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The Practical Dude : Bespectacled

It’s awesome that it’s now considered cool to sport spectacles. I guess that’s why some people insist on wearing them even if they have perfect vision. Whether you are bespectacled due to necessity or for the sake of porma, read up. This post is for you.

I have been wearing glasses for as long as I can remember. When asked, I always blame Harry Potter. Nope,  It never was my intent to look like him, I just liked reading the books. Read them anywhere, on a moving vehicle, during class, even in the dark. Yep,  sadly I did not take care of my eyes when I was younger, which caused me to be the bespectacled dude I am now.

It’s been roughly three years since I got the specs I have been wearing and I thought it was time for me to look for a replacement. Thus the hunt for my next specs began. This was a challenge for me being the practical dude that I am. Aside from finding the frame that will suit my face shape, I also had to consider the cost of it.

I found the perfect specs during one of my solo sessions. I was walking around aimlessly at SM Clark when an ad caught my eye. There was a new Korean eye wear shop that had items priced at Php 500 and up. Naturally my curiosity was piqued and I made a beeline to it. Starfinder’s ambiance was different from other eye wear shops that had a  straightforward and uptight feel. This shop had a laid back, hipster vibe, it had interesting decors and trinkets which helped highlight the store’s  items.

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Upon entering I was immediately assisted by a very pleasant sales person, she started picking random specs for me to try on. At this point I was fighting to keep my cool, aside from the fact that the specs looked awesome and durable, they wear priced at only Php 500! Aside from specs, sunnies or sunglasses were also a part of the store’s merchandise. No pictures though, my focus was on the specs.

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After several tries, I had my choices narrowed down to two. Both seemed to suit my face shape but one was similar to the specs I already had  so  I decided to go with the other one.

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Mirror shot. Couldn’t resist. Haha.

The store offers free eye check up and the option to have the prescription lenses fitted to the specs, It’s basically a one stop shop. The price of my prescription lenses hurt a bit, good thing the frame’s price made up for it. After an hour I finally got new specs to sport for my next adventures.

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The Specs. Bagay ba?

Weekend begins Thursday

When life gives you lemons don’t just make lemonade, sell it! Make money out of the d#mn thing! (Cliche alert!) This is exactly  what I always try to do, metaphorically of course.

In this story my lemon is my ambiguous work schedule. That will be as much as I will say because I don’t want this post to turn into a full on rant fest. This is a feel good story on how my weekends now begin on Thursdays.  It was supposed to consist of three parts, unfortunately the turn of events did not permit the third one to happen.  So yeah, I owe you that ONE coffee, you know who you are. The story is now down to two parts, the unexpected 24 hour challenge and the awesome session with my brothers. Both of these involve booze and good friends. Don’t judge and drink responsibly.

My phone alarm goes off by 2:00 am and my day begins. Wake up. Eat. Shower. Leave home. Work. Leave work. Home. That was the routine for the whole week. Thursday ends that routine and begins my weekend of adventures!

I as much as I can, I never pass up invites from friends. Kaladkarin is the word I often use to describe this trait of mine. I am a firm believer that time is the most important gift we can give people. This belief of mine lead to a adventure packed weekend.

Adventure number one, the 24-hour challenge one involves a good friend who is like my brother, awesome new people, food, booze, love and life talks, sexy singers, a motorcycle, and elementary school buddies. I joined my brother and his work buddies for a couple of beers. What I found amazing about this session is how comfortable I immediately felt. Except for my buddy, it was the first time I had met these people and yet it somehow it felt we had known each other for quite some time.

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The night progressed into more stories and laughter with the voices of the sexy singers slash dancers serving as our background. When a familiar song is played we sing along, we swapped stories and views about love and life like we were indeed old friends. New friends, new adventure, life is good.  It was around 12 in the morning when this part of my adventure ended.

A buddy from elementary school happened to work nearby. I was lucky to be able to hitch a ride on his motorcycle, since public transportation to my place at that time of the morning are hard to come by.  My elementary school friends and I kept in touch even though we don’t get to hang out that often. This was our topic till we reached our hometown.  Imagine our surprise when we saw one of the people we were talking about having an after work session at a store owned by one of our friends. we joined them for a few beers and planned a full scale reunion.

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It was past two in the morning by the time I got home. The unexpected 24 hour challenge accomplished! #feelingproud Haha.

The next day I had to wake up early (I woke up at 10:45am. Haha.) to prepare my place for visitors. This is adventure number two. My brothers from college, the Busy Boys, were coming over later that day for one of regular sessions. These sessions are held alternately on each of our places. I was able to convince them that it was now my time to host. This was one of our longer sessions since they will be staying the night. These guys are the people I see myself hanging out with when we all have our own families until we are all old dudes. We were not complete, which was usually the case since we all have different commitments to attend to, but those who can always come to these session. After a dinner of home cooked sinigang, store bought sisig and Kapampangan chicharon (the one with a bits of meat stuck to the skin. Sarap!) We started the session. Stories from this session will be for us to know and for you to find out. Altough I will say this, it was quite uncomfortable since I found myself being the one on the hot seat. Haha.

