Two things made me sit up over my morning herbal tea, when the newspapers were delivered.
This includes the tourist destination of Yogyakarta, and Surabaya, which is Indonesia's second-largest city.
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A MATTER OF DAYS
I was in East Java -- in these very places that are now all over the news because of the Mount Kelud eruption -- literally just a few days ago.
The two key cities in this area are Surabaya and Semarang.
It's so unfortunate that now most of the city is apparently covered in volcanic ash and the airports are all closed.
We at Travelife Magazine, the leading travel & lifestyle publication, send our best wishes to the Indonesians.
THE NEW TOKYO GOVERNOR
The second surprising news is the fact that someone I know just won the governorship of Tokyo, perhaps the richest amd most modern city in the world.
He clinched the governorship via a landslide election victory just a few days ago as well.
ALL IN THE NEIGHBORHOOD
Yoichi Masuzoe is now officially the governor of Tokyo, and he is part of the ruling party of Japanese Prime Minister Abe and Finance Minister Taro Aso, who incidentally both live in my neighborhood in Tokyo.
Finance Minister Taro Aso. who is of a famous Japanese political dynasty and who was also once Prime Minister of Japan, lives two houses down from me.
In between our houses is the residence of an ambassador.
Meanwhile the official Tokyo governor's residence is just a few streets away from my house as well.
I knew Masuzoe-san from a very long time ago, when he was a media personality in Tokyo.
I used to host very big dinners in Tokyo, and he would attend whenever he had time.
In fact, I remember how we once watched a baseball game together.
And he created quite a ruckus in the VIP stands at Tokyo's baseball stadium as so many fans wanted to have their photos taken with him.
REMEMBERING A YAKINIKU DINNER
Then we went for a yakiniku dinner in one of his favorite restaurants in Shinjuku, together with his entourage of assistants.
It was lots of fun and the yakiniku was delicious.
I think the restaurant brought out their best beef for him, a famous Tokyo personality.
ONE INTERESTING BET
Ramos vs. Ramos.
He actually made this into some kind of on-air survey and I think the outcome was even -- with just as many people in Tokyo aware of President Ramos as there were people aware of Brazilian soccer player Ramos.
This was just another evening in Tokyo many years ago, in an already never-endingly eventful Travelife, which I remembered this morning in Singapore, on just another wonderful weekend in my still never-endingly eventful Travelife.