Yabu’s Molten Lava Cake

Yabu: House of Katsu has long been in the metro’s food scene. The exquisite taste of their house favorites, the ambiance, and their superb service surely explains why Filipinos fell for the Katsu hype in a jiffy.

One of the downsides of having the best in one dish is that the other parts of the menu are being underestimated. Moral of the story, after the many times I have been in Yabu, gobbling over Katsus and feasting over their unlimited Cabbage, this is the first time I dared to order something different.

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| Yabu’s Molten Lava Cake. Not wanting to sound bias here but Yabu can’t seem to give me enough reasons to always want to come back. #ButReally

The gooey and warmly-served Lava Cake is in itself exquisite but serving this with Miso Butterscotch? Bliss. Never have I enjoyed a Lava Cake that filled my taste bud with dimensions. I know that sounds a little tacky but I guess this is me trying to hand over the challenge to you. So, the question is, when are you going to try Yabu’s not-so-hidden gem?

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Nars workshop with beauty experts| Seven months after

I remember seeing Rustan’s The Beauty Source’s post on Instagram and how much kilig it gave me the moment I knew it was free! Hahaha! You know, being a career woman with a cheapskate taste and approach to things, it was a relief knowing that Rustan’s holds these kinds of events.

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| The workshop took place in EDSA Shangri-La, I was 20 minutes early that day – which is a good thing! Front seats, yay!

The signing up part is an easy-peasy. You need to fill-in details and preferred schedule, and voila! A seat is already reserved for you! Although during the workshop, the management still welcomed walk-ins, booking a reservation for these kinds of events is a must because you don’t know how crowded these workshops can be.

 

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Attending a makeup workshop is a serious eye-opener for aficionados like me. It’s like watching a master create his masterpiece. Although at some parts I did find it a tad overwhelming (I had a hard time taking notes and pictures at the same time), it did made me realize that even in the practice of aesthetics, having your own way or style is vital.

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| Here’s Archie Tolentino (as a surprise guest BTW)

To be honest, the workshop did not tackle things you won’t find on the internet, but the thing is, it really is different on the spot. The simple strokes you need to take note of, the techniques you need to apply, and the proper application and combination of the different products and shades, all of which in my opinion, should be witnessed personally.

 

To Rustan’s The Beauty Source this is one of the most creative stunt any customer-centered company I have encountered. It surely shows how much preparation you guys give when it comes to your customer’s needs (and interests, for that matter)! Cheers to you guys, and more power!

YOU. SUCK.

Baka sensitive lang s’ya” (Maybe she’s just sensitive)

Wait. WHAT?

My thoughts automatically shut as I stared with wide eyes at a colleague who was explaining to me something she retrieved from a meeting. After the words sunk like hard metal on my throat, the rest of the conversation easily dissolved into blur.

BAKA. SENSITIVE. LANG. SIYA.

“Sensitive”, meaning, it all emerged from her “senses”. Just because it does not seem offensive to you, the deed cannot offend somebody else. Being offended is a subjective thing. One thing can offend another, one thing cannot. So who are you to question what can offend her and what cannot?

Maybe I am just overreacting. Or maybe seeing the young girl shiver with tears running down her face is called “OVERREACTING”. Or maybe with that little voice as she questioned me with her safety is something that made me feel like I should “OVERREACT” and STAND FOR WHAT I BELIEVE IN.

How about you? Coming from a firm and well-rounded foundations in education and in this society, who are you to lessen the burden of the predator and put some blame – if not all – on the prey?

YOU. SUCK.

YOU. MAKE. ME. SICK.

Adult-ing (-ish)

Sitting alone in a café, calmly drinking my Java Chip that is plotted to be consumed within the next two hours while I gradually encode those that are still for my reports.

Never have I imagined myself doing these clichéd things you see in movies and in the malls.

I stopped what I was doing because of three points:

  1. The urge to write suddenly awakens (HA. Where have you been, old friend?)
  2. My ego said I should, because you know, it’s a café. YOU SHOULD AT LEAST TRY TO DO THIS and mainly because;
  3. I needed to reflect.

This is the point where I usually track my life with constant rantings and reflection. Where in the world am I? Is this maturity I am experiencing? Should I be proud of what I have been doing for the previous years – to date?

Ever since my university life ended, life has never felt like it’s on fast-forward. Career, education, bills, career, bills, bills, and another bill, usually consumed my attention and strive.

