20/365 – Haiku#2 Drunk

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15/365 – Healthy & Fresh Eats @ Gourmet Farms’ The Dining Room

It was a rainy cold Sunday evening when we celebrated my 21st Birthday at the sophisticated vintage-themed restaurant in Silang, Cavite – Gourmet Cafe’s The Dining Room. We just sneaked a little family bonding to celebrate my special day with my little sisters before we head out to Makati.

Their place boasts its Lola’s House-feels theme: It’s like you’re at the house of Gran where there’s a lot of seats for incoming visitors (because everyone is her best friend), dance floor for dancing (every ballroom dance you’ll ever know), and yes ofcourse, there’s a loooot – like a looooot – of food.

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It is a great place for every occasion – wedding or baptismal receptions, debuts, or even just like our small family dinner. It has a center stage designed for these events and loook at that sexy grand piano! (and the white lady playing it – just kidding, sissie!)

We were the only ones inside the restaurant so it felt like we rented the whole place just for my birthday! *kilig*

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Now for the good & yummy part:

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The ingredients for their food are freshly hand-picked from their farmland just beside their restaurant to which they offer scheduled visits so their customers can also appreciate their hard work put on planting to serve yummy eats with fresh and healthy ingredients.

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This is Quattro Formaggi Pizza (Php 400) – Four Cheese Pizza with Roast Garlic. This is my fave pizza out of every pizza. Simple, yet so mouth-watering. Some pizza houses don’t get the right elasticity of those 4 cheeses but they (The Dining Room) topped it off! Their serving time is a little late than average because they bake their pizza just at the moment you order it (Just-In-Time). But mind you, it is worth the wait!

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Another pizza just because. Meat Pizza (Php 450) – Italian sausage, ham, pepperoni, bacon in red sauce.

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Mum always orders the healthiest out of menus – even at Restaurants where it is impossible to have any healthy food. She will always and always find something healthy out of anything. This time, she ordered Arugula Pesto Pasta (Php250) – yeep, healthy and weird stuff (which almost always makes you want to vomit). 

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Gyro (Php350) – pita wrapped sandwich with chicken & vegetables in tzatziki sauce. On the side is lettuce chips which you can separately buy at their store just outside the restaurant. You can also buy various dips & dressings (ranch, honey mustard, thousand islands) for these yummy babies.

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Anddd my birthday cake!

Thanks, The Dining Room for an awesome pre-birthday Celebration!

Visit them here:

The Dining Room

The Dining Room Menu on Zomato

11/365 – Writing is…

Writing is expressing yourself with your words, by your words, and through your words. It is putting an word-per-word illustration of your whole existence into a vast collection of combined forms of speech. Actually, it’s more than just expressing yourself.

It’s like stripping naked at a club party and letting everyone see your wounds & scars which you knew they’d dare to touch to know how deep it can hurt you. As they critique what they see as they laid their eyes on the feast you prepared for them, you slowly sink into their minds – destroying and altering what was once known to what is now.

It is like getting lost at the happiest place on Earth and wouldn’t even care if you find the way back or not because getting lost there forever would be an ecstatic dream; a mega-dose of your own fairy tale in your own perfectly described wonderland. You’re like a lost child who wouldn’t even care what’s going to happen a little later because you’re holding onto your white balloon which can take you anywhere you wish to go.

It is like feeling the hype of getting to the top of the mountain after a long exhausting climb and you see the vastness of the land and all your feelings suddenly sunk into the open air. It is like keeping on falling and falling in love with every beautiful word your mind produces and your mouth speaks – not even aware of the senses it made you and your listeners feel.

Writing is you in words. Beautiful. Ethereal. Everlasting.

10/365 – To All the Boys Out There

Don’t love her because she’s pretty. Love her because you see her pure and kind heart which gives love to everything and everyone unrelentlessly. 

