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A Young Doctor’s Notebook: Gross, Funny, Beautiful

I know I haven’t posted in a long while but one show has awakened the blogger in me and simply begged to be shared. This show is nothing short of awesome. Funny, dark, gross and intense. It’s 20-odd minutes of great acting by none other than Don Draper and Harry Potter themselves.

A Young Doctor’s Notebook is a mini-series adapted from Mikhail Bulgakov’s collection of short stories, A Country Doctor’s Notebook. The titular character is stuck in the middle of nowhere Russia where he is expected to run a hospital while barely out of medical school. His older self reminisces about the old days and pops in on the young doctor to offer…advice?

Jon Hamm plays the older doctor who sometimes torments Daniel Radcliffe (as the younger doctor) while trying to stop him from ruining his life. A couple of nurses and a Feldsher (paramedical practitioner, sort of) make the dreary Russian landscape somewhat bearable by helping the young doctor adjust. Only, at times their presence aggravates situations further (one example, one nurse constantly compares Radcliffe’s character to his predecessor, Leopold Leopoldivich, making sure to emphasize the young doctor’s shortcomings).

While trying to cope with 24 hour blizzards and patients who don’t want to be treated, the young doctor finds himself despairing his career choice and wonders how it would be like to be stripped of his degree. I highly recommend this show to my peers in med school πŸ˜‰

The show is laugh-out-loud funny and cringe-worthy gross alternately (with amputations using a blunt saw and puss squirting everywhere), and I absolutely love it! Another quirk I enjoy is the opening credits. The cast and “Previously” are in a sort-of faux Russian script. Sobrang benta :))

Anyway, here’s a brief trailer that I hope would convince you of the show’s worth.

Both Daniel Radcliffe and Jon Hamm deliver stellar performances which drive the series. I used to think Radcliffe wouldn’t ever escape his Harry Potter role, but I was wrong. He’s brilliant as the fumbling doctor trying to seem older more experienced than he really is. Watch it guys!

Late Late Late Review: Zensho (Did I mention this is late?)

Due to reasons known (school, life, work, life), I have put this review off for far too long! Let me emphasize this fact more by saying that we ate at Zensho for my dad’s birthday, which was last May 17, 2012. But, let us put my tardiness aside and focus on the yummy goodness that is Zensho.

Located in the bustling Tomas Morato, Zensho is an all-you-can-eat Japanese restaurant with a new twist. No, it’s not one of those places where you cook the food yourself. Zensho is actually a sit down (or ala carte) buffet restaurant. (Check out the map below, Zensho is the A).

That’s right, ala carte buffet. Oxymoron? Confusing? Delicious? Yes, to all three. So here’s the deal. You sit down at your table and you are given a checklist. The checklist is simply their menu. You tick off the dishes you want and hand them over to the waiter. You can even specify the number of orders per dish. Then, after waiting a while, you get served and then if you want more just ask for the list and check off some things again.

Each dish comes in a hearty serving, just slightly less than the usual short orders. Sometimes 2 dishes are combined into one plate. That’s optimization for you. Below is a photo os my favorite dish, the lamb. Yum yum in my tum tum. Needless to say, but I shall anyway, I ate a lot of meat that night. Lamb and tenderloin and teriyaki oh my!

Here’s a serving of the salmon and tuna sashimi (above) and of the ebi tempura that we probably ordered 4 of (below).

Delicious oysters smothered in cheese! Imagine getting plate after plate of this. Divine.

We ordered a lot more than I could take photos of. My family isn’t really one to stop eating just so I can snap a picture. But nevertheless, I hope I gave you a look inside Zensho. A must-try place for sure! Just be prepared to be stuffed and to gorge.

Baking with Me!

So in an effort to force me to blog more, I have installed the WordPress blog on our family iPad. Now, I supposedly wouldn’t have any more excuses. Hopefully this works out. Take this post as my test post, just to see if my plan works πŸ™‚

I have been on a baking streak recently. I used to love to bake but the products of my labors usually leave a lot to be desired. But now, I’ve come up with some treats that seem to be a hit with my friends. Truth be told I used mixes and instant things, but baby steps!

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Here are three of my concoctions. On the far left are some cookies from leftover cookie dough. Then the one in frying pan is a pan fried s’more brownie but I burnt the brownie, unfortunately. My org mates devoured it still, so no loss πŸ™‚ the last one is a slutty brownie. I’ve read a lot of posts from other blogs about this delectable delight so called because you’d feel dirty after eating it. The slutty brownie has 3 layers. Cookie dough, Oreos and brownies. I told you it was dirty. It’s so bad, it’s good.

Another cute creation is the cookie-marshmallow sandwich I made.

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If any one wants a taste, I’ll be selling the slutty brownies and the cookie-marshmallow sandwiches in school on Monday πŸ™‚ Hope people enjoy them πŸ˜„

Greenhills Shopping Haul: Cheap and Cheerful

In relation to my previous post about siopao, I wanted to share with everyone what I bought in GH. Don’t worry, I won’t be doing this everytime I go out and buy something. I just wanted to share with you the awesome bargains I got in Greenhills.

