ENJOYING a pleasant repast with friends at Pierrot, our post-munching musings were continuously interrupted by boisterous tables at the far end. Looking across we noticed two dinner parties in progress with some distinctly familiar faces chomping away. Curious, as always, we inquired further and discovered that one table represented a joint birthday celebration for Norman McLeod and Andre Oulette (the superior wave and curl merchants of Lan Kwai Fong). While at the other, dashing Italinate businessman Raimondo Chiodi was also celebrating his entry into this world on a date shrouded in the mists of time. It's quite amazing the distances people will travel these days for a good meal. For Andre's mum Gina and Norman's mum Ina had travelled all the way from Canada and Scotland respectively for dinner. Another of Norman's friends, Margaret Edstrom, had flownin from Australia. Over at the Chiodi table, Raimondo's constant companion - action movie star Michelle Yeoh - was waylaid by filming commitments in Beijing. But his close pal, Ajai Zecha - son of entrepreneur Adrian and considered one of this town's most eligible bachelors - jetted in from Singapore for his just desserts. Two guests who happened to have invited to both bashes were Hyatt International's Marina Bullivant and Italian aristocrat Prince Francesco di Ruspoli. And here's what a title can do, for within the space of two weeks in town Ruspoli appears to have gotten himself on the choicest party lists. The prince and Ms Bullivant were flitting between the bashes, their movements obviously being determined by the calorie-count of the courses on offer at the respective tables.