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REVIEW: Yi Fang Taiwan Tea’s Pearl Milk drinks in Manila

I went back to trying milk tea beverages again and I have a new list of milk tea source to try and on my number one is the Yi Fang Taiwan Tea. I haven’t heard of this source since the middle of this year and now I’ve been receiving quite a lot of requests for me to try it.

Of course, as most people know, I’m a milk tea enthusiast and Yi Fang is known for their fruit tea so as early as now, I want to tell you guys that this review will just be about my thoughts on their milk, tea and milk tea related products. Here’s their menu:

It’s a rainy season and I don’t really have much time to go out so I ordered Yi Fang beverage through GrabFood.

I was confused of what to order from their menu because I wanna try their milk tea and I don’t know which one is more of a milk tea from their menu, is it the Brown Sugar Pearl Milk or the Brown Sugar Pearl Tea Latte?

The first one feels like just milk to me, it doesn’t have tea in its name and the second one gives me a second thought too because it has latte in its name, I’m afraid I’ll spend my P120 for a coffee tasting drink but how can we find out if we won’t try?

I ordered Yi Fang’s Brown Sugar Pearl Milk for P120 at medium size.

Packaging? It’s cool that their cup seal is not pure plastic but more of like paper/plastic hybrid? I think it decomposes faster than the pure plastic cup seal.

By the way, I no longer use plastic straws because I am one with the movement to stop using it to protect the sea turtles who get harmed for every plastic straw disposal that we do. Save the turtles!

Going back, I have tried quite a lot of Brown Sugar flavored milk teas and I must say that Brown Sugar flavor is basically arnibal of the usual street taho and Yi Fang’s Brown Sugar achieved the fine taste of arnibal. Kudos to that. The pearls of this drink are smaller than the usual milk tea pearls, it reminded me the taho’s little sago.

Moving on to the drink’s base, I must say that it’s pure creamy and pure milk. Imagine putting a California Sunshine fresh milk on a glass with pearl sago soaked in arnibal. That’s the Yi Fang’s Brown Sugar Pearl Milk.

On another day, I thought of giving this milk tea source another chance so I tried their Brown Sugar Pearl Tea Latte for P120 at medium size too.

I was nervous because I was expecting for the worst that it might taste like a coffee based drink but upon taking a sip of it I was shook because it was the taste I was expecting.

IT IS NOT COFFEE!! Yes!

I was relieved. Its base doesn’t taste like just milk anymore, it had that leafy taste and of course, their chewy sweet pearls that tasted like arnibal were still there. Yum.

Their milk tea base really had a legitimate leafy tea and I can guarantee that it is not just from a powder like the low quality milk tea sources. It’s an authentic milk tea so it’s a thumbs up for me.

However, I didn’t see anything special on their drinks and it’s not something that I would really recommend. It’s something I can describe as legit milk tea, chewy sweet pearls, cool packaging but it’s just okay. Nothing very special.

Anyways, their specialty naman is fruit tea which is I’m not a big fan of so if you’re a milk tea lover, I can’t really say Yi Fang is an amazing try but we all have our own taste, yah?

I’ll continue to try their other milk tea related beverage and update this post tho.

Tell me what you think about it on the comments below.

Summary:

Taste: 3/5

Price: 3.8/5

Packaging: 4.5/5

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REVIEW: Shabu Yaki Samgyeupsal in Malate, Manila

Me and my friends decided to find a samgyeopsal place around Ermita after we filed our PRC board examination requirements in Robinson’s Manila. We were suppose to go on GoKizip but we decided to try a new samgyeupsal place — then we found Shabu Yaki located in Remedios St. just near the Remedios circle.

Price

We just paid P900 for our PRC filing so we didn’t want to spend so much again and it’s so nice that the unlimited pork samgyeupsal in this restaurant is just P399. Way better than the normal P500 samgyeupsal price. Not bad! (8.5/10)

Meat

For P399, we really did expect to be served with only the plain flavored pork meat. We aren’t big fans of marinated samgyeupsal meats though because it tastes like either barbecue or tapa or tocino. Shabu Yaki’s plain meat was kinda thick. It ain’t like the common samgyeupsal bacon thin slice ones, it was more of like half of pork chop slice kind.

