KATE & LEOPOLD, this Meg Ryan-Hugh Jackman starrer I’m watching right now on free TV (Studio 23) just gave me the fitting introduction to this blog post I’ve been meaning to write.
Right in the middle of a heated argument on the merits of the number of times one has to pull down their bread in the toaster “General Electric” made, Leopold told Kate something to the effect of: “When you wake up to the smell of a warm brioche smothered in marmalade, you will realize that life is more than just tasks but tastes.”
And I believe so. Amen to that! That was exactly what I had – both “tasks” and “tastes” – when I decided to finally get my haircut yesterday, Saturday. Since I get my haircut in Makati – at the same place and with the same stylist for over a year now – I inadvertently turned my “tasks” day into a “tastes” day as well. I decided to leisurely take my sweet single time and have my “comfort” dishes at three of my favorite places in that city. Of course, while I surveyed the latest mid-priced wristwatch offerings in the market. Hahaha! (Recession…)
Lately, I’ve been really lazy to get a haircut. The last one I had was a week before I emceed my good friends Bom and Rizzie’s January 10, 2009 wedding. As a matter of fact, that is how it has been with me – I only get a haircut when I have something special coming. I should’ve gotten one before I emceed a very special party last April 30, but I was just so swamped at work that I didn’t have free time.
Yesterday, I was feeling a bit down and on a whim, decided to get my haircut! I guess a part of me had also realized – and accepted the fact – that there’s only so much that extra-hold wax or reworkable putty can do to tame my hair. Hahaha! So I sent a text message to the Bench Fix Salon at Glorietta 4 and requested a 4:00 PM appointment with their Senior Stylist KC Aninao. I grew up getting my haircut from the friendly neighborhood barber (who’d often come to the house). But time came when I sort of outgrown the barber’s cut. That’s when I started experimenting. I’ve been to Salon de Manila (friends called the rates “highway robbery”), a number of other salons, Regine’s, and to at least three branches of Bench Fix – Alabang Town Center, Festival Mall, and Glorietta 4.
Halfway through the haircut...
It was in Glorietta 4 that I found a haircut and a hair stylist that really delivered. I went to the place at 4:00 PM on the dot, and after confirming with the front desk personnel my appointment, was led to one of the chairs, greeted by KC with a smile and the quip, “Ang haba na ng buhok mo, parang di ko na makita kung ano ang ginawa ko dyan!” (Your hair has grown, I couldn’t figure out what cut I made to it!). But of course he said that just in jest, as he had clearly known that I’ve been asking for the “Prada model” haircut for quite a while now. I tore the Prada ad from one of my GQ magazines and showed it to him the first three times I asked for the cut. Now, he no longer needed the visual guide.
He was the only one who cut my hair – after the “Prada model” specs – to my satisfaction! He would cut it wet, but would ask for a salon assistant to dry it midway so that he could see the “fall” and then, finish it off with a precise dry cut.
The rest of my day in Makati was spent going through inspecting a number of wristwatches I’ve been so lusting after (for quite a while now!). But it was not totally a selfish exercise as I was eyeing one of the wristwatches as a gift for someone special. But the tag prices were prohibitive that I really ended up just window shopping – for now! – and asking for business cards with details of the particular models that took my fancy. I’ll see if I’d lose sleep over any of them. If so, I’d be back looking at them again next week! Hahaha!
All the other time not devoted to getting the haircut and going over wristwatches was spent on – what else?! – eating! At Cibo Café in Greenbelt 5 (where I made my requisite stop at the Royce’ kiosk), I had Spaghetti alla Romana, two glasses of (canned) Tomato Juice, and Chocolate Panacotta. At The Soup Kitchen in Glorietta 5, I had a full bowl of my favorite Hearty Vegetable Soup, a full Crabstick Sandwich, and a cup of Hot Chocolate. And to cap my day (already “night” time at this point), I went to Starbucks Coffee in 6750 to get one of my all-time favorite sandwiches – the Hungarian Sausage with Egg and Cheese – with a venti glass of one of their new offerings – the Dark Mocha Frappucino!
The Cibo Cafe menu cover
My favorite - Tomato Juice! I had two of these.
The Chocolate Panacotta. I'm so loving the dessert spoon!
The dark mocha frappucino was perfect as it was, but having had this drink for a while now (first at their Las Piñas branch), I knew better this time to ask that they do away with the chocolate chips!
What more can I ask for. It was an almost perfect day. Almost.
Had Starbucks to-go to cap the day (night)!
Now you know my "coffee name"!