“Why don’t you go check?” said my dad as we pulled up in front of the tiny store near the bus stop.
It was scorching hot but I got out of the car anyway and ran excitedly to the lady at the counter.
“Sorry, it’s not yet available,” she said.
My heart sank and I turned to walk away. I had only taken two steps when the guy in the kitchen suddenly called out, “Wait! It’s almost done!”
Huzzah! I wanted to do cartwheels right there and then.
After a minute or so, I walked out of the store carrying two bags of bibingka (a type of Filipino rice cake) that had just come straight from the oven.
Everyone in the car was just as excited as I was. We all wanted to gobble up the bibingka right away but they were still piping hot. We had to wait until we reached the next town so we wouldn’t end up with burned hands and tongues.
They were definitely worth the wait though. They were so good, I couldn’t help thinking, “With bibingka as yummy and fluffy as these, who needs toppings?”
*Available at the store in front of the bus/shuttle stop near Laguindingan Airport at P10 apiece