21 Things I Stopped Doing at 21

1)      Making birthday greetings on Facebook

2)      Sleeping without checking the e-mail

3)      Going offline when he appears on the chat box

4)      Drinking iced coffee at the sight of deadlines

5)      Re-tweeting horoscopes

6)      Watching the water run from the faucet

7)      Dozing off before 2am

8)      Doing the laundries on weekends

9)      Adding too much soy sauce on fried rice

10)  Texting friends about suicidal thoughts in the middle of the night

11)  Calling people by surnames

12)  Posting a status on Facebook

13)  Twisting my hair to calm self

14)  Stroking zits on my face

15)  Eating pizza crust

16)  Avoiding eye contact amidst deep conversations

17)  Dipping bread in hot chocolate

18)  Sending gifts despite special occasions

19)  Being narrow-minded about open relationships

20)  Ending each text with a smiley

21)  Believing that Sandra Bullocks’ movies do happen

Where do we go from here?

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Bed Scenes

You have a long day. You’re curled up in bed with two thin biscuits and an unread book. You hear footsteps and murmurs from downstairs but everything is in passing. So, you wick away that thought and continue to oblivion. You touch your left cheek and feel the small zit growing from there. You look at the window across—the 6-pm cold breeze gives you chill. You cling to a blanket. The detergent powder and fabric conditioner are too overpowering to smell sweat or stain or dried tears. You cannot smell dried tears, you tell yourself. You cannot smell tears.

You wish someone gives you a call. You don’t know why. Someone just has to break the silence, you say to yourself. You go back to the zit, stroke it, as if tracing a circle. Then, you take the book and try to read a few pages—a good attempt, you congratulate yourself.

You hug your knees. No rings. No calls still. Just one random call from one random person, just one—your mind tells you. At the back of your mind, you know you’re not picking up if it’s from your mother or from your best friend or from someone else. You know what you want. You know you deny it. You know you want him to call. You know the perfect time is now. But, you have to stick to the plot, you say to yourself as you finally prick that one lonely zit. Poor, poor zit, you mumble.

Banchetto – Megatent

Another plan pushed through! It was my first Banchetto experience and it was worthy! My diet was fucked up as expected. But it felt good. I liked Banchetto’s ambiance, very cozy and laidback. The place was also very accessible from where I live so I see myself visiting again next time. The foods were ALL good. But it was made even better with the presence of my good old friends. Ashuu.

Here is my pseudo review on Banchetto–my first ever since I started blogging. Hold. Understand that I’m the kind of person who still gets lost in malls and only identifies things (especially food) by way of colors and associations. So, please bare with me. I’ve yet to take mental notes of food names next time.

Food: Wide and varied as all the other night markets are.

The usual street food goodies were present (isaw, betamax, tenga ng baboy). There was also a long strip of booths selling diabetes sinful delights i.e. velvety cakes, silvanas, brownies, and so much more. Pinoy ulams were never to be missed as well. I got to try sisig and chicken cordon all for P90 (with rice). Sisig was good and hot while chicken cordon was too creamy for my taste. All good, nonetheless. There were also booths for your cholesterol other cravings. I should try crispy pata and kare-kare next time. And yes, no signs of beer there. The night’s ONLY downer.

Price: Reasonable to pricey

Well, whatever that means. Of course, it  wasn’t a carinderia-priced food market (I think the P300ML mineral water was too pricey for P30). But there were some good catches as well. The Mango Shake was a must at P55 for Medium Size and P70 for Large.  If you’re planning of dropping by, prepare at least P250 and you will be one satisfied customer with one happy tummy!

Ambiance: LAIDBACK

I was expecting crowded booths and loud music and frenzy and conyos lining up for isaw. But no. The place was quiet enough to have decent conversations over pizza and tacos. It was not as crowded and there was no need to queue up to buy your Mango shake. There were enough tables for everyone, too. There was a decent comfort room for your loaded tummies. One tip: try to be there in flip-tops or sneakers. Never ever wear heels as you do not want to walk on its limestone-filled grounds.

Banchetto - Megatent

We were there on a Friday night, from 9-ish to 2-ish. The crowd was not overwhelming (as I’d expected it to be on a Friday night). So, it was perfect for some easy kwentuhan with old friends.

Mr. Crabs Claws

Tickle your taste buds and experience a wide array of food choices. Jump from Italian to Japanese to Pure Pinoy goodies and you will definitely go “NOM NOM!”

Mangoes!

Silvanas Sprinkled with Diabetes

Yummy Tacos

Pizza Overload (P130 per one super big slice)

The Epic "Hawaiian Pizza"

More Pizza!

Satisfy your cravings for pizza as they are all over the place! One slice is at P130–enough for 2-3 moderate eaters. They look really tempting but try to have someone to share it with.

The Kikay Cake

beer na lang kulang

The "Pizza Overload"

heart attack waiting to happen

and more pizza

hello diabetes

polka-dotted pizza for Chinese New Year

Caramel Cake (3 for P100)

Brownies (3 for P100)

the other halves

P130 per slice - w/c is good for 3 moderate-eating peeps - not bad

chicken shit (P20 per stick)

tenga ng baboy (P20 per stick)

ulam combo (chicken cordon plus sisig plus rice for P90)

Yummey in Yellow!

...aaand more pizza!

I asked kuya vendor for ther best-seller and he gave me this (above picture): scattered choco mousse (or something along that line, haha). I ate it at home and it was just perfect for my weekly dose of sugar-rush.

Mango Shake = Heaven (P70 Large)

This mango shake is way beyond words to describe. The gulamans did the trick, I guess. It was the perfect drink to combat our pagkaumay over too much pizza. I’m a fan of milk tea (usually at P90), but this one now tops my favorite drinks list. Except for beer and iced tea, of course.

"wala pa nung cd o dvd merona lang...BETAMAX!"

Mich, Trisha, Carmina, Abby

happy girls

full and satisfied

Abby, the night’s tour guide and a self-proclaimed Banchetto-goer, said the place kind of lie-lowed. There were not as many booths as before and the usual glee and frenzy died down a bit. Plus, the typical swarm of people—which can add to the adrenaline rush of calorie-hunting—was none in sight. Whatever’s the case, I like it that way. Quiet and intimate setting with the starry sky above you and loads of cholesterol and fats foodgasms all lined up! Needless to say, I’m one happy customer waiting to drop by again next time. 🙂

PS: Photos courtesy of Trisha

Waiting for the Bread to Toast and Other Random Blabbers

Today I would like to write about psychedelic rock and skirts. Today I would like to write about scrambled eggs. Today I would like to write about my Wednesday. Today I would like to write about yesterday. Or the day before that. Today I would like to write about pillows and sleep and nausea. Today I would like to write about writing. Today I would like to write about the new band I have discovered. Today I would like to write and I would like to write it for you. Today I would like to write about death. Today i would like to write about love. Or sometimes the absence of it.