Lately, there’s been a Ramen boom in Manila and it’s driving me crazy. If you guys read this blog, you’d know by now that I’m a noodle person and ramen makes me weak in the knees.
So since the year started, I’ve been visiting some of the new ramen shops in Manila. And here’s my log on my ramen journey!
In this day and age, camwhoring is second nature to kids. They either grab their phones or SLRs and start taking pictures of themselves. I still remembered the time when film was used for the camera and for memories of some fun times, my friends and I would go to a photo studio and have our pictures taken. Wallets used to have sleeves for photographs and my friends and I would make a collection of our adventures in the mall.
Back further in the day, we also had something like that. But they were a little more creative and took their subjects into a different world. Beyond formal clothes, photos taken in photo studios during the American period can also mean dressing up as an igorot or a geisha. Better yet, you and your friends can ride on a paper boat and sail down the river whilst holding your diploma.
These photos posted by Ambeth Ocampo has been forever ingrained into my mind on how creative and silly we can get just for that one shot. I bet the guys who took this photo on a boat were totally serious about it (look at their faces!) but more than that, I bet this unique photo was definitely something they will remember. I heard in Dr. Ocampo’s lecture that even Leonor Rivera, one of Rizal’s loves, also had her photo on a boat.
Personally I find the idea hilarious and I am serious that when I get married, my photobooth will have this paper boat in commemoration of these brave men who courageously posed for this dramatic memory of yore!
When in Frankfurt, don’t mess with Frau Rauscher.
Found in the bar district of Frankfurt, Sachsenhausen, this old lady will spit out at random pedestrians! Does she care? When I passed in front of her during my visit in Frankfurt, she honestly didn’t give a damn! Anybody can be victim to her antics but is there a story behind Frau Rauscher?
Apparently, Frau Rauscher was based in a 19th century story about an old lady who was down on the street, nursing a lump on her head. Some bystanders bullied her until the police came and took her out of the streets. The story goes that they didn’t know if she had a lump due to her husband or because she was too drunk from drinking cider. Granted that she was found in this biergarten district, I think I won’t be dumb to assume that Frau Rauscher had a too much fun with a bit of cider. Perhaps she may have needed an online law degree to get her out of this mess, but instead she was immortalized in 1929 with a song.
She may have been built in 1963 but she’s a constant reminder of how uncontrollable we can get if we hung around the beer gardens. She’s probably the safest example of what inebriation can do to history.
Scanlation is the fan initiated process of translating a foreign-language comic to your local lingua franca. This mostly done with Japanese language comics, manga. And the Philippines is one of the largest consumers of it.
I will not deny that scanlation has been a part of my life. It is a necessary evil for me and given a choice, I will buy the manga that I want. But the Philippines doesn’t have that much choices. Bookstores may be stocking some manga that we can read but not the manga that we want.
Hopefully, this is the start of something amazing.
Some of you guys might feel a bit disoriented with the site. In fact, I’m losing a bit of love for the site, not because I don’t love food but rather the things I do right now are not aligned with the purposes of this domain. Not that I don’t like food blogging altogether, but rather, I’ve been giving away calling cards that link to this website and those people can’t seem to associate the blog with what I currently do.
Thus, this formatting.
Don’t worry. There’s no deleting of my old stuff. Just a reorientation of things and an integration of some of the things I do in my life. Please give me a week or so to get this site finally in order. Although right now… it’s clear that I am in the mood for yellow! Cheers! o/