SOM'S Noodle House

Monday, April 30, 2007

Interior of Som's Noodel House

It was cheap alright. That I can proudly say. But the quality of the food? Let's say - for a cheap affordable restaurant - what do you expect? I'm not complaining that I wasn't full - because I was so full - it's just that the dishes that we had sort of had a similar taste.

Spring Rolls - I liked it, I especially liked the sauce! My Panget however is not a fan of Spring Rolls - but I guess he did enjoy them as he also ate most of the pieces.

Spring Rolls

Tom Yum Soup - I was expecting it to be fiery hot! But fortunately - it was just alright, two complaints though - it tasted more sweet than spicy, and the shrimp - well, they were overdone (the skin was kind of hard to pull away from the meat)

Pad Thai - This for me was the worst Pad Thai ever! It looked good but it tasted like ketcup and consisted of only - tofu, noodle, bean sprouts and eggs. That's it - No meats and seafood - nada.

Pad Thai

Red Curry Beef
- I loved the taste of the curry - it was just right, although the server said that red curry was supposed to be the hottest of them all. The beef slices were really small - it was overpowered by the slices of Okra. I guess that was the extender. Did I already mention that I loved the curry sauce?

For these four dishes and a can of Coke Light - our total bill amounted to Php445.00 - not bad right? Yeah, I guess - since the servings were not small - they would probably feed 4 people, we even had to bring home a portion of the dishes.

Verdict? It wasn't as authentic as I hoped it would be. I would probably give the Carinderia Style/Branch a try - just to see which is better.

A funny thing though - when I asked the server if the cook was Thai - he smiled and said that the cook was Pinoy, but the father of the owner is Thai!


SOM'S Noodle House Authentic Thai Cuisine
Nicanor Garcia Street (formerly Reposo)
corner Milagros Street
Makati City

Whisper & P&G Update

Last Saturday, I received a package from SYKES ASIA - I was wondering what it was, and when I opened it - it was the replacement pack of the Whisper Napkins. It came with a letter dated April 12, 2007 where it was written that I was supposed to receive the same kind of napkin I complained about. Well - unfortunately, with they didn't have it on stock or it was deliberate - I got another kind of napkin AND there's a price tag!

Unbelievable - the least they could do was give me the same pack I complained of, instead they gave me one that - maybe fit the description. What was worse was that it was sent out - April 28, 2007.

Hmmm.. Nice customer service eh?

Here's the copy of the letter, the replacement napkin and the waybill, click on the images to have a closer look:

The waybill

Here's the body of the letter

The actual replacement napkin with the price tag

Malcolm's Place

Thursday, April 26, 2007

Finally! Last night, I knew what the fuss was all about over the Wagyu Kobe steaks!! My Panget and I decided to give Malcolm's Place a try, since Anton raved about their Wagyu Rib-Eye steak. I've been hearing lot of good and bad stuff about Wagyu Kobe beef - some say that its the best beef in the whole world, that it melts in your mouth and that it's absolutely to die for. On the other hand, I've read that there are some animal activist groups who are against the method of Wagyu because its considered animal cruelty. Hmm.. Where do I begin?

We somehow got lost trying to look for Malcolm's Place - we were in unfamiliar territory. Apparently the Makati that we know of consists of Greenbelt, Glorietta, Makati Shangri-La, Rockwell, Ayala Avenue, Paseo de Roxas, Makati Ave and the villages - mention a street from Salcedo Village or Legaspi Village - we'll be dumbfounded and confused. I honestly don't know the difference between Salcedo and Legaspi Villages!

Thanks to the nice manager Pam, she led us to the resto in no time. When we got there, my Panget and I were really excited - I think the staff were excited too! They were all smiley and friendly to us. They led us up the dining area since the ground floor was mainly used for cooking and preparing the orders. My Panget and I liked the amibiance it was cozy, we chose to sit on the sofa since they're more inviting compared to the ordinary chairs. We were then given the menus - but before it was given, we've already made-up our minds on what to get. Thus we ordered one Wagyu Rib-Eye Steak for my Panget and a Sun-Goddess Pasta for me. The Wagyu Rib-Eye steak came with a free soup (of your choice on the menu). You also have to pick what kind of gravy you wanted, a siding, and the butter to be used. Of course for Php1,750.00 it was still kind of pricey, but what the heck right?!

