Tsujiri Philippines: Experience Real Matcha

Tsuijiri Float

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.


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:

Miss International 2016 Top 5
Miss International 2016 Kylie Verzosa and her court

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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.

New powerbank for my Pokémon Go journey
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?

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. 

The Asia's Next Top Model Cycle 4 contestants
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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