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Friday, September 29, 2017

foodpanda Presents Food Photography 101


foodpanda interviews one of its top-photographers to guarantee glamorous food snaps

Nowadays, everyone loves taking pictures of their food, whether it’s fiddling with filters to enhance images, or using special lenses for professional results - before actually digging in and enjoying a meal. But according to foodpanda, there are several even simpler tips to ensure masterful food photos without having to buy professional gadgets!

What is considered to be most important when taking food photos?

It’s pretty difficult to pinpoint ‘the most important’ aspect to consider when taking photos of food, because a good photo depends on many factors, from lighting and technique to having an aesthetic eye, and of course the food itself. However, one of the most important things to consider is authenticity and to stay true to your individual style. Once you have your own style, you should stick to it, as it will serve as an expression of your personality.






Do you need a professional camera to achieve the above or can you take cool pictures with a smartphone?

You can certainly achieve all of this with your smartphone! Having a professional camera has great benefits, but you are definitely not limited with a smartphone. If you know what factors to consider when taking pictures, you are guaranteed professional-looking images. You can also always edit pictures with the help of white balance settings or playing with one of the countless photography apps.

Do ingredients play a role in pictures?

That’s a pretty good question, because it doesn’t cross most people’s minds, but the contents of the dish do play a role in photos. There are many dishes that don’t photograph well, so you need to consider adding fresh ingredients that would enhance the picture. The next time you order food that is not photogenic, consider using fresh ingredients with great colours available in your kitchen. Feel free to arrange them nicely and test the angle.

Should you use raw ingredients around the dish in photos. What is the benefit?

Raw ingredients make for great extra props, especially with foods that don’t photograph well. As mentioned, the addition of raw ingredients make the photo look fresh, while bright colours would make your photos pop. 



If a dish looks crowded, will the picture be less appealing?

Yes, simplicity is key. The plate should be nicely arranged and not in an overwhelming way. To help you envision what that means, think about how you can keep the outer white space of the plate clear. I would suggest to just use a small portion of your meal to take the photo, and then later on enjoy it in its entirety!

What about including hands in the photo? Is that a no-go?


Adding a human element to your pictures actually makes for a good picture, as it shows viewers that you are taking the picture from your own point of view and creates a sense of presence. You could take a picture holding cutlery, or you could simply lay your hand on the side. Holding ingredients in hand (rosemary, cranberry etc.) is a great idea. Just test the angles and you’re sure to take a perfect shot!

What are the best angles to use when taking food pictures?

Angles are the visual language connecting you and your audience, and my two favorites are the top angle and the front angle. Of course, there a lot of different angles that work, but these are my personal favorite when taking food pictures.  

And is there any necessity for professional gadgets? 

If you’re not a professional photographer, it’s not necessary to invest in technical additions. Improvisation couldn’t be easier! Here are some super helpful tips: 

Decorate - use a wooden board to place your food, white baking paper or paper bag as a background, even spread some baking powder around for that extra effect!

Use a napkin to take out excess oil from some dishes - oily dishes don’t photograph well and it will taste just the same.

Put your food close to a window. Natural lightning is key to having the best pictures.

Don’t have a selfie stick to take pictures from a high angle? Stand on a chair! 

Use styrofoam as a substitute for reflectors, they work wonders!

Set the focus point correctly on the main dish - simply click on the screen of your mobile phone.



Any obvious tips? Golden rules?

It might seem obvious, but it needs to be said that you should always keep the plate clean, especially when shooting close-ups. If there are smudges or imperfections, it would make the food look unappealing. Another tip would be to set up your perfect shot before your meal arrives -- food comes last in the composition process. Lastly, arrangement is a golden rule, as it is the key to a successful picture. 


Food photography ultimately amounts to your interaction with your meal. Specific arrangements, differing camera angles, the use of natural lighting, and the human element are just some of the things to consider. This process takes time and postpones the moment of eventually taking that very first bite of a delicious meal. But the anticipation makes this experience all the greater, so take out your camera and enjoy snapping some cool shots using the above tips. Just don’t let that meal get too cold!

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About foodpanda:

foodpanda is dedicated to bringing food lovers around the world their favorite meals from curated local restaurants. Since its creation, the on-demand food delivery service has grown to more than 14,000 partner restaurants in more than 30 cities across 9 Asian countries globally. foodpanda is active in Hong Kong, Singapore, Thailand, Malaysia, Pakistan, Taiwan, Philippines, Bangladesh and Brunei. It belongs to Delivery Hero, worldwide leader of the food delivery industry. For more information visit www.foodpanda.ph

How it works:

Through the foodpanda website or via the new iOS and Android apps, customers can enter their area and view a curated list of restaurants serving their neighborhood. Once they have found their meal of choice, they can place an order in the comfort of their home or office, paying online through foodpanda’s secure platform. The order is then carefully prepared by the restaurant, picked up by the foodpanda rider and delivered straight to their doorstep.
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Sunday, September 10, 2017

Kids win the fashion game at Robinsons Department Store’s Kids and Baby Fair


Robinsons Department Store marks the start of the festive season, bringing fun and excitement for little ones as its launches this September the annual Kids and Baby Fair. 


