Tuesday, November 26, 2013

MY PHONE WAS STOLEN!! &%$%@($&!@)&$#^^$


Bakit parang lapitin ako ngayon ng mga ganyan klaseng tao!! Kainis lang. O marami lang talaga sila these days?


... but it doesn't hurt as much as it should be or as much as I thought it would be. Salamat for the feeling of calmness kahit ganun. Hindi ata dapat pero bakit ganun. Parang pagkatapos ng face palm ko sa jeep nung nalaman kong wala na kong phone, parang ako, "Ay okay." 

'Yung totoo, Tin? Milyonarya ka ba?? HAHAHAHA. Nakakahinayang din 'yun ah! -_-

Pero 'yun nga nawalan pa rin ako kaya nakakainis pa rin pag naaalala ko. At tuwing naalala ko na lahat ng attempts e nangyari nang hindi pa masyadong gabi tas 'yung isa, tirik pa 'yung araw, e totoo ata talagang mas safe ako sa gabing gabi. Kaya ayokong umuuwi ng maaga e!!! Hahaha. 

Goodbye, sim card.
(Arte arte pa 'ko sa nasira kong sim card, mawawala rin naman pala 'yung bago after two months. Hahaha.)
 Goodbye, memory card.
Goodbye, phone of two years. 

 MY GOLLY. DI PA AKO PREPARED SA GASTOS NA ITEY. SANA JANUARY PA KO BIBILI EH. NA- ADVANCE NAMAN AKO NG BONGGANG BONGGA.


 I always place my phone in my pocket or in the inner pocket of my bag and last night was the only time that I placed it in the outer pocket of my bag. Meant to be lang na mawala? 


But alam mo 'yun, hindi ko alam kung baliw lang din talaga ko o ang yabang ko lang kasi pakiramdam ko mapapalitan naman  Saka na at least, it became easier to let go. Syempre kahit ganun lang 'yung phone ko at gusto ko naman na 'yun palitan (TAKE NOTE: December 2012 pa dahil isa 'yan sa mga nasa wishlist ko.) e hindi ko mapalitan dahil may attachment na at higit sa lahat e may pera man ako e medyo kulang pa rin. 

Looking at the bright side, at least diba, wala na kong pinaghahawakan at goraboom na 'ko. 'Yun nga lang, medyo malaking kabawasan ito sa kaban ng bayan. Kaban ng bayan talaga. 


Alam mo 'yung sabi nilang, paulit-ulit kang babatuhin ng buhay ng mga problema sa iba't ibang forms hanggang sa matutuhan mo kung anong tinuturo nito? Ayan na nga. HUHUHU. Sana natuto na 'ko diba!!! Ayoko ng mawalan at magastusan. Natuto na 'ko, di na ko uuwi ng maaga. HAHAHAHA.


Hay, bakit ba ganun? Parang kalmado pa 'ko at kagabi nga, nakakatawa na ko ulit eh. Munshonga lang. Pero baka meant to be talaga kami ng dream phone ko di 'ba. HAHAHAHAHA. D


Dahil dyan, ritwal ritwal din hanggang Saturday. Xperia, lumapit ka sa'kin nang wala kong gastos o kung meron man, konti lang!!! Kasi kung hindi, forced diet ako. Huhu. JK.  Forced tipid na lang pala. Uso rin siguro maging homebody ng ilang buwan. Ang dami ko na rin namang back logs for this blog if ever ma-tripan kong maging taong bahay pero nakakabaliw kasi 'yun. Bahala na nga.


God, penge pong pera. :)))))
Salamat po kasi bibigyan Niyo ko ng pambili ng cellphone. Hahahaha.


Pero seryoso, 

Salamat po at hindi ko kailangan na magnakaw pa para may ipangkain ako.
Salamat at hindi ko kailangan gamitin ang mga talento at kakayanan ko para makapanglamang at makapang-isa ng ibang tao.

Salamat na alam kong may bago kong mahahawakan kahit nawalan ako.

