CAFE ROMULO at Azumi Hotel

Cafe Romulo at Azumi Hotel

“It takes a long time to grow young.” ~Pablo Picasso~

My 43rd birthday celebration with my high school friends was a blast. I no longer celebrate my birthday at home where everyone or all of my friends are invited.

I enjoy the times more celebrating intimately in small groups. I already did with my friends from previous jobs, with my family, at work, with my college besties, and this time, with my friends for the longest time. My high school friends.


They have a strong presence in my life even if physically we are distances apart. The friendship has a vast connection. And it’s quite good to have a group who’s an ally. Sometimes challenging and that’s what makes this relationship gets stronger as years passed.


Without a doubt, we will be celebrating more birthdays in the coming years until we can, because it’s been more than 20 years, time flying so fast and maybe before we know it, we can no longer afford going out to see each other.

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Missing Anna here… This is one of my favorite pictures of us!=)

We’ve taken out pretty much other groups that usually ends or break apart eventually. For some reasons that we always thought none would occur in our case. This year, the celebrant will decide where to do it and the group will treat her. I chose Cafe Romulo, the one in Alabang, which was good since it’s nearer to most of them.







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It was funny if I may call it that way, that everyone were recently diagnosed with different illness (except me). At 43, my blood sugar, my blood pressure, my bad cholesterol count are all normal. While the rest of them is literally watching their diets. And so we had the healthy options.

Pink salmon “sinigang” (tamarind soup), “gising-gising” (a dish that’s composed of vegees in coconut milk) and for my heart’s content. We had “kare-kare” with a twist. It is not the usual tripe or pork leg or hock. It is seafood “kare-kare”. It has shrimps, mussels, crabs and squid rings on it. It comes with the house bagoong (shrimp paste). This is usually paired with kare-kare, as if asking what’s “kare-kare” without the bagoong?

Much to our excitement, we weren’t able to take photos of what we ordered, I just borrowed some pictures as I do not have any intention to blog this event, however, on second thoughts, Cafe Romulo is worth sharing.

We definitely enjoyed the sinigang sa miso. It was a healthy treat for us. The tangy sour taste is just right. And both the fish and veggies are fresh.

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The seafood kare-kare is just equally rich. The peanut butter sauce is creamy and tasty. Veggies are topped to retain its’ freshness.

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Gising-gising is a unique dish and is very simple to prepare. Gising-gising is “wake-up” in English. Probably it is because of it’s spiciness. My friends even planned to do it at home.

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After which, we ordered our coffee, and surprisingly I had to accept the huge importance of blowing your birthday candle as they bought me one of the cakes in their chiller.

The celebration was relatively short, deep and funny topics on so many levels, but having them and being with them has always been a blessing that I’ll always be thankful for.

Happy birthday to me!





I have tried these from Cafe Romulo from another occasion, their dessert, fried suman with coconut syrup. I would have to borrow my son’s description if he happens to like something, he calls it heaven. =)

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Shanghai rolls…=)

Cafe Romulo is in the following locations:

– #32 Scout Tuason cor. Sct. Dr. Lazcano, Quezon City, Metro Manila, Philippines. You may call them at: 332-7275

– 148 Jupiter St. corner Comet St., Bel-Air, Makati City, Metro Manila. Phone: 478-6406

– G/F Azumi Boutique Hotel, Madrigal Business Park, Alabang, Muntinlupa City Phone: 556-1443

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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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