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It started with that red velvet crinkle-looking cookies Rosette offered me that mid-afternoon, yes my long-time friend Rosette is like that when she needs to ask something, when she needs a little por pabor thing about work, etcetera, she’d offer me something or any that I could hardly resist. She’s just naturally sweet like her favorite sweets. 😀

We had dinner to cap off the week that Friday night, it’s like a little send-off to her forthcoming trip to NZ. And I had to recount that it’s the first time in many years that we’re doing this again, just the two of us, like the old times way back my newbie years at the company. And definitely we’re missing the third person, who’s by now kicking the bucket up high. Hello Minerva!  We’ve been missing you especially during holy hours at work. I miss how you’d lit up the mood with just a simple prank. Anyhoodles, don’t miss us too soon buddy. Hehehe.

Right after work, Rosette and I trooped to our go-to place –Greenhills Promenade. It’s just a stone’s throw away from our office building so that saves us from the horrible Metro Manila traffic and all. She allowed me to decide which restaurant but my being loyal to Ayala Malls didn’t help particularly because my favorite bistro restaurants weren’t in sight, Italianni’s closed down for reasons I don’t know some weeks ago. I was undecided so I asked her of suggestions but her preferred Peri-Peri Chicken wasn’t something on my list that night, I thought I’m having chicken on most days so it’s not a good option. There was a mention of Uncle Cheffy, to my delight, but I already booked it for lunch the following day, Tender Bob wasn’t a hit the first time I dined there so I dropped her suggestion once again. We moved forth to Gloria Maris hoping I’d like Chinese, well, we didn’t walked too far because we ended happily in Wafu for some Japanese fare. 😛

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I’m a big sushi fan but because most sushi’s were made of Japanese rice I can’t eat any better than 3 small pieces, it gets me full fast even before the entrees, so from now on I’ll stick to tamago. I love its sweet taste and its light texture, perfect to eat before the big bowl! Rosette still got us a small serving of California roll which I really liked because it was not the usual California roll with mango, they used avocado and the filling wasn’t the usual crabstick, its one solid roll! We had Don Buri’s each, Rosette got the Oyako Don while I had my usual Gyu Don which I miscalculated, I thought the serving was small for my appetite until I felt really stuffed. I didn’t notice that I already finished my bowl, it was that good and best eaten while you’re engaged in a sensible talk. We even didn’t notice that time had passed by, so quickly.

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Since Rosette paid generously our dinner at Wafu I offered her coffee afterwards. The standard coffee shop was jam-packed so we had to move from one coffee shop to another until we found ourselves pretty settled at Eric Kayser. We both loved the vibes at Eric’s because it was rather quiet and the place was a bit upscale and latte was good, so good that I had to phone Dadi about the milk brand they’ve been using. California Sunshine Homogenized Milk which you can get in S&R. We maintained a wit chat the entire time, it’s like the real old times except that we’re so much grown-ups now and we talked about the workplace, the people at the workplace, my resentments, some more people including that staff of mine which was just coffee-ing also at the nearby Starbucks that time. I’m thankful that we really didn’t get to sit down at Starbucks that night because I’m not in the mood to pretend we’re okay. I want a good weekender and brushing shoulder with people I loathed wouldn’t do any good for me, it’ll definitely ruin my night and my weekend. Le Sigh!

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Rosette and I parted ways at close to 11pm already, Dadi had arrived by then to pick me up and I walked Rosette at the basement parking so I can also get my things at her car. It was a girlfriend kind of date I’d like to do again, I love it that I’m with someone who knew me from way back, someone who can somehow read me and someone who I can trust. ♥

 

never forget you…

It’s been a while, two months went so fast, I miss you buddy

I thought it’s easy to move on when even before that fateful day I was always readying myself for the worst. I even had the guts to complacently tell people that sooner or later this death will come. But I was very wrong. Death may seem the end of it all but not the memories especially the happy times. And as I typed this and sipped my coffee in between, and wait for this day to end, I can’t help but miss you and remember how it’s been like last year before August 16, your birthday, and your 40th. 🙂 Your BU mates were equally excited that even days before your birth date they made a special countdown, everyone must’ve been excited for the lunch treat you’ve promised.

