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ysa’s happy 2nd!

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How time flies? And our baby Ysa is now two. ♥

I want to believe that birthdays are significant to our family that’s why even it’s small and minimal I’d like to celebrate it because it’s the celebration of life, nothing but that. And every birthday is a milestone, right?

When the parental marked their 40 something wedding anniversary last September we were supposed to dine at Tong Yang but with all the smash up and postponement we had to re scheduled it again and again until its October already. And concurrence to the beer month, oh and rosary month, is Ysabel’s birthday. 🙂 So we thought that it’s perfect to schedule that belated lunch date with fambam.

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Leoncio and I always make it to a point to be early when dining buffet, we want to see everything unscathed yet before the hungry pack arrives besides there’s a lot of advantage in being early (well, hello to me I wish I can observe the same during work days so I can be more productive and sympathetic to everyone, hehehe) because the early bird gets the worm, in our case the biggest share of shrimps and crabs. My family from Cavite arrived few minutes after us, they came without Tatay who decided to stay home because he finds it gruesome to travel to Makati. I remember last year’s Christmas shopping during the first day of December, he was complaining and holding his irritation to us all the time just because we can’t get enough of the shopping spree. Hay! He never changed, really, from being KJ even wayback our teen days. I wish I can bring Tong Yang in Tagaytay so he could experience and savor it, well, I guess he would definitely enjoy the unlimited beer. 🙂

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Anyhow, we all enjoyed the spread at Tong Yang for lunch but we have to remind Nanay on the crabs which she fancies amongst the spread, Kuya P had his usual big appetite perhaps the reason why Tong Yang charged us 7 adult rate (instead of 6 only) and persuasively says that there is no kid discount anymore, 😦 we had to remind Arman & Leoncio to watch their eating of innards and other raw food like oysters, remember the last time they had diarrhea for days. 😀 Since its Ate SAM’s first time at Tong Yang, I thought it’s something new to her, and appealing except that she had dose of tocino just like me. And because it’s the little miss birthday, she had a whole bun of siopao and a small bowl of ice cream to her delight. And we had gifts to her except that for the second time Che and I picked the same doll once again. The first time was Christmas wayback when SAM was a little girl, we got her the same Winx doll. This time we gave Ysa the same Baby Alive character, so, Che ended having hers replaced by a Barbie doll, probably Ysa’s first Barbie to count. The only thing we missed was to bring a blowing cake.

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Nevertheless, it’s was indeed a happy birthday lunch! 😛

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After a hefty lunch at Tong Yang we drove to Boni High so the kids can run around especially our birthday baby who’d never been to places nothing like when SAM was growing up –blame the horrible traffic and busy household and priorities (?) I only wish the family can troop back to Baguio again this season, but wait that would mean “extra gastos” which I’ll be watching cautiously this Christmas, so let this remain on my bucket list for now.

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Proud Ninang to these three, SAM, P and Ysa ♥

We had a light dinner at the lower level of Market! Market! before we bid goodbye to my folks, it was a day out I’d love to do over and over again, it’s one of those happy-go-lucky Saturdays when I don’t need to think of work and other responsibilities including the household chores.

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Ysa,

As you marked the second of your many birthdays, may you grow up to be God-fearing, loving and beautiful inside and out. You’ll always be our little miss at home who’d always lighten up the mood especially the grumpy grandfather. Kiddin’ aside, continue to be a sweetheart to Mommy & Daddy, to Ate & Kuya, to Ninong & Ninang and to Boi & Bei. And don’t grow up too fast, please. I love you baby! 

Love,
Ninang
 
 

team dinner

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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! 🙂

 

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