Just returned from Washington DC and feeling jet-lagged. This explains why I’m still bright awake at 1am! Thought I might as well take the chance to update my blog before I fly off again on Wednesday.
I attended the Eximbank Conference in Washington DC and thoroughly enjoyed its line-up of heavyweight speakers, panelists and moderators. It reminded me of The Singapore Summit! I’ve always found it inspiring to personally hear insights from the “movers and shakers” of the world (especially when NoMs are not required thereafter. I’m sure my MAS friends will agree! Hee.) This time round, keynote speeches were made by John Kerry (US Secretary of State) and Larry Summers (Former Treasury Secretary). Particularly, I was impressed by how David Rubenstein (Founder and CEO of Carlyle Group) moderated one of the panel discussions – Seemingly simple and light-hearted questions, which generated in-depth perspectives nonetheless. This year’s Conference also coincided with the ongoing objections by some Republicans who are trying to shut the Eximbank down. As such, the theme of “the importance of promoting global trade relations” came across very strongly. By the way, the Eximbank faces the risk of being shut down if its charter is not renewed by 1 October this year.
Work aside, I managed to squeeze in a 1.5-hour walking tour of Washington DC just before the sun set. Obviously, the time was not sufficient to fully appreciate the sights of DC, but I was glad that I made it to The White House (although President Obama was in Japan then). Washington DC was really lovely – the Lincoln Memorial and its Reflecting Pool, the World War II Memorial, Capitol Hill from a distance, spring blooms… Beautiful memories
Although the DC trip was fruitful, I looked forward to returning home to Querido! As usual, Querido planned a nice night-out once I touched down. We caught an open-air night concert outside the Parliament, which was meant to commemorate 40 years of democracy in Portugal (since the Carnation Revolution in 1974).
We also dined at “Malaca too” @ LX Factory. This restaurant is opened by a Malaysian lady and serves familiar Asian cuisines such as Rendang, Phad Thai, Tom Yam, etc. The food is decent, but not spectacular. Don’t think we’ll be returning again as I honestly think that Querido prepares more delectable Asian food
That’s all for now. Have a great week ahead, especially since it’s a short work week!