Talking Apples Pop-Up Cafe


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Last Saturday, January 10. It was the 2nd day of my rest-day from work and the plan to go Ice skating with some friends got cancelled on the last minute. With nothing much to do at home and I was urging to go out, I came across an Event happening on the same day from my Facebook account. The event was named “Talking Apples January POP-up ^_^ Cafe” hosted by Talking Apples of course.

Anyway, the location was set at 121 Bar and Grille Restaurant, Allegro Center along Pasong Tamo Extension, Makati. It’s not that hard to go there since I’m kind of familiar with the road anyway.

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121 Bar and Grille Restaurant

Upon arriving to the venue and entering the glass door, the customer’s were greeted gracefully by one of the staff. All of the staff were on their Cosplay outfits as they serves customer while in character based on who they’re cosplaying. On the front desk, I was greeted by the god “Yato” from Noragami as he [the staff are female but I’ll just address their gender depending on their character] asks what would be my order and will be served in exchange for P5 as an offering to fulfill my request. I ordered 1 “Talking Apple Cupcake” and an OmuRice Set. Then I was escorted to an available seat near the entrance.

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While waiting for my order, I was greeted by “Himura Kenshin” from Rurouni Kenshin (Ms. Raine De Guzman / Yuuko Ichihara) and also the owner/host of the popup café. I then took the opportunity to ask her some questions about Talking Apples and the initiative behind the idea. She said that the reason behind it was that the staff needed work experience of atleast 250 hours before the official business be put up Katipunan Avenue, Quezon City [I hope this gets a branch around South like BF Parañaque perhaps]. The staffs are dressed-up as Anime characters such as Rei Ayanami from Evangelion, Captain Levi from Shingeki no Kyojin, Erza Scarlet from Fairy Tail as they serve the customers. There are also some customers cosplaying characters such Saber from Fate/Prototype and Chōji Akimichi from Naruto. I also asked Ms. Yuuko if we can have a little chat later on so that she can tell me more about Talking Apples which I think she agreed and if we can talk more over beer some other time.

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After a short while, my order arrives and It was delivered by “Eren Jaeger” from Shingeki no Kyojin (Max) and also asked if I would like him [again the staff are female but I’ll just address their gender depending on their character] to draw/write something on my OmuRice using Catsup, and I agreed on with a smile. [I wish I could have taken a picture while she does it for referenced but I really tend to forget these things as they happen “I’m a failure as a picture-taker”]. She then ask me if there’s anything I need, so I took the opportunity to ask some questions most especially on the food they’re serving. One the things I asked was what is their best seller so far, he then answered that last time, of some unknown reason, their best seller was coffee, but then it was taken out from the menu on that day [now I’m curious, I wonder what kind of coffee was it?]. Then I asked if they have any recommendation and he said that it would be their cupcakes. Afterwards, he asked if I need anything else, but since my food was already delivered, might as well start eating. He also told me if I need something just ask. I then proceed on consuming my meal.

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As I look around there’s also an Art For Sale corner near the entrance and the comfort room.

Talking about the food I ordered,

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Cookie-ception!

 

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OmuRice Set

 

  • OmuRice Set. P250.00 | Composed of OmuRice, a glass of Ice Tea, and a Cookie
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Talking apple Special Cupcake

 

  • Talking Apple Special Cupcake. P95.00 | Somewhat spongy, with a taste like peanut buttery and of an apple pie. Not too sweet which I’m ok with it.

After eating, I roamed around the venue to take some picture. I would like to know more about Talking Apples, but unfortunately, by the time I finished my food, Ms. Yuuko has gone out to buy some ingredients/supplies so I guess maybe some other time.

All in all, the visit was good and I like the idea and I hope it gets official soon. I’ll try to go back next month if I have spare time and maybe bring some friends with me.

Next one will be on February 28 with the theme of “Bloody Valentine” and still will be at 121 Bar and Grille Restaurant, Allegro Center.

