Btw, bltn (better late than never) on my greetings for you. Here I've made you a postcard of sorts hehe.
The first pic was blue lemonade I had at Fancy Crepes and Cakes; the gorgoeus poinsettia decked steps was at Greenbelt Makati; I went trippy with the lights fantastic at the Ayala Triangle Gardens; made Valentine heart "art" out of Hershey's Kisses (ooohhhh yummm); and oggled the faux flower Chinese New Year symbol at SM Aura. See? I get around :). But I haven't downloaded emojis yet haha.
One other reason I haven't posted was that while there were positive, good things there were overwhelming bad times too. Not as bad for me, personally, because I have simplified my life down to the basics. No major losses or issues thank God...except for a tooth surgery that brought me down most of the Holidays and into January. I am unable to chew, with half my face all swollen and a pinched nerve throbbing and making my head ache. I could not do much. No baking, since every move is jarring. I couldn't send out Holiday greetings because even texting -vis a vis bending my head to punch keys- gave me pain and dizziness. I was on pain killers and antibiotics. I ate mostly soft white bread with lots of Nutella, crumble toast with peanut butter, cold soup and lots of cold water.
Whatever I post, I thought, would seem flighty or inane, too perky when those around me were grieving. There were a lot of funerals in December.
I found posting on Instagram is waaayyy easier and faster. They were just pictures I took of my #dentalmental food and some nature stalking (in mom's garden). I dogged the dogs too! Other than that I wasn't "connected". I was communicating with family and dogs via sign language (frenzied gesturing) and mumbling.
When I finally could eat, I ate royally! Friends who missed my company during the Holidays couldn't wait to take me out and feed me lol! Actually a lot of new restaurants and international franchises seem to be opening every week. Lots of great places for eats. Even our lowly neighborhood sprouted five turo-turo (point-point, meaning you point at the displayed food on the counter to order) in two months.
Milkyway/Cirkulo in Makati was my go-to date place back in the day and I got to visit again when I attended my friend's surprise birthday party/bridal shower/Valentine's Day celebration dinner. Yes, that same couple I helped style for a pre-nup shoot last summer! Full circle eh?
There were croquettas (potato) and spinach and blue cheese phyllo triangles to start. I loved the cochinillo asado or roast suckling pig (lechon) the best, although poor piglet set just so in a food warmer made me sad. Delicious, though! I forgot about being squeamish and just prayed that I am not a slaughter animal in my next life.
The Angus beef roast is good too, but that lechon is tops - all melty fat and soft meat and crisp golden skin. Sigh.
Only thing that stopped me from eating more than two slices of it was my earlier gorging on salad greens! I love arugula and blue cheese together, and with that nicely flavored vinaigrette?!?!? I topped up my plate thrice.
There were dessert dumplings, with sweet ripe bananas (like deconstructed turon) in the pouch. You dip the whole thing in caramel sauce. Yum. I didn't get to stuff myself silly like I planned. I got caught up making wedding gowns out of tissue rolls (games). The Diet Gods (if there were any) were holding me back from the buffet!
The couple had their tinghun (engagement rites) with a lauriat spread at Century Park Sheraton Hotel, which is the go-to lauriat place since forever, consistently good and authentic. It's a quiet, simple celebration but non-Chinese guests like me are bowled over by the exchange of symbols and gifts between the couple's families, the bride-to-be's walk backwards, tea service and all the other rituals.
They're tying the knot in March, next week, at an auspicious date according to feng shui. The families are very private so I may only just post on the food and some wedding details next!
So yes, I am still posting about food and random thoughts while I go off to new adventures and a new job. I am a sheep and this is supposed to be a good year for me. Hopefully for you too! Auspiciousness for all!
p.s. I did line up to see Pope Francis, even clambering up a navy truck to get a good look but I missed him. He was on the passenger side of a van that went by so fast.
I bawled my eyes out (like everyone else) every time the SAF 44 was on the news but I can't post about that. I refuse to give their slayers the satisfaction of seeing this country bumble about and play the blame game and every other expert seemingly communicating that the heroes are automatons who did not know what they're doing, what they were getting into and their skills downplayed. All I can say is there are things you cannot fully know or control, things you make the most of as best you can and they all did that. The odds were stacked against them in the end but remember that they died for country, not for any one personality or anything else.