The Digital Photographer Philippines’ 6th Anniversary Party

You know something is meant for you when you don’t wish for it to happen, but it actually did. Finally, a photography related event! And it’s not just organized by any photography organization, it was DPP‘s! (which I think, is the best photography mag in the Philippines)

Look at the event details! Aaaaand, partners!

I am not a pro photographer. In fact, I’m not even sure if calling myself amateur is appropriate. But atleast I’m learning a lot so far, and I’m happy that I am able to apply the tricks I’ve been dying to learn so I think.. it’s is a great start! And I’m 80% self-taught, by the way. I credit the 20% from my (1 session) photography class, magazines (from DPP, of course), and helpful friends! Yay! Also, I “perfect” my shots from a trial-and-error method. That’s where everybody learn anyway. :)

Krisha, Mar, and I were on a stroll at High Street after an orientation at the company’s The Fort-based business center when we came into DPP’s event. Although I consider it “destined” for me to attend (or in this case, just drop by. -I have to meet Louie in Greenhills), I was so hyped up about it! It went on for the whole day, from 9:30AM to 12MN, and the event was seriously jam-packed of lectures from only the country’s top photographers, thank you very much. It came with a live/open shoot too! I really, really wish I had more time then so I could attend even just one from the schedule. I was particularly interested at IPHONEOGRAPHY (although I am not an iPhone user). I was hoping I could apply the techniques using my iPod Touch. Hahaha. I didn’t get so much pictures because I was busy looking around. Also, I regret this day that I did not approach Rico Blanco for a picture. Hehe.

Had a hard time choosing the perfect issue for me.

Scanning the contents :P

Scored!

Live shoot! (FHM ang peg)

Syempre fez ko lang yung na-detect. He he

Next year’s anniversary part is definitely something to look forward to, and I promised myself that I-WILL-BE-THERE.

See you next year, DPP!

Gayuma ni Maria

I remember Krisha (I shall have a picture of her posted in this blog, soon. hahaha) inviting me to hit Maginhawa Street and try out this restaurant called Gayuma ni Maria (which roughly means Love Potion of Maria). The restaurant name itself is thought-provoking so I gave her a laugh in response to the invite. Don’t get me wrong, I got so curious and thought it was a very interesting place. Unfortunately, we didn’t have a single chance to go there so I grabbed the opportunity of paying it a visit after THE Lou shoot at UP. Hahaha.

It was kind of hard to find because it’s a little too far from the “food district” of Maginhawa. This one is almost near Anonas. Plus they didn’t have flashy signs, so to avoid difficulties spotting it, keep your eyes focused along the street! It looks pretty much like a residential house turned into a restaurant. Good news! It has ample parking space so, yay! This restaurant has an aphrodisiac concept. Everything, as in EVERYTHING is in accordance to the theme, and I find it very creative!

Dessert menu

Look at the different gayuma recipes decorated on the wall!

A closer look at one of the “gayuma recipes”. Each recipe is complete with description/purpose of love potion, materials needed, instructions, and even the perfect moon phase to “cook” the recipe! I wonder if it really works though. (As if naman may paggagamitan ako nito. Hahahaha)

Love potion recipe!

Louie actually said (in a serious manner):

“Paano kaya ako makakakuha ng hair strand?”

Don’t worry, I will lend you my hairbrush.

Loooove the ambiance!

He got the Nilasing ni Eba si Adan. Pork loin marinated in beer and apple! Yum!

And I got the Please Be Careful With My Heart, which comes with a serving of a whole garlic! I love garlic! Vampires, beware.

“The rice” na lang siguro yung caption nito, para safe. If you know what I mean. Hehe. Creativity points, plus 3!

Better Than Sex chocolate cake! I swear this is the best chocolate cake ever!! (craving right now) :( :(

They have merch up for grabs too! Let’s see.. I remember I saw a red, fluffy pair of handcuffs.. Love dice..

The ‘wala lang’ lights

Oh yes we will!

Gayuma ni Maria is located at V. Luna Extension (Maginhawa Street) Sikatuna Village, QC

Crazy Katsu!

Crazy about Katsu.

So much calories lost on the shoot! I dragged Louie and Gidds to Maginhawa Street, or what I’d like to call a food haven! Seriously, if you want to go on a food adventure and don’t want to spend ridiculously on a meal, then this is the perfect place for you. Louie and I loved our dining experience at Gayuma ni Maria (which I’m yet to blog about). And now there’s another one added to the list: Crazy Katsu! Talk about affordable AND yummy katsudon, this restaurant has it!

Louie browsing the notes I wrote from the photog class. Hehe.

From the looks of it, this spice is a SPICE! (Although it also looks like fish food) :P

KATSUDON! Ang bida ng gabi! I really like it!

I told myself I’m on a diet but I took a sidestep and had an additional order of gyoza. Hindi ko napigilan, grrrr

Happens ALL the time. Well atleast, for the Filipinos. Bakit pag isa na lang, nagkakahiyaan pa? Kunin ko na nga. -_-

I see myself coming back in the next few months. Four thumbs up! -that includes the big toes on my feet

Check this one out!

YABU: The House of Katsu

If you know me so well, then you know how much of a katsudon fan I am. I have been hearing a lot of good reviews about this what-they-claim-to-be an authentic Japanese katsudon place, so I insisted on checking it out.

The place looks so neat and spacious, and it had comic strips as wall decorations too. Coming from someone who’s job includes rendering excellent customer service, you would notice easily when you are provided with a poor one. And I must commend the Yabu staff for showing us otherwise, yay!

