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The Absolut Adventures: An Absolut Weekend in the Metro

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Okay, so I've been hanging out with a group that Alex introduced me to. I must say, I am having fun. I guess all the hours I spend at work need to equate with soooo much fun. I think that hanging out with these folks excite the gay boy in me. I feel much more comfy to say things that my other friends would find un-relatable and I am amazed that at times I don't need to speak for them to know what's on my mind. Truly, gay birds of the same feather flock, laugh, eat and party together.

November 19 - after my meeting with our high school reunion organizers, i shopped with my friend Fudge at SM North and Trinoma for my outfit that night. It was supposed to be shorts night so I had to look for kinda cheap shoes that would go well with my shorts. Nothing fancy. When I got home, i thought that our O Bar gig was cancelled so I took a shower and short naps. It was between 1:30-2:00 am when they confirmed it was a go. Have you ever timed yourself while taking a shower? I had to. It was way too late to be out but I wanted in on the action so much so that I was putting shampoo on my hair while rubbing soap on my body. Believe it or not, I was in Ort Home Depot in less than 30 minutes.

For the first time, I met Brian (who I've known before I met Alex), Parc (with two high school friends), Chester (Alex was right, he was tall) and MJ. I got my Tanduay Ice right away. I got pumped up when they played a Spice Girls medley, but after that, I was soooo tired that I just drank alcohol and smoked for the most part of the night. Brian earned the crown for making out with this semi-hot guy. Oh, by the way, I was the only one wearing shorts. Here are outtakes from our O Bar invasion:

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At around 5am, we were all hungry and tired (plus sweaty) and we looked for a nearby McDonald's. It was nice to see the sun after an awesome night out. Before we all parted ways, we kinda agreed to meet at night again.

Only Alex, Brian and Frank confirmed on Facebookey. For the first time in months, i took the MRT to go to Makati. I figured it was a Sunday, so there may be less people commuting. And i missed my posing moments while standing up. Frank and I met at SM Makati, then we in turn met Brian at Starbs in GB3. Here's a paparazzi shot of the loner cutie whom I think deserves a hug:

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After buying tickets, we went straight to Bonchon (yey!) which i loooved! I love chicken, everybody knows that. So i was excited to try out Bonchon after all the buzz I've been hearing about it. They're right, it is delicious. Especially the skin, not so sweet and crispy, i just hope the flavor reached the chicken meat. Boulevard Diner's cocoa chicken wings now top my list, Bonchon takes the second slot and KFC is a close third.

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What's hanging out in Makati without 'razzi shots?

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At this point we were sure that Alex may not be joining us for the night. We just decided to walk around. On our way back to GB3 we saw Bill, who was with a friend. That funny moment when you almost outed somebody by calling him "Tey" when he's with unaware friends. Good thing we shut our traps. :)

We went to this store full of sweets. I forgot what I got.

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Then we had our pictures taken:

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And bought ultra expensive chips before watching Breaking Dawn. :)

Hmm, the movie was good, for readers. There were funny moments with Jacob. I honestly think I'd rather sit through 3 hours than wait for another movie next year. I guess I just feel the movie was so-so that's why I don't have that much comments about the movie.

And then on our way home, we saw this:

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It was a great weekend. I'm hoping that the following weekend is a lot better. I have a three day weekend due to Thanksgiving in the States so I've got my plans all mapped out. Two words I'm aiming for: EPIC and AWESOME. :)

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Enchanted Kingdom, nuff said!

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my cousins and i went to enchanted kingdom in sta. rosa, laguna to spend my niece's 7th birthday. the whole day was a blast, i got to play those perya games i've always wanted to try and enjoyed a lot of rides. i shied away from the rides that scared me out of my wits when i rode them years ago. i felt like a kid again, and it helped that i was with family. these are fun times that the whole family should share. here are some pictures:

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The Absolut Adventures: last Absolut Friday night

A night of many firsts

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I haven't gone out with my friend Alex for the longest time, so we decided to meet yesterday to hang out and party. I think that drinking with straight friends is cool, but i need some gay action in my life too. Alex and i are party boys. We go to clubs and get drunk a lot, but responsibly.

