Notes, Messages, Guestbook

E/C Benifredo N. Gabon

Dear Sir Meyn,

 Hi sir, a jocund day to you! Received you mail sir and I would like to thank you in welcoming us on board and for giving us the opportunity to have some overview about our feelings and life here on board Vega Fynen.

 We boarded M.V. Vega Fine last May 31, 2009 and that time a lot of questions bothered on my mind if ... What will be life here on board, how could I cope up the real and actual nature of my work and how to get along with my comrades here on board. Time really flew so fast, before I just dreamt and imagined my self how to be a seafarer and now it's in reality. I'm now riding on a real ship. In my first week on board, realizations had taken part of me. I have a hard time to cope with my lifestyle as a typical student before and now a student on board. Life on board is not a bed of roses. Being far away from home is one factor that contributes my loneliness here and I also experienced to vomit every time we have a rough voyage.

But then again, I am a Vega Cadet and I am strong, determined, motivated, man with courage and perseverance and I still expect more pressures, obstacles, struggles, hardships, floods, raging waves that could even drown us in our journey yet conquer all those and tear into pieces just like a snap of a finger.


As saying goes, "Calm seas don't make skillful sailors". The truth of the statement is universal. It doesn't apply to sailors but to life itself. The more we experience hardships and afflictions, the more we become better and stronger individual. It is in tribulation that we grow further towards maturity.

A marine engineer cannot truly appreciate his profession if he has not been able to feel the heat of the engine room, if he has not performed the strenuous task of overhauling an engine, if he has not experienced nausea on a rough voyage or accept the fact that he is far away from home and you can do nothing about it.. It is like the law of nature. We have to go through an arduous trial in order to become more polished individual and to achieve glory.


This time sir, I am starting already to love the nature of my work. I am enjoying working at the engine room with my comrades here especially with your good officers on board. Day by day is really a learning process in my part and I believe this would be my stepping stone in fulfilling all my dreams in life especially to become a successful and competent Chief Engineer in the very near future.


Lastly sir, thank you very much for everything! I also want to extend my gratitude to all Vega Family! A million thanks to all of you!


Finally, I would like to thank God Almighty who is the creator of everything. As I continue My voyage through life's indefinite seas, I shall face every trial with pride and dignity. To sail through life with the aim of becoming a skillful and better sailor, loyal to God, country, institution and company.


" I will travel the world in search of what I need and who I am and I shall return home to find it" May God be with my journey ...


With prayers,

E/C Benifredo N. Gabon

Sunday, 15 November 2009

Deck Cadet Palacios, Mark Philip A.

Dear Sir Meyn,

We are glad and very thankful for you to welcome us here on board MV Vega Fynen. It's been a long time that we're not able to see each other. I hope that you are in good health and good faith.

May 31, 2009. On my first day here on Vega Fynen, I was so excited, but felt  curious,slightly nervous and empty on what will happen and what I'm going to do after this day? It was a mixed feeling for me to be here for the first time. But these feelings were changed and my emptiness was filled after the Captain, Officers, and all crew gave us a very warm welcome and good accommodation. Captain brought us to his office and discussed the things we need to do and observe including the rules on board his vessel. He lets us have our meals to be taken at the officers' mess together with other officers. On the following days, we familiarized ourselves in the location, the function and how to use all the equipments used on board including the safety equipments. The safety officer taught us how to use those equipments during emergencies and what are the actions to be taken to avoid major injuries on board. He explains to us the importance of following the instructions written on each equipment. I tried to understand all those instruction and put it on my mind so that I will be aware.

Then after familiarization, the Chief Officer gave me the schedule of my daily routine. Every 0800hrs-1200hrs at sea, at the bridge accompanying the third officer on his duty. In the afternoon, 1300hrs-1600hrs helping the deck crew with the deck maintenance or upon officers' order. After the work on deck, back again at the bridge to learn more knowledge and to enhance my skills on navigation. In port I assisted the Duty officer in cargo watch. After the loading and discharging operation, I prepared the bridge for departure. These were my daily routine up to now.

For about a month and a half that we've been on board, many things happened and I've experienced that changed my life. All the things I imagined are now becoming real. Life at sea and in land was far different, I vomited and felt dizzy at time when the ship pitching and rolling heavily and I said to myself, "I will not become a better seafarer when the sea is always calm, it needs to be rough to sharpen me". In a short period of time, I learned a lot of things and I will not stop learning. I am really determined to face every challenge and do things beyond my capacity to mold my self to become a better individual and a productive officer of your company in the near future.

