Soft Drink Review and Warning: Counterfeit Tiger Sugar Bottled Milk Tea

Details: Official warning from Tiger Sugar on these counterfeit drinks can be found at https://www.facebook.com/tigersugarSGofficial/posts/2708644756039609

Articles on this subject can be found at https://mothership.sg/2020/08/tiger-sugar-fake/ and https://mustsharenews.com/tiger-sugar-counterfeit/

Score: 0/10… because it’s fake.

I was going to write a review for this product until I started to do some internet research. Turns out, this is fake. Tiger Sugar actually doesn’t produce any packaged drinks. All their drinks are sold from their official bubble tea stalls and are made to order. So if you’ve had any Tiger Sugar branded prepackaged products recently, those are all fake and the safety of those products cannot be guaranteed.

This was officially proclaimed on the official Tiger Sugar Facebook of Singapore. There are also a few articles written on the subject I found online. All of these are included in the Details portion of this post above.

As for the taste… it tasted like every other overly sweetened brand of bottled milk tea. Nothing special and probably not safe.

My recommendation is to avoid any bottled, packaged, or plastic wrapped Tiger Sugar products in the supermarket because Tiger Sugar simply doesn’t make anything like that.

Soft Drink Review: Aquarius

Details: More information can be found at https://www.coca-cola.com.sg/brands/aquarius/aquarius

Score: 6.5/10

Aquarius is basically Japanese Gatorade. That means it’s meant as a something you drink after exercising or playing sports. It’s made by the Coco-Cola corporation and while most popular in Japan, it’s spreading in popularity to places like Singapore and other east and southeast Asian countries. It basically tastes like Gatorade, too. The version I had was the original, plain variety and it tasted like lemon Gatorade. Nothing terrible and nothing amazing about this.

Frozen Food Review: Healthy Choice Power Bowls Adobo Chicken

Details: More information can be found at https://www.healthychoice.com/power-bowls-classic/adobo-chicken

Score: 6.5/10

This was just okay. If you take a look at the ingredients, you can tell that this thing tries to market it self as healthy. And it tastes healthy… if healthy were a taste. It’s a combination of the quinoa, dry white chicken meat and scattered vegetables. The sauce they use is basically a salsa, or at least it tastes like salsa.

The portion size is pretty good. It’s not huge, but it is satisfactory for a meal.

In terms of price, I bought a three pack for a little under ten dollars. That means that each bowl costs a little more than three dollars. I think that’s mostly worth it given the portion size and the taste.

Overall, not great, but not bad. I’d buy it again if I was desperate for a convenient, fast meal.

Manga Review: Goblin Slayer Side Story: Year One

Details: More information can be found at https://yenpress.com/9781975302849/goblin-slayer-side-story-year-one-vol-1-light-novel/

Score: 6.8/10

After the success of the Goblin Slayer anime, a slew of spin off manga were published. Almost all of them achieved little success with the exception being this book. Unlike those other books that focused on new characters, this story focuses on the same protagonist and is mostly the same type of story as the anime.

Year One again focuses on a young boy whose village is destroyed by goblins. Traumatized by the experience, he spends the rest of his life hunting goblins. Year takes place about five years before the events of the main series. This is an origin story and focuses on the early experience that shaped the protagonist into who he was in the main series.

With that said, it’s really not all that different from the main series. Our protagonist goes to the local adventurers guild hall, picks up a quest to hunt goblins, hunts goblins, and learn some lessons along the way. That was the basic structure of the main series and that’s the structure of this one.

The interesting bits of both series are the details in the story. The protagonist is simply a windows through which we can view the stories of the supporting characters as well as many guest characters. We also get to learn more about this fantasy world the story takes place in through the protagonist’s eyes. The world building in this story is pretty good in that it doesn’t just dump exposition onto readers. We learn a little bit more of the world with each story arc, not a whole bunch at once. It does a good job of keeping the world somewhat mysterious while revealing just enough to keep you interested.

Overall, this was about as good as the main Goblin Slayer series because it’s mostly the same. Both are enjoyable for exactly the same reasons, so if you enjoyed Goblin Slayer, you’ll enjoy Year One.