Black Sesame ice cream from The Cake Club by Diamond Hotel at Bonifacio High Street.
They have a selection of ice cream flavors like Ultramoist Chocolate Cake, Apple Pie, Cheesecake, Mont Blanc, and Genmaicha. My favorite is Black Sesame — mainly because of the taste, but partially because of its color. I enjoy strangely colored food.
This is what I took home after doing graphics work all day at a client’s building near a Japanese grocery. The elusive Bebe Rouge Patisserie strawberry cream puff that would always get sold out before I got there (it is delicious), melon cream pan (the label says cream melon with cream whut), doriyaki with chestnut filling, and Kirin milk tea.
I need hunger management therapy.
Lunch at Ma Maison with the lovely Kat. They call their cuisine Japanese-Western, and the place looked to me like a cross between an Italian bistro and an old English cottage. The ambiance was really cozy.
We had the clam chowder, beef stroganoff omurice, orange black iced tea, aloe apple iced tea, and white chocolate fruit tart. Everything was good. Must definitely go back.
My friends got me a series of small cakes from a Chinese bakeshop. This was the grape-flavored cake. I had never even considered the idea of a grape cake before, so it was the first one I tried.
It was a rather cute little thing, topped with grape, a slice of dragonfruit, and some fruit-flavored chocolate bits. There was a layer of grape-flavored jelly (which was very mild and not at all overpowering) over what tasted like buttercream, and the chiffon was infused with grape flavor as well. At first I was dubious about how grape would work with cream, but it was actually very nice.
Watch me use the word grape in every sentence in this paragraph.
This cake reminded me of something stupid I did as a kid. It was the time I was introduced to milk with fruit flavors, so I knew of strawberry milk and melon milk and the like. Well, one day I thought I would be a little genius and make grape milk by mixing grape juice powder into a glass of fresh milk. It was terrible and no one should ever do that.
My friends and I enjoy preparing food. Our snacks usually go something like this: melting cheese in rolls of maple bacon, extra cheese, beef marinated in sake, bacon cheeseburger in a sugar donut bun with a side of nachos. Hnngg. If my friends and I lived together, this is how badly we’ll be eating everyday. Sometimes we’re thankful for the distance.
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Some snapshots from our visit to K-Pop themed Subspace Coffee House (check out their Facebook / Tumblr) some weeks ago. They were playing Asian dramas when we were there, but it seems they do screenings of other stuff too. It seems they just had a Harry Potter week-long marathon, hahah.
It’s a cozy little spot, and quiet I suppose when our lot isn’t around. Haha! There were about a dozen of us at the time, and we had taken over the entire back area of the cafe. The staff was extremely nice, though — helping us move furniture around so we’d all fit, and serving us water after we had eaten, and bringing out boxes of colored chalk for us to draw on the walls with.
We actually ordered a lot more than what’s pictured above, but I got a bit too excited and forgot about my camera for a while. Everything was tasty, and I’ll definitely be going back for their signature Sweet Purple Potato Latte.
Thanks, Subspace! Until next time!
My Shark Week contribution is this magnificent gummy shark, swimming in a sea of various gummy creatures.
I’m a sucker for gummies! Delicious chemical goodness. Gummi bears are also my favorite frozen yogurt toppings. I actually enjoy how they’re extra tough and chewy when they’re cold.
I need to stop talking about food so close to bedtime.
Our HP7.2 experience (without spoilers)
I’m having a bit of trouble sleeping tonight, so I thought I’d share some photos from last Thursday. We got to watch The Deathly Hallows Part 2 on its first screening day.
I gave my pet lovebird Mango a little pat as usual before heading out
We were already partially dressed in our Hogwarts uniforms. Even though we didn’t have our cardigans or robes on yet, we guessed that some people could tell we were on our way to watch Harry Potter, hahah.
The cafe had a really pretty, cozy interior
This was my lunch. Chicken Inasal Pandesal (the filling was accompanied by their own salsa and sauce) with a side of fresh potato chips and a creamy garlic dip. It was excellent!
Peach iced tea! My favorite kind. The Café Mary Grace tea really tastes like fresh peaches!
