All posts by Jam Ong

Duterte and Robredo's love child. A staunch supporter of both but a thorough critic as well. Founder of the Dubredo Army. A pro-LGBT activist and supporter. An ABET accredited civil engineering student and student leader.

Trip to Masasa Beach Tingloy, Batangas

IT’S MORE FUN IN THE PHILIPPINES!

A place without wifi signal and cellular signal, a place where you’re left only with clear beaches and cheap houses for rent.

I won’t say that Masasa Beach is as stable and marvelous as the newly renovated Boracay or other established beaches in the Philippines but one thing I liked about this beach is it’s so raw. It’s like a newly discovered beach that hasn’t been overly used or populated by visitors. It’s raw, it’s hidden, it’s a sanctuary.

From Anilao port, you have to ride a boat to Masasa Beach for about P60 if I remember correctly, there is NO other way than to ride a boat as the beach is in an island about 30-45 minutes away from the port.

Upon arriving in Masasa, there will be a lot of people welcoming you and offering your cheap house rentals for you to stay in during your vacation and I must say, they’re SUPER CHEAP.

We rented a house having P300/person per night. The house owners were also there to assist us buying coals if we wanted to grill, cooking rice for us as we rest ourselves from the long trip, cooking and grilling foods for us, entertaining us. They also accompany us with free tricycle rides whenever we go down to the beach which is about 5 mins away from the inn. They also served as our tour guide and photographer during our whole stay. They just made us feel at home.

The house was big enough to accommodate all of us (10 persons). It has three bedrooms, comfort rooms and karaoke.

Let’s now talk about the beach. We went snorkeling and Pawikan searching. We rented two boats for P600 each with a capacity of 5 persons per boat plus the tour guide.

The boat drove us to three islands and stopped somewhere in between the beach so we can snorkel down and see the huge Pawikans swimming down about 30 feet below the surface of the water. We also fed fish with some bread after the Pawikan search. It was indeed mesmerizing.

Sorry I wasn’t able to take photos of it, I was too busy appreciating the beauty of the animals in their habitat and the wonders of nature and of course, the Philippines.

We also visited the lagoon with such sky blue waters and the cave with two entrance which is quite terrifying because the waves suddenly raged when we entered the cave as if it doesn’t want us to leave. Yikes.

The whole place really didn’t have much cellular signal and if you happen to get some, it’s not even enough to send a message. We had some social media and onlien detox during this getaway. Me and my friend purely bonded because we didn’t have much reasons to hold our phones and be distracted — which is cool.

This vacation felt like a get away from all our stresses and problems in life. Masasa Beach is like another world to us, it gave us sanity and peace of mind. The views gave us solace and the nature didn’t fail to impress us.

Roughly computing my budget for this trip back and forth from Manila is about P1,800 including all the foods, meat and other pasalubong I bought. Not bad for a perfect getaway.

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REVIEW: Dakasi Milk Tea drinks

It’s a good day and here I am craving for milk teas again but then I wanna try something new so I looked over GrabFood milk tea places and saw Dakasi.

During my first order, I had their Okinawa Milk Tea for P140 (Large) and the Dakasi Bubble Milk Tea P140. I tried a lot of milk tea shops and I wasn’t really a big fan of Okinawa but man, Dakasi’s Okinawa Milk Tea can fight that. I super love their Okinawa. It’s milky yet you can still taste the tea flavor in it. Perfect blend. It’s like a better and more legit tea version of D’Cream Special more because you can still get that leafy taste unlike D’Cream special na very milky na. About the Dakasi Bubble Milk Tea, it’s a legit milk tea and I have to say it’s good but there’s nothing so special about it.

Below is their menu. (UPDATE: Prices changed and went a little higher)

On my next order, I tried their Roasted Okinawa Milk Tea and Oreo Milk Tea. I ordered Roasted Okinawa because I was impressed by the Okinawa drink but in my opinion, it’s not as good as Okinawa. Roasted Okinawa is like a dull tasting milk tea, not worth the price. Oreo Milk Tea is basically Dakasi Bubble Milk Tea with Oreo bits in it — I still prefer Affinitea’s Oreo Milk Tea with Cream Puff.

Moving on, I tried something new again because it happened that I tried Macao Imperial Tea’s Uji Matcha and it was heaven so I thought maybe Dakasi’s Creme Matcha Plumule is a good alternative so I ordered it.

