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Taken at: UnionBank Plaza in Pasig City, Philippines

Yesterday, my colleagues told me that we’ll be ordering Frankie’s today. I immediately decided on getting the salted egg variant. Ever since this salted egg craze hit the Metro and after Frankie’s included it in their menu, I wanted to try it so bad.

To be honest, it did not disappoint. It was on point. The salted egg sauce wasn’t icky and too overpowering. It was the perfect definition of salted egg glazed fried chicken.

Definitely worth the craving!

Sad Girls by Lang Leav

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Who was so excited when they learned that Lang Leav was writing a novel? Me.

Who went to the book store to buy the book as soon as it was released? Me.

Who wanted to start reading as soon as I got my own copy? Me.

Who was thoroughly disappointed with how things turned out? Me.

 

Where was The Universe of Us? Lullabies? Love & Misadventure? Memories?

 

Or maybe, I was a big fan of her work in poetry that I expected so much from a novel. I wanted something with meat. I wanted something heart-wrenching (from the title Sad Girls). But, all I got was a cliche story line with a lot of cliche elements.

Maybe she was meant to write poetry and not narratives.

In the end, I may not be a girl but I was as sad, in every way, as the girls were.

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Taken at: Gozum Residence in Marikina City

Today, we tried this hot chicken flavor ramen (buldak bokkeumyeon, 불닭볶음면). From the smell of it alone, you will have an idea of how spicy this one is.

IT IS REAL SPICY.

It would be better if it had more cheese. It took four full-grown adults and two pitchers of water to finish this.

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Taken at: UnionBank Plaza in Pasig City, Philippines

My requests from Japan have arrived. I love Royce chocolates but they are so expensive here in the Philippines. So, when I heard of a friend who will be going to Japan, I requested that she buy me these Maccha Almond and the potato chips dipped in chocolate.

Yay! Thank you for generous friends.

Defendant (피고인)

Synopsis

Park Jung Woo (Ji Sung) is a prosecutor at Seoul Central District Prosecutors’ Office. One day, he wakes up and finds himself locked up inside Woljeong Penitentiary. He is suffering from temporary amnesia. Park Jung-Woo is falsely accused and is sentenced to death. Now, he must struggle to prove his innocence.

Thoughts

I am a fan of Ji Sung’s acting ever since I saw him in Kill Me, Heal Me. In this series, he picked it up a notch. He is a supremely gifted actor and some of the younger actors today couldn’t even compare. He gives a lot of emotion and dimension to the role he is portraying.

As for the other cast, I couldn’t find fault. Although, I must confess that the female lead isn’t much of a factor in progressing the story. Honestly, she could be removed from the series and there wouldn’t be a lot of difference.

And one thing I like about detective dramas is the retribution in the end. It’s just so satisfying to watch. Although, I couldn’t recommend to watch it in one sitting because the series is just so heavy.

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Taken at: Vikings Buffet in Marikina City, Philippines

Today, we were treated to a buffet because a friend is celebrating his birthday.

To be honest, I like Sambokojin better than Vikings. I love East Asian food and Sambokojin offers a lot of choices in that area.

Norse Mythology (Gaiman, 2017)

I must admit that I am only familiar with Roman and Greek mythology. And I know of Thor and Loki because of the Marvel cinematic universe. Neil Gaiman opened my imagination to a new world of interesting characters, places, and events.

I am glad to have read this book and happy that Neil Gaiman made the stories easy to understand. I could actually recommend this book to grade school and high school students looking for a new thing to read.

This book got me interested in Norse mythology and had me looking for stuff on the internet before continuing to read. But, it made me realize that different civilizations believed in the same gods but they are represented in their own specific and unique ways.

This book is an easy and entertaining read. But it doesn’t veer away from the usual quirky, imaginative, and fun way Neil Gaiman writes his books.