K-RIBBON SELECTION

 

This was taken in November 5, 2016. We were just strolling at the mall when we saw this mini-exhibition at EDSA Shangri-La Mall.

Some Korean traditional clothes were featured in the exhibition. They also featured some free tastes for some Korean dishes like the Bibimbap and Bulgogi.

I hope you enjoyed the pictures. These were taken on my Sony Cyber-shot DSC WX350.

Asia Pop Comic Con 2016

I totally forgot when we went, but I think it was on a Saturday, August 28, 2016.

(It was day 2 based on my entrance ticket / wrist sticker bracelet, so it was August 28, 2016 indeed.)

Ino reserved some tickets ahead of time for the Asia Pop Comic Con 2016 and I’m quite elated to be a part of this big event.

I used to think that I hate going to conventions because it’s always crowded and noisy. I used to think that the cosplayers are too many and too chaotic for my sanity but those misconceptions have changed over a period of time.

We’ve been attending conventions for quite some time and it has never disappointed us. Sure, there may be times when not much people attend the said komic kon but it’s still a win-win situation for me because I still hate huge crowds.

After going to our first Komic Kon, I decided to buy shirts as a memento for each event. I am the type who was not really into reading comic books as a child, so I’d rather have something useful that I can wear.

When we went to APCC, I really didn’t have any idea on what to expect. I was just thinking of going because I want to take pictures and make use of my point and shoot skills. I wasn’t  really thinking of the guests, or the people who will go there. But when we saw Toto Madayag, I instantly felt home. It’s as if we are really at the right place and not just wandering about and waiting for things to happen.

Being my excited self, I took pictures as soon as we got there. (Naks, look at my memory. I can remember all these things when it happened almost 2 months ago. Sometimes, slacking when it comes to having the urge to write right away in order for you not to forget about real time events and letting the mañana habit take most of your life – where you almost feel like you don’t need the importance of writing it anymore, have its perks.)

Ino still wants to roam around and check out the booths at that time, but I was busy being my stubborn self. So I took photos of things that are in front of me without really knowing what is going on. Sometimes, I just do things impulsively and so randomly that I forget that I need to ask and be more interested in what’s going on.

So, aside from the booths, there were also some activities in the area. I also remember watching a Cosplay event with Ino and taking my first video from my new digicam. However, I don’t really feel the need to post it here.

We also got some free Kimy Krazy Banana Surprise on the event. We also checked out some cool shirts and some interesting stuff on the booths. It was so much fun!

I’m actually glad that Ino and I went to this event. That was the latest event that we’ve been to. I’m looking forward for more fun and exciting adventures with Ino.

For the mean time, please enjoy these photos that I took on the event:

 

PUCHA E’DI KOMIKS and Brothers Burger

Disclaimer: This is going to be written in my native tongue. I’ve been writing in English since I started blogging here because I want to reach out to my followers who are from foreign countries. However, blogging has become a task to me lately and it sometimes makes me feel lazy to update. So, for this entry.. I’m planning to write in Tagalog. 

If you have any questions, don’t be shy to send a comment or ask me on my ASK BOX.


July 9, 2016 — Ni-launch ni Toto Madayag ang komik book niyang P*CHA E’di Komiks sa Comic Odyssey Fully Booked Bonifacio Global City, Taguig.

Dahil na rin sa may kailangan pang ayusin si Ino sa kaniyang trabaho, dumiretso muna kami sa Hampton Gardens para asikasuhin iyon. Halos mag-aalas kwatro na nang makarating kami sa BGC. Umuulan pa kaya medyo hassle. Pero nung nasa loob na kami ng Fully Booked, medyo nabuhayan na ako ulit ng loob.

Kagaya nung mga nakaraang isinulat ko dito, hindi ako fanatic ng komik books. Hindi ko nakasanayang mag-basa ng mga komiks. Sa katunayan nga, mga high school na ata ako nag-karoon ng interes sa pag-babasa.

Hindi man ako super fan ng comic books, natutunan ko na ding maging interesado kahit papa’no dahil kay Ino. Una kaming nag-punta ng Komiket nuong nakaraang taon. Sumunod naman nuong Komikon, ilang buwan makalipas ang Komiket last year.

Ngayong taon, hindi namin naabutan ang Komiket dahil hindi pala ito 2-day event. Sunday kami pumunta ng Centris at walang nadatnang Komiket, umuwi kaming sawi at dumiretso na lang ng Bridal Fair sa Mega Mall dahil du’n kami nag-punta nung Sabado nung linggong ‘yun.

Nakaabot naman kami sa Komikon pero masasabi kong mas madaming tao ata ang nakapunta ngayong taon. Hindi ko ma-ikumpara ang dalawang event dahil yung una ay 2-days ulit ginanap at etong ngayong taon naman, isang araw lang. So, parang walang choice yung mga tao kung hindi pumunta na lang nung araw na ‘yun dahil wala na, e. Yun na yun. Pero ramdam ko naman ang success ng Komikon. Aba! Pangalawang beses ko atang nakita at nahingan ng autograph si Sir Lyndon Gregorio ng Beerkada, kaya ang saya ko!

Pero balikan natin yung komik book launch ni Sir Toto Madayag.

 

 

 

Pasensiya na sa mga blurred lines at sa mga duplicate files. Sa katunayan kasi ay tinatamad talaga akong mag-sulat ngayon. Medyo nahihiya kasi akong kumuha ng litrato dahil baka masita ako. Alam niyo naman, hindi naman ako kilalang blogger. #Feelingblogger lang.

Atsaka, hindi talaga ako masyadong kumportable sa pag-kuha ng litrato sa pampublikong lugar kaya ganito ang kinalabasan. In fairness naman, okay naman siya para sa akin. Sorry na lang kasi hindi ako professional photographer. Naiintindihan ko naman at tanggap kong hindi ako magaling sa larangan ng picture taking. Pero one of these days, pag-aaralan ko ‘yan. Serious.

