Wednesday, August 14, 2013

A long stay in Tokyo. And all about the great summer sales.


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."

Of course.

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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