Flores, not Bella

At elegant dinners, especially in the company of highly accomplished and therefore superior individuals, one is supposed to converse intelligently, eloquently, elegantly, with just the right dash of razor sharp wit, not too much and not too little.  One never crosses the line from sophistication to ordinariness.  You’re NOT supposed to talk about those bags at “Louis Vuitton” nor those shoes at “Salvatore Ferragamo” at Greenbelt IV [ even if yes, they are nice ]… so terribly gauche to do that.  You’re supposed to discuss “higher concerns”:  the latest scientific discoveries, for example.  That was how the lively conversations went at my uncle Brother Andrew’s dinners and lunches.  But then, eternal and worldly child that I am, I have retained a healthy disregard for social conventions…   

We were at a lovely formal dinner at a European embassy residence to welcome an important personage.  I looked good and smelled nice because it had characteristically taken me ages to put myself together.  Knowing that I would be in “elevated” company, and to ensure that my conversation would not be banal and stupid amid cerebral heavyweights, I mentally summoned my rusty knowledge of the great European thinkers 18th century to contemporary, the philosophers, the “encyclopedistes,” as well as the very latest from CNN, Fox, Bloomberg, and the rest of Cable TV, the “Cartoon Network” and “Nickelodeon” included.  I was “thus armed” for the dinner table…




  1. Garganta Inflamada said,

    January 1, 2009 at 3:04 am

    Toto and readers,

    OMG! OMG! Just caught the last 5 mins of the local Pinoy broadcast; and on a story on Imelda Papin’s return to Las Vegas, who should they interview amongst the concert-goers but your very own, the original BELLA FLORES?!?! OMG!! Speaking of ghosts of the past. It was quite a shock and I had to post it here pronto. It was like a 20-sec soundbyte. I guess she must have retired either to the Vegas or LA areas.

    Well, Buon Anno Novo to one and all!!


  2. larry leviste said,

    December 8, 2008 at 12:57 am

    Gar Infla,

    OR you’ve just discovered I have a multi-personality disorder. Whenever I blog, one personality who comments on current events will be upstaged by another personality who had a stomach procedure done and lost all that weight.

    Say it’s stream of consiousness or verbal diareah. Hey, I’m the Princeof Yuletides.

  3. Garganta Inflamada said,

    December 6, 2008 at 5:00 pm

    /\ So, Larry, if one puts 2 and 2 together (of your post #4 above), you have just discovered the O.J. Simpson Lifestyle Diet and it works? 🙂 🙂


  4. larry leviste said,

    December 6, 2008 at 1:15 am

    Isn’t KARMA soooo justified and ancient.

    O.J. Simpson might get a life term for grand theft. PAYBACK time for udered wife and Ron Goldman.

    The judge fully denies this but PERSONAL satisfaction is now in the KIN’S hearts.

    Walang kasamaan na hindi BINAGBABAYARAN.

    Isn’t it the greatest of gifts. According to m POGI doctor cousin Dr. Randy Francisco, I’m off all meds. Sugar and cholesterol VANQUISHED at last. I lost 35 lbs. It’s a lifestyle about face. A complete turn-around because of a decision to live LONGER.

    I love it. And it shows. I am also IN LOVE.

  5. larry leviste said,

    November 30, 2008 at 4:40 am

    Paris, you’re so… PINOY.

  6. Cousin Paz said,

    November 28, 2008 at 2:09 am

    Can’t wait… what is the conclusion of this post?

  7. IslaSanLuisParis said,

    November 22, 2008 at 2:32 am

    And the one topic of conversation that popped up was the “ultra-sophisticated” latest version of “Big Brother” on television?

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