8:00am – I was supposed to wake up at a later time. However, I got a leg cramp and stomachache. The other day, Jho asked me to accompany her to Greenbelt. She planned to meet a friend at 1pm today. So we better start moving early and break our usual Saturday morning rhythm… Oh.. but it’s still early.. (but I couldn’t put myself back to sleep..) So much to do today so we got no choice but to get up.
9am – We had our little breakfast. Pandesal and coffee. Hmm.. Love love love coffee.
12nn -I hadn’t finish my laundry yet but has to get dressed soon. However, it started to rain heavily. Hmmm.. seems like Jho and I will pretty much arrive late again for our appointment for sure .
12:45 – The sun has shone once more. It didn’t feel like it just rained a while ago. While on the bus, Jho is texting her ‘college friend.’ I actually didn’t ask much about who she’s going to meet. I might not know him or her anyway because if I do, Jho would have named him or her for sure. But she didn’t. So I assumed it was someone I hadn’t met before.
Past 1pm I think? — got lost of the time. The meeting place was change from Greenbelt to Glorietta 5. I didn’t actually know we weren’t in Greenbelt. (My poor sense of direction. ^^) As we got off the bus, we stood still for a while. We hadn’t had gone there yet so we’re clueless of what to do next. Anyway, Jho’s helpful ‘college friend’ sent her sms on how to get to the meeting place. We passed through Ayala underpass (ohh, neat… the shed there is much better than QC), then got lost in Glorietta 4. Hahah. Since we dunno the place, we tagged along with us our little friend “Shallweask?” while looking for the right ‘entrance & exit.’Anyway, after a while of walking (it was entertaining though… the walkway to Glorietta 5 was just so cool. There’s even an automatic escalator!Kkkk. Talking about not being exposed to such a city), we finally got into Glorietta 5.
Inside – We could notice that the building was new. A few restaurants on the lower floor and not much to see on the upper floors. Actually, dark on the upper floors
to think it was past 1pm. Jho’s ‘college friend’ wasn’t at the meeting place yet. He/she told us to wait. Sigh… All that walking makes me hungry. Starving to be exact (haha..okay, that’s exaggeration) but we have to wait. While we do so, we just looked around the place but since there aren’t much to see, it feels a little awkward to be there.
I even started to tell Jho (as a joke) that her friend must be a member of a ‘networking’ group and just planned to have us attend their orientation (based on our previous experience). ^^
Finally, Jho’s friend texted her and they’re already in ‘Northpark.’ This morning, we’re actually having some comments about the restaurant after seeing it being featured on TV. ‘Expensive’ is how I thought of it. And now Jho and I and her ‘college friend’ would be having lunch there. I was really hoping the food wouldn’t cost me an arm and a leg.
On our way to the restaurant, I was in awe. The place is really pleasant. It totally looked like a place for the well to dos. Nice cars were passing by. Foreigners were around. Hmmm… I thought Jho’s college friend must be well to do to afford to be in such a place.
As we approach the front door, suddenly I saw Ken TD and right at once I looked at the one he is with. Of course, it’s ate Donna. I was surprised. What a coincidence! She’s there too. She saw me but she didn’t look much surprise. Perhaps she didn’t recognize me. Then as we finally entered the restaurant, I saw Apol, Yvonne, ate Cris and her daughter and Ginalyn too. I thought, “Oh, they were here too. What a coincidence!” (Well too much for coincidence.)
But Jho started to greet them like she really expects to see them. Oh wait. She is! As she and I start greeting all them, I finally absorb that they’re the one we are to meet. Oh, silly me! Kkk.. So slow. It was a post birthday surprise for me (T T)… Touching eh?
So we get on our table and right after sitting, Apol handed me P1500 and told me she’d take a picture of me holding it. Okay, I thought its their gift for me. Hahaha.. (Hey why’d you get it back? Haha).
Apol began telling how they made the plans. The clueless me just listened. She, Jho and Yvonne were aware of the whole plans. Our generous Kuya Allan has sent money so we could celebrate together for my birthday. [:'( sniff.. sniff..]. Kkkk Ate Donna started crying. (Haha. She got more emotional than me.) But I felt really grateful that these people had put such efforts just to pull this off.
I wasn’t even a bit suspicious that they were already making plans. Jho could make a good accomplice. Hehe..
Anyway, lunch was great. We tried different foods and enjoyed all of them. The cake from redribbon, so yummy too. And oh, Ginalyn got a new tab as well. And yes, you got it right. We took so many pictures in just a while.
It felt like a long time since we last saw each other. After going out of the restaurant, we enjoyed some little more walks around Glorietta 5. We’ve just gotten together for like two hours or more but those were really a fun and for me, a memorable time.
I guess I didn’t expect the whole thing or for them to do much for me. But they did. And I’m grateful to God that He lets me meet these beautiful people.
Hey guys, kudos. Hope to see everybody again soon. And God bless each of us more.