Okaaaaaay. I guess what I’m really trying to say is………….
How are things with you? , How is everything?
I know, for sure that so many things happened then and there and I just had a realization after checking my post settings that it’s been months since my last entry.
Ugh!!!!!! I can’t believe this. I’ve been off my blog for so long and what else is to expect, but a 5-ish list of blog entries sitting on my journal and that long to nonsense introduction I just had is a sham just because I don’t know any other way to excuse my as*.
I know, I know I’m the worst but hey, hey I’m back and it may take me months for cake’s sake, but I am so ready to let my nostalgic self , random thoughts and memories to turn into words. After all, I will not pass on writing this one yes the one that I am typing now and be back on track. Again. I hope.
I’ll be sharing about a once in a lifetime experience about my recent trip to a special place, for a special reason. For someone who used to be lost and found her way back to where she really needs to be and be given a chance to be in the other side of the world isjust pure magic.
Late February of this year (2017) I applied for a post in our company. I took my chance along with my skills and tenure during the application process. As fate would have it. A friend and colleague got it which is totally cool. I’m happy that he was the one considered and I would actually prefer him to get that instead of the others. I mean, I know the guy.
Days after the announcement, I received a call from our Director and she told me if I am interested to go through another application, but this time for a different campaign for a different site.
In my mind, I was kind of hesitant, maybe because it was an unexpected call, but then she told me that after reviewing my profile and tenure, she agreed that I am somewhat perfect for the post for a launching account in our company, that’s the time I pay attention and sort of buying the idea to brand and sell myself again.
She then asked me if I have a VISA and when will it expire, in no further due, she explained that if I pass the interview I’ll be one of the associates that will travel to UK to undergo a crash training for the account. That’s the time I knew I have to brand, sell myself and close the damn deal in an instant!
After the interview, I had to wait for nearly 2 weeks for the result. I remember that I have an ongoing class that time when my Supervisor talked to me and started to tease me with hints like ‘Congrats” that I have no time to entertain not unless confirmed Ha-Ha.
I remember it was aThursday, I got a call from our Director and she congratulated me for making it!I am hired as the program’s new Trainerand I will go to Dublin, Ireland!I made it!!!
She said that I have to start preparing all my travel documents and the expected date of travel is between March or April.
This is the time in my life when I realized that all these years, one’s hard work and passion surely pays off. It’s been 4 years in the making and that same chance that was taken away from me years ago, is now here again, and is here to happen for real.
I cried out of happiness and just feel, plain grateful.
After receiving the confirmation, I had to wait for 2 weeks to transition to my new account. It passed by so fast that I finally realized that I am now inside a Training room filled with new people that soon became my new friends / “sissums”. I remember my former team asking me to visit them days after my transition. Glad and happy to know that I mean a lot to them and I felt the same happiness knowing that my new team are as competitive, creative and fun as they are and within a week we have so many plans for the launch of our account.
As much as I want to be helpful and share how I processed my VISA. I can’t. Everything passed by so fast and I was processing my documents while attending to my on going classes. All that I can share is that when we were applying for our Irish VISA, we had to do a dry run with our Director who had traveled before and practice us with some FAQ’s during the interview process. It turns out that UK Embassy is compliance driven, strict and keen to details for all applicants. Funny, cause we had to dry run for 3x just for them to make sure that we will not screw up Ha-Ha!
2 days before our flight when I was awakened to the reality that (“Hey, you. You have to pack your bags now, arrange your clothes, check your toiletries and go to the effin money changer so you’ll have euros!”)I am days away from leaving the country when my colleagues told me to not forget their “pasalubong” I was like, Oh that one is for me?! Shoot. I have prepared nothing till this day. Ha-Ha!
Let’s just say that I was kind of pre-occupied with everything that I fail to keep on track.
It is a surreal feeling and opportunity that was given and confirmed in no time and I am still trying to keep up. I did not feel weird about it,after all it’s been a tough journey before I reach this part and the emotion that I am feeling at the time is, wait what’s that word again? Yeah, I am overwhelmed.
