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Top 7 Things You Can Do Better During Rainy Days

Rainy Days are the most boring days for some, but it could be an awesome season if only we know how to deal with it and make use simple stuff to make it more fun. Just go through this list and you’ll never see the rainy season the same way again:

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Milk, Coffee and Caricatures

If you’re a follower of our Instagram account (@milkandcoffeeadventures), you’ve probably seen the other TZCAOMAC projects. These are the caricature and logo design. These project don’t just give me enough time to think of stories to write but also it’s my other mean to earn money using my beloved talent to draw.


Blog By: Coffee

Taong Pinaglihi sa Kape, Kulay Kape
At Lasang Kape (Well!)/Creator of TZCAOMAC

The caricatures aren’t actually the regular caricatures that you’re seeing in the internet. They are based on how my characters in ‘The Zero Calorie Adventures of Milk & Coffee’ look like — without nose, button eyes and they are big headed (literally). Check these samples:
This is Ash and Misty of the Pokemon anime series:
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Maddie Ziegler (from The Greatest music video):

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Nasaan na nga ba si Milk and Coffee?

Vol. 1 No. 64 – Nasaan na nga ba si Milk and Coffee?

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Milk and I went to a long vacation, separately, which started last labor day. Kaya medyo mahaba-haba rin na araw noong nagsimula ako na hindi makapag-post at nakagawa ng comics, at hindi ko napansin na may bug ang website ko kaya hindi nai-post ang ibang articles ko na medyo irrelevant na ngayon.

Sabbatical 

Kamusta ang vacation? Well, sabbatical ang experience ng vacation ko (ewan ko lang kay Milk). Medyo na-relax ako ng bongga sa mga pinuntahan ko. Nanggaling ako sa Boracay, Batangas, Mindoro and a lot more — at puro beach ito. So kung makikita n’yo ako in person, barakong kape na ang kulay ko, dark as dirty black. LOL.

Resuming

Yeah, of course, I will resume creating comics starting this month, most especially that our anniversary is getting nearer.

Anniversary

Speaking of anniversary, magfo-focus ako to improve the releases. Para naman ma-discover na ang TZCAOMAC ng bongga at maging break ko na namin ito. Haha!

Ang continuation ng Cosmic Saga is on its way na rin. Magkakaroon din kami ng mga bagong pakulo both blog and Facebook. So stay tuned.

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Salamat sa patuloy na pagsubaybay. I-click lang ito para makita ang buong volume 1 ng aming adventures: Volume 1

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Coffee Appreciation Festival by Starbucks

Hi Guys! I’m back and I’m writing again for TZCAOMAC!


Blog By: Tim Creamer
The Other Best Friend ni Coffee/
Gummy Bear Lover/Finally in the Philippines


I grew up during the times when instant coffee ruled our morning mugs. It was the default coffee of everyone in the house. I remembered my grandma telling me that I needed only to put half of the spoon, because unlike Choco powder, it was stronger. Well, it’s true. You put a full tablespoon of powdered coffee in your mug, and you’ll have problems with a horsing palpitation next.

I learned about brewing only when I graduated high school and went to college and met Starbucks.

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Anyways, last weekend, I brought Milk and Coffee to the Starbuck’s event called the “Coffee Appreciation Festival”. It was a 2-day weekend event that featured the origin and information about coffee.  It was held at Grand Atrium, Main Wing Shangri-la Plaza.

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Good Bye 2015, Hello 2016!

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Una sa lahat, maraming salamat sa mainit na pagtanggap sa TZCAOMAC. Halos ilang tasa ng kape ang nainom ko habang nagdo-drawing at nagsusulat ng mga istorya para sa comics ka ito. Kung tutuusin, hindi ako makapaniwala na ang isang tulad ko ay makakapag-publish sa internet ng ganitong klaseng art kung saan naihahayag ko ‘yung matagal ko ng frustration. Naalala ko pa nga na more than 10 years ago, puro sa notebook lang ako gumagawa ng komiks, tapos tinatapon lang ng family ko kasi akala nila kalat lang ang mga iyon — hindi nila naisip na tulad sa ganitong henerasyon lahat ay maaari nang gawin sa tulong ng teknolohiya at internet.


Blog By: Coffee

Taong Pinaglihi sa Kape, Kulay Kape
At Lasang Kape (Well!)/Creator of TZCAOMAC

Sa pagsusulat ko, hindi ko nga inaakala na marami-rami rin ang nagbabasa at tumatanggkilik sa tagalog komiks. Sabi ko nga akala ko halos patay na ang industriya ng komiks. Ngunit noong naka-attend akong ng isang malaking ComiCon at umabot sa halos 1,000 ang facebook like ng TZCAOMAC, nag-iba ang pananaw ko — marami pa rin pala ang masiyang nagbabasa ng comics.