We decided to meet in Makati, since he lives in that area. While waiting for him, i ended up shopping for clothes since i got a bit sweaty walking around SM. When he arrived, we went to his house so i could eat, and we could take a shower (not together, eew) then we could go straight to O Bar in Ortigas, where his other friends will be.

This was the first time for me to ride in Alex's car, so i was excited. Man, it was a manly car. First thing i noticed was the hood finish, but the interior was the best. He got speakers that make your heart beat faster and a player that looked like a transformer to me. Imagine two gay guys cruising the streets, windows down, bobbing their heads to Beyonce's Run the World (Girls). I know, ironic. And cool. :)

We arrived at Home Depo a bit late due to traffic. I finally met some guys from the Absolut FB group. There was Frank, Marvin and Bill at first, then Nicko and Joss came a little later. Alex, Frank and i went to O Bar, while the rest went home.

Getting inside O Bar was refreshing. I haven't been in a small space full of gay people for almost a year. At first i felt too old for it, and was just standing there, but while the alcohol kicked in, my inhibitions went out the window.

Another Absolut friend, Jeff, came while on break, and bought drinks for us (thanks!). In a few minutes, i was swaying, then dancing.

One surprise for the night was seeing Allen my twitter crush, who was apparently a student of Frank. Cute, as in, literally. Nope, i did not introduce myself. It was that awkward moment when you see a twitter friend and you're embarrassed to introduce yourself because you're the one "following" him on twitter.

So the show started, and so did the craziness. I was hooting, dancing and laughing. Hard. Way too hard. I was aware of what i was doing, this was one event i didn't want to forget.

An hour later, Alex's friend, Louis arrived. We were sitting by the bathroom area. I remember borrowing the glowing balls of one ledge dancer and doing the one poi move i learned from my orgmate Roni.

Things got interesting when i started interviewing Louis. Hopefully he never gets to read this. Among the questions i asked, i really became curious of one thing we found out about him. He had a partner, but he sleeps around, because his partner does too. I'm not chaste, as proven by my earlier posts, but i can't help but wonder, do long term relationships mean you can play while the other is away?

It is easy for me to not become attached to the people i slept with, but i just feel that if you have committed yourself to somebody, even when that somebody is away, your job is to wait for that person. I remember talking to Mr Big about this, and i called him an asshole for dating people while his partner was in the US. Despite the drunken stupor, i restrained myself and chose not to ask some questions in my mind. In fairness to Louis, he was calm while talking to us.

We got back inside to dance again, but only a few minutes later, i heard my name being called. When i looked around. It was my ex Jom. I cam over, he introduced me to his friends and we started talking. While talking, he kept on wiping off the sweat on my forehead and i found myself putting my arms around him. I said sorry for leaving him abruptly. He said it was okay for we were both busy. I asked him why he was still in Pinas, he said he might leave soon. He then held my hand. I asked about his partner. He said the guy's in Cebu. I asked was he happy. He said he is. I hugged him and told again how sorry i was. And then he kissed my neck. Maybe it was the fact that i didn't see him for more than a year, or because i was drunk, i kissed him on the lips. It was thrilling. We kissed for a few seconds, stopping to say "sorry" then snogging again. For the first time i didn't care whether people were watching me suck on my ex's face. I closed my eyes and thought of the things Jom and i did when we were together. We stopped when i felt someone poking me on the shoulder. It was his friend. He had to go out to follow his other friend.

I came back to our group. I felt i was blushing, if only people could see. I used to tease Alex for kissing guys in bars. Look who's slutty now.

I thought of Louis and i felt guilty for what i did. Jom had a boyfriend. I didn't have the right to kiss him. But as Frank said, "Tapos na chi." i've done it. I wasn't some random guy Jom kissed. I was his ex. And i'll be furious if i were his boyfriend.

So we danced for a little bit and decided to eat eat, coz i was famished. At first we agreed to eat at McDo. Louis had a car too, and i was the chosen one to ride with him. His car was awesome. Touchscreen panels, a backside cam and all the pretty stuff that guys drool over. I felt jologs for riding a Chevy for the first time. Along the way, i apologized again to Louis, and we talked about other things. The guy likes Adele. I explained to him my love-hate relationship with her songs. I don't know how it happened, but we started talking about Tagaytay. So when we reached McDo, we asked Alex and if they wanted to go there.

