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Boracay in Maginhawa!

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It was a sunny summer afternoon in Maginhawa. And a certain tea shop that goes by the name of Moonleaf held the summer party that ended all summer parties this year. Milk tea + bands + free photo booth and henna + TWO new tea flavors? What more can you ask for? OH YEAH — summer rain and dancing in it like nobody cares!

DSC_0334Our fiercest hosts Julianna Madeleine Force, Thysz Estrada, and Gelo Arucan

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We set up a small pool in the middle of the parking lot and hosted pool games! Later on, it’lll serve other purposes *wink*

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Some people just know how to werq it!

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DSC_0366Summer rain came but nothing stopped the party! The rain was a welcome guest, after all those heat!

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May 12 is Moonleaf Summer Xie Xie

NEW TEA FLAVORS + Barbeque party + FREE henna tattoo + FREE photo booth + Pool games + Hourly prizes!!!

Mark the date now, we’ll make summer party history on Saturday! See you there!

Caffeine Creature

Back in college, I’d literally run on coffee, milk tea, and Coke Zero. It still is the case nowadays, but I now take more proper meals and I am so happy that there are more choices around the metro today!

Viet Coffee is something I’ve been hearing about for a long time. But my previous Pho Hoa experience really hindered me to try it. Last Sunday, it was the only quiet place in the mall, and I’m dying to finish my book. This for P110 is not bad. I love the almost ceremonial preparation for this. It tastes good too – I’m no foodie when it comes to coffee, I just know it when I like it :)

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Yuan Yang at Toast Box is a quirky medley of two of my favorite caffeinated drinks. I really can’t identify the two different tastes but, again, what I know is that I approve of its taste (haha, don’t kill me if I can’t give out very concrete descriptions about these drinks. Just trust me, haha) Definitely keeps me awake when I need to! Not a rip off also, it’s just for P75!

I bet you wouldn’t expect this to be in the list, and I can’t explain either to myself why I am obsessing over this drink for almost a month already! This Iced Premium Roast Coffee from Mcdo is really a surprising number from the fast food chain. I really have little, bordering to no, affection for hot coffee, so it was really the iced ones for me. And this is my current favorite, and it’s just P45! Perfect with chicken nuggets while nursing a hangover!

Of course, this caffeinated post will not be complete without my favorite tea from Moonleaf. Throw in a Hakka Milk Tea in a stressed and sleepy day and get yourself up and running again! Or if you’re on the less sweeter side, I recommend you try Wintermelon Black Tea which pretty much reminds me of coffee but tastes like tea (okay, idk anymore this post hahaha)

Are you a caffeine creature too? Share below your favorites! I’d like to try new ones!

White Hat’s New Brand Ambassadors and Challenge

The White Hat – Italian Frozen Yogurt, officially welcomes Ms. Andi Manzano and Ms. Jessica Mendoza as its official brand ambassadors. To kick off the event, TWH is launching the TWH CUP CHALLENGE with this question – “How many yogurt cups can you carry?”  Continue reading

Have a Moonleaf Summer everyone!

As promised here are the other official photos for My Summer Staycation: Moonleaf Summer 2012!

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Once again, a roll call of the most amazing team I have the honor to have worked with:

Photography | Joseph Pascual
Videography | Judd Figuerres
Make up & Grooming | Kim Alcoreza
Production Design | Jan Pineda and Dreps Tatad
Models | Rutherford Perez, Bruce Venida, Sasha Palomares, Justine Aure, and Gela Abores

This has been My Summer Staycation: The Moonleaf Summer 2012 Campaign! Happy Moonleaf-ing everyone!

Moonleaf: My Summer Staycation 2012

Come to think of it, staycation isn’t a bad idea at all. Though I’d really love to be in the islands by now because of this heat staring down at us, the city isn’t that unbearable with my favorite milk tea in hand.

See you all at Moonleaf!

THE MOONLEAF 2012 SUMMER CAMPAIGN

Photography by Joseph Pascual
Videography by Judd Figuerres

With Sasha Palomares, Justine Aure, Rutherford Perez, Gela Abores and Bruce Venida

Make up & grooming by Kim Alcoreza
Production & Set Design by Dreps Tatad and Jan Pineda

I’ll post the whole campaign and BTS by moi soon! 

Around UP Teacher’s Village

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One of the perks of working at Teacher’s Village is that friends come and go all the time. It’s so near the university that it instantly becomes the third place after school/work and home. For some, it is their home, workplace, and hang out place in one! You cannot run out of places to eat/drink/hang at because it’s just bustling with all these potential places. I wish I could try them all!

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Hop in a car, ride a cab, or even just walk – and you can just reach the nearby UP, which is a sight in its own. I’ve seen many a photo shoot happened here, and who could even know a grass land this vast can be found in the middle of the city? It’s perfect for picnics, too! Whatever floats your boat!

