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the coffee bean & tea leaf

Jun 7.  Because we’ve been partial to Starbucks coffee and dessert we had this tendency to revisit and revisit thus the idea of dining at a different coffee shop was always somewhere off the topic. But since our current fixations are pasta and salads we keep our options open this time. 🙂

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We keep on passing by Coffee Bea and Tea Leaf in Salcedo Village for the longest time, and everytime we do I can’t help but adore its peaceful ambiance, well on weekends perhaps and I can’t attest if it’s the same scenery during the week days. I love it even from afar because the place doesn’t get too overly crowded, there’s always an empty seat for diners.

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Well, I’m slowly morphing back to becoming a coffee addict despite the acid attacks and palpitation but there’s no need to worry, I know my limits and there’s always this alternative to coffee and tea –the fruity flavored drink? But once at the coffee shop I can’t hold back myself not to order a coffee blended drink, I think it’s a bit odd not to order coffee at all. During our visit at CBTL, we had dinner first, a lighter one (I guess), we had our usual favorite combination –a classic Caesar salad and sardine pasta. Yep, we can survive eating that combi everyday –fresh and tasty and warm?

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Coffee Bean’s Classic Caesar Salad® Everybody’s favorite! You can also opt to enjoy this traditional salad made of romaine lettuce, croutons, eggs & Caesar dressing with chicken. We got ours less the chicken.

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Sardine & Garlic Linguine. An olive oil-based pasta with Spanish-style sardines and roasted garlic. Garnished with parmesan cheese and parsley. I super, super love this because the garlic is crunchy and the sardine is super tasty. And because the serving is big it’s good for sharing, value for your money here. I’d probably go back for this pasta dish!

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CBTL cakes and pastries are very hard to resist, I can’t passed over to that Chicago Cheesecake. It’s not the usual cheesecakes you’d find around, that’s too foamy and soft or sweet, CBTL’s cheesecake had that perfect texture.  From now on, I’m declaring it as one of my must-try cheesecakes in town. ♥

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Chicago Cheesecake. Velvety cream cheese with a hint of lemony tartness, on a subtle almond cookie crust – best with Espresso.

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The cookie monster husband would always get a small or big piece of cookie to pair his coffee. He had the Café Americano –one of his usual requests. While I had the ice blended one, Mocha if I remember it right. Hehehe. I love my drink only that it’s too filling, probably because of its heavy cream.

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Ice Blended Mocha. Mocha lovers, you’ll be in heaven… Our delectable Special Dutch™ Chocolate and Coffee Extract blended with ice and non-fat milk.

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The next time we’ll visit I’ll try the All Day Breakfast –Eggs Ben, Bagel, Salmon Scramble, I can’t wait! 😀

 

 

The Coffee Bean & Tea Leaf
Ground Floor, Four Seasons Salcedo (at Tordesillas St & Toledo St) 
Makati City     
T. +63 2 8172873
 
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Maybe you’ve been waiting for me to write this piece, maybe you’d been waiting long to read something about us –about our friendship, how it’s been for the past 24 years.

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I don’t have a vivid recall how our friendship began, forgive the age here a lot had slipped of my memory already so I’d give my best shot to recall how you, Rosette and I battled the college life, how it was even after the university and how fate drew us back together and became colleagues at work.

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Maybe because our family names were in successive then we became seatmates in school, that’s De Dios-Diumano-Escalante, and because seatmates were normally the first friends in school ours bloomed naturally and deeply as years go by. That even before another D (De Guzman) entered the picture we already had established camaraderie amongst us, talk about the numerous trips at Harrison Plaza with another of our first, first friend, remember Mean Correa? She was probably the one who introduced Manila life and what it’s like outside school. Anyhoo, because she had to shift course after the first semestral we were left with each other once again. And yet, even after the first semestral even if you were no longer in our block we remained steady lunch dates in school. We all loved that chicsilog meal at the school cafeteria, and I remember how you’d always opposed our little splurge over a Goldilocks meal. But there’s no question to it that even from the start you love pizza heartily, we all do, who could ever resist that pizza-all-you-can from wayback, Pizza Hut was love! ♥

