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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

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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?? 😀

Genesis lists Karnabal Festival line up


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Sipat Lawin Ensemble’s REENACTMENTS
Nov. 20 (Wed) 6pm, & Nov. 22 (Fri) 5pm
@ The Manila Collectible Roof Deck, Intramuros
1 hour
Blank-ticketed
REENACTMENTS is a performance of new works devised from national events that have been forgotten by the public, made visible again via performance. Devoid of the formal literary structure of narratives/emplotment, it offers what its title promises—reenactments of recent pasts and forgotten presents that are easily erased from our national memory as one news and internet fad after another buries last week’s headline.

To view more about Sipat Lawin Ensemble, click this.

Anino Shadowplay Collective’s ARKIPELAGO
Nov. 20 (Wed) 9pm, & Nov 23 (Sat) 7pm
@ NCCA Lobby, Intramuros
1 hour
Php100 students, Php150 regulars
*Fundraiser for the victims of Typhoon Yolanda
Arkipelago is a mash-up of Anino‘s productions that distillate the contemporary life and history of an archipelagic, sometimes fractious, people (Filipinos). Presented as a creative and symbolic non-fiction, the shadowplay showcases the myths and concerns of different cultural communities within, alongside the cultural influences coming from without. Arkipelago thus underscores the life of a nation awash in an increasingly globalising world.

Shaharazade Theater’s Story #15
Nov. 21 Thu. 7-8pm; 22 Fri. 9-10pm
NCCA Auditorium, Intramuros.
Php150

A story is born in the mind. It is a manifestation of one’s own consciousness. A character created is always a part of the writer’s own identity. A setting described in detail reflects the writer’s own memories and desires. The crafted plot is but an inward journey the writer takes himself. A story is merely a dream we share with the world.

What if writers were given the opportunity to dream together – to let their various characters cross paths; to allow their conceptions of time and place to merge; to entangle their different beginning-middle-and-ends?

As Shaharazade tells its 15th story out of the 1,001 that it will eventually share, the company will go n a mad experiment, wiring together the minds of actors, designers, writers, and directors in a shared-dream. The result of this orgy of thought and ideas could give birth to something beautiful and spectacular, or something monstrous and obscene. This is Story #15.

Ea Torrado’s NGA-NGA
Nov. 22 (Fri) 7pm & Nov. 23 (Sat) 7pm
@ The Manila Collectible Roof Deck, Intramuros
1 hour
Php100
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pagbuka ng bibig; AKASANGÍ

Watch Nga-nga on November 22 (7PM) and 23 (8PM) 150/ticket at the rooftop of The Manila Collectible (Behind Manila Cathedral) in Intramuros. Support Sipat Lawin Ensemble’s KARNABAL: A Def. Defying Festival.

Dancers: Christopher Aronson, Erick Dizon, Jomelle
Era, Sabrina Gacad, Brian Moreno, Ea Ea Torrado

Silly People’s Improv Theater (SPIT)

Nov. 21 (Thu) 9pm
@ The Manila Collectible Roof Deck
2 hours
Blank-ticketed

Nov. 23 (Sat) 9am
@ Paco Market

Nov. 23 (Sat) 4pm
@ The Manila Collectible Roof Deck, Intramuros
1 hour
Blank-ticketed

SPIT is the premiere improvisational theater group in Southeast Asia. With close to five hundred performances in 10 years, SPIT has delighted local and international audiences with their unscripted unrehearsed and totally spontaneous shows.

Transitopia Contemporary Dance Commune’s REHEARSAL FOR DISASTER – A DANCE ON CAMERA SCREENING
Nov. 22 (Fri) 6pm, & Nov. 23 (Sat) 8pm
@ NCCA Auditorium, Intramuros
1 hour
Blank-ticketed

Rehearsal for Disaster – A post apocalyptic silent dance movie.

On the night of January 2013, 3 weeks after the Christian Calendar’s New Year and a few more weeks before Chinese New Year, a group of survivors found themselves miraculously together. Faithfully following a kind of an energetic frequency which they thought was just a traumatic reaction from their recent tragic experience of massive grief and loss, they went through a corpo-spiritual boot camp and declare to defy reliance on all content systems of conflict, control, and separation frequencies. This mystery corporeal laboratory allowed them an experience to understand the shift from an isolating and low energy matrix of two way bi-directional interference to an accelerating frequency oscillation of nonlocal multidimensional level that can help transform a new operating system of consciousness and help rebuild an entire nation.

Isabelle Martinez’ APPROPRIATE KISSING FOR ALL OCCASIONS
Nov. 23 (Sat) 6pm, & Nov. 24 (Sun) 3pm
@ The Manila Collectible Conference Room, Intramuros
20 min
Blank-ticketed

Kissing is a skill that people just assume they’ll acquire naturally, that they’ll pick it up automatically just by doing it a few times. Some people think that as long as they’re not clashing teeth, they’re doing it right. Truth be told: there are a lot of terrible kissers out there. Join renowned Intimacy Coach, Toni Espinosa, as she leads you to a place of understanding about the reality behind what makes a make out worth making out.
The belief that human beings deserve to fully enjoy their intimate encounters drives much of Toni Espinosa’s work. Espinosa is a research scientist at University of the Philippines Public Health Department, co-director of the Center for Sexual Health Promotion, and sexual health educator. The author of five books about sex and love, her latest is “Have Heaps of Sex All The Time Starting Right Now and Not Stopping” (Running Press, 2012).

