CHEAP CHOWS | KFC Salted Egg Yolk Fried Chicken

CHEAP CHOWS | KFC Salted Egg Yolk Fried Chicken

Everytime Kentucky releases something new, I’m automatically baited — hook, line and sinker. So when I saw somewhere on Facebook that KFC’s latest concoction rides the salted egg yolk craze, I was drawn, even though I have every reason to stay away, far away from it.

One, I have long established that fried chicken is bad for me. Everytime I have the urge to eat chicken, I make sure my inhaler is at arm’s reach. Second, salted egg is high in fat and not the good kind of fat. Third, salted egg yolk fired chicken is practically eating both mother and the child. Do I possess no heart?

Well, I still made a beeline to my nearest Kentucky, so that settles that.

We went into KFC about 15 minutes before they close. We were bound for a last full show screening of Wonder Woman (yes! me and LFS’ — good luck with that) and we thought we can squeeze in a dinner to kill some time. Basically, for an additional 10 pesos a piece, the staff in KFC will bathe their spicy fried chicken with the salted egg yolk mixture. I got one leg piece, and one in original recipe, you know, for insurance, in case I don’t like it. And since they’re closing already and the precious gravy dispenser was already cleaned and tucked away, they graciously handed us a BOWL of gravy.

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Okay, so it’s not abhorable. It’s does taste vaguely like it’s topped with mushed salted egg, but the kind of salted egg that’s trying to be good for you. It lacked the saltyness you’re kinda looking for with these types of dishes. It’s okay. Or let me put it this way: It’s 10:30 at night, and it’s 3 hours past my bedtime. I’m hungry. This is pwede na.

Now, if your looking for your salted egg yolk fried chicken fix, and if this is a possible problem, I will offer you a solution.

Classic Savory Salted Egg Fried Chicken

Classic Savory – the restaurant famous for their fried chicken, added the Salted Egg Fried Chicken on their menu. The day after we had KFC, we ate at Savory because (tadaaaah) the salted egg fried chicken called from their poster mounted on their glass wall. We ordered that and with just a bite, the craving for salted egg slathered everything was satisfied. Of course, you’ll physically feel your blood pressure spiking up immediately after the meal, but it will be worth it.

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CHEAP CHOWS | KFC Sisig Rice Bowl

CHEAP CHOWS | KFC Sisig Rice Bowl

If I had to go in a food court and pick something that I know, in absolutely certainty, will bring my stomach joy, I’d beeline it to the instant sisig kiosk. Pre-chopped meat from the huge mountain of deep fried pork on display is tossed in a cup along with some minced onions and chili fingers, sprinkled with some secret powder and then drizzled with soy sauce and some magical mayo before being zapped inside the microwave for a minute. When the microwave dings, the server vigorously mix the mush altogether before dumping it beside a hot cup of rice and sprinkling it with crushed pork rinds. If you’re lucky and there’s is no line, you get a little box of instant happiness below 5 minutes.

When Kentucky (yes, in this blog, we are calling it Kentucky) announced that they were coming out with Sisig rice, I got curious. And then I asked Regina, my friend, if she tried it. Of course, she already did. And she’s said it’s good.

Regina is a friend who’s is notoriously a fan of Kentucky. She can live off Kentucky for the rest of her life. If the whole fast food industry blows up, and only Kentucky survived, she’d be perfectly fine with that. She eats at Kentucky all the time here, and makes it a point to eat at Kentucky whenever she’s overseas. Which means all the answers relating to Kentucky I get from her I take with a grain of salt.

She’s biased.
Or is it BIAS? DILAWAN? OBOSEN?

One late night at Regina’s and wanting to eat something, I caved in and ordered one for delivery. Kentucky never delivers on time, or should I say, KFC delivers on THEIR TIME. It’s been like that everytime. Our office in Shaw Blvd is a stone’s throw away from a branch and it would be faster if we walked to KFC ordered and come back to the office than wait for our food delivery. For this instance, the nearest Kentucky from Regina’s condo is a short 5 minute walk, but still it took a little under 2 hours for them to deliver the food. And at this point, I’m not surprised.

KFC Sisig rice deconstructed is fun shots with mayo and chopped leaks topped over flavored rice, with half a boiled egg. It did live up to its name — it has sisig rice, so you have to give that to them. But funshots over rice is not sisig. It’s a rice topping. And definitely, it’s not happy sisig. I finished it sure, but it’s more because it was already 10 pm and after a two hour wait, I was really hungry. And it’s just that — pwede na, paggutom.


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Life Lately | Write Well.

Life Lately | Write Well.

When I was in second grade, I had beautiful handwriting. You know why I know that? Because out 45 people in my class, I was chosen to be our class’ representative to the grade level’s handwriting competition.

I lost. I did say it was beautiful. I didn’t say it was the best.

I don’t know, but somewhere along the way, cursive writing became too tedious. My hands weren’t fast enough to catch up with my thoughts. So I resorted more and more to block letters when it comes to putting words to paper. Then I started blogging and typing and still, my wpm somehow can’t catchup to that crazy choochoo train in my brain.

