- First time to go home twice in one year (normally once a year lah)
- First time to a four week long vacation (normally I get 2 weeks only hehe)
- First time to go home for Christmas & New Year’s (after 5 Christmases & New Year’s in Bahrain, finally!)
- First time to
campsleep in a hospital for Mum’s procedure (successful, thank God!)
- First wedding in our family (my eldest brother Pop gets hitched)
- First local trip with Buboy.
- First EA+SEA trip with Buboy.
But this was not a coincidence. I’ve planned almost a half a year prior (yes, ako na ang excited-slash-OC), considered various factors: available leave days, air tickets, itineraries, expense budget, et al.
I booked my BAH-MNL tickets in late June 2012 – availed my bank’s offer and noted the fact that ticket prices double during December.
I’ve informed my boss in advance (backed by a perfect attendance record) and department colleagues (so that our leave skeds won’t clash), yes, ako na ang may malasakit sa kumpanya at ayokong sabay-sabay kaming nakabakasyon, hehe.
I didn’t use any of my leave days since March 2012 (1st home leave, 2 weeks only), so as to accumulate maximum # of leave days, hehehe. I used Eid holidays for our trip to Qatar (Aug 2012) and Oman (Oct 2012).
Did research for our Boracay-Clark-Singapore-KualaLumpur-HongKong-Macau backpacking trip, grabbed seats from airline promos, drafted itineraries and set expense budgets.
Two months prior, my brother informed of his intent to marry his childhood sweetheart after Christmas day.
About a month prior, my mom told me of her diagnosis and the procedure she’s required to undergo (I was so anxious that time, that I wanted to go home earlier. Thank God it wasn’t emergency and was scheduled upon my arrival).
With all these events noted, my itinerary dynamically adjusted and patiently waited for the days to pass. Actually I had so much paper works the week prior that after my last day of duty, I punched out, rested a bit, grabbed my luggage and took a cab to the airport.
Yes, diz iz it pancit!