BATU, Indonesia. Photo by Jes Aznar

Thursday, February 1, 2007

out of town

BAGO CITY, Negros Occidental - It's my first out of town coverage in six months, pregnant and all.I made it past the airport security after successfully convincing the ground steward that I have been permitted to travel.

I, ofcourse forgot my doctor's certificate but made it to the plane after negotiating with the airline staff.

I'm here to cover President Gloria Macapagal Arroyo inuagurate the 49-megawatt North Negros Plant of PNOC-Energy Development Corp. (PNOC-EDC).

I'm fine so far although I felt really delirious on the plane that I even heard the pilot say we were going to land in Mindoro because of a turbulence. My colleagues insist the pilot never said such a thing. True enough, the flight was safe and sound.

I'm eating a lot of chicken and seafoods because the food here is soooh good I probably gained 5 pounds. I'm enjoying sweet mangoes, too.

I hated the slightly rough road trip to the plant, however, but "bump" seemed not to mind with enough music from the I-pod.

While writing our stories, a barrage of Presidential Security Guards escorted us out of the room because the president had to stay there to re-touch her make-up.

I would have sighed in frustration but the guards were kind to me and allowed me to stay though I was not allowed to touch my laptop.

I am now sending my stories to Manila and look forward to my flight back home tomorrow. Most of all, I look forward to another heavy dinner later and a good night's rest.