Poster c/o Nomad Manager
Come join us for a garage sale for travelers, by travelers on:
October 6, 2012 (Saturday), 11AM-6PM
Venue: Moonleaf Tea Shop, Maginhawa Street, Teachers’ Village
Organized by yours truly (as a result of brokeness from my 2.5-month solo trip around Asia, and prevention from falling into debt after my Dumaguete-Bacolod and India trips this October), this Travelers’ Garage Sale gathers together 5 traveler-bloggers, Nomad Manager, Wanderrgirl, Thysz, Walking Lens Cap, All Things Artspiring, on a noble quest to fulfill our passion for travel, while providing you with lots of cheap options for clothes, books, bags, cameras, film, suitcases, and other things you might find useful for your travels as well. :)
BUT WAIT, there’s more! :D
And kids, it’s time to “excite yourself without touching yourself”, as my uber classy colleague Nica says here (warning: rated R).
I already wrote the press release for Anteroom Sessions 2, which you can pretty much find on the FB event page, so I’ve not much left to say here, really, other than I’m so excited every time I think about it. Sometimes, Nica and I are just carrying on with our work, and I’ll burst out with a “Shet, excited na ako mag-Anteroom”, or I’ll close e-mails with all sorts of excited-ness vs. the basic Cheers/Cheerios/Cheerios with milk/Etc.
Again, Anteroom seems to always get bigger than we initially imagine. But yeah, hopefully, we always keep it small enough to feel like a relatively intimate, but super special/awesome/spectastic/orgasmic hangout with all our Punchdrunk Panda friends. :) *blush* :”>
This will probably be the last BIG thing we’ll do at PdP for a while, as we’ll be indefinitely semi-lying low after this (first said here), so I really hope we’ll have a good turnout, and that we’ll get a really get a good response from the event, because pretty much everything we’ve been working on for the past 2 months has been all for Anteroom Sessions 2.
So yeah, be there, or be a trapezoid!
#Sendong fund-raising bazaar last FRI, Dec. 23 :)
So yeah, this is what I’ve been up to this Christmas eve.
Writing this blog post for Punchdrunk Panda’s Tumblr. :P
It felt like a rather Christmas-y thing to do.
And typing it up keeps my hands away from the fork that continuously pokes into the whole cheesecake I had beside me (I have now safely tucked it into the freezer).
I was looking forward to all the wonderfully useless things I would do come the Christmas vacation (Dec. 22 for PdP), but it was nice to have this fund-raiser so I could somehow dent the universe a little with some help for CDO.
Christmas love, y’all.
I’ve another short Christmas-y post coming up. :P
When we heard about Moonleaf’s (Punchdrunk Panda’s close “brand friend”) relief drive for Sendong victims, we really wanted to do something to help as well. We’re not as über popular as Moonleaf, but we did our best to disseminate information to our social media networks about relief efforts for Sendong, but we felt it wasn’t enough.
On MON, we contacted Thysz, Moonleaf’s fabulous marketing manager and shared our intention of having a fund-raising pop-up shop on WED (our last day of work, supposedly). However, after further deliberation, we felt that Punchdrunk Panda alone might not be able to raise significant funds, and that it might be more beneficial and efficient for PdP team members to just contribute what we could, individually.
But on WED, we were happy to find out that Bloggers United was going to round up some bloggers for a mini Bloggers United at Moonleaf that FRI, so with the combined pull, we decided to join in the effort. :) We were set on selling older PdP designs at marked down prices (so that people would be more willing to spend), then we also gathered sellable clothing to help augment fund-raising sales.
All in all, our humble booth managed to raise almost 9k, and combined with sales by the other bloggers, Karl, Melai, Ana, Gellie, Angela, Je, we all managed to raise a total of 23k (if I’m not mistaken?)! :D
It’s amazing what we can achieve when we band together for a cause.
We certainly hope things will be better for all our kababayans in Northern Mindanao, and that somehow, in spite of their loss, they still feel the love pouring in from strangers out to help.
Happy Christmas, everyone!
Roasting chestnuts on an open fire (in my head),
Weeee!! Video #3 by yours truly. :D
Wanted to use an original track for this video but I feel it still needs a lot of work.
