271 – On Mid-Pandemic Meals: Triptych 46

I thought I would run out of new posts to write prior to publishing this entry. Thankfully, I now have more than enough materials to last me until the end of the year – up to early 2021!

This year has been shitty for most here in Manila: From a dormant volcano reawakening after three centuries, the ongoing coronavirus pandemic, to two supertyphoons hitting the capital. Regardless, time flies fast and Christmas is but less than a month away. Thankfully, I’ve been able to leave the house on my free days and whenever I fulfill driver duties for my mom. I managed to visit different places because of work-related matters, whether it’s to claim my final pay check or to turn in pre-employment requirements.

In addition, I also took the long waiting time as an opportunity to finish my work remotely. Much as the work from home setting is necessary during this time, I tend to be less productive when stuck at home.

You might ask: Are you not afraid of COVID-19? Surely, I fear contracting the novel coronavirus–but that doesn’t mean the end of the world. To quote Donald Trump: “Don’t be afraid of Covid. Don’t let it dominate your life.”

Wearing a face mask and face shield, complying with contact tracing protocols, maintaining ample physical distance, and frequently sanitizing hands will do wonders  in this new normal.


I had this lunch set from Tuan Tuan Chinese Brasserie at UP Town Center back in August. I started off with a glass of Cold Nai Cha, a Tuan Tuan favorite. The Pork Ball Congee I ordered was of good quality, and came with free Youtiao or fried dough crullers – a usual congee side dish in Hong Kong. A trip to Tuan Tuan is never complete without their Crispy Barbecue Pork Snow Buns, which I also ordered.

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I went back to my old workplace in Ortigas to claim my backpay in mid-September. It so happened that Wildflour Cafe + Bakery at The Podium opened early; thus, I had my first meal of the day there. I liked the Cold Brew Coffee for its sweetness, though I requested for extra milk and sweetener. The Mushroom Bowl was definitely filling with its vegan combination of mushroom slices, quinoa and black rice! I ordered the Bibingka Cheesecake once more to cap off my meal, but I ran out of coffee so an additional order of Wildflour’s Latte came in handy.

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Following my 30th birthday in early November, I went out to buy some personal gifts for myself. I headed over to UCC Clockwork at Estancia Mall to finish some work before I take the rest of the day off. The UCC Special Blend Coffee is best consumed black, but works equally with milk and sugar. Both my orders that morning, the Grilled Salmon with Cauli Fried Rice and Fisherman’s Fried Rice, were meatless. The server recommended the Frozen Brazo de Mercedes to cap off my meal, a decision I do not regret.

(Related: 111 – On Under-appreciated Coffee Cubes: Triptych 14)


That’s it for this triptych, and I hope I can continue doing more food posts if my schedule permits me.

Until the next post, bon appetit and stay safe!

One thought on “271 – On Mid-Pandemic Meals: Triptych 46

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