Brilliant college student Sam has the perfect credit card scam until his crew robs the wrong man. Now they have two weeks to repay ruthless gangster Marcel two million dollars or they will be dead. Sam and his team devise a scheme to clear their debt by heading to Miami to poach enough cash and merchandise.
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But they come up short. So Sam and his gang set their sights on a daring jewelry heist that could make them hugely wealthy for life. Their plan turns sour, however, when the team members start turning on each other. Now it’s up to Sam to finish the brazen heist and turn the tables on Marcel before they all go down.
High Octane from start to finish, PLASTIC is based on the incredible true story of the UK Fraudsters from Manchester who stole £20 million worth of diamonds from jewelers in Beverly Hills back in 1997.
The film stars Ed Speleers (Sam), Alfie Allen (Yatesy), Sebastian De Souza (Rafa), Will Poulter (Fordy), and Emma Rigby (Frankie).
Producers Terry Stone and Dan Toland wanted to use the premise of the real story, but decided to change the characters and setting in order to make it more stylish and modern. It meant finding the right people for the characters was even more important to fit in with the Gilbey brother’s vision.
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The central ensemble is led by control-freak, Sam, who is played by Ed Speleers (Downtown Abbey, A Lonely Place to Die). Ed had previously worked with Julian before on A Lonely Place to Die so their working relationship was already closely established. Julian was fully aware that Ed was a talented actor who really works at his craft. “He really came up with some good character ideas. He’s a solid leading man and a great guy to work with,” says Julian. Ed had heard of the script not only through his manager but also through Julian. When he realised they wanted someone a lot younger than originally planned, he jumped at the chance to play Sam.
When they approached Alfie Allen (Game of Thrones, Attonement) the crew were thrilled that he was interested in the script. Julian says: “I was in Miami when I got the call that Alfie really wanted to play the role and we just jumped about. He was perfect. Yatesy is a great role; he’s a dreadful, wonderful, spiteful and conflicted character and Alfie puts on a very honest performance. Although the character is very vain, Alfie isn’t at all.” Alfie himself said he loved playing the cheeky rogue and that the entire cast got on really well. “[The producers] got the dynamics of the characters so right,” he says.
The part of Fordy went to Will Poulter (We’re the Millers, The Chronicles of Narnia) who has received nothing but praise for his work on set and his attitude off set from both cast and crew. Poulter explains that he liked the character of Fordy as soon as he read the script. “I got sent the script by my agency and read it and l really enjoyed it. It’s a really fun. I loved the character of Fordy; he’s a lot more intelligent than me.” Julian and Will sat down many times to discuss how to keep Fordy on the side of the audience but still have that level of ambiguity about the character. “I really love Will, he really grounds this film. Playing the straight character is a very difficult thing to do but the truth of the matter is, is how straight is Fordy? He’s working in credit card fraud so he’s still a criminal.”
The character of Rafa, who is seemlingly closer to Yatesy than any of the other boys, is played by Sebastian De Souza (The Borgias, Skins). Plastic is his first feature film after a background in television and he was very “pleased and grateful” to be offered the role after hearing about it through his agency. When speaking about the character, De Souza says “initially you’d read him as a joke of the four boys, but eventually he earns his keep by coming up with the idea that in theory will save them from death by Marcel.”
Last, but not least, is the character of Frankie, played by Emma Rigby (Hollyoaks) who’s also new to the film scene, this being her first lead role in a feature film. “When we originally looked at Emma we just thought well here’s someone really glamorous, she’s got the look of a great Hollywood starlet. The camera absolutely loves her plus she’s a great actress so her central performance is amazing along with Ed’s and there’s that real vibe between them” says Dan Toland.
When talking about the script, Emma says: “I was really interested in it being based on a true story. I also liked the aspect of it being a heist and that the cast were really young.”
When discussing the main cast, Toland says there’s a real vibe and dynamic that really centres all performances. “They all play off each other which really brings the story to life.”
As Julian Gilbey puts it, Plastic is “not another film where a bunch of cockney geezers are blowing people’s heads off in Range Rovers!” What it is is an emotive story about five students, who get out of their depth in the shady world of credit card fraud. Toland describes it as hugely entertaining with “Robin Hood themes” running throughout. It’s British film-making at its best and features an amazing up-and-coming young cast that is set to wow audiences aged from teenagers to adults.

