Hello! Last Tuesday I attended an intimate blogger hangout hosted by Punchdrunk Panda. Before anything else, I would just like to say how grateful and thankful I am for being chosen along with four other bloggers to attend this gathering, and be one of the first few to see their new skimmer designs in person (and be given a pair at that!)
Photo swiped from Punchdrunk Panda! See more photos here. :)
The hangout was held at Pipino Vegetarian Food by PINO located along Malingap Street in Teacher’s Village in Quezon City. As what I said on my last post, I attended a graduation before going to Pipino. For some unfortunate (or fortunate) reason though, the ceremony ended earlier than expected and I found myself at the venue two hours early. Of course, I didn’t want to be that early (even though Pauline, the one I’ve been talking to thru e-mail, told me that ‘the earliest bird gets first pick on the shoe designs’ or something like that haha!) So after mentally taking note of the location, I asked the cab driver to take me to some fast food place where I could kill time. I ended up at McDonalds in Kalayaan (the one in front of Sulo Hotel) munching on fries and catching weird stares because of my outfit. Haha!
Fast forward to an hour and a half later, I arrived at Pipino. I was greeted by a really friendly ‘cafeteria lady’ (I say this because the place looks and feels like a cafeteria - in a more homey kind of way) and asked what I needed. I said, “I’m here for the Punchdrunk event” and she told me they weren’t there yet, and showed me a seat. A few minutes later I heard someone chit chattering and someone mentioning my name. It was Jen, the co-owner of Punchdrunk Panda (whom I first got introduced to by Jonver during Bloggers United 2) Turns out I wasn’t the first blogger to get there, though. Lois (the other half of We are Sole Sister) got there first. It’s okay though because we both had different shoe designs in mind. :P
A little after 1pm, another blogger, Gela of Boat ride through the sky, arrived. I have never met her before this event, but I read her blog from time to time. I love her hair and I think her blog URL is the cutest ever.
And you know what bloggers do when they get together right? Take photos, of course! Let me now take you on a mini tour around Pipino’s interior.
Dairy free and egg free desserts - only in Pipino.
Gela’s adorable bag!
The skimmers are priced at P1,295 and each purchase comes with the shoe bag and postcard from the design team. They will be officially launched at Anteroom Sessions 2 on March 31, 4pm-11pm at Cubao Expo and will be available at www.punchdrunkpanda.comafter the event.
And then it was time for the shoes! We were actually given links to their online brochure (you too can view it here) but trust me. They are way prettier in person! Anyway, since Lois got to the venue first, she got first dibs on what design she would be taking home. She chose ‘Going Places’ (first one from the left) which is perfect because her blog is a travel blog. Then it was my turn. My top choices were either ‘Manic Mayan’ (second from the left) or ‘Dreamers’ (third from the left) I ended up getting ‘Manic Mayan’. Pero ang totoo guys, nag-iinarte lang ako na may second choice ako. I even patterned my outfit (purple hahaha) to the shoe. So alam na! Haha. Gela got the ‘Dreamers’ while Raleen took home ‘Kick Flips’ Raleene even joked about how weird it was to have Saab Magalona on her feet. Haha! Helga of ditz-revolution got ‘Airmail’ She had no other choice because it was the last design. It’s kind of funny though because the skimmers perfectly matched her pink hair. I guess the shoes were really meant for her then! :D
Blogger kung blogger! Here’s Gela taking photos of Lois’ new pair of skimmers!
FF - Friends in flats! Okay. We made that up. Haha. This photo was taken before Helga arrived, by the way.
Raleene’s skimmers! Can you spot Saab? Haha.
Punchdrunk also introduced us to their newest camera strap designs. These are just prototypes, though. They don’t have a particular release date for these yet, but hopefully they will release this to the public along with the skimmers on the 31st! :)
Jen’s shoes! Support your own, as they always say!
After all the picture taking, it was finally time to eat! We were treated to a very generous lunch by graphic designer and Pipino’s owner, Alessandra Lanot. You can read more about Pipino and what it’s all about here. Keep scrolling to see what we had! :)
Lovely menu by the lovely and talented Alessandra Lanot. I swear, I have a new idol when it comes to graphic design. The interior of Pipino is chock full of her works - from the chalkboard menus to the tiny labels in the dessert bar and writings on the glass panels. I have a penchant for shabby chic styles and her works just appeal to me so much. So anyway, let’s now go to the food!