The day has come, your workspace had been flocked with multihued balloons, trimmings and candies and a basket of red blooms, and yellow blooms. It was a pretty sight indeed and everyone was giddy as they meet you and greet you, as if facebook greetings weren’t enough and even text messages and calls too.

At lunch time, everyone was treated to a sumptuous feast which your sister Tenie and Tatay dotingly brought all the way from Binangonan. It was so thoughtful of them to really make time. They’re presence made your little party big-time. I envy your cake, the one from Hizon’s, your BU mates ensured you’ll be wowed with all the details of that day. Your 40th birthday was a blast! Something that I wished my team had planned well too, well for me of course. 😀 I can’t account the amount of happiness you had that day, the grinning was ear to ear. And your pink tee gave you a wonderful glow even. The merry making that day was never-ending, it was a real rave and truly significant, something that would be remembered on and on. That even the day after, you can’t help concealed the happiness and got mesmerized again and again on that yellow roses which Carlos lovingly sent. And you endlessly thank the Lord for the forty years of your life, I was happier for you because you passed what they say was the crucial age of 40.

Tomorrow will be your birthday again and I’ll be missing the smile, your silly laughs, your funny face…Minerva, I miss you and your animated presence, I miss you and your calls when we will just talk nonsense and eventually laugh it off, I miss the many times you’ll pass by me, I miss the many occasions we’re happily together. Now that you’d be celebrating it away, may all the cherubs in heaven surprise you tomorrow with harps and singing. Enjoy the colors of heaven –the brightness, the luster that seems to incorporate the sun’s rays, the moon’s beams, the star’s glitter, and out there over the canopy enjoy eternity my friend.

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Have fun in heaven! ♥

 

chili’s with friends ♥

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I have the most unpredictable set of friends, they come in different form and sizes and color…hehehe, ano ito t-shirt lang, but seriously they really are spontaneous yet awesome and genuine in many ways. 😛

Ge and wifey came home from London last April without telling anyone of us, tho I had hint of his coming home I didn’t bother asking him anymore until I received his call, “I’m home!” It probably was one of the happiest second, my brother from another mother is back home to native land, and homecoming means get-together and merrymaking even just a night.

We initially set the meeting on May 2 but a day after Ge called me up to tell me that they would be staying short only this time and we need to meet right away, that night in particular. I contacted the group right away to let them know of the changes, happily even with that very, very short notice they all made it except Pel. We miss you Pel and your biblical verses. 😀

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The usual, I arrange the venue, I wanted it at Holiday’s Inn Flavor’s Restaurant but George thought it was too much, he remained to be budget-conscious even if he’s not paying a single cent, another of the many best attributes I love about them, and I really appreciate their benevolent concern. Consensually we mutually agreed to meet at Chili’s, not a cheapo as well but I think a few pounds wouldn’t hurt our dear Ge’s pocket anyway.

I arrived past the 7pm meet up and George and Babu were already filling up with some Classic Nachos and beers, it’s a bit boring to see how their nachos look like after an hour of exposure to humid and smoke. Hay! These guys, they can’t proceed without me, I would forever be their planner, their log book, their younger sister who’d do the little errands and so. While Ge would always allow me to do the necessary, even from wayback he gives me go signal even without me asking, he practically can read me. In fact, we’re the best tandem from our pack because we see things communally and because we’re of the same age bracket we follow the same wave length, we jibe in so many ways. But lo and behold I’m that someone who forbade his womanizing and all, I never tolerated his mischievous style kaya lang he knows how to flee from my sight and do the moves. Ge and his darkest secret long ago, I’m happy that the boy already outgrew that stage and he is now a dedicated husband to Den.

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Back at Chili’s, I got us Bottomless Tostada Chips, Grilled Shrimp Alfredo Pasta, Fish & Chips, Calamari & Wings Over Buffalo tho we had to return the latter two because it was too salty for our taste, parang nabusan ng asin promise! 😦 And since they have this ongoing promotion –Margarita Madness, I decided to get myself a Frozen Top Shelf Classic Margarita with bottomless refills. It’s love! ♥

Ge and Den arrived and had the Big Mouth Burgers both, I shy away from taking photos of their gigantic burgers but it looks deli and real heavy. Our only Gem arrived late as expected. He loves being late up until now, the limelight of pacing like a VIP, the red carpet, and with everyone’s eyes locked on him. That’s Gem then and now, and I don’t think he’d ever change but we love him just the same.

