Step Back in Time at the Filling Station

Classic cars, retro posters, and… lifesize action figures? If you dig the old school vibe and love good food, there’s a quaint restaurant in town you sure would want to check out! Get ready to get swept back in time when you step through the doors of Filling Station!

Rock n’ Roll with The King Himself!
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Elvis Presley would be the first to greet you on the second landing, along with other legendary icons.

Check out my hot date! 😂
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This thing looks like it came straight out of Back 2 the Future.Filling-Station-Retro-OldSchool-Restaurant-Manila

Wanna take a ride?Filling-Station-Makati-Retro-Cars

They’ve got some old school wheels in the house, quite literally! Make sure to dress up in a pin-up chic outfit for the perfect photo op.

Getting some dark Riverdale vibes here….Filling-Station-Retro-Posrers-Setup

Speaking of Riverdale, did anyone see Archie?Filling-Station-Retro-Interior-Makati

Oh there he is! Look at all those old school posters. Even the logos go a long way back! Cadillac classics, retro gas pumps, and everything in between – it’s quite hard to imagine how much work it took to put this whole place together.

And of course, what’s a restaurant without good food? 🙂Filling-Station-Brazo-de-Mercedes-Cake

Choosing this melt-in-your-mouth brazo de mercedes cake for the feature because I’ve never tasted dessert this good! It’s layered over vanilla ice cream and the whole thing’s not to sweet but really, really good! Enough for one, but trust me, you can never go wrong with a second serving 😉

 

A Book Fit for Queens

My first thought when I picked up this book from the shelf was, “Hey, here’s something dark.” And when I began to read, it actually turned out to be a little bit darker than I thought it was.

This book has an interesting plot in that it gives you not one, not two, but three heroines. It has you wondering who’s gonna win that prized crown, and when it ends you can’t quite wait to read the next.

The story does take a while to form, but the whole book will have you reading from every page that is filled with intrigues and plot twists.

It was the end twist that really got me wanting to read the second installation.

Go ahead. Grab this book, and tell me who think will win the crown 😉

The Book that Started it All

I was so excited to read the book that started it all after finishing the second installation of Six of Crows duology, Crooked Kingdom. I have  to say, I was really glued to the book and actually did buy all three books at once. It had me turning page after page, and I love that it is not like your typical YA book (kudos to Leigh Bardugo’s writing style for keeping the cheesy moments in check :D).

But if I were to be completely honest, the one major reason why I was hooked is because of the villain we all love to love and hate altogether – THE DARKLING! He’s something else entirely! This is one villain to make you question which side you wanna be on.

I’d highly recommend this book for every YA lit fan out there. You’ll need to read this on your long free hours because it will be hard to put down, but I know you’ll want to sneak into the pages on those short breaks 😉

This restaurant’s name is unbelievably MISLEADING.

When a restaurant dares to call itself “Tokyo Bubble Tea,” you expect them to deliver bubble tea that is worth every penny you are paying for it. Well, if you for one second believe what this restaurant says they are, you’re in for a wild surprise.

Forget about your expectations, because it’s something else entirely. I wonder why they even bothered to call themselves “Tokyo Bubble Tea,” when in fact it is more than clear enough with anyone who has a tongue that they are actually so much more than just awesome bubble tea! 😀 From flavourful maki rolls to sumptuous cakes, they have everything a foodie can ask for in a Japanese restaurant!

Fiery Maki Rolls and MoreTokyo-Bubble-Tea-Tuna-Crips-MakiTokyo-Bubble-Tea-Spicy-MakiNever knew that spicy maki could taste so good! Tokyo Bubble Tea has them in every kind, from the classic ones to really creative ones. I especially like the Crunchy Midori Maki. Be sure to try it when you visit them!

Chasu Ramen for the Hungry Ones!
Tokyo-Bubble-Tea-RamenThis large bow of the Japanese classic chasu ramen is filled to the brim with the richest flavours of the east.

Delightful Desserts
Tokyo-Bubble-Tea-Strawberry-ShortcakeTokyo-Bubble-Tea-Chocolate-CakeDinner is never complete without some awesome dessert to finish it with! These Tokyo Bubble Tea cakes sure look yummy and ARE superbly delicous!

Rice Meals for the HungryTokyo-Bubble-Tea-Teriyaki-DoriaNeedless to say, they have that one thing every Asian restaurant has – rice bowls! I love their Doria meals so much because it’s topped with loads of OOEY, GOOEY CHEESE ❤ Yummy and really filling!

So there you have my list of faves from Tokyo Bubble Tea. I’m sure you’d love to try them out! And of course, don’t forget to order one of their awesome drinks to go with your meal! 😉

Black Mirror’s Five Best : Why this Show is What Everyone Needs to See

If you’re a TV series junkie who loves an awesome show that keeps you glued to your screen, you’ve most likely watched Netflix’s SciFi hit series Black Mirror.

This show is just so damn good that writing this entry and having to rank my favourites proved to be quite a challenge and almost painful.

5) USS CallisterBlack-Mirror-S04E01-USS-CallisterLike in most of Black Mirror’s episodes, the magic of USS Callister is the irony behind it. I’m not sure if everyone will agree, but I believe that the antagonist in this plot is actually the victim. It is important to note that in the story-line, Robert Daly becomes obsessed with creating a world of his own because his real-life day-to-day experience is not very pleasant, with people pushing him around and treating him like an outsider. It is an escape mechanism that is not exactly healthy, but it takes a deeper human understanding to realize that maybe if everyone decided to treat people fairly and without prejudice, people like Robert Daly would be few and far between.

