Last Saturday, Cindy and I had our usual “where-do-we-go-now” trip. We start off early, go to one place then head off to the next, usually to somewhere that Cindy saw or read from the net, where we’ve both never been. I enjoy discovering these places with her because most of the time, we both have the same ideas and preferences (food, activities).
So we began our Saturday meeting up at Shangri-La to get our gifts for the birthday boy Mateo, then attending his birthday party at The Grove by Rockwell. Mateo is the first born son of our friends and former officemates from TeleTech, Pedro and Ria. Flashback to a few years back when I introduced Pedro to Ria, and to those funny times when Pedro was trying to invite Ria out by using my office communicator (a bit lame but yeah, they ended up together). It’s nice to see them as a happy family now with their big baby boy Mateo. The celebration was NBA-themed primarily because the dad is a skilled basketball player. There were games for the kids and adults alike. We had our fill of cheesy baked macaroni, chicken casserole, and roast beef from M2 Catering. An added wow to the party were the Starbucks and Serendipitea mobile cafes. The guests where given stubs to choose from the frappuccinos and milk teas in different variants.
One thing that made me really excited about the party was the fact that I will see my former officemates from TeleTech. We still talk but mostly through Facebook, so Cindy and I were looking forward to chatting with our good old friends with their wives/hubbies and kids, too. After almost two years, we had some sort of reunion – STO, PJ, Jeff, Cheena, Cindy, and I. We used to be part of the Centralized Quality team and parted ways after about two years of working together.
After the party, Cindy told me that she wanted to check out some antiques because she’s having her room redecorated. Despite my fear of wooden, scary-looking, life-sized sculptures and antiques, we went to Tiendesitas and spent about an hour in the antique and furniture section. No, I didn’t hyperventilate but deep inside I was thankful that none of them came to life.
After weaving through the pet stalls, I asked Cindy, “Where are we going next?” You have to know that it’s normal for us to go to two to three places to make the most out of a day, and we simply like it that way. Cindy gave me two options – Robinsons Magnolia or Cubao Expo. I chose the latter because she said they sell all kinds of trinkets and accessories and what-have-yous there.
True enough, Cubao Expo is an establishment which caters to people who appreciate music, art, and an assortment of vintage stuff. There are toys, unique artwork, Beatles memorabilia, figurines, yellowing comic books, accessories, custom-made and inexpensive shoes, clothes, music boxes, mugs, old trophies and plate awards, books, vinyl records, cassette tapes, and the list goes on. Yeah, the place may look shabby but there are bars, restos, and art galleries to visit as well. We spent a good part of the afternoon raiding shop after shop and feeling as if we’ve gone a few decades back because of the rustic look of the place.
It’s nice to wander around artsy-fartsy places once in a while, even if I’m no artist. It was visually fulfilling and all throughout our tour of the place, we kept exclaiming, “this is so cool!” or “ang cute!” Speaking of cute, I’m planning to go back and buy another ceramic piggy bank (or maybe collect all of them) for my mom. I got her the floral-painted one for mother’s day:
Cubao Expo is composed of three two-storey buildings, with stalls offering stuff you’d never imagine people collect. It’s located in Socorro, Quezon City, just a few blocks away from Araneta Center and Gateway.