The Red Dot Airline: A Blessing in Disguise

As I am patiently waiting for my next trip, let me share to you once again the series of posts I made during our Palawan trip. I already shared one a few days ago. I now present to you Article 1 of 7.

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Article 1 of the Palawan Chronicles

Palawan Day 1: Puerto Prinsesa


Sleep. Even on a vacation, I am in need of sleep.

I ended the Christmas Day of 2013 with a nap at 11:30 in the evening. I woke up at 1:00 in the morning of the 26th to prepare for my trip from Bataan to Manila. At 2:00, my uncle brought me and a cousin to the bus terminal. And by 2:30, the bus was driving to the city while everybody was asleep.

And surprisingly, I was able to reach Munoz, Quezon City at 4:00 in the morning. And at 4:30, I safely returned to my apartment in Novaliches.

I packed my bags and by 7:00 I was already on my way to the airport. At 7:45 in the morning, I was battling with myself if the exaggeratedly long line in MRT North Avenue could get me any nearer…

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A Song for my Darling Serenity

It’s Throwback Thursday! And now that I am itching for my next travel, let me bring you once again to a kingdom of ultimate serenity, Palawan.

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Article 7 of the Palawan Chronicles: Last Article


DISCLAIMER: I recommend listening to the song “Cool Change” while reading this to gain maximum serenity.

And this exhibit launches in 5, 4, 3, 2…. .

If there’s one thing in my life that’s missing

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It’s the time that I spend alone

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Sailing on the cool
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And bright clear water

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Lots of those friendly people

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They’re showing me ways to go

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And I never want to lose their inspiration

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I was born in the sign of water

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And it’s there that I feel my best

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It’s kind of a special feeling

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When you’re out on the sea alone

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Or Sun? Or Sun?

Staring at the full moon like a lover

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Time for a cool change

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I know that it’s time for a cool change

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Now that my life…

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Hong Kong and the Lost Tripod

Still can’t get enough of Hong Kong? Here is one of my very first blog posts, detailing how my friend’s tripod got lost in our first trip abroad.

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The Magical Disneyland castle.

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It was the time when one of the major airport terminals in the Philippines was disturbed by a royal rumble between a celebrity couple and a veteran media man.  According to reports, it all started with the unannounced offloading of the couple’s luggage from their overloaded plane.  Still according to  reports, there were also no CCTV cameras installed in the baggage conveyor area of the airport, making it impossible to check on the actual happenings.

Unfortunately, our flight to Hong Kong was booked in the same airline.  But fortunately, we weren’t in the same airport.

It was the wee hours of May 26 when Mai, Jombits, Ami, Sheig and I, arrived at Diosdado Macapagal International Airport in Clark, Angeles City, Pampanga.

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Except for Sheig, this was our first trip abroad and we initially did not plan to check-in any baggage as we are in backpack mode, and also to…

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HONG KONG: A Reblog from Hacking Travel Asia

Chi Lin Nunnery, Diamond Hill, Kowloon, Hong Kong.

My Hong Kong travel secrets finally revealed at Hacking Travel Asia. Here is a reblog from their site.

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Amidst its seemingly-expensive and highly-urbanized streets, Hong Kong also offers a night life fit for tourists on a tight budget.

From four in the afternoon to twelve midnight, Tung Choi Street in Mong Kok, Kowloon is closed to all traffic to give way to the “Ladies’ Market.” The place is a shopping haven not only for ladies but for gentlemen as well. All sorts of items can be found in the area: clothes, accessories, bags, shoes, various souvenirs and even toys. You name it, they have it here.

There are actually a bunch of stores selling the same items so shopping here also means using your Sherlock skills to find the right item and the right bargain for…

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A Song for my Darling Serenity

Article 7 of the Palawan Chronicles: Last Article


 

DISCLAIMER: I recommend listening to the song “Cool Change” by Little River Band while reading this to gain maximum serenity.

And this exhibit launches in 5, 4, 3, 2…. .

If there’s one thing in my life that’s missing

.

It’s the time that I spend alone

.

Sailing on the cool
 .

And bright clear water

.

Lots of those friendly people

.

They’re showing me ways to go

.

And I never want to lose their inspiration

.

I was born in the sign of water

.

And it’s there that I feel my best

.

It’s kind of a special feeling

.

When you’re out on the sea alone

.

Or Sun?

Or Sun?

Staring at the full moon like a lover

.

Time for a cool change

.

I know that it’s time for a cool change

.

Now that my life is so prearranged

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I know that it’s time for a cool change

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I’ve never been romantic

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And sometimes, I don’t care

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I know it may sound selfish

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But let me breathe the air

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Let me breathe the air

Songwriter(s): Glenn Barrie Shorrock Copyright: Warner/Chappell Pty Limited

Other photos by Nessa Gabrillo

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Article 6 of the Palawan Chronicles – Fever and Farewells: The Ruins of Stalactites

The Red Dot Airline: A Blessing in Disguise

Article 1 of the Palawan Chronicles

Palawan Day 1: Puerto Prinsesa


Sleep. Even on a vacation, I am in need of sleep.

I ended the Christmas Day of 2013 with a nap at 11:30 in the evening. I woke up at 1:00 in the morning of the 26th to prepare for my trip from Bataan to Manila. At 2:00, my uncle brought me and a cousin to the bus terminal. And by 2:30, the bus was driving to the city while everybody was asleep.

And surprisingly, I was able to reach Munoz, Quezon City at 4:00 in the morning. And at 4:30, I safely returned to my apartment in Novaliches.

I packed my bags and by 7:00 I was already on my way to the airport. At 7:45 in the morning, I was battling with myself if the exaggeratedly long line in MRT North Avenue could get me any nearer the airport. After 35 minutes, fortunately, it did.

I met my friend Nessa in Taft Avenue at around 9:00 and went straight to NAIA Terminal 4. We got there around 9:30. The concierge officer told us that we could not check-in til 10:00 in the morning for our 12:00 flight.

So we waited.

The clock struck ten. The staff of the Red Dot Airline started putting the sign “Down system. Please bear with us.” And still we could not see any counter for the Puerto Princesa flight.

It says counter is “CLOSED.” No destination and flight number details either. But they are entertaining guests here. 🙂

After 20 minutes, we saw people lining up to Counter 11 which was the only one entertaining guests going to Puerto Princesa. So we followed the line.

It was already 11:00 but we were still standing at the same spot 40 minutes ago. The line was not moving.

After another 10 minutes, the airline staff welcomed the guests with the manual issuance of boarding passes. System was still not available so they needed to write everthing down.

It was already 11:50 when we got our boarding passes. At the boarding terminal, the screen says that our flight was delayed and our departure would be at 1:15 in the afternoon. It was further delayed to 1:50.

We earlier decided to take our lunch at Puerto Princesa but this delay had caused so much trouble in our stomachs. We couldn’t find any rice meal from the stores in the boarding terminal so we settled for siopao and iced coffee.

We boarded the plane and arrived at Puerto Princesa around 3:20 in the afternoon.

Photo by Nessa Gabrillo

Photo by Nessa Gabrillo

And Tito Bong, a friend of Nessa’s, surprised us by a red car.

Photo by Nessa Gabrillo

Photo by Nessa Gabrillo

We wanted to go straight to El Nido but Tito Bong said it would be best if we spend the night in Puerto and just leave early morning the next day.

Nessa and I wanted to sleep and rest but we opted to explore Puerto Princesa instead. This was not part of the original plan but everything that happened seemed to be a blessing in disguise.


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