09 May Vietna-grammin: The Perky Bunch goes to Vietnam
Last week, the Perky bunch (aka the place I work for) decided to go against the current like we always do and went to Ho Chi Mhin, Vietnam for Labor Day weekend instead of the tried, tested, and not well-liked Laboracay. The days leading up to the five day vacation to say at the very least was chaotic. We were lost in the frenzy of meeting deadlines, packing, and even had a time to sit down with seasoned consultant Vic Eduave. Yes, that’s how cool my workplace is, we actually had a pre-planning session where our personalities were explained to us so we will better understand each other during a five-day trip away from home.
And surprisingly so, it worked. To be honest, I can be quite the introvert and out of town trips with a lot of people can be quite daunting for me. It takes a lot for me to be on my best self at all times considering that I can get really weird on my own and I was worried that I couldn’t get that unleash my oddity with the people I work with. But that was the biggest surprise of the trip, for the first time ever, I didn’t freak out over the fact that I was spending a good 24 hours (yes, I may have not slept during the duration of the trip) with relatively unfamiliar people (away from our workspaces) and I actually had fun. It was an adventure to be together without our laptop or even a sane Internet connection (part of the trip were spent guessing the wifi passwords of different hotspots all over Saigon). So basically, we did what we couldn’t do in the office and that was to bond and laugh endlessly. It’s ridiculous how you spend five days a week with them but don’t really get to know them fully until you spend five days with them with no other distractions.
Vietnam in itself was a revelation. It has never been a habit of mine to Google places I would visit (which could be a bad thing, but to me it’s pure bliss and adventure) so every corner was a surprise and for Vietnam, with absolutely no signs in English, it was indeed the adventure I was hoping for. I left for Vietnam with a heavy heart (saved for an entirely different article) but bonding with officemates and seeing them beyond the four corners of our office walls.
Traveling to a new city is always exciting and I’m proud to say that I was able to do a lot of firsts such as staying up all night while watching the sunrise with a dear friend, getting on a cab alone with a driver who had zero knowledge of the English language, and just basically being away from everything in Manila. At the end of the trip, I found myself refreshed, renewed, and ready to take on life again in Manila.
What I love about traveling is the fact that you can get away, discover an entire world, and still go back home. I think more than anything, traveling allows us to rediscover the places we call home and appreciate it even more.