This is maturity.

I still want to study, to earn a degree of some sort that can help me be more effective in my craft – but it’s too expensive! To constantly travel with my girlfriends, to spoil my Papeng to the best that I can, to give back the love and support to my family – few things that still floats on my ledger.

I don’t want to live paycheck to paycheck anymore.

Of course. Everybody has their dream business.

In this era where technology and empowerment can be reached with the tip of our fingers, I want to venture out of my comfort zone. To have a stable backup plan, to have a name of my own, to create a legacy that can travel from mouth to mouth, all of which cannot happen overnight, of course. All of which cannot happen if all of every aspect of your life is still unstable.

Privacy is vital.

Ironic as it is, but even now that I am living alone, independent in almost every sort, did I only come to realize that privacy can be so expensive. Privacy isn’t always about having some time alone. It can be the slightest touch of information or the most infamous news about your life.

Living within the edges of privacy can be your ass-saving weapon at this point of your life. Like words, it can either make or break you. It can save your ass from a lot of explanation for people who are either curious, or just plain chismosa.

GTG now, Java Chip’s running out!

*featured image grabbed from the internet

 

Life outside the blog: Kuala Lumpur 2016 (Q&A Portion)

An overview

Before we went to Malaysia, I did my research to the whats, whens, wheres, and hows, and of all the ins and outs of the foreign land. There were some that were answered but mostly just had shares on their experiences in Malaysia. It sure is a nice experience being in a foreign but yet very similar country to where I am from. So, to help my kapwa Filipinos get a taste and learn a few from what I had, here are few of the questions I myself had, before we went to Kuala Lumpur.

Question: Is it similar here in the Philippines?

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Need I say more?

To elaborate – yup. Pretty much everything is similar.

It was also very humid but like here in the Philippines, the weather can be unpredictable. I remember it suddenly rained while we were on our second day of the tour. I suggest you bring a jacket or at least a poncho, for we may never know…

Question: Are the locales, nice? And can they speak English?

Like every other place in the universe, it will not lessen you as a person to be the first one to be nice. A smile before approaching a stranger, a good morning or a warm “hello” before trying to ask for directions can definitely help you, big time. Lucky for us, we did not experience any “unpleasant” encounters while staying there and I’m sure that’s a sure sign that Malaysians are indeed, nice.

And they can speak in English, definitely!

Question: Where is the wisest place to exchange your money?

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There are a lot of money changers in Kuala Lumpur. Have it changed with the money changers along the streets downtown, and don’t forget your receipt! Also, the exchange rates in the KL International Airport is a bit high. FYI. 🙂

Question: Are the commodities in Malaysia, expensive?

OK. Let’s start with the food. The variety of food we had ranges from 10 Malaysian Ringgit to 30 Malaysian Ringgit which is equivalent to PHP140 to PHP300+. Not bad, isn’t it? To estimate (except the dinner we had at Atmosphere 360), the total expenses for food of our 4-day trip will range to PHP 3,000 more or less. I told you! It’s not that bad. And of course, the here and there coffee and snack we had while enjoying the trip.

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Here’s a picture of what we had at the Suria KLCC’s foodcourt. Daaang. It’s good. I mean, really good. Not bad for a 16RM worth per order isn’t it?

I also remember that not all fast food chains served rice, a lot of them had chicken, fries and a muffin – which I think is the best pastry I had in Malaysia. Too bad we were too tired to take a picture of that muffin. Or even the fast food chain, hehe.

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A KFC meal. Can you see that covered maroon-ish dip right there? That’s what they call a Sambal. It is made from different herbs and spices and fast food chains serve their food with it. Sa airport nga lang ako nakakita ng Catsup eh. LOL. As far as I can remember this is worth 15RM or so.

Ooohhh! Before I forget, choose a hotel that has a bed-and-breakfast perk, saves you a lot of moolah!

Question: Where is the best location to book a hotel?

Apple Hotel, Jalan Alor is the smoothest place for you and your gang if you’re into “exotic” food of the locales. Right outside the hotel window you can see that the street is filled with vendors holding their menus inviting everyone – especially tourists – to come and eat at their place. Also, it’s near everywhere! Walking distance to the Petronas Twin Towers, the train stations, and a whole lot of shopping districts, if I may.