 

So, eto ang ayaw ko sa pag-taTagalog, e. Ang dami kong side comment and side kwento. So, asan na nga ba tayo? … Ah! Sa komik book launch!

Nakita niyo naman ‘yung mga pictures, di ba? Actually first time kong pumunta du’n. At ang unang mga salitang nabanggit ko ay “The Saab Magalona Experience.” Nakalimutan ko na yung eksaktong last word, pero nasabi ko ‘yun dahil sa isa sa mga videos niya sa YouTube na parang nag-tour siya duon o may kung ano man o sino man siyang pinakita duon. Bukod pa ito sa entry niya tungkol sa writer ng Crazy Rich Asians na si Kevin Kwan.

So, si Saab ang una kong naisip nung mapadpad kami duon. Medyo inasam ko nga na makita siya duon kaso wala, e. Hindi ko siya natyempohan. As if namang duon siya namamalagi, e ‘noh?

So… back to the komik book launch…

Siyempre, hindi ako masyadong excited dahil hindi ko naman talaga alam kung ano ang ieexpect sa komik book launch ni Mr. Madayag. Una, kasi hindi ko lubos na inakalang ilang floors pala yung Fully Booked duon. Eto yung mga tipo nang lugar na gugustuhin mong bisitahin ng madalas kung may kotse ka lang at hindi trapik o hindi aksayado sa oras at gasolina ang trapik para lang makapunta duon. So, in short… isa ito sa mga trip kong puntahan bukod sa mga lugar tulad ng Route 196 (na hindi ko pa napupuntahan) at Saguijo (na isang beses ko pa lang napuntahan.)

Balik sa kwento…

Dahil sa ang dami kong commercials, ayun… hinagilap namin yung event. Akala namin tapos na kasi parang wala namang kagulo sa una, pangalawa at pangatlong palapag. So, dahil kawawa naman yung kasama kong nag-pareserve ng komik book isang buwan o mahigit bago ang nakatakdang komik book launching, sinuyod pa namin ulit yung lugar.

Maswerteng nahanap namin yung Comic Odyssey sa 4th floor. Tahimik at wala masyadong hype yung lugar nung nakarating kami. Nasabi ko iyon kasi kahit papaano, naimagine ko na kasing dami ng tao ng book launch ni Stanley Chi sa National Book Store ng Edsa Shangri-La ang event ni Mr. Madayag.

Pero, sa estima ko, mga komik book fans naman talaga yung mga naroon at hindi yung mga katulad kong walang alam sa pinapasok nila. Este, hindi katulad kong nakikiuso lang sa paandar ni Ino. Biased ako dito dahil hindi kami nakarating ng 1PM. Aminado kami duon dahil nga nag-punta pa kami ng Hampton Gardens.

Pero, kung wala siyang ibang lakad, ang saya siguro kung nakarating kami ng 1 PM. Dahil na rin sa wala akong alam sa Libreng Komiks, nag-picture picture na lang ako.

Gusto pa sanang mag-stay ni Ino kaso nung ako naman yung gustong lumibot sa YA section, nag-inarte siya at niloko loko ako. At dahil napikon ako, umalis na lang kami ng Fully Booked at kumain. Kasi hindi pa kami kumakain nuong araw na ‘yun.

So, nag-hanap kami ng makakainan na malapit lang sa Fully Booked. Madaming magagandang restos na pwedeng pag-pilian pero dahil ayoko namang sumubok nang hindi kilala (except na lang kung Korean resto ito,) pinili na lang namin yung Brothers Burger sa hilera ng Fully Booked.

Halos nawala na sa isip ko yung kumuha ng picture dahil medyo umuulan nuong panahong ‘yun. Gutom na kami at hindi namin alam ang oorderin dahil first time customers kami.

Siyempre, kapag wala kang alam sa isang bagay, ang pinaka-magandang gawin ay mag-tanong. So, dahil wala naman akong ka-alam-alam sa mga pinag-kaiba ng mga burgers nila nag-tanong ako. Hindi ko nga lang nagustuhan yung tono at sagot sa akin nung staff nila.

Eto na yung review ko, ah:

Sa isang establishment na nag-c-cater sa mga customers whether service man ang pino-provide nila or products, importanteng-importante ang knowledge ng staff sa service or products nila.

Natural lang sa isang customer na curious sa produkto o service ang subukan at tangkilikin ang mga iinoofer ng mga establishments na ito. Dito rin nasusubok ang kakayahan ng staff na i-explain sa customer ang products or services nila. Nasa paraan din ng staff na i-explain ang mga kailangang malaman ng customer para ma-enganyo itong bumili o para ma-enganyo itong subukan ang ibinibenta nila.

Meron akong nabasang article tungkol sa leadership. Diniscuss duon ang tangible things at intangible things. Sa summary nung article, sinasabi duon na hindi lamang profit ang mahalaga sa isang businessman. Pati na rin ang kaligayahan ng mga staff nito na pumasok sa trabaho at mag-silbi sa customers. Ang staff din ang isa sa mga dahilan kaya bumabalik o hindi na bumabalik ang mga customers.

Ang problema nga lang sa staff ng Brothers Burger dito, katulad sila ng karamihan ng staff ng CD-R King, may pag-ka-masungit at wala sa lugar. Wala sa lugar in a sense na, kung nag-tanong ka ng maayos, ineexpect mong sasagutin ka ng maayos at hindi barubal.

Nakaka-turn off yun kung tutuusin. Pero pinalagpas ko na lang dahil gutom na kami ni Ino.

So, nag-order na kami at inenjoy na lang yung pagkain nila. Actually, hindi ko masyadong nagustuhan yung inorder kong burger na sinabi nung staff na malambot ang meat at blah blah blah. Siguro na-apektuhan na ang panlasa ko dahil sa approach nung babae sa akin or siguro hindi ko lang talaga type yung pag-kain. Parang, nanghinayang ako sa binayad ni Ino.

