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SENIOR CITIZEN FRIENDLY

It has been almost seven years since I wrote about my shock and dismay over a dining experience with my family and my father’s senior citizen card (see Senior Citizen Discount blog post). It was just altogether unpleasant so we never went back to the restaurant again. Fortunately, seven years later, we haven’t had any untoward incidents with my father and mother’s senior citizen cards with restaurants including that restaurant we were at seven years ago. In fact, it’s smooth sailing when I hand my parents’ cards to the cashier; I only have to point to where they are if the cashier asks their whereabouts.

Asian noodles

senior citizens in the Philippines enjoy a discount with their meal | Image courtesy of rakratchada torsap at FreeDigitalPhotos.net

Some places we frequent are senior citizen friendly (think generous discounts and friendliness), including how they accept the card/s when you’re paying. My favourite café Starbucks is very senior citizen friendly that my father is a big fan too that try and hang out as often as we can. The cashier doesn’t ask what the senior ate or drank, but s/he does inform you that there will be different transactions for the senior citizen-discountable drink and pastry, so you’re prepared to walk away with a few receipts. A bonus: the cashier smiles all throughout the interaction.

Another eatery that is senior citizen friendly is Dairy Queen at Robinson’s Magnolia mall. It was quite a generous discount off the banana split my mother ordered. Similarly, no questions asked about who’s going to eat it. Its neighbour Frutas, a juice and fruit shake stall, is also quite welcoming with the senior citizen card.

Ang Tunay ng Pancit Malabon on Timog Avenue in Quezon City simply accepts the card of my mother when we order a bilao (roughly translated as woven circular basket/tray) of pancit malabon sans the topping of crumbled pork crackers. The cashier though is more meticulous as she always asks my other to sign their record book and the receipt compared to Starbucks and Dairy Queen.

In terms of delivery service, two restaurants from the Max’s Group of Restaurants, Pancake House and Max’s, have embraced the senior citizen discount cards wholeheartedly. By this I mean you don’t have to remind them that you’ll be using the senior citizen cards of your parents. This is because once you’ve called for food delivery from either restaurant the details of the caller and the holders of the senior citizen cards are entered into their system thus the discounts are automatically applied to the bill. Thankfully, both restaurants don’t ask what the senior citizen is going to eat!

Using the senior citizen card seven years ago was short of excruciating  because my father – he was the only one with the card then – felt he had to prove he was a senior citizen and had to account for what he ate like a child. Seven years later, using the card has been a boon as it should be from the beginning. Both my parents just need to show their cards and they get the benefit they’re entitled to without having to explain themselves which they shouldn’t have in the first place.

CHILDHOOD TREATS

“Inhale, exhale

Think…

Simplify and breathe…dig into your childhood treats….”

When we were growing up, my sister and I tagged along with our father to his office in Makati when school was out. The day was long, but we kept ourselves busy by reading – our bags were crammed with books, coloring books and crayons. At the end of day, my father would treat us to ice cream before picking up our mother from her office. Depending on where we were at that time, the choice for ice cream treats was a tossup between Coney Island and Magnolia. Then when Dairy Queen entered the Philippines, it was an indulgence I looked forward to. We’d always go to the big one at Fiesta Carnival in Cubao and plough into the chocolate soft-serve sundae.

Jollibee and McDonald’s became special childhood treat venues when Dairy Queen suddenly disappeared. It wasn’t so much for the burgers that we went to the local (Jollibee) and foreign (McDonald’s) fast food joints, but more for the soft-serve chocolate sundae, milkshakes and, at times, the fries. Red Ribbon, the rival pastry shop of the ubiquitous Goldilocks, was added to our venue list, which we frequented for chocolate cake, ube cake, the soft, buttery and sugary taisan and empanada. Naturally, despite the pastry rivalry, Goldilocks was also part of the list especially for its brazo de mercedes, mamon and ensaymada.

Although now way into adulthood, I still go back to my childhood treats whenever I’m in the Philippines. They bring me back to a place where all the problems and worries of the world are stopped by an invisible shield, and I can freely indulge in my thoughts and my treat.  Digging into my childhood treat is almost as good as taking a leave of absence from the chaos of the world, the sadness of the past, frustration of the present and the uncertainty of the future. I step back in a world where hope springs eternal and jadedness is completely unheard of.

I’ve discovered new childhood treat venues that approximate the taste and feeling of the old ones back in the Philippines. Cold Stone Ice Creamery at Plaza Senayan in Jakarta was a place I savored a cup of vanilla ice cream drizzled with gooey caramel sauce and spruced up by slices of banana. Back in Singapore, it was a serendipitous find when a friend and I stumbled upon Marble Slab Creamery one Sunday afternoon.

Kiddie, Big Dipper or Original – those were choices of cup sizes at Marble Slab Creamery, an ice cream franchise that, said the pink-brown brochure,  had its beginnings in Houston, Texas in 1983. I settled for a kiddie S’more – a delectable serving of chocolate Swiss ice cream with chocolate chips, marshmallows and graham biscuit. My gal pal went for a kiddie waffle cup of Smooth Mint Masterpiece or cool mint ice cream with chocolate sprinkles, mint candy and fudge.

Hello ice cream! Hola joy! Goodbye melancholy! Adios ghost of the Moor!

Marble Slab Creamery

201 Victoria Street #04-01

Iluma, Singapore 188067

Tel: +65 6884 5933

E-mail: info@marbleslab.com.sg

Web: http://www.marbleslab.com