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If you’d ask, I have a very little circle of friends at work. It even became smaller as the years passed by because some already left, one decided to be a homemaker, something I’d so envy of, another one passed away already, which I’m missing badly, while some are still colleagues at work the friendship is questionable by now. In any case, you can’t please everybody and probably I became a “sore eyes” to one of them, the rationale of her talking behind my back and her under-the-table deals. Poor SHE because I have people around who’d warn me of her doings. 😦

Looking back, losing her was disappointing for a while because I trusted her and I valued our friendship but like I’d always say to dear self, I don’t need to waste my time thinking what went wrong. It’s not my loss especially that I still have the other two who remained to be our common friend other than I get to hang out most with the two because they’re both unbiased and unpretentious, unpresumptuous, they’re too cool in fact, no hang ups and they can deviate work and personal issues. So, I’m seeing myself going out with these two repeatedly.

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Mid-week at work two or three weeks ago, killing time at Segafredo near the workplace while there’s a heavy downpour. Because we were too serious with our subject I forgot to take photos of the sandwiches and pasta and coffee we had. It was my first time actually at Segafredo and I’m seeing myself going back to lunch out once in awhile.

The following day, ze Friday, the close female friend invited me to dine out after work, we’ve done this before, just the two of us after a hefty work week, we just wanted to have a tête-à-tête over a good meal, it’s like a little treat for ourselves because we think we’ve ended the week well, more than at par enough. My presentation was an achievement that week, some had commended it while the superior didn’t even bother to give me a pat on the back. 😐 For a change from our usual routine of going at the nearby Promenade, we decided to take it a little distant and found ourselves at the SM Mega Fashion Hall. Because we’re not regulars of the big mall, we had a hard time picking up a dinner place, for awhile we considered getting some ramen or that famed baked bun with BBQ pork filling but both places had queues we can’t imagine. We’re old you know and thinning patience is very understandable.

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I spotted Osaka Ohsho and asked her if she would consider Japanese by any chance. You see, she is this close female friend with health issues too so I have to make my choice a lot like healthier everytime we’ll eat out. But the good thing with her she is knows her limit and embraces the word discipline with no buts and what ifs. Anyhow, because Osaka’s vibe looks very inviting and no queue at all we gave it a try.

I ordered our dinner with the close female friend’s approval of course. So to save time from getting a decent set, we had the Fuwatoro Set which was already good for 2 persons or 3 in our case. It comes with a Fuwatoro Teshin Han, two servings of miso soup and two servings of fruit.

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Our Mabo Tofu Fuwatoro Tenshin Han Set P650. Premium steamed Japanese Koshihikari Rice enveloped in a fluffy egg omelets dome immersed in a sweet, spicy, & savory sauce with soft Japanese tofu, bell peppers, and ground pork. I so loved this especially the fluffy egg. ♥

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The set came with 6 pieces of original Gyoza. Gyoza is Osaka Ohsho’s signature, as they claim it’s the number gyoza in the world. Okay, I also love their gyoza because it’s meaty, juicy and tasty. And like what the rest had said, it’s really good and you can easily finish a set. I won’t mind going back to have gyoza alone, 12 pieces for me please and Kirin Beer! Hehehe

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Had an order of Beek Sukiyaki as well which came too sweet for our taste, I think they overdo the sweet soy broth here nonetheless my CFF enjoyed the noodles to its last bits.

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We didn’t order any cold drinks and requested house tea to wash down everything. It was a lovely dinner time with my close female friend, a.k.a. Mrs. C. We might book another dinner or coffee with the close male friend soon. The never ending catching up, you know, and mind you I don’t mind the small number of friends. 😀

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*the generous close female friend who insisted on shouldering the bill, thank you Mrs. C! 

 

 

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just girlfriends

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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. ♥

 

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*Sweets overload from Q2’s dinner at Chili’s, too sweet! ♥

I know, I know I’ve been so neglectful of this blog, I hardly had any post when in fact I’ve been juggling in and around of the city most. Actually, I’ve been idle because work had been gruesome the past months, weeks, days, it’s taking all my energy that even before my 6:30pm time-out I’m already dog-tired and heavy-eyed. On weekends when I’m supposed to draft some fresh events, I’d normally end up curled in bed until noon, so I had very little time to squeeze a write-up by then. And by the time I’ll sit by and get myself ready to write, I’ll find myself lost because I can’t remember the whole event that sometimes the pictures were not enough for me to bring forth the better part.

