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Foodsnaps!

Where: Rap Steaks and Cakes, Vito Cruz, Manila
Main Course: T-Bone Large (P225)
Desert: Lemon Coconut Cake (P69) and Blueberry Cheesecake (P75)

Foodsnaps!

Where: Exile on Main Street, Vito Cruz, Manila
Main course: Escape to Texas wings (P125) and Drunken Dory (P120)
Desert: Y Tu Mama Brownie A La Mode (P120)

Foodsnaps!

Where: Kimukatsu, Century City Mall

Main Dishes: Cheese Tonkatsu (P390) and Yuzo Kosho Tonkatsu (P430) (With unlimited rice, cabbage, miso soup and Japanese pickles)

Deserts: Kurogoma Pudding (P110) and Shingen Ice Cream (P180)

Foodsnaps!

Where: Ajisen at Robinsons Manila

For the main dish: Ajisen Ramen (P235)
The side dishes: Gyoza (P118), Soft Boiled Egg (P50)
Desert: Banana Tempura (P125)food

I’m so proud of what we have accomplished, as seen through this demo reel. After countless revisions, our best damn video is done! The result of team work! Blacktieproject presents: One Perfect Day. Guys, enjoy. We poured our hearts out into this. For better feels, use earphones/headphones. 

Script by: Dada Dogayo
Video Editor: Abby Tuangco
Assistant Editor: Jazzel Jurado
Colorist: Phillip Zamora

Random thought: why would some people feel that it’s an obligation to give their time to their significant other? Shouldn’t it be because you want to? Not just because they’re asking for you? Bakit mo pa siya mahal kung pinipilit niyo lang sarili niyo? Ang sarap kaya ng feeling pag may tao lagi para sayo.

The Yabu Experience

Since it was our 22nd month as a couple, my boyfriend and I always make it a point to eat somewhere new. I’ve been wanting to try the Tonkatsu at Yabu for a long time because a lot of people were raving about it.

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We were the 4th customer to line up but we were ushered in once there was already a table for two available. It was a good thing we arrived after the lunch hour because I bet we would be waiting a while. The atmosphere was great. I especially loved the manga hanging over the customers. Those were specially made just for the restaurant, according to the waiter.

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Before our food came, we were given these sesame seeds that we were supposed to crush for the tonkatsu sauce. We did this silently (like it was a serious ritual) because the table was too long for us to have a long conversation. We would be shouting, in fact. And we don’t like our fellow table neighbors to hear in our conversations. We like our conversations private.

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After crushing our seeds, we were told to put about 2 to 3 scoops of this sauce. I didn’t like it very much though.

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Our food finally came and it was so big that I had to use my fish eye lens to get a good photo of everything on the tray. No wonder the table was long for the two of us! Turns out Yabu offered unli rice, cabbage, fruits, miso soup and lemonade to the meals we ordered. I ordered a Tori Menchi which was P343.75, according to our receipt. Not including the 12% tax. You do the math. I was supposed to get the one with curry. But since this was my first time, I wanted to try the one everyone was talking about.

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Drix ordered a Rosu Miso. Which was P352.68 (again, excluding tax and according to our receipt).

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Look at that cheese inside the Tori Menchi! I asked the waiter what kind of meat it was and he said chicken with ham and cheese. It was pure perfection. In a span of 10 minutes cooking (according to the waiter), the tonkatsu was soft. It was like a delicate meat that you couldn’t get enough of. If the perfect steak was medium rare, the perfect tonkatsu was soft and delicate. It was easy to cut, even with chopsticks. It was like eating in a 5 star restaurant that has affordable and worth it dishes.

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I even tried Drix’s tonkatsu. His had this sauce which was different than the one we put with our crushed sesame seeds and there wasn’t any filling. Eventually, I took some of his sauce because it tasted better.

