Me and my classmates from graduate school went to Thailand as part of our curriculum in our Major which was Global Marketing to benchmark on the top companies there as to how they fared with our top corporations here in our country, their services, their strategies for market penetration and their outlook in the coming years with regards to the market.
Among the companies that we visited were Unilab, Thai Airways, A Marketing Research Firm specializing on analyzing market trends and demographics relating to preferences of the market nowadays, ADB (Asian Development Bank), Chulalongkorn University and also Assumption University which boasts of their artistically adorned hallways and wide spaces very conducive to having long walks along the park and bores quite a resemblance to UP (Due to the wide spaces between the buildings) only better.
Anyway, without further ado let’s start this post with how we got started on everything. First, the class voted on as to what country we would pursue and we also all agreed on the budget per person which amount was fairly reasonable to each and everyone of us since it would all come out of own pockets.
Country of preferences were a lot like Korea, USA, Japan, Thailand, Taiwan and the likes. However, due to time, budgetary, schedule and visa constraints everyone soon was on board and consented on heading out to Thailand since the previous class did it already last semester and they were pretty successful with it so we staged a couple of fund raising events since we knew that going Global would incur us a lot of money and also other expenses along the way.
With the help of our Professor we had a Talk on Reducing Conflicts in Family Businesses and how to have a good Succession Plan with our Prof. as our guest speaker. Ticket sales were quite slow at first up until almost the due date. We weren’t really sure if we could even pull everything off. Some of his personally authored books were also for sale during that day and with the help of our well connected classmates we were able to procure some sponsors who doled out some cash for us, gave prizes and also bought some of our tickets.
I also had work that same day since I had to oversee the International Convention of the Memory Center wherein I had to print out all their certificates for their 200 plus participants so I had to excuse myself before the end, for me to be able to attend to the conference also happening on that same day. Good thing everything turned out to be okay at the end of the day! 🙂 Thank you Lord and also to P for fetching me early in the morning even before the break of dawn to help me with the ingress and also help me with the printing of the certificates for my other event soon after.
We also staged another event, our speed dating event which was graced by our friends and classmates and was done at Skippy’s Bar at the Fort since Gela (One of our classmates) was good friends with the couple who owned the place. Guests surely had fun as they gamely played along our blind speed dating event while having some drinks and exciting conversations with the participants. Thank you for coming and for showing your support to my event Rebecca (The Dance Instructor of P’s parents, Nino, Ace and Estelle).
Our stay there was just 5 days but it would forever be one of the most memorable parts of my graduate school life! 🙂
Some stayed for 4 days only due to the limited number of seats with regards to the promo we availed so some were left in Bangkok for another day like us while the rest headed back to Manila. Our itinerary was jam packed and full most of the time but since day one was quite our rest day we decided to stroll around for a while before calling it a night. Basically here’s how everything went down.
Day 1: Temple Tours, River Cruise, Shopping
Day 2 &3- Company Visits, Thailand Expo, Party mode, Phatpong, Madame Tussauds
Day 4: Thai Airways and Back to Manila for some students
It was a tiring, yet very fulfilling trip indeed and most of the lessons will be forever etched in our hearts and minds! 🙂 Thank you for a great semester Sir! 🙂