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The following day (Wednesday, 16-Jan-2008) after returning from the trip in Naga City, I took a 5:30am flight bound for Tacloban City. Again, I have to make another round of Business Process presentation with my client's local Sales, Finance and Logistics group.

The rain had just stopped when the plane landed in Tacloban airport - which is a small airstrip right beside the shoreline of Tacloban City. After about 15 minutes drive, I was already in Mac Arthur Park Beach Resort, in Palo, Leyte where I will be staying for a night before flying back to Manila the next day. This was also the venue of the 6-day new Sales and Distribution system training conducted by one of our team of Consultants assigned in Eastern Visayas area.

I took some pictures with Uncle Douglas, whom I had a picture when I passed by Palo, Leyte 12 years ago. Gen. MacArthur looks snappy and clean this time. LOL.

I stayed in room 315, fronting the Seminar Hall and the swimming pool, and a few yards from the beach front. The room looked creepy, with all the ancient furnishings, and gloomy lighting. It has two big beds.

Good thing the Plant GM took us around that night. We had dinner at Stephanies, and I loved the food - fresh seafoods, shells and some sea weeds salad - yummy.

I had a feeling Gen. MacArthur would visit me that night - perhaps, yelling " Hey, wake up, I have returned!" Hahaha. I would probably prefer a visit from Uncle Douglas rather than a visit with Gen. Yamashita or some Japanese Officer or General who died in the area when the Americans bombed and beached this site during World War II.

Here are some of the pictures I took during this trip.

All Stretched Out!

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Monday, January 14, 2008 marked the start of a series of provincial trips to kick-off the new system training in the last 3 plants of a my Client.

The 3 teams of Consultants have been on these sites since the previous week. They were facilitating the preparation and cleanup of all required static data (customers, routes, products, A/R balances, sales volumes) to ensure completenes and accuracy.

Naga was my destination last Monday. With only one flight going in and out of Naga, you cannot afford to miss the early morning (6:30 am) flight. I had a party the previous night so 'sleep' was something that I didnt have that day. Just less than an hour flight, I was in Naga before 7:30 am. My task was to present the 'New Business Process' which normally takes 4-6 hours - depending on the number of questions and issues raised by the participants.

The training venue was held at the Regent Hotel, where I was also billeted. The room was spacious, with a huge matrimonial bed - good thing there was no 'strange feeling' felt inside the room.

That was my second time in Naga, the first one was more than 10years ago. Mt. Isarog is still there, fortunately, and all those old churches all around the city. Progress can now be noticed with the construction of new nightspots and restaurants. We had dinner at the Avenue - perhaps, the Greenbelt of Naga.

I managed to take some pictures as well. Well, one of the good or not so good things about Consulting job is you really have to travel a lot. This one was something I looked forward to.

The next day, I took the only flight to Manila at 8:30am.

I'm going back there next week - on 22-January.



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Its the final lap, the 4th quarter, the last stretch of our systems implementation of this multinational company with Head Office in Manila and around a dozen Plants nationwide with more than a hundred installation sites.

We have finally come to the final leg of our project. The last 3 plants have to be rolled out by March, 2008. Things are getting more exciting, the Team is even more aggressive.

Trainings are started this week simultaneously. There's a site in Leyte, one in Naga City and the other in Northern Philippines.

We are targeting to Cutover and do the data migration next week, after a week-long training. All static data are now currently finalised and should be signed-off by end of the week.

More on this, soon.


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