The 2014 UAAP Cheerdance Winners

Thr National University was successful in their aim to defend their crown in this year’s UAAP Cheerdance Competition. Congrats to all you bulldogs!

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I can’t say it’s a well deserved win because I think UP’s dance was better, plus I think NU’s performance had more pasabog last year. Pero oo naman, ang galing naman talaga ng NU ngayon. I’m impressed that over the years, they managed to become a force to be reckoned with. At ayun na naman si ate na kalurkey na parang walang buto kung maka-bend!

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My fellow iskolars ng bayan, cheer UP! You did great! Medyo napahaba lang ang arms nung Oblation na ginawa niyo, pero sobrang astig ang concept niyong equality this year. Sino pa ang makakaisip na haluan ng advocacy ang cheerdance routine, kayo lang! Tayo lang! Agawin na natin ang championship title next year, ha? :)

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Congrats also to USTe for making it to the Top 3! The Salinggawi Dance Troupe is back and growling! I’m sure mas matinik kayo next year now that you’re back in top. Sorry, Archers, nalaglag kayo this year. Go, panain niyo ang Tigre sa 2015! Nawa ay makaiwas ang mga Isko at Iska!

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Again, congratulations to UP, NU, and UST! And to FEU for winning having the best stunts! Thanks to all UAAP schools for consistenly wowing us with their pep squads’ stunning performances.

You can watch this years’ cheerdance videos by clicking on the following links:

1st place – National University
2nd place – University of the Philippines
3rd place – University of Santo Tomas

Please visit http://www.abs-cbnnews.com/video/sports/ for the other vids. :)

// listening to Going Bulilit

Ikkoryu Fukuoka’s Tonkotsu Ramen

It was Wolfgang night at 12 Monkeys and we needed to fuel up before the rocking and the headbanging. (Hehe.)

Miko and I were both newbies in Century City Mall, so we just went in the first Japanese resto we saw, and I’m glad we did.

It was another ramen night for us FBFFs. I wasn’t sure if it will be better than the one we had at Urameshi-ya in Little Tokyo.

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Ikkoryu Fukuoka Ramen Bar has been around since 1970 in japan and since last year in the Philippines. It specializes in Tonkotsu soup with Chikuho noodles.

Tonkotsu ramen is characterized thin, straight noodles in rich creamy pork broth. Chikuho is a region in Japan known for its special ramen.

Miko had the Ajitama Tonkotsu (380php) which is the Ikkoryu Original ramen + egg. It’s tonkotsu ramen garnished with chashu, green onions, bamboo shoots, wood ear and dried seaweed, and of course, the soft-boiled egg that was marinated in soy sauce.

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I had the Black Garlic Tonkatsu (380php) which is the Ikkoryu Original ramen + special roast garlic oil. I love garlic, so I liked this a lot. Mikmik also liked his ramen, but I think he liked his Enma Ramen more. :p

I liked that we were asked our preferred texture of the noodles. I don’t remember the exact choices, but my bowl had firm, springy noodles, just the way I like it. And the chashu was terrific- juicy and tender.

Other recommended dishes are their gyoza and karaage. I was saving some tummy space for drinks/grub in 12 Monkeys so I decided against getting some.

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But I couldn’t say no to ice cream. Their Matcha Ice Cream (150php) was a (not too) sweet treat to end the satisfying ramen dinner. I’d like to try black sesame flavor next time. :)

Ikkoryu has branches in SM Aura Premiere, Alabang Town Center, Bonifacio Highstreet, Powerplant Mall, and–

Century City Mall
Level 3, Kalayaan Avenue, Brgy. Poblacion, Makati
811-0333
Monday – Thursday 11am – 9pm, Friday & Saturday 10am – 10 pm, Sunday 10am – 9pm
Facebook: Ikkoryu PH
Twitter: @ikkoryuPH

// listening to Etta James – At Last

Dinner Party at Shabu Yaki

Had a small get-together with some friends in celebration of Donnie, Colleen, and Dave Karen turning another year older.

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We had it in Shabu Yaki, a Korean shabu-shabu place along Aguirre Avenue in BF Homes, Paranaque.

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We had the seafood set with additional plates of beef for grilling. The set comes with assorted seafood, dim sum, sweet potato, corn, pechay, egg, miso soup, noodles, salad, and kimchi.

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Birthday boy Donnie had a fantastic time cooking all those for us. by cooking, I mean dumping all ingredients in the pot. :p

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Buti na lang the waitress can be relied on to cook the beef for us. Otherwise, matutusta sa grill. :p

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The finished product was surprisingly good. I honestly do not like Korean food so much, but what we had that night was pretty good.

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And of course, what Korean meal can be complete without soju? Cheers to you, my friends! I love you all! I will choose you over Korean food anytime, anywhere!

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And look, Jap wasn’t in Last Vegas that night. She was with us. Ayan o, nasa picture. May laro-laro pang yarn!

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Shabu Yaki
157 Aguirre Avenue, BF Homes, Paranaque City
02 5016485

// listening to Kamikazee – Doobidoo

BF’s Best: Larcy’s Cupcakery

I wanted to bring a surprise treat to Donnie, Colleen, and Dave Karen’s birthday bash, so Jan and I went to Larcy’s before heading to Shabu Yaki.