Don’t love her because she has a beautiful smile. Love her because she makes you laugh with every word she speaks. Love her because she makes your world a happy place. 

Don’t love her because she has the perfect body. Love her because she always put everyone first before herself. Love her because she takes care of you with all of her strength just to make sure you’re always fine. 

Don’t love her because everyone fancies her and you’re the one she chooses. Love her because she lets you in her life to be with her in every passing moment. Love her because she trusts that you will take care of her heart and never do what the others did. 

Don’t love her because she loves and gives you everything she ever is. Love her because she deserves to be loved more than she loves you. 

9/365 – Number 5 / 1:37am 

God knows I’m trying

To forget everything about you.

God knows I’m struggling 

To mend the damages when you torn my heart into two. 

God knows I’m willing 

To do whatever it takes to erase every memory of you. 

God knows I’m wanting 

To get rid of the whys and the hows 

That still lingers on my mind and now I’m wondering 

How well it would be If I’m able to. 

3/365 – To the One Who Broke My Heart Last Year 

I loved you genuinely since the day we were together. I did everything for you and in the name of our love. I put down almost everything in my life just to give way for our love. I even disregarded and changed my dreams so as it would best suit our situation. I did everything to deserve your love and this is where I made myself undeserving of my own love. Maybe this is where you also learned to love me less. 

I made everything easy for you. I made loving me as easy as making your morning coffee. You didn’t have to come to me because I was the one who came to you. You didn’t have to give me gifts because I have given you the corniest of them. You didn’t have to exert any effort because I have given you everything even before you asked for it. I didn’t give you any reason to not love me but maybe I this is where you found some reasons to love me less.

I made my world revolve around the thought of a lifetime with you – I made my plans and dreams according to your plans for youself hoping that I would fit in even just on the tiny bits of it. But I failed everytime I tried. I made the world fall in love with my illusion of your love – I hid the oh-nos and imperfections because I wanted everyone to love you as much as I have loved you. Maybe this is where you found another reason to love me less. 

I knew there was something else you wanted even if I have given you everything I am. I knew you wanted something I cannot give and you found it with someone else. I knew that behind your I love yous and I miss yous were hidden signs of I don’t want to be with you anymore. I knew we were falling apart and yet I was there still picking up the pieces and putting them altogether just to fall even shattered than ever. I chose to fight even though I’m bleeding; to love even when my heart was going away with every beat. Maybe this is where you finally to chose to unlove me. 

This is where I draw the line. You didn’t deserve me since day 1 and even on the days when you tried to because I knew I loved you more the whole time. Thank you for the memories and the lessons which came with it. But this is the end of us and the start of a new me. You were a huge part of my last year but you will never be a part of this year and all of the years to come. I’m giving you up and I’m forgetting everything about you. You did love me less when I loved you more and this is what I will do with all of my regained pieces altogether – unloving you and loving myself more. You are my biggest and most painful heartbreak of all time and it won’t be easy for me to do all these things but watch me do it and you’ll know it was a mistake for loving me less every time. 

With hopes & promises, 

Elli

2/365 – Number 4/ 11:37/ January 2

How can I forget?

The way your eyes looked at me

When mine were blurred by tears

The way your lips were sealed

You don’t feel it anymore

Saying the words which caressed me

No I guess I won’t be hearing it anymore

Oh, I can still feel it all, I’m still struck so deeply

All of what it made me feel, I remember

The way your body shifted away in time

And there goes all my fears

Happening before my eyes, I’m weak

I told you I’m weak; I guess you didn’t hear

When I revealed my naked self in your eyes, did you see?

Did you? Did you feel my love, dear?

In that secluded place, I breathe

Through your love, I live; felt like a heap but it was all I need

Your hands don’t feel right when they found me near

It’s not the same anymore; the feeling

We shared was now burned; I’m screaming but there’s nothing you can hear

It was not mine to hold anymore; your heart

Which I embraced to protect with all of me

No it’s not mine anymore.