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06 March 2013 @ 11:02 pm
ManikaManila Blind Date Photos!  
We at ManikaManila make sure to celebrate most of the year's special occasions. Valentine's Day is no exception. This year, we decided to go for something more active than the usual sit down-eat-take photos meet.

This year we did Blind Date.

Thank you Imahica for bringing this book! XD

1. Nix (kuro_akira) with Rose, Starr & Diva
2. Arvie (4evrnblujeans) with Naya, Aahil, Dae, Robin & Magnolia
3. Kass (kickasskass) with Blair & Miette
4. Ricci (dheity_rigel) with Az, Isha, Bituin, Amihan & Makiling
5. Anj (battiegotriddim) with Endo, Hunter & Aiden
6. Mina (valerious_d) with Christopher, Violet, Bipolar & Fumio
7. Krishna (hibiemi) with Ichigo & Auber
8. Marien (lady_michaelis) with Lucy, Silas & Hugo
9. Rina (rina_onyx)
10. Jen (darknessfatale) with Reaiah & Eremiel
11. Janine (yaminotenshi11) with Jared, Addie, Rocky, Johann & PoRaBeYa
12. Mei (malteverentia) with Nao
13. Kanis (dollground) with Josh & Ceth
14. Car (shinigamishishi) with Aeris
15. Kai (kaikulet) with Namie
16. Joe with Ems
17-18. Madz (nekonekomadz) and Bernard with Axis & Alice
19. Marik (noxxtis) with Sky, Nola & Ziggy
20. Demi (windrette) with Windrette
21-22. Jenica (jhisksan) and Nadine with Elu
23. Rika (tauburn) with Ea
24. Jhulian (ylden) with Frei, Blake, Patch & Ave
25-26. Chin (raven_leonhart) and Glenn with Val
27. Jac (sausagemann21) with Jungsoo
28. Aki (akhichan) with Jared & Li
29. Imahica (imahica) with Adarna & Mariposa
30. Jugi (du_prince) with Shane
31. Tin (miztylaneous) with Jove & Maven
32. Siopao (kiraosoraxblack) with Chris
33. Kyra (devolvedarling) with Datu, Zita, Lakan & Kouta
34. Kat (kaneazria) with June
35. Gel with April

We held the meet at a restaurant named Balkan Yugoslavian Home Cooking. How often can you say you ate at a Yugoslavian restaurant?

People!!! Before the event proper began, we made sure everyone had arrived, and that everyone had already eaten. XD

One of the reasons we chose Balkan was the mouthwatering menu and reviews. I just had to try this—the Stuffed Pljeskavica. (I asked several times how to pronounce this but I can never really get it right). It's a huge, meaty burger stuffed with mozzarella cheese. *_* It. Is. AMAZING. (so amazing I returned the following week hahahaha)

After everyone ate, it was time for the Dates to begin!

Participants were allowed to enter a maximum of two dolls into the Dates. We paired everyone up, did a seating arrangement, and the results turned out to be preeeetty amusing. XD

Diva and Starr were my chosen participants. 8D

This pretty lady is named Namie. She's a musician. Which is perfect cause...

Starr looooves music. ;)

Diva got the young Jove. I think she scared him a little. HAHA.

Our tablemates, Maven and Ea. ♥

Az and Alice were at the table across us. Az is of course, already making the moves.

Another different thing about this meet was that we prepared questions for the participants.

Examples. XD

A while before the meet I made a special request to The 5th Atelier, to prepare a date table setup for couple shoots. Fortunately, Arvie commissioned a patio set from them, and she was awesome enough to let us borrow it for the meet. :"D

Starr and Namie were the first on the hot seat.

Probably already talking about music. 8D

It was cute that Namie had come to the meet hoping to get Starr as a date...and she did. :") I hope he didn't bore you too much, dear Namie!

Probably the cutest and most hyper pair of the bunch! XD

Hi Windy~

Hi Miette~

Here's Eremiel and June. 8D

Last time we saw June, he was wearing a pyramid on his head.

