Premiere Ramen House in the Metro Premiere Ramen House in the Metro

I have a colleague who is just crazy about Japan and its culture. He studied the language in college, he goes to Japan almost annually (even before they allowed a multiple entry Visa), heck he even proposed to his fiance in Tokyo! So when he started talking about Ramen Yushoken and its awesome Ramen bowls I knew this was going to be good.

I’ve been reading around and seem to get that Yushoken translates to something close to House of Champions and I’m not arguing with that! This is my second visit to the joint in two years and it was still very good. Let me say this now, they have the best Shoyu Ramen and Gyoza in Metro Manila!

No western spoon and fork here, don't even bother asking No western spoon and fork here, don’t even bother asking

Ramen should be enjoyed right after serving with the noodles still “al dente”, devoured…

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Baguio City, Philippines Igorot women, in the Cordillera Central, where storytelling is central to the culture. It is an opportunity to share history and maintain their unique way of life.

Despite laws that are supposed to protect their rights, mining seriously threatens the survival of many tribes across the Philippines.

Photograph: Arman E. Barbuco/Survival International

via Indigenous peoples – in pictures | Art and design | The Guardian.

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‘Hangry’ in Manila

miss g alani

It was a light and warm rain that welcomed me in Manila. The 15 minute ride from the airport to the hotel was stretched to a 40 minute crawl courtesy of the capital city’s peak hour traffic. Ample time for me to take in the tiny, colourful and run down houses, dotted with brown skinned people sitting out on their doorsteps under rainbow coloured umbrellas, watching me watching them.

Little reminders of Samoa appeared (how I miss you!) as I saw men barbecuing meats for sale whilst kids ran circles around the women sharing gossip under the tent and guarding the chilly bin filled with sugary drinks.

Hints of Samoa on the way to Makati City from the airport. Hints of Samoa on the way to Makati City from the airport.

The hotel was in Makati City directly opposite a huge mall selling luxury brands and popular fashion. It was by now about 7pm and time to take up the recommendation from…

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