Sep 17, 2012

Back to Regular Programming

We were constantly checking Twitter and Facebook last night for weather updates, flood alerts or school announcements. We didn't want to unnecessarily subject the eldest son to inconvenience (aka traffic, flooded streets, suspended classes, etc) similar to what happened last time when he flew back to Manila. Another day to wait it out wouldn't hurt, I suppose.

Alas, there was no suspension of classes for DLSU even after the seemingly nonstop rains in Manila over the weekend. Floodwater along Taft has already subsided so by 3am, Matt was up and ready to take the 5am flight to Manila and go back to the place he is sharing with 3 other friends from Cebu.

Though no more extended break for him this time, the silver lining is, there are no classes to make up for (well... so far...) and the Christmas break stays as scheduled - a better deal if you ask me.

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our 3 stooges

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with the eldest son back at uni, this mascot makes 3

Birthdays and a Christening

A good friend and a niece celebrated their birthdays last Friday and Saturday. On Sunday, a cousin's youngest daughter was baptized. So this was a weekend made for foodies like us, hopping from one eating place to the next.

Friday was dinner at Little Saigon, Big Bangkok near the Barangay Hall of Guadalupe. It was our first time, but we've heard early on that food was good. True enough, we tasted the goodness ourselves. I would have wanted to take food shots but refrained from doing so as we were just guests. Sayang, I should have, inconspicuously, no? Next time.

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spicy mieng kam, photo from their website

That same Friday evening, I was also invited to Grand Con for Islacom's (a former employer) reunion. Food would have been sumptuous Chinese. More than the food, it would have been great to see former colleagues from the mid-90s, but I had to beg off due to the conflict in schedules. Anyway...

Last Saturday was dinner catered by Creative Cuisine at Gymboree, BTC for a niece's 2nd birthday. It was a children's party fare and no matter how we limited ourselves from having a full meal, we couldn't help it! Why would we even think of cutting our portions? Because we were invited by my sister-in-law to dinner at the City Sports Club right after, that's why! :)

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Jake with cousins at Gymboree

Food was good at the City Sports Club. I particularly liked the beef with hoisin sauce AND the dessert we ordered outside of the buffet spread. We had checkered choco mousse, which Jake mistakenly read as "mouse"! I heard their F&B department is trying to improve their menu some more and that is definitely good to know.

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checkered choco "mouse" :D

So far, no signs of letting up with the "binge" eating... Sunday was buffet at the Cebu Country Club to celebrate the baptism of a cousin's youngest daughter. And because this was a big occasion, the spread had a wider variety as well. I gravitated towards the roasted calf (oh no, but yum!) and the mango float for dessert. No pictures, so you will have to take my word when I say it was good.

Instead of food, I do have paparazzi shots of family in various states of happy chattering while sipping freshly brewed cups of coffee (see below)... Hmm, I wonder what the next weekend would be like...

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yup, they got their square jaw from me