|Someone sent over this lovely gift this morning|
Today was another wonderful day in my never-endingly eventful Travelife.
I was at the office very early as there was lots of work to do.
But first thing in the morning, someone I’d recently traveled with sent over a very nice gift as a thank you for planning the trip.
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I didn’t really plan the entire trip, and I just put pieces together. It was more of a team effort.
But anyway, the beautifully packaged present from a perfumer in London I love was so unexpected and very welcome.
And perhaps it’s not just my lucky day, but my lucky week.
A couple of nights ago, I was at a formal sit-down dinner and my seat mates were two gentlemen I’d never met before, in spite of this being such a small town.
We’d had a most lovely evening and the conversation had been about everything under the sun.
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The next morning, one of them sent a big bouquet of flowers to my office, which truly brightened my day, as well as everyone else’s day in my office.
It was such a nice gesture.
Then a few days later, the other gentleman had a lovely gift delivered, which he knew I would like very much, based on our conversations at dinner.
On Friday, too, the Travel Companion gave me a Samsung Galaxy tablet which I’ve been using a lot now.
While we were both in Europe two weekends ago, you see, I’d told him how I wanted a Samsung tablet and he said he’d think about giving me one.
I never mentioned it again, but last week, he gave me what I wanted.
Then today, I got this lovely present, bought from the London perfumer Jo Malone.
And then there was a message from someone in another country that said: “Let me know which restaurants you want to go to, and I’ll take you.”
He meant for me to send him a list of Michelin three-star restaurants I want to eat in, sometime later this month, somewhere in the world, living a Travelife. And he would book the restaurants and take me for dinner at each one.
It’s not my birthday but it certainly feels like it. And, of course, it’s definitely a wonderful Travelife.
Meanwhile, for lunch today, I went over to the Hyatt Regency in Manila to catch up with GM Richard Simmons and his team.
We had a wonderful meal at LiLi, which is really the best fine dining Chinese restaurant in Manila, in my opinion.
And today the chef certainly pulled out all the stops to create a fine meal.
It was so nice to catch up with Richard and his team, and we spent hours practically talking nonstop.
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We were served so many courses that I lost count.
And then it ended with LiLi’s signature mango pudding dessert and a very impressive tea-making demonstration, both done table-side.
When I got back to Makati, I just had enough time to check some layouts and then I had to head home and dress up for another evening out.
I was triple-booked tonight for drinks, a cocktail party and a sit-down dinner — thankfully, all in the same general neighbourhood.
In a perfect world, it would all have worked out and I could have done all three things.
But then the rains began and traffic was terrible even in the two square kilometres I had to navigate, so I ended up missing the first two things and barely making it to the first course of the sit-down dinner.
The dinner was such an eclectic group, hosted by an ambassador and his wife at their lovely residence.