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This is my way of reminding myself of the little things that recently made me happy as inspired by Helga.

 

This week has been both busy and boring at the same time. You know those days when you have so much to do but you still seem to be bored? I’ve had those days all week. But I still have to be thankful of the little things.

  1. I spent the weekend in Baguio. With Manila’s heat, I cannot stress enough how refreshing it is to have spent a couple of days somewhere cold.
  2. Because I went to Baguio, I got to spend some time with my little (and only) sister. She goes to college in UP Baguio and my visit coincided with her last few days before their semestral break. The last time I’ve seen her was during the Holy Week and I’ve missed her so much.
  3. Fruit (and veggie) smoothies. I brought home strawberries and other fruits from Baguio. I have been making smoothies almost everyday and I’ve been slowly incorporating some vegetables into the mix. I plan to transition on having green juice everyday soon.
  4. Catching up with old-time friends. I don’t text a lot and I honestly hate phone calls so when I don’t see my friends personally, I tend to lose connection. I am thankful to have met up with friends I haven’t seen for a long while now, and finally got updated on each other’s lives.
  5. Speaking of catching up, I finally caught up on all the iZombie episodes. When I started watching this series, there were already 10 episodes out. And just yesterday, I watched Episode 12. I am so excited for the season finale!
  6. Finally finished my process cross training at work. I am offloading a bulk of my current book of work to make way for incoming processes. The training was tedious but I am glad we got it over with.
  7. Post-fight niceness from Cris. We didn’t really fight FIGHT but we got into a little bit of misunderstanding a few days ago. He’s always extra nice and attentive after these episodes so I cherish these “spoiled” moments LOL.
  8. Facebook’s “On This Day” thingamajig. I guess this has been existent for a long while now but I only got to notice it this week. It gives you snapshots of your Facebook posts on the same day, several years ago. It’s just fun to reminisce such memories.
  9. My housemate’s brother is in the city and he brought over some pre-cooked Bicolano food: sinantol and laing. They are now sitting in my fridge,waiting for me to devour them. I plan to do so tomorrow, and pair it with fried fish. Omnomnom!
  10. Today’s lunch at SOM’s. I always look forward to Friday lunch-outs with my team. Today we had copious amounts of Thai food and I washed it all down with SOM’s Thai Tea which I terribly missed.

How was your week?

The “Brothers and Sisters” gang trooped over to Tagaytay to celebrate the birthdays of our January babies – Nero and Jo. We booked an overnight stay at a cozy Bed & Breakfast but decided to have lunch first before checking in.

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The celebrators chose BREAKFAST at ANTONIO’S for their birthday lunch. Going up to Tagaytay took us forever and we were so hungry by the time we got to the restaurant. It was already past lunch time and we expected the lunch-hour-crowd to have dissipated, but we expected wrong LOL. We still had to wait for almost 30 minutes before getting seated. No complaints though because the promise of a good lunch kept our spirits up.

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Antonio’s Farm Fresh Mesclun Salad with Raspberry Vinaigrette (P350) | I hope I am getting the name of this salad right, hahaha! It had boiled egg slices, different types of cheese, some kinds of nuts and seeds, cucumber, bell pepper, assorted leafy greens with a raspberry vinaigrette. LOL. I laugh at my poor attempt at describing this dish. One thing I am sure is that everything on the plate was demolished.

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Assorted Bread (P150) | There were five assorted bread slices served in a basket. As far as I can remember; there was raisin, pumpkin, wheat and that’s all I have. Haha! My memory is so bad maybe because I was too hungry to function well. They serve butter and fruit jam with this bread basket. You could ask for more jam if you want to, so go on and indulge! 🙂

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Smoked Pork Baby Back Ribs w/ Mexican Rice & Baked Beans (P490) | *A Rack of Pork Ribs marinated and grilled in Barbecue Sauce, served w/ Thick Fries, Garlic Chips and Cilantro. This is in their High Noon Special which they only serve from 11 onwards. I think I missed the garlic chips in this dish but the ribs were good. They were very savory and soft, the meat can easily be pierced off of the bone.

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Fish & Chips (P650) | *Dover Sole w/ Chicken Salt and Tartar Sauce. I am not familiar with dover sole nor chicken salt but I know that their tartar sauce was good. I even dipped some of the fries in it because it was that refreshingly good. The fish was also nice, lightly battered and still juicy and flaky. And the fish slices were big, perfect for sharing.

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Roast Chicken stuffed w/ Rosemary & Garlic Potato (P600) | Another item in their High Noon Special. The chicken was perfectly done – the breast was still very much juicy and plump. However, the cream sauce came out too salty. Such a shame because I would have loved to slather my chicken with all that creamy goodness.

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Mixed Seafood Tagliatelle (P610) | The tomato-based sauce was good, a little on the sour side which I love. It came with a mix of seafood fare – mussels, shrimp, scallops and some kind of fish. The noodles were a tad bit overcooked, bordering on the mushy side. Not pictured was an order of Portabello Tagliatelle (P495) with truffle cream sauce. I LOVED IT! The noodles were perfectly cooked and I just loved the earthy and creamy sauce with generous slices of portabello mushroom.

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Arugula Tomato Balsamic Pizza (P490) | We originally ordered this but was informed by our server a few minutes later that they couldn’t serve it because their oven broke down. That’s the reason why we had two orders of pasta instead. However, it turned out that their oven was working after all and that they’ve already prepared this before they got our order cancellation. So our server gave it to us instead, FOR FREE! Yay for free food! Haha. That being said, it was also very good. The crust was thin and crunchy (just how I like it!) and the toppings were fresh and light.

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We weren’t really up for dessert because we were all really full by this time. We also ordered drinks (milkshakes and smoothies not pictured) that’s why the craving for something sweet was not there. However, Jo wanted their cheesecake so we ordered a slice of their orange cheesecake. I honestly didn’t like it that much. There was something weird about the orange-mint-cheese combo that I just didn’t appreciate. 

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When we were fully satiated, we headed out only to be greeted by thick fog everywhere. I swear, it almost felt like a scene from a horror movie. 

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It was also drizzling lightly so we quickly snapped a token souvenir photo at the restaurant’s facade. We were all smiles and filled to the brim – a perfect way to kick off our Tagaytay weekend. 

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Waaaah! I still cannot believe it’s already August. Time is slipping by real fast, I sometimes feel like I can’t keep up. But I am really excited for August because it’s my birthday month! Woot woot! 😀

Despite being very busy with work for the past two weeks, I am not complaining. I just turned one with Deutsche Bank last July 18, so that’s one thing to be happy about. 🙂 And this month is also looking great, so far.

I am sooooo looking forward to my long vacation! I am going home to visit my family in the province from 18th to 30th of this month. That’s more  than two weeks of home loving with the fambam and excited is an understatement of how I feel right now. I might be also learning how to drive manual *crossed fingers*.

And there’s all the home-cooked meals I need to devour. And the all the seafood! God, I can’t wait! 😀

So cheers to a legendary August, yeah? 😉