Tuesday, March 17, 2020


Been several days since we came back form our trip. On a 14 day self quarantine and most of the world is on the same predicament. Our means of communication is through online news, Facebook and several other media outlet on different streaming mediums. For now, Anna's been catching up with her Netflix shows.


One thing we're so thankful is for the fast and reliable internet.

Friday, March 06, 2020

Yema Cake

Visiting Lola in Cabanatuan was one of our task that needs to be done while here in the Philipines. And a visit to Cakeland is a must. It's where we would get our baked goddie fixed. And the yema cake caught our eye. We've been wondering what the fuss is all about. Friends and family have been raving about it on Facebook, and unfortunately San Diego has not caught on, unless we've been to lazy to hunt it.
Yema Cake Part 1
By the way, yema is a sweet custard confectionary from the Philippines. It is made with egg yolks, milk, and sugar. The name yema is from Spanish for "egg yolk". As a kid, my mom and grandma would make these a treat and wrap em in a plastic colored celophane. Small community stores would also sell these.
Yema Cake Part 2
But upon trying it out, and since we've been on the Keto diet, the sweetness was just overwhelming. We have a video review to show our take on this gooey goodness.

Sunday, February 23, 2020

A different take

Given what we felt was a very limited time to travel Japan, we had to maximize and make the best out of our stay in Kyoto. One of the places we've had in mind was the Starbucks covered up as a traditional building/house in Kyoto's popular geisha district, Gion.

Starbucks at Kyoto

We saw this at one of the YouTube videos prior to our travel. It was packed when we got there on a midday after a long walk coming from Fushimi Inari Taisha. It was not easy to find as everything is subdued to keep the look and standard of the town. There was not your typical green sign big enough to see from afar. The coffee shop was huge by Japanese standards and the volume of customers was just too much on a Sunday. What sets this Starbucks branch apart from the regular ones was the tatami section depicting the Japanese tradition. The tatami section was located on the upper level and relatively smaller in person compared to what we saw on the YouTube video. To gain a spot, you must arrive very early in the morning. Needless to say, we did not get our chance.

Honestly, nothing was really out of the ordinary except for the ambience. They still serve their regular coffee and pastries. The only real attraction was the tatami seating accommodation on the second floor. You get your coffee/order at the back of the store.

Traditional Starbucks Starbucks at Kyoto

Food: They carry the regular Starbucks menu items
Parking: None
Address: starbucks 349 Masuyacho, Higashiyama Ward, Kyoto, 605-0826, Japan

Friday, February 21, 2020

Fits the name

This is day 2 of our Japan trip. At this moment, we're in Kyoto for 3 days. The sun is already down when we got here. Just went for a quick walk to the nearest mall to grab whatever has Uniqlo can offer.

On the way back to the hotel, we had to make a quick stop at Lawson around the corner. We were only to buy water, but I had to get my ice cream fill even though its 40 degrees outside. But then, the keto in me had get my regular fill of fried goodness.

All these convenience stores here have their own version of different sorts of deep fried chicken, shrimp or whatever meat they can deep fry. This is my second time to actually buy deep fried goodness from Lawson. I got the hot/spicy chicken and the minced meat ball. Both are so good that I can actually see myself eating these things almost everyday.

And these things are so cheap with an average price of $2 each, buying multiples would not hurt your pockets

Saturday, September 14, 2019

Men in brown

Patients, family members and sometimes the friends too, are the worst customers. Emotions are always high and keeping your cool with a smile on your face is a big talent for most hospital staff. I’ve had my fair share of incidents and still have to keep an open mind about everything.

And now, being on the other side of the fence, as the customer, I felt the services rendered to me were unsatisfactory. On Wednesday, ironically 9/11, I were to get package delivered from #UPS.  With the tracking info stating it will be arriving by the end of the day. To be more precise, I took the liberty in updating my information to include text update alert option it offered. Perfect, right.  Let's keep going.

By the end of the day, it was a no show. Insert all the feels of 9/11 attack here rushing in me.  Then magically the status went from in transit to reschedule. Boom!  It was already 8 at night and at this point i cannot fathom a logical reason as to why it was rescheduled. Unless of course -- and again insert all the 9/11 attack feels here-- IT.IS.LOST.

*Breathe*   *Breathe*   *Breathe*

I tried to get a hold of customer service but they were closed. It was the friendly robotic automated customer service.

Just like any other customer would, I gave them a call the next day and a customer rep over the chat app was not much of a help. Apparently, #UPS reps can only relay the concerns on the facility and you just have to wait for a call back. I asked if I can have a number that I can call the facility but again, they don’t do that and you just have to wait for a call..... I don't know, to test my patience?!

I waited for hours on the day.  And when they finally called back, it was to say IT IS NOT IN THEIR SYSTEM (and wait, this gets better)... THEY WILL "LOOK" FOR IT.  Hearing that, this now tops off the 9/11 feels as steam now comes out of me being pissed livid.  By around 5 PM, I was told they CANNOT FIND my package and that no reason, whatsoever, was stated by the courier driver as to what happened to it.  Finally, they had the audacity to tell me what to do: file a claim for lost item. 

Sure I fu@*ng would!  Best believe I AM ON IT!

How can #UPS mishandle/loose/magically make disappear a huge box that weighs 11 lbs.

***Breathe***   ***Breathe***   ***Breatheeeeeeeeee****

I went online again to ask for an explanation and yet it's the same unacceptable answer. The #UPS person on the other end just said that the facility would have all the info I need.  At this point, just any logical person would, I trust no one.

By the third day, yet, ironically Friday the 13th, I was given the same explanation/excuse/crap that I was already made aware of -- they cannot locate it physically nor electronically.  And that they would  give me a call (AGAIN) by then OR... get this: FILE A CLAIM, yet, again. Wow. Just wow.  So I emailed #UPS about the issue, this time without any faith as my good guess and instincts dictate this would be dumped on their pile of complaints.

This is not the first time it happened to me...and for sure this wont be the last. These men in brown are just something else. Certainly on a different level of customer service that equates to crap that their company color matches on how they treat customers.  Mind you, this courier service is not cheap and trusted enough to handle something of grade and value.  But yet, out the window, goes the service and trust built in many years.  Easily a waste.

#UPS you suck.  Did your team member realize that my item on hand was sent by the one and only grading company, it is post graded and now of greater value and decided to keep it?  Was the driver a collector and sniffed my item to keep?  In case you can't tell, I am now stooping low to the level of your crappy customer service.  This way maybe you would give me a truthful answer?

Tuesday, July 09, 2019

Throwback 10 years ago

Was looking through my digital library of endless pics and I happen to stumble upon photos of our first San Francisco road trip.


Back then, I already have my DSLR and it gave me that feeling that with such an advanced camera, it would yield images that would be close to works of art, fit to be displayed in a museum. Strutting my camera all over the city, as if I'm a professional.

SF Thing

I'm not saying that they were bad. They were decent. But it would have been way better and closer to my present standards if I would have taken the time to at least learn the basics back then.


And looking through the properties of each photo, I had no idea back then how I was adjusting my cameras settings. On the bright side, at least I was not using our point and shoot.