The plan was, to bring Top home then we could all ride Louis' amazing car to Tagaytay. When we reached Alex's place, Frank and i said that maybe eating at SEx in better living is a better choice, but as fickleminded as we are, when we were near our supposed exit, we changed our minds and drove towards Tagaytay.

It was a short drive, and when Louis got off to pee, the three of us talked about him. We all agreed he was nice. I tried to forget the fact that he slept around while being in a relationship.

We arrived at Mushroom Burger. It was bigger than i remembered. They now had an extension but the place still looked simple, yet cozy. I ordered a lot so we could try more food. I got spaghetti, pancit canton and two different burgers. The spag was perfect, just like how i wanted Pinoy spag to be. A bit sweet, with lots of cheese and meat. The burgers were a bit blah. The pancit canton was the stand out. I couldn't finish it off coz i was full and i could feel a fart about to say hello. Oh yeah, i also bought barquillos, the really big ones. Frank asked if icould deepthroat it, but i didn't want to scratch my throat.

The drive home was a bit quieter. I dozed off for minutes. And i thought that Alex and Louis should have some time on their own.

The whole night was really fun for me. I realized that people who are like you tend to relate to you the most. I missed Alex, he was the younger gay brother i never had. I had a lot of hilarious moments with Frank, who was frank enough to tell me i was indeed drunk when i said "I must be drunk." Louis was cool, although i don't think he would hang out with me if he were given a choice.

A lot of things were firsts. First time to go back to O Bar after a year. Went out of the Metro after months of slaving away in the city. Met Absolut friends. First time to ride Top and see Alex's room. Snogged a guy in public (not just a smack). Rode and almost farted in a Chevy.

I could say this night would place in the Top Ten Gimiks of All Time. And i hope to have more. :)

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random babbles: what justin and mila could have done

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watching friends with benefits again proves that familiarity breeds contempt. although the main premise of the movie is to stay away from usual rom com formulas, one can predict that the end will have the two protagonists fall for each other. sex is an activity that requires emotions, beyond the physiological needs most people attest to. if you repeatedly do it, plus you hang out a lot, meet each other's family and open your heart and soul to one another; there is a huge chance of ending up in a romantic relationship with your "FWB."

there is a big BUT though. and at the risk of contradicting myself, i can say that the idea of having FWBs is doable.

instead of hanging out with just the two of you, go out with other friends. this lessens the time you actually spend alone. when you have other people to mingle with, the only time you have alone should be in the bedroom. after sex, do not linger. leave. go home. do not talk about your feelings. the more you cuddle, the more connection you feel for each other. when you want him to meet your parents, tag along other friends. this avoids the "i feel so special because i met his parents" notion. as much as possible, do not have a theme song. the trouble with that is, if you relate a song to somebody, when you hear it, you think of the other person.

i guess what i'm saying is, refrain from doing things that would lead to developing emotionally attaching yourself to that person. yes, you can hang out, you can talk about life in general, but you have to control yourself and keep your emotions in check. folks who can do this should not be called heartless. if all you're after is sex then focus on it. it is possible to have a functional friendship and sexual relations with someone as long as you consciously limit your attachment to each other.

how do i know? i've done it. Mr Big even told me i have a wall built around me, repelling any romantic vibe being thrown at me. it sounds slutty, but it gets me off, pardon the pun. when i found someone who had the same objectives as i did, i went after it. we both have fun, but still treat each other no different from everybody else. and instead of sleeping around with different men, i have one person to count on when i feel restless. (general of thumb: we only meet when we're single, satisfied?)

friends are supposedly extensions of yourselves in some aspects. it is true that friends are for good times and bad times, but if you start including wild times in the mix, make sure you are emotionally strong-willed and ready about what other people might say. this may be too late a disclaimer, but i am not writing this to encourage everyone to have sex with all your friends. now that is slutty. but i'd rather do it with someone i feel comfortable with. i am also not completely discounting the possibility of a relationship. i'm just trying to prove that the movie could've ended differently if the characters wanted to stay just as friends. everything is possible with relationships. you can be friends, acquaintances or whatever category you think you belong to, but always remember, without proper control, sex changes everything.

