Since my recent comeback to “gainful employment”, the past weekend (August 26-29) has been my first long weekend in a long time.
There was one about two weeks ago but it was unexpected because it was due to heavy rains. My past work didn’t follow Philippine holidays, aside from Christmas and New Year. So I’ve really been looking forward to this particular long weekend, especially since it was my students’ first days of school in the 5 days preceding it. Also, I seemed to have been working nonstop for the past weeks before that so I needed to blow off some steam.
I started the weekend with dinner with friends at Frankie’s New York Buffalo Wings in City Golf Plaza.
We then went to Cable Car in Sapphire Rd where we had a table reserved. On that particular night, however, no beer pong tables were set up because the waitress said there’s no space since a lot of tables were reserved.
It wasn’t exactly a walwal kind of night, more like a casual catching up with friends. After all, we’re at that age when we’re supposed to be titas and titos already. 😀 The next morning, I went with Pao to Pampanga! The last time I was there was late June. It was only a few weeks ago but it already felt like forever. I don’t know why but the days seem to go by faster when you’re older.
We went on an impromptu semi food trip that night. I say semi ’cause neither one of us had any money. Haha! So we opted for the cheapest choices and promised to do a proper one when we’re all moneyed up. There are a lot of seemingly interesting restaurants opening up in San Fernando and I want to try most of them.
We first went to Eats and Spirits, a restaurant owned by a friend’s friend. We just had one bottle of beer each.
Initially, that was our only plan until we decided to pick up Mac, who just lives nearby. So we ended up going to Vista Mall, where a group called BAGA Manila (which stands for Barbecuers And Grillers Association-Manila) set up shop. I was really craving isaw but they ran out. 😦 We didn’t take pictures of the stalls and Johar only had a shawarma. We’ll do better next time, I promise.
After driving around and checking the Internet for a good place with cheap food, we found Mr. Cupcake Diner. It’s a very cute 50’s style restaurant. The cool part? You get to eat inside buses.
This cheeseburger is only ₱55 and comes with fries and a drink, and I still cannot get over how it wasn’t bad at all for that cheap a price!
Mac and I ordered the cheeseburger (hey, cheapest ones on the menu) and Johar had a milkshake. We promised to try the pizza as well as half the food on the menu next time. I really hope we can come back soon.
One thing I noticed with restaurants claiming to be 50’s themed is that they don’t go all the way. Like the theme stops with the interiors or maybe the choices of food. But once you go inside Rihanna is playing on full blast. I’m like, why not go all the way and get a jukebox and play 50’s music??? To quote Enid from Ghost World, ” It’s like the Taj Mahal of bad, fake 50’s diners”. Well, this 50’s diner at least tries. They play 50’s music amidst the obligatory displays of 50′-60’s movie posters and vinyls.
All in all, it was a very satisfying long weekend. It certainly didn’t feel like it just whizzed past. I wish long weekends are permanent things, though.