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We had a good chat while dosing ourselves with alcohol and chow, tho things were a lot like more different by now, age must have taken its toll and everyone drank moderately I noticed, even George. But because it’s Monday, we had to adjourn early. After everyone washed down with coffee at the nearby Seattle’s Best we had our goodnights.

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Our friendship isn’t perfect, we had our fair share of disagreement, sarcasm and whatnot, we sometimes feel ill about the other person, we sometimes feel dullness but because we have a very solid foundation that no one can break apart, not even the wives and the husbands :D, those imperfections were too small to tell apart. We’d always be there for each other like what we used to 18 years ago, we’d always be each other’s shadow, and no matter how difficult and challenging life can be, we’d rise and conquer the same, we’re born fighters so you know.

Ge and Den, thank you for the wonderful time and hopefully we can spend a longer date in December. I won’t mind guys if you’d surprise us again. 🙂

 

 

Chili’s® Grill & Bar
2nd Level Greenbelt 5 Ayala Center Makati City 
T. +632 729-3022 / 729-2862
 

tong yang dinner with RMD

I don’t have too many friends, that’s reality 🙂 , you can check me on facebook, on twitter and even on IG I don’t have too many on my list. My network is very limited if you’d ask but I don’t really mind, I don’t really care at all because I don’t believe that every person you meet or every person you had little conversation can be friends right away, right? Friendship for me takes a very deep beginning, a hard earned trust and respect and constancy. Not that I am picky in choosing my friends it’s more of I’m taking the long route to friendship, always.

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And these individuals were the very few I made friends long ago. Our friendship wasn’t the perfect one either, we’ve failed each other, we had falling out, we had some bad days, but those were the challenges that helped us grow and gave us the room to breathe. Let’s say we just don’t want to suffocate each other and we let out a natural bloom in our friendship to take place.

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Feb 27. I met with my college buddies once more. It was a date I piloted after R’s birthday in February. And since I recently marked my 40th I guess its timing too to puff that belated birthday treat. Unlike M, I don’t have the money to splurge in hotel buffets and I can only afford the mall type, so, we ended up in Tong Yang. Mind you it’s the newest branch and it looks classy in a way. Hehehe. R, M & I went ahead without D, the plan was to wait for D at the office so he can pick us up but M was already complaining and our very friendly elevator was shutting down by 7:30pm, 😀 so we pushed R that we should go, she drives anyway. We arrived just in time in Tong Yang, I love the interiors because it’s bright and the buffet area is clean and classified but I somehow dislike the seating area because it’s a little bit cramp but none that a good dinner and a good convo can fix.

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We had a good one, a satisfying one with all the shabu-shabu concocts and meats and breakfast items we grilled with much gusto. See, we’re real friends because we share the same liking for breakfast chow anytime of the day.

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And it’s not just that, look! we love our crabs in chili! 😛

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Dinner was secondary to this meeting because a good convo with really nice people goes first. There was genuine laughter, a special bond and yet there was freedom to be found. And I hold that belief that there is no such thing as a perfect friend or friendship, its crap you know, but there are really great friends who’d borrow your luggage and everything, 😀 in most cases you just don’t recognize them easily.

