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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.

 

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. ♥