Tsujiri Philippines: Experience Real Matcha

Before the ASUS Zenfone 4 Launch, I was hanging out by myself in SM Mall of Asia. A lot has changed since I’ve last been there (can’t remember when though). The ASUS event would be held in the SMX Convention Center so I found myself walking to S Maison and to Tsujiri Philippines. It was my first time to return to Tsuijiri since it’s opening week.

I was there very early at 10:30-ish AM. It was a different experience vs. the jam-packed opening week). I was naturally the first and only customer at that time. I sat on the green velvety couch feeling very at peace. I love it.

Tsujiri is a dessert place. Careful not to mistakenly order sushi or katsudon. Funny story, a family of six went inside and asked for the lunch menu. HAHA. I was glad they were hungry because I want the place all to myself. I wanted some alone time. 😅

If you know me, you’d know I liked weird food and drinks. Some people do categorize matcha as weird because it’s bitter and green. However, I am absolutely in love with matcha.💗 All forms!

My favorite Tsujiri menu item would be the Tsujiri float (Php 195 for a small cup and 205 for a medium). It’s like a matcha ice cream and an ice blended matcha frappucino had a baby. Yes, the items are a bit pricey but considering the realness of the matcha. It’s definitely worth it. Plus, you’re in S Maison for crying out loud where almost everything is above Php200.

Tip: Bring a light jacket. S Maison really know how to maintain its air-conditioning. It’s like the north pole. Not complaining though. Bring a light jacket so you’d enjoy your matcha ice cream even more.

Are you also in love with matcha? Have you been to Tsujiri Philippines? Share your experience.


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Miss International 2016 Q&A/Speech Round

Miss International 2016 has been crowned and, after three short years, the Philippines has won the Miss International crown again. Kylie Verzosa seemed to have impressed the judges (and the Japanese public) not only with her beauty but also with her wit, which was in full display during her final speech. Let’s look at how the Top 5 girls fared, in the order that they gave their final speeches:

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Miss International 2016 Kylie Verzosa and her court
Personal Reads

My Pokémon Story: “Paras! Pokémon ka pala.”

(Via Reddit)

Paras! Pokémon ka pala.

These words confused me as hell when I arrived one morning at school. This was the first time I heard about Pokémon. Initially, I had a hard time pronouncing it. I forgot what grade I was in, maybe fourth or fifth, but regardless, a grade-schooler would not dare say a word that’s sounds like the word pertaining to the pechay

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Sorry, Mommy. (Via Giphy)

Though I can’t remember which came first, the card or the Game Boy video game (Wikipedia confirms it’s the latter), fads were all the craze in the 90’s. For some unknown and bizarre reason, even in the absence of the internet, fads easily spread like wildfire. Elephant pants, spray-painted shirts, teks and many, many more were all the rage. Just like any other “cool” fad of the time, I caught (pun intended 😉) the Pokémon bug a little too late. My mom only bought me and my brother our first and only big yellow Game Boys when everyone already had the colored version and those awful magnifying lens.

The Gamer Kit. (Via Terapeak)

My last name is “Paras” and I soon learned that there’s a Pokémon with the same name: the crab-like Paras. It amused me to find out something was named after me (even though it wasn’t really). My amusement was short-lived though when I realized it’s short for parasite. I made sure then that I had my own pad paper and crayons so I won’t be a Paras(ite). 😂😭

I know, that’s sad, but Paras’ Pokédex entry was unexpectedly even sadder. Paras is a bug host that has mushrooms on his back called tochukaso, which could grow larger as they gain energy from the bug host. When a Paras evolves into Parasect, it means that the mushroom had already taken over the bug host. 😢

The only Pokémon game I got to play was Pokémon Red. And I didn’t even finish it. My brother, who was 4 years old then, played with my Game Boy and overwrote my data. I knew I had a save file before I arrived at the 8th and last gym in Viridian City (led by Giovanni). But I turned my Game Boy on, and found myself back in Pallet Town. My profile name even became “AAAAAA.” I  did not reach Mewtwo! Wahhh 😭 I tried to play the game all over again, but I never got to finish. The Pokémon fad faded and I had to deal with puberty. 😝

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But now Pokémon fever is back via Pokémon Go. It makes me so glad that now I get to start my journey as a real-life (almost) Pokémon trainer all over again. I even bought a new 20,000mAh power bank to support my journey to being the very best.

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New powerbank for my Pokémon Go journey. It’s an HAME powerbank priced at Php 1895. And it’s heavy-duty, literally, at around 520g.

Here’s hoping I can go all the way to the top this time around without any more overwrites. Bye for now. I have to fire up my Pokémon Go and catch ’em all. Paras included. 😃

How about you? Did you finish any of the old Pokémon games? What’s your Pokémon story? How’s your Pokémon Go journey so far?

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Asia’s Next Top Model Cycle 4 Season Review

Asia’s Next Top Model has successfully wrapped up another cycle. I can’t believe it’s been four cycles already. I can still remember my first AsNTM post in my blog (then on Tumblr). I’ve recapped every episode (and reviewed some of them), but now it’s time to take a look back at what the show did great and what we, the fans, think need to be cut and made-over. Below are some of my literal reactions to the recently concluded Asia’s Next Top Model Cycle 4. 

