Sweets go into a different stomach!
So the hotel buffet that my sister reserved for my birthday finally went off as planned, so off we went to the Heritage Hotel with the baby in tow. For some reason or another my father insisted in walking from Baclaran to the hotel though, which led to an embarrassing situation where the heel of the sandals I wore for that day (incidentally, it was the first time I’ve ever worn that particular pair) broke close to the hotel itself. Wonderful. As my father scrambled to either get some glue or a replacement for me to wear (the shoe markets in Baclaran were close enough, which was why I gave him 200 PHP), I limped to the hotel, all the while trying not to flush as red as a police siren.
My sister, her husband, the baby, and our cousin met me there at the lounge, but when the buffet opened they went on in right ahead, and left me there waiting for my father to arrive. I fired up my phone’s video app, and put the media player through its paces. Watched episode 12 of Girls und Panzer while I waited, and was well past the victory of Oorai over Kuromorimine by the time tatay finally walked into the hotel entrance, this time with a replace pair of footwear to use.
With that embarrassment aside, it was off to the buffet tables. There sure were a lot of people there, and most of them didn’t seem like hotel guests. Each of us quickly zeroed in on what we wanted to eat, but in hindsight eating so much so fast meant that we missed some of the selections. For example, I wasn’t able to sample the sushi, congee, or Indian/Bangladeshi cuisine tables. Ditto on the chinese noodles and ice cream bar.
Hard to limit myself to just this
Above is the picture of what I ended up eating. For the curious, from left to right: crab and corn soup, fried lamb, stingray, and dory, shiumai and steamed fish with rice on the plate, plus fried oysters and shrimp. Add to this bottomless iced tea refills, and you can imagine that all of us felt very VERY bloated by the end. Somehow we managed to finish off our selections though, which is indeed something. Money well spent I suppose.
My sister and her husband went back to their house (still had last-minute moving stuff to finish), which left me, my cousin, and tatay to get home via taxi. That didn’t go as well though, as the usual route to our area kept on running into difficulties (road excavations and simple traffic close to the end), but we got home eventually, though my cousin had to get off earlier to run off to the nearby Mercury Drug to buy more baby formula, as apparently the can we had was almost out (it was Enfalac A+ by the way).
After that, spent the rest of the afternoon and early evening trying to digest the stuff we ate. Ugh.
Oh well, back to the real world tomorrow. Wasn’t able to add to my submission, so hopefully I’ll make up for that tomorrow.