Wednesday, December 13, 2017

Chew Love, Tacloban

Another restaurant we went to when we were in Tacloban last month was one that we had spotted before but didn't consider because at first glance it looked like a place for younger people. Another colleague thought it looked like one of those food hubs that's now the fad around Metro Manila. It turned out many of us wanted to try it out and it helped that one of our contacts in Tacloban recommended the place.

The decor reminded me of another restaurant, Stacy's, that had that American diner feel to it.
The interior was well lighted, clean, and orderly
There are a lot of 'positive' and humorous messages posted around the restaurant that are consistent with its theme and vibes.

The menu features some interesting names for the items
Here's the rest of the main menu (there's a separate menu for drinks and dessert)
These seats are likely for waiting and not necessarily for dining.
This probably drew inspiration from the bridge in Paris that was recently rid of decades of locks attached mostly by tourists.
'Cheeky feeling'
'Love at pork sight'
'Hot chick'
'Beef mine'
Their version of the halu-halo
Sinful chocolate dessert
Chew Love turned out to be a good restaurant. Serving sizes are just right for the meals and a bit generous (indulgent) for dessert. The latter may be meant for sharing perhaps? There are two buildings where customers can be seated. They fill one first before allowing people in the other. A third building is under construction and is closest to the street. The kitchen is located at the back area of the compound. Parking is very limited so that's an issue for those bringing their own vehicles. My transport background makes me wonder how such restaurants can comply with parking requirements considering they are in clear violation of the National Building Code...but that's another story.

Sunday, December 10, 2017

Seiko Landmaster AGS One Piece Titanium

A valuable piece in my 'modest' collection of watches is this one I got from an Ebay auction. The first time it went on auction, the seller had to cancel all the bids since people seemed to be deliberately bidding low for this piece. I actually didn't know how it could be low since didn't even bother bidding for it because the price was already beyond my limit when I saw this online. Not surprisingly, it was again put up for auction a week later but this time, it seemed that the watch was not in many people's radars. I pounced at the chance and voila! I got a Seiko AGS that was something like a dreamwatch for me when I was a student in Yokohama and Tokyo in the 1990s. I couldn't afford this watch on my scholar's allowance back then and could only look at the watch on Akihabara displays not really hoping to get one some day.

This is my 5M45 or SBCW001
The watch face says it all...
The watch looks bulky but it is actually very light, thanks to its titanium body and bracelet.
Side view showing the  power reserve button at 2 o'clock
I had to get good lighting to have a good photo of the back where you can have some details etched on the titanium
Here's another shot of the back in better (day) light

The original watch had a 7-day power reserve based on the original capacitor. I haven't used the watch for more than a week now and its still running and the indicator goes to the maximum 7 days. My conclusion was that the seller already had the capacitor changed on the watch now has the more advanced 14-day capacitor. Unlike my other Kinetic watch, this one doesn't stop to hibernate so I wanted to continue to observe its charge limit until I checked the specs provided by the seller. It confirmed my suspicion that the capacitor had been changed and the watch now has  6-month power reserve. I am very happy with this watch that keeps good time and something I can wear rain or shine, in storms or in the water (20 bar or 200m water resistance and a screw crown), in hot or cold weather. It kind of reminded me of my marriage as we celebrated our 15 years last week. :)

Thursday, December 7, 2017

Olma Caravelle Automatic 41 jewels

I got this watch from an online shop selling vintage or old watches. I did a quick research on it and the brand before getting the watch. Olma is an old Swiss watch maker that made nice automatic and hand wind watches. Many articles I've read about Olma state that it was popular in the Philippines during the 1960 and 1970s along with a couple other Swiss watch brands - Titus and Tugaris. This was perhaps due to these brands producing relatively inexpensive but good quality watches. By "relatively inexpensive" here, I am comparing them to the more pricey brands like Rolex, Omega, Longines and Tudor, which were popular but beyond the budgets of most people.

This watch kicked off my current fascination for vintage watches
The face had a mat finish and the brand name and logo seems to have survived the 'ravages' of time or corrosion. The model name is almost gone and you can barely see the 'Swiss Made' inscription at the bottom of the face.
The case shows some polishing (the seller probably did this to make it more attractive to prospective buyers) but the typical wear and tear are evident. The watch crown is somewhat unique.
The back shows an embossed sailing ship - a caravel
The movement
A close-up of the movement before I had the watch serviced. Unfortunately, they finished before I came back for it and had already sealed the watch so I wasn't able to take a photo of the "after".
At the back of the cover are etchings indicating the case to be a super compressor. This is an indicator of high quality found in many top brand Swiss watches.
The watch is currently with my brother. My father tried it on but observed that it stopped many times. The watch is both manual and self (automatic) winding but I guess its movement may already have some problems in the first place. My brother told me he will have it checked with another serviceman. It's not easy to find a good one who is trustworthy with these kinds of watches so hopefully he finds one and is able to have it fixed.