GIVING BACK AT TOMS GIVE FAIR 2015


Christmas is finally here! It's one of my favorite seasons because it makes me feel all warm and fuzzy inside. My most favorite part of the season is the giving part. I would always give gifts to all of my classmates back in grade school and high school even if I'd get none in return (This is a true story btw hahahuhu) 'cause I always feel generous. And since I really love to give, it didn't take long for me to accept Toms Philippines' invitation for me to go to their Give Fair!

Toms treated us to a day of fun-filled activities both for the young and young-at-heart. My fave part is the free food HEHE especially the free fishball! I was too shy to play the other games but I tried my luck at the Pop the Balloon booth and I won a mug.

It's a whole different world inside the Toms store. If you want to take a break from the crazy fun that is going on outside, step inside to chill, try out different activities and maybe have a cup of coffee from Toms. Inside you'll get to paint your own Toms shoes in cookie form, experience virtual reality and have your own pair of Toms customized!

I also brought my younger sister with me to the event!

One for one is not just about shoes. They also have eyewear and with every pair you purchase, they will help give sight to a person in need.



I got to immerse myself in my first virtual reality experience and it was really cool. Not only do you get to look around in 360 degrees, you also get to see the film in stereoscopic 3D which puts you right in the fil. The film playing was a Toms documentary about their One for One initiative at one of their supported communities in other continents.

Beyond the booths and the freebies, the sole reason that I was there is because of the initiative to give back. This year was a bit crazy for me because of the milestones that I conquered and amazing opportunities that I received. I figured I had to dedicate some of my time to helping others and this was one of them.



Toms partnered up with Kids For Kids to provide a huge amount of Tic-Tac-Toe wooden play sets for us to customize. There's a specific set for boys and girls and you'll also get to know the name of the kid you're making it for.

For the boy's design, I used the color scheme of my logo. WEW. Cinareer ko talaga siya guys.

For the girl, I gave her toy the Disney Princess treatment. HAHA pagbigyan niyo na ako guys. I think we were supposed to make only one but I enjoyed it too much so I made two. This is my first to go to the Give Fair and I'm really curious about what they'll do next year.


The event was capped off by an amazing performance by Clara Benin! Her performance got me hooked with her music. You should check out her original songs!

Thank you so much Toms Philippines for inviting me to this event! I loved my experience and I can't wait what you guys have in store for us and the people that you'll help next year. Be it Christmas or not, it is always nice to give. Happy holidays everyone!

Like Toms Philippines on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/TOMSphilippines
See more photos from the event on my Facebook page HERE.

I also made a vlog of the event here:

SNAPS FROM #YSPROM


I was invited by my fellow Stache Magazine creative and friend, Maine Manalansan to attend this year's YS Prom. To be honest I had no idea what it was until I searched the YS Prom hashtag on Twitter. Based on the pictures of last year's party, I really felt intimidated by the crowd.

I didn't feel like I was cool enough (haha) so it took me a long while before I decided to go. I made the decision a day before the party. With that decision I didn't have time to find a onesie or a pajama. I don't really wear pajamas when I sleep so yeah.

My beautiful friend Bea!

Young Star had pizza, fries, cotton candy, and burgers for the guests! There was also beer and craft drinks from EDSA BDG. I love the packaging that they designed for the drinks.

I bumped into my aunt (HAHA) and amazing human Joey Alvero!

I also bumped into my friends Audrey and Nica!

I had a blast with my friends at Young Star's pajama prom party! Huge thanks to Maine for the invite and congratulations to Young Star for celebrating their 19th anniversary. It was really nice seeing creative internet people in the flesh. Haha! See ya again next time!

AFTERNOON SNACK AT TOBY'S ESTATE


A few weeks ago, my friend Angelica Regala celebrated her 20th birthday at Toby's Estate. That's the venue we agreed on early on. To be honest, that was the first time I've heard of the place. My knowledge on coffee shops is limited to Starbucks and our kitchen coffee maker.