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solitary sunday

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i made a lot of plans for this weekend. since i only go home to sampaloc every two weeks, i make sure to make the most out of the weekends that i'm at the apartment.

yesterday, i was supposed to go out with a friend for dinner, but since i drank with madam shugaytay and friends, i woke up too late in the afternoon. i ended up watching queer as folk all night and got ripe for the picking. *grin*

today, sunday, was very cold since it was raining non-stop, so i overslept again. when i woke up at 6pm, i said i'd go to trinoma to watch in time, but i was so tamad much. i just went to philcoa, ate at mcdo and bought dvds of in time, what's your number and friends with benefits.

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after that i finally went to infinitea to try it out. i ordered watermelon mania milk tea and they also had takoyaki! :)

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i've tried so hard not to join any passing fads but i always fail. first was with frozen yoghurt (i don't know how to spell it), now i'm honestly liking milk tea. i chose watermelon because it seemed to be an odd choice, but it definitely has a delectable taste to it. i just wonder why the price range is so high (P75 for Cha Dao, P80 for Infinitea) when the preparation is so easy. i have one store left to visit, moonleaf, hopefully next weekend, before i make a comparative blog on the three milk tea shops here in UP Village.

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trio adventures: quickie chic boy and zombies

without brattykrissy again

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it's been a long while since i hung out with Madam Shugaytay. i was so glad to see her again. i confided in her some work sitch that have recently bugged me coz i just had to let it out. i'm still unsure why it happened, but i'm glad to hear another person's perspective.

we went to chic boy with some of our friends. this is the chic boy right along timog avenue, near GMA7. it was 9am so the place was almost empty. oooh we ordered a lot. lechon sisig, chicken sisig, liempo, cripsy tenga, bbq, 2 pitchers of zombie and ice cream. :)

the pulutan were great. price wasn't an issue. the zombie was a bit strong. the place was cozy for drinking. what i enjoyed the most was being tipsy. i still had my emotions in check though, despite the sitch i was in.

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Parallel 2

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October 22, 2011 - 8:30am - As soon as he disconnected the call with Jen, Paulo felt something was missing. "Oh freak! My bracelet!"

Earlier, during his "lunch," Paulo was toying with the only thing he had that came from Mike. It was a bracelet with small seashells arranged by probably someone who's OC because the shapes and sizes of all shells were alike and perfectly sewn in side by side. Paulo liked it because he was such a fan of Queer as Folk, and the main character Brian Kinney had a bracelet exactly like it. It was their conjugal property, although it was a gift from Mike's sister who came from Baguio. Since they didn't have a proper break up and Paulo was the last one to use it, he kept it.

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That bracelet saw a lot things that happened to the couple. It was there when they first kissed. It almost broke when they first made love. "Easy," said Mike. "My sister gave this to me. I ain't going nowhere so just calm down. There, it's off me. Now where were we?" Since Paulo knew what sentimental value it had on Mike, he also took care of it. Anything that felt like family had to be taken care of.

Paulo was pacing back and forth where he was standing. It was the only thing Mike had that he held dear. Now it's lost.

October 22, 2011 - 8:40am - On her way to Damon's place, Ivy was still thinking about Jason. He's been gaining weight lately. The night shift is starting to take its toll on her good friend. She knew that the weight gain is affecting Jason. She keeps on reminding him what a good catch he is. Handsome, mature and independent. What else does he need?

"Ives, looks are not enough. In today's gay world, you have to hit this combination: a good-paying job, a cute face and a fit bod. I've been chubby all my life. Just when i started going to the gym, I'm placed on the night shift," Jason said in one of their telebabad sessions. "Your world is different from mine. You can easily snag boys just because you have that extra hole. Me? I have to do a lot of things before I get noticed! If it were my choice, I'd ask my boss to let us wear fugly uniforms! But no, I have to keep up with fasyon! You know how that V-neck moment turned out to be a disaster when my man boobs kept on pointing outward you can shoot paper balls in my neckline."

Jason had a lot of excuses and Ivy didn't want any of that anymore. She had to do something for her best gay friend. While in thought, she somehow felt something kind of hard she was sitting on, and heard a faint crack.

