When we had our vacation in the Philippines last month, I told my family that I wanted to go somewhere serene, relaxing and would allow me to swim a lot. After researching on a lot of beach resorts, we decided to try Stilts Calatagan Resort, which is in Batangas.
Last Aug 2015, Tep and I went on a Europe trip. We decided to go on a tour since we wanted to make this trip a little relaxing and hassle free. Yup, hassle free from researching and booking hotels, preparing itineraries, walking a lot, getting lost and taking trains. But don’t get me wrong, I like all these hassle activities for a trip, it’s just that we also fancied trying out these so-called tours.
Today, we headed to the Philippine Embassy here in Doha to exercise our right as a Filipino, thru absentee voting. Everything went well; starting from the checking of our names on the register, handing of ballots and explaining to us how it should be filled out, the machine reading and counting our votes, and lastly the printing of the receipt which showed us the candidates we voted for. The whole voting process lasted for about 10 – 15 minutes, since there’s not a lot of people in there by that time. Based on some writings I’ve read, there are some issues faced by our fellow OFWs, such as receipt printed is not the same as the one they’ve chosen, there are some candidates whose names are highlighted on the ballot and other stuff. This is the reason why I observed while inside the voting room, and to my relief, none of these happened, which I am hoping will also be the case on the election day.
Have you experienced this scenario wherein you are very excited with your trip, you are already in the airport and then suddenly, your flight was delayed twice and then eventually cancelled? And then when you finally arrived to your destination, you found out that your luggage was left on the airport where you came from? But, you better stop there, I’ve been hearing that these are usual circumstances in the Philippines, but these did not ever happened to us yet in there (hoping not ever), but here in Doha.