Saturday, May 4, 2013

The Merry Month Of May

I celebrate May with quite a number of friends born in the same merry month as I am. The month's celebrations officially start with Tita Passy Teopaco's birthday. The Teopacos has long ago adopted me as their own, and like real family, I've laughed, cried, danced, sang and watched the sun go up with them.
This year, birthday dinner was at Yakumi in Solaire, the fabulous new hotel and casino by the bay. Dinner was so good, we forgot our diets, we had our beef and ate it too! We went around the casino after to burn calories and marvel at the huge floral arrangements and magnificent chandeliers.
Birthdays are opportunities to count our blessings and thank the good Lord for them. Everyday, I thank God for Tita Passy. Happiest birthday, PCT!

The chandeliers at the Solaire lobby.


Solaire's grand staircase.


The Japanese sous chefs busy at work.


Neat soy sauce containers with wooden stoppers.

Celda Santos and Marie Lim

Chitine Malvar, Pia Santos and Tiger Santos

Jem Malvar and Nancy Matton

Rick Matton and Rina Teopaco

Tita Sari Cojuangco and Sasa Cojuangco - Araneta

Mel Cojuangco

Enrico and Bing Villanueva

Arben Santos and Chito Bugia

Tiger Santos and Paolo Malvar

Miko Urgino

Marie Lim and Medy Poblador

Tita Passy and 'Dad' Esting Teopaco

Edamame

Tuna Maki

California Maki

Salmon Sashimi

I'll give the Lobster Miso Soup five stars!

.. but I love beef! Ten stars for the Wagyu Ribeye!

Kurobata Pork

Wagyu Hobayaki

Best of the best, Japanese Fried rice

Creme Brûlée 

Mango Sorbet


Jingle Bugia and Marla Teopaco

Tiger Santos and Rafael Teopaco

In summer whites, Bing and Pia.

Stars in stripes (he he), me and Enrico.

Our birthday celebrator, Tita Passy Teopaco

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