Wednesday, November 6, 2013

Planning a big, belated birthday party. Or perhaps an early Christmas party?


There I was several days ago, exchanging messages online with my friend Mr. Jaded, late at night via Facebook before going to sleep, when I sent him an interesting proposal out of the blue.

“How about doing that big party together?” I asked, reminding him of his suggestion to have a party together, before we'd left on our respective October travels.

And then I sent him my ideas.

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A JOINT BIRTHDAY PARTY

Our birthdays are pretty near each other, and we both celebrated our birthdays away from home last month.

I can't divulge where Mr. Jaded celebrated his birthday, but I'd had my birthday in the most remote place possible in Tanzania, in a beautiful and rustic safari lodge called The Retreat.



I really liked The Retreat, and have very fond memories of this unique experience.

It's not for everyone, as it's truly as in the middle of nowhere as you can possibly imagine; but if you're really into safaris and wanting to get away from it all, this is certainly a wonderful place -- and especially the very special Hippo Point, where we stayed.



A UNIQUE BIRTHDAY DINNER

Dinner had been set up by the river, right outside our villa, with about 30 or 40 hippos in attendance. It had been very nice, and so very Travelife.

But Mr. Jaded and I had talked about doing a joint birthday party when we both got back from our trips.

I REALLY WANT A DANCE PARTY



My idea was to have a really fun dance party – the kind Manila hasn’t seen in a while.

The last time I’d organized such a dance party, it had been a great success and everyone was just so keen to dance. I think people were on the dance floor until 2 AM.

I thought we could have this in his house that can easily fit 500 people for a sit-down dinner, in one of the best neighborhoods of the city.

FINGERS CROSSED FOR A DANCE PARTY


I’m definitely the keener one for the dance party, though, between us.

As for Mr. Jaded, he’s lukewarm to the idea. He says he’s more inclined to have a dinner party for 100 persons – or even a barbecue for 100.

In reality, I’m fine for anything, as long as we have that party as soon as I get back from my trip to South Africa.

BACK TO AFRICA



Yes, I'm on my way back to Africa, and I've just finished booking a very nice hotel in Cape Town for 24 hours of shopping and some spa treatments.

One of the spa treatments I've booked is a unique massage composed of rolling movements that is said to resemble the hills of Namibia. 




Doesn't that sound so interesting? Namibia is on my bucket list as well, along with a return trip to Morocco, and a couple of other places.

But I certainly put my case forward for having a dance party.

THE PARTY'S A GO!


And this morning, he made my day by sending me the following text: “Party’s a go!

Not sure yet if it's going to be a dance party, or a sitdown dinner, or a barbecue.

But I'm already enthusiastically drawing up my guest list for not just another party in my never-ending, and never-endingly eventful Travelife...


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