South – bound road trip…

South – bound road trip…

“A friend loves at all times.”
~proverbs: 17:17~

The youngest in our group celebrated her birthday last November 10.

bday girl 2
Jhona! ❤ ❤ ❤

As a tradition, we have to treat the celebrant to a place of her choice. Rachel, celebrated at Yakimix (Alabang town center), Essie at Bellevue Hotel (Alabang), we did mine at Romulo cafe (Azumi Hotel – Alabang), Anabelle had hers at Torch (Greenbelt, Makati)  and we did Theresa’s at Balai Indang (Cavite). In all fairness, on top of the planning stage, trying to fit in with everyone’s schedules, Jhonna – our youngest, opted for the nearest restaurant when she was the one who’s eager to go farther due to everyone’s hectic schedules come November. Since we all wanted her to be happy, we suggested to go south-bound, without any specific destination. It’s gonna be a “Road trip” literally. Jhona calls it “vroom vroom!”

We ended up being the one who’s happy because she surprised us by bringing us to Padre Pio in Sto. Tomas, Batangas.

padre pio




She also brought us to this old church – St. Bartolomew. 

Built at 1938..

And the underground cemetery both of which are located in Nagcarlan.

underground cem


And her last-minute request was to have lunch at “Sulyap Gallery cafe”.

My second peek at “Sulyap”..=)


Knowing the place, I had this feeling that they will surely have fun times as I did when I first saw it. They specifically loved the Kulao (banana blossoms in coconut milk), the Pako salad and the Pancit habhab. It was a satisfying spread for us topping it with crepe and turon ala mode.

bday girl
Birthday girl!
The spread!

with bomber pa din



my sissya

spread 2

food spread
Happy birthday Jhona!

“Turon” in the Philippines is a dessert which resembles banana fritters in other countries.

Ube flavor! =)
Time for dessert! =)

I think the crepe juxtapose that “All Filipino” dishes we feasted on. We didn’t mind, we needed something sweet after that “I need to adjust my belt” lunch that we’ve had.

We went to the Museum too!

with the batchaas





hvn fun at the



We went to the Orchard too!

jho sulyap
Jhona’s peek!

may bomber


rambo 1
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behind sulyap

I must say it was she who made us happy, but knowing her, I’m pretty sure she was happy too because she made (us) her sisters happy.

We even bought “Buko pie” when we passed by Los Banos, Laguna.

This friendship had endured all kinds of weather. And I think, no storm can break it apart anymore. However grouchy anyone can get, at the end of the day, looking at each others’ faces.

These are the faces we’ve been with for the last 28 years. The faces of friends in every sense of the word. And with these faces comes the
gratefulness and realization, that we’re here to stay. It was a bond which eventually became our realm.

christmas at sulyap
Christmas decors at Sulyap are of indigenous materials..
Had fun indeed!

Our next destination? Bulacan! We’re visiting Ana’s mansion. We’re
celebrating our Christmas party and Thanksgiving for this beautiful year that was!

Hello 2016!