Friday, March 20, 2015

Lunch with David Trick to launch the Manila Rugby 10s sponsored by Etihad Airways

Today was one of extremes, in Manila, living a #Travelife.

From a testosterone-filled lunch with rugby players and fans to launch the Manila Rugby 10s sponsored by Etihad Airways, I went on to a very nice private dinner in someone's home for a group of very refined ladies who had traveled with me to Sri Lanka just a few weeks ago.

For dinner, Sri Lankan attire was required and we all sat down to a South Indian dinner with champagne at someone's lovely home.

Stepping out to dinner
in a silk dress from Sri Lanka


At the Manila Rugby 10s lunch, I was one of a handful of women in the room.

And I was seated at the main table right next to England rugby legend David Trick. What fun that was, as David Trick is not only a legendary athlete but a very lively speaker and a consummate entertainer.

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He was the main attraction of lunch, as he regaled the audience for about 30 minutes with anecdotes from his sporting years. And then when he sat down to lunch, he told me a couple more stories from traveling around the world playing rugby.

One of the stories was about how he once raced Argentina's top rugby star down the streets of Buenos Aires for a match with lots of betting.


Onstage, with a big grin on his face that showed he was totally enjoying himself, he remarked: "Some people here may never have seen me play. Let me tell you. I was amazing."

Well, I was one of those who had never seen him play. But 99% of the people in the room today had, and to them he's like a rockstar.

There were so many people from all over the world, and it seems most of them are going on to the Hong Kong Rugby 7s taking place at the end of the month.


As for me, I came away from lunch way more knowledgeable about rugby than several hours earlier.

I was also reminded of how much I like dry British humour, since I was in this room full of Brits and the whole afternoon was about British sports and British humour, on just another wonderful Friday in my never-ending, and never-endingly eventful #Travelife.

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