Thursday, April 17, 2014

Meals with Mark: Ramen Rave 2

Mark lives in a quiet side of Tokyo, so there aren't a lot of big chain restaurants in the area. This is actually good because we get to eat at hole-in-the-wall places that might be small in size, but definitely big on tasty offers.

One such place is this quaint ramen place in Suginami-ku called Bia Bia. If you don't keep your eyes peeled, you might not notice it because it's very small. But when you do, you'll be rewarded with good ramen.

Not just good ramen, but the "Best Ramen of 2013." They have the seal to prove it.

Bia Bia is a very small operation. There are only 2 people manning the restaurant, one of whom is the owner/chef. There are only 10 seats in the entire place, and we were lucky enough to get seats. Then again, we went early afternoon, so the lunch crowd isn't there anymore.

The star of the show is their Bia Bia Special.

The ramen has a light and flavorful broth with thin ramen. It has fried chicken breast, boiled eggs, green onions, and dried berries. Yes, dried berries! For a berry person like me, this is a big deal.

As far at the broth goes, I still prefer the one that Mark and I ate in Odaiba. But in terms of the overall flavor, this one is more interesting because of the interplay of the sour berries with the flavors of the chicken, egg and ramen stock.

Because of its unconventional fusion of flavors, I'd say this ramen is definitely worth raving about.

Wednesday, April 16, 2014

Yo Yokohama!

Although we just spent a day in Japan's port city of Yokohama, it was a day well-spent because we were able to see a lot of the popular sights in the city. Good thing they're just near one another, so going around wasn't too difficult.

First on the agenda was Yokohama's Chinatown where we had lunch.

A Chinese temple in Japan. Something you don't really see that often.

The Red Brick Warehouse used to be Yokohama's port warehouse. But when the port moved out, the local government bought this building and turned it into a mixed-use development.

They kept the structure as is, and it still looks the same as it did 100 years ago.

A late afternoon shot of the Red Brick Warehouse.

Mark standing by the red brick wall. This shot feels like we're in San Francisco.

Next time, we should stay in Yokohama a bit longer.

Tuesday, April 15, 2014

Rules of Engagement

The Japanese are known to be sticklers for following rules. I've seen that in my different visits to Tokyo and other parts of Japan.

But as always, there are exceptions to the rules. Just like this particular case that Mark and I saw at Showakinen park last Sunday.

Yup, there's a man taking photographs in the area that specifically says "Keep Out."

And to make matters worse, just as we were taking this photo, this happened:

A kid just jumped into the "Keep Out" zone and started running around the restricted area.

Ah yes, we have rebels in our midst.

Monday, April 14, 2014

Show(a) me the sakura!

Since I'm arriving in Tokyo more than a week after the sakura went in full bloom, I thought I wouldn't see any cherry blossoms anymore. That was fine with me since I experienced Hanami last year.

But lo and behold, when we went to Showakinen, there were still a lot of sakura trees in bloom. Luckily, we found one and had our picnic under the tree.

Little surprises like this is make trips worthwhile.

Sunday, April 13, 2014

Lovely lunch

This is one of the most laid back and picturesque lunches I've had in Tokyo.

We decided to go to Showakinen Park for the Flower Festival today, and decided to have a picnic lunch there. So, we bought some nice Japanese eats at the eki, found our spot underneath a sakura tree, and enjoyed the day like the locals.

One of the best lunches ever.

Saturday, April 12, 2014

More Friends in Tokyo!

Look who we ran into in Tokyo! 

I'd often run into Kuki in Ortigas since we both work in the same area. And this afternoon, we saw each other in Tokyo! Needless to say, we had to show them around some of our favorite spots - like the Meiji Shrine and Shibuya.

I wonder who else I'll run into.

Friday, April 11, 2014

FMM: High Five!

Since I'll be in Tokyo in a few hours, I think today's Friday Magic Madness song should be an homage to Japan.

A song like this:

Yup, Fridays don't get any more magical than this theme song.

Thursday, April 10, 2014

Oh Tokyo!

One more day and I'm off to my Holy Week break in Tokyo!


Wednesday, April 09, 2014

Sibling Style

When we were kids, our parents made an effort to dress us alike. This was especially true for Ate Lissa and Ate Bullet since it was easier for Mom to dress the girls up in matching outfits.

In keeping with that tradition, I'd like to present another pair of stylish siblings - Miggy Boy and Javi Davi Doo!

(I'm loving Javi's "Mikayla's-not-impressed" look.)

 (Attention: Stylish siblings ahead.)

(Ate Lissa calls this the "Florales boys" shot)

Gosh! I don't know how much of this adorable-ness I can take!

Tuesday, April 08, 2014

Dessert comes first

Oh look! Skittles Desserts!

I found this new variant in Greenhills, and it had blueberry tart, key lime pie, orange creme, among others. Needless to say, it's divine!

After all, that's what desserts are supposed to be.