Chasing Ironies

First :)

Posted on: May 14, 2009

Truth be told, our anniversary was anything but mushy. We got up, went to work, had breakfast together, finished our tasks and quota, and left the workplace. Afterwards, we had this fabulous dinner at one of the coziest restos I know, Fat Michael’s Place in Makati. There, that was it. Short, simple, sweet.

Months ago, I remember planning our anniversary with the boyfriend. There were talks of Sagada, beaches, Baguio, and other out-of-town destinations we’d like to go to celebrate. But, after the boyfriend lost 3K and his ATM when his wallet was stolen last month, I promised him we could reschedule our anniversary trip plans.

We opted to celebrate it here.

We opted to celebrate it here.

I love Fat Michael’s–the food, the look of the resto, the books, everything. After nearly an hour of traffic from Ortigas to Makati, we were sitting in one of the coziest seats in the house. Fat Michael’s is hidden, but the place is pretty small but somewhat well-known, so we called and made reservations, just to be sure. Turns out we didn’t have to worry. It was a weeknight, so not very crowded.

Salad, for starters. Chicken rosemary salad. Even the boyfriend, who doesn’t like salad much, enjoyed this.

Salad, for starters. Chicken rosemary salad. Even the boyfriend, who doesn’t like salad much, enjoyed this.

The boyfriend had medium-well Prime Rib.

The boyfriend had medium-well Prime Rib.

I had the Pepper Steak, served over the best mashed potatoes I’ve ever tasted.

I had the Pepper Steak, medium-well, and served over the best mashed potatoes in the world.

Of course, a pitcher of their famous, frothy house blend iced tea.

Of course, a pitcher of their famous, frothy house blend iced tea.

We skipped dessert. We shared a bowl of blueberry/grape/banana crunch Red Mango frozen yogurt before going to the resto. And besides, we were stuffed.

No profound or sweet or romantic words were spoken during dinner. Maybe it’s because we were both enjoying the food, the music (jazz and bossa nova), and the ambiance.

Or maybe because we always do this. Dinner, joking around, laughing. Recalling moments. We always do that.

There was no need for romance and mushy words that evening. It was a special night, but then again, what makes it different from all the other evenings we spent together? Gentle kisses on train platforms and hugs in the middle of crowds. Movie nights, silly arguments, family bonding moments. Or even times when we both spoke nothing, and just enjoyed each other’s presence.

Those were special, too.

To us, anniversaries happen everyday. Be it in a messy fastfood, a posh resto, or in a noisy office cafeteria. We celebrate love every minute that we’re together. And, yes, even when we’re not.

May 12th was just a special milestone. Our celebration of love stretches within those 365 days together, and for the days, months, and years to come. 🙂

To Caloy: Happy 1st anniversary.  Here’s to the gazillion future anniversaries we’re yet to celebrate together.

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Hang on tight, tokwaman. I love you.

It doesn’t end there, though.

The day after our anniversary, we went on Vacation Leave. My first ever, after two years of working. And here’s what we did:

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Hee. 😀

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