 

 

 

 

To know about Talking Apples, you can visit their Facebook pages:
* https://www.facebook.com/talkingapplescoffeeshop
* https://www.facebook.com/talkingapplesmanila
* https://www.facebook.com/talkingapplescafe

Eiga Sai 2014: Japanese Film Festival


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Once again, we are reeling with excitement for one of the most captivating film festivals of the year.

With this year’s theme of the “Family”, The Japan Foundation, Manila (JFM) is presenting 16 contemporary Japanese films that deal with various stories of families.

– Homeland –

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The opening film “Homeland” (original title: Ieji) involves a broken family seeking for light and hope in the midst of injustice and desperation. The film was shot in Fukushima which was one of the provinces severely affected by the earthquake and tsunami in March 2011. The film was an official selection of the Panorama section in the 64th Berlin International Film Festival.

– Reunion –

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REUNION” (Itai Asu e no tokakan) features the story of a man engaged in the funeral business who volunteered his services at the temporary morgue in a high school gymnasium after the Tohoku earthquake and tsunami.

– Tamako in Moratorium –

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Starring AKB48’s Atsuko Maeda as Tamako, a lazy young woman who graduated from a Tokyo university, but when she couldn’t find a job she was forced to return to her father’s home in Kofu and does nothing all day but lounge around and eat.

– Until the Break of Dawn –

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Until the Break of Dawn” (Tsunagu) is a heartwarming fantasy adapted from the eponymous novel by Naoki Prize-winning author Tsujimura Mizuki. A young man becomes an apprentice “Tsunagu,” an emissary who can reunite the living with the dead for one time only, and grows through learning about the bonds between people.

Also featuring 2 Animated movies such as:

– Wolf Children –

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Animation film “Wolf Children” (Ookamikodomo no Ame to Yuki) is a feature animation directed by Hosoda Mamoru, whose “The Girl Who Leapt Through Time” and “SUMMER WARS” won numerous awards in Japan and abroad. It follows thirteen years in the lives of a mother and her “wolf children.”

– Symphony in August –

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Based on the life of singer-songwriter Ai Kawashima, following her life after her mother’s death. The story revolves around her journey to make her dream come true to be a singer and, among other things, how she used to perform for free on Tokyo’s streets.

All films will be shown with English subtitles. Screening venues are at the Shang Cineplex Cinema 2 (July 3 to 13), Abreeza Mall Cinema, Ayala (July 25 to 27) and FDCP Cinematheque, Davao City (July 29 to August 3) and Ayala Center Cinema 4, Cebu City (August 6 to 10).

SHANG CINEPLEX CINEMA 2
SHANGRI-LA PLAZA, EDSA
MANDALUYONG CITY

JULY 3 (THURSDAY)
Homeland (家路) —————————————————————– 7:00 pm

JULY 4 (FRIDAY)
Hospitalité (歓待) ————————————————- —————— 1:30 pm
Tamako in Moratorium (もらとりあむタマ子) ——————– 4:30 pm
Momoiro sora o (ももいろそらを) ———————————————– 7:30 pm

JULY 5 (SATURDAY)
Until the Break of Dawn (ツナグ)  ————————————– 1:30 pm
Wolf Children (おおかみこどもの雨と雪) —————————– 4:30 pm
Like Father, Like Son (そして父になる) ————————————- 7:30 pm

JULY 6 (SUNDAY)
The Kirishima Thing (桐島、部活やめるってよ) ————————– 1:30 pm
FLY, DAKOTA, FLY! (飛べ!ダコタ) —————————————– 4:30 pm
A Story of Yonosuke (横道世之介) ——————————————– 7:30 pm

JULY 7 (MONDAY)
Kokoro o hitotsuni (心をひとつに) ——————————————— 1:30 pm
Casting Blossoms to the Sky (この空の花 -長岡花火物 語) ——— 4:30 pm
Symphony in August [ why is this on a Monday 😦 ]
(8 月のシンフォニー ―渋 谷 2002~2003)
————————— 7:30 pm

JULY 8 (TUESDAY)
Things Left Behind (ひろしま 石内都・遺さ れたものたち) ———— 1:30 pm
Momoiro sora o (ももいろそらを)  ———————————————– 4:30 pm
Tamako in Moratorium (もらとりあむタマ子) ——————– 7:30 pm

