Monthly Archives: December 2012

Quest for the Best Ramen: Urameshiya

And I’m back in my quest for the best ramen on earth! It’s been quite a while since my last good bowl of ramen so pardon my excitement, I’ll just go straight to my review.

Quest of the Best Ramen #2 

  • Restaurant: Urameshiya
  • Location: Little Tokyo, Pasong Tamo, Makati City
  • Ramen of Choice: Miso Ramen

Presentation: First thing I noticed with my ramen is that THERE IS NO FISH CAKE! While I am aware that not all ramens are served with fish cake, this is the first I had without the cute little pink spiral eye candy. It seemed less of a ramen for not having that. It doesn’t look too inviting.

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I was also told that they run out of spinach so they are serving it with cabbage. I thought that maybe on my next visit I’ll have it with cabbage again because spinach is too vegetable for me. It’s too green for human food, well that’s just me. There’s not plenty of corn but I appreciate that it was placed in one side.

It’s also important for me that the bowl is thick. It was a big bowl so I don’t think it can be downed in 15 minutes or less and it’s nice that it was kept hot until I finish mine.  Verdict: 3 out of 5 pairs of chopsticks.

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Taste: I chose miso ramen among the four available ramens Urameshiya serves. For one, I can never go wrong with miso. Anything with miso can easily be my favorite. Two, the other three on the menu is not miso. I just love it, sorry. I think it’s that ingredient that gives the soup it’s rich and salty taste.

The broth makes me feel that it was brought to a good and long boil as the flavor is so even on every sip and it shows on the color.

I got scared of the leeks when I saw it, I thought there was too much of it on my ramen but I was surprised, it was sweet and fresh. Whilst the leeks were overwhelming, they fell short on corn. I have tried Sapporo ramen before and if I am not mistaken, the recipe is similar to that of miso ramen. That Sapporo ramen  had corn just about everywhere on my b0wl and that’s what added sweetness to the food instead of the leeks. My overall feelings towards this ramen is love. It was so good, it was the second best I’ve had in my life! This is 4 out of 5 pairs of chopsticks.

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Service: We didn’t have too much interaction with the service crew except when we discovered that there is a floating fly on my friend’s Kalamansi juice. Well, we honestly didn’t notice a fly any time in our stay much more see it crashing onto the drink but we are certain that it was not there when it was served.

Oh, I also appreciate that we were informed early on that it will be topped with cabbage instead of spinach. Some people prefer spinach over cabbage.

I must also say, they had the shortest waiting time for a ramen to be served so far. Verdict: This is 4.5 out of 5 pairs of chopsticks.

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Ambience: The interiors is the most Japanese resto I’ve been. They are missing tatami mats but have shelves of Manga, the Japanese comics., to compensate.

The seats are elevated but guests are still to take their shoes of and sit on their heels. But of course we preferred to cross our legs and Indian sit.

Different kinds of sake, the Japanese wine, are sold but I bet they had it lined up everywhere to add interest in their store.

There’s nothing fancy on the store. I like that it is not as intimidating as many posh Japanese restos in Manila. See the set of condiments right there on the table, reminds me so much of my lola’s carinderia.

The curtains looks authentic. They are rolled up when guests arrive.

The lights are dim, the photos could tell.

They had TV tuned in to local news.

Price: Price for any ramen on the menu is fixed to Php200 per bowl. Verdict: 4 out of 5 pairs of chopsticks.

More info about Little Tokyo:

Little Tokyo is the place they call where Japanese restaurants are gathered to form a haven for Japanese food lovers. It is situated along Pasong Tamo with Makati Cinema Square being the nearest landmark. Outside were bigger Japanese restaurants and you can go 500 meters within the vicinity and still find more Japanese, whether restos, grocery stores, KTV bars or people.

Little Tokyo restaurants usually opens late in the afternoon for early dinner. At 7PM, Japanese people and a few Pinoys are everywhere enjoying their meal.

I swear I’ll stop this “pairs of chopsticks” thing on my ramen reviews. It kind of pisses me off too (cause I know you also do). Sure I’ll use stars. Thank you for reading!

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Best Film for DIY Redscale

While there are quite a lot of color negative films available to redscale, not everything turns out as warm as how I want it. This entry aims to show the different effects when different kinds of films are redscaled.

Before I introduce you the list of films I’ve redscaled, let me show you photos using a non-DIY redscale film from lomography.com. They call it Lomography Redscale XR 50-200.

I am absolutely impressed by how warm the photos can get using this film. The only deal breaker though, like many films from lomography.com, is the price. I don’t think I am willing to spend Php 945/box of three rolls  only to get this kind of shade on my prints, so I resorted to DIY. With a little research in the internet, I was able to make a redscale film of my own! To help you save time from researching, here is my very own DIY Redscale Film tutorial, click here.

1. Fuji Superia 400 – I used a Diana Mini to shoot with a redscaled Superia. The photos turned out so red, far from what I expected. I personally won’t shoot using this film very often but will definitely try it again using a different camera.

2. Agfa Vista 200 – I used Yashica Electro 35 GSN with a DIY Agfa Vista, the photos turned out more orangey and it’s lost contrast because of the rangefinder camera settings. For me, this is better than the redscaled Superia.

