Right out of the frying pan into the fire. After months of loosened COVID-19 restrictions, the Philippines just had its most tumultuous poll in its more than a century of existence as an independent nation.
The worldwide effects of inflation also hit us here. I myself felt the pinch with an increase in gas prices. Half a tank of petrol cost me P2,100 ($37), from P1,600 ($32) a week before and just P1,200 ($24) two weeks prior. Dad meanwhile pointed out the increase of goods at a grocery near us – citing higher prices for canned goods, dressed chicken, and bread.
Despite these negative outcomes, I still managed to make things work out here at The Monching’s Guide. The more relaxed mandates allowed me to do some “research” – with most of you seeing the products of those trips. This time, let me hit the brakes on food posts for a while to talk about updates on my end for the second quarter of 2022.
My younger brother and I visited Bonifacio Global City (BGC) in Taguig to watch a concert that featured his then-partner. Unfortunately, circumstances beyond our control forced us to go home early. Despite this, I simply looked to the fact that Dad would be out of town – which meant some semblance of peace and quiet.
A week after our visit to the commercial enclave, I paid a visit to The Brewman Coffee – which I wrote about. Cabin fever while working at home for two years led me to pay the place a visit. The COVID-19 pandemic put me in a house arrest situation, so visiting the café and meeting old friends became a welcome respite.
Here are some pictures of the BGC enclave, which looks like a small bit of Singapore excised and put right smack in the middle of Manila.
I began the month with a visit to the province of Rizal, located some 40 kilometers (24 miles) southeast from where I live. An uncle who lived there passed away at the end of April, so we drove there to pay our final respects. His side of the family – our aunt and cousins – appreciated us setting aside some time to visit. Soon enough, other relatives from Mom’s side arrived; my late uncle was Mom’s younger brother.
Aside from this, I also took the holidays of May to visit several restaurants I wanted to check out for some time. Stay tuned here at the blog because I might publish them soon!
Our Texas-based bosses gave us the Memorial Day weekend off, which meant another extra day of rest. I took it as an opportunity to check out neo-Japanese restaurant TETSUO. This home-grown establishment had a branch near the university where I graduated – occupying the former spot of La Creperie, which I wrote about several years ago.
TETSUO has been popular due to its chicken ever since it opened, so I ordered the joint’s signature 2-Piece Chicken with Rice. Much as I appreciated the chicken being well-cooked, it didn’t live up to the hype when it came to the taste. I’ve personally tried out tastier fried chicken, so this was a let-down.
Unfortunately, the gains I had during this month went down the drain after a neighbor’s dog bit my younger brother. He told me that the dog just simply snuck up behind him as he was walking – and took a bite at his right leg. Thankfully, he managed to get anti-rabies and anti-tetanus vaccines just hours after being bitten. He also completed his anti-rabies vaccine schedule.
The neighbor who owned the dog did not renege on their responsibility and reimbursed us for the rabies vaccination fees. They also sent the dog to the city pound to prevent any more injuries. The said neighbor also extended his apologies for the inconveniences caused by their dog.
Let me end the first part of my second quarter update for 2022 with some of the food items I tried out during that period.
To recap, here are the posts I published for the month of May. I’m not including the ones from April as they’re the updates for the first quarter of this year.
Until the next post, keep it here on The Monching’s Guide!