Maybe on the next video. :)
To order these laptop / iPad sleeves, or to see our other available designs, visit www.punchdrunkpanda.com. :D
Video by Jen Horn :P
TeaTap Cafe: Creating a Charming Milk Tea Brand :)
Sept. 11 & 17, 2011
Yes, I am somehow twisting this blog’s content to make it relevant to the supposed running theme of this blog…being travel and business (entrepreneurship). :P
So I am turning what may otherwise be a self-indulgent foodie entry into an example in branding. :D
I was supposed to write this entry after my first trip last Sept. 11, but work and other concerns caught up with me so I managed to make a second trip before actually writing this entry.
Anyway, found out about TeaTap through fellow milk tea enthusiasts who had read about it from other blogs. And being the extreme sucker for cafe/resto ambiance and interiors that I am, I was eager to check TeaTap out.
The white brick wall, warm lighting, faux grass and adorable cat by the entrance won me over instantly! :D (That’s not me in the picture below, by the way. :P)
Walk in further, and you’ll see the spacious interiors, which make it an ideal place for people who love to work quietly in cafes.
It’s not packed with noisy customers, and huzzah! They have free WiFi! (Super big plus!)
On my first trip, I ordered the Royal Milk Tea (P90, tall; P100, grande — needless to say, I got the grande, of course), to serve as a sort of baseline measure for their tea in comparison to other milk tea places. It was as good as any quality basic milk tea I’ve tried. On my second trip, I tried their Green Apple Yakult Tea, but I found the green apple taste too overpowering, and I hardly tasted the yakult or the tea, but I think I still want to try the Blueberry Yakult next time. :D
What’s really nice about TeaTap though is the little “surprise” you get with your drink. All drinks are sealed with their own branded covers, on which four different messages are written.
I really appreciate it when brands go an extra mile to put a smile on their customers faces, even with something as seemingly mundane as these cup seals. Branding expert Martin Lindstrom did say it was important to reach customers at every touchpoint possible, and I think TeaTap did a good job of placing their branding at this particular touchpoint. It just helped make the brand that much more memorable and endearing. :D
TeaTap is also owned by the same people behind Kozui Green Tea, hence, some Kozui tea is also sold at TeaTap. They’ve also got some other quirky items available in one corner of the cafe. Maybe we can look into making Punchdrunk Panda laptop and iPad sleeves available here as well, as I imagine they have their fare share of laptop and iPad-wielding customers. ;)
The cat in the picture above isn’t for sale though, I think. But they really should produce some for selling! Haha. I probably wouldn’t buy one myself, because it’s too cutesy for me, but I’m sure a lot of other people would love to have one of these cats. :)
So there you have it.
TeaTap wins the milk tea place war in branding and ambience!
Though I still have to give Moonleaf props for their significantly lower prices, yet quality tea. I think Moonleaf has also effectively engaged the community in their area by hosting events, like Anteroom Sessions by Punchdrunk Panda. So yeah, I still have an unbiased love for Moonleaf, but there’s no denying the charm and warm ambience of TeaTap.
I do think TeaTap trumps a neighboring milk tea place though in terms of overall customer experience. :) This will definitely be my go-to place for milk tea when I’m in the San Juan / Wilson area.
And before I conclude this entry, let me leave you with some parting words from TeaTap:
P. Guevarra cor. Wilson st.,
San Juan, Metro Manila
Open from MON-SUN, 11am-11pm.
We’re sooo tired from all the fretting and preparing but we are sooo happy with how ANTEROOM SESSIONS by Punchdrunk Panda turned out!
Many thanks again to Moonleaf Tea Shop for the venue and yummeh milk tea, to our photo booth partner Topshot Photo Booth, to our pop-up shops Analog Soul, FILED!, Holic Accessories, Splatt.MNL & Junk Studio, supporting brand Yabang Pinoy, to our super talented performers Outerhope, Tarsius, Slow Hello, Manuel Nicolas Alvero, Love in Athens, Love Never Dies, to our DJ Only Revolutions, and of course our webisode director Jopy Arnaldo and his crew at Fictionaut Productions!
We couldn’t have done it without you guys!
Thank you so much for making the event a success!
Thank you also to all those who joined us! We love you all! Ang daming !! pero I’m still hyper and excited despite the lack of sleep. But I’m sure I’ll crash after typing this. :P
For those who didn’t make, you missed out! You’ll have to wait ‘til next year for part 2 of Anteroom Sessions! :D
Plimsolls & chukkas,
P.S. Super thanks to the Punchdrunk Panda team, Nica Kim & our beloved design & marketing elves Pat Manlapas, Jonver David & Pat Remoquillo!