She found a bracelet with at least ten, well minus one, small shells neatly woven side by side. She felt bad that she broke it, but it still looked like it will still work. She thought of wearing it, but it was of a bigger size. "Manong, was the last person to ride your cab a guy?" she asked the driver. "Yes ma'am," the driver replied. Damon won't wear it, since he's hip hop-ish now. Maybe Jason would wear it, besides, the bracelet was so gay.

October 29, 2011 - 8:30pm - "I know, you could be spending time at home. Really? Everyone's partying around town and you'd rather play Pigs in Trees on your iPhone? Seriously? That's so un-gay Jase!" Ivy was almost yanking Jason out of bed at this point.

"Ivy, I'm not ready for a Halloween party! I didn't even prepare anything! You're not even dressed as anyone!" "I'm Emily from Pretty Little Liars, don't you notice the lesbo vibe?" And then Ivy tried to reach Jason's crotch.

"Argh! Fine! Just get your woman hands off me beyotch. That's it, I'll just wear black."

"Oh, I almost forgot. I got this from the cab I rode a week ago. Thought you might like it." as she slowly put the bracelet on Jason's wrist.

"Iiiit's preeetttyyyyy," Jason said. "Are you sure it's clean?"

"Yes bitch. Smell it. I soaked that in Downy for an hour. Plus Zonrox, which i know you're used to with all the self-lovin' you're doing. "

"Bitch, please. It's like i have a choice?"

"Yes, you do Jase! That's why we're going out! Get out there! You're no Snow White who will wait forever for Prince Charming to come sweep you off your big feet!"

"I know, I'm not that pretty..."

"Jase that wasn't what i meant..."

"Charot! Haha! I know you're just being a friend. Fine. Drinks are on you. If we get drunk, we'll sleep here okay?"

"Yeah, you and your posh apartment."

"Shut up. Do I look okay?"

"Yes, you do my dear friend. All we need are these!" And Ivy brings out their masks for the night. She bought two identical masks, one with pink feathers, the other with blue. Of course Jason gets blue. She knew it was his favorite color.

"These are perfect. Everyone will think I'm Anne Curtis, but I'm nooooooot..." "You're nooooooot!" They said the last two words at the same time, mocking that toothpaste commercial they both abhor for the fakeness.

About an hour later, they arrived at Club Macon. Ivy scored guest list privileges because of Damon's friends. They sat in the couch that the receptionist said was reserved for them. Ivy wanted to call Damon but she realized she left her phone on Jason's bed.

"Jase, we have a problem."

"What, did a penis finally grow on your forehead?"

"No! Sssshh! I left my phone at your house. I haven't called Damon yet." "Then use my phone." "Gimme it." "Here, and thank you, princess little liar whatever. " "It's pretty little liar! I'll be back. Wait, where are you going?"

"I'll go the the loo, dear. You go call your pretty real liar." Jason mumbled that last sentence to himself. He drank his vodka sprite and headed to the men's room.

At 27, Jason still doesn't know how to handle alcohol. On his way to the loo, he felt a slight discomfort. He forgot to eat again. It didn't help that he downed his drink too fast. He just had to sit down for a few minutes. He got into a cubicle and sat right away.

A few seconds later, he heard some sniffing from the next cubicle. At first he thought it could be someone taking drugs, but he also heard some sobbing. It was as if the guy was crying hard...

"Hey man, are you okay there?" Jason asked.

"I'm good, thanks for asking." the guy replied.

"Would you wanna, er, want to talk about it?" He heard a chuckle. "Oh, did I say something funny?"

"No, it's not you, I'm sorry. You reminded me of my... Of someone, a friend. He used to correct himself a lot. Gonna, then say going to."

"Oh yeah, cause that's my job."

"You work in a call center too?"

"Yup. Exactly." Jason didn't find it weird talking to this person from another cubicle. Heck, he didn't care whether people were hearing them.

"Which call center?"

Jason was about to answer when he heard Ivy shouting from the restroom door.

"Jase! let's get outta here! I just saw Damon coming in with a girl! A tattooed freak! He had his arms around her! The nerve! Those hip hop bitches! That's why he's not answering my calls using your phone. Maybe he thought i fell asleep and he screened you thinking you're calling him!"

