Cut-cut Creek

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  • Day1

    We just arrived in the Philippines after two flights from Phuket earlier this morning. We had a layover in Singapore, which felt more like a lay-run as we literally had to run from one plane to the next. Obviously our bags did not run 😜 so they did not make the connection.

    The flight was delayed due to very bad weather coming in for the landing. It was probably the scariest landing I have ever experienced. We we're bobbling up and down as the ground came closer and bounced on the wet runway a couple of times before the plane was firmly running on the runway. It felt like the pilots did not hit breaks as hard as usual due to the slippery runway, I kept thinking we are going to run out of runway soon.

    Luckily the plane stopped before the runway ended. We were in the last row of seats and we knew if we were polite and just waited our turn to get off we will miss our next flight. In true Asia style we jumped up as soon as the plane stopped and rushed forward bypassing at least 15 rows of people.

    As soon as we stepped into the airport there was ground officials directing us and others to connecting flights. I thought to myself wow this is good service by Singapore airlines.

    We started walking/running in the direction of gate E5 and all the signs indicated that it was about 19 minute walk from where we started. We only had 15 minutes before our boarding gate closed, obviously I am thinking as we run if this gate is 19 minute walk its about a km, surely an airport this size must have an air train or some quicker way to get there. Isabel on the other hand just wanted to put head down and run.

    Long story short we arrived at the gate seconds before the gate closed, a bit frustrated with each other.

    As we settle in the plane for our next flight we did not even give our luggage a second thought as the put stickers on the bags "Hot bags" which means it has a tight connection to ensure they make the connection.

    Just before takeoff one of the air hostesses came to us and asked if we would like to move to a different row where it will be only the two of us and way more comfortable, this was great, no other airline has ever done that, we always have to ask first. Then came the complementary food and drinks, it felt like business class, we got menus and it had good Australian Shiraz on the menu, so we both chose red wine. Isabel even asked if she can taste the white first and they gave her a taste. The food was amazing it almost felt like a restaurant and then the desert arrived, my favorite magnum ice cream. After they cleared our food trays I tried my luck to ask for more ice cream and wine and I couldn't believe my luck when they said yes sure and gave us each one more ice cream and another glass of wine.

    After passport control in Manila as we went down the escalator to the baggage collection hall, there was someone at the bottom of the escalator with Isabel's name on a little clip board. All the way down we contemplate what this could be as we didn't order a taxi or anything.

    It was in the airline to let us know our bags did not make the connection. Normally airlines just let you wait till all the bags are gone and then you have to go ask them to trace you bags. Singapore airlines are so proactive, they let us fill in a few forms with address they can bring the bags to, hand us each an overnight toiletry bag and 4,400 pesos to buy ourselves some clean clothes and off we went. We were done before most people even had they bags.

    Despite the great service, I was extremely irritated as I know we will get clothes for Isabel no problem, but I think I will have to buy two shirts and stitch them together to make them fit me in this country where they love basketball but the average player is less than 6 feet tall. Naturally Isabel did not share my frustration as she couldn't wait to go shopping for new clothes.

    Anyway luckily our bags arrived at 1am the next morning, not ideal to be woken up in the middle of the night but good to know I will have something to wear the next day.

    I would fly with Singapore Airlines in a heartbeat, best airline experience I have ever had.

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  • Day5

    The adventure continues - nearly been in all of Manila Airports terminals - plus has to pay for my checked- in luggage as even though they had checked it in no problem in Hong Kong - so £38 later my bag is now checked in and I am eating Krispy Creme doughnuts and pilinuts waiting for another delayed flight which will hopefully get me to Boracay before dark!

  • Day2

    Willkommen auf den Philippinen 😍🎉
    16:09 Uhr Ankunft auf dem Flughafen - es regnet!! ☔
    Erstmal Geld gewechselt (1€ = 50PHP), dann Taxi in das Hostel (natürlich viel zu viel gezahlt #touri-falle).

    Dann für ca. 8€/Nacht/Person in einem Dorm, also Schlafsaal gepennt; Jetlack macht sich bemerkbar..👌

    Am nächsten Morgen nach gutem Frühstück zum Flughafen, denn es geht ja weiter Richtung "Tuguegarao". ✈Read more

  • Day43

    Die Langeweile nagt an unseren Knochen,
    die Temperatur draußen ist noch am kochen.
    Hier drinnen siehts gar mager aus,
    keine Läden und kein weg hinaus.
    Doch bald ist mit dem Warten Schluss,
    den Flug nach Cairns man nehmen muss.

  • Day7

    Soso nach den heutigen News haben wir dann doch unsere Route noch völlig umgeplant - heute Abend geht es auf Richtung Hanoi statt nach Palawan. Auch wenn uns die Entscheidung schwer gefallen ist, auf die philippinischen Traumstrände zu verzichten.. ich möchte tatsächlich noch irgendwann nach hause kommen und nicht entführt werden 🙈

  • Day128

    Time to check out and move on. Excited today because I was heading back to Manila to meet up with Shandos! My flight was at 1:50pm so I took my time over breakfast and used my laptop at the pool until it was time to depart at 11:30. Had a nice ride in a hotel van to the airport - the driver was very friendly and we had a good chat about life and so on. He was a 25 year old guy who'd finished a college degree in hospitality and worked at the hotel for 3 years. His girlfriend had just graduated from her hospitality degree as well and they were hoping to find work on a cruise ship so they could see the world for a few years before settling down and starting a family. Nice young guy.

    Although I'm very cynical these days about arriving at the airport a couple of hours before the flight is scheduled, I unfortunately found myself in a very small, very empty airport with more than 2 hours to kill. Thankfully they had decent wifi so I read the internet and killed time until my flight. Everything went smoothly and I was back in Manila by 3pm. Grabbed a Grab to the nearby Belmont Hotel where Shandos's tour was finishing, and the lobby was absolute bedlam - chock full of people I'd met a week previously, returning from their tours!

    A lovely young lady from Melbourne who was good friends with the organisers convinced the hotel that it was fine for me to check in as Shandos, so I did and settled into our room on the 9th floor. Not huge, but very modern and super convenient with things like five separate universal plug adaptors on the walls. Again I spent a few hours online, catching up on stuff that I hadn't done the previous week.

    I was keeping tabs on Shandos's flight as it wasn't due for a couple of hours, but it got delayed a few times and she didn't end up arriving until nearly 7:30pm! I had a brief chat with her group while everything got sorted out, then we had a quick dinner downstairs in the hotel restaurant. Shandos wasn't feeling well, with an upset stomach and slight cold, but otherwise she'd had a very enjoyable week travelling through Iloilo, Bacolod and Negros.

    Exhausted, we both collapsed into bed fairly early but excited about our trip to Hong Kong in the morning!
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