Kung alam ko lang na hindi kasing satisfying yung service at yung food na ma-e-experience namin dito, sana nag-Japanese ramen na lang kami or nag-Wendy’s na lang kami.

Binibigyan ko ng 2 and a half stars ang Brothers Burger dahil sa dissatisfaction ko sa customer handling ng staff nila.

Naisip ko lang din, “Paano kaya kung mystery shopper ako?” Siguro, isang malaking kahihiyan sa franchise owner ang magiging feedback ko sa kanila. O siguro, hindi naman ganun kalaking kahihiyan, pero ito ay magiging isang experience na medyo maka-aapekto sa impression ko sa brand nila.

Kaya nga sinasabi kong baka itong branch lang na ito ang may pag-kakamali. Anyway, sana ay hindi na ito maranasan pa ng ibang potential customers na excited at curious sa products and services nila.

Post Anniversary Date At The Hampton Gardens

Last Saturday, June 18, 2016, Ino and I celebrated our post anniversary date at The Hampton Gardens. We were supposed to celebrate at the same place on our 7th year anniversary. However, I got terribly sick on the day of our date so we decided to just postpone it.

We left Citihomes around 3:30 PM to 4 PM and arrived in THG at around 4:30 PM. We just dropped our things at Lawrence’s unit and we headed to the swimming pool. We swam for about 30-45 minutes and decided to grab a bite nearby THG.

There were a couple of places that Ino was raving about. First was the burger place and the second was the very affordable Tapsihan, Tapsi Sa Palatiw, near Stella Maris Pasig.

We headed to the burger place first because we were supposed to have burgers and shakes for snacks. However, it was still closed when we dropped by. Closed at 5 PM? Hahaha.. Pretty weird, right? Ino said that the burger place usually opens around 6 PM and closes at 2-3 PM.  So, since it is still closed, we just went to the other place that he was raving about.

TAPSI SA PALATIW


I let him choose the kind of Tapsi that he wants to order since he recommended the place. It was my first time to go there so I really didn’t know what to expect. I’ve eaten at several Tapsihans and Tapsi sa Palatiw’s Tapsilog was just right for me. For a very affordable price, the Tapsi was not a miss but it wasn’t as stellar as Tapa King’s.  It was actually a hit for me because it is a go-to-place if you are looking for a budget friendly dine in experience.

Aside from the Tapsi, we also ordered a couple of barbecue sticks. It would have been better if they reheated it. The meat was already quite cold and difficult to chew so I wasn’t able to enjoy it as much.

The Tapsilog costs P31 pesos per meal and the barbecue costs around P10 to P12 per stick.

The dining experience was comfortable. The place was spacious. Not many people dined in when we went there but that’s because it’s a Saturday and it’s not really the high time for people to eat dinner or eat rice and a viand for snacks.

I will still go back and try their chicken meal if I were given a chance. For a cost effective experience, I would rate this affordable restaurant a 3.

Tapsi sa Palatiw is located at Stella Maris Ave, Pasig, 1607 Metro Manila.


Off to our next stop, Ino chose another place for desserts.

LAWSON

 

 

For P25, I get to Swirl to The Max!!!

It isn’t obvious that it was my first time to ever go to Lawson. 🙂

It was actually not my first time because Ino and I had tried it before at Legarda, Manila a few months ago. But let me just enjoy this post because it is worth writing. 🙂

I’ve tried several ice creams from different marts like 7-Eleven, Ministop, Family Mart, and Circle K. I’d definitely choose Circle K’s vanilla ice cream over Family Mart’s.

My curiosity started when I’ve read about Lawson’s Charcoal Ice Cream from Mati Serrano‘s blog and DomesticUrbanite‘s blog. Both of them are foodies or food enthusiasts and reading about their recipes and food trips from time to time helped me discover new places and new dishes to try. Reading their blog posts about Lawson’s Charcoal Ice Cream made me think that it must be something that I, myself, should try.

At the same time, my resident bully and fiance, told me that he has already tried the Charcoal Ice Cream before which made me green with envy. I was very curious at that time but I don’t know where Lawson is in Ortigas.

So, here I am. Looking like a first timer because I really am. 🙂

The Charcoal Ice Cream experience was delightful! It was fun to eat although it messed my teeth (which Ino made fun of) because of the charcoal. For P25, it wasn’t that bad. It is now my 2nd favorite next to Circle K’s.

Looking at Lawson’s selection, I can say that they have more stocks than 7-Eleven and sometimes Mercury Drug. They offer different kinds of stuff from toiletries to different instant food. I was actually amazed with the toiletries because there’s a lot to choose from.

I had to compare because I’ve been waiting for Ino at 7-Eleven for almost half the year after I tired myself out from hanging out at Mc Donald’s several months ago. It was something that I have to write about since that habit will eventually end by the end of June. Hopefully.

So, going back to the Charcoal Ice Cream experience, I would say that I’d like to give it a 4 for trying. It was definitely something new and something refreshing to try on a hot summer or rainy day. 🙂


Moreover…

We went to ELITE NAILS HAND, FOOT AND BODY SPA after taking a rest at THG.

Just focus on the toes, please. Don’t focus on how fat my feet are. 🙁

I think Ino reads my posts and take my Sunday Currentlies to heart. I remember one Sunday Currently post where I’ve written something about needing some pampering. I think he didn’t miss that post because he treated me to a nail care experience at the Elite Nails Spa on our post Saturdate Anniversary celebration.

We inquired about their nail services first before we decided to book a pedi session before we went to Tapsi sa Palatiw and Lawson. My usual dilemma in inquiring about a product or a service to a clerk or a sales representative is their ability to explain the product or service that they are selling and how knowledgeable they are in what their products or services are.