As we waited for our orders to arrive, I had an inkling of wanting to see how the steak was being cooked. I actually wanted to see what their steak looked like raw - because I knew for a fact that Wagyu beef should have fats in the meat - marbling is the correct term I think. I went down and asked one of the servers if I can take a look on how they cook the steaks - of course, they declined and so I went back to our table. A few minutes after, the same server called me and told me if I wanted to check it out - I could. And so I did! I was excited of course, since it was my first time to see what Wagyu and to check out how it's being cooked. The kitchen was kinda small, but it's not tight - but maybe on a full night - the chefs will be all over one another. Pam, the manager was nice enough to invite me in their kitchen to take a peek. When I did, our steak was already on the skillet. I was joking with the cook to make sure it's Medium or else he might need to replace it, he then laughed (he might have been nervous too! Haha) Then it was like he read my mind! Before I opened my mouth to ask if I could see the raw steaks - he opened the door of the freezer and told me 'Ma'am - this is what it looks like raw' - Goodness! The steak indeed was marble-y! I can see the fats all over the steak! What struck me more was that - they had loads of steak piled up in the freezer!! Wowowee!! I then became more excited to taste it. I went back to our table and told my Panget what I saw. After a few minutes - our orders arrived. We were quite disappointed with the size of the steak, we took literally, what Anton said that it can feed 3 carnivores on a budget, well - I think the steak will just feed 1 if you're a meat eater like my Panget and 2 if you're on a budget, I think the 3 carnivores would be females. But hey, that's just me.

It wasn't love a first bite. I actually was disappointed with the first bite. I thought to myself 'So, this is it?' Damn, I felt short changed. My Panget felt the same way too! Although the steak was really tasty - the 'melt in your mouth' part was no where near our expectations. I had to give it another try, and so I cut on a different part of the steak . Lo and behold, when I bit on the steak - I knew - what the fuss was all about. This was what Wagyu Kobe beef tastes like. I can't actually describe what it tastes like but here it goes!

As I cut the steak, the steak seemed stiff - but when I bit on it - it was soft, my teeth slid into the meat perfectly. It was as if there was no ounce of stiffness to it. I was able to bite on it without struggle. It tasted gooood, it was different - it was succulent and juicy - the doneness was just perfect. I will quote my Panget on his comment - 'It grows on you!' The more you eat it, the more you'll like it. When he was half-way, I noticed that he was begginging to eat slower than usual, I asked why he was eating and biting slowly, he replied 'Ang sarap eh! Tsaka mahal!' 'I want to savour the steak - and it's expensive!' - Nice one Panget, nice one!

After the main course, we decided to give the Apple Crumble a try - I thought it was kinda dry, but my Panget liked it. I loved the crust though! Both the side crust and the crumble crust. We were also given free coffee by Pam. Thanks Pam!

On a scale of 1 -10, 10 being the highest - Malcom's Wagyu Rib-Eye steak ranks #8 for the both of us. Will we be coming back for more? Of course! When we find a sponsor that is!

Cheers to Cathy - our server, and Pam - the Manager of Malcolm's Place.

Zowee Escapes!!

Watch how Zowee escapes!!

So cute!!

Mineral Make-Up

Friday, April 20, 2007

I've read so many good things about Mineral Make-Up and finally, the other day, I decided to give it a try. I got my sample set from Sophie, she mans the sites Mineral Make-Up blog and Beautynomics. She introduced me to Mineral Make-up, but since I still had my loot - I had to wait until they at least become half-used before getting some products!

I got my sample set last Friday, and by just looking at it, I was already intimidaded. What are these mineral make-ups? What's the fuss about it? The looked like ordinary powders, but they were supposed to be better than ordinary make-up. Mineral Make-Up claims to be without harmful chemicals and irritants AND it's supposed to make your skin flawless.