Little ones can score big on style at the Robinsons Department Store’s Kids and Baby Fair

Moms can get up to P100 off when they shop for their precious ones with a minimum, single-receipt purchase of P3,000 from the Children’s & Infants’ Departments on all weekends of the month. They can also get twice the rewards points on all Fridays of September, from 10am to 2pm, whenever they use your Robinsons Rewards Card.



From pastel casual wear that are bright and happy for playtime, to dainty skirts and polos for dressier occasions, clothes come in a magical assortment of colors and designs to choose from. They also sport fun prints for girls like flowers, butterflies and rainbows while boys, on the other hand, get to explore his adventurous side with prints of dinosaurs and monsters.


Little misses and misters can look sweet and stylish with the latest looks from Robinsons Department Store’s Kids and Baby Fair. 

Your tween wonders can start their style game early with cool separates that are perfect for mixing and matching for the girls, while preppy polo shirts, blazers, shorts and jeans are perfect for the boys.



Take your kids out shopping this whole month of September, and make their style dreams come true, only where there is surely more to love--Robinsons Department Store. For more information, and to get updated on the latest promos, like Robinsons Department Store on Facebook and follow them on Instagram
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Monday, July 10, 2017

Why I Decided to Cut My Hair

I have always wanted my hair long. In fact, I cannot imagine myself sporting short hair. This is why it took one important milestone in my life to have my hair cut by about 10 inches.


Welcome to Junior High

The milestone I am talking about is my first year in junior high. I wanted a new beginning in every sense of the word. So goodbye to very long hair and hello to mid length hair when we headed off to Justine Barbara Salon


Taking Care of Myself

My mother and I had a heart-to-heart talk right after the grade school graduation. She reminded me that I had to learn to do more things on my own now. This of course includes managing my hair which was admittedly very hard when it was very long. It was one of the reasons why I usually find myself beating the bell on school days.



Why Am I Teary-Eyed?

For the past years, it has always been the usual 1-2 inch trim just to keep the ends healthy. This time, the 10 inch cut made me teary-eyed. It didn't help that that hairdresser assistant kept on saying how "sayang" it was to cut my hair. I almost changed my mind but I'm glad I stayed put.


New Hair Cut For Me

I love my new hair cut because it is a good compromise. Just right to make it manageable but easy enough to let it grow again if I decide that I really want extraordinarily long hair. By that time, I expect to be able to manage it wonderfully with the help of the right hair products and lots of common sense.
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Monday, June 26, 2017

Buy More and Win Big with Ever Bilena

Ladies who are into make-up and cosmetic products will be happy to know that Ever Bilena is having a raffle contest where exciting prizes await the winners. It is really nice to win while buying something that we really intend to buy anyway. Read on to know how to join.
Go wild stocking up on Ever Bilena products to win great prizes!

Buy more and win big as Ever Bilena, the country’s leading cosmetics brand, invites you to join Make-Up Mania – a raffle contest open to all Ever Bilena customers and ongoing exclusively at all Watsons Stores nationwide.

Joining is easy! Simply purchase two items or more from any of the following participating Ever Bilena products: Ever Bilena Matte Two Way Cake, Ever Bilena Liquid Concealer, Ever Bilena Eyebrow Palette Pink and Brown, Ever Bilena Matic Brow and Eyeliner, Ever Bilena Matte Lipsticks, Ever Bilena Lip and Cheek Stain in Splash Red, EB Kleopatra Magic Lipstick, Evera Face Powder, Ever Bilena Luxe Lipstick, and EB Blend Me Sponge. Be sure to place all purchases in a single receipt.

Make sure to “like” Ever Bilena’s official Facebook page, www.facebook.com/everbilenacosmetics, and send them a personal message with a photo of your proof of purchase. Include your name, address, contact number, and Facebook account with the photo. Proof of purchase should be readable and clear.

Once sent, you will receive a notification from an Ever Bilena representative indicating that your entry is valid. The more entries you submit, the more chances you have of winning.

One lucky winner will take home a total of P60,000 worth of Ever Bilena products, two nights hotel accommodation at Luxent Hotel, and two domestic roundtrip tickets from Air Asia. Two winners will receive P20,000 worth of Ever Bilena products with two buffet dinner at Luxent Hotel and shopping spree from Jewels. Ten winners will win P3,000 worth of Ever Bilena products.

Entries will only be accepted until July 31, 2017, so start shopping for your favorite Ever Bilena make-up today!

