I went out today.
After lunch I went to Trinoma Mall to catch Sen. Miriam's book launch. I intended to go earlier so I could have a photo-op and a pre-signed book, but I became a bit preoccupied with answering an email, tying up a hyperactive dog, and choosing which t-shirt to wear (!?), among other things. Anyway, I arrived at around two o' clock, just on time for the launch.
While waiting for Madam I went around a bit and found the Esquire Eraserheads magazine. I almost bought it, but changed my mind at the last minute - the price was too takai for me right now, and besides, there were many copies, I don't think I'll run out of them any time soon. I also went looking for Bob Ong's new book, but I couldn't find it yet. After a few minutes, Sen. Miriam arrived from the side entrance nearest the parking lot. I was really so close to her but I couldn't understand why I didn't reach out my hand for her to shake. I also didn't whip out my phone camera, haha. I guess it's enough for me to see and hear her. I bought her book (and I plan to read it tonight) and left. I didn't join the crowd anymore (I dislike big crowds, tbh).
After dropping by the bank, I thought of spending the next few hours at Chemistea
before I go to the office to complete my clearance. I sent a message to my former officemate to ask about HR hours, but she was able to convince me to put off the trip until Monday, so that they can meet me. It was only around 3PM and I didn't want to go home yet.
Now let me outline my regular course whenever I go kill time in the Trinoma-SM North vicinity. I go to NBS Trinoma, then to Fully Booked (they're selling Attack on Titan books at 440Php each! goodnesss.), then I go upstairs to Team Manila, then to Japan Home Center, out and over the pedestrian overpass to SM North. I then go around Uniqlo, Book Sale, and then I go home. This was exactly what happened to me today. WTH? Walaaaang pinagbago, haha.
Only this time, I didn't end up just window shopping at Uniqlo. I don't know why I indulged myself to winter clothes I'm not gonna need in the immediate future, but yeah, that's what I did. Maybe because all year I've wanted to buy that pom-pom hat (the first hat I'll ever own) so I finally gave in. Oh, the irony! Whatever the hell made me think I can still shop at this time? LOL
On my way out I passed by the Ramen Nagi
store and decided, what the hell, I'll try this. I got their Butao King (390Php) and their gyoza (190Php).
No pictures because I don't. At least not when I dine alone.
I was surprised to know it was a bit similar to the Ichiran
experience, because they also have this form you can fill up to customize your ramen. Service was fast enough, and I love that the kitchen was visible to diners (I love watching how people prepare food while waiting for mine to be served). Serving size was big, it wasn't unlike the ramen houses at Makati Cinema Square or in Tokyo. When my ramen arrived I tasted the bare broth and my goodness, it tasted exactly as Ichiran! Oh, the memories! But that was as far as the similarities go. After I mixed up the broth with their "special sauce" that's when things changed. It wasn't bad, but I quickly grew tired of it. Or maybe nabigla lang talaga yung tiyan ko, haha. The pork was a bit katai niku, but I'll admit, I don't know if it's supposed to be that way because it was shoulder part and not belly part. The chopped (sliced?) negi were too big for my taste, but that's just me nitpicking. It was sad that I couldn't finish my broth; I wished I didn't go for their "special sauce" maybe I'll try that next time I have the chance. I also ordered the extra tamago (50Php) but it didn't amaze me as much as the one at Ichiran did. Gyoza was served on a bed of beansprouts on a sizzling plate. I grabbed one but it slightly burned my tongue, so I busied myself with the ramen first. By the time I was ready for the rest of the gyoza (there were 5 pieces) the wrapper already grew too tough for my liking. They're also not the stuffiest pieces you'll ever find around; Osaka Ohsho
pa rin ako! :P
I missed the Ichiran style of seating, because I absolutely loved that sense of privacy. At Ramen Nagi (maybe at any other Japanese restaurant) everyone can possibly see you slurp your noodles haha. Anyway, total bill with the homemade iced tea (their mango juice is in can, huhu!) and the service charge was almost 800Php. TOO EXTRAVAGANT, but well...
I was already too full to drop by Chemistea. Maybe Monday. For now I will go see "Stupid.."