Why do people celebrate birthdays?
I guess it's a way of making an ultimate impression on someone, showing that you care, that the celebrant even existed, or showing ones deepest love. In my family we celebrate our kids birthdays hours even before the day itself. My husband have this habit of waking the celebrant late at night or even at 12 midnight just to greet, kiss and hug, so I got into it as well. It used to annoy me, when he does that to me, having the whole day running around like a hen always following her chicks, sleeping seemed to be the only "me-time" for me, a birthday was not an excuse.
But now, I have grown to appreciate every bit, every minute of life spent with my family, every heartbeat truly matter. And all of us make our own effort in every birthday a memorable one.
Lots of birthdays come and go in my years, I tried so hard to remember when was to be the one that is kept in my heart. I think it is the one that Bhogs first gave me an expensive gift. Hmmm, and another year when he gave me another gift that I adored.
Yesterday was my ***6th birthday, I hope you don't mind me sharing how the day went, and how it left a mark on my calendar.
Well, as I've said my husband have been showing signs of how he would celebrate my birthday. He gave my gift not on the day but hours prior to the ticking of the clock to twelve. When I attended an event for the launching of 180 Arts in the City, he noticed I wasn't wearing any earrings, as I was getting off my ride he handed me a teeny-weeny red satchel, of Chinese silk and told me "Happy birthday ha, bukas ko pa sana ibibgay sa'yo, kaya lang may kulang sa look mo eh..." (Iwas going to give you this tomorrow, but I've noticed something missing in your look) Inside was a pair of chunky ringlet gold earrings. There was actually a funny story behind that but this is getting way too long.
He does things in the most unusual, silly but melt-your--heart way. That's how sweet he is! Am I not blessed? He is such a wonderful man, and we consider him to be the best Dad. So began my birthday. The night almost ended with a dinner at Joey Pepperoni's at McKinley Ave. with a slight jinx. To cut the story short, we went early at Bizu Patisserie at Greenbelt Park to participate in their Macaron Day Promo, and bought what have supposedly a gift for my sister-in-law but we ended up enjoying the macarons.
Let me give you a pip-squeak, since I'll be posting a different blog on that.
|8-pc box set, part of the amount paid goes to Virlanie Foundation.|
|The freebies, two Macaron of my choice and a fridge magnet!|
|I was able to try a savory Macaron for the first time, this one is the blue cheese.|
|Yes! More Macarons and mini-chocolate cupcakes|
|The party was in honor of the new Gen. Manager, Scott Sibley|
We were perplexed when we got to Bonifacio High Street Central, events and happenings were left to right, parking lots were full, every restaurant were full, my kids joked about the situation instead saying, "Mommy your birthday is so special everyone is celebrating it, not!" It took us thirty minutes gyrating the Central to look for a restaurant. We initially made plans of going to Nanbantei Japanese resto on the East block but it happened to be full even at 8:30, we were asked if we can sit outside, but of course why would I want that, plus the fact that my kids would just run around the place. We then proceeded to Aria Cucina Italiana, since it was the only restaurant with sitting spaces.
|With my kids|
However, let me begin my surmise, when we were seated, we waited a long time for someone to come to us to even give us a menu. When a lady finally noticed us, and gave us menus, it took time for our orders to get on our table, but it that doesn't matter. My husband was just so sad that the service wasn't as good as it should be concerning the price was a bit high.
I was asked once, of the many places I have tried eating to, how do I choose it or how do blog about it. The first thing I check is the menu, good thing the restaurants on Central have menu postings by the door. My kids love pasta and pizzas, so don't wonder why this was our choice. the next thing I look at is the place or the vibe of the place. The lighting was good, bright lights seem to widen the space and makes the venue well-defined, pleasant and the artworks more lucid. I love the string-themed divider, something like having a taste of native Boracay in Manila. They happen to be long-familiar in Boracay, as what foodies jabbered..
Let us see how they did with their food.
|Velluta di Porcini ( P280)|
Doing back, my kids didn't like the soup, the cream of porcini, was awful for them, but good for me. So we ordered additional Carbonara (Spaghetti).
And since it's my birthday I get a cool glass of Aria Shake (P170), perfect for hot and busy day. It's combination of banana, strawberry and something else, with a cherry on top!
It all boiled down to whether I liked the experience or not. Well, at least I was able to show my kids that I can serve them good food, dishes that are on fine dining menus at a fraction of a cost, and that they have realized how expensive it is to eat out, and not being truly satisfied. Hoping that if we decide to go back, they could at least have something to recommend to families eating specially if kids are with them. Kids are hard to please when comes to eating at upscale places such as this, but if you really dig in to what kids like, basically is the food, in the way they ought to taste for them.
So what do you think, did I like it or not?
Well to heal our disappointments we headed to Gelatissimo for our dolci. Nothing beats Italian gelato. It sure was a long walk to Serendra, and I was wearing my killer heals, yaiks, but we can't give them more reasons to go home with long faces, would we.
If you're still stuck on the thought of how old I am seeing my kids and all, let me just leave this message to you.
In the end, it’s not the years in your life that count. It’s the life in your years.
Greenbelt 2, Glorietta 4, Greenhills Promenade, Alabang Town Center and St. Luke's Global City
Aria Cucina Italiana
Unit NEUG 205, East Superblock, 30th St. corner 7th St., Bonifacio High Street Central,, 1630 Manila, Philippines
Serendra, Bonifaco Global City, Taguig City