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saturday the 13th

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After a not-so happy lunch at Uncle Cheffy we drove to S & R to check the Early Bird Sale, we spent a good two hours or more and ended up with only one fourth cart filled with chips, spread, laundry detergents and ring cakes which were sold buy one take one. I wanted to bring home bacons and cheese but Dadi wasn’t really on it because he finds it pricey compared to our new staple at home –Pampanga’s Best BBQ ribs and that we still had a good stack of cheese so he thought. I was drooling to bring home a Kirkland chocolate almond jar or a big pack of acai berries but it was too much for a splurge on a normal weekend. Anyhow, that Jules Destrooper Speculoos and Dulce de Leche spread was love. ♥

I love S & R but only second to Rustan’s Marketplace. On our way out we were held back of the heavy downpour, it was a bit unexpected. The rain was extended, when we got the chance we drove away from S & R and went ahead to BHS Central to get our coffee fix. We love Starbucks by all means but we’re always open to trying out other coffee players in town, the new ones especially.

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At the new building of Boni Central is Marks & Spencer Food, yes a food shop with all their best-tasting cookies and chocolates, apart from it was a coffee counter and its wide selection of pastries and breads. I had latte and Dadi had his Americano, we got a chocolate cookie and a decent looking bread of my choice, I forgot its name. The coffee was good but not that something you’ll go back again and again. It was fine. This is another out of topic segway, while waiting for Dadi outside of the café there’s this familiar handsome face that emerged from somewhere, I was holding my breath and waiting for his ka-HHWW to appear in limelight. I figured. It was none other than the fiancée, the Aussie Dyosa of all –si Anne Curtis! I was literally starstrucked for the first time. I felt I wanted to move but couldn’t, I want to say hi but I was blank, it took me some few seconds to finally recover and feel overly happy and excited. I never thought I was a real fan of Anne until then; she was so pretty and looks so nice in person. She was like a kolehiyala who was so kilig with her handsome date that night. 🙂 Even those passersby were stunned for a while before they finally reckoned and blurted out their excitement –sabi na eh si Erwan un! There were some who can’t just hide away their kilig and ran to catch the two, I wonder if they succeed.

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While we remained still and sipped our coffee to kill time, the rain outside was heavier and stronger this time. The looming typhoon was moving erratically and it feared us somehow, you know how the recent typhoons had hit the city badly, that even a rammasun can be so powerful and destructive. But because Dadi had work again the following day, we head home by 10pm. A bit weary except that we remained wary on the road.

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Killing time is pretending we’re on a different continent and video calling is our way to alleviate the homesickness 😀

The drive from Taguig to Mandaluyong was dripping wet; I was suspecting that some road maybe flooded by now including the paved parking space Winnie will be left overnight. I worried for our 14-year old wagon. By the time we arrived in Mandaluyong some part of the street was already ankle deep but we still found a rather safer ground for Winnie. I was a bit relieved. A few minutes more after settling down at home I heard voices calling Dadi, I was alarmed and even before I could mutter any, “ney binangga daw si Winnie” –that was it! My worries all came back and I had to calm myself after seeing our trusty car, wrecked and all. I felt sad, I felt sorry and I felt annoyed at the same time. I was yelling at the driver and even to the barangay tanods who initially responded. As if the story ended there, we all trooped to the barangay hall and for the first time in many years we got ourselves into this mess, an accident that we were not really involved. It’s been three weeks now and we’re still talking to the insurance agency, to these perpetrators for Winnie’s damages, I know it’s a long run and heaps of patience is needed.

As this happen, I feel helpless, hopeless and worthless for reckless drivers, they’re these societies killer on the road. I hope there’s a stronger law suit for reckless driving so every driver will be cautious enough.

 

italianni’s, illy and cucina andare

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A Saturdate. I had a quite fulfilling, tiring day yesterday but I’m no way complaining despite Manila’s very hot climate, despite the scarcity of fund to splurge and shop, despite the aching toes from window shopping. It’s the day of the week I always look forward to aside from Sunday. It’s the day I could care less of all the issues I have in my bag. And it’s a day I can snatched my husband from his pestering routine. 😦

Like most weekend I have plans for us but most of the time those plans but becomes the next weekend plan and so on and so forth until we really find time. You know how I’d love to wake up on weekends before and indulged to some breakfast plate, I love it when most people are out early, savoring their hot cup of coffee while reading the papers and chitchatting with family. I love it when the sun is up and kissing me gently. ♥ But because we tend to go out more often on Fridays this time (he’s mostly off on a Saturday so it’s permissible even if we stay late, very late on Friday nights) we’re more likely to extend sleeps on Saturday mornings and get up late for breakfast, it doesn’t took any advantage for me that there are a lot of restaurants these days offering all-day breakfast, still I want to eat my breakfast at around 7-8am, the best time for pancakes and omelets, ham and bacon, corned beef and spam, dried fish and hotdogs, coffee and oj, and cheese and butter, hmmm…I’d die with the smell of breakfast alone!

