Sunday, February 10, 2013

Packing right next to the Indian Ocean, and buying a diamond ring for one's self


Some of our Travelife readers and friends at the beach in Colombo today.
We're leaving for Manila soon....

This morning in Colombo, living a Travelife, started out slow and easy for me.

I didn't sleep much as I'd gone to bed at around 4 AM and then I woke up before 7 AM.

But at least I had a leisurely breakfast with my friends, right by the Indian Ocean, at the historic Galle Face Hotel.

My detox breakfast today at the Galle Face Hotel


OF GEMS AND STONES

Most of the group had started out early for some last-minute jewelry shopping in Colombo.

But I was pretty shopped out. I'd arrived in Colombo on Tuesday, terribly proud of myself for having checked in only 13 kilos at Bangkok airport.



I'd had lots of space as well, as my personal butler at the gorgeous The Siam hotel in Bangkok, where I'd spent two days living a Travelife prior to flying to Colombo, had actually done my luggage packing for me while I got a massage.

And he'd done such a great job of fitting everything into 1/3 of my luggage.


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We flew Thai Airways
to Sri Lanka via Bangkok.
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THE NEED FOR SOME KIND OF CLOSURE

But this morning, there I was in my lovely corner suite at the Galle Face Hotel, and I could not get my bag closed for the life of me.

And you know how everyone needs some kind of closure, even in a Travelife.



I didn't really think I'd bought much on this trip, save for a couple of sarees and a lot of ayurvedic products.

But this morning, my luggage was completely unrecognizable from the streamlined and super efficient-looking one I'd checked in at Bangkok airport at the start of my Travelife to Colombo.

In a nutshell, this is why I decided to skip the morning of shopping today. No. More. Space.


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Scroll down to read more about our adventures in Sri Lanka. 

And if you're part of the Makati Rotary Club, hope to see you on Tuesday....




INDIAN OCEAN, 
HOW NICE TO SEE YOU AGAIN

Instead, after breakfast, I went back to my room and threw open all the windows so that I could see and hear the waves crashing right below me on a pretty glorious morning.



What an exhilarating feeling that was, to have the sunshine and the sea everywhere I looked, as I tried to fit my life back into my luggage, after a wonderful six days living a Travelife in Sri Lanka.



MUSIC IN MY LIFE

I also put on music on my iPod.

There are a couple of times in my life when music is essential. My staff knows it's pagination time, for instance, when I start playing music on my computer in the office.

The other times I need music are when I'm dressing up to go out for the evening, and when I'm packing my luggage at a hotel to return home.



And today I was playing the song "Hopeless" by Dionne Farris, while packing up to fly out of Colombo tonight.

This was also the song I was playing as I packed my luggage at the Four Seasons Prague last June, just before the long flight back to Manila via Istanbul and Hong Kong. Maybe I should've lent my iPod with this song to my friend Charming Lady.

THE CONTINUING SAGA OF THE MILLIONAIRE
AND THE CHARMER



Speaking of  Charming Lady and my other friend Mr. (Multi) Millionaire, it seems everyone wants to know what's happening to them after two days of a non-stop, real-life Korean telenovela.



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Well, today, they actually went shopping together, along with the rest who were going to trawl the jewelry stores of Colombo.

Colombo is known for semi-precious stones, and especially for blue sapphires.

DIAMONDS AREN'T ALWAYS FOREVER

So I teased Charming Lady: "Maybe he'll buy you a diamond ring here."

I think Mr. (Multi) Millionaire was within earshot when I said this, as I seem to remember someone suddenly choke in the background.

Fortunately, Charming Lady seemed reconciled to the fact that a diamond ring from Mr. (Multi) Millionaire wouldn't be happening anytime soon.

IT ISN'T ALL ABOUT THE MONEY




She huffed back, more to him than to me, since he was within earshot but pretending not to be: "I can buy my own diamond rings, thank you. I've told you all time and time again. I don't need his money, I want his love."

She said this, though, with a little giggle and wink of an eye.

Stay tuned to the next saga in this mini-telenovela, in Sri Lanka living a never-ending, and never-endingly eventful Travelife.


Manila, see you real soon.





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