P*CHA E’Di Komiks and Brothers Burger

Disclaimer: This is going to be written in my native tongue. I’ve been writing in English since I started blogging here because I want to reach out to my followers who are from foreign countries. However, blogging has become a task to me lately and it sometimes makes me feel lazy to update. So, for this entry.. I’m planning to write in Tagalog. 

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July 9, 2016 — Ni-launch ni Toto Madayag ang komik book niyang P*CHA E’di Komiks sa Comic Odyssey Fully Booked Bonifacio Global City, Taguig.

Dahil na rin sa may kailangan pang ayusin si Ino sa kaniyang trabaho, dumiretso muna kami sa Hampton Gardens para asikasuhin iyon. Halos mag-aalas kwatro na nang makarating kami sa BGC. Umuulan pa kaya medyo hassle. Pero nung nasa loob na kami ng Fully Booked, medyo nabuhayan na ako ulit ng loob.

Kagaya nung mga nakaraang isinulat ko dito, hindi ako fanatic ng komik books. Hindi ko nakasanayang mag-basa ng mga komiks. Sa katunayan nga, mga high school na ata ako nag-karoon ng interes sa pag-babasa.

Hindi man ako super fan ng comic books, natutunan ko na ding maging interesado kahit papa’no dahil kay Ino. Una kaming nag-punta ng Komiket nuong nakaraang taon. Sumunod naman nuong Komikon, ilang buwan makalipas ang Komiket last year.

Ngayong taon, hindi namin naabutan ang Komiket dahil hindi pala ito 2-day event. Sunday kami pumunta ng Centris at walang nadatnang Komiket, umuwi kaming sawi at dumiretso na lang ng Bridal Fair sa Mega Mall dahil du’n kami nag-punta nung Sabado nung linggong ‘yun.

Nakaabot naman kami sa Komikon pero masasabi kong mas madaming tao ata ang nakapunta ngayong taon. Hindi ko ma-ikumpara ang dalawang event dahil yung una ay 2-days ulit ginanap at etong ngayong taon naman, isang araw lang. So, parang walang choice yung mga tao kung hindi pumunta na lang nung araw na ‘yun dahil wala na, e. Yun na yun. Pero ramdam ko naman ang success ng Komikon. Aba! Pangalawang beses ko atang nakita at nahingan ng autograph si Sir Lyndon Gregorio ng Beerkada, kaya ang saya ko!

Pero balikan natin yung komik book launch ni Sir Toto Madayag.

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Pasensiya na sa mga blurred lines at sa mga duplicate files. Sa katunayan kasi ay tinatamad talaga akong mag-sulat ngayon. Medyo nahihiya kasi akong kumuha ng litrato dahil baka masita ako. Alam niyo naman, hindi naman ako kilalang blogger. #Feelingblogger lang.

Atsaka, hindi talaga ako masyadong kumportable sa pag-kuha ng litrato sa pampublikong lugar kaya ganito ang kinalabasan. In fairness naman, okay naman siya para sa akin. Sorry na lang kasi hindi ako professional photographer. Naiintindihan ko naman at tanggap kong hindi ako magaling sa larangan ng picture taking. Pero one of these days, pag-aaralan ko ‘yan. Serious.

So, eto ang ayaw ko sa pag-taTagalog, e. Ang dami kong side comment and side kwento. So, asan na nga ba tayo? … Ah! Sa komik book launch!

Nakita niyo naman ‘yung mga pictures, di ba? Actually first time kong pumunta du’n. At ang unang mga salitang nabanggit ko ay “The Saab Magalona Experience.” Nakalimutan ko na yung eksaktong last word, pero nasabi ko ‘yun dahil sa isa sa mga videos niya sa YouTube na parang nag-tour siya duon o may kung ano man o sino man siyang pinakita duon. Bukod pa ito sa entry niya tungkol sa writer ng Crazy Rich Asians na si Kevin Kwan.

So, si Saab ang una kong naisip nung mapadpad kami duon. Medyo inasam ko nga na makita siya duon kaso wala, e. Hindi ko siya natyempohan. As if namang duon siya namamalagi, e ‘noh?

So… back to the komik book launch…

Siyempre, hindi ako masyadong excited dahil hindi ko naman talaga alam kung ano ang ieexpect sa komik book launch ni Mr. Madayag. Una, kasi hindi ko lubos na inakalang ilang floors pala yung Fully Booked duon. Eto yung mga tipo nang lugar na gugustuhin mong bisitahin ng madalas kung may kotse ka lang at hindi trapik o hindi aksayado sa oras at gasolina ang trapik para lang makapunta duon. So, in short… isa ito sa mga trip kong puntahan bukod sa mga lugar tulad ng Route 196 (na hindi ko pa napupuntahan) at Saguijo (na isang beses ko pa lang napuntahan.)

Balik sa kwento…

Dahil sa ang dami kong commercials, ayun… hinagilap namin yung event. Akala namin tapos na kasi parang wala namang kagulo sa una, pangalawa at pangatlong palapag. So, dahil kawawa naman yung kasama kong nag-pareserve ng komik book isang buwan o mahigit bago ang nakatakdang komik book launching, sinuyod pa namin ulit yung lugar.

Maswerteng nahanap namin yung Comic Odyssey sa 4th floor. Tahimik at wala masyadong hype yung lugar nung nakarating kami. Nasabi ko iyon kasi kahit papaano, naimagine ko na kasing dami ng tao ng book launch ni Stanley Chi sa National Book Store ng Edsa Shangri-La ang event ni Mr. Madayag.

Pero, sa estima ko, mga komik book fans naman talaga yung mga naroon at hindi yung mga katulad kong walang alam sa pinapasok nila. Este, hindi katulad kong nakikiuso lang sa paandar ni Ino. Biased ako dito dahil hindi kami nakarating ng 1PM. Aminado kami duon dahil nga nag-punta pa kami ng Hampton Gardens.

