This June I weighed in and was thrilled to find out I lost 6 pounds over the summer. After three months in college, they have reattached themselves to me - and I can’t seem to lose weight again. Going to a university in Katipunan is a dietkiller in itself.
You see, you can find practically everything along Katipunan Avenue. From Starbucks to Banapple to Greenwich to Cerealicious to Flaming Wings and even to a mini-art gallery, there’s almost nothing that isn’t within walking distance. As a dormer, I am faced with the consistent dilemma of where to eat dinner. This, friends, is what has caused my momentary lapse in weight loss.
In addition to the already booming volume of existent stores, a new building is on the rise as we speak - Regis Center - which will house Red Mango, Saint Alp’s Teahouse, and the Peanut Butter Company, among others. A Dairy Queen branch is soon to open right beside Pizza Hut, and I hear Cravings is in the works next to McDonald’s.
Hitherto, it never really dawned on me that Katipunan could still possibly lack anything else, until I sat down and thought it through. Believe you me, it was a conscious effort, but here is my list:
1. Tokyo Tokyo
Now, who wouldn’t want this nearby? One bite of their Tempura or their Chicken Yakitori and zoom - you’re up on cloud nine where nobody else can bloody mess around with you, regardless of whatever hell you had to go through during the school day. Face it, we all need a break from fast food and those godforsaken squid balls they sell on the street. Bottomline, Tokyo Tokyo is prime. If not a legit store, they should open up a stall in the Ateneo.
2. The White Hat
I love how the White Hat is faithful to the real flavor of frozen yogurt - sweetness with a tinge of sour.
3. Fully Booked/Powerbooks
Now I know this doesn’t exactly fall under the food category, but if either one of these two bookstores opened up in Katipunan, we would all just die. Ovaries would combust everywhere. The guys would grow ovaries and then they would explode. Just for this.
4. Power Mac Center
There’s an iCampus store in the Ateneo but it’s not much to play around with - it occupies just a tiny corner of the LS Bookstore. Give us a full-blown store complete with 27-inch iMacs and the jumbo MacBook Pros and we’re talking.
5. Mrs. Fields
I have not one, but 27 sweet teeth, and where else better to do something about my cravings than Mrs. Fields? (Sigh.) Their chocolate-chip cookies are divine, and I would do anything to get a bite of one of their mocha cakes. (Sigh…) And I can’t stop sighing.
In the meantime, I can’t wait to rush into the new stores once they open up. Diet, schmiet - I will die obese, but happy.