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I always believe that whenever the clouds look pretty, the day’s gonna be awesome. That day I shot these, it knew it was awesome already, and the clouds couldn’t agree more with me.

DSC_0860Italian Stallion Burger – to which I told them, two of my favorites in one, Italians and Stallions, lolz

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And the day ISN’T over. After work, I met up with some more friends and rewarded myself with burger and booze at the newly renovated Burger Project. My blogger friends were there already, and I showed up and crashed. They were supposed to invite me, really but I still have work by the time they get there.

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We moved to Pino to grab some more booze and pica. I love it there, it’s so bright and they have my favorite Lychee Beer. Perfect for capping the day off.

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DSC_0881MARGARITAAAA

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DSC_0888Catch, Ana, Krissy, moi, Reg, Ruben, Pax, Paul, Angel, Sarah

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DSC_0900I could make a story out of this photo, hehe

DSC_0870Keep that profile, Paul, you have a striking resemblance to Peeta!

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DSC_0904Mah girls, lolz

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I think the photos can explain what transpired that night! I love my job, friends, and this little neighborhood called Maginhawa!!!

Hunger Games AGAIN

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So hi there again! This day couldn’t get any lazier… It’s the longest I’ve been home since I got a job again back in January. And I was just blog-hopping and checking tweets, and oh, changed my Facebook profile picture. But that doesn’t interest you, and most importantly, is not connected to my blog post title. Sheesh, forgive the three year-old in me.

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Anyhoo, I’ve watched The Hunger Games again before the holiday, and I still couldn’t pull out a decent movie review out of my brain. Remember that I haven’t seen anything that I haven’t seen before? Yeah count this one in. I know there are plenty other films to watch, but I just couldn’t pass up with watching a fellow fan and shrieking like a girl and like nobody cared.

DSC_0426Aaron Yeo visited Angel for her birthday! How sweet of this guy! 

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DSC_0429This is new to us. When did SM start using this for movies?

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DSC_0431Hello everyone, meet the birthday girl! I love Angel‘s new hair!!

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DSC_0433These Apple flats from Manels are genius!

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We had dinner at the newly renovated Yabu. It was bigger, but it still is crowded. Maybe they should get a bigger place of their own, and not just in a mall #justsayin. Anyway, the food is still how I liked it the first time I was there. I ordered the Rosu (instead of my favorite Kurobota.) The meat was still succulent, thanks to the all-encompassing presence of fat in the meat. I shall try the Hire some other time, or even the Chicken and Seafood katsu. But for now, I’m having and am happy with my pork, yes, thank you.

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I couldn’t emphasize how I LOVE the cabbage salad. I almost asked the waitress to omit the rice from my order, but my bill would be the same, so I had rice. Next time though I wouldn’t have the rice. Cabbage and Katsu is heaven and it should stay as is. (Blogging this on a Good Friday does not help, I’m hungry and there are no places to eat at but home.)

About that Hunger Games date. What can I say? Aaron hasn’t watched it yet, and Angel and I were going for round two. AND. I. STILL. CAN’T. BELIEVE. HOW. GOOD. IT. IS!!!! I mean, bashers can bash all they want, book purists can just stay with their books and force an imaginary filmed one in their minds, but yes I’ll take this film with ME as good excellent! I’d like to blab all I’ve said to everybody I talked with this, but I’m saving it for a legit movie review (if I ever come with a decent one, lol)

And of course, give me the benefit of gayness. Josh Hutcherson‘s Peeta IS an eyecandy, and has the perfect underdog puppy eyes look to this wildly feminine series. And also, who could forget Alexander Ludwig’s Cato?! SERIOUSLY, how and when did he get that sizzling hot? That may have to answer to the basher’s casting fail, less pedophilia in District 2 is really a high-numbered incident! Of course, I’m joking. Die, bashers. No, really. Peace and love everyone! :P

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Folded and Hung basic v-neck tee, Levi’s distressed denim pants, Thrifted Rolling Stones hooded jacket, Reebok high cut kicks

Thanks to Aaron for the photo!

I semi-want and not want to explain my outfit. This is my guilty outfit, where I just throw a random set of clothes (well mostly monochromatic,) wear jacket, and wear rubber shoes. Haha! These are the days when I just want to be comfy and not care. But, who knew, it actually worked. And I thought also that this is my Hunger Games look. Haha, with the pants smeared with jizz mud. I wish I wore boots though for more THG.

ANYWAY, before I forget. Happy, happy birthday again to the only one blogging wonder woman that is Angeline! It was really fun hanging with you, spending the last few hours before all closes down for the break. Hope you really had a good one. I hope I can join you girls in Titanic 3D this Wednesday… we’ll be shrieking trying-not-to-shriek girls again. Or maybe another round of Hunger Games. Hahahahaha!

