Friday, June 19, 2009
Tuesday, June 16, 2009
Everyone loves trips, vacations, tours – whatever you call it, traveling is always a welcome pursuit. It really proves that human is basically nomadic and a natural wanderer.
Opportunity blended with luck and prayers was given to us, the 20 selected Information and Technology (ICT) Master Trainers from the Division of Cavite to travel and visit the famously known as “Land of the Morning Calm” – South Korea for the 10-Day Training in Information and Communication Technology. After the tedious screening of who will be included in the fifth batch of the lucky delegates, I finally uttered a sigh of relief when I received my roundtrip airplane ticket together with the passport and the authentic South Korean visa.
Upon the directive of our delegation head, Dr. Elias A. Alicaya, the Education Supervisor in Information and Communications Technology of the Division of Cavite, most of us came very early on the scheduled time which is 7:30 in the morning at the main lobby of Robinson’s Mall in Dasmarinas,
While waiting for the others to arrive, we went inside a nearby fast food chain to have our quick munch of light breakfast. Camera flash was in active mode as everyone brought a digital camera which meant to record event and picture beautiful sceneries in all the places along the way.
After having the breakfast and with all of the participants then around, we agreed to proceed to the airport. We headed to the waiting white mini-bus with a big “Cavite Revolution” logo courtesy of the Provincial Government. Others got in to their personal vehicle and all the vehicles convoyed going to the airport. The minibus where I was in, led them along the highway. We felt we were high ranking government officials or some VIP’s because the mini bus used the loud siren along the way
We arrived at NAIA Terminal 1 just on time and we lined up pushing our baggage trolleys heading to the departure area. The usual procedures meant for the departing passengers were experienced by all the delegates like the body thermo scanning and baggage scan checking. At the height of A(H1N1) scare, we felt confident and calm that our training will be as safe and fruitful as we dreamed of.
After the authority of Asiana Airlines inspected our plane tickets at the departure counter, gave us our boarding passes and assigned each of us the plane seat, we next proceeded to pay and get our terminal fee. While the group was walking, one of the participants, Melanie Cantoria met his family relative who is a police security in the airport. Miss Cantoria introduced our team leader, Dr. Alicaya, to Police Capt. Moises M. Ganalongo.
Inside the airport, some of the participants have their peso currency be exchanged to Korean won and some US dollars too for possible expenses in the foreign place where we will be into. While some were busy, Mr. Michael de Guzman of Dasmarinas, the lone principal among the trainers was questioned in the Custom’s Area. His name is being blacklisted by the NBI. But later on, it was found out that he is not the Michael de Guzman being referred to in the report but another person with just the same name. Through the help of Captain Ganalongo , Mr. de Guzman was not apprehended.
At 12:15, passengers started to board Asiana. Inside, we were amazed by the fixtures of the plane, since it is the latest airline of
Still anticipating for all the wonderful experiences stored for us, the plane arrived
While disembarking from the plane, some took souvenir pictures with other female Korean stewardess who willingly and generously accepted their invitation. Afterward, we hurriedly proceeded inside the airport to claim our baggage. We had quite a very distant walk before we came to the baggage claim area. After having our belongings, some went to the bank inside the airport and have their Philippine money exchanged to Korean currency.
After that short introduction, the Filipino teachers were directed to board a big waiting bus with a big and red digital signage “
Inside the bus, all the participants were seated cozily and prepared ourselves for a four and a half road travel. While on board, Mr. Kim, in Korean-twanged English, used the microphone and once again introduced all the Koreans who were in front row seats of the bus. The bus started to move on while the kind interpreter was reading the name of the participants on the list. He also distributed to us our identification card and hand-outs of our day-to-day schedule of activities. He gave some reminders and the do’s and don’ts while having the ten-day training. He also shared information about the places along the way. The participants enjoyed and were star-strucked with the complexities of everything in
Everyone was tired and exhausted already, so we fell asleep while the bus kept on track. At about 8:30 PM, Mr. Kim awoken all the sleeping participants and told us that we will have our dinner at a famous folk restaurant beside the superhighway. He said that we still have one and a half hour to be in our hotel.
After dinner, the bus continued on track while some of us continued also their interrupted sleep and others enjoyed watching the Korean show on the television in front of the bus. At about 11:10 in the evening, we arrived at last to the place where we can rest our weary body. We got inside the Chonbuk University Hunsan Gungi House. Mr. Kim, with other Korean officials, once again gathered all the participants and instructed us about the place and the time of our breakfast for all the days of our stay in Gungi House. We would have our breakfast at the second floor of the building at exactly 7:30 AM. We were also informed that 8:30 was the time we will leave every morning going to the training venue.
Dr. Alicaya wanted everything to be ironed-out before we went to sleep. He met all of the trainers and re-instructed all the things the Koreans had said to us. After the clearing house of ideas, the 20 Filipino trainers called that day, a day.