Pero, kung wala siyang ibang lakad, ang saya siguro kung nakarating kami ng 1 PM. Dahil na rin sa wala akong alam sa Libreng Komiks, nag-picture picture na lang ako.

Gusto pa sanang mag-stay ni Ino kaso nung ako naman yung gustong lumibot sa YA section, nag-inarte siya at niloko loko ako. At dahil napikon ako, umalis na lang kami ng Fully Booked at kumain. Kasi hindi pa kami kumakain nuong araw na ‘yun.

So, nag-hanap kami ng makakainan na malapit lang sa Fully Booked. Madaming magagandang restos na pwedeng pag-pilian pero dahil ayoko namang sumubok nang hindi kilala (except na lang kung Korean resto ito,) pinili na lang namin yung Brothers Burger sa hilera ng Fully Booked.

Halos nawala na sa isip ko yung kumuha ng picture dahil medyo umuulan nuong panahong ‘yun. Gutom na kami at hindi namin alam ang oorderin dahil first time customers kami.

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Siyempre, kapag wala kang alam sa isang bagay, ang pinaka-magandang gawin ay mag-tanong. So, dahil wala naman akong ka-alam-alam sa mga pinag-kaiba ng mga burgers nila nag-tanong ako. Hindi ko nga lang nagustuhan yung tono at sagot sa akin nung staff nila.

Eto na yung review ko, ah:

Sa isang establishment na nag-c-cater sa mga customers whether service man ang pino-provide nila or products, importanteng-importante ang knowledge ng staff sa service or products nila.

Natural lang sa isang customer na curious sa produkto o service ang subukan at tangkilikin ang mga iinoofer ng mga establishments na ito. Dito rin nasusubok ang kakayahan ng staff na i-explain sa customer ang products or services nila. Nasa paraan din ng staff na i-explain ang mga kailangang malaman ng customer para ma-enganyo itong bumili o para ma-enganyo itong subukan ang ibinibenta nila.

Meron akong nabasang article tungkol sa leadership. Diniscuss duon ang tangible things at intangible things. Sa summary nung article, sinasabi duon na hindi lamang profit ang mahalaga sa isang businessman. Pati na rin ang kaligayahan ng mga staff nito na pumasok sa trabaho at mag-silbi sa customers. Ang staff din ang isa sa mga dahilan kaya bumabalik o hindi na bumabalik ang mga customers.

Ang problema nga lang sa staff ng Brothers Burger dito, katulad sila ng karamihan ng staff ng CD-R King, may pag-ka-masungit at wala sa lugar. Wala sa lugar in a sense na, kung nag-tanong ka ng maayos, ineexpect mong sasagutin ka ng maayos at hindi barubal.

Nakaka-turn off yun kung tutuusin. Pero pinalagpas ko na lang dahil gutom na kami ni Ino.

So, nag-order na kami at inenjoy na lang yung pagkain nila. Actually, hindi ko masyadong nagustuhan yung inorder kong burger na sinabi nung staff na malambot ang meat at blah blah blah. Siguro na-apektuhan na ang panlasa ko dahil sa approach nung babae sa akin or siguro hindi ko lang talaga type yung pag-kain. Parang, nanghinayang ako sa binayad ni Ino.

Kung alam ko lang na hindi kasing satisfying yung service at yung food na ma-e-experience namin dito, sana nag-Japanese ramen na lang kami or nag-Wendy’s na lang kami.

Binibigyan ko ng 2 and a half stars ang Brothers Burger dahil sa dissatisfaction ko sa customer handling ng staff nila.

Naisip ko lang din, “Paano kaya kung mystery shopper ako?” Siguro, isang malaking kahihiyan sa franchise owner ang magiging feedback ko sa kanila. O siguro, hindi naman ganun kalaking kahihiyan, pero ito ay magiging isang experience na medyo maka-aapekto sa impression ko sa brand nila.

Kaya nga sinasabi kong baka itong branch lang na ito ang may pag-kakamali. Anyway, sana ay hindi na ito maranasan pa ng ibang potential customers na excited at curious sa products and services nila.

Post AnniverSaturDate At Hampton Gardens

Last Saturday, June 18, 2016, Ino and I celebrated our post anniversary date at The Hampton Gardens. We were supposed to celebrate at the same place on our 7th year anniversary. However, I got terribly sick on the day of our date so we decided to just postpone it.

We left Citihomes around 3:30 PM to 4 PM and arrived in THG at around 4:30 PM. We just dropped our things at Lawrence’s unit and we headed to the swimming pool. We swam for about 30-45 minutes and decided to grab a bite nearby THG.

There were a couple of places that Ino was raving about. First was the burger place and the second was the very affordable Tapsihan, Tapsi Sa Palatiw, near Stella Maris Pasig.

We headed to the burger place first because we were supposed to have burgers and shakes for snacks. However, it was still closed when we dropped by. Closed at 5 PM? Hahaha.. Pretty weird, right? Ino said that the burger place usually opens around 6 PM and closes at 2-3 PM.  So, since it is still closed, we just went to the other place that he was raving about.

TAPSI SA PALATIW

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I let him choose the kind of Tapsi that he wants to order since he recommended the place. It was my first time to go there so I really didn’t know what to expect. I’ve eaten at several Tapsihans and Tapsi sa Palatiw’s Tapsilog was just right for me. For a very affordable price, the Tapsi was not a miss but it wasn’t as stellar as Tapa King’s.  It was actually a hit for me because it is a go-to-place if you are looking for a budget friendly dine in experience.

Aside from the Tapsi, we also ordered a couple of barbecue sticks. It would have been better if they reheated it. The meat was already quite cold and difficult to chew so I wasn’t able to enjoy it as much.