I will make use of this opportunity to thank you all Vega Family for giving us the chance in achieving our goals in life. We will strive hard to exceed your expectations since we will be utilized as a backbone of your company and for me to be a competent captain of your good vessel. I will always have my unending gratitude to the company.

Hope to see you again Sir! GODBLESS ....

Respectfully yours,  

 

Deck Cadet Palacios, Mark Philip A.

Sunday, 15 November 2009

E/Cdt. Ernie John L. Alcalde

Dear Sir, Good day!

I'm hoping that everything is just fine with you sir! I am very sorry for the late reply for we only have short time navigation and we had the maintenance of our fresh water generator and oily-water separator. My sincere thanks for remembering me and other cadets on board For forty-eight day of being here at MV Vega Davos,I could say that I am well blessed with the aid of my superiors, I have learned and still leaming a lot of things a about the profession I have chosen. My life here on board had been so well yet, I am still in the process of adjustment and overcoming home-sickness.

It's been quite hard at first but as time passes by, I have famlliarized my self with the things which are new to me. I am grateful to say that the three years I spent at JBLFMU has not been useless For it has given me views and out looks of the things and life on board which are really near to reality. I still have three-hundred and seventeen days of staying here on board MV Vega Davos and I am going to use that time to gain more knowledge and experience for my personal development to become one of your competent future officers someday.

A lot of thanks!

Yours truly,

E/Cdt. Ernie John L. Alcalde

Sunday, 15 November 2009

E/Cdt. Sotiar, Arnold

Dear Sir,   

First and foremost I would like to thank you for all that things you’ve been done for us during our academic years. You’re so very active!    Living on board is another piece of the puzzle, if it is your first time to board the vessel for one year. Being far from your family, friends and colleague. You’re obliged to know, observe and practice the proper procedures and rules that being implemented on board.

Regarding our life on board and social welcome somehow there’s a little bit adjustment in my part. But everything would be okay if I think positive and presence of mind. There is no difference between our imagination and the reality of life aboard ship.    Once again I would like to thank those people who are part of shaping my future towards success, to Sir Arend and Ma’am Sabine and to you Sir Meyn, to Sir Fedelicio, to Sir San Buenaventure, and to Sir Alave.    A million thanks to all of you.

Respectfully yours,

E/Cdt. Sotiar, Arnold

Sunday, 08 November 2009

Deck Cadet Vincent Eduard Somcio

July 21, 2009

Dear Sir,

    First of all Sir, I Deck Cadet Vincent Eduard I. Somcio, would like to express my heartfelt gratitude for giving me this opportunity to be a part of your team. Here’s my response Sir from your email last 13.07.09.

    “The moment of truth!” Those were the words that first came out of my mind as I set foot on the gangway of M/V Vega Saturn last June 6, 2009 at Kingston Wharves, Jamaica. I’m just seeing ships in television, movies, newspapers, magazines etc but this, this is the real thing!My role here as a cadet is quite challenging because of the way I should manage my time properly so that I could work efficiently and also to study. First in relation to my work, my crewmates taught me the basic things done while at port and at sea. An example for that is the proper way of being a lookout at sea and at port also the securing containers by connecting the lashing bars and turnbuckles. Another one is the entries being input in the bell book and the navigational equipments like the Electronic Chart Display (ECDIS) and the radio room which I’m just seeing it on pictures from nautical books. Secondly, my life on board here is great; our cabin, the recreation room and definitely the food. I’m still on the process of learning how to overcome my seasickness so that I won’t need anymore my beloved bucket. Lastly, the social welcome on us by the crew here is great because I can’t feel I’m away from home because of their hospitality.

There’s no big difference between what we’ve learned from school and the things we’ve been studying here on board. Even though it’s a quite tiresome routine at every port and at sea, I can still say to myself that it’s a very big help for me, not because of the money being paid for my service but because of the knowledge I’m obtaining from every crew which will give me the edge from which will lead me to become a successful mariner not only for myself, my family but also for my company.

Respectfully yours,

Vincent Eduard Somcio

Sunday, 08 November 2009

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