Some things you just can’t unsee, like this bizarre Rio Mints ad from Hong Kong. Don’t say we didn’t warn you.

Photos are what sets the good blogs apart…” says Bjorn Bedayo, a well-known blogger and professional photographer, who happens to be our mentor for the day at the Rio Mints Mint-To-Be Photography Workshop.

Being noobs to taking pictures, my boyfriend and I decided to attend the workshop to learn more about the basics of photography.

Outfit: Striped dress transformed into a top, Gray pants, Black bag, Straw fedora hat with coral ribbon, Spiked bangles, Schu coral boots.

The workshop, held at Torch Restaurant in Greenhills, was open not only to those who uses SLR , but to point-and-shoot owners as well.

Bjorn’s famous Macbook:

Aside from Bjorn, I was happy to meet new people at the workshop… Clarisse, Grace, Franz, Kaiye, Kuya Vaughn, Jhessy, Sarah, and Ms. Joni Ong were the ones I remembered: (photo from Rio Mints Facebook page)

Karl Garcia & Sef Tiburcio! It was awesome to see my fellow bloggers again!

Adjusting the settings of our cameras: (Photo from Rio Mints Facebook page)

After the lesson, it was time to for the CHALLENGE, which was, to come up with a photo that would advertise Torch Restaurant as the most fashionable restaurant in town. And we have to finish the task in 15 minutes or less! Challenge accepted!

We were divided into groups of four.

Group number 1: (photo from Rio Mints Facebook page)

Shot by Clarisse and Kuya Vaughn, modeled by me and my boyfriend. Haha: (photo from Rio Mints Faceboiok page)

After the shoot, we were asked to explain details about the photo:
(Photo from Rio Mints Facebook page)

And guess who’s group won the challenge?!

The reward: 500-peso Robinson’s GC for each of us four. Yay!

Chow time!

And my favorite part: FREE RIO MINTS! ♥

Having a blog, I really have to develop my skills in taking pictures and this workshop takes me a step closer towards my blogging dreams!

Thank you so much Rio Mints and The List Group for conducting events such as this.


#RioMints has taken a page our of #Skittles’ #ad book. “Warning: Contains puppet-based nipple-licking.”

“Anyone who stops learning is old, whether at twenty or eighty. Anyone who keeps learning stays young.” -Henry Ford

Rio Mints and The List Group once again held a Mint-To-Be Workshop, this time, something that would really hone my creativity and imagination - Fashion Illustration Workshop!

The seminar, conducted by the very talented blogger Tin Iglesias, was held at Thaipan Restaurant in QC, and was attended by more or less 20 participants.

Boyfie and I were late for the lecture as we were still at the Oxygen Pop of Colors Party the time the workshop started. Good thing we were able to make it to the last part of the workshop - which was the drawing time! *haha*

With the gorgeous Tin Iglesias:

Lecture by Tin: (photo from Rio Mints Facebook Page)

It was hagardness day again (isn’t it obvious? haha), and I had no time for outfit shots! I started drawing right away after eating my meal. *sorry for that, eh*

The drawing challenge: Create an illustration that would signify Rio Mints’ latest flavor, the Sweet Mango!

And again, I was classmates with my co-BangGang members, Karl Garcia and Ayah Capalungan: (photo from Rio Mints Facebook Page)

And teacher Tin drew her own design too:

What a prodigy: (photo from Rio Mints Facebook Page)

So here are some impressive artworks from our workshop, drawn by my fashion illustration classmates: (Photos of the illustrations are from Rio Mints Facebook Page)

Awesome right? But wait ‘til you see my masterpiece, which could easily be drawn by nursery students! (yes, I suck in drawing - photo to be uploaded soon)

And we ended the workshop with bye-byes and picture taking!

Karl and Grace wearing bright colors!

Rio Mints’ Ms. Joni Ong (the tall one) with The List Group team and Tin Iglesias:

And the team of fashion illustration workshoppers: (photo from Rio Mints Facebook Page)

Once again, thanks to Rio Mints and The List Group for this skill-enhancing activity!

I believe that for us to continually grow, we must keep on learning and exploring new things! ♥