JULY 9 (WEDNESDAY)
Symphony in August [ why is this on a Wednesday 😦 ]
(8 月のシンフォニー ―渋 谷 2002~2003)
—————————- 1:30 pm
Tug of war! (綱引いちゃった!) ————————————————– 4:30 pm
A Story of Yonosuke (横道世之介) ——————————————— 7:30 pm

JULY 10 (THURSDAY)
FLY, DAKOTA, FLY! (飛べ!ダコタ) ——————————————- 1:30 pm
Casting Blossoms to the Sky (この空の花 -長岡花火物語) ———– 4:30 pm
Hospitalité (歓待) ———————————————————————- 7:30 pm

JULY 11 (FRIDAY)
Tug of war! (綱引いちゃった!) ————————————————— 1:30 pm
The Kirishima Thing (桐島、部活やめるってよ) ————————— 4:30 pm
Like Father, Like Son (そして父になる) ————————————— 7:30 pm

JULY 12 (SATURDAY)
Tamako in Moratorium (もらとりあむタマ子) ———————- 1:30 pm
REUNION (遺体~明日への十日間~) —————————————- 4:30 pm
Homeland (家路) ——————————————————————– 7:30 pm

JULY 13 (SUNDAY)
Wolf Children (おおかみこどもの雨と雪) ——————————– 1:30 pm
Like Father, Like Son (そして父になる) —————————————- 4:30 pm
Until the Break of Dawn (ツナグ) —————————————– 7:30 pm

For complete details, check out the Eiga Sai Flyer

The 2014 “Eiga Sai” is presented by The Japan Foundation, Manila in cooperation with the Embassy of Japan, Shangri-la Plaza and Film Development Council of the Philippines, and supported by WAO Corporation, Akira, SumoSam, Shu Uemura, ClickTheCity.com and Net25 TV and Radyo Aguila. The Eiga Sai  is part of the “ Philippines-Japan Friendship Month” celebration.

Genesis goes to Friday Eiga Night


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Last Friday night, we went to see a free film viewing hosted by The Japan Foundation. It was a live-action movie entitled “Quartet!” Directed and Produced by Junichi Mimura and was a part the special screenings of the 24th Tokyo International Film Festival on 2011.

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The free film viewing was held at The Japan Foundation Manila Office inside Pacific Star Bldg. located at Sen. Gil Puyat cor Makati Ave. whereas onlya maximum of 60 people can see the movie due to the limited space available.

The movie was about a dysfunctional family. A son who aims to be a professional violist, a daughter who is in bad terms with her parents, a mother who tries to manage her family, and a father who is unemployed. They decided to create a Family Quartet with the hopes that it will bring their family closer again through music. A heartwarming story of a family full of music. The filming took place at Urayasu City where there was severe damage due to the Great East Japan Earthquake and Tsunami back in March of 2011 whereas staff ans civilians worked hard to finish the film.

 

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The place is a “no pictures zone” so we didn’t really get any pictures of the place, but inside there was a library where we loitered around. They have a lot of reading materials such educational books, novels, magazines and an awesome collection of manga with such famous titles.

with my friend and photographer Ralph

with my friend and photographer Ralph

All in all it was awesome and a nice watch. We would like to thank The Japan Foundation for hosting the film viewing. We would love to come by and watch again sometime.

2014 Nihongo Fiesta Film Mania


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In celebration of the 2014 Nihongo Fiesta, the first ever Film Mania will be held on the 22nd and 23rd of February 2014, at the Shang Cineplex, Shangri-La Plaza Mall, Mandaluyong City.

The 2014 Nihongo Fiesta Film Mania will be a 2-day festival featuring the following films:

Miyazaki Hayao’s Howl’s Moving Castle

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Brave Story

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King of Thorn

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The Voices of a Distant Star

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Admission to the event is for FREE!