First off, I just had to tell you guys how awesome Opensnap can be! Can you believe it – the local eatery/(famous)landmark in our barangay is indeed, detected by this app with matching (accurate) picture pa? A for Effort! Raise the roof! (If you wanna see the photo – download the app, man.)

Apparently, I was really surprised! Akala ko mga pa-tutyal lang na restaurants ang andito; yun pala andito not just fast food but even eateries (which inspired me to write this post in Tag-Lish); it almost has everything! The point is, the app is so very much useful! (Redundant to emphasize!) This app-being really lives up to its purpose (to find food), most specially on local places that are new to you (hal. bagong-salta ka, o ‘di kaya naligaw ka, your stomach is growling while your pocket is growling too). Very useful talaga siya! Akala mo kung ano lang, food house pala! Yay!


Okay, moving on…

In this typhoon weather, there is nothing else more exciting to do than eat something for the soul with a hashtag #foodforsoul. And, it’s just oh-so-good to know that (at least in my area) lugaw (porridge in British, congee in Asian) is just around the corner (more like end of the street in my case)! The Tony & Precy Lugawan offers delicious lugaw in plain or with different toppings/ingredients like boiled egg, lomo (tenderloin), and tuwalya (pork intestines). They also offer mami (flour noodles in broth) and side dishes like tokwa (plain soybean curd), tokwa’t babuy (soybean curd with sliced pork).

My gourmet photo attempt: Lomo

What’s more is that they are open 24 hours a day, 7 days a week – unless it’s the 24th of December or the Holy Week.

Tip#1: Want more servings? Take it out! To go, or take away whatever sossy-word you wanna call it. In short, balot. Yes, ipabalot ang lugaw and sa bahay na kumain. Mas marami ang take out servings nila. Maybe it’s because they wouldn’t wash a dish when you take out? Or the dine-in bowl is smaller? Or the take-out plastic bag is bigger? IDK.

Tip#2: Don’t forget to ask for condiments. Saraaap! #nomnom

Find the nearest eatery near you with OpenSnap!


PS. – This app could pass as subject for my #MBF episodes! (#thinkingoutloud)

PSS. – Just so you know, to find the nearest local food house around you. Download OpenSnap and tap “Nearby” button – that is where precious edible gems (food) are hidden.  Perfect for tourists who want to experience local food house too!

PSSS. – You could help this app map the local food scene near you, just by uploading pictures including food, interior and of course, selfie inside restaurant!

PSSSS. – This app is a great way to spread word about your eatery/carenderia/gotohan/tapahan whatever. (Kaway-kaway business owners!)

#sonearyetsofar will definitely become #sonearandsodelicious with additional hashtag #cravingssolved!

I end this post burping. (Yes, I ate that Lomo (photo above) while doing this. It’s raining!)


For more restaurants and food finds, download OpenSnap app from App Store or Google Play.

My mom’s studying Hangul and eversince then, she started to embrace not just the language but the culture and in the process, she introduced us to it. From eating spicy kimchi, to making one, to eating paper seaweed, gulping Shabu-Shabu soup and so on. Did we love it? Personally not a fan of super spicy kimchi, but nonetheless yes, we did love it; from K-pop, to Koreanovelas and now, I’m currently finding myself craving for some seafood hot pot, spicy bowl of soup and the famous samgyeopsal!

What’s most surprising about dining here is their uncommon appetizers/side dishes – the unlimited boiled sweet potatoes, sweet corn and quail eggs.

Unlimited salad screams healthy snacking.

And when you choke on a big mouthful of spicy kimchi – ask the staff for their Hot Bori cha aka Barley tea (that I first taught was a rice tea – taste delicious for someone who don’t usually choose tea for drinks). Mind you, the tea is bottomless too.

