March 17, 2013

Food Porn: Chicken Charlie

Just like Mexicali, Chicken Charlie (Malate) also has a special place in my heart. It used to be Burn Babies' comfort food during thesis consultations (which lasted until the wee hours of the night.) Thesising was really expensive so we needed to find food that were cheap, yet tasty enough to get us going. Aside from Noodle Boy and McDonald's cheeseburger, Chicken Charlie's items fit my previous statement.

The chckn!

Charlie's chicken is similar with that of BonChon's, but I like Charlie's better because I find BonChon's spicy chicken as too spicy. And because there weren't BonChon near the school before. Charlie's and BonChon's chicken are the only chicken which I can finish without any leftover, because the meat easily separates from the bones. I don't know if it's a cooking technique or what, but I prefer that.

The sides!

I love dynamites! It is a test of luck! HAHAHA sometimes, you get the cheesy one, and sometimes you get the very spicy one. You're lucky depending on how you view it. I like wedges and fries too, but McDonald's fries is still my favorite.

By the way, what is the difference between wedges and mojos? I'm puzzled...

Chicken Charlie delivers via City Delivery. Just call 87878 78.

Google Reader, NetVibes, and X

Outside office tasks, I haven't been able to think clearly and speak articulately. I seem to be in some kind of disorganized state of mind. I try not to do anything while I'm in this state so I could avoid committing blunders. However, it's been weeks and I haven't "fixed" myself yet. Things to do have piled up, and productivity has been jeopardized. 

Let me try putting things back on perspective. Kidding! I can't just do that nor publicly write about that. HAHAHA Anyway, I was a bit shocked that Google Reader is closing. 

Around 30 minutes after getting the shock of my life, I turned to NetVibes and wasted roughly 5 hours of my life manually transferring my subscriptions. Siguro, isa yun sa dahilan kung bakit sabaw na sabaw ako ngayon.

I miss Google Reader's "explore" and "tag" features. I know Google Reader is still up and it's too early to miss it because it is not even gone yet. HAHAHAHA but you see, I've stopped using GReader. I just don't think that I should stick with something that I know will not be there for me anymore. CHOS. HAHAHAHA

Seriously, I am already using NetVibes because I want to get used to it as soon as possible. 
The sky is beginning to clear once again. The clouds are dissipating. I predict that it will be a "sunny" day tomorrow. If not, I have my umbrella with me anyway. 

Focus on your right arm, Arlet.

UP Naming Mahal

U.P. naming mahal, pamantasang hirang
Ang tinig namin, sana'y inyong dinggin
Malayong lupain, amin mang marating'

Di rin magbabago ang damdamin
Di rin magbabago ang damdamin.

Luntian at pula, Sagisag magpakailanman
Ating pagdiwang, bulwagan ng dangal
Humayo't itanghal, giting at tapang
Mabuhay ang pag-asa ng bayan
Mabuhay ang pag-asa ng bayan.

Nobody would genuinely want to die, but anybody, at some point in life, would want all the problems to disappear. Lots have been said about her death, perhaps it is time for us to be silent, to recognize her passing alone. 

Peace be with her and her family. 

Food Porn: Swagat Indian Cuisine

I first knew of Swagat through the book "115 Manila Restaurants We Love." Swagat, which means welcome in Hindi, is located near my office. Thus, I asked an officemate to eat there. I was excited to try the food since Indian cuisine is known to be flavorful!

It was a little past lunch but there weren't people around - which I liked. It is also notable that the place looked really Indian. Even the television show and the background music were Indian -which I also liked. 

My friend and I ordered chicken biryani and egg curry after the waitress assured us that the serving is good for sharing. To our disappointment, the food was obviously made for a single person only, so we had to order extra rice each. 
This is not for sharing!

