Good afternoon from Manila, living a never-endingly eventful Travelife.
Yesterday, I got off the plane from Bangkok, which was a connection with a red-eye from Colombo.
Practically straight from the plane, I went to drinks and dinner at the Sofitel Philippine Plaza with Sofitel GM Adam Laker and his wife Belinda.
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CHAMPAGNE TO START THE EVENING
We had lots of champagne and a very nice bottle of Bordeaux, oysters, foie gras and fireworks.
It was sort of an advance celebration of France's Bastille Day today, and I enjoyed this dinner so much.
I laughed all evening.
DINNER FOR AN AMBASSADOR
Tonight I'm hosting a dinner for a European ambassador and his wife who are leaving Manila shortly. I've decided to make it very personal and casual, and to cook the meal myself. I also invited some common friends for a casual and comfortable evening of memories and farewells.
I'm making semi-Filipino food, as it is a sayonara dinner.
While arranging my living room today, I put out some of the things I'd picked up on this last trip to Sri Lanka.
WORTH THE WEIGHT
They included three beautiful candleholders, handmade in the cultural capital of Kandy and purchased in the seaside town of Galle, which is a UNESCO World Heritage site. These didn't cost a fortune but they certainly weigh a ton.
But I placed these on my dining table and I'm so happy that I decided to buy these, as these fit perfectly.
MY BEST BUY
My one other very good purchase in Sri Lanka was actually a cheap buy on the way to the airport.
Who would have thought?
We stopped by a supermarket on the way to the airport to buy last-minute goodies and to spend our last few rupees. And at this supermarket, I actually found a very heavy brass bowl with an elephant stand.
Yes, this was at a very ordinary supermarket.
A GOLDEN BOWL FOR 600 PESOS
Of course I had to have it. And when I actually finished paying and calculating how much it cost in pesos, it came up to about 600 pesos.
One of my friends wanted to have one as well. It was certainly a no-brainer purchase at this price.
Unfortunately, there was only one golden bowl at the supermarket -- and now it's in a corner of my living room, serving as a nice reminder of my never-ending, and my never-endingly eventful Travelife.
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