That’s how the song of Lenny Kravitz go.
I have been browsing through online deals (as what I used to do) to check for items on sale or travels at a good deal when I ran into a few. All-inclusive 3D/2N trip to Siem Reap, Cambodia. *Sigh* Given my present financial situation, I cannot really afford an international trip right now. Well, not yet anyway. But seeing that deal, I could only sigh. You see, I have been wanting to go to Cambodia (and even Vietnam) for the past two years now. Had I not gotten pregnant, I might have gone there on my birthday last year. Not that I regret having my little boy. Na-uh, nope, I don’t regret that. It’s just that his medical journey for his first four months had really put a dent in my finances. And I mean, a big dent. Again, not that I regret it. If I have to go back and do it all over again, I would still prioritize little Z no matter what. But if I could go back in time, I’d probably have fixed and stabilized my finances before having my baby. But then who could have known that I will have little Z, right? Anyway, enough of that.
For as long as I can remember, I have always dreamed of going to places – travelling to other countries, visiting local destinations and all that. I was lucky enough to land a job that sends me off to different places when needed. In the past seven years with my current employer, I have already been to three countries (of course, not counting the lay overs in other countries. LOL) and two local tourist destinations within the country. And thanks to my employer, I was able to afford my own trip to another local destination last year.
2007 was a year full of travels. It was when I first left the large island of Luzon and then had my first international trip. Well, my first plane ride for that matter. Our company’s summer outing that year was held in Puerto Galera, Mindoro (an island south of Luzon). I was also sent to Singapore for a two-day cross-training with our Singapore hub in August of that year and I was included in the delegates sent to the US for a 3-week business trip in November of that same year.
Singapore was fun. Orchard Road was a road of malls. Malls are beside each other and across each other. All you have to do is find out where to cross for you to get to the other side.
The Merlion at Singapore
I forgot which mall this was… still in Singapore
The US trip that I’ve had that year was, like I said, a 3-week business trip consisting of business meetings, 3-day conference and client visits. 4 days in Austin, TX; a week in Pittsburgh, PA; 2 days in Eden Prairie, MN; and the deadliest (well, that’s exaggerating. But it was the most tiring part of the trip) last week was spent travelling from one state to another every single day. Albany, NY then took a train to New Jersey then a plane ride to Baton Rouge, LA then another plane ride to Memphis, TN then another plane ride to Dallas, TX. From there, we took a bus back to Austin for last minute shopping before coming back home.
waiting for a cab outside LAX
selfie somewhere on the road to the office in Austin, TX
Pittsburgh Airport Mall
Somewhere in downtown Pittsburgh
downtown Pittsburgh at night
Eden Prairie, MN
San Marco Outlet Mall in Austin, TX
The next year, 2008, was another summer outing / team building held in Boracay. It was a 3D/2N spent mostly inside the conference room of the hotel we’ve been booked in for team building activities. The second day had us running around the sea-side for a grueling day of physical and mental activities ala Amazing Race.
company team building in Boracay
Parasailing in Boracay
It has been a quiet few years after that trip.
The next trip I had was 2012 when I went back to the US for almost two weeks. Business trip again, of course. A week in Round Rock, TX and three days in Dallas, TX for a client visit.
that’s a half-ass burger… imagine what a big-ass burger would look like…
Given that I have been working with North American clients for the past 7 years, I have never thought that I will have the opportunity to travel to Europe. But I was able to get that opportunity when I got involved in one of the projects. I was sent to The Netherlands for a week for cross-training. I was sent to the office in Ede to learn from the folks there then spent the weekend in Amsterdam for some sight-seeing and shopping.
outside Schiphol Airport
panoramic view within the city center
the Red Light District
Amsterdam was a very interesting place. Just watch any documentary show that features this place and everything they say about Amsterdam is true. It is a place with no pretensions. It is what it is.
And did I mention that I was already 4-months pregnant during this trip? Yep, I was already pregnant that time. Little Z’s first international trip in utero. LOL!
A month, after my long flight, I found myself at the domestic airport waiting for my flight to Palawan for a much needed vacation. I think I deserved that solo trip. Away from all the stresses of the big metro and away from work as well. Though that trip was too short if I could say so myself.
waiting for the boat going inside the underground river
last food trip before going back to the big metro
When I was pregnant, I was already planning road trips and international travels with my little warrior. I want him to experience the world at an early age. I knew even then that my little boy will eventually be my travel partner. Just the two of us. I was planning on bringing him to Disneyland in Hongkong or Universal Studio in Singapore for his first birthday. Oh well, that plan will have to be put on hold for now.
So, what’s the point in all of this? I am itching for a trip to anywhere. That’s it.