Yesterday, which was the kind of Black Monday I have not seen in a very long time in my #Travelife, I had a tapas lunch with someone and then I spent a very pleasant afternoon at India House, the residence of the Ambassador of India, having afternoon tea with the wives of the ambassadors.
A VERY BLACK MONDAY, INDEED
The world's equities markets dropped yesterday at a pace I have not seen in years, and even I, who have seen quite a number of these, was quite taken aback by the magnitude of the retreat yesterday.
Still, it's a panic market right now and if you have the stomach for it, the best thing to do is to sit on the sidelines and wait for the dust to settle. And to think about something else, like a delicious afternoon tea.
GOODBYE FOR NOW, MARGARET
The afternoon tea was in honour of the wife of the Ambassador of the European Union, who is leaving shortly to return to Brussels.
It seems all I've been doing in the short time I've been in Manila these past two months is attending farewells for ambassadors and their wives who are ending their postings. I hate goodbyes and I am not very good at them, but fortunately our world has become so small in one sense that goodbyes are more like "see you sometime soon."
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ONE PRETTY WONDERFUL
As India House is just a hop and a skip away in North Forbes, I decided to send my driver home early and just to drive myself in my new car, which incidentally is an advanced birthday gift from someone.
I don't know how I can be so lucky, because I truly am in ten million ways I can't enumerate for the 1.8 million people who read this blog.
And I find I really enjoy driving because it means being by myself in my car, although I'll probably stick to weekends and to five square kilometres for now.
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MADE BY THE DAUGHTERS
OF THE AMBASSADOR OF INDIA
The charming daughters of the Ambassador of India helped their mother make many of the goodies that were served yesterday.
There was a wonderful home-made cheese pate and a pistachio sans rival cake which I really ate way too much of, considering I'd already had a three-course Spanish lunch with paella at Donosti just a few hours earlier.
CATCHING UP WITH FRIENDS
And then, when everyone else had left, I purposely stayed behind for another half hour or so with a cup of Japanese kukicha, which is a kind of herbal tea drink, catching up with the Ambassador's family.
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TIME WON'T GIVE ME TIME
Time is a precious commodity for me these days, and soon I'm off on a weekend rendezvous somewhere exotic and a two-week cruise on an explorer ship, so I'm taking every opportunity possible to catch up with friends this week.
We talked well into the night about Travel and Life, living a never-ending, and never-endingly eventful #Travelife.