Tuesday, September 13, 2011

Sinful kisses over cocktails

Yesterday, I reluctantly left The Farm at San Benito in Lipa, Batangas after lunch to return to Manila -- and then my never-endingly eventful Travelife began all over again. Happily so, however, as it's always nice to see friends and be a part of so many interesting activities.

I headed straight for Greenbelt 5 where the Makati Shangri-la was hosting a very sweet cocktail party to launch Sinfully, its new chocolate and cake shop on the 2nd floor of Greenbelt 5. I arrived just in time to try an entire tray of goodies: macarons and all kinds of kisses. Yes, kisses! The most popular item on the store's menu so far are the kisses, which are extremely delectable chocolates with wonderful fillings.

There are three kisses: the Caribbean kiss, the Italian kiss and the French kiss. Of course, I've always wanted to try a French kiss, I joked to Makati Shangri-la GM Reto Klauser, so I reached over for a couple of French kisses. They were kiss-shaped chocolates made of a thin layer of chocolate with raspberry filling. Utterly delectable. I could have eaten a dozen if only I had not just come out of a four-day detox program at The Farm.

PS on Wed, 14 Sep: I just ate two more kisses while working on my Mac right now, and these are seriously addicting! I love French kisses.

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By the way, Inquirer food columnist Margaux Salcedo
loved Travelife Italy Night.
Click here to read her blog.

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The other interesting goodies on offer include a made-to-order cake with emoticons for decor. The ordering process is all done by computer and via a large touch-screen you choose the size, the type of cake (there are 2 choices), the number of the cakes and the emoticon you want on it. There are different categories like Love and Friendship, and within those, you can choose emoticons like "I love you," "I miss you," "You are my life," or "You make me happy." After finalizing your order, just pay and your cake is processed in 20 minutes.

There was also a lovely pink bag on display which looked so real I thought someone had forgotten it on the counter. It turned out to be a marzipan cake!


From the Makati Shangri-la cocktails, I headed over to the home of the Sri Lankan ambassador for a delicious curry dinner to discuss the series of events they're planning for the visit of Sri Lanka's Deputy Foreign Minister to the Philippines later this month. The only public event is Travelife Sri Lanka Night on Saturday, September 24, which will feature a famous ten-person dance troupe from Sri Lanka's cultural capital of Kandy and Sri Lanka's most famous songstress who will be serenading Travelife readers and friends with traditional Sri Lankan songs.

Absolutely free, open to the public

Travelife Sri Lanka Night on Saturday, Sep 24, will be free and open to the public, but you will need prior reservations as there's limited seating. However, this will be the first and perhaps only event promoting beautiful Sri Lankan culture to the general public in the far-off future, so I hope many of you will take advantage of this free event courtesy of Travelife Magazine and Picar Development Inc. and join us.

When I was a child, my mother took me to many cultural events and it changed my life and showed me the many possibilities of this wonderful world. It also instilled in me an endless fascination for the culture and ways of living of others. Please bring your children to this free and rare event as this is really a special opportunity.


After dinner, it was 10 pm and I thought I'd drop by my friend Marivic's house nearby for a catch-up. I know she sleeps late and I felt like just hanging out with a good friend and having a few giggles. We're supposed to have lunch on Thursday but I won't be able to make it, as I have a photo date with photographer par excellence Tom Epperson, and I'm supposed to be in a ballgown on top of a ferris wheel. So I thought I'd catch up with her last night instead. I left her home way past midnight, thinking about the great day that just passed and how wonderful tomorrow will also be.

Just another day in a never-ending, and never-endingly eventful, Travelife.

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