In the immortal words of Tom Hiddleston in one of his tweets (pre-HiddleSwift, of course), sometimes I feel that “I am a lucky old sausage” to have met so many people from all walks of life, and that I get invited to see them wherever they are in the world… Sometimes it’s in the middle of a château deep in the heart of the French countryside, sometimes it’s in my home turf of Metro Manila, and sometimes it’s to one of their events.
My past week was about supporting friends, making new ones, and catching up with ones I haven’t seen in ages:
In an unbelievable stroke of coincidence, Château Angelus’ Public Relations Manager for Asia, Bong Grelat-Tram, invited me for a quick chat on the exact same date three years ago when I first met her in Bordeaux. We caught up on our personal lives, travel, business, people, and had an exciting discussion on the projects she’s cooking up for the winery.
Bong’s family indeed has vins in their system, and her brother Roland – who works for the negoçiant L.D. Vins – came to town on the same week. She insisted that I meet up with him for his first visit to Manila. I’m quite thrilled at the prospect of him setting something up here.
I may be a wino, but if I can look good doing it, well… Why not? I met Dr. Kristina “Kaycee” Reyes in the USDA: The Great American Taste event September of last year and after she found out I lived in Alabang, she told me about this exciting new venture of hers in the south. I was glad to have been there for her grand opening, champagne glass in hand, and to explore her “Holistic Skin Innovations.”
Mental note, scheduling a facial sometime soon because the –ber months tend to be incredibly toxic for people in the alcohol industry… I wonder if the treatments come with champagne, too? 😉
Brush With Faith
I love a Sunny Ku event… It’s always elegant, classy, and guaranteed to have some semblance of alcohol in it.
After making sure I had a glass of Chianti in hand, he let me venture through the elegantly designed Garden Pavilion of Grand Hyatt BGC so I could admire the very moving artwork made by Fely Co-Simpson, which are embedded with the bible verses that inspired them.
Coming up on Friday: My first field trip with the KTG! Cheers!