Honestly, it’s taste is really really new to me plus the plumule is a rare and new topping to my drink. The beverage itself, you can taste the matcha and the milk but I think the milk and the plumule overpowers the matcha leafy taste. I can say that it’s a unique drink but I cannot say that everyone will like it.

I also tried their Chocolate Cereal Drink because I really like the old tea house’s named Qtea’s Chocolate with Love in Ermita (it’s closed now) and I thought maybe this may come close but then turns out I ordered a drink that has a texture of quaker oats with chocolate milk. Chocolate cereal drink nga naman, why am I surprised?

In a nutshell, the best drink to order here is Okinawa Milk Tea with Pearls.

Summary:

Taste: 4/5

Price: 3/5

Packaging: 3/5

Best ramen? Mendokoro Ramenba

I am not really a big fan of ramen though it looks really appetizing when I see Naruto craves for it but then everything changed when I tried Mendokoro Ramenba’s ramen in Makati.

My friend once suggested it and she’s been really an explorer in the food world so it wasn’t that hard for her to convince me to try this one out despite it’s kinda pricey meals.

That’s Shoyu up there to tease you as you continue reading this review.

Of course, here’s the menu of the restaurant.

First of all, I wanna talk about the fact that Mendokoro always have these long lines so be sure to go here on dead hours to avoid such or if not, don’t come here if your stomach is at the state of “I’m super hungry, feed me”. The waiting usually lasts for 15-30minutes so there, I warned you. It’s worth the wait tho.

I tried all their Tonkotsu Ramens before I decided to write this blog post and to sum it up, all of them are HELLA GOOD, there’s no part or ingredient of the ramen that you would like to put aside and not eat because it’s all perfect but my favorite is Shio ramen.

For starters, I would also recommend the Shio ramen.

• Shio – it has a milky, creamy, salty ramen base. It’s like the classic original ramen of Japan. Thank Jesus for this one.

• Shoyu – it’s like Shio except that it has a special soy sauce — basically that’s why it’s called Shoyu.

• Tantanmen – This one is their actual spicy ramen. It’s hella good too but I am not really a big fan of spicy foods so this has to be my least favorite.

• Miso – It’s base is miso ramen but the best statement to describe this one is it has tons of toppings and bean sprout (toge) that its soup is highly influenced by the taste of toge and personally, I prefer to taste the ramen than the bean sprouts so this makes Miso go on my number 3 spot.

Before everything else, let me spoil you with the best part of Mendokoro’s ramen…

IT’S THE CHASU

A.k.a that meat on top of the noodles. It’s taste is so distinct, it’s so tasty and it’s so soft that the meat feels like melting in your mouth and it just compliments the whole ramen bowl. I swear to God, I always save this beef for the last bite.

You know what they say? Save the best for the last.

Before I end this post, let me remind you that Mendokoro doesn’t allow take outs so save yourself from the humiliation. They doesn’t want anyone to figure out their secret recipe so NO TAKE OUTS!

Price: 3/5

Food Quality: 5/5

Serving: 5/5

Will recommend? HELL YES.

Will comeback again? If I have enough budget! :p

Response to VP Leni Robredo reading “Digong Dilaw” to the kids of Tondo, Manila

I would like to clarify this issue about VP Leni Robredo yesterday regarding her reading the “Digong Dilaw” book for the kids of Tondo, Manila. I was there and I believe I am highly involved in this issue. This is my response to Mr. Francis Abraham’s facebook post yesterday.

I am Jam Ong, the founder of the Dubredo Army • Duterte-Robredo,a group who STAUNCHLY supports President Duterte and VP Leni amidst all the political and personal misunderstandings and issues. Moreover, we are not employed or under any government offices, we are an individual group who has our own principles and mission. We volunteer, we help, we donate, we promote unity between the president and vice president over diversity. (Feel free to question who and why I support them, I’d love to refute.)

Our group volunteered to help her anti-poverty program (Metrolaylayan) yesterday, November 6, and I was one of those who were assigned on the day care activities.

Our group owns the Digong Dilaw book that VP Leni read yesterday to the kids. Again, it is a book written by our national artist Virgilio S. Almario way back in 2003 (it was published even before the divisive issues between the president and the “yellows” rose to public).

