Tuesday, December 9, 2014

A surprise invitation to visit Doha for the unveiling of the new A350 of Qatar Airways. And all about a nice afternoon tea with an ambassador, talking about history and culture.

With my good friend, the Ambassador of Australia, among many others tonight,
at the party hosted by the Ambassador of Qatar

Today was a very interesting day in my never-endingly eventful Travelife.

After being on my computer all morning, I had a working lunch over Japanese food with my sales team, planning for 2015, and this lasted until mid-afternoon.



TEA WITH AN AMBASSADOR

Then I headed over to the Rockwell Club, as a new ambassador of a very important country had asked me to meet him there for a one-on-one coffee and tea afternoon.

We sat on the terrace of the coffee shop for hours, talking about the history, politics and culture of his country; as well as about the impact of his country on world events.



MY LOVE FOR HISTORY, RE-AWAKENED 

It was so interesting.

This meeting reminded me of just how much I love world events and history, that I decided to include some history books in my holiday reading this Christmas season.

The last history books I read were about the Boxer Rebellion in China and the glory years of the Meiji era in Japan.

I haven't had as much time to read books these days as in the past, but when I do, history books and biographies are my first choices.

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PARTY HOSTED BY 
THE AMBASSADOR OF QATAR

In the evening, I attended a party hosted by the Ambassador of Qatar. I'd just been to Doha three weeks ago, after all, and I've stopped over in Doha so many times this year.

It was so nice to see lots of friends at this party.

And incidentally, I just received an invitation to attend the unveiling of the new A350 Airbus of Qatar Airways in Doha this weekend.



I would have loved to go, but unfortunately, my weekend is completely booked out.

So on the way over to the party of the Ambassador of Qatar, I suddenly decided to send one of our Travelife managers to represent me in Doha.

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SERENDIPITY. OR A BIG SURPRISE.

Coincidentally, this Travelife manager joined me at this party hosted by the Ambassador of Qatar, so you might say that everything fell into place.

Unfortunately, I forgot to tell him that I was going to send him to Qatar until midway through the party. This was when I turned to him and said: "By the way, what are you doing this weekend? Can you go to Doha?"

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Then I added with a twinkle in my eye, "I'll bet not too many bosses will ever say something like that to you."

You might say that he was a little surprised. It was Tuesday night after all and the trip to Doha is on Saturday; and I'd just asked him out-of-the-blue if he wanted to go to Doha this weekend just like I was asking him if he was free to go to some event at the Peninsula, for instance.

And that was how another nice day went in my never-ending, and never-endingly eventful Travelife.

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