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24 12 2011

"Farewell, my comrades." – JC with some of his guests and new friends, YC, WS, V, T, and KL.

DECISIONS ARE always tough to make.  It is about choosing one over another.  One would win your favor, and the other would be left out.  If that doesn’t sound tough, I don’t know what is.

When someone has gotten used to be in a place or a group that he himself would tell a new friend to be “a great place or company to be in,” and yet he comes to the point when he would need to pursue his own goals of personal technical growth by way of, let’s say, a PhD, that is a tough decision to make.  I can’t imagine being in his shoes.

I can’t imagine that, but I can throw a send-off lunch.  Haha!  Yes, it is send-off number two in the space of a couple of days.  This time, the man-of-the-moment is my highly dependable logistics guy in the – hold on, there’s that word again – “Committee.”

I got asked what exactly I meant by “send-off.”  It is simply an organized expression of goodwill (that’s why I’d gather the important and closest people) at the start of a new trip (as is the case of WCC) or a new venture (as is the case of man-of-the-moment JC).  Though I’d rather call his an “adventure” as I hope for him both fun and learning on this ride.

That, and three things – salt so that his life will always be full of flavor; bread so that he will never go hungry; and a map so that he will never lose his way.  Especially now that the “Batmobile” will have to be parked somewhere else.

Lunch was at Swensen's!

 

Rodeo Chicken Wings

 

Mozzarella Sticks

 

I've never met a mozzarella stick I never liked. These would've been perfect if they came with the usual marinara sauce. But I devoured them just the same!

 

Deep-Fried Mushrooms, each with a super crunchy crust on the outside and a tender, delicate fresh shiitake mushroom inside!

 

Caesar Salad made with huge pieces of torm hearts of Romaine Lettuce, except...

 

...that I don't know what the red and green bell peppers, and the imitation bacon, are doing in it. The dressing tasted straight out of the bottle. But it was fine nonetheless. The freshness of the vegetables and the overall flavor made up for everything.

 

My Curry Chicken Baked Rice. This one, I loved.

 

Halfway through my Curry Chicken Baked Rice. I love the sour notes of the gravy, which I was struggling to identify if it was coming from vinegar or plum tomatoes that had been crushed into the sauce. I guess tomatoes. There was a hint of sweetness too that permeated the melange of spices. Lovely.

 

Macaroni and Cheese... good, but not exactly what I was expecting. I have a very exacting standard on macaroni and cheese.

 

T and JC may be perusing the menus but somehow, they also managed to talk (almost debate... hahaha!) about gadgets.

 

The Man-of-the-Moment, and his new friends. Four of us didn't make it. But they sent their well-wishes just the same.

 

WCC is raring to give the appetizers a go; V has to shoot first (like me!); T must've heard something funny!

 

WS must've quipped, "Guys, eNTeNG is taking our photo!"

 

YC, eNTeNG, V, T, JC, and KL

 

On our way back, after wishing a friend well and having some bonding time.

 

"Here's looking at you, kid."

 

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