Salamat na kahit hindi naman talaga ko dapat masaya e bakit parang ang saya ko pa rin.



Ingat po tayo.
Naglipana silang mga best actor pag nahuli. 




"It's not what happens to you that matters. It's how you respond to what happens to you that makes a difference."

Big City, Glorietta 2

Lemonade
I wanted to eat burger but I also wanted to try something else (bawal umulit ng resto!!) and as we came across this fastfood joint while walking in Glorietta, ano pa ba? Edi enter na.
Flame-grilled Burger with fries and drinks
P 145.00 + P 20.00 add-on for the cheese.

I like flame-grilled burgers more because they're less oily than those burgers grilled using the regular grillers. It may be big but the size is enough to fit in your mouth so feel na feel na burger talaga ang kinakain dahil di na kailangan gamitan ng fork at kutsilyo. As for the patty, juicy at masarap naman. Buti nagpa add on kami ng cheese.
"Unli" tomato catsup, mayonnaise and mustard.
Condiments are set-up on the tables.



They also serve hotdogs, sausages and buffalo wings.

Friday, November 22, 2013

Superbowl of China's Lemon Chicken, Mall of Asia

Alam mo 'yung kapag ginagamit ko 'yung Instagram ko (--->) tapos nilalagay ko 'yung location ko o ng pictures ko, parang ako, "Shems, kung san san ako napapadpad." Tipong isang araw andito lang ako sa Q.C. tas sa susunod, napunta kong MOA biglang meron palang sidetrip sa Tagaytay tas next year baka nasa Singapore na 'ko. (JK. Sobrang bihira lang mag-Tagaytay at asa lang Singapore!!!) Pero balak ko naman igeo-tag lang ng i-geo tag 'yung photos ko kasi lilibutin ko pa buong mundo. Mundo agad. Wow, sossy lang. HAHAHAHAHA. Seryoso, kasi nakakatuwa kahit fail 'yung ibang geo-tagging dun e tumatama naman 'yung iba tapos kung saan saan naka-locate 'yung pictures ko.

 Hello, funds na sana kasi para maka-hello, world.

God, para sa'kin 'to di ba? Alam kong OO po ang sagot Niyo kaya maghihintay lang po ako... habang kumakain syempre. hehehehe.
Lakas maka.. :)) PUSH lang ng PUSH na nalaman kong may kumalat palang meaning dahil naging acronym 'yan; Pray Until Something Happens. O sige, push ko 'to lahat!! Baka pumayat rin ako kaka-PUSH!!


Dahil dyan, nasa China na 'ko.

The only Lemon Chicken I enjoyed so far.

Lemon Chicken Super Solo Meal / Rice Toppings
P 119.00


While most people prefer their sauce and chicken mixed, I prefer mine like this so I can adjust the quantity of lemon sauce. And although the breading was kind of thick, it was still crispy and didn't taste like flour.
The chicken meat was also fried just right and the quantity matched the rice quantity!!!! Problema talaga 'to sa'kin kasi malakas ako mag-ulam, tas madalas sa rice bowl e ang daming kanin tas sobrang konti ng ulam.

Sunday, November 17, 2013

Donate/Volunteer at Red Cross, QC Chapter (YolandaPH)

Another Saturday well spent!

No one wants to be hit by a disaster but it's on times like this that you are able to see how selfless most people are. 

These aren't all the donations because this is only one of the numerous repacking sites for Yolanda's victim but you just can't help but be  overwhelmed by the quantity of goods that are continuously being donated there.


I'd prefer to be in the field and be the one to give these relief goods to the victims but that's just not possible.

With two of my friends, we decided to spend some hours volunteering here at Red Cross in Quezon City Hall, Gate 5 (along Kalayaan avenue).

No need for scheduling.
Go there, log in then you're good!
We sorted out some donated clothes and then later on sorted out the canned goods too.

This may seem like a small thing but I really wish that the victims would feel the outpouring support other people are giving them.