Our life in the university was not spared from frustrations, pain 😦  –in failing one major to another, I do remember how you cried buckets when you got that 5.0 in Trigo during the first sem, hehehe. Heartaches? Well, we’re both a little heartbroken maybe because the major crush was wooing someone or maybe that super crush didn’t even paid us a second look at all. Rosette got so lucky to land a boyfriend during our second year and eventually married the same healthy guy. Peace Darwin!

At the end of summer in 1990, I left the university tho not with flying colors, I was officially graduate but nowhere to go while you had to endure one more sem. Our colleagues, Rosette and Darwin, were by now fusing their expertise at the corporate world. While the two of us remained up-to-date with each other’s activity, we wrote letters and you had a number of visits at my hometown but there was no mention of your plans going abroad. In March of 1995, I was surprised to receive that letter from Taiwan and it was from you, I remember how you recount the life you had there, I thought it was all satisfaction and a pine for a bigger and greener pasture, little did I know you were there to fend for your mother’s medical needs, I was clueless until I heard from Rosette and Darwin that you shortly went home after your mother’s passing away. We didn’t get to see each other then, the letters also went occasional until we completely lost contact. It was sad but we eventually get used to it, I’d like to believe now that you got the best of your life during those years that we’re not in sync because I had mine.

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It was a long and winding five years, and then in 2000 we finally ran into each other again, nothing much had really change then except for the few pounds gained you remained to be at your jolliest. 🙂 Rosette and I were already colleagues at work back then and because you needed a post we pushed you hard to be in so we’ll make a happy trio once more. The work life for the past 14 years wasn’t all good vibes and friendship, this time we had our own share of dispute, falling out or whatsoever, things weren’t so easy just like the old days. We had petty fights that led us to become incommunicado for months. We had bad days except that we had a lot of happy times together to conceal the unpleasant ones. Our friendship was rainproof.

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And if I have to recall the last 14 years at work with you it might took me days to conclude this post, it would be never ending so I’d speak of the significant only, those that were unforgettable which I will forever cherish.

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Remember the time when we’re always flat broke even after getting our hard earned pay, we’d usually window shopped and later on get some cheap chow. There’s this one time when you pushed me to try out the food stalls in SM (those little stores in front of the supermarket in Megamall), I felt sorry for us because I felt like we’re eating rice alone but you remained positive and cheerful. From that day forward, I sensed our differences while you go for quantity I’d always go for quality. Admit it, you hated me for having that thought.

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Whoever referred to us that farm-resort in Antipolo was a big lie, remember our little outing turned a nightmarish to everyone? I remember how hard it was for you to shower…from the faucet, even with our aide because you can’t bend down obviously. Uhm, I think the belly was the problem here? 🙂

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Your rolling stunt at the entrance driveway of Limketkai one afternoon, how could we ever forget? 😀 You really know how to crack the ice esp when everyone is shiftless and dry.

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Your generosity would always be remembered. When you transferred to Sales and you started to get commissions and perks you didn’t forgot me. We even once conquered Rockwell at dinner time to make use of your free Burgoo vouchers which were valid only at that particular branch. We were naïve then and ordering was a challenge, we got ourselves that Country Fried Chicken which we thought was the best and exemplary but it turned out the average and bland, we’re nothing but the commoner back then and anything cooked with a twist wasn’t a hit at all not until you treated me to a hotel buffet. We braved the Makati crowd one day and went our way to Hotel Intercon’s Café Jeepney, it was nearing Christmas then so we thought it was also the perfect timing to shop a little for ourselves. At Café Jeepney I remember how we devoured a medium rare cut of meat, oh that warm succulent with that juicy pink center –it was love. 😛 Thank you for that posh treat and for the hair iron which you gifted that same year, I would be forever grateful to you and to your kindheartedness.

