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:


I was mindlessly scrolling through my Instagram feed until this post caught my attention. I found out that Everywhere We Shoot and Team Manila are having a photography and silkscreen printing workshop in partnership with Sony Philippines.

I immediately signed up because it would be awesome to go on a workshop by one of your favorite artists. Also, Team Manila is an awesome Filipino brand and design company who I would love to work with one day.

The workshop was held at this small art gallery in Makati called Suez and Zapote Galerya. I've never heard of it so it took a while before the taxi driver and I found the place. It had screen-printed artworks inside as well as this awesome music set.

The first half of the workshop was handled by Ryan and Garovs Vergara of Everywhere We Shoot. They talked a little bit about their history and how they came to be. After their talk, I immediately wanted to shoot lots of fashion editorials. I've been doing those on my blog for quite some time now. Seeing their works inspired me more to create!

They showed us some photos they took using Sony's RX100M3 and the results were incredible. The workshop was sponsored by Sony and that camera is what we'll use throughout the day. There's even a hashtag that the Sony people asked us to use whenever we share something from the workshop on social media sites.

After their talk, we were tasked to go out and shoot something that represents us best. While we were shooting, Ryan would approach us, including me, and would give tips on shooting with the camera. That was really cool because it felt like I was collaborating with EWWS.

After shooting for a few minutes, they asked us to choose the best photo and we would later on turn that into a shirt and poster with the help of Team Manila. I'm really indecisive when it comes to this so I just chose a photo of electricity lines with clouds in the background. I would regret this decision later on because we were supposed to pick a photo with high contrast and you'll learn why in a bit in this post.

Before we moved on to turning our photos into shirts, Mon of Team Manila gave us an insight into how Team Manila started. Besides photography, I enjoy silkscreen printing too ever since I learned it in grade school. But that was kind of a different process.

This time they showed it how to do it through exposure to light using printed halftone versions of our photos. My friend Gica Vinas had a thesis project about it and you can read an excellent explanation here.

Mine turned out like this. This is the reason why the photo should have high contrasting details. It looked like a patch of black ink and I should've followed my instinct. Oh well. I still like it.

As much as I want to wear this shirt, they gave me the wrong size so I just gave it to my sister when I got home. Haha!

Each of us got a nifty certificate (for bragging rights, of course! jk) and a 10% discount for the camera. I was secretly hoping they would give it us for free. HAHA! I'm actually really sold on the camera. It's really convenient to use and it's perfect for traveling, blogging and vlogging.

The screen can swivel upwards so you can take a better selfie or you can use it for low angle photos. Here am I sneaking a selfie with Garovs. Haha! It also has a built-in wifi so you can immediately transfer photos from the camera and into your smartphone, which is perfect for Instagram! Actually, it's perfect for anything! (This is not a paid endorsement by the way haha)

Before the workshop ended, I took the opportunity to interact and have a picture with Ryan and Garovs. No, scratch that. They're actually my real life parents. HAHA! The workshop was enjoyable and it inspired me to just go out there and keep on creating.

I was filled with so much inspiration afterwards and my life goals became a little bit clearer. One of those goals is to collaborate with Everywhere We Shoot. I do hope it becomes a reality one day.

One of the best things is that we get to shoot using the camera during our free time which gave us the freedom to go all out on it. If you wanna see more photos using Sony's RX100M3 camera, you can see all of my shots on my 2nd instagram account.

All photos in this blog post were shot using that camera and processed with VSCOCam. To see other students' photos with the camera, you can check them out through the hashtag #RX100M3EWSxTM on Instagram. Thank you for reading my post!


Hey y'all! It's been a while since I last updated this blog. So much has happened and yet so little did. Well, it feels like it. Two months ago, I reached a milestone and graduated from college. My college stay was one crazy roller coaster ride and I can't believe so much time has passed. After all this time, I'm still figuring out what I want to do in life. For now, let's put aside these drama shit (haha) and I'll update you on what happened in between these months.

One of the signs that you're getting old is when one of your cousins get married. I can't believe my cousin Alec is getting married when we were just playmates years ago. We would ride a bike around our subdivision and eat isaw at the kanto. It's crazy how time flies. I'm with her son in the picture above. Isn't he adorable?

My friend Bea invited me to this study abroad thingy at Intercontinental Manila hotel. I didn't really expect anything but I got excited when I found out that NYFA will be there. I also bumped into my friends Mia and Kai who took up filmmaking in CSB. Making movies is what I've always dreamed of so it would be lovely if I could pursue it.

I would really love to move to New York or LA and create my destiny there. (Haha!) I went to the New York Film Academy Open House the next day and it got me all excited. However, the tuition fee blurred my possibility of me ever studying there but I'll find a way.

My friend Angelica celebrated her 20th birthday at Toby's Estate. It was my first time there. The place looks nice and the food is good but it's too pricey for me. I got a sandwich for like 450 pesos and that's just it. No drinks or anything. Maybe I'll eat there next time when I'm rich enough. (Lol)

After the birthday celebration, I went to the second installment of [RE]FRAMED! It was nice to see my friends again and their amazing artworks. The one above is made by my friend Jade Gotera. It's so beautiful.

And that's it for my life update 1.0. I'll try to update this blog as much as possible from now on. Thank you for always patronizing my posts. See ya around!
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