The concern, the help, just about everything is stupendous.
Red Cross Quezon City Chapter Contact Details and Bank Accounts

Ang sarap lang sa pakiramdam na sa maliit na paraan at sa konting oras na nilaan mo e nakatulong ka na sa iba.
Ang sarap lang sa pakiramdam na hindi mo man matanggal 'yung sakit na nararamdaman nila e kahit papaano ay naging instrumento ka sa pagbangon nilang muli.



P.S. I'm not even affected but whenever I read newspapers or online articles and watch news about all the help we are continuously given, I can't help it but be touched too. To our fellow Filipinos and the international community who have been donating a lot and have been showing their support and concern, thank you so much!! All your help- big or small- would definitely be an instrument in rebuilding another person's life.


Sa dami ng tulong, isa lang talaga hiling ko, sana makarating lahat ng 'to sakanila ng buo.

Friday, November 15, 2013

RICE UP Against Hunger!


What do you usually do on your free time?

Well, my free time is whenever I have nothing to do (obviously) and I have no "gala" or any appointments (appointments para sa sossy pakinggan) so I'm stuck at home watching tv, eating, browsing the internet and (obviously again) blogging like what I'm doing now.


But I've recently discovered a website called freerice.com, a non-profit website that is owned by the United Nations World Food Programme, which made my idle time more productive and more selfless. 


For the past three days that I've been playing or better yet testing my intellect there, I've already donated more than 7,000 grains of rice and my goal now is to donate at least 1,000 grains of rice per day. 


Talk about hitting two birds with one stone. First, you're learning more. Second, you're able to feed someone in the process.

This is what the quiz looks like.
Sponsored banners that are displayed below pay for the cost of the rice grains.
You can choose among these subjects.
I'm okay taking the English, French and Flags of the World quizzes but 
I just wish they have more language learning options such as Korean or Japanese since I'm planning to study the latter in the near future too. This would definitely make learning more fun and more worthwhile.


Learn more about Freerice here.


Game? Let's play! :)



Also if you have the money, why not try doing more for others like being someone's miracle through World Vision or donating more in World Food Programme



***

On a side note, there's also a lesson about saving when you play this game.

Although 10 or let it be P 10.00 is just a small amount, if you'd continue saving it, soon enough you'd be able to save 100 which will eventually be 1000 and 10000 and 100000 to millions. Who knows? Everything starts small. And if you reach that point when you already have a more than a million pesos in your bank account or when the time comes when you'd have enough to give away... don't forget me, okay? HAHAHA. :))))


I'm also on the process of becoming a wiser spender/saver. WAG LANG TALAGA KO PINAPAKITAAN NG PAGKAIN AT MAGAGANDANG LUGAR NA PWEDENG PUNTAHAN. Munshungerks lang, wala rin pala kasi gastos din. hahahaha. 

Thursday, November 14, 2013

Shomal by Hossein, Trinoma

This is the first Persian food post in this blog and now that I've mentioned it, the last time I ate Kebab was more than 2 years ago. Obviously, that's prior to the "birth" of this blog. 

Let's start with the restaurant.
It's a fine dining restaurant and I don't know why entered. HAHAHAHA. 
We requested that we sit in this part of the restaurant which has curtains to separate each tables. You can have the waiters put the curtains down for some privacy and "arte" like what we did with ours. It was also cozier that way.
As for the menu, I was overwhelmed by the choices not only because of the vast selections they have but also because I'm not familiar with most of their offerings. 
Trinoma is a busy (and noisy) mall so I appreciated the ambiance of this restaurant. It was very private, relaxing and homey; a break from the crowded "outside world".
I can't remember the price but this is less than P 350.00
Chelo Beef Kebab

My Kebab was mild and was spiced and cooked just right.

But more than the meat, the rice was the star of this meal.
It's long-grained rice, steamed perfectly and very flavorful on its own. I just don't know what the rice variant was.

Spicy and Garlic Sauce
I don't know if the white one is really garlic sauce or just a yogurt sauce. It doesn't taste garlicky enough for me while the hot sauce was so so so so spicy I literally drank a whole glass of water when I tried it.

