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Rita’s Italian Ice & Date with my Mommy.

As it is my birthday today, I thought it timely to dedicate a post to my Mommy. She did after all, bring me into this world & up to this day, still takes care of me & my family. I am so blessed that at 83 years old, she is still healthy & active. A bit on the skinny side now, but I guess as you grow older, your appetite diminishes. I hope that she gets to live a couple of years more & be able to enjoy the fruits of her labor. She’s always been working, working, working. If she doesn’t work I swear she gets sick! @_@ My Lola lived to be 90 so I’m praying that my mom surpasses that age at still the pinkest of health.

4 a.m. on the dot every single day, she wakes up to read her bible & other daily devotions (she has a lot). She then prays for me & my bother and our families, and the rest of our relatives here & abroad. She takes after my lola who also did the same when she was still living. Grabe. Ang haba ng dasal. About isang oras! At least my mom’s version is half. Then she goes about her day as the head of her businesses. Nope, ayaw magpapigil. @_@

Anyway, my mom has some Ilocana blood in her. And a lot of chinese. So she’s G.I., (genuine instik/genuine ilocana. Bad mix I tell ya). Meaning she is VERY thrifty! :P Rather than eating out, she prefers to eat at home & not spend. She frowns on branded things. She is for, like the pope advices, “choosing the more humble purchase”. So I was happy when I won a GC for Crystal Jade Shanghai Delight. I had an excuse to treat her out, and she didn’t have an excuse to grumble! ;)


Last month, we had a girls day out & went to Greenhills. Normally, I can’t last the whole day with her because the stress level is just too high. Pwede lang ako in small doses. She has to be constantly on top of things & she’s really impatient. She cannot stay put & has to constantly move around & check on things. Saka paulit-ulit na. But this particular day, she was as calm as the deep blue sea so we had an enjoyable day. I’m glad. Coz it’s not often that we get to go on a date.

First on the agenda, lunch at Crystal Jade Shanghai Delight. Thank you again KENNETH YU for our sumptuous lunch! <3

Crystal Jade Shanghai Delight

Unit 117-121 Virra Mall, Greenhills Shopping Center, Missouri St., Greenhills, San Juan (02) 570-6910



We chose all our dishes from the Chef’s Recommendation menu.



Cheers to a beautiful day.



Deep-Fried Beancurd with Salt and Pepper 240 php. This dish is so simple & yet, it was the highlight of our lunch. The tofu was cooked to perfection. Golden on the outside & soft on the inside. <3


This Xiao Long Bao assortment 229 php comes in 5 different flavors: green (vegetable & dried beancurd), Lt. orange (shrimp), pink (spicy beef), yellow (cheese) Dk. orange (spicy chicken)




Sauteed Squid with Broccoli 300 php.



Panfried Sliced Beef with Scallions 388 php.



Sauteed diced String Beans with minced pork served with Pancake 258 php. Ate wanted veggies which is why we ordered it but the chorizo mixed in gave it a nice flavor. We enjoyed this immensely. Good for 2-4 pax.



This was good with the chorizo mixed in. I was happy to see my mom eat more than the usual. <3



Prawn Balls Kung Pao Style 588 php.



Fried Rice in Yang Chow Style 288 php.



Girls’ Day Out! <3 How I wish we could have more of this! It was a really good day. ;)


And finally! We got to try RITA’s ITALIAN ICE. How lucky that it is EXACTLY right beside Crystal Jade Shanghai Delight so we didn’t have to go on a wild goose chase!

Rita’s Italian Ice

G/F Greenhills Shopping Center, V-Mall, Service Rd. Greenhills, San Juan (02) 650-5859



My mommy is so teeny tiny. :(









Mommy & I chose the old fashioned custard in TWIST. Hers is small/regular, while mine is a large. Ganyan talaga, dapat baggy din sa size! ;))



Sundaes – Cone. Regular 125 php | Large 160 php. Yummy! <3



Even my lovelies had a chillax day, and the best thing was there was no traffic since everyone was sending the Pope off. We got there in less than an hour! \m/



My girls opted for the GELATI, layers of Italian ice and custard. Choose an ice and a custard. Regular 130 php | Large 160 php.



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This is the GELATI. Ice in the bottom, covered by a generous dollop of custard.




The owner is very hands on. And nice too. He gave us a BLENDINI to try. Thank you kind sir! :)


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BLENDINI. Custard blended with ice and a topping. Choose a custard and an ice. Mix-in a topping. Regular 130 php | All-Custard 160 php.


How I wish we can have many more days like the one we just had. Happy & carefree. <3 Thank you so much Mommy for being the best that you can be for me. I appreciate all that you do, for your love & care not just to me but every member of my family – all the way down to Jela. :)

My birthday wish is that you get the answer to your fervent prayer, and that you have peace in your heart. Leave all your worries behind na & just enjoy your years on earth. You have fought the good fight so now it’s really time for you to sit back, relax, and enjoy the fruits of your labor. I love you, and I thank you mommy, for the life that you have given me. <3

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