Not too many restaurants are open at 7:00 am. Even those that serve breakfast usually open at 8:00. We were lucky to find Eggs For Breakfast one early morning.
Eggs For Breakfast is a small and cozy restaurant within a compound of an events place. They have manicured lawns, a pretty gazebo and a small koi pond. It was beautiful with the early morning sunshine.
They have a wide range of breakfast options – omelettes, egg dishes, sandwiches, pancakes, rice meals. We had the beef tapa, Vigan longganisa and omelette. Everything tasted good! Serving size is adequate. Lovely place for a date or a quiet meal.
When we were growing up, our area in Marikina was purely residential. We had to drive elsewhere if we wanted to eat out. Nowadays, Lilac Street is lined with restaurants with various food choices. We decided to try out Miguel & Maria for dinner when my brother and his family came over to visit.
We ate there twice in a week and both times, the place was full! The ambience was homey, perfect for family gatherings. The food can be described as comfort food, food that is familiar, but given a new treatment. Serving sizes are quite generous. On our first visit, we had the tomahawk steak, spiced shrimps and baby back ribs. All of those were delicious! On this particular night, though, we had the roast herbed chicken, the stuffed pork chop and the mac and cheese. The mac and cheese was the best of the three. The chicken was good, but the pork chop was a disappointment. It was tough and dry.
For dessert, they had “home crafted ice cream” with unique flavors. We tried the butterbeer and it was yummy! The brownie ala mode, chocolate cake and blueberry cheesecake were also delicious.
Eating in Miguel & Maria is like having a family reunion in your grandparents’ house – good food, homey ambience, great company.
I enjoy travelling. I like going to new places, discovering new restaurants, seeing the sights. I like preparing for a trip, awaiting seat sales on different airlines and beating everyone to the punch when the clock strikes 12. I enjoy preparing our itinerary, researching not only on the usual tourist spots, but also other interesting places or things that are not hyped about. Travelling gives us a chance to be together, away from work and school, on our own. Bong hardly goes on a day off when he’s in town so it’s only when we travel that he is really on vacation. He and I know that before we know it, our children will grow up and embark on their own adventures. So while we can, and while they still want to go with us, we try to travel as a family.
My husband and I try to take our kids to different places. From the time they are born, we bring them around whenever possible. There is nobody to leave them with, so most of the time, it is not a choice. When they got bigger, we brought them to different destinations, both in and out of the country. They have been to many provinces in the Philippines. They have visited a few Asian cities. So when I saw my daughter’s reply to a question asked in a school activity, my heart leaped.
This summer has been quite hectic, which means we hardly had time to put things in order around the house. Now that vacation is almost over and the activities are winding down, we had some free time to ourselves. Now nobody wants to do clean up for free time, including me. But it just needed to be done. So we all buckled down to work. Each one cleaning up one corner at a time, keeping things were they should be, throwing out trash, wiping surfaces, sorting out things. It was tedious and unpleasant, but doing it together made the job a little easier. We put on some music to lighten the mood. After a couple of hours, the house looked bright and inviting again. For how long, that remains to be seen.
The kids had their summer recital earlier today. They had been practicing on their violins these past couple of weeks. They invited their grandparents to come and watch them play the violin. I am grateful that the kids were able to play their pieces well. I am grateful that they are learning more and more from their wonderful teacher. I am grateful that their grandparents are still around to enjoy them and see them grow up.
My kids have very few first cousins. They have none on my husband’s side. On my side, they have three. One of them lives in the US. So it’s very rare to get all of them together. Last night, my brother invited all the kids for a sleep-over in his house. It was great seeing them play together and just have a lot of fun. Here’s to more fun times with cousins!
We’ve decided, as a family, to spend more family time on Saturdays. My husband and I realize that our kids are growing up too fast and before we know it, they’ll be gone. So while they’re still with us, we want to spend as much time as we can with them. My daughter had a Math competition in the morning then we went out to lunch. We tried out this new burger place that we’ve been meaning to visit. Then we spent a couple of hours in my brother’s house so the kids can play with their cousins. I got to spend some time with my siblings too. I like this kind of Saturday. I am grateful for moments like this.
My dad turned 81 today. As he turned a year older, I am grateful for a number of things. I am grateful he is still around to enjoy his grandchildren. I didn’t get to meet either of my grandfathers as they had died before I was born. I am grateful he is still in good shape, physically and mentally. He walks around the village everyday and his mind is as sharp as ever. Happy birthday, Papa!
Today was the birthday of my paternal grandmother, Lola Ninay. She was a kind and gentle old lady. Growing up, we spent a lot of our summer vacations in the province with her. As she got older, she spent increasingly more time with us in Manila. Despite being advanced in years, she was child-like in many ways. She was always very proud of all her sons and grandchildren. I am grateful for Lola Ninay.