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Written by Ilocos Sentinel posted on Thursday, June 13th, 2013

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ID+for+FranchisingPHCheongju, South Korea – In my travels, the happiest moments were meeting locals, sharing their lives, and learning their culture. But what makes travelling much more interesting is meeting other travellers along the way. In my annual trip to Korea, I am blessed to be able to experience all of these.

Working Abroad
Unlike most of my Business Administration and Accountancy batchmates at the University of the Philippines, Diliman, working abroad was never a plan. Within three years or so after being minted Certified Public Accountant, almost half of my batch started looking for the proverbial greener pastures abroad.
I have always admired our Overseas Filipino Workers (OFWs) for leaving home and family just to increase the chances that they will be able to provide for and achieve their dreams for their loved ones. To our OFWs, here’s to hoping that someday you don’t have to go so far away from your family to look for jobs. Here’s to hoping that soon the Philippines can provide for us all.
The situation of my foreigner Samulnori classmates is different from our OFWs. They are working in Korea not because they need the money, but because it is a good way to finance what they love doing – adventure. It is rare to find an OFW who is, say, working in the Middle East because of adventure. Still, I admire my Samulnori classmates for braving the different and unfamiliar in chasing their dreams and passion.

True Travels
I read once that being a tourist and a traveller is different. A tourist collects pictures of the places she goes to while a traveller collects memories of the places she goes, the people she meets, and the culture she experiences. It is much easier to be a tourist than a traveller.
In my experience, to be a traveller means going out of my comfort zone to experience the unfamiliar which are scary because of their unfamiliarity. Yet, to really get to know the places one goes to, one must be willing to venture into the unknown. Life is much more than pictures.
For my Australian, American, and Irish Samulnori classmates, working in another country is their own way of venturing into the unknown and with the fact that they are learning Samulnori means that they are wholeheartedly embracing the unfamiliar. In doing so, their stint in South Korea is much livelier and memorable.
A friend once told me when I asked her why she went to Spain for 6 months, “To learn the flamenco.” Now, I can say, I spend more than a month learning the Samulnori in South Korea.
*A salute to Luciano Benetton for seeing that there is a market for colorful clothes. This article is also in continuation to my last week’s article, Chasing the Dream, which is about learning how to play one of the instruments in Samulnori – Korea’s traditional percussion music.
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Interesting Money Facts.When travelling be mindful of your documents specially your credit cards.Be extra careful when travelling and bunking with people you know.
A father learned a US $54,000-lesson when his 16-year old son ‘borrowed’ his platinum American Express card and went on a spending spree in Kyoto’s upscale night clubs. One of the more interesting and expensive item his son charged was a US $3,700 bottle of wine. I wonder what that tasted like?
Fortunately for this father, the court determined that he only has to pay about US $8,000 of the charges and blamed the bars and the AMEX for the misuse of the credit card. Lucky for him, right?
What was one of your most outrageous purchases when travelling?

Liza Gaspar is a wealth coach and personal finance enthusiast. She spends her free time helping out with the projects of the Rotary Club of Makati McKinley (rcmmckinley.org) and the Gerry Roxas Leadership Awardees (grlawardees.org). Visit her Web site at thegirlninja.com, email her at liza@thegirlninja.com, or visit her at facebook.com/annalizagaspar and TheGirlNinja.com.

 

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