According to Wikipedia, a spoiled child is a child that has been overindulged by his or her parents. Psychologists may describe spoiled children as “overindulged”, “grandiose”, “narcissistic” or “egocentric-regressed”.

Definitely, I wasn’t overindulged by my parents. Neither with material things nor with love and attention. I am not grandiose. How would I be? I’m lacking in the money department. So boo. I am not narcissistic. I don’t even remember to comb my hair sometimes. I am not egocentric-regressed. I’m not so sure what it actually means but I am sure I am not so.

I therefore conclude that I am not spoiled. So don’t flatter yourself.

* I hope you get the chance to read this and I hope you get my sarcasm with that last statement!


The Realization of a Dream

A good 2 days before Christmas, I was able to scratch one item off my wish list. But I’d rather not mention which one it is. Hahaha! 😀 It felt surreal. I couldn’t believe I actually did it. Right after, for reasons I couldn’t understand, I felt remorse. It’s like I’m regretting it. But the feeling subsided after a while. I guess I was just overwhelmed. It’s been 2 years since the last time I bought something like it. I am very much happy. I hope next year I would be able to cross out  2 or 3 more items off that list. Wishful thinking? I certainly hope not. 😉


Holy Cow Steak Ranch and American Grill

Yesterday, I was up and about early to do more shopping for gifts, and some pampering. I was at MOA when two friends invited me to watch the movie “I Love You, Goodbye”, which was so-so. But before watching we first grabbed a bite at Holy Cow. A very late lunch for me since it was already around 4 o’clock. We ordered:

Onion Rings and Fries, Php 175

They were on the oily side, it seemed they went straight to the plate from the fryer. They should’ve at least put some paper towels underneath to drain a little of the oil. Anyway, the fries were still good. I’m not sure what the dark powder on them was. But I’m guessing it’s paprika. The onion rings were nice too, but some pieces were starchy. But the tar-tar sauce more than makes up for every complaint we had. It was perfect.

Burger Steak, Php 155

This was a revelation. It’s not the ordinary burger steak you get from other places. This was pure beef and very juicy. It’s kind of rare on the inside when served so you have to cut it up and let it fry a bit longer if you want it more cooked. The gravy, which was served on the side, was quite good too. It was very tasty with bits of mushrooms. But I wish they added more vegetables, they weren’t bland so you can eat them on their own.

Beef Strips, Php 195

I wasn’t able to taste this but according to my friend it’s very good, his only complaint was the serving was kind of “bitin”. Hahahaha! The gravy was different from ours since it was pepper-y but still really good. So it’s like eating Pepper Steak.

The service was rather unpleasant. First, they gave me the wrong gravy when I asked for a refill. Second, you had to ask quite a number of times before they remember to attend to your request. But still, they serve good food so I’d probably come back to try other items on the menu. Now if only they can improve on the service then we got a winner here.


Pre-Christmas / Despedida Dinner

I had dinner with some friends at A Veneto Napoli Pizzeria Ristorante in Glorietta 3 last Tuesday.  One’s leaving for the US on Monday so we had a little get together. It’s been a while and we all missed it. As usual, we ordered the Oil and Garlic Seafood with White Sauce Pasta. It’s spaghetti cooked in olive oil with bits of garlic, and very generous amounts of seafood: shrimps (and not just the very tiny ones), squid, and mussels. White sauce (like in Carbonara) is added too. The result is heavenly. The white sauce is not too thick and heavy, and coats the pasta just about right. The serving is big enough for 2 to 3 people so it’s really good value for money.

Oil and Garlic Seafood with White Sauce, Php 275

For the pizza, we then ordered the Howie’s Special. It’s anchovies with garlic. It’s a little on the salty side, but just right for our taste buds. It has a thin crust so it’s not really that heavy.

Howie's Special (large), Php 455

We also ordered the Deep Fried Crabsticks for appetizer since we were very hungry and wanted to munch on something right away before the main course comes. These were crabsticks coated in batter with ranch dip on the side. The dip lacked some taste though. But the crabsticks were still great.

Deep Fried Crabsticks, Php 190

For dessert, we went to Red Mango in Greenbelt 3 for some frozen yogurt fix. We love that it has the consistency of sundae but it’s not too sweet and not too sour, just right. We added toppings for maximum enjoyment. They had two choices, original and green tea but we still got the original although the green tea’s good too. It somewhat tastes like the Green Tea Frappuccino from Starbucks. Small cups go for Php 80, medium cups go for Php 115, large cups go for Php150, and the family cups go for Php 220. Just add Php 5 for the Green Tea variant. If you want to a topping, you have to add Php 20, Php 30 for 2 toppings, and Php 40 for 3 toppings.

Grapes ; Almond Mochi and Blueberry


Love is like Quicksand

Quicksand is a natural phenomenon and so is love. Quicksand occurs due to the saturation of water and love occurs due to the saturation of emotions. Quicksand is not a special type of sand so you may not readily recognize it as such. And so it is with love. Sometimes you don’t really notice that love has crept its way into your heart. When you step on quicksand, sinking is inevitable. When you first feel love, you tend to fall deeper and deeper. With quicksand, the more you flail about and resist, the more you will sink. With love, the more you struggle and fight it, the more it intensifies. Just relax and quit struggling against it. You will be set free, eventually. It goes for both love and quicksand.