Check out the screening times:

February 22 (Saturday)

11:00 a.m.   Howl’s Moving Castle (119 mins.)   Shang Cineplex, Premiere Theater
01:30 p.m.   Howl’s Moving Castle (119 mins.)    Shang Cineplex, Premiere Theater
04:00 p.m.  Howl’s Moving Castle (119 mins.)    Shang Cineplex, Premiere Theater
07:00 p.m.   Robo-G (111 mins.)                         Shang Cineplex, Cinema 1

 

February 23 (Sunday)

01:00 p.m.    The Voices of a Distant Star (25 mins.) Shang Cineplex, Cinema 1
02:00 p.m.    Brave Story (111 mins.)                         Shang Cineplex, Cinema 1
04:30 p.m.    King of Thorn (109 mins.)                       Shang Cineplex, Cinema 1
07:00 p.m.    Robo-G (111 mins.)                                Shang Cineplex, Cinema 1

 

The JAPAN FOUNDATION, MANILA aims to promote: Cultural and Arts Exchange; Japanese Language Education; Japanese Studies; and Intellectual Exchange

http://www.jfmo.org.ph
https://www.facebook.com/jfmanila
http://www.jfmanila.wordpress.com

-ramipon

Top 10 Most Memorable Anime Moments of 2013


2a97123e2707a3549bb89ede578e25d4Firstly, Happy New year to you all 🙂

As we enter the new year 2014, let us look back on our Top 10 of the most memorable anime scene carved right at our Kokoro (heart) that made us laugh, cry, pray, and made our heartbeat skipped a second…

Let’s start off from the bottom to the top 🙂

#10 – Kyoukai no Kanata – 12

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Mirai says her goodbyes and fades away…

Aki and Mirai finally defeats the Dreamshade, Beyond the Horizon (or whatever it is called depending on the translations) but at the price that Mirai will also disappear along with it due to her taking / absorbing the dreamshade from Aki to save him during the day of the Lull.

~ not really up high on our list but certainly included on the top.

# 9 – Genshiken Nidaime – 11

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Madarame finally confesses to Saki

The kouhai’s locked-up Saki and Madarame inside the clubroom so that they can talk privately and to force Madarame to be honest with himself and ultimately have the guts to tell Saki what he really feels about her for the past 4 years.

– It took… The whole 1st series with 2 Seasons, 2 OVAs, and the whole season of the 2nd series.. and Finally, the stress was over… We don’t know about you guys but we really liked the series. Kinda reminds us of what we didn’t do back in college that kinda wish we had.

# 8 – Dansai Bunri no Crime Edge – 03

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Crime Edge – vs – the Sledgehammer

Kiri finally decided to make use of Crime Edge’s powers and become a Killer as the descendant of the most evil murderer of all time as he pledge to protect the Queen, Iwai.

– This scene really got us hooked on the series for it kinda tickled our Type-Moon fandom since it’s kinda similar in terms of concept though not quite the level of detail but did gave us somewhat the same thrill and excitement. Oh yea’ I made the edited image inspired by the game Melty Blood. It’s crap but who cares…

# 7 – Shingeki no Kyojin – 21

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the fall of Levi Squad

The death of Petra, Oluo, Eld, and Gunther (didn’t include him in the image anymore…)

– Don’t tell me this scene ain’t on your list. It took weeks of arguments, grieves, and a hell lot of man-tears, especially on Petra’s for some reason…

# 6 – Fate Kaleid Liner Prisma Ilya – 06

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Saber Alter – vs – Archer Illya

As Illya wished for power to defeat enemy and save themselves from demise, she unconsciously unlock some kind of latent ability that allowed her to use the Archer-Class card and transforms herself into a Heroic Spirit.

– Loli X Illya X Archer. Nuff said.

# 5 – Chihayafuru S2 – 24

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Arata – vs – Shinobu (The Queen)

Arata faces the Queen, Wakamiya Shinobu for the finals of the Karuta National Tournament in the Class A division.

– Been looking forward to see this match animated since the day I read it on the manga and how the match went on. And it was awesome…

# 4 – Toaru Kagaku no Railgun S – 15

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Accelerator -vs- Touma

Touma fights off Accelerator to rescue Misaka-Imouto and put an end to the Level 6 Project.

