Wednesday, November 27, 2013

The Mercedes Benz event at Peninsula Manila and a wine dinner with Felton Road Winery at Terraz tonight


24 hours ago, I was in Cape Town, living a Travelife. Or maybe I should say "enjoying a Travelife."

To be more exact, I'd just finished breakfast at the Cape Grace Hotel. 

What is it with Cape Town and eggs benedict? Why do they all make such great eggs benedict?


TALK ABOUT THAT EXTRA MILE FOR SERVICE


Meanwhile, while I was waxing rhapsodic over the eggs benedict of the Cape Grace, their hotel concierge was ever so efficiently dealing with my very overweight baggage.

The hotel concierge took care of it all by putting everything into one sturdy box.

Then they even went the extra mile by placing "fragile" stickers all over the box and writing my name on it.


But that's the Cape Grace Hotel for you.

I stay in beautiful luxury hotels almost every other week of my Travelife, and the I have to say that the service at Cape Grace is just exceptional.

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SHOPPING DETOURS AT JOHANNESBURG AIRPORT

From the hotel, I'd checked in for the very long flight back to Asia, and my neck of the woods.

Fortunately, it was way less unpleasant than I expected. I slept most of the way through on the long haul, and worked in the lounges during the waiting periods.

In Johannesburg, I didn't even make it to the lounge.

There was so much good shopping!



AN ARTWORK FOR MY HOMEMADE DUKKAH

I got detoured buying a piece of artwork by local and very prominent artist Carrol Boyle.

He made a figurine holding a bowl that I imagined I could serve my homemade dukkah in -- so I heaved a big sigh, handed over my credit card, and even bought a spoon to go with it.

I'd better make that homemade dukkah now.

STRAIGHT TO THE PENINSULA MANILA



Upon landing in Manila, I took all of 15 minutes to dress up. And then I was out of the house again, headed to the Peninsula Manila for the big event of Mercedes Benz.

It was a very flashy event, with vintage Merc models in the driveway and two of the latest models in the Peninsula ballroom.




Everyone was there, and for a good few minutes of the short time I was at this event, I just stood in the lobby acting like the welcoming and goodbye committee, greeting so many people I knew.

LOTS OF THEM ARE COMING ON SATURDAY

Lots of them are coming to a party I'm hosting on Saturday, by the way, so this made me very happy.


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DINNER WITH THE NEW ZEALAND AMBASSADOR
AND FELTON ROAD WINERY



Then I did a French exit and went to the nearby Zuellig building.

There's a new restaurant -- or at least it's new to me -- called Terraz Bistro, and a wine pairing dinner was being held in cooperation with the Felton Road Winery of New Zealand.

FANTASTIC PINOT NOIR
AND GREAT CHARDONNAY, TOO



The Felton Road Winery is just about one of the best wines you can get in New Zealand, especially for pinot noir.

But tonight I really also enjoyed their chardonnay, which was paired ever so perfectly with a gravlax of salmon.



It was so good, in fact, that I had two servings of both the wine and the salmon.

Of course, I was the last to arrive at dinner, as I'd landed in Manila just after 5 PM, and I'd dropped by the Mercedes Benz event to boot.



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THE BEST EXCUSE EVER

Both Lester Harvey of Zen Asia and Ambassador Reuben Levermore of New Zealand said to me, when I arrived: "You are certainly fashionably late."

Yes, I arrived at 830 PM and everyone was already past the first course.

Aaah. But I had a very good excuse most people cannot use, and which I maximized to full potential tonight.



I told them, and a couple of other people at the Peninsula as well: "I'm really sorry, but I've just come in from Cape Town."

I wasn't fibbing, either.

More on this pretty fun evening in my next blog entry on my never-ending, and never-endingly eventful Travelife.

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