Kiel's parents love to try out all the buffets near PICC. They always go to THE FEAST and after mass they would always enjoy having lunch. We would sometimes be lucky enough to be part of this and because of that we are familiar with all the buffets. One that we did not get the chance to join Mom and Dad was when they tried the FOOD CLUB. We could only ask them how it was and they simple respond "it was not that good". I guess it is an innate trait amongst us not to simply trust someone for what they say. We still wanted to personally experience and witness eating at the FOOD CLUB. So we promised that one day we will try.
In the month of June there was a competition among all the teams of IBEX - Directv. The competition was to win P10,000 for the team that would render the most overtime between June 1 to 13, 2015. Our team leader is very competitive and was able to brush this trait to her team members. So for 3 weeks we were rendering RDOT's (Rest Day Overtime) and 1 hour overtime everyday for 11 days. The result; we won. With the winnings, the team decided to enjoy a buffet dinner and to have fun drinking after with matching sing - a - long. Unfortunately, the decision to go was on June 30th, the day my TUNAY NA BUHAY episode was to be aired. During that week I was so tired since after the taping I still reported for work to avoid disappointing my TL. The day of the shoot was I believe the hottest day in Manila and with all the lights that was needed during the shoot surrounding our little living room I was drenched in perspiration. So for that entire week I was not feeling well. We slept late that day and had to wake up after 3 hours to wait for the airing. To cut it short, we were not able to join the team. Our TL was nice enough to save the coupons we were not able to use.
Kiel and I decided to use the coupon before her birthday and we would make it her birthday celebration treat.
We were supposed to go the evening of July 29. Once again, it was so hard to wake up after 4 hours of sleep so we decided to just go for lunch on July 30th.
The sun was really high that day and the trip to MOA was unbelievable. To top it all, we were not aware that Las Pinas was going to perform a SHAKE DRILL, so you could just imagine the traffic.
We got to the FOOD CLUB at around 12 noon. Our first stop was the drinks station which provided us a choice of dalandan, pineapple, orange and buko. We decided to try the dalandan and it tasted like water with a yellowish color - for short it did not taste like dalandan at all. Right beside the drink station was the shake station and the available flavors were watermelon, melon and pineapple. Kiel and I both tried the watermelon and once again the color was great but the taste was really watered down.
We tried something in each station. I personally got some siomai, dumplings, roast beef, sushi, sashimi, tempura, steamed shrimp and buttered vegetables. None of the ones I chose tasted good except for the roast beef which was fine with the mushroom sauce. I then proceeded to try to dessert. I loved the bread pudding that much I can say. By the way, for the drinks; Kiel and I decided to just have rootbeers how can you go wrong with a soda right.
Kiel's plate consisted of onion rings, sauteed eggplants, salmon tofu, steamed shrimp, siomai, sushi, some tahong, and. nido soup. Out of everything she got she loved the salmon tofu and the pasta - beyond that yuck for her. She also loved the bread pudding and hated the honey dew, as per Kiel its "sayote" and not honeydew. The cold beer was awesome too.
As mentioned, we are used to going to buffet restaurants and would make several trips. For the FOOD CLUB, I only made one trip and Kiel made 2 but had to beg me to act as if I accidentally poured water on her food since she really could not finish her last plate.
Since it was Kiel's birthday, during the times she would be getting food I spoke to the staff to include her on the list of people to get the birthday cupcake and a song & dance number from the staff (very common with buffet restaurants). I was trying to make a secret but since we were done eating (it didn't take that much time), Kiel wanted to leave right away because it just rained really hard and have subsided and she wanted to grab the opportunity to travel since it might rain again. I made up so many reason not to leave and welcomed the idea that a lot of the customers wanted pictures taken with me. I welcomed each request with a smile for the simple reason that I wanted to give in to their request and at the same time it was helping me prolong the minutes. It took them an hour and half to get to us that I had no choice but to divulge the secret to Kiel. So - not a surprise anymore. By the time they got to us, Kiel was already in a foul mood which I think some of the pictures showed.
