For Papa's 64th birthday, we had to choose one of his favorite restos. Chinatown was an easy decision, as he has been taking us there for as long as I can remember.
This time, tho, we tried the buffet. At only P600 net per adult, it was so worth it. They charge only P420 for senior citizens, too, more than the discount required by law. (Good job, Chinatown!) Vada and Boots, since they were below 4.5 feet, had to pay P300 each. Rain was at P200. I was bemoaning how it's not sulit to take these girls to buffets bcoz they hardly eat. Not like my boys who eat a lot of everything.
Ate: The girls take after me. I was also difficult to feed when I was younger.
Me: Does this mean they're also going to grow up to be piglets like you?
Ate: Yes, that was exactly what I was going to say!
Even little Rain got excited by the buffet and filled her plate up, altho her Daddy finished most of it. He also loaded up on the crabs and prawns that were the house specialty. Yummy. They even served fried oysters. Ches and I missed Seafood Sam's all of a sudden.
Mama's favorites were the pata tim, lechon macau, and spare ribs. Yes, she is The Carnivorous One, just like Yoshi, Ate, and ok, ok - me. This kind of food is so bad for her, but I'm not exactly in a position to lecture her, me with the cholesterol levels that can only be described as off-the-charts for years now (groan). What can I say? Eat or be eaten.
Needless to say, Papa was happy with the pancit alone. We were kidding him that he hoarded one kilo of pancit right on his first plate. Hahaha. Whatever the birthday boy wishes, right?
Papa: Ito na talaga ang natupad na pangarap.
Vada: Papa, ang dami mo namang pangarap!
The girls mainly had fun with the chocolate fondue and soft-serve ice cream. Yoshi was in charge of accompanying them back to the buffet station every so often to refill their desserts. Of course, this was only after he had already finished maybe three heaping plates of yang chow fried rice and various viands.
We all had a good laugh when the attendant who showed us to our table told him to eat up bcoz he would be paying the full adult rate. If she knew our Yoshi, she would have no doubt he can eat up to the equivalent of three full grown adults. Hahaha.
Bootsie LOVES his buchi. Chuckles. Vada laughs at every single antic of Bootsie. I remember I was like this, too, with my brother when we were younger.
Fyi, this was also Rain's 18th birthday party. Hence, the formal gown. Hahaha. I'm glad I wore my favorite dress from Manang Lei, so hopefully I don't look like her yaya beside her.
Vada was channeling the chillax look in her jeans, shirt, and flats. I love it. If I ever have a baby girl, I'm gonna dress her casually like this all the time . None of the long, flouncy dresses I myself was so fond of when I was younger, or worse, the slutty outfits I see in little girls whose parents also make them go thru the tragedy of high heels at such a young age. (Seriously, what's up with that? Can't wait to give your little daughters back pains?)
These pix were supposed to be of Vada being one of the boys, but Rain ran along and flashed her winning smile. So I just clicked away. Whatever makes my favorite kids looking happy like this - has got to be a big hit.