Before anything else I want to update you with my ‘Proust Questionnaire’ segment. I promised that I will be doing this segment monthly this year, 2015.
It’s already February and I know I am late. This is some of the things that I have no control of.
The person that I chose (and some of you requested) to kick off this segment has agreed and I am just waiting for her to submit her answers. She is very busy but I am sure the minute she finishes it she will send it to me right away.
As soon as I have it I will publish it asap.
Last Saturday morning I called Roxanne and asked her what she was doing. She said nothing and I told her let’s go up to Tagaytay and have lunch in Mahogany Market and visit Eric.
We have been wanting to visit Eric for the longest time already but something always come up and we never push through. The last time we saw Eric was during the wake of his sister, Ate Marilou Diaz-Abaya. That was I think 2 years ago.
If you have read my old blog you probably know who Eric is. But for you doesn’t know, Eric Diaz is our gay bestfriend.
The 3 of us Roxanne, Eric and me are very close and we have been bestfriends since the 80’s.
He used to live right next to my house but he has moved to Tagaytay a few years ago and we only see him sporadically from then on.
And we miss him everyday.
Eric bought a big property in Tagaytay and made it home.
Roxanne said call Eric first and make sure that he is there. The last time we planned to visit him he was on his way down to the city.
So, I called Eric and around 11:30am Roxanne and me were on our way to Tagaytay. We brought JSP with us.
Eric met us in 7/11 cause I used TB’s Bodyguard and he didn’t know how to get to Eric’s farm. Joshua is the only one who knows how to get there but he had to attend to something.
When we saw each other the first thing we did was take a selfie.
We went to Mahogany Market and had a feast.
Eric was the one who first introduced us to this place. Mahogany market is the place where beef from Batangas are sold. Across the market there’s a long line of different turo turo kind of restaurants that has become a tourist spot. People go there just to eat bulalo. A lot of people from Manila go up just to eat in Mahogany Market.
It’s so difficult to get a picture of the restaurants cause it’s covered with cars of the customers.
Fresh shrimps, fresh tawilis, fresh baby crabs.
Look at this. Look at the beef fat and look how pure the soup is. Love it!
We also had paksiw na pork pata. This is the first time I’ve tried this. It’s soooo good.
Fried baby crabs. You can eat it whole! So fresh. This is sooo good, too.
We didn’t talk to each other. We were busy eating. hahahahaha. This is why I love Mahogany market. The trip is worth it.
Our driver parked behind the market were they sell dried fish.
After lunch we went to Eric’s farm. The last time me and Roxanne visited him in his farm was about 4 to 5 years ago when he just relocated there. Claudia and Alexandra (Roxanne’s daughter) came with us.
I was so shocked when I saw the changes of his farm. When I saw his place only then I realized Eric is not coming back to the city anymore. I felt sad and happy at the same time. Sad because I won’t see him as much as I want to. When we were neighbors I would just hop over to his place. And happy because he is happy where he is now.
Since Eric and me live beside each other before I know all his pets. His Boston Terrier Oscar, his English Bulldog Grace, his desert tortoise, his kois, etc.
The first one to greet us was Oscar.
Oscar is old already. He is 13 years old now and has cataract in both his eyes. He also has gray hair. Eric said he is not sick except for the cataract in his eyes and he can’t hear in his right ear. Otherwise he is okay. He still wanted to play fetch.
We were sad to hear that his English bulldog Grace has died of old age.
The second to greet us was his desert tortoise and I was so surprise how big it has grown.
Eric has new dog, a golden retriever he named Inday. Who greeted Roxanne with kisses.
I asked Eric what happened to his kois. Eric had a pond full of kois. He has been collecting kois for a long time. And when he moved he uprooted all his kois and made a new pond in his farm.
Eric told us that one morning he woke up and saw all his kois floating and dead. All of them. It has died due to amoeba infection because of contaminated water. He was so sad when it happened because first he loved his kois and second kois are expensive!
He didn’t want to buy anymore and start collecting again. Instead he turned his pond into a pool.
Like I said Eric sells all kinds of big plants. Mostly palm tress. He also has dates trees. The next lot is where all his trees are but he has some that is surrounding where his house is.
The pathway that lead to his house.
By the way, this is the name of his farm.