Monday, October 20, 2014

Talking Apples Cafe - a maid and butler cafe in Manila

Last Sept 6, besides Kawaii in Manila 2, I got to experience being served by cute little butlers and maids as if  they were out of a Victorian-themed anime. It was really nice for the three of their staff to come and visit me at the dressing room to introduce themselves and invite me to their pop up maid and butler cafe which happened to be very near the venue. I wasn't sure if I can go at first because technically I'm still in the middle of work but I got really hungry later that afternoon that I grabbed a few friends with me if we can escape KIM2 for a bit and check out this maid cafe.

So we did! This clubhouse sandwich is oh sooo good! I miss!!

I already experienced a maid cafe before back when Meidolls Cafe was still operating. But unlike Meidolls which only have maids, in Talking Apples, they have more butlers! So if you're a fan of Kuroshitsuji and the likes, this is the place for you.

I think Beau enjoyed the butler experience the most, haha.

It was a pleasant experience for me mostly because I saw how these young people enjoy what they do. I don't watch anime that much so I can't relate in geek levels but as someone who is into japanese pop culture, I know how it feels to meet people you share same interests with and finally feel that you belong. This is a perfect example of work x play. So many normal folks give me the weird look when I say wearing frilly dresses is part of what I do for a living. It's no different with the maids and butlers of Talking Apples, really. Projects like this are truly admirable.

Talking Apples Cafe has a pop up cafe every month at 2nd floor, 2284 Allegro Center, Pasong Tamo Extension, Makati City. Their next pop up cafe will be on Oct 25 2014. You may check this photoset by official photographer (and my NFF = new found friend, hihi), Lara, if you're curious of how a maid and butler cafe looks like. RSVP here if you plan to go. /o/

Thursday, September 25, 2014

Post Birthday Escape - Canyon Cove

5:50am and I just decided to finally write this blog. Yes, #sleepisfortheweak.jpg lol.. I'm so busy as always that I forgot about my invitation at a certain assembly in UST huhuhu. I still have a client meeting later today too so I guess I'll just finish off few quick tasks this morning then I'll grab some rest.

Anywayy, here are some captured memories from my post birthday getaway with my family two weeks ago. My birthday was a couple of weeks before that but I just have to postpone any celebrations for Kawaii in Manila. It was quick but totally worth every second!

The travel to Nasugbu was idk stagnant? I'm just not fan of 3-4 hour long roadtrips. My butt was hurting already at the last hour wtf hahaha. Luckily, Beau is an expert entertainer so I didn't complain much.

I love youuu. :*

I read some reviews about this resort at TripAdvisory and quiet a number of them are either neutral/negative. To tell you the truth, it's not that bad! We got checked in right away and the staff who assisted us is very pleasant and nice. I guess some people are just expecting too much for a 3-star resort. 

We were welcomed with this spectacular view my photos doesn't give justice to everything at all. It's been four years since I last went to the beach and srsly I can cry already the moment I laid my eyes in these beauty.

We went up to our room and to my delight it has a window-side bed of some sort for you to enjoy the view of the sea. I was eager to catch the sunrise the next day but booo, a storm came in and it was gloomy. Definitely going back again though!

The last time I had a family picture was when I was 3(?) with my parents and brother. I hope this blog will thrive for Beau to back read one day. :)

The cafeteria was a Max's franchise which is okay. Me and Owen are fans of Max's anyway. The price is the same and were not marked up.

Awww. Beau was really tired at this point so we finished our meal quick and went back to our room to rest for a bit.

I swear the view at my back is breathtaking but ughhh I would be pitch black if we underexpose it soo orz

Enjoying this sweet spot while little Beau is taking a nap. Just jotting down work-related things on my handy all-around notebook. <3

At sunset, we decided to finally experience the beach. I CAN LIVE HERE 4EVR! huhuhu

Took photos of Beau in her mermaid outfit! I made a separate post of her shoot here if you haven't seen it yet.

