Những chuyến đi thực tế đến các cơ quan chính phủ cũng như các địa điểm nổi tiếng ở Philippines là hoạt động thường xuyên của VOICE. Thông qua những chuyến đi này, các học viên sẽ được quan sát, học hỏi những điều hay của nước bạn. Song song đó cũng giúp mọi người gắn kết với nhau hơn. Dưới đây là bài tiểu luận tiếng Anh của bạn Hannah Vu sau chuyến đi dã ngoại tại Baguio, một thành phố cao nguyên du lịch nổi tiếng của Philippines.

Baguio – a carsick and homesick trip

The life is a journey. I heard from someone that if your life doesn’t have any experience, it means that life is not worth a penny. For me, that statement is quite true.

Before I came here I had a normal life. Every morning I went to the Company and every night I went back to my home, I worked like a robot and I felt unhappy. Now I am here, when I do something, even if I must work really hard, I am still feeling great, because I am doing what my passion is, and I am not alone because I have my teammates.

Last week, I had a trip to the Baguio. Before this trip I had other trips to Tagatay, Boracay, and Masasa beach. I used to have new experiences after each trip, but this time I had a lot of memories. I think it was amazing, because this time we had time to eat together, sleep together, and play some games together. I also learned more about Philippine culture.

I have car sickness; this was the only reason I didn’t enjoy in this trip. I vomited a lot but I also ate a lot. Before we went to Baguio, I heard from Mona, our supervisor, that: “Baguio looks like Dalat of Vietnam”. I went to Dalat 4 years ago and Dalat is still in my mind. Dalat has a lot of flowers, with a nice weather, I love Dalat very much. That is why I was excited for that trip.

Mona is usually thoughtful about interns, the night before we left; she gave everyone a noodle for breakfast. She reminded someone to bring a jacket and for me to buy medicine for my car sickness.

Everything was good and the trip started.

After 2 hours in the van, the van parked in a petrol station. We had lunch in there; everyone was excited when we saw a Vietnamese bread store named Bánh Mì Ngon. but it was closed that day. At that moment I missed Vietnam so much, especially Bánh Mì Sài Gòn.

After lunch, we continued on, and I had a good sleep in the car until I woke up and I saw the house where we would be staying for 3 days.

The weather was nice; I have never been to a place had as cold as that place. We had time to go to the Burnham Park; it’s one of the most famous parks in Baguio. It has a lake that looks like Xuân Hương Lake of Dalat. We had time to go to the farmer’s market and bought strawberries, vegetables and souvenir items.

We had time to go to Tam Awan Village. Tam-awan in the local idiom means “vantage point,” an apt name for a colony of Cordillera Huts that sit on a hillside that affords visitors a magnificent view of the South China Sea on a clear day.

They have different native huts and other areas which were used for workshops and exhibits. One of the statues was a fertility idol, our tour guide said that according to the Ifugao culture, these Fertility Idols will help you conceive a baby when you touch them; it sounds like a culture in Vietnam.

Hannah - Baguio – a carsick and homesick trip - Vietnam VOICE
Học viên Hannah tham quan làng Tam-awan

We had dinner in our house with salad and beef by Mona and Ken. They are our “Master Chefs”.

This trip is the last trip of my term, next month some of us will go back to Vietnam, and I don’t know when we can see each other again, when we can eat together, and can play rough with each other.

To get all these wonderful memories, of course, I cannot forget to say thanks to VOICE Australia for making this trip possible for us. We Vietnamese people often say: “Ăn quả nhớ kẻ trồng cây”, which translates to: “When you eat a fruit, you must think about the one who takes care of the tree.” And our office manager Jaku usually says: “Please remember what they did in Australia to raise money to give it for you”.

I don’t know how to thank them enough; except by repaying them through what we have become because of this opportunity.

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