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It’s 2 out of 3 now!

Game on. Nica celebrated her birthday in Black Sheep last night. I must say, it’s one of the best restaurants I’ve been to yet.

For those of you who don’t know, Nica, Wong, and I have this annual thing to celebrate our birthdays in very classy restaurants. We have a minimum of 6k to spend for the celebration, but one can be creative on how it shall be spent. Wong had his at Tagaytay. He paid for our lodging at Canyon Woods and food at Sonia’s Garden. Nica, being fancy as she is, spent all the budget on Food, blocking the VIP area for ourselves. It was amazing. We were at the second floor of the loft looking restaurant, overlooking the basic goers haha just kidding. 

black sheep

The food was great! My favorite was the oyster with tapioca. It’s new to my tastebuds and it’s definitely something to try. My second favorite was the Foie Gras made of duck liver. Yum! But before you give your icky reactions to the food, the flavor was nowhere near Reno liver spread that you know. It’s sweet, and it melts in your mouth. In fact, it’s almost like the Ferrero Rocher chocolate balls, only better. There was also this cool technique on how one freezes the ice cream. The waiter used liquid nitrogen – he poured it to the liquid concoction, and created a smokey table. I initially thought it was dry ice, but then I realized, why? haha.

nitrogen

After the sumptuous dinner, we had our drinks. I got a glass of cranberry juice (since I don’t drink), and had mature conversations with everyone. Wait, by mature, I mean current events, careers, etc. Not the ones you probably had in mind. hahaha!

So yeah, overall it was amazing! This put pressure on me for my December dinner. Tough, but not impossible. Hah!

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Okay,

I’m so sorry for not posting anything for the past few weeks. I’ve had quite an unreasonably busy schedule which had me occupied from head to toe. Anyway, Ill just squeeze in all the special events that happened to me in this entry. I think the last thing that happened was the Shangri-la Birthday dinner, so I’m gonna start with it.

Nica’s Birthday Dinner

So this birthday dinner took place one weekend in July, two weeks after the tagaytay weekend. We have planned this for a long time since Nica didn’t want to celebrate with booze and all that. She thought it’s better to have a peaceful, classy, and liquor-less dinner with just a few friends, meaning Wong and me.  You know what normal grown-ups do on a Saturday night? That kind of thing. Anyway, so we decided to have dinner in Shangri-la Makati, in one of the expensive restaurants there, Inagiku. I was a bit uneasy with the place, because gosh, it was too much. Expensive tables, expensive carpets, waitresses wearing legitimate kimono’s. Wait, I’m not even sure if I had the right to call them waitresses. They even looked better than me.  What’s funny about that night was that when they were serving the food, they brought some curled up rug on the table. We didn’t know what they were for, so we waited to see how the people from the other table used the rug. To our surprise, they were meant to clean our hands. I had a random thought that they might be to clean up lips after eating, but then what would be the white cloth for? Haha So silly.

Look at those towels. We didn’t know what they were for until we saw how the people from the other table used them. hahaha

So here are some of the dishes we ordered that summed up to more than my monthly allowance. Here’s the assorted sashimi. I only got to know two of them – Tuna and Salmon. I forgot what the other 3 kinds were. Anyway, this was the best food served to us that night. I can imagine up until now. I’m still drooling.

This next dish is made of sea urchin. We were a bit hesitant to taste this because of our experiences with the creature. Turns out that this would be one of our top 3 dishes to pick. The meat was soft, just like oyster, and the cheese on top of it was really tasty.

This next dish, as you know, is the maki. Well, I think all california maki’s taste the same. I didn’t find anything extraordinary about it. I fancy the sea weeds on top because they came in different colors. (I’m not sure if they’re weeds)

Anyway, we had this and more. I couldn’t find the photos on facebook anymore so yeah. After dinner, we went to see “The Dictator,” starring that guy from Borat. It was hilarious!! I’m giving it 4 out 5 popcorns for its humor. So anyway, the night ended well, with Nica’s pocket empty. hahaha! Good thing she paid for it. 🙂

HABAGAT

So in August, during the first week, we have experienced one of the most intense rainfall in Manila. Monday night, non-stop rain came in to wreak its havoc. I thought it was just a passing rain. The morning after when I woke up, I found our street flooded waist deep. It was like Ondoy all over again, but this time, it was just the southwest monsoon. IT WASN’T EVEN A STORM mind you. I wasn’t able to go to work that tuesday because even though the flood on our street was gone, my route going to work was still submerged. The next day, i think it was brighter already, and the sun was already there. But, on my way, the rain just poured so much that at home, the floodwater got inside our house again. I was so worried about my mom because she’s also at work in Sta. Mesa – the place that gets really flooded the worst. I was glad when my mom got home safely that night. Also, because the company that I work in served dinner and transpo for free. At least now, it’s over. Thank you, Lord.

JOKER IN MANILA

One of my good friends from Downelink came home to the Philippines last week! Yay! So Icko, another friend of mine, planned a welcome home dinner, and invited the whole gang. It was great seeing everyone after a long time.  Here’s a couple of photos that we were lucky to have taken that time. ( As i wasn’t feeling well that night and ditched early)

Well, I didn’t get the memo about the clothes. LOLJK.

Joker and Me.

Well, I think those are the most important events that happened the few weeks I wasn’t posting anything.

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This is a very outdated entry. I was supposed to tell you about my Tagaytay weekend two weeks ago, but I never got the chance. I’ve been busy with several things – work, shopping, series, rest. So there.

