Tuesday, July 31, 2007

Denmark Yaneza

Another kapamilya in the house and he's none other than Denmark Yaneza. He works for ABS-CBN Interactive and a co-worker of Albin Lim who also dined here last year. He's with his Korean girlfriend and they had the Italian set meal. The girl doesn't understand either English or Tagalog so I was wondering how these two people converse. Iasked Denmark and he said that he can speak a little Korean and his girlfriend can understand a little of Tagalog. I'm glad the girl appreciated the food I served.

This is the bruschetta platter they had for appetizer. I found it funny when Denmark's girlfriend used her fork to eat the bruschettas. She seemed to have such a hard time eating. I didn't know how to tell her that she can use just her hands eating those bruschettas.

This couple proved to me that language and nationality are not barriers.

I felt sad when I learned that she's going back to Korea then to the United States to study. Denmark is also leaving for Perth, Australia. If language is not a barrier, then maybe distance is.

Thanks for dining and spending your few moments together.

Sunday, July 29, 2007

Manu Pantaleon

Manu Pantaleon is another deduction from the roster of bachelors. He is working as a technical consultant in Lawson PSCC. He is already engaged to Abie, who works for IBM Solutions Delivery as a Developer and Analyst. They met each other while in college at De La Salle University. They have known each other for very long time now and they are about to settle down.

Behind the roman blind, I was busy preparing all the dishes that Manu and Abie will share for that night.

This is the famous Shrimp and Mango Medley, still waiting for the dressing to be poured and the shrimp to jump over.

This is my new addition to my Thai Set Meal, Grilled Squid with Basil stuffing and Bagoong Fried Rice.

How hot can u get with my Chicken Curry Wansoy? It’s full of flavors because of the curry, coconut milk, and wansoy leaves, herbs and spices plus red and green jalapenos.

Reggie was peeking at Manu and Abie to get this souvenir photo.

Manu and Abie will get married in 2008.

They both want to get into photography but they still don’t have their digital SLR with them.

This was the portion where I have my conversation with the couple.

Thanks Manu and Abie for dining… Best wishes!

Wednesday, July 25, 2007


Condo Central July 2007, The Artist Chef Inside...

A full spread article and photos featuring yours truly and Mariel Lorenzo as the author. Double click on the image to read the full article.

Published photo of Nadia Camit-Upton and Graham Upton.

With the Condo Central Team
Editor: Carlomar Doana, writer and photographer.

Souvenir photo.

Friday, July 20, 2007

Mae Javaluyas

Mae Javaluyas is a night owl. All the while I thought Mae was a call center agent because she works at night. I was wrong. She works for MEGASPORTSWORLD somewhere in Malate. They where my first customers after my long summer vacation.

I rendered this photo in black and white with nice black twirl on top to match the avant garde look of the couple.

They allowed me to take pictures and they both gave me their best smiles.

Mae was with her boyfriend Eric...

I don't remeber exactly what they were celebrating, but I'm happy that a lot of girls nowadays surprise their boyfriends in a unique way.

We all enjoyed the night and I always find time to include myself in at least one photo.

Thanks for dining, Mae and Eric. It was great chatting with the both of you.

Saturday, July 14, 2007

Claire Cruz

Doña Clarissa Cruz, is a certified account executive that jumps from one agency to another. Her career path from DDB to DYR to SAATCHI and now TBWA has given her a lot of experience. Contrary to her career, she is very faithful when it comes to her lovelife. Through thick and thin and through sunshine and rain, I'm glad to see Claire and Rex still together, getting better and stronger.

I'm glad that Claire and Rex finally tried The Artist Chef. There are some friends who feel awkward if I will be the waitress, cook and dishwasher for the night. I always tell them that I don't mind at all. I'm happy with what I'm doing. Good thing that this couple didn't feel that way.

This dinner night was really for Claire because she was celebrating her birthday. I know men in general are not mushy but it's pretty cool that Rex participated well. :p

The participation of Rex went beyond my expectation when they danced together with the music I played. Sweet dance performed by the couple while the three of us were laughing out loud. I captured the moment with my camera (with their permission, of course).

I know they enjoyed the dinner and the night together. They are so full that Claire took home the Goat Cheese Spring Rolls I prepared.

Rex was my teammate in DDB Makati during my stay there. My fellow Art Director now turned into an ACD. He is the alcoholic of the SMART Group--that's our common joke about him. And because of that I served him my famous Blackbeer Float with Honey during the dinner. Cheers to you Blackie!

They are blessed with a beautiful daughter and her name is Maxine.

Oh well this photo is my souvenir photo to prove that Rex can really be a jackass at any given photo opt. There's a take two of this photo, the one I posted above with the menu they chose.

Thanks Claire and Rex for dining and thank you also for the Tuna Empanada you gave me as pasalubong. How sweet...awww...