Jason quickly got out of the cubicle, slightly embarrassed by the commotion. Good thing no one else was in the restroom, aside from the crying guy.

"Ives, what if she's just a friend?"

"They kissed. On the mouth, Jase! On the fucking mouth! Aaaaah!"

Ivy was beyond hysterical. If she was close to Damon, she could've scratched his face. Jason knew he had to take her somewhere else. This was the right time, Ivy was still in the right mind not to throw bottles at Damon. He knew she just didn't want to create a scene. "Fine girl, let's go back to the apartment." He knew there was an exit right by the restrooms. They'll take that exit to avoid any confrontation.

As Jason went through the door, the crying guy went out the cubicle. He didn't want to embarrass the girl, Ives, any further. Just as the crying guy went out, he could only see Jason's back and left arm. And he saw the same shell bracelet that he lost a week ago.

October 29, 2011 - 9:55pm - Paulo whispered to himself, while putting back his mask on, "Jase." He stood there for quite a few seconds. No straight man would actually ask another man why he's crying. There's a chance that person must be gay too. And he wanted to thank him.

He quickly went outside the restroom, went down the stairs leading to the dance floor, and climbed the stairs that brought him to the front door. He kept on saying "all black, all black, all black" as he sprinted to the door. He went out of the club and started calling for "Jase."

"I have to look for Jase! I have to look for Jase!" People just looked at him. Some smiled. He walked past the crowd and headed for the parking lot. From afar, he could see a woman in the driver seat, and he could hear the loud Paramore song emanating from the car. He then sees a man in what seemed to be an all black attire, taking the passenger's seat. He noticed something thrown by the passenger. And off they went.

Paulo realized how mad the girl sounded a few minutes ago, hence the fast driving. He couldn't figure out how their faces were like because it was a bit dark in the lot, and the car was heavily tinted. But he was sure that was Jase, he was the only one wearing something as simple as an all black ensemble. All the others were sailors, policemen, astronauts or famous cartoon characters.

All he could do was go to the spot where the car was parked just seconds earlier. He was curious why he was so bent on thanking that guy. Maybe it was the bracelet. Maybe he's just drunk. He's not sure what has come over him. He sat on the pavement, still thinking about what just happened. A few inches from his feet, he saw what Jase threw from the car. It was a mask with blue feathers.

(To be continued)

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the case of the milk tea

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during our quick trip to sm san lazaro, i asked my cousins if they knew a place that sold milk tea, but they didn't know any, so i was glad when i went back to my QC apartment because a friend knew one in my area.

the place is called Cha Dao. it is a bit bigger than Infinitea, which is right beside my building. the interior could fit in at most 8 people, and had a smoking area outside.

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it is a good place for hanging out with friends, because the shop didn't have wifi. people will be forced to really talk to each other when here. the things that caught my eye were the plastic lanterns:

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i so wanted to get one for my apartment. my friend kelvin even said we can create one on our own, but i begged to disagree. i can't be THAT precise with stuff. :)

when we got in, we were greeted by the nice staff. although there were menus and cardboards on hand, i wanted to know straight from the staff what was good. in fairness to them, they knew their product very well. kelvin got some kopiko concoction, i went the safer route and ordered a green tea.

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kelvin was right, it was reminiscent of the zagu days, but mine was okay. i liked the combo of the green tea with the pearls. they also had free upgrade so we got an XL sized cup for the price of a large order.

i have two more shops to go to: moonleaf and infinitea. let's see what my taste buds will like the most. :)

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a quick trip to manila north and sm san lazaro

also a quick rundown of what happened :)

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after being puyat the night before, i texted my cousin at 5am and told her that i'll join her visit our loved ones in manila north. alas, i was so sleep deprived that i woke up too late. good thing they had wanted to go back since my cousin-in-law took charge of painting and cleaning the tombs. when we got there, there were not a lot of people, thank God! i want to post the picture we took of the newly painted tombs, but i have to blur some names.

it started to rain a bit, so we hurriedly went to SM san lazaro (no, there was no shooting there). i just dropped by penshoppe to buy a bottle of cheap cologne, then we ate at A Veneto. here are the pics:

