[2016] Week 30 Eats, Reads, Beats

First good thing: I spent the weekend in Baguio! I still have to apologize profusely to Tito MJ for bailing out the last minute, but.. family first. 😦 Baguio has always been like a second home for me. The best … Continue reading

[2016] Week 29 Good Stuff: Korean Buffets, Japanese Food, Book Sale, Strawberry Taho

When I think of the happenings last week, what stand out in my head are Korean buffets. I have come to love Korean food when me and my grad school friends went to the Land of BoA last year and … Continue reading


*Song playing: Implode – BoA*

I’ve changed. I posted I think last month that I’ve become withdrawn when I entered college. Not that I’ve become a stoic, anti-social bitch. I’m still loud, lewd, bubbly, cheerful, but rather, I now keep my thoughts to myself; I only share my life stories when I am asked; and even my posts only consist of 90% shallow things about me. Having said that, I envy those who get to speak their minds. When I say “speak their minds,” I mean bringing up topics out of the blue and  are totally irrelevant to the topic at hand that just needed to be said and talked about. Get me?

Like for example my Baguio housemate and friend Luigi. He brings up stuff that I know he’s been pondering about when he’s alone, when he has read something, or something, and then he shares it with us. What surprises me is that when he shares his thoughts, most of the time, his ideas are also the same as mine. And for that I’m grateful that I’m not the only one who thinks the way I do. But still, I envy him for speaking his mind. Maybe I should try posting some personal stuff instead of just fangirl posts and some rants ever so often.

Anyhoo, I recently read one of Luigi’s blog posts, which is about his “past-less nostalgia.” On that post he mentioned about taking Baguio for granted – the same thing that I’ve been sulking about for the past few days. You see, I’m now a fourth year college student, who is about to take the last 9 units of my college life this coming semester. Meaning to say, I only more or less five months to stay in Baguio and enjoy the freedom that I get here. With that realization, it dawned on me just how sudden this will all going to be.

For the past four years, I’ve been ranting about Baguio. Before you hate on me, let me just say first that I love Baguio. I love the place per se and all the friends here, but I attribute my rants to my homesickness, the feeling of it being so small that I can’t hang around anywhere besides SM, some school shiz, THE TYPHOONS, etc. And that’s probably why I also go home to Manila every weekend. EVERY. WEEKEND. Whenever there are instances when I have to really stay in Baguio, I feel jittery, itchy and all. That’s how much I need to get out of the City of Pines. Also, as a graduating student, you always have this mind set of “I have to graduate, I want to graduate, I need to graduate so I can finally be free from the demands of school!”, something like that. With that said, I never get to fully appreciate Baguio stay until now.

Five months. I only have five months left in Baguio, and I’m afraid that I didn’t get to appreciate it for all it’s worth and the freedom it gave me. Have I been too ungrateful? Have I ranted too much? Next semester, I swear, I’ll be all over the country’s Summer Capital. I’ll be in John Hay, I’ll go to ukay-ukays, I’ll explore as much as I can and enjoy.

It’s sad. Why have I thought of this only now?

L’Arc~en~Ciel outside our house :)

As a lot of people know, I’m a die-hard fan addict of the Japanese rock band L’Arc~en~Ciel. For those who don’t know, L’Arc~en~Ciel is a french word that literally means “Arc in the Sky”, or in other words – RAINBOW. L’Arc’s leader tetchan named the band with that French word when he watched a movie with the same title, and they found it melodious.

OKAY ENOUGH OF THAT. Talking about L’Arc~en~Ciel is never-ending.

And mostly because of that, I’ve had this bias and I don’t know, obsession towards any arcs with seven colors. Even if the seventh color of that arc is debatable. When I was little kid, yeah, I believed that at the end of every rainbow, you’ll find a pot of gold, clovers, and a hairy leprechaun. And then fucking physics tells me that rainbows do not have ends. Whatever.

Biases aside, I’ve always loved rainbows. It signifies something positive after every hardship. It tells me that hey, the world is not all dirt. And of course, my “OMFG! SHIT LOOK AT THAT!” reaction this morning can’t be denied when I saw for the first time in my life a FULL arc in the sky. And take note, it’s not just ONE. It’s TWO FULL arcs in the sky. 🙂 The arcs looked so beautiful arching over the airport and having its “ends” resting on the mountains. Ah, good vibes, good vibes.

I hope this sight made you happy as well! 🙂

[Philippines/Japan] July: Philippine-Japan Friendship Month!

Even though I’m from Manila, this article will only focus on the events in Baguio since this is where I’m currently studying. Here goes!

July 23 marks the 55th year of friendship between the Philippines and Japan. To commemorate the Friendship Day between the two countries, the Japan Embassy, in cooperation with the Japan Foundation Manila (JFM) and other co-organizers, prepared a culture exchange program of activities in July.

Activities and events that showcase Japanese culture are to be held at various provinces in the Philippines from Baguio City up to Davao City. The theme for this year is “Over the Milky Way.”

In Baguio City, the celebrations kicked off with the screening of twelve Japanese films on June 27 which will last up to July 15. The films will be aired, for free, at the University of the Philippines Baguio, University of Baguio, Saint Louis University, the University of the Cordilleras, Benguet State University.