The Tapsilog costs P31 pesos per meal and the barbecue costs around P10 to P12 per stick.

The dining experience was comfortable. The place was spacious. Not many people dined in when we went there but that’s because it’s a Saturday and it’s not really the high time for people to eat dinner or eat rice and a viand for snacks.

I will still go back and try their chicken meal if I were given a chance. For a cost effective experience, I would rate this affordable restaurant a 3.

Tapsi sa Palatiw is located at Stella Maris Ave, Pasig, 1607 Metro Manila.


 

Off to our next stop, Ino chose another place for desserts.

 

LAWSON

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For P25, I get to Swirl to The Max!!!

It isn’t obvious that it was my first time to ever go to Lawson. 🙂

It was actually not my first time because Ino and I had tried it before at Legarda, Manila a few months ago. But let me just enjoy this post because it is worth writing. 🙂

I’ve tried several ice creams from different marts like 7-Eleven, Ministop, Family Mart, and Circle K. I’d definitely choose Circle K’s vanilla ice cream over Family Mart’s.

My curiosity started when I’ve read about Lawson’s Charcoal Ice Cream from Mati Serrano‘s blog and DomesticUrbanite‘s blog. Both of them are foodies or food enthusiasts and reading about their recipes and food trips from time to time helped me discover new places and new dishes to try. Reading their blog posts about Lawson’s Charcoal Ice Cream made me think that it must be something that I, myself, should try.

At the same time, my resident bully and fiance, told me that he has already tried the Charcoal Ice Cream before which made me green with envy. I was very curious at that time but I don’t know where Lawson is in Ortigas.

So, here I am. Looking like a first timer because I really am. 🙂

The Charcoal Ice Cream experience was delightful! It was fun to eat although it messed my teeth (which Ino made fun of) because of the charcoal. For P25, it wasn’t that bad. It is now my 2nd favorite next to Circle K’s.

Looking at Lawson’s selection, I can say that they have more stocks than 7-Eleven and sometimes Mercury Drug. They offer different kinds of stuff from toiletries to different instant food. I was actually amazed with the toiletries because there’s a lot to choose from.

I had to compare because I’ve been waiting for Ino at 7-Eleven for almost half the year after I tired myself out from hanging out at Mc Donald’s several months ago. It was something that I have to write about since that habit will eventually end by the end of June. Hopefully.

So, going back to the Charcoal Ice Cream experience, I would say that I’d like to give it a 4 for trying. It was definitely something new and something refreshing to try on a hot summer or rainy day. 🙂


Moreover…

We went to ELITE NAILS HAND, FOOT AND BODY SPA after taking a rest at THG.

 

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Excuse my manas or swollen feet I’m not preggers, I’m just fat.

 

I think Ino reads my posts and take my Sunday Currentlies to heart. I remember one Sunday Currently post where I’ve written something about needing some pampering. I think he didn’t miss that post because he treated me to a nail care experience at the Elite Nails Spa on our post Saturdate Anniversary celebration.

We inquired about their nail services first before we decided to book a pedi session before we went to Tapsi sa Palatiw and Lawson. My usual dilemma in inquiring about a product or a service to a clerk or a sales representative is their ability to explain the product or service that they are selling and how knowledgeable they are in what their products or services are.

I was pretty satisfied with Elite Nails’s attendant because he was able to explain the differences of the services that they offer. It was clear and what I just needed to hear, so as a result, I was able to choose right away on which service I’m going to avail.

Ater taking a rest at the Hampton, we headed to Elite Nails for a Luxurious Dead Sea Salt Pedicure.

We waited for almost half an hour but that’s okay because the place was well air conditioned and had a relaxing vibe. The attendant and the staff were friendly and very accommodating. ‘Though they have a separate staff assigned for the Foot Spa and another for the Pedicure, it’s okay. I don’t have any qualms on it.

The Luxurious Dead Sea Salt Pedicure costs around P390. I had an additional OPI Nail Polish worth P50 to P60 because the staff said it lasts two weeks longer than an ordinary nail polish so I gave it a go.

It was actually worth it. The foot spa was good because the staff really tried to scrape off my dry skin and callouses. She was very hardworking and was very friendly too. I admit that her job was very difficult and given that it’s almost dinner time, I give props to her good service because she didn’t hastily do her job. I felt that I’m getting the service that is worth what I’m paying for so I didn’t regret giving her a tip.

The pedicure, which I was expecting to be painful was very painless. The staff who attended to me was very careful and checks on my reaction from time to time. It was not painful so it was okay. She also followed my request about not using a nail file because I hate the feeling of it scratching my nails. I also gave her a tip for taking care of my nails.

I would definitely go back to this branch if I will be given a chance. I’d also choose the same staff, if only I could remember their names. 🙂 I think I can still remember how they looked like. 🙂 I give this branch a 3.75 for a quite excellent service.

This branch that I have visited was just outside the Hampton Gardens. It’s located at Dr. Sixto Antonio Avenue, Pasig, 1607 Metro Manila. You can also check their menu on their website.


Finally, after everything that transpired on that day, we chanced upon the burger place that I was writing about earlier.

It’s already open!!

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When I said burger place, I was actually referring to Tapsihan Sa Maybunga. This is the place that Ino was telling me about. He was actually raving about the huge burger that they are offering.

He was telling me about the ingredients of each burger. It was quite a mouthful. Each burger is offering a Quarter Pounder. 🙂 Some of the burgers have SPAM, bacon, sunny side up fried eggs, cheese, lettuce, tomatoes, jalapeno, onions, special butter sauce, etc.

