Tuesday, May 14, 2013

Lunch with the ladies at the home of the Ambassador of Singapore

Today I went over to the official residence of the Ambassador of Singapore to join a lunch that his wife, Madame Mano Hirubalan, was hosting for the Spouses of Heads of Mission (SHOM).

This lunch also included some special friends, as well as the wives of several cabinet secretaries.

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This luncheon was also a farewell party for seven ambassadorial spouses who are soon going to be leaving Manila.

It's also a pre-event party for the big fashion show that SHOM is organizing together with SM Kultura and the ladies of the Department of Foreign Affairs on May 28 at the Marriott Hotel.

The guests of honor therefore all made very nice speeches, in a lighthearted way that made everyone merry.

Madame of Iraq makes a nice farewell speech


I was wearing one of these colorful blouses I'd picked up in Colombo on my last trip. Everyone wanted to know where I'd gotten them, and of course I happily said I'd bought it in Sri Lanka.

Interestingly, one of the ambassador's wives recalled a very funny story, talking about my blouse. She said to me: "You always wear these colorful caftans and tie your hair in a ponytail."

It's true. Caftans are easy to wear, and unless I'm going to some fancy event, my hair is usually in a ponytail.

I'm also usually wearing just one necklace, which is my favorite, and I've worn it to everything from the dressiest events in Tokyo to a balloon ride over Africa and a safari as well.

Anyway the wife of XX ambassador continued: "One day I came down to breakfast with my hair in a ponytail and I was wearing a colorful caftan. My husband said to me: 'Good morning, Christine.'"

I really had a laugh about that one.


Madame Hirubalan prepared a very lovely lunch, with a food station outside for hot foods and another one inside for desserts and salads.

She then laid out round tables on the terrace, and everyone sat down wherever they could find a seat.

The salad bar set-up for the luncheon of the ambassadors' wives today

I was so busy talking to some ladies in the living room that I was among the last to walk out into the terrace.

Fortunately, I spied a last seat in a table at the very corner, occupied by the Ambassador of Turkey and the spouses of the Ambassadors of Pakistan, the Netherlands, Chile and Panama.

Part of the dessert set-up for the luncheon of the ambassadors' wives today


It was quite a merry table and we talked a lot about Travel and Life, while partaking of the excellent fare.

When we actually paused in our conversation, we were very surprised to realize that almost everyone else had left or gone inside.

That was a sign for me to say goodbye and to return to work, and to my never-ending, and never-endingly eventful Travelife.


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