Monday, October 27, 2008
18 Sep 2008: An insightful dinner
After an adventurous day out to the Observatory Hill and an impromptu visit to the zoo with RL, I am deeply grateful that another one of my friends, XS, was kind to find time to meet me for dinner despite her tight schedule.
Making quick decision can be quite demanding for me, even when it was just deciding what cuisine to have for dinner. XS was extremely patient with me on that, and gave me a couple of choices to consider. I eventually decided on Spanish food for dinner. Her request was that I have to try sangria. I had no idea what it was except that it's alcoholic.
XS asked that I should check out on the internet the ingredients that make up sangria. When I was back in Singapore, I looked up the internet and found out that sangria typically contains the following: red wine, fresh, seasonal fruit and a bit of bubbly water or citrus flavored soda. Do click on this link for a few sangria recipes.
We settled on a platter for two, and I can't remember the name of the platter by now. I can only remember that the calamari rings were absolutely fresh. When I chewed on them, they were juicy and each had a delightful chew. The rest of the platter was average, yet it was strange how being with a great company can make the dinner seemed superbly wonderful to enjoy.
We even got to see some of the customers learning to dance on the dance-floor in the restaurant. It was rather entertaining and intriguing to watch the folks dancing away.
It was there at the Spanish restaurant, over dinner, that XS gave me an insightful suggestion to write about positive things on my blog. She also went on to share more about her views on achieving happiness. I wish my auditory memory could have been better. While I could remember the gist of what she had said, I seemed to need much help to recall the exact words that she had said. One thing for sure, her words carry a lot of weight.
Reflecting, many of the pointers that XS had given me which I am putting to practice bit-by-bit have in some way made my outlook more positive. At the very least, I find myself feeling happier after my visit to Sydney. Thanking XS for her friendship and for sharing her insightful outlook of life. These are the invaluable gifts that she had presented me when I was in Sydney, and their significances are beyond measure.