Sunday, January 11, 2015

Sunday dinner with two presidential candidates and four ambassadors





Last night, in Manila living a Travelife, my friend Mr. Jaded and I co-hosted an informal Sunday farewell dinner for an ambassador and his wife, who happen to be among my closest friends in the diplomatic circle.

Not two weeks goes by that this ambassador, his wife and I don't have dinner together somewhere, as long as we are in the same city.

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VERY TOUCHING SPEECHES

And last night, in their speeches, they said the most wonderful things.

The ambassador said: "She's very dear to us," while the wife said: "She's one of the few people with whom I can truly be myself."

Those were certainly nice things to hear, in Manila, living a Travelife.

TWO PRESIDENTIAL CANDIDATES
AND FOUR AMBASSADORS


For the dinner, we had four ambassadors and two serious presidential candidates -- and the latter two certainly caused a palpable frission in the room when they arrived.

One of the potential candidates, especially, was already acting presidential, which was very interesting to observe up close.

We also had one of the most successful food-related businessmen in the country and a member of one of Asia's wealthiest and strongest business families.

ONE OF THE NICEST HOUSES
IN THE NEIGHBORHOOD

This photo was taken in the middle of the set-up,
before I became way too busy to think about photos...

So it was a very good crowd  last night, who attended our dinner, which was held in Mr. Jaded's grand house in one of the nicest neighbourhoods of Manila.

All the guests loved his house, including several who had been there previously, for a joint birthday party he and I had organised sometime back for 400 guests.

CASUAL AND FUN



We all had a very nice time last night. 

As I told everyone in my "opening remarks," I'd deliberately planned the evening casual and fun, in spite of the stellar guest list of very prominent persons, as all of us are always going to formal events as it is.

We had a pianist and a singer, who belted out a variety of tunes on Mr. Jaded's grand piano in the living room. Some of the guests requested songs, while one or two of the guests even stood up and sang.


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A COUPLE OF SONGS ON THE PIANO

And when everyone finally left, it was just the pianist, the singer, Mr. Jaded and I around the grand piano until midnight, and the three of them were singing songs while I listened.

Eventually, I was persuaded to join in, and, boy, was that so fun, on just another wonderful evening in my never-ending, and never-endingly eventful Travelife.





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