Let me tell you about this wonderful night when my lovely sister Ann and my equally lovely girlfriends decided to throw the most clueless woman in the world (that would be me) a surprise dinner party cum bridal shower.
Babykoy was in on the surprise of course. Should've known something was up when he texted me a couple of days before, telling me to meet his friend DJ here at Paseo to get some 'stuff'. When I asked what stuff, he never really gave me a straight answer. That or I was just too busy or too sleepy most of the time to notice. Wehehe.
Anyway, that particular day, I went straight to sleep right after work. Even drinking a glass of warm milk and taking a pop of my trusty little Sleepasil before bed. I was determined to get my full 8 hours of zzz's before my meeting with DJ at 5:30pm. Also because I so wasn't feeling well that day. My throat was burning up, and it was difficult to talk or even swallow. I felt a fever coming and I really wanted to rest because I didn't want to get sick again so close to the wedding date.
Ann was home that day, which was a surprise because she was never at home on weekends, especially Saturdays. She usually spent them with Artie. She casually told me that she was going with me to Paseo to get a pedicure. Okay, I said, I probably won't stay long though.
I went straight to Starbucks to wait for DJ while Ann went to the salon to get her ped. DJ then texted that he was gonna be a little late as he was stuck in traffic coming home from Tagaytay. Ooookay. I decided to do a little window shopping to kill time. Never been my favorite thing, and after a few minutes of checking out a few sports stores, I realized that I have yet to find a guy who looks good in Speedos. Hee.
I bumped into Ann who said that there was a queue at the salon and she was, like, third, on the waiting line for a ped. They were just gonna text her if a spot was clear for her. Okay, I said, let's just go get something to eat then!
"Nagugutom kaaah? Ano naman kakainin moooh?" she asked in this really incredulous voice, almost shrieking, like I just told her I'm pregnant with Smokey Manaloto's child.
Anything, I answered, I haven't had lunch, remember?
So we spent a few minutes checking out places where there weren't a lot of people and deciding which food appealed to me at that moment. Really wanted Red Ribbon's Salisbury Steak but there weren't tables free, so ended up with Jollibee's Burger Steak. Wahaha.
After eating, DJ texted that he was already there parked in front of Gusto Italiano, so I hauled my ass there to get it done and over with.
I thought I saw Achie, Baby and Beegee there inside Gusto Italiano. It was a good five seconds or so that I spent just looking blankly at them, waiting for something in my brain to tick, thinking about where they figured in the equation. I didn't know utter surprise could do that to a person. It was hilarious.
The first thing I managed to say after my squeals of delight died down was "So wala talagang DJ??" and we all just burst out laughing.
I had to give it to Ann. She planned the entire thing right under my nose, contacting my friends, trying to round up everybody, coordinating and confirming and re-confirming, making the arrangements at the restaurant, plotting with Babykoy for a good alibi, even deleting Artie's number on my phone so he could be the fake DJ. She could be an undercover spy for chrissakes! I had no clue at all! Isn't she the best sister in the entire planet? I love you!
But try as she might to have everybody attend the party, there were still a few friends who weren't able to, for completely understandable reasons. Which is totally fine.
But if you've been doing it since time immemorial, backing out at the last minute and screwing up the big plan like it's no big deal, that's a totally different story. It saddens me to think that some things (or some people) never change. Too bad you missed this milestone in our relationship, and this one you could not have again.
Anyway, had I known that there would be an all-you-can-eat buffet in the works for me that night, I would've completely ignored the burger steak craving I had earlier. Why didn't Ann stop me while she had the chance? Ehehe.
The night kept getting better because a few minutes later there was a rap on the glass window behind me and there stood Tina, Maila and Maan. I thought they weren't coming because Ann never received a confirmation, but they did, they did, and they came all the way from Manila! Now that's effort for you! Super touched!
Delicious food, great conversation, great ladies, extremely infuriating topic for the night that we managed to laugh about at the end of the night.
After dinner it was time to open up my presents, which I all loved. Thanks, dahlings, for the sexy outfit and the sexy undies, the jade elephants with the trunk pointed downwards, the make-up loot, the sweet-smelling body lotion and body wash, most especially the porn DVD! Looking forward to using them.
Such a fun night, and so worth playing hooky for! Heehee. Best cure for a sore throat? Honest to goodness girlfriends hour. It was so wonderful to see you ladies again after so many months! And it's so wonderful to know how happy you are for Eric and me as we embark on this new journey of our lives.
You guys are the best. See you at the wedding! ♥
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