Wednesday, May 6, 2020

Day 3: Ippudo Ramen Restaurant, SM Hypermarket and Paradise Dynasty Dim Sum

22nd November 2019 (Friday)

After waking up this morning, my interest in going to Intramuros has more or less dissipated. Instead, as I laid in bed I was thinking whether I had enough cash to treat the younger sister of a new staff member, RM, to a dinner as I would be meeting her to collect some items to be brought to her sister in PNG.

I could not remember seeing any money exchange centre at MOA. I went online and searched for one nearby. It showed that there was a money exchange office near the intersection of the canal with Diosdado Macapagal Boulevard, close to the south bank of the canal (parallel to Bradco Avenue). It was at an unlikely place since it was not a shopping area. Nevertheless, I decided to check it out. My hunch was correct. There was no money exchange office there.

I then decided to walk back and to proceed to MOA. I would look for Ippudo ramen restaurant for my lunch.

In order to navigate MOA in a systematic manner to find Ippudo Ramen restaurant, I entered MOA through the south wing, and without walking left or right, walked towards the rear. Near the rear, I found Ippudo ramen restaurant. It was not hard to find at all.

The Shiro Ramen was okay, but certainly not as good as Ichiran in Osaka. It was in fact average and at Php495 (about ¥1,050), it was even more expensive than ramen at touristic area in Kyoto or Osaka. Ichiran ramen at Dotonbori in Osaka was only ¥890.

After my lunch, I went to SM Hypermarket. The night earlier, I went to the fruit section only. Today, I would explore the whole of this large hypermarket. In the process, I bought a pack of powdered milk, chips and Chicharon before returning to the apartment.

Back at the apartment, I finalised with RM my appointment to meet with her younger sister. It was before 5:00 p.m. when I met her. After getting the items for RM, I invited her for dinner. At first, she declined saying that a friend was waiting for her. However, I told her to invite her friend along.

Both of them were planning to go to a dim sum restaurant. Since I love dim sum, I told them that I would like to try the dim sum too. Paradise Dynasty Restaurant was situated at Conrad Hotel. It was just about to open for business at 6:00 p.m. when we arrived and we ordered several types of dim sum and drinks. Well, dim sum from Dynasty Restaurant in Port Moresby was better. Fortunately, I was able to use my credit card to pay for the dinner which cost me Php2,420. We parted ways after the dinner.

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