Be My Valentine Lunch at Spiral

The idea came up when my lawyer friend, R, had inquired after a possible get together that I’ll be hosting. Of course, I was keen on all of us hanging out again, I immediately checked my calendar. When I realised that the day of hearts was coming up, I decided that it’d be fun if I (the remaining unmarried person in the group) ask them all out to be my dates. And that, in a nutshell, why I fondly call this gathering of friends, Be My Valentine Lunch. Hehe.

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As we settled in our seats at Spiral in Sofitel Philippine Plaza, I was delighted to hear my friend say that it’s my day as if it’s my birthday. LOL. I’m so fortunate to have found friends like these people. I reckon that’s why we’ve stayed friends for the past 18 years. Yes, folks — we’ve all been friends since high school.

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Photo by Mel Yang

Let me quickly send out my love to the awesome folks that compose my high school barkada:

Pre-Valentine's Day Lunch at Spirals, Sofitel | Style Manila - Fashion, Beauty, Shopping, Manila Street Style
My best mate, Mel with her hubby, J.

Pre-Valentine's Day Lunch at Spirals, Sofitel | Style Manila - Fashion, Beauty, Shopping, Manila Street Style
The youngest (bunso) is the lovely Candice.

Pre-Valentine's Day Lunch at Spirals, Sofitel | Style Manila - Fashion, Beauty, Shopping, Manila Street Style
My lawyer (hahaha), Atty. R. Moldez II and his lawyer (and very pregnant wife), I. Orquiola-Moldez.

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And, of course, the talented artist who did the caricatures, Jo Acierto with his wife, Lia.

Since I did mention that it was a lunch thing, let’s breeze through what sort of food briefly resided on my plates before retiring in my tummy.

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No entrees for me. It’s medium-rare roast beef and an orgasmic grilled lamb chop with an assortment of steamed veggies and baked potatoes. And I enjoyed a variety of bread, slathered with pesto and butter. Oh, dear. Thinking about them makes me hungry. Gah.

Pre-Valentine's Day Lunch at Spirals, Sofitel | Style Manila - Fashion, Beauty, Shopping, Manila Street Style
Washed my lunch down with Spiral’s drink of the day: Cherry shake. To which I also stirred up the table with a raunchy pun. Good thing the kiddos didn’t have a clue what it meant. Bad, tita. LOL.

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Desserts are well heart-ed and made me forget the presence of my dates. I fell madly in love with the panna cotta and that rich fudge chocolate.

We also enjoyed a bit of bubbly during dessert. We were all too caught up with conversations and such to actually take a photo. Hahaha! Champagne is the best way to commemorate a celebratory lunch, yes? Cheers to love, history, friendship and new beginnings.

Pre-Valentine's Day Lunch at Spirals, Sofitel | Style Manila - Fashion, Beauty, Shopping, Manila Street Style
Of course, this is a drink staple and is the prime choice to cap off the whole thing.

You know how it’s like when you come home from a really fantastic first date? Well, I sort of feel that way hence the early post! LOL. I’m so happy that my Valentine dates were these people and that we ended up at a place that’s sort of perfect for this sort of date. It’s my first attempt at celebrating this occasion after a very long time and it was all worth it.

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Tog du jour Skipped the red ensemble and opted for neutrals with a pinch of romance with a lace and chiffon dress choice.

Dress Promod
Blazer StreetBeat
Shoes Aldo
Earrings Supré
Necklace Lee Hwa Jewelry
Rings Mango, Flea Market
Watch Hand me down from my sis
Bag Aldo

Sasha Manuel - Pre-Valentine's Day Lunch at Spirals, Sofitel | Style Manila - Fashion, Beauty, Shopping, Manila Street Style
Photo by Mel Yang

Did I mention that I bought new shoes? I did. It’s more in preparation for travel plans, which explains the choice but I’m too excited to wear them to simply let them stay cooped up in the box. I got the pair for Php 6,495.00 from Aldo in Greenbelt 5.

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Photo by R. Moldez II

The outfit was not orchestrated. Not entirely, anyway. Hehe. It just so happens that I wanted to air out the new dress I recently bought from Promod’s nice price rack also in Greenbelt 5. Original price was Php 2,695.00 but I only got for Php 995.00. I have to admit that wearing this dress while taking photos proved to be a LOT difficult. But like what they always say, if there’s a will, there’s a way and I couldn’t agree more.

What can I say? My Valentine’s this year has been filled with sweet memories thanks to my good friends. The day of love will cease to be a cheesy hallmark card from now on esp since they’re offering to make it an annual thing. Things can only get sweeter, don’t you agree?

How will you be celebrating Valentine’s this year? I hope the rest of you folks will experience the sweetest things on this day of love. ♥♥♥

P.S. If we’re connected on Facebook, you can view the album with complete photos: Be My Valentine Lunch at Spiral.

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Comments

  1. Aw, I missed Spiral. I celebrated Valentines there a few years ago. Now I have no time for Valentines. Wah!

  2. Nice article! Still full from yesterday *burp* I hope by next year you have a +1!!!

  3. Great article! Sorry wasn’t able to make our pre-valentine’s date….nice seeing your photo’s.

    • Bea: Maybe going to Spiral will be enough reason for you to make time for Valentine’s :)

      Ricky: Thanks! On the +1, let’s keep our fingers (and toes) crossed. LOL :mrgreen:

      Joanne: Yea, it was too bad you weren’t able to make it. I hope we can see each other soon! Thanks for dropping by my blog and about the photos :D

  4. Bonjour Mabuhay! I’m one of the Spiral’s Service Attendant ;) Awesome blog about Spiral! =) The Drink of the month you ordered was the Mon Amour ;) I’m glad you had a wonderful valentines day at Spiral! Hope to celebrate more wonderful occasions with you, ma’am. Have a nice day!

  5. Great idea to spend V day with good friends! My man and I should do that next year. Wonderful photos!

    • Cheren: Oh, why hello! Thanks for dropping in and for supplying us the name for the cherry shake. I’m glad you enjoyed reading the post. I remember kidding around with one of the male attendants as I was taking care of the bill, he was charming enough to consider the possibility of setting me up with that local personality (now what was the guy’s name?) who dined the same day. Hahaha! Anyway, thanks again and I hope I’d see you back here, too :)

      Alexa: Hope you enjoy your own Spiral experience and good to know you like the photos!

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