Tuesday, June 27, 2017

Wi not?

Look! We now have wifi along EDSA!

At least we have something to do when we're stuck in traffic. Which is pretty often.

Baby steps. Baby steps.

Monday, June 26, 2017

Let it BnB

Several of my friends have stayed in AirBnBs. So far, the reviews are mixed. Some say it's better than conventional hotels, and others say that you're better off with the tried and tested mode of accommodations.

For this Tokyo trip, I decided to try an AirBnB.

The property description sounded ideal. Just a 2 minute walk from Shinjuku-gyoenmae station. Near supermarkets and food places. And the apartment was all to ourselves. (Unlike some AirBnB options where you share an apartment with strangers.)

True to its advertisement, my chosen apartment was centrally located, and it was in a quiet part of Shinjuku. Despite that, Shinjuku-sanchome (hello shopping!) was just a station away. And that makes everything worthwhile.

The only downside was the fact that the lift broke down that weekend. So Mark and I had to go up 9 flights of stairs each time. Can you say "wheeze?"

Despite that, it was a good first time experience with AirBnB. And the next time I'm in Tokyo, I wouldn't mind staying here again. (Not the building in the photo, but the building across it. This was my view from the balcony.)

(And if you look hard enough, you'll see me in this photo.)

Sunday, June 25, 2017

Konnichiwa my old Tomodachis part 2!

After the onigiri, can Van Houten Cocoa be far behind?

Of course not!

Two days into my trip, and I've drank 3 cartons of this sublime chocolate drink.

And there's 1 more day to drink more.

Saturday, June 24, 2017

Konnichiwa my old Tomodachis!

Well hello there, onigiri!

Yes, it's 7:00am in Tokyo and the first thing I bought was onigiri. Heck, I bought the onigiri even before I bought my ticket to the city.

Let the weekend Tokyo adventure begin!

(And I'm writing this from inside the bus. How cool is that?)

Friday, June 23, 2017

FMM: Bond-ing

Since I'll be spending the long weekend in Tokyo, I thought of bringing out another Pizzicato Five ditty as today's Friday Magic Madness song.

Although they're more known for "Sweet Soul Revue," this group's other songs are equally catchy and fun to listen to. Perfect example is this oddly titled but supremely catchy number from 1994:

"Twiggy Twiggy vs. James Bond."

Need I say more?

Thursday, June 22, 2017

Throwback Shirt Day

Way back when I was in grade school, I remember my sisters owning a shirt from a very popular and very exclusive brand in the 80s.

The shirt was emblazoned with "ESP" in the front, and "RIT" in the back. That's when we were introduced to the brand name "ESPRIT."

In the 80s, every preppy and cool kid just HAD TO HAVE anything Esprit. Whether it was a shirt, jeans or bag, it was the brand to have.

On my way home, I saw this poster at the side of SM Megamall:

The shirt is back!

Further proof that what's old is new again.

Wednesday, June 21, 2017

Patch Madams

Sometimes, it takes months, or even a year, for a trend to really kick off.

A year ago, I spotted a shirt with patches in Tokyo and SG, both of which I bought and gave to Ate Bullet.

By the end of 2016, these patches started appearing in fast fashion places and in my Divisoria haunts.

Now, they're everywhere! Just check out some of the patched shirts that are available at The Landmark.

This is a nice patch, but on a bad shirt:

This is okay. Gingham is another recurring trend, as well as blue and white.

This is too "Tita Baby" for its own good.

There are some good ideas here, but unfortunately, the executions are quite spotty.

That's a sure sign that a trend is about to end.

Tuesday, June 20, 2017

Foos and play

While attending today's off-line session, we saw this box lying on one of the tables.

A mini-foosball!

And it's from Flying Tiger!

I'm going to look for this when I go to JPN this weekend.

Monday, June 19, 2017

Putting my finger on it

Apart from visiting my usual food haunts, I try to check out new restaurants when I'm in SG.

A few friends have talked about and given rave reviews about this new chicken place called "4 Fingers," so it was one of the places on my list.

The raves are worth it! I tried their chicken burger, and it was awesome!

Chicken patty was extra crispy and the glaze was perfectly sweet and savory. The black bun had the right amount of softness. And the fries, the fries! On its own, it was already worth the visit.

Now, I can put my finger why everyone's raving about this chicken place.

Sunday, June 18, 2017

Carl is calling

Of course, no visit to SG is complete without a trip to Carl's Jr!

The alarming thing is that the number of Carl's Jr. branches are dwindling with each visit. Before, they had more than 10, and now, it's down to three!

Don't give up on me, Carl. You have to be there in SG!