First off, it’s been a long time since I’ve been to GH to shop. Apparently, it’s been getting a face lift. There are new buildings being built and there’s central airconditioning almost everywhere! It makes shopping there so much more fun.

I love buying stuff from GH because you can haggle your way to a reasonable price. You can’t do that in malls. I don’t usually go shopping for myself because I find a lot of things overpriced these days. A shirt shouldn’t cost more than a thousand pesos and shoes shouldn’t exceed 2 thousand.

So, I was really excited to get these two items for such a bargain!

The top was only 150php and the flats were 350php. I couldn’t believe it! So with 500 bucks I was able to buy a cute summer top and a pair of flats for school.

I don’t wear a lot of heels so these flats are so handy. Being from UP means I do a lot of walking during classes so I need a pair of flats to get me through the day. Because of the “rough terrain” and the unpredictable weather in UP, I tend to murder my flats quite often. As such, I don’t want to be buying an expensive pair then end up just ruining them. These P350 flats are perfect. And so comfortable too!

I just love love love the print on this top. I’m going through an Aztec/Tribal print stage right now so this caught me eye. The loose fit is also welcome since I am not, currently, in the best shape of my life. Also, the colors are so summery! All-in-all a great find for P150.

Can’t wait to go back to GH. I kinda lost my mind in the Fabric Warehouse there. Hopefully, I find a good (and cheap) seamstress soon so I can try having some personal designs come to life.

Where are your favorite bargain shopping places?

Gastronomical Delights at Vikings

Vikings Luxury Buffet – Seaside Blvd., SM Mall of Asia
Pasay, Metro Manila, Philippines

My apologies for yet another hiatus on the blog front. I was just really really busy with summer school and my OJT (details on a separate post). Anyway, here’s a review and long-ish post about one of the popular buffets in town, Vikings!

So, the family and I visited this buffet by the sea in honor of my mom’s birthday. We had to reserve a table almost a week in advance since it was such a sought-after restaurant. Mom wanted to have a birthday lunch instead of dinner since my brother had to go to work in the evening. And because Vikings was quite a distance from our house, I decided to take the whole day off my OJT to dine here. Let me tell you, it was totally worth missing a day at the office.

Vikings is located at the Seaside Boulevard in Pasay. It’s quite near the Mall of Asia but it isn’t inside the mall itself. It’s one among the many restaurant by the bay. You have to turn into One Esplanade to get there.

By now, I’m guessing a lot of people are familiar with the “cook-it-yourself” buffet craze hitting Metro Manila. We have Yakimix, Sambo Kojin, Tong Yang, Seoul Garden and many more. These restaurants are popular because they let their customers cook their own meals on hot plates or in boiling soups right at their table.

With the advent of these kinds of buffets, regular buffets have been trying to win back the dining crowd with more selections and better food. Being a frequent visitor to Dad’s/Saisaiki/Kamayan in the past, I’ve had my fair share of buffets. Not to mention all the breakfast buffets we were wont to enjoy during trips abroad. So, when my mom told me we were going to a buffet for her birthday, I wasn’t all that titillated. Though she would go on and on about the variety and number of foods in Vikings, I dismissed it as just another buffet resto. Well, I was wrong.

For those of you who love to eat at buffets, Vikings is a must-try. I can guarantee you won’t be able to eat everything in this place in one visit. You’d need at least three or four to accomplish that feat.

Since my mom told me that they had a sushi portion, I went straight to that table as soon as we got it. I was amazed by all the colors and types of sushi available. For those who love siomai, they have a wide array of those as well. In truth, the photos I have on this post doesn’t cover even 30% of the food at Vikings. I was just a little too timid to go snapping with all the people lining up and grabbing food.

Lots of people in Vikings! Remember to reserve a table in advance!

After getting my fill of the sushi and siomai, I had my customary meat platter. This is when I don’t have anything on my plate but meat. The name kind of gives it away but I wanted to explain anyway. In order to prevent getting prematurely full, I opted to pair my meat platter with some salad and soup. Their Clam Chowder was really good though I didn’t care much for their Waldorf salad. No photos of my platter with all the meat in it though. I kinda forgot all about taking pictures once I was on a bingeing roll. Anyway, I got a few slices of lamb, roast beef and tenderloin. Mom said they served the big steaks during dinner but the lamb was plenty enough for me. I paired them with some Mushroom Sauce. The roast beef was a bit of a let down, though. It was quite dry, even smothered in sauce. The tenderloin was a little under cooked but my dad went back to the lamb and tenderloin station to have it cooked again. Oh, I forgot to mention that these were cooked on site, or while you wait. You can also do the same for seafood. So, it’s kind of a hybrid of the cook-it-yourself and regular buffets.

