Saturday, August 25, 2012

go-en The Japanese Ramen Shoppe Plus (Part 2)

After several weeks, we went back to go-en The Japanese Ramen Shoppe plus to check out what was new. I was happy to see they now have more food offerings and have also rolled out their lunch specials. I thought of updating my previous blog post but since it was already long, I decided to just do a part 2 for go-en.

Like in our first visit, the place is still clean and quiet. The people are still friendly and chatty. When we arrived, Carol (the owner's friend who also manages the resto) was lively chatting with a customer.  (In case you're in an asocial or grumpy mood coming in, better give them a heads up).

We tried four more of their dishes: the Eihirei, Kara Miso Ramen, Tsukumen Ramen, and Okonomiyaki.

Friday, August 17, 2012

McCormick Buffalo Wings Seasoning Mix (Screamer)

I've already blogged about my buffalo wing escapades at Wingman, Buffalo Wild Wings, Buffalo's Wings N' Things, and BC Burgers and Chix, so it's no secret that I love buffalo wings. Who doesn't, anyway?

I recently tried McCormick's Buffalo Wings Seasoning Mix for some chicken lovin' at home. There are four mix flavors - Classic, Barbecue, Teriyaki, and the hot one McCormick dubbed as Screamer. Among the four, the Screamer appealed to me the most so that was what I bought.

McCormick Buffalo Wings Seasoning Mix (Screamer Flavor)

Monday, August 13, 2012

Binggrae a Cafe La Vanilla Latte (Korean Ready to Drink Coffee)

Whenever I go to Hi-Top Supermarket in Quezon Avenue, I always rummage through their sale items. Most of those items are 50% off their regular prices. During my last visit, this bottled coffee attracted my attention.

Binggrae Premium Coffee a cafe la acafela vanilla latte
Binggrae a Cafe La Vanilla Latte

For a coffee product, it has a very cheesy name (a Cafe La? Really? Come on!) but the packaging is very cute. It's a Korean product by the way. I admit, I don't like Korean food much, but this one's coffee and half-priced, so I got one bottle to try.

Wednesday, August 8, 2012

Comprehensive List of Groups Accepting Donations and Volunteers for Calamity Victims in the Philippines

I've compiled information about various groups and establishments that are accepting donations and/or looking for volunteers to help the victims of the heavy rains and flooding in the Philippines. For easier browsing of this long list, I've divided this post into two parts: those accepting 1) cash and check donations and 2) in-kind donations and/or calls for volunteers per area.

The big organizations on the list (e.g. Red Cross, GMA, ABS-CBN) accept donations all year round to help victims of various calamities and tragedies throughout the Philippines. If you're located outside the Philippines but want to help, you can do so by sending cash donations. Please do!

For cash and check donations:


via SMS (cellphone load)
Text RED <space> AMOUNT to 2899 (Globe) or 4143 (Smart)
You can donate the following denominations:
Globe: 5, 25, 100, 300, 500 or 1000
Smart: 10, 25, 50, 100, 300, 500 or 1000

text DONATE AMOUNT 4-digit M-PIN REDCROSS to 2882.

via 7-Eleven or Cebuana Lhuillier

Cash donations for the Philippine Red Cross is accepted at any 7-11 store or Cebuana Lhuillier Pawnshop nationwide.

via Bank Deposit
Bank accounts for donations
Banco De Oro
Peso: 00-453-0018647
Dollar: 10-453-0039482
Swift Code: BNORPHMM

Peso: 151-3-041631228
Dollar: 151-2-15100218-2
Swift Code: MBTCPHMM

Philippine National Bank
Peso: 3752 8350 0034
Dollar: 3752 8350 0042
Swift Code: PNBMPHMM

Unionbank of the Philippines
Peso: 1015 4000 0201
Dollar: 1315 4000 0090
Swift Code: UBPHPHMM

For your donations to be properly acknowledged, please fax the bank transaction slip at nos. +63.2.527.0575 or +63.2.404.0979 with your name, address and contact number. Checks should be made payable to The Philippine Red Cross. We can also arrange for donation pick-up.

You can also donate through Paypal, Ushare, Online Banking, GreenPeso, Megalink, Bancnet, Multiply, and PayDollar by visiting this link.

Saturday, August 4, 2012

The Regulators by Richard Bachman (Stephen King)

The Regulators is a horror novel by Stephen King, written using his pseudonym Richard Bachman. The Bachman identity was "killed" by King in 1984 after the pseudonym was exposed but the introduction in The Regulators claims that Bachman wrote the book before he died and that the manuscript was just discovered by his widow. The Regulators and its mirror novel Desperation were both published in 1996 and represent parallel universes. One does not have to read Desperation to understand the story; the two books share a similar cast but are pretty much independent, even the characters' personalities are different.

The book is set in the fictional suburban town of Wentworth in Ohio, with some scenes occurring in another fictional place called Desperation, Nevada. Things are pretty normal until the arrival of a group of strange vehicles driven by equally strange-looking characters. The peaceful community suddenly becomes the target for violence, far from the reach of the police or even the military. In the midst of all these is an autistic boy who seems to be creating the cruel newcomers from his imagination, inspired by an old western movie named The Regulators and a set of popular toys called MotoKops 2200. Trapped in a neighborhood that is slowly changing into something straight out of a Western film and populated by mutant creatures, the residents must find a way to get out.

The Regulators is a love-it-or-hate-it book. If you go to Amazon, for example, you'll see that half of the reviews are from people who hate the book. I did not have high expectations with The Regulators but the book is much better than I expected. Stephen King is an iconic author but for me, his works are sometimes hit-or-miss (mostly hits like The Mist, The Shining, and Pet Sematary, but with some misses such as The Tommyknockers and Gerald's Game). To my delight, I found The Regulators hard to put down and I spent two nights reading it until dawn.

Some themes and characters echo those of other King stories, such as a quiet community being invaded by evil (Needful Things), people stuck in a certain place/dimension and having to band together to fight (The Mist, The Langoliers, Maximum Overdrive), a psychic child (The Shining, Firestarter), and the writer-hero (The Dark Half, Misery).

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