Friday, July 17, 2015

An Ateneo college reunion turned into an evening of nonstop laughter and good memories



So on my first proper night back in Manila, living a #Travelife, I hosted some of my school mates at the Ateneo de Manila University for a mini-reunion.

It was quite spontaneously planned between some friends in Manila and myself in the Arctic over the past weeks, and I was still in the middle of jet lag and slight fatigue from traveling about 24 hours from Copenhagen to Asia the night before.

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THE HORRIBLE TRAFFIC IN MANILA

It didn't help that upon arrival at Manila's international airport, the traffic in the city was at its horrendous worst, and it took me three whole hours to reach home. When there's no traffic, this is a fifteen minute drive.

I was actually okay in spite of the marathon flying time and all, but fatigue hit me like a rock with this unbelievable traffic in Manila.

I couldn't believe that I had to sit in the car for three hours for a five-kilometer ride, which is the equivalent of a roundtrip to Hong Kong minus the flat bed, the hot dinner and champagne onboard the plane, and no episodes of Downtown Abbey on the video.

MISSING THE PARTY OF 
THE AMBASSADOR OF JAPAN

As a result, I also had to miss the party hosted by the Ambassador of Japan at his residence that same night in honour of the visiting governor of Gifu Prefecture.

I had planned to head home, change and go straight to the party of the Ambassador of Japan, and in a perfect world, everything would have worked as planned.

Unfortunately, three hours of traffic made this impossible.

Manila is really getting to be an unlivable city, especially when it takes three hours to navigate five kilometres.

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REMEMBERING OUR WONDERFUL COLLEGE LIFE
AT THE ATENEO DE MANILA

But tonight made up for everything.

I had very little time to plan for dinner, so I just ordered out for sushi for a casual dinner. What fun we had. The guys were all true-blue Ateneans who had been classmates since prep.

We laughed all night, literally from about 7 PM to past midnight, reminiscing about our happy college life together and laughing about so many things. At that time, the Ateneo was a small school that seemed like one big family, and we all really had the most wonderful four years together.

A COINCIDENCE OF A PHONE CALL

Then, what a coincidence.

In between, too, another very old and very good college friend from the Ateneo rang me long distance from Singapore to discuss the details of a couple of dinners we're planning with a group of friends at restaurants in Tokyo next weekend.


A FOODIE TRIP TO TOKYO NEXT WEEKEND

Yes, I'm off to Tokyo next weekend to link up with some dear friends flying in from Singapore, including this college friend.

She and I used to plan such fun parties together when we were in college, and her home was like party central.

So we're having dinner in Tokyo next weekend, and that will certainly be a nice way to cap a wonderful week of happy events, beginning with this college reunion dinner tonight, in Manila, living a never-ending #Travelife.


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