I’d like to believe I’m a pretty friendly person. It’s so easy for me to strike a conversation with someone. When travelling, I’m the one who’s always ready to ask a stranger for directions. I have no qualms in asking for photos with British guards or just about anyone I find interesting.
But even if I have about 4,000 Facebook friends, I only have a few people whom I can really say that are very close to me. This small circle of friends know me to the core. They don’t just see the surface– the happy go-getter D. They have also learned to accept the lazy and crazy Denise who’s battling with (and always complaining about) hormonal imbalance.
They see the Dens who parties with them but refuses to order a drink and get intoxicated. They understand the girl who bails out on dinner dates because she’s on a cleansing diet.
They have heard my innermost thoughts. They have seen me lash out about something unacceptable. They have heard my litany about work frustrations and love life problems.
These select few I hold really close to my heart. C is one of these people. I have only met her 2 years ago in my previous workplace. But we have forged a friendship that goes beyond the office space. Even after I’ve resigned, we’ve kept in touch. She’s one of the few people whom I’ve called to tell about this “new guy” I’m dating. And I believe I’m the first one she has told about her “potential” boyfriend.
I was jumping for joy when I found out that she has already met “the one”. Even more ecstatic when I learned that they’re planning to go on a Euro Tour with London as their first stop!
Funny ‘coz the first day we were supposed to meet in London, we got the hotels mixed-up! We got so excited that we forgot to clarify with each other which Radisson Blu they were staying at. I first went to the hotel nearest my flat because that’s where I suggested them to book only to find out that they were at another branch! 🙂
I was so happy to see her at the Grafton and finally meet J, her new beau.
C treated me to a trip to the iconic Stonehenge. It was a 2-hour coach ride from London to Salisbury, Whiltshire.
Some might ask, “a two-hour ride just to see rocks?!” Umm yes! But these are not just rocks. These stones date back to 3000 B.C.! They’ve literally stood the test of time! They say that these henge stones appear to mark the passing of seasons and particular sunrises and sunsets. They’re said to be used for religious practices some 5,000 years ago. They’re mystical stones that remind me of the Flinstones. 🙂
C and the gang are set to go to Paris, Nice, Monaco and Rome in less than 2 weeks. Their London itinerary is the most relaxed and flexible so they packed it with a lot of sit down dining experiences: high-tea at The Ritz, dinner at Burger & Lobster, and lunch at L’Autre Pied, a Michelin-starred restaurant.
1) It was mayhem at Soho’s famous Burger and Lobster. We had to wait for 2 hours just to be seated. We didn’t mind because we knew we were in for a treat! Much like Le Relais de l’ Entrecôte in Paris, this restaurant only gives you two meal options for a fixed price: burger or lobster!
2) Most Michelin star restaurants in London require a 2-3 month advance booking. The gang was lucky to find this French restaurant with an available table for a party of five on a Saturday! L’Autre Pied’s 3-course meal was surprisingly not that pricey. Their rating was definitely well-deserved as each dish was cooked right and carefully prepared. It was the best way to end the gang’s London experience!