Monday, September 30, 2013

iResidence Hotel Bangkok

While in Bangkok, all of us delegates from outside of Thailand stayed at the iResidence Hotel in Bangkok. It's right across the street from the Chong Nonsi BTS station. I got to the hotel at around 2pm.

The lobby was not that spacious and it took them a while to have my room ready but I am to blame for that. While checking in, I asked the receptionist lady if she could put me in a room where I could smoke. Apparently, the room I was supposed to stay in did not have a "smoking area". I got to my room after about 40 minutes.

Wednesday, September 18, 2013

Bangkok: Getting There

I didn't post about this before but I was accepted into a training program that would be held in Bangkok. The training program was funded by the Robert Carr Civil Society Network Fund (RCNF). It would be a 5-day workshop conducted by the Asia Pacific Coalition on Male Sexual Health (APCOM) and it focuses on communications and social media. I applied for the program some time in July. A few weeks after that, I received an email from the Communications Officer of APCOM, inviting me for an interview.

A few days after the interview, I received an email congratulating me saying that I was accepted to the program. I was so happy, I almost lost my shit. I just couldn't believe it. Out of 150 applicants from all around Asia, I was one of the 15 people they chose. I was so happy that I was crying glitter and puking rainbows. 

The entire trip including accommodation would be paid for by APCOM through the RCNF, plus we would receive per diem. I had 3 weeks to get my affairs in order to ensure that I would be able to leave. This included having my mom send over my passport because I forgot to get it from her when we went to Hong Kong back in May and asking permission from my boss to be gone for an entire week.