My mom and I are mall rats. Yesterday, we went to several malls so that I could use up the gift checks that I got from work. Malls have become the parks of the Philippines. Leisurely walking under the huge green trees of Mother Nature is delightful, but if you do this under the hot humid Philippine sun, it’s more like walking through hell than a walk in the park.
Our first stop was SM Megamall. We were there around 11am on a weekday, and it was packed. I wondered, what were all these people doing in the mall at this time of the day? Didn’t they have jobs? My mom responded, Well, you know the unemployment rate in the Philippines is high.
The Ayala Center was our next target. Unlike Megamall, these upscale malls didn’t have a lot of people. My mom said, It’s because the things here are expensive. I said, Or maybe the elite have jobs. True enough most of the people there were noticeably wearing clothes that were not as posh as you would expect from members of the upper classes. Like us, our fellow middle classes were there strolling through the malls and not really buying anything.
When we were in Greenbelt 5, I had this craving for chocolate cake. We saw an interesting restaurant called Restaurante Pia Y Damaso: Subversive Filipino Cuisine, so we decided to check if there were chocolate cakes.
The waiter recommended Sisa’s Dementia.
With a moist cake base, a layer of chocolate mouse, a layer of white chocolate with almonds, another layer of chocolate mouse, and coated with ganache, the cake was crazy good.
At the end of the day, I had just one gift check left, bags of stuff we bought, our stomachs full, and our feet aching. Mission accomplished.
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