This afternoon, my second day back at work after five weeks in Japan, I had a visit from someone with a bag of shawls as colorful as candy.
We were just finishing a staff meeting to discuss and finalize the trips for the year.
Yes, everyone in Travelife Magazine is on a Travelife.
In fact, as I write this, Travelife Managing Editor Ceia Ylagan is packing her bags for a trip to beautiful Jaipur in India, while Travelife Associate Editor Carlo Velasco is flying back from Boracay.
We're sending someone to South Africa next month as well.
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WISH I WAS GOING TO INDIA TOO...
Wish I was going to Jaipur too.
There's a lot of negative news lately on India and the most unfortunate incidents happening to women there. It's really too bad.
|At the lovely Taj Falaknuma Palace in Hyderabad last April|
However, I always take great care so I have personally never experienced anything the least bit untoward.
This Jaipur trip aside, I'm actually supposed to be in Brunei this weekend.
But this had to be postponed as my passport is in application for a visa to Tanzania.
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3 SAFARIS AND A BEACH IN TANZANIA
Speaking of Tanzania, this friend and I are going on this epic safari trip.
We had pretty good teamwork and now everything's done, including tickets, charter flights, cars and hotels.
I even have a list of stores that we should visit for shopping for our 24 hours in Dar es Salaam.
TWO MILLION MILERS ON A TRAVELIFE
We just applied for our visas yesterday.
When I saw his passport, I just had to laugh. He had three passports stapled together just like me.
We've traveled together before so I should've noticed this before.
But, frankly, this is the first time it came to my attention.
He's the only other person in the world I know who has three passports stapled together.
That makes two million milers on one amazing Travelife.
Anyway, that's why I'm stuck in one place for the next two weeks.
SHAWLS IN CANDY COLORS
And this afternoon, Ricca Presa visited me to show me her lovely shawls that double as scarves, blouses, headbands and skirts.
Talk about multi-purpose.
And perfect for my 15 kilo-limit on those small charter planes in Tanzania. Together with my Tinsley dresses, these shawls will get me from morning safari drive to al fresco dinner.
But more on that in a later blog entry...
HOW CAN I WEAR THEE?
LET ME COUNT THE COLORS AND THE WAYS.
Ricca makes her shawls in beautiful jewel colors.
I think she has around 26 colors at the moment.
As for the ways to wear her shawls, she has thought up of 15 ways so far.
I asked her: "Do you think there are a couple of ways more that you haven't thought of?"
She replied: "I'm sure of it. Even my friends keep sending me photos of themselves wearing my shawls in new ways."
NO NEED FOR GIFTWRAPPING
The shawls cost 350 pesos, and they come in a beautiful gold box.
Perfect for my Tanzania trip, and perfect for Christmas gifts as you don't even need to think about gift-wrapping.
Ricca added: "I've also placed an explanation in each box, on how to wear the shawl. I'm growing hoarse explaining how to use it over and over..."
Well, now you know what I'm bringing to Tanzania. I got three colors. .5 kilo down, and 14.5 kilos more to go...
RICCA PRESA for I.M. PRESA
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