I sent my mom to the airport late yesterday. On the way, mom was being mom, repeating the same things over and over for countless times, and I was just rolling my eyes, playing along as if I was really listening. She did say one thing that echoes hard with my personal philosophy, however – “Life is short, so live today like it’s your last, and enjoy every single moment.” I often dream about becoming financially free in less than five years. And I think these two-three weeks away from work have once again solidified how much I hate working the 9-5 (or 7-4 in my case). I hate while I am weak and recovering at home, I still need to report to my managers. I hate how I am going to the doctor’s appointment, worrying about the little dwindling sick days I have left. I hate how now I used up all my sick days (5 days a year) and had to use my paid vacations. F*ck all that sh*t, seriously. I want to be in control of my own life, and decide where and when I want to work. But at the same time, mom’s always right. While I work to expand my restaurant business and personal finance, I also need to take things slow and learn to enjoy the present.
Continue reading “Chapter 17 – Ramen Izakaya Yu-Gen 遊玄”
Hey guys. Apologies for having kept you waiting. Last Wednesday, I had the biggest surgery in my life by far – an orthognathic surgery to correct my underbite. The operation was a success, and I can say now that I have recovered well (even still far from 100%) after only a week and a half. Having said that, however, until this past Thursday, I actually still had two metal tubes stuck in my nose to stabilize the cut below the base of the nose and the upper jaw, and could barely breathe. If you had asked me how I felt four days ago, I’d have told you I feel like shit because I was waking up every 30 minutes in my sleep, and could only breathe heavily through my mouth. Anyway, fast forward to now, I dropped down from 168lbs to below 156 now, which is a surprising side effect, I guess? The doc said liquid diet will continue for another five weeks, so hopefully I don’t drop below 150 and become a week ass pu**y.
Continue reading “Chapter 16 – Menya Inshou 麵屋印象”
Jinrui Mina Menrui. The name literally translates to “All Humans Are Noodles”. Following last week’s “Osaka-style Ramen”, this week is another Osaka ramen again. Different from Araumadou however, this one is truly one of a kind, and can truly represent Osaka (even on an international stage, I believe). I remember I was on my way to a friend’s for the night. When I got off the Nanpo station in Osaka at 10pm, I saw a huge line along the wall of the station. At first, I thought it was a line for a club or something, but it turned out to be for this ramen shop! How crazy is that? I am sure you can tell from the picture already – the line was bizarreeely long. Continue reading “Chapter 6 – 人類みな麺類 Jinrui Mina Menrui”
Their go-to – 鶏そば!!
There were actually still people lining outside at 2:30pm. I had to wait til they all got in to take this pic.
Aside from the go-to chicken soup, they also have a creamy chicken version. I also recommend the mixed soba (まぜそば)
Continue reading “Chapter 1 – 三歩一 Sanpoichi”