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A Song To Carry My Feet: Punchdrunk Panda Skimmers + A Giveaway!


Dear Internet

How do I begin writing about Punchdrunk Panda?

I first became acquainted with the Filipino brand a couple of years ago when I saw photos of their laptop bags and sleeves floating around Facebook. Cute!, I thought. Since then, they have been in my periphery; it’s hard not to notice their youthful and funky designs that I’ve always thought of as a less chaotic, more pleasing Tokidoki.

I’m really bad when it comes to reading and replying to emails, mostly because I made the mistake of keeping my work, blog, and personal messages all in one account. I like having everything in one place but things can get pretty overwhelming, especially when I fail to sort all my Google Alerts. I almost missed PdP’s invitation to a blogger hangout… good thing they sent me a message over Facebook, too!

Last Tuesday afternoon, I joined the Punchdrunk Panda team (consisting of Jen, Nica, and Pauline the super intern) and a handful of other bloggers at Pipino Vegetarian Restaurant (located at Malingap Street, Teacher’s Village, a jeepney-and-tricycle-ride-away from my apartment. Make sure to try their lemongrass+ginger+cucumber cooler, it is AMAZEBALLS) to take a peek at their upcoming camera strap designs and get first dibs on their latest ladies’ skimmers.

Punchdrunk Panda skimmers

These skimmers will be launched at Anteroom Sessions 2 on the 31st!

Five designs for five bloggers, with each blogger getting their preferred design on a first-come-first-served basis. Unsurprisingly, I was last to arrive and everyone had already picked their skimmers. Nica handed me Airmail and my little heart kind of went “Ohmylawd” when I saw the blue and red lines (reminiscent of grade school writing notebooks) and the handwritten notes on the toe caps. It took a few seconds to register that the shoe was designed like airmail envelopes (thus, the name), complete with a rose stamp! A-D-O-R-A-B-L-E. I was really glad that I ended up with this pair!

Punchdrunk Panda skimmers

This aims to capture the nostalgia of handwritten notes. When Ge & Selena were younger, air mail envelopes were the most common vessels for their letters and the feelings that they wanted to express, and notebook paper was readily available to them at school. Doodles, paper games about love, half written lines from poems or songs all went into their notebooks, and, for the braver ones, these pages would find their way to the hands of the intended recipient. These pen-and-paper missives are physical manifestations of their emotions, and Ge & Selena feel that they carry romance and significance in ways that digital mail never can. Their design incorporates some lyrics from Slow Hello that express simpler emotions and are sent using simpler means.

I actually bumped into Ge at Cubao X last Friday and giddily— and not-quite-soberly— showed her my shoes.

I can be quite the sentimental fool, a sucker for romance and long-lost practices (with the exception of ligaw lol). Like most people, I had pen pals growing up, had my fair share of letters professing my 12-year old idea of love to Taylor Hanson (which I never mailed, fortunately lol), and I treasure the occasional postcard from online friends that come my way. There really is something about snail mail that email and ecards can never compare to.

Punchdrunk Panda skimmers

Dear You,
I wrote a song.
It’s about you.
I hope you like
the words.
The gentle
question of
YOU and I.

Punchdrunk Panda skimmers

Every pair of Punchdrunk Panda skimmers comes with a re-usable shoe bag (yay for Earth-friendly practices), a care card (these are washable shoes!), and a postcard from the design duo.

Punchdrunk Panda skimmers

Punchdrunk Panda skimmers

All five designs:

Punchdrunk Panda skimmers

From left to right: GOING PLACES by Kasey Albano & Arriane Serafico (Lois‘ pick), AIRMAIL by Ge Mapa & Selena Salang, MANIC MAYAN by Kitkat Pecson & Patricia Prieto (Charlene‘s pick), DREAMERS (Gela‘s pick) by Robbie Bautista & Cheyser Pedragosa, KICK FLICKS by JP Cuison & Saab Magalona (Raleene‘s pick).

View more product photos here and check out the brochure, which includes info on each design and the team behind them, here! This is PdP’s biggest collaboration to date!

Punchdrunk Panda skimmers

Punchdrunk Panda skimmers

Group photo! Swiped this from Jonver. Robbie, Jonver, Nica, Jen, Lois, Selena, Alessa (the force behind Pipino), Raleene, Charlene, Gela, Pauline, me, and Tita Thysz (Moonleaf Tea Shop’s marketing manager and my fabby friend).