Out of curiousity, I immediately opened the containers and tried them one by one on my hand. And from just sampling them in my fingers here's what I thought about them:

CAROLINE, HYE YEON, ANGEL - I checked their shades one by one, but I later realized that without a brush, they won't blend it well to my skin. You can just imagine the patches I had on my had. (I'm a very curious child you see)

These three items below - impressed me so much!!
SEMI MATTE BEIGE - This was the first one I tampered (what a word!) with, it was love at first try! It's so nice! It's a translucent shade of beige. Love it!
STAR LILY - at first the purple color shocked me. I was wondering why Sophie would give me this shade! But when I tried it on my hand - it came our really nude and pinkish! Nice one Sophie!
RADIANT - I love the shade! It's a perfect highlighter!!

I tried the make-up last Saturday night and the verdict? I was blown over, I was super impressed! The coverage was amazing! With other branded products, I still had to use a cake foundation to cover my red spots and spider veins! But with Mineral Make-Up, all I had to do was sweep the foundation on my face about 3 times. With just a minimal amount of make-up I was able to acheive a flawless finish! It's really amazing. I was shocked and at the same time super glad that I finally tried Mineral Make-Up!

To Shobe Sophie! I love you! I love the sample set! I love Mineral Make-Up!!

You're looking at a convert now...

By the way, if you guys are interested in trying out Mineral Make-Up, click on to Beauty and Minerals so you can purchase yourself a sample set. Enjoy!!

Happy Birthday!

Happy Happy Birthday

Shirley Tang!

My Panget and I wish you all the best things in life!

What's you sexy Brazilian Name??

Your Sexy Brazilian Name is:

Marina Mendes

a call from P&G

Thursday, April 19, 2007

A few seconds ago, a representative from Proctor and Gamble called me. She was asking if she could pick up the product with the ants tomorrow - she said it will be together with the replacement pack! Isn't that quite weird? I mean, I called them last April 12, 2007 and they're just asking me now? I don't think anyone in his right mind would want to keep the product infested with ants for more than a week! When I asked her again

And secondly - when I spoke to Amor (the customer service representative) last April 12, 2007 - she told me to throw away the product! I'm assuming that was their protocol. I even asked Amor if I needed to keep the product for them to see, she told me otherwise.

Did they just recently find out about the red ants? Weird!

It's FRIDAY again..

Friday, April 13, 2007

Yes, it's Friday again, and what a coincidence - it's a Friday the 13th!

Time flies so fast, as last week - was just the start of April - and now, we're right in the middle of it already! Woooooooh!! :)

It's Friday again! I wish you all a happy weekend!

P.S. I still can't get the red ants out of my head!! Yuck!

Red Ants in an unopened Whisper Ultra Napkin pack - UPDATE

Thursday, April 12, 2007

I was able to speak to Amor of the P&G Customer Service Hotline. She said for me to throw away the napkins and that they'll be replacing it soon. I'd have to wait for 10-15 working days though, to get my replacement.

I sent them pictures too, just in case.

Was that good enough?

I'm quite afraid of using Whisper now...

Red Ants in an unopened Whisper Ultra Napkin pack..

Last night, before the start of my Yoga class, I noticed that there were 3 red ants crawling on my towel. Of course, I immediately killed them. I wondered where they came from, and thought that once I got home - I'd inspect my closet.

It was already late when I inspected my closet. I found a few ants crawling on my cabinet where my towels and my Whisper stash were kept. I hastily removed my bath towels to check where the ants came from, it was quite weird because there were no ants below or at the side of the cabinet. I also found a few ants inside a small plastic container where I kept cotton buds. Since I killed all the red ants I saw, I thought that it was the last of it.

And just this morning, while getting ready for work - lo and behold as I opened the cabinet where I kept my towels, there were a lot of red ants crawling around and about! I killed all the ants I could see! I was kind of panicking already - as they were many! Then when I started to look for the source, I found that it all came from an unopened Whisper Ultra Napkin pack. When I opened the pack - there were a lot more red ants that came out! I hurriedly searched for a ziplock plastic to keep the napkins. And when I did - I took out all the 8 napkins and put the inside the plastic. It was just then that I was able to observe calmly that indeed the ants came from the napkins. There were two napkins whose sides, had holes in them - apparently made by the ants. When I put the napkins in the plastic - there were only 2 walking around, but now their number has grown to 9. I think there are more - but I'm afraid to open and inspect the napkins. I am in the process of contacting Proctor and Gamble. I hope they can tell me why there were ants in my unopened napkin pack.

