27-28 March 2014
I flew out of Manila on the 27th to start my journey to Europe and that day is what I deem as the best day of my life, so far. Btw, bear with me; I’ll be posting from my iPad while I’m out of the country. Anyway! Not only do I deem the 27th as the best day of my life because of my flight out, but also because it was on that day that I received a letter from the company that I work for - a letter everyone receives every end of March stating an increase in salary, if any, and how much your performance bonus is, which is based on (obviously) your performance.
Upon opening the letter, the first thing I focused on were the numbers and I was stunned when I saw my performance bonus that I didn’t notice anything else on the letter. Only after a few minutes of staring at the letter did I realize that my supposed job title had Sr. preceding it, which is a position higher than what was my current position then.
I had to read it twice to make sure I wasn’t imagining things and that was when I saw the title of the letter 2013 Performance Memo and Promotion and the line that said: “…we are pleased to inform you of your promotion to…”
It was only the day before my friends in the office and I were talking about how it takes forever to get promoted in our company and that you’re even lucky if you get promoted when you’ve been in the company for at least two years, so this obviously came as a big surprise to me! I’ve only been in the company for a year and four months. A part of me feels like I don’t deserve it, even if I know I’ve been working very hard, but I guess it’s just that the reality of it is too amazing to grasp. Obviously, I thanked God numerous times and had to look at the photo I took of the letter using my phone (no, I did not bring the actual letter to Europe, haha) again and again to realize that it actually happened. I might have to do it a few more times here on out for it to actually sink in.
Aside from that, I’m back in Europe for a couple of days as seen in the photos above:
1) Stopover at Singapore.
2) Window seats are my thing.
3) I was lucky enough to have two seats beside me empty, so I had a row to myself and got to sleep like a baby throughout the flight; add the fact that there was barely any turbulence, which makes it my best flight to date.
4) Most important meal of the day; SingaporeAirlines food is the best!
5) Flying into Rome for a four-to-five-hour layover, which felt like forever; and Rome Fiumicino is one of my least favorite airports.
6) Finally arrived in Vienna after three flights, two layovers amounting to about 8 hours - having traveled for about 30 hours.
Will do my best to update from time to time! This time, by the way, I was supposed to go with my dad, but since he couldn’t leave Manila last minute, I joined yet another Contiki tour focusing on Eastern Europe instead of sulking at home. The tour isn’t starting till tonight, but I flew in a day early to have a nice hotel room all to myself. Staying in Hotel Am Stephansplatz, which is absolutely spectacular and right in the heart of Vienna - across Stephansdom. Till next time!
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