My choice was the Butter Beater and it didn’t disappoint. I was also leaning towards Big Max since I’m not into different kinds of meat in one burger. Ino likes Rise N Shine but I find it quite greasy and too much. Although it is not that bad because it is really worth your money thanks to their generous serving. 🙂

I didn’t choose Level Up, Fast Break and Firehouse because of the SPAM, bacon, eggs, and jalapeno. It’s just me. I just don’t enjoy too much food in one bite. I guess it’s delicious too but I think I might try it out if Butter Beater or Big Max are not available. Haha!

Oh! We also bought a Choco Chip Shake! It was good but I wish I ordered Mocha Frappe instead. I was supposed to order Mocha Frappe but Ino said he has already tried it. I wanted him to try out a different flavor too but unfortunately, he chose the same flavor he had last time. It was quite a let down. But I will definitely try their Mocha Frappe next time! 🙂

The shakes are pretty average for me. I think it is not really worth P75. I think they could have served it for around P60 to P65 instead. The presentation and the taste wasn’t that rad for P75. I wish they could level it up by adding something more to their “plating” or to their unique taste.

With how Ino hyped the burger and the shakes, it really got me expecting something out of everything. I was expecting something worth writing about and not just an Instagram moment. I was expecting a memorable taste out of it. Something that could linger and make me want to come back even if it’s quite far from where I am from.

I guess, it’s just me and my expectations. The burger was great. The presentation and plating was surprising. The knife on the burger was liberating. The plastic gloves was a unique suggestion on how to eat the burger. It gave a subtle hint about a no poise moment. It was fun and entertaining. I enjoyed it!

I will give this restaurant a 3.5 for the effort and for the hype. 🙂

I also liked the way the servers feel like family. It’s really hard to tell whether they are just staffs or family members helping each other out in their family business. It’s a Saturday anyway, and it somehow made me feel nostalgic.

I used to dream about my own clan owning a restaurant and each one of us helping out in any way we can. I know that it’s impossible right now but it could have been a good business venture for each of us.

Anyway, I was able to enjoy the food and the drink. It was a treat! So yeah, I really enjoyed everything. I’m still looking forward to visiting Tapishan sa Maybunga because I might just really have high hopes for everything products and services related. This is how I am most especially when I am paying or someone is treating me for a food experience.

Having said that, this is not a paid advertisement and I’m blogging about it to share my own experiences. Also, I’m blogging about my thoughts so that one’s service or products will continuously improve and provide satisfaction to their customers.

Tapsihan sa Maybunga is near Hampton Gardens. It is located at 416, Dr. Sixto Ave., Pasig, Metro Manila.

KOREAN FOOD: Kyochon Chicken and Mr. Park’s

Woohoo!!! This is the last entry for my backlog! I’m so glad that I’m finally free from it!! :))

For this post, I will be talking about the ever famous Kyochon Chicken and Mr. Park’s! Both restaurants serve delicious Korean food. Once again, this is not a paid advetisement. 

I will start with Mr. Park’s first. (Redundant ba?)

I’ve heard about Mr. Park’s from my colleagues, Abba and Cara. They said  that they frequent Mr. Park’s after our shift just to buy some pastries or coffee. They also mentioned that the food is affordable and delicious. They also suggested that we try Mr. Park’s Bingsu.

It was the night when I drank with three of my male colleagues at Metrowalk. Since I’m not that close to them, I felt very awkward and nervous to hangout with them. It’s a good thing that Ino was on his way to Metrowalk to fetch me. I drank 4 bottles of San Mig Light and felt a little dizzy. Ino also drank a couple of bottles and had a couple of cigarettes because my colleagues are smokers too. I understand how he feels and I know that it’s just for that night, so I let him smoke.

After some chitchat and another round of beer, we decided to go home.

However, we didn’t go home yet. Because as we were strolling around Emerald avenue, we spotted Mr. Park’s and decided to give it a try.

We ate some bread and sandwiches to keep us sober. We also ordered the Fruit Bingsu that Abba and Cara were talking about. It was actually nice.

The ambiance was very chic and classy. The food looks gourmet and the staffs were very friendly and accommodating. According to their staff, Mr. Park’s is open 24/7. 🙂

It was very nice. However, the Bingsu that we ordered was not the exact Bingsu that I have in mind. I thought that it would be like Cafe 7ate9, which was creamy and sweet. However, since it’s composed of fruits, the sourness of some of the fruits affected the taste of the Bingsu. (Haha! What am I saying?) It’s 2:25 AM. I’m sorry.

Probably, it was because I’m expecting a heavenly taste. Unfortunately, it wasn’t as heavenly as it was supposed to be. Or I just have a high expectation on things.

I was able to take some photos but my phone’s battery died in the middle of my picture taking. 😦 I also have some photos in Ino’s phone but he hasn’t sent it to me yet.  I’ll just update this soon, okay?

So, here’s the beautiful place of Mr. Park’s:

Mr. Park’s Bread & Cake is located at Garnet Street Corner F. Ortigas Jr, Ortigas, Pasig City. Please visit them as soon as you can! 🙂


I’ve been hearing about Kyochon Chicken from my students because of its famous Chicken and beer (Chimaek) and it got me curious about how it tastes like.

Unlike Filipinos who like to eat chicken with rice, Koreans usually eat their chicken with beer. I have tried the  Yangnyum Chicken in Seoul (Korean Restaurant in Escriva) and it is by far the best chicken that I’ve ever had. Even their plain fried chicken is very delicious!

I was very giddy when Ino agreed to eat at Kyochon in SM Mega Mall. Since I’m such a curious cat, the thought of eating at a famous Korean restaurant where my students can actually relate to, made me really happy.

I became much happier when he ordered Tteokbokki and Hotteok for dessert. 🙂 Oooh, I’m becoming hungry again.

Anyway, here’s what we ordered:

 

 

The Tteokbokki and the Hotteok are really nice. I enjoyed the sweetness of both dishes! I enjoyed it too much that I ended up having a terrible toothache afterwards.