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Genesis wants you to look out for Karnabal Festival


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From the esteemed creators of Battalia Royale; Sipat Lawin Ensemble breaks barriers and genres with KARNABAL: A DEF. DEFYING FESTIVAL: Works Beyond Definitions

Sipat Lawin Ensemble

“Def.” stands for “definition”, best explaining the mix of programmed performances as transgressing norms and going beyond definitions of art and what it should be.

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Karnabal aims to highlight works on the edge, in between the lines, dynamic, bold, liminal, death- and depth-defying; and to explore new modes of production and performance-making. It serves as a shared avenue for companies and solo artists to freely test new works and/or develop existing ones, as well as share and generate new audiences for the Philippine performance scene.

Kolab Co.

Karnabal is set to take flight on November 17 (Sun), 20-24 (Wed-Sun) within Intramuros. Multiple venues will be used to simultaneously house performances, and functions, indoors and outdoors, all throughout the duration of the festival. Events fall under three different types of platforms:

• The Main Performance Platform, which features the original works of invited independent companies and solo artists, programmed throughout the duration of the festival. As of now, participants include the Sipat Lawin Ensemble, Kolab Co., Transitopia – Contemporary Dance Commune, Shaharazade Theater Company, Eisa Jocson, Ea Torrado, Destiyero Commune, Anino Shadowplay Collective and Daniel Darwin.

• The “Tsubibo” Open Platform, which features programmed performances from individuals and companies from different fields who want to test their works. This platform is offered on the last two days of the festival, November 23 and 24.

• Gatherings involves all the festival’s community offerings – workshops, talks, forums, panel discussions, get-together functions curated by the festival team engaging artists from different media.

http://karnabalfestival.wordpress.com/
https://www.facebook.com/karnabalfestival

For more information, contact karnabalfestival@gmail.com or Mobile: 09175008753.

– ramipon

Genesis Second Anniversary Celebration ~ !!!


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Hard to believe 2 years has passed since this humble group has started.

Since the our anniversary coincided with Cosplay Mania; we decided to host a fabulous promo: Kinder Egg Hunt

kinder-joy-special copyWe are very thankful to all our wonderful friends who joined. We sincerely hope you enjoyed the eggs.

1395877_582001951837358_213807710_nWe area also proud to announce the launch of our cosplay service: Gen>Gears.

gglogoWe are looking forward for another great year and we hope for your continued support.

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Author: RAMIPON

 

 

Genesis Celebrates Second Anniversary


gen2This year we are celebrating our anniversary with a deliciously fun treat.

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Genesis has been raving mad about kinder joy; it’s like a happy meal that can fit in your pocket. One side is a a delicious contains soft creamy chocolate layers with two round, chocolate-covered wafers and the other side is a wonderful toy.
kinder_joy_toys-500x500We would like to share the joy of this wonderful treat by having a special contest at this years Cosmania on October 4 and 5 in SMX.

It’s like a gift that keeps on giving. A fun surprise in every shell.

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The mechanics will be simple:

GENESIS’ Cosmania Kinder Egg hunt!

In celebration of Genesis’ 2nd year anniversary, We are giving away free KINDER JOY Chocolate Eggs for free! Just follow these steps:

  1. On any clean sheet of paper, write “GENESIS.ph” or any short message with our and your own name (i.e. “I Love GENESIS.ph – Meiji Purin”)

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    Thank you Ms. Karuhi Kiryuu for the awesome fansign

  2. Look for our flag on COSMANIA day 1 or 2

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    Object may appear bigger in real life

  3. Have a picture taken with us holding your made sign.

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    Dramatic Representation

  4. And get a free Kinder Joy Chocolate Egg! (until supplies last)

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    Overly Dramatic Representation

It’s that simple. So get ready and write those signs and We’ll see you in COSMANIA! MATTA NE!

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Author: RAMIPON
Graphics: NYKE

We’re moving!?


016754e25f2c3588989b107e9ba862caFirst of all just wanna say “We’re not dead yet” ( >_,<)7

I’m just too lazy to post anything and just about 2 months ago, I started with my new job in a new company.

But anyway, we’re currently working on our new website starting everything from scratch and we’re hoping to get it up and running in a few months… and hopefully I’ll be able to bring up my drive back to actively post news and updates once again about Anime, Cosplay, and anything related to Geek/Otaku culture in our country.

For more recent updates on our new finding that I should be writing about right here, just visit our

Facebook page (https://www.facebook.com/nykegenesis)

or Follow us / Yuuki on Twitter (https://twitter.com/sukiseishiro)