My tenure with the Malaysian-owned company (GPI) where I worked in Cavite may be the shortest I had in my employment record but the friendship that I forged
with some of the people there are long-lasting!
Last Sunday, I bonded once again with
my ex-GPI friends: Alma, who I fondly call Bok, Gricelda and Ivy, Ibyang to me.
I last saw Alma and Gricelda on my
wedding. I was so glad they were able to be there on my special day.
With Ivy, the last time I saw her was on my last day in the company, which was 13 years ago! HAS IT REALLY BEEN THAT LONG?!?!
A lot changed... (well, obviously our
sizes and shapes, LOL) but not our friendship. They are among the friends I dearly
We agreed to meet at lunch time in
Shabu-shabu in Alabang. We spent more than 5 hours there, chatting more than
eating. We realized that we have overstayed when a crew approached us and asked
us if we still have additional orders despite the ample leftover in our table. Well,
in all fairness to them, it’s not that they attempted or even hinted to throw
us out. They told us that we can stay as long as we want, I think they just
needed to close their register or something.
What I realized was that I will never be
a shabu-shabu fan. As mouth-watering the tiger prawns (which I got a bit
intimidated because of their size) are, I wasn’t able to eat much of it because
I don’t know how to season them! BUMMER! I indulged with the tuna, scallops and
thinly-sliced Angus beef instead. Though unseasoned, they still made me feel full. :)
It was obvious we still didn’t want to
end the day so when Bok’s husband, who is a PAF officer, invited us to dinner,
we all scurried to McKinley to meet up with him.
We had dinner at Uncle Cheffy’s, where
I had the best cheesecake ever! I was so stuffed I wasn’t able to eat anything
but a few bites of the Lovely Jenny Salad (which is really flavorful!), and a
slice of Uncle Cheffy Cheesecake, which I fell in love with at first bite! I
made a mental note to drag the Hubby to a nearest Uncle Cheffy this weekend. I
have to have another slice of that cheesecake!!!
We said our farewells at past 9PM. I
bet if it wasn’t a workday the next day, we might have stayed longer!