Where did they come from? Well, your guess is as good as mine....

Just looking at the images (and the actual napkins and ants) GIVE ME GOOSEBUMPS!! Ewwwww....... I hate ants! I hate red ants MORE!

an Ice Cold Coke..

Wednesday, April 11, 2007

I've never been a soda drinker. My mom hardly gave us soda when we were young. She said we didn't like the carbon on our tongues. There's one soda that I like (actually, it's more of love) and it's Rootbeer! I love the taste of rootbeer and Sarsi. I know there are some people who actually 'hate' rootbeer, but me - I love it! My Panget says it's not even considered a soda!

Time and again, my Panget's been telling me, usually after a meal that he'd love nothing but an ice cold Coke. Since I'm not a soda fan - I cannot understand this desire of his. Then a few days ago, my Panget's mom said the exact same thing (we were in Subic, so I assume it was because of the heat) and last night - my mom told me that she'd love to have an ice cold Coke.

So, what's with the fascination with an ice cold Coke? Can anyone tell me? I really don't get it.

I think I won't ever get it, hahaha.. I hope I will.

I have this same problem with Chocolates. Since I'm not fond (actually, hate is the more correct term) of Chocolates - I can't seem to understand why people crave for it.

So for those of you who share the love of an ice cold Coke - here's something to make you want it more..


the HOLY WEEK that was..

Tuesday, April 10, 2007

For the past 3 years, whenever Holy Week nears, I sort of know where I'll be. And sure enough - I was in Subic, for the 3rd consecutive year. You see, my Panget's family has a house there - they leased it for 50 years (I think..) and so - there is always a place to stay (Thank god!) No need to scramble with everyone else in making reservations.

This Holy Week in Subic was different for me. Well, for starters - I've renewed my faith- I've been attending mass every Sunday, I've somehow become more in touch with my prayerful self as I pray as often as I can. The 'holiday' has been less hectic and more relaxed. Even if I brought Jenna (our clever dog) - I wasn't stressed at all. I can say that I had a good rest, just lazing around and eating. I kinda missed doing Bikram Yoga - no way to burn off the extra calories consumed.

Anyhoo - what made the 'holiday' different was - I experienced my first ever roadkill. Yes, you read it right! My very first roadkill. I'll try my very best to relay what really happened - because in my mind - I can still remember everything clearly. As if it happened just a few minutes ago. It was a Friday night, and we were bored. Actually, we were all looking for something to do. And we decided to go out of the base to this place called 'The Coffee Shop' - it's open 24 hours - and although it was a holiday - the place was open. The Coffee Shop is famous for it's Jumbo Taco. It's a really huge taco - and it's cheap! I mean for Php70.00 you'll be stuffed (I'll be stuffed, but for my Panget - 2 will do the trick). And so when we got there - we were welcomed by 2 waitresses - the kinda looked tired. And upon sitting down - one of them informed us that - they ran out of tacos! Damn. Perfect - now what?! She told us that they ran out - but not to worry because they'll be serving it again the next day. Great - now where to go? We had to go back to the former base.

Upon entering the base - we were pondering on where to go to get our midnight snack - we kidded that we still wanted tacos and decided to check out Pancake House - unfortunately, at that godly hour - the store was already closed, they were cleaning up! And so we had to turn and look for another place. While on the road (to wherever) Andy (he was driving) suddenly said 'Dead Cat!'. I thought he was joking because the cat was not dead! It was running towards us! When he said 'Dead Cat!' he stopped the car. Everyone inside the car paused for a while - wondering where the cat went. And so when Andy stepped on the gas - the car moved forward (duh?!) and there was something else that we felt. It was a like riding over a hump, but there was no hump in sight! We ran over the cat. Yes, we did - and it felt really really weird! My reaction to this was also weird! I covered my ears, closed my eyes and lifted my feet from the car's matting. What the hell right?! And then I heard the screams of 'Yuck!' My Panget's sister and Annie (Andy's wife) looked back to check what it was - and indeed, it was the cat. We ran over the cat and that was my first ever roadkill.

in Memoriam

I've seen dead cats on the road - but I always avoided them. I step on the brakes if there was a cat or a dog in sight - for fear that I will run them over. I have dogs you see, and I can just imagine the anguish and guilt I'd feel if I ever ran over one.

