Journal Travel Experience

Traveling once again…and um knowing Portuguese helps!

I spent the better half of Sunday traveling from SFO to BOS.  I left SFO without a hitch at 12 midnight and made it to Houston safely to catch my connecting flight.  Although, I came to find out my flight was delayed.  I eventually boarded my flight and began my typical routine of quieting the world with my Bose headphones and fingering through the inflight magazine.  Silence was interrupted when my Bose noise cancelling headphones could not cancel out the loud voices.  I take off my headphones and listen and watch as two girls, probably in their early 20s, loudly and aggressively speaking with a 70+ year-old lady.  The lady was replying in a different language very faintly and I can hear the girls talk louder and louder and slower as if that would make a difference.  Of course this situation is causing a traffic jam of eager passengers trying to get onto their seats.  I’ve always been curious as to why people speak really loud to someone who can’t understand the language as if yelling can translate their words.  Hmmm, well I think maybe our brains can read emotion and body language which is probably the universal language, that may be the reason why we S-P-E-A-K–R-E-A-L-L-Y–L-O-U-D and aNiMaTE our FaCEs!

When I realize the old lady was replying in Portuguese, I stepped in and asked if I could help.  So, yea I translated and apparently the old lady sat in the wrong seat in first class.  She tells me I don’t understand why they keep yelling at me and shoving their ticket on my face.  I helped her find her seat in the main cabin and she goes , “voce e um saint” but you speak really funny are you from Macau? lol. I was like no I just have really great friends.  Then it dawned on me I can have some Portuguese food in Providence!  There definitely is a reward for good deeds.

All in all I spent about 15 hours of my life flying into Boston only to spend an additional 2 hours stuck in Boston Logan airport traffic.  On a side note, BOS really need to redo their roads and separate airport shuttle traffic from the car drivers who find it necessary to stop in the middle lanes to wait for whomever they are picking up.

An hour later, I’m dropped off at the National car rental to pick up a car.  I love how with National you don’t have to speak to anyone.  You just choose a car, hand your Emerald card and drive off.  Yup, off I go to Providence or East Providence, to be exact.   I reach my destination, check-in and crash onto the comfy bed at the Sheraton and sink into a deep sleep.  I woke up with a stomach ache starving for food and remembering that this area has a big Portuguese population.  I had my mission — to go find some grub.  I drove around aimlessly without much help from my GPS as these roads  are just like the nightmare roads of Boston.  I luckily found the Riviera Restaurant and sat down with excitement as I haven’t had Portuguese food since June.  The food was good. It was much better than the one place I discovered in San Jose, CA but definitely not to the caliber of Newark, NJ Portuguese restaurants.  I had sangria, frango no churrasco, paella, camarao mozambique and topped it off with a double shot of espresso.  Yes, I did eat a lot at this sitting as I feared  it might be some time before I can get to have decent Portuguese food again.

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Relationships

The past is the past, present and future…

I’m on my balcony staring out onto the street.  I see and hear the occasional car zipping by.  It’s pretty peaceful with the cool Bay area breeze that feel like tiny icicles pinching my skin.  I stare out into the night sky at a great distance and focus my eye on a singular bright star.  This bright star reminded me of a book I read in 9th grade called the Chocolate Wars.  Well I hope that was the actual name of the book.  There was a quote I used to say often but now it’s lost in memory.  I start thinking of the times I’ve wanted to reinvent myself mentally, physically and emotionally.  You name it and I’ve tried it.  I start thinking in today’s age life isn’t as simple as moving on when there are so many ways to connect, reconnect and stalk those who you’ve met randomly or for a split second.

No matter how much I want to put the past behind, I realize that the past is such an important part of me that makes me feel complete.  I think every person we meet or connect with teaches us something about life and about ourselves.  They come in and serve us for a special purpose and then exit our lives.  Sometimes this exit is with a bang and most often it’s at a whimper.  This cosmic truth I think is integral in our growth as individuals but I wonder with the advent of all these different types of social media that we prolong certain relationships way pass its due date.  Could it actually prevent us from allowing strangers, “newbies,” to enter our lives and forge new relationships that will teach us and ultimately help  us become better individuals?

