Had fun at HAP CHAN!

Had fun at Hap Chan..

A strong friendship doesn’t need daily conversation, doesn’t always needs togetherness, as long as the relationship lives in the heart, true friends will never part…

As most would guess, my date with my elder sissy is to celebrate the past occasion that we’ve missed. We normally end up carrying old gifts that were prepared months and even years ago. That is how busy we were. Good thing, we still manage to find time for each other. If I am not mistaken, this is our favorite restaurant. We’ve been here for the most times. As we both love dim sum. And it’s near our place. And the service is good enough for the discriminating taste of my “ate”… Her stint in Restaurant Management for the past years is a culmination of her experience in the kitchen and earned her standards fit to a few.

hap chan menu
Tea house..

I was able to keep a photo of my first visit to Hap Chan.

another time
Still hakaw and shrimp with broccoli.. =)

The place sits in a corner of a supermarket in our town. It is so seldom that I see this restaurant without customers. Still, they manage to accommodate everyone. They have provided a waiting area outside for those who are patient enough to wait for the next table to be vacant. Their interiors were a mix and match of stuff that are very Chinese, red and gold theme, elements like fret works, tasseled lanterns, bamboos, etc. that depicts them coming from the East of Asia.


There’s this one I remember so many years ago, that Hap Chan’s queue in Malate is phenomenal. I’m not that sure, if this and that is one and the same. As for now, we truly enjoyed these: the ambiance, the attendants, the food as much as we enjoyed each others’ stories. I seriously don’t know where we started but we know where our stories are heading. It may be years since our last date, however, it felt just like meeting her last week. Like deciding as to where to eat is as easy as “A-B-C”. There are places we previously considered, still, we usually ended up here. Seeing each other is full of ardor and our laughter is a huge plus to look back at each encounter with fondness.

ate ko


Sometimes we argue over some issues and then we will realized they are pretty much petty and opted to just shrug it off, and every so often, we are already laughing together. I miss my ate all the time. So much of missing her, one time, I bumped with her during our market day, and we even had a picture then with her son who is my adoptive son too. =) We missed our little daughter at that time and intended to go out with our kids sometime, including my son. You may notice that we can go on talking for the whole day. Maybe next time, we will go to a buffet that will allow us to stay there for hours. The special thing about dining with ate is that we say prayers first before attacking our food. It made me feel God’s presence as I listen as she utter her prayers beautifully. I think, I could not express them the way she does. It is so magical or should I say very spiritual. Please take a look at how big our appetite is. Ahahaha!

yang chow
Yang chow rice..

brocolli and wakaw

crispy noodles

hap 1

It is such a perfect easy week night dinner, complete with the dessert saving our fork for the last dig. It’s just wonderful.

bnana split
Banana split…

We also had their banana split. A bit expensive but not the reason why we opted to share with one. But because we’re already full!

bye time 2

bye time

ate 2
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I’ll pat myself on the back now, as meeting her once in a while (on top of our very busy schedules as a mother, as an employee, as a sister, as a friend, as a daughter, as a blogger, different rolls rolled into one) is definitely an achievement for me. See you soon ate! ❤

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-An only daughter. A mother of a 22 year old son. Passionate with so many things. A lover of life itself. First of which is to write. Then, sing (I specifically love the stage), read, cook, travel & take beautiful pictures (photography) and scrap booking, all of which are my own way of coping with life's challenges. Lately, I have been enjoying quilting and crafting with beaded fabrics. Friends usually associate me with the color violet. I love this color so much! However, I love pink, red, teal, orange, yellow as well! Coffee is my water and my happy food is cheesecake topped w/ blueberries, frozen yogurt, sansrival and cream puff. I mastered fettuccine carbonara because that is one of my favorite food along w/ broccoli with prawns and mushrooms. Of all the International cuisines, Japanese food is on top of my list. Secretly, I love "Stitch" - that grinning indigo pup. =) Seriously, I dream to become a philanthropist (starting off by providing shelter to street children in our country) and a famous author someday. I'm just waiting for God's time for my first book to be published.- It took me years to decide to blog, more so to write and have it out in the open. I started writing even as a child, I just keep them on file. It was my outlet. Approaching the year(s) they say where life begins, or If I may say, the sweeter life. It was a year full of emotions. As I lost both my parents already, the unfathomable sadness prompted me to pour them out in my writings and share them to the world, hoping it might lighten the heaviness of my heart. I live now with my son as a mother and as a daughter (as a friend and a sister), this has made me be ready to finally do what I am meant to do. Even If there's a lot that I wanted to do. This came first, like a first love that occupied a special place in my heart. It's a looong process, tiring, frustrating, exciting. The best part? is the happiness it brings. Even if things around seems all so wrong. It's like having my own place under the sun. My own safe and happy rainbowed world. At times, there's guilt as well, for I strongly believe, writing (like singing) is a talent God has gifted us. We ought to use it and maximize it, in our littlest way, share it to mankind, for His glory. I just had a few distractions over the years and to realize that it is never too late to be who we ought to be, I have this very strong feeling, now is the time. All my life, I have decided on things that made me happy, this is one of those. I may never be a winner of those best blogs that have been awarded to talented writers/ bloggers and I don't mind, there are strikes of being envious, but according to my father, there are two kinds of being envy. There's envy that is negative, it'll hamper you from doing good and there's an envy that makes you happy for others' success, or seeing yourself in their shoes, I think, the kind of envy in me, is the latter. Like celebrities who missed an Oscar, while the film was watched by the whole world, she/he did not mind, it's like knowing what counts best, and it's the capacity to share your talents to anyone who wants to receive it, without asking anything in return. Expressing what's in my heart and mind on every occasion (which happens to be daily) and being happy about it is like a prize already. Happy reading!(--,)

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