I was pretty satisfied with Elite Nails’s attendant because he was able to explain the differences of the services that they offer. It was clear and what I just needed to hear, so as a result, I was able to choose right away on which service I’m going to avail.

Ater taking a rest at the Hampton, we headed to Elite Nails for a Luxurious Dead Sea Salt Pedicure.

We waited for almost half an hour but that’s okay because the place was well air conditioned and had a relaxing vibe. The attendant and the staff were friendly and very accommodating. ‘Though they have a separate staff assigned for the Foot Spa and another for the Pedicure, it’s okay. I don’t have any qualms on it.

The Luxurious Dead Sea Salt Pedicure costs around P390. I had an additional OPI Nail Polish worth P50 to P60 because the staff said it lasts two weeks longer than an ordinary nail polish so I gave it a go.

It was actually worth it. The foot spa was good because the staff really tried to scrape off my dry skin and callouses. She was very hardworking and was very friendly too. I admit that her job was very difficult and given that it’s almost dinner time, I give props to her good service because she didn’t hastily do her job. I felt that I’m getting the service that is worth what I’m paying for so I didn’t regret giving her a tip.

The pedicure, which I was expecting to be painful was very painless. The staff who attended to me was very careful and checks on my reaction from time to time. It was not painful so it was okay. She also followed my request about not using a nail file because I hate the feeling of it scratching my nails. I also gave her a tip for taking care of my nails.

I would definitely go back to this branch if I will be given a chance. I’d also choose the same staff, if only I could remember their names. 🙂 I think I can still remember how they looked like. 🙂 I give this branch a 3.75 for a quite excellent service.

This branch that I have visited was just outside the Hampton Gardens. It’s located at Dr. Sixto Antonio Avenue, Pasig, 1607 Metro Manila. You can also check their menu on their website.


Finally, after everything that transpired on that day, we chanced upon the burger place that I was writing about earlier.

It’s already open!!

TAPSIHAN SA MAYBUNGA

 

When I said burger place, I was actually referring to Tapsihan Sa Maybunga. This is the place that Ino was telling me about. He was actually raving about the huge burger that they are offering.

He was telling me about the ingredients of each burger. It was quite a mouthful. Each burger is offering a Quarter Pounder. 🙂 Some of the burgers have SPAM, bacon, sunny side up fried eggs, cheese, lettuce, tomatoes, jalapeno, onions, special butter sauce, etc.

My choice was the Butter Beater and it didn’t disappoint. I was also leaning towards Big Max since I’m not into different kinds of meat in one burger. Ino likes Rise N Shine but I find it quite greasy and too much. Although it is not that bad because it is really worth your money thanks to their generous serving. 🙂

I didn’t choose Level Up, Fast Break and Firehouse because of the SPAM, bacon, eggs, and jalapeno. It’s just me. I just don’t enjoy too much food in one bite. I guess it’s delicious too but I think I might try it out if Butter Beater or Big Max are not available. Haha!

Oh! We also bought a Choco Chip Shake! It was good but I wish I ordered Mocha Frappe instead. I was supposed to order Mocha Frappe but Ino said he has already tried it. I wanted him to try out a different flavor too but unfortunately, he chose the same flavor he had last time. It was quite a let down. But I will definitely try their Mocha Frappe next time! 🙂

The shakes are pretty average for me. I think it is not really worth P75. I think they could have served it for around P60 to P65 instead. The presentation and the taste wasn’t that rad for P75. I wish they could level it up by adding something more to their “plating” or to their unique taste.

With how Ino hyped the burger and the shakes, it really got me expecting something out of everything. I was expecting something worth writing about and not just an Instagram moment. I was expecting a memorable taste out of it. Something that could linger and make me want to come back even if it’s quite far from where I am from.

I guess, it’s just me and my expectations. The burger was great. The presentation and plating was surprising. The knife on the burger was liberating. The plastic gloves was a unique suggestion on how to eat the burger. It gave a subtle hint about a no poise moment. It was fun and entertaining. I enjoyed it!

I will give this restaurant a 3.5 for the effort and for the hype. 🙂

I also liked the way the servers feel like family. It’s really hard to tell whether they are just staffs or family members helping each other out in their family business. It’s a Saturday anyway, and it somehow made me feel nostalgic.

I used to dream about my own clan owning a restaurant and each one of us helping out in any way we can. I know that it’s impossible right now but it could have been a good business venture for each of us.

Anyway, I was able to enjoy the food and the drink. It was a treat! So yeah, I really enjoyed everything. I’m still looking forward to visiting Tapishan sa Maybunga because I might just really have high hopes for everything products and services related. This is how I am most especially when I am paying or someone is treating me for a food experience.

Having said that, this is not a paid advertisement and I’m blogging about it to share my own experiences. Also, I’m blogging about my thoughts so that one’s service or products will continuously improve and provide satisfaction to their customers.

Tapsihan sa Maybunga is near Hampton Gardens. It is located at 416, Dr. Sixto Ave., Pasig, Metro Manila.

Komikon 2016


 

 

 

 

More than a month has passed since we went to Komikon 2016 at Bayanihan Center.

Ino and I were very excited to go to Komiket and Komikon. We were so excited that we missed Komiket 2016 because we thought that it was a two-day event. We went on a Sunday because we had a very tight schedule on Saturday due to the 2016 Bridal Fair at SM Mega Mall. We actually missed the date of the Komiket 2016 even though it was already published on Facebook. When we realized that we just wasted our taxi fare at that time, we decided to just go to SM Mega Mall’s Bridal Fair instead to scout for our wedding rings.

It was such a let down but Ino and I really tried our best to go to Komikon this year. And this time, we really checked the schedule on Facebook. We were wondering why they changed the schedule from a two-day event to a one-day event. However, we didn’t have a chance to ask anymore because the overwhelming feeling of being in a huge crowd got the best of me again.

