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SAVORING LATITUDE

Don't you just love to eat?  


One of our favorite catch up thingabies is eating.  We always make sure that once in while, we have uninterrupted bonding where we can just eat a lot (yep, a lot), talk and have good coffee for a couple of hours.  Thanks to Metrodeal, we were able to eat at Hotel Jen (formerly Traders Hotel) on a discounted price. We paid 560php each and get to savor good food on a Saturday.

The menu list was short but sophisticated.  I was surprised I got to memorize what the spread was without intending to.  On the buffet was the following:

  • Bread, butter, jam
  • Cheese (about 5 types), fruits and crackers
  • Salad
  • Bulalo Soup
  • Creamy Vegetable Soup
  • Siomai
  • Kikiam
  • Potato Wedges
  • Sushi
  • Ribs
  • Hilabos na Hipon
  • Lechon Macau
  • Spicy Wings
  • Chopsuey
  • Kare-Kare
  • Steamed Fish in Lemon Sauce
  • Strawberry Mousse
  • Sansrival
  • Churros
  • Ginataang Halo-halo
  • Pudding




When we walked in and checked the tables, I was not really excited to dig in.  It looked "ordinary", plus compared to other buffet restaurants the selections of Latitude was fewer.  However, when we started tasting each viand, we became really appreciative of what Latitude has to offer.  It was authentic, savory, real, delicious - definitely a lot "oooohhhsss and aaaaahhhhsss" from us.  








The ambiance was relaxing too.  It was not crowded, definitely no lines, no people walking around, and just really a good place to have an intimate conversation.  The waiters were a delight as well. They got our empty plates right away and checked on how we are enjoying our meals.

no people means a decent picture! haha

On the other had, the vegetarians will be a bit disappointed because aside from the green salad, Hotel Jen only offered Chopsuey, Sushi, Shrimp and Steamed fish on their list.

All in all, because of the quality of taste and ambiance, I will choose (with our without Metrodeal discount) Latitude over Buffet 101, Vikings and Yakimix.  I wish to go back here, not the soonest though, because the ribs and spicy wings were just too sinful to try again!








To All the Early 20s who will be "Dateless" and "Lonely" Tomorrow


I too had my my own share of alone moments during Valentines day.  I remember being sad and questionable on why my life is such a misery (yes, ganun ka OA with matching tears pa yun). 


Mas na feel ko pa yung pagiging sad when I was given flowers by my students with the underlying statement, "Ms. Mico, wala kang date?  kami na lang date mo".   Then, there was a time when my sister Kai who was grade 2 that year  blatantly asked me (I was 24 years old ata ) if I was already a matandang dalaga. HAY!! 


Nakakainis pa yung feeling that most of your friends have dates or at least someone has a crush on them, tapos ikaw wala!! Aaaayyyy ang sakit naman talaga sa heart! Then everyone is asking you pa kung "saan ang date mo?", then if you tell them na "wala", and reply nila ay "bakit?"...Ang sarap mang batok, diba? 

So, if you are single and you feel alone, WELCOME TO THE CLUB!! YOU ARE NORMAL!!. It happens, my dear.  On the other hand, it will pass.  Feb 14 is just a day.  Yung iba, may ka date nga, but they are not truly happy (bitter na kung bitter, totoo naman kaya!).  So, maybe you can buy yourself a bag of chips or a pint of ice cream (pwede din both) and do a movie marathon.  Or pwede din, matulog ka na lang.  Or go out with people who are happily date-less too.  Or, feel the sadness.  It is okay to be lonely.  It is okay mag mukmok.  It is okay to cry.

But again, it will pass.  And just like me, you will wake up one day not remembering what it feels to be lonely.  Dadating yan, promise.  You do not even have to wait for it. Hugs to YOU!!!

Thailand day 5 - (still) in Phuket


We woke up gloomy so I was afraid that it would be cloudy the whole day. I was so wrong though. The sun was up as soon as I got outside of our huge and glass walled bathroom.  We filled ourselves with fruits for breakfast then went straight out of room 233 to do some “hotel hopping”. 
What I loved about Mai-Khao (the part of Phuket where we are in) was that it was the most secluded and quietest part of the island.  Perfect for people who want to be in solitude and have candle-lit dinners by the shore instead of endless partying at night.  With this, there were only 3 places to stay in the area -- Renaissance, Sala and Marriott.  We hit Marriot first and saw how Thai the hotel is.  Every corner and architecture piece spells Asian.  Each turn showcases Thailand’s design, silk, scent and gods.  As we went to the beach area, there was even an elephant! How crazy is that?!  We walked through Sala hotel too and appreciated how modern and small it was. Perfect for parents who want to watch their kids as they relax.




We went back to Renaissance hotel to enjoy the Sand Box Restaurant and Bar – My favorite food place in the hotel.  I like this spot cause one can dine in your skimpy wear, be barefooted and feel the sand on your feet as you eat, and have the blue skies or starry skies as your view.  Tursitang turista ang peg!




We rested back to our room for awhile then walked to the pool for a swim.  The water was light and warm, perfect for the setting sun and cool breeze of the wind.  We sat to the pool chairs at times to enjoy the happy hour drinks, vegetate and stare at the paradise we are in.  Sigh. This is all what we did. Dip, drink, and stare - the beauty of doing nothing.





We skipped dinner for tonight is Noche Buena!! Our first CHRISTmas together!!!  We wanted to reserve buffet dinner but the restaurant is only open until 11pm.  I mean, Christmas begins at 12 midnight, it cannot end at 11 pm!!! Thus, we ended up having our Noche Buena at the hotel’s bar.  The people around us had alcohol on their tables while we had a complete dinner course!! At 12 midnight, we exchanged greetings and stayed some time to finish our meals.  We then walked out of the bar and stayed close as we sat on a wooded platform underneath the Christmas stars.  We missed our families, of course, but the fact that we are together in our most favorite time of the year made everything fade away.  It was Christmas of 2012 and we were finally married!!! <3 font="">





THREE


**originally written last September 2012

Jeremiah 33:3 says “Call to me and I will answer you and tell you great and unsearchable things you do not know”.

On our first official date, he asked me to bring my Bible.  I was like ”eeeerrrrr….ok”.  I mean, I have a Bible and I bring it with me BUT not on a date.  And besides, I have never met a man who asked me to bring a Bible on a casual meeting.   Anyway, so be it, I brought one. 

After finding a spot in Calaruega where we can comfortably sit, he asked me to share my fave verse and so I mentioned Jeremiah 33:3.  He shared his fave next.  We talked about it and discovered two things:  his Bible is King James and mine is NIV (do the thinking!haha)  second was our peg on our “spirituality”.

The man who asked me to discuss Jeremiah33:3 is the man I will marry three months from now.  I am still uneasy of a lot of things a married girl should do or be like so I try to always remind myself that God will tell me things I do not know – from the smallest to the most intricate  - God will let me know.

Three months.  12 weeks.

Yes, I am pressured.  Sometimes, stressed.  Most of the times, wondering.  Paano kaya? How will it be like to be married to Bryan?  How drastic will my routine change? Could I actually manage a home and a husband?  How will we be when we are in the same roof?

These are my thoughts as I put myself to sleep.  When still troubled, I recite Jeremiah 33:3 in my head.  God will tell me what to do.  He will direct me.  He has been helpful and He will persistently be.