Yesterday at lunch, I was the guest speaker of the Rotary Club of Makati for their general meeting that included wives, at the Conservatory of the Peninsula Manila.
It was an honor, of course, to be invited to speak before one of the most prestigious Rotary Clubs in the country.
Yesterday, as one Rotarian put it, the wives "took over" and they invited me as a guest speaker for travel.
AN ENJOYABLE LUNCH
I hope everyone enjoyed. I certainly had a good time sharing my experiences in a never-ending, and never-endingly eventful Travelife with them.
I began by saying how I'd just been on a golden beach in Colombo the day before, wishing I could extend my stay in Sri Lanka by a few days. But then I remembered my Rotary Club of Makati speaking engagement the day after my arrival, and that put an end to any thoughts of staying longer.
No regrets, though, as I really enjoyed meeting everyone and also seeing a few old friends in the audience.
In fact, one of my oldest friends in the audience actually asked me three questions.
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SRI LANKA, SEE YOU AGAIN SOON.
So I've been to Sri Lanka three times in the last 24 months now. But there's still so much to see, so I guess I'll have to go back again sometime.
Already, we're getting calls from people who heard about our trip, asking when the next trip to Sri Lanka will be.
No plans yet, but who knows?
Many things are fluid in a never-ending Travelife, and that's a good thing. Maybe we'll plan another trip sometime sooner rather than later.
WHAT TO DO FOR A NEXT TRIP
There are certainly a lot more things I would like to see and do.
I'd like to drive along the coast and visit the tea plantations, as well as stay at a real ayurvedic spa and at more hotels designed by Geoffrey Bawa.
None of the others are as grand or impressive as the Kandalama Hotel, where we stayed on a Travelife last week, but they're all beautiful just the same.
DIFFERENT FROM THE OTHERS
Tonight, I read an email from a friend who traveled with us. He described a Travelife so eloquently that I was really touched:
"The people who joined the trip were well traveled in the truest sense of the word. Their real world perspective was surprisingly inspiring. It made me think more of HOW I traveled rather than to where I traveled. And that, to me, is what makes TRAVELIFE different from the others! And, like life, it's a never-ending discovery of who we are in the travels we undertake."
Indeed. So many travel magazines. But only one Travelife.
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