Anyway, so my friends and I spent our whole Saturday at Tagaytay. But before we landed there, we had quite a lot of delays due to our friend who resides down south. She was an hour late, which made us adjust our schedule a little bit. If you’re reading this amiga, have no doubts because it’s you.I only had one purpose in agreeing to come to this trip, and that is to have a new profile photo when I get home. Fortunately, I was successful in this endeavor, and more. We got to dine at a fancy restaurant – Antonio’s. That place screams BEAUTIFUL in every aspect. It has a Greek inspired backyard, with the main house/dining area having an old Spanish-Filipino look. Of course I didn’t let the opportunity pass. I took my camera and began taking pictures. Aside from the alluring view, expensive food was served to us. We had the ‘like a boss’ feel, and we weren’t out of place-d at all; there was a sense of belonging in that whole experience.

After this, we were supposed to head straight to the freedom park, but the weather was not as cooperative. We had to take refuge at Starbucks that’s has a overlooking view of the Taal. Another awesome place to visit. The fog came to us like a mist on Silent Hill. I tried to inhale the fog. haha. I don’t know if it was the wet wood, but it smelled like the soil. We waited until the whole landscape was clear from the fog, and it was worth it.

With the weather looking better, we have decided to ditch the place and go the Freedom Park. First destination was the zip line. I was too scared to go zip-lining and took photos of Nica and Zel instead. Wong and I thought that it’s back and forth, so we were waiting at the edge of the zipline to wait for the ladies. Apparently, we were wrong and they just walked themselves towards us. It was so funny because when they were about to cross from the bridge to us by taking the muddy shortcut, Zel slipped. I couldn’t help her because I was laughing so hard at the mishap. She couldn’t move because her shoes were slipping everytime she moves the other foot forward. Well, she got out of the mud trap eventually. But that was the best! After Zel cleaned up herself, we went to the main park. We took several pictures there then went to the horse backriding area. It was an awesome experience, too. The last time I rode a horse was 5 years ago with my dad. We had the game of thrones feel riding the awesome horses. We roleplayed random characters as we were maneuvering the horses in the field.

So basically that’s how my Tagaytay Saturday turned out. Just divine. Here are some pictures:

We all look awesome. That’s Nica at the left, and Zel at the right. HAHAHA! This was Zel when she was still clean. hihi.

I think this area’s prohibited to visitors. We found a house downstairs with a growling dog that stares vehemently at people.

We look cute here. We’re like Dora’s apprentices.

Okay so over the stairs on this photo, there’s a rude dog that”s lying there and growling at anyone who comes to try to get   through.

This was our viand. Rosemary Chicken sum-sum. I forgot it’s whole name. But the taste was definitely unforgettable.

Here’s the whole pack! Awesome amigas!

The photo would’ve looked better without me in it. The view was just awesome!

Oh gosh. I swear I laughed while posting this!! *Mean*

Here we are. Giddy up, giddy up!

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Summer has left the building!

Ever since we stripped May off our calendars, the rain has become a frequent visitor of the Metro. No more clear skies, and no more half naked men – the only two things I like about summer. Judging from the events (if any) that have happened to me from April to May, I think it’s safe to say that the negative things outweigh the positive ones. I don’t like the unbearable heat, the bright sunlight, not even the ‘less is more‘ concept in fashion during the dry season. Given this, You may think that I’m all thankful that June has already begun. Guess what, the more the days I spend under the gloomy weather, the more reasons I get to believe otherwise.

For the past few days, I always wake up in the morning, with either the rain already falling, or the  gray clouds beginning to fill the sky. Either way, when I step outdoors, it’s all wet. What’s worse is that sometimes, right after an episode of rainfall, the sun comes out and make the air denser due to water evaporation. People call it ‘singaw,’ and it causes a very sticky feeling to the skin.

How bipolar can the weather be? I blame global warming and it’s root causes for this!

Anyway, what preparations have you made for the rainy days?

Earlier this week, I bought a new umbrella – one of the basic items that you need when you venture the outdoors. It’s a two-fold umbrella, medium sized, approximately a foot and a quarter. My mom told me that I should have gotten a smaller one, because it doesn’t fit in my bag. So it’s a hand carry item when I go out. The reason why I have chosen a two-fold umbrella over a three-fold is that the former makes lesser crease marks that the latter. I don’t know what sense it makes but I like an umbrella that doesn’t have much crease marks. It’s kind of a Jolo thing. Probably because it looks prettier when the umbrella is well stretched. Oh, and besides, I think a smaller one is prone to getting broken. Based on my experience, a three-fold umbrella stretches backwards most of the time. Crazy right? I don’t know if it’s a mistake on the user’s end, but I don’t care. I don’t want to deal with that, so I’d rather have a bigger umbrella.

Clothes? I haven’t made any preparations in that department yet. I was supposed to go shopping a few weeks ago, but then I had a bad flu. So instead of going to the mall, I figured it would be better to stay home for that weekend and rest. Besides, I think most of their items on sale were for the summer, because it was the ‘end of season‘ sale. Apart from that I have plenty of ‘winter‘  clothes in my closet so I believe those would suffice. Anyway, I’m just going to think that it wasn’t much of a loss. It’s a mind over matter thing, and another sale is going to come up sooner or later. Whatever, who am I kidding. I MISSED THE SALE! 😦

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Food? No food. We don’t make preparations for food. It’s not like we’re in for some long rainy days and we won’t be able to go out. We seldom do this – so seldom that I think we haven’t done this in our lifetime. For one, we’re just a few meters away from the convenient store. So whatever things we need, we can readily access. Second, our family consumes a very small amount of food in a week because nobody stays at home on weekdays. Mom and I both are working. So there.

So there, looks like I’m all set for almost 9 months of rain. I just wish it were men, not water. KIDDING. 🙂

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