I said work these days was gruesome, for reasons, I have a senior staff which I need to monitor from time to time, I have trainees that need my one hundred million attention and I have a grumpy staff whom I need to tone down. Life at work has never been this demanding way before, it used to be less taxing and less evil I count. But actually those challenges were the ones adding a lot of spice to my 15-year old career, without those, life at work would be monotonous, it’s like a senate hearing without Miriam’s poking. 😀

Anyhow, I’m trying to get by everyday even it means I have to hold my anger and be still. Even it means faking a smile or a convo which I’m not very good at. I can’t be tactless and pointless. I can’t be unsympathetic. I can’t be the real me when I’m really irate. But I’ll willing to trade off and forget about my own gripe and sanity (?) for a while if the opposite will mean harmonious relationships all year round, let me just take one step back and roar… I’ll be okay after, seriously, I can go with the flow and pretend like were bestfriends everyday. Hahaha.

Because I can live like antagonism isn’t an issue here, I can co-exist with them even after work. And because I’m a “pleaser” and a good boss (ehem), if it just means rewarding people for their hard work, I had this team dinner approved by the big bosses so the team can go out once in a while and taste a little bonus even if it’s not yet the Christmas month. I know this is too small to brag but let’s take baby steps now, there’ll be bigger opportunities and breaks for people who can wait. After all in most cases those who can patiently wait always bring home the bigger slice of the cake.

These were team dinners during the first and second quarter.

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This was how we fared during Q1 (January-March). The first of the many dinners to come, hopefully!

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Q2 (April-May) dinner was more relaxed and progressively delicious that’s why we had more photos to count…

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Now that we’re almost ending Q3, I’m hoping for the best despite of all the postponement and delays, hello to port congestion, and thank you Mr. Mayor for lifting the truck ban, finally you made something right! 🙂

 

age is just a number…my 40th

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As early as March of last year I had plans already for my forthcoming 40th birthday, I wanted to celebrate it with few close friends and family with plenty of cakes to blow. I was eyeing Tong Yang in Jupiter to be the venue because it’s perfect for the big-eaters, hahaha, seriously I think everyone would enjoy the grilling and cooking plus its limitless offering would be worth every penny. But some things are not meant to happen and everything I initially planned went to scratch, I was upset for a time 😦 but considering too many things in exchange of that little party I just brush it off to let go of the negative feeling.

Soon as January pulls in everyone I know was asking me of my plans on the 14th but I kept mum, I’d rather not say anything, I remained muted and actually planned nothing, I was thinking it would just pass by like any other ordinary day and people would forget it by then. I can take a day off from work as well so people at the workplace would not notice it at all. The thing is I don’t want to toss a single cent anymore after gauging I’m over, over my finances already after the posh Christmas month and yet I haven’t treated myself to a really, really nice gift. I thought it’s not bad to be self-seeking this time besides we’re talking of hard-earned money here. But the generous side of me still won and I splurge a little one last time. 😀

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A day before my birthday I emailed my group, including some really close friends at the office that I will be treating them for lunch, no surprises like last year. I don’t intend to impress anyone and all I wanted is to get over it, period. Maybe that happens when you’re 40, you feel strangely empty and lonely and at times I feel to hit the downhill slide to shabbiness and passing away. Too morbid, sigh!

I was least expectant this year, I don’t really care if my group will give me a surprise something or not, it won’t matter anyway because I feel near the ground, I had issues at work, I had issues at home, what else is to expect. I arrived at my office passed 9am, trying to act as if turning 40 is a good milestone, “coming of age”, etc. Brouhaha. I was welcomed with this,

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…my doting team put forth some effort this time, even if it was the simplest I can still account that they give it a shot.  And I appreciate those little things, need not to mention the flowers, the decors, the scrap-card thing, the donuts, the cake –I suddenly feel loved! ♥

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But my happiness that day was a bit fake, I know I’m beginning to feel emotional yet again not because I feel old and pathetic, there’s just things worrying me and keeping me upset. That I couldn’t tell, that I couldn’t recognize, that I couldn’t pinpoint. They say life begins at 40 and I am lucky that at this point of my life I am mated (to a very uncomplaining one), I am healthy (tho I’m easy to catch flu these days), I am employed and I am sleeping through the night. And this is the time to reinvent myself, to what? Seriously I don’t see myself getting a new job at my age, I don’t like a new career if that’s what reinventing supposed to mean. I’ve always wanted to be writer but my grammar sucks. 😦 I’ve always wanted to be a cook but never really gave time. 😦 So, I’m seeing myself stuck at this old job for the next 10 years unless the husband finally pushes that immigration thing.

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On a more serious note, being 40 doesn’t really need to change a bit of me. It’s just a number, the face in the mirror doesn’t look 40 at all, hahaha. I may have a few regrets but I have my happy years when I was younger and that being good at being young isn’t awful like what some had misconstrued. I don’t need a younger outlook because I need to embrace the middle age and its complications. I’m fortunate to have reached this age. I just need more sunshine to keep me in the go.

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To all who dearly remembered and sent greetings on my birthday my heartfelt thanks to each of you, you made my special day a truly wonderful one. 😛