Bonchon Chicken, Stanley Chi, and SMASH on 2nd Avenue

So here goes another post from my Tumblr account. This was written on March 25, 2012. It was a Sunday and it talks about what happened to my weekend. It also features one of our visits to Bonchon and a book launching event in National Book Store in Shangri-La Mall.

If I remember it correctly,  Ino and I just celebrated our 34th monthsarry at that time. According to my blog, we weren’t able to celebrate our special day because we were both tied up with work. I was still working for Globe Telecom’s Marketing Department when I wrote this and I recalled Ino and I had a pretty different schedule back in the day. I used to work from 9 AM to 6 PM on weekdays while Ino’s schedule was from 3 PM until 12 AM on weekdays.

The advantage of Ino’s schedule was that he’s working on a flexible schedule while I don’t. He still does, but he has learned to manage his time wisely nowadays and I’m proud of him for doing so! However, I’ve never worked on a flexible time schedule and even after three years, I’m still tracking time and making the most of it. My profession is the epitome of every second counts. Looking back, it was quite a tough schedule to make it happen but we were able to make it through after three years.

I remembered that I usually stay in his apartment every other Friday to spend the weekend with him. He usually fetches me at work and sends me to his apartment in Paz Bldg. and comes back to his office after joining me for dinner. I usually wait for him in his apartment for a few hours until he arrives from work.

It says that I watched a Japanese live action series called Absolute Boyfriend (絶対彼氏。, Zettai Kareshi) the whole night. I also bought Jollibee’s Chicken Nuggets with Carrots, 2 pcs of Peach Mango Pies and a Large Ice Tea while watching the series. Jollibee was adjacent to his apartment building so buying food at that time wasn’t a problem.

Ino used to live with Wendz and Lloyd in their two-bedroom apartment in Paz Bldg. Their apartment was located at E. Rodriguez St. nearby Rizal Tech University. Ino, Wendz and Lloyd weren’t home yet so I decided to prepare for bed. I was supposed to go to bed when Ino arrived in their apartment around midnight.

The next day, Ino and I watched more episodes of Absolute Boyfriend together and then we had Chicken Nuggets, a Quarter Pounder, and a Sundae for brunch. I guess eating these much wasn’t enough because we went to Bonchon Chicken afterwards.

According to Wikipedia, Bonchon Chicken is a South Korean-based international fried chicken restaurant franchise. According to the company, Bonchon is a Korean word meaning “My Hometown.

 

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We had different foods for this particular visit to Bonchon. I don’t remember exactly if this was our first time to dine in or if it was one of those times, but all I know is that I can’t remember how these food tastes like.

I’m quite a sucker for chicken and it has always been my go-to food whenever I eat at any new restaurant. I guess, knowing that chicken is Bonchon’s specialty, I didn’t bother to try it because I know that it will still be available after a few months.

These foods are probably the food that we decided to try out because they are new and interesting. Plus, the mere idea of buying a taco in a Korean-ish fast food restaurant is pretty intriguing.

I guess, my expectations were too high because I already have an idea on what authentic Korean food tastes like. It became a let down because the dishes that we ordered were practically Americanized and they were served in a different way than I expected it would be.

I didn’t buy the taco after that but I often order their chicken chops and chicken burger whenever I feel like it. I don’t think that Bonchon is my favorite go-to fast food restaurant for a Korean quick-fix ‘though, I guess I’d rather try Honey’s Kimchi or something else.

This won’t be rated since I really didn’t intend to make a review for this one. Besides, my preferences have changed after three years and Bonchon, although not the best Korean chicken fix for me, is still one of the restaurants that we frequent every now and then.

DISCLAIMER: This blog entry is reposted for personal documentations only. Bonchon Chicken, didn’t pay me to advertise their products and services to promote or review.

If you would like me to review your products or services, kindly send me an e-mail over info@cheskinita.com


The second part of this entry is about Stanley Chi’s book launch, which also happened on the same day that we went to Bonchon Chicken. It was held at National Book Store in Edsa Shangri-La Mall on March 25, 2012.

The original plan was for Ino and I to go to Powerbooks to scout for new books to read despite the 3 books that I already bought on that payday. Since Powerbooks was too crowded and it seems like they were renovating the place or rearranging the sections of their books, Ino and I decided to go to National Bookstore to find some Young Adult books instead.

We were surprised to witness a book launching event. It was my first time to attend a book launch and I was too smitten by the crowd, the buzz and the media that Ino and I decided to stay in the event and watch the program.

It was Stanley Chi’s book launch. According to his Wikipedia, Stanley Tan Chi (born May 12, 1978) is a Chinese Filipino observational comedian, cartoonist, TV host, columnist and book author. Chi has gained an underground cult following because of his unique comedic chops. He is the columnist for FHM Philippines’ website, One Night Stan and a video blogger for Spot.ph’s Suplado in the City.

Initially, we watched his book launch because of Ramon Bautista, who was just the guy from Brewrats and a professor in UP at that time. He wasn’t a big name in the industry yet. He doesn’t have Science of Stupid yet or a self-published book. He wasn’t self-entitled yet. He was just one of the struggling comedians who has the potential to be on the mainstream TV at that time.

Ino and I were quite a fan of Mr. Bautista that at that time, we didn’t mind to wait and ask for a picture. We were actually very lucky that Ramon Bautista accommodated our request.

 

Now, back to the book launch…

The program went on. Stanley Chi introduced the band called Bakeshop and he said that one of its members used to be a member of Hale. Bakeshop performed a couple of songs, while we were interviewed by Net25. We were asked about a word that we can attribute or say to Stanley Chi.