Actually, hindi ko rin ito inaasahan. Gusto ko talagang gumawa ng blog tungkol sa mga Coffee Shop at kape dahil sa hilig ko sa kape. Kumbaga ang orignal plan ay magto-tour ako around the Philippines just to taste the different local coffee tapos ire-review ko for the sake of the coffee industry in the Philippines, then side line lang dapat ang comic strips nina Milk at Coffee. Pero naging taliwas ito at nauwi sa contribution sa pag-promote ng comic industry, then part-time lang ang mag-tour ko sa iba’t ibang Coffee Shop.

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Masaya ba ako sa ginagawa ko?

Yes, grabe! It’s a very overwhelming experience. Na hanggang ngayon hindi ko pa rin tanggap na may nagbabasa ng ginawa ko. Bukod pa d’yan I got discovered as an artistic person, kaya kung saan-saan nakakarating ang artworks ko at sina Milk and Coffee. Nakapag-volunteer din ako sa ilang projects gaya ng “Harana” ng LoveYourself, Inc., kung saan ako ang nag-drawing ng cover art ng chapters 4, 8, 9 at 10. Hindi ko siguro magagawa ang lahat ng iyon kung hindi ko inumpisahan ang TZCAOMAC.

Dahil din dito, nagkaroon ako ng sideline gaya ng paggawa ng invitation at greeting cards na may chibi pictures (I didn’t get the permission to post the samples here, busy yata sila. Hehe). But I’m happy na may ganito na akong eksena. I’m also selling the shirts of TZCAOMAC (just send an email to milkandcoffeeadventures [at] gmail.com kung gusto ninyong umorder).

Ano’ng dapat abangan sa “The Zero Calorie Adventures of Milk and Coffee”?

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Well, maraming dapat abagan! Although medyo kumonti ang pagre-release ko ng mga episodes recently because of the “Cosmic Caffeine Saga” na aabangan ninyo sa January, marami pa rin ang mangyayari dito sa Milk and Coffee adventures. Kahit ‘yung sarili ko na-e-excite na rin sa mga dapat abangan. Hehehe!

Abangan n’yo rin ang mga Coffee Shop Blogs ko. May mga mauumpisahan na akong reviewhin, sana tangkilikin ninyo sila.

Message for 2016.

Sana next time, hindi ko na interviewhin ang sarili ko. Hahaha!

On a serious note, though. Sana maging fruitful and full of love ang 2016. At sana ito na ‘yung year na hinihintay nating lahat — ang pagkakaroon ng love life, pagyaman, at promotion. But above all, I wish everyone “contentment” in life. Kasi minsan hanap tayo ng hanap, ‘di natin alam marami na pala tayo nu’n hindi lang natin napapansin, kasi feeling natin kulang. #hugot

(Ako din ‘yan ang wish ko sa buhay ko: “Contentment”)

For us all, if you’re voting next year, please choose the people you think are right for the position. Pray for it before you write or shade their name on the ballot. Start loving the country by taking full responsibility on whom you choose to vote.

Ano pa ba? Well, start travelling if you haven’t tried it. Start doing the things you love. Start to know and become yourself. Be kind and gentle. Drink coffee without sugar. Be friends with everyone.

At sana tuluy-tuloy n’yo pa ring basahin at mahalin ang “The Zero Calorie Adventures of Milk and Coffee”.

Maraming Salamat! Happy New Year Everyone! #KapePaMore

Sincerely,

– Coffee

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Coffee’s Top 5 Sia Videos

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If I love the singer, I made sure that I look for his/her live videos and cover songs, not just their newly released videos. I do this because I want to appreciate his/her vocal capabilities and style.

For Sia, here are the songs I found on YouTube that  made me love her:

5. Sia, Ed Sheeran and Grouplove – Drunk In Love (Official video)

4. Sia – Bird Set Free (Live From SNL)

3. Sia – Titanium (Wango Tango)

2. Sia – Alive (Live in the Red Bull Sound Space)

1. Sia Ft. Gonzales – Time After Time

 

 

Author's Section · Coffee Shops

Starbucks: 32nd Street, BGC

Okay, so the adventure starts here. This time, Seryoso na ito! I’m going to check the Starbucks around Metro Manila, and soon Starbucks in the Philippines na rin. We’ll see.
32nd Street Starbucks

Blog By: Coffee
Taong Pinaglihi sa Kape, Kulay Kape
At Lasang Kape (Well!)/Creator