To sum it up -- Kiel and I are very thankful that we were given the blessing to celebrate her birthday in a buffet restaurant. BUT, we would never go back to the FOOD CLUB. We may not have paid money for it but we worked hard for the money that bought the coupons so we can enjoy this lunch. The food was really bad. The place is very nice. The staff were nice except for the receptionist who welcomed us with a smirk - I guess because we were using coupons and not cash. I guess there is a difference in the treatment. She should be assigned to the back room and not the front entrance. If management insists in assigning her to the entrance then they should train her to treat everyone nicely whether they are paying guest or coupon guest. Our coupons were paid though at a lower price but P550 is not a joke to be treated differently.
For those who is able to read this, we do not recommend that you try the FOOD CLUB. Vikings and World Buffet are still the places to go to. It would be money well spent. Choice 101 and the changed La Fiesta comes very close 2nd. (When we first tried La Fiesta it was also bad but, with a few recommendations through survey forms and talking to the manager a lot of improvements have happened and now it is one of our favorites to go to),
For years now I have searched the web and you tube for anyone who may have posted the pageant night for "The Most Beautiful Girl in the World Pageant". I could not find any. For months now I have been working on completing this website and my life story. When I got to talking about the Beauty Queen mask I once again remembered to search the web with the hopes of find one ( I guess by now you have realized I am one person that never runs out of hope). This time I found a link in Google for a You Tube link entitle "The Most Beautiful Girl of the World Pageant". My heart rate was speeding because while I was reading the title I also read the caption that says "PARTICIPACION DE DE DEBORAH CARTHY MISS UNIVERSE 1985 Uploaded on Dec 13, 2009". I clearly remember her as one of the contestants and knew that she won Miss Universe after our pageant. I knew that it was the year of my participation. I clicked the link and the first thing I checked was the total minutes of the video, it was only 6 min. I prayed that the video was not just showcasing Deborah. I saw the introduction and tears just filled my eyes, I guess I waited too long to find this video. I was over joyed when I saw this good gentleman published was the introduction of each candidate.
Finally, a part of the video I searched for all these years. I still won't stop and hopefully one day I would be granted a copy of the entire pageant show.
Here is a copy of the video I found in YouTube:
I have learned something - new knowledge: when you go out of your way to appreciate someone for a good thing they did and you appreciate the action vocally - you are tagged as playing favorites. So I guess, you have to be mean to someone who is nice to you --- a lesson I will refuse to learn.
You are my daughter and I love you with all my heart. Thank you for always, always taking care of me without hesitation and without questions. With you, I must have done something right....INAY
Grandma and Tita Chie are both very far from you. For this year my gift for you is I made sure your birthday celebrations are completed on this website. I will make sure that every year I will post it as well.
I love you my Angel, Happy Birthday. Love...Grandma and Tita Chie
HERE ARE THE LINKS TO YOUR BIRTHDAYS:
3rd Birthday - http://lykaugarte.weebly.com/caras-3rd-birthday.html
2nd Birthday - http://lykaugarte.weebly.com/caras-2nd-birthday.html
I just found the strength to visit my good friends page and as I expected I was sobbing within seconds. Millette Garcia Hammond is the daughter of my manager Natalie Palanca. I met her when her mom started managing me but we really bonded together when I moved to the US. She is a great person and a wonderful friend. I will surely miss her. Rest in Peace my dear friend.
Quick dinner with my best friend before she leaves back for the US on Saturday.
@kimono ken, sm bf, paranaque
Ex-beauty queen at sexy actress, call center agent na ngayon; nagtitinda rin ng tapa, tocino at iba pa
By BIANCA ROSE DABU, GMA NEWS July 1, 2015 6:05pm
Nakilala ang dating beauty queen na naging sexy actress na si Lyka Ugarte matapos siyang manalo na first runner-up sa Mutya ng Pilipinas noong 1983, at itanghal ding “Most Beautiful Girl in the Philippines” sa nabanggit ding taon. bigo sa pag-ibig
Kasunod nito ay pinasok na ni Lyka ang showbiz at sumikat siya sa mga ginawang sexy comedy films gaya ng, “May Lamok sa Loob ng Kulambo” at “May Daga sa Labas ng Lungga” noong 1984; gayundin ang mga pelikulang “Lalakwe,” “Turuang Apoy,” at action film na, “Boboy Tibayan: Tigre ng Cavite.”
