|Someone sent over this lovely gift this morning|
I was at the office very early as there was lots of work to do.
But first thing in the morning, someone I'd recently traveled with sent over a very nice gift as a thank you for planning the trip.
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THE JOYS OF TEAMWORK
I didn't really plan the entire trip, and I just put pieces together. It was more of a team effort.
But anyway, the beautifully packaged present from a perfumer in London I love was so unexpected and very welcome.
And perhaps it's not just my lucky day, but my lucky week.
IT'S MY LUCKY WEEK
We'd had a most lovely evening and the conversation had been about everything under the sun.
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SOME LOVELY FLOWERS
The next morning, one of them sent a big bouquet of flowers to my office, which truly brightened my day, as well as everyone else's day in my office.
It was such a nice gesture.
Then a few days later, the other gentleman had a lovely gift delivered, which he knew I would like very much, based on our conversations at dinner.
A SAMSUNG TABLET
FROM THE TRAVEL COMPANION
On Friday, too, the Travel Companion gave me a Samsung Galaxy tablet which I've been using a lot now.
While we were both in Europe two weekends ago, you see, I'd told him how I wanted a Samsung tablet and he said he'd think about giving me one.
I never mentioned it again, but last week, he gave me what I wanted.
A FEW NICE SURPRISES
Then today, I got this lovely present, bought from the London perfumer Jo Malone.
And then there was a message from someone in another country that said: "Let me know which restaurants you want to go to, and I'll take you."
He meant for me to send him a list of Michelin three-star restaurants I want to eat in, sometime later this month, somewhere in the world, living a Travelife. And he would book the restaurants and take me for dinner at each one.
It's not my birthday but it certainly feels like it. And, of course, it's definitely a wonderful Travelife.
LUNCH AT THE HYATT REGENCY
Meanwhile, for lunch today, I went over to the Hyatt Regency in Manila to catch up with GM Richard Simmons and his team.
We had a wonderful meal at LiLi, which is really the best fine dining Chinese restaurant in Manila, in my opinion.
And today the chef certainly pulled out all the stops to create a fine meal.
It was so nice to catch up with Richard and his team, and we spent hours practically talking nonstop.
|This is their new best-selling black angus dish|
And then it ended with LiLi's signature mango pudding dessert and a very impressive tea-making demonstration, both done table-side.
When I got back to Makati, I just had enough time to check some layouts and then I had to head home and dress up for another evening out.
FOR A TRAVELIFE
I was triple-booked tonight for drinks, a cocktail party and a sit-down dinner -- thankfully, all in the same general neighbourhood.
In a perfect world, it would all have worked out and I could have done all three things.
But then the rains began and traffic was terrible even in the two square kilometres I had to navigate, so I ended up missing the first two things and barely making it to the first course of the sit-down dinner.
AN ENJOYABLE DINNER
HOSTED BY AN AMBASSADOR
The dinner was such an eclectic group, hosted by an ambassador and his wife at their lovely residence.
The guests were of such disparate ages but we all had so much fun that the meal ended close to midnight, which was when I called it a day, in my never-ending, and never-endingly eventful Travelife.