Spiciness threshold is only high whenever I eat Korean food.

I've passed by this restaurant for a loooot of times already being the Trinoma girl that I am or I was but this is my first time to eat there.


I've also been seeing the word Hossein whenever I'm in Serendra and Greenbelt (I can't recall which one) and I think, those three are just practically the same. Or maybe not.

Tuesday, November 12, 2013

Mary Grace, Trinoma

Dessert time!!!
Looked for desserts kasi akala ko gutom pa 'ko and we ended up eating at Mary Grace
This reminded me of Conti's Mango Bravo probably because of the mango (obviously) and the graham (na medyo nougat) layers only the latter has chocolate. But this is good too!!! If not for my love of chocolate, I'd choose this over MB. 

HAHAHA. KAYA AYOKONG NAGDE-DESCRIBE NG PAGKAIN EH. NAKAKATAWA LANG. SORRY NA, HINDI TALAGA KO CRITIC. ALAM KO LANG ANG MASARAP SA HINDI AT ANG BET SA HINDI. HAHAHA.
My order.
Mary Grace Cheesecake
P 120.00/slice

Simple yet one of the best (Kung may susunod sa gawa kong cheesecake haha!, ito na siguro 'yun.)
It's smooth, creamy and priced just right.

Dito ko sila nakilala (pati lemon squares) at ito pa rin ang binabalik-balikan.

This one's good too although I prefer their 3 cheese ensaymada more. Nabitin kasi ako dun sa nasa taas na part kung anuman 'yung tawag dun, pero cheese din siguro kasi ensaymada 'to.

Next time, Laguna cheese naman. Ehehehe.

Classic Grilled Ensaymada
P 73.00.


So dalawa lang kami but we ordered three kinds so 'yung Ate while ordering.

Kami: Meron bang Strawberry Shortcake?
Ate: Wala po eh.

*medyo na-disappoint*

Kami: Ah o sige, Cheesecake na lang saka Mango Bene. Ugh,  Grilled Ensaymada.
Ate: So orders are Cheesecake and Grilled Ensaymada?
Kami: Pati po Mango Bene. 3.


Basta ganyan. Di ko na rin maalala pero medyo ganyan na hindi niya agad nakuha na tatlo 'yung order. Shems. Katakawan!!


P.S. Most of times, I just order service/house water whenever I eat out to save and I'm not usually a soda drinker (pero umiinom, minsan pag budget meal ahahah saka libre so para maka-save lang siguro) And, Mary Grace gets a star for effort because they serve lemon water. I love Mary Grace Cafe's house water! 

Bosay Resort, San Roque Antipolo

I rarely go night swimming. Well okay, I rarely go swimming but it's more rare that I go night swimming.

Almost two weeks ago, we went on a night swimming at Bosay resort in Antipolo. For me, Bosay Resort isn't an ideal place for a night swimming. This is MY opinion though. I'd prefer to be there on a daytime to see a better view of the whole resort. Medyo sayang eh. Night swimming is only for private resorts where you don't have to stroll around the place anymore... saka 'yung may mga thermal pool pati, ang lamig eh!
Here's a picture of their Bosay Hotel. 
Choices of cottages and required swimwear. They're really strict when it comes to the implementation of bathing suits rule. It's wear the proper attire or you're not allowed swim.

Bosay Resort Rates
We paid P 190.00/head
This is the Storm Wave Pool which we were able to try first.
I loved it there but when we went back later that night, it was closed already.
Of all the resorts I've been at, this is the first time that I've encountered a disco pool.
Inside is a pool and a dance floor. I heard that a lot of people look forward for this.
Turtle Pool for the kids
This pool is the cause of all our confusions and disappointments. HAHAHAHA.
We went there on a night swimming because we were hoping for a Thermal pool, you know, that pool with warm water but we ended up finding a Therapy pool which we don't get why it's called that way.  It's not therapeutic at all.
Inside the disco pool area.

 I am "normally" that person whom you'd find dancing in a crowd but I forgo of that this time and chose to stay in the more serene Olympic pool beside this disco pool area.

