Saturday, December 24, 2011

Friendly Neighborhood Ramen Place

Moshi Koshi
Shaw Boulevard

The food was ok but definitely not as great as Ukokkei. I tried the Shio Butter Corn Ramen which was a bit on the salty side. The combination of the broth, butter, and corn was ok but I would prefer Miso Butter Corn still for the strong flavor. Sadly, they don't offer that. I did like the noodles and its texture. I also tried their Gyozas which I'm a bit picky with. I liked Ukokkei's Gyoza better. Moshi Koshi's was a bit "too veggie".

All in all, the place wasn't that bad. Service was good. And the chef was actually smiling. Something Ukokkei patrons like us are not used to. The best thing about this place is that it's literally steps away from my house. Perfect for that ramen craving.

Tuesday, December 20, 2011

Lisbon Experience

The EU (European Union) has been so greatly affected by the world's economic crisis and coming to Portugal made me see it with my own two eyes. Streets are almost empty during dinner time and shops are closed really early. It's sad really. Portugal is a beautiful country. The people are nice. Food is not that great but at least they try. Maybe my only wish for this coming new year is that the world become a much happier place to be in. Apart from financial happiness, of course. I seriously miss the genuine smiles on people's faces.

Thursday, December 15, 2011

Paris Layover

My Paris experience was just so so. Must've expected to much. Don't get me wrong. The food was great. Sights like the Eiffel Tower, Notra Dame, and Louvre were amazing. The only thing lacking maybe was the feeling of those romantized movies and photos. Didn't experience those at all. Frankly, Paris is more of a woman's travel place than a man's. The city is beautiful but it may be just not for me.

Friday, December 09, 2011

Amsterdam Layover

The place is amazing. Walk around and make sure you go to the Rijksmusem, Van Gogh Museum, Heineken Experience, Red Light District, and the Anne Frank House. Cannabis can be found in "Coffee Shops". Some can be found in the outskirts but most are within the Red Light District. Walk. I could not stress that enough.

The cuisine is pretty much mostly influences from other countries. So just try the hotdogs, deli, herring, and doner kebabs.

Tuesday, December 06, 2011


I'm off to a business trip tomorrow in Lisbon but spending a couple of days in Amsterdam and Paris.  This will be my first time so I'm both excited and scared.  Been hearing a lot of negative stuff about Europe lately.  Hopefully we get to eat some good food and see some amazing sights.  I'll try to squeeze in some posts into the blog so stay-tuned. See you soon.

Sunday, October 09, 2011

New Fall Shows 2011

Must watch:

A Gifted Man
New Girl
Death Valley
Up All Night

Great Comebacks:

The Big Bang Theory
Breaking Bad

Friday, September 09, 2011

Globe Powersurf Plans

Perfect for people who are always on the go. Thank you Globe for these options.

The service is, however, only available from August 14, 2011 to November 15, 2011. So make the most out of it and let's hope that Globe makes it permanent.

Friday, July 08, 2011


Basically, the video says that we can't ask for anything from our worthless government. It's up to every individual to do things on his/her own to survive this crazy country. You've heard of "Fuck Tha Police"? This is a lowly citizen's "Fuck the Government" statement.

Friday, July 01, 2011

Some Blogs Can Be Deceiving

Tamagoya Noodle House
Soliven Avenue
Antipolo City

The gyoza reminded me of the fried gyoza I used to love eating at the old Viramall in the Greenhills Shopping Center. It brought back high school memories but apart from that it was not as good as I had expected. The wrap was flimsy and the meat inside was not as compact. I should have trusted my instincts with this and ordered the Karaage (Fried Chicken) instead.

I was excited with the ramen so I was saving some space for that. When it arrived, it looked really good. The quintessential toppings were there and the broth looked rich and thick. It appeared only to be a mirage. I tasted the soup first and it was not as strong as I had hoped for. The aesthetics of the soup was far from the thickness of the soup itself. The flavor was a bit bland. Mediocre. I thought the chasyu could make up for the lack of punch the soup had but it didn't. The meat was really tough because they used very lean meat. It was good for the health but not good for texture and flavor. The only thing I really liked about the whole ramen experience was the noodles. I loved its texture and the way the soup base coated each noodle strand and how it glimmered against the light. It was al dente. But because of the sorry soup and tough meat, the whole dish didn't even come close to average.

It's sad because the dishes we had were not to our satisfaction. We expected a sort of secret ramen place this side of town but we were utterly disappointed. Too bad because the service was excellent and the place looked very authentic. I'm giving Tamagoya another chance though. Next week, I will try their Curry Ramen and I pray that next time I would finally get the perfect ramen dish I were searching for all along.

