Three years back when I was still new in Al Ain, we tried the chicken peri peri in Nando’s. This was during the era of pre-braces, long hair and pre-gym.
Another year older. Third birthday to celebrate away from my family but with my second family. I had no plans at all but to have a long weekend. I had my very own pre-celebration in Abu Dhabi. Checked-in with my friends but I was the only one that enjoyed as they have to take some exam. Visited my cousin but unfortunately I have to see them in the hospital, my nephew was sick that time. But now he’s home!
So… It was a long day! I enjoyed the pool, the room, though they’re not that huge, the breakfast, and walking here and there. Sipped my cup of coffee in Starbucks while reading some stuffs and I swear, I had two cups and I will not try it again! I was awake until the next day.
I was back in Al Ain the next day. I just did my usual stuffs and uh oh~ phone calls from work. And the surprise starts.
I thought it was an ordinary dinner with my sister in Christ and then suddenly, I heard something that sounds like fireworks. They gave me cake and flower!
After church, I was asking myself why it was so dark. They should open the light! And when I entered, balloons are everywhere.
Ok, so I thought that’s the end.
As I prepared our dinner with all my friends, I cooked pasta and grilled chicken!, a surprise cake from my home mates. And my sisters in Christ finally realized that I just opened my eyes very wide and says “Oh” during surprises. I’m a weirdo, I know.
It’s not yet the end. We’re doing a wrap up when my so called “mommy” came out of the room with a box. Another gift.
It was an overwhelming birthday.
And a small cake from my Church family.
Thank you for all the love and surprises.
Day one in Discovery Suites.
This is a once in a blue moon celebration. We celebrated our grannie’s birthday in Manila. It was a long celebration. Usually, we only had simple celebration back in Bataan.
Accompanying my grannie, I also had a lot of fun. I also made this an opportunity to write reviews and more gala! Of course I was able to bond with my relatives.
Starting the day, we first celebrated in Tito Nolan’s home in Q.C. with lots of Pinoy foods. From Lechon, chicken relleno made by Tita Mayette with oh so delicious gravy, alimango freshly bought in Bataan, pansit for long life and loooots of cake!
Side note. I totally need to get out of my shell. I’m still shy about my blogging hobbies. I wasn’t able to take good photos.
It was fun-filled day. But that’s not all. Kz, Kedz and Tito Nolan serenaded everyone with their amazing talents.
And a surprise guest… Jay Manalo. I had no idea he’s a friend of Tita.
And now, the second part… dum~dum~dum~ in Discovery Suites, a five star hotel located in Ortigas. We checked in at the largest room (I guess), the Admiral Suite. And more surprise guest, Martin Nievera, grannie’s fave. Gab also followed in the suite.
My tummie was filled with more salad, baked pastries, salmon and lots of strawberries and grapes dipped in whipped cream. So yummy but oh~ the calories! 😄
We settled in bed at around midnight. It was so tiring!
And the next day, we had a super breakfast buffet. Because it was weekend, they served Filipino dishes. I wasn’t able to take a photo, as usual.
I tried pasta aglio oglio. I was disappointed because it was dry. I had fried rice and longganisa, lentil caldereta that I’m dying to try again, no pork hash brown, samosa with pickled cucumber and the vegetarian pizza which was a winner. I also had a small cup of arrozcaldo and lots of fresh mango shake that I totally loved. Thanks to Ms. Gemma, who manages the hotel, we were well-served. The breakfast buffet was a winner. Two-thumbs up.
I had decided to separate all posts because it’s a bit long. And the post in The Metropolitan Club coming up soon!