Vina Trang – Authentic Pho and Vietnamese Coffee in San Antonio Village, Makati

I saw memes of pho puns in Pinterest like restos named Pho Shizzle and Are You Pho Real? I thought if I were to open a Vietnamese noodle soup resto here in Pinas, I’d name it #MayPhoEver. Forever wala, pero noodles meron. :p

Anyway, enough of my kakornihan! (Yeah right) One chilly Saturday afternoon that I was walking to Suzu Kin for some Nabiyaki Soba, I saw this fairly new Vietnamese resto sa may kanto and thought of satisfying my craving for some hot noodle soup here instead.

Vina Trang sells the usual Vietnamese favorites pho (pronounced as FUH), bahnmi, and iced coffee. They’re open from 9am to 11pm daily. And they have free wi-fi.

I ordered a Well Done Flank Brisket Pho (the bestseller), a traditional bahnmi, and iced coffee. I wanted the grilled fish sandwich but it wasn’t available. The leche flan wasn’t available either. I wonder if they made any Vietnamese twist to the flan.

The pho was phontastic (nyehe, last ko na ‘yan)… the beef was tender, the noodles where firm, and the soup was flavorful. The bahnmi had all its must-haves generously stuffed in the crusty baguette. The iced coffee was strong and smooth, but I wish it had more milk. :p

Vina Trang also sells coffee, noodles and condiments. I make a mean Vietnamese iced latte. Will share the steps  when I get around buying the ingredients.

I have to go back to try their spring rolls and rice meals. I also need to ask what Vina Trang means! I know that “trang” means pure or purity in Vietnamese but I’m still phocking clueless (stop na talaga ako!!!) about what “vina” translates to!

Vina Trang
8839 Sampaloc St. Cor. Estrella St.
San Antonio Village, Makati
Open daily 9am – 11pm


I’m-Leaving-The-Country Meme Gone Viral

I’ve been on house arrest (doctor’s order) since last week and it’s not the sickness that’s bothering me. It’s sheer boredom. So I have been making memes and posting them on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram to keep myself occupied with my own humor, hoping that I’d make a couple of my social media contacts laugh as well.

Didn’t expect that the travel/political meme I made this midnight (a product of a whole lot of boredom and a dash of melancholy) and posted on my wall and on DIY Travel Philippines would generate 20k+ likes and 10k+ shares as of 6PM today. Didn’t know about it until my cousin tagged me on another travel page that reposted it.


Good thing I put @takawtrip | @iyassantos there. Not really concerned about the text because I only based it on a meme I saw somewhere about the US elections. I’m concerned about the image because it’s one of my favorite photos from my trip to Tokyo last year.

I’m amused and amazed that many people identified with that meme. Minsan kasi akala ko ako lang nakakaintindi at nakaka-appreciate ng sense of humor ko. I’m glad that I was able to make people laugh in my own little way. How I wish I could create something greater and more socially beneficial. Hehe. Pero sige hindi naman ako choosy. Happy talaga ako for now na a simple offshoot of my downtime became something enjoyable for a lot of netizens, including one of my favorite standup comedians Tim Tayag!!! So thrilled when I saw him repost it on his wall!

That’s it. Just wanted to share the highlight of my day. Oh and if you’d like to see more of my memes, feel free to add me on Fb and Ig. Brace yourself for a handful of political posts like these:

Katuwaan lang! Enjoy!