Posts from March 2015

Posts from March 2015

The Nightmare Airport

I heard a lot of horror stories about Terminal 1 of Manila Airport. Maybe I was underestimating all I heard. But none of the stories does justice to the sheer nightmare that is the Manila Ninoy Aquino International Airport Terminal 1. Usually, having anything named in your honour is a rare privilege. But the Aquino family should revoke the right of the airport to use the…

Networking

My primary purpose for attending GDF2015 was actually to connect with Korean pastors, serving both in Korea and other parts of the world. To that end, the trip was a resounding success. Here is a series of photos in no particular order, of people I connected with. Unfortunately, I didn’t get to take a photo with everyone I met, but this at least is an indication. Dr S.…

Today is Tomorrow…

As I start this post, it’s 1:12am local time. I got in to my room about 30 minutes ago. Had a shower and washed up. And now sitting at my desk updating the blog. Today was a LONG but fruitful day. Started off with breakfast, as per usual. Then the short 5 minute walk to GDF. Finally had a decent conversation with Kamal. And to celebrate, we took the selfie you see below.…

Oddities

If you remember my blog from years ago when I was at Lausanne III at Cape Town, I posted on some oddities. In keeping with that wonderful (?) tradition, here are some oddities so far… Oddity #1: Well-Armed Like any other shopping mall, there was a handful of sports stores. But I was surprised to find this next to the Reebok store. Yes, a gun store. Now maybe this is…

Prelude to GDF 2015

I arrived just after midday yesterday. The flight was uneventful, although I had a bit of a giggle with an old lady who was arguing with the flight attendant about using the toilet a minute or so before we landed. As a point of interest, the old lady got her way… My initial thoughts on landing and getting off the aerobridge to the terminal: What’s this smell? And why is…

SilverKris Lounge – SYD

I’m off to the Global Diaspora Forum in Manila today. I’m not travelling to Manila directly, but will spend a week in Korea, before arriving in Manila for the conference next week. And as per usual, I’m in the airline lounge. I know I say it all the time, but I enjoy the freebies! I fear, however, that my flight will be delayed. It’s now 9am, and this is the view outside…

Security Card

As part of my appointment to the HREC Committee at the University of Sydney, I was given an Honorary Visitor Security Card. I haven’t had one of these swipe cards since about 1998 when I left my office job to start at PTC to train for ministry, so it’s a novel experience for me. Not sure what the limits to access is, but one benefit is that I can now borrow books from the…

Definitely Useful. But Prestigious?

Asiana Airlines provides a gift for their frequent flyer program members who reach higher levels. I’ve been Diamond Plus for a while, and re-qualified last December for another 2 year period. Recently, I received in the mail a package that I wasn’t expecting. On opening it, it was a very nicely presented box. “What’s this?” I wondered… On opening the magnetic lid of the…