In the morning of 29 May, my boss and I, together with our co-hosting partners from EBRD went to our office in Tbilisi which we call “Georgia Resident Mission” (GRM) to meet and finalize the remaining arrangements. Our GRM colleagues have helped us tremendously in dealing with the hotel where the meetings would be held, with the restaurants, with the transportation company, with the metro train company where we would have site visit, with the venues where we would have a field trip on the last day, and a whole lot more! We’re truly grateful to all our colleagues who had kindly and generously extended support to our event.
After the meeting which lasted for almost 2 hours, we had an opportunity to tour around the offices, but everyone was busy, so we didn’t get a chance to take photos with them. After the tour, my boss and I returned to the hotel. The welcome cocktails would start at 6pm. We didn’t have lunch yet, after I did some work and ensure that everything was in place for the first event, I decided to have lunch, this was almost 3pm already. My very dear friend Eia who had went to Tbilisi a couple of times for work had suggested for me to have coffee or a meal at Paul’s Cafe which is beside the GRM office. I had meals at Paul’s Cafe in Manila a couple of times and also in Paris, but I also wanted to try it in Tbilisi so I took a cab for the for the first time from the hotel and went to Paul’s Cafe.
After my yummy meal and some quiet time, I figured I still have time before the Welcome Cocktails at 6pm so I headed back to Rooms Hotel on foot, which took me around 20 to 25 minutes, it’s a good exercise and a way to experience the city. The weather was cool so walking outside between 4 to 5pm was easy breezy.
Now let me show you some photos at Rooms Hotel where I and 16 general counsels (GCs) out of 19 had stayed for almost a week, where we had buffet breakfast everyday and where the welcome cocktails, GCs lunches and meetings where held.
That’s all for today, friends. For the next post, I will share photos of the Concept Store which is walking distance from the courtyard, and I will also share photos of my room, so far, it’s my favorite room ever. 🙂
Dear friends, obviously I can’t get enough of my Georgia experience. 🙂 I am sharing here some photos which I took while walking around the city from Rooms Hotel, where I stayed for almost a week.
Stamba Hotel is walking distance from Rooms Hotel. I have come to love Stamba Hotel because of the lovely cafe and bookstore inside. Stamba Hotel is used to be a publishing house that’s why you’ll find a great collection of books inside. 🙂
That’s all for now, I’ll share more photos in the coming days. 🙂 Have a lovely weekend, friends. 😉
I am forever grateful
to have met and supported these highly accomplished but surprisingly very
down-to-earth heads of legal departments across the globe.
Before going on mission, I was kind of worried that I might feel inferior being surrounded by lawyers.
I was the only one without a title there, but God is great and faithful, He showed me so much favour from these wonderful individuals. I was so blessed to have opportunities to speak with them and my worry proved to be baseless.
God reminded me that I don’t need a title. I am a child of God and that’s the only thing that truly matters.
Thank you to our Georgia Resident Mission (GRM) colleagues for the ADB Today blurb to be published on Monday, 17 June.
ADB co-hosted the Annual Roundtable of General Counsels (GCs) from International Financial Institutions (IFIs) including GCs from 19 leading IFIs, including EBRD, World Bank, IMF, IFC, African Development Bank, Inter-American Development Bank, EIB, AIIB, IFAD, and the European Central Bank. The event was conducted over a 3-day period in Tbilisi.
The GCs were also briefed on ADB’s development work and operations in Georgia, and visited an ADB-financed metro station in Tbilisi accompanied by Georgian government representatives and GRM staff.
I had the most wonderful time last week in a place I have never imagined to see and experience in my lifetime, to say the least.
This photo was taken the morning after our Tbilisi event has concluded. I’m so grateful that everything went well, every single experience was new to me, and there’s so much joy in meeting and spending time with a bunch of brilliant, beautiful and kindhearted individuals while discovering an equally wonderful new place where every meal is a feast, and enjoying a couple of privileges for the first time.
My work is one of God’s best blessings in my life and in my family. From it, wonderful and unimaginable blessings flow, both tangible and intangible. In the recent years, I prayed to God to let me experience to go on mission (business trip) atleast once in my ADB lifetime. Though I know it’s kind of impossible for my current position, but still I love asking God for impossible things because I know He’s a waymaker and nothing is impossible with and for Him.
Based on my friends’/colleagues’ experiences, going on mission is not something that you would wish to do every so often because it requires too much work before, during and after. But still I prayed to experience it atleast once. And it happened, I was in awe, and my ❣ is overflowing with so much gratitude for how the Lord orchestrated everything behind the scenes. You are an amazing God.