I think Eerie was pleased when she finally saw what was under the pyramid. XD

This pair was not pleased with the results. LOL

Reerie wants to go home.

Ceth just wants to meet girls.

Here's Josh and April.

Being a gentleman and getting the bill. XD

April might be hoping he's going to pay for it too and not just ask for it. LOL

Christopher and Blair are already good friends, so it was funny that they were paired up. XD

Blair wanted to meet new people, but no. XD

At least Christopher doesn't have to introduce anybody new to his mommy? 8D

Now we have Violet and Shane~

For once, Violet was pleased with a boy her size. (She's usually seen hanging out with older men. GASP)

Hopefully, Shane was pleased with her, too. :"D

We already had a lack of SD girls in the list, so it was funny that these two got paired up. XD

Zita looked gorgeous in her gorgeous red dress :"D

Ave had this regal aura about her. Maybe they discussed their dresses with each other. Yay girly bonding!

This was one hilarious date as well.

Ichigo got a cute guy for a date...unfortunately he wasn't mature enough for her tastes.

I think he wants to go home and play video games or watch TV. XD Hi Robin!

Auber and Magnolia were paired up. It was interesting cause Auber reminded Maggie of her sister. 8D

Here's one of the most hilarious pairs of the night. Flirty Az and innocent Alice. Well, at least he got a girl like he wanted! (Az is a bit of a homophobe)

...a taken girl. Here's her chaperone, her boyfriend Axis. XDDDD Poor Az is left with settling the bill.

Pretty pair Datu and Aeris. :") I wonder what they talked about... O.O

Here's Jared and Adarna!

Charming Jared ready to charm his way into Adarna's heart. (what)

Ain't she looovely. ♥

We had to pair the only two people with an SD and a Tiny together. XD Hi Johann/Sky and Ziggy/PoRa!

New friends, yay!

Two new faces were paired together! I hope they enjoyed each other's company. 8) Welcome to MM, Elu and Ems!

Here's Li and Mariposa~

I hope Li didn't have to read this book before he and Mariposa could have a decent conversation! XD

Aww look, another disappointed pair.

Silas is bi, but he prefers prettyboys over manly men.

Unfortunately, Jungsoo is too manly for Silas. 8D; Shame! He would've been fine with Silas.

Nao trying to get Lucy's attention, which was apparently focused on someone else. XD;

Aww Nao!! *gives him a You Tried star*

Chris and Isha. Unfortunately, both of them already have their eye on someone else. Fortunately, they were able to talk about it to each other. Together Alone!

Aww, cute pair Maven and Ea!! I think they got along well. XD

Diva and Jove. Oh man, Jove's face. XD

"So...tell me about yourself, Jove. ^.^ ♥"

"I...uh...errr...um...*stunned*" .... aww Jove. *also gives him a You Tried star*

Hunter is one of our guests from Singapore...here he is with his date, Amihan. 8)

I hope you gave him a warm welcome, Amihan! (I think she did?)

I mean who wouldn't want to give him a warm welcome, look at that face 8D ... ahhhh Huntahhhh... *shot*

Here's Aiden, another of our guests from Singapore. ^o^ His date was Fumio, a newcomer in the community. XD

I hope he was able to welcome Aiden despite being a newcomer himself. XD

Aww Aiden. I hope you had a good time. XD;

These guys weren't part of the Blind Date. But I photographed them anyway cause I am a biased one like dat. HAHA.

"Should I order the burger stuffed with cheese or topped with cheese??? Why don't they have an option for both? O_O Doki what are you getting...?"

"I'll just have a burger...with cheese on a different plate."

Badumtssssss. *shot*

Here's Hunter and Aiden (fondly called Hunden as a pair)...they asked each other some of the questions too. That's for another entry, tho. ;)

And now...some random mingling. XD Eerie looks like she's mingling juuuust fine.

