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Sri Lankan envoy hosts farewell party for Am Bella of Slovakia

Ambassador and Mrs. Tisa Wijeratne of Sri Lanka hosted a farewell reception for Ambassador and Mrs. Dusan Bella of the Slovak Republic at their residence in Pyeongchang-dong, Seoul on June 26, 2014.

▲From left: Chairman-Publisher Lee Kyung-sik of The Korea Post; Ambassadors Tissa Wijeratne of Sri Lanka and Francois Bontemps of Belgium; Mrs, Sumedha Wijeratne; Ambassadors Dato Haji Harun Ismail of Brunei Darussalam and Dusan Bella of the Slovak Republic; Mrs, Eugenia Bellova; Mrs. Sayeka A. Kabir; Mrs. Datin Siti Aishah Abdullah; and Ambassador Md. Enamul Kabir of Bangladesh.

Attending the dinner, besides Ambassadors Wijeratne and Bell with their spouses, were and Ambassador Mrs. Dato Haji Harun Ismail of Brunei Darussalam (dean of the Diplomatic Corps in Korea), Ambassador and Mrs. Md. Enamul Kabir of Bangladesh, Ambassador Francois Bontemps of Belgium and Publisher-Chairman Lee Kyung-sik of The Korea Post.
It was home-cooked traditional Sri Lankan food with excellent wine and Sri Lankan tea after the meal.

Ambassador Wijeratne of Sri Lanka spoke to the guests on how wonderful Ambassador Bella had been as a fellow ambassador and expressed his reluctance to part with him.

▲Ambassadors and their spouses display a Sri Lankan saree that is six meters long and 1.1 meters wide. It is amazing how the six-meter-long Saree is easily worn and presents such an elegant appearance

Similar remarks were made by Ambassador Harun Ismail of Brunei Darussalam (dean of the Diplomatic Corps in Korea) who wished the outgoing Slovak ambassador and madam good luck and every success in his future.

Conversation among the guests was lively and at one point Ambassador Wijeratne was found to be able to speak the Japanese language and he spoke in Japanese with Publisher-Chairman Lee of The Korea Post and soon it was joined by Mrs. Harun Ismail, spouse of the ambassador of Brunei Darussalam who also was able to speak the Japanese language.

▲Mrs. Eugenia Bellova (wife of the Slovak ambassador) is seen flanked by Mrs. Sayeka A. Kabir (wife of the ambassador of Bangladesh) on the left and Mrs. Datin Siti Aishah Abdullah (wife of the ambassador of Brunei Darussalam, concurrently dean of the Diplomatic Corps in Korea).

One of the highlights of the dinner was the beautiful Sri Lankan Saree of gold and brown in color running some six meters in length and over a meter in width, which Mrs. Bella wore wrapping it around her waist with one end draped over her should except the midriff where she wore a blouse.

After the party, all participants showed the Sri Lanka Saree holding along the top edge of the beautiful drape.

For the guests who were not familiar with the Sri Lankan Saree, it was an occasion of a great learning as they had never imagined the drape to run that long when not worn.

▲Ambassador and Mrs. Dusan Bella of the Slovak Republic who are leaving Korea soon after their successful tour of duty in Korea.

A World Cup match between Korea and Belgium had been scheduled in the morning in Brazil at 5 a.m. and naturally the question was which wide would win. Ambassador Bontemps of Belgium attending the dinner said that it did not matter to him which side would win because his family would have one side winning because he was married to a Korean lady.

Mrs. Eugenia Bellova, wife of the ambassador of the Slovak Republic, who was a doctor of medicine by profession, said that she had learned Oriental medicine while in Korea and had a good mind to spread it to Europe from the Slovak Republic.

▲Guests listen to Ambassador Francois Bontemps of Belgium (seated second from right) speaks on the Korean-Belgian World Cup match that evening. He said it did not matter which wide would win because his family would be winning it anyway as he was married to a Korean lady. Belgium won.

Publisher-Chairman Lee Kyung-sik of The Korea Post agreed to introduce her to a famous Oriental (Korean) medicine doctor, Director Seo Hyo-seok of PyungKang Oriental Medical Clinic in Seocho-dong, Seoul across the Diplomatic Center building that housed the Embassy of the Republic of Uzbekistan. Director Seo had been planning to increase the number of his PyungKang Oriental clinics to Europe as Korean medicine was getting more and more popular in Europe and other parts of the world. Presently, Dr. Seo said that he has Oriental clinics in 30 different countries of the world.

▲Mrs. Eugenia Bellova, wife of the Slovak ambassador wearing Sri Lankan traditional dress, Saree.

이경식 기자  edt@koreapost.com

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