Rain or Shine big man Beau Belga is loading up on food supplies as the Elasto Painters embark on the two-month PBA bubble at the Clark Freeport Zone in Angeles, Pampanga.
Belga has all kinds of food for lunch, midnight snacks, or whenever he feels like eating. He packed cup noodles, canned goods, and many more before heading to Clark for the resumption of the Philippine Cup.
The 6-foot-5 enforcer even brought an electric stove with him. His rice cooker, meanwhile, is on the way.
"You need to anticipate things. We weren't told what food they serve. You need to anticipate the comfort foods you need to bring, the instant food," he said in Filipino in Wednesday's episode of 2OT.
But he's not complaining about the food at the Quest Hotel. In fact, the food there got Belga's stamp of approval.
"So far it's been okay. It fits my taste. I hope it doesn't change," he said.
Belga said they can even request for specific food, though he said in jest his steak has yet to be served since arriving at the hotel Tuesday night.
"When you order, you'll be asked what your request is. You'll be asked what you're not allowed eat. I said I'm not allowed anything because I only eat steak. They said they didn't have steak," he said.
In joking fashion, Belga added he is eyeing the Bubble MBP award: Most Buffet Player.
But while he's ready for the food wars, Belga is bracing for a compact schedule for the season restart.
Teams are expected to play every other day and such a set-up would be challenging for veterans like Belga. But it's a good thing the Elasto Painters have a good mix of seasoned players and young guns.
"A long rotation is a big thing in this kind of format. You play every other day. It's hard to deny that our body recovery isn't that fast," he said.
"When you reach 30 years old it's quite difficult, it's a long recovery. Our advantage is coach Caloy (Garcia) really uses the young guys. The confidence of the young guys is there."
Belga shared the same sentiments with most that the bubble conference will be an open race with reigning six-time MVP June Mar Fajardo deciding to sit this one out to recover from injury.
"Yes, it's an open race because first of all June Mar is not here. If he were here, you'd put San Miguel at the top. But the guys that San Miguel has are still tough," he said.
The competition now, according to Belga, is about who manages to stay healthy the entire Philippine Cup.
"Now it's who will be healthier all throughout the conference because the games are one after another. We don't know how your body will recover after a series of games. That's what it is now, whoever's healthy will survive in this bubble," he said.