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Whiskey Tour - The Glenlivet Distillery

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The second stop on our whiskey tour was theGlenlivet Distillery, producer of the renowned Glenlivet single-malt (duh!). Known as the "single malt that started it all," Glenlivet is currently the biggest selling single malt brand in the USand is personally my favorite single-malt scotch.



* This sign goes to show how all of our beloved scotch whiskey brands are just literally, neighbors.

Whiskey Tour - Strathisla Distillery

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For my profession, I find that I am extremely lucky to be able to call myself a salesmanof some of the world's finest brands of spirits and liqueurs. It's one thing to care about what it is you sell, may it be a service, smartphone, shoes, food, but to actually LOVE what you sell(and I do love my booze) is an entirely different thing.

It is in this spirit that I, along with my officemates, was very fortunate to have been sent on aneducational trip to Scotland, where our beloved scotch whiskey brands are produced.



* On the road, we passed by warehouses full of Chivas Regal, definitely my preferred blended scotch due to its sweetness and smooth finish as compared with other scotch brands. It was surreal to realize that a bottle of scotch that I will enjoy years from now, is currently in one of these warehouses. 

Exploring the Bishopric of Elgin, Scotland

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In between the company scheduled tours, dinners and activities, I found some time to walk around and explore the area our hotel was located in.

To my surprise, I found out that Elgin was a former cathedral city(town built around a medieval cathedral) created as a Royal Burgh(official royal town) in the 12th centuryby King David I of Scotland. So historically, there are a lot of places here to whet one's appetite.

On a pop culture note, the Beatles, The Who, Pink Floyd and The Kinks all performed in a dance hall here back in the 60's; so, add extra points for coolness!!



* The view of the town from my attic-style hotel room's window!

Manila - Singapore - England - Scotland

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After 13 hours, 3 movies, 5 TV shows, 2 full meals, 1 in-flight magazine (read from cover-to-cover) and numerous conversations with my colleagues, we finally arrived in London.. just in time to catch our connecting flight to Scotland!



* Thank God for the gift ofaisle seating as I had the chance to stretch every few hours. I could have happily walked for miles upon arriving in Heathrow after that grueling flight duration.


6 Hours in Singapore

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En route on my company trip from Manila to London, I was awarded a 6-hour opportunity to explore the ultra-modern and oh-so-neat city of Singapore. The last time I was here was around 15 years ago, so I was excited to see how much the place changed. (In hindsight though, this was the exact same orderly, clean and prosperous city that I remembered from my youth.) 


* Touchdown Singapore, after a short flight enjoying Singapore Airlines' great in-flight entertainment service and cuisine.