Got a Job

A couple weeks ago I got an email from a company in Alaska that I had applied to way back when. Basically, what happened after I applied was they put me on a wait list, and if they had any remaining slots, they would give me a job. The email said that if I was still interested, to contact them for a job. I quickly got in touch with them and in about a week, I’ll be flying out. I was actually a bit worried that the slots were taken or something by the time I contacted them because I had tried to email them twice and kept getting an error, so I finally decided to give them a call and everything got sorted out.

Since I’m gonna be gone for over a month, there’s a lot of preparations to be made. The company gave us a list of essential items to bring. One ting they mention is that we should bring enough clothes for 7-8 days and we should expect them to get ruined due to the work environment. We decided to just go to a Goodwill and buy some clothes there. There were also some other things we had to get like towels, toiletries and other essential things. Since in Alaska pretty much everything is really expensive, we have to make sure to bring as much as we can and minimize having to buy stuff up there. We still have to figure out our phone situation though. Currently, I’m on AT&T and apparently they don’t offer service up there in the area where I will be, so we’ll have to go with either a local service provider or Verizon. We’ll be visiting a Verizon store soon enough for this reason.

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According to them, Internet access isn’t very reliable up there, which is probably gonna be one of the more challenging obstacles for me personally. As soon as I wake up, I’m on my phone updating myself on what I missed, both in terms of what my friends have been chatting about and just what’s going on around the Internet. I’m also at the computer a lot, hanging out with friends in a voice chat channel and playing games or whatever. They have actually been a big reason for me not being as homesick as before. Having people to talk to and have fun with is really important to me, and in Alaska, I might not be able to hang out with them as much if at all. That’s why the past week or so I’ve been on a lot and been hanging out with them more. I even stayed up and binge watched a show with one of them, both of us were in voice chat and after an episode we’d talk about it.

In a bit over a week, my Mom and I will be heading up to Seattle to catch our flight to Alaska. I’m pretty excited but also a bit nervous. We’ll be gone for about a month and a half I think. After Alaska, I’m not sure what I want to do, so that’s still kinda up in the air.

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AJ Martin

Aaron Martin, also called "AJ," is the son of Bob & Feyma Martin. Aaron is a graduate at Ateneo de Davao University High School in Davao City, Philippines. Aaron was born in the USA, but has lived in the Philippines since age 3.

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Brent Finger
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Verizon is the best. You can get reception everywhere. Just get the unlimited plan and you are set ! I’ve had verizon since they first open their doors.

lgbalfa
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lgbalfa

This is true. It is also the most expensive plan by far but for good reason.

Marcelino Zabal
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I wonder what job is AJ getting. I was Station at Kodiak for four years, missed the fishing and the scenery. Best duty there is, but last year is when the Exxon Valdez oil spill happened and became stressful for everybody. Still wants to go back though.

Bob Martin
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Aaron will be working in the seafood processing business.

Marcelino Zabal
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Bob Martin
Lots of Filipinos there, depends on what town.

Steve Ballantyne
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Steve Ballantyne

I wish my connection to Filipinos was before I was there. Worked with lots of them but needed a map back then to know where Philippines even was.

Bob Martin
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Yes, that is one of the things Aaron is looking forward to, having a lot of Filipinos around! He will be in Naknek, Alaska, which is on Bristol Bay.

Marcelino Zabal
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It’s In Katmai peninsula, not familiar of the area but just NW of Kodiak Island. Beautiful country.

Bob Martin
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It is indeed! I am a bit jealous of Aaron and Feyma!

Paul Thompson
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Paul Thompson

Well at least you’re going at a good time of the year, my ship’s loved going in the winter for some odd reason. Expensive??? In 1997 I paid $7.00 for a hot dog, and never ordered a steak. Good lucj to you and your Mom!

Steve Ballantyne
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Steve Ballantyne

We were lucky, they fed us, never had to spend a cent except at airport, and I remember a burger and coke at over ten bucks.

Kevin Sanders
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I look forward to hearing more about the work you guys do up there. Sounds interesting.

Michael L Sturkey
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AJ, the only service that works all over Alaska and is pretty okay is GCI. You can get one there in Anchorage when you land there. My wife and I lived in Alaska for almost 4 years so ask any questions you wanna know. What Village are you going to? What will you be doing?

Steve Ballantyne
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Steve Ballantyne

Look into a Bell wifi unit. The monthly air fee is a bit more then you are used to but I’ve taken them there and had to fight off co-workers that wanted decent internet. Used a Magic Jack app to make my calls to North America. Many will tell you they arnt designed for there but I have used them in at least 25 countries, just swap out Simm. Worth looking at. I even use one in Philippines with a sun Simm.

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SD

AJ, Good luck on your new job! Yes you will have to dispose of your “work clothes”, but it will all be an experience of a lifetime that you will never forget. Make some time to see the wildlife in this great state, Moose, Bears, Bald Eagles…and sled dogs as well. I spent 1 year in Anchorage, Alaska in 2010, and thoroughly enjoyed the overall experience and the people. I have been following this blog for several months now and am appreciative of your Fathers advice, and enjoy all that your family shares. I saw this photo on another website… Read more »

lgbalfa
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lgbalfa

Congratulations. Should be a great experience for you,

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