28 (Tue) June 2016
with the family
Mission to Korea + Personal Deviation : Day 4 (see previously 7.175 Ddeokbokki…).
In Seoul. Here for a planning meeting, held today, on the upcoming parliamentarian forum in November (see most recently 7.009 Grilled US Beef Tenderloin), which the Organization had supported last year (see generally 6.178 Sliders). Arrived Saturday morning. Flying back to Manila tomorrow evening.
Although the logistics of this short mission didn’t require me to stay in a hotel, I checked into one anyway (because it’s in my pecuniary interests to do so). I chose the hotel closest to home, which happens also to be the cheapest (to maximize those interests), but I didn’t actually stay there.
In 1990, on the occasion of my very first formal date, Delhi is where I took the lucky girl to dinner.
For a poor high school student, it was a relatively sophisticated venue choice, especially given the dearth of affordable date-worthy dining options in Seoul at the time.
(To be clear, I’d had many girlfriends before that, but they were already friend-friends, so no real “dating” had been involved.)
(I couldn’t convince her to join me for a nightcap at the Princess that evening, but she did end up being my girlfriend.)
Nostalgia rekindled by checking in to the Princess this morning (if you know what I mean), I was inspired this evening to take the lucky wife and kids to dinner at Delhi — for the second time in my life, probably the last.
The food was okay.