My dates: Parents!


This is one good handful of fresh vegetables.


Hurray for eating healthy and still filling senses with savory dishes! Thank you Bulgogi Brothers!

Find Bulgogi Sisters on OPENSNAP!

For more restaurants and food finds, download OpenSnap app from App Store or Google Play.

Vikings Bags Awards at WOFEX 2015

Vikings Chefs after the awarding at World Food Expo 2015

Internationally Renowned Chefs

Vikings Group Chefs Jonathan Jota, Anton Abad, Mark Wilhelm Ragudos, Jennifer Gumboc, Don Aries Jerome Duenas, Joel Mondelo, Mark Reyes, Charles Andrei Santos and Raphael De Jesus won top honors for the country and their restaurants Vikings, Niu by Vikings and Four Seasons Hotpot City.

The chefs spent four days battling the best of the best at the Philippine Culinary Cup (PCC) of the World Food Expo 2015 (WOFEX) which is the only World Association of Chef’s Society (WACS) endorsed competition in the country.

They received a total of 13 medals across different categories. Chef Jonathan Jota won a gold medal for the Quick Fire Salad Category, winning Silver Medal is Chef Anton Abad for the US Beef category, Chef Mark Wilhelm Ragudos for the US Poultry category and Chef Don Aries Jerome Duenas for the Creative Breakfast Challenge category.

“The Vikings Team placed 3rd on overall performance for the Professional Category at the PCC 2015, beating international competitors from Korea, Malaysia, Hong Kong and other Local Hotels and De Luxe Restaurants” said Over-all Coach Chef Jonathan Jota.

The prestigious competition is an avenue for Filipino chefs to gauge their skills against chefs from other countries, and gain international recognition for their culinary expertise.

This year’s PCC had 1,200 competitors from more than 15 countries and is still the number 1 culinary Food event to watch out for.

Also organized by WOFEX, BLOSOMEX or Blogging and Social Media Expo were held at SMX Convention Center where Vikings took home the “People’s Choice Award for Favorite Buffet”

“The Choice” had 2,075 respondents from Our Awesome Planet, K.T.G. Collective Food Blogs, and Zomato voted to settle foodie debates of favorite buffet, favorite ramen, favorite specialty restaurants and favorites in 45 other categories.

On September 8, 2015 from 2:30PM to 5PM, “Asia Leaders Talk” together with “Best Of You” will have Mike Grogan for “Unleash Your Leadership Potential” at Misono Events Place along Jupiter Street, Bel Air, Makati.

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Mike Grogan is the founder of “Best Of You.” He is a Non-Traditional Speaker, Coach and Trainer who helps Individuals and Managers to go further, faster. He has worked with hundreds of organizations around the world from Billion Dollar Brands in Corporate America, Hospitals in Africa, to Humanitarian Organizations in Palestine.

Today, Mike lives and works in the Philippines where he is fast becoming the leading authority in non-traditional Management & Leadership development. Mike is convinced that many individuals and organizations are wasting their time and money on ineffective traditional training programs and he is committed to changing this.

3 easy steps to register.

1. Deposit the registration fee of Php 500.00 to TAG Media and Public Relations BPI Checking Account # 1680 0010 29

2. Scan the deposit slip

3. Send the scanned copy to maria@asiaecommerce.ph

TAG Media and Public Relations, the organizer of Asia Leaders Forum and Asia Leaders Talk aims to reach a broader audience and help not just companies, but individuals as well in pursuing excellence. Asia Leaders Forum and Asia Leaders Talk are pocket conferences with different topics per event, featuring influential local and international leaders as speakers.

