Tag Archives: Birthday Lunch

A Japanese Celebration

17 Apr
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Look how happy Damien was… I wonder why! Haha! Thank you for coming, Tita Jilly! 🙂

Last March 28, 2013, I celebrated my birthday with the most special people in my life! 🙂  (Kulang na lang Ate and Kuya ko. HUHUHU!)  Since it was my birthday, I chose to eat my favorite cuisine of all time… Japanese 🙂

My birthday this year fell on Holy Thursday.  So I wasn’t sure if there were any restaurants open.  I knew for sure that hotels would be.  So I chose UMU in Dusit Thani Hotel 🙂  (But I would have chosen UMU anyway even if it weren’t a holiday.  I just love this place.)

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The freshest watermelon shake.

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The calm before the storm.  If you’ve eaten with us, you’ll know what I mean.  Haha!

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Yummy tuna salad for appetizers.

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California Maki.

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A bowl of Katsudon.

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Unagi, my brother’s request and favorite.

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Wala munang pansinan. Baka maubusan ng pagkain! Haha! 🙂

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UMU’s staff is the best.

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Sukiyaki for everyone.

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AWWWWW! A birthday cake for me???? 🙂

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And a birthday song for me??? 🙂 Hehe

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Thank you, Dante and Damien, for my strawberry birthday cheesecake!!! 🙂 Soooo yummy. Bought in Dusit’s Bakery 🙂

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Always thankful for my most precious gift, my Damien Crow 🙂

What more could I ask for??? An excellent meal shared with my loves!

A happy birthday, indeed.

Missing you, Ate and Och!

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Just Another Wednesday

29 Mar

Been missing my big sister, Ate Candy, lately… And yesterday morning, I got a long distance phone call from Canada! 🙂  What a pleasant surprise!!!  While we were chatting, I realized that I’m nine years younger than her. LOL! I never felt that she was nine years older than me.  I’ve always felt like she was just about three or four years older 🙂  Haha! But twenty years wiser indeed 🙂  You were the only one missing today, Ate!  You missed a great Korean lunch. (More about my Ate soon…)

It’s usually a tradition for the birthday celebrant in the family to treat everyone to a good meal.  So I decided to take mine to this Korean restaurant in Greenbelt 5 called Bulgogi Brothers.  My whole family was complete except for my big sister and my little boy who was still recovering from his illness 😦

Bulgogi Brothers was a very nice place 🙂  For starters, they gave us this plate of corn, sweet potato and quail eggs.

Hot tea for everyone!

Thanks to my dearest family for having lunch with me today 🙂

More starters! I love kimchi 🙂

Korean Salad?

There were two electric stoves in our table where some dishes will be cooked 🙂  This first dish is called Seoul Bulgogi.  Kind of reminds me of Sukiyaki.  It was really good.  The sauce was great with my steamed rice.

This dish is good for 2-3 persons. It's sliced beef with vegetables. Bulgogi broth is made of fruits, onions and soy sauce.

Cute utensils 🙂

Bibimbap! I like to call it Korean Paella 🙂

One of their specialties. Mandu 🙂 Like a fried potsticker.

Japchae 🙂 One of my favorite Korean dishes. And those noodle-like rice sticks that surround it was unusual! 🙂 It was chewy and surprisingly yummy! 🙂

Galbijjim or Braised Short Ribs.

Another specialty of theirs. Rib eye! Medium rare 🙂 Just the way I like it!

Dipping sauces and salt 🙂

More meat!!! Short rib 🙂

That was a very good and filling lunch! 🙂 I'm always happy after eating a Korean meal.

And for the finale, ice cream in a waffle shaped like a fish with red bean/jam filling. It's heaven in a fish's tail 🙂

That was one heavy lunch!  My brother, Chris, and I were planning to take the 4pm Bikram Yoga class.  But after this meal, we knew it wasn’t a good idea.  So we decided to take the 6pm class.  And what a treat! One of my favorite yoga teachers, Joyce, was teaching!!! 🙂

Joyce has been teaching at Bikram Yoga Manila for about three years now and her classes have been the hottest, funniest, most musical classes I’ve ever been in 🙂  She’s almost leaving Manila and I will miss her and her classes so much! So happy I got to spend my birthday with her in the hotbox 🙂  Speaking of musical, she made my brother sing the birthday song at the end of class! LOL!  So funny seeing my classmates, some were complete strangers, strumming their air guitars while he was singing.  Bwahahaha! Nice one, Joyce! 🙂

 I love ya to bits, Teacher Joyce! I will miss you sooooo much!!! 😦  Thank you for all the hours we’ve spent together in the torture chamber! I will await your return 🙂

This was taken during the launch of Chris' album, Heartbeat 🙂

After my ninety minutes of pain, my dear husband and I had another great meal in Apartment 1B in Salcedo Village.  I thought I was still full from lunch but after that class, I was ready to eat again. Haha! 🙂

I had crab cakes on a salad while Dante had a beef burger 🙂 Love this place!

AND, they gave me a little slice of cheesecake with a birthday candle! How sweet! 🙂  I wasn’t able to take a video or photo but when the staff of Apartment 1B gave me my cake,  the guard played the birthday song using his whistle.  LOL!  It sounded quite good! 🙂  I was just so impressed that I forgot to take his photo or video! 🙂  Darn! He was really good! 🙂

Birthdays to me are constant reminders of all the things I’m thankful for in my life 🙂  It was just an ordinary Wednesday.  But I heard from old friends whom I haven’t seen in years, I got calls and such sweet messages from the people I’ve had the privilege of working with and knowing, a long distance call from my Ate, a wonderful lunch with my family, time for myself in the hotbox, a lovely dinner with my soulmate…

… and a beautiful bouquet from the two men in my life.

But the truth is, these special people exist in my life every single day.  I don’t need my birthday to come along to realize it 🙂

Starting today, every ordinary day should feel like my birthday! 🙂 Everyday, I will be grateful 🙂

Table for Two in Mamou

6 Jan

December 21.  Someone turned 21. Plus something something 🙂

The birthday celebrant with his new Moscots

Decided to take the celebrant to one of his absolute favorite restaurants… Mamou in Rockwell 🙂

Mamou Iced Tea

Wrinkly Dinner Rolls

He knew exactly what he wanted to order 🙂

Chicken, Pork, Black Beans, Bananas and Rice

Medium rare.

Mamou's Steak

Creamed Spinach

 These sidings are so yummy! Wish they were available in ala carte sizes 🙂

Creamed Corn

 Let’s dig in!

Key Lime Pie

 All of Dante’s favorite things! 🙂

Don't forget the cream!

A perfect ending to a perfect meal.

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Fantastic lunch from start to finish! 🙂 Four thumbs up!!! 🙂

Happy tummies! Happy Birthday, Dante! MAMOOOU rocks!