Work Travel and Some Fun

Part of being a newbie in a company is undergoing a lot of training. I am no exception to that. For the past 2 months, I have been going back and forth to Manila for my training in our head office. I flown twice in October and once in November.

October 4 to 7, 2016. I did not know what to expect – and accurately, my Day 1 turned out totally unexpected. My flight was around 10am and ETA is around 12 noon. Here’s the catch, due to air traffic, the aircraft I am in kept flying high above the sky for an hour and the pilot decided to divert aircraft landing at Clark International Airport which is like 3-4 hours (or more because of traffic) travel to Manila. People inside the aircraft were mad and gratefully after a few minutes, the pilot announced that we will go back to NAIA and land there. I arrived to our head office at around 5:30 pm already.

I finally met my colleagues in the HR Team and also, I was able to meet our business unit’s General Manager. They are really welcoming. It was timekeeping period and it was expected that the HR team were really busy – and they had to render extended hours at work. Even though I was really tired, I stayed with them so I can get used as to how they do things around.

So here are my new teammates!

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Day 2, another overtime work. Day 3, we had a training for a new portal to use at work. I was a bit groggy that day because we went home at 4am the dawn before. I only had 2 hours of sleep. Nice? My flight back to Davao is at 6pm because I need to go to class the day after. Technically, I didn’t have enough sleep. And my pimples started to show up. Gaaah!

October 12-15, 2016. Another training to undergo for the HR Team at Tera Tower, Quezon City was being held for 3 days. Timekeeping period is done and no overtime work is needed. So, 6:30 pm onwards were mine to use. The first night, I decided to just rest at the hotel. The second night, I got to hang out with my HR colleagues from my previous job. I was ecstatic to meet them because it’s not everyday I get to see them. We had dinner at Racks, Paseo de Magallanes in Makati and had some coffee at Starbucks afterwards. Hi Sir Ron and Sir Mike, thank you for the time and for catching up on each other aaaand for the treat, most especially. Haha!

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On my third night, I finally had the chance to meet with my beloved CTF (but incomplete)! Lara and Pedro were the only ones who made it. We had dinner at Silantro in UP Town Center. The food was really good, it almost made me cry (JK)! The deal was that we pay equally. However, I was the one who ended up paying the bills. Okay, minsan lang naman. Haha!

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I was also supposed to meet my cousins on the same night, however they were unavailable. My flight back to Davao is the next morning already and so, I’ve had no time to catch up with them.

November 6-9, 2016. My third travel. We had an in-depth training again. Gratefully, I was able to finish my timekeeping in Davao two days before my travel. I arrived in Manila at around 3pm. I had all the time by myself and so, I decided to stroll at a mall across my hotel. I ended up going back to the hotel after a few minutes because I was really sleepy. After an hour, my dad called and told me he’s arriving to Manila from Vietnam on that night. I was excited because I haven’t seen my dad in months and I missed him so bad. He told me he’d drop by my hotel so we can have dinner together.

At around 8pm, my dad showed up and we had pizza and did some catching up. I am so glad to have spent time with dad even for just a few hours. It meant the world to me because I get to have some encouraging words of wisdom which really enlightened me to not carry too much burden and how everything will work out fine as long as I glorify and honor God in all that I do. Ah, thank you, Lord, for blessing our family with a godly head of the household.

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Dad left at around 11pm. His flight back to Gensan is on the following morning. Meeting my dad at Manila was a relief for me and it is really everything for me.

On my 2nd night, I was finally able to meet my cousins! Ate Marichu, who used to live with us in Gensan when I was still around 7 or 8 years old, is residing in Antipolo with her family. That night, I got to finally meet her husband, Kuya Jef, and my goddaughter, Bright Margarette. Aww, she was really adorable and all smiles but really shy. We ate dinner at Ramen Bar, Greenfield District, The Hub at Mandaluyong. And unfortunately, Ate Chu and I got too drowned in our conversation, we forgot to actually take some photos. Haha! Soon, ate, let’s not forget that part.

I got back to the hotel at around 11 pm. Kuya Randy, another cousin, was supposed to join us for dinner but he was not able to make it. I was already preparing to sleep because my flight the day after is at 7 AM, Kuya Randy texted me he wanted to meet me and decided to just go to my hotel. He arrived at around 11:30 and we had chit chats about all random stuff we could talk about. We had some photos but I wasn’t able to get copies of them. Sad, right? He left at around 12:30 AM.

Those were just some highlights of the time I was in Manila. I am traveling back there again next week for another training. What’s good with it is that, co-incidentally, I’ll be in the same flight with a close friend of mine on my way to Manila. That would be of great help to encourage me to look forward to the rest of the day.

Until my next travel.

Carpe diem,
Jhen