Food Porn: Super Bowl of China

Whenever I treat my family out, I have a difficult time choosing the restaurant, since my mom is not fond of trying new dishes. She'd rather eat at restaurants or fast food that are within her comfort zone (Buddy's, Luk Yuen, Chowking, Goldilock's, etc). I think... of all the food porn I've posted, Super Bowl is the only one that genuinely caught her fancy. 

hot and sour soup - overpriced for its quality and quantity

Braised tofu with mushroom

Super Bowl fried rice

Spare ribs

Fish fillet with taosi!!! the crowd's favorite
Sauteed mixed veggies

Birthday noodles

Steamed fish with garlic

Lechon macau (as you can see, the serving size wasn't really inviting at all)

Suffice to say, papa, kuya, and I enjoyed the food :) We always do anyway! HAHAHA. By the way, I don't think that this can be considered as authentic Chinese cuisine. It almost felt like a non-self-service fast food since the place was noisy and cramped. Although I have no proof of it, the dishes tasted like it was made to suit the Filipino palate and not the Chinese's. Oh, I don't know.

In another note, I wonder what motivates mama to like the food in Super Bowl, and not the food in other restaurants? If I could figure that out, eating out with her would be so much easier.

Food Porn: Canto Bogchi Joint

This Canto is located in Ketchup Food Community and not the one in Engineers' Hill. I just enjoy staying in Ketchup Food Community, because it is homey inside (at least when it's not full house).

For late lunch, we ate at Canto Bogchi Joint because the guys wanted ribs. I was lucky because I got a serving with more meat and less bones. The others were served with the same dish but with more bones than meat :)

As expected, everyone liked the food; they only had praises for the ribs. Conversely, a lot of them didn't like their drinks - some kind of gulaman. I ended up finishing the gulaman for one of my officemates. I think that it tasted fine, and everyone is just being overly picky. 

Out of curiosity, I also ordered Coke Vanilla - which was basically just a sweeter Coke. HAHAHA I am not complaining. Overall, I'll absolutely go back at Canto (good food and good place at such an affordable price) Why wouldn't I go back?

March 12, 2013

Food Porn: Star Cafe and Restaurant

The moment we arrived in Baguio, my boss immediately suggested that we eat at Star Cafe and Restaurant. He says that it is the best Chinese restaurant in Baguio, and that his family have always eaten there long before I was born - Star Cafe has been there since 1940. And yes, my boss is Chinese.


My boss ordered lots of food but I wasn't able to try everything because I was embarrassed to go to the other table just to try their dishes. HAHAHA Of course, I just tried what was served on our table. 

We started with the soup. It got cold pretty fast because of the weather but it did help regain my appetite (I lost it from the long travel time from Manila to Baguio).

The chopsuey was tasty, and the vegetables were a little crispy. I liked it. Well, the ladies in the bunch said that the vegetables used were fresh, I wouldn't know :) 


March 11, 2013

Looking for Alaska

"She had the kind of eyes that predisposed you to supporting her every endeavor"

courtesy of

I am not a fan of Alaska, but I did like the book. I imagine liking it more had I read it when I was still in my teenage years, and not now - when I "can" partially judge the characters as immature young adults. 

The book presented various metaphors and interesting characters. I like metaphors; I like being able to anticipate what's going to happen (but I hate it when what's going to happen is so cliche that the story is just overly predictable.) 

On the story

I said it before, I am not comfortable of not knowing or being unable to explain what happened, but I guess, John Green, the author, does not care about my comfort zone. Thus, he made a book without a resolve in it, a book which forces the readers to have peace of mind despite not knowing.

On characters 

The characters are all well thought of and developed. Each has his / her own x-factor. 

1. Alaska - Again, I am not a fan of Alaska. I think that she is a careless and selfish person - a person who does not care about the feelings of her friends, a person who just wants to escape her pains even if it will hurt the people who care about her. But I don't blame her; she drowned herself with guilt. Guilt (among other negative emotions), when kept too long, is poison 

March 10, 2013

Was it Jack the Giant Slayer?

The story is cliche - or maybe I'm just getting old and humorless. HAHAHA

courtesy of
I think I enjoyed watching the trailers and commercials before the film than the actual film itself. To be fair, I wasn't a fan of the story of Jack and the Beanstalk, but that is a completely different story. Anyway, the end of the film hints that there will be a part 2, which I think is asking too much of the audiences' patience.

Fee Fi Fo Fum.

The end of the story pretty much disregarded Pixar's Storytelling Rule #19 - Coincidences to get characters into trouble are great; coincidences to get them out of it is cheating.

I think I'm just a little bitter because I wanted to watch Silver Linings, but I was a minority in the group that I was with. Hence, I ended up watching the cheesy and predictable Jack the Giant Slayer.