Type Kita 3: An avenue for artists to “Pass On the Passion”

Type Kita 3: Pass on the Passion

On December 12 and 13, 2015, type lovers and lettering enthusiasts will be in for a treat! The team behind Type Kita will be holding the 3rd installment of their annual typography exhibit! The previous Type Kita exhibits offered visitors with an incredible showcase of local typographic art pieces, on-the-spot workshops by some of the country’s well-known hand-letterers and calligraphers, and for the bargain hunters, a slew of handmade crafts and printed goods from local entrepreneurs.

The 3rd Type Kita exhibit promises to be even bigger than before, with over 60 participating exhibitors and artists sharing their talent for this event-for-a-cause. Set during the holiday season, the Type Kita Exhibit will serve as a big Christmas gathering for type enthusiasts around the metro! With live art, demos, art trade, and gift-giving activities, it’s the perfect holiday feast for type lovers!

With the theme “Pass on the Passion,” the event aims to foster camaraderie and strengthen the local type community during the Christmas season by focusing on the value of collaboration and sharing! With this event, type-enthusiasts can give back to the community and share their passion to others as well. Proceeds from the event will be for the benefit of PEARLS, a non-profit organization that aims to provide unprivileged kids with Peace, Education, Aspiration, Respect, Love, and Smiles.

Activities for the event are as follows:


For this leg, exhibitors are encouraged to work and collaborate with other artists to share their talent and trade skills as they develop their pieces, strengthening the idea of sharing one’s passion through art.


Art Trade Manila will lead an art-exchange activity where artists and guests can bring their works or writing tools and trade it with fellow type-enthusiasts. It’s like a massive exchange gift activity but more fun!


Some of your favorite local letterers will also be invited to paint on wooden panels as part of the live art exhibit. Glass panels will also serve as a big doodle wall canvas!


And because the venue will be bigger, Zig Philippines will also be displaying large-scale art murals as part of the exhibit.


Type Kita exhibits are also the best place to build your network with fellow type-geeks! To further promote camaraderie, participants will be given name tags for their IG handles so they can easily follow each other and keep connected even after the event!


One portion of the event will allow guests to write Christmas cards, design covers of blank notebooks, and leave behind hand-lettered pieces as part of gift kits for the kids of PROJECT PEARLS.


Pass on the passion for type with free demos such as lettering, calligraphy, watercolor lettering, and many more! There will also be a scheduled film showing, some live art, and pop-up shops for tools and type merchandise for the hoarders!


To keep the Christmas spirit alive, they will be holding a simple get-together/Christmas potluck to celebrate the community this holiday season. You may bring food and drinks, too, if you want to join in the feast!

Type Kita 3 will happen on December 12 and 13 at 1161 Pasong Tamo Street (formerly Bosch Building, in front of Ambers), Makati City from 11 AM to 8 PM. Gate fee is PHP 100 only. For more details, visit the Type Kita Facebook Page.

Experience Magical Ice Festival at the Big Dome

It’s that time of the year again. As Christmas fast approaches, a palpable sense of excitement fills the air with the return of an all time Filipino favorite – the annual staging of Disney On Ice at the Big Dome.

disney on ice 2015

Mickey Mouse, Minnie Mouse, and the rest of the gang return to Smart Araneta Coliseum for Disney on Ice from December 25, 2015 to January 3, 2016.

There is much to look forward to in this year’s show. Aside from world-class skaters who make up its talented ensemble, Disney On Ice presents Magical Ice Festival will feature Disney’s Academy Award® winning and number one animated feature film of all time Frozen, along with three Disney royal adventures!

“This year’s Disney On Ice is truly magical with Disney properties that are packed with heart and personality. We have princesses that are exuberant and strong-willed, but we’ve also expanded the roles of spirited supporting characters, so that they’re more prominent in the show,” says Producer Nicole Feld.

disney on ice 2015

Anna and Elsa of Frozen join this year’s show.

For the first time on ice, watch your favorite Disney stars Anna and Elsa, together with hilarious snowman Olaf, rugged mountain man Kristoff and his loyal reindeer Sven in a magical winter adventure.

“The most exciting part of bringing characters like Anna and Elsa to the ice for the first time is knowing that they have a powerful and inspiring message the resonates with audiences as the sisters discover the true meaning of love,” says producer Nicole Feld.

Audiences will also enjoy comical segments with captivating stories of princesses Ariel, Rapunzel and Belle in a new twist of fairytale fun featuring Disney’s The Little Mermaid, Tangled, and Beauty and the Beast.

“By pulling together moments from classic Disney stories to the newest feature film sensation Frozen and combining them with elements of comedy and music, we developed a truly unique way to re-tell each fairytale,” says Producer Juliette Feld.

Dazzling costume designs, spectacular set elements, and jaw-dropping stunts are also what make this year’s show even more exhilarating.

