Tuesday, January 31, 2012

Breakfasts at the Peninsula Tokyo

Today I finally checked out of the Peninsula Tokyo after a last-minute extension. I was actually supposed to leave yesterday, after spending a very blissful weekend here, but at exactly 10 minutes to the time I was supposed to leave the hotel, there I was still completely unpacked and in no mood to leave my lovely room and head out into the cold of Tokyo.

So I decided to stay on one more day, and with that extra 24 hours I really did nothing but read the newspapers, eat lots of room service (scroll down to see the photos), work on our next issue on my Mac, and spend some time by the indoor pool and jacuzzi.

This morning I did a last swim, and then afterwards, from the lounging bed, I answered emails and even found time to write up and email a contract. How nice to be by the pool with my computer when it was close to zero degrees outside. If only all days were as productive and enjoyable, and warm, as this.

Then, after lunch, that feeling of not wanting to leave the hotel came back all over again. It made me rather sad to leave, actually, and this sentimental feeling was just doubled because at the same time I got an email invitation to a sayonara party in Manila for one of my favorite ambassadors.

He and his wife are packing up and moving out of Manila at the end of February. I'd known this for a while, but this reminder made me feel sad that I didn't meet up with them more often, or that we didn't have more conversations together. His wife and I also talked about having lunch a couple of times, but somehow I never found the time.

For over three years, we lived ten minutes away from each other and we'd seen each other fairly regularly at various social functions; but now I realize that we hadn't actually met up often enough. And now it's rather too late. Next time I want to see them, I'll actually have to get on a plane and fly across the continent.

This then got me thinking about friends in Tokyo who I haven't seen often enough either since I moved to Manila. I guess these are the necessary pains of living in different cities, being always so busy, and being constantly on the move. But at times like this, it certainly makes one regret so many missed opportunities for a deeper friendship.

So I was pretty sentimental packing up at the Peninsula Tokyo this afternoon, thinking about friends in Manila and Tokyo I was missing, and also about leaving a beautiful hotel where I'd just spent a lovely time.

Here are a couple of photos of room service breakfast at the Peninsula Tokyo, by the way. I can't think of a better way to start the day in this part of Asia.

This was my absolute favorite breakfast.
A beautifully-done Eggs Benedict,
and I always requested
one egg to be done with smoked salmon
and the other egg with Canadian bacon.

The scrambled eggs with veal sausages
and steamed veggies were pretty good too.

Waffles with assorted berries

A Peninsula original:
French toast with caramelized banana,
plus a vitamin booster smoothie
made with ginger, olive oil and fruits

The Peninsula Tokyo's famous French toast

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To commemorate the resilience of the Japanese people
one year after the Great Earthquake,
and to celebrate the beauty of Japanese culture.




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