At that time, I barely knew who Stanley Chi was and sad to say I didn’t have a way to access Google or Wikipedia at that time. As I’ve said, we weren’t really there for him, it was by chance that we actually became a part of the book launch. I really didn’t know who he was or where he became famous or why he was publishing a book.

We solely based our answer to the title of his book because that’s the only idea that we have about the guy. His book was about guys’ demeanor and I just guessed about what the content was really about (even if I’m not really sure if he was talking about being a Suplado as a person or being a Suplado only in a certain situation.)

I answered the question based on a hunch and on what the book cover says. I said that Stanley Chi is a suplado (a snob). Then she also asked Ino the same question but he was kinda clueless to who Stanley Chi was and he just said that Stanley Chi was awesome to pacify the interviewer. I guess, it’s kinda not the answer the interviewee was looking for but it’s alright because that’s what really happened.

The interviewee along with the cameraman asked another question about having Stanley Chi’s books published in print or in E-books. I really have a strong feeling about paper backs or hardbound books being published as a part of our customs and traditions. At that time, I was just starting to like E-books because it is a convenient way to read a bunch of books in one portable device.

According to my post, I answered the question with:

It’s better if it will be published in print since he can really see or know that the people are buying his intellectual property and they like it rather than publishing it through E-books.

No offense meant since a lot of people are using electronic stuff to read books nowadays.

But I figured that illegal downloading here in the Phils. is very rampant and the fact that we don’t get to stop these things from happening means that it would be difficult to weigh who likes it or not.

He wouldn’t know if people are interested in his book by buying it in stores and really taking some effort to grab it in the book stand and buy it. Instead, his books might end up downloaded through a torrent site, or it might be passed on via e-mail or stuff. We all know that it’s illegal and every book says that it shouldn’t be in anyway reproduced, imprinted or whatnot. But hey, these things happen.

If he really wants to sell his books I think he should just do both. E-books and print. Other people might buy it online but I’m pretty sure more people will prefer to just copy it or download it for free.

As a Journalism graduate and an aspiring writer, I think it would be much rewarding if people really buy his books in stores. I think it would be more fulfilling if the author can feel or witness that his books are selling and readers patronize his books because it makes sense or interesting or fun or whatever. I think it’s worth the blood, sweat and tears if he can see that his readers are really patronizing his ideas.

Soon, Tado, a comedian, came and they were fussing about him being late. It appears that he also wrote a book under PSICOM Publishing house. Oh, Suplado Tips was also published by PSICOM as well.

Then there were some guys who claim that they were professional Fliptop rappers or whatnot. At first it was kinda boring and the guy, Juan Lazy, wasn’t doing much of a good job than was expected or than his title claims.

Then, a couple of Fliptop rappers joined the Fliptop battle but it wasn’t that fun. It just became fun when the celebrities joined in and had their trial to a Fliptop battle. Tado, Stanley Chi and Ramon Bautista were cool and they were game. Though Tado told the audience that he doesn’t know what Fliptop is since he’s been away from the civilization … [sic.]

To sum it all, it was good and it was fun because Ino and I enjoyed it. 🙂


This part was basically a proof that I have a knack for showing off my talent. Please read until the end to know more about how the rest of that day ended.

We were about to go home when we dropped by SM Megamall to stroll for a while. I was supposed to just go to the restroom and do some stuff when we came across an event in the Atrium. There were sponsors and stuff in the middle space next to Gelatissimo.

Apparently, there was an audition for SMASH. I didn’t really pay much attention to the whole mechanics and stuff. Ino inquired if there were a lot of people queuing to sing or perform. The girl said there was no line and he can sing anytime or if he is ready. It was funny because they thought he will be the one who’ll sing. Well, what really happened was I just asked Ino if he can inquire for me and he did.

So, the girl asked me to sign up and asked if I want to get a make over. And I did. Honestly I just want to have a make-over and I’m not really that interested in the singing part of the audition. I know that I just got my voice back and I’m not pretty sure if I can sing high notes already.

So, since there were still a couple of girls getting their make over, and a guy was still singing on the camera, my boyfriend and I waited for my turn and we just talked. I was feeling thirsty and my throat was running dry so I asked him to buy me a bottle of water. Then I actually practiced a song with him.

I always have a hard time thinking of the right song to sing whenever I’m requested to sing. So, while practicing.. I sang Dreams by The Corrs to my boyfriend.

I was just relaxed but a little nervous. I was just doing it for the fun of it. I was just trying since there’s no harm done in trying.

So I had my make over. Then the make up artist asked me some questions while he applies make up to my face. When he asked about my job… I whispered the name of the competitor of the telco sponsor of this event. He asked how did we get to this audition and I replied with: “Actually we were supposed to go to the restroom when we saw this event and we just tried it.”

When my make over was done. The guy who guides the contestants, who looks like Slater of PBB Unlimited, talked to me and asked me about my age, and what song am I gonna sing, etc.

I sang Dreams by The Corrs and just enjoyed it. It was a fast song, well not really fast. I figured some people were singing theater songs or high pitched, ear screeching, attention getting songs. I did not do that.

So I just did my thing and I was able to get a gift pack from Smart C and 2nd Avenue.

The feedback was positive. They said that I have a beautiful voice, etc. I think they say those lines to everybody since that’s a part of their job and it will encourage the contestant to patronize their show or whatever. Or perhaps it’s just part of their job.

So, I liked 2nd Avenue’s Facebook using my Facebook account. Then I got another freebie which was a photo of me and the SMASH characters. (Sorry I wasn’t able to scan it or take a photo if it.)

It was actually nice that Ino supported me all the way even if the idea of doing it is too crazy if you think about it.

Anyway, that was my day. It kinda took me a day after I posted it but well it was really tiring. 🙂