There was also the second Tanabata Matsuri (Star Festival), held on July 8, where attendees had their wished written on strips of paper and hung them on bamboo trees.  Another highlight of the event was the attendees who cosplayed characters from animes, such as Prince of Tennis.

A photo exhibit, on the other hand, also began on July 8 which will last up to July 30. The exhibit will show the culture exchange between Japan and the Philipines with the featured landscape photographs from both countries. Filipino photographer Kidlat de Guia displayed fifteen photos that he took in Japan, while Japanese photographer Yasuhiko Naoi displayed fifteen photos that he took in the Philippines.

Photos that showed the earthquake and tsunami-stricken areas of Japan and a film showing about their culture will be presented at the Baguio museum. Those who will visit the Baguio museum may donate for the benefit of the Tohoku region victims.

[Japan/Philippines] How video gaming affects Baguio’s environment

I wanted to write a lot of things today, but lemme first share this article that I wrote as part of my requirement in school. 🙂  It’s originally how Japanese video games affect the environment of Baguio (where I am studying) in the Philippines. But I kind of revised this just to video gaming.  Here goes:

Heated Game

In this day and age whoever born in the Generation Y do not know Pacman, Final Fantasy, Tekken, and Super Mario? Super Mario holds the record for being the best-selling video game franchise with 200 million units sold, while Final Fantasy has seven records at the Guinness Book of World Records 2008. Of course, all of these are Japanese creations. When it comes to video gaming creation, the Japanese are at the forefront together with the United States of America. Japanese video games have attained success not only in Japan, but in other countries too, including the Philippines. Playing video games is fun, but how can excessive playing affect the environment? How does it affect our environment that is affected by global warming?

In Baguio City, there are several boarding houses that are occupied by students from different provinces who study in different universities in this province. Given this fact, many computer shops cater to the needs of the students for them to encode, do research, or print out encoded materials. However, most students and even adults go to the computer shops to play video games. In Engineer’s Hill, there is a street that has three computer shops frequently visited by people just to play video games. In an interview with those shop owners, they all said that a lot of students come to their shops to play games. Students go there immediately after their classes and they play there until the shop closes. At Carding’s in Cabinet Hill, students even stay there overnight just to play.

Excessive use of the computers leads to high energy consumption, which contribute to the increase of heat in the Baguio environment.  This also contributes to the emission of C02 that leads to global warming. In Baguio city, thousands of computers operate from morning to night resulting in a large number of kilowatt hours consumed daily. In the computer shops at Engineer’s Hill and Cabinet Hill, they have at least 12-20 computers per shop. According to the Benguet Electric Cooperative (BENECO), in the first quarter of 2010, Baguio had a 7.7% energy consumption increase from last year and a 5.3% increase from last quarter, which is equivalent to 74.81 million kilowatt hours consumed.

Despite the harmful effects of excessive computer usage to the Baguio environment, shop owners say that their computer shop business will not survive without offering any video games. Students hardly go to shops for research. Most of them flock to computer shops to play for several hours. When students are not playing, computers are on standby mode while consuming 75% energy.

In the future, the people must be aware of the harmful effects of excessive computer usage, especially in Baguio City where computer shops are abundant and people play video games until dawn. If possible, computers must remain turned off when not in use to conserve energy, as opposed to just leaving them on standby mode until a customer arrives.

(As submitted for Journalism 108 to Prof Linda Grace Carino – AY 2010-2011)

[J-Restaurant] CHAYA Contemporary Japanese Cuisine

For my fellow Filipinos, if you want to try authentic, delicious Japanese cuisine, then I’d recommend you eating at CHAYA.  Here’s a bit of an info on that restaurant, from http://www.Japinoy.com:

On September 28, 2010 CHAYA Baguio opened its doors to patrons of Japanese cuisine. Young and old alike enjoyed the sumptuous meals prepared by CHAYA chef, Sonoko Taguchi.CHAYA stands for authentic Japanese cuisine, wholesome food and healthy lifestyle.

Restaurant hours: 11 am – 9 pm, daily

Address: 72 Legarda Road, Baguio City
phone: (074) 424-4726
mobile: 09164394141
email: chaya-baguio@hotmail.co.jp
Website: www.chayabaguio.com

The restaurant itself is like a house. When you enter the resto, you will see tables and chairs for the customers in the middle of a living room. It has a cozy ambience that makes any one feel relaxed and comfortable.

The first time my friends and I went there, we ordered:

Beef yakiniku plate
Kakiage tempura
Sashimi platter
For dessert, we had:

green tea ice cream with anmitsu for free 
Cream anmitsu – green tea ice cream, vanilla ice cream, anmitsu!!, melon and banana slices, a dollop of whipped cream
Fruits parfai
>> Listed by Maneki Neko @ Japinoy.com
For our second visit to the place, we had:
Sukiyaki soup 
Maki roll sushis
Miso soup
Beef Salad
Coke for drinks 
The usual green tea ice cream for dessert
It’s a really good experience to eat there, with Sonoko-san being very friendly  ^_^ To any Japanese culture fan who’s in the
Philippines, better eat at CHAYA! 🙂