The past four days have been unbelievably hectic, marked by unexpected requests for interviews and checking of papers. As far as I can remember, I’ve always wanted to travel, and the thirst to fly out became more intense this year that I made a few big decisions on the possibility of travel alone. I just didn’t expect that the chance would come around so soon. I say “chance” since the plan is just about 99% sure. I was supposed to have filed my Visa application to the UK embassy last Tuesday morning, but I had to change my plans ASAP and instead file a Visa application to the US embassy.

As it was my first time to do so, it was probably one of the scariest moments of my life since if I’d have been denied, then it would be absolutely difficult for me to get other Visas, whether for the same country or another. I’m glad that my paper was approved, so I just have to wait for up to three working days to receive my Visa by courier, pack up things and necessary papers, make sure that I’ll have enough money for the trip (that is, until my daily allowance start coming in), badger our very lovely and helpful travel assistants about hotel room reservation, get my plane tickets, spend quality time with the boyfriend since we wouldn’t be seeing each other for a month, and then fly off to NYC. Goodness, it’s my first time to set foot on US soil, and of all places to visit for the firs time, it would be New York. And I will get a training from a top-notch financial institution. It can’t get any better than that. I just hope that I’ll be up for the job. *Crossing fingers*

I was already kind of psyched up for a UK trip when I received the news that I would be sent there for the training. Then things changed, so another colleague would be slated there for six months. Lucky dude. Oh well, New York is New York. Who the heck am I to complain? There’d be lots of places to see and stuff to do outside office hours. I used to imagine that just setting foot on any city in the US would be okay with me, but hey, it’s NYC…like, it’s the center of the known universe. I’m so excited.

I’m also very excited to lead a documentation project on my return. I’m very thankful for this chance and I can safely say that I have made the right decision to sign up with my current employer at the right moment. Not all technical writers get to have this chance. I’m just thankful, I’m excited, I’m happy, I’m in-love. That’s the best reason to return to the Philippines. I can’t wait to celebrate his birthday in December.