O&Co. Opens in Central Square

Oliviers & Co. is already open in Central Square, BGC! I know, I am three and a half weeks late in sharing this bit of awesome news to you guys. That’s what happens when I get too absorbed (obsessed?) with work: my life updates in this blog gets stalled.

So yes, we opened the first Oliviers & Co. store in the Philippines last July 27. We sell high quality olive oils, balsamic vinegars, truffle oils, tapenades, sauces (by Michelin-star chefs from Europe, no less!), and so much more. Price points are higher than your usual, but I guess that is expected in products that come from key olive oil producing countries in Europe. If my savings account would allow me to stock up our kitchen with purely O&Co. products, I would have by now. Ha ha!

If you’re into gourmet cooking at home, you should visit the store. Almost all products are available for tasting and the store staff can cook real food for you to try. Hope to see you there soon!


On Digital Apps and Long Distance Relationships

When I told you Kurt and I found new jobs, it wasn’t exactly the most conventional news I had ever shared here in this blog. It meant the two of us going out of our comfort zones to grab new opportunities. I transferred from Pioneer to the very busy streets of Makati (something I swore never to do but did anyway). While Kurt moved from Manila to Zamboanga City. Yes, Zamboanga.

In a matter of a one-and-a-half hour flight, Kurt and I found ourselves in what I thought we’d never have to be in: a long distance relationship.

Of course it’s far from LDRs between seas, and we don’t have to deal with excruciating time zone differences. But it still is different compared to being able to see each other weekly (or even more). It’s different facing daily challenges on our own, only to relay the stories to each other through an online messaging app, and not in person. Emotions are shared via emojis and dates are replaced by scheduled Facetime sessions.

I wish I could tell you it’s easier than how I pictured from the LDR stories I heard from others. Now I can confirm for myself that it’s far from easy and there are over a hundred times in each day I’d end up wishing he was just around the corner. To add to that, there is this sinking feeling from knowing no one understands how I truly feel about all this. If I talk about it too much, people treat me like an alien who just fell from a UFO for having all these “strong” feelings.

I’m glad though that Kurt and I are sailing through despite the difficulties; that both of us found this challenge a reason for us to keep on going. And although we are facing most days (if not all) on our own, at least we have these digital apps to somehow bridge the gaps. They may never match what we had when we were on the same island, but at least we can share stories fast and hear each other’s voices on an almost daily basis! (Fyi, this is not an advertisement lol)

That’s a recent picture of us from my first ever visit to Zamboanga. We had a great time with his officemates and I got a first-hand experience of how most of his days there are like. I’m happy I was able to go there as it meant a great deal to him that I go there and get to know his life there. 😊

We have a couple of months more to go. To the end of the year or more, if his work gets extended. I hope everything turns out for the good. Omnnia in Bonum!