What’s the one thing these friends have in common? Well, they’re all from the Philippines and living the pura vida lifestyle here in beautiful Costa Rica. Tezzy and I recently had the pleasure of running into an expat friend while enjoying lunch at one of our favorite restaurants in Grecia’s town center. He recognized Tezzy as Filipina and wanted to introduce her to other Filipina ladies living here in Costa Rica, which he did by sharing a phone number. A couple of days later, we were invited to lunch with a great couple living near the neighborhood of Sarchi.
The next time we met up was at a lunch gathering of more Filipinos living on the ridges of Grecia in areas such as San Francisco, Sarchi, El Cajon, San Isidro, and even the capital city of San Jose. Anytime Filipinos get together, you should always expect lots of food and laughter, and we were not disappointed. We enjoyed an assortment of grilled fish, my favorite chicken adobo, rice, and other tasty dishes, which of course included lots of sweets and tasty Costa Rican coffee. The food was masarap (delicious) and we left very busog (full).
I’m thrilled that Tezzy was able to hook up with a group of her Kabayans (coming from the same county) in such a faraway place as Costa Rica. There are even a couple of entrepreneurs in the group, one selling fresh fish, shrimp, siopao, hopia, steamed Suman, cassava, cassava cake, piya, lumpia, and other delicious Filipino foods. Of course, now I’m curious to know how many more Filipinos are here in Costa Rica.
As you might already know, we’re in the rainy season here in Costa Rica, but the afternoon showers make the days all the more pleasant and enjoyable, especially when you’re sharing lunch with a bunch of new friends. Pura vida.