Me: Oh so I don't want, I want something home-made
Waitress: How about Teh-O peng with Lemon?
Me:..... *blink blink* . [pause]. Blank look.
My helpful friend: yup that's the same as Ice lemon tea
Waitress: [nods nods]
Me: Oh! ok!
Might I mention the waitress serving us is a Filipina.
Teh-O ping with Lemon = Ice Lemon Tea. Yeah it's true. Same thing, different speak. But it's quite something to be taught this by a foreigner waitress. Thumbs up for taking the initiative in good service.
And here I am with my own dilemma as well, the classic economic adage - too many wants, insufficient resources. If I only had this much (or this little funds), should I go for a lovely bag (which I want, but do not really need) or should I go for a lovely wallet and a few small accessories (which I also want, but do not really need)?
But then C would say, "you buy all these and put them in the cupboard???".
C: You should really take your birkin out and use it you know. It's gotten very little mileage. In fact I've seen this longchamp bag more than your birkin.
Me: well, cuz this (longchamp) is a cheap bag and it's nylon, it's easy to carry and no worries on abusing, can withstand rain etc etc. If I took birkin out I'd be worrying about stains, weather, crowds etc.
C: So you buy a birkin just to keep at home???!!
Me: ...err...kinda yeah.
C: why aren't you wearing your new Tod's shoes? I haven't seen them since we were back.
Me: oh they are still somewhere in the luggage..
C: So you buy all those Tods and you end up still wearing cheap Crocs??
Me: well yeah, the Crocs are cheap and I don't mind if they get abused.
Moral of story? The cheap and the old have their uses, and serves more purpose than the new and expensive (but useless?).
Duomo in Florence. I climbed over 400+ steps to get to the top of the tower for a sweeping view of the city. C challenged me, and so I did, in less than 30 mins too.
Church near Florence train station....and eh? There's a BATA store in Italy?! Wah.
C's one desperate WANT - a big fat florentine steak. Serious.
To market to market to find us some fat cheese! and oils, and supplies, and all goodness of beautiful condiments for cooking.
The main biggest reason to go to Florence was to find the Tod's outlet of course. And of course some damage was done.... even the SAs looked at us with mirth and laughter and the other locals thought we were good and truly mad.
Of course a visit to the H store in florence, and then find us some lovely seafood dinner. Above is the giant fisherman's soup.
If tired of walking in the heat, rent a Segeway, like what we did in Lucca, a small town off Florence. Lucca is a lovely town, my favourite scene in whole of italy. First time on a Segeway, it's a little scary but fantastic fun!
C's lunch of roast baby goat at a Frommer's recommended restaurant in Lucca. The stunning view of Uffizi galleria in the evening. And some new found friends with their OES at Vivoli gelataria in Florence. Italy is an extremely dog friendly country.
Chocolate souffle at Taverna di Martin's back in Rome, our last dinner before heading home to Singapore. Absolutely the best and most memorable meal of the whole trip.