The birthday bash held this past Monday at "The Compound" in Guimaras for the old geezer, "The Kano," who is now 59 years old, is history. No San Miguels or Red Horse were served, just Coke and Sprite. The Black Forest birthday cake from Goldilocks in Iloilo City was delicious as was the other treat from their bakery, a cake featured in the second photo which my wife thought was an all healthy fruit dish. It turned out to be a cake with a cream filling and was really tasty. One of my favorites, egg rolls, was also on the menu along with spaghetti without hot dog slices which I detest on spaghetti but is popular in the Philippines. I requested a ground beef topping with an Italian style spaghetti sauce and not the sweet sauce which is the norm in the Philippines.
Yin Yin, who visited the other day when her grandfather was admitted to our provincial hospital in Guimaras, is shown at the far right in the next photo. Everyone is reading some old newspapers I donated from my reading material supply in our CR (Comfort Room/Bathroom.) Next to her is my niece Din Din, her sister JalAmiel, brother Jorealle, and my wife, who refused to pose for the photo op. Long time readers of this website will note that I am spelling my four-year-old nephew's name differently. I always thought is was "Joriel" and did not realize the correct spelling is "Jorealle" until I saw his name he printed on my birthday card.
Last picture is a shot of my wife and our niece JalAmiel at the Pizza Hut this past Sunday at SM City in Iloilo. We don't eat at Pizza Hut often because it's too expensive, P630 (14.45 US Dollars) for the whole meal, a family size Supreme Pan Pizza and three sodas, but since it was the day before my birthday, I decided to splurge. I didn't leave a tip since I had to wait an exceedingly long time to get my "Bottomless" glass of Pepsi refilled twice (no free refills in the fast food joints in the Philippines, you have to pay extra for the "bottomless"), and even had to go to the manager once to request a refill. The restaurant was not busy so I saw no need for the delay and thus no need to leave a tip. Most people don't tip at restaurants in the Philippines anyway. Guess I'm just trying to fit in the longer I live here. Plus, I'm cheap! By the way, do any of you other expats living in the Philippines tip at restaurants here? Just curious.