I've been very inactive here for a long time...
not just here but also in almost all of my accounts... facebook, twitter, etc etc.
my online social life / identity has suffered a lot... but I guess... it's gonna be worth it =)
A few months ago, I received a text from a company called Magsaysay, asking me for an interview, a job interview. I went to their office a few days after, went to a series of interviews and ta-dah! I got hired as a Cruise Ship Photographer for Costa...
The following months, I must say, was pretty uneasy. I had to complete a lot of requirements and pass a series of medical and dental exams (and I'm damn scared of needles) which required me to have some teeth extracted (ugh... I hate the sight of blood). Going through these, I met new friends... my batchmates and fellow Costa photographers.
After completing the medical and dental requirements, we went to a lot of training in MIHCA (Magsaysay Institute of Hospitality and Culinary Arts) and Magsaysay Training Center. We were taught on the know-hows and know-whats of the Cruise we will be joining, Costa, a refresher course on photography and how we can shoot faster since we will be required to shoot a lot of people and events onboard, and some basic marketing skills since we will also be manning the photo booth of the ship and of course, SOLAS (Safety Of Life At Sea) or BSC (Basic Safety Course) for seafarers.
Now, me and my batchmates are all just waiting for our assignments, which ship we're gonna embark... I'm pretty much excited for this new job... meet a lot of people of different nationalities, experience different cultures and see new places.
So I guess I'm not gonna be online that much when I start working onboard. All my trainers told me that it's terribly crazily uber busy onboard... But one thing's for sure, I will do my best to find time to still post photos here, photos of about everything onboard and the places I will be able to visit... =)