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Le Ching, Greenhills ‘Yan!

April 17, 2011 6 comments

Went out with the family today. We spent the afternoon at Greenhills Shopping Center since we haven’t been there for quite some time. I really love going there even though a lot has changed over the years.

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EDSA!

… except EDSA’s traffic!

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I practically grew up in Virramall and Shoppesville. Since I was just a kid, Dad and Ma always took me and my sisters there to dine and shop. Ate Maine and Ate Dior both studied at O.B. Montessori when they were in grade school. I remember tagging along with Ma everytime she fetches them. She would hang out with her friends, who were also the mom’s of my sisters’ schoolmates. I think I was just four or five then. I know. I’m getting a bit nostalgic here. Anyway, being at Greenhills is a family tradition for us and I want to share that with Ava and Athan.

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El Driver

Ava a.k.a. El Driver

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El Tambay

Athan a.k.a El Hilata!

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We ate at Le Ching Tea House (One), a Chinese restaurant located at Shoppesville. They serve excellent Chinese food at affordable prices. Here’s a list of what we had:

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WHO
WHAT
PRICE
Me
Spare Ribs Rice
Php 122.00
Coke (in can)
Php 42.00
Ava
Ravioli Noodle Soup
Php 128.00
Coke (in can)
Php 42.00
Athan
Chicken Noodle Soup
Php 128.00
Sprite (in can)
Php 42.00
TOTAL
Php 504.00

The Bill

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Spare Ribs Rice

Spare Ribs Rice

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Ravioli Noodle Soup and Chicken Noodle Soup

Top: Ravioli Noodle Soup, Bottom: Chicken Noodle Soup

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Not bad for three people. They also renovated the place a bit. It now appears to be brighter and cozier than before.

Le Ching's newly renovated ceiling. Bright lights!

Le Ching’s newly renovated ceiling. It would have been cooler if it had a pentagram!

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We then went around the bazaars since Ava wanted to do a little window shopping. She’s very into satchel bags these days and she wanted to see the one’s that were on display there. She found one which tickled her fancy: a brown satchel. However, she opted not to buy it since she wanted to practice a little self-control. Proud of her, I am! Done with bag-hunting, we went back to Shoppesville to buy Athan’s milk and nappy at Mercury Drug, which surprisingly remains untouched.

I kinda prefer how Virramall was back in the day and I sometimes wish the owners conserved a bit of the old feel instead of discarding everything that made it the Virramall the kids of my generation loved. I have no qualms with the revamped look. I guess it just stings to see the material remains of the special moments of your life get torn down and replaced with a very commercial shopping district. Now, they’re starting to work on Shoppesville.

Isengard!

Isengard!

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Overall, it was a great and fun day. Though I’m a sentimental person who clings too much to the past, I still think Greenhill’s development is an excellent business move. For me, it still is one of the best places to dine and shop with the family.

If change is inevitable, then progress is possible.

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