this one is nice

 This day three nights ago, I was spending my last night in Manila with my family. Who would’ve thought that three months after, I would find myself in the company of a beautiful family sharing a wonderful meal and conversation just like back home?That’s the beauty of life. It takes you to places you’ve never even thought of and when you’re lucky, you’d meet amazing people along the way. On a deduced scale, that’s the beauty of blogging, it connects people, it makes the world a smaller place, and when you’re lucky, you’d find yourself having dinner with the people you meet in blogging one Saturday night.Thanks to Renny and Diane’s invitation, Knut and I had a lovely evening at their home in Baerum just outside Oslo. It was nice to finally meet Diane and lucky us, sample her culinary flair. The main dish was Coq Au Vin, a simple yet amazing French dish made with chicken and vegetables in wine sauce. And the dessert was American Apple Pie. I swear I’ve never had apple pie this good and authentic. Served with scoops of vanilla ice cream, it’s heaven on a plate!The dinner was rich and the conversations were enriching. It’s a smorgasbord of cultural insights, new learnings, and good ol’ human repartee. Topics flowed from musical tastes to religion and education, from the Americans’ natural reflex at chatting up strangers to Norwegians’ general hesitance at such, from Renny’s wine cellar to snippets of life in urban New York, rural Norway, and faraway Manila. And so much more. What’s even more amazing is their son Justin. I was blown away by his wisdom at such a young age!Well, thank you very much Renny, Diane and Justin for such a wonderful evening! We’ll see each other again.

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5 Responses to “this one is nice”


  1. 1 Anonymous October 1, 2006 at 11:02 am

    It’s nice to know that you’ve found home away from home. As they say, you don’t have to be related by blood to be family. So true. :-)

  2. 2 Moja October 1, 2006 at 12:52 pm

    Same here.. “blood” and “color” don’t really matter.. family is sense of connection and warm relationship..

    I’m really glad we’re blogamates mark! seems like you’re always near!!! really happy to know you’re doing great!! =)

  3. 3 charles ravndal October 1, 2006 at 5:16 pm

    Oh that is so nice that you met Diane already. I am looking forward to see Renny and hopefully Diane when I will be in Oslo

  4. 4 RennyBA October 1, 2006 at 7:56 pm

    Wow! What a nice tribute to our little dinner party! It was lovely to have you over and meet your friend, Knut as well. We are looking forward to visiting your place next time :-)
    I’ve updated my post “Blogging connecting people” from when I met you the first time:
    http://rennybasblog.blogspot.com/2006/08/blogging-connecting-people.html

  5. 5 Mark October 1, 2006 at 9:27 pm

    Well said, Juon. And thanks!

    Hey Moja! Yeah, I agree with your statement on family. But look who will have her own family soon? I’m excited for you!

    It was great, Charles! We should all get together when you visit Oslo.

    I’m looking forward to that, too, Renny! Thanks for the wonderful time!


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