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16 September 2011

Random Announcements: The joys of college life and graduate programs

Random Announcements
Word vomit from Tiffy

As you have noticed, from eight original foodistas, we dwindled down to two. And since Brian Ong has his own blog and cross-posting his food-related posts here is not an option, I am the only one left.

We have four manilafoodistas in med school right now, a manilafoodista working for the Department of Tourism, one who works for the Confucius Institute, and two who just graduated (one being myself). Mark Wu still blogs!

I am currently enrolled at the University of the Philippines taking up my MS Environmental Science under the Institute of Environmental Science and Meteorology (IESM). Earlier this year, I was very fortunate to have been awarded as one of three Panasonic scholars for 2012. As such, I will be studying in Japan for three years: one year as a research student, and two as a graduate student. It's a bit of a complicated process but if you'd like to know more about how graduate programs operate, the website Online Graduate Programs does a pretty decent job of explaining all the challenges involved. For my part, I enrolled in UP as a preparation for my studies in Japan next year. 

This is largely the reason why I've been so busy--I'm taking up 12 units of graduate classes so I haven't really had time to go out much. 

So now my question to you, the readers of this blog, is this: What should I do with this blog?

I will be leaving for Japan next year March. If I continue blogging here, calling myself a manilafoodista will be a misnomer. 

One of my friends suggested that I turn this blog into a travel/food/lifestyle blog for my stay in Japan. Since I'm going to live on my own, I've been playing with the idea of learning how to cook. So that can probably go in the blog too.

I was browsing the intarwebz and I learned that Yummy's September issue is on Filipino food and I've made a mental reminder to buy myself a copy. It will DEFINITELY be useful since I'll be abroad with no instant access to Filipino food. I have known fellow food bloggers who are/were affiliated with the magazine and I've always been a fan of their blogs. 

So yeah. Going back to the question, tell me what you think I should do with the blog! Leave me a comment and I'll get back to it on my next blog post. 

15 September 2011

Yoh-Gee: Frozen Yogurt

Yoh-Gee | Frozen Yogurt
September 15, 2011
A review by Tiffy

When I got back from Japan over a year ago, a lot of things were different. For one thing, my sister informed me about frozen yogurt being the "in" thing. It's healthier--less calories and all. (Note: but of course, the portion matters and so do the toppings you put there.)

And group-buying sites like Ensogo, Deal Dozen, etc etc, have sprung up too.

I usually browse through these websites for cheap food good offers. And this morning, I saw one from Deal Dozen for Yoh-Gee.

I have actually tried Yoh-Gee before (a month or so ago) and was surprised at how cheap it costs over at Deal Dozen.

One of my mom's patients gave her a couple of cups and I always just assumed that it's a homemade brand that doesn't really have a store open. My mom knew what a pig I am how much I like eating and brought them home to share with me. 

She had one bite of the mango yogurt and gave me the rest because she felt that it was too sweet and not at all sour like the type of yogurt she liked. I agree. It tasted more like frozen ice cream than frozen yogurt, which was weird because my friend Jason blogged about them and raved about the sourness of their frozen yogurt. Even Our Awesome Planet deemed it to be "one of the best premium frozen yogurts we ever tasted".

When my mom took it home, it was half-melted so we put it in the fridge. When we ate them, they were so hard that I ate the red mongo one the way I would eat a popsicle. 

I am very impressed by the range of like the fact that they have very interesting flavors (Bagoong flavored yogurt?) and I would still give it a try if I chanced upon a store. 

What about you--have you tried it? How was it? What flavor would you recommend?

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