In 4th year english class, in the hopes that we would be more lady-like in the convent-esque school I was attending, we were required to answer essay questions in cursive writing. I tried. I tried so hard. And I think it was too hard.

“Everybody else will write in cursive. Except Clarissa. Pag nagdikit dikit ka pa, baka ibagsak lang kita.”

Yup, it was that bad.

Over the years, I totally gave up writing in cursive. I’ve seen pretty writing on instagram and has been contented in just liking them and not actually doing them. Traumatized by my english teacher’s remarks, I have never flirted with the idea of attending workshops in calligraphy. I felt it required control, discipline in practice and steady hands — all of which are not in my arsenal. My excuse was “I like my coffee — and my coffee-laced jittery hands — to much to try that.”

I try to choose my battles.

And then we launched Kapitolyo 101, these series of workshops for urban weekend crafty adventures, and there seems to be a lot of interest in calligraphy. I’ve never attended one of those workshops, but I’ve seen some handouts lying around and I decided to give it a whirl. At this age, I just want to try anything new to keep the brain cells from disintegrating to oblivion.

Plus, calligraphy lang yan. I’ve done harder things that my 4th year high school self. Bakit ka magpapatalo sa calligraphy?

I’ve watch a Tony Robbins talk about how we learn new stuff. We don’t learn stuff out of the blue. We think we can, but we don’t. The easiest path to new learnings is to associate what you already know to stuff we know nothing about yet.

I tried it initially and my hands somewhat do not understand the concept of ordinary handwriting and modern calligraphy. I don’t know how you make thin upstrokes and thick downstroke. It’s somehow not natural for me to write that light.

And then I glanced the handout and slowly it made sense. With a very light hand, you pull the brush pen upwards and apply more pressure downwards. You don’t have to write in one continuous motion. It’s okay to break letters down. It’s alright to go slow.

And it takes practice, patience, and more practice.

I’ve moved on from brush, to felt tip brush, to nib. I’ve bought and dried up a lot of brush pens. I figured pointed pens are more forgiving for me. It’s pretty and complex and temperamental. Also, ink is inexpensive. I can write all the pretty things I want with the 200 peso seemingly bottomless jar of walnut ink.

Take that, Mrs. Gatchalian.


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Beer Tasting at Kapitolyo 101

Beer Tasting at Kapitolyo 101

Travel Factor has been in our little office space in a building in Shaw for the last 6 years. Things were accumulating and the once empty white room felt a little cramped and old. It was time for an upgrade.

We’ve spent the majority of the lean season renovating. And if you looked at the results, you can also say that it was lean season well spent.

We went for a modern urban industrial look. We have faux brick walls, painted and acrylic signs and filled the space with movable furnitures and dividers, the idea being we can alter the space based on our needs. And since we have a new welcoming space, what better way to invite people to visit us than to create workshops on weekends.

We’ve had a number of classes already, most delving into new skills and hobbies, like watercolor painting or calligraphy. We encourage ourselves to research and put up workshops we were interested in.

Of course, I had to put out a Beer Tasting workshop.

So one afternoon, I dragged J to join my beer tasting workshop and we spent the afternoon learning about beers and craft beer from Chris of the Nipa Brew Craft Beers.

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I’d say you’re quite blessed if you can get paid while drinking on the job.


Most of those who joined us signed up because they were just curious. Interested in knowing more about beer, you know, so you can more topics for idle drunk chitchat? Sign up here.

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Flashback Friday | Stumptown Coffee Roasters in Portland, Oregon

Flashback Friday | Stumptown Coffee Roasters in Portland, Oregon

Oh, Portland. Where do I start?

Just thinking about Portland brings me feelings that I can only liken to that indescribable wave of emotions that is “kilig”. I have never fallen that hard that fast with a city, that is until I met Portland.

Oh, wait I know where I’ll start — Coffee.

Coffee, the fuel to my being, is one of the MANY reasons why I wanted to go to Portland. I knew Portland has great coffee. If you google the best coffee shops in the US, majority of the list might be in Portland. It was a personal pilgrimage and I started at the Mecca, the Stumptown Coffee Roasters.

Stumptown Coffee Roasters is the first micro roaster in Portland, therefore cementing Portland’s place in the coffee lovers map. Let’s just say if you asked anyone where to get a good cup of Joe in PDX, I’d doubt that their first recommendation is not Stumptown.

I must pay homage.

I was waiting for my friend whose flying in from Canada (I’m from Manila, but was vacationing from California. She’s from Edmonton, so we say somewhere in the Pacific Northwest is halfway) and I still have a couple of hours to kill before she lands. So I headed further downtown a couple of blocks from where we were staying and visited Stumptown.

I ordered my latte and it was a dream.

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It is chic and industrial. There are exposed red bricks and wooden table and counters and drop lights. Against the crisp fall wind outside, it was warm and inviting inside. The smell of coffee embraces you. It’s everything third wave coffee shop here aspire to be but somehow never comes close to.

You know what they’re missing? Portland hipsters.

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I mean, I just love a city where they dress up like they’re going camping at any given moment.


Stumptown Coffee Roaster
128 SW 3rd Avenue
Portland, Oregon 97204

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