Ever since we started boarding only on the last Saturday of every month, the usually small groups of guests who trickle in on different days, decided to convene on those specific Saturdays, and from there began the “TMR EB”. It was nothing formal, they just all decided they’d all visit on the same day, so it’ll be more fun. They started out not really knowing each other, but eventually they became good friends.
So we were pleasantly surprised, that for our first December EB, The Coffee Bean & Tea Leaf offered to host our little gathering. Instead of the usual informal gathering, they brought us all to the Ortigas Park and served their amazing coffee with sumptuous muffins and cookies!
Everyone had their fill because they just kept on refilling the goodies. Thanks again Coffee Bean, you guys rock! We also set up microphones in the area, from which we do live feeds, talking to Christi in the booth, giving updates on what we’ve been doing.
Being a post-xmas EB, we also had our little exchange gift. I got Doraemon’s gift, and Astroboy got mine! I enjoyed that little activity because it highlighted the spirit of giving and receiving during the season.
And of course after that, everyone just did what we usually do, lots of kulitan, good company, good conversation, and a lot of frolicking. The girls:
And the boys:
It was just extra fun because we could be as loud as we wanted, since we weren’t in the booth. We usually try to shush everyone (oftentimes unsuccessfully) once Christi opens the mic to adlib. But in the open space, we got as rowdy as we wanted to be. It was also the most attended EB so far.
It’s just nice that we all built a little community, that steadily grows, a unit that feels very much like family, an RX family. New faces are welcome, and people are readily enjoined to be part of our little meet and greet. It’s also very nice that we get to put the faces to the people we only know by their codenames.
So in case you’d like to join us, it happens every last Saturday of the month (unless we’re out of town or on vacation or something). Like in the lyrics of the theme from the sitcom “Cheers”: “Sometimes you want to go where everybody knows your name, and they’re always glad you came…”
So again, let me take this opportunity to thank The Coffee Bean & Tea Leaf for hosting our little EB, we really enjoyed ourselves immensely; as well as the Ortigas Association for assisting our event and welcoming us with open arms, including the traffic enforcers in the area.
Till next EB!