Month: January 2015

Talking about the world. And all about a last supper with an ambassador.

Last night, in Manila living a #Travelife, I had dinner with an ambassador leaving the Philippines for good today, and it was just the two of us. It’s the second time this week that an ambassador has chosen to spend “the last supper” with me — meaning the very last evening before leaving the country …

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Planning a Travelife to Sri Lanka, including a glamping experience in a tea plantation and a special afternoon tea in Colombo

This photo, from my very first trip to Sri Lanka, just as I was about to ride a horse, brings back memories.This was taken near the ancient city of Anuradhapura,living a #Travelife. So these days I’ve been quite busy finalizing a trip to Sri Lanka for a group of friends next month. It’s going to …

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Happy birthday, Australia. And about a long, last dinner with an ambassador and his wife.

A children’s choir performs at the Australia National Day party tonight  My long and happy evening tonight, living a #Travelife, began at the Makati Shangri-la for a party to celebrate the national day of Australia, hosted by the Ambassador of Australia. I’ve had the pleasure of knowing the ambassador of Australia since his first days …

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According to feng shui expert Joey Yap, the Year of the Goat brings good luck for romance. And other predictions.

At a lunch hosted by Kingson Sian at the Genting Club of Resorts World today, living a #Travelife, I met Joey Yap, a feng shui expert who is supposedly one of the world’s top experts. He told us what to expect from the upcoming Year of the Goat. According to him, the Year of the …

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A trip to Hokkaido in a Travelife minute, July 19 to 25, 2015, will include Sapporo ramen and Hokkaido's best sushi

Get a taste of real Sapporo ramenon a Travelife to Hokkaido this July 2015 For those who have been waiting for details of our Hokkaido trip, I’m happy to report that we will be releasing these very soon. It will be a nice and intense trip that will incorporate the best of Hokkaido, including lots …

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Awesome Lego Sunday brunch at the Spectrum Restaurant of the Raffles and Fairmont Makati Hotel

Sundays are all about family-time. And what better way to spend it than indulging on a most festive  Sunday brunch at the Spectrum restaurant of Raffles and Fairmont Makati, living a #Travelife. This brunch will feature a lavish spread of international delicacies, with live stations offering sumptuous dishes and fun activities for the children. Scroll …

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Philippine food including a green mango salad, pancit Malabon and kare-kare for dinner tonight

Tonight in Manila, living a #Travelife, I hosted a Philippine dinner for an ambassador and his visitor. I decided to have it at home and to make it very relaxed as we all attend way too many events that require grace and fortitude for serious conversations and eight-course dinners. As neither the ambassador nor his …

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The best tempura in Tokyo, and how eating at the counter and 20 seconds matter

Two Sundays ago, some friends from Manila were over in Tokyo, living a #Travelife, and we all met up for a nice Sunday lunch before they headed off to the airport to return to Manila. I’d been quite busy with on a hot springs and foodie trip with another visitor until that same Sunday morning, but …

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A tale of three popes and six presidents of Sri Lanka, and Pope Francis as a nightclub bouncer

At Noma in Tokyo twice last week,with Chef Rene Redzepi,living a #Travelife… So last week, upon landing in Manila from a big week-long foodie trip to Tokyo, living a #Travelife, I headed straight for two parties hosted by two ambassadors. Click here to read about the Tokyo restaurant that turned down three Michelin stars The …

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