Sometimes, all you need is spontaneity.
I decided to post a throwback in this Fall 2014. I and my best-best-best friend, Tiffani, got into a great trip which began with spontaneity.
It all started around end of June, where we saw a calling for abstract from 3rd Eastern Asian Dermatology Congress (3rd EADC).
This congress was organized by three countries (South Korea, China, and Japan)/ It was going to be held in Jeju, South Korea. Since we both are interested in dermatology (AND SOUTH KOREA, surely), we were thinking about “How about a seminar-escape this year?” :p But, hey, wait, WHAT? The deadline was only a few days away! Oh no, could we make it?
So we were applying (in a rush, of course) for E-Poster Presentation for 3rd EADC by one of our tiny research regarding Leprosy. It was entitled “Leprosy Patients Characteristics in Tanah Laut, South Borneo, Indonesia: A Report from Remote Area”. The project was done when we were carrying our duty as Internship Doctor in Tanah Laut, South Borneo. Leprosy cases are frequently found there.
After around three weeks of waiting anxiously, we finally got an email. Ding! And it was from the 3rd EADC Committee!
WOOOOHOOOOO! Praise be to Allah. It was Ramadhan and this was one of its blessing, I guessed. So yes yes and yes, we are going to Jeju on September! But, still we have some worries regarding the travel expenses. Especially the airplane fare. 😦
After some online research, we got some tips that Garuda Indonesia, as Indonesian Best Airline (even one of World’s Best Airline) have a promotional program to help regarding “flying” for academic purposes, so we sent an email (containing sponsorship proposal and letter of recommendation) to Garuda Indonesia. We were shocked because we got a super quick response! We did some conversations over email. Thankfully, deals are closed! 🙂
Next step, after we got the final contract regarding this sponsorship, we had to take the hard-copies of contract in Garuda Indonesia Marketing Communication & Sponsorships Office in Cengkareng. After that, we should go to Garuda Indonesia Gallery in Senayan City to acquire our tickets.
Long story short, here the day came! We were flying in a cozy 7-hours-flight carried by Garuda Indonesia. Thankfully, it was a night flight. So, we could take some rest during the long flight. Even though it was a long flight, it was really enjoyable because Garuda Indonesia provided in-flight entertainments. You can watch latest box office movies, listen to your favorite songs, or reading some traveler tips about your destination.
Are you tired of airplane meals? But Garuda Indonesia has delicious in-flight meals. We got our breakfast on-board. Unfortunately I didn’t take the pic. After some breakfast, we regained our energy for SELCA time!
The captain announced that we would arrive in Incheon Airport in a couple of minutes. So we prepared ourselves to be landed in our favorite country (second to Indonesia definitely), SOUTH KOREA here we come!
Enough with the memorable flight! Now we are going to show you a peek of our seminar activities which were held in Jeju International Convention Center.
The seminar was held for three days. We got so many novel knowledge regarding dermatology. We were also very inspired by some speakers thus we became even more motivated to get into dermatology and venereology residency. We hoped we would turn into great dermatologists just like them. Thank you Garuda Indonesia for supporting us getting inspired by world-class people. Because we knew that you are a world-class airline 🙂
Ps: I think I will update this post soon 😀