Friday, November 30, 2012


Just last week I arrived here in Melbourne. If you've been flollowing my life (if following is even relevant to counterfeiting the end of the world, chos!), you already know that I moved out of the Abode of Peace and moved in here in Land down under, yes, Australia.

Weeks before packing my bag and saying goodbye to my family and friends, I was preoccupied with what to bring in order to survive in Australia. With an understanding that this time of the year in Australia as said to be in summer season, I was confident to bring clothes fit for a "warm" weather. On one hand, I also brought some warmer just in case the weather slams me with a cool surprise.


Finally I'm back in my blog. Before I proceed with my "late" post on my adventures in Thailand, let me tell you that I already moved in Australia. I will be here in Melbourne to do my PhD for the next 3 years. And with my visa, I'm allowed to stay for another 10 months after I finished my PhD. Having said that, I'll be really staying for long in this vibrant and lovely city. Seriously, I'm in awe with Melbourne's beauty. I'm not only inspired to do my research here, but I'm also excited to explore Melbourne.

Going back to my Thailand adventure, yes, this is a late post, I was in Thailand last October 25 to 28 for a 3-day Conference on Media and Communication. I presented my paper on OFW Blogging in the Conference organized by Asian Congress for Media and Communication. Well attended by scholars all over the world, the conference was held in Chulalongkorn University.

Apart from putting my heart into the conference, I also had a grand time walking around in selected temples, experiencing Bangkok's night life, shopping for souvenirs, bargaining, dining with Thai's irresistible delights, riding the tuktuk, and a lot more. So in this post, I will share to you a short chronicle of my fast yet fun-filled adventures.

Sunday, November 4, 2012


Last week I was in Bangkok Thailand for a 3-day conference on Media and Communication, organized by the Asian Congress for Media and Communication. I presented my paper entitled “Blogging Away from Home: Blogs as Discursive Platforms for Empowerment among Overseas Filipino Worker (OFW) Bloggers. I was also tasked to chair the New Media and Education session in the said academic gathering.

I didn’t expect that I will extremely enjoy my stay in Bangkok. In my mind, apart from being focused to properly present my research in an International conference, I couldn’t see myself on the streets of the Land of Smiles as with he conference’s tight schedule. Surprisingly, I found a way to experience the wonders on Bangkok, in broad daylight and at night. Thanks to newly-found friends in Bangkok, I gained lots of unforgettable experiences around Thailand.