Thursday, April 18, 2013

6 hours of happiness, dinner with four really nice diplomats and a roasted lamb worth breaking a diet for

Yesterday, I wrote about my philosophy for happiness in a never-endingly eventful Travelife.

I've always believed that if you just stop over-thinking things and just focus on enjoying a moment at face value, it's very possible to have two minutes, two hours, two days or two weeks of happiness.

Now, if you collect enough of those little instances together, you'll end up with a pretty happy life. Well, my two hours of happiness today was actually more like six hours of happiness.

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I had one hour of happiness doing a Pilates session with Brenda Lim at UP Pilates sometime today.

And then I had a really happy five-hour dinner at the home of a senior diplomat of a Western country. 

He's the #2 of his embassy, and I really enjoy the company of him and his wife, as well as of a younger diplomat couple who joined us today.

The wife cured the salmon herself.
Boy, this certainly inspired me to cook dinner for friends again.
Will be doing so somewhere in the world next week...


We've gone out to dinner several times as a group, but never often enough because of my never-endingly eventful Travelife.

Tonight, the senior diplomat invited to his lovely home, and his wife cooked dinner herself.

We had a wonderful time discussing all sorts of topics while eating the most delicious home-cooking I've had in a long time.

A super delicious salad of greens, garlic, mango and shrimp


Today was also Day 3 of my Juju Cleanse, so if Kat Azanza of Juju reads this, I'm sure she'll be horrified to know that I had salmon caviar, home-cured salmon and an excellent cut of slow-roasted lamb for dinner tonight.

I was actually very good today, compared to the other two days.

I fasted the entire day and I didn't at all feel hungry on the Juju Cleanse as the juices kept me hydrated and satiated. No hunger pangs or feelings of tiredness whatsoever. And, in spite of my little bouts of cheating, I really feel lighter and better.

Sorry, Kat, but this was so worth breaking my detox for...

In fact I'd done Pilates on an empty stomach, as well as lots of work; and then I'd even fit in a session at the Arogya Ayurveda Center, all before dinner tonight.

I also finished the last of my juices before I headed out for dinner; so I guess it was okay to finally have dinner since I technically finished the cleanse?


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It was such a nice evening.

The warmth and sincerity of these truly nice diplomats was overwhelming, especially in this rather complicated world we live in.

And our lengthy discussions on history, politics, culture and jewelry (yes, jewelry!) just reminded me once more of how pleasant dinner can be when the conversation at the dinner table isn't just gossip or stories about other people's miseries.

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I really get bored at dinners or parties where gossip is the main course. I love hearing people tell their own life stories, and I can listen to these for hours.

But when it comes to plain gossip, I always keep thinking that I have so many other things to do than to listen to other people telling stories about other people.


And when I left -- we could've stayed on all night, actually, but I have luggage to pack and a flight to catch out tomorrow -- I told my wonderful hostess: "You've got to invite me again. And I want exactly the same menu."

Yes, I basically invited myself over again.

The hostess laughed. Then she said: "But I can also cook Thai food..."

I shook my head and said: "I want that caviar and that lamb again, please."

Yes, in a never-endingly eventful Travelife, some things are just worth breaking diets and fasts for.


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