January 19 is a special day for my family. It’s the day we celebrate two big occasions: my parents’ wedding anniversary and my brother’s birthday.
This year marks my parents’ 27th and my brother’s 19th (19 on the 19th). Here’s how we celebrated!
Jae surprises us all by going on half day leave (he works on Saturdays, too) and arriving with a Mom and Tina’s cake. Sweet <3 (Both Jae and the cake.)
We selected Crowne Plaza Galleria Manila’s Chinese restaurant, Xin Tian Di, for our celebratory dinner. My dad has dined in Xin Tian Di tons of times and he has nothing but praise for it.
When we arrived at about 8pm, the place was deserted. (People started coming in for dinner at around 830 to 9pm.) So it was just us, a couple, and a small family in one of the function rooms.
On another note, I liked that Xin Tian Di’s actually pretty quiet for a Chinese restaurant (save for the really annoying Chinese tunes being played — the upside though is that they come and go). No kids running around, no noisy clanging of dishes, etc.
Here’s what we ate: (1) siomai; (2) birthday noodles; (3) minced pork that you flavor with hoisin sauce and then wrap in lettuce leaves; (4) sweet and sour prawns; (5) buchi; (6) fried squid, duck, and fruit sticks; (7) yang chow fried rice; (8) crab and corn soup; (9) complimentary beans; (10) almond jelly; and (11) mango sago. (Phew! We eat too much!)
The only dish we didn’t like in this line up was the buchi. The breading was too thick, plus the filling just wasn’t flavorful enough. We would definitely recommend #s 3, 4, and 6. They’re the best!!
And just before leaving Xin Tian Di, of course we had to pose for a group photo! L-R: Pop, Mom, me, Justine, Jae, and Josh.
After dinner, we headed to Fab (in Holiday Inn, this time) for some drinks. Beers for the boys and hot drinks (chocolate and tea) for the girls. What a fun night!