Travel Diary: SSEAYP in Thailand


After the port-of-call (POC) in Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam, Nippon Maru sailed for about three days before reaching Bangkok, Thailand. Our first agenda on the 18th of November was to make a courtesy call with the Deputy Prime Minister of Thailand. The next day, my group went to the University of the Chamber of Commerce (UTCC) for our Institutional Visit. We got to interact with the youth and get a short insight about Thailand. On the same day, we were sent out with our homestay families. I was homestay buddies with Riku from Brunei and our homestay mom’s name […]

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Travel Diary: SSEAYP in Vietnam


I welcomed myself back to the tropics! After our stay in Japan, we sailed on Nippon Maru to officially start the cruise for the Ship for Southeast Asian and Japanese Youth Program (SSEAYP). We journeyed for about a week to reach Ho Chi Minh City, previously named Saigon in Vietnam. The Vietnam Country Program started last November 11, 2016. Each Discussion Group (DG) went for the Institutional Visits and in the evening, we attended a formal dinner event on our first night where each contingent showcased a 3-minute performance. The next day, we finally met our homestay families and homestay […]

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Travel Diary: Youth Leaders Summit

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I’m back with more updates. I uploaded this article a bit later because we left Japan just right before I can post-process my photos. Anyhow, I wanted to share about my last few days in Japan before we boarded Nippon Maru. If you don’t know what I’m talking about, read my article about SSEAYP here. Institutional Visit and Discussion Group After my homestay program in Mie Prefecture, we proceeded to the National Youth Center for the annual Japan-ASEAN Youth Leaders Summit or YLS. We were divided according to our Discussion Groups (DG) to make institutional visits relative to us and […]

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Travel Diary: Mie Prefecture


I’m back with more updates on my SSEAYP experience. I managed to find a good internet source thanks to my cabin mate (you know who you are). The longest country program in SSEAYP is Japan which lasts for about ten days. It is divided mainly into two—homestay and the Japan-ASEAN Youth Leadership Summit (YLS). On the 26th of October, we officially started the homestay program which stretched for three nights and four days. I was assigned to Solidarity Group (SG) E in Mie Prefecture with Orange and FB from the Philippines. Basically, there are eleven SGs in SSEAYP and these […]

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When in Tacloban: Pop-Up Kitchen “Pouki”


I’m adding yet another long-overdue instalment to my When in Tacloban series. This time, I’m writing about Pop-up Kitchen or Pouki. It used to operate with Naning’s Mobile Bar until it finally settle along Burgos street, close to Bukid Outdoor Shop. The last time I went there was when I had a lunch date with Kimberly. Pouki serves western food and is known for its burgers. All burgers come with chips or fries. My favourite item in their menu would have to be carbonara. I love the interiors and the concept of the restaurant. You’ll rarely see a restaurant in Tacloban City that […]

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