Taipei April 2014 Part Two

That was quite a hiatus in between this 3-parter post. My apologies—Work and life got a bit hectic. Actually, it still is. But I’ve been putting my updates on the back burner for faaar too long. So without further ado, might I, after a more than a month, present Taipei Part Two! 😀

On our way to Yong Kang St., we passed by THE original Din Tai Fung. This was actually the first ever branch that opened and its fame was absolutely palpable. Just look at that queue!

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Taipei April 2014 Part One

Taipei, Taiwan was quite the adventure—In many ways, this trip wasn’t like all the other trips I’ve planned (or micromanaged), seeing as I’ve had a relatively shorter time mapping everything out. This trip was more open-ended; more spontaneous; more susceptible to changes and spur-of-the-moment decisions (like suddenly visiting the zoo!).

It was kind of refreshing, not being bound by a physical to-do list I feel compelled to check off one by one. Of course, losing the actual physical copy of that list on the way to our first stop helped a lot.

My trip to Taiwan will surely be the first of many—There’s just simply too much things to see and do (night markets to cross off my list) that a few short days wouldn’t be enough!

I guess visualisation really works! I drew these giraffes on the plane bound for Taipei (copied off the latest issue of Smile magazine) not really anticipating that I’ll be actually meeting them on this trip.

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Birthday Weekend Part 2

All it took was one suggestion and the next thing we knew, my sister was running back up from the car, grabbing scarves and jackets, and we were on our way to Tagaytay! With no absolute plan in mind, we managed to find our way to The Inn at The Cliffhouse Tagaytay. It was someplace we’ve always passed whenever we go there but never seemed to get a chance to stop by.
Were we glad that this (impromptu) opportunity came up!
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Birthday Weekend Part 1

March 15, 2014 was quite a fun day! Chabeli and I both got our Saturdays off from our out of town shoot at Anvaya (Wednesday to Friday) so I get to enjoy a full weekend to celebrate with family and friends.
First stop was Kimukatsu at Shangri-la East Wing. Their specialty is 25 layers of thinly sliced pork stacked together covered with fresh breadcrumbs. Their kimukatsu sets come in different flavors- plain, black pepper, garlic, cheese, negi shio (spring onion), yuzu kosho (yuzu fruits and green chilli pepper), and ume shisho (Japanese sour plum and shio leaf). Nox and I decided to try out the plain and black pepper flavors for our first foray. Couldn’t wait to try out the more exotic flavors next time!
All kimukatsu’s come with a rice set which includes unlimited rice, red or white miso soup, cabbage and Japanese pickles. The red miso soup has a stronger tangy taste to it than the white (which was your standard miso). Nox preferred the red while I still liked the white best.
I love the modern asian interiors—Especially that printed woodblock accent wall! I couldn’t tell if the image was directly printed or stickered on though. I’ll try sitting there next time.
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Anvaya Cove Behind the Scenes

Just to be clear, when I say I go to shoots, I’m never in front of the camera (except to act as a stand-in for blocking).
My sister already has the modelling side spectacularly covered! I’m usually found behind the camera, art directing or buzzing around the location or telling our actual models what to do.
Last week, we spent 3 days and 2 nights over at Anvaya Cove shooting for their image bank and video.
Chabeli and I worked with Elle Decoration photographer, At Maculangan, Cinemaworks, Hexacam Media and our production and wardrobe stylists, Marta Lovina and Martin Masado—There were some bumps along the way, but overall, it was a blast working with everybody!
Chabeli in profile.
At in his element.
Coco’s alternate career.
We all had to do a little climbing for this one.

Cinemaworks’ awesome crew! Love working with these guys.


Hexacam guys with their awesome helicam!
Last shot!
There’s a different kind of thrill (paranoia and jitters) right before and right after a shoot.
I’m still deciding if I like the feeling. Hahaha! Oh, how I wish we get a chance to take a dive in one of Anvaya’s lovely pools one day! I keep thinking about the bubbling jacuzzi-type pool.

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