The chicken was pretty small but they have an explanation for that. It was okay. It was a little similar with Bonchon but I prefer Kyochon’s snacks and desserts more. I love Froyo (Frozen Yogurt) though.

I would like to go back to Kyochon and try another dish if I will have another chance. Hmmm… this is not a good time to get hungry. Time check 2:11 AM. :))

Chef Lau’s Pugon Roasters

Ino and I embraced May with drama (just like always!) May is my favorite month aside from October. I dunno what has gotten me. It could be because we’ve been going out week after week and I felt restless or it’s just me.

We were scheduled to leave on May 30 for LaborQuezon.

Whenever Ino and I go to his hometown, I have this awkward feeling of wanting to go but also wanting to rest. I dunno if it’s because I’m too shy to be around his family or if it’s just really a crazy week and I need to rest or whatnot.

I guess, it was also because I was thinking of my backlogs that I need to publish in my blog. I also think that it’s a combination of everything.

What am I afraid of? What am I hesitating about? I really don’t know.

It has been a habit of mine to be with Ino most of the time. I seldom visit my family because of personal reasons. Perhaps I just miss being around them. That’s why it was depressing when Ino and I fought recently.

Being with his family is another story. They are nice and friendly towards me. They have a harmonious relationship. It’s actually okay to be with them. However, I often want to be alone and just do my hing. I’d rather be facing my phone or laptop and being online rather than be outside and go places.

It’s true though that I want to travel or be somewhere to experience summer as summer. However, with our financial constraints and all, I understand that we couldn’t just do that now.

Sometimes I’m thinking differently than Ino and he was thinking about other things while I’m being emotional about myself, my life and my own world. He actually wants to unwind with me that’s why he invited me to Quezon Province to be with his older sister, Ate Pilar.

I was struggling with work at that time. It was not a great weekend for me and I was not 100% okay. I wasn’t sure if I can deal with his family at that time, but he wants me to be there. At that time, I felt that I’m at my lowest point. I was hoping that he could understand but because we weren’t thinking about the same thing, we had an argument about going or not going. However, since I do not have a choice at that time, I went along with his plans and just kept quiet the whole day.

I was having my own version of my tantrums when we decided to eat at Chef Lau’s Pugon Roasters. It is located in SM Light Mall in Mandaluyong City.

This was my second attempt to take some photos using my Sony Camera.

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I was not really in the mood to eat because I was still sulking about going with him. However, since it was almost lunch time. I was not really thinking of anything or expecting anything at that time. My mindset at that time was to go home and worsen our fight or to just let him do whatever he wants.

Since I wasn’t really in the mood to do anything, I just decided to take some pictures and eventually write about the experience. It was also my first time to go to SM Light Mall so to make it more memorable, I took the chance to take some pictures and savor the food.

We were actually quite curious about how Chef Lau’s Pugon Roasters food taste like. The first time we saw it was when we were waiting for the train in MRT Boni Station when we were heading to Cubao. We just remembered it while we were looking for J.Co Donuts in SM Light Mall.

Chef Lau’s Pugon Roasters has a fast food feel to it. The place looks affordable because the chairs and the interior look simple. The food was quite budget friendly too. However, they have small servings for appetizers or snacks. Their chicken croquette also looks like chicken nuggets because it is quite small. I was quite disappointed with how it was presented. Honestly, I was quite expecting that I’d get a different experience from this restaurant because it was owned and established by a Chef.

I guess I should go back to this place and order something else. I might give the chicken croquette another try if the serving will be bigger next time.

I will give this restaurant a 3.


So, after dining in at Chef Lau’s Pugon Roasters, Ino and I went to SM Mega Mall and bout the donuts for his sisters. We also went to Cubao Bus Terminal to take the bus to Pulilan.

It was almost labor day and the traffic was piled up because of the pre- elections assemblies in different cities. The cue of people in the bus station was more frustrating than I was already feeling at that time. It heightened my frustration and it really made me want to go home. My anxiety was building already at that time. Ino was already telling me that we can go home if I want to.

I don’t know what has gotten me but we still stayed. I tried to deviate my attention from everything that I’m feeling because I know that I’m making it hard for him. I eventually tried to keep up with him. I was just lucky that he wasn’t also mad or irritated at that time.  We eventually had a lighter trip on the way to Bulacan.

World Street Food Congress 2016

Ino and I celebrated our 83rd Monthsarry at the World Street Food Congress 2016 at BGC, Taguig.

I am clueless about what the event would be like. First, I thought that the food congress, having the word “World” in the title would suggest that we’d get to eat different kinds of food all over the world. I was excited with the idea that I will be able to try some Korean street foods but lo and behold, there wasn’t any Korean food on that day.

Second, I didn’t have any idea on what the congress would be like. I imagined that it would be located indoors and that it would be inside a mall or a building or something. Surprise, surprise!! It was an outdoor event.

Well, that’s what you get from not reading anything or making a research about where you’re going ahead of time. In my defense, Ino just told me that we’re going to this place a few days before the event and I’m not exactly sure about what to expect. I guess, I wasn’t really paying attention when he was telling me about it.

It was already afternoon when we arrived. We walked from Market! Market! to McKinley and we were greeted by the long cue of people. We eventually found our way to the end of the line and after a few minutes were able to get in.

We got a free bottle of Listerine when we arrived. Then I got to take tons of photos using my new Sony camera!! I was very happy that I got to try it for the first time. It really made me feel like a blogger! Hahahaha! :))

So, we took some photos here and there and we looked around for the dishes that they were serving. Unfortunately, there isn’t any Korean stall. 😦 It was such a let down but it was still a good experience.

There were a lot of people in the food congress, there’s always a long cue for each stalls. Some stalls closed early because they were already sold out. The price range for the food costs around P150-250 depending on the kind of food that you are ordering.