I loved the grinding-of-sesame-seeds part. Gotta love the smell of grounded sesame seeds!

Next, create your own sauce! You can add a few spices for an extra kick too.

Here is my creation!

Louie had the chicken katsudon set

..while I had the house specialty: Kurobota tonkatsu set! (Black berkshire pig -one of the finest in the world)

It was so soft and yummy. And did I mention all sets came with unlimited
rice and cabbage? YAY! Also, their bottomless iced tea is a winner!

“The bunny” Hehe. Imitating Cheese. :)

Their price range is not something that is practical to splurge into everyday but hey, food quality and service just makes it all worth it. We’re definitely coming back!

Yabu: The House of Katsu is located at 2/F Mega Atrium, SM Megamall.

Sometimes I wish I was a boy.

I love my workplace (Greenhills). It’s got almost everything so getting what I need is convenient and almost hassle-free. Plus, my job description entails getting out of the office so I skip eating and go for a little stroll/shop when I get bored, during lunch break.

Today, I decided to get a brow fix so I went to Lay Bare Waxing Salon for a very painful eyebrow threading. I don’t have a high tolerance for pain so this what-you-call a beautifier always gets me teary eyed.

You can see by the reddish skin on my eyebrow area how much threading hurts. Hahaha.

My brows look  so neat now, thanks Beng!

Getting down on Friday.

Can I just say, that this has been THE longest Friday night for me? HAHA Japeth and Jeremy were both solid Franco and Razorback fans.. aaand so I got an invite for this P&P Tattoo grand launching event at Eastwood. ALSO, they held a 50% off tattoo sale! Pero good for the day lang.

Surprise of the night: A dude, (a sort of promotions/brand marketing guy) AMBUSHED us to be on an energy drink TVC. OMEGESH. I have no idea which channel it is most likely to get aired, but I’m guessing it’ll be on 2nd Avenue/ETC since I’m seeing a lot of events related commercials on those two lifestyle channels. Oh well. If you happen to spot a Joanna-ish girl on TV, PLEASE disregard, and put in your mind that it is just an illusion. Hahaha.

I’m not actually familiar with it but the world of wide web has informed me that it’s a US original, a MONSTER energy drink-like type of energy drink. HAHAHAHA Plus, I have watched this All Time Low music video promoting Rockstar energy drink (in various censor-worthy ways) when I liked their PH based page. (Okay so wish ko nalang na sana doon nalang i-upload yung commercial, at ‘wag nang i-air sa TV. LOL)

Haven’t got any picture of Franco due to some reasons soooo, what I have lots of are Razorback’s.

Crowd started to get filled up with fans for the last act of the night.

Securiteeeh!

MANOR naman pala :P

It izz blarred, sarry. Those OBEY shirts were really cool, I want one too.. with the ‘SECURITY’ print at the back, FYEAH.

OH. The one, and only complete picture of the gang. Which izz blurred tooooo. BOO. Japeth-Joanna-Jeremy! Look, 3Js! I realized it JUST NOW. Well let’s gow, J team. :P

BANCHETTO NIGHT! And t’was my first time there too! I just had to search for burgers right away when we got there. Burger monsters at Monster Burger. HAHA.

HA! LIA, ETO’NG SAYO! UGH. HAHAHAHA. Lia was supposed to join us on this trip but.. :|

I had an instant arteries-clogging grilled liempo with rice meal after the quarter pounder burger I ate. SARAAAAP. Too bad sobra akong na-umay and nabusog, so I didn’t get to have a slice of cheesecake. Sad. Sana talaga nauna nalang yung dessert no. :P

Grabbed some drinks at Metrowalk after pigging out at Banchetto. *insert pictures here* HAHAHAHA Got busy being a chatterbox so I forgot to take pictures. Anyway, I must commend Jeremy for being a responsible driver, and took a glass of water between intervals of beer. Still I insisted that we go for a coffee break, just to be sure. HAHA.

Faded P&P Tattoo stamp from the grand launching.

Starbucks Metrowalk. Surely, t’was kinda dark pa when we got inside….

And Mr. Sun’s up when we were about to leave. Hahaha.

Hitting the road to Antipolo! Now that’s spontaneous. Grabe lang. Hahaha. It rained just when we took a quick stop to Jollibee.

Finally reached CLOUD 9. No, I did not used an idiomatic statement. Yun talaga yung name. HAHAHA. T’was a little across Padi’s lang.. maybe 5 meters, something like that. Ang ganda lang doon. And it was like having a total escapade talaga. Yeah it was a cloudy to rainy morning pero I still appreciated the place, and the foggy/smoggy view. Perfect for hanging out and de-stressing.

Like a princess :3 HAHA.

Can you spot the dog?

This is a raw, unedited picture I took from my phone. Muma-macro! Looool I liked the raindrops effect. Parang, morning dew ang datingan. Hahahahaha.

Pigeon!

Well I liked it there because aside from the amazing mountain view, there were cool antique pieces on display, which goes really well with the place’s theme: vintage-ish. AND I LOVE VINTAGE STUFF.

Freaky fishy.

This Art Gallery makes the place even cool-er.

Going to the comfort room :P

Take two.

The ladies’ comfort room resembled a mini lounge area, with a really nice mountain view as well. Superb.

Garden fountain, vintage style. Ugh.

Perhaps the only thing which sucked from the whole trip was the terrible traffic. It was a long way home, pero I really enjoyed the spontaneous-ity from what’s supposed to be a Friday night out only. HAHA!

Here, I leave a Franco soundtrack for this whole thing.