We were nearly finished with our initial batch of appetizers when two more friends arrived and joined us for dinner. So Gibbs called a waitress over.
“Miss, puwede pa bang dagdagan pa ang appetizers? Puwedeng dagdagan yung lettuce?” he asked.
“Ay, leetus? Sige ba, sir!” replied the waiter. Then he turned and shouted into the kitchen, “Isa pang leetus!”
I turned to Gibbs who was beside me, then to Migs. We were all grinning.
After a while the main course was all grilled and ready to serve. The waitress placed the plate in front of us and proudly announced, “Ito na po ang inyong beef billy.”
There was a second of silence, then someone repeated what she said. “Ah, beef billy?”
“Opo sir,” she replied. “Beef billy.” Then she proceeded to finish grilling the pork belly.
“Okaaay,” I said.
Gibbs wanted to order drinks, so he called a waiter over. The waiter took Gibb’s order, then asked us if we wanted to order drinks too. “Water na lang,” Migs said.
“Isang Coke Zero at tow-big,” the waiter repeated our order then left to get them.
Then the waitress placed on the table our last order. “Eto sir,” she said, “pork billy.”
We all nodded. “Aaah, pork billy.”
She walked away, done with her grilling duties.
Gibbs turned to us and said, “At least consistent sila.”
Ho, ho, ho.