Satur­day blast at over­time sports bar

Sun Star Bacolod - - ‘Yuhom! -

Try­ing new bars has al­ways been ex­cit­ing for me since I started trav­el­ling around the coun­try. It’s al­ways an ad­ven­ture as I look for­ward to loung­ing, mak­ing new friends and es­tab­lish­ing con­nec­tions; just the per­fect way to defuse all the ten­sions I get from my work at the end of the day.

While I usu­ally hop from place to place to en­joy dif­fer­ent forms of nightly en­ter­tain­ment from live mu­sic to sports, I al­ways go back to places where I’d feel very com­fort­able.

One of the bars I fre­quently visit here in Ba­colod is a sports bar lo­cated at Teng Hwa Build­ing at 6th street Shop­ping Cen­ter. It’s called “Over­time,” a tight nit run place that gives their pa­trons a homey loung­ing and view­ing ex­pe­ri­ence as they of­fer com­fort food with an ar­ray of wine and spir­its to a de­cent price. It’s the per­fect place to be when NBA games are live.

Last Satur­day, I had a blast when I dropped by at the said place. Two of the own­ers, the beau­ti­ful Ar­lyn Perez and Michelle Gasa­taya, joined me at the bar as we talked a lit­tle bit about busi­ness and pol­i­tics. It was a light con­ver­sa­tion filled with laugh­ter as we helped our­selves with our fa­vorite poi­son and of course their mouth-wa­ter­ing food. I think that was the magic of their place - it has a homey at­mos­phere for a lo­cal ex­pat like me. And even if I go there alone, which I al­ways do, the place never made me feel like a stranger.

What made the evening more in­ter­est­ing were their other guests at the bar who min­gled with us like it was just one big fam­ily gath­er­ing. The place was full but I was prac­ti­cally able to shake hands and had small talks with every­one as I made new friends with the lo­cals.

Over­time Bar al­ways gives me an ex­pe­ri­ence of the fine life of Ba­colod. Not too fancy but quite a classy place and crowd.

I will def­i­nitely go back there more of­ten.*

CHAT­TING with two of the own­ers, the lovely Michelle Gasa­taya and Ar­lyn Perez

THE MU­SI­CIANS Cle­men Sabig, Francis Odi­alda and Paul Michael Gar­cia

SPOT­TED at Over­time Bar are (L-R) Shiela Mas­baño, An­drea Div­ina­gra­cia, Jean Belinda Div­ina­gra­cia, Jimmy Sabig and Ar­lyn Perez

BOYS night out (L-R) Ed­mund Mar­avilla, Fri­day Soli­nap, and Michael Uy

EN­JOY­ING the evening are (L-R) Jude Pi­lar, JP Lop­ingco, Joe­mar Gil­bor, and Jimmy Sabig who was cel­e­brat­ing his birth­day

THE VERY friendly bar ten­ders Sao and Prily

SHAR­ING ta­ble with Leny Cac­eres, Sheila Mas­baño, Michelle Gasa­taya and Ar­lyn Perez

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