Bookshelf Additions! :P

Finally, it’s here!!! My lovely cousin did me a huge favor, and bought me these 5 lovely books from the U.S.

I owe her BIG time, since they were a total bargain and she had to sacrifice her suitcase space to fit these babies!!! THANKYOUTHANKYOUTHANKYOU!!!

Here are my lovely bookshelf additions:

my bookshelf additions!

1. 344 Questions: The Creative Person’s Do-It-Yourself Guide to Insight, Survival, and Artistic Fulfillment by Stefan G. Bucher

(Can’t wait too doodle on this!! :P)

2. Thinking with Type: A Primer for Designers: A Critical Guide for Designers, Writers, Editors, & Students by Ellen Lupton

(This is said to be a must-read for Graphic Designers! I read this and fell in love with it.. so really had to get myself a copy 😀 )

3. Beyond Trend: How To Innovate In An Over-Designed World by Matt Mattus

(I read this in our office library too!!! I consider this as an influence towards my attitude in design.)

4. Designing Media by Bill Moggridge

(One of the best design books of 2010 together with…)

5. Graphic: Inside the Sketchbooks of the World’s Great Graphic Designers by Steven Heller

(Aside from this book making the list, I just love picking some of the design greats’ brains! I was totally totally sold when I saw, Marian Bantjes, Stefan Bucher and Stefan Sagmeister from among a number of designers on the list.. @_@ )

This will keep my eyes preoccupied for quite some time—DEFINITELY! 🙂

Color Me Drunk!

June 12, 2012– A national holiday. My friends and I hung out for a middle of the week R&R 🙂

Went craycray and colored our drinks …

Tanduay Ice + Blue

Tanduay Ice, a local alcopop here in the Philippines, together with a drop blue food color.

Vodka Cruiser + Red

Vodka Cruiser together with a drop of red food color.

Red Horse beer + Green

Red Horse beer, another local brand of beer here, together with a drop of green food color.


It’s a fun way of jazzing ’em up! Try mixing your own too and see the wackiest results haha

Current Groupie Of: Sarah Polley and her “Take This Waltz” Crew

What can I say? Dammit! I love this film. From it’s understated take on infidelity (I was totally rooting for Seth Rogen the whole time!) to its natural dialogue–everything, I got quite taken with every frame of it! I loved how every bit of it made sense, the cinematography, the set–OH MY THE SET—, the costumes—OH MY THE COSTUMES—… Okay I think I should tame all the gushing a bit, before you guys put your computer’s to sleep our close this link… hehehe

The film is titled, “Take This Waltz”, written and directed by Canadian actress Sarah Polley.  A follow-up feature from her debut film “Away From Her”, this film takes a look on how the loving relationship between a young happily married couple falls apart. Margot, a freelance writer, (Michelle Williams) is happily married to Lou (Seth Rogen), a cook who’s coming up with a cookbook for chicken–and only chicken. Hehe. Thinking that this twenty-something couple’s relationship is for keeps, Margot sets out for a writing job to Nova Scotia wherein she meets Daniel (Luke Kirby), an artist who drives a rickshaw to fund his art. The chemistry between the two is undeniable. All gets complicated when they find out they’re neighbors! YES NEIGHBORS! Now you get the picture. Aside from the stellar performance of the cast with a very well-portrayed role by Sarah Silverman as Seth Rogen’s sister, this film a must watch!

I think you should see the film for yourself and see what all my gushing and all the buzz the critics have been giving this film are all about.

Here are a couple of yummy stills… 😀 I think the whole set and wardrobe have a hipster feel to it too! WHICH I TOTALLY LURVE!!! ❤

Photo Credit:

Photo Credit:

Photo Credits: (Interview with the film’s production designer, Matthew Davies)

A Quickie Update (Finally!)

Halloo! Sorry for the long overdue post. I know I owe you guys a lot…. tsk tsk…

Anyhoo, I’ve been juggling a lot this past month: work (of course) and a personal project with my sisters.

What is this personal project? Well, we’ve always been discussing on putting up a blog for all our interests (cooking and anything DIY). All of us have separate blogs and all of us don’t get to update them quite often as we should…

How is this new venture any different? Well, we have “sister” power this time! Whoa! that’s cheesy… haha

We figured that we get things done when we stick together and so far we ARE getting things done.

You guys can check our blog out and tell us what you think!

Here’s to up-to-date blogs and new beginnings! Ciao!


KC: Single-Served Food-tography

Been working on a personal project, well I wouldn’t call it a project. But rather a personal hobby––COOKING!

For those of you who may not know––I love to cook!

And if I were to choose a profession aside from my being a graphic designer, I’d definitely be a CHEF!

I realized this love for food just a few years back, when I finally got to helping my mom out in the kitchen. Well, that and a mish-mash of my constant viewing of Nigella and Jamie Oliver on TLC. And ever since I’ve been working from home, I’ve had a lot of time to experiment in the kitchen.

Well, I figured I’m only cooking for an audience of one, and if it fails no one will know right? haha..

And besides I don’t want to have instant food for lunch during the weekdays when I’m left alone in the house…

Anyhoo, I’ve been whipping up a bunch of lovely lunches for myself for as long as I could remember. Some I’ve shared with my sisters and prepared for them as their baon (pack lunch) for work. Here are a couple of them.

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KC (Kooky Cookery): The Week I Decided to Make My Holiday Gift

I’ve been wanting to make Honeycomb Toffee  since I watched Nigella Lawson (Long live the Domestic Goddess!)  one time in her show Nigella Express. It looked pretty fun and easy to do..NOT! Well, I don’t know. Maybe for some people making this candy dessert’s a breeze. But for me! Oh golly it’s not! I’ve gone through 4 attempts.. 3 of which are ghastly epic failures!

Attempt #1 : Christmas Eve  Ang yabang! I felt so confident I’ll make a perfect batch the first try. And have boxes of these goodies in time for tomorrow Christmas celebration.. The outcome was perfect. It bubbled up just as expected. I transferred it into my tin pans to set. Felt quite good about the lot!

Attempt #2: Christmas Eve (a few mins. after I made my first batch) —Feeling confident about my first batch, I decided on doubling the recipe and made the second batch, without even waiting for the first batch to set.

Result of #1 & #2= FAIL!  —I had a bad feeling about the batches as I was waiting for them to set. Around 3 hours have passed and the foam was still wet. The first batch was still soft and sticky in the middle while the second one was all foamy and soggy. Kadiri! 

Attempt #3: 5:oopm Today —Having watched all the youtube videos I could find about the Toffee, I braved for a third try. They say third try’s the charm–NOT! It got worse this time. I miscalculated the heat of the stove and the size of the pan that the mixture spilled all over.. The mixture was so burnt it was crazy unedible.. Elk!

Attempt #4: 8:30pm Today —With much curiosity if I could still pull it off, I made my fourth attempt! Tried reducing the recipe to a smaller serving, so I wouldn’t waste too many precious ingredients! Grabe the suspense! But I finally made it! The outcome didn’t look bad after all! Tasted fine too! Though I think I really need that cookie sheet so the candy won’t stick. Hehehe

The week I decided to make my holiday gift

After all the hard work and failed attempts, and after tasting the end result, I decided against making this as my holiday gift!

All this work for nothing no?

Why you may ask?

I found the candy too sweet and the taste was all that–pure sweetness. Nothing more.

With that, I’m eyeing on a new holiday giveaway….

Yes This IT! My Holiday Giveaway to be! English Toffee!

Will have to pay close attention to the recipe and video this time! Fingers-crossed I’ll have a lovely batch to giveaway this New Year’s! Watch out for it Lovies! 😀