Throwback: Cebu 2011

This is my first blog entry. And although I’ve only just started to blog, I’ve been to many places and hope to reach more whenever money and vacation leaves permit. I am dedicating my first entry to the first trip I ever made – the one that started it all…


My trip to Cebu was an experience of many firsts: first time to ride a plane, first trip to Visayas, first trip that was out of my pocket, first trip booked via seat sale and first trip with friends. It was actually my initiation to the endless wanderlust I always feel.

My Companions

There were 4 of us who were originally booked to go on this trip, but one backed out due to reasons I couldn’t recall now. So it was me, Sheila and Starr (close college friends) who went on to Cebu.

Me, Shiela & Starr

The Flight: Airphil Express

I was able to book our round-trip tickets with Airphil Express at around Php 900.00 each. Our flight to Cebu was at night. I was supposed to check-in via web but my internet was acting up in the afternoon. We were able to arrive at NAIA 3 Terminal at the exact time the counters opened for our flight so were among the first in line. Check-in was a breeze and we killed time by catching up and exchanging stories about our experiences so far one year after college.

Our flight departed on time. This being my first plane ride, I was nervous and excited at the same time. I don’t know if it was because of my first time in the air, but my ears were hurting so much. If not for that, would have been comfortable. The seats were a little cramped but I didn’t mind since the flight was only an hour long. I remember that I was praising the pilot for that flight. Of all plane rides I’ve been in, this was the smoothest landing of all. I didn’t even feel the wheels touch the runway!

I wish that my positive first impression of Airphil Express lasted though. Our flight back to Manila got delayed by 3 hours. It was originally scheduled to depart the airport at 11PM but it was moved to 2AM. Of course I got irate at the news. I was looking forward to going home and resting my tired feet, but I found out that I had no choice but to wait at the airport. The passengers of the delayed flight were given a meal as compensation, but my good first impression of Airphil Express was already negated by this one.

The actual return flight was uneventful. All I remember was arriving in Manila at past 3 in the morning, tired, sleepy and reluctant to go back to reality. Continue reading