First Destination: Shanghai


I was ecstatic that day I got a call from my office that I’d be assigned to cover an event abroad. I felt giddy, for about five minutes, mentally digesting that finally my dream of traveling is about to be fulfilled. Coupled with the excitement is the anxiety and which produced an uneasy feeling in my gut probably due to stress, uncertain as I was, and with only one week to prepare. Luckily, I was ready with my passport, but the hassles of applying for a visa and submitting other travel documents made me realize the hassles that go with traveling. And I thought that was just about it. Afterwards, I had to check on the weather, contemplating on what clothes I should be wearing and bringing with me and what else to pack. So for the life of me, I was just totally freaked out—excited but freaking out inside.

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