Punchdrunk Panda skimmers

The skimmers retail for 1295PHP each and will be available starting March 31 during Anteroom Sessions 2 at Cubao X. There will be pop-up shops, live music (my friends, The Strangeness, will be playing), and DJ sets. Unfortunately, I will be out of town that day for Hanson’s Cebu show. I’m a bit sad that I won’t be there but it’s Hanson, after all :P

Punchdrunk Panda skimmers

And now, a giveaway! We are giving three readers of mine a 200PHP eGC each to spend on the Punchdrunk Panda online store!

Punchdrunk Panda skimmers

To win, simply comment on this blog entry on or before March 31, 2012 with your favorite skimmers design (Going Places, Airmail, Manic Mayan, Dreamers, Kick Flicks)! Seriously, I want to know what your favorite is, since my mom wants MY pair and I feel silly getting a second Airmail pair for her lol.

Don’t forget to like Punchdrunk Panda on Facebook!

Punchdrunk Panda skimmers

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  • Reply Christine March 25, 2012 at 7:55 pm

    Hmm. The Dreamers pair’s my fave so far~ I’m gonna get my hands on them as soon as get my next paycheck >D

  • Reply Amanda P. March 25, 2012 at 7:56 pm

    I like the Dreamers pair because i love dreamcatchers <3

  • Reply Rae March 25, 2012 at 8:00 pm

    I really would really love a pair of the Airmail cuteys. :)

  • Reply Shannen Casino March 25, 2012 at 8:06 pm

    My favorite pair is Airmail. :) It’s so adorable like what you said. <3

  • Reply Bea March 25, 2012 at 8:09 pm

    DREAMERS! <3 <3

  • Reply Mary Grace Esmaya March 25, 2012 at 8:30 pm

    I love the ‘Airmail’ ‘coz it is so unique and cute, like it was made for a person who is in love. <3 Nice!

  • Reply Gmerish March 25, 2012 at 8:36 pm

    Dreamers! Cute, quirky, and reminds me of dreaming high! :)

  • Reply Yuki March 25, 2012 at 8:39 pm

    I like KICK FLICKS the most! It’s just so badass and very wearable, as well. :D

    Anyway, what font did you use for “dear internet”? Cute!

  • Reply Pia March 25, 2012 at 8:43 pm

    I love the DREAMERS. <3

  • Reply Angie Vianzon March 25, 2012 at 8:55 pm

    I got my eye on three designs: Airmail, Dreamers, and Kick Flicks. Also, I like the font that you used.

  • Reply Dianne March 25, 2012 at 9:07 pm

    I actually like the Manic Mayan! So geometric and just ~tribal~. Haha! Airmail is so cute too! :D

  • Reply Christine March 25, 2012 at 9:09 pm

    Cutesy Airmail!! <3

  • Reply Carmi March 25, 2012 at 10:41 pm

    Airmail is adorable! :D I love Dreamers too :)

  • Reply dlysen March 25, 2012 at 10:54 pm

    Nice shoes… Kung girl lang ako baka meron na rin ako nito… anyway maganda itong pang regalo.

  • Reply Danica March 25, 2012 at 11:05 pm

    DREAMERS! :)

  • Reply Allyssa Arcangel March 25, 2012 at 11:15 pm

    Dreamers! <3

  • Reply Alikoy March 25, 2012 at 11:26 pm

    Kick flicks! Badass. :D

  • Reply Kirsten March 26, 2012 at 12:07 am

    KICK FLICKS!!! :-)

  • Reply Camz March 26, 2012 at 12:15 am


    But my vote goes to Kick Flicks. It’s so badass!

  • Reply Erielle March 26, 2012 at 12:36 am


  • Reply Ella S March 26, 2012 at 12:43 am

    I like the Manic Mayan! <3

  • Reply momo March 26, 2012 at 12:56 am


  • Reply Dani March 26, 2012 at 3:21 am

    GOING PLACES! And maybe have it as a reminder to actually go places this year, lol.

  • Reply Barbs Arguelles March 26, 2012 at 7:11 am

    Manic Mayan!! Boho laav

  • Reply Rei Paguibitan March 26, 2012 at 8:12 am

    i love the airmail! ?

  • Reply louvie caneda March 26, 2012 at 10:10 am

    KICK FLICKS please :)

  • Reply Lalai March 26, 2012 at 10:22 am

    airmail is just too kyoot and i want it! :)

  • Reply Mimi March 26, 2012 at 10:38 am

    Hey helga I was wondering what font did you use. Also, Mayan Madness <333

  • Reply Mimi March 26, 2012 at 10:40 am

    Nevermind the last comment :) I read through the comments. I still hope to win that online gc so I can get mayan madness though. Perfect for summer! <3

  • Reply Janice Pinto March 26, 2012 at 11:51 am

    I love the KICK FLICKS! <3

  • Reply Jen Horn March 26, 2012 at 12:03 pm

    Thanks for the post, Helga!
    We’ll miss you at Anteroom Sessions 2, but yeah, enjoy Hanson! Haha! :D

  • Reply Kathlynn G March 26, 2012 at 12:15 pm

    The dreamers! <3 There's nothing wrong with dreaming. (I'm dreaming of winning a pair!) And all our dreams can come true, if we have the courage to pursue them.

