Food Heaven Around the World: Kumare

For our second last event of the year we decided to head to Kumare for some Filipino food. Since I knew nothing about Filipino cuisine, I brought along my close friend, John, who is Filipino, to guide us through.  As for the restaurant, we picked a place in Richmond because  I LOVE doing a bit of karaoke after we eat and the best karaoke place is in Richmond! Kumare is located on 8130 Park Road at the corner of a strip mall. It is also a bakery and has most of its yummy baked goods out on display.

In total we ordered seven entrees, rice and three desserts. The service was a bit slow, but the food was great. My personal favourite was the beef karekare and the java rice. The rice was amazing, although you could tell there was a lot of oil in it which may not be a good idea if you are watching the scale. The desserts were pretty hard to share but we managed. We ordered a shaved-ice dessert with ice cream, condensed milk,  jello and mixed fruits.  As with most of our events, we chatted for a long time, many stories were exchanged as many of us were graduating. After dinner we decided to go to K-mix for some karaoke.

Karaoke is definitely one of my favourite things to do and I have been blessed with some pretty darn good singers in my miniclub! We sang various songs in Cantonese, Mandarin and English. Vincent gave us a memorable performance singing Adele and Justin Bieber. As the Mandarin songs came, being unable to read Chinese, a by-product of being a CBC, I brought out pinyin lyrics to follow. Some songs were quite successful, others not so much… We sang a lot of songs that gave us nostalgic feelings and flashback of the past. Linkin Park, Backstreet Boys and even Aerosmith were on our list of songs.

As I reflect back on this year’s events, I really enjoy the company of my members. The end is near and I will miss some of the amazing people I’ve met this year in our miniclub. As always Vincent Chan was my trustworthy cameraman.  I feel very lucky this year to have been blessed with some of the most fun and proactive mini club members. In the end, things are only fun when members are spontaneous and are willing to try new things. Hopefully our last event of the year won’t be the last event forever.

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About Anson Wong

Three years running as a miniclub leader, and former Event Coordinator. UBC alumni with a BSc in Chemistry

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