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“First PASWI Experience”

In the Name of ALLAH, the Most Beneficent, the Most Merciful..

It’s been a while since my last blog entry. I didn’t know what came to my mind to find the comfort of making an entry. But anyways, I just want to share how GREAT my whole PASWI experience was…

It was in the last week of September when my senior colleagues asked me if I’m interested to attend the PASWI to be held in Pampanga come October 19-21. And since I’m the person who can hardly say NO, I said I’ll see if I can go. October has come and they asked me again of my decision. They convinced me to attend because they said it’s like a very rare opportunity for us Social Workers and another thing is our Boss Ma’am Corinne will attend also. My worries were: first, we have a prior plan of going to Cebu with my batchmates and second (w/c is more rational reason) was I’ve no enough money. 😦 Alhamdulillah I was able to source out money from generous sponsors and one of them was the Acting Mayor of Malabang Kuya Raiz. Yippeee!!! Pampanga…… I’m coming!!!!:)

October 18, 2016

I got up as early as 3AM, had a cup of coffee and afterwards I took a bath and then prayed. We will be leaving for Laguindingan Airport at 5AM since our flight was scheduled 11:30AM. We departed at almost 6AM. I gave my mom tight hugs and kisses before I stepped in the car. I was feeling excited and at the same time nervous. I can’t believe I’m really going to Metro and finally… finally.. finally I CAN RIDE AN AIRPLANE.. Funny and unbelievable right?? But yes, it’s really my very first time to ride an airplane (and my cousin Lyz too). Hahaha!

We arrived at airport earlier than our boarding time. We checked-in our baggage and waited for our flight. And I’m still feeling nervous. My parents were texting me the entire time and constantly reminding me to take extra care. Mom & Pang, I’m old enough. Lol. Finally we’re about to fly, yahooo!! My cousin and I pretended that it was not our first time and we acted like a pro. Haha.

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My first boarding pass. 🙂

After few minutes of being in the air (literally), snacks were served.

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Delectable snack paired with coffee (not in the picture)..
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Selfie with Lyz and Ate Mila. 🙂

The entire flight was awesome, I kept on photographing the sky and everything I saw outside my window. Luckily, I was seated in the window side of the plane. I didn’t mind the air turbulence that we had experienced because I was overwhelmed with the view outside which was nothing but sea of clouds.

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AMAZING!!!! So beautiful!!

I was relieved by the announcement made that we’re about to land. OMG, this is it!!! I texted my parents that we safely arrived and finally after 13 years, I’m here in Metro again.

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This is us! The Amazing Se7en waiting outside NAIA for our grab-a-car.

It took us 2-3 hours waiting for our car and stuck in traffic for another 2 hours. Hell yeah, we’re really in Metro. We arrived at bus station that will transport us to Pampanga at 6PM. Took our dinner first at Chowking (because it’s our only choice) and then traveled to Pampanga.

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L-R: Maisah, Abe, Lyz and Me. It feels great to be reunited with Kurot Maisah.

From Manila to Dau, Pampanga was a 2 and a half hour drive. We finally reached the venue of our convention at 10 in the evening. What a tiring day!!!

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Finally!!! We’re here at Royce Hotel & Casino. (excuse our haggard faces)

Muntik pa hindi makapag-check-in kase fully-booked but God is so good kase na-accommodate din kami. 🙂

October 19, 2016

1st day of our convention. Took our breakfast and we’re lucky to have Kuya Bong who facilitated our registration.

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Inside our kit…
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Our obligatory group pix (insert Kuya Bong)
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DSWD National Secretary Taguiwalo graced the event. Yay!!!
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ARMM delegates’ photo-op with Sec.
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Selfie!!! Yay!!

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Meanwhile at night:

We explored the area (Clark Free Port Zone, Pampanga)

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Dined at Burger King…

We had so much of laughing moments here. Those were for keeps!!!

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Last stop before hitting the sacks. Coffee-ing at Starbucks.

October 20 & 21, 2016

Last days of the convention..

Anyway before this blog post ends, I’ll share what PASWI is..

The Philippine Association of Social Workers (PASW) was founded on November 12, 1947, and incorporated on April 18, 1948. It was re-incorporated with the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) on October 18, 1988, changing its name to Philippine Association of Social Workers, Incorporates (PASWI).

PASWI is the only professional organization of social workers accredited by the Professional Regulation Commission (PRC). it is a member of the International Federation of Social Workers (IFSW), and a charter member of the Philippine Social Science Council (PSSC). Source: Official PASWI website

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Thank God! You’re worthy of all the physical and financial efforts. I earned 19 CPD Units.

And before finally leaving Pampanga…………

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Facade of the hotel.

Thank you Royce for everything. If given a chance again, I shall return. Pampanga is a beautiful and very clean place. It’s not like the typical cities in Luzon. I had so much fun.

In shaa Allah, I’ll be attending next PASWIs. Thank you to all our Resource Persons for sharing with us lectures that would add-up to our learning. The whole experience is something that money can’t buy. It’s a beautiful investment.

I’ll be posting in my next entry about the sidetrips that we had. 🙂

Jazzakallahu Khayran! 🙂

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I am a woman of dreams. Self-confessed introvert; I am not anti-social it's just that I am selectively social. I'm not a fan of interacting for the sake of interacting. I find peace in solitude. Apathetic but I'm kind. Pizza, pasta, potato would sum up my happiness. Welcome to my world!!:)

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