I had no expectations whatsoever, I know it’s work, so I just prayed for 2 things: everyone’s safety (all 19 general counsels, plus Nino (the very lovely, kind, helpful, young Georgian lawyer in photo below) and I were coming from different continents) and for the success of the event. But as always, God has surprised us with sooo much more (beauty, favor, kindness, joy, laughter, productivity, food, wine, etc).
To actually witness and experience what we’ve been preparing for since last year is one of the sweetest rewards, ever. Thank you and praise you, Jesus!
When I travel, I usually pack my clothes on the day of departure because I didn’t want my clothes to crumple (too much). I think this is okay for short trips, but not for 2 or 3 week trip. I tried to do that for my 3-week Europe trip, and it was not good, it’s actually a bad move, I ended up bringing so much clothes which was a nightmare especially in Europe!! I lost weight (even after so much eating – too much pasta, pizza and gelato) from carrying my heavy large luggage while transferring from one city to another. We explored 6 cities in 4 countries within 3 weeks, I knew it was only by God’s grace that I was sustained with so much energy and strength, and I was definitely in good health, before, during and after the trip, thank and praise God for everything and for sending kind-hearted people who helped me carry my luggage when I needed it most! 🙂
So on the day of the trip, I packed the lightest clothes, mostly white tops, because Bangkok weather was ranging from 32-36 degrees that time. I actually dreaded the hot weather but I just tried to prepare for it, I brought a big good old fan, facial mist, wet ones, towels, sunscreen, my good old Starbucks tumbler (which I always fill up with water), and extra shirts. Below is the photo of all the things I packed for the trip. On the day of return to Manila, I only had 1 shorts, 1 skirt and 1 sleeveless top which I was not able to wear, so I was really happy for doing a good job in my packing this time. 🙂 By the way, I ended up not using the distressed jeans on the photo, I wore a lighter pair of jeans with floral stitches thrice during the whole trip! 😛
Our 4th and last day was basically a travel/airport day, no more other agenda aside from checking out the nearby pool in our neighborhood which was less than a minute walk from our beautiful and big AirBnb, our happy home. We had hoped to atleast hang out by the pool and swim but we were so tired each night after a long day of travel so we didn’t have the time for some refreshing night swimming. Another thing that we ran out of time to do was to get some relaxing, must-needed Thai massage – definitely a must next time! 😉
So on our last morning in Bangkok, we tried to capture some more remembrance of our happy home and lovely neighborhood. 🙂
I had managed to do an endorsement shoot in the morning for a newly discovered drink which became an instant favorite ♥ Thanks for the sister for being my photographer! 😛
Before heading to the airport, we had our yummy breakfast at a “fancy” street food stall near our home 😛
Here’s the authentic, freshest, yummiest chicken Thai soup I had for brekky, and it’s the cheapest too! ♥
Of course, I wouldn’t let this day pass without my milktea! I loaded up on milktea for 4 consecutive days!
Before going back to our happy home to get our things, we had one last stop at 7-eleven. I would have hoarded lots of drinks (especially the collagen one, soooo good!) if only I wasn’t afraid of them accidentally spilling on my things! Next time, I should have a separate, durable bag for drinks alone! I ended up bringing home only 3 pouches of the collagen drink which I finished all in one day… 😛
Now, we’re ready to go and spend a few hours at the airport before our flight to Manila. The flight of Nikky, my brother and my sister was 5 hours earlier than Tet’s and my flight. So Tet and I had some time to window-shop, chill at Starbucks and chat a lot! 🙂
By this time, you probably know that I collect Starbucks cards from the places I visit, and even from Philippines when I find the cards lovely and pretty. And my very thoughtful and generous friends give me Starbucks cards as pasalubong from their trips too. 🙂 I find that they are the lightest souvenir that I can take home from my trips and also I get to enjoy a cup or two because when you “buy” the card, the cost of the card is actually consumable. 🙂 The cards are free in some cities/countries too! Here are some recent additions to my collection, which are gifted by my sweet and supportive friends. 😉
So for this Bangkok trip, getting a Starbucks card was part of the agenda. There were lots of Starbucks in Bangkok but we didn’t manage to visit most of them due to lack of time. I checked out one Starbucks branch, I forgot where, but I didn’t like the available cards so I didn’t get any. I thought I would get another chance to check out other branches, which I did, there were 2 or 3 branches inside the airport, I was able to go to 2 of them.
Tet and I went to the first branch after we had lunch with Nikky, Carlo and Kris just before they checked in.
