[Day 21] A recipe

During the World 3 podcast days, we hosted a Geekfight guest round and gave a Hi-Potion away as a prize.

For a 1 liter bottle of Hi-Potion, the recipe was mostly based on the Smurfette cocktail. But with local ingredients.

I don’t measure according to portions, I just mix and taste until it gets traydor (treacherous, sneaky).

What I remember putting in:

-2 small bottles of Blue Bolt Gatorade

-A quart of GSM Blue

-Optional: a quart of vodka for an extra kick

-Sprite

Package it in a clear, curvy bottle for that extra effect.

May this liven up your geeky game nights. Have fun!

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How to present your CV

Enough annoyed twitter rants, I will be more productive and helpful.

This is for young and budding job hunters looking to stake their place in a creative field, whether it’s writing, design, advertising, broadcast media, or publishing.

As someone who is sometimes tasked with filtering and screening applications, I have seen graduates of top schools make really bad mistakes with their application. Here are some tips to get you through the mess.

1) Do the one-page CV

Unless otherwise noted. Employers are not looking for your life story, they’re looking at how capable you will be in the job. They are also ridiculously busy, so make it as easy as possible to go through. Note your work experience in the field you’re applying for, filter out irrelevant work experience (you can put that under ‘skills’ if you must). Highlight your awards and achievements. And don’t forget your contact details.

2) Get your portfolio together

Not too long ago, we had to kill entire forests with prints and reprints of our portfolio and CV. In this day and age, you have no excuse not to have a portfolio. Go online, open up a tumblr, wix, wordpress, or blogspot account. Learn to work it. You don’t have to be a celebrity blogger, but you should learn to archive and collate your best work.

Remember: for as long as you write and/or design, you will always be working on your portfolio. Set up your account, then make a commitment to update and fill it up with as much work as possible. If you do not have a portfolio, you will not be taken seriously.

For writers starting out: If you haven’t been published, put in your most readable work. It can be samples of concept ad copy, short poetry and fiction, blog entries, amateur reviews, script treatments.

For starting artists and designers: scan your drawings, put in whatever it is you expertly photoshopped, concept ads, photography.

I think this article best sums up how to put together your portfolio (even for writers), so make it your bible: 9 steps to a better portfolio.

Rule of thumb with portfolios: always show your best, and a range of what you can do for the position you’re applying for.

3) Even if you personally know who you’re directing your CV and portfolio to, have a short cover letter.

This applies to print and e-mail. Chances are, your friend or whoever will not be the one to screen you. Even your CEO uncle, aunt, or friend, will have to forward it to HR or an assistant. For a cover letter, Put in a short and sweet paragraph that states what position you’re applying for, your skillset and experience (if any), and contact details (contact number and e-mail will suffice).

And for the love of christ, please proofread anything you write. Forget what your parents say: first impressions do matter. So refresh the basic rules of English subject-verb agreement.

Know of any other ways that helped you nab a creative job? Share it in the comments.

I tried it! The KFC Cheesetop Burger

KFC Cheesetop burger should work for cheese lovers, in theory. I like my burgers, I love cheese, the idea wasn’t completely appalling. I wonder why most of the criticism came from people who enjoyed Luther Burgers and deep fried twinkies…

So I headed out to the neighborhood KFC to try it out.

This is what the Cheesetop looks like, unwrapped

I was warned by fastfood junkie friends who gave it a go that the cheese did not taste like cheese.

Upon unwrapping, there was more cheese than I thought, which I appreciated.

But after the first bite, the foodies were right, it had the consistency and flavor of plastic. Even Easy Cheese tasted cheesier than this.

For the curious, I was able to eat it like a normal burger, without the cheese sticking to my fingers.

Past the novelty of the cheesetop, it was just an ordinary chicken burger. Not something I’d order again, even for PHP50.

And dammit to hell, they phased out the double down for this.

Bon Appetit! Creme Brulee and Macarons from Chez Karine

Chez Karine sweetened up my mid-week when they sent over some macarons and creme brulee.

Pardon the pictures, I was at the mercy of the office fluorescent and my phone cam.

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The cute packaging had me cooing in incoherent fake French. And I was not disappointed by what was inside!

