My First Euro Trip: Belgium

PauTravels in Belgium

For a number of times, I almost had the chance to see Europe but this year it finally came true.  For two weeks, my current employer Besix sent me to our mother office in the city of Brussels in the Flemish side of Belgium in Western Europe.

First Euro Trip to Belgium

my passport and my KLM boarding pass for Brussels

First Euro Trip to Belgium

Almost quiet Brussels Airport upon our late night arrival

From Manila, I flew into town with a colleague via KLM Royal Dutch Airlines with a connecting flight through Schipol Amsterdam Airport in the Netherlands after a 14hour-long flight.   Around 9:30pm we arrived in Brussels and took a taxi to get us to our hotel at the B Apart Hotels in Ambiorix area.

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Going Around Penang

PauTravels at the Thai Temple in Penang

Like my trips to Austin, I also had two opportunities of visiting the island of Penang on the western coast of peninsular Malaysia.  First trip I had was for a week for a summit meeting for our project with Dell and the second was again for the Dell Penang Facility for deployment support.

It was in August of 2004 when we had this trip to Penang, my second entry to Malaysia after a very brief entry to Johor Bahru during my first trip to Singapore three months earlier.  Also, this was quite an exciting trip that our colleagues in WeServ joked at us for having an Amazing Race-like trip that month.  This was because two weeks earlier we flew into Austin, Texas and I flew back and forth to Los Angeles and flew back home to Manila to fly to Penang the next day.  It was such a ride.

And so from Manila, along with 3 colleagues we boarded a Malaysia Airline flight to Penang connecting through the Kuala Lumpur International Airport, which I thought was very gloomy.  We arrived in Kuala Lumpur around 7pm to connect to a 10pm flight to Penang.  We arrived in Penang just before midnight and we had our first blooper in Malaysia.  That is when our hotel driver walked us to our car, we all headed to the right side of the van.  We were surprised that there was no door on that side only to remember that Malaysian driving is right-handed.

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Visits to Austin c/o Dell

PauTravels with friends at Dell Parmer South Campus in Austin

From my past employer, Fujitsu Philippines, I was very fortunate to have been part of the Dell project of WeServ.  That project had given me tickets to fly to a number of Dell facilities globally, including Xiamen, Penang, and Austin.  Twice, I have been given the opportunity to visit Dell Inc.’s Parmer South Campus in Austin, Texas.  And my first visit in 2004 was my first ever into the US where I flew with 3 other colleagues and 3 other more on my second trip last 2007.

In 2004, I have not been able to see much of Austin except for a trip to the outlet stores in San Marcos, watching a ball game at the Dell Diamond, and a short visit to the Capitol.  We stayed at the Wingate Inn in Round Rock. I love the Round Rock donuts they serve there every morning.

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