Also, the whole experience felt like we were swimming in an iced water. It was so cold!!! It didn't help that Bosay Resort is situated in a mountain and we were out swimming until past 12 midnight! Nonetheless, I really enjoyed the Olympic Pool and looking at the night sky although there weren't much stars. Take me back to Ilocos, please. The night sky there is still the best I've ever seen. 
No sleep for that night. We just rested inside the cottage for a bit, waited for our "wake up" call at 5 AM and when we headed out our room, it was almost sunrise.
Strolling there on a morning is seriously better than strolling there at night. 
Photo ops before leaving

Bosay is in a mountain so it's understandable that you're going to walk on slopes. You'll get tired swimming but you'll get more tired transferring from a pool to another. Walking uphill definitely gets more difficult when you're soaking wet.

There was also a slight feeling of regret that we didn't get to see their Infinity pool because it's closed during the night.

We had no problems with the pool water quality. In fact, the water of their Olympic pool is one of the best I've swam at.


I'll be exploring more of Antipolo resorts soon. hihihihihi. Someday, infinity pool, someday.

Monday, November 11, 2013

Bangon, Pilipinas!

Let us all help Yolanda's victims rebuild their lives.

I've been living comfortably without even realizing how devastating and how horrific these past three days were to those people living in the typhoon-hit areas of the country.

 I knew about Haiyan, I knew that it was one of the most powerful typhoons in history, I knew about the storm surges that hit the land as if they were tsunamis, I knew the facts but it was only earlier this evening as I was watching a local television show that I finally felt how hard it was for them. The whole time the segment was airing I was trying my best to stop my tears from flowing but to no avail.



They need our help. 
Rappler has combined all the possible donation options here.

1. If you are doing good financially then you may donate money.
2. If you don't have extra money to spare, look for old clothing or just about anything you can give away which you can drop off at those places accepting donations.
3. If both of these aren't possible, offer them your service and time by volunteering in places that repack relief goods.
4. If you can't, you may help by being the one to gather donations among your friends and families.
5. If none of the above is possible, why not offer them prayers? Prayers can move mountains. :)

I've donated some in World Vision and probably more tomorrow through BPI.
Please choose wisely. It pains me even more that some people actually take advantage of this situation and just pocket the donations. 

(Di mababaw ang luha ko and as much as possible ayokong umiiyak ako pero grabe, umiiyak ako ngayon. Ang sakit eh.)



Madalas may mga bagay na nangyayari sa buhay natin na hindi natin ginusto. Madalas din ang mga akala nating "okay" na mga desisyon ay 'yon palang pagsisihan natin sa hinaharap. Madalas wala tayong ibang maisip kung gaano ka-unfair ng mundo. 

Alam ko kung gaano kahirap magsimulang muli pero kahit kailan hindi ko maiintindihan kung gaano kasakit ang mga nararamdaman nila. Kung gaano kahirap magsimula lalo na kung wala ka pang liwanag na nakikita at lalong lalo na kung 'yung mga tao na minamahal at mga bagay na pinaghahawakan mo sa buhay e bigla na lang nawala ng ganun.

Pano mo nga ba haharapin ang bukas nang puno ng takot, pagkalito at para sa iba ay pagsisi? Wala kong ibang dasal kundi ang makayanan nilang makatayo agad pagkatapos ng lahat ng ito. 


Sana... sana lang lahat ng tulong na iniaabot ng ibang bansa at maging ibang Pilipino para sa mga nasalanta ng bagyo ay makarating sa kanila ng buo at hindi pa napapagpilian ng ibang taong gusto na pati ang para sa iba ay kunin pa rin nila.