I started as a Call Center Agent at the age of 19. I was a graduating student at a time. Took calls for 2 years. In between those 2 years, I was offered to be a Team Manager, but I knew that teaching = training people, public speaking is what I am passionate about so I waited until there is an opening in the Training Department. I waited. When that time came, I applied and got promoted as a Trainer. I was 22. The youngest in our team alongside, probably the strongest training department with tenured Trainers, Managers who are now promoted in the Global Training field that I’ve ever met and get a chance to work with. I once think that I was a cat in the room full of lions. Till this day, I see them as my inspiration to be good, better and eventually be the best in this field.
As the year goes by, I know that I have been able to improve myself not just in terms of facilitating but all other aspects of becoming a trainer. With all the feedback from the people I’ve worked with and trained. I know I got the skills but not enough to become the best. I have my shortcomings and inner demons who haunt and let myself be compromised. Again.
Opportunities came, Was I qualified? Yes, but was I ready ? Not sure.
Sadly, I decided to not be ready even if I know, I can. I settle to just go where the wind takes me. When I hit rock bottom that’s when I decided to take some time off and find myself. The old me who is certain to who she is, what she is capable of doing and someone who knows what she wants. A year later, this happened. That’s when I know that I won’t let myself be a victim of my own and do it right this time.
My family and close friends did not fail to show their support and happiness for me. It even came to a point that my sister and friends end up saying the same thing when I told them the news. “You would have gotten this chance long before. Now that you have this again. Don’t waste them. Not everyone is given a chance like this. Put it to good use and your advantage”
Geez. I may have disappointed and defeat my own self for so many times, but there is no way that I’ll let them be disappointed again.
From the time I got the confirmation, We were asked to fix our documents for our 2 week trip in Dublin, Ireland. We went back and forth in the UK Embassy and it’s been a tough and strict application process before we finally get our VISA.
When we got approved and received our VISA, Itineraries, hotel papers and all documents needed, we only had 2-3 days to pack up and fly to Dublin. We even had our training the same week, the day before our flight. We fly, Saturday evening and I never had the luxury of time to have my eyebrow thread and not to mention, buying a coat after we have been advised by our clients, Google and weather.com that it’s going to be cold AF once we land. Ha-Ha!
The next thing I know, I was at the airport waiting for the on-boarding.
My sister, friends and Hazel were much more excited to drop me off the airport.
We are all happy and excited that we get to fly with Emirates Airlines and for a first timer, I enjoyed their service and it lived up to our expectations and great reviews from their customers worldwide. The Flight Attendants are friendly and not to mention they are all pretty and always wear a smile that ease the nervous wreck in me for the first 7 hours of my flight Ha-Ha! But not on our first flight from Manila to Dubai though. Let me get back on this one as this blog continues..
It was a fine Sunday afternoon and we are in awe with the beauty of Dublin. These are some of the photos taken by Vicci (color grading by yours truly) Part 1. Taken during our Hop-On Hop-Off Bus ride.
Here are some additional pictures from our Dublin Hop-On Hop-Off Bus experience.
Shout out to Vicci for taking these awesome pictures during our ride. I was so busy doing my FB live and take my family and friends on a virtual tour around Dublin.
Dublin is a different world for me. The houses, buildings and structured areas are so beautiful, it’s as if they were a 3D picture. People are so nice specially to tourists like us and always greet us with a smile. No traffic, No pollution and food are not bad at all.
Looking at these pictures still put a smile on my face.
Thank you God for the opportunity and experience.
On our second week, We need to travel and check in to Dundaulk, Dublin to visit our other site and get to know the Training and Operations team. It’s a little less than 2 hour drive from our hotel.
This time we stayed at Crowne Plaza and I must say that I’m not really a fan of their red interior hallway and narrow hallway. It gives me us the creeps. Service is nice though! 🙂
We stayed for 2 days and 1 night before we head back to Carlton on our final day.
Grabbed photos from Frances, just because I got busy online again…
All the learning about the account and culture about our market are some of the vital pieces that we took home and willingly shared to our collagues and future associates that will complete the missing piece of our account.
To a stronger, happy, customer focused, culture driven account. We are on a good start.
I’ve been saying my thank yous since the start of this post, which I truly am.
I am just plain thankful for all the experience, new life lesson, new people in my life that made me feel whole again. This is where I wanted to be and always wanted to do. To train, deliver, and inspire my trainees.
My mantra never fail.
“Everything happens for a reason”
This reason is always beautiful and always for the better.