We get to taste different variety of dishes from meals to snacks. Unfortunately, the bagoong chicken didn’t make the cut because it didn’t work for us.

Here’s a funny story…

While we were eating our food, there was a band on the stage. Actually they were just an acoustic duo. Upon hearing Silent Sanctuary, I (being the gullible person that I am) thought that it was really Silent Sanctuary singing on the stage. So, I took several photos of them until I realized that they just meant that the previous song that they sang was a cover of Silent Sanctuary’s Sa’yo. I was very embarrassed at that time because I even told Ino that it was SS but it actually wasn’t.

Anyway, we just enjoyed the music because they didn’t invite other guests at that time. I think they were more focused on the food and profit that they haven’t thought of inviting a band. (Even an indie band to perform!!)  It was actually a let down.

The acoustic duo also had a second set, in which the singer were asking the audience for a song request. Ino and I requested for Ripped Jeans / Photograph. The singer/guitarist accommodated our request but it seems that he’s not familiar with the chords and lyrics of the song. So, yeah. Another disappointment.

He also sang Marry Me by Train because Ino requested for it. Again, he wasn’t that familiar with the song again that’s why he had a hard time. But since we just enjoyed the event, it was still a good experience for us.

Here are some of the photos that I took using my new Sony Camera:

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Tapa King

Whenever I feel like I want to have a full meal without spending too much, I usually suggest and request to Ino that we dine in at Tapa King.

Tapa King is nearby our apartment and we often go there whenever we crave for a tasty and affordable Filipino food. It has a variety of meals that you can choose from rice meals to snacks to desserts. You can also visit their website for more info.

This is not a paid advertisement.

I often order the Tapa Flakes because I really like the diced tomatoes and onions that go along with it. Ino, on the one hand, usually orders the Boneless Bangus. I also enjoy their Champorado because it is sweet and very delicious. My mouth is watering right now.

The Tapa King in our area is pretty small. Regular customers often visit this branch because of the food and also because it is worth the price. It just sucks that it is located in a flooded area in Mandaluyong. I hope that this branch won’t close because of the flood.

I would like to give it a 4 for a job well done. 🙂

February Favorites!

Oh February! It seems like a year to me but in reality, it was just about 4 months.

Remember when I was so excited to plan my wedding? Hahaha! Ino proposed on December 25 and a few weeks after that excitement took over me and I don’t know. I really don’t know what happened to me. I just started contacting people and making plans.

Now that four months have passed, a lot has happened and I’m not sure if I’m still that excited. We stopped planning for a bit and decided to continue our lives as it is. It was Ino’s request to take things slowly. I’m fine with that but it’s June… I’m going to have my first wedding gown fitting… erm… measured? this month.

And that’s an instant update about my wedding preparations. Well, we’re not doing any preparations lately so that’s that.

In light of this post, Ino and I met with Ira to have our wedding planned. We decided to meet Ira at The Coffee Bean and Tea Leaf in EDSA Shangri-La Mall. We went there ahead of time, so we had lunch first and decided to order a blueberry cheesecake, a Pure Double Chocolate ice blended drink and brewed coffee.

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We haven’t met Ira yet for the first meeting because we haven’t reserved a church yet. We haven’t reserved the reception as well. Well… I hope it will be sorted out soon.

January Food Reviews!

I know that it’s already June 4, 2016! It’s half of the year already and I still have some backlogs from the first half of the year. So, here I am… trying to find some ways on how to deliver these food experiences that Ino and I had for the past 6 months.

First stop…

Hoolala Chicken

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Samgyetang from Hoolala Chicken House

 

I’ve been quite curious about Korean food ever since I got into the Korean culture. It has been over 4 years since I’ve worked in the ESL industry. Discovering the Korean culture, most especially their food is such an experience for me.

Aside from talking to different students everyday, I also enjoy eating Korean food. I first fell in-love with Bulgogi Soondobu Jjigae and Galbi Jjim. I love all kinds of Korean food and I really consider it as my stress reliever. 🙂 I used to hate eating spicy food but Korean food changed my perspective 360 degrees! No kidding!

Having said that, my students often recommend Samgyetang to me. They said that it is one of the most appropriate food for summer. So, I really got curious about how it tastes and initially thought that it tastes like our traditional Arroz Caldo (Congee) but boy, I was wrong.

According to MaangchiGinseng chicken soup (in Korean, Samgyetang) is a hot, steaming, delicious dish that features a small chicken stuffed with rice, ginseng, garlic, and  jujube.

I was quite bummed out when it wasn’t available at Seoul Korean Restaurant in Escriva, Ortigas, Pasig City. So I just promised myself that I’m going to try it out when it’s available in another Korean restaurant.

Fortunately, it is available in Hoolala Chicken House. It is located at Escriva Drive in Ortigas, Pasig City. I didn’t get to take some pictures at that time because Ino and I were too hungry. If I remember it right, Seoul Korean restaurant, refused to accommodate us at around 12 AM because they were closing at 1 AM. (We didn’t come back as often as we used to after that because of that experience.)

Oh well.. Hoolala Chicken House has a fast foodfeel. It is not as homey as Seoul, but it is more like a Korean version of Jollibee. They also sell Korean snacks, Kimchi, and other Korean snacks. They have two huge flat screen TVs which were installed on the different ends of the walls too.

The food was good. It was quite cheaper than Seoul but the taste is not equally satisfying. The staff are not as friendly too but it’s just right. I give it a 3.

The Samgyetang was really different from what I imagined it to be. I guess it was quite a let down. But hey, it’s just my first Samgyetang. Maybe I should try it out in a different restaurant next time.

All in all, the place was quite accessible. It’s a good place to visit most especially if your shift ends in 11 AM. It’s also a good thing that they are open from 10 AM to 2 AM.

