Skirt: Zara | Blazer: H&M | Heels: Alexander Wang | Bag: Balenciaga | Watch: Charriol | Top: Topshop | Necklace: Forever 21 | Sunnies: Classique Apparel
As we speak, I’m distracting myself from the pains of my final work day by writing up this blog post well before lunch time (here’s to hoping I finish). I hate leaving, really–I don’t like the idea of being separated from a familiar routine and an environment. I’m also getting quite sentimental, I can hardly look anyone in the eye right now in case my brain will go: “Oh, you will miss this one.” Also, I am becoming so unreasonably jittery of the fact that the Information Systems team are going to take my laptop in a matter of hours to wipe out pertinent classified files–which is protocol but you know, I’ve had this work email for almost 5 years and I can’t fathom losing that part of me.
I was never really the friendly type, ever since I was young. I was always snooty and haughty, hard to get along with and I was fine with that. I didn’t like getting too close to people because I didn’t think I could handle being disappointed if they did something to spite me. Unlike family, friends had the option to leave and I didn’t want to give them that option. So I shut people out. People, on the other hand, for some odd reason, managed to wheedle their selves into my heart… and even that would get someone as cold-hearted as I am to relent.
When I started working, I tried to keep my professional life separate from that of my personal one–I figured that if I made myself distant, people wouldn’t bother trying to establish ties. That way, also, I realized, it would be easier for me to let go if I had to go. Unfortunately, or rather fortunately, depends on how you look at the glass, God works in mysterious ways and I end up being friends with people when I least expected it… and now I’m a sentimental mess internally (I’m still pretty stoic externally, don’t worry).
I pray that I get through the day without any emotional hiccups. I still have lunch with my team to get through and I hope everything will come out casual and fun instead of sad–I don’t think my emotionally inept self can handle it.
ETA: So apparently, I was called into a meeting place to watch my AVP–which was a total surprise. I thought I was going to have an exit interview. I wasn’t prepared to be accosted by a variety of my images blown up to giant proportions on a huge screen, along with well wishes and messages from everyone I’ve worked with. I think I was pinching myself the entire time just to stop myself from becoming too emotional (also, I was seated next to the president and it would be embarrassing to bawl). I am beyond touched… I’m used to being cared for by my parents or my boyfriend but I never thought anyone would give the time of their day, knowing how everyone is so busy in this office, to make me a “Good bye” video. Maybe I was lying when I said I wouldn’t miss people, I would miss them more than anything. I don’t think I’d be able to work with individuals who genuinely care for me as a person and I know that is the hardest thing to let go. So to all my GMA colleagues, thank you, I may not say much but I really am super thankful to have worked with such capable and fine individuals. I will always be a so-called “Kapuso.”
So anyway, this was the outfit I wore yesterday to a Saturdate with my boyfriend. This neoprene skirt from Zara is a favorite of mine, not to mention, cheap for the quality, cut, and design. Unfortunately though, after a few hours of shopping errands, my battered feet could no longer take the killer Alexander Wangs. Yes, they are painful but well, as they say, you have to pay the price for beauty. Here are some more outfit photos for better appreciation:
That evening, we drove to the South to have dinner at Maple Restaurant in Commer Center, Alabang. The Maple team have long been trying to invite me since last year June to drop by and I’ve always meant for myself to go and dine after hearing such good raves about their restaurant only… we couldn’t find a common time to do so due to conflicts of schedule.
Finally, things fell into place!
Upon arriving, we were greeted by a very visually pretty restaurant–a place where couples would most likely have their pre-nups taken or something. We were seated at the second-floor, right next to a few families celebrating their childrens’ graduations.
The lights were kept slightly dim though to keep the atmosphere warm and inviting… not very conducive for iPhone photos but nevertheless, nice.
This salad had the best shallot dressing that complemented the eggs, olives, and grapes. It was light but pleasantly sweet.
The croquettes came with the same shallot dressing, which surprisingly tasted good with it. The outside was crisp; the moment you sliced one open, a volcano of cheese, potatoes, and meat would erupt. The tomato sauce gave it a tangy hint that didn’t seem to compete with the shallot dressing’s sweet taste.
The “Pizzadilla” is a cross between a pizza and a quesadilla. Since I’m a sucker for cheese, I loved this one. There is a “blue cheese” surprise waiting in between the soft chewy tortilla.
The grilled tuna was perfectly moist and flaky. It wasn’t overcooked or tough! Enzo, being the health buff that he is, loved this dish! It didn’t have that typical “fishy” taste most Filipinos are sensitive to.
The sandwich was your typical comfort dish made out of homemade luncheon meet and smothered with cheese. By this time, I was already so full but I couldn’t help but finish the truffle fries that accompanied it.
The infamous chicken steak–for a moment, I thought I was eating chicken only to realize it was tender, melt-in-your-mouth Wagyu steak underneath the spicy crunchy batter.
By far, one of the best Key Lime pies there is in this country. It’s a meringue on top, a bit tarty in taste, and frozen-ice cream cake underneath the sweet and chewy crust. The caramel and walnuts made it even better!
Now here is something unique only to the Maple Alabang branch… their After 5 specials. Yes, they are serving cocktails so people from the South, no need to travel far–Maple is offering drinks for those who want ’em! I am a big fan of their toe-curler, a great spin-off of your regular mojito.
Announcement: So I am officially unemployed right now. I don’t know how I feel about it yet, I’m a bit sad and a tad excited but to be sure, ask me tomorrow. I might change my mind (about how I feel, not about resigning). So anyway, I’ve figured I would dedicate my time to the gym, to various corporate interviews, to trips, and to blog-related endeavors… which is just perfect nowthat I have way too much time on my hands. So for those asking me inane questions on ask.fm on how I’m going to survive–let’s just say that I am very liquid, I have enough to last me for years, I also have parents in case things go awry, and I am practicing prudence so please, worry about your own finances, I’ll be fine and even if I won’t, it shouldn’t be anyone’s problem but mine. Right? Anyway, to battle being mopey, I’ve been munching on these:
They are really yummy. Who says eating healthy can’t be pleasurable? Clearly, they need to buy stuff from the Healthy Grocery! Check them out guys!