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Technically the summer hasn’t come to an end, but with the rainy weather coupled with an intensive work week ahead, it seems only natural to draw the line here. Yet I feel fortunate to have had a long summer, some spent in France, some on the beaches of Zandvoort and others on the Maltese shores.

Afterwards I was given the opportunity for work to go to the Philippines and Taiwan, discovering yet more. Most of these trips I had the pleasure to do with the kids, watching Victoria take the lead in what our dinners would look like and Sebastian showing off his swimming skills.

My highlight must be the sailing trip we had for a day with family and friends along the northern coast of Malta, anchoring in the blue lagoon and exploring abandoned towers and grottoes. I took time to meditate on the bow, figuring my course of direction until that elusive date of 2020. And so I sit here in bed with classical music streaming through my iphone, coffee in one hand, and my notes I made that trip in the other, including the Mont Blanc pen I received for my birthday. Memories from past intertwines with the present and that of what is to be. #feelingblessed

lovely summer moments

I arrived back early this morning. Luckily having been upgraded to business class I succumbed to a long sleep after watching Allied with Brad Pitt and Marion Cotillard. Now on to another Netflix serie making the most out of the weekend before work commence on Monday.

Allied

settling in with a glass of Champagne and a movie…not a bad way to end the home journey

the tax free shopping offered a few purchases too

a beautiful teapot gift which will take pride of place

It’s been a short but good trip to both the Philippines and Taiwan. Not much sightseeing but good meetings, conversations and fantastic food. And an excellent Chinese massage I should add. About to take off destination Amsterdam, so I’m off the grid for next 12 hours 🙂

exotic food breakfast in bed

the 101 tower

dumplings at the famous Din Tai Fung restaurant

sliced and steamed cake

window shopping from a taxi

 

Koi fish at the massage parlour 

stepping out in the warm Taipei evening 

  

Admittedly I haven’t seen much of Manila, besides corporate buildings, restaurants and hotels. Nevertheless it has been a good trip (set aside the long haul, which was pretty hard to muster being a die-hard insomniac). After catching up on emails, late breakfast and a gym session, I’m now off to Taipei.

view from hotel

travelling is no excuse…

…for not keeping up with fitness regime 

 

 

Do I need to say more?

Manila intersection

discovered a new dish – mango with sticky rice

interior shot of hotel Fairmont

Singapore sling – gin, cherry-flavored brandy, triple sec, Benedictine, pineapple juice, lime juice, and grenadine

sophistication in a bottle

window shopping

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