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Thursday, January 2, 2020

Yakikai Japanese-Korean fusion Buffet Restaurant

January 02, 2020 0 Comments

Tucked away from the busy flow of Quezon City urban hustle, you can find the newly opened Japanese-Korean fusion restaurant, Yakikai Buffet Restaurant located at Scout Lascano St., a former dwelling that was renovated to seat 150 people dining, there’s also parking space for patrons with vehicles and a stone away from Starbucks if you’re up for palate wash or find a relaxed ambiance & intimate conversation since Yakikai is a busy restaurant.

You can choose and mix your own serving from their eat-all-you-can or ala carte menu, and you’ll definitely enjoy the food because you can fill your plate as much as you can eat, take trips back to the buffet section as you want. You can also cook your food right on your table!

The buffet section is frequently supplied, so even though the place looks small, the food doesn’t immediately run out. Yakikai also offers a birthday promo, perfect for people who are too busy to prepare and for those surprise birthday parties. You don’t have to go too far, Yakikai got you covered. 

The service wasn’t as exceptional if you’re one demanding customer like me, because we had to ask to be served with soup, you will never be missed by the friendly attendants and they will always serve you with a smile. The ambiance was decent, it’s not at all quite as spacious but it is well lighted and clean. They have a good variety of food, and if you’re looking for authentic Japanese and Korean cuisine, you can add this to your list of places to dine. Yakikai is a very good place to spend time with friends and family.

I just have to warn you though, since the seats are good for only 150 people, you need to be early to get in line, otherwise, at their peak time, the place is packed with people and you will have to wait in line for the next available table. They have a list they follow, so be sure to look for the lady that carries a notebook and pen. I guess I am only peeved about braving the Manila traffic to get to the restaurant, only to be greeted by a sea of people and the wait time is my worst enemy. 

Overall, I truly enjoyed my food and I almost had indigestion with all the food I ate, then again, it was a good way to end 2019. Good food, great time with the people I like and the memories I keep and bring into the new year. 

Monday, December 23, 2019

Ways to improve English speaking skills.

December 23, 2019 0 Comments

Common challenges among students of other languages is when they start feeling self-conscious and embarrassed because they focus too much on producing an outcome right away, and they instead retreat whenever asked to participate in class. It is just natural to feel this way because even I would still commit mistakes with my subject-verb agreement, present perfect tenses, and I teach the subject!

As non-native speakers of the English language, students of other languages are not expected to learn everything in one go and magically speak the vernacular. There’s a process of learning, practicing in order to achieve proficiency. It takes time and the best way to handle the dilemma is to be patient with yourself and take one-step-at-a-time.

There is more than one method to improve one’s English speaking skills, you can:
  • Read books & magazines
  • Watch movies
  • Listen to music
  • Or you can join forums specifically for this subject and find people who you can practice conversation with.
You can pick up any of these ideas, using extensive English materials that you’re comfortable with, and another good way to improve your English memory is to practice writing it. What’s important is taking the first step to reaching your goal to learn and be proficient in speaking the English language, and it doesn’t happen overnight.

Another method I practice myself to keep my English memory is I constantly think in English language. How you say? At any time I think of doing something, like a chore or as simple as making myself coffee, instead of telling myself “Makapag-timpla nga ng kape.”in Tagalog, I restate them like this: “I’m making myself coffee.” Now, I would just like to point out that thinking in my first language whilst mentally translating my every word in English is not exactly useful to me because my statement may lose its sense. Also, writing in English helps your memory muscle to retain foreign words and practice your linguistic skill.

This is also why Comprehension is part of learning to speak English, to fully understand the value, or the meaning of the full sentence written or spoken in English, to properly respond to it and avoid misinterpretation or misunderstanding of what you’re trying to say.

This has been a constant dilemma for me in the past, working as a customer service representative for Western clients. I deal with native English speakers daily, and I always have to be at my best whenever I respond to each query; to produce a clear and coherent statement as possible as I can. Being that my consciousness is naturally in my first language, there were times when I struggled to express myself because I still default to my first language. It doesn’t happen as much now because I’ve gotten very used to it in the process.

In conclusion: Finding where you’re comfortable on how you can learn to master English proficiency is up to you; you can bombard yourself with extensive or heavy English language materials, or you can start from the basics and work your way up. The feelings of frustration and discouragement are a natural occurrence in learning another language than your own. But you need to work at your own pace. Learning languages, just like life to me, is not a competition, unless in the literal sense of academic requirement and you are anticipated to do so. The process is still the same, there are no shortcuts.