It seems that in this tech age where personal relationships have been replaced by cyber ones, there are only two sure ways to get together with old friends: one is to wait for Christmas, another is to wait for someone to come home from abroad. Why, this last Christmas season I’ve been invited to around five get togethers with different sets of ‘old friends.’ And just this month, two friends from abroad came home, catalyzing two more rounds of reunions.
This morning, I received another such invitation from a college friend who has been working in Singapore. We haven’t seen each other for at least six years so I was really intent upon meeting her despite the very short notice (and I mean less than eight hours!).
We’ve changed but we haven’t changed a bit! We talked about love, life, career… can I help it if we’re getting old? Where we used to talk about dreams and goals, we now talk about re-dreaming and re-goaling, after Life Plans did not go at all as planned.
It was a VERY SHORT two hours, I wish we could’ve stayed longer!
However, right after that mini-reunion I had another dinner date, this time in a Thai restaurant, Mango Tree Bistro. I wanted to have pad thai as I sooo miss it. Unfortunate for me that my friend didn’t want it, and as I figured there’s no way I can finish an order of pad thai (which is for sharing) by myself, I sadly succumbed to Shrimp Cake and Chicken Fillet in Red Curry instead.
Both were delicious, though still a little less flavorful than the ones in Bangkok (do they really think ‘adapting’ a cuisine to the local market’s tastebuds is a good way to represent the real thing?).
BUT. I forgot why I’ve stopped going to Mango Tree, which is because one does not get his money’s worth. Just those two plus plain rice and a bottle of San Mig (not mine!) came out to Php 900. Guess ambience is really expensive. Not coming back anytime soon (though I said this before and look where it got me.)