P.S. Seriously, if anyone would ask me to watch with him/her The Hunger Games again, I’d definitely say YES without any doubt.

PdP Blogger Hangout v3.0

PdP Blogger Hangouts are the best!!! This is one of my favorites when I was still with Punchdrunk Panda! And I was really touched when Nica and Jen asked me to come to their latest one *sheds a tear*. I super miss hanging out with the PdP team, the bloggers… and I can’t pass up for the yummy grub *insert wide grin here*

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Thysz and I were a bit late, and they were already done introducing PdP’s latest skimmers. But we still got to see them, as worn by the bloggers already. Here’s a sneak peek —

The blogger hangout was held at Pipino, the vegan counterpart of Pino at Teacher’s Village. It’s just near work, so I really can’t say no to them :)

DSC_0078Garden Burger. I was told that this was made with banana heart and I was really amazed because it really taste so good. It’s a bit dry, but it’s still fine.

DSC_0079Lots of sidings!!! I love the potato wedges — forever a potato fan!

DSC_0084The Green Tea and Choco Peanut Butter cupcakes are totally to die for… And mind you they are vegan and aren’t made with eggs and milk. My taste buds are confused!

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DSC_0083Jen, explaining herself hehe

DSC_0085Creative menu by none other than Alessandra Lanot

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DSC_0088Nica showing off the postcards that come with the skimmers

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DSC_0090I LOVE THE HIGH CEILING!!

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DSC_0096Pretty girls: Ral, Charlene, Gela, and Helga.

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DSC_0099I miss the PdP team…

DSC_0101Nica, I’ll make this my profile picture aah, haha!

DSC_0102The very talented Alessa

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DSC_0106Robbie, Moi, Nica, Jen, Lois, Selena, Alessa, Raleene, Charlene, Gela, Pauline, Helga, and Thysz

DSC_0108Oh they’re a happy bunch 

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DSC_0113And post-lunch hangout at Moonleaf!!!

Thanks to PdP for the very fun day!

Pre-birthday Dinner at Adarna

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The Jen Aquino never fails to surprise me every year. Can’t emphasize more that she really spoils me. Thanks girl, for this. Oh, excuse the smile *wide grin*

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Dinner at Adarna was planned though. But still there are more surprises ahead of dinner. We originally planned to go to Makati for Little Tokyo, but then again Adarna  is just near, and we were just around QC for the whole night. Will not regret dining here though.

DSC_0923Eating with this as background, I feel like I’m in a 19th century Baluarte.

DSC_0925You can never grow bored with this girl. There’s just too much happiness (and gayness) in her.

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I’ll start with telling everyone that Adarna doesn’t taste usual. But it’s tricky how it’s so pleasant to my taste buds. Take this Pinapaitan soup for example. I don’t usually see this in the soup portion of the menu of other restaurants. The usual bitter bile taste of this dish was mellowed by a little sweetness and a bit more spice (I was too happy to identify what makes) and it just tasted extra special. Jen was skeptical when I ordered this, but she was the one who almost finished her bowl!

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I was really in a mood for sinigang, so when I saw Siningang na Sugpo in the menu, I instantly shrieked silently in excitement. My parotid glands were so ready for the tangy sour tamarind, when a less familiar taste hit the throat. Kamias was definitely used for this dish. I got a little disappointed because I was so ready for the sampaloc, but just little and I really had no time to  sull. With the shrimp and kamias fighting for my attention, how can I? Another thing I liked about it is how the shrimp almost disintegrates in the soup – proof how painstakingly slow it was cooked.

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Jen ordered the Leyte Humba which really reminds me of my family’s Estofado (what with the sweet and salty taste and fried saba.) It was good but I beg this dish to forgive me because all I really can think about was the Sinigang haha.

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This one’s helluva birthday drink! Felicidad will really bring the happiness in you – rhum, cream, milk, eggs and vanilla swimming in ice! My dining partner didn’t like the adventure in this one, but it sure brought me happy vibes. I’ll probably can go back here for this alone. And probably ask to add more rhum though :P

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This chocolate cake was given on the house by Chef Giney of Adarna. Awwwww, I was so touched that I couldn’t help myself from shrieking and looking around for Chef to hug her. She’s just so sweet!!! And this too – in perfect contrast with the mango jam (I can’t describe it haha)

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And Jen, being competitive, got me salted caramel ice cream. Ah the perks of being a birthday boy/gay. Haha! All I can say with this scoop of salted happiness is that I know for myself it’s homemade!!!

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If anything, Beth Angsioco greeting me personally for my birthday was a real treat also! Sucha fanboy here, sarreh! Can’t wait for my next Adarna dinner!

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