I apologize — I was looking forward to devouring my lunch so I was not able to take photos of Kat’s and Sammy’s food, but they each gave me a bite and everything was delicious.
We went to Cupcakes by Sonja to have some dessert. That’s where we shot this.
I got a Vanilla Sunshine cupcake with chocolate frosting. I don’t know what it is about this particular chocolate frosting but it’s got me hooked. It tastes like there’s actual molten milk chocolate in there.
Sammy got the Lemon Drop, which is also one of my favorite cupcakes.
We then went on a search for grey cardigans as part of our Hogwarts uniforms. I had been looking all around Ayala for them and came up with nothing. It didn’t help that cardigans and sweaters are out of season nowadays. But that day, somehow, we got just what we needed! Happy with our fruitful search, we headed over to Greenbelt.
After slipping into our robes, we went around to pass the time since it was still early. It was funny how some people looked like they were trying very hard to pretend we weren’t there. Hahaha! We were just quietly going about our business, eating gelato, looking around stores. Others called out to us, or tried to speak to me with a British accent. Others just smiled and waved, and we greeted them back. Some kids looked at us wide-eyed, and on one instance I put my finger to my lips and said “shhh” and winked at the little boy.
We went into this shop full of curious things, where I could not help snapping a photo of Sammy and Kat because it almost looks like it could be a store in Diagon Alley.
Kat dressed up as Luna Lovegood since she loves Luna and has always felt she belongs to Ravenclaw. Sammy was Parvati Patil, my fellow Gryffindor at heart. (Look at that fox behind Kat)
And I suited up as Harry. We were mostly going by the character descriptions in the book rather than the way they looked in the movie. (I am no Dan Radcliffe!) That is why I had these thick frames on at first, and why I chose jet black instead of Dan’s dark brown hair. We were wearing appropriate colored contacts but they aren’t really visible here, hahah. We also need our patches and wands… There will be a chance for that later!
We went to the back of the store, nearly pressed our faces against the glass case of vintage spectacles, and we saw it — a pair of perfectly round frames! I hurried to a saleslady and asked her to please open the glass case so I could take a look. I picked them up carefully and admired them before putting them on. Then I turned around to show Kat and Sammy, and raised my eyebrows while I asked them how I looked. They said together, “YOU HAVE TO GET THEM”
And so I did. The size and fit felt just right on me. I just need to color the circular rims black somehow to get them to be a bit more accurate. Will do that for next time! (Also I am holding a paintbrush here because I hadn’t started on my wand at the time HAHA)
We bought a pack of tissues, met up with the rest of our friends, and walked into the theater for the final movie of the series that has become such a significant part of our lives. Near the refreshment area, we saw a group of people who were partially dressed up and it seemed both our groups were kind of eyeing each other and wanting to say hi and ask for a picture, but our shyness got to all of us ahahaha.
I won’t say much right now as a courtesy to those who have yet to watch it. It was just heartwarming and amazing to be in a huge room full of people who knew just how we felt. Even though we were strangers to most of the people there, we all laughed and cheered and cried and applauded together.
As the end credits rolled on we said, “Mischief managed!”
Still caught in a whirlwind of emotions, we made our way out of the theater. There was another group of people who dressed up for the occasion. We didn’t miss our chance for photos this time. A lot of them turned out blurry. Perhaps Myk was still laughing at us for joining in with the sobbing during the screening. :P
Gotta hand it to the Quidditch guy for the dedication with the broom and all inside a mall!
After my friends and I parted ways, I got to watch again with Miguel who had followed after dinnertime. The popcorn lady was very amused with me, and asked Miguel if he was Ron. Haha! My heart went on another ride and welled up with emotion all over again, but I was very thankful for it.
And here is a random webcam pic with my pet budgie, who perhaps wants to be Hedwig.
A lot of people have been saying MY CHILDHOOD IS OVER after seeing the last film. For me, it wasn’t like that at all.
“Words are our most inexhaustible source of magic.”
That one line made me feel that the magic was ours to keep forever, and that Hogwarts will indeed always be there to welcome us home.