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It may be the first and last road trip we had but it was well-remembered. The sunset in La Union was once witnessed to our friendship and the waves that night at the shoreline was our only audience as we spoke about everything and anything under the sun. We’re happier even to find out that our spouses jibe, it was a plus point we thought because that meant one thing –we can schedule another trip in next to no time. But not all days are meant to be a happy one nor friendships are perfect, it has its own natural flaws because we’re very human in every inch. I admitted it even before how disappointed I was, how I felt bad, I was unhappy and I guess it was normal, I hope by now you know how I exactly felt that time. And like what I told people, that falling-out will set right on its own, and that no matter how wounded and pained we became it will heal naturally in time. And it did other than maybe some people were really envious of our friendship or maybe they were the selfish kind of friends who never liked me in the picture anyway. Well, I felt I was a threat for doing nothing at all.

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We had more than one million plans –from vacaying to simply eating out, tho I know some were really just our thoughts, I anticipated those. I’m trying to live positively and healthily you know. Don’t laugh now because it’s what I liked to believe after having too much for the last 14 years.

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There was a time when the sweet curls became very in and stylish and you’d always ask me to curl yours or merely straighten so you’d look and feel good about yourself. You loved to be styled only that you’re really very sluggish to do it by your own so I was always the very willing stylish, yes I can’t refuse your pleading generally. Now, I’d miss you most on occasions.

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In December of 2009, few days before your sickness was discovered you invited me to lunch out despite your very weak condition then. Walking was too hard for you and your steps were numbered but you persisted to go out because you forgot to buy me a gift, so, to make up you thought I’d be happy over a lunch treat. I was indeed very happy only that I felt bad seeing how you eat faintly. You’re not at your usual you –cheery and energized because the sickness was drowning you fast.

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Our long talks may have been few during the last months other than you never failed to smile or say hi or bid me goodbye each day, that despite your very bad health you remained in high spirits.

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We had too many memories, some may not be clear in my memory anymore but every workday with you was a memory to keep and ponder.

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And I have more than a million things to say about you, about our friendship, about our lives but I don’t want to hold you back, I want to set you free from any of this earthly things and daydreams.

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You know, it frustrates me when you think and say negatively of things, maybe because I always wanted you to look at the bigger picture and stay positive. Being sick and all was never been easy, but it’s never been an excuse to become lenient about life, you could have done it better my dear, I hate you for leaving soon.

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And you know what, I envy you a lot because people love you so much. Each one had something good to say, how you’d been so nice to them, everyone was so thankful that they’d know you once, everyone was sorry for what had happen to you and everyone will be missing you a hundredfold.

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Minerva,

I’d like to think that you just went on a prolong business trip, that you went on vacay somewhere around, I’d like to believe that one day you’ll come back in your bold old self not the sick one but as we marched you yesterday to your final resting place I know those will never ever going to happen, perhaps not in this lifetime.

My dear, from day one when I learned about your sickness I started to prepare myself that this would eventually happen. But preparing for the inevitable end was never been easy, I thought I was and I want to believe I was all ready for your departure. It just that it disheartened me that you didn’t say goodbye the last time you passed by but I know you long prepared me as well and you want me to accept it as peaceful as you are now.

We would forever be great friends no matter what, I’d be perpetually a second mother to your Chimmy and a good friend to your sisters if they’d allow me to. Your passing away was touching, it was exceptionally inspirational because you became an inspiration to many including me.

Minerva, as you leave and start anew –the everlasting one, this time I hope you’d see things in a different perspective, I hope by now you’d be able to tell between the disparities you’ve gone through. I hope you’d free people close to you to whatever resentment they’d been bearing at this turning point. I won’t ever forget you and your jolliness –it’s been a trademark of yours that’s why it won’t be the same again at the work place. Life was too short for you but it was been good.

And forgive me please for the times you thought I was harsh on you, forgive me for the distress it caused you. You’ve been a confidant all through these years that’s why you know me better than anyone else.

