For the past few weeks, King and I have been “stealing away” from the kids for quick dates.
It started with me wanting to satisfy my craving for some of Mang Raul’s barbecued street food. Filipino barbecued street food range from chicken feet, to coagulated blood, to pork intestines. I personally like their pork barbecue and chicken intestines or Isaw Manok, but that’s about the farthest I can go haha. We spent a quick hour eating and talking in the small canteen, and spent probably 300 pesos including food for the kids. Mang Raul’s is just in the next village.
Another day last week, I was craving for any food that came in a box and that I could eat with a chopstick. Budget has been tight, so we settled for one of those stalls near SM supermarket — Rice in a Box. We saw Dr. Kwekwek right by it, a stall selling fried street food in the mall. We ordered Tokneneng, which is fried quail eggs. They also have day-old chicks and fried balut (duck embryo), which I am not brave enough to try haha. Another quick hour spent alone together, another cheap date of 200 pesos.
Just tonight, King wanted to steal away again. Thank God the mall (SM) is a block away from our home, and we have a reliable helper we can leave the kids with. We spent a quick hour eating squid balls, another popular Filipino street food which Odd Balls sells in malls, and shawarma noodles. Shawarma is Indian food that’s pretty popular here as well. We again spent less than 200 pesos.
It just goes to show dates need not be expensive nor elaborate. Most important is King and I get to talk alone (with two talkative and active little girls, that’s almost always an impossibility when they are awake haha), catch up and connect. It’s actually refreshing.
Special dates with King are awesome, but stealing away for quick dates with him is precious too. 🙂