I’m never a fan of huge crowds. I am not into conventions or cosplay events. I hate crowed places and noise. Certainly, it’s not my cup of tea.

During our first Komiket and Komikon, I really didn’t know what to expect. This is clearly not my scene and I don’t really know what it’s like to be in one. I was actually worried that I won’t like it and enjoy it.

First, because I’m not a comic book fan. I don’t enjoy drawing, painting or sketching or any artistic thing in general. But I just tried to enjoy it because Ino likes this and I also want to be a part of it. It was really a-going-out-of-my-comfort-zone moment.

It was actually interesting to be in a certain strange place. You don’t really know what to expect or what to do, so you can’t set some expectations. The fun thing about it is that you don’t know what’s coming to you and how it would be remarkable in your own opinion. For me, it became a benchmark of what I can expect in the years to come.

Having said that, I realized that I liked it and I enjoyed it because of several reasons:

  • Mr. Lyndon Gregorio!! – I’m a huge fan! My parents used to buy The Philippine Star everyday when I was still in Antipolo. I used to read Beerkada after reading the horoscope in the Entertainment section. :))
  • Comic book geeks! – I remember having a crush to one of the illustrators in Komiket 2015. Haha! Unfortunately he wasn’t around in last year’s Komikon and I can’t remember if we saw him this year.
  • T-shirts! – Oh, I bought three shirts! At that time, all I have in mind is buying shirts than buying comic books because I can use them more often than just reading them.
  • Cheap stickers! – The stickers range from P10 or 20 pesos (depending on the kind of paper that they used), up to P50. I remember buying P200 or P250 worth of stickers for actually thinking that 5 stickers costs P50 only. Crazy, right? But don’t worry because I enjoyed sticking it on my laptop. 🙂

 

It also helped me a lot in deciding about what to bring in my next Komiket/Komikon visit. I enjoyed taking photos at that time but as you can see, it is way fewer than before. There are not much duplicate copies anymore. My Kodak camera at that time was pretty small and my phone’s camera wasn’t able to take so much picture because the battery was almost running out.

It actually led me to impulse buy and pre-order a compact camera. 🙂 Yes, this event is the reason why I’m excited to blog again. 🙂 It is because I have a new device that I can use for my future blogging experience. 🙂

With Ino’s support, I will be able to document more important events. Actually, it is also one of the reasons why I have so much backlogs these days. But It’s fine because it is worth it. 🙂

 

Komiket 2015

This entry was originally posted on my WordPress account on January 1, 2016.

 

This post is long overdue.

I am not a huge fan of comic books, unlike Ino. Actually going to Komiket was his idea. I don’t know much about comics or Filipino comics in general. I am not quite familiar with the who’s who of Filipino comics but I used to read Beerkada by Lyndon Gregorio on Philippine Star when I was in grade school or high school. So, I had my fangirling moment when I met him at Komiket.

These photos were taken at Komiket in Centris last October 3, 2015. It was our first Komiket so we were very excited. We went there around 3pm to 4pm until 7 PM and had a very good experience.

 

 

I know that there are duplicates but I will sort this out soon.

 

What is Komiket?

According to Komiket’s Facebook pageThe Filipino Komiks Market (KOMIKET) aims to discover new comics creators, new readers and celebrate new comic book launches! Kita-kits sa Komiket!:)

It was a fun experience. It was an avenue for graphic artists, illustrators, and artists who want to exhibit their self-published works. It is also for the fans to see, discover, and buy new volumes of komiks from their favorite publishers, illustrators, graphic artists, etc.

They were also selling various stuff from T-shirts to mugs to self-published comic books, different kinds of comic books, mangas, discounted comic books, etc. There was a painting session for children of all ages too. Some were also selling adult coloring books, paints, pens, paint brushes and other drawing or sketching materials.

Some famous artists and illustrators were featured in the event as well. Wait, I think I kinda mixed up the Komiket and Komikon experience. Haha! But I guess you’ll see most of these this year, if you are interested to come. Of course.

Aside from famous Filipino artists and publishers who have published their own works, there are a lot of young artists who are doing commissions too. Most of them have just started a few years ago and some of them have just joined this event. Oh! There are a lot of handsome and cute artists, and illustrators too! Hehehe…

Since I am not really good at painting, drawing, sketching, MS Paint, Adobe Photoshop, or anything artistic aside from writing and story telling… I can say that it was an awesome experience! I guess there will be more people (those who know how to draw, read and enjoy mangas, hardcore and not-so-hardcore [softcore?] comic book fans, artists, illustrators, or anyone who knows much about drawing, sketching and the like…) who will appreciate this event in 2016. I hope that they can spread the word in advance, like what I’m doing now. Haha!

Oh, Komiket didn’t pay me to advertise their event. Haha! It’s just that I really enjoyed it that’s why I’m posting everything here.

I wish that more people can go and visit the event this year. Ino and I are planning to go too.

All in all, it was one heck of an experience and I hope that this year’s Komiket would be more awesome.

My 2015

I’d like to express my gratitude to everyone that I’ve met this year.

It’s not only the people that I’ve met that I’m thankful for. I am also treasuring the good times and the bad times that I have experienced all throughout the year.

Life was indeed a roller coaster ride. It was a journey.

From my numerous trials and defeats in becoming a Team Leader, to becoming a soon-to-be-wife. Who would have thought that I would be engaged on Christmas Eve? In front of Ino’s family, he asked for my hand in marriage, and since I’ve been waiting for it for the longest time, I teary-eyed said YES to him.

 

 

our engagement ring
our engagement ring

 

I couldn’t really summarize how my 2015 went. Regina got married with Paolo on November 14. Kelly was baptized in October. The team in the office was reshuffled in November as well.

I met a lot of people. I spent the whole year with the person I love. It took him 6 years, 7 months and 2 days to realize that he really wants me to be a part of his life forever.

