After work, we gathered on the veranda of the dining hall until we were all together, ready to go out for the evening. DJ drove his car and Dan drove ours, with Danny as our backseat navigator. We traveled to Eastwood SM, along with lots of other folks going out for a Friday evening of fun. After parking in the right area, near the bowling alley and movie theaters, we walked inside. This was a busy place with almost all 20 lanes full of bowlers (there were also probably a dozen or more billiards tables. Danny’s wife Weng met us there - she had come from work on 2 different jeepnie rides. We went through the processes or getting our shoes and Ernalyn entered our names on the electronic scorekeeper between lanes 19 and 20 for us. There were 7 on each team, so it took a while to play just one game, but it was SO much fun! We all cheered for those who did well and consoled those throwing gutter balls! Dan did very well, with the high score of 127 (after starting out with 2 gutter balls). I was happy to have made a strike and a couple of spares and score over 80! When we finished up, paying and turning in our shoes we caught sight of Greg & Terri Taylor going to see “Blind Side” at the movies. (I want to see that one too, especially since they’re less expensive than in the US.)
We all got plates and utensils, glasses and small bowls which, we learned, were for preparing a sauce for our food. Following the rest, we squeezed several calamansis (round, 1-inch citrus fruit, green outside, orange outside; makes delicious flavored tea too!) and combined the juice with soy sauce. It wasn’t too long before a waiter brought out the first dish - whole cooked shrimps and huge bowls of rice. Arlene prayed for the meal and we ‘dug in!’ Then, soon came big tureens of a thin but cheesy soup that included fish chunks, followed by more rice and batter-fried squid with a wonderful sweet sauce. And, after that, we received platters of green-lipped mussels with melted cheese on them - heaven on a half-shell!! And we all just kept eating until it was gone!