Are you afraid of the dark? Have you ever wondered how it feels like to live in the dark your whole life?
Last November 9, I was privileged to be part of Dinner In The Dark that was held at Misono - Yakitori in Makati .
We were guided by a blind person on our way inside the dining area. At first I was scared, because I have nyctophobia - extreme fear of darkness. But the event turned out to be a happy one because the participants were so cool. All were singing along with Kuya Bobby (the blind guitarist) who serenaded us with songs like You've Got a Friend, I will Always love you, etc...
While we were all singing and laughing, little did they know tears were falling down my face. But it's ok because it is still dark. Nobody can see me. Hehe. I cried not because it's too dark nor was the food bland, I cried because of the realization how blessed I am to be born with vision, and was able to see all the beautiful and colorful things around me. I'm just really thankful to our Creator. HE gave me the chance to see all the wonderful things in the world and appreciate it. My family, my beautiful kids, friends and everything around me.
Before we ate, a lady came over to our table, she introduced herself. Told us she was blind and informed us where the utensils, tissue, food and water were placed. Good thing I still know my analog clock. Haha. The tissue is positioned at 12 o'clock, The water is at 1 o'clock, the spoon at 3 o'clock, fork at 9 o'clock the chopsticks at 6 o'clock and the food is at the center.
I was really challenged with the event, eating in a dark room, I don't even know what's served. All my other senses were heightened. Sense of touch, I have to be very careful not to spill anything on the table, when I searched for the food using my hands, I know that it's a rectangular box (bento) covered with plastic. Sense of smell, when I opened the plastic the smell of the food makes me drool. At first, I tried to use the spoon and fork. Honestly, it was so hard. I opted to eat using my left bare hand and a spoon.(Good thing again I washed my hands before I put on my blindfolds) it took me forever to finish my food. It was really hard. Sense of taste, I appreciate more the taste of the food. Every bite, every chew makes the food tasty. Not knowing what I'm eating. ( I trust them naman that they won't give us eewy food)
When everybody's done eating, before they open the light we have this sharing sesh, then I cried again. Hearing 2 visually impaired person with their testimonies that being like that is not a hindrance to achieve what you want to in life. They are right, because you still have other parts of your body.
|This is true love. Bobby and his wife. |
Thank you Kuya Bobby for being an inspiration. A blind who plays the guitar, and me with sense of sight can't even play the guitar?!
We are not given a good life or a bad life, we are given life. And it's up to you to make it good or bad.
"The only thing worse than being BLIND is having sight but no vision" - Helen Keller
Thank you Zoomanity Group and TAG Media for this unique experience.
Catch this special dinner offer from 5-8 PM (including pre-dinner orientation) on these following dates:
November 14 Zoocobia Fun Zoo in Clark, Pampanga
November 21 Residence Inn in Tagaytay
November 23 Misono Restaurant in Makati
November 27 Zoocolate Thrills in Loboc, Bohol
For tickets and more information please contact the Zoomanity Group at (02) 889 9824-28, (02) 8957142, 0915 8904728 or email firstname.lastname@example.org .