Monthly Archives: April 2013

Food blog: KatsuCafe

Been wanting to try this restaurant since Ive been seeing it at the back of Bo’s coffee in Katipunan.

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It’s a really cozy place. A prefect place to be intimate and relaxed since it is pretty small. I think it can hold up to just 50 people.

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First thing that got my attention are the condiments. They gave us grind it yourself sesame seeds in a mortar and pestle which is really cute and somewhat therapeutic. They have sesame oil and that very iconic spice that is a must in every katsu joint.

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Their menu is short and concentrated on the typical Japanese food found in casual Katsu places like this. The average price of the food is about 250php per person.

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We ordered chicken katsu and pork katsu. Both look almost exactly alike. But i actually like their presentation. It costs 195php. pretty decent because it already comes with the soup and the and unlimited rice.

I just have a bit of an issue with the serving size. I always go to another Katsu place and their pork katsu is a way bigger. But hey, can’t beat the bundle of soup and unlimited though.

I’ll surely come back and try their donburi and tempura. Nomnomnom

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Life thoughts: a change of perspective

I’ve learned something very valuable and life changing. It is a change in perspective that made me rely on God more and less of myself.

It’s called seizing the day. Carpe Diem.

I’ve learned that planning the next 5 or so years of my life will only bring the utmost frustration and disappointment in me once a plan doesn’t push through.

I am the type of person who’s like that. I plan everything up to the most minute detail possible. And I’ve experienced just recently that I tend to shut off and be in a state of panic once something goes awry.

Then I thought and with all of God’s reminders that I should trust Him because He has a plan. If He has a plan, why should I plan the next 5 or so years? I should just ask Him what His plan for me is and work it out. That means that I don’t need to plan anything because everything is already laid out for me.

I’m sure i know this but never knew what it meant and how it meant for me. God has His ways of showing me what i should do, sometimes the harder way.

I would think that this change in perspective would let me communicate with my God more and accept what life’s rejections and acceptance would give me.

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Food blog: Ersao

Ersao has been existent for a couple of years now. I first saw this on the UP shopping center about 5 years back. Now this about a year old branch in Marikina offers a completely different experience compared to the one i know of in UP.

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It definitely is a nice place to go to. Very cozy inside and the seats are comfortable.

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Their menu concentrates on noodle soups and rice toppings.  They also have refreshing smoothies and milk teas.

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I was really surprised by the quality of their food. We ordered 3 different noodle soups and i have to say that all of them were amazing and amazingly affordable. We had beef noodles, wanton noodles, and dumpling noodle soups. The wanton and dumplings in were amazing as i think the wrappers are freshly made on site. I’ve tested the best dumplings in Manila in Binondo and i think these would compare to that. Very soft wrappers and very mild flavored ground pork with chives inside. It was definitely a treat!

We also got a blueberry shake which is also really good. Am amazing feature of the restaurant is the condiments. They have a pretty unique tray of basil powder, curry powder and spicy dilis which is like the ordinary Chili garlic sauce but with dilis which gives it another layer of flavor. I enjoyed adding that to my noodle soup.

Would definitely eat here again. Good food and good ambience!

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Life thoughts: silence in the cross road

Sometimes all we need is to be silent, to be alone with nobody around but His creation and you.

There are a lot of things that i hope i fully understand about life. A lot of things that makes me want to see what the end point is if i take this or that direction. My humanity keeps on pushing me to fully understand the answers to questions each cross road poses.

Is not God the God of the all knowing? Then why doesn’t He let me see the end of each road? Doesn’t He have a plan for me?

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I know from Scripture that indeed He has a plan for me, a plan to prosper and not to harm. Then why a cross road?

I am not sure. And i don’t fully understand and maybe i will never understand why God places cross roads on the way when I was about to be so sure about the way He wants me to go.

Character
My mother will always tell me in times like these that God is molding me to be a better person.

Waiting is one of the most stressful and dreadful feelings there is. And a blocked road maybe worse. Very painful for me to say right now but God is using this to make me a better person for HIS glory.

Now what’s next?
I have no idea. Makes life a little bit more exciting and also a lot more dependent oh His promises.

He has a plan.

He will never leave me.

He will provide.

He hears my prayers

He loves me.

He is alive in me.

Very difficult for be to say but these are times when I should stand on His promises more.

In the silence
In the silence and in stillness He speaks more. I should listen more.

Lord, keep me still
Though stormy winds may blow
And waves my little bark may overflow
Or even in darkness I must go
And keep me still, and keep me still

Lord keep me still the waves are in thy hands
The roughest winds subside at thy command
Still thou my bark and safely to the land
And keep me still, and keep me still

Lord, Lord, keep me still, keep me still
Lord, keep me still
And may I ever hear that still small voice to comfort and to cheer
So shall I know and feel thee ever near
And keep me still

From Springs in the Valley

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