Monthly Archives: May 2009

An Unexpected Encounter With A Premium Mint

After our lunch a few days back from our weekly client meeting, we went to Froyo for some yogurt fix. It’s not that far from our client’s office which is in front of Office Warehouse in Tomas Morato. So, as Aileen was ordering her yogurt ice cream, and I was still deciding if I’ll be getting one for myself, this was in front of me at the counter top area…



What were eye-catching was not that huge “MINTS” word down below the countertop display but the mints brand name’s ORALFIXATION and its logo.

Honestly, something else came into my “green mind”… hehehe. I guess working on Erektus for some time and doing some Bliss’ Thai and Vietnamese materials have something to do with it. That was my “primary” thoughts. Alpha Mints came second. Well, using these premium mints that was in front of me for a peg, I mean.

So, why do we say this ORALFIXATION Mints are “premium”?

1) Its packaging: thin metal containers, shrinkwrapped

2) Marketing/Structural presentation: Countertop display is made of metal (in relation to its tin can feel) and is CLEANLY impressive

3) Price: It’s Php 160.00

So, bye-bye yogurt for me (I got more excited with the mints and forgot about the yogurt) and hello ORALFIXATION Ü Bought all 3 that were available there and here are the photos we are sharing…


From L-R: ORALFIXATION “Classical Peppermint”, ORALFIXATION “Antioximints” (Green Tea Mints) and ORALFIXATION “Mojito Mint” (Lime Mint Cocktails)


“Sugar Free” marking is printed on the shrinkwrap and not on the tin can


ORALFIXATION “Classical Peppermint” has a wax or parchment paper placed inside the sliding tin can, on top of the mints. Prints are notes on a musical sheet (“classical” nga naman daw).


Notice the markings on each sides of the mint? The word “FIX” and a G-clef icon on the other side


Back label of the tin can (“Classical Peppermint”).

Check the top part: Compose Yourself

(Compose = Music = Classical)


ORALFIXATION “Antioximints” (Green Tea Mints) has a wax or parchment paper placed inside the sliding tin can, on top of the mints. Printed on it is a old Chinese man (old = wise) with a description about tea.


The markings on each sides of the mint: “FIX” and on the other side, a Chinese character same as one of those characters printed in front of the tin can. My guess is either it means “TEA” or perhaps “MINT”.


Back label of the tin can (“Antioximints” Green Tea Mints).

Check the top part: Eat for Life

(Antioxidants or was it the green tea extracts that claims that it’s good for our health?)


ORALFIXATION “Mojito Mint” (Lime Mint Cocktails) has a wax or parchment paper too that placed inside the sliding tin can, on top of the mints. Printed on it is an image of a bartender (pero he doesn’t look friendly) with seemed to be words of a person ordering a cocktail mix.

(Make me a stiff one = strong drink)


The markings on each sides of the mint: “FIX” and on the other side, just a star… still wondering what the star means in connection to this mint variant.


Back label of the tin can “Mojito Mint” (Lime Mint Cocktails). Check the top part: Join The Party

Taste: Well, they are mints. But somehow there are some distinction.

Classical may be plain mint but the strongest and the most distinct of the 3 mints tasted.

Green Tea quite thin and plain on the minty side, not as strong as classical and couldn’t tell the tea part taste of it

Mojito Mint – well, minty and little on the lime flavor, ummm… where’s the “stiff” drink part of it?

Checked out their website and found out that they have a lot of variants. Nice packaging design for distinction. I believe it’s for “collecting”. Personally, I’m willing to spend that much for such collection 😉 Well, I’m not part of the ordinary consumer anymore but for curiosity on the flavor, uniqueness and packaging I’ll be biting this product and would probably recommend it 😉

Oh, and I’m keeping the tin cans after. even before buying it, I’m already thinking of what other ways I can reuse the container Ü I might refill it with other stuff, like cheaper mints or folded paper bills or anything else that can fit inside. Recycling to help Mother Earth 😉

That’s the tale of our unexpected encounter of a premium mint named ORALFIXATION 😉


By the way, their countertop display is attractive too though the brand name is not properly placed. (Didn’t the designer compute?) Should be a bit higher to be visible and more readable 😉


Posted by on May 30, 2009 in Design


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Monday Blues

Monday morning.

