Prologue

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It was that one day, I was about to graduate. I was done with my school years, masaya na ako. Kasi, makukuha ko na ung dream job ko. A chef. Oh. I forgot to introduce myself. Ako nga pala si Richel Mayers. I'm about to graduate college as you can see. Ako ay 23 years old, no boyfriend. I have my crushes, but most of them aren't even real.

Of course, hindi naging madali. I had my ups and downs with college but I managed to get through it. As a kid, I never had any experience on cooking or baking. Hindi naman kasi kami mayaman noon.

May kaya lang kami. I was self taught. Usually, nanonood ako ng youtube, tapos dun ko lang nalalaman ung tungkol sa baking.

And now here I am. The announcer said each of the graduating students' names as everyone cheered. I was one of the top students, kaya mahuhuli ung pagtawag sa pangalan ko.

"Richel Mayers!" My name was announced as everyone clapped and cheered. "Congratulations!" They said as I was supposed to give my speech.

"Hello! Umm, una sa lahat. Thank you po kay Mama, kay daddy, kay kuya at sa nakababata kong kapatid sa pag suporta saakin. Salamat rin po sa mga Professor ko na nagturo saakin para makagraduate ako. This is one of the best days and years I have ever had, and I don't regret a single thing of coming here. I found new friends that stayed with me. Sorry for the mistakes I've done in the past, and that's all. Salamat po!"

Sabi ko as I bowed holding my diploma running towards my family's arms. "Naku! Proud ako sayo anak!" Sabi ni Mama as she hugged me along with my brother and sister. "Yay! Galing naman ni ate!" She said. Natuwa ako kasi alam ko na proud sila mama sa akin.

"So, how about that job you were asking me?" Russel said, my brother, I was so happy that I nodded my head so much na halos maalog na utak ko.

"Okay. Okay. Tigilan mo na yan bago pa mawala lahat ng pinagaralan mo." Sabi niya ng tumatawa. I just hit him as he stopped teasing me. "Sorry na. Pero kahit alam ko na excited ka, celebrate muna." Sabi ni kuya.

We got inside the car as we drove off. Tumingin ako sa bitana at inisip yuung mga nangyari sa college years ko. It was one of the best times that I've experienced, but it has to end today.

"We're here!" Sabi ni daddy after a good thirty minutes of driving. Nung lumabas ako, nagpunta pala kami duun sa isang mamahalin na restaurant na kakabukas lang. It looked so fancy. I didn't think that we'd go here. Okay nga lang kahit Mang Inasal nalang eh. Pero who am I to say no to something like this? Plus, once in a lifetime lang naman ito. Halos maiyak na ako sa tuwa nung pumasok kami sa loob.

It looked so expensive. So elegant. I looked almost out of place. We sat down on our reserved table as a waiter handed us the menus. "Ang sarap naman nung mga pagkain dito." Sabi ko. Eh totoo naman eh, even I didn't think I could make something as amazing as the fokd I saw on my Menu. "So mag order na ba tayo?" Asked daddy.

Lahat kami umorder na. Kumain at nabusog, malamang. Sa kadami dami ba ng inorderni Daddy, sino kaya hindi mabubusog. We went home after that, just to relax.

But by the next day, it's time for me to get the job on my brother's restaurant.

I can't wait, sa sobrang excited ko, halos hindi na ako makatulog. But of course, I had to. Goodnight.

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