When I got there, there's a different vibe than what I'm used to for coffee shops. I can't exactly put my finger on it but I guess it's more sophisticated and laid-back. Well, the professionals that frequent the place and the surrounding area certainly contributes to that. The design of the place is lovely and I love how cozy it feels.

Let me introduce you to my friend Angelica. I apologize in advance for this picture because it is the only decent one I have of you/her on that day. You see, Angelica is an amazing illustrator. Like, really. Much more, she is an amazing friend. *cheeeseballssss* Anyywaayyyy, back to the review!


I really love the aesthetic of the place and their design choices. Some might say it looks hipster. Although I thought it's a Filipino-designed coffee shop. Apparently, it originated from Australia. The word beautiful is an understatement. Everything looks carefully designed even in the tiniest of details.


I wanted to take my placemat home and turn it into a poster in my bedroom. Haha! Now that I've bombarded you with comments on how aesthetically beautiful the place is, it's time for me to review the food they have to offer.


I got myself this shredded beef sandwich. First of all, I chose this one because I'm on a limited budget since this is just a birthday treat. If I wasn't limited on the price of the food I'll eat, I would've chosen a different one because I was really hungry that time. But when the food arrived, I didn't mind ordering anything else.

The sandwich was huge and the amount of beef inside was alright. It was too huge to be consumed directly so I had to slice it up in pieces. I'm glad they used authentic beef in this one since it didn't taste like shredded beef from a can. I apologize in advance for the black and white photos. It's just a personal choice and I promise it looks really good in person. Haha!

For the price, it's too expensive for me but I guess it's just right for the regular patronizers. It costs Php450 ($10.22) alone and has no included drink. I could buy 4 different meals with that price but I guess it's okay for the way it was prepared. Also, I'm a fresh grad that's still unsure about life (Hashtag, existential crisis) so it makes it more expensive than what I'm used to pay for.


Since the sandwich didn't come with its own drink, I had to order it separately. I really wanted an iced tea with my sandwich but unfortunately, it wasn't available so I ordered a juice drink instead. Apparently, juice drinks varied each day or week and the one I got was a blend of two fruits. My apologies since I forgot what the flavor was.

Although I forgot its flavor, I still remember how it tasted. I'm not sure if it was because of the kinda sweet beef or my affinity for sweet drinks but it tasted really bland. At your first sip it would taste like water but the actual flavor is the aftertaste. I'm still really curious about their iced tea though. I have yet to try their coffee and I'm going back there with my cousin soon. The juice drink costs Php99. ($2.25)


Totes unrelated but there was this really fabulous-looking woman who entered the café and had everyone's eyes on her. She had this powerful aura (think Meryl Streep ala The Devil Wears Prada but more approachable) and I just couldn't resist taking a picture of her. She looks really classy with that minimalist dress and fabulous hair. (Yikes I sound like a fashion police.)


Here's my friend Rachel laughing at something. She's also an amazing illustrator, if I might add.


Now here are my friends Mariel and Thea going through my doodle book. (I feel judged, you guys! jk) They're also really amazing illustrators. I'm basically surrounded by much more skilled illustrators than me. It's more inspiring than downing, really. Naks!


So what's my final verdict on Toby's Estate? All in all, the food is really good and is made much better by good company. If you don't mind spending a little more on money and time with your friends, I highly recommend going to this place. It has a vibe that you can't find anywhere else. Plus, they have a really friendly staff who are always ready to assist you.

Oh and one more thing. I don't remember them having wifi so bring your portable one just in case. The place is totally Instagram worthy. But hey, interacting with your friends is better than staring at a screen! (I have to admit, that isn't always the case with me. Heehee) Also, I'm kinda disappointed by their lack of social media presence! You can only know about the place through different blogs and websites. Or in my case, through my friends. I also don't go around the city that much so I guess that explains it.

This branch of Toby's Estate is located at Salcedo Village in Makati City. It's a little hard to find if you're not used to the area but utilizing Google Maps or Waze goes a long way!

I also made a vlog of that day! Check it out below:

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