Tuesday, November 25, 2014

Maybe just stick to Pizza

You all know I love pizza... and pasta while you're at it. Well one of my favorite brands is Yellow Cab. I am absolutely crazy over their Tribeca Mushroom pizza. If you haven't tried it, I highly suggest you do. You won't even realize it's vegetarian ;)

Well, one day, my colleagues and I decided to order Yellow Cab for lunch. We settled on a party sized cheese pizza, carbonara and their new offering, the Aglio Olio pasta. The Aglio Olio pasta was "for me" because it's the one that is vegetarian friendly (without the shrimp). I didn't mind because Aglio Olio is actually one of my favorite pastas. Well, you can only imagine my utter disappointment to find that the Aglio Olio is super bland!

I tell you, it tasted like spaghetti with oil! It was THAT bad! We were trying to justify it but we really couldn't. It was tasteless. It lacked salt, garlic, sundried tomatoes, basil, even the shrimp lacked salt! I cannot emphasize enough how disappointed we were. If we weren't so busy at the office then, we would have called them and demanded our money back.

It's the first time that I got this disappointed over Yellow Cab. I know it's a new dish,but really, didn't they even conduct product sampling first? It was just really unacceptable as a dish. And to think it's the most expensive pasta dish they have on their menu :(

To those who'll be going to Yellow Cab, you have been warned.

Sunday, November 23, 2014

Colorless just got Colorful

You know I'm a big fan of Haruki Murakami's books and although I didn't really enjoy his last novel that much (See post: Colorless lacks Color) I have to admit, I'll still buy it because it is still a Murakami novel (and I am that big of a fan).

Well since the novel came out, I was already obsessing over its cover. The first time I saw it, I was so disappointed at how plain it looked only to find out it came with stickers! Apparently, the idea is for the readers to design their own cover of the book! So cool, right? The first week it came out I couldn't stop obsessing over it only to be gifted my own copy of the book by a dear friend. As happy as that made me, I still wasn't 100% excited cause the one I got was not the Harvill Secker First Edition version with the stickers :(  So imagine my happiness when I chanced upon the Harvill Secker version in Changi Airport during my layover enroute to Myanmar!

I present to you, my version of Haruki Murakami's Colorless Tsukuru Tazaki and His Years of Pilgrimage:

I am so proud of my cover! I have to admit though, when I saw the stickers I got so confused. There's so many of them! I wanted to pile them all! But of course, that wouldn't make such a great cover.

The plain cover. The one on the right is the cover leaf, the book itself is the one on the left :)

The stickers were created by six Japanese artists. You'd think they're just nonsensical stickers, but if you read the book you'd realize that each one has a reference to the book. I am glad I read the book before putting on the stickers cause it made them more meaningful.

The stickers themselves are really nice cause they're printed in a good quality clear sticker paper so they don't look tacky when you stick them on the book.

I had so many extra stickers when I was done so I just piled them on in the inside back cover just because I didn't want to throw them away :P

Thank you Murakami for the really interactive book cover! I enjoyed it so much! More so because the book now feels more limited edition to me. Because apart from the fact that it is a first edition version, no one else in the world has the same design cover as mine. It has Ninin all over it :) Yay for uniqueness!

Monday, November 17, 2014

Bibingka pancakes

'Tis the season to be jolly! Falalala lala la la! Merry Christmas, everyone! What better way to jump start the season than by having your favorite seasonal food items? One of my favorites is bibingka so imagine my surprise (and glee) when I found out IHop had a bibingka pancake!

I cannot begin to tell you how wonderful it tastes! It is so good! I particularly love the salted egg in the pancakes cause it gives it the authentic bibingka taste. And I think that even if I wasn't a fan of bibingka, I would still enjoy it because it really is very tasty.

I didn't finish the pancakes because they are very filling so I had the rest to go. I reheated it at home and it still had that same amazing taste! The first bites were just heavenly for me *yum*

I cannot encourage you enough to go to IHop at your earliest availability to try it. Two thumbs up (and toes too!) for this!

Sunday, November 16, 2014

Golden Myanmar

If my life was a story book, this Chapter would be mystical; reflective; serene and inspirational. Myanmar is beautiful precisely because of this. My trip to Myanmar is a bucket list trip. My god sister and I have been dreaming of going there for years but in the past, Myanmar hasn't been too open to tourists. That, and the lack of easy transportation. But like all things, timing is everything. And now is finally the right time for us to visit. Say hello to beautiful Myanmar!

Thank you Myanmar for the amazing memories! It's really one of my profound trips. I feel like I lost myself, left something behind in Myanmar, then found myself again. It's amazing how travelling can change you and make your life better. And this trip reminded me why I like travelling to "off the beaten track" destinations so much-- because you're pulled away from everything you're used to and you get to think. To just take in the natural beauty of the world. To remind you that there are so many aspects of life and if you just detach from the material world for a while, maybe-- just maybe you'd finally find what you've always been searching for.

Maybe I found a little piece of my missing self in Myanmar. And how can I not when the place just evokes that. It is so naturally beautiful that you start seeing the world with fresh eyes. You ask yourself when was the last time you stopped... really stopped to watch the sunset? Or see the sun rise? Myanmar gave me that opportunity and for that (and more) I am eternally grateful.

Thank you for the memories, Burma!

Monday, November 10, 2014


Hello beautiful people! Sorry for the lack of posts the last few weeks. If you follow me on Instagram though, you'd know I was out on vacation.

Say hello to Golden Myanmar! 

Will be posting about my trip in the following days so stay tuned! :)

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