Thank you for everyone who became a part of my life. Thank you for those who are still sticking around. Thank you, Lord for everything that you have given me and my loved ones.

And yeah, I am not confused with my faith anymore. I’m planning to go back to church and hear mass regularly again. I guess that’s one of the things that I’d like to do in starting the year right.

Thank you to everyone. I’m sorry to those that I’ve hurt.

Our 6th Anniversary

This entry was originally posted on May 26, 2015.

 

Ino and I celebrated our 6th Anniversary over the weekend on May 23, 2015. It was our first time to celebrate our relationship on the same day. So, it was actually a milestone for us that we got to celebrate our special day on the same day after 6 years.

We left Manila at 4:30 A.M on Saturday and we barely had enough time to really get some sleep because we need to check in at 3 P.M.

We almost fought on our way to San Antonio, Zambales because we had a miscommunication about going to the toilet. I thought he was at bay. I waited for him for about three minutes but he was still in the bus. I freaked out because I just woke up when I alighted the bus and I was disoriented when I saw that I was in a different place. I thought we were still at the Free Port. >_< So, I was fucking mad and I unintentionally shouted at him when I entered the bus. I thought he was going to accompany me. Because I’m too broke that I don’t have any coins to pay for the toilet. >_<// So, we almost fought because I shouted at him in public. But then, I apologized and he apologized too and were okay again.

I don’t really know the reason why we arrived earlier than 3 P.M, but I’m glad that we did! Actually, we arrived at around 9 A.M or 10 A.M but Ms. Tess, the very hospitable staff of Megan’s, was very nice to let us in the room even if it’s not yet 3 P.M. It’s a good thing that the room was already available so we don’t need to wait for a long time.

Megan's

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When we arrived at our destination, I felt very happy because Ino was really prepared! He really thought about the place, the accommodations and the boat trip! I wasn’t able to take a picture of the room, the boat trip and other things because… I’m not a photoblogger. LOL.

I am such a noob in taking photos and I’m not really into posting stuff. I’m starting to get the hang of my LG G3 camera, though. I enjoyed saying ‘cheese’ and ‘Kimchi’ without clicking the shutter button on my phone. Ooohh, free advertisement! LOL.

 

 

Initially, I really wanted to go to Silanguin. Look at the fourth picture on the right side of my Instagram post! It’s pretty awesome, right? But it takes 2 hours to get there and it’s quite expensive for us. If I remember it correctly, the trip to Silanguin costs P2,500 and that’s the only island that you can visit. You can’t go to Annawangen or Capones or Camara, etc. Though, there are trips where you can go island hopping, but I guess it costs more. It would be best if you will go backpacking with some of your friends in Silanguin and stay there overnight. Yes, you can stay there overnight but that would be an extra charge, I guess.

Before we choose the island that we’re going to visit, the guide told us that the water in Silanguin may be a little itchy because it is not really a part of the beach but more of a pond. There are fishlings that can make our skin feel itchy, so we just ditched the idea of going there. On a side note, we actually thought that it was Anawangin but we were quite surprised to find out that it was Annawangen.

So, since we’re only for the boat ride to a couple of islands, we decided to just go to Capones and Annawangen.

Anyway, the first boat trip was freaky. We ran out of gas in the middle of the ride. We’re on the sea in a small boat with the boatman(?) or bangkero and two children — one boy and one girl, It’s a good thing that nobody freaked out. (I was actually really freaking out deep inside me because I know that the water’s too deep and I won’t survive because I can’t take a deep breath and swim for the life of me. I don’t even know if Ino can save himself so I nearly passed out.) On the exterior, I was calm as fuck but if Ino can see right through me… I guess, everybody will be affected.

Anyway, it’s a good thing that the boatman brought an extra bottle or a container of gas for the boat ride, thankfully we arrived at Capones safely. We didn’t swim at that time because we were too busy taking pictures of the beautiful island. The water captivated me and I took some photos blindly. My angle was pretty bad because we arrived in Capones in the middle of the afternoon. We also didn’t swim because the water is too deep and the waves were too strong.

Oh yeah, the waves in going to Capones and Annawangen were pretty huge. I guess it’s the best if you’re aiming for beach surfing but as for the boat trip? It was another heart-racking moment. It was like a roller coaster ride only with huge waves in the middle of the sea.

So, please understand that I was not brave enough to take my phone out and snap some photos of the huge waves. I’m too scared to lose my life and my phone that I haven’t paid in full yet.

Although I wasn’t able to take a picture of the beautiful landscape of stones and rocks, I was able to take a photo of the beach at Capones. So here it goes:

 

 

Here’s Annawangen for yah:

 

 

 

 

We took a rest in our room after the wonderful boat trip. However, since Ino’s sore throat was already starting to make him feel uncomfortable, we just decided to stay the night. We weren’t able to take our dinner as well because we felt too tired to go out. We just had breakfast and dinner the next day.

I was famished when we got out of the room the next day. I don’t usually eat or drink Taho (Soybean curdpudding?? Not sure.) but when I saw it I suddenly craved for it. It was also the first time that the arnibal (caramelized sugar) had an equal serving to the soybean curd.

Tahoooooooo!

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Oh, I didn’t mix it. I don’t like mixing my Taho. :))

After the Taho experiencel we ate at DG Paraiso Restaurant which is located outside Megan’s Paradiso Beach Resort.

 

 

It was a few blocks away from Megan’s. The food was delicious. It was worth our money but I expected more. It’s a good thing that I didn’t order the Bibimbap because it would be such a let down if they were not able to get the exact taste that Ino and I were looking for.

 

 

I ordered the Southern Fried Chicken. In my opinion, if you are going to visit a restaurant for the first time, you should try the safest food. It just happens that my go-to food is chicken. It was actually good. The mash potatoes were spot on, if only they served it with gravy and not a bottle of catsup.