Oh! According to PhilStar.com, Grace Lee owns it along with her business partners, Paolo Bediones and Arnold Vegafria. I actually thought that it was owned by an ordinary Korean businessman or something. Well, that was a trivia for us. 🙂

If you are looking for a different Korean experience, I’m encouraging you to try it! 🙂

Next Stop…

Mozu Cafe

I’ve been working in Ortigas for years and I’ve been wondering about what this place is about. Ino and I occasionally pass by to this area because it is close to the ATM centers but we’ve never tried to hang out in this place EVER. All I know is that a lot of yuppies hang out, enjoy loud music, drink some beer and hear boisterous laughter whenever we pass by.

Luckily, Lyn is a party animal and she brings the party animal in me to drink occasionally and pour our hearts out. I actually miss her. 😦

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SHOUT OUT to LYN! I MISS YOU!!!

 

We used to talk about our careers, our family, our relationships and the lack of having one, etc. We talk about anything under the sun but she has to resign because of her full time job.

I think this was actually taken on her last day. She invited me to drink and unwind. I was really sad that she’s gone. I mean that she resigned. I really enjoyed our friendship and our mature conversations. It’s too bad that it was cut short because of priorities. Well, I hope to see her soon. 🙂

Anyway, Mozu has a variety of food that you can choose from. We often order the calamares while we drank some beer or some ladies’ drinks. Sometimes we order a slice of their cake.

I think my dining experience is not exactly enough for a review. If I’m going to rate their food, I think it wouldn’t be enough. The cake was gratifying but it costs quite a lot. The frappe was also satisfactory. However, I need to pay more visits to this place next time to give justice to this review. Hahaha! 🙂

If you are around the area and you are as curious as I was. I dare you to try it out and share your experience. 🙂

Living Skin Laser Center, Cafe 7ate9 and Honey’s Kimchi

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Happy Sunday!

I’ve been inactive for sometime because of work and the wedding planning. Now that I’m back, I’d like to feature my first skin care clinic, my go-to mall and two go-to places for the best Korean food experience in Mandaluyong City, Philippines.

DISCLAIMER: These establishments didn’t pay me to advertise their services. I am just very satisfied with their services and products that’s why I’m blogging about them. If you wish to be featured in my blog, please contact me through my about me page. 🙂

Today’s plan was actually to go to Living Skin Laser Center at StarMall, Mandaluyong for a Diode Laser Hair Removal. I’ve been planning to go since the last quarter of 2015 and I’m glad that FINALLY I can have my first treatment today.

Yep! It was for my underarms! And what a way to start the year, huh? I’ve heard about IPL hair removal from my co-workers early last year and ever since then I became curious about it.

I’ve never really tried waxing or anything aside from plucking and shaving. I am also the type who doesn’t want to follow the trend. I was also very conscious in putting my arms up. I dread wearing a sleeveless or any clothes that would reveal my underarms. Yeah, we’re not just talking about hair removal here.

Living Skin Laser Center offers Diode Laser Hair Removal and Whitening for P1000 each session. I inquired about the treatment several times that the staff already recognized me when I visited the clinic this afternoon. It was painless and quick! The session only took me less than 30 minutes. The staff actually said that it would only take 15 minutes but since I got so comfortable with them, I took the time to chat with Julie.

Julie is my therapist. She graduated from TESDA and she handled the session with care. She was very respectful and nice. She was also friendly. I felt very happy with our session that I gave her a tip for a job well done. 🙂

I’m actually the type who always have high expectations on services that I pay for and receiving a good customer service is essential for me. That’s why I’m very happy with my first laser session and I’m blogging about it now.

So, that’s that. I’m not gonna take a picture of my armpits but I just remembered that they did before we started the laser treatment. 🙂

So, on to our next trip! We were actually sidetracked by this cafe that Ino and I usually pass by. It is located in the Ground Floor of Cityland Condominium in Mandaluyong City near Crossing (EDSA Shaw.)

 

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Here’s how the front of the cafe looks. I was too shy and nervous that someone might grab my phone and steal it because we’re outside that’s why I wasn’t able to adjust my camera phone’s quality. It was a quick shot because we haven’t asked the owner’s permission yet when we took this photo. There were some people who were also passing by in front of the shop that’s why I even felt more embarrassed.

 

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This was our spot this afternoon. We dined in at around 5-6 PM. We were in a hurry and got so mesmerized by the food that I haven’t thought of taking some pictures at that time. 

 

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Coffee, Bingsus, Mochi, Cakes, etc. The cafe is loaded with customers!

We’ve been talking about this cafe because it is always close when we pass by and when we had the chance to check it out, lo and behold… It is OPEN!! Hahaha!

We know that it is a Korean Cafe. What we didn’t expect was that Mr. Kwon, the owner of Cafe 7ate9 would actually serve our order. We ordered their Original Bingsu because the Mango Bingsu is unavailable. We also ordered a Blackberry Cheesecake and a Mochi to complete our merienda.

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Have you ever tasted heaven? I haven’t. I guess I’d never really know what it was like to be in heaven. But the mere taste of this yummy Bingsu made me think that people with heavy problems and loneliness won’t feel any problems or loneliness at all when they get a bite of this yummy Original Bingsu by 7ate9. It’s creamy, chewy and delicious! It is not that sweet but it takes away your stress and you won’t get enough of it. The Bingsu costs around P250, the mochi is around P30-35 and the Blueberry Cheesecake costs around P150-180 pesos. I’m sorry because I really can’t remember the prices. 😥

Mr. Kwon was very nice and easy to talk to. He’s very approachable. Though I can sense that he’s a bit shy and uneasy when I kept on asking him questions. I told him that I teach English to Koreans and disclosed my company’s name. He might be nervous or uncomfortable because he didn’t expect that a customer would strike up a conversation on that day. Regardless, it was a nice experience.