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the first pic is A Veneto's baked ziti with meatballs. it was good for 5 people, not 3! the sauce was typical of the Napoli/A Veneto kind. it wasn't too sour, not sweet at all. knowing me, all i needed was a dash of parmesan cheese to make it perfect. :)

the second picture is my personal fave, the bacon cheeseburger pizza. at some point it tasted a bit salty maybe because of the bacon, but it wasn't overpowering.

the third pic is me with my gal pal cousins, who stopped eating at the same time. i ended up eating the ziti til the plate only had three bits left. the bill was only at around 600 bucks, but we left really full and sleepy. :)

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The Saturday Surprise

my third date with Mr Barrister

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after spending 15 hours at the office (i forgot one task that Romy reminded me of at the start of our shift), i finally got home for my long weekend. since we didn't have plans to visit Manila North Cemetery til Sunday, i thought of going out that night with some of my trusted friends for clean fun (meaning alcohol and some good laughs). from the time that i woke up in the afternoon until around 10pm, i've used all the ways i know to bug my friends (text, chat, fb, twitter) to go out, but to no avail. no one, i mean no one, said yes to my invites. i was already in bed at around 12mn when Mr Barrister replied and asked what i was doing.

(now Mr Barrister was the guy i dated last Christmas. he's cute, short and smart. we've gone out twice and so far, i think he's a keeper. )

out of his good heart, he said he could pick me up and we could hang out somewhere. i originally wanted to go to Malate to get drunk, but he had to drop some documents in Makati so we ended up going to Mercato. Mercato is like Banchetto in the Ortigas area, but a lot better.

it is located in the heart of BGC (yeah, i use that for bonifacio global city now, i'm not even sure if i got that correct), with tents full of stalls with food. oh, i loved it! when Mr B and i got there, the first thing i saw was a line for grilled food, but i wanted to go around more. after a few minutes of scouring, i got these:

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on the left side is my favorite cake from MedChef, their red velvet. while eating this, i was explaining to Mr B how the chocolate turns red, when combined with some substance. i sounded a bit smart, albeit unsure of what i'm saying, so i'm kinda happy. next to the red velvet is Manang's Chicken. when you buy it, it seems like you have 4 pieces of wing parts, but it really is just a pair of wings cut into four. the chicken is deep fried in front of you, and you have to choose the sauce that you like. i chose original, of course, no spicy food for me in a public place. at the risk of sounding exaggerated, it was the best chicken wings i've tried so far. just the right crisp, the sauce had a tangy/semi-spicy taste and the meat was tender. i can say that it is a bit better that Boulevard Diner, so the next target for me is Bonchon, just to see how it fares versus Manang's. the 4-piece wings cost 99 bucks, i would've wanted to eat it with rice but there was none available. Mr B asked if i should take some home, but my cousins don't wake up til 7am or 8am so the crispiness will be gone by then.

Mr B and i only got to talk more when i was recharged by the food we just ate. we stayed at the Starbs that had drive-thru service, and i must say, it's the second best branch i've seen (the John Hay spot's still the sweetest for me). i wasn't able to snap some pics, maybe next time.

so Mr B (no segue!) and i talked a little. i like that he's a bit expressive now. he seemed a bit touchy this time. it felt like i was talking to a good, old friend and that's a good sign for me. looking back, there wasn't any dull moment that day.

on our way to Roxas (he dropped me off the Starbs we met in last Xmas), we were just laughing and teasing each other. we even stopped for a few times coz i kept on teasing him about his age and he had to look for IDs to prove to me what his age was.

when we reached where he would drop me off, i asked him coyly, "so dito na ko?" he said yes. i turned my back on him, only to face him again and say "baba na ko." only then did he say "kiss muna kita." i couldn't believe what i heard. he's been so torpe the first two times we met. so we did. it was short and sweet, just as what i had imagined. when we got out of his car, i reached for his hand, but he didn't give it to me. ah, that was too much for him, i guess. maybe next time. all in all, my saturday wasn't as boring as i thought it would be.

Posted by jc_pagdanganan 19:25 Archived in Philippines Tagged chicken mercato manang's medchef Comments (0)

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