Travel Diary: SSEAYP in Indonesia

Indonesia

We are down to our last port-of-call – Indonesia. The country program started with a gathering at a big hotel in Jakarta. We had our homestay matching the next day. My homestay family has four members and they are muslims; my homestay buddy was Beuu from Thailand. We were taken to a Nasi Padang restaurant where we used our hands to eat. It was not so new to me since Filipinos are used to eating with our bare hands. Our homestay family also took us sightseeing at Monas or Indonesia’s National Monument. There’s a really nice museum inside but we were not allowed to […]

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Travel Diary: SSEAYP in Singapore

SSEAYP in Singapore

The next port of call (POC) for the Ship for Southeast Asian and Japanese Youth Program (SSEAYP) after Thailand is Singapore. Right off the bat, I want to say that it’s my third time to visit the “Red Dot.” SSEAYP in Singapore was a bit different from the rest of the POCs because of the schedule. Also, although it was my third time in Singapore, what made it different was the homestay. Mary is a writer and a collector of unique Chinese antiques. Her home is a goldmine for vintage items. I also learned new things about Singapore like its […]

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Travel Diary: SSEAYP in Thailand

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

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

youth leaders summit

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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