I’ll be missing you dearly. 😦

Elna

 

P.S. I am disheartened too to lose an avid reader in you, one of the very few who unfailingly reads this humble blog. I hope there is a wifi in heaven so you’d be able to read through my everyday journey and battle…

 

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Currently obsessing over this app, their too perfect for my food shots.

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Whatcha think there? 🙂

 

melissa ♥

Let me take a short break from all my sundate and family weekend happenings and brag a little this time. 😀 In between those eating out, I always keep back a little for myself, it’s a necessity to reward myself once in a while esp if depression hit me at times. Oh no, don’t think otherwise, my depression is nothing so serious. It’s not the same thing that led others to psychosis and worst death, mine is so, so far from becoming that. Mine is easily curable with a dash of love –cuddle and kisses from my two loves or better yet a dose of a shopping spree at my favorite stores with my favorite things on top. Well, the shopping privilege is always much welcome.

A day before Mother’s Day, I treated myself a bit and got a new pair of shoes yet again, just don’t count my shopping trip at PRP and Old Navy a week prior because those were part of the essentials. This time I gave in to my heart’s desire and took home what I started as a dream. Ganyan po ako kababaw. 🙂

I’ve been seeing Melissa shoes even from way back, esp at the Big Outlet events I’ve been to but it doesn’t appeal to me right there and then. Maybe because its jelly and plastic and there were plethora of it in Greenhills, replicas of course. I dunno where the sudden urge to have one came from, you know me I’m not an impulsive shopper so it took me months of peeping around IG, maybe trying to convince the self that it’s a must have. I need one.

So even before someone claimed that she had it first I’ll claim it righteously that I got mine weeks prior to hers and mine is overly pretty, mind you. So mean, hehehe.

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Melissa Ultragirl Glitter III is LOVE at first sight!

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It came in five colors and I got mine in red to complement the husband’s red Sperry. Matchy-matchy lang!

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There’s no doubt that this pair is comfortable and versatile because it can go with anything else.

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And I was all eyed to her because my feet fit perfectly in glittery red! 😛

After this pair, I’m up to getting another one and another one. Yes, I’m eyeing the Ultragirl VII and the Campana Fitas this time. And I love Melissa because they live for this: to place the world’s most beautiful dreams at your feet, so you can walk around every day feeling that your life can be the stuff of dreams. ♥

 

 

Geléia
Glorietta 5
G/F (Near Inglot)
T. +632 949-3042
 

what you got in may?

Well, I got these ♥

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Studded blue ballet flats from People Are People Outlet in Glorietta and Black Wedge Sandals from Old Navy.

 

sundate no.30|nanay’s 62nd

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A week of planning, a day of preparation, a morning of speedy cooking and a witty & bright connivance put together a perfect belated birthday surprise for the matriarch, on a sunny Sunday, it was all labor of love. ♥

Nanay had the blues during her birthday because there was no celebration at home. When I tried to call, her mobile phone was unable to receive my call because the speaker was malfunctioning. 😦 I texted her to ask what she’s cooking, the response was a gloomy “none at all”, I thought she had plans of going out with Ate SAM that day but it didn’t happen for reasons I didn’t bother to ask anymore. I cut my very short convo with her that day thru text because I felt I was adding more injure to her disappointment by then. Little did she know we’re up to something? 🙂

The following day, ze Saturday, after attending Mjane’s wedding Leoncio and I drove hurriedly to Cavite. We need to catch whatever there is at Mahogany market or else we’re dead. On our way I was surprised to receive Che & SAM’s text that they were at Little Soul’s attending the anticipated mass, how come? Tatay was supposed to invite Nanay to Sunday mass so we can freely prepare the morning spread. Now what? Nanay had no idea I was coming home that Saturday night so when she learned about my coming home, she sensed something already. The more when we had to stay very late in Tagaytay, but the truth, we’re just at my sister’s house rushing the preparations. Our only dilemma that time was how we’re going to send Nanay out in the morning so we can set up everything. We had only one person left in mind who’s credible enough to do the extra fun.

