Companies in the Philippines are required by law to give 13th month pay, equivalent to a month’s salary, to employees every December. While private endeavors tend to stick to the letter of the law, government ministries are more charitable. Aside from the mandated 13th month, there are also performance bonuses and Christmas bonuses given to civil servants in the spirit of the season.
Employees usually reserve a significant chunk of the 13th month pay for physical gifts and monetary presents (aguinaldo) for their godchildren (inaanak). Some allocate a portion to savings, another to investments, and another portion for free spending.
However, I took the chance to try out a lot of other dishes I haven’t tried before as soon as I got my 13th month pay. Thus, you have this post. With the exception of two, all the food here were from restaurants in Eastwood City. Rest assured that I still have money left over, and I have a significant amount of cash in my savings account to tide me over for a long time.
1. Todd English House Special Rice Plate, Pound by Todd English
2. Chocolate Chip Cookie Skillet, Pound by Todd English
3. Spicy Lechon (1/2 Kilo), Rico’s Lechon
4. Seafood Pho, Pho Hoa
5. Chicken and Rib Platter, Peri-Peri Charcoal Chicken
6. Adobong Kangkong, Rico’s Lechon
7. Fresh Spring Rolls, Pho Hoa
8. Salmon Skin Roll, Tokyo Bubble Tea
9. Chicken Katsu Omurice, Tokyo Bubble Tea
Until the next entry, bon appetit!