MANILA FOLKS! WE’RE GIVING AWAY AN EXTRA STARBUCKS 2013 PLANNER! All you got to do is join our contest to get a chance at snatching it! :D

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Christmas is the season of giving. I know we’re well past Christmas and into the new year already, but we must remember that Christmas in the Philippines doesn’t end at 12 midnight on December 26th!

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I managed to acquire a second Starbucks planner for 2013 (because I am a coffee junkie), and…

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As a company dedicated to working with food, we enjoy all occasions that let us celebrate with it! Now please enjoy this Christmas haiku.
Just one day left until Christmas! :) Happy holidays, everybody! ♥

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tenderblender:

As a company dedicated to working with food, we enjoy all occasions that let us celebrate with it! Now please enjoy this Christmas haiku.

Just one day left until Christmas! :) Happy holidays, everybody! ♥

CHECK OUT BLISTER PACK BOY’S FIRST EVER COLLECTOR FEATURE, KARL SANTOS! :D
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For our first Blister Pack Boy - featured collector, we have Mr. Karl Santos of Tender Blender!  This charismatic young fellow here is currently working as our small design group’s marketing director - the go-to guy when it comes to food concepts and resources! You may know Karl here from the #GoodGuyKarl memes going around. And yes ladies, this handsome hunk is very much single! ;)

I’ve known Karl for quite a while now. He’s been a close friend of mine since high school and I’ve been working with him a lot since graduating from college. Karl has always struck me as a very practical guy. He’s the type who rarely gives in to splurging on things, so learning about this was quite a surprise! He is, shall we say, a closet collector!



His collection spans through the classic Marvel universe action figures released through the 90’s to the early 2000’s. He has a ton of these guys! From fan favorite Wolverine to the obscure hero Namor. In my opinion, these action figures are probably the best articulated and most beautifully detailed renditions of these characters in plastic! I mean, The Thing has a cloth sewn trench coat! Now that’s detailing rarely found in action figures released today. Karl showed me his favorites:  Spider-Man and Venom! I recognized the Spider-Man figure as one of the most sought-after versions of the wall crawler by Marvel toy collectors.


I asked Karl why this was the line he chose to collect, and why Marvel super heroes for that matter. He told me that he grew up with these characters as a kid. As he got older, seeing the modern film adaptations of these characters becoming more and more popular, he realized the iconography of these superheroes and how lasting they are to the hearts of fans like us. He started his collection back in high school and he tells me the reason he keeps them boxed was that he saw this as a more “grown-up” way of toy collecting! This is actually quite admirable for me because as much as I’d like to keep a number of my toys in their boxes, I could never really resist opening them! Karl tells me that he came to have so many of these figures through years of collecting. Being in high school when he started, he had to really save up for these toys. He did, however, have some help from his dad who pitched in seeing how dedicated Karl was in collecting these figures.



It’s always fascinating meeting people through the things they love. Some may be more open about their passions than others but all the same, you will find that they all share the same level of dedication for, in this case, a toy collection. Getting to know about Karl’s collection was quite a pleasant surprise being a toy collector myself and is often an ongoing topic whenever we hang out or work together!


That’s it for this Blister Pack Boy featured collector! Get ready to meet more collectors soon enough so stay tuned! 
                                                              

CHECK OUT BLISTER PACK BOY’S FIRST EVER COLLECTOR FEATURE, KARL SANTOS! :D

blisterpackboy:

For our first Blister Pack Boy - featured collector, we have Mr. Karl Santos of Tender Blender!  This charismatic young fellow here is currently working as our small design group’s marketing director - the go-to guy when it comes to food concepts and resources! You may know Karl here from the #GoodGuyKarl memes going around. And yes ladies, this handsome hunk is very much single! ;)

I’ve known Karl for quite a while now. He’s been a close friend of mine since high school and I’ve been working with him a lot since graduating from college. Karl has always struck me as a very practical guy. He’s the type who rarely gives in to splurging on things, so learning about this was quite a surprise! He is, shall we say, a closet collector!


His collection spans through the classic Marvel universe action figures released through the 90’s to the early 2000’s. He has a ton of these guys! From fan favorite Wolverine to the obscure hero Namor. In my opinion, these action figures are probably the best articulated and most beautifully detailed renditions of these characters in plastic! I mean, The Thing has a cloth sewn trench coat! Now that’s detailing rarely found in action figures released today. Karl showed me his favorites:  Spider-Man and Venom! I recognized the Spider-Man figure as one of the most sought-after versions of the wall crawler by Marvel toy collectors.


I asked Karl why this was the line he chose to collect, and why Marvel super heroes for that matter. He told me that he grew up with these characters as a kid. As he got older, seeing the modern film adaptations of these characters becoming more and more popular, he realized the iconography of these superheroes and how lasting they are to the hearts of fans like us. He started his collection back in high school and he tells me the reason he keeps them boxed was that he saw this as a more “grown-up” way of toy collecting! This is actually quite admirable for me because as much as I’d like to keep a number of my toys in their boxes, I could never really resist opening them! Karl tells me that he came to have so many of these figures through years of collecting. Being in high school when he started, he had to really save up for these toys. He did, however, have some help from his dad who pitched in seeing how dedicated Karl was in collecting these figures.


It’s always fascinating meeting people through the things they love. Some may be more open about their passions than others but all the same, you will find that they all share the same level of dedication for, in this case, a toy collection. Getting to know about Karl’s collection was quite a pleasant surprise being a toy collector myself and is often an ongoing topic whenever we hang out or work together!


That’s it for this Blister Pack Boy featured collector! Get ready to meet more collectors soon enough so stay tuned!