Ze Sunday, the 1st of June, I woke up at past 5am already which was an hour late from the original supposedly “call time”. I caught Nanay at the kitchen, wide-awake and preparing macaroni soup for breakfast. I avoided a convo with her and immediately made my way at the bathroom. Tho I know she wondered my bathing so early, I kept mum, besides I really need a good shower after a long day at the wedding, my hair was still gluey from too much hair sprays and I stink after sweating buckets while chopping and cooking the night before. While at the shower I overheard a very familiar voice, the plan must be working, oh yes! But when I stepped out of the shower mother dear was still at the kitchen, naku paano na? We were running out of time, and then the visitor went back again, I was relieved. Finally Kap B (our barangay captian) was able to convince Nanay to go with him to check on something. We told Kap that we needed at least 2 hours so he needs to divert Nanay and go somewhere else.

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Soon as Nanay and Kap went out our challenge started out, I had to cook three mains at the same time, the sister had to perfect her pancakes, the BIL had to chop whatever was needed, SAM worked with the drape and set up and P had to look for baby Ysa. The house help later on continued the frying.

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The maternals arrived even before we set up the breakfast table so it added pressure to us and chaos to the household, Hay! I was moving double time and after one long breathe tada! We’re down and ready! 🙂

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When everyone is around it’s too hard to make a decent photo, right?

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So excuse the bad angles here. 😀

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I asked everyone to come in their favorite shade of pink so I don’t know what happened to those who did not comply, color blind ba? Ooops sorry for my photo bomber baby B.

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Moki’s very own version of PINK 😀

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Nanay and Kap were back at 8:30am, soon as she stepped-in the garage I know she felt a sudden jump in her heart. She was at her happiest with all the greetings and singing and of course the buffet spread. 😛

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I don’t know what happened next, the maternals were all hungry and they care less, they need their breakfast fix.

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To date it was my best sundate ever, one of the best breakfast spree I had and one of the most memorable and exciting event to count. ♥♥♥

When I was little I didn’t get to celebrate birthdays with party and food all the time, I could only remember the 7th perhaps, the 18th wasn’t that biggie, the 25th was more of a family reunion, and my 40th was nothing at all. After my 40th I somehow felt the lost of relevance in marking any birthdays, I was a bit disappointed that my 40th birthday didn’t happen and no one really pay heed to even cook pancit for me, the least they could do. Sigh! 😦 I was decided to ignore all the upcoming birthdays too, it’s just a day and it will pass quietly like any other day. But maybe I was really that gentle and emotional, I can’t stand not to celebrate or do something when their birthday comes. They’re blessed to have me. 🙂

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Birthdays are great reminders of the importance of life, its preciousness and all. I always believe that every birthday should be fêted because time is ticking, our life is passing and before you know it you’ll rotten and old.  Everyone needs to celebrate birthdays because it’s simply worth celebrating, make life as exciting as you were younger because your life has value apart from what you have done. Don’t feel old…

“Do not regret growing older. It is a privilege denied to many.” – Anonymous

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Nanay, don’t worry about the gray hair or the blurred eyesight or the knobby knees nor the visible wrinkles and discolored skin, it’s way beyond normal still. As you marked another birthday, we thanked the Lord for the blessing of life. We can’t ask for anything more other than good health and a sound mind and body. Thank you for your caring everyday and we all look forward in celebrating more birthdays and Christmases and New Years with you. We love you! ♥

I hope you liked our little suprise and Bea’s gift to you 🙂

 

P.S. Before I bid goodbye to this week, let me thank all those who helped us with the preparations and to all who came to celebrate with us last Sunday, thank you for making Nanay very happy on her 62nd. Leoncio missed the event because of his pestering work which I’m beginning to loathe. You’re missing a lot ‘ney!