Who Is Monching?

Q: Would you kindly describe yourself?

Well, the name’s Monch – or Monching, whichever you prefer. I’m a retired cosplayer turned blogger, active from 2008 until 2014. I’m a Mod wannabe – yes, those guys that fought with the rockers in the 1960s and rode Vespa scooters, but only in the fashion and music sense. Lastly, I’m an old soul way past his prime yet still trying to make sense of things.

Q: Where did you get the blog name?

It was originally from one of my essays entitled “The Monching’s Guide to Maximizing P200 at Starbucks”. Since I wanted this blog to serve as a sort of quick guide to everything and the title was appropriate, I used it as such.

Q: What made you start this blog?

I made The Monching’s Guide mainly for these reasons: to share my knowledge and opinions and about various things in this existence, to know other people who happen to have the same interests as mine, and to showcase excellent dining spots around the city.

Q: If The Monching’s Guide has a selling point, what would it be?

I’d say it would be the different viewpoint of each post. I see and do things differently, far from what others perceive. But still, I get the same results or even better ones! Doing things in a different manner allows you to discover and learn new things you otherwise won’t find on the regular path.

Q: How did you get into writing?

I’ve been writing ever since grade school, but only took it seriously around 2005 or 2006 when I started writing poems. It carried on until college, when I shifted to Non-Fiction due to practical reasons (I find it hard to write fiction and poets were said to be perennially starving).

Q: Speaking of college…so how were your college days? Where did you graduate?

I’d rather not discuss it in detail here. About where I graduated…let’s just say it’s one of the best schools in the land.

Q: You mentioned occasional geek; what are your fandoms so far?

Right now, I’m a bit into WWE, anime, manga, and some games.

Q: How about cosplay? Can you elaborate more on this?

I started cosplaying around 2008, but hung up my boots 2014. I’ve done 20 characters so far, 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.

Q: What are your preferences when it comes to food?

I don’t use ketchup or vinegar while eating. Aside from that, I’m not a picky eater. I suggest you stay tuned to the blog to find out my preferences, a’ight?

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

Well, basically it all boils down to basic civility. Be nice to me and I’ll be nice to you, be an asshole and I’ll kick you out of the bus. Comments are filtered, but the aura here is generally a civil one. By the way, just a note: I post reviews of products here because I was satisfied with the product and not because of a promised compensation package.

Q: Any last messages? If you have any social networking pages, do mention them here.

Feel free to look around, and I hope you enjoy your stay. account. Do stop by The Monching’s Guide on Facebook; don’t be shy and hit the Like button. Alternatively, you can send me an email over at the.monchings.guide@gmail.com for any comments, suggestions, or reactions. Peace out, and see you 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


  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


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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 🙂


  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. 😉


  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.



  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. 🙂




  8. 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! 😀 Anyways, I look forward to reading more of your posts!
    Have a great weekend 🙂

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  9. 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!


  10. 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. 😉 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. 😀 God bless and all the best!


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