I just finished up my first week of work in the Business Development Unit at the Food and Nutrition Research Institute. In one short week of being in the Philippines, I feel very comfortable here. I have met so many nice people and tried so many new things.
Before coming to the Philippines, I was told that I may encounter a “culture shock” of sorts while acclimating to my new environment. Since most Filipinos know at least basic English, I haven’t been hit with much culture shock yet. I am having the most difficulty adjusting to an 8am-5pm desk job routine. The traffic is so bad in Taguig City that it is faster for me and my fellow interns to walk to and from work everyday. This involves a 1.5 mile walk from our apartments to the Department of Science and Technology Compound through the heat and smog. Needless to say, I end up very sweaty by the time I get to work. At least I am getting some good exercise in everyday.
Most of this first week I spent getting acquainted to what the Business Development Unit does for FNRI as a whole and how I will be helping out throughout the summer. I laid out my goals for the next two months and my supervisors, Sir Alex and Engineer Garcia, told me what they are hoping I will get from this experience. They decided that I will be getting as much hands-on experience as possible. I have mostly worked on the data collection side of research, so I am hoping to learn how the products developed are marketed to adopters. I will be attending and helping with a few different conferences and events throughout the summer which will show me how BDU directly deals with adopters.
On Saturday of our first week of work, we all went to Downtown Metro Manila by Intramuros with another IWU intern from Human Nature and some of his coworkers. His coworkers were kind enough to be our personal tour guides for the day. We went on a carriage ride around Intramuros, the walled city of Manila, and got a historical tour from our carriage driver. Some of the places that we went inside were Fort Santiago, the Manila Cathedral, the National Museum, and San Agustine Church. There are pictures from this trip in the Gallery Section of the blog.