VP Leni already read this story to the kids before in Camarines Sur way back in 2017 (READ: Digong Dilaw? Robredo picks book on yellow-loving kid for storytelling session) and has expressed her admiration for the book during her radio interviews, I’m actually surprised how it made noise just now when it was her second time reading it lol!

Now, I was the one who personally asked her to read it because I’m a Dubredo (DUterte and roBREDO supporter) and ‘Digong’ and ‘Dilaw’ are in the title, the irony is just perfect but aside from that, I don’t see anything wrong with the story being told to the children as it actually is about a boy named Digo who is very much into yellow foods and the lesson of the story is to also eat other kinds/colors of food aside from yellow. Relating it to this political world, I still don’t think it is wrong because looking at the story at a deeper aspect, the plot actually encourages the readers to NOT be biased with colors and open our eyes to the other options as well. This may sound funny but naging malungkot ang buhay ni Digo dahil lahat ng nasa paligid niya ay naging dilaw, isn’t relatable? Hindi ba magiging nakakapanlumo ang bansa kung lahat tayo magiging bias lang sa iisang kulay? Let’s be objective here. Let’s fathom into the issues deeper.

Also, looks like most just read the title of the book and didn’t bother to read its content before criticizing VP Leni for reading it. The lesson is deep, the lesson is meaningful and important. Actually Sass Sasot (A staunch Duterte supporter) posted about it before I think way back in 2016 finding the irony also humorous, why are we so mad now? How are most DDS reacting negative to this now? I thought we love humor because our President has it? Spare the vice president from the accusations that this is a PR stunt, our intentions are pure.

Lastly, I didn’t ask her (VP Leni) to read it to mind-condition the children or to generate a PR stunt for her or in favor of anyone. I asked her to read it because we mutually admire the irony and the lesson the book can bring PLUS I personally like to promote the book to support our very own national artist, Virgilio S. Almario. 😊 Support our own, support the local, yeah? Unity is the beginning of growth of this country.

Yours truly,

Jam Ong

When President Duterte and VP Leni talk about each other

As much as I think VP Leni feels so liberated talking about President Duterte on her interviews, talks and media engagements, President Duterte feels the opposite. Not that he feel oppressed or he doesn’t enjoy talking about her but it’s more of that he doesn’t feel very comfortable talking about her maybe because he is afraid that his words and opinions about her might get misinterpreted — by her or the people — just like what happened in Tacloban last November 2016.

When President Duterte talks about VP Leni

President Duterte is not so good in expressing his thoughts straight to the point, I can say that even if I am a staunch supporter of him, it’s kind of like his weakness. Now there was a time he spoke about VP Leni in front of the public and everyone misinterpreted his whole thought from the real idea that he wants to convey — wanting to protect her from the eyes of the others — to the whole idea that he was ogling at her legs and perverting around.

Ever since that instance, I felt like he changed. He started to feel insecure talking about her in public.

Whenever he is composed and the media asks him about her, he strives so hard to pick the right words. I remember observing his gesture of snapping as he try to think of the most precise and accurate word to describe VP Leni and her works. Other than that, when he also describes her (physically and intellectually) as follows:

1. Beautiful – yes, he uses this term to describe her all the time and he never described her as just a pretty or cute or hot or alluring — she is purely beautiful to him. Pay attention to that choice of word.

Continue reading When President Duterte and VP Leni talk about each other

REVIEW: Relumins Gluta-1000 Glutathione capsules

I waited for over three months before I started writing a review about this glutathione product I bought online for P900 pero bottle of 60 vegetarian capsules.

<Buy a bottle of Relumins Gluta-1000 here>

The bottle instructs the user to take two capsules every day, one in the morning and one in the evening preferably.

Relumins Gluta-1000 has three major contents:

1. L Glutathione (675mg) – Glutathione prevents damage of healthy cellular components and makes us radical free. It is also a good antioxidant for the body.

2. Alpha Lipoic Acid (200mg) – another antioxidant that boosts glutathione levels of our body.

3. Rose Hips(125mg) – a highly absorbable form of vitamin C that is a perfect combo to glutathione.

Good Effects:

1. Glowing skin noticeable within 7 days.

2. Hindi ka nahahaggard.

3. Fresh skin and face every morning, pwede ka ng mag-woke up like this selfie.

4. Regularize your poop time as it removes toxins out off our system.

5. Brighter but NOT dull skin after a month of use.

Side Effects:

1. Lagi kang gutom.

2. Frequent comfort room breaks.

3. Slight sleeping disruption.

I really like Relumins Gluta-1000 because aside from the fact that it’s effective to me and has no harmful side effects, it is also affordable at a price range of P900-1,200 for 60 capsules already. It is also halal guaranteed, meaning it is a vegan medicine.

