If you were ever the designated person to do groceries during the enhanced community quarantine (also known as a ‘tribute’), you would know that one of the aisles that quickly gets emptied out is the bread section. Consider yourself lucky when the bread aisle is fully stocked or if there’s one pack of bread remaining. For those who aren’t as lucky, go for plan B.
On March 29, Fung Yu, who lives in nearby Blumentritt in Santa Cruz, Manila, had a hard time buying a loaf of bread during his weekly grocery run. He wanted to buy bread for his 80-year-old dad who wakes up around 5:30am every day to prepare his own breakfast—Gardenia’s soft bread is his preference.
As Yu was on the way home from the supermarket without a loaf of Gardenia on hand, he went through his normal route and passed by the recently renovated Jones Bridge in Binondo. There he spotted a red and blue Gardenia truck, 50 meters ahead of him. He thought to himself, “That van must be doing its delivery...it definitely should stop somewhere...” He realized at this point that what he needed to do was to stalk the Gardenia truck and wait where the drop-off would be.
After a few minutes of Yu trailing the Gardenia truck, it finally made a stop at a convenience store, and he saw cases of bread being unloaded and brought inside. He parked his car as fast as he could, went into the store, grabbed a pack of Gardenia, and made a beeline for the counter. “There were already two customers paying for their bread!” he observed.
Yu shared this COVID-19 tale on his Facebook account, accompanied by a photo of a pack of Gardenia bread with a date tag that says 06APR20 (expiration date) as proof of purchase. He shares, “After this episode, I have successfully gone back to the same store once and got my usual pack of Gardenia bread, without the line, without the waiting, and with all the freshness.”