It actually sparked a motivation in me. Lately, I’ve been getting down and stressed out with the recent turn of events in the office. For the fourth time, I didn’t get the promotion that I’ve been eyeing since last year. I guess it was high time for me to give up that dream for now and enjoy the teaching experience. After all, the reason why I’m in this industry up to this date is to just have fun and share my knowledge to my students.

What with all the ease that the company is doing to make the teachers comfortable, I guess I also need to give back by exerting effort that the students deserve. I also deserve to enjoy the ride and veer away from all the negativity that I’ve been holding on since last year. I guess, I just have to accept it. It wasn’t meant for me and I will deserve a better shot at something next time. After all, I’m going to settle down and be with the person who appreciates every part of me.

So much drama, huh?

Anyway, Ino and I had an all Korean food trip for our Sundate. We went to Honey’s Kimchi in EDSA Shangri-La Mall in Shaw, Mandaluyong City to have an early dinner.

Shangri-La was my go-to mall when I was a kid. Back when my Mama Babes, my aunt and legal mom, was still alive, we would often go to that mall every week to go grocery shopping at Rustan’s and shop clothes at Crossing’s. It was in the 1990’s and everything was smooth sailing and perfect. But then, things happen and she’s now resting in peace in heaven.

I’ve never felt more comfortable and at home elsewhere. I was actually quite curious about the fuss in SM Megamall when I was younger. My cousins rave about it. My other cousins would rave about Landmark and Glorietta, but I never really appreciated those places unlike Shangri-La.

Everything felt in place when I’m at Shangri-La. I guess it’s because I still feel Mama Babes shopping with me in that place every time I go there. I always feel secured when I’m at that place and I just can’t really explain how I feel when I’m there.

So, yeah. My family and relatives used to go to St. Francis to hear the 12 o’clock mass. We like grabbing a bite at the food court and hanging out on Sundays. It was one of the memories that I treasure the most.

Korean food has been my comfort food since I started working in the ESL field. It’s my go-to food when I’m stressed out. It may be a bit pricey compared to an ice cream but the comfort that it provides after a long day is worth every penny. Legit Korean restaurants are very homey too. They provide variety of side dishes before they serve the main meal that you ordered. I am pretty picky when I eat Kimchi too. I love fresh Kimchi and Fishcakes. 🙂

My biological mom and I like eating at Honey’s Kimchi since I was young. Honey’s Kimchi was our go-to place when we want a heavy lunch with a delicious soup. We used to order their Chicken with Bean Sprouts meal often.

I discovered Honey’s Kimchi’s Kimchi a few years back. My biological mom and I never tried Kimchi although it was one of the best-selling food that they have. Hello, Honey’s Kimchi nga di ba? 

I’ve known my biomom as a picky eater. She doesn’t like unconventional food. She’d always say no to foreign food. And it was just recently when she started liking Tokyo Tokyo’s California Maki and Chinese restaurant’s Hakao.

I invited her to eat at a Korean Restaurant at Escriva, Pasig City once. However, she didn’t enjoy the food as much as Ino and I did and she just ended up eating the fried chicken that we ordered at that time. So, basically she didn’t appreciate Korean food that much so we just ordered a safe meal for her.

I guess, I got the trait of being a picky eater from my mom. But these days, I’m trying to challenge my taste buds to some new taste experience. And ever since I started working for a Korean company, I developed an acquired taste to spicy foods. I also became so eager to eat vegetables because of so many Korean dishes that I cannot live without now.

One of the best Korean dishes that I love is the Bibimbap.

I am not a solid fan of vegetables when I was young. I am picky in eating Filipino dishes most especially if those dishes have vegetables in it. But ever since I started eating Kimchi and since discovering these awesome dishes, it just became a part of me, — A part of the Korean food experience that I always happily share to my students.

So, Ino and I went to Honey’s Kimchi in EDSA Shangri-La Mall’s food court. We basically have Bibimbap as our main dish and a side dish of Kimchi for dinner.

 

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The elders are not my relatives. They are just customers. I took this picture to show how the stall looks like. I’m not really sure if I should call it a stall or a restaurant but anyway, here’s how Honey’s Kimchi looks like.

 

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This is the mouthwatering Bibimbap of Honey’s Kimchi. It was so delicious but tonight, the rice was too watery for my taste so I had a bit of a hard time in mixing the ingredients together. All in all, I still recommend their Bibimbap. 🙂

 

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For the top view, here are the ingredients of the Bibimbap. It was so nice but I wasn’t able to mix it right so the Gochujang was too spicy for me. Friendly reminder: You have to have a glass of water when eating spicy foods like this.

 

So that was how my Sundate went. I got a bit dramatic with some stuff but I’m glad to share every bit of it.

This one is a long post but I hope that you enjoyed reading! 🙂

 

 

Bobby Box, Centris – 10/3/2015

BobbyBox is a Korean Restaurant located at Retail J, Cyberpod Centris 3, Eton Centris.

Ino and I went to Komiket last October 3. We went to Centris around 1 or 2 pm. We were quite hungry already when we arrived so we scouted for a good restaurant nearby. Lucky for us because BobbyBox was really near Centris Elements, where Komiket 2015 was held.

We are suckers for Korean food. So, we instantly fell in love with their Bulgogi and Bibimbap dishes. Their food were tasty and quite affordable too. I also liked the ambiance of the restaurant because it was spacious and chic.

All in all, I recommend this restaurant to everyone who likes Korean food. If you happen to pass by Centris, don’t hesitate to try it. You won’t regret it.

DISCLAIMER: This isn’t a paid advertisement. I just really enjoyed the food, the ambiance and the service that they provided us that’s why I’m writing a food blog about them.