Though the waiters went around refilling our cabbage, rice and lemonade, I didn’t refill my bowl of rice because Japanese rice usually is heavy and I didn’t need a second round even if the rice was delicious. Though I was pleased that they kept refilling my cabbages and even asked for a second bowl of fruits. 

The size of the tonkatsu was just enough for one and I didn’t feel too bloated afterwards. In the end, I finished Drix’s last slice of tonkatsu because it was so good.

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The waiters were friendly, the service was great, the food was great. I would definitely come back soon. Next time, I’ll get the one with the curry. Maybe after the next pay day. We spent a whooping total of P1,013, including the service charge. But it was worth it because we went out smiling. A new food experience always keeps a tummy este relationship happy. And it was another check off my list of restaurants to eat! Afterwards, we watched 22nd Jump Street, which is another story, but a great and funny movie to end our 22nd monthsary date because we everyone in the cinema kept laughing and laughing.

I give Yabu a 5/5.

For someone who loves make up, but don’t use heavy make up everyday, like I do, this is the dream lip cream. It’s NYX Soft Matte Lip Cream. I came across the NYX booth at Mall of Asia’s department store and I was trying on a bunch of lip cream colors when I finally found the color that I could use for everyday use. Since I don’t have fair skin (my skin is yellow-brownish because of the Chinese-Pinoy genes), light colors don’t suit me, even when I really wanted a light pink color. Even my boyfriend didn’t think I looked good when he saw me wearing some of the light colors. He kept saying “wag mo pilitin”. So I went for the mid-tone colors and this one definitely suited me. This one is called Cannes. I noticed that the lip cream color names were after different places like Zurich, Athens, etc.

I bought this for P390. I asked my boyfriend what he thought and he thought it looked great on me (I sometimes love the opinion of guys). It brightened up my original lip color and was just the right shade of pink for my skin, which was something I was looking for. Though I notice it’s cheaper ordering online, it’s still better to buy from a legit store.

The great thing about this lip cream is that it takes a long time for the color to fade off. It even has a Vanilla scent that’s so addictive! When I got home, I noticed that my lips still had color. It had faded, of course, but if you’re looking for a lipstick or lip gloss that stays the whole day, I recommend this lip cream. It doesn’t feel dry, like most of the effect some lipsticks give me. It’s light, easy to carry around and how you apply it is just like putting on lip gloss. I’ll definitely buy more in the future.

So I was looking for a place to eat Char Kway Teow this afternoon. Somewhere near and affordable, of course. Most of the Asian restaurants I saw that had Char Kway Teow were in BGC or in Makati, and I saw on the net that there was one place that I’ve been ignoring my whole 5 years that I’ve been roaming around Robinsons Ermita. That place is called: Banana Leaf.

I’ve been passing by that restaurant for a long time and it’s only now that I discovered that they serve a whole bunch of Asian food. Specifically, Singaporean, Malaysian and Indonesian.

An order of Char Keay Teow is P188 and that’s for two! That is called a reasonable price! We also ordered Roti Canai for P88 and the Curry Sauce (separate order) for P30. And for our drinks, I got an Iced Tea Tarik (Malaysian Pulled Tea) and Drix got an Iced Lemon Grass (which he says is nakakaumay), both P68 each.

Besides the food, the other things that I love is that they literally use banana leaves as plates. A way to also save the dish washing. Also the uniform of the waitresses looked like the Singapore costume I once had. Sort of like what the stewardess of Singapore airlines are wearing.

These two dishes got us full and I kept telling Drix that we have to come back to try the other dishes because I really miss Malaysian food.

I give Banana Leaf a 3.5/5.

A Buy 1, Take 1 Thing.

When a boy and a girl become an item, there will always be the friends who don’t get the buy 1, take 1 thing. The buddy system. The partnership. What most people don’t understand is when two people love each other deeply, they become one. They become each other’s best friend, companion and lover. I have great respect for people who ask for me when I’m not with my boyfriend at a gathering. It just goes to show that they know how important I am to him. Same goes for my friends who ask for him when he’s not with me. This isn’t a clingy thing. It’s about how people respect our relationship and our choice to be partners, that one cannot be without the other. We can’t all be the “extra” in another’s life. We’re part of their friends, their family and goals. That’s what relationships are. They’re freakin hard work. But at the end of the day, we’re thankful to be sharing our lives with someone. If we’re just the “extra”, then we’re not that important to be a part of someone’s world.

