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Where to eat in Asakusa: Sometaro Okonomiyaki Restaurant

I’ve been fascinated with okonomiyaki ever since I saw it in the anime Ranma 1/2 in the early 90’s. It looked and smelled good, even in 2D animation, so I had to try it in real life when I visited Japan.

Okonomiyaki, for those who don’t know, is a Japanese savory pancake. There’s a variety of ingredients that can be used, so it’s really up to you and how you like it (okonomi) and then it’s cooked on a grill (yaki). Okonomiyaki is usually associated with the Kansai region (where Osaka is), but it’s really available throughout the country, and each region’s okonomiyaki does it a little differently than the others. Kind of like how regions do ramen differently, or–going closer to the Filipino’s heart–how each region has a different longganisa, or a different adobo.

The Tokyo okonomiyaki, then, was on my list of things to eat in the city. Continue Reading

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Getting my ramen fix at Ramen Cool West Ave.

Since Japanese food is one of my favorite cuisines, I have a list of my favorite places to get my fix, and Ramen Cool is in it. Their dishes are adjusted for the Filipino palate, but close enough to the authentic Japanese taste to for purists (i.e. me) to enjoy.

I first heard of Ramen Cool from my brother. We visited their branch in Kapitolyo years ago, but failed to write about it. I live far from Kapitolyo, though, so it’s a great thing that Ramen Cool also has a branch in my side of Quezon City!

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Dreaming of #BisayaNaFood

Cebu, Philippines is a place of rich history, beautiful beaches, and wonderful people. One of the capital cities of the Philippines, it is highly significant and one of the most populated in the country.

But, let’s be honest: when I think of anything, I think of food. And Cebu? Cebu is known for its delicious, scrumptious food. Mouthwatering seafood. Sweet, sweet, mangoes. Succulent lechon. Ooh-lala!

This week, my tummy has a date with Cebu. Continue Reading

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A freelancer’s application for a tourist visa to Japan

When I booked my flight to Japan last year, I was still a regular employee, and the Embassy had just announced that they were relaxing the visa application requirements. I was very confident that I was finally going to be able to fly to my dream destination since I was a child. I mean, who wouldn’t dream of going to Japan? Sushi! Sashimi! Ramen! Okonomiyaki!!! Sign me up for all that.

Fast forward to July 2015, my plans had changed, and instead of working in a new company, I chose to be a freelancer, instead.

Cue panic over my visa application.

Fast forward again to September 2015, and I’m smiling like an idiot while staring at my shiny new visa to Japan, watermarked with Mt. Fuji and pretty cherry blossoms.

Like most people with blogs who successfully obtain a tourist visa to Japan, I am now sharing my experience and the answers to the questions I kept asking people so that others may benefit from it. Continue Reading

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The Wish-Not List, 2015

It’s a little hilarious and embarrassing to look at wish lists from a decade ago.

While writing my wish list yesterday, I looked through my published wish lists from 2005 to 2009. At the time, I was age 21-25, and from the lists, you can see how I was at that age of acquisition, when I had removed schoolgirl things in my life and was gathering new stuff and experiences for working-person-hood. I had begun to be able to afford to buy things for myself, and I did buy things for myself (most of them from bargain stores, I think) and collected a great variety of things from the many things that interested me.

It was a time of acquisition and trying out the things I liked.

Now, ten years after my first wish list post, is the time of minimalization and focusing on the things I actually need. Continue Reading

The Wish List, 2015

Wish lists are good things. They can be bad, too, when we expect and end up being disappointed when people don’t to give us the stuff we listed, but I think they’re mostly good because they help us know what to give people on their birthday, Christmas, or even on normal days with no occasion. I also found that maintaining my own wish list helps me focus my spending. After actually listing down what I want, I remember it better, especially when I’m being tempted to buy something I don’t really need. Continue Reading