                                                              

mmmmm… FOOD! That’s me there looking all chubby and eatin’ happy XD

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Last September 15, Kiks and I attended the Ultimate Taste Test at the Rockwell Tent. What with the vast amount of food waiting to be tasted, how could we stay away?

Part of the reason behind our attendance was in support of Kiks’s sister Iyay and her little friend Buddy! Without bias, we’ve been avid fans of her cookies ever since she started late last year.

Bake Buddy had two flavors for UTT, the good old Red Velvet, and the newly developed flavor, Coffee Caramel Walnut Crunch. Dee-lish!

So Kiks and I walked around the venue for a bit to start tasting, and this was one of my personal favorites — crunchy belly from Carlo’s Kitchen! SO SINFUL, BUT SO GOOD! It was a shame that participants in the Ultimate Taste Test could only have one sample per booth. Ah well. This just means we should pay a visit to Mercato again!

We were told about their promo where you can win a 3 day/2 night stay at the Pearl of the Pacific in Boracay! Visit their Facebook page for more info. :)

And close by was none other than Blue Toque!

Besides their wonderfully chocolatey Nutella Mousse Cake, Blue Toque also served up some delicious cookies! If any of these sweets are making your mouth water, stay tuned for a blog post sometime soon on how to win some!

The very lovely Mary Anne in her signature blue toque! Don’t you just want to buy her cakes and cookies? :)

Moving around some more, we happened across Swizzle, which was serving up something a little different — alcoholic beverages, haha! Now we aren’t huge drinkers, but these looked pretty appealing! The golden shots are actually caramel beer (which neither Kiks nor I could bring ourselves to finish), and the colorful one is rainbow vodka. I was urged by Karla, the owner, to do the rainbow shot after I said I don’t really do shots. I gave in and tried it, and it was pretty good! The strawberry syrup at the bottom was a nice touch. :)

A few booths away was the familiar Japanese restaurant if you frequent Katipunan, Moshi Moshi! We were thrilled that they had a new dessert on the menu — green tea cheesecake! Mmm.

By this time, you’ll notice how I thoroughly enjoyed the sweets. We passed by Pinkberry for some froyo. :)

We promised the owner of Villa del Conte we’d be back after we tried all the savory stuff, and kept our promise we did. We kind of picked up that he had been in Italy for a while, perfecting his chocolates; he shared with us that one of his chocolates can actually be a substitute for coffee! Just one a day, and you’re good to go. Pretty awesome stuff. :)

Freshly made fruit jam from The Fruit Garden. :)

We tried so much food that afternoon, that having lunch elsewhere was unnecessary! Everything was there — from appetizers, to main meals, to desserts, to beverages. And now, just looking at these photos from a couple of weeks ago is just making us hungry again, and craving for more of our favorites from The Ultimate Taste Test! While there will only be one overall champion, they’re all winners in our eyes (and our tummies)!

Wish I could have seen this live! Huhu so lucky you are, Tracy :<

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Stacked was the first new place we ate at in San Diego! (By “new”, I mean some place I’ve never eaten at before!) This particular branch can be found in Fashion Valley.

Upon entering, the place really captured my interest! It was pretty quirky, with all the colorful wall art,…

CRAVING FOR SOME TAKOYAKI -__-‘

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Last week, we decided to lunch at Moshi Moshi, a relatively new Japanese restaurant found in Katipunan. Of course, I’m using the term “restaurant” pretty loosely here — Moshi Moshi is a bit of a cafeteria-style place where you pay as you order, then you’re given a number and wait for your food.

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One of our favorite adobo pictures for Unilever finally came out in the latest issue of Yummy magazine! It’s a little sad, though, that we weren’t able to shoot the rest of the (Knorr) food for this issue. The shoot was cancelled at the last minute, and was moved to another day when we had scheduled a shoot for another client. Ah well. We’re shooting again tomorrow for the next issue! Hopefully it pushes through, as it’s been rescheduled a couple of times already! No worries though. (:

tenderblender:

One of our favorite adobo pictures for Unilever finally came out in the latest issue of Yummy magazine! It’s a little sad, though, that we weren’t able to shoot the rest of the (Knorr) food for this issue. The shoot was cancelled at the last minute, and was moved to another day when we had scheduled a shoot for another client. Ah well. We’re shooting again tomorrow for the next issue! Hopefully it pushes through, as it’s been rescheduled a couple of times already! No worries though. (:

Yeap, Today was great! :)
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Splendid &amp; productive first day at the office with our interns, Alex &amp; Lauren! (: (Taken with instagram)

Yeap, Today was great! :)

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Splendid & productive first day at the office with our interns, Alex & Lauren! (: (Taken with instagram)

Guys, come on! and SPREAD THE WORD :D
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Hello! Summer is right around the corner, and we thought it’d be the perfect time to look for graphic design interns! Applications from college-level kids, too, are very much welcome. :D
Just send all your stuff in to our email! Should you have any questions about application, feel free to ask also via email. :)

Guys, come on! and SPREAD THE WORD :D

tenderblender:

Hello! Summer is right around the corner, and we thought it’d be the perfect time to look for graphic design interns! Applications from college-level kids, too, are very much welcome. :D

Just send all your stuff in to our email! Should you have any questions about application, feel free to ask also via email. :)

Authentic French food in Manila <3

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Wow, this post is long overdue! We’ve been so swamped with meetings and shoots these past months that posting these photos completely escaped our minds.

Anyway, we did a shoot late last year, around November, for a restaurant in the city of Manila called L’eau Vive in Asia. This restaurant has…