Thursday, June 23, 2011

Singapore: Sup Tulang

Being a fan of Anthony Bourdain and his show No Reservations, it's always a fun experience to follow in his footsteps visiting the places he has dined in. Our trip to Singapore was no exception. We tried the Sup Tulang at the Golden Mile Hawker Center. And yes, we loved it as much as he did.

Monday, June 06, 2011

Make Up Your Mind, Dammit!

The iPad was invented, people wanted to turn it into a laptop.

Crux Loaded

The laptop, on the other hand, people wanted to become iPad-like.

Mac OS X Lion's Launchpad

We don't know what the fuck we want, it's sad.

Saturday, June 04, 2011

Constant Change

As children, we were taught that there were 9 planets.  The last one being the coldest and farthest from the sun, Pluto.  Fast forward to today, Pluto is no longer considered a planet but is now a "dwarf planet"...

As children, we were already taught how to eat healthy and have a balanced diet.  Fast forward to today, the Food Pyramid we follow as children has now been replaced by the Food Plate.  Maybe with the continuous increase of child obesity in the US, First Lady Michelle Obama thought of changing up the whole concept of healthy eating.

It was Heraclitus that once said: Nothing endures but change. In life, everything changes. No ifs, buts, or exceptions. EVERYTHING changes. But it is up to us to know if the change is right or wrong.  It is up to us to follow these changes or ignore them completely. I do not believe that we are powerless against change because we have the greatest weapon of all... FREE WILL.

June 10, 2011

Last time I posted about Max's was when they had their eat-all-you-can promo. What could they have in store for us on June 10, 2011?

The Max’s Chicken All You Can record for most number of chicken quarters consumed was 14. Let's see if I have it in me to beat that or at least beat my record last year of 8 quarters.

Friday, June 03, 2011

How Not To Overspend At Restaurants

MSN Money tells us how to spend wisely at a restaurant. This article was reported by Michael Macklon for Investopedia. Here are some of the ways restaurants get you to spend according to the said article:

1. The upsell

All successful restaurant operators train their serving staff to use suggestive selling. And servers have plenty of incentive beyond their boss's bottom line, as the higher the final bill is, the larger the tip the server stands to receive. A good server sells food like a car salesman.

Every menu offering is simply a base model that can be enhanced with special features. A pasta dish can be outfitted with garlic toast and upholstered with cheese. Everything's better with bacon, and who doesn't deserve a "king-sized" serving?

These suave suggestions of super sizes, appetizers, dessert, extra cheese, double burgers and double highballs can quickly double your tab, too, and these extras are often the difference between an operation being a laggard or a moneymaker.

2. Forced waiting

Have you ever been on a restaurant's waiting list but noticed a number of open tables? Many times, the restaurant has done this by design. The idea is to get you to sit in the lounge; there always seems to be room in the lounge. Here, the bar server has an opportunity to upsell you on drinks and appetizers.

Often, some restaurants will bill you separately for your lounge items, which may make you feel obligated to tip both of your servers. Many diners may walk in with a budget, but when made to wait among a lounge full of food and drinks, it's tough to ignore a sudden craving or a hungry belly.

3. All you can eat

This gluttonous proposition appeals to consumers' desire to get the most value for their dining dollars. And while there is some value in all-you-can-eat offerings, savvy restaurateurs know how to make a lot of money from the seemingly generous deal.

First, the price for the entrée is often more than the regular price and the serving size is smaller. Guests are encouraged to fill up on less expensive side dishes and complimentary (cheap) breadsticks and salad, leaving less room for refills. Second, mass-producing one item reduces the purchase and production costs of the item, allowing for a significant profit margin.

To actually cost the restaurant money, a guest would need to eat numerous refills. Very few people go beyond two refills, so the law of averages works in the restaurant's favor.

These promotions are also great at attracting big crowds on otherwise lackluster days, and a crowded dining room creates plenty of opportunities for servers to upsell profitable add-ons. Even if a customer happens to be a competitive eater, it's likely he still has to wash down all that chow with overpriced sodas or bar drinks that balance the costs of the entrée. Even at a small loss, the restaurant can still hope to offset losses with repeat business and positive word-of-mouth advertising.

4. Fake specials

Many restaurants reserve a place on their menu for the daily "special." Often, this unique offering is simply the food that is set to expire soonest. Featuring a dish is also a great tool for pushing high-profit menu items. Restaurants like to push big-ticket entrées as a featured item to give the impression that an upscale meal is available for less.

Real deals can be had, but it's wise to check the regular menu to see if the special is indeed less than the regular price. Many restaurants will let their guests assume that featured items receive a discount when in fact there is no savings. Being skeptical of subjective descriptions like "special" and "feature" can help you avoid paying up for false value.

