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Sunday, April 29, 2007

Birthday Celebrations, Part 2

This is the second part of my advanced birthday celebration today.

From the La Mesa Ecopark, we went to the UP Diliman Campus for lunch. My brother and sister-in-law found this nice place called "Chateau Verde", which is managed by a member of the University faculty. It is quite hidden so those who are not familiar with the campus won't easily find it.

Anyway, one can choose whether to eat buffet or a la carte. This lunchtime, the buffet consisted of Mongolian, ribeye steak, baked oysters, salads and desserts. We chose to order a la carte. I ordered salpicao made of tenderloin beefs lightly sauteed in olive oil.

My brother ordered paella, rice mixed with seafood, served in a skillet. My sister-in-law ordered lengua (oc-tongue) and my daddy, callos, a spicy stew of ox tripe.

The food was great and yet the price was relatively low. I would like to go back to this place and try the other items on the menu.

We decided to take a tour of the campus and visit the icon of the University, the Oblation. We were surprised to see the statue wearing a "sablay", a piece of cloth bearing the university colors and the initials of the university in ancient Philippine letters. It is worn by the students during graduation as a replacement to the "western" toga. We realized that the University has just had its Graduation.

After spending some time under the afternoon sun, daddy asked us for some halo-halo, a summertime favorite. We went to ChowKing, a fastfood that offers the delicacy and ordered one bowl for each of us.

I'll be turning 41 in a few minutes but I already had fun one day ahead.

1 comment:

  1. let me be the first to greet you dito sa blog mo ng HAPPY BIRTHDAY!!!!
    loved the halo halo! tamang tama sa summer at sa hot day kanina!
    glad you enjoyed your day!