Usually, thick cuts of meat make me dizzy, nakakaumay, but then this one is different. Despite that it was kinda thick, it tasted and felt the same as the normal samgyeupsal pork meat. Actually, I appreciate its slice thickness because I get to munch the meat more and taste the pork better than thin strips. Sakto lang yun thickness niya, imo. (8.5/10)

Sides

Usually, I don’t pay attention to sides because I only get to like 2-3 side dishes served on every samgyeupsal place I tried but man, I loved almost all the sides of Shabu Yaki. As in!

They have some good tasting Kimchi (quite spicy) according to my friend who’s a critic of Kimchi sides. They have my favorite ssamjang sauce — a samgyeupsal won’t be a samgyeupsal without it! They also have unlimited rice as part of their sides.

Then for the rest, they served cripsy kangkong (I’m not quite sure if it’s kangkong or some other cripsy greens), upo in some korean sauce, crispy soybeans in soysauce, spring onion in korean sauce, fresh lettuce, tofu with vegetable soup and steamed egg. I think the only downside is they didn’t have juice or Iced tea included to ease your umay lol.

But man, I really liked almost all their sides but of course, I stopped myself from eating all of it because I have to enjoy the meat and kailangan natin sulitin ang unli pork!! (9/10)

Place

The place isn’t as fancy as Romantic Baboy or the other finer samgyeupsal place but I think good samgyeupsal servings are found on Shabu Yaki kind of restaurant which are less fancy. I think the owner has a Korean blood and I think the simplicity of the place is something she adapted from the native Korean restaurants so I won’t be saying it’s bad. They are air conditioned tho! (7.8/10)

Service

There are like two staffs if I remember correctly and there were only three tables occupied including us when we arrived at the place. They are very accommodating, I commend them for that, they also respond quickly and are polite compared to other samgyeupsal places with grumpy staffs more like because it’s tiring to serve samgyeupsal customers who have a lot of requests ( I understand that ) but I really commend those who can manage the stress. (9/10)

All in all, I will definitely come back and recommend this place. It’s not quite known but it’s really a good food place.

Is SOGIE Equality Bill an EQUALITY bill or an LGBTQ+ special treatment bill?

💡 FUN FACTS ABOUT SOGIE EQUALITY BILL!

Based on the SOGIE Equality Bill authored by Risa Hontiveros (read here), this bill isn’t just about letting the transgenders use the female’s comfort room. SOGIE Equality Bill is an EQUALITY bill and not an LGBTQ special treatment bill so please CALM YOURSELF DOWN and continue reading first.

SOGIE Equality Bill authored by Sen. Risa Hontiveros

I understand the uproar of some regarding the SOGIE Equality Bill being pushed in the senate recently. People are talking about Gretchen Diez controversy, perverts to take advantage of this law to sneak into women’s comfort rooms and practice immoral acts.

But can we look at the bigger picture? Nothing’s perfect so is every law.

One example is the law prohibiting the selling of firecrackers. Yes, it will raise safety among people, protect people and lessen accidents, casualties and fatalities involving firecrackers but what about the people who have firecrackers as their business? What about the Filipino tradition of using firecrackers to celebrate occasion and new year? What about the preservation of our tradition and culture? Trashed.

Just think about that. Every law will affect something, it’s inevitable.

Now, why don’t we focus on what SOGIE Equality bill contain and what and who does it want to protect? Discriminated LGBT members and everyone.

• SOGIE Equality Bill (formerly Anti-discrimination bill) was first filed by late the Sen. Miriam Defensor Santiago, though it failed to pass several senate hearings, the senators continued to revise the said bill. Sen. Risa Hontiveros renamed it SOGIE Equality Bill after such revisions, however, the content seemed the same but contained a finer protection of the LGBTQ.