The resort also features a nice pool. I like the fact that it's not that crowded (because off peak season maybe?). I would really like some peace and quiet that time to compensate with over-stimulation the past days so *sigh* THIS IS TEH LIFE. ;___;

A resident cat appears!

This was a next day photo which we spent watching The Matrix because of a storm that just came in during the night. I was half awake at 4:30 am hoping to see a very awesome sunrise but booo... next time..

And that's about it! As for review with Canyon Cove, I would give probably 4 out of 5 stars. Not perfect because of the limited choice with food and they don't have a complimentary tooth brush. lol Gross yes weren't able to brush in 24 hours lol (why am I disclosing this??) But everything else, it was nice.

Besides family time, I also want to spend team-building/friendship trips to places like this with my folks at #teamdoroteesweetlips hahaha. Jotting that down to my bucket list!

Sunday, September 14, 2014

Beau Crescent | Pastel mermaid baby

Just few best shots from Beau's mini mermaid shoot the other day at Canyon Cove resort. Baby photography is indeed serious business! My baby is pretty easy to work with though since she's mostly smiling and giggling all the time so yey lucky me. Haha.

Thank you so much Miss Kikay for Beau's mermaid outfit. Super nice and can you believe she made it within a day? What a talent! Let's all support handmade. :D

Kawaii in Manila 2 experience

It's been a week since the event that changed, moved, inspired and touched every kawaii culture enthusiast who has been part of the Philippines' first ever kawaii convention - Kawaii in Manila 2. This is not an event coverage blog post but more of my epiphany about this life-changing event.. for me at least.

I'm the one to tell the world that I've watched the girls in Kawaii Philippines since day 1 reach for their dreams. It was only last year that I got to meet Anne Kate, one of the co-founders. I met Kaila just early this year when I dragged them for a collaboration with Mata Expo. But yes, I've been a Rainbowholic reader even before Kawaii PH was launched and I've seen it all - from written musings on notepads to reality. It truly is magical that fate was able to cross the paths of these girls in order to reach out to more people who would like to take part of a bigger mission - to live the kawaii ways. To live the kawaii ways, one must not only be cute but also be shining and sparkling with positivity. To inspire and unravel hidden talents to not only change one's self but also to touch others'  as well. Kawaii is not only about being cute anymore but also a form of self-empowerment and I believe Kawaii in Manila was able to create that kind of noise. It did changed me.

I've been doing fashion shows for quiet a while now so when I was invited to showcase my works, it was not a new thing for me. Then months passed by, I saw how everyone involved in this movement was exerting not only their 100% but their 100000%. Being one of the few who got invited, I suddenly felt unworthy because I seriously can't remember the time I got that kind of burning burning passion for something I desire. Don't get me wrong though. I love what I do to bits but the monotonous pattern of my work kind of set me into auto pilot mode. Also, the emotional set backs from my personal life from the past years made me forget about the social responsibility I've been bearing this whole time - to inspire and pass on.

I literally cried my way to make my part happen. I got afraid at one point so I owe a lot to Anne and Kaila, whom I consider as one of my dearest friends now, and to my team, and a few supporters who believed in me. I was able to channel the negative feelings that has been holding me back into something positive. The response on my work was outstanding. People came up to me during the event telling me they wanted/are pursuing kawaii fashion designing now because of me (quiet a few are interested going to the same fashion school I went to! wow!) I have never felt this sense of belonging and acceptance in a convention before.

Right after the event, after getting our well-deserved rest and sleep. We gathered again to eat together and celebrate the history we have made. It came to me that the success of this event was because it's a collaborative work. Even though we have different crafts, everyone was just helping each other connect to each other and to the world. It is a dream world that came true right in front of my eyes. It was home.

"Kawaii to me is world peace." These are the exact words Kuya Eric Ocampo of Japonisme, the producer of Kawaii in Manila 2 shared to us in his inspirational talk during our after-party dinner. I'm a person of short memory but not when things hit right on the spot. I will surely pass this on to my child and to the very kind supporters who have been with me along the way.

To kawaii and world peace!