Who Is Monching?

Q: Would you kindly describe yourself to your readers?

Hi! The name’s Monch (or Monching) and welcome to The Monching’s Guide. I’ve been running this blog since 2013 and writing about gastronomy, practical advice, and general lifestyle – but a majority of posts here are about food, glorious food!

My interests include the British mod culture, 60s music, men’s workwear, Singapore (which I have taken a liking to), history, cooking, long walks, random trivia, a bit of 80s and jazz, reggae and ska, and (albeit rarely) Japanese and Korean music.

Q: Where did you get the blog name?

The blog name was from an early essay I wrote, titled “The Monching’s Guide to Maximizing P200 at Starbucks” which I eventually published under a different title. I took the title from that since I wanted this blog to serve as a sort of a helpful guide for people, not to mention that it was catchy enough to use.

Q: What made you start this blog?

Originally, I set up this blog to sharpen my skills in writing long-form content. Today, I continue this passion project for these three reasons:

  • To share my knowledge about things, experiences in food and gastronomy, and opinions about pertinent matters.
  • To inform readers about practical tips in living that I personally practice and products that give the best value for money.
  • To enlighten anyone lost, frustrated, and tired of this life for that one last push that might change their lives for the better.

Q: How did you get into writing?

I’ve been writing ever since I was an elementary student, only taking it seriously in high school when I started dabbling into poetry. College became a turning point for me as I shifted to writing non-fiction due to practical reasons – until I graduated. Now, eight years in the workforce and writing long-form content has been one of my strengths.

Q: I noticed the Cosplay Portfolio section in your blog. Are you still into the hobby?

I was a cosplayer from 2008 until 2014, and that section of the blog serves as a little corner commemorating that six-year period. I cosplayed 20 characters in all – with notable ones being Albert Wesker from Resident Evil, 15-time WWE Champion John Cena, the iconic James Bond (Agent 007), and Naruto’s Ebisu.

I no longer cosplay, having hung my boots for good in 2014. You wouldn’t be reading this blog if I was still doing so!

Q: Any rules here at The Monching’s Guide?

It all boils down to basic civility. I am stringent with foreigners (especially the weirdo-level ones) and generic content sites heading over this blog, but ASEAN-based (Southeast Asia) visitors get more leeway. I post reviews of products here because I was satisfied with the product and not because of a promised compensation package.

Q: Do you have any social media pages?

Why yes! Do stop by my Facebook page and Instagram profile (which is on private). If you’re interested to do business or collaborate, drop me an email here. Thank you and enjoy looking around!

89 thoughts on “Who Is Monching?

  1. Hello! Thanks for following and ayan nagfollow back ako. Hullluuu baka ma nose bleed ako at Atenista ka hehe anyway friends tayo ha peace! At kung saka sakaling madalaw ka sa mga english kong post wag mo babasahin baka maduwal ka hahaha

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  2. Hi dear , thanks for following my blog ^^. Finally pinoy! haha matagal tagal na ako di nagkakaroon ng friend na pinoy sa wordpress. I followed you too, because I saw food in it haha! besides poetry kasi Food is the next best thing (Then movies, then astronomy and so on)

    Umm sorry madaldal^_^ Hope we can be friends
    -J

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  4. Love how you express yourself! And why do I feel like you have so much character just by reading this page? I think it is because you have a strong one. I admire how you don’t care about what other people might think of you. Looking forward to your posts!

    -fromtheotherside.hihi πŸ™‚

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  5. “Ano ka ba, kebs lang!” –> winner! Hahaha! I can imagine you, when you;ve become a priest, giving a homily with those words.
    ALE: Father, napakarami ko na pong nagawang kasalanan. Nahihiya na akong humarap sa Diyos.
    YOU: Ano ka ba, kebs lang kapatid! Love ka pa rin ni Lord. πŸ˜‰

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  6. “(I find it hard to write fiction and poets were said to be perennially starving).”

    You brought a smile to my face when I read that line because I worked as a fiction content writer a year before (my previous boss knew my niche is literary and fiction writing). I remembered being broke for almost two months because I wasn’t able to finish the 60,000-word chapter I’m supposed to turn in (I got addicted to League of Legends). Now I work as a non-fiction content writer and although I miss writing novels for a living, at least I can pay my bills on time.

    I’m looking forward to reading the rest of your blog. Thanks for following mine, Monching.

    Cheers,
    V

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  7. Hey,Monching!

    Thanks for following my blog. I’ve been traveling lately and haven’t been able to post an update in ages. I’ll try to read yours na lang din muna. πŸ™‚

    Cheers!

    brianitus

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  8. Thanks for following mine! You’re such a foodie and you posts make me wanna go hungry. πŸ˜€ So nice to meet you here in the blogosphere and to find out you’re also a follower of aysabaw.wordpress.com!

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  9. Hi Monch! First of all, thanks for stopping by my blog and for following along–really appreciate it! Second of all…it’s always really great to meet fellow bloggers who just so happen to be Filipino (like me)! Kababayan! πŸ˜€ Anyways, I look forward to reading more of your posts!
    Have a great weekend πŸ™‚
    -Beatrice

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  10. Hi Monch!

    When I was assigned here in Davao in 2016, I set aside my blog. Busy with the new Senior HS, creating and designing programs. Building a new school, not just the physical structure. But I have recently resurrected it, thanks for my scripts in ABSCBN’s Kape’t Pandasal. Meron naman akong pwedeng i-post.

    But I love food as you do. And occasionally an OOTD (gosh! hahahaha!) so I love your posts. I plan to be like you in food! My clothing sponsors on TV dictates lovingly what I should wear. Kaya food na lang coz marami sa Davao. At baka masibak ako kung may fashion commentary ako. hahah! No Met Gala here. hahahaha!

    Hence, if you find yourself in Davao, please message me. Come!!!! Ateneo de Davao lang ako. Harap ng Marco Polo at Aldevinco. All Jesuit schools are home to all alumni. Home to you too!

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  11. Wow, thank you for the comment (and stopping by!) Your posts really are inspiring and it’s good to see you around after some time, Fr. Jboy! ☺️

    I don’t really have the popularity that most of my college peers achieved, but I’m glad that I inspired you in one way or another. πŸ˜‰ Usually, it’s the other way around – the Jesuits inspire us whether it’s Fr. Aidy (Dacanay), Fr. Balch, Fr. Ben, Fr. Javs, or Fr. Jett.

    Me and CJ do not have any immediate plans to travel yet, but I’ll take note of that. πŸ˜€ God bless and all the best!

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