Kung baga, Miriam’s ADB was written to protect everyone from all kinds of discrimination (race, age, gender, ethnicity etc) equally at 100%, Hontiveros’ SOGIE Equality Bill was written to protect the LGBT majorly, and nadamay lang yung other forms of discrimination (race, age, gender, ethnicity etc) sa bill.

• Today, Sen. Risa Hontiveros is the author of the second version of bill and are backed up by Kaka Bag-ao, Geraldine Roman and Emmeline Aglipay-Villar (who are the authors of the other version of the bill). The other version of the bill is I think what most people are scared of as it was specific-SOGIE (more of LGBTQ protection) while Hontiveros’ version is more comprehensive as it protects everyone not just the LGBTQ+.

Read the House of Representstive’s version here.

Read Risa Hontiveros’ version here.

•President Rodrigo Duterte and Vice President Leni Robredo both support the passing of the anti-discrimination bill.

President Duterte and VP Leni Robredo are both lawyers, isn’t that enough credential for you to consider listening to their opinions about this? Ever wonder why they both support the passing of this bill? Partida, pula at dilaw na yan.


This bill gives everyone, regardless of sex, race, age, class, status, ethnicity, color, sexual orientation, political and religious beliefs, ethnicity and gender identity, the right to be free from any form of discrimination as stated in Section 2 of the bill.

Let’s begin with making the readers understand a bit more of the purpose of this bill.

WHAT DOES THAT MEAN?

— these are based on my understanding of the proposed bill and I decided to set examples of cases in order to define the function and fundamentals of bill in a less jargon way.

Disability: You’re an HIV+ girl who actually earned the virus from your HIV+ birth mother. You’re decent and all. This law will protect you from being discriminated and all the stigma.

Sex: If you’re a woman, qualified, and you want to be a courier rider (common job of men), a company shouldn’t prohibit you from being hired just because you’re a woman.

Race/Color/Ethnicity: You’re an aeta and you want an access to good education but a scholarship grant wasn’t given to you despite that you’re qualified just because you have dark skin, accent or you’re from a native race. That’s violation of law.

Age: You’re around 60s yet you’re still fit, qualified and you want to work and keep earning money. A company shouldn’t reject you with just the reason of because you’re old.

Class/Status: You’re from the lower class yet you’re qualified for the job position, a firm puts you at a lower position just because you’re from the lower class, that will be against the law.

Sexual Orientation/Gender Identity: You’re gay but you have full heart in joining the military reservist. Being prohibited from joining the training just because you’re gay will be against the law.

Political Beliefs: You’re a <politician> supporter and your boss fired you because he doesn’t like <the politician>. With SOGIE Equality bill, that will be against the law.

Religious Beliefs: You’re a muslim and despite that you’re doing well and all decent, you get fired because your bosses/colleagues have different religion. That will be against the law.


Moving to another point, what is discrimination?

Discrimination: the unjust or prejudicial treatment of different categories of people or things, especially on the grounds of race, age, or sex.

Does anyone want to be discriminated? NO. Do you want to be discriminated? I’m sure not.

This law will not just protect the LGBTQ+ community from discrimination, it will protect EVERYONE from discrimination, including you.

Most people think it is a bill specially made for the LGBTQ+ but you know why this mindset is so vibrant in this issue? Because it’s the LGBTQ+ who gets the strongest and loudest discrimination + the SOGIE (acronym for Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity Expression) on the bill’s title makes it sound like it’s made only for the LGBTQ when in fact, the content of the bill shows that it covers all.

Kapag bakla wala ng future, kapag tomboy hanggang diyan nalang. Bakit may ganitong discrimination? Does being a part of LGBTQ+ make you less?

It will NOT oppress people and make the LGBTQ+ any special. Again, it’s an EQUALITY bill not LGBTQ+ special treatment bill. It’s just treating the LGBTQ+, the elderly, all the races, all the social and everyone equally. That’s the whole point of this law so what do we have to lose?