It’s so hard for me again to go to work. Still here at McDonald’s Timog, my seemed to be favorite breakfast place nowadays. It’s because of the free WiFi I guess…

This location among other McDonald’s Store I’ve been is quite comfortable. Though budget-wise I should go here everyday because it will put a hole in my pocket. But all the same, it’s quite comfy.

I wonder for how long will I keep on coming here for breakfast? I just want to feel “happy” initially for the day by ordering that yum-yum Oreo-Caramel sundae. Yup. You read it. I’m having that sundae for breakfast among the muffin and orange juice for breakfast.

I guess that’s it. Until my tongue doesn’t complain on Ronald’s (first name basis? That’s McDonald’s first name, FYI) food I guess I’ll keep on coming back here.

(Somehow) Love ko ‘to! 😉

Oreo Caramel Sundae by gpherman

Oreo Caramel Sundae by gpherman

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Posted by on May 11, 2009 in Uncategorized



Could I say that God is giving me a chance to somehow re-new my existing life?

Today I got back my Biggie (that’s my the name of my Powerbook) from the Mac “hospital”. It’s been there for more than 2 weeks after I just gave up on me. It didn’t boot up properly after I used Biggie as a target disk when transferring some files from my office iMac. Of course, prior to the decision of sending Biggie “away”, I did some run throughs. The usual: disk utility, disk permissions and even an attempt to re-install and archive the OS. But no luck. Biggie still won;t boot up, until it flashes a folder with a flashing question mark on it.


The eve before I handed over Biggie to the technician, I knew that there’s a big possibility that I might have lost my files. The weird part was I was calm, as if I’ve accepted my fate. And true it was, ALL files are gone. Photos I may have backed up somewhere out there in separate CDs but the documents, the written thoughts, letters, movie or clip files, music files, setups, address books and the like, all gone. I still shed a few tears learning my files fate. Silently. I tried to hide it with some laughs from shared jokes with my colleagues but it was a failure.

So, here I am. Starting all over again I guess. I was lucky to find some folders in my office iMac that could have been a duplicate of the photo files I organized in Biggie. but we all know the hassle and how time consuming re-installing not just applications but the settings and sorting files you knew was already sorted before.

A new life? Could it be? I tried to see it that way. But what kind of life other than the one I have before, I have compiled and lived with before would I make, take and create now?

So many things to do…

Biggie the Mighty, my Powerbooks full name will not called that way anymore for starters. From this day on, my Powerbook will be named, Hughie.

Yeah, yeah… it’s because of the Wolverine movie thing and Mr. Jackman himself. What? Can’t this little old lady have a few fantasies with just even playing with names? 😉

Hugh Jackman as Wolverine

Hugh Jackman as Wolverine


Oh, I would like to thank my friend, Gou-dess for the name suggestion. Originally, she suggested Hughie Beybi but i was too much…. just went for the first name :p

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Posted by on May 6, 2009 in Realizations


The Reason for my Looooonnngggg Absence…

Isn't it obvious?

Isn't it obvious?

I missed a lot of good and not quite good but blog-gable (if there’s even such a term) events… my loss, I know. But I’m really, REALLY busy these days. So, for those who seemed to “demand” my time or at least my attention… it’s flattering but most of the times it’s annoying! (It ain’t cute anymore…)

Thank God for comic strips… it really depicts life somehow… figuratively and even sarcastically speaking.

Will try to catch up… well… I hope.

Toodle-oo (for now).

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Posted by on May 1, 2009 in Life in a Comic Strip


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