Wait girls we encourage mingling but DON'T KILL EACH OTHER??? D8

Diva had fun mingling too. Decided to give Jove a break. LOL

With newcomer Jungsoo! Welcome to MM, Jungsoo!

A meet's not a meet without a photo of these two :"D (thanks for taking this photo, Kyra!)

Here's Aiden and Chris. 8) Look familiar? XD

One of my favorite pairs of boybest friendssss... :"D Hi Datu and Lakan. Hiiiii.

Yay, human! Tin instantly fell in love with Aiden. ;3

Here's Ricci and Arvie with Hunden. I was testing the flash. XD Couldn't resist posting cause their faces are win.

8D hi guyssss.

...I promised Az he could have a photo with Diva. And so here we—Az what are you touching?!

"Her...uhh...HAIR!!!!" ....riiiiight.

...well SOMEONE'S happy. XD

... ♥ ♥ ♥ Dokibun Stonyyyy. TwT

Incomplete MSD group shot!!!

Incomplete doll group shot!!!

Incomplete human+doll group shot!

Aaaaaand another!

...too bad we weren't able to get a group shot with everyone present. :( NEXT TIME.

Man that was a lot of pictures. Kudos to you for finishing this!

Anyway. I hope you all enjoyed this meet as much as I did. ♥ :"D
And I hope your dolls enjoyed their dates no matter how weird it was. :3

Love MM! ♥
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Hibi//Kuri: Happinesshibiemi on March 6th, 2013 03:53 pm (UTC)
Aww, those guys with the "You Tried" stars XDD
Nixkuro_akira on March 18th, 2013 03:18 am (UTC)
*nods* They really did try. XDDDD
Jan: HOOORAY! CARAMELLDANSEN!yaminotenshi11 on March 6th, 2013 04:10 pm (UTC)
YAY! This was a very fun and interesting Valentines meet. XDD

I wonder what will be the theme for next year's Valentine's meet? XD

Thanks for sharing the photos Nix!
Nixkuro_akira on March 18th, 2013 03:24 am (UTC)
So glad you had fun, Jan! :"D
Always a pleasure to share~
Anjbattiegotriddim on March 6th, 2013 04:44 pm (UTC)
Nix thank you for posting this. Everything is clear to me now. = )))
I love your photos as always, and your narration more or less has to be present to sum up a meet. <3 Really, I won't lie.

Aww "You Tried" people, no worries!!! Jove was so adorable, stuttering. X }
And Hunter.... my gosh, he photographs so well. <3
THANK YOU for taking good, good care of them. <3
Nixkuro_akira on March 18th, 2013 03:53 am (UTC)
Joowelkam vvkeyk. ♥ ♥ ♥ :3
So happy you took the time to say that cause these posts aren't easy to do, but when I know someone's counting on me for a meet report...yea it makes things easier. TuT ♥

Yes, Hunter does. Thanks to you. 8} ♥
Miss Marienlady_michaelis on March 6th, 2013 05:29 pm (UTC)
You Tried. Oh, you poor babies. XD I had to deal with Silas' frosty glares for a few days.
Nixkuro_akira on March 18th, 2013 03:56 am (UTC)
*pats* I hope he's forgiven you na. XDDD
suke33suke33 on March 6th, 2013 05:44 pm (UTC)
/dies at "YOUTRIED" starrs

oh nix ;v;

thanks for the photos and of course including my dolls in despite me being absent!

next time i'll share to be present too ;v;
♥ so by then hopefully there is another meet~
thank you again for the pictures big time ;v;
Nixkuro_akira on March 18th, 2013 04:43 am (UTC)
Of course! Hunden = our special guests ♥
bb if you come over we'll definitely throw you a party! (aka a meet HAHA) ♥
I have more pictures I just need to edit them~ *3*
evil_loki: Bella (Glamour)evil_loki on March 6th, 2013 07:31 pm (UTC)
Hehe this was a really cute idea and looks like a lot of fun, and a recipe for a lot of amusing matchups. XD
Nixkuro_akira on March 18th, 2013 04:44 am (UTC)
Yeah!! XD now I'm wondering how your crew would've handled the matchups...fufufu. 8D
evil_loki: Bella (Glamour)evil_loki on March 18th, 2013 06:12 am (UTC)
Heheh, yeah I think it really depends who they got. Liz would have fun so long as she got a lady, though she'd probably still enjoy teasing a boy. XD
Bella it would really depend on the personality of the match, she's not particularly fond of timid types.
Ursula would be sweet no matter who she got I'm pretty sure.