For more information and registration: Contact 09166299381 or send an email to maria@asiaecommerce.ph


How Do I Look Asia

Host, Co-host and Guest Stylist Profiles

Sazzy Falak (Host)

Born Sazlini Shamsul Falak, 34-year-old Sazzy has made an illustrious career in the worlds of film and television. In 2006, she was named Best Supporting Actress at the Malaysia Film Festival for her role in Gol & Gincu, garnering critical appraise and a loyal fanbase. Fashion is also her forte. Sazzy is the owner, curator and designer of homegrown label, Street Fashion by Sazzy Falak, an all-in-one role which gives her a critical eye for style. The fashion boutique has been both a local and international success, with designs being showcased at the 2013 New York Fashion Week, among others. Sazzy is also one of Malaysia’s most followed celebrities on social media. Warm and friendly with an outgoing personality, she has more than 700,000 fans on Facebook, where she often shares pictures of her 4-year-old twin daughters Imaan Lily and Tiara Rose.

Jeannie Mai (Special Guest)

Jeannie Mai has spent her last 8 years doing what she is passionate about – empowering women, helping them to be the best version of themselves, overcoming insecurities and discovering their true beauties. Jeannie Mai is best known as the host of two-time Emmy nominated television series, How Do I Look US and the correspondent for other shows such as the hit NBCUniversal Networks Internationals’ Fashion Star. Jeannie also hosted live on the red carpet for the 2012 Golden Globe Awards.

Of Vietnamese and Chinese descent, Jeannie strives to give back to her homeland by frequently traveling to Asia to volunteer her time with inspiring organizations dedicated to helping those who are less fortunate.  While abroad she works with Heartbeat Vietnam, a non-profit devoted to improving health care for impoverished children and NightLight International, an organization committed to rescuing women and children from sex trafficking and prostitution rings by providing employment and vocational opportunities.

Jeannie recognized that she has a lot in common with the average women out there: “I want to dream, I want to live life with purpose, and I want to look good doing it.” – http://www.thejeanniemai.com

Andrea Wong (Guest Stylist)

Prior to her stint as an Editor of ELLE Malaysia, Andrea Wong has 8 years of working experience as a fashion stylist and editor. She is frequently featured on sharing her insights about styling on television, radio and print.

Anindita Saryuf (Guest Stylist)

Anindita Saryuf started her career in fashion in 2000 as a fashion stylist. 7 years later, she moved on to the magazine industry focusing on fashion and beauty. In 2009, Anindita became the Fashion Editor of ELLE Indonesia. She then progressed to be the Senior Fashion Editor, and is now the Fashion Director of the magazine.

Liz Uy (Guest Stylist)

Liz Uy is the Philippines’ top celebrity stylist. She was previously the Fashion Editor and an on going contributor for Esquire Philippines and Preview magazine. She is now Singapore Style’s Digital Curator and is a personal stylist for weddings where she leads a team of stylists under her own group StyLized Studio. Liz is also the author of “StyLized”, which discusses the 10 style essentials every Filipina needs.

Zachary Wu (Guest Stylist)

Zachary Wu is fashion designer and stylist from Taiwan known for celebrity styling, commercial styling, magazine shooting, personal tailoring and concert outfit designing. He graduated from Shih Chien University of Fashion Design and has won 3rd place in the university’s graduation fashion design competition. Currently, Zachary is executive of the label Y-Z which combines clothing and styling.

Craving for California maki? Get your quick-fix at Tokyo Tokyo.

In here, Japanese dishes is served fast – Bento meals, Sumo meals, Ramen, Donburi, Maki including side dishes, snacks and desserts.

Tokyo Tokyo also offer meals good for two and unlimited rice. Wow! Just wow, for a fair price you’ll get to enjoy more of your Japanese dish.

I personally love the Beef Misono, Chicken Karaage and all Teriyaki – chicken, beef.

Beef Sukiyakidon

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Bento Meal: Beef Misono

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Bento Meal: Honey Chicken Teriyaki

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Grab a meal and add gyoza, miso soup, nori wasabe fries, potato balls, and onion rings. Add a dessert and end your Japanese experience in a sweet note, choose between mango panna cota or almond jelly.

Thank goodness for Tokyo Tokyo, everyday Japanese is now possible without hurting my Asian wallet!

Let OPENSNAP take you to Japan – Japanese dishes that is!


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