Ang problema kase sa inyo naniniwala kayo agad sa mga FB post derogating this bill. Kesyo this bill will oppress the people or this bill will promote immorality. No, it’s not like that. It is more than just that.

But to clarify things up, I personally would like to suggest to push for the Anti-Discrimination Bill first before the SOGIE Equality specific bill because who knows, ADB can resolve discrimination issues towards LGBTQ already which may give us the conclusion that we no longer need the SOGIE specific bill. You know what I mean? Plus the fact that our country is majorly composed of catholics (conservatives), I think it would be easier to push SOGIE Equality specific bill if Anti-Discrimination bill gets passed as a law.

Again, in my opinion, as an LGBTQ+ advocate and supporter, I don’t see anything wrong with this bill but speaking as a centrist who considers the other side who aren’t much ready to have a law for the LGBTQ, then I guess it’s the best to pass the ADB before the SOGIE Equality bill. That would be the best solution.

Then again, this write up is just composed my thoughts, as centrist and a normal Filipino citizen, about this issue. Tell me what you think about it.

Read the official SOGIE Equality Draft here.

Top Branded Milk Tea Sources in PH 2019

Since like 2015 I’ve been drinking different kinds of milk tea from different sources, even before milk tea was a thing. I started with Ochado in Cavite, idk, if you guys know that milk tea source.

Anyways, just today, I felt like I have to make this “top” milk tea blog post to guide those newly milk tea lovers out there.

I wrote this impromptu so I MIGHT forget some other milk tea brands on my list but more likely they’re not that good because if they are, I will remember.

So after years of tasting, these five sources made it to the top of my list.

1. Dakasi

2. Macao Imperial Tea

3. Affinitea

4. CoCo Fresh Tea and Juice

5. Happy Lemon

6. I Love Milk Tea

7. D’Cream

8. Tiger Sugar

9. Chatime

10. Gong Cha

11. Moonleaf

12. Zentea

13. Serenitea

14. Infinitea

15. Happy Cup

But of course, I won’t just list it down for y’all. Let me share a little commentary about those branded milk teas listed above.

1. Dakasi – God tier milk tea source. Their Okinawa Milk Tea is the mother of milk teas. The perfect blend of creaminess and leafiness. Hindi nakakaumay sa tamis. They have wide variation of milk tea flavors and drinks too.

2. Macao Imperial Tea – Another God tier milk tea source. Sinong milk tea lover ang hindi nasarapan sa Cheesecake and Pearl Milk Tea nila? Nobody. Their CPMT is just so unique, they’re the first one to put out this flavor. Trademark. Their other drinks are legit too. You can taste the brewed leaves from their milk teas, dahon kung dahon. Quality drinks and wide variety of flavors available. If you don’t like it then raise your standards. Char.

3. Affinitea – Top tier milk tea source. Their Dino Milk Tea with Nature Salt & Cheese, Oreo Milk Tea with Cream Puff and even their basic milk tea called Premium Milk Tea are just perfect. They have so many rare unique flavors and that’s what makes them make it to the top tier list. Their milk teas are also of good quality. Dahon kung dahon never powder.

4. CoCo Fresh Tea and Juice – Another top tier milk tea source but I won’t say it’s because of their Panda Milk Tea or 2 Ladies drink which goes usually in front of their menu list. Their best drink is Salty Cream Milk Tea, a unique milk tea mix that equalizes the saltiness, leafiness and creaminess at the same time. I have to say that they might be the mother of all salty cream/rock salt cheese/cream topped milk teas. Just smooth.

5. Happy Lemon – This is where the mid tier begins. Happy Lemon has wide variation of milk tea flavors and their milk tea bases are also of good quality which enables them to fight but I have to say that they’re blends aren’t that catchy to my tastebuds compared to Affinitea’s variants.

6. I Love Milk Tea – Still a mid ties to me. They have quality milk tea bases and wide variation of drinks that I’ve tried but nothing convinced me to keep going back to them.