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To more dinner dates and friendship, cheers to us! ♥

 

 

TONG YANG Shabu-Shabu & Barbecue Restaurant
G/F New Promenade, Greenhills, San Juan City
T. +632 4632625
 

ikkoryu fukuoka ramen

I’m not a real ramen fan but anything soupy will do for me, I’m easy like that especially when I’m sharing a meal with a friend, someone who is out of the ordinary. Well, nag-iisa lang sya in my life 😀

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B and I we’re pretty like cats and dogs, we love each other but when we fight it’s like the end of the world. During the Christmas month we had a little sort of some falling out because I felt like he was making fun of me at our batch group chat on facebook. Because December had been a very lousy month for me, I thought it’s no longer funny, it’s not pertinent anymore especially that I was still in the midst of mourning and at the same time twisted after Nanay’s heart attack. The last thing I want to hear was unnecessary commentary, it easily boils me up. And because B had this tendency to be tactless he gave me one that made me freaks out and rumble and he, he got the prize of what he thought was a practical joke. I didn’t talk to him the entire Christmas time, not a single text, I’m not ready to talk nor open to apologize for those hurtful words I shouted out while we were on a the phone. I thought it’s just right for him.

On my birthday, there it happened, because I need all the positive energy I thought it’s the best time to send ceasefire notice and patch up things. I can easily forget by yesterday and kiss and make up, just like that in one single text. I invited him to drop by the house for some late light snacks, Christmas leftovers I even added just so he wouldn’t expect too much but knowing him, he cried out, “Leftovers?” Oo nga naman why on earth would he make an effort to stop by when there’s only leftover to catch…Hahaha, “Bonggang bonggang leftover”, I exclaimed to him. Unfortunately he didn’t make it that night because he went out late from work so we sched a lunch date during his off.

Jan 16. We agreed to meet at Greenhills area for lunch other than he woke up late, rode a wicked cab, etc., there were too many obstructions along his way and my lunch break had already been depleted without him in sight, so, to make the story shorter we moved our supposed lunch date to dinner time. And to end his dilemma in getting lost and all I told him to stay put at Shangri-la Plaza and wait for me.

We met at Debenhams because I was checking some stocks, it was very casual and the usual banter as if nothing had happen. It’s like I’m talking to you already because I have forgiven you by now, hindi uso sa amin ang drama. So we’re good again. 🙂 And I’m treating him over a sumptuous dinner. I picked the place because his choice is very traditional. And we had plenty of wrong turns before we stepped in to the right place.

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Ikkoryu Fukuoka Ramen, except the ramen word, is so hard to pronounce, we couldn’t ask the uniformed guards around because we couldn’t spell it out either, so we look and look over the East Wing until we finally surrender and innocently asked help from the roving guard, akalain mo kaharap na pala namin. Hay! Its signage was so easy to miss especially that it was my first time to step foot at this new wing of the mall. Anyhoo, glad that we were seated right away despite its many customers savoring a bowl of ramen. The ramen must be good. Like what I normally do when visiting a new resto I would normally browse menu and reviews prior to dining so it would be easy for me to order.

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I had the Ajitama Tonkatsu because it was mostly recommended especially for first timers who’d like their ramen simple and basic. It’s basically with pork slice (cashu) and ajitama (special hard-boiled egg which is like my 7-minute egg, the soft-boiled one with runny yolk) in rich pork broth. I ordered my noodles hard as recommended to fully enjoy it. It didn’t disappoint, I gulped down my ramen broth quickly. It’s creamy so you know and it’s full of flavors.

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B had the Black Garlic Tonkatsu, it doesn’t really look as appetizing as my bowl of ramen because of the black garlic oil other than he loved it and kept on saying how good it was even after finishing his bowl. Di maka-get over! Hahaha.

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I also got us an order of the famed Gyoza, it’s filling and simply delicious and I think I can finish a serving by myself. We also had Karaage, which are plain pieces of fried chicken. I’m not really impressed with this, I’d rather have another set of Gyoza please. 🙂

We didn’t order any drinks because I was cutting on soda plus I was still nursing a bad flu and anything cold irritates my throat. B and I had a lovely reunion date except for the repeated and chorus “irrashaimase’s” of wait staff and kitchen crew, tho it means welcome it somehow annoys me. Well, it’s just me and my love affair with brick walls and charming places with almost church-like ambiance, I’m extremely quiet and the reason why B and I clicked it’s because we’re like North and South, he’s loud you know. 🙂

 

 

IKKORYU FUKUOKA RAMEN PHILIPPINES
Level 5, Shangri-la Plaza East Wing, Shaw Boulevard cor. EDSA, Mandaluyong City
T. +632 447-8333