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Is taking food pics becoming demodé?
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This was the very first photo I ever uploaded on Flickr. It was December 22, 2004 and the camera used was a Sony Cybershot. Ben was three and Markus was a baby.

Frog suit

Here’s my very first food shot on Flickr—the famous Chatterbox chicken rice set at the Mandarin Hotel, Singapore, taken September 30, 2004.

Chatterbox chicken rice

Followed by the Mezza9 dessert platter at Grand Hyatt Singapore (October 1, 2004)

dessert sampler

Many more food photos followed, as my Flickr album grew to 50,000 photos and counting.
I remember one dinner we had at the defunct Parallel 45. It was September 2005. My brother groaned as I took out my Olympus camera and took a picture of my espresso-marinated US flank steak and everything else we ordered.

espresso-marinated US flank steak

At that time I don’t think my family was even aware I had a blog. I just took pictures of everything.
And so, when we opened Pepper Lunch Rockwell in May 2008, we had a free-for-all policy for picture taking. We knew that social media paved the way for Pepper Lunch’s success in the Philippines.
Here’s the very first meal I ever had at Pepper Lunch, Ngee Ann City, Singapore. This salmon pepper rice really hit the spot. It was February 13, 2006.

Salmon fried rice

Last year I heard about a very popular Singapore restaurant that forbids guests to take pictures.
Jiro Ono, who makes the best sushi in the world absolutely forbids it in his restaurant.
My cousin Keri had the presence of mind not to pull out her camera while dining at Per Se last year.
And good for her. Apparently the idea of taking food pics is becoming demodé in fancy New York establishments.

Read HERE.

What’s your view on restaurants banning food photos? Or people taking food pics?
How would you react if someone stopped you from Instgramming your roasted bone marrow with caper berries and toast?

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Gorgeous Balenciaga Spring-Summer 2013
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Nicolas Ghesquière is still on board as he presents Balenciaga’s Spring/Summer 2013 collection.
The idea, he says, was to connect different pieces from opposing worlds, and establish an open dialogue between them.
For example, he pairs a nun- or bib-looking top with an extremely sensual ‘ellipse’ skirt. Or a conservative top with a sexy, high-cut asymetrical skirt.
He uses ‘tweed’ embroidery in direct reference to the work of Cristobal Balenciaga who used this material throughout his career for suits and most especially in his collections of 1962 and 1963.
Personally, I’m excited for the new shapes of Balenciaga bags coming out this Spring. Maybe I’ll be carrying a real Balenciaga bag this year, not just a coin purse. :)

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BALENCIAGA is at the ground floor, Greenbelt 5, Legazpi Village, Makati, Philippines.

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Celebrate Chinese New Year with Jeremy Scott x Adidas
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To celebrate Chinese New Year 2013 and the close friendship with superstar Eason Chan, adidas Originals and Jeremy Scott present a special edition of JS Wings called JS Wings CNY.
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Inspired by Hong Kong’s rich oriental colours and luxurious silks, the shoe features a royal blue silk base, with embroidered flowers and embroidered wing.
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The JS Wings CNY launched exclusively in China on January 1st, 2013, followed by a global roll-out which started January 15th in selected adidas Originals stores and wholesale partners.
The shoes are available for Php 12,995 at Adidas Greenbelt 3 and Two Parkade, Bonifacio Global City.

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Potted Potter returns to Manila
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Due to popular demand, the outrageously hilarious smash hit show Potter Potter returns to Manila this January 30 to February 3, 2013 at the Carlos P. Romulo Auditorium, RCBC Plaza.

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During its first season in Manila last August 2012, Potted Potter played to sold-out audiences as the comic duo of Jesse Briton and Gary Trainor took on the ultimate challenge of condensing all seven Harry Potter books (and a real life game of Quidditch) into 70 minutes.

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The show will feature all your favourite characters, including a special appearance from a fire-breathing dragon, endless costumes, brilliant songs, ridiculous props and a generous helping of Hogwarts magic.
Since visiting Manila last year, more than 28,000 fans have subscribed to the Potted Potter Manila Facebook page which still continues to grow.
Producer James Cundall, Chief Executive of Lunchbox Theatrical Productions said, “With an utterly great reception of the audiences, we did not have second thoughts on bringing back the show in Manila.”

POTTED POTTER in Manila is produced by Lunchbox Theatrical Productions, Potted Productions, Concertus Manila and Hi Definition Radio.

TICKETS:

WEEKDAYS (Wednesday, Thursday, Friday at 5 PM)
Orchestra (Open) PhP 2,808
Orchestra (Covered) PhP 2,600
Orchestra (plastic chairs) PhP 2,392
Loge Center PhP 2,080
Loge Sides PhP 1,872
Balcony PhP 936

WEEKENDS (Friday, Saturday, Sunday at 7:30 PM)
Orchestra (Open) PhP 3,068
Orchestra (Covered) PhP 2,912
Orchestra (plastic chairs) PhP 2,704
Loge Center PhP 2,080
Loge Sides PhP 1,872
Balcony PhP 1,040

FAMILY PACKAGES AVAILABLE

For tickets, call Ticketworld at 891-9999 or click HERE.

http://www.pottedpotter.com.au/

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