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Session continued till the wee hours of the morning. The next day was movie marathon day and before we knew it it was 5:00 pm. Before they went home, a sudden craving for samgyeopsal led us to this place.

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I have eaten in some Korean restaurants before but It was my first time to try eating at this place. I must say I enjoyed it. I have had samgyeopsal on a different restaurant in the past and this experience is way better than the first one.

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This unlimited samgyeopsal meal is complete with unlimited rice, egg soup and ice tea for only Php 289 per head. Sulit na! Lalu na kung matakaw ka. Haha.

Adventure number three sadly  did not push through and had to be rescheduled at a later date. That’s how I made my lemonade and earned from it. Hehe. Looking for next weekend’s adventures!

more adventures coming..

Peace out!

Foodie Fridays : Oppa

Yes, you read it right! Foodie Fridays is back! Hehe. My attempts at being a food blogger took a back seat due to the busy past few months. As a result, I am now facing an awesome problem, I have a pile of back log waiting to be posted.  Haha. A good example of how far behind I am is this post, I have been to this place three times already and I am just writing about it now. Lol.

When a Kapampangan hears the words “Walking Street” several images immediately pop in their minds and none of these images are wholesome.

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The Walking Street in Fields Avenue, Balibago is the infamous red light district of Angeles City.

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It’s a place frequented by people, mostly foreigners, looking for a good time. I will no longer elaborate what I mean by “good time” since I intend to keep this blog PG 13. Lol.

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I must admit, I am one of those people with that preconceived notion about the Walking Street. Which is why I was pleasantly surprised when I learned that at the midst of the girly bars was a Korean food haven.

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It was a rainy afternoon on my first visit, if I remember it right there was a storm then. My beautiful work mates invited me to join their food trip, who am I to refuse? Hehe. We choose a table at the second level and ordered.

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The weather at time called for it, so we ordered two bowls of seafood ramyun, one for them and one for me. Hehe. We were also given free iced coffee! Hehe.

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Seafood ramyun

I was so focused on my food, I neglected my #bloggerduties. Lol. I left the place thinking “Oppa” meant delicious in Korean.

I learned the correct meaning of the word from a Korean friend. According to him, in their language the word Oppa means older brother of a female. It can also at times, with the right tone of voice, be used by girls to flirt with guys they like. A very witty name for a Korean  restaurant at the Walking Street. Lol.

On my second visit I was with a good friend who wanted to try the seafood ramyun. I, on the other hand decided to try a different dish. The menu listed the dish as Don Gas, it was recommended by the waitress saying it was one of their best sellers. When our orders arrived, I was pleasantly surprised to see that Don Gas is a super sized breaded pork cutlet served with sticky rice, a sunny side up egg and vegetable strips with a spicy and tangy red paste.

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Don Gas

 We were quite hungry then so..

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 Cheese Kimbap

I’m pretty sure that no Korean dining experience will be complete without the side dishes.

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As it turns out, the dish I ordered was good for two persons and I found it challenging to finish. Not one to waste good food though, I was able to clean my plate. Lol. Half of the cheese kimbap I ended up taking home. My only complaint, is on this visit we were not served free iced coffee which I know is part of the meal. I think I asked about five times with three different people, all of them saying “Tignan ko lang po..” but until we finished our meal, no iced coffee arrived.

A few days ago, while sorting files I came across the photos of my previous food trips at Oppa. I decided it was high time that I try to blog about it. With a good friend and fellow bookworm, I decided to go back to Oppa, this time on full blogger mode.

The set up of the place was pretty straight forward, no unnecessary fixtures, just tables, chairs and the counter where they prepared the side dishes. However this does not mean that the place looked boring. The walls had these huge murals which did not look Korean to me but are none the less awesome.

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The space could comfortably accommodate about twenty to thirty people at the same time. It’s split into two levels, I personally like sitting on the second level because of the view.

One of the things I like about eating at a foreign restaurant, (I’ve been to two so far. Haha.) is the challenge posed by the menu. It’s perplexingly fun to figure out which dish to order based on their names.

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My companion/photographer for the day and and I settled for  Bibimbap and Tuna Kimbap.

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Bibimbap is a mix of veggies, seaweed strips, sticky rice, beef and a sunny side up egg. I noticed that the side dishes served vary, it might be depending on what is available. Another thing I noticed about Korean food is that it is heavy  on the stomach. I again ended up taking home half of the Tuna Kimbap, not that I’m complaining though. Lol.

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Before I give my “verdict”, let me share some fun facts.

On all three of my visits to Oppa, I unintentionally wore the same black shirt! Lol.

While posing for the featured photo, a Korean guy in front of the restaurant thought we were taking a picture of him and offered a toast with his iced coffee, it was an awkward and funny moment. Haha.

Alright, un expert ratings time! Five stars the highest.

Food = ☆☆☆☆☆

Place = ☆☆☆☆

Price = ☆☆☆☆

Service = ☆☆☆ This is because of the inconsistent iced coffee issue and one waitress unable to answer which was their best seller.

Looking at the bigger picture though,  I can easily overlook the average service because of  the good food. I definitely will be back for another meal.

more adventures coming..

Peace out!