Manila, Philippines -- Aaaaand it's finally official! I'm going to Japan! After our briefing/pre-departure orientation at the National Youth Commission HQ, the day has come!
Today is semester break! I honestly can't believe that it's the last day of the semester! Classes end on the 11th and our departure to Japan is on the 12th. Perfectly in time for JENESYS 2015!
Yesterday, Ms. Chery Carag, Ms. Marissa Burgos, Director for Operations of Rajah Tours Philippines, gave us a heads-up for our youth exchange program and handed us our Japan Airlines e-ticket, medical interview sheet, JENESYS2015 Participant's Handbook and our passport with the visa on it! Yay!
4:30 in the morning, we arrived at Ninoy Aquino International Airport Terminal 1. I was groggy as hell but WAKE UP CAUSE IT"S TOKYO TIME! We assembled at the lobby and was finally complete at 8AM (Our flight was at 10:05AM). We finally checked in our luggage at Japan Airlines, passed through the immigration, and had our breakfast. As we moved along the boarding gates, we definitely had that we're-going-to-japan-creepy-grin.
Touchdown NARITA! I felt the cold breeze immediately as I touched the soil of Japan (literally). We're here! We met the coordinator from JICE (Japan International Cooperation Center). She instructed us to wait for 6 minutes since the bus is on the way. Quite accurate! We've waited outside at the Arrival area. We were informed that there is 82 Participants (Indonesia 10, Cambodia 10, Singapore 7, Thailand 10, Philippines 10, Brunei 5, Vietnam 10, Malaysia 10, Laos 5, Timor Leste 5)