During my last week at our QC office, Derek and I went out for lunch like we always do. We were walking around Centris looking for a place to eat when we saw that a new restaurant opened where Clawdaddy's used to be.
KUSÊ: Traditional Filipino Cuisine.
Derek likes Filipino food and we've eaten at every restaurant in Centris so we tried this place because it was new.
Since smoking is essential to my every meal, we sat at one of the tables outside. In fairness, the chairs we're comfy.
While going through the menu, we had to ask the most important question.
How many people can one order feed?
The waiter said the food was good for two people. That worried us a bit because, Derek with his thin frame and all, can actually eat more than me.
We ordered Adobo Rice. It tasted good. I finished most of it.
When the food arrived, we saw how big the servings were. It''ll probably feed two people but not me and Derek.
Derek ordered ribs which he said tasted good. I didn't try them but I trust his taste in food.
He looks grumpy in this photo. I don't know why. He must have been hungry.
I ordered Bagnet which honestly tasted like Lechon Kawali. It tasted okay, as Lechon Kawali. I'm from Ilocos so I know what Bagnet should taste like. Nevertheless, it was okay.
I think the entire meal, including our drinks, came up to around 600 pesos. Not bad I guess.
It was a good meal. It wasn't the best but I wouldn't mind going back there. I just wish they'd make the servings a bit bigger because there are other resto's in Centris that would serve more for the same amount. Just saying.
"C'mon! It's not that hard to find what I want anyway." I said.
"Alright. Fine. What do you want?" he asked
"A starfish!" I answered with a chuckle.
A few weeks ago, Derek together with his parents and his girlfriend went to Palawan. Now, whenever he goes on trips, he buys me something. And he always gets me something good after I made fun of him 2 years ago.
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Back in 2010, he went on a trip to Thailand and brought back keychains.
"You know that keychains are the lamest gifts right?" I asked.
Ever since then, he'd bring me something nice. Something I wont make fun off.
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He seemed bewildered by my request for a starfish.
"Oh, and I want it alive." I added.
"Am I even allowed to bring that through airport security?"
"Don't know. I want a starfish!"
I looked at his girlfriend.
"Kulitin mo siya na bilhan ako ng starfish ha"
"Sige" she replied with a laugh.
"I'll see what I can find but I am not getting you a live starfish." said Derek.
"Fine" I replied.
When he got back from his trip, he called me over to his desk.
He opened his bag and hands me a blue starfish plushie.
I burst out laughing.
"Dont make fun of it. That's more expensive that any other pasalubong I bought."
"No. No. I like it. It's really cute." I said.
It is cute.
I never really thank him enough for the things he has done for me. That's not how he and I do things. What we have is a friendship built on inappropriate jokes and bitching about the stuff around us.
But I got his back and he has mine.
I have very few, emphasis on very, straight guy friends and I'm glad that Derek is one of them because he can actually put up with my goddamn guff.