Saturday, July 13, 2013

From Colombo to Manila. And oysters, champagne, and fireworks tonight at the Sofitel Philippine Plaza Manila.

Toasting to Bastille Day tonight at the Sofitel

Tonight was one of the most enjoyable dinners in a pretty lucky Travelife of never-endingly enjoyable dinners.

I arrived this afternoon in Manila, via a series of flights on Thai Airways that included a red-eye from Colombo to Bangkok.

And in Manila tonight, living a Travelife, there were so many things happening.

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There was a concert I was supposed to attend, and an invitation to a very grand birthday dinner of a famous personality.

It seems the whole world was invited to the latter, which is supposed to be going on all night until tomorrow morning, in a palatial estate about 90 minutes away from Manila.

Then I had an invitation from Sofitel GM Adam Laker and his lovely wife Belinda, to celebrate Bastille Day in advance via an intimate dinner.

I decided to accept Adam's invitation to dine at Sofitel.

Red, white and blue roses as centerpieces in honor of Bastille Day

I figured no one would miss me at the famous personality's grand birthday party, anyway.

Besides, apart from the fact that I wanted very much to catch up with Adam and Belinda, I really like small dinners where people can talk to each other instead of just engaging in cocktail party chatter.


This dinner was perfect timing. I really needed a dinner like this, this week.

I can't write about what we talked about, but it certainly was so much fun. I laughed so much tonight.

We began with champagne and cocktails, and then went on for sushi and sashimi, and my favorite oysters.

For a main course, we of course had French food in honor of Bastille Day.

Oysters Rockefeller

Then at about 9 PM, we went out into the swimming pool area of the Sofitel to watch some wonderful fireworks for Bastille Day that Adam had arranged for hotel guests.


It was quite surreal, actually, to think that I'd been in another al fresco place exactly 24 hours earlier, living a Travelife in Colombo's most romantic hotel.

I was also having dinner and watching fireworks in the distance, with the Indian Ocean in the foreground.

Al fresco dining at Colombo's Mount Lavinia Hotel

And then tonight, there I was just next to Manila Bay, having dinner and watching fireworks, on another evening in my never-ending, and never-endingly eventful Travelife.

Surreal but nice. And what a jampacked 24 hours.


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