Other than we missed breakfast again yesterday, and it was past lunch already when we arrived at the mall. I have nothing so specific in my list for lunch tho I’d easily discarded the husband’s penchant to eat Chinese-y. I’m not in the mood for dimsum and chili flakes and noodles, I’m not in the mood to eat rice either, so we’d happily found ourselves settled at this not so cheap bistro. That normally happens when we’re not decided for anything it’s either we end up in turo-turo or in a fancy restaurant that we feel like.

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Italiannis isn’t our run of the mill restaurant; sometimes we need to wait for a special occasion to come by to excuse its pricey pasta and pizza. But yesterday was like a form of reward, I had a pretty good week or probably it’s what I’d like to believe. 🙂 Seriously, I think I’ve said what I needed to say, I think I made myself very clear, and I was able to listen in as well. And for that, I’m not so guilty to eat to my heart’s content.

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*this was the second serving, tuscan bread

To start we had complimentary home-baked Foccacia bread which we dipped in olive oil and aged vinegar, and because we were famished already we had a second serving of Tuscan bread this time.

I would have wanted to eat a refreshing healthy salad but calculating my resources I can make my very own feast at home, so we skipped and rather picked the pasta of our choice.

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Shrimp Fra Diablo. Fettuccini sautéed with shrimps, garlic, spinach, asparagus and feta cheese in tomato cream sauce. It’s a default for us that we order our pasta with seafood, we loved it especially the generous serving of shrimps.

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We’re a bit thorn between Truffle Mushroom and Quattro Staggioni pizza, I love the latter because its four flavored already however the former won because of the black truffle cream and prosciutto which were both very foreign to me.

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The dough which we both love had some bite and chew; I can attest that it’s freshly made.

By 3pm we’re done, satiated and all, I couldn’t afford to have dessert unless it’ll be given free. Hehehe. Italianni’s once again impressed me with another great experience –good food and service was evenly superb! Burp!

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Husband and I split ways after, he was running some errand without me so I was left in the big mall. But sometimes I love it that we have our alone time, and I guess it’s another secret to a happy marriage, me-time! 😀 Tho the downside of it I always end up with the luxury side of self-nurturing, and retail therapy becomes a necessity. Hahaha. I went to window shop but eventually end up with a loot from Forever 21.

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By the way, for the first time I was able to try Illy Café Delizio at the Ground Level of National Bookstore, I thought it was the perfect break from the sweltering summer heat plus I need a good place to sit down, a bit remote from the clatter of mall ambiance.

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I had Iced Mocha, it was steep at P181.50 and I swear to myself that I’m not going back there for coffee or frappe, its way over my budget. I’d probably go back for the Tiramisu alone.

Before dinner time the husband and I met up once again, we had a quick round at Rustan’s Supermarket and bought our weekly supply –forest ham, cheddar cheese, paper towels, chips and fruits. It’s a must that we have a good stock of fruits at home because that aids me from digestive disorders, the limitation of being old and out of shape.

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And because I’m maximizing our couple time, we made a trip at Cucina Andare’s new location. I wanted a carefree dinner and The Link’s roof deck was perfect for Manila’s very warm climate now, it’s windy up there. Other than the food market need more ads to continue its operation. Unlike at its old location, it’s in plain sight and people who are just passing by would normally stop and peek around. I noticed that there’s not even a tarp at the entrance of the Link, and the visible signage so far was placed no more than at Level 7 of the parking area. I suggest that they put a classified at the elevators so people would see it right away. 🙂

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Anyhow back at Cucina Andare, the choices were a bit limited now, but we happily settled with one of our favorites –baby back ribs! Cheap at P120 only with a kind serving of rice already.

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We got another order of Cajun Pork Chops with mashed potato at P130 only, everything was so dirt cheap and that gave me no guilt to splurge on sweets, all from Cakes by K.

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We stayed late because my BIL made a call, he was pretty enjoying the video calling thru facetime and we thought our signal would slow down if we move out right away.

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My Saturday was far from being dull, it’s a day out I’d love to go over again, it’s just right that we spent time together and it’s rational that we enjoy what we earn. Tomorrow is the start of another workweek and I’m more than ready to face all the challenges coming my way, after all I believe everything has its own resolution, I’m confident you know. 🙂

 

 

Italianni’s Restaurant, Glorietta
Level 2, Glorietta 4, Ayala Center, Makati City
T. +632 757-1323 / 757-1324
 
 
Illy Café Delizio
Ground Floor, National Book Store, Glorietta, Glorietta Complex, Makati City
T. +632 4753834
 
 
Cucina Andare
Roof Deck, The Link Glorietta