Thursday, March 24, 2011

Sawasdee Dolethai

Our Thailand trip was a blast! 

We had the opportunity to meet & greet the faces behind the constant email exchanges & the familiar voices in Thai twang over phone calls. The most significant thing for this trip is the bond that we have created even in the limited time spent together with the staff of Dole Thailand. It is the basic thing that we need to develop – the camaraderie that we will be sharing so that it will flourish into a more meaningful partnership that will extend beyond work; a brotherhood so to speak.

Who could have imagined that two different cultures, distinct with each other, can be better as teammates leading towards one goal? Language is not a barrier to foster understanding; instead it’s the key to keep the momentum alive.

Our trip to Dole Thailand offered so many amazing revelations. We learned a lot from their unique perspective of hard work. We have seen how they manage things and how they strategize success. With their tiny gestures of hospitality, we can say that they are easy to get along with, got interesting stories to share and got more ideas to impart.

The trip is not all about whose better or not but it is discovering our best partners in this business. Khaawp khoon khrap!

Here are some of the Thai people whom we cannot forget:
Khun Vicha, for welcoming us in his office
Khun Suphapon, for being so accommodating, she allowed us to taste Crisp & other products!
Khun Jaeb, for being so hospitable, we had a photo holding hands!
Khun Montien, for being so detailed & patient on our plant tour, he allowed us to take some snapshots of the production areas
Khun Kittiya, for introducing Thai foods, she’s my constant seat mate even during meal time
Khun Theerawut, for the Agri tour, he has shown to us the pineapple fields with nets
Khun Nataphong, for being so kind in delivering Crisp & Parfait to our room!
Khun Tipaporn, for teaching us Thai while having dinner, that was very informative, and of course, for paying the lunch at the vineyard!
Khun Yanee, for requesting the driver to stop over for photo opts in the vineyard
Khun Wassana, for being so bubbly and also for teaching us some Thai lessons
Khun Thittiya, for being so charming, I enjoyed the chitchats with you
Khun Areerat, for being so warm, allowing us to know your political side
Khun Aroonsang, for the nice smile during picture taking
Khun Uraiwan, for being so sweet & motherly
Khun Kanya, for allowing us to disturb her during her transition session with Khun Aroonsang
Khun Nibhon, for accommodating us in Chumphon
Khun Ampon, for being so soft-spoken & warm
Khun Sutha, for being so friendly while touring us around the Chumphon plant
Khun Narumit, for the support during our tour
Khun Somboon, for the sweet welcome in Chumphon
Khun Nives, for patiently waiting us until we get done with our purchase in Phantip Mall, for accommodating us in Bangkok
Khun Somkij, for being childlike (matched with mine), we can be brothers & it would be fun! You have now a Filipino name - "Dodong"
Khun Nattawach & Khun Dhiti, for welcoming us during the warehouse tours
Khun Anchalee, for accompanying our ladies wandering inside the Platinum Mall
Khun Pitak, for the advice of fast tracking the discussion so that we can go earlier to the mall
Khun Likit & Khun Sukul, for being so polite & the smiling face, it lightened our mood during our travels
Khun Anuj, for being so helpful & patient as well, you are so cool!
Kevin, now known as Khun Kevin, thanks for everything! I Salute you!


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