7. D’Cream – Also a mid tier to me only because of their D’Cream special that reminds me of Dakasi’s Okinawa Milk Tea (slightly) because of it’s creaminess though I honestly think it’s too creamy that I don’t taste the tea anymore. I believe their tea aren’t that concentrated, that’s why. Their variation of drinks are also limited so yeah.

8. Tiger Sugar – An overrated mid tier milk tea that earned audience because they launched their first branch in the Philippines during the peak of milk tea’s bandwagon and trend. I have to say that their milk tea base are quality and they are the first one to have the brown sugar milk tea as their front flavor but there’s nothing really special about it. Quality milk tea though.

9. Chatime – They have quite a lot of milk tea flavors but I feel like they all taste the same. Their basic milk teas are quality but nothing is really special here.

10. Gong Cha – Low tier. Sorry. Another hyped milk tea source only because they have a lot of branch and most bandwagons and starters start here. Their milk tea base feels like a blend of diluted tea and milk tea powder to me. It’s not a real tasting milk tea (idk how to explain it) but try to taste their basic milk tea (Milk Tea and Pearl Jelly) and compare it to Affinitea’s Premium Milk Tea or Macao’s Black Pearl Milk Tea, walang panama.

11. Moonleaf – Low tier again. Only made it to the top 11 because it’s branches are always around university belts. It’s drinks are just a so-so. Not too quality drinks but pwede na.

12. Zentea – Low tier. Just like moonleaf.

13. Serenitea – Shit tier. I thought it would at least serve drinks with quality milk tea bases like Chatime despite it’s boring variety of flavors but man, their teas taste weird. Sure it’s made of brewed tea leaves but it feels like all the bases are from Earl Grey milk tea plus their flavors are so weird, have you guys tried their Black Dragon? Kill me.

14. Infinitea – Shit tier. A lower class of Gong Cha. If Gong Cha milk tea bases feels like diluted milk tea + milk tea powder to me then Infinitea is purely milk tea powder. A lot says it’s good because they have a lot of branch and starters start here and call themselves milk tea lovers. Not legit milk tea. Sorry lol.

15. Happy Cup – Shit tier. Trashy powdered milk tea hyped by its celebrity owners. Sorry.

These are all my honest reviews. If you have any questions, feel free to comment down. If you have suggestions and violent reactions then ok sure, Jan.

For more info, check out my other blogs about my milk tea reviews and recommendations. Thank you! Mwa!

REVIEW: McDonald’s Milk Tea series

McDonald’s recently released their milk tea series in line with the milk tea hype in the Philippines. They brought out two milk tea flavors in the market namely: Classic Milk Tea and Wintermelon Milk Tea, both topped with their signature vanilla sundae available both for P49.

So for those who wants an honest review. You’ve come to the right place.

Classic Milk Tea

It doesn’t taste very leafy as to what normal milk tea does but it has a very slight hint. The creaminess of the base plus the vanilla sundae topping just overshadows the legit milk tea taste making it taste more like a tea flavored milk shake.

Wintermelon Milk Tea

Ever heard of Nestea’s wintermelon milk tea? Add a little bit more sugar, crushed ice and top it up with vanilla sundae and that’s McDonald’s Wintermelon Milk Tea in a nutshell. It’s too sweet for me.

Between the two, I prefer the classic milk tea. It’s creaminess is unique and hindi nakaka-umay. Despite that it might not achieve your legit milk tea cravings or your tongue that’s used to Chatime, Dakasi or Macao Imperial Tea’s original/classic/royal milk tea beverages, McDonald’s Classic MT might give you another unique taste of beverage.

Summary:

Classic

Taste: 2.5/5

Price: 4/5

Packaging: 2/5

Wintermelon

Taste: 2/5

Price: 4/5

Packaging: 2/5

REVIEW: Meatsumo Samgyeopsal in Sampaloc, Manila

Meatsumo is located in Fusebox food park along Asturias St. in Sampaloc, Manila. Me and my friends usually go here to relieve ourselves after our thesis work in 933 Creatives or from school. It’s open until 1AM but they take last call for orders at 12mn. They also have loyalty card to be stamped during your every visit and grants you free dine in after your 10th visit.

