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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.

 

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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. 🙂

 

 

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