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The 3rd photo posted from my December 2013 – January 2014 France trip.


Disclaimer: I have forgotten how a great ramen should be. The only two ramens that I consider great are Santouka in San Diego and Shin Sen Gumi in Fountain Valley Irvine. Both in California.

I should have written down the name of the ramens but these two are their favorites. There are quite a few options on the ramen and the soup but since I cannot read Japanese, I only asked them based on popularity and suggestions.

The noodle was smooth, not slippery but just smooth and easy to bite and cut. There was virtually no dominant taste on the noodle. It seemed natural and yet, inviting.

The soup was also very tasty. Not overly tasty like Ikkudo’s. This soup was superbly done. It did not make me want to drink a lot of water.

The meat was also very natural. It’s like it’s never frozen but I could be wrong. I like fresh meat and this thing was one of the freshest I have encountered in a ramen.

The gyoza was supreme. Perhaps I’m already biased here but I can’t help it. Honestly, the gyoza was cooked just right, not hard, not overly crunchy or soft. I really like how Japanese look into the tiny details and they are able to do it right every single time.

Just look at the spices, me likey!

They sell the sauce, I should have bought it. Maybe next time!

Before the busy hour started.

Given the limited time I had in Tokyo, if I have to pit it against Santouka and Shin Sen Gumi, I think they are all pretty good in their own ways. Ippudo is different. I’m glad I had the chance to come by. Next time, I’ll try another ramen. I’m sure I can’t go wrong with any ramen restaurants in Tokyo.

Low Cost Carrier – Lion Air Frequent Issues

3 out of 4 of my wife’s air travels with Lion Air were delayed in the last minute. No news, no in advance notification of the delay, and no compensation.

I would be crazy if I choose to travel with Lion Air again. Of all the delayed departures, the delays were well over one hour. I didn’t choose Lion Air due to its low price, but due to its scheduled departure and arrival time. I’ve heard of Lion Air giving mediocre services, but never in a million years thought it would be this bad. I figured they would have patched all the bad image of the airlines, they have not.

I don’t get the idea of offering low cost airlines, you certainly must do cost-cutting measures. As customers and outsiders, we will likely not be informed what those measures are but the more I dig into Lion Air issues, I found out that they cut the most crucial part that customers should have had, especially with the recent issue at Ratulangi Airport in Indonesia.

There was a delay and the AC would not turn on, the temp was heating up in the cabin. Customers couldn’t handle the heat so they opened the emergency door to get some air. I don’t see how we can blame the customers who have waited for hours and not being served with proper air con inside a busted plane did an illegal act by opening the emergency door. It turns out that Lion Air could have rented a battery to power the air con but they need to pay USD 100-200 per hour. They opted not to rent it. Who knows what else they are cutting…

I could be wrong but those are my findings.