July 25, 2013

KBM 2012: The Trip to Bangkok, Thailand

Time rolled so fast. This month, we are celebrating Klement Backpacking and Ministry's first year anniversary! Wow! A year had passed since we had the first edition in Thailand and Cambodia. This backpacking and ministry program was organized by my college batch mates who share the passion and desire for traveling and service.

This trip to Bangkok was ever memorable. Actually, it was a trip of first times! All the way, from my home in Ormoc City to Cebu to Clark and to Bangkok, I experienced firsthand God's marvelous providence.

With ambivalent feelings, I left my hometown. I thought, "I will be going to another country and I will be missing my family." Yet, behind those "sad" thoughts, I can feel the thrill and excitement burning within.

Then, I found myself in Mactan, Cebu. I arrived early at the airport, took some photos of it, and strolled around.


While I was walking inside the airport terminal, I happened to see Kadaugan sa Mactan's painting exhibit where I saw an abstract piece by a family friend, Sir Julbert Marañon.


Then, a few minutes later, we were flying. And it was my first domestic flight!

Seated beside the window, I had an amazing view of the island below. While we were traveling onwards, I had a fleeting glimpse on the islands of the Visayas. Then slowly, the thick clouds covered the beautiful scenery.


Now in Clark, Pampanga. And I had set foot in Luzon! Finally!


While seating outside the airport, I had the chance to talk to two backpackers from Europe who had a wonderful time in the Philippines. They said that they had surfing trips in Siargao, Cebu, and Palawan. Now, they are heading to Indonesia.


I spent my Sabbath in Angeles City, where I met a friend who has been pastoring some churches in the area. Thanks Paz Wacay for your hospitality!


The time of my first international flight has come and I am ready. I confidently approached the immigration officer and after so many questions, my passport was stamped and I was headed to the "Land of Smiles."

We arrived in Bangkok almost midnight. And it seemed so surreal that we were actually on a foreign country. We were then warmly welcomed by our batch mates now based in Thailand spearheaded by Regin of Regin's Travels.

Photo Credit: Regin Reyno

Photo Credit: Regin Reyno

The memories of this once-in-a-lifetime trip still linger. . . .

12 comments:

  1. Traveling is really such a fun thing to do especially when you have a chance to meet a stranger and have a glimpse of a beautiful place.

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    1. Hello Bobz, thanks for dropping by! Yeah, those things are the perks of traveling.. Do you travel too? :)

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  2. You did not only travel, you also served God. That's a very good combination. I have never traveled on a mission, maybe I should make my travels more meaningful as yours.

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    1. Hi there! Thanks for commending my travel with a mission motto.. I love doing travels and adventure with ministry and service to the needy.. Try it for yourself too! :)

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  3. I've been to the Bangkok Airport and that place is really huge with lots of places to shop.

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    1. Hello Franc! Yes, you're right.. Suvarnabhumi Airport is a busy one with lots of tourists and backpackers from around the world. :)

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  4. Backpacking is one of hubby's dream so naalala ko agad after seeing your photo with the foreign guy. Ang sarap siguro ng backpacking pero parang too late na for hubby and I. We are both on our 30s and we have a kid (plus another on the way), so whenever we travel, dapat talaga sure na safe at family-friendly lagi and pupuntahan.

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    1. Hello! Thanks for leaving a comment here! Oooh, so you haven't tried backpacking with your husband.. It's a dream and you can make it a reality someday. Maybe when your children are older, you can try backpacking as a family.. That would be awesome! :)

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  5. Same feeling when I was on my first time to fly internationally. :) I hope I can go to bangkok someday too :)

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    1. Hi Genzel! Explore Bangkok soon and I know it will be worth it! :)

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  6. EPz, buruin mo yan 1 year nang nakalipas!

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    1. Hello Paula! Yeah, it's been 1 year already.. Time rolled so fast! :)

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