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Three, THESE COUCHES. I need them in my life!

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DSC_1047Girls’ corner: Earth, Tracy, Lissa, Verniece, Vern

DSC_1048Zeh boys. Apparently, some of us are only half: Charls, Thysz, Moi, JP

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Pretty Vern and the very Chinese, dress-in-occasion Pax. Let’s congratulate Vern for walking the catwalk for Coke and Bench. We’re proud of you, V!

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DSC_0010Team Gray?

DSC_0011Team First-time-to-eat-fortune-cookie

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DSC_0016With hosts, Ros and Mishie

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Werq it, Mama Megann!

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Oxygen long-sleeved asymmetrical tee, Penshoppe semi-glossy pants, Thrifted military boots, Bosquejo hashtag necklace.

You know how I love neutrals, and how it works on almost any occasion. I tried being in theme though – like wearing something red or something chino, but I was pressed for time. Just be sure to stand out by choosing a different cut (lol, blog?) like asymmetrical pieces for that matter. Also, when in doubt, always go neutral. That sounds like a political advice, though :P

More photos from Life Dawn Photography. Remember my post about taking photos? I looooooove having official photographers in events (especially if they post it in Facebook so quickly!)

Thanks to our sponsors. Chos!

Quiz night is the best! Look at OUR reactions. Yeah, that’s right! Look at others too, not just on my wide-opened hole!

Thysz = Most Valuable Player

Didn’t get a chance to talk to these guys, but they’re really funny, I just need to post a photo of their live-drawn memes!

KUNG HEI FASHION! WE WON!!!

Thank you Netbooster Asia for a very eventful night! This one’s for the keeps!