Wednesday, September 16, 2015

A talented young violinist and an invitation to a private concert




Saying goodbye to the exploration team
of the Silver Discoverer upon sailing into Kobe...

Last Saturday was one of the longest days in recent memory, in my never-ending #Travelife. Officially, I started it in an airplane that was landing in Manila via a long route from Osaka at just past 1 AM in the morning.

TWO WEEKS ONBOARD SILVERSEA
CRUISING ALONG THE JAPAN SEA

I'd just finished a two-week cruise onboard the Silver Discoverer of Silversea that had literally sailed the length of Japan, from Hokkaido to Kyushu and then backtracking to Kobe, on a series of off-the-beaten track adventures.

It wasn't my usual glamorous cruise with long gown formal nights, but I really enjoyed this exploration cruise.


#Travelife with us to Japan in May 2016.
We're visiting truly off-the-beaten track destinations.
Click here for more details

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NEXT CRUISE COMING UP:
A CHRISTMAS MARKETS RIVER CRUISE
FROM PRAGUE DOWN THE DANUBE

In fact, you might say I'm now hooked on these exploration cruises, although my next cruise coming up is a Christmas markets cruise down the Danube River with my neighbors. Totally different again. We're flying to Prague and then sailing until Budapest, and then jumping on a plane to be home in time for Christmas.

Anyway, as soon as I got off the Silver Discoverer, after a really delicious lunch with a friend in Kobe, I'd hopped on a series of planes to make it back to Manila in time for Travelife Magazine's Vietnamese Cooking Class with the Masters several hours later.

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THE FULLY-BOOKED
TRAVELIFE MAGAZINE VIETNAMESE COOKING CLASS

This was a sold-out event at the New World Manila Bay, by the way, and an extremely enjoyable one.

We had a wonderful crowd and everyone was serious about learning Vietnamese cooking. Then we sat down to a truly delicious lunch.



A VIOLIN CONCERT

After lunch, I had just enough minutes to catch my breath before heading to the BDO South Tower in Makati for a concert of the young violinist Chino Gutierrez before a small but truly A-list crowd.

I was exhausted by then, but the music revived me enough to stay awake for the rest of the evening. Thank goodness, too, as I was asked to go up onstage at the end of the concert to present the congratulatory flowers to the musician.

THERE'S ALWAYS SPECIALTY DIMSUM
IN MY FREEZER

Afterwards, I even found enough energy to invite a couple of people at the concert back to my home for an apres-concert snack of dimsum and white wine at 10 PM.

That was lots of fun, too. And thank goodness I always keep special handmade dimsum in my freezer, made by the chefs of Jasmine at the New World Makati, on hand for last-minute guests.



INVITING MYSELF OVER

At the concert itself, I bumped into one of the European ambassadors, a known connoisseur of fine music with a beautiful grand piano in his living room in Forbes Park. I'd enjoyed some wonderfully intimate concerts in his home performed on this very piano by some of the country's top music talents.

So when I saw this ambassador, I said: "Ambassador, a concert by Chino would be perfect in your living room."


#Travelife with us to Japan in May 2016.
We're visiting truly off-the-beaten track destinations.
Click here for more details

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He smiled at me and said, "I've actually just decided to host a concert with him."

He mentioned the date and I really should've waited for an invitation, but I simply said: "I'm sorry, but I'm inviting myself over to your house for this concert then."

His living room has wonderful acoustics, and it can seat about 25 people around a grand piano.

THE INVITATION ARRIVES AS PLANNED

Ever so diplomatic, of course, he assured me that I was invited.

But whether the invitation came or not, I had already decided to appear at his doorstep on the date anyway. Fortunately, the formal invite, good as gold, arrived at my office the very next day, assuring me of a seat in this most ideal of venues for a private concert.

I'm so looking forward to this, and I'm sure it will be another wonderful evening in my never-ending, and never-endingly eventful #Travelife.

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