I blame James Morrison for this.

Sometimes something outrageous has to happen before you come to realize that you ought to let go of the past and concentrate on how the present should be part of your future. 

Can’t really fault anyone for comparing the present to/with the past, but through it, I hope one gets to realize who is worth the chance… There’s a reason why you didn’t end up with him/her. And there’s a reason why someone new is around.

If you were impulsive and stupid about it back then, then be patient and smart about it now. Or at least, try to be. :p

It’s okay to be scared, but don’t let the pain paralyze you. You could be walking out on something that might be the best thing life can give you.

Don’t walk out on the possibility of keeping true love.

// listening to James Morrison – You Give Me Something

My Ramen Santouka “Snack”

Got so hungry after checking out Zalora’s pop-up shop at Glorietta 2 that I craved for a bowl of ramen for merienda after only an hour of shopping!. I swear, hindi talaga ako expert. Ang bilis ko mapagod. Need to practice. :p

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Hokkaido Ramen Santouka is always crawling with customers durung lunch and dinner, so being there at 3pm was just perfect. Yipeee, no long lines! :D

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Santouka has a casual, classy look. A fitting look for an international ramen place franchise. Santouka originates from Hokkaido, north of Japan, and is named after a famous poet’s pen name- Santoka Taneda.

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You can order their ramen in 3 sizes – small, regular and large. This is great for those who still want to try other dishes without putting their diet in danger.

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The most recommended ramen is the Shio or salt flavor. My friend Ava also message me via Facebook to try the Roasted Pork Cheeks or Tokusen Toroniku, but I wanted something spicy that time.

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So I got a set with a small bowl of Kara-Miso Ramen (small is 310php if a la carte) and Salmon Katsu. The ramen has spicy soybean paste, pork, bamboo, and mushrooms. The set also comes with a small bowl of salad, a bowl of rice, a marinated soft boiled egg, and a cup of tea.

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I finished the entire set, not only because I was very hungry but because everything in it was delicious! This heavy meal is not at all bad for 520php, VAT inclusive.

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Santouka currently has 4 branches in the Philippines- Glorietta, Mall of Asia, Greenhills, and Trinoma.

// listening to the very boring Buzz ng Bayan

Fariñas Ilocos Empanada at The Collective

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Tired and hungry from a very long day that started exceptionally early, I found myself checking out this food place at The Collective.

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Fariñas Ilocos Empanada has famous grub from the North, aside from the obvious empanada.

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There’s bagnet, dinakdakan, dinengdeng, pakbet, chichacorn, sukang Iloko, and even Bugnay!

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Was really hungry so I got a small Vigan Longganisa meal (69php) and a special empanada (50php). And an ice cold Pepsi.

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The special empanada has egg inside. Sayang walang cheese. Out of stock daw eh. I liked both empanada and longganisa but I’ve had better.

// listening to ASAP 19

BF’s Best: Don Limone

I love cheesecake. And my friends from the south who know I do all told me to eat at Don Limone.

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Don Limone is along Aguirre Ave in BF Homes, Parañaque. It’s right beside Tavern Asia and near Larcy’s Cupcakery.

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I went there with Cindy one lazy Saturday afternoon and we were pleasantly surprised with the interiors of the resto. Pretty!!!

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It’s cozy and beautifully lit. I’m glad we went there early and had time to check all corners of the place first. Date place! Teka, bakit si Cindy kasama ko? :p

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Be still my heart! There are around a dozen cheesecakes to choose from. The menu also has plenty of interesting items.

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We were served slices of house bread with balsamic and olive oil. Loved the bread. Crusty and chewy.

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Our Limoncello Fegatini (245php) was fantastic. It’s limoncello and cognac braised chicken liver paté. Creamy, light. Sarap with the olives but went better with the free bread with balsamic. :)

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The Limone Arrosto pizza (495php) has roasted garlic-lemon sauce, chicken, roasted vegetables and mozzarrela. It’s such a large pizza. We had a hard time finishing it, but we still attempted to because it’s so yum!

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And of course, the reason for our visit. The cheesecakes. We had Saffron & Dates and the bestseller Limoncello Cheesecake.

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Heavenly! Thanks to all my friends who recommended this charming place to me. This is now my fave place for cheesecakes! A bit on the pricey side (245php per slice) but absolutely worth it.

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Will absolutely go back to try all the other cheesecakes! Sama ka? :)

// listening to the 2nd Pacquiao-Bradley fight

Rodic’s Tapsi

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I wasn’t able to get my tapsi fix when Jan and I had our UP Takaw Trip so I made sure to eat at Rodic’s last time I was assigned in UP Diliman for their career fair. (Sorry Shanei, sa Chocolate Kiss at isawan pa lang kita nakaladkad. Next year, promise.)

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Rodic’s is famous for its -silogs, especially the tapsilog. I spent countless lunchbreaks in the SC (ang sosyal na sosyal na Shopping Center) just to eat this favorite. While most like to drown the shreds of meat in vinegar, I prefer to have it with sinigang.

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Well, ‘yung sabaw lang ng sinigang for more tipid. As an iska, I’ve been programmed to think “more tipid, more fun”. :p Sarap ng pork sinigang nila. May durog-durog na gabi. Imagine that thick, sour soup mixed with rice and eaten with the sweet-salty tapa.

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Other dishes I like frim Rodic’s are the beef caldereta, shrimp okoy, and rellenosilog. Ulam + kanin is just 80php, so for a hundred pesos, pwede mo pa i-push mag-softdrinks or dessert. Just in case you haven’t noticed, diner slash carinderia po ang pinaguusapan natin.

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May issue ako na Pepsi products meron sila, but all’s remedied by the happiness I got from their yummy yema. Six pesos of bliss. :D Overall, it was a good meal. Lagi naman! Masarap na, mura pa. Arte pa ba ako? :p

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// listening to Louie Heredia – Ang Nag-iisang Ikaw