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Travel Experience

My staycation is turning into a vacation

Traveling is such a big part of my job responsibility and I do enjoy it.  It allows me to explore new areas, meet new interesting people and discover things about myself through the experiences I have at these places.

Well, with that said, traveling can get exhausting and is taking a toll on my physical and mental health.  I decided this time around to stay at home…which my friend Roz dubbed a “staycation.”  The first time I have ever heard that term.

The contrast which is ME can’t sit silently or steadily for long periods of time.  I need to move so my staycation has turned into a road trip vacation.  If you don’t know much about me then you don’t know how much I love road trips. I’ve done so many of them in the course of my life.  From Jersey to Montreal.  From NYC to Miami. From Central Jersey to Chicago and New Orleans once in a bye gone era.  The greatest of these road trips was one I had back in 2007 after finishing my grad school.  My friend Jae and I  drove from San Francisco to Jersey zigzagging north and south through as many states as possible.

Yes, I do spend a great deal of time on the road and what I should be doing is staying in and just relaxing.  Well, my desire to explore and expand my knowledge is making me itch to go up to Vancouver, BC.  I have family up throughout Seattle and an Aunt in Vancouver.  So the journey begins…

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I just voted…have you?

I just voted today in the CA primary. Make sure you have too and it’s not too late to vote for me as the Next Top Credit Union Exec.  http://www.nexttopcreditunionexec.com/vote

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Voting in the Primary Elections

I just recently finished a seminar with 24 Wellness Champions on the importance of Financial Education in the Workplace that impacts employee morale and health. It was well received and currently receiving a number of request to come onsite to present to their employee population.

Then I realized today was Primary Day in California. I need to go out and vote!

Participating in our government is extremely important. It’s our sure fire way of voicing our support or opposition on key issues that impact us personally, our family and our work. All in all the decisions made by those running and winning the elected office impact our way of life.

Today, in California is Primary Day, and I will be casting my vote before the polls closed.

I hope you take the time to vote for in a different election of sorts as the Next Top Credit Union Exec. I stand for financial literacy in the workplace to help all generations understand basic finance or employing all the communication channels available to reach everyone not just the youth. My goal is to encourage collaboration between the older generation and the new generation to work towards the common purpose of heightening the credit union industry.  Yes, the cool factor is great with the youth but what stands the test of time is not the social media channels it’s how we use them to communicate how we help members get ahead!

“I’m Jason Vitug, I help members get ahead financially and help my credit union get ahead through literacy.”

http://www.nexttopcreditunionexec.com/vote

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The Next Top Credit Union Exec

As many of you have seen me deliver seminars and involved in what’s going on in and around campus to help foster that sense of community. Many of you may know I am a big advocate of financial literacy. I’ve seen so many not-for-profits and financial institutions target financial education to our youth. I do believe laying the foundation early is important however I’ve always asked, what about us folks?  Those of us who have put the classroom days behind us are always thirsty for knowledge and we may not be as vocal as we want to be.

I’ve made it a mission to bring Financial Literacy to the Workplace. I’m not alone at this, the US Government believes in this too! Help me reach a career milestone and chance to win tuition scholarship of up to $25,000 to attend courses at Harvard Business School and Wharton School of Business.  I’d like to share this conversation I had with someone recently.  Someone asked me , “Why I was spending so much time getting people to vote?” Maybe that is the issue with the Credit Union industry? Some prevailing mindset and/or lack of competitiveness which I believe doesn’t lead to the  innovation and business success we need in the industry.  I told this person that the first step to being successful is trying and it’s not worth trying if you don’t give it your all.  I’m giving it my all with your help of course. Please take the time to vote.  http://www.nexttopcreditunionexec.com/vote

Vote for me

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