Ito actually ang pinaka-malapit na Starbucks sa office ko (click here for directions). It’s found along the 32nd street corner 7th avenue in BGC. Ang landmark na kailangan mong tandaan ay ang Globe Tower. Tatawid ka lang ‘yun na.
Kung may kotse ka, and if you’re coming from the Market, Market, just go straight along the 32nd street then turn right to 9th avenue, and Left to Lane R. There’s a paid parking right over there if you want to stay; or if you’re on-the-go, this Starbucks has a drive-thru.
32nd Street Starbucks
Medyo crowded s’ya lalo na kapag morning and lunch ng weekdays, at ngayon lang ang pinakamagandang chance ko na makuhaan ang lugar ng picture dahil konti ang tao due to APEC Holidays. But as you can see, it’s a cool Starbucks branch to hang out at. The place is very spacious. Outside, they have chairs, table and couch, which is a good smoking area. While inside, the have two floors. Ground floor got long table and set of stools that are perfect talaga sa target market nila, the employees who make chismisan meetings. Second floor is perfect close conversation naman. Smaller space but it’s still good.
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I experienced going both daylight and evening and the ambiance fits the place, busy pero posh pa din. Nahiya naman ako sa Chandelier nila, ‘di ba?
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Food and drinks are served well naman as expected from different Starbucks Store.
Am I visiting this store again? Well, not during weekdays, I guess. Pero since sila ng malapit na Starbucks sa office namin, then go-go-go lang ako. Coffee-over-Arte ito!
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Starbucks Stickers

It’s the start again of the craze! But don’t you think it isn’t economical to collect stickers from Starbucks for the sake of a planner?

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Blog By: Tim Creamer
Ingleserong Best Friend ni Coffee/
Gummy Bear Lover/I’m planted here in the US

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Coffee and I have been addicted to this ever since it started. I remembered that I gained convincing power to get my friends buying and collecting stickers for me, so as for Coffee. I also spent a lot of bucks for this sake, that’s why I got caffeine-intoxicated blood plus the love handles. But I still love drinking coffee so I guess it won’t really stop.

For those who don’t know, every last quarter of the year, Starbucks Philippines got this promotion of making their customers collect stickers in exchange for the upcoming year’s planner. In average, you will need to collect 18 stickers – 9 Christmas Edition Drinks and 9 core beverages. And usually, a coffee per cup price range is from 120 to 200* (it depends on sizes and add-ons). In total that’s roughly Php 2,160 to 3600* just to get a planner. And people are really biting it to the point they go to Starbucks every single day, and sometimes, take the long queue just to complete the stickers ASAP.

(*This is my own math. Price range could be lower or higher. It really depends on the drink and add-ons.)

Now, going back to the question, “Is it economical to collect stickers from Starbucks for the sake of a planner?”  What would be my answer?

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Periodic Table of Banat

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Kapag kinapos ka na ng hugot lines, ito ang isang witty at well-searched na banat na pwede mong i-send sa mga science nerd mong friend o nililigawan.

Ito ang PERIODIC TABLE OF BANAT!!!

Bakit Periodic Table of Banat? Well, gumamit lang naman tayo dito ng ating paborito ngunit nakakadugong i-memorize na Periodic Table of Elements, kung saan ang mga Element Symbol pinaghahalo-halo natin para makagawa ng mga salita, English man o Tagalog.

Kung medyo science-wiz ka noong Chemistry class ninyo, medyo easy lang ito. Ngunit kung witty ka lang talaga, maaari mo namang i-google ang buong table of elements para makagawa ng inyong banat lines.

Game na? Ituturo ko na s’ya.

Kapag sinabi kong:

Iodine LutetiumVanadium Uranium

Ang ibig kong sabihin ay ‘I LuV U’.

Bakit? Ang ‘I’ kasi sa Table of Element ay Iodine, “Lu” means Lutetium, “V” Vanadium, at “U” ay Uranium. Kaya kapag pinagtabi-tabi ninyo ito sa tamang ayos, mabubuo ninyo ang salitang ‘I Luv U’ o I Love You.

Gets? Kung hindi pa, heto ang medyo mahaba-habang example:

Iodine-ActiniumCeriumPlatinum Molybdenum LutetiumVanadium PottasiumOxygen
Dysprosium PotassiumIodineTantalum IodineIodineTungstenNitrogen.
PraseodymiumAmericiumIodineSulfur!!!

Ang ibig sabihin n’yan ay:

I-AcCePt Mo, LuV KO
Dy KITa IIWN
PrAmIS!!!

(I-accept mo, love ko. ‘Di kita iiwan. Promise!!!) Hindi kailangan perfect, basta nandoon ‘yung thought, pasok na!

Ito pa ang isa:

YttriumOxygenUranium
IndiumSulfurPhosphorusIodineRhenium
UraniumSulfur

Ang ibig sabihin n’yan ay:

YOU
InSPIRe
US

Tandaan: Pagdikit-dikitin ang mga Element na bubuo ng isang salita. Lagyan lamang ng space kapag ibang salita na ‘yung bubuoin mo.

Medyo mahirap sa umpisa maghagilap ng elements na tutugma sa words na gusto n’yo. Pero kung gagamitan ninyo ng practice, masasanay din kayo kaagad. Pero para mapadali ang paghahanap ninyo ng mga words na pwedeng gamitin, naghanap na ako ng ilang English words na maaari ninyong gamitin agad:

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