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Larcy’s may just be the most popular cupcakery in the South. It certainly has the best reviews. Wala pang kahit isang kilala ko na nagsabi na hindi masarap ang cupcakes nila. Hindi naman siguro sinungaling lahat sila. :p

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Sabi ni Kris Aquino, masarap daw. Not that I value her opinion. I’m not a fan, but I would have to agree with her on this one.

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I had Quezo De Bola and Jan had the Bananutella. Mine had a nice balance of salty-sweet. Hindi lang moist yung cupcake to my liking. Jan’s cupcake’s texture was better. It was also delish. Hindi nakakaumay ang tamis. Tastewise, I liked mine better.

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I’d like to try their pasta and hot-pressed ciabatta next time. Those, and their coffee, which I heard used to be one of Davao’s best. (The owners used to have a resto in Davao, and they moved to Manila when their daughter studied in Ateneo.)

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The place was pretty full on an early Saturday night with children of all ages. Grown-up children na ‘di malaman kung anong selfie-pose ang gagawin with the cupcakes before eating ‘em up. :P

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Basta ako, okay na ako sa solo picture ko sa gigantic chair nila. Ganda, noh? (Nung chair. Fine, ako rin. Mwehehehe.) Their packaging is also pretty.

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And for my friends, I gave them Tres Leches, Pink Velvet, and Vanilla Butter Cookie. All three tasted great, the Tres Leches cupcake being the best for us. :)

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Larcy’s Cupcakery Cafe
178 Aguirre Street, BF Homes, Parañaque
Telephone: +632 799-4174
Sunday to Thursdays – 11.00am to 12am
Friday to Saturday – 11.00am to 2.00am
Facebook: Larcy’s Cupcakerycafe

// listening to American Authors – Best Day of My Life

Beer + Boardgames

“So what do we do now?”

The question that Shani, Mike, and I tried to answer upon meeting in Greenbelt. We were too full from Charaptor and Toby’s Estate that we didn’t want to go to another resto or café. So saan na ang Evil Support Group meeting niyan?

“Wanna play boardgames,” Shani asked.

I was hesitant until she added, “May beer doon.”

Makati B&B is just walking distance from Ayala Center. Five minutes away lang siguro. Hindi ako napagod eh.

Truth be told, hindi ako mahilig magboard games and card games. Unless, yayain mo ako mag-monopoly or pusoy dos, then I will rip you apart.

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Not that I don’t find ‘em enjoyable. Siguro wala lang ako kalaro. (Oiiiiy, kawawa!) Until, of course, that Sunday afternoon. Maiba naman ng trip, so let’s go! May beer naman na buffer eh. :P

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The first game that we played was Timeline. It was simple enough to play. A player is dealt with a starting hand of cards with an images and years that signify historical events. May upperhand ditto ang mga matatanda. Don’t play this if you want to lie about your age.

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Next was Click Clack Lumberjack. the players just have to hit the plastic tree with the toy axe and knock of pieces of bark without knocking the tree over. This is a fun dexterity game that will test kung gaano ka kagaling sumibak… ng kahoy.

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Next was Rhino Hero. The players are required to build a skyscraper of cards and move the rhino up the building. Game is over when the rhino falls. Looks cute and easy? Cute, yes. Easy, no. Kakapraning for someone who has heavy hands like me!

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Then we played Hanabi. It’s a cooperative card game in which players, aware of other players’ cards but not their own, attempt to play a series of cards in a specific order. I liked it when we ran out of clue chips and we “had” to use facial expressions and tone of voice to give clues. Cooperative nga. Haha!

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Then Get Bit. I don’t remember much of this game. Toss lang yata ng dice tapos move your mini doll and the one closest to the shark gets mutilated. (?) Wala ako kinalaman sa mga pose ng mga mini dolls dyan ha. Yung shark ang may pakana niyan. Nuninuninu.

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Next was the game that made me feel like a bimbo.– Betrayal at House on the Hill. Players all begin as allies, exploring a haunted house filled with dangers, traps, items and omens. Uhhh… nose bleed! Must review and get ready for the next time I play this!

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Buti na lang talaga may beer! They had 2 brews available that time, both craft beers- Katipunan Indio Pale Ale and Fat Pauly’s Ilaya Beer. Around 130php each. I liked the latter better because it’s hop-py. Woooow, 7% alcohol ba naman. Smooth, pero may whaaaapakk! Warning lang pala, do not go there if you want to eat a lot. They only have potato chips. :)

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Last game was King of Tokyo. Players choose one of six monsters (I chose the Panda!) which comes with a scoring board. Rolling the dice will give player a chance to destroy or heal. It was a nice end to a night of gaming with my friends!

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I had a really fun time at Makati B&B. I wanna try the other games. And they have a lot!!! Only 80php/person to play, so let’s go!!!

Thanks to my friends for bringing me there and to the guys of Makati B&B for playing with us. :)

Makati B&B
926 Arnaiz Avenue, Makati City

// listening to Wolfgang – Cast of Clowns