8 (Sun) June 2014
at Ajisen Ramen
-Ermita, Manila, Metro Manila, Philippines-
After sitting on my ass all day yesterday (see previously 5.153 Grilled Fish), I did get to dive. I took the introductory Discover Scuba Diving course, which provided about a half-hour of instruction – on the boat, on the way (ideally, it should be back at the resort, in the confined/controlled environment of the swimming pool – then 2 dives, each about 40 minutes in duration, maximum depth 5 meters. Actually, they broke the rules in letting me go down to 28 meters so that I could see The Cathedral, a stone cross blessed by Pope John Paul II, on his visit to the Philippines in 1981, for the purpose of dropping it into the ocean at Anilao; 30 years later, the cross is now covered in coral, very cool.
Unfortunately, I didn’t get shots of me in the water. Maybe next time.
I believe that I’ve found a new hobby.
Try Every Restaurant in Robinsons Place (TERRP) (56)
In Manila through October under my current consultancy contract with WHO, living above Robinsons Place, I’ve been eating my way through all the restaurants in the mall.
(For additional restaurants, see TERRP.)
Henceforth, I’ll take them as they come, no more pushing the agenda; if I don’t finish, oh well.
Ajisen is a Japanese restaurant chain. Established 1968 in Japan, now over 800 locations around the world. Specializes in tonkotsu ramen.
Kakuni is a Japanese pork dish. Consists of pork belly braised in soy sauce, dashi, sake, mirin, sugar, and other seasonings, cooked for hours until completely tender. Sliced and served as served as a stand-alone dish or as a topping for other dishes, like ramen.
The kakuni ramen was pretty good. Deep rich luxurious pork broth. Respectable noodles, if somewhat bland. The aspect that I didn’t like about the dish was the kakuni, which had been overcooked to the point of being mush. In any case, the noodle soup was just the thing to warm me up after a morning in the ocean.
(For more details re foods, see FOODS : WORLD)
(For more details re venues, see RESTAURANTS : PHILIPPINES)