Phillippines, we are coming!

By,Charlie

It is now only a few hours before the departure to the Philippines. My feeling is complex given that the destination is completely different from Hong Kong in all ways. I do feel anxious and worried, but not much, after all, I’m not alone and there is so much to expect in the new environment.IMG_1443

We are going in a team of fifteen including the professor and I feel surrounded by excellent students with all different background. Though I know few of them before the course, everyone leaves me unique impression in the three-day meetings. My general observation is that the group is quite energetic and active with everyone trying to be helpful to others. A great team as it is, it is about time for the team to show their academic and consulting skills. And I think I will find more as the course going on.

Another thing to expect is the life in the Philippines with the local host family. The guest speaker has already told us a lot about the Philippines culture and features and I become more curious about them, not only about the food and manner, but also the unique experience like the so called bucket shower. I can’t wait to talk with the host family. And my host family happens to be the one with kids and I think there will be more fun for me and Haider, who is my roommate, to play with the kids and involve in the family.

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Well, the most important mission is to help the small business there. We know nothing about the business but some general descriptions given by the professor. My partner, Tina and I are in charge of a cashew nut business, whose shop is once burned by the competitors. My imaginations show me the pictures of whole store, retailer shop and small booth for the nut and I will soon figure out the truth. And indeed the burning is weird and nearly impossible in the business environment of Hong Kong. However I could hardly judge from a single sentence like this. But one thing is for sure, that is, there is much for Tina and I to figure out and to do in that business.

I now feel powerful with my soul of exploring and my spirit of ambition. New life, new challenge and new mission but I’m still who I am, the one that is dedicated to do the best for my assigned business.

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