Sana... sana 'yung mga taong nagsasabi ng hindi maganda tungkol sa mga inasal ng mga "looters" ay matauhan na kaya lang naman nangyari 'yun ay dahil desperado na sila. Oo, meron tayong standards of morality. Oo, masamang magnakaw pero kung ilang araw ka ng gutom at walang makain, anong gagawin mo? Siguro kung 'yun na ang naglalaban, mapipilitan ka na rin gumawa ng hindi maganda. 
Hay, I'm torn. I've been hearing news about people stealing things other than basic needs eh kaya hindi ko rin alam kung anong dapat kong isipin. Pero kasi nasa state of panic at nawala halos lahat sakanila, nandun lang talaga 'yung thought na kaya nila nagawa 'yun kasi kailangan at ginagawa nila lahat para maka-survive


KAYA NAMAN 
SANA magkaroon ng master plan ang gobyerno natin, 'yung pinaka-efficient para hindi na maging magulo at maging mas secured 'yung lugar. Sana kagaya nung nangyari sa Japan noon, maging mas organized 'yung mga tao para maging mas madali 'yung clearing at rescue operations. Malapit na sa anarchy 'yung nangyayari o anarchy na nga ata kaya lalong gumugulo at sigurado kung ganyan lang, mas mahihirapan ang lahat. Kailangan ng MATINO AT EFFECTIVE na governing body and I hope, I really hope agad agad silang makagalaw. Outside forces (mga taga-ibang lugar sa Pilipinas) ang kailangan dahil mas nakakapag-isip sila ng husto, litong lito rin ang mga taong nasalanta ngayon kaya sigurado na hindi sila makakilos at makapag-isip ng maayos.



Habang tumatagal, habang naiisa-isa ang mga bayan na nasalanta, lalong sumasakit. Itigil na ang sisihan, please. Tahimik na lang and just find ways to help.


Sigurado na ngayon ay hindi pa nila alam kung paano at kung saan magsisimula kaya tayong andito't komportable, tulong sana tayo. Walang may gustong mangyari 'to pero pwede natin gustuhin tumulong at alalayan sila sa pagbubuhat nila ng mabibigat na dalahin na meron sila ngayon.



Sana lahat ng tao na nandun ay hindi magpatalo at sumuko na lang basta sa hamon na 'to.


May God bless the Philippines more.
Sana maka-recover tayo ASAP.

Sunday, November 10, 2013

White Hat Italian Yogurt

Back to an old favorite of mine.

One word: Nostalgic. :))

Baker's Hat
P 150.00
Large

Homemade Cheesecake + Yogurt + Almond Clusters


It has been years since I ordered my last Baker's Hat from White Hat. Of all the available combinations they have, this will always be the perfect one for me.



Frozen Yogurt to Milk Teas to Matcha... I wonder what would come next in the succession of my food addictions. (Dark) Chocolate would always be an all-time favorite though so that's out of the equation. 

Thursday, November 7, 2013

Study Abroad with IDP Philippines!

I was never open to the possibility of studying abroad until last year when I was taking up my Elementary Korean II Class at the Korean Cultural Center in the Philippines.

 I enrolled at KCC because watching Korean dramas is my hobby and I wanted to at least know the basic of their language. I ended up enjoying not only the language class but the rest of the Korean culture as well and that was reflected on my performance because I graduated as the top 1 student for that term. 


During our classes, our Korean teacher would inject some information about Korea and I always found myself hoping that one day, I'd be able to experience everything firsthand too.

My exposure to Korean culture kind of "
infected" me with wanderlust that the idea of studying abroad suddenly became so enticing. But since I didn't know a lot about the opportunities for Filipinos to study and travel to Korea, there wasn't any progress regarding this so for more than a year now, that dream continues to be just a dream. But who knows, right? Maybe I am meant to go farther.


Unlike what happened to me, the lack of information shouldn't be the case for other Filipino students and Filipino aspirants who desire to study overseas specifically in countries like Australia, New Zealand, Canada, USA, and United Kingdom


Are you dreaming of studying abroad?


Well then, take advantage of this chance to enhance your qualifications and learn more about the several opportunities in other countries by attending
the Philippines' biggest education expo: The World Education Exhibit 2013 where you can meet over 50 schools and universities from the above-mentioned countries. 