I have tried quite a lot of glutathione capsules such as luxcent, Ishigaki, etc. and I must say that Relumins Gluta-1000 is my favorite budget-wise, effect-wise and quality-wise.

During my three months of using Relumins, I didn’t take vitamin C para mas makita ko talaga yung effect ng Relumins itself and I can say na no need na for vitamin C tablets because this gluta capsules itself is already good.

OJT Experience in DPWH Central Office 2018

Ever since I took the Civil Engineering program, I’ve always wanted to work at DPWH. Working on a government agency makes me feel like I’m contributing something for the development of our country so now that I am taking up my 5 units OJT course, I grabbed the opportunity to work here and see how this department works even if there is no allowance included.

I was alone when I took my OJT course, my friends went on another company which I will no longer mention.

Anyways, back to my story, I got accepted right after I submitted my endorsement letter and resume (that’s pretty much all they need from an OJT applicant). I was endorsed by Sir Jimmy to the Planning Services – Programming Division on July.

Our office is located at DPWH Central Office in Port Area near Intramuros, a few blocks from Manila Hotel and Philippines Ports Authority. From my school, Technological Institute of the Philippines, I just have to ride a jeep to SM City Manila then I go towards the city hall, then take the underpass then I ride another jeep with a signboard that says “Pier.”

The division that I was assigned to is the division that review the budget, communications, database of projects and other programming and computer organizing systems of DPWH.

It took them a while before they were able to assign an engineer for me to help because they were quite busy when I started. Days after, I was assigned to an Engineer II, Engr. Ray.

I struggled a bit to blend in with the people at the office at first because they seem to be all focused with their tasks and the Engineer III and supervisors are just around the office so they can’t be just chillin’ out. I was shy too because I was the only trainee in there and they don’t seem to be used to having so much trainees in the office.

During the next weeks of my OJT time, I slowly started to feel comfortable, I was given a desk and a PC to use and the engineers started to talk to me, they were all warm and friendly yet, I still felt a bit shy until they asked me to join their meeting at the Department of Budget Management (DBM) in Malacañang after our office hours.

Man, it’s so cool to enter Malacañang with a valid reason. I just watched them do their jobs and then assisted a bit. We all went there to submit the budget summary papers (it’s so thick!!) but there were a few revisions that we went there around 7PM and finished all the work around 5AM, yes, we slept there at DBM!

Honestly, I feel so lucky to be a trainee in this department. The engineers are so nice they sometimes treat me foods, share a little chit chat to make me feel comfy and it’s cool that there is another engineer at the office, Engr. Fred, who graduated from the same alma mater as me.

Anyways, enough of the personal stuff. About the work here, being someone who works on Planning Service – Programming Division exposes you to so much computer works — highly of MS Excel. Unlike the Bureau of Construction, engineers and trainees under Programming division doesn’t go out on fieldworks, they do not inspect sites or go on sites, they are the office engineers.

It’s kinda sad for me because I wanted to be exposed to construction sites too but then I’m starting to love it here so I thought I can do construction site visits to another company, SC Megaworld, to be exact since one of my mom’s friend works there as a civil engineer.

It’s cool that in DPWH, I get to expand my connections that may help me in the future when I go out there in the world of Civil Engineers. I met the Mayor of Sorsogon, Engr. Glen introduced me to him — btw, Engr. Glenn and Engr. Ray are both from Bicol so it’s really cool because they appreciate my support to mom (Leni Robredo).

Another thing, I just experienced to ride DPWH’s shuttle bus. Engr. Fred accompanied me, it only costs P5 if you’re dropping place is near and P10 if you’re as far as Cubao. It’s exclusive for DPWH employees and what’s amusing is that the system here is that once the bus arrives, all the male employees give way to the female ones and let all of them sit first before they enter, it doesn’t really matter if they’ll stand as long as all the women are comfortably sitting. Power!!!

I’ll probably write more soon about my OJT experiences in DPWH. I am yet to finish the required 240 hrs OJT time of our school so I hope to earn more experience here!