Tuesday, July 17, 2018


When it comes to food, my family's top 2 favorites are:  Filipino comfort food and Japanese.  We've already tried quite a number of Japanese restaurants and we keep coming back to those that suit our palate.

But Ramen Houses are yet to be explored by our family.  We are not actually BIG fans of ramen. Or maybe... we have not discovered yet, the type of Ramen that is... in the dialect "pasok sa aming panlasa"!  


So when I got the invite to do a review of Octoboy in Tomas Morato, I agreed right away. One, its Japanese. Two, it would be interesting to give my teens alternative japanese food choices, that we don't usually order.  And this is our honest Octoboy experience!

We got all excited when we saw the restaurant's interior. It kindda set up the mood for an afternoon of good Japanese food.  Check out my son, who had an awesome time doing selfies :)


TAKOYAKI - that ball shaped snack made from wheat flour, with yummy fillings and usually topped with takoyaki sauce, Japanese mayo, and bonito flakes.

Check out what we ordered below.  We liked every single one of them -- with the crusty exterior and chunks of octopus in the middle. The salty takoyaki balls blend perfectly well with the different sauces and toppings. For others, takoyaki is just a snack. But with 6 pieces takoyaki balls per serving, it is quite filling.  And oh my... my long island iced tea was the perfect partner for it!



D' BOMB - giant meaty goodness in aioli and uni sauce
there's a HAPPY HOUR promo 3-7pm 

SUSHI ROLLS AND MAKI - are my teens' ultimate favorite.  More than sashimi, they love these rolled goodies anytime of the day. In Octoboy, their sushi rolls and maki come with a twist. 

SALMON UNIABURI - salmon roll torched, with uni sauce then topped with chorizo bits
Chicken ass with garlic cloves


SALMON CEVICHE - salmon sashimi topped with Ikura, sauteed garlic and 
wakame in a gochuchang sesame sauce. Reminds me of the maui-ahi poke 
that we do at home :)

TANTANMEN - with chasu pork, ground pork, black fungus, spring onion
and Taiwan pechay. It was super SPICY. But surprisingly my son liked it!



Monday, July 2, 2018


I have been married for 18 years now... and I must admit, there were a couple of times that money was the subject for major arguments.  Husbands and wives will agree with me, that if you don't create a financial plan as a couple, you will have a hard time surviving your marriage. 


Because we live in a society wherein: 
  • it is believed, that you are not only married to your wife/husband, but you are also married to your wife's/husband's relatives!
  • it is expected that you help your family (to some extent even distant relatives) financially out of utang na loob

If you want to eliminate financial stress, and achieve marital bliss you must remember:

Money matters are important things to be discussed between husbands and wives. I will always joke my husband -- hey, this is my rule -- "ang pera mo, pera nating dalawa. Ang pera ko, pang shopping ko"

We try as much as we could to discuss finances lightly. And to some extent, he agrees to my rule. Only because he knows, that i am kuripot.  So in reality, the rule becomes, "ang pera mo, pera nating dalawa. Ang pera ko, sa savings ang punta"!

That makes sense right?

It is also vital that husbands and wives know their financial responsibilities. My husband takes care of the bills. I take care of the grocery. We both contribute for mortgage. And since I earn more, I also take care of the teens' tuition.

That's another thing... if in case the wife earns more than the husband, the husband shouldn't feel insecure.  Because marriage is teamwork.  

We have also accepted our strengths and weaknesses when it comes to money. My husband is not a good saver. So, I am the designated taga-ipon.  I have the tendency to be super stingy, so Mr.Wise constantly reminds me to, once in a while, enjoy what I worked hard for.  That is our life's balance :)

Money Matters 101 from Mrs.Wise:

Make a budget.  You must set aside a specific amount for different expenses. Always prioritize payment for bills, tuition, mortgage, insurance.  These are non-negotiable expenses!

Save save save!   If you don't get the savings out of the way, chances are, there will be no more money left to be saved. And this is our formula.

Debt is allowed for acquiring assets. It is ok for mortgage or insurance or UITFs, because after you have paid it off, you will benefit from it.  You will reap financial rewards and security after you have paid it off. In mortgage, the property now becomes and investment. Same with insurance or UITF's.

Debt is also ok if you are purchasing an investment. Debt is definitely NOT OK to buy, cars,luxury travels, gadgets, shopping, etc. Debt can sometime trigger stress if you don't manage it well.

Always have an emergency fund.  And this is our formula for all the BREADWINNERS.