 

 

Ino on the other hand ordered the Sweet and Sour Pork. He said it was actually good and it was really a heavy meal. However, the Sweet and Sour sauce became a Sweet and Sour soup.

All in all, the place was very interesting and budget friendly. There is also a small convenience store beside Meghan’s that sells everything from vegetables to food to medicines.

Oh by the way, I also found these two cute Terrier-Azkals puppies on our way to checking out.

Ang cute!

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We really had a blast, indeed!

Bonchon Chicken, Stanley Chi, and SMASH on 2nd Avenue

So here goes another post from my Tumblr account. This was written on March 25, 2012. It was a Sunday and it talks about what happened to my weekend. It also features one of our visits to Bonchon and a book launching event in National Book Store in Shangri-La Mall.

If I remember it correctly,  Ino and I just celebrated our 34th monthsarry at that time. According to my blog, we weren’t able to celebrate our special day because we were both tied up with work. I was still working for Globe Telecom’s Marketing Department when I wrote this and I recalled Ino and I had a pretty different schedule back in the day. I used to work from 9 AM to 6 PM on weekdays while Ino’s schedule was from 3 PM until 12 AM on weekdays.

The advantage of Ino’s schedule was that he’s working on a flexible schedule while I don’t. He still does, but he has learned to manage his time wisely nowadays and I’m proud of him for doing so! However, I’ve never worked on a flexible time schedule and even after three years, I’m still tracking time and making the most of it. My profession is the epitome of every second counts. Looking back, it was quite a tough schedule to make it happen but we were able to make it through after three years.

I remembered that I usually stay in his apartment every other Friday to spend the weekend with him. He usually fetches me at work and sends me to his apartment in Paz Bldg. and comes back to his office after joining me for dinner. I usually wait for him in his apartment for a few hours until he arrives from work.

It says that I watched a Japanese live action series called Absolute Boyfriend (絶対彼氏。, Zettai Kareshi) the whole night. I also bought Jollibee’s Chicken Nuggets with Carrots, 2 pcs of Peach Mango Pies and a Large Ice Tea while watching the series. Jollibee was adjacent to his apartment building so buying food at that time wasn’t a problem.

Ino used to live with Wendz and Lloyd in their two-bedroom apartment in Paz Bldg. Their apartment was located at E. Rodriguez St. nearby Rizal Tech University. Ino, Wendz and Lloyd weren’t home yet so I decided to prepare for bed. I was supposed to go to bed when Ino arrived in their apartment around midnight.

The next day, Ino and I watched more episodes of Absolute Boyfriend together and then we had Chicken Nuggets, a Quarter Pounder, and a Sundae for brunch. I guess eating these much wasn’t enough because we went to Bonchon Chicken afterwards.

According to Wikipedia, Bonchon Chicken is a South Korean-based international fried chicken restaurant franchise. According to the company, Bonchon is a Korean word meaning “My Hometown.

 

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We had different foods for this particular visit to Bonchon. I don’t remember exactly if this was our first time to dine in or if it was one of those times, but all I know is that I can’t remember how these food tastes like.

I’m quite a sucker for chicken and it has always been my go-to food whenever I eat at any new restaurant. I guess, knowing that chicken is Bonchon’s specialty, I didn’t bother to try it because I know that it will still be available after a few months.

These foods are probably the food that we decided to try out because they are new and interesting. Plus, the mere idea of buying a taco in a Korean-ish fast food restaurant is pretty intriguing.

I guess, my expectations were too high because I already have an idea on what authentic Korean food tastes like. It became a let down because the dishes that we ordered were practically Americanized and they were served in a different way than I expected it would be.

I didn’t buy the taco after that but I often order their chicken chops and chicken burger whenever I feel like it. I don’t think that Bonchon is my favorite go-to fast food restaurant for a Korean quick-fix ‘though, I guess I’d rather try Honey’s Kimchi or something else.

This won’t be rated since I really didn’t intend to make a review for this one. Besides, my preferences have changed after three years and Bonchon, although not the best Korean chicken fix for me, is still one of the restaurants that we frequent every now and then.

DISCLAIMER: This blog entry is reposted for personal documentations only. Bonchon Chicken, didn’t pay me to advertise their products and services to promote or review.

If you would like me to review your products or services, kindly send me an e-mail over info@cheskinita.com


The second part of this entry is about Stanley Chi’s book launch, which also happened on the same day that we went to Bonchon Chicken. It was held at National Book Store in Edsa Shangri-La Mall on March 25, 2012.

The original plan was for Ino and I to go to Powerbooks to scout for new books to read despite the 3 books that I already bought on that payday. Since Powerbooks was too crowded and it seems like they were renovating the place or rearranging the sections of their books, Ino and I decided to go to National Bookstore to find some Young Adult books instead.

We were surprised to witness a book launching event. It was my first time to attend a book launch and I was too smitten by the crowd, the buzz and the media that Ino and I decided to stay in the event and watch the program.

It was Stanley Chi’s book launch. According to his Wikipedia, Stanley Tan Chi (born May 12, 1978) is a Chinese Filipino observational comedian, cartoonist, TV host, columnist and book author. Chi has gained an underground cult following because of his unique comedic chops. He is the columnist for FHM Philippines’ website, One Night Stan and a video blogger for Spot.ph’s Suplado in the City.

Initially, we watched his book launch because of Ramon Bautista, who was just the guy from Brewrats and a professor in UP at that time. He wasn’t a big name in the industry yet. He doesn’t have Science of Stupid yet or a self-published book. He wasn’t self-entitled yet. He was just one of the struggling comedians who has the potential to be on the mainstream TV at that time.

Ino and I were quite a fan of Mr. Bautista that at that time, we didn’t mind to wait and ask for a picture. We were actually very lucky that Ramon Bautista accommodated our request.

 

Now, back to the book launch…

The program went on. Stanley Chi introduced the band called Bakeshop and he said that one of its members used to be a member of Hale. Bakeshop performed a couple of songs, while we were interviewed by Net25. We were asked about a word that we can attribute or say to Stanley Chi.