This FREE expo is hosted by IDP Philippines, a student placement firm which was established in Manila in 1985. Their goal is to bring students closer to their dream of studying abroad by
 offering assistance in visa processing, counselling sessions for prospective students and many more.  


Interested?


Register today at http://www.philippines.idp.com/WEE2013
or call (02) 816-07-55 loc 116



Exhibit Schedules and Locations:

Date: November 15, 2013
Time: 12nn - 5pm
Venue: Marriott Hotel, Cebu


Date: November 16-17, 2013
Time: 12nn - 5pm
Venue: Dusit Thani Hotel, Makati



IDP Philippines:
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There's just so much potential in everyone of us that's why we should exhaust all possibilities to learn and improve ourselves as much as we can. And there's definitely even more in this world to explore and that's the reason why we should also travel as far as we can. 

 "If opportunity doesn't knock, build a door."
See you! :)

Monday, November 4, 2013

Fondue for Two, Swensen's Mall of Asia



Days like today make me wish that I can just teleport to MOA or Eastwood and order this for myself 'cause you know, when all else fails, desserts can do the trick. 

This fondue is for two persons but bring me there on a "sad and unfair" day like today, I can eat all of these alone plus an extra scoop of matcha or dark chocolate ice cream as well. 

Fondue for two is composed of 4 mini scoops of ice cream (your choice of flavors), banana, mango, cream and wafer
And your warm chocolate sauce, of course.

P 340.00

Natatawa ko. Kasi fondue 'to so dapat, isasawsaw mo lahat pati 'yung ice cream? Di uso 'yun ihalo. Sinasawsaw 'yung fruits, kinain 'yung ice cream lang tas bago nasunog 'yung chocolate, kinain ko lang din ng ganyan. Hindi na nahiya na nasa rich kid ice cream parlor, sinimot talaga.

E kung bumili na lang pala ko ng isang bar ng meiji black chocolate, di ba?? hahahaha.



Babalik ako, Swensen's!!


Also, if you're gonna pass by Swensen's branch on a weekday, try their P 99.00 Sundaes!! I wish I have the luxury to go there on a weekday really. I want to try their Matcha Sundae too. 

Ginza Bairin, Glorietta 2

And it took me so looooooooooong to join the so-called "katsu craze"

I've devoted much of time learning Korean cuisine so aside from the usual Japanese cuisine (e.g. sushi, tempura, sashimi and ramen) wala talaga kong alam okay! But I want to learn more and actually, feel ko tinatawag na ko ng Japan at malapit na 'ko mag goodbye Korea. Ay joke, no goodbyes. Welcome other countries! Explore lang ng explore! Wala bang Japan Cultural Center? Murang anything about Japan dito lang sa Manila?

 Good thing my friend, Louise, was there to teach me while choosing my meal and while eating. Mukha na naman akong nawawalang bata eh. HAHAHA. View her blog here.  Gora! :)))


Magiging first time mo rin ba? 
As the waiter handed us their menu, he also asked us if we'd want hot or cold brown rice tea.
I went for cold which I had two glasses of.
I also liked the combination of their roasted sesame dressing and cabbage.

TAKE NOTE: ENDLESS ENJOYMENT

Challenge Accepted. 
This is what I've been wanting to experience actually. I know. Ang babaw ng kaligayahan ko but I've been wanting to ground my own black and white sesame seeds too for my Tonkatsu dip. 
I had a hard time choosing my meal, medyo alien kasi sa'kin 'yung mga terms. Joke. Because all of the choices look so good that I couldn't make up my mind.

 I went for SET A so I'd have three different types of Katsu.

P 425.00
Mix of Ebi, Hire and Rosu

Of course, being a shrimp/prawn lover (Hello, Sambokojin kung saan nag eat-all-you-can prawn ako. Link here) that I am, it's not surprising that I'd rank Ebi as my first among the three while Hire (lean pork meat) comes in second and Rosu (pork with a layer of fat) as my last.

Regarding the tenderness of their meat, I had no problems at all.

Had extra orders of cabbage salad and Japanese rice.
Sulit na sa sulit, right?

