Wednesday, December 10, 2014

Sorry Telephone Operator for the Morning Fit

I'm not usually cranky, but it's the current mood of the day lately. And I hate how it challenges my ability to zone things out which I learned quite wisely from yoga. The feeling is abusive and as it is, my cough and colds have hugging me tightly for over a week now.

And this morning, I just had to snap. On a random person. A telephone operator. The usual suspect. 

Like me, do you also hate it when you receive a call from a bank representative calling you to tell you of their new credit card offers? What bugs me is they ask if you if it is okay that the call will be recorded, not if you have time to soldier on with the call! Like in any phone call, the courteous thing to do is ask if you have time to spend, not if the call will be recorded, because really, I don't care if it is or if it isn't. 

To that bank representative who called me earlier, I'm sorry that you were at the receiving end of my crankiness. I will call the bank if I learn of new offers and that I'm interested.

Friday, December 05, 2014

Early Christmas Chenelings at Green Pastures!

This is probably the earliest Christmas gathering that I went to! Not that it's formal, obligatory or anything, but you see, when it comes to meeting up with my 3 closest girl friends, we always find it hard to settle on a date.

I guess it comes with age as we get to be tangled up with the daily hustle that is our jobs. We actually do a lot of impromptu meetups, but it often does not involve all 4 of us in it. And would you believe that as early as October, we actually agreed on a date - December 2 - to be our annual Christmas party? I'm glad we committed to the date in advance, hence, our Christmas dinner over at Green Pastures in Shangrila just this Tuesday evening!

As Bianca Gonzales (now Mrs. Intal, yey!) said in one of her Instagram posts, Green Pastures truly lives up to all the hype! And despite the somehow steep prices, it's worth every morsel and the wait. I guess it's just so rare that we have farm-to-table restaurants in the metro so I guess there really is no comparison to be made as of yet. But don't get me wrong, I love Green Pastures and their farm theme included!

With the karpintera tummies that we have, my 2 friends and I settled on the Blue Ribbon Burger, a large burger made from Kitayama Wagyu shortrib, chuck and brisket, with blue cheese! 

It came with this side of camote fries, which I didn't get to eat as much!

I love the grilled brioche bun, which I honestly think makes or breaks the entire burger experience. If the bread is too toasted, it would be too hard to eat the entire thing, and if the bread is too soft, it would just function as sponge sipping on the grease from the burger. The brioche was perfect, and I really take my bread seriously =p

For appetizers, we initially wanted Duck You! which were duck fat fries, duck chicharon and duck confit, but they ran out of it in the kitchen. So instead, we got the KFC, which is short for Korean Fried Cauliflower. 

KFC and Telle's drugs behind!

Okay na sana, but with just the 4 pieces on the serving plate, we were mildly disappointed. Lelz. Or patay gutom levels lang talaga kami that night, hence the dissatisfaction. I guess if you want an appetizer that's sulit, you can get something better off the menu for the same price of Php 185. 

My friend got an unlimited glass of Hibiscus Iced Tea, and since we are PGs nga, we took turns drinking from the lone mason jar on the table and had the waiter refill it 4x! Hohoho.

Of course, part of our Christmas tradition is we do Secret Santa! It's funny how we try our best to keep the excitement up. After all, it's hard to divulge who you picked as your baby since 4 na nga lang kami! We had to be really careful not to spill the beans on each other, like I did last year.

My baby for this year was Nica. On her wishlist were colorful pillows or pillow cases or the ultimate make up bag. I know nothing about pillows and between her and I, she has more of the housewife vibe, so I settled on looking for the make up bag that I hope she calls the ultimate. It's hard to buy the ultimate makeup bag within the 500 peso budget, so I splurged a little and got her a makeup bag from Victoria's Secret. I'm happy that she's happy with it :)

And what's funnier is that Nica actually had me as her baby! She got me the things I wanted from Craft Carrot - a black craft notebook and Bombay India Ink in Magenta. Yay for crafty things! I'm super glad she got to pick me :)

Here we are happy with our gifts!