Also, hands down to execution! Love how they did it retro Sci-Fi style, especially the acting of the cast!

4) San JuniperoBlack-Mirror-S03E04-San-JuniperoWhat I love best about this episode is how it had me guessing what it was about until around halfway through. I was wondering how the episode fit in the overall theme of Black Mirror, because it was set during the disco era and everything in the show is futuristic or dystopian. It’s so cleverly written that they had it running like that then slowly dropped hints midway about being able to shift between eras.

It is a beautiful technology that is featured in San Junipero, but then again I found myself asking at the end of the show. What if what is really out there on the other side is actually a much more beautiful thing than the alternative of staying forever young in a limbo? I bet it is =)

3) Fifteen Million MeritsBlack-Mirror-S01E02-Fifteen-Million-MeritsThis is the rat race taken to a higher level. If we come to think of it, this is society’s current reality, cleverly executed as placed in a smaller box but at a much worse degree. Humans are treated like slaves in a cage, just without the collars. The tiny bits in the episode that I appreciate much are the small things. Fresh fruits being preferred over fast food items, and how at the end of the show, Bing was drinking fresh fruit juice instead of whiskey.

But I guess the most notable thing about the plot is how at the end of it all, despite his dedication for his cause, Bing sold away his moral integrity at the first opportunity to “change his life.” In a world where there’s a lot of hard work involved when you aspire to lead a better life, and sometimes a lot of hard work is not even enough, it is a great challenge for most of us to do what is right when our personal interests are put on the line. It is hard to fight for what is right when there is always the option to do what is safe or easy. But if we will allow ourselves to be eaten by this kind of system, change is far from coming. If we want a better world that treats everyone fairly and does not feed on people’s need to survive and desire to live better lives, we must always stand for truth and justice, no matter how hard.

2) Nosedive 
Black-Mirror-S03E01-NosediveWhat I like best about this episode is how close it is to reality – the kind of reality we all live in now where everything we see on social media is not real at all. The way it was produced, the colours, the styling, everything is reminiscent of how people these days try to make their Instagram accounts look like – perfect and polished. It is disturbing in a way that to a certain extent, what “Nosedive” shows is not far from happening. These days, we rate almost everything we do in our daily lives, from the food we ordered online to the cab ride we booked on mobile. People care more and more about how many followers they have, how many likes they get on their posts, to the point of showing an entirely different life on screen than they actually live in real life. Some people have even gone as far as taking photographs straight out of Google and posting it to pretend it is their personal experience. People are measured by how much influence they have on the internet, and the quality of services and goods are easily judged at first glance of how many stars they get, whether it be a book or a makeup item one ordered online.

Black Mirror has made it very clear where we are headed if we keep on behaving this way on social media. Our profiles are meant to be a reflection of who we are, as real people doing real things in a real world, not some made up someone-else who was created to be pleasing to everyone else’s eyes.

1) Men Against FireBlack-Mirror-S03E05-Men-Against-Fire“They hate all the same because of what they’ve been told.” That is the one line in this episode that stayed with me after watching.

This is episode is not as popular as most others from Black Mirror, but I am personally ranking it first on my list because of the depth and gravity of the issues it addresses – racial issues that I have always had a deep emotional sensitivity to, belonging to a race that gets subjected to a lot racist comments from others.

We live in a world where our views of other people is easily affected and manipulated by culture, religion, and media. In one wherein when people hear “Middle East,” the first thought to come to mind is war. Not the rich flavours of their spices, or the grand architecture of their magnificent mosques, or the million unbelievable hues of their fabric dyes. In one wherein when you say “Russia,” people immediately think of nuclear weapons. Not the breathtaking colours and patterns of their onion-domed cathedrals, or the Moscow Metro that is nothing like every other underground railway station you’ll ever see.

The war we must fight is not one against a certain race, colour, or religion. The war we need to fight in is the war between good and evil. Our real enemy is not another person with a different skin colour, but rather money-greedy and power-hungry warmongers who wage war at the cost of innocent lives.

WILDCARD : Hated in the NationBlack-Mirror-S03E06-Hated-in-the-NationI wanted so bad to include this episode in the list that I am actually making room for it. Hated in the Nation is that one episode that every “knowledgeable social media warrior” out there needs to see in order to give them a good whack on the head. There is a huge difference between having an actual, real opinion on a certain issue and subject matter; as opposed to just jumping on the bandwagon just for the sake of parading oneself as a “morally upright and concerned citizen.” This ego-feeding habit is a virus that has spread widely, and this episode sends a very strong message as to why it is actually not okay.

So there’s my list of my best-loved Black Mirror episodes so far. I know we all have our own favourites depending on what may have had the most impact on us. I’d be more than happy to know what everyone else thinks and which ones you would have ranked on this list!

I was not ready for our story to end.

As epic as the first book is, but a lot more sinister and heartbreaking. I was trying not to finish it too soon, and yet I couldn’t keep myself from turning page after page after page of the second half of the Six of Crows duology.

When I finished the book and put it down, I knew I would not read anything of the same substance again, unless author Leigh Bardugo decides to add another continuation to the Dregs’ story. I really hope she would!