So there I was at the Tokyo American Club a few days ago, having tea while working on my computer and living a Travelife.
Then a message popped up onscreen from my friend Mr. Jaded in Manila.
He asked: "So what's keeping you there? Can I make a wild guess?"
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I had to laugh when I saw this message.
It was just like him to ask something like this, and to think about all sorts of serious reasons for a long stay in Japan.
He added: "I want to know because I'm sure you won't put it in the Travelife blog."
RIGHT ABOUT A FEW THINGS
He was certainly right about that.
He's also right that something is keeping me in Tokyo for a few more days -- and it's certainly not the sushi and the tempura.
MAYBE IT'S THE SALES...
Maybe it's the bargain sales popping up all over the place, though.
I haven't seen sale markdowns like this in a very long time. Practically everything is 60% to 80% off.
You can imagine how tempting this is.
Everytime I go into a store, I find something I suddenly need -- especially when it's at 20% of its original price.
Anyway, I replied: "Nothing as sinister as you think. It's just something bureaucratic."
PASSING EACH OTHER IN THE SKY
We talked about different things including our respective travel plans.
I haven't seen him in a while, you see, because our travels keep clashing. When I'm home, he's away, and when I'm away, he's home.
We're probably passing each other in the skies -- and that happens a lot with me and a couple of friends.
As we chatted the other day, he was on his way to one of my favorite destinations soon -- just when I'm going home.
ANOTHER DINNER PARTY...
He ended our conversation with the following message: "I have another dinner party at home tonight."
I would do the same thing if I was in his place, with a fancy house in one of the city's best neighborhoods, big enough to have 500 people for a sitdown dinner.
In fact, I would have a dinner party practically every night if I had his house.
BETTER OVER TIME...
I've never told him as well, so perhaps he'll read about it first in this blog.
But I like his house much better now than when I first set foot in it. It didn't change much at all, but the aura is different.
And there's a huge artwork in the foyer that I remember he'd bought on one of our Sri Lanka trips.
ALL THE FUN WITHOUT THE HEADACHES...
The last time I was at his house was when he'd hosted a dinner for 16 people, and I'd been in charge of inviting everyone.
What fun that was to just invite people and not have the headache of thinking about logistics.
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I was the last one to arrive for that dinner as I'd been triple-booked that night.
And this artwork from Sri Lanka was the first thing I saw when I walked in, reminding me of all the great things in a never-ending, and never-endingly eventful Travelife.
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