In Beauty and the Beast’s “Be Our Guest,” the theatrical elements of the glitzy napkins and silverware costumes will astound audiences. “The costumes are designed to emphasize the overwhelming amount of table décor that appears in the movie. The napkins unfold to increase their size and the forks tower over the heads of the performers. This is a big moment for Belle; the costumes need to reflect that,” says Costume Designer Cynthia Nordstrom.

Moreover, lighting plays a crucial role in giving the overall production a truly magical feel.

“The colors really pull you into the different worlds of the princesses, but it’s how the lights are arranged that command your attention when the characters are performing their acts. For example, when the Daughters of Triton are introduced, the lighting individually highlights each of them. Your eyes follow the spotlights,” says Lighting Designer Sam Doty.

disney on ice 2015

The Little Mermaid will be among the royal adventures in this year’s Disney on Ice, along with Beauty and the Beast and Tangled.

Experience Magical Ice Festival at the Big Dome from December 25 to January 3 and don’t miss the chance to see your favorite Disney stars LIVE! Buy your tickets via TicketNet online or call 911-5555 for more details.

Compensation for your work’s value: Exposure or something more?

Well, it’s been a while since I’ve posted. Sorry about that. Got too busy with a lot of stuff. Anyhoo…

Some weeks ago, I stumbled upon the blog of Mr. Wil Wheaton. For those my age, you’d recognize him as the cute Wesley Crusher in Star Trek: The Next Generation (and probably had a crush on him, too) or, if you were already a film buff in the 80s, as one of the leads in the movie Stand By Me. Or if you’re the millennial and into TV, you’ll know him as Sheldon Cooper’s nemesis-turned-friend (?) in The Big Bang Theory.

Anyway, what made me come to his blog was his post about compensation for writers and bloggers (and others in the creative and freelance fields). Backstory: Mr. Wheaton was contacted by Huffington Post asking permission to publish one of his posts on its site. He recognized the reach of HuffPost, got “intrigued” by the offer, and asked how much they are paying contributors. HuffPost’s answer: the “value in the unique platform and reach our site provides”. In short: exposure.

And so he declined.

He explained in his Tweet: “(i)f you write something that an editor thinks is worth being published, you are worth being paid for it. Period.”

Mr. Wheaton further noted that HuffPost can actually pay their contributors, and the fact that they don’t disturbs him. He also pointed out that there is a difference when it’s the writer or blogger who approaches a known online portal such as HuffPost to have his or her blog post published, as opposed to what happened to him. It already becomes a conscious choice to not be compensated, monetarily or in kind, because what he or she wanted was really exposure. And that website can provide it.


Reading this post made me value myself more as a writer and blogger, and what I put out there on my blog or any site that publishes my work.

I’m glad to have occasional (and maybe sporadic) freelance writing work that pays okay, not to mention my day job as a web content writer that gives me a regular monthly salary. As for blogging, well, I haven’t been paid in monetary form, though I’ve had received some tokens for posts I’ve done. Thing is, in the world of blogging, I still haven’t reached that “influencer” level where I can dictate how much I charge per post (after 8 years of blogging, but because majority of those years was for my personal consumption). I’m still that blogger who needs that “exposure” and would be okay in posting pro bono.

But of course, the topic should be well-aligned to my blog’s theme. That’s where I become choosy.

I’ve nothing against those who choose to be paid, nor do I have anything against those getting their posts published for free. Because it’s their conscious choice. One would want to build their identity as an influencer in the blogging world, the other, already one and is probably blogging on a professional level (and needs to support a family as well).

The thing is, I believe that in whatever we do with much dedication, there is great value in that work. And it must be acknowledged.

It now depends on you if what you need and want is just exposure (for now) or something more.


Mr. Wheaton is lucky to be among those who have a wide reach and are influencers in the World Wide Web. Me, I guess I’ll have to work my way up first.

Hopefully to be on that level soon. :D

Teething Beads: Jewelry for moms to wear and babies to enjoy

Is your baby at a stage where he or she is experiencing tooth eruption? Your little one may be getting irritated or uncomfortable about a new tooth coming out, so he or she goes biting or chewing on things.

This is the time when we, parents, seek out a teether that will give our babies comfort and relief from the pain caused by tooth eruption. But with the many choices in the market, what’s the best teether to get for our precious ones?

Enter Teething Beads, jewelry made to be worn by moms and enjoyed by babies.

Come again?

Yep, it’s a teether in a fashionable form, made to be worn as an accessory for mommies that babies can chew on at the same time. Interesting, right?

Teething Beads Necklace

The Sophia Necklace in gray

Teething Beads are made from 100% silicone, similar to the baby pacifiers and teats of feeding bottles. It’s safe to use for babies — it contains no PVC, phthalates, BPA, lead, cadmium, or metals. The beads also come in different colors and shapes that your little ones will like.

The necklaces, like the one above, have a break-away clasp that can handle tugs and pulls. The bracelets, on the other hand, feature a knot-type lock that can be pulled to your desired wrist size.

