November 2019 Most Valuable Participant: Kim Jay Bulan

WWCE has selected Kim as MVP for the month of November for a number of reasons. He always has a positive attitude, and we feel that he has overcome difficult times and handled them well. Embassy Suites recognized Kim as Employee of the Month this past August. Great job!

Name: Kim Jay Bulan

Position: Food and Beverage Server (Intern)

Location: Embassy Suites | Louisville, Kentucky

Fun Fact About You: Aside from cooking, I also love Photography and Vlogging (consider subscribing to my Youtube channel: Kim Bulan).

Why did you choose to come on a Cultural Exchange Training program? How are you hoping to apply for this program once you’ve returned home? The reason I applied for this training program is not just to learn about the hospitality industry but because I wanted to escape from my anxiety and depression back then. Along with that, I feel bored and it seems like nothing is exciting going on with my daily life. Well, I think this important life-changing decision was right! Being here in the US makes me feel happier and free. Learning things not just to be more independent and mature, but also I became more confident and grow as a person.

What have you learned about the city you're living in? *That 95% of the world’s bourbon is produced in Louisville, Kentucky. I experienced the Bourbon tour at the Old Forester Distillery.

*Louisville has the largest annual pyrotechnics show in the country. Each year, people from all over flock to the Ohio River for Thunder Over Louisville, a pyrotechnic display involving 60 tons of firework shells. 

*Louisville's local delicacy is The Hot Brown. Originating at The Brown Hotel, this dish is an open-faced turkey and bacon sandwich topped with cheese sauce.

What has been the most surprising thing about American culture? Americans are the most appreciative and welcoming people I have met.

What experience has impacted you the most since you have been in the US? Meeting people who became my family and friends. Being a different colored skin, religion or language doesn't mean you can't be friends with them. Sometimes, they are the most genuine people you will ever meet. I always believe that if you will be nice to me and I will be nice to you. It's that simple.

K.Leigh Furzer