“Inday Batchoy, Nagtawag ang Asawa Mo”

“Sa 6:30 p.m.”

This was the note self found on her bed when she got back from the Kidlat Tahimik retrospective at the UP Film Institute. Self didn’t have a way to get there, so she called mother-in-law! And mother-in-law lent her a car and driver! And that was how self got to meet Camilo, a really wonderful driver!

Self e-mailed hubby to tell him about this wonderful stroke of luck! And on the way to UP, Camilo and self got to talking! And Camilo confided to self that every time hubby comes to visit, Camilo ends up driving him to bars! And self thought this information was exceedingly interesting, and in itself well worth the trip to UP (never mind the film, which by the way was fan-TAS-tic! Kidlat Tahimik, you are a GOD!)!

Now, for the first time since self arrived in the good old Pinas, there is an actual call from hubby! Self wonders if it has anything at all to do with her new-found acquaintance, Camilo!

Stay tuned, dear blog readers, stay tuned.

The “Bacolod Chicken Inasal” on Jupiter Street

Last night, Judy B, Carla P and their mothers treated self to dinner at Bacolod Chicken Inasal on Jupiter Street. Dearest Mum was supposed to be in attendance, but she forgot. Which was perfect, just perfect, for self was then free to clown around.

Food was: batchoy w/ egg (everyone partook except self, she doesn’t know why); pangat (Bacolod version of laing: pork w/ gabi leaves simmered in coconut milk); barbecue chicken atay (self’s absolute faaaave, except when self tried to order more, they ran out); chicken satay; red egg salad; and huge servings of spicy bagoong rice w/ scrambled egg (Self’s waistline expanding exponentially, will not be able to ingest a thing later this afternoon, meeting Wendell at Dulcinea on Tomas Morato . . . )

The waiters wore these huge nerd-y glasses (no lenses, just the frames), which confused self until she looked at the menu and saw this enticement:

Tikman at lasapin ang mga meal inspired by the hit ABS-CBN teleserye, I Love Betty La Fea.

Here is self’s rough translation:

Try the meal inspired by the hit ABS-CBN television series, “I Love Ugly Betty.”

(Hey, wait a minute! That isn’t the name of the television series self knows from back in California! Is there perhaps a Filipino series based on that series, a reality show called “I Love Ugly Betty”??? Must investigate, pronto!)

The funny thing is, only the male waiters wore the Ugly Betty frames. The female waiters were allowed to be pretty. Is this reverse gender discrimination? Who knows?

In a private room of the restaurant was a very loud group (all male) who kept standing up and toasting each other with “lubots up” and when one of self’s friends mentioned that self must be used to the sight, from back home in Redwood City, self had to stop and think. No, self decided, she’d never seen that type of all-male gathering back in Redwood City, but perhaps that’s because she hasn’t been in a bar during football games! Still, though, these men in Bacolod Chicken Inasal were not gathered together for the purpose of watching a football game. They were there to eat and get drunk. Which is, self feels, a totally different thing.

Stay tuned, dear blog readers, stay tuned.

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