See Index version: http://youtu.be/kP97UeSaBuY?t=4m5s

See Railgun S version:

– From the lamest Hand-Slap from To Aru no Majutsu no Index, to the most epic parry on To Aru Kagaku no Railgun S. Though expected, still can’t contain that level of excitement…

# 3 – The World God Only Knows – Goddesses Arc – 12

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2-B Pencils performs at the School Festival

After the defeat of Vintage, Chihiro and the rest of the band performed at the School Festival singing her composed song…

– Do we still need to explain why? I don’t think so…

# 2 – Blood Lad – 06

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Staz -vs – Akimu

Staz went off to fight Akimu as per deal he made with his brother to help  resurrect  Fuyumi.

– Fandom stiked us again at full force.

And finally…

# 1 – Toaru Kagaku no Railgun S – 14

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Touma stops Misaka from facing Accelerator and commit suicide

After discovering the dark secret revolving around the Misaka Sisters and Misaka’s plan to stop the experiment by letting herself to be killed by Accelerator effortlessly, Touma tries to stop Misaka from doing so…

– All I can say, this scene kinda gave me the shivers due the set of emotions expressed by Mikasa throughout the scene and the seriousness within each lines that really reach right at the Kokoro.

If there are scenes that you think should have been included but was not, it means we haven’t seen them yet or didn’t really had an impact on us…

Well, that’s it for our list. What yours?? 😀

Sword Art Online Season 2 Teaser Trailer


アニメ「ソードアート・オンライン2」告知PV.mp4_snapshot_00.29_[2014.01.04_20.46.08]One of the most awaited 2nd season for 2014 was announced together with the release of a teaser trailer giving SAO fans a hint of what to expect.

See teaser trailer:

Judging from the obvious hint, look like for this 2nd season, the series will be tackling on the events on the world of Gun Gale Online, thus entitled “Sword Art Online ~ The Phantom Bullet

095bd4c39ebcd9608471f067d5061268Though the events from this story arc is kinda exciting, I kinda wish they’ll consider inserting the Mother’s Rosario Arc as well, that would be great since I’m still kinda disappointed how they skipped a hell lot of shit for the Fairy Dance Arc (wishing they atleast make an OVA for the missing adventures…)

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Omake:

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Anime List WINTER 2013-2014


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Every beginning has an end. And when something ends, one begins…well a lot of them actually.

New Titles, New Seasons. Check out what to expect for the new batch of Anime for the Winter season and for year 2014.

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Click Here to see full version.

Source: Moetron

My Tentative Watchlist for Summer 2013:
(as always, will check out first their pilot episodes then decide which are worth my time though some of them I’ve already watched already especially those that came early out this month)

TV Series:

*Norigami ~ Jan 5
*Nobunagun ~ Jan 5
*Buddy Complex ~ Jan 5
*Nobunaga: The Fool ~ Jan 5
*Super Sonico: The Animation ~ Jan 6 (I’ll watch it for the plot…)
*Hamatora ~ Jan 7
*Oneechan ga Kita ~ Jan 8
*Chuunibyou Demo Koi ga Shita! Ren ~ Jan 8 (Banishment This World! <3)
*Silver Spoon S2 ~ Jan 9 (the story is nice and I love eating)
*Mahou Sensou ~ Jan 9
*Pupa ~ Jan 9
*Sakura Trick ~ Jan 9
*No-Rin ~ Jan 10
*Nisekoi ~ Jan 11

Specials:

*Neppu Kairiku Bushi Road ~ Dec 31
*Sword Art Online: Extra Edition ~ Jan 4
*Mushishi ~ Jan 4

OVA’s:

*Kuroko no Basuke ~ Dec 6
*Date A Live ~ Dec 6
*Shingeki no Kyoujin ~ Dec 9
*Blood Lad ~ Dec 10
*Genshiken Nidaime ~ Dec 20
*Kimi no Iru Machi ~ Jan 17
*Wild Adapter ~ Jan24
*Prima Illya ~ Jan 25
*Norigami ~ Feb 17