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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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Coffee Shops

KAPE SHAP FEATURES – “LUNA Specialty Coffee”

I’m sorry guys! I’m a hour late. But just as promised, you can get the treat that you want today as a reward for working so hard on our Cosmic Caffeine Saga project. So get inside, give them your order and let’s get it on.

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Okay! This is going to be the second coffee shop we’re visiting this year.  And we will be featuring…

Luna Specialty Coffee at NAC Tower 32nd Street BGC, Taguig City.

Yay!

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Coffee Shops

Kape Shap Features – “Costa Coffee Philippines – BGC”

Welcome to the “Kape Shap Features” section of The Zero Calorie Adventures of Milk & Coffee.

As part of our New Year’s Resolution, we’re gonna feature cool Coffee Shops around the metro to check how their shops look like, what’s in their menu, how to get there, and taste a random-pick drink to get them rated.

First in our list, COSTA COFFEE at the 32nd Street, One World Place, Bonifacio City!!! (Yay!)

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To start, I posted a screen grab from Google Maps to show where it’s exactly located. Landmarks I’ve seen: Open-field in front and construction right beside the One World Place Building. To get there going from Market-Market, just head straight-ahead to 32nd Street. (Click the photo below for a larger view).

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Coffee Shops

Starbucks: 6750 Ayala

6750 AYALA AVE. STARBUCKS

This is one of the busiest Starbucks I know in the middle of Makati, yet it’s also the best one I’ve ever seen in the Metro.


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

If you know Glorietta and you are always passing by Ayala Avenue, or if you just so happened that you’re a Makati kid, you probably know this Starbucks branch. If not, it’s located at 6750 Building, which is erected along Ayala Avenue, Makati City. Just turn at the Parking and Office Drives,  and it’s easy to spot this.

Unang beses kong napuntahan ang Starbucks na ito when I was applying for a BPO job in a company near by.  Tapos noong na-hire ako, lagi ko na s’yang tinatambayan.

6750 AYALA AVE. STARBUCKS

6750 AYALA AVE. STARBUCKS

Gusto ko ang ambiance ng branch na ito because it very spacious, dahil mayroon s’yang dalawang floor. Mayroon s’yang touch of Filipino on some of its wall designs. But among all the things I appreciate here is this tower of pictures of, I believe, their staff.

6750 AYALA AVE. STARBUCKS

Ayun nga lang every rush hour, coffee breaks, and lunch break ng mga office workers, laging box office ang pila at occupied lahat ng chairs and tables. But let the rush hour pass, and this branch is a perfect place to be at. Usually, around 9PM onward it’s already peaceful, except kung may promo sila.

6750 AYALA AVE. STARBUCKS

Baristas are very accommodating naman, and the way they prepare my drink is I think is at their standard naman. So good job!

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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

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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.
32nd Street Starbucks
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:

(I-click to read more)

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Naagawan ka na ba ng Best Friend?

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Feeling mo lulamayo na s’ya?

Minsan, nakikita mo s’ya na may tinatawag na iba gamit ang buddy names n’yo?

At may moments na din na mas madalas n’yang kausap ang bagong kaibigan kaysa sa’yo.

Naagawan ka na ba ng best friend?

Minsan talaga kapag sinusubok ang pagkakaibigan ng pagkakataon, maraming nangyayari sa isip at katawan natin na hindi natin ma-explain. Feeling mo paranoid ka, feeling mo may sakit ka, at higit sa lahat feeling mo nawawalan ka ng someone na higit pa sa jowa.

Sa ilan, “so high school” ang ganitong karanasan kung saan selos na selos ka dahil unti-unti nang lumalayo ang best friend mo. Hindi dahil nagkakagusto ka na sa kanya, bagkus, simple lang, gusto mo lang ng parehong atensyon na nakukuha sa kanya.

Para sa iba, mabigat ang ganitong sitwasyon. Malaki rin kasi ang nagagawang attachment ng pagkakaibigan sa tao, depende sa haba ng panahon o lalim ng pinagsamahan. Idagdag mo pa sa bigat ang mga magagandang ala-ala noong solo mo pa ang iyong Best Friend.

