One of the best things about blogging is getting to meet people one would normally not have the chance to meet in this life. Last October, I had the wonderful opportunity to meet Maya of Infusions in Tokyo (cross fingers, we may meet again this April!) And just last Sunday, I met Janet of Ecoviolet Soap and her husband in Manila.
Janet already wrote me months ago about her plans for a first-time visit to the Philippines and Thailand – the birthplaces of her mother and father, respectively. When she had finally firmed up her schedule, I wasn’t sure if I could fly to Manila on those dates. But our meeting was meant to be; just a few days beforehand, my husband said we were going to Manila to see an art fair and to visit his parents. I was so excited when I realised the dates coincided with Janet’s visit! Despite her tight schedule, we managed to meet, albeit it was just for two short hours – so not enough, as you can imagine! Janet is a brilliant chemical engineer who is currently taking up her master’s in statistics. With her background, making soap is almost second nature to her. I love learning about the scientific part of soap making, and talking with Janet felt like I was meeting Kevin M. Dunn himself!
We were so caught up chatting, we almost forgot to have our picture taken. But we were able to have this shot at the hotel lobby, just before saying good-bye. Parting ways took a while since there was just so much to talk about! Hopefully we will have more time next time around. 🙂
Janet gifted me with an Orange Patchouli soap. Can I just say how incredible it smells? I made a Blood Orange & Patchouli soap sometime ago, but I don’t remember it smelling as deep and aromatic as Janet’s. Guess what I’m using tonight? 😉
I am so glad we met, Janet. I hope you are having a great time in Bangkok. Safe travels! 🙂