Today, I dressed up in a Sri Lankan saree and headed to the New World Hotel to attend the National Day celebrations of Israel, hosted by H.E. Menash Bar-On, Ambassador of Israel, and his lovely wife Madame Eti Bar-On.
The invitation card, which guests needed to bring if they wished to enter this very high-security party, said “formal attire.”
For some reason, I felt like wearing a saree tonight, so I chose a lovely silk one with a rather modern print.
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A VERY PERSONAL NATIONAL DAY
The party was done with a very personal touch.
There were paintings of Israel on the wall, beautiful videos on large screens that truly made me want to visit Israel again (anyone want to join me?), and lovely music.
There was even some singing and dancing.
The food, too, was very good; and even Madame Bar-On was raving about it.
SO NICE TO BE BACK IN MANILA
After being away so much on a never-endingly eventful Travelife — what else is new — I was very happy to see many friends and acquaintances again at one event after another.
And on those days that I don’t have an event penciled in, I have dinners scheduled with good friends.
I’m really looking forward to those dinners, actually. I just want to sit around a table and chill out.
REMEMBERING THE FUN OF AIESEC
But tonight, I bumped into two former AIESEC alumni by a happy coincidence.
We were all in different generations of AIESEC but somehow we knew each other from way back. The two guys went to UP and they’re frat brothers as well, so there’s definitely a connection between them.
But with me, it was hard to figure out the connection as I went to a different school and I got transferred to the AIESEC National Committee almost immediately upon joining AIESEC.
It turned out that one of the guys had also been in Boston for an AIESEC International Congress with me, ages ago. And then we’d seen each other with other AIESEC friends in New York.
Meanwhile, the other guy said to me, with a smile: “I used to read your articles about AIESEC, and that’s one of the reasons I started thinking about joining. And then, when I saw all the pretty girls in AIESEC UP, I really decided to join.”
A GREAT PHOTO OPPORTUNITY
We were having lots of fun talking about AIESEC when we spotted a photo opportunity with former Philippine President Fidel Ramos.
“AIESEC Alumni with President Ramos,” I said, already thinking of a caption for the photo in my mind. Even at parties, my mind’s automatically editing stuff.
“What’s AIESEC?” President Ramos asked me, when I explained why we wanted the photo.
I then explained a little about AIESEC and then we had our photo opportunity.
THANK YOU FOR THE MUSIC…
Ambassador and Madame Menash Bar-On of Israel
Then, long after the music had stopped and most of the guests had gone home, I stayed on at the party just because the Israel Ambassador and Madame Bar-On are really dear friends of mine.
So I made sure that their event was the only thing on my agenda tonight.
Then I went home, thinking about how happy I am to be back in Manila, and how I just had another wonderful evening in my never-ending, and never-endingly eventful Travelife.