Teething Beads Bracelet

The Jamelle Bracelet in aqua

Furthermore, the bracelets can be used as a reminder for breastfeeding moms on which side they have just nursed.

I was lucky to receive both a necklace and bracelet from Teething Beads. Here they are in action. Erm, sort of.

Teething Beads Bracelet

My 6-year-old saw the bracelet and wore it immediately as a regular accessory. Dear, you may be growing a tooth, but you’re kinda big for that already. Hahaha!

Teething Beads Necklace

Now this is my 10-month-old girl. She’s got a tooth growing now. She likes touching the beads more than chewing it, though.

It’s been days since I got the beads, but my bunso still plays with them with her hands. She hasn’t gotten into biting them yet. I just realized that the necklace, because of its shape, can also help in developing her sense of touch. And because it’s colorful, she’s easily attracted to it (she keeps on pointing at and touching the yellow and orange beads). So it’s more than just a teether!

The Teething Beads are washable and sterilizer-safe, so you need not worry about cleaning the necklaces and bracelets.

Fashion, form, and function — Teething Beads combines these features in one pretty package. Want to have your own? You can order through their Facebook page, or call 0917-8120525 (Margie) and 0917-5510422 (Maylee).

Thanks, Teething Beads! :D

Starbucks Christmas: 2016 planners, drinks, food, and merchandise

Here it is, guys! I’m so excited to show you Starbucks Philippines‘ Christmas treat for this year!

Let’s first start with the most-awaited item: the Starbucks Planner 2016. Starbucks collaborated with Moleskine to give you these awesome-looking planners:

Starbucks Planner 2016 x Moleskine

Starbucks Planner 2016. Comes in 2 sizes and 4 colors.

Starbucks Planner 2016 x Moleskine Daily Planner

The small red and black planners are daily planners.

Starbucks Planner 2016 x Moleskine Weekly Planner

The white and green ones are weekly planners

Of course, to get a Starbucks Planner, you have to collect stickers by buying 9 of their regular beverages and 9 of the Holiday beverages.

Making a comeback are fan favorites Toffee Nut Latte and Peppermint Mocha. The third Holiday beverage is called the Christmas Pannetone Latte, which is roasted espresso with bread-and-butter flavor and steamed milk. It is topped with whipped cream and bits of dried fruits. You can enjoy it hot, iced, or as a Frappuccino.

All the seasonal beverages are priced starting at Php155 (short).

Starbucks Christmas Pannetone Latte

A sample of the Christmas Pannetone Latte. When you mix it up and drink the dried fruit bits with the coffee, it tastes like fruitcake without the rum.

With the Holiday drinks come the new and returning food items:

Starbucks Christmas 2015 Food

Sweet! Top row: Dark Belgian Chocolate Cake, Birthday Cake, Chocolate Crepe Cake, and White Chocolate Truffle Cheesecake. Bottom: Chocolate Toffee Nut Loaf, Rocky Road Cookie Stuffed with Oreo, Gingerbread Cookie, and Peppermint Brownie.

Starbucks Biscotti Collection

A good gift idea: the Starbucks Biscotti Collection

Starbucks Christmas 2015 Food

I had samples of their savory food items: Spinach Lasagna, Chicken Fajita Roll, and Italian Cheese Pocket. Not in photo are the Roasted Chicken and Turkey Wrap, and the new Penne Al Formaggio.

Starbucks also has new merchandise for Christmas, perfect as gifts to your family, friends, and loved ones.

Starbucks Christmas 2015

Tumblers, mugs, bottles, ornaments — so many choices!

This year, Starbucks has not just one collaboration for its Holiday campaign. Aside from Moleskine for the planners, it also partnered with these renowned brands for its Starbucks Cards:

Starbucks x Swarovski Holiday Mini-card

The Starbucks x Swarovski Holiday Mini-card, available starting November 2. It’s a limited-edition card, and only 100 stores nationwide will carry this. Minimum amount for activation (initial load) is Php2,500, fully consumable.

Starbucks x Anna Sui Card

Another limited-edition item: the Starbucks x Anna Sui Card. It will be available on December 1, and initial load required for activation is Php1,000. There are complementary mugs and a bag available, so this will truly be a collectible.

Starbucks 18th Anniversary Card

The Starbucks 18th Anniversary Card, available starting December 4.

Starbucks Holiday Cards

Of course, the Starbucks Cards, with 2 returning and 1 new design for Christmas.

Since there would be quite a number of designs for Christmas, the Starbucks Cards will be released in stores in phases. Watch out for the Swarovski, Holiday Tree, and Snowman cards beginning November 2, the Anna Sui on December 1, the 18th Anniversary Card on December 4, and the Merry Christmas design on December 15.

Indeed, the Holidays are made truly happy with the many gifts that Starbucks has in store. So start checking out a store near you starting November 2 and have first dibs on the Starbucks Holiday treats!