Saturday, January 24, 2015

A home-cooked dinner on a Saturday night, and remembering a wonderful stay in the Selous of Tanzania


Last night, in Manila living a #Travelife, I attended the launch of the Philippines Yearbook at the Peninsula Manila. 

As always, it was a very well-attended event, with wonderful entertainment and good food.

I had chicken wonton soup at the Peninsula last night

However I had an appointment for dinner with some friends that same night, so I left the party early to sit in the Peninsula lobby catching up with friends as well as saying hello to other friends walking by.

It was a Friday night, after all, and it seems the whole world was at the Peninsula, living a #Travelife.

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A HOME-COOKED DINNER 
FOR THREE AMBASSADORS TONIGHT

Then tonight, I hosted a dinner at home.

It was rather spontaneous and I decided to cook the meal myself, and three ambassadors came over. We all sat around talking about the world, and it was so interesting and enjoyable.

In fact, that's why I enjoy meeting up with the diplomatic corps so much. Almost everyone is such a good conversationalist, and they all have truly engaging stories and insights.

THE WORLD IS OUR OYSTER

At Noma Tokyo last Saturday, living a #Travelife

Tonight, for instance, we talked about our experiences in the world.

My own contribution was my recent trip to Tokyo for an epic food trip that included two meals at the world's best restaurant and a couple of fantastic lunches and dinners in Tokyo.

Everyone listened with fascination about my meals at Noma and about my lunch at a kaiseki restaurant in Tokyo that needs an introduction from a regular client when booking.

REMEMBERING TANZANIA

In Tanzania, living a #Travelife

Then an ambassador asked: "What's your most amazing experience so far, among so many amazing experiences?"

That was a really tough question as every Travelife of a trip is amazing and enjoyable. No kidding.

But off the top of my head, out of the hundreds of things I could have mentioned, my experience at The Retreat in the Selous of Tanzania popped into my head. It's not an overly luxurious place, but it was perfectly wonderful and we were in the most middle of nowhere that we could possibly be.

WHAT A SPECIAL PLACE

Hippo Point in The Retreat, Tanzania

The more I think of that stay, the more I understand how special and surreal it was to be there, having champagne and cocktails by a river full of hippos, in the same villa that Steffi Graff and Andre Agassi stayed at when they wanted to get away from the world.

We also talked of a million things -- from the global diamond industry to the business of religion, to the beauty of Australia and New Zealand, and a nudist beach in Cyprus that's patrolled by a priest with great zealousness.

In other words, it was just another wonderful evening in my never-ending, and never-endingly eventful Travelife.





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