Pero madalas na nangyayari (*ehem* well, sa palabas sa TV *ehem*) mahal mo na pala, kaya masakit.

Pero hindi ba alam natin na ang lahat sa ating paligid ay nagbabago? At oo, kasama na doon ang ating mga matatalik na kaibigan. Habang may nakikilala tayong ibang tao, lumalawak ang ating kaisipan, hence, makakatagpo tayo ng tao na magki-click at huhuli ng ating kiliti.

At kung tutuusin, kung paano mo nakilala ang iyong Best Friend, ganoon mo rin makikilala ang mga bago mong kaibigan — sa ‘di inaasahang pangyayari at pagkakataon. Maaaring sa school at classmate mo lang s’ya ngayon, bukas magkaibigan na kayo.

May ilan lang tayong dapat tandaan sa ganitong sitwasyon:

Una, tanggapin ang katotohanan. Hindi porket best friend na kayo, sa inyo na iikot ang mundo. May kanya-kanya tayong direksyon ng buhay. At mayroon talagang babago ng buhay natin na eventually iisang tabi natin ang ibang tao sa buhay natin. So, live with it kung ganoon ang mangyari. Find yourself some new friends din para you won’t be alone.

Pangalawa, ang pinagsamahan ay hindi basta-basta mabubura. Either ikaw man ang original best friend n’ya or second, third, or nth ka lang n’ya, may mga moments kayo na alam ninyo at kayo lang ang nakakaalam. At walang makakatumbas doon, kahit pa ikwento man n’ya ito sa iba.

Third, huwag kang ano!? Hindi kayo magjowa!!! Ano? Clingy lang? Alamin mo lang ang limitasyon ninyong dalawa. Kung lumalagpas na sa limitasyon n’yo ang nararamdaman ninyo, mas maigi na ang pag-usapan ito.

Last, maging masaya ka para sa best friend mo. Kung masaya s’ya doon, be happy for them. Kung makikita o mapapansin niya ito sa’yo, for sure lalawak ang understanding ninyo sa isa’t isa.

Kaya ‘wag kang ano? Kung ikaw naman ay hindi pa nakakaranas ng ganitong sitwasyon, mas maigi siguro ipakita mo na mahalaga sa’yo ang best friend mo, para kung may pipiliin man s’ya sa sandamakmak ninyong friends, ikaw ang pipiliin n’ya!

#KapePaMore

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What’s Inside the Bigger Coffee?

In a short period of time, I was able to hide myself in a piece of heart-shaped shades. I was able to reinvent myself, become more fashionable, and I have created a new identity both reality and in cartoon world!

The feeling is somehow amazing because I feel like my identity is kept safe, despite the fact that I’m trying to make my artworks prominent in the internet. Because of this heart-shaped shades I bought from a known designer shades manufacturer, I feel more comfortable being myself in this field of art.

Before I created TZCAOMAC, especially my mini me Coffee, I’ve created a couple of drawings that I can consider the expressions of myself inside, bursting in colors.

Sometimes...

My Universe 2

My Universe 1

Ondina

If Coffee is the comedian side of me, these drawings are the dramatic side. They are the story of me being a hybrid introvert.

I’m continuing to create more art out of this identity. I will post it every now and then, and maybe I’ll wish that you like them too.

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Follow the crazy adventures of Milk and Coffee and their friends here at ‘The Zero Calorie Adventures of Milk & Coffee‘.  Soon, I will be announcing the mechanics how to get the T-shirts! So for you who love Filipino comics, kindly follow us in our social media accounts:

Twitter and Facebook!

Kung gusto n’yong mag-catch up sa aming episodes, just click this link Volume 1 para sa buong Volume 1 ng aming adventures.

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The E = MC^2 in your Coffee Drink

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Coffee has lots of benefits to our body. It wake us up during the most important part of the day or it makes us relax in our chilling hours.

Coffee, however, can do also some harm in our body if consume too much or if we overload ourselves with sugar. And there’s palpitation and irregularity in our sleeping pattern consequence for it.

But regardless of how we consume coffee, we cannot deny the fact that it’s really good and addicting.

Here are some tips and tricks though how to enjoy this wonder potion:

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