Are there any others, or any matchups you had in mind? XD
shinigamishishishinigamishishi on March 6th, 2013 11:11 pm (UTC)
ahhh the group pics >.< too bad werent able to join it ;~; *kicks myself*

anyway thanks for welcoming us (me, kai and joe) =)) cant wait for the next meet =D
Nixkuro_akira on March 18th, 2013 04:46 am (UTC)
Next time mas maaga tayo mag group pic!! :"D
Hope you guys had fun! ♥
kaikuletkaikulet on March 6th, 2013 11:57 pm (UTC)
Yay!! Thanks for the warmed welcome~ ♥
Namie really loves Starr ~ (〃ω〃) ♥♥♥
Nixkuro_akira on March 18th, 2013 04:51 am (UTC)
Thanks for loving Starr, Namie. Sorry he wasn't a very good date. u3u; </3 Hope you guys had fun!!! ;u;
銀河✩美少年: drrr!! ; smile for metauburn on March 7th, 2013 12:35 am (UTC)
oh yay! thanks for the pictures! Ea and I had a great time meeting everybody. Ea definitely enjoyed Maven's company~

sorry we weren't able to stay long enough for the group shots! maybe next time? :)
Nixkuro_akira on March 18th, 2013 05:18 am (UTC)
Yay I'm so happy you had a great time! :"D
Yes, we'll definitely take group shots earlier next time! ♥
valerious_dvalerious_d on March 7th, 2013 05:09 am (UTC)
Thank you Destiny for taking photos of the crew! Especially Fumio. He had a great time, and he hopes he was able to show some hospitality to Aiden Because I like Aiden and if he fails I will smack him

Til next year!
Nixkuro_akira on March 22nd, 2013 05:19 pm (UTC)
Aww I'm sure Fumio gave him a warm welcome. 8DDDb ♥
Meira ♠ Shiki: Taiga & Jaguar - Fangirlismmalteverentia on March 7th, 2013 11:53 am (UTC)
Ahahaha the "You Tried" stars. XDD /pats Nao

Thanks for sharing, Nix! 'till the next meet~ ♥
Nixkuro_akira on March 22nd, 2013 05:19 pm (UTC)
Always happy to share. ♥ X)
jhisksanjhisksan on March 8th, 2013 05:33 am (UTC)
Awww thanks. Elu and I had fun. :) we should proabably stay later the next time.
Nixkuro_akira on March 22nd, 2013 05:20 pm (UTC)
Yeah you must stay later! :"D ♥
Happy you had fun. X3
Kanisdollground on March 9th, 2013 06:08 am (UTC)
Valentine's is fast becoming Ceth's least favorite meet, lol
Gorgeous pics, Nix! And such a fun meet.>w< ILU MM!!♥♥♥
Nixkuro_akira on March 22nd, 2013 05:20 pm (UTC)
D. Fatale: Rated RKO: Hihihiii XDXDXDdarknessfatale on March 14th, 2013 05:08 pm (UTC)
Eerie enjoyed June's company very muchly during the event (Valentines is her favorite occasion after all XDXDXD).
Ree, on the other hand.......I enjoyed the laughing fit that came with his 'couple photoshoot' with Ceth (poor boy must be swearing internally at his perdicament ^^''').
Awesome pics in covering the event, Nix!
Nixkuro_akira on March 22nd, 2013 05:21 pm (UTC)
Ree and Ceth's shoot was one of my faves for sure!! XDDD
Thanks for looking, Jen. ♥ :"D