Thursday, January 29, 2015

Happy birthday, Australia. And about a long, last dinner with an ambassador and his wife.


A children's choir performs at the
Australia National Day party tonight 

My long and happy evening tonight, living a #Travelife, began at the Makati Shangri-la for a party to celebrate the national day of Australia, hosted by the Ambassador of Australia.

I've had the pleasure of knowing the ambassador of Australia since his first days in the Philippines, as we'd been seated next to each other at a formal dinner when he'd first arrived.

And tonight, his party took up the entire ballroom of the Makati Shangri-la, and what a big party it really was. When I entered, I glanced around the room, and it seemed like everyone who was anyone in this small town was there.

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LONG TIME NO-SEE

I was really happy to bump into a couple of friends I hadn't seen in a very long time.

If I had walked around the room a little more, I'm sure I would've seen more friends. Unfortunately, I had a 730 PM appointment in the lobby, so I could only stay at the party for about 30 minutes.

To make sure I made it on time for my next appointment, I even set the alarm clock on my watch, as I was sure I would get carried away talking if I didn't mind the time.

THE AFTER-PARTY DINNER



Then for dinner, an ambassador and his wife and I went to a popular restaurant at the Fort.

We met at the Shangri-la lobby and went together to the restaurant, which was the special request of the ambassador himself.

LAST NIGHT IN MANILA



Tonight was their last night in Manila before leaving the Philippines tomorrow, and they'd only placed two appointments on their calendar for today -- one of them was dinner with me.

This ambassador and his wife are very prominent in Manila society, and until yesterday, they'd been wined and dined by the Who's Who of Manila.

I, too, had hosted a sit-down farewell dinner for them with a couple of surprise VIP guests.

JUST US TONIGHT



But they'd reserved tonight for me, and the three of us went for a nice casual dinner, reminiscing about old times, and also planning for future ones.

At the last minute, someone else joined us, and the four of us had a very nice time, in Manila, living a never-ending, and never-endingly eventful #Travelife.





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