  • Reply Kimi March 26, 2012 at 12:21 pm

    I love the airmail!!!! sooo kyot!

  • Reply meanne March 26, 2012 at 12:32 pm

    I love the AIRMAIL by Ge Mapa & Selena Salang. I like the words the goes with it- it’s profound yet it goes with a funky design. :-)

  • Reply Myka Mallillin March 26, 2012 at 1:29 pm

    I lurve the Manic Mayan! It looks so cute and perfect for summer! :)

  • Reply Kathrine March 26, 2012 at 1:41 pm

    I love Airmail! It’s too cute. :)

  • Reply Charmaine Benitez March 26, 2012 at 1:59 pm

    I’m so in love with the DREAMERS! <3

  • Reply Nina March 26, 2012 at 2:13 pm

    I like the simplicity of AIRMAIL!

  • Reply Suyen March 26, 2012 at 2:37 pm

    My favorite is Dreamers by Robbie Bautista & Cheyser Pedragosa :)

  • Reply archijeca March 26, 2012 at 3:25 pm

    dreamers ?

    off topic: your hair looks sweet :) i envy you, pink hair isn’t for everyone ;)

  • Reply Ina March 26, 2012 at 3:41 pm

    I think I like Dreamers the most!

  • Reply Ina March 26, 2012 at 3:45 pm

    JOKE LANG I like Manic Mayan the most. Totes didn’t notice the side designs from the first photo herp.

  • Reply Trish March 26, 2012 at 4:07 pm

    I like the ‘Dreamers’ the most!

  • Reply Abi Ruidera March 26, 2012 at 5:34 pm

    Kick flicks! Vibrant colors for summer! :D

  • Reply myrtle March 26, 2012 at 8:54 pm

    i like the airmail too. soo cute! would love to have a pair! :))

  • Reply Kalai March 26, 2012 at 9:18 pm

    all are beautiful, but I like the DREAMERS most. teehee. :3

  • Reply Kimberly Capeding March 26, 2012 at 10:46 pm

    Airmail definitely! Such pretty colors. *u*

  • Reply altheasarah March 26, 2012 at 10:55 pm

    Yay for Kick Flicks because I <3 Saab! Haha 'Hope I win Helga! :)

  • Reply Yvette March 26, 2012 at 11:59 pm

    Definitely GOING PLACES! :D

  • Reply elaine chua March 27, 2012 at 8:55 am

    i love the airmail!

  • Reply raine March 27, 2012 at 10:53 am

    dreamers for me. <3

  • Reply Abbey March 27, 2012 at 5:25 pm


  • Reply Jayrin March 27, 2012 at 5:42 pm

    I absolutely love Manic Mayan! :)

  • Reply Kelly March 27, 2012 at 6:10 pm

    Ow, I love Kick Flicks.:)

  • Reply Kyra Canumay March 27, 2012 at 8:03 pm

    Airmail still, but my second choice is the Manic Mayan! :)

  • Reply Alex March 27, 2012 at 11:16 pm

    Oh those are pretty! I actually saw these designs on some other blog but for some reason I got sidetracked and never got to click on where that photo led to. Punchdrunk Panda site seems down, though. I love the pair that you got! Yours would’ve been my second choice, the first being Kick Flicks. That said, I might as well join in your contest! :D (My favorite being yes, Kick Flicks).

    Too bad I won’t be around on the 31st, either, I would’ve wanted to check them out. I miss CubaoX and I love those shoes.

  • Reply Cathy March 28, 2012 at 9:29 am

    They remind me of the time when I sent (real) letters to my grandparents when I was a kid and of my dear old collection of stamps.

  • Reply Trixy March 28, 2012 at 1:45 pm

    Dreamers <3

  • Reply Janine March 29, 2012 at 2:58 am

    AIRMAIL! <3 Words on a shoe be awesomeeeee!

  • Reply Fao March 29, 2012 at 3:12 am

    definitely airmail! just so young, feminine, and laid back at the same time :)

  • Reply Asia April 10, 2012 at 11:52 pm

    Manic Mayan! Love the colors <3

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