See that mustard looking thing on my plate? Hahaha. Naiyak lang ako pagka-kain ko. Idiot-proof your meal, wag mong isawsaw 'yung katsu dun sabay subo ng ganun na lang!!
And as soon as I saw the green colored ice cream, I immediately read what was this for.

Post post din sa Social Networking Sites for a free scoop of ice cream. They had sesame, coffee jelly and matcha. Can you guess what I chose?

We spent like forever taking pictures and posting (though hindi ko naman din na-post agad) so we could avail their free ice cream. 
Matcha Ice Cream
P 95.00/scoop when bought

These days, anything matcha is just the perfect way to end my meal.
This reminded me of Fran Meltykiss which isn't that sweet and you can really taste the matcha.
Isa pang reason kung bakit nanlaki lalo mata ko.
Shemay, natuto na rin ako maging wais ah.
Because I used my JCB Credit Card  when we dined there, they deducted 10% off our total bill.

If you're a JCB Credit Card Holder yourself, you can avail this promo until November 30, 2013.


Overall, my Ginza Bairin experience was great. I enjoyed the ambiance of the place, I had no complains with the service and I loved the food!

Since I have no previous katsu restaurant experience which I can compare this with, I can only say that Ginza Bairin has indeed set my standards high.

Saturday, November 2, 2013

Hi, November!!

It's that time of the month again. Hihi. 
My monthly whatever for 2013 is 11/12 already. 
My golly, time fleets!!!

When I was writing my 10/12 post, I was then expecting October to be an activity-packed month but not an emotion-packed month as well. Aside from the hectic schedule of some days, there was also a roller coaster of emotions. 

In short, I was able to over claim not only my activities but also problems and disappointments too!
Those problems only lasted for hours though, kain kalimot lang ang peg ng halos lahat ng 'yon. 

But thank you, October. 
Na-miss ko 'yung sa sasakyan na lang ako nakakapag-reply at nakaka-check ng phone messages kasi hindi ko 'yun naasikaso agad at na-miss ko sabihin 'yung, "OMG. Hindi na ko pwede".


Anyway, a perfectionist, clueless, arrogant and insensitive (HAHAHA) INTJ asked me to take an online personality test last month and I was "scared" by the results I got, they're all true.  Akalain mo 'yun, introvert pala ko. Ano kaya nakapag-trigger nun? Hindi kasi 'yan 'yung personality type ko years ago when I first took that personality test. Or mapag-panggap lang talaga na medyo extrovert all along. But one's personality is dynamic so the change of type is not a big deal. I'll retake the test by October next year to see if there's going to be more changes. 

Check your personality here. These days, I am an explorer ISTP.


  • Can be very stubborn. ISTPs are not too sensitive when it comes to conflicts and criticism, but they can become very blunt and irritated if someone tries to criticize their habits, lifestyle or ideas.
  • Private and reserved. Surprisingly, ISTPs can be very difficult to get to know as they keep most of their thoughts and ideas to themselves, especially when it comes to private or sensitive matters.
  • Get bored quickly. People with the ISTP personality type may find it difficult to remain focused on something for an extended amount of time, with their thoughts drifting off to more interesting things.
  • May be insensitive. ISTPs tend to be very practical and logical, and they may often inadvertently hurt other people’s feelings by failing to recognize the importance of emotions.
  • Enjoy taking risks. ISTP personalities are big risk takers and may often do that simply for the sake of having fun. For instance, they may escalate a conflict with a colleague just to see how they react.
  • Dislike commitments. ISTPs like to review their obligations on a daily basis instead of committing to something for a very long time. This can cause significant problems in their romantic relationships.

Here's an interesting quote that is quite applicable for last month,

"Life has many ways of testing a person's will, either by having nothing happen at all or by having everything happen all at once.”


― Paulo CoelhoThe Winner Stands Alone


For this month, I don't have plans yet and once again, I have no idea on what's going to happen in all aspects of my life.


SO!!


Claim lang ng claim this month na naman. Something great will happen!

 (Sweet) Surprise me, November!!
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