When I got back to Manila last night, after a long weekend in Vietnam, living a Travelife, a pretty golden box awaited me at home.
At first I thought someone had sent me a box of chocolates. It does look like the kind of box people use for gifts of chocolates, especially at Christmas.
I said to myself: "Great. Just what I need after a long and fun weekend of constant eating in Ho Chi Minh."
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PLANS GONE AWRY
I was planning to be very good while in Vietnam.
I wanted to continue this semi-detox program I'd casually started while traveling elsewhere; and I hadn't any worries about keeping to it in Vietnam, as Vietnamese food is generally healthy.
Famous last words. Or more appropriately, famous last thoughts.
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What I hadn't counted on in Vietnam was everything being so good, beginning from the very first meal of the trip: lunch on board Philippine Airlines from Manila to Ho Chi Minh.
I had an excellent chicken inasal with all the appropriate trimmings, and the best chocolate ganache dessert I've had in a long time.
|Chicken inasal on the PAL flight to Ho Chi Minh last Friday|
The chocolate ganache was so good that I actually asked for a second serving. Thank goodness the staff assigned to PAL's business class section on Friday were all so nice.
|We had two servings of this wonderful chocolate ganache|
Anyway, fast forward to last night and the golden box sitting on top of a table in my home.
TOO BEAUTIFUL TO RESIST
|The fancy invitation to the opening of Solaire|
When I opened it, the golden box turned out to be an invitation to the formal opening of Solaire.
A couple of luxury hotels have opened recently, and all the invitations have been very interesting and well-thought out. This lovely gold invitation from Solaire was no exception.
And, of course, with such a beautifully-wrapped invite from Enrique Razon, how can I not go?
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