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forever isko. international studies graduate. ex-french major/italian minor. corporate slave. foreign languages and culture lover. stargazer. moderately wanderlust. quite opinionated. ebay addict. bag hoarder. true 90s kid. ruthless potty-mouth. interested in a lot of things. rants every once in a while.

(personal rather than private space from my usual online presence, this is more... uninhibited? so if you know me, O hay der!!! =p ★)

01/24/2012

I always pass by this Korean (and Japanese) grocery by Farmer’s Market in Cubao called Masan. But since I’m quite early today, I decided to drop by the store and buy things. ^_^ I can’t exactly remember the name of the cookies we loved to eat when we were in Seoul but I settled with three yummy looking ones. Maybe because the price is now in peso and I find my whole haul to be quite pricey. But looking back, the cookies we bought were more or less KRW 1000, which is almost the same as the price they have here. 

01/16/2012
I don’t know when was the last time Mon and I have been to Mashitta in U.P. Shopping Center (but I highly doubt it has been that long). So after my class last Saturday, we were surprised that the place was given a makeover! It has been repainted, the lights replaced and a large MASHITTA sign has been planked on the wall. The quirkiest additions were the random artworks added on the walls (e.g. handwritten Korean characters, traditional Korean roof, drawing of two lovely kitties). It makes eating in the place more fun! <3

01/16/2012

I don’t know when was the last time Mon and I have been to Mashitta in U.P. Shopping Center (but I highly doubt it has been that long). So after my class last Saturday, we were surprised that the place was given a makeover! It has been repainted, the lights replaced and a large MASHITTA sign has been planked on the wall. The quirkiest additions were the random artworks added on the walls (e.g. handwritten Korean characters, traditional Korean roof, drawing of two lovely kitties). It makes eating in the place more fun! <3

01/14/2012
My head is spinning. Spent a lot of time reading about international trade and the international monetary system (e.g. foreign exchange, gold standard, Bretton Woods and all that jazz) for my IPE class later. I should be writing our weekly one-pager but decided that it&#8217;s much better to sleep first. Economics is never a strong suit of mine, but thank God for basic IR theories. They made things easier to digest. Good night world!
P.S.
Can&#8217;t wait to watch Mission Impossible later with Mon&#8230; FINALLY (the MMFF season is over)!!! And I can now smell the bibim ramyun, kimchijeon and kimbap from Mashitta in UP SC. ^_____________^

01/14/2012

My head is spinning. Spent a lot of time reading about international trade and the international monetary system (e.g. foreign exchange, gold standard, Bretton Woods and all that jazz) for my IPE class later. I should be writing our weekly one-pager but decided that it’s much better to sleep first. Economics is never a strong suit of mine, but thank God for basic IR theories. They made things easier to digest. Good night world!

P.S.

Can’t wait to watch Mission Impossible later with Mon… FINALLY (the MMFF season is over)!!! And I can now smell the bibim ramyun, kimchijeon and kimbap from Mashitta in UP SC. ^_____________^

01/06/2012

On half-day vacation leave today, Mon and I just spent a typical day watching a movie and eating somewhere new. For the first time, we watched a movie in Greenbelt 1 and it was the cheapest movie ticket that we have bought to date! It was just Php 120! We watched ‘My House Husband’ starring Judy Ann Santos, Ryan Agoncillo and Eugene Domingo. It was funnier than I expected, especially Eugene. Just a light-hearted comedy. =)

We then hang out in some coffee place somewhere around the area because it was still quite early for dinner when the movie had finished. We were still thinking whether we should walk or take a cab going to RCBC Plaza, but I argued that I really don’t want to walk because it was quite humid. =P

For dinner, it was our first time to eat at this newly-opened Korean place in RCBC called “Bab House”. I must say, it was one of the best bibimbap I’ve tasted here in Manila (not too spicy, just all right) and they make well-made kimbap too. A bowl of bibimbap in a stone pot (or whatever you call it) cost us Php 170 and a simple kimbap cost Php 90. Each kimbap was made quite small though, but its bite-sized serving made it less arduous for chewing. We were also offered cheongju (Korean rice wine) served in mini-cups but we were not too keen to drink them (but I accidentally drank half of mine because of Mon LOL).

Maybe we were not extremely hungry because of the coffee we drank an hour before dinner, but we left the place really full.

Happy 3Y4M again Mon! Love you! <3

(And this is my 1000th post here in Tumblr! YAY!)

BELATED HAPPY 3Y2M!!!

11/08/2011

As last Sunday was not a good time to go outside, we just decided to have a quick post-third year, second month celebration earlier. We were enticed by a Facebook post by Mon’s friend last week about this certain Korean stall/post in SM Makati foodcourt, so we decided to give it a try. The name of the place is “KIMBOB" and it is strategically located near the entrance from Glorietta.

Random thoughts on the food:

  1. The presentation of the food is very similar to Pepper Steak, with the paper “cover” or something
  2. The price is not that expensive: the bibimbap is for Php 95, special kimchi-bibimbap is Php 105, curry rice Php 75, ramyun is Php 75, kimbap is also Php 75, and they have tteokbokki as well for Php 60!
  3. The bibimbap is just “okay”. Nothing special but I’m not complaining about the serving at all. It will really fill you up! :)
  4. The kimbap's rice is really dry. Not much filling and I'm very disappointed. I know that since our Seoul trip, we tend to look differently at kimbap (blame that sidewalk resto in Apgujeong) but we love the kimbap in Mashitta from UP’s shopping center.
  5. I can’t speak much of the ramyun because Mon asked the lady at the cashier not to make it spicy —- defeats the purpose of ramyun in my book =)

Will I go back and eat at KIMBOB? Probably yes, I still have yet to taste their tteokbokki and chapchae before passing judgment.

We then had a quick dessert from Red Mango in Greenbelt (can’t remember which number —- I can’t seem to pay attention on their numbers for years, except for which I can perfectly recall LOL). There were not a lot of people, maybe because people got tired of two consecutive long weekends. Mon was really very animated in most of his pictures and this picture is really adorable that it can pass off as a Red Mango ad (which I played around with):

And a quick snap of me while I deposited something in BPI.

It was really a fun day! Happy 3rd year and 2nd month again, Mon! MWAH! <3

10/30/2011
Mon and I&#8217;s dinner last night - bibim ramyun, eggroll kimbab and kimchijeon from Mashitta in Shopping Center, UP Diliman! It has been almost a month since we last ate here! We&#8217;re patrons since 2009 when I started graduate school and the lady manning the counter seems to know us already. I was pretty early in UP than Mon and I told him that I&#8217;m going to order the food because I was already famish. When he arrived, the lady in the counter smiled at him and pointed upstairs to indicate that his company was already here LOL I LOVE MASHITTA!!! They serve the most affordable and delicious Japanese/Korean food in the university area!

10/30/2011

Mon and I’s dinner last night - bibim ramyun, eggroll kimbab and kimchijeon from Mashitta in Shopping Center, UP Diliman! It has been almost a month since we last ate here! We’re patrons since 2009 when I started graduate school and the lady manning the counter seems to know us already. I was pretty early in UP than Mon and I told him that I’m going to order the food because I was already famish. When he arrived, the lady in the counter smiled at him and pointed upstairs to indicate that his company was already here LOL I LOVE MASHITTA!!! They serve the most affordable and delicious Japanese/Korean food in the university area!

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