At that time, I barely knew who Stanley Chi was and sad to say I didn’t have a way to access Google or Wikipedia at that time. As I’ve said, we weren’t really there for him, it was by chance that we actually became a part of the book launch. I really didn’t know who he was or where he became famous or why he was publishing a book.

We solely based our answer to the title of his book because that’s the only idea that we have about the guy. His book was about guys’ demeanor and I just guessed about what the content was really about (even if I’m not really sure if he was talking about being a Suplado as a person or being a Suplado only in a certain situation.)

I answered the question based on a hunch and on what the book cover says. I said that Stanley Chi is a suplado (a snob). Then she also asked Ino the same question but he was kinda clueless to who Stanley Chi was and he just said that Stanley Chi was awesome to pacify the interviewer. I guess, it’s kinda not the answer the interviewee was looking for but it’s alright because that’s what really happened.

The interviewee along with the cameraman asked another question about having Stanley Chi’s books published in print or in E-books. I really have a strong feeling about paper backs or hardbound books being published as a part of our customs and traditions. At that time, I was just starting to like E-books because it is a convenient way to read a bunch of books in one portable device.

According to my post, I answered the question with:

It’s better if it will be published in print since he can really see or know that the people are buying his intellectual property and they like it rather than publishing it through E-books.

No offense meant since a lot of people are using electronic stuff to read books nowadays.

But I figured that illegal downloading here in the Phils. is very rampant and the fact that we don’t get to stop these things from happening means that it would be difficult to weigh who likes it or not.

He wouldn’t know if people are interested in his book by buying it in stores and really taking some effort to grab it in the book stand and buy it. Instead, his books might end up downloaded through a torrent site, or it might be passed on via e-mail or stuff. We all know that it’s illegal and every book says that it shouldn’t be in anyway reproduced, imprinted or whatnot. But hey, these things happen.

If he really wants to sell his books I think he should just do both. E-books and print. Other people might buy it online but I’m pretty sure more people will prefer to just copy it or download it for free.

As a Journalism graduate and an aspiring writer, I think it would be much rewarding if people really buy his books in stores. I think it would be more fulfilling if the author can feel or witness that his books are selling and readers patronize his books because it makes sense or interesting or fun or whatever. I think it’s worth the blood, sweat and tears if he can see that his readers are really patronizing his ideas.

Soon, Tado, a comedian, came and they were fussing about him being late. It appears that he also wrote a book under PSICOM Publishing house. Oh, Suplado Tips was also published by PSICOM as well.

Then there were some guys who claim that they were professional Fliptop rappers or whatnot. At first it was kinda boring and the guy, Juan Lazy, wasn’t doing much of a good job than was expected or than his title claims.

Then, a couple of Fliptop rappers joined the Fliptop battle but it wasn’t that fun. It just became fun when the celebrities joined in and had their trial to a Fliptop battle. Tado, Stanley Chi and Ramon Bautista were cool and they were game. Though Tado told the audience that he doesn’t know what Fliptop is since he’s been away from the civilization … [sic.]

To sum it all, it was good and it was fun because Ino and I enjoyed it. 🙂


This part was basically a proof that I have a knack for showing off my talent. Please read until the end to know more about how the rest of that day ended.

We were about to go home when we dropped by SM Megamall to stroll for a while. I was supposed to just go to the restroom and do some stuff when we came across an event in the Atrium. There were sponsors and stuff in the middle space next to Gelatissimo.

Apparently, there was an audition for SMASH. I didn’t really pay much attention to the whole mechanics and stuff. Ino inquired if there were a lot of people queuing to sing or perform. The girl said there was no line and he can sing anytime or if he is ready. It was funny because they thought he will be the one who’ll sing. Well, what really happened was I just asked Ino if he can inquire for me and he did.

So, the girl asked me to sign up and asked if I want to get a make over. And I did. Honestly I just want to have a make-over and I’m not really that interested in the singing part of the audition. I know that I just got my voice back and I’m not pretty sure if I can sing high notes already.

So, since there were still a couple of girls getting their make over, and a guy was still singing on the camera, my boyfriend and I waited for my turn and we just talked. I was feeling thirsty and my throat was running dry so I asked him to buy me a bottle of water. Then I actually practiced a song with him.

I always have a hard time thinking of the right song to sing whenever I’m requested to sing. So, while practicing.. I sang Dreams by The Corrs to my boyfriend.

I was just relaxed but a little nervous. I was just doing it for the fun of it. I was just trying since there’s no harm done in trying.

So I had my make over. Then the make up artist asked me some questions while he applies make up to my face. When he asked about my job… I whispered the name of the competitor of the telco sponsor of this event. He asked how did we get to this audition and I replied with: “Actually we were supposed to go to the restroom when we saw this event and we just tried it.”

When my make over was done. The guy who guides the contestants, who looks like Slater of PBB Unlimited, talked to me and asked me about my age, and what song am I gonna sing, etc.

I sang Dreams by The Corrs and just enjoyed it. It was a fast song, well not really fast. I figured some people were singing theater songs or high pitched, ear screeching, attention getting songs. I did not do that.

So I just did my thing and I was able to get a gift pack from Smart C and 2nd Avenue.

The feedback was positive. They said that I have a beautiful voice, etc. I think they say those lines to everybody since that’s a part of their job and it will encourage the contestant to patronize their show or whatever. Or perhaps it’s just part of their job.

So, I liked 2nd Avenue’s Facebook using my Facebook account. Then I got another freebie which was a photo of me and the SMASH characters. (Sorry I wasn’t able to scan it or take a photo if it.)

It was actually nice that Ino supported me all the way even if the idea of doing it is too crazy if you think about it.

Anyway, that was my day. It kinda took me a day after I posted it but well it was really tiring. 🙂