After dinner and the gift exchange at Green Pastures, we walked around the East Wing and found it really wide and boring. How could 2 polarizing descriptions be found in one place that's supposedly renovated? I guess coming to the East Wing on a weekday means a quieter crowd than on Friday nights or on weekends.

Once we reached the 4th floor, and we saw the sign of Gigi Cupcakes. It was housed in a furniture shop, which isn't so odd at all. Cupcakes and housewifey things are always a good combination!

And as is the case whenever we girls meet up, the night was filled with endless chika, obscenity and all the kalokohans that're central in an all-girls group. I'm glad I have them in my life despite our gas-induced, pee-triggering talks! It's impossible to go home not wanting to let them gas out of your system. 

Merry Christmas girls! See you again soon for our 90s jolog-themed gathering! XOXO

Green Pastures
Shangri-la Plaza Mall
4/F Shangri-la Plaza Mall, East Wing, Shaw Blvd
Wack Wack, Mandaluyong
(02) 654-3219

Monday, December 01, 2014

An Explosion of Snacks!

Oh diet, paano na?

Argggh, what timing is this - an explosion of my favorite snack finds with just 26 days before my sister's wedding. But these are so good, I plan to punish myself by doing 30 burpees per snack! So help me god!!!

1. Nutella and Go with Esta The Limone

2. Teddy Grahams in Honey, Cinnamon and Chocolate

3. Milky Chocolate

4. Fujiya Look Green Tea

5. Meiji Kyoto-Matcha Chocolate

6. Everyburger

7. Chocolate Grover Raspberries Wrapped in Dark Chocolate

8. Pepperidge Farm Dark Chocolate Cheesecake

9. Pepperidge Farm Dark Chocolate and Mint Chocolate Cookies

10. Brookside Acai and Raspberries

11. Patchi Chocolates

Wednesday, November 26, 2014

Stalking Stalking Stalking

So after reading the book, Advertising: More Fun in the Philippines, I got so hooked stalking the many names dropped in its pages. There's Tony Harris, who I already stalked on Google, LinkedIn and YouTube. I got my fair share of knowing who David Guerrero is, and he's pogi. 

Today's agenda is stalking Brandie Tan. And thank god he has a blog! Not as updated, but his posts are so funny and insightful.

Okay, back to lokohan in the office.


To All Ya'll Beings Who Know Whose Asses to Kiss

Pasok. Upo. Criminal Case. Upo. Kain ng Mahal. Upo. Solohin ang internet. Tayo. Weewee sa labas. Busy-busyhan. Small talk. Uwi.

Magaling magaling magaling

Photo from

A day in the life of our well loved country manager, who I, do not give a shit anymore. And I do not blame him. I blame the person who put him here despite his zero knowledge on advertising. But the admitted absence of creativity, initiative to learn and the basic knowledge of what the heck a byline is scares the shitload out of me. 

Hence, he does not exist.

I mean seriously, if there's any budget that need to be cut, it's yours.


You're worse than crap.

Tuesday, November 25, 2014

The Polka Dot Bakeshop - Quality Cakes by the LJC Group

The LJC Restaurant Group is an impossible misnomer for foodies and non-foodies alike. It's everywhere and chances are you have probably eaten at one of its restaurants without knowing!

Under its belt are household restaurant names that include Café Adriatico, Abe, Café Havana, Bistro Remedios, Fely J’s Kitchen, Larry’s Café and Bar, Lorenzo’s Way and Abe's Farm. A new addition under its belt (that is, if I am so behind the news!) is this cute pastry boutique nay bakeshop at SM Megamall's Fashion Hall - The Polka Dot Bakeshop! It sits right next to Abe at the 3rd floor :)

The packaging's cute! Makes for great gifts this holiday season me thinks :)

The Polka Dot Bakeshop has cakes in junior sizes for sharing and petite ones for the solo dessert lover who does not want to share! I got to try their petite Velvetique and I super like it! It's the classic red velvet cake that's crumbly and moist. It looks super cute too. 2 thumbs up for this one!