3. Kodak Ultramax 400 – The photos were amazing! This is even better than the Lomography Redscale XR 50-200 film. With a redscaled Ultramax, the photos are warm but not too much to hurt the eye. I like the subtlety and the olden-day feel it brings on the photos. I used a Superheadz Super Fat lens on the shots below.

The photos are how exactly I want it using an Ultramax, more golds and less saturated than Lomography XR, so I decided to use it on a few other cameras like Diana Mini and Holga CFN.

An expired Kodak Ultramax 400 is around Php45-80 pesos in the market that makes this alternative a go-to redscale film for many lomographers. I strongly recommend that you try to make a redscale film of your own especially if you are starting lomographer. It makes you not fear the coming modifications and DIY you’ll soon come across with lomography. So gather some guts now and save hundreds of pesos with a Kodak Ultramax DIY redscale film.


Agfa CT Precisa 100, A Photographic Film Review

Hello Lomography lovers! I’m here once again to help you pick photographic films in your next purchase. I know some of us have qualms in buying slide films since they’re pricier than our ordinary negative films but there are some that are really worth your every buck.

  • Speed: ISO 100 – not very sensitive to light; not recommended in low-light situations
  • Format: 35mm – can be used on 35mm cameras; can be used on medium format cameras too for sprocket photography
  • Type: Slide – cross-process exposed films to achieve vivid and saturated photos
  • Price: P230/roll – find Photofilm Manila on Facebook

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I choose to review Agfa CT Precisa 100 because the results are always gorgeous. I mean I’ve used it with four different cameras and although some photos resulted to what I didn’t expect, they’re still as impressive as ever!

I first tried the film on my Diana Mini camera. Whenever I press the shutter release with Precisa loaded, I already have a picture in mind of how it will turn out. I know it’s going to be mostly high saturated shades of blue all over my print just like a Kodak Ektachrome but I’m yet to see the difference until my first processed roll came. Precisa has a more subtle blue colors, there are so much turquoise!

But I was surprised to get redscaled photos. These photos were shot on low-light conditions, still with my Diana Mini camera. Was I disappointed, not at all.

I next tried Precisa on a point and shoot camera called Bell + Howell BF 35. This combo produced more varied colors thus, the most surprising set among the four. Although turquoise is still the most prominent color, I am happy to see emerald green and pristine white on some of the shots. By the way, Bell + Howell shoots at an aperture of  f/7.7 and shutter speed of 1/100s.

Next camera I used to test Precisa is my 1969 vintage camera, Yashica Electro 35 GSN. Yashica produced pretty much the same hue that is leaning more on teal but since this camera is a rangefinder that shoots in variable aperture and shutter speed, the colors were more consistent. I always aim for the correct exposure with this camera, thus, results were more precise and not very surprising.

Another point and shoot camera I used with Precisa is Superheadz Super Fat Lens. It has a wide angle lens that takes sharp and high contrast photos. With an aperture of f/11 and shutter speed of 1/125s, I didn’t expect yellows on it as it works best with shooting outdoors with intense natural light.

In all four cameras I used with Precisa, my favorite is when I paired it with Superheadz. I’m sure you have your own pick too with its versatility and amazing range of blue to yellow hue. I noticed that my sunset shots, when the sun is so bright and close to the horizon, that’s when it produces shades of green. Turquoise is most pronounced when shooting in broad daylight which makes clouds the best subject in this case. The photos are most likely to be in redscale when light is scarce and in Bulb shutter speed setting.

My over all verdict to Agfa CT Precisa 100 is 10 stars out of 10. It’s currently my personal favorite but I’m yet to test and make a review of  a few other slides in my stash. Thank you for reading and I hope this helps with your future film shopping.


Kelly’s Day Out

Meet my seven-year old niece, Kelly.

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She does the peace sign on half of her photos

Today, I  make up for my being a serial drawing in keeping promises of  taking her out for a date. Since it was so hot, I figure I should bring her to somewhere presko to get a fresh authentic cool breeze unlike the air-conditioning of a mall. So I chose UP, the most accessible source of a more concentrated Oxygen from our house.

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Just posted a photo. Chos.

With Kelly, I never get bored. She’s very articulate and just like many ordinary kids, asks the most out-of-this-world questions non-stop.

I like it when she makes a goofy face but I seldom capture them in photos.

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Kelly insists on using the Holga Jack CFN. She never the advanced the film, though.

The reason is, she transforms to this in an instant when I point the camera at her.

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Kelly does all her poses.

Or worse, to this.

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Please do not use the photo on lighters and tabloids.

I should tell her that if she’ll pursue this career, she should start her diet pronto. But how can we resist food, it’s the only bonding we know.

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There’s dirty ice cream every where in UP.

She told me that she likes this particular ice cream. But there was never an ice cream on earth she has ever disapproved of!

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We still both can’t avoid ice cream dripping on our shirts.

Guess what, we ended up to  the mall too! SM North EDSA still has this Hello Kitty thing going, so I showed her the place.

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With Lolo and Lola Hello Kitty

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Hello Kitty in Santa costume is not really cute.

We wrapped up the day eating the fried chicken of her choice, KFC. Not to mention that our tray of food was spilled by a kid rushing to me. I was immediately assisted by the concerned mother and that quite calmed the #Amalayer in me. Yikes!

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She’s a faker. We didn’t finish the small box of Mac and Cheese Bites.

Finally, the day is over and she’s got nothing to make tampo  anymore.


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