Black bean burger with lettuce and tomato on a whole wheat bun
I was never a fan of beans so this did not appeal to me too much. I loved the lettuce, tomato and the bread though! I also wasn’t able to finish this. It’s really filling! :)
Rating: 3 out of 5
Lemongrass, ginger and cucumber cooler
I’m not a huge fan of ginger flavored drinks but this drink delivered its purpose exactly - it’s cool and refreshing, just what a summer drink should be.
Rating: 3.5 out of 5
I think it’s safe to say that this was everyone’s favorite. I could literally keep popping these in all day. What made this even more perfect was that the dips were served by the lovely Patty Laurel. Beat that! Haha!
Rating: 5 out of 5
Another tasty treat. If I weren’t so full with the fries I would have gotten myself more of these.
Rating: 4 out of 5
Sweet Potato Fries
This has just the right amount of sweetness. It’s like your regular sweet potato fries, only with less oil!
Rating: 4.5 out of 5
Vegetarian Green Tea Banana and Choco Peanut Mini Cupcakes
The best cupcakes ever. I swear. I wanted to take home a tray of these with me to Bulacan to let my siblings experience the sensation these little mouthfuls of heaven did to my mouth. Too bad they weren’t available for sale that day, so I just bought some of their chocolate chip and blueberry muffins. If there’s one thing I that would keep me coming back to Pipino, it would be these babies.
Rating: 10 out of 5. Haha!
Now did that make you hungry? I know it did! Head over to Pipino Vegetarian Restaurant now. I am not and will never be a pure vegan, but I enjoyed the meals and I know you will too! :)
Anyway, more photos!
Each skimmer comes with a postcard with handwritten notes from the designer and the personality behind the design. My pair, ‘Manic Mayan’ was a collaboration between KitKat Pecson and Patricia Prieto. We were also given these cute care cards that give very useful information on how to clean and take care of Punchdrunk Panda merchandise.
Raleene with her skimmers and postcard.
Lois and Helga. All smiles!
Helga’s hair was the ‘highlight’ of that day. Everyone wanted to touch it to see if it was real. Haha. Anyway, I just want to share a little something since were talking about Helga and all. I have never met Helga in person before the hangout, but I’ve always been a reader of her blog (tumblr and her main blog) I even backread all of her posts on Flickr once! Anyway, I sent her a birthday message last year on twitter saying that I wish to see her (and her hair) in person someday, and this event made that possible! Hi Helga, if you’re reading this! :D
Jen! Please don’t kill yourself! Punchdrunk Panda still needs you! Haha. Hi Jen! :P
Me and Pauline AKA the sweetest reader ever. She kept surprising me that day with how knowledgeable she is on things about me and my blog. As in. Nagugulat nalang ako sa mga alam niya. Sobrang na-touch ako. Hi Pauline if you’re reading this! Virtual hugs from me to you! :D
Me and Gela!
With Gela and Raleene! :)
This is Jonver. He was a former intern for Punchdrunk and he just dropped by to say hello. We first met during the Freeway X Manansala event and the rest went from there. He is the only male member of our group, the BBs (along with Kisty, Cariza, Dianne, Jessa, Erika, Tatie and our latest member, Jeshrel) This made me miss the BBs! :(
Raleene getting instagram-ed
Me writing down my blog URL. Pauline, who was also the one who took this photo, helpfully pointed out that it looked a lot like my blog header. Oh diba! Best reader award na talaga siya! Haha. <3
Check out their blogs you guys! :)
Happiest photo of the day! Haha! (Photo Source)
Raleene, Selena and Gela went on their way while the rest of us went to Moonleaf in Teachers Village for our milk tea fix courtesy of Thysz! Thank you for the drinks, Thysz!
Tiramisu! I forgot to mention that I wanted pearls. Haha!
Being a blogger has it’s perks, and getting to meet new people and forming new friendships is one of those. Thank you again to everyone. I had such a great time. I hope to see all of you again soon! :)
As for you, my dear readers, I know you’re itching to get the details on the skimmers. Please do wait for my future posts as this entry has too many stuff going on already. Haha. Also, I have another giveaway up on my sleeve, so watch out for that! ;)
Whew! A long entry is a long entry. I hope you all had a wonderful Thursday. Thank you for reading and have a good night! :D
Reblogging for the hair. THE HAIR.