Ichnigo: That Japanese Food Stall in Pergola

I was stranded in Pergola one rainy Saturday afternoon. I saw this Ichinigo near the Ruins (Good Shepherd Bazaar) exit and thought I’d have some miso soup first.

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And some Unagi Sushi (160php)…

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And Torikatsu (170php as part of a set meal, with drinks and soup).

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The katsu was decent. The eel (unagi) was surprisingly tasty… deliciously sweet-savory. Food’s not bad for a simple Japanese stall.

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They also sell party platters like a maki-sushi-sashimi mix. And they have Kirin and sake.

Ichnigo is beside Ally’s All Day Breakfast at the Pergola Mall in Aguirre Avenue, BF Homes, Paranaque.

// listening to Weird Al Yankovic – Tacky (Parody of Pharrell’s Happy)

#GlendaPH

I first heard about Glenda (international name: Rammasun) late last week. I think it wasn’t called a super typhoon that time yet because it was too early to tell if it’s gonna be one. It was two days ago when I read online that it’s as strong as the menace that was Milenyo (international name: Xangsane) in 2006.

I really do not get why some morons uploaded hate posts about why it was sunny yesterday, asaan na daw ba si Glenda… Tanga-tanga daw ng PAGASA, blah blah blah. Ahhhhmmm… sure. I would love for PAGASA to have superior accuracy when it comes to predicting weather, but hello?! Since time immemorial, weather forecasting has been inexact science, not just in the Philippines, but in the entire world! In all fairness to PAGASA, they did say that Glenda will hit Metro Manila in the afternoon/evening of July 15 and will probably be at its strongest in Metro Manila around 2AM today. So again, I do not get why some morons seemed disappointed that it was all sunny and bright yesterday morning. Have they forgotten that there are people who do not have shelter to protect them from the storm devastating everything in its path? Palibhasa, puro mga rich hipsters itong mga adik na ito. Again, MORONS.

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The howling wind and the sound of heavy rain woke me up early in the morning. I thought, well the morons finally got what they’re waiting for. I’m sure Glenda met or even exceeded their expectations. Tssssss!!! Storm signal in Metro Manila and nearby provinces was raised to #3. It packed maximum sustained winds of 150 km/h, thus making it a severe typhoon. Severe pa lang ‘yan sa lagay na ‘yan ha. Hindi pa super! Super typhoons have winds of 180km/h. Roofs were ripped off, walls collapsed, cities were flooded, trees were uprooted (even the big ancient ones). The photo above is one of the most reposted photo in social networking sites. (check #GlendaPH) That’s a tree in Magallanes Village, Makati. And whoever owns the car, I feel kinda sorry for you, but engot ka, sabi nang no parking o.

Anyway, I had to go out to buy something (which was really bad because I felt tatangayin ako ng hangin, kasi ang nipis ko. Charot!) and I heard two teenagers talking about how we should always have typhoons so classes will get suspended. Eh? What the hell are wrong with these people? Mas nakakainit pa sila ng ulo kaysa sa bagyo!

Another thing na nakakainit ng ulo– power outage!!! Most of Luzon suffered from this because of Meralco’s facilities being affected by the typhoon. Bumabagyo na, madilim pa sa loob ng bahay… nakakatakot ha! I had a candlelit breakfast by default, thanks to Glenda. The brownout was bad, but I’m still grateful that I had food on my table and a roof on my head when Glenda was unleashing her wrath in Manila.

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Sadly, the typhoon season has just started. For sure, Glenda is just one of the big weather disturbances that we have to brave and endure this time of year. According to a chart from PAGASA, the months with the most tropical cyclones are July and August. The data in the chart I saw was from 1948 to 2009. With the changes we’ve been experiencing with our country’s climate, it’s highly possible that lethal tropical cyclones will still be a threat until the last quarter. Sendong was in December 2011 and Yolanda in November 2013.

Let’s make sure that we follow precautionary measures before, during, and after the typhoon, especially having an emergency bag with clothes, batteries, flashlight, water, canned goods and other necessities, in case of having to evacuate. Also, know the numbers to contact when we’re in dire need of help.

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Apart from precautionary measures, may everyone also have common sense measures, such as huwag lalabas kung hindi naman kailang na habang bumabagyo. Unless gusto niyong magpakamatay, pero bad ‘yon. Please also remember that typhoons have an eye, which is an area of calm. So during a typhoon, beware of a sudden calm and bright weather. The eye of the storm might be passing by your area. Do not attempt to go out of your home. Within a couple of hours, the eye of the storm will go past your area and you will again experience strong winds/heavy rain like what passed your area before the calm.

I hope that everyone out there is safe. Thanks to those who asked if I’m okay and if my parents are okay, too. My parents (and our pet puppies, twinkle and Beige) also experienced Glenda’s fury in Bataan, but thank God they’re safe.

// listening to R + L = J: Who are Jon Snow’s Parents?

BON Banhmi: Authentic Vietnamese Sandwiches in Makati

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I read somewhere that Bon Banhmi serves the best Vietnamese sandwiches in Metro Manila. I have nothing to compare it, really, except to the banhmi I eat in Morong, Bataan. A lot of Vietnamese refugees were in Morong almost two decades ago and there are still some stores that sell Vietnamese dishes there.

