Happy Wednesday everyone!
I’m down with a serious case of coughs, and the only consolation I’m looking forward to is that the “explosions” would be like crunches to help tighten my ever expanding midsection. In short, I hope that in its own teeny, tiny way, my coughing would help me lose weight. Because, my goodness, I’m gaining so much weight again. Waaah!
Anyway, as you may already know, I was in Cebu during the weekend sans my boys. Irvin and I went there for Brain Train’s Intensive ACET and DLSUCET Review.
We left on Friday morning, because prior to going to the airport, I took care of two more tasks. First, I went to White Label Bridal on Yakal St. in Makati. My friend Irvin is getting married in November and I am one of the bride’s maids (I have just emailed them my gown pegs and I’m so excited about them! Thus I really need to lose weight!) Next, I went to the office of Maid Provider to return a yaya and get a new one. Raviv’s most previous yaya (Yaya Gigi has already left…it’s a bit saddening, but I’m more thankful because, gravity, sumasakit talaga ang ulo namin sa pagiging malilimutin n’ya!) The first yaya I got was OK at first, but after a few days she started to get weird. I heard from our other new helpers and Yaya Isay that they saw her hitting and shouting at Raviv. Of course, I can’t have that. So I called the maid agency and told them I’ll be replacing the yaya. Thankfully, the new yaya I got seems nice. She speaks English a lot (o diva?!) and used to work as a teacher’s aid at a toddler school. Raviv seems keen on her. That’s great, of course.
Anyway, Irvin and I arrived in Cebu at around 3 p.m. Irvin’s friend picked us up from the airport and brought us to our hotel. We rested a bit and then proceeded to Ayala Mall at 6 p.m., because Allan and Karen Medalla—Brain Train Cebu’s franchisees—treated us to dinner. We had a nice chat over a delectable set of food at Chikaan.
Dinner at Chikaan sa Cebu in Ayala Mall
After dinner with the Medallas, we were picked up Jessie. Jessie was a colleague when both of us worked at Tanggol Kalikasan, an environmental law office. He was one of my closest friends there, even though he was assigned in Pangasinan while I was assigned in Quezon Province and Quezon City. He and Atty. Nelia Lagura (now Prieto) would graciously host my stay in Pangasinan whenever I was there. The last time I saw him was in 2005 pa—almost a decade ago. So when we saw each other again, it was chikahan galore. We greeted each other with shouts of “Mama Jessie!!!” and “Oy Mama Dewmaine!!!”
And then kumustahan.
I: San ka na work ngayon, Jess?
Jessie: Provincial Manager ako ni Cong. *****
I: E si Mama Nelia, saan na?
Jessie: Hay ang lola mo, lawyer sa Office of the Ombudsman ditto sa Cebu!
I: Ano sya dun?
Jessie: Aba ang Lola Nelia natin ay Graft Investigator na!!! Sabi ko nga sa kanya, “Huy Nels, ‘wag mo kaming imbestigahan ha!”
LOLS! Typical Jessie. We further our chika over coffee and green tea latte at Starbucks at IT Park.
The following day was Day 1 of the Brain Train Intensive ACET and DLSUCET Review in Cebu. Our host school was Sacred Heart – Ateneo de Cebu. That same day was card giving at this school, and there were lotsa parents. One thing I noticed was that there were so many fashionable moms carrying to-die-for bags. If only I were not shy, I’d have taken snapshots of the fasyon moms. 😉
Anyway, most of the Cebu kids were sweet, and gwapo ug gwapa pud!
Our lunch/dinner (because Irvin and I were able to eat at 4 p.m. na after class!) was from Handuraw. There was a Handuraw restaurant near Sacred Heart Cebu.
Unfortunately, when Irvin and I got there, there were already soooo many people. So we just opted to have our orders delivered. Since we are responsible teacher—“Students first!”—we did not mind our grumbling stomach in the midst of teaching. We did not interrupt our oh-do-important classes just to satisfy our earthly craving (yeeeesss!) That’s why Irvin and I were able to eat only after our classes in the afternoon. But in fairness, the food was worth the wait. Irvin and I loooooved food from Handuraw (whether it was because Handuraw food was really tasty or because we were just soooo hungry, I can’t say anymore).
Irvin and I could not get enough of Handuraw’s Chili Chips.
Our next favourite was Handuraw’s Potato Mojos:
Though Handuraw’s pride is their pizza, both Irvin and I found it so-so. Ditto their mozzarella triangles—that surprised Irvin because he crazy about cheeses!
Their chicken fingers were also good, but we just loved the chill chips and potato mojos so much that it eclipsed in comparison.
Jessie, Atty. Nelia, Irvin and I were supposed to go out on Saturday night for more kwentuhan and videoke. Unfortunately, I felt so exhausted and I could feel the cough descending on my throat. I felt like I should really rest.
After our classes the following day, we met Jessie and arty. Nelia at the Coffee Bean and Tea Leaf at Ayala Center.
We were not able to stay long because we were afraid we might miss our flight. So after a few minutes of kwentuhan, Jessie drove us to the airport. On our way, he picked up Peachy, his friend who’s probably the long-lost twin of Rufa Mae Quinto.
Actually, Peachy was with us on Friday night, and during that brief time with him/her, he/she made us laugh so hard. So when we learned that Peachy would be coming with us to the airport, we got excited. Irvin, mostly, hehe. And Peachy did not disappoint. Here are some of his/her hirits:
Peachy: Naku hindi na kayo aabot sa airport, maiiwanan na kayo ng plane!
I: Ay ito na ang Metro Gaisano…ibig sabihin malapit na tayo sa airport…
Peachy: Actually inilipat na ‘yung airport…hindi ba kayo in-inform?
Peachy: Happy New Year!
I: Hindi ba kayo nagka-clash ng mga type na boylet ni Jessie, Peachy?
Peachy: Ay hindi…magkaiba kami eh. Si Jessie type nya mga mapuputi at mukhang mabango. Ako, type ko mga “er”.
I: Ano’ng “er’?
Peachy: “Er”. ‘Yung mga trabaho nage-end sa “er”: labourer, jeepney driver, tricycle driver, construction worker…pati janit-er.
Basta andami pa! Super funny ni Peachy! And besides looking like Rufa Mae, he/she could also do a great impersonation of Rufa Mae, isali mo pa si Mahal! So if any of you are looking for a talent, naku, Gow gow gow gow na kay Peachy!
Before we actually went to the airport, Jessie dropped us by an Islands Souvenir store nearby. He instructed us to buy our pasalubongs there because it would be waaaay more expensive inside the airport.
This was what I got:
That cost me almost P1,500! I was surprised—almost P500 pala yung mango caramel pistachio, homaygas!!! (although Randy said it was delicious) Mom said I should have bought the dried danggit and pus it from the market because it was cheaper there. I realized, onga. Pero ‘yaan na nga natin, ‘coz we didn’t really have the luxury of time, anyway.
And then finally, we arrived at the airport. Irvin saw that the P44/pack of Shamrock otap from Island Souvenirs cost P80+++ there! Grabe ang mark-up!
It was great that our plane arrived early, and we arrived in Manila a few minutes ahead of time. I knew that in less than an hour, I’d be with my boys. And I sure did arrive to a pair of handsome sleepyheads.
Best sight ever. 😉
Tell me what you think!
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