game night and a buffet dinner on a red alert typhoon signal

I feel like my life is falling apart as my productivity has gone an all-time low and my work is piling higher and higher and it’s giving me anxiety that I can’t seem to push myself to write a damned word!


the ox-tail ravioli with prawn ragout (second dish from the right) is spectacular

And then I got invited to a game night session with my board game friends and I was so happy to come. But first, our friend Charles invited us to try out a soon-to-be-opened branch of Niu at Podium.

I love a good buffet and Niu is quite up there. They had a wonderful slab of blue cheese and crackers with grapes and walnuts that no one was touching. I guess people don’t bother with the appetizers on a buffet. Charles was asking for comments and feedback so they can make improvements before they fully open. Usually, at a buffet, I just go straight to the carving station and make the most of my visit but I went to the different stations and tried a lot of stuff so I could be helpful.

I’m glad I did, though, because there was this ox tail ravioli with a prawn ragout that was incredible. It was absolutely incredible. I went back for more. Of course, I attacked the carving station with impunity. Had lamb and two kinds of beef. Most carving stations at these buffet places only have one kind of beef but they had two. They had two!

And of course, I attacked the French beans and carrots and there was a whole platter of popcorn scallops.

I was in heaven. It was so nice to just gorge and not think about washing dishes or anything of the sort. And to just eat. And eat. Since Niu was on trial run, Charles treated us and that was super cool too.


the boardgames group at Niu that rain-filled evening

A typhoon had come in and the whole city was drenched but we went out and ate like kings and it was what I needed. Afterwards, as the rains kept pouring and drowning the city of Marikina, we went to our friend Mark’s place, where all the games were and we played games until 4am.

I know it seems awful to be so cavalier while a tragedy was happening and enjoying the privileges of our lives but I really needed to get out of my head and my routine.

And it was fun and I got to meet a lot more of the gaming group that I haven’t met yet. Ad it was just a nice escape from all the shit that was happening in my life and in my head that has made me horribly unproductive.

Everything. From the typhoon and the disaster-struck areas and the buffet at Niu and the Game Night. It was great to be just happy and not thinking about how I haven’t been able to catch up with everything that I have to do.

For the first time, in a long while, I didn’t feel overwhelmed by everything and it was great.

I need more of that in my life. Or maybe I’m using it as an escape and it doesn’t help me at all? I don’t know. I just know that it was wonderful to have that weekend. I was happy.

And then Monday came and I still couldn’t write a damned word.


2 thoughts on “game night and a buffet dinner on a red alert typhoon signal

  1. You say: “I know it seems awful to be so cavalier while a tragedy was happening and enjoying the privileges of our lives (…)”…. but come to think of it, there is always tragedy someplace, and often quite close to our place.
    We need to accept that we can only help when we feel well enough, and also there are turns. One day it will be your turn to care and help. This was not one of those days. 🙂

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