A heroine in Friendship

14 05 2010

NATIONAL BROADSHEETS have hailed the Filipinos as the true heroes of the successful May 10 polls, our country’s first ever automated elections.  I totally agree with them.  But for examples worthy of emulation, I need not look far.  One of my bestest friends, Friendship, exemplified to me the kind of patriotism our country needs in these times.

With Friendship, a "Bagong Bayani" (new hero) in the truest essence of the word.

Friendship flew all of 1464.2 miles of air travel distance from Singapore where she is currently based, just so she could assert her right to vote and effect change in the national leadership.  Yes, the Sunday before the elections was Mother’s Day, making her trip dual-purpose.  But knowing Friendship, she would’ve surely taken a separate trip for the elections had it been far off.

Her couple of days here were full-packed.  And I’m quite thankful that she invited me over to lunch with her and her mom and sister.  Restaurant of choice was one of our favorites, Cibo at Town.  Dessert was at Starbucks.  Of course, she had pasalubong for me!

It felt like an era has passed since the last time we broke bread together and shared boisterous laughter.  Naturally, talk this time was all about the elections.  As well as catching up with each other’s goings on.  And oh…  shopping!  (Just talked about it!)

The next day, like a BMPM (“Boto Mo, I-Patrol Mo!”) correspondent, she kept me posted on how her voting experience turned out.  After braving the long lines for at least a couple of hours, under the unforgiving heat of the summer sun, Friendship was on her way to the airport to catch her flight back.  If that is not love of country, I don’t know what is.

Thanks a lot, Friendship!  Amishoo!

Friendship had "Farfalle alla Genovese" - farfalle (bowtie pasta) with mushrooms, basil pesto, and fresh cream.

Friendship's sister had "Tagliata di Maiali" - slices of roasted pork tenderloin, with garlic and rosemary, and served with bread.

Friendship's mom had "Linguine alla Ghiotta" - linguine with mushrooms, bacon and cream!

Of course I had my all-time favorite "Spaghetti Alla Romana" - spaghetti with sardines, extra virgin olive oil, fennel, chili peppers, and a dollop of red pesto. And, as printed on the receipt, I asked for "extra fennel please."

A pretty fennel frond sits atop the red pesto with every serving of this pasta dish!

Just one sardine in a generous amount served with every order.

Frosted rum cake at Starbucks

That's a pretty dense cake!

For the first time, I tried Friendship's sister's favorite caramel blended, no whipped cream drink. I loved it!

Goodies in a nice bag - Friendship's pasalubong!

One of the pasalubong items was this bag of chocolates, Kinder Schoko-Bons! I just couldn't get over it yet! Really good. (Partner, you like kinder too, right?!)

What's not to love?!

Friendship's sister was toting a Cath Kidston to lunch. She's only the second person I know who has this!

A closer look at Cath!

Thanks Friendship - and Friendship's Mom & Sis - for yet another great lunch! I had a great time.

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14 05 2010
thecorporateteener

hehe it has whipped cream…just had them blend it with the frap 😛 o diba ang saya. the blended whip thing is also good with the dark mocha frap

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17 05 2010
Partner

yes partner, i love kinder too 🙂 there’s so many things in this entry that i want to comment on…

first: the genovese’s my favorite too, i always have that everytime i go to CIBO with red grape shake.

second: your spaghetti alla romana looks good…it made me miss pasta ala carlo at figaro (?) – is that really how long i haven’t had it that i’m not even sure of the name of the coffee shop? but i do know where exactly in ATC it’s located at 😉

third: last saturday i saw a lady with a cath hudson tote at the drugstore and remembered this entry (btw, it’s the first time i saw one here in SG!)

lastly: I LOVE YOUR WATCH (too bad it’s too big for my wrist, otherwise i would never stop bugging you with “partner mine na lang!” :P)

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17 05 2010
Partner

yes partner, i love kinder too there are so many things in this entry that i want to comment on…

first: the genovese’s my favorite too, i always have that everytime i go to CIBO with red grape shake.

second: your spaghetti alla romana looks good…it made me miss pasta ala carlo at figaro (?) – is that really how long i haven’t had it that i’m not even sure of the name of the coffee shop? but i do know where exactly in ATC it’s located at

third: last saturday i saw a lady with a cath hudson tote at the drugstore and remembered this entry (btw, it’s the first time i saw one here in SG!)

lastly: I LOVE YOUR WATCH (too bad it’s too big for my wrist, otherwise i would never stop bugging you with “partner mine na lang!” )

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