Price.

P499 for Unlimited Pork & Beef inclusive of unlimited sides, rice and red tea. You can avail their discounted price of P449 when you arrive at 11PM onwards. Not bad! Rating: 8/10

Meat.

Meatsumo has a lot of meat variation. They don’t just offer unlimited pork belly, hence, they also offer unlimited beef varieties.

My favorite is the Beef Bulgogi and the Pork Galbi. Rating: 8/10

Sides.

I love how Meatsumo offers not just the typical samgyeopsal sides. They offer a large variety of sides (as seen on the menu) but I’m sad that they don’t have the baby potatoes. Their lettuce are always served green and fresh tho. All their sides are unlimited including their rice so make sure to make the most of it! My personal favorites are the steamed egg, chicken karage and california maki. Chicken karage are like chicken balls, kinda heavy on your stomach so make sure you enjoy your unli beef and pork first before the sides! Rating: 7.5/10

During our first try here we finished 42 plates of meat. Wew! Hello fats.

Place.

The place is just small as it is inside a food park. It can accommodate approximately 20-25 people. They have the exhaust tubes to keep the smoke from swarming the small place though. They also play KPOP music videos on their LED screen, mostly old school KPOP like 2NE1 (fave!), BiG BANG, Psy. Rating: 7/10

Service.

The waiters and waitresses are very accommodating and warm, I’ll give them that. We usually go here around 10PM or later and it’s nice how the crews are still attentive and all smiles during that time of the busy day of a samgyeopsal place. I’m thinking maybe they’re trained to be that accommodating because they are located beside Samyupsalamat and the competition is tough. Rating: 8.5/10

REVIEW: Saangyeopsal in Xavierville, Quezon City

This isn’t my first samgyeopsal but this will be my first review of a samgyeopsal place. I’ll be trying more samgyeopsal restaurants and write about it so you guys can have a guide to the best samgeyop places.

I rate the samgyeopsal restaurants based on the varieties of their side dishes, meat, price and service.

I’ll start with Saangyeopsal restaurant in Xavierville, Quezon City. It’s about 10 minutes away from UP Town Center.

Price.

P399/head for Unli Pork

P449/head for Unli Pork and Beef

It’s price is kinda normal for a samgyup resto but worry not, they offer a lot of promotions and they are also offering discounts through metrodeal and their fb page. Rating: 8/10

Meat. I love that they offer different varieties of meat in here aside from the plain pork belly. They have four kinds of pork meat: bulgogi marinated, salt n pepper, fermented anchovies marinated and of course, the plain. My favorite is the bulgogi marinade. Rating: 8/10

Sides. They offer unlimited typical samgyeupsal sides like cheese, lettuce, drinks (iced tea or lemonade, depends on what is available), kimchi, baby potatoes and of course, rice. Their sides are all good but I didn’t like their baby potatoes bery much because it’s kinda grainy when its texture should be just smooth and sweet. All sides are unlimited once you avail their unlimited pork or unlimited pork and beef tho. Rating: 7/10

Place. This samgyeop place opens at 3PM until 1AM. It isn’t as big as Samgyupsalamat or the other well established samgyeopsal places. Actually, it’s just a small restaurant along the Xavierville street. I think it can only accommodate 20-25 people inside and another 15 people outside the restaurant. The small place is cute tho and you can have nice pictures outside because they have this led Saangyeopsal light and pink vending machine door. Rating: 6/10

Service. The restaurant is just small and seems like it’s just starting business so I really won’t expect a fine dining kind of service. There are just two crews assisting us the time we went there. Despite that they were attentive, they sometimes forget what you requested so you have to remind them again. I think it’s fine because they’re also humans and having so much ordered to entertain is kinda confusing like kuya one rice po, kuya another plate of bulgogi, kuya iced tea pa po, kuya isa pang plain and bulgogi, kuya tissue please. Rating: 6/10