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You can call me The Mask. In some sites, I'm also known as Detective Mask. I was born on April 12, 1990, making me 25 years old as of this time. I've been a theOtaku member for over 10 years already.

I'm a wandering teacher striving to enhance my skills. I'm also a longtime anime fan, and my all-time favorite anime/manga franchises include Detective Conan (Case Closed), MAJOR, Rurouni Kenshin (Samurai X), Silver Spoon, and Death Note.

Some other notes: I'm a loyal Detective Conan fan for over a decade already. I'm also a pro-wrestling otaku, mainly with WWE. I love learning about history and I have a soft spot for social psychology.

It's great to have you in my Cafe. Feel free to browse around. Take care and may you have a nice day!

An "Endangered" Valentine

And we finally have a picture of a chocolate in a post about chocolate!

It's been a long time since my site became quite active in the comments section, and my chocolate post from two weeks ago eventually fixed it. As I read the comments, I've been noticing one brand that a lot of commenters have been suggesting. That brand is the Endangered Species Chocolate.

As I've mentioned before, I actually discovered this chocolate one day while visiting a Healthy Options store. Why would I even visit one, you ask. Because visiting a typical grocery is too mainstream.

One factor in selecting my chocolate is the price. And the price for the Endangered Species chocolate was pretty big for my budget. To put it into context, one 80g bar of that chocolate is worth my wage for one class session in my current job. Or in another context, it's worth the budget that I typically allocate for my lunch for two weeks.

But since Hisaishi, pandaman08, and Haitaka have been suggesting this chocolate, I decided to go ahead and buy one just in time for Valentines Day. As you can see in the picture, the one I bought was the milk chocolate with almonds.

When I took my first bite, my first reaction was: "Wow. It's not sweet." And with 15g of sugar, it seems understandable why that's the case. The commenters seem to have gotten it right: this chocolate definitely focused more on the chocolate itself.

But at the same time, it was also a little bit bitter for me. It might be because my taste buds have been used to mainstream chocolate that this one seemed like a surprise for me.

When I gave some to my mother, though, she didn't like it. She even scolded me for buying stuff that she thought was "not delicious". Considering that other people actually love this kind of chocolate, I think it's really safe to say that people really have different tastes in chocolate, to the point that there's no brand that's universally delicious for everyone.

There's still some of it left in the refrigerator, and I intend to eat it by tomorrow. After all, the price I paid for it is pretty high.

But with uniquely reflective experiences like this on Valentines Day, it seems that I really had an "endangered" Valentine.

A Tale of Two Chocolates

Apparently, this is my first post for the year. So happy new year everyone!

Just recently, two of my aunts came back in the country from their jobs in different parts of the world. One of them works in Qatar; the other is now a resident of the United States. As is the tradition in Filipino culture, they brought home a lot of pasalubong (or goodies) for everyone in the side of my mother's family. And no pasalubong is complete without chocolates.

For my aunt who works in Qatar, she brought Turkish chocolates. The brand names were "Gift" and "Orient", which were made from the Tayas company. (Now I'd show you pictures of the chocolates, but we've eaten them already so I only have the wrappers instead. Anyway, Google is your friend in this case.)

For my aunt who lives and works in the United States, she brought the popular Nestle chocolates, specifically "Nestle Milk Chocolate", "Baby Ruth", "Crunch", and "Butterfinger". (I'd probably show the pictures here as well, but I bet that you've already eaten some of these chocolates already before. And hey, Google is also your friend in this case.)

For one week, the chocolates that I've been eating were the Turkish chocolates. Each piece was around 1-2 inches in size. And since we had an abundance of it, we decided to dig in with a lot of chocolate everyday.

Just recently, we began eating the American chocolates. It came in small sizes as well, which you're probably aware of already. After eating it for days, though, I started to have some comparisons between the two groups of chocolate.

The Turkish chocolate was pretty good. My mom didn't really like it that much, but I did. It was delicious for me, and I particularly enjoyed the creamy hazelnut filling in each piece. It was sweet, but not too much.

The American chocolates, on the other hand, tasted too sweet. I mean, we only ate it for two days and I was able to notice the difference. I even asked my mom if she noticed it, and she agreed with my assessment.

Now this really intrigues me so much that it leads me to ask this question: Are American chocolates really too sweet? I mean, this is not the first time I thought that an American chocolate was too sweet. A couple of months ago, I ate a pack of classic M & M's all by myself. I would go on to regret it because it ended up being too sweet for me. On the other hand, when I ate the Peanut Slab from Whittaker's (an Australian company), it didn't taste that sweet. Could this really be a trend in American chocolates?

Or maybe I'm comparing two very different objects in this case. After all, Baby Ruth and Butterfinger doesn't really have chocolate on the inside, and M&M's have a sugar shell that adds to its sweetness. The Turkish chocolates I ate really had more of the chocolate goodness, and the hazelnut cream seemed to have had some chocolate mixed in anyway.

Anybody here who wants to share their thoughts?