Adidas EQT vs Ultra Boost


A self-confessed sneaker addict, with more sneaks than any other shoe in this world, is in constant search for the most comfortable work shoes that look good with scrubs. Okay, that’s me, a simple sneaker-lover, who has experienced filling in a whole lot of shoes, from orthopedic to pro, yet fashion-forward enough to know “VIRGIL ABLOH”,  what is Fenty, and who is Fieg, and for a year thought Nike Air Max Zero was the most comfortable sports shoe ever. That year, also got Nike Theas just because I thought they looked cool ’til I discovered looks could kill after the first hour. Then at a Women’s Day Sale, I tried on Adidas EQT Racing ADV 91-17 and thought I was walking on clouds literally and figuratively.  The extra-wide flare, especially that my feet are supinated, was the first thing I noticed.  I got them cheap, but price doesn’t matter, really, when it comes to great-fitting shoes. And in truth, expensive doesn’t necessarily equate to perfect fit. EQT is equipped with OrthoLite insoles.

My son was egging me to try on Ultra Boost and I was not really sold on the aesthetics nor liked the colorways when I checked Adidas online earlier. Then when I visited Finish Line recently to check out 3-striped socks, I finally tried on a pair of Ultra Boost.  Snug and bouncy was my initial thought. Bought a pair right away.


Following two 12-hr shifts of walking and standing in Ultra Boost, I can publish my love for EQT for these reasons: (1) felt no pain whatsover even after long walks, but wished the tips were a tad wider ‘coz my 7 1/2 high-arched feet are kinda wide, (2) they offer exceptional support (my feet are underpronated) and never had accidents wearing them, and (3) who doesn’t love comfy shoes?

Checking out the EQT Boost 93-17 next .


The One-hundred-peso lunch for two at Kristina’s Carinderia


Was actually billed 101 pesos, but made tawar (haggled) the 1 peso. And a plate of rice was included.

Kristina’s Carinderia (facing the Jehovah’s Witnesses church on the western portion of Rizal St., and near the Iglesia ni Kristo) was Brandon’s find. Local senior citizens, families, office employees and policemen were fixed on their food when we arrived. You enter through a kitchen, (neat, btw) and point at your chosen items from among a see-through cabinet of noticeably freshly prepared viands.


Presko a baka (raw beef), also known as kilawen here, flavored with light papaitan, was delicious. The subtle use of seasonings such as sukang Iloko, salt, etc., let out the natural flavors of the main ingredients, like dinardaran was not overly sour, but rather naturally came out with that hint of sweetness (from the pig’s blood), and the katuday (katuray/corkwood flowers) salad was not too vinegary nor salty. I’m not sure, but I didn’t detect any use of MSG.

Yes, satisfying Ilocano food this cheap still exists.

Kristina’s Carinderia
Rizal St., Laoag City

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My typical case of usyus-ism (Choy Lin Fried Station)

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While I was enjoying pampering at The Nail Lounge yesterday (btw, they have a new location along Bacarra Rd./Gen Segundo Ave. cor. Provincial Hospital Rd.), noticed a recurring scene through the glass wall. Thought it was a dim sum stall, but it turns out Choy Lin is a fried food station for the audacious eater. Caught familiar faces picking up something from the store. Had to research furthermore and I got positive feedback. So for dinner, I went personally to buy crispy ulo, crispy pata and fried itik (duck). Lynne, our cook uttered while eating, “Scary.” (Hahah!) she meant all the cholesterol. We all had lemon-infused water, green tea, coffee, and yakon afterwards.


Everything was seasoned and fried beautifully. There’s just one thing I noticed, whether duck or pork, the taste was the same. The dipping sauce was on the sweet side, so we had to enhance it with chili pepper and more soy sauce. I guess if you have to buy something from Choy Lin, start with just one. I recommend crispy ulo (pork head). They also have lechon kawali, sisig, and fried chicken.

Originating in Vigan, Choy Lin has a branch in Abra too. Prices are affordable.

Best with KBL (kamatis, bugguong and lasona).

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