Kampai conversations with my father 

I was probably born attached to my father’s hips. While other little girls gravitate towards their mom, I crave my father’s approval from the time I was little to now when I am already an adult. 

I made it my life-long mission to make my parents happy. I crave nothing but the approval and validation of my father. While I will gladly lay down my life for my mother, I am a daddy’s girl through and through. I got my love for the arts from him, the way I crave achievements and my type A personality is due to my desire to make him proud. 

When I grew old, I stopped playing the goody, nerdy girl. More than the studious, artsy kid, I’d like to believe that I am now at a place where I can be a friend and a co-conspirator for my dad. While we bond via movies, reading and GINEBRA games, my age has also allowed me to spend time drinking with him. We knock back a few bottles and discover new liquor and shoot the breeze while maintaining a nice buzz. 

Thus, I am more than pleased after I have discovered this nice liquor shop centrally located in Jupiter Street, Makati (near Montivar Bldg and Whistle Stop). Called “The Booze Shop,” this quaint shop carries the finest selection of booze from all over the world – whatever you are looking for, there’s whisky, wines, vodkas, sake and of course, a wide selection of beers perfect for the serious booze enthusiasts. 

These caught my attention while I was browsing their shelves, looking for something to get my dad – maybe two of the priciest liquor I have seen in my life. 

This beauty is worth PHP40,000!
Fine, aged sake for only PHP35,000

Due to my dad’s age, I’ve become hawk-like in monitoring his liquor intake. I think I’ve always mentioned in my posts how my father is very much a simple man who knows how to appreciate the good things in life. He only drinks when there’s a gathering or during occasions, and rather prefers drinking on how own on some nights when he wants to unwind. After we kids have grown up, we sometimes bond over light liquors while watching television or when celebrating holidays – just talking like good friends. 

As dad gets older, I know that there will come a time that I’ll become stricter with him when it comes to liquor intake. The good thing with my dad is that he always knows his limits. Maybe it also helped that after he has retired, he preferred more to just drink the occasional bottle or two and has started saying no to his friends when it comes to big drinking sessions. These days, “buzzed” conversations with dad had become rare – something which you’d take advantage of because you were not “that kid” anymore. Somehow, adulthood has promoted you to become that “equal.”  I’ve become that, bringing with me 30plus years of neuroses and hang-ups, all of which are perfect fodder for conversations in between shots of Arctic Vodka or Asti Martini. 

Somehow, somewhere along the way, I graduated from being the kid “who buys dad San Mig Mucho from the sari-sari store” to “the kid who buys dad fancy liquor from a shop.” 

Friendly The Booze Shop team members Maribel and Nick

If you love finding that rare bottle of liquor or a budding spirits connoisseur, head to The Booze Shop. It’s a nice place to know more about your favorite drink. Their team members Maribel and Nick are very knowledgeable and can give you a tip or two on the selections they offer. If you also love trying rare beers, The Booze Shop has a big selection of beers from all over the world. They are open from 12noon to 12 midnight. While looking for something for my father, I asked them to recommend something with lower alcohol content. 
A word to our readersKamikazeeGirl is against people getting irresponsibly drunk. Please drink responsibly. And make sure you’re of legal age when you visit a liquor shop. 

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