To learn more, visit www.everbilena.com.ph and follow www.facebook.com/everbilenacosmetics today.


Due to my young age, I do not really wear make up on a regular basis but it is always good to have something to use during occasions that call for it.
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Thursday, June 15, 2017

TechnoMarine - A Timeless Gift Perfect for Dad


A watch is always a safe bet when choosing a gift for Father's Day. It is practical, useful and rarely encounter any objection to wear. The Technomarine watch is a great example of this.

Show Dad How Much He is Loved

This coming Father’s Day, give dad a timeless gift from TechnoMarine, one which perfectly embodies his tough and strong nature, yet also captures his passion to live life deeper. With 30% discount on selected men and unisex TechnoMarine watches, dad can finally feel how much he is appreciated and respected. Let this Father’s Day be a special occasion to honor dad and reward him of his enduring love and efforts with TechnoMarine. 

This promo runs from June 1 – 18, 2017. Photo shows UF6 models which are a combination of class and adventure. Visit TechnoMarine boutiques at SM Mall of Asia, SM Megamall, SM North Edsa, SM City Cebu, SM Lanang Premier, TriNoma, Greenbelt 3, Robinson’s Galleria, Robinson’s Magnolia, Shangri-La Plaza, and all MyDiamond boutiques nationwide, or follow TechnoMarine on Facebook: https://www.faceboo
k.com/TechnoMarinePH/and follow them on Instagram @technomarineph.



Gift Idea for my Dad

My dad is not fond of accessorizing. The only thing you'll catch him wearing is a watch, if at all. Let me give a tip to my mother about this Father's Day promo.
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Wednesday, June 14, 2017

Artful Chapter Goes Formal as Repertory Philippines Turns 50

It is not very often that I get invited to a formal affair. So I was kinda stumped on what to wear when I got an invitation to attend a musical gala celebrating Repertory Philippines' 50 Years of Telling Stories. Such an important event demands attendees to dress up in their best. 



Before we go into that, let me tell you what the celebration is all about.

Repertory Philippines Turns Gold 

Repertory Philippines turned 50 this year. Oh yes, 50 years of producing quality stage performances, 50 years of training stage actors, and 50 years of making the Filipino audience realize the beauty of theater. Did it succeed? You bet it did.




Come Home to Rep

The celebration was not only extended to the audience. It was mainly an invitation to Rep Babies to come home to Rep and perform on one stage and remember where they all started. It was such an exciting show to watch that I felt very happy to be among those who witnessed this historic performance.

I noticed that black dictated the night when it came to color of attire.  As you can see below, all Rep actors wore black during the curtain call. Everyone was certainly looking their finest. 





Formal Attire

So now back to the topic which my readers would be very interested in. What was my attire for the event? Did I have to buy something new? Actually I didn't.

I played it safe and wore a Studio black dress my mother bought several years ago from SM. She got this classy dress at 50% off. There was no specific reason she bought it but thought it would come handy some day. I'm really glad she did. All I did was accessorize it with a slim black belt with silver buckle, I paired it with plain suede black pumps from Figlia.



My mother chose to go in black as well. Wearing her long time favorite Criselda Lontok of Rustan's blouse and long skirt with a printed shawl from H&M, she was ready to go but not without her plain black pumps as well from H&M. Mind you,that dress is about 15 years old. I really should take note how my mother takes care of her clothes.

So you see dear readers, you don't have to miss any event which requires you to wear something formal. When in doubt, wear black and keep it simple. 
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Saturday, June 3, 2017

Yes to Fit and Fab While Working Out

I think I just hit a snag with my work out plans. I'm feeling a little bit uninspired lately. Of course, I have not lost sight of the main reason for doing it which is to keep me healthy and strong. But honestly though, I need something to perk up my usual routine.



I have actually started varying my physical activities to make it more interesting. It seems to have a good effect but I think I need something more. Then I took a good look on what I was wearing... then it hit me. Why not invest on some new pieces of active wear?

Good Ol' Reliables 

Don't get me wrong, my work out outfits had served me wonderfully. It's just that I feel I could do better. Who wouldn't want to look fab even with all the exertion that comes with keeping fit? Besides, the desire to look good for one's self requires no reason.



Fabulous Online Finds

I lost no time in doing an online search for my active wear wish list. There were lots of choices but my interest for these two outfits from Fabletics was more than the others. The first is youthful and practical while the other is so pretty and feminine.



Just thinking about having these outfits is already giving me the thrill.



Keeping Fit is Not All About What You Wear But...

Make no mistake. Keeping fit is not all about what you wear BUT if it will encourage you to keep at it, if it will make you more comfortable to do your routine, if it will make you feel good without breaking the bank, then go for it.

Definitely a YES to being fit and fab while working out.


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