It was not as if we intentionally ran over that poor cat. We did not! In fact, we stopped because we knew it was somewhere. We hoped that it went away, but unfortunately - it did not. After our coffee break at Xtremely Espresso - we decided to go back - to check on the cat and to take photos (I know it's gross, but my companions wanted to take a remembrance photo, and I wanted to blog about it) But when we went back - the cat was gone. Two things either happened 1) The cat was semi-injured and was able to run away 2) The SBMA clean-up was really fast and the swiped the place clean - as if nothing happend. Your guess is as good as mine.

I hope everyone had a good Easter!!


Monday, April 09, 2007

I've noticed that lately - my creative writing juices have not been flowing smoothly. It seems that the supply has somehow halted. Whenever I plan to sit down and start typing - my mind goes blank. A writer's block maybe? Or I might just be distracted with some issues.

I'm trying to read again but the efforts have been futile since I shift from one book to another! Damn, I can't seem to concentrate!

What is happening?! I am so frustrated! I can't seem to write away my thoughts!



Bar Exams 2007 - It's OUT!

Tuesday, April 03, 2007

I'm so happy to learn that 3 of my friends have passed the bar exams!!

1) Baldos, Graciella
2) Ley, Monica
3) Tan-Paredes, Lydia
4) De Castro, Jean
5) Lim, Sharon

Congratulations you guys!! :)


And to a fellow - yoga-addict

Macadaeg, Marc - Congrats ! :)

To view the complete list click THIS

It's so damn HOT!

Monday, April 02, 2007

Is it just me or is the weather getting hotter and hotter? Well, you see - I'm not you're average normal person. Why? Well, because I subject myself to a torture chamber 3-4 times a week. Depsite the summer heat - I still attend my Bikram Yoga classes. Am I crazy? Well, you can call it addiction.

Yes, I am definitely addicted to Bikram Yoga. Thank heavens for Tristan for bringing Bikram Yoga to Manila! I've finally found an exercise I appreciate and love. I so love Bikram Yoga that I always tell people about it. To those I've spoken to, well majority has tried it, some of which are already enrolled! Good for you!! :)

But tonight's class - well, it was one of the hottest for me. As teacher Al - is loving every inch of the heat - tortured us all by not opening the door and just slightly opening one window as consolation. I tell you, IT WAS NOT ENOUGH!! My gosh - I couldn't believe that 5 months into my practice I would feel light headed once again!! It was the heat indeed - and the weather outside too! As I was about to leave, dear teacher Al asked me how I found the heat - obviously - I replied that it was too hot, and the fact that he did not open the door did not help at all! He shot back that I was complaining before that it wasn't hot and so he decided to up it a notch by not opening the door! Well, true - somedays it's really not hot - but just this March - the weather has been crazy hot, thus the yoga studio becomes hotter (because of the heaters).

I was told by my Yoga buddies that my face was really really red. They haven't seem me that red before! My, my - it must really mean that... IT'S REALLY HOT IN THERE! Dammit!

But the sweat - I am not complaining of the extra sweat - I love it! I love that fact that after my practice, my clothes are super wet! And when you wring it - for sure it'll drip with sweat! Yuck! hahahahaha..

So, where are you headed for the Holy Week? Me? I'll be in Subic with my Panget, my Panget's family and my Panget's friends. I can't wait for the meal times! (I may have to attend extra yoga classes to burn off what I will be gaining) I wonder, since I will be bringing a whole Hizon's Mocha Birthday cake - till when will it last? Hmm.. I will be updating - I just need to learn where to send pictures and upload them automatically here. Calling Chris of Chris Tech Blog! I need your assistance!!