Sa kabila ng mabilis na pagsikat bilang modelo at artista, tinalikuran ni Lyka ang kinang ng showbiz nang magpasya siyang pumunta sa America nang dahil sa pag-ibig.
Kuwento ng dating sexy actress kay Reah Santos sa “Tunay na Buhay” nitong Martes, “Nagpunta ako sa America. It was because of a relationship. Sumunod ako sa isang tao. Na-in love ako, iniwan lahat. Pagdating ko doon, na-realize ko na it's not all about love.”
Nagkaroon siya ng apat na anak at hindi kalaunan ay nakipag-divorce rin sa asawa. Matapos ang 11 taon, bumalik si Lyka sa Pilipinas ngunit naging mailap na sa kaniya ang mga proyekto sa industriyang minsang nagmahal sa kaniya.
Dahil kailangang kumayod para buhayin ang mga anak, walang pag-aalinlangan tinanggap ni Lyka ang trabaho bilang head of operations ng isang mall si Lyka sa tulong na ng kaniyang kaibigan.
Malaki ang pasasalamat ng kaniyang mga anak dahil sa pagiging matatag at maabilidad ni Lyka sa kabila ng mga kahirapan at pagsubok na dinanas ng kanilang pamilya.
“Wala akong masasabi, kasi si Mommy 'pag kayod, kayod talaga. Kung ano man ang kailangan namin, she always provided,” ayon kay Kimberly Stone Lao, anak ni Lyka.
Dahil naman sa kabiguan sa pag-ibig, ilang beses nang nagtangkang magpakamatay ni Lyka.
“Hindi ako mamatay-matay," lahad ng dating beauty queen. "Sabi ko, 'There must be a reason.' Hindi ko na mabilang (kung nakailang attempt). Pero the worse one was nung uminom ako ng about 125,000 milligrams of different medicines. Na-ambulance ako, pa-Makati Med. Halos patay na ako, actually. Na-dialysis ako para malinis ang blood ko and na-ICU ako for three days.”
Patuloy niya, “Hindi pa ako natapos doon. Sabi ko, 'Hindi nag-work ito, so eto naman.' I was depressed, tuwing gigising ako, wala akong rason na mabuhay.”
Kinalaunan, napag-isip-isip umano ni Lyka na lahat ng sakit na kaniyang narararamdaman ay nawawala rin paglipas ng panahon.
“Lahat ng past ko na masakit, masakit siya at that time. Kapag nag-bounce back ako, ni hindi ko na matandaan kung bakit siya masakit. Hindi ko na alam kung bakit ako nagpakamatay,” aniya.
Kaugnay ng masalimuot niyang pinagdaanan, pinaalalahanan ng dating sexy actress at beauty queen ang lahat ng mga dumadanas ng pagsubok na huwag panghinaan ng loob.
“'Pag nadapa ka, tayo lang nang tayo. Papakita sa'yo, magbubukas ang bintana. Konting liwanag man, makikita mo ang liwanag na 'yon,” payo ni Lyka.
Call Center Agent and New Love
Sa ngayon, nagtatrabaho bilang isang call center agent ang dating aktres at beauty queen, at sa simpleng pamumuhay raw niya natagpuan ang katahimikan at kapayapaan ng puso na matagal na niyang inaasam.
Paliwanag niya, “Nag-umpisa ulit ako by living simple. Living with the basics.”
Muli ring nakatagpo ng pag-ibig si Lyka sa katauhan ni Chie Martin, na kasama niya ngayon sa buhay at katuwang sa munting negosyo na kaniyang ipinundar na pagbebenta ng pagkain.
Sabi ni Chie, “As a partner, lagi kong sinasabi na she is an amazing person. Si Lyka yung tao na misunderstood by lots kasi akala nila snob. Funny siyang tao, she loves life. Gusto lang niya masaya. Hindi siya mahirap pakibagayan.”
Bukod sa pagiging call center agent, abala rin ngayon si Lyka sa pagbebenta ng tapa, tocino, longganisa, bagoong, embotido, desserts in a bottle at marami pang iba, na karamihan ay naibebenta rin niya sa mga co-workers niya sa call center. -- FRJ, GMA News
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