I was browsing through the Jester-in-Exile blog when I chanced upon the link to A Slice of Life (Jenny’s blog). What was interesting was that as the banner/header of this blog appeared I just felt like I was in the middle of summer holidays. It was just a fleeting moment but it was a good feeling. It was probably the color combination of the blog’s banner which I associate with summer and all things fun and exciting, going to the beach, playing on the sand, reading under the tree, and just having fun with family and friends. I am just probably missing home, that’s why.
September 26, 2008
August 2, 2008
It was in June when my sister in Manila informed me that she and my niece, Kate, will be going to Singapore towards the end of July. My niece, who is a student at the Shirley Halili-Cruz Dance School in Quezon City, is joining the school group for some ballet competition (the 10th Asia-Pacific Dance Competition). I was so excited to hear about it and immediately I started to check my calendar. It would be nice to meet up in Singapore, it being nearer and easier to go to (from Bangkok, that is) than to the Philippines.
Fortunately, I had so many days of leave credits which I need to use up before my contract ends in August. As the case here at AIT, as a fixed term contract worker, we could not carry over our leave credits to the next contract period, even if it is within the same project. And it could not be converted to cash either. So if you do not use them, you lose. After all the hard work … hmmm… It was also a surprise that I accumulated that many leave credits because there was no official announcement from our HRO that the monthly leave credit was increased from 1 to 1.5 days. I dunno even when it started. Am just so happy to learn that but I wished I knew earlier so I did not have to take leave without pay a few months earlier (in April) when I went home to Philippines for my holiday. So now I am left with about 10 days leave with barely 2 months to go in my contract. And with a 2 week training program to participate in the following month (August), I have few remaining days to work and so how can I use them up?
So there, the opportunity came up to travel. And I can choose to go as long as I want but it’s not only my own sked to consider. My DH has to come, too, and we have to check his sked whether he could take leave. Fortunately again, that period in July is graduation time at the university where he is teaching. In Thailand, graduation ceremonies take days to complete, so there is basically no work to be done during that period. Which means he is free to take leave as well and travel. So schedule wise, we are ok.
Now the time to check for flights and accommodations. We know that flights to Singapore from Bangkok have a wide range of prices and choices of airlines. Sometimes they really have cheap promos but during this period, there was none. So we had to check the budget airlines and we were able to book one with Air Asia. That’s ok. Next comes the accommodation. So expensive in hotels, that’s out of the question. In the meantime we contacted our dear friend, Lailin and she offered to find one for us among her friends. So that was solved.
So everything was set, we just had to wait. In the meantime, excitement is building up. We do not normally travel just for a holiday. Except for the visit to home in the Philippines, the travels we often do are work-related (professional) and with the ministry. And in times of economic difficulties, work related travel is a good enough chance to travel as a tourist as well. So no need to plan for expensive holidays.
I will be writing blogs on varied topics related to our Singapore trip in the following days. So stay tuned!
July 10, 2008
I mentioned to my colleague today that this week has been going quite slower compared to the previous weeks. Dunno why, just a feeling maybe. But work has not slowed down. Still maybe there is not much pressure. Sabai sabai, as they say in Thai. Will see what the weekend holds. The following week we only have 3 working days as there is a long weekend due to a religious festival here. My husband and I were discussing where to go but since we are going to Singapore end of this month, we decided to just stay and rest. Take things easy. I bet not. There are lots of things to do. In and out of the office. So let’s see what happens.