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The Asia’s Next Top Model Cycle 4 contestants
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My Dream AsNTM All-Star Cycle Cast

It’s only been three cycles of Asia’s Next Top Model. But what would an all-star cycle look like? Here is my dream AsNTM All-Star cast from the girls in the cycles so far:

The Runners-up

The Runners-up: Stephanie, Jodilly, Aimee
Stephanie, Jodilly, Aimee
  • Stephanie (Philippines/Cycle 1) 1
  • Jodilly (Philippines/2) 2
  • Aimee (Singapore/3) 3

These girls are out for vengeance. They almost clinched the title… but not quite. Will they do enough to get the crown the second time around?

The Early Exits

The Early Exits: Rachel, Trang, Marie, Celine
Rachel, Trang, Marie, Celine
  • Rachel (India/Cycle 1)
  • Trang (Vietnam/1)
  • Marie (Japan/2) 4
  • Celine (Vietnam/3) 5

Fan favorites gone too early. Will they climb up the ranks to the top, or stay stuck at the bottom?

The Dark Horses

The Dark Horses: Aastha, Josephine, Melissa (S3)
Aastha, Josephine, Melissa (S3)
  • Aastha (Nepal/Cycle 1)
  • Josephine (Malaysia/2) 6
  • Melissa (Malaysia/3) 7

We see the potential in these girls, but they might not have shown their full capacity in their respective cycles. Will these girls break through the all stars and shine in their own right?

The “Mean Girls”

The Villains: Helena, Janice, Tia, Tahlia
Helena, Janice, Tia, Tahlia
  • Helena (Hong Kong/Cycle 1) 8
  • Janice (Indonesia/2)
  • Tia (Thailand/2) 9
  • Tahlia (Indonesia/3)

No cycle is complete without the “villains.” They bring the drama, but will they bring their game face in the all-star battlefield?

What do you think of my all-star cast? Who do you think I missed? What would your dream AsNTM All Star cycle cast look like? Sound off in the COMMENTS below.

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Image Sources

  1. Blanc n Noir by Ross Paris (
  2. Hanami Holiday 2012 Collection by Rajo Laurel
  3. Aimee Cheng-Bradshaw’s official Facebook page (
  4. Marie Nakagawa for JF
  5. Saigon by Jackie Tran photography (
  6. Photo by Alexio Yeoh
  7. Chantico by Geoffrey Jones (
  8. Helena Chan shoes by Sleeh )
  9. Photo Gallery | Tia Tavee (
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#AsNTM3 My Top 10 Favorite Photos This Cycle

Looking back this cycle, there were only a handful of episodes where I could pick my top favorite photographs. I also tried very hard to, as much as possible, choose one picture per model, but I could only shortlist the following for obvious reasons. Anyway, here are my top 10 favorite photos in Asia’s Next Top Model Cycle 3, starting with:

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10. Aimee (Shanghai Beauty)

Love love love all around. Aimee probably had the best hair (next to Gani) since she was not wearing horrible, horrible wigs, so points for that. Her booty tooch demanded attention, which balances the distraction from the busy background and the handsome young lad on the right. Lastly, the dangling strap on her left shoulder was the cherry on top that multiplied the photo’s sexiness by a zillion.

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#AsNTM3 Asia’s Next Top Model Cycle 3 Season Review

Asia’s Next Top Model Cycle 3 has just successfully wrapped up. I’ve been rating the girls on their performances. Due to insistent public demand, now it’s time to take a look at what the show did great and what we, the fans, think need to be improved.

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Congratulations #AsNTM3 Winner Ayu Gani from Indonesia

Congratulations Gani!

Congratulations Ayu Gani from Indonesia for winning Cycle 3 of Asia’s Next Top Model. She was the girl on top of the competition, and will represent Asia in the international modelling scene. As you know, aside from the title of Asia’s Next Top Model, one of the fabulous prizes is a cover for Harper’s Bazaar Singapore. And here it is, or as they say in AsNTM, “here is Gani’s best picture…”

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#AsNTM3 Asia’s Next Top Model Cycle 3 Finale – Amiciness Picks

Last time on Asia’s Next Top Model Cycle 3, we found out who Asia’s Next Top Model is for Cycle 3. But before we knew that, the models got to have one final photo shoot. It’s a nod to Singapore’s colonial past: the girls had to pose in the midst of colonial architecture while wearing haute couture. Since this is their final 3, I won’t be ranking them anymore. Instead, I’ll point out each one’s pros and cons. Starting with Alex Perry’s pick, Aimee.

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#AsNTM3 Asia’s Next Top Model Cycle 3 Episode 13 The Girl on Top Recap

Amiciness is recapping the finale of Asia’s Next Top Model Cycle 3. This week we’re finally crowning the next representative of Asia in the modelling world. One final photo shoot, and one final runway will determine who will be this cycle’s Asia’s. Next. Top. Model.

Watch with us at 8:45 P.M. on STAR World to find out who will be Asia’s Next Top Model. Who is going to win all of these fabulous prizes? A Subaru XV STI car, a campaign for TRESemmé, a magazine cover and spread for Harper’s Bazaar Singapore, and an international modelling contract with Storm Models Management in London.

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The top 3 (Teaser image from @asntm Twitter)

While waiting for the episode, check out last week’s full recap and my picks for last episode. I also posted the girls’ portfolios so far. You may have noticed that I added a thumbs up/down rating at the end of each post. Let’s find out what you, the AsNTM3 fans, thought about the girls making it to the Top 3. As of 7:15 P.M. (UTC+8) tonight, Aimee has a net score of -10 (14 thumbs up and 24 thumbs down), Gani has a net score of -11 (30 up and 41 down), and Monika has a net score of +43 (56 up and 13 down). Monika is still your favorite to win. Let’s see how the girls fare in the finale.