After delighting in my meat platter, I went and got some oysters as a light intermission plate. Yes, they have oysters! Delicious! One tip I’d like to share with you if you’re thinking of going to Vikings is to first go around the whole restaurant before grabbing a plate. And I mean AROUND the restaurant. This would give you an idea of what you want to eat and what the whole restaurant has to offer. I thought I did this the first time but I kept finding new tables and new food every time I got up. Needless to say, I missed out on a lot of the food because I didn’t explore enough. No matter, if I ever come back I’d know where to head to.

Didn’t get to try these! Didn’t see them right away:(

They have a wide array of food available. They have dishes from Japan, China, Thailand and (if I’m not mistaken) Malaysia. Filipino dishes are also present and accounted for. So, pick your battles and just get the food you’d really really want to try. Vikings does charge 100php/100g of unfinished food.

After I got my fill of the delicious main courses, I headed on over to the dessert section. I was amazed with the sheer number of desserts there! They had not one but three fondue fountains; one chocolate, one ube and one strawberry.

They had around 9 flavors of ice cream and a yogurt dispenser (vanilla and strawberry flavored). I went with the yogurt and some cakes. I suggest you visit the dessert section at the very end of your meal. That’s because the moment you see the desserts, you’d want to get in there right away. Only meander that way when you’ve had your fill of the other dishes.

I’d definitely come back! Even just to sample more of the food that I passed over. Here are some tips I’d like to hand out for those who want to visit Vikings.

TIPS:

1) Reserve a table at least a week before you intend to visit.

2) If you’re about to celebrate your birthday, do it at Vikings! Birthday celebrants dine for free! Just make sure to bring proof of your birthdate (e.g. driver’s license).

3) Buffet Rates: WEEKDAYS: Lunch – 688php | Dinner – 888php

WEEKENDS/HOLIDAYS: Lunch & Dinner 1,088php

*Dinner serves Angus Beef.

4) Just get food that you really want to try. Don’t just fill your plate with everything you see. Remember, they charge 100php/100g of leftover food.

5) Do a whole circuit of the place before filling your plate. Know every dish available and select the ones you’d like to eat.

Movie Review: 50/50 (Why It’s Good Company on a Rainy Night and Nothing More)

Since I’ve been watching a lot of movies lately (and have the thirst for doling out my opinion) I thought I’d post some movie reviews. Take note that I am not a film nut or a film student so themes and symbols may fly right over my head. Do not expect in-depth analyses on movies. Instead, expect lighthearted recommendations and thoughts. Also, I tend to judge movies on their (supposed) purpose. For example, if a comedy makes me laugh then it’s a good movie. If a horror-drama-action-thriller makes me laugh…well, expect some scathing remarks.

The first movie up for review is 2011’s 50/50.

It’s a small-budget film (based on a true story) about a young professional, Adam (Joseph Gordan-Levitt), who finds out he has cancer. Throughout the film, we see him struggle to accept an impossible fate. He meets a pair of elderly gentlemen who also have cancer and who takes him through the ropes of chemotherapy. His bestfriend tries to get girls by overplaying his disease and his girlfriend cheats on him with an older man. Adam also meets a psychiatrist who is younger than him and becomes his confidante.

True to the movie’s title, 50/50 is 50-50 for me. It’s not terrible but it’s nothing special either. The film has a quirky plot line and fun dialogue but there wasn’t anything that made me gasp or cry. You’d think that with a main character facing death, you’d have grand adventures or a bucket-list-type of film. Instead, 50/50 delivers a simple yet poignant view into accepting one’s fate and facing one’s fear of the unknown. The romance “twist” I spotted 20-30 minutes into the movie. There’s nothing surprising here but it’s a feel good movie worthy of a bag of chips and a comfy pillow.

There is a scene though that made my heart twinge a bit. I don’t want to spoil it, so I leave it to you guys to grab a copy and watch 50/50.

Top 3 Brit Show You Should Be Following

BEING HUMAN

Was supposed to postpone this post until tomorrow but I was so happy to find out that they were airing Series 4 already I just had to share πŸ™‚

Being Human is a supernatural drama about a werewolf, vampire and ghost living under one roof. The sci-fi/fantasy geek in me couldn’t resist a premise like that! Though it may sound a little hokey, the show is actually a great drama. It follows Annie (the ghost), George (the werewolf), and Mitchell (the vampire) as they struggle to live normal lives.

George and Mitchell are old friends who move into an apartment unknowingly haunted by Annie. They all become friends and try to figure out what happened to Annie, who killed her and why she was still in our world.

What follows is a roller-coaster ride of emotions from joy to devastation to anger and back to joy. It isn’t easy for any of them especially when their pasts keep coming back and ruining their attempt at a human existence.

I really love this show! The plot may sometimes go to the cliche route but there’s always a twist that keeps me coming back. And the acting! The acting is soooo good. Shout out to Russel Tovey, who plays George.

Every episode is a nail-biter and I love it! Watch it please!

PS. As always with great UK shows, there’s a US version. I’m a little tempted to try and watch it. That’s how much I love the UK version! Oh well, maybe when I’m not busy.

Edit: I just watched the first two episodes of the new season/series and OMG I’ve been crying non-stop. It’s that good! Watch eeeet!