My experience of traveling outside of the Philippines began in 2009 when I was fortunate to be part of a company team (read: all-expenses paid) to look at and learn how cross-border facilities in Vietnam and Laos are managed and operated. Thailand was supposed to be included in the itinerary but was subsequently scrapped due to ongoing “red shirt” protests in many parts of the country.
Not only was it my first opportunity to ride a plane out of the Philippines, it was so far my first and only flying experience on business class all the way! (O-ha!) 😛