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My sister requested me to buy her a set of Starbucks demitasse, her collection. Sorry, I didn’t have a photo of it, but it’s a set of 2 mini-mugs with Bangkok and Thailand inscription on each, a good souvenir too. The first branch had no Starbucks card. So while getting the demitasse for my sister, I got tempted to get a cutie mini-mug for myself. ♥
Maybe after more than an hour of chatting and chilling at Starbucks, Tet and I waited at the designated Terminal to check-in. After we got in, Tet and I walked a long mile to find the 2nd Starbucks only to find out that there were no cards too! 😩😭😫 So I tried to keep my cool hahaha and I was glad that I got a better remembrance from the 1st branch! 🙂 Thanks much Tet for supporting me in my crazy pursuit though all in vain! 😛 But seriously, thanks a lot for walking the long mile with me to find the Starbucks on the other end (of the world) from our boarding gate, and window-shopping with me! Really appreciate it. Kob kun kaa. ♥
Now that I am about to close this 4-part series of my Bangkok posts, I would really like to take this chance to thank these 4 amazing, beautiful, lovely, fun-loving, easy going, generous, thoughtful, godly bunch! If not for all of you, I wouldn’t have a very special summer trip this year. I thank and praise God for our wonderful, glorious, short but sweet summer vacation. I am truly blessed to have visited Thailand for the first time with my Christian family and friends – that’s another reason which made this trip truly special. ♥♥♥♥♥ Where to next? 🙂
“Every good and perfect gift is from Above…’ – James 1:17
These are just some descriptions I have for Grand Palace. It is very true to its name, grand is actually an understatement. I’ve traveled quite a bit and have seen quite a lot but it still blows my mind each time I see such elaborate, intricate, gigantic edifice of different forms, kinds, architecture and history. How in the world were they able to create those structures some hundred years ago (sans machines, technologies, electricity) with such accuracy, beauty, artistry and intricacy…
On Day 3, we finally had the time to visit the Grand Palace. It’s a must see, never to be missed even on a hot day. But if ever I will go back with family or friends, I would prefer to go on a cooler weather. We were literally dripping with so much sweat because it was soooo hot, another underestimate. 😛 We were there between 9:00am – 10:30am. The whole place, though it was grandiose, it was still unimaginably and amazingly filled with tourists!!
I tried to take photos though I could hardly see through my camera lens because the sun was up and so bright even with my sunnies on.
Of course, the 🌞 didn’t stop us from taking group photos and videos and having some good laughs and blogger poses in between. 😛😂
As soon as we got out of the Palace, we beat the heat by rewarding ourselves with some ice cream. 😍
Since Day 3 was our last full day in Bangkok, it was also our last chance to do some shopping.
We requested our driver to bring us to Platinum Fashion Mall, where we first had lunch at the foodcourt, I had the yummiest Thai soup (forgot how it was called), but I was too hungry to even take a photo of it 😛 (sorry!) and then shopped. Since we had limited time, I bought first my friends’ requests and some souvenirs for family and friends.
When my friends go to Thailand, I only have one request – Durian Chips. I would have hoarded these chips but they are expensive! This one is almost P500!
When my friends go to Thailand, I only have one request – Durian Chips. I would have hoarded these chips but they are expensive! The one in round container is almost P500 ($10)!!
When my friends learned that I would be going to Bangkok, they all had the same word for me – shopping in Bangkok is cheap. So I kept it in my mind and heart 😛 and managed to keep myself from buying anything from the time the flight was booked until our trip to Bangkok – big milestone for someone who never failed to buy something new to wear for a trip (you know OOTD is life in IG). 😛 Each time I got tempted to buy a top, or a pair of pants, or bag, or even accessories, I would instinctively tell myself “that’s probably cheaper in Bangkok” and then I would walk away as fast as I could. 🤪
So the day of shopping finally came, but by this time, I’ve ran out of my pocket money, my ATM didn’t work, so I borrowed a few bucks from my brother & sister!! Lifesavers! 😛 So I depended on little cash and my creditcard but unfortunately, most shops don’t accept creditcard payment and some have 3% bank charge! But I still tried to go through each floor and looked for something to buy for momsy, my preggy sister and/or me. I managed to buy a dress and skorts (skirt/shorts) for momsy and nothing for me!! Amazing, such a breakthrough! 🤣😂😜
So I had some affirmations about myself through this experience:
✅ I’ve experienced this a few times – I would go home empty handed from mall wide sales. It came to a point when mall wide sales don’t entice me anymore. I don’t and can’t force myself into buying something just because it’s on sale.
✅ No fitting policy won’t work for me. I want to try something on and see if it looks good on me before I consider buying it.
✅ Too many options, limited time and crowded malls have negative effect on my appetite to shop – which is actually friendly on my pocket. 😜
✅ I would rather spend my money on food than things – I love to bring home some local goodies for my family and friends for them to try and taste. So I bought some locally produced coffee, milk tea, noodles, and snacks from Big C, a big grocery store near Platinum Fashion Mall.
Thanks to Eia for introducing me to this coffee brand (Khao Shong), I love it! 🙂