7.201 Deep-Fried Shrimp & Fries


24 (Sun) July 2016

Deep-Fried Shrimp & Fries


at TGI Friday’s

-High Street Mall, Taguig-

with the family

The view from our living room, overlooking the south end of the complex, Palm Pool in the distance.

After 2.5 long years, the family has finally joined me to live in Manila.  We will be living, for starters, in One Serendra (condominium complex), Bonifacio Global City, Taguig City, Metro Manila.

Chillin’ in the North Pool (one of four).

After walking around the new ‘hood all day, we were so tired that TGI Friday’s — not at all what I would’ve imagined for our inaugural dinner as BGC residents — seemed like an acceptable option.  It wasn’t.

Anyway, welcome to the Philippines!


8 thoughts on “7.201 Deep-Fried Shrimp & Fries

  1. yay! together again! though now i’m sad that i am less likely to see you when i’m in seoul.

    1. yeaaa, TGIF. tsk-tsk. i’ll write a post someday about my fond memories of the first TGIF in Seoul, which opened in 1991 when i was a senior in high school, the first authentic–ish family-style american restaurant that was all the craze, both for locals and expats. maybe that’s why i still go on occasion, though i’m usually kinda disappointed, now that my tastes have evolved way beyond.

      1. I think that’s hilarious. Back in the day (90s… miss it!) I remember that “Western” fads from the Americas would totally blow up in Korea, especially fashion, music, and food culture. I can’t imaging how crazy the concept of TGIF would have blown up in Seoul back in the 90s!

      2. i guess it’s a sign of development that Korea now adopts western pop culture in a much smoother, balanced, dignified way (e.g., did the opening of Krispy Kreme even make the news?) — rather spending more (too much) interest in how Korean pop culture is being adopted elsewhere.

        but yes, it was much more fun back in the 90s (or even the 80s, like when McDonald’s first opened)…

  2. maybe literally, it made the news, but not in the broader sense perhaps that people are actually talking about it. this is the first I’m hearing of it. granted, I don’t live in korea, but I do go back every month, and nobody’s ever mentioned it to me. not that i hang out the hippest people, but everyone was talking about TGIF back in 91.

    on a separate note, i’d never even heard of shake shack until last january, when i was in NY, and it came up during a random food conversation with my cousin.

    never been there.

    you know my general indifference to in-n-out, so maybe hyped fast food chains aren’t really my thing.

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