Last Thursday, we, at Blacktieproject, held a rainy day photo shoot. I was part of the models to be shot for the project, as well as five other office mates. I don’t have photos of me and my office mates though. All of the good shots are with our boss, who was the photographer.

But me, being a nosy photographer in photo shoots, took quick shots of the couple who were invited to our shoot with my phone. Turned out really well.

I love my job.

Social Media’s a Distraction

I had a thought. What if social media is one of the reasons why couples break up now a days? Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, etc. are already distracting. But there are some couples who tend to flood everyones’ timeline with their PDA photos or just their faces. And there are some couples who post too much “monthsary” statuses. It was cute during the first month, but it gets tiring, guys. Those kind of thank you messages should be said personally. A relationship between a girl and a boy should be between themselves. They shouldn’t even include social media in their relationship. I guess that’s why I’m hesitant on posting stuff relating to my love life now. My relationship right now taught me that. We don’t need to post “I love you”s on each other’s walls because it would be more meaningful to say it face to face. People don’t need to know that you guys are on a date or that you guys are so in love with each other with every detail. It’s unnecessary.

The once in a while posts are fine. Let’s just not go over board. Because too much couple faces or posts can be tiring to see on the timeline if you post everyday. If you guys break up one day, it will be hard deleting all those photos you had together! Let’s be real, guys. Let’s focus on the real relationship. Not the social media relationship.

Hot Star Large Chicken Review

There’s a new craze in town and it’s Hot Star Large Fried Chicken. I’ve been seeing some of my Facebook friends eating in this restaurant and I wanted to do a quick review on it.

There were also these photos on the wall, which lightened up the place.

Ordered an Original Fried Chicken and Crispy Fried Chicken to taste the variety. Both for P110 plus P35 for rice and regular drinks. I wasn’t alone of course, I couldn’t finish everything. I asked the cashier what the difference was and she said that the Original was covered in breadcrumbs (you don’t say) and Crispy has that butter flavor. 

Hot Star Large Chicken is ridiculously as big as my slipper. I’m not all for the flavor, though it had that “tingly pepper-y” feel. But the more I ate it, the lousy the flavor was for me. In short, nakakasawa siya.

I do prefer the flavor of Crispy Fried Chicken than the Original Fried Chicken.

The breading doesn’t stick to the meat and it’s too much for a small girl like me. I should’ve shared one meal with someone else.

Their rice gravy wasn’t very tasteful. And the portion of their rice is way too little for an average Pinoy as we love our rice. An extra rice would cost an extra P20. I do love their Blue Lemonade. That kind of made up for my disappointment.

I’d rather have eaten in Bon Chon beside Hot Star or at Project Pie. Not worth going back for the second time. Or maybe I would go back to try their other meals.

If you wanna try their food at Hot Star Fried Chicken it’s located at Blue Bay Walk along Macapagal Ave, Cor. EDSA. I give Hot Star a 2/5.

Got feedback from people today (most of them from advertising). Siguro dapat graphic design sinali ko kasi may pinakita akong mga photomanip. Kasi daw hindi na yun photography kung manipulated na. Ang photographer kasi taga click lang sa advertising world. Ang art or creative director talaga ang nagiisip. I think that’s why I don’t wanna be in advertising anymore because there will be other people who will think for the people shooting or editing. And since I love photography, I wouldn’t want to make it a full time job with deadlines and such. It’s really for myself and for the people who want to see my photos. But at least I got good feedback about my concept thinking because they said not a lot of people have that ability to apply the concepts to their photos. Anyway, I learned a lot. #behancereviews