Or I suppose the more accurate question is, will I be willing to take the risk and muster the confidence? Even with all the rigid safety protocols today, realistically, I don’t think it’ll be for another couple of years. Millennials may dare. After all, what is their generation’s battlecry? “YOLO”? Short for “you only live once”! To them I say: “I only get to live once and I want to keep it that way!”
Thankfully, these past few years, I have accrued millions of miles—substantial enough to provide me a treasure-trove of happy memories I can relive as I wait out this temporary confinement. And it is temporary.
The thousands of photos, countless funny moments and numerous bonding tales I’ve deposited into my memory chest have sufficiently carried me through the past months of the pandemic.
For the energetic extrovert that I am, Zoom really can’t make up for the loss of live human interaction I was so used to—especially with my boisterous, fun travelling sisterhood. However, it isn’t my style to wallow and mope. So with a positive disposition, I reminisce many wonderful moments until the day I can create new ones.
Among my fondest memories are definitely my recent European trips with some of the sisterhood ladies.
YES, WE CANNES WITH TETTA AGUSTIN-BAVEREY
I’ve spent three consecutive birthdays in Cannes, thanks to our consummate host, former supermodel and our sisterhood’s court jester, Tetta Agustin-Bavery. She agrees, “Every trip with the sisterhood is like a field trip with me as the master travel guide, town crier, and comedian rolled into one. We argue. We bicker. Then we all end up laughing at ourselves.”
People associate Cannes with the glamour of its famed film festival, but Tetta’s Cannes is more bohemian, chic, and ethereal.
I particularly like the Forville Market, constructed in the art deco architecture style, teeming with the freshest fruits, vegetables and the widest assortment of cheese. And boy, can Tetta whip up the meanest steamed artichoke, truffle lobster pasta and foie gras, served with endless champagne. From Cannes, she’d ferry us aboard her boat to Antibes, St Paul de Vence, Nice, Marseilles, St Tropez, Monte Carlo and San Remo in nearby Italy. Club 555, La Colombe d’Or, Fondation Maeght and Carlton Hotel Martinez are but a few of my favourite stops in Tetta’s curated tour. She always ensures a perfect balance of art, architecture, gastronomy, shopping and interesting, hilarious trivia—all from a local’s perspective. And with her uniquely “Tetta” animated travel guide spiels.