Girl's Night Out

Posted by Analyse at 7:03 PM

Monday, August 28, 2006

I'm still wondering when was the last time I went out with my girl friends. Probably early 2005 during a business travel in the Philippines - with my high school friends. It started out in one of the bars in Greenbelt, second floor, and ended up in Burgos St, still in Makati. You know, in one of those bars where instead of having girl servers - we opted for boys. Nothing fancy, it was just one of those girls-just-want-to-have-fun experience.

Here in France, the only time I could remember was when I was a French Language student (2003!)- with gals of different nationalities, speaking French with different and awful accents. In a Latino bar. I still couldn't figure out how we understood each other!

The rest of the nights out were more of boy's-night-out plus a girl (moi). Being in a work environment where girls are largely outnumbered by boys doesn't really help. But last Saturday was an exemption, I finally went out with my girl colleagues (we're 3 in the department now). What a change!

I arrived at 7:40pm, 10 minutes later than previewed. How could I forget that people could go out even on a rainy Saturday night. Parking lots were of course full. I finally found a place 10 minutes away from the restaurant, thus the delay.

I started to get impatient at 9pm. Already 9pm and the main meal has not been served yet. I started to tap my fingers repeatedly on the table, thinking Louna must be sleeping by now. Did frenchguy check her diapers before putting her to bed?

Blahblah here and blahblah there. Wow, it feels good to be out of my cage. Feeling single and available again. 10:30pm, dessert's served. That crème brûlée was the worst of its kind! But heck, I need to finish this dinner and be home. Yawn.

11pm. One colleague proposed to have a drink in a bar. Heck again, didn't she have enough red wine for dinner? Ok, I said yes for faire-la-sociale's sake. The smoky atmosphere inside the bar wasn't welcoming at all. I largely prefer Louna's body odor. Hmmm, I guess it's really time for me to go home.

I speeded back home at 1am. The sudden realization that I'm acting like I'm nearing retirement (from bars) just hit me. I'll do better next time, promise.

17 comments:

ruth said...

haha! maybe it's too early. i went on my first night out after giving birth when my son was already 1 and a half. i thoroughly enjoyed it!

ruth said...

haha! maybe it's too early. i went on my first night out after giving birth when my son was already 1 and a half. i thoroughly enjoyed it!

zingtrial said...

Hi Hope you are well
Liked reading through again
Thanks for sharing again
Wish you well

Francesca said...

pag mommy na kasi, ang sa isip lagi, bebe ko, musta na kaya, or is she sleeping na or bawling bec mama is not around...

Haay, Ana, tunay na ina ka na nga!
Before having Louna, you dont bother such things isnt it?

Lynneth said...

Exactly my feelings when I went out my gfs too! It comes with motherhood. Even when hubby and I go for a day/night out, our conversation revolves around David. I remember once I went out for lunch with hubby, I was breastfeeding David then, in the middle of our entrée I said, "David is hungry". Hubby with a surprised look, asked "how do you know?" I said, "my breasts are swelling and milk is leaking!" Ewww!

Kat said...

hahah! i know exactly what you mean! the first few times i went out, i kept checking my watch and wondering if the hubs did this or that w/ the bebe! even now, i act quite antsy unless i know for sure the bebe's asleep before i go out!

haze said...

I haven't go out alone yet! But I remember everytime we were invited while heading on our way to the party I call right away (still in the care)asking the baby sitter if children are ok! Exagge no! I guess it's Mothers instinct di ba. Before we leave I double check everything to make sure I do not forget any single thing !

The Doctor said...

It is true, having children changes our perspective. It is funny, you long for a night away and while away, you worry/miss your kids at home.

Analyse said...

Ruth, it's too early ba? Mama just want to have fun hehe.

Zingtrial, thanks ;)

Francesca, iba na pag nanay na!

Lynneth, haha, i never experienced that. all the first nights out were with Louna.

Kat, mother's instinct! I guess all moms have a 'watch' haha!

Haze, when we go out, we normally bring the lit parapluie for Louna... so no problem. but then, if we really want to go out on a dinner date for example, without Louna, which never happened yet, i guess i'll have to scout for babysitters.. i guess it would be the same feeling, or even worse kasi wala ni isa sa min.. hay buhay parent!

The Doctor, hehe, other moms reactions tells me I'm normal ;)

Ligaya said...

i haven't gone out with my girlfriends yet without Ninev in tow. kasama siya lagi, kahit special date namin ni hubby, kailangan she's with us too! i wonder what it would be like being out alone with friends without her. baka uuwi rin ako kaagad. hehe!

hugs and kisses to louna! =)

charles ravndal said...

Wow it seems that you had quite a blast. The thing i hate in the bars in France is that most people smoke inside unlike here when it is extremely forbidden. At least you can have all the fun without smelling like an ashtray after

Analyse said...

Ligaya, I'm sure you will go home at once haha.. I'm even wondering if you could actually go out without her!

Charles, ye right. In fact, clothes used that night went directly in the washing machine... but there's some bar in Paris where smoking is prohibited, but well, you have to know the address.. dont ask me pls hehe..

Rhada said...

Hayyy, my sentiments exactly! I feel too OLD na for nightlife...ewan ko ba, samantalang i used to enjoy it a lot. Iba na talaga ang "nanay", hindi mapakali kapag malayo sa mga chikiting :-)

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Senor Enrique said...

Obviously, you've been out of circulation for quite some time ... hehehe. So have I ... been there, done that :)

charles ravndal said...

Lol! But is it alot if the government will totally ban smoking inside buildings or other indoor public places?

apol said...

Totally not related, but I asked you months ago about the driver's license exchange, and being truly on Filipino time, I got around to doing it just five weeks ago. I have the temporary permit now. Thanks for the help; and congratulations about the new baby!