I. Macarons by Chez Karine

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I am used to locally-made macarons having a crunchy outside and a candied inside. This was melt-in-your-mouth love. The covering had just the right kind of chewy, not overly crisp, and the inside flavoring felt like butter to the taste. I even enjoyed the fruit flavored macarons (strawberry, and what I think is a mango-passion fruit mix) – which I usually turn away for the chocolate and coffee flavors.

This, by far, has to be the best set of macarons I ever sunk my teeth into.

II. Creme Brulee by Chez Karine

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I braced myself for this. I am a huge fan of the creme brulee, and managed expectations upon seeing that they were pre-packed. The Amelie in me missed cracking the top open.

The standard creme brulee flavor (center jar) had a taste of that crispy top with the syrup at the bottom. It’s creme brulee to go, definitely, but it hit the spot. It’s not to be dismissed as your average leche flan or kitchen pudding, however. It’s a little bit of heaven, in all it’s rich, creamy goodness with each spoonful.

I thought I’d have a bit to taste at first, then blinked and found I had gobbled it all up.

I am particular about my favorite desserts, but this proved me wrong. Heck, writing this all down makes me crave some more.

Thank God Chez Karine is opening a cafe in Serendra, Taguig, on June 24, 2012. I can hardly wait to go there, girl friends and boyfriend in tow, for coffee and confectionary dates.

Pictures are a blessing

I don’t see myself as a photographer. I write, I manage stuff, and so far I prefer to hone my skills there. What I don’t have (and so far have no desire to claim) is that certain anal attention to detail that most professional photographers embrace.

I just like how a story can be told in one shot.

In any case, uploading and organizing photos from my last trip, and a previous event, have been a good reminder for the more turbulent parts of life. Picking shots to show points out, “Look, it’s not all crap. It might even get better from here.”

More shots can be viewed at my photoblog: miiShots. I am also on instagram as miicam.

The Off Button

How was Mother’s day? I hope as you guys tweeted, took pictures, shared pictures, you really made that day count.

My friend, Pepper, observed a family who just…couldn’t find an Off Button. I’ll let his message speak for itself.

As the Thai telco ad pointed out, sometimes you have to disconnect to connect.

An Open Letter to the Family in Italliani’s

Dear Family in Italliani’s,

Yesterday, I was dining with my family at Italliani’s Greenbelt when I saw you. It was Mother’s Day, and almost everyone, your family included, was with their moms.

The point of celebrating Mother’s Day was to make the mothers of the family feel special, all warm and fuzzy inside, and for the family to show their gratitude to the woman who brought them into this world.

Yes, you were with your mom. You were with the maternal head of the family, a woman whose face showed wisdom and experience. You were with your lola. You were also with laptops, iPads, and Galaxy Tabs, and let’s not forget your iPhones and your Android devices, all of which were turned on and placed on the table. And what was lola doing? Sitting in silence and forking slowly at her salad.

Family at Italliani’s, I would have understood if you were trying to contact some relative abroad through Facebook, Skype, or Facetime. That would have made your grandmother smile. But Tetris Battle? Bejeweled? Please. You should be ashamed of yourself, not only for making this old lady feel out of place on her holiday, but for also being so rude as to use so many devices in a restaurant. This wasn’t Starbucks. You were NOT in a coffee shop, idling away and just trying to kill time. You were in a restaurant, having lunch with your lola… on Mother’s Day.

Family in Italliani’s, you deserve a high five. On the face. With a steel chair.

With much annoyance,
Pepper

[Review] The Avengers

I can’t review this movie objectively since I am its target market. I’m personally not a big fan of Marvel and DC comics, but I grew up with my share of 1960s Marvel cartoons and Superfriends. To top it all off, this movie is directed by Joss Whedon, who I’ve loved since Buffy the Vampire Slayer.

Thing is, in the adaptation hype of the last few years, it’s very rare that the directors get it right (ahem Michael Bay and Transformers). For once, they picked wisely, as Joss Whedon is a comic book fan and has penned work for X-Men and Superman/Batman, to name a few. The Avengers movie was clearly Joss Whedon’s love letter to the comic book. You can see it in every frame.

Personally, I love it. Geek or not, give it a watch. It is at the very least, fun. In this infernal summer heat, you need fun.

Go. Book your ticket. Drag your friends and family. Just watch it.