5. 'These pretzels are making me thirsty!'

TV's "Seinfeld" made an astute point about what happens when you eat too many salty snacks: You get thirsty! This scientific tidbit isn't lost on bar owners, who profit from sodium's dehydrating effects. Many bars are happy to offer free pretzels, peanuts, potato chips and popcorn -- pretty much anything that's cheap and addictively salty will do the trick -- knowing that customers will soon crave drinks to ease their growing thirst.

Considering that a keg of Heineken costs about $110, bar owners can make a $415 profit, or a 377% return on investment, by selling $5 pints of beer. If you're trying to keep a modest drink tab, avoid curing your tongue with salty snacks that drive you to drink.
The bottom line

No matter what food you're craving, America's food service industry offers a host of options, and aggressive competition means great deals are available. But to follow your food budget, you need to see past the slick commercials, flashing neon and limited-time promotions. By becoming impervious to restaurant sales tricks, you can avoid overspending and, by fortunate coincidence, overeating.

Tuesday, April 05, 2011

Chili's 4th Annual Burger Day

April 5, 2011 is the date of the 4th Annual Burger Day at Chili's. Big Mouth Burgers at only Php 120 each. Available at Chili's Greenbelt 5, Greenhills, Tomas Morato, and Chili's Too (Power Plant Mall).

Monday, March 21, 2011

FS: SCOTTEVEST Tropical Jacket/Vest (SOLD OUT)

Helping my brother in selling:


I have a few SCOTTEVEST Tropical Jacket/Vest for sale. I personally own one of these and they are great for travelling (and even daily wear). Check out the pics attached to this email. This would be a great gift to any traveler or gadget enthusiast.

The Tropical Jacket/Vest combines all of the gadget-carrying functionality you have come to expect from SeV Travel Clothing in a lightweight, packable jacket. This design is so versatile you can fold it into itself and toss it in you carry-on, golf bag, or glove compartment. The sleeves zip off so it can also be worn as a vest. It is perfect for traveling to warm climates, the golf course, out for a casual dinner, or for a walk on the beach. The Supplex fabric coupled with the mesh lining and zip-off sleeves will make this your go-to jacket when you need a great looking, lightweight option.
The Tropical Jacket/Vest features two interior clear touch pockets that allow you to see and control your iPod®/iPhone® right through the cloth. Of course, most of the 18 pockets connect to our patented Personal Area Network (PAN) so your headphones never tangle and are always right where you need them. The Weight Management System™, balances the load of whatever you carry - a perfect addition to your travel clothes wardrobe. The Tropical Jacket/Vest is offered in 3 colors - Black, Driftwood (an olive color) and Smoke (a light gray). The exterior is water-resistant, 100% Supplex (nylon) with a 100% Polyester Mesh lining. Machine Washable. Do not tumble dry. Hang to dry.

Sizes Available:
3 Medium
3 Large
2 Extra Large

I am selling them for PhP 6,500.00 per jacket. If you are interested (or want to see the item) please don't hesitate to contact me thru the methods bellow. Feel free to pass along this email to people who you think might be interested.

Thanks for your time and MTFBWYA (May the FORCE Be With You Always) ...

Vincent Benedict Py Castro

Wednesday, March 09, 2011

Thank you Globe!

Unlimited Mobile Internet is FINALLY made available for Postpaid Plans:

After so many years with Globe, it's just this time that they realized the need for this. That's progress in a 3rd World country for you. Still, my appreciation goes out to them. At least they finally get to give back to the loyal Postpaid consumers instead of the income-generating giant that is Prepaid.

Sunday, February 20, 2011

A Gem At The Podium

February 20, 2011
Shi Lin
The Podium
ADB Avenue

Has the search finally come to an end; the best tasting, juiciest, most affordable Xiao Long Bao in Manila? I believe it has.

Shi Lin's XLB at The Podium

Sunday, February 13, 2011

To Boycott Or Not?

Forgive my insomniac ramblings, which by tomorrow I might regret. I'm really thinking of moving my blog to a more user friendly environment like Tumblr or Wordpress. The reason behind this bold move stems from the lack of a good app to post blogs on Blogger/Blogspot. Google must be too busy with the mobile phone and browser wars that they completely forgot the lowly Blogger. Micro-blogging is killing blogs and if they don't adapt, heavy blogging will certainly be a dying artform.

Lastly, this blog was not "Sent via iPhone" but painstakingly sent through a Flash-less Safari app on the iPhone. 15 minutes of my time gone to waste which could have been less than a minute via micro-blogging. By the way, if you see errors in spelling, you can blame the small QWERTY virtual keyboard or that damn auto-correct. Blame everything else except for this drunk amateur blogger.
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