Last Friday night a group of us went to the By-The-Sea resort here in the Olongapo area to their Mongolian BBQ dinner, this is a night out that over the years we’ve done so many times. Our first time was in 1994 and it was the first time our daughters had been. I noticed that both girls were very animated and were yacking up a storm, they seemed to be upset about something. I later found out that they were shocked that the food wasn’t cooked, so I explained how it worked and that seemed to calm them down. Mongolian BBQ then became a favorite meal out, one that they looked forward to.
This week was no different, and a large group of family and friends attended, about 20 of us altogether. The staff knows our group and caters to us as we fill the place up when we come. But the one thing we’ve found is that over the years they haven’t changed how they do business and more than likely never will. They have a bar that they’ve never stocked. Oh they have beer and soda but if you want a cocktail after dinner you are SOL. So we bring our own Rum (Tanduay 12 year Superior)
Because we fill their restaurant and spend a lot of money as a group we are allowed to do this. In the past we explained to the manager that if he’d stock our rum we’d order from the bar. But he seems to think that our way is better as the waiters would be very busy trying to just fill our drink orders. So we figured why mess with success, and just do it our way.
They set up a table by the sea wall and keep the ice bucket full and leave us alone. The families will stay at the table with our kids and grandkids and continue to order deserts and things like that and the ladies will catch up with each other while we husbands are across the patio solving the world’s problems.
Friday was different as my friend Tommy showed up in a brand new red pick-up truck, the Z79 Colorado by Chevrolet fully loaded. We guys were drawn to it like moths to a flame. Looking it over and talking about it with the proud owner Tommy. It is a beautiful machine, and I dare say the rest of the guys were happy for Tommy, if not just a tad bit jealous.
At about 10 pm the ladies and the kids let us guys know that our night out was coming to a close. They are so good that way! But we ate a great meal, had some male bonding time, and knew that the ladies were right. It was time for the circus to fold the tents and go home.
One of the things I’ve found about living here in the Philippines is it doesn’t take very much to have a good time, some good food, a cocktail or two and some good friends.