They have an album of their beautiful cakes here. Go go go check it out :) 

The Polka Dot Bakeshop
3/F SM Megamall
Mega Fashion Hall
LJC Restaurant Group's Facebook Page

Monday, November 24, 2014

Advertising: It's More Fun in the Philippines by Tony Harris

A bookstore is one of my happy places next to coffee shops and supermarkets. I love it so much that I rarely leave one empty handed. I sometimes regret buying that thing I bought - a #2 paint brush, an Xacto blade set, a cutting board or a magazine.

But really, in 90% of the time that I do, I actually do feel happy about my impromptu purchases, and just over the weekend, I'm happy (once again!) that I made the decision to buy this book I saw on display at National Bookstore - SM Aura.

Advertising: More Fun in the Philippines by Tony Harris

While waiting for my boyfriend to pick me up that night, I grabbed coffee at Toby's Estate. As I couldn't finish the entire iced latte with the table as my date pro tempore, I decided to have it transferred in a paper cup so I can go around.

Of course, a tambay at the bookstore is the easiest way to kill time. I was looking for the book, Stardust, which my good friend Hannah recommended to me, but the familiar catchy colors of DOT's It's More Fun in the Philippines campaign on a book cover naturally caught my attention. 

I picked it up, read the foreword and found myself giggling over the candid anecdotes that followed. With only 11 pages read, I could already say that Tony Harris, the author, is a real storyteller! A real adman! 

Of course, the hilarity and the insider take on the machination of an ad agency made me buy the book. Although it made me realize how the agency I am associated with fairs so small in comparison (we are truly a tiny dust in the Milky Way galaxy of ad agencies), I dropped it only after I finished all 170 pages. In less than 24 hours.  

Thy reading corner - literally

I've always found the advertising industry magical. It's where creativity holds no bounds and where brevity always wins. It seems like commercials, taglines and print ads are so easy to make, but really, it's not. It won't bore you for as long as you love it back - OTs, rejected ideas, crappy bosses and all its imperfections.

The book is a refreshing take on how agencies are actually nice and warm to each other even if they are in constant pitch war winning over coveted clients. The better idea always wins, and nothing can be more nicer and rewarding than that.

It's amazing to learn how the It's More Fun in the Philippines campaign came to fruition from the insider point of view of Harris - the long and tedious process to even pitch for the government (you have to be financially and creatively qualified to do so apparently!), the amount of ingenuity and inspiration it takes to come up with such an amazing campaign that everyone truly identifies with. It must have been nerve wracking to present to the secretary of the DOT and the President of the Philippines himself. There will always be challenges that keep us on our toes, but then, don't we all live for those eureka moments? :)

And I have to say, this is one of my best random bookstore purchases ever!

Toby's Estate Philippines + Bucky's Not A Brownie at SM Aura!

If you spend at least 8 hours of your day with me and if you read all the debauchery that I have here, you'd know that I am a big coffee person. And so it was a happy moment when I learned that Toby's Estate Philippines, you know, that swanky and super popular coffee place in Makati is now at SM Aura! 

It's just sort of a popup booth, but really, a non-Makati person like me doesn't have any right to complain. I tried their iced latte version last Saturday night, and I like it.

Well, except for the part where I was totally awake until 3 AM the next day.

I was thinking of ordering a Flat White, but I really have no clue as to what it is. Next time after I google it :)

Another reason why I like Toby's Estate? It kept me company while I was at the bookstore :)

Of course, Bucky's Not a Brownie treats were a sight to behold too. I made sure to get 2 of the Original Buckies, Chunky Blonde and Buckies N Cream as pasalubong to my boyfriend's family. They approve of all 3 flavors, and as for me, Buckies N Cream, the one at the center, is my favorite :)

They have quite a fancy selection of pastries that go well (of course) with their caffeine blends. I must try the Calamansi Pie next.

Here's hoping that Yardstick of Makati opens a popup booth here too!

Toby's Estate Philippines
3/F SM Aura
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