Hindi po ito Binondo, sa Jalan Alor po iyan. I told you it’s similar

So there you go… I hope this will help you with your Malaysia trip!

PS. The next post will most likely be about the places and a few quick tips, all of course, from a first-hand experience of the Malaysian hospitality and warmth.

Life outside the blog: The Big Bang Theory

 

“People say you can’t live without love…

I think Oxygen is more important “- Sheldon Cooper

From the quote above, I think you will already have an inkling on how The Big Bang Theory goes. GAHD HOW I LOVE THIS SHOW! *sorry I just had to release that*

To start upfront, this show took me by surprise. 2016 sure would be a memorable one because of this show right here. I used to have a different taste with the things (actually, I still do) I lay my eyes upon. Books, TV shows, literature, and all that are endeavors of mine that are not that consistent in terms of their genre. My interests can range from History to Bobbi Brown real quick and from there, you may notice that I AM NOT A FAN OF TV SERIES. Hahaha! But this show… this show that is the perfect combination of genius, humor, and an asshole who seem to put everyone off with the just the right timing.

Obviously, I love this show. What now?

Is it the humor? Is it the cast members?  The story? The soundtrack perhaps? Or is it just sign that I, myself, can appreciate “nerd jokes” too because I too, am a nerd? Well, boo you whore ’cause I’m a Mean Girl too.

For us to know what is really going on, let’s do it the way I usually do, let’s try to run things down here real quick:

CHARACTERS AND CAST MEMBERS

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Sheldon Cooper, Leonard Hofstadter and Penny Hofstadter

These three main characters aimed what they are eyeing for that’s what I can tell. Jim Parsons, Johnny Galecki and Kaley Cuoco sure did exceptional work with the three leading roles to the point that I always had to correct myself for naming Jim as Sheldon, Leonard for Johnny, and Penny for Kaley everytime I see them outside the TV Show! If I would rate these three out of a 10 I sure would give them 9 (and the remaining 1 will be reserved till the rest of the The Big Bang Theory’s end, ’cause ya know, I still feel like they are going to do a great job for it).

 

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Rajesh Koothrappali and Howard Wolowitz

Thor and Doctor Jones… 

Thor and Doctor Jones…

One plays with lightning

The other plays with bones

All right. If you sung the lyrics and got it stuck in your head, allow me to introduce myself ’cause you my love, has won a friend.

I’m not trying to be a racist here, but they just had to put an Indian and a Jew on the sitcom. Pretty much complements everything… I repeat, everything. The show would just be another show that stereotypes blonde bimbos and nerd wannabes if it were not for the supporting characters. The bromance they had before their partners came in were just dead hilarious! Pretty much identifies that even the most provocative duos can be, you know, sensitive. 

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Bernadette Rostenkowski and Amy Farrah Fowler

The feistiest and the best of friends Penny will ever have. If Raj and Howard’s roles complements the three principal casts, may I also say that these girls right here cherries the package (I’m so sorry Emily)! Bernadette’s caring nature and Amy’s innocence and pursuits to come out of her “nerd shell” are just few to watch out for!

Aside from the outstanding performances of the actors, I also would like to take into consideration the minds who created such ingenious masterpiece. From plot, down to the characters, even with the slightest detail of Sheldon and Leonard’s apartment, were they very particular on how to play with such. The boards Sheldon and Leonard has sure has some equations that can (or will) be finished at the end of every turn – AND THEY ARE SO FUHREAKING HILARIOUS!

The combination of each conflicting personality is also something we should mention. From the principal characters to the recurring guesting of some mentioned names are something to look forward to every episode.

I guess it all boils down how this masterpiece showcases the brilliant minds behind it. To the team who pushed through with The Big Bang Theory… THANK YOU! You are an admiration to all!

Have I already mentioned how I love this show? Haha!

*photos are not mine, sorry!

Life outside the blog: The Return

New endeavors, same old self.

As I breathe in and out the regret going through life outside this blog, (and more importantly, outside a journal) I slowly realized that maybe it’s time to start writing again. Same old self with a whole lot of new pursuits is what lied before me. There were some challenges that I have gone through, new faces met, unusual pathways taken but it’s the same old self that I have been improving. It sure is a tiring thing to tediously commit to, that’s for sure but journals and this blog had kept me on my feet every single time being “positive” is not enough.

Brace yourselves with what maybe succeeding this post will be piles of what kept me busy in 2016!

LET’S START!