one of the perils of travelling is the possibility of getting sick. nariyan ang SARS at bird flu. last week for instance – naroon ako sa beijing during the time na lumabas ang mga bagong case ng SARS. nasa tokyo na ako ng mabalitaan ko ito pero ninerbyos pa rin ako kahit papaano. ok naman ako ngayon. wala akong fever at di ko nararamdaman yung mga, hah. yung mga, hah… hah… hachooooo! excuse me. di ko nararamdaman yung mga symptoms ng SARS. eto nga pala yung face mask na ginawa ko last year para pang contra SARS. effective naman dahil di ako tinamaan, pero pinagtatawanan ako sa train.
isang misconception about doing work related travel is that it’s glamorous. it’s so far from the truth. nariyan yung long wait sa airport, moving heavy luggage, mga katabing mabahu sa mahabang flight, embarrassing immigration questions dahil you hold a pinoy passport, etc. etc. etc. the first few times probably so, pero after a while, every town will look the same. the people you meet become nameless faces. you’ll get cranky and pretty soon, will loose interest in the great hotel service, the “all you can eat” meals and all the perks that come with the whole travelling package thing-a-majig.
the secret of course, in overcoming all of these difficulties, is making the most of your trip. para sa akin the best way to do it is to immerse myself in the culture of the country i visit. that means staying away from the tourist traps and becoming a native (if only for a few days) – ride their public transport, eat their food, speak their language. it’s not only informative and fun but it’s also the best way to build relationships with your local colleagues.
walang kasing flattering para sa isang local ang makitaan niya ng matinding interest ang isang foreigner tungkol sa kanyang sariling bayan.