Hello Again!

Yikes! My last post was of last summer and here it will be summer again soon! The rest of 2014 was a blur and my internet connection -not always good - finally put me to sleep. I mean,  I would nod off waiting in vain for pages to open.  This year of the sheep, maybe things will get jumping. High hopes, you know.
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.
I am allergic to seafood - shrimp of all sizes (prawn, lobster and other relatives haha) present in most lauriat dishes - so I mostly ate fruit, meat dishes, abalone, mushrooms, fish, noodles and all the gold coins (chocolate) I can find.  
There was pigeon with the decapitated head on the plate, all cooked and scary looking, beak and all, which my tablemate said was delicious, like Peking Duck.  I took her word for it.  
My friend said you don't actually eat the head or suck the eyes out like you do with fish heads, you open it up and eat the tiny brain - to make you smarter!  Uh, I think I'm happy with my brains the way it is, for the most part.  But hey, all food in a lauriat is symbolic for luck,  abundance or a "wish'em well" treat so don't knock it. Just squirm quietly hehe.  
I had pictures but the camera phone I used then went on sleep mode and won't wake up.  It is still on the fixit list. The crab dish and fruit platter pictures are from my outing at another lauriat dinner at Chinatown's Best in Banawe.
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.

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    1. Thank you Tom for liking the pictures and checking out my blog : ) my reply is super late but then better than never right hehe

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  2. Wonderful post and great photos!

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    1. Hi Linda thanks very much!!! I have not been posting much (sigh) but still I thank you and anyone else who cared to visit : ) Bless you : )

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