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BON Banmhi is along Mayapis St., San Antonio Village. It’s very near Aranga St. If you’re coming from the riles area (how sosyal-sounding, hehehe), it’s a 5-minute walk. It’s owned and operated by Anne, a Vietnamese lady whose birthday is December 4. BON is 4 in Vietnamese.

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Their bestseller is the Traditional Banhmi which has ham, shredded pork, pig’s head paste, vegetables, and their special sauce. Other sandwiches have fried chicken floss, grilled beef, or roasted pork. A medium sandwich is 79php, while the large is 99php.

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Sadly, they ran out of goi cuon on the afternoon that I was there. Goi cuon pala is spring rolls. I’ve always called it chagio. Chagio pala is the fried variety. Sorry naman! :P

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I paired my large banhmi with Artichoke Tea. It was ok for 59php. It tasted more like calamansi than artichoke, though. Anyway, it’s good to lower cholesterol and to detoxify liver they said. They also have coffee, which I will try next time. Isn’t Vietnam known for their smooth and strong coffee? Masarap daw yung brown coffee nila eh.

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And as for the reason why I went there, gosh, I loved their banhmi. Saraaaap! sarap na mauulit! I wasn’t surprised at all that I liked it. I like the Bataan-style banhmi, so ýung authentic pa ba ang hindi ko magustuhan? :P The baguette was freshly made. The sauce was tasty. It’s the perfect bread-palaman ratio. It’s yummy and filling.

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I’ve added BON Banhmi on my list of must-visit holes in the (San Antonio Village) wall. Delish, cheap, friendly and quick! And who knows? They might even add more Vietnamese dishes, like my favorite hu tieu someday! (Please!!!)

BON Banhmi
8390 Mayapis Street, San Antonio Village, Makati City
02 808 7979 (They deliver!!! FREE delivery P300+ to the entire of Makati)
http://www.bonbanhmi.net
Open daily 6:30 AM to 11:00 PM.

// listening to The Cardigans – Carnival

Bellychon: Cebu’s Prime Cut Lechon?

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Donnie and I wanted to try Bellychon in Greenbelt 1 last Holy Thursday, but the place was packed, so we ended up eating at David’s Tea House. We were able to try it a couple of Fridays ago with Karen and Colleen.

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There aren’t a lot choices, but it’s okay. We came there solely for the lechon anyway. I like lechon Cebu better than the regular lechon. Karen and I ordered the spicy lechon. Regular lechon for Donnie. Sizzling lechon or was it lechon paksiw for Colleen?

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The air smelled like tanglad (lemongrass) that made me hungrier and more pissed because of the long wait for the food. Parang nakalimutan pa nga nila ýung food ni Colleen. kawawa kasi she was the hungriest among us. Sucky service!

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The Bellychon Meal was unsatisfying. The skin wasn’t crispy. Horrifying, isn’t it? The meat was tender, sure, but it wasn’t particularly juicy. It wasn’t that tasty either. I tried making it better with the sauce, but it didn’t really work, because the sauce wasn’t that good either. I was also confused that they served liver sauce with it. Isn’t Cebu lechon paired with vinegar or just stand alone?

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Colleen’s food that took 20minutes to be brought to her looked like s***. Didn’t bother to ask her if it was good. Hers and ours was not the kind of Cebu lechon I was expecting.

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We had a better time filling out tummies in Chili’s Greenbelt 5 were we went to after the belly bad Bellychon dinner.

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Bellychon has branches at Shopwise Libis, Shangri-La Mall, and Festival Mall.

// listening to Bruno Mars – All She Knows

Paalam, Mang Roger.

image from the Facebiook account of the San Beda Red Lions

Rogelio Lagman 1946 – 2014

Ang balut vendor / Bedan icon na si Rogelio Lagman o mas kilala sa taguring Mang Roger ay namaalam na.

Hindi man siya nakapag-aral sa San Beda, masasabing siya ay tunay na Bedista dahil naging (almost) permanent fixture na siya sa may Mendiola campus. Taong 1976 siya nagsimula magbenta ng balut at penoy, na nadagdagan ng chicharon, cellphone load, at kung anik-anik sa mga nagdaang panahon. Ang mas importante pa sa mga paninda niya, ang pagmamalasakit at pakikipagkaibigan niya sa mga Red Lions at Red Cubs.

Hardcore supporter ito sa mga games ng bedans. masasabing naging vendor/cheerleader si Mang Roger. :D Hindi ka nga raw tunay na Bedista kung hindi mo siya kilala. Ako nga, taga Beda Alabang eh nakilala ko pa siya. Definitely a celebrity in his own right!

Paalam, Mang Roger. Tapos na po ang paghihirap mo dala ng cancer. Nawa ay maging matatag ang naiwan mong mga mahal sa buhay, lalo na ang iyong limang anak. Hindi ka namin makakalimutan. Immortalized ka sa mga Mang Roger shirts na available online at immortalized ka sa puso ng mga Bedista na nakasalamuha mo. Ikumusta mo na lang po ako diyan kay San Beda at kay San Benito ha.

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Maaring bisitahin si Mang Roger sa San Beda Abbey Church simula ngayong Linggo ng 9am. Ang libing niya ay sa Lunes kinabukasan ng 10am.

#RIPMangRoger

// listening to Andy Williams – Moon River