My Birthday at PORTA VAGA & CAFE BY THE RUINS BAGUIOTuesday, September 24, 2013
My Birthday Surprise Part 2: BAGUIO
After our Tagaytay date (September 1, Sunday) I was set to do an ocular the very next day which was my actual birthday (September 2, Monday). It was for an audition of an upcoming new reality show on ABSCBN (watch out!). Because it was my birthday and Mike was also part of the show I asked him to go with us to Baguio. But the night before, the executive assistant of Mike's boss, Ate Grace texted him about an emergency meeting the next day with the TV head and attendance is a must. I suddenly felt bad because I knew I couldn't compete with a big boss and being with Mike on my birthday was my only consolation for working the whole day but of course as what we always say 'the show must go on.'
On the way to Baguio, we had a stop over at a fast-food restaurant along NLEX to have breakfast with the rest of the crew. At this time, the 2nd Van had already caught up on us as well.
I never really thought that I will be blowing a candle in an ocular- I even said to myself 'buti nalang kahit wala si Mike at least my cake ako' When I was about to blow the cake came the biggest surprise ever...
To Ate Grace for making the emergency meeting text seem very real
To Jezer, who was purposely late so that Mike can sneak at the 2nd van
To Diane our Baguio coordinator who ordered the super yummy Strawberry Shortcake and the lovely and sweet scented bouquet
To the crew who kept quiet the whole time we were doing the ocular
And most especially to Alex and April who arranged and paid for everything. You really don't know how happy I was and it will always be one of the most memorable moments in my life.
Cafe by the Ruins is a restaurant institution in Baguio where you can experience an authentic Baguio ambiance located in an actual ruins. I already ate here for a couple of times and I always get that satisfying and homey feeling whenever I'm in this place.
Here are the dishes my officemates and I ordered:
Baguio Bagnet (P300) a typical Ilocano meal: double fried pork belly-first it is tenderized in lard, then refried to a crisp. Condiments are Padas bagoong and tomato relish.
Shrimp and Mango Curry (P280) Prawns in coconut milk curry, served with 7 condiments: hard boiled egg, grated coconut, fried onions, chili, chutney, papadums and peanuts. Served with rice
|Shrimp & Mango Curry|
Spicy Bangus (P280) Boneless fillet of milkfish, spice-cured and baked in olive oil. Served with rice
Lemon Ricotta with Grilled Chicken Breast (P240) A delicate, lemony flavored cream sauce of carabao ricotta cheese; grilled breast on the side. Served with focaccia bread.
Lemon Ricotta with Grilled Chicken
Meatball Pasta (P240) A children's favorite: tomato sauce and meatballs. Served with focaccia bread.
Happy that I got to spend my birthday in Baguio not just with Mike but with my close friends/officemates. It was a happy working birthday after all!
|clockwise: April, Alex, Jezer, Kuya Albert, Mike, Me and Diane (Baguio Coordinator)|
Babe, thank you for never ever getting tired of surprising me. I know that you're not comfortable with land travels and you were not even feeling well for two days but you still found a way to make ME really happy. I'm so lucky to have you as my boyfriend, indeed you are the BEST boyfriend! I love you to the stars and back! :)
My Birthday at ANTONIO'S TAGAYTAY & SONYA'S GARDEN SPA