I am so lucky to have been chosen as one of the four winners of a round-trip plane tickets care of Cebu Pacific. Just like what I wrote, I am afraid of the sea water but I chose Siargao as my destination as I am fascinated by its world-renowned Cloud 9 waves. Dispatch Magazine, I can’t thank you enough. This is the first time I’ve ever won a travel-related contest.
Okay. I got free plane tickets but I got no free home to stay at. And so here’s what I did. I surfed the web, searched for lodges in Siargao, took note of their info (email address, website, contact number, room rates, etc.), emailed them asking if they could give me some kind of accommodation in exchange of ad placement and favorable review on my blog.
Got several replies with modest offers of discounts but I sealed a deal with Wave Cave, A Surfer’s Lodge.
Alright, everything’s set but the date. My first schedule was May 27. It was cancelled due to unavailability of flight and bad weather. Oh-kay. I got no choice but to move it to a later date, June 17 to June 20.
[su_note]TRIVIA: Cebu Pacific flies to Siargao via connecting flight to Cebu during Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays only. Travelers who wish to land in Surigao can ride a ferry for a three-hour trip to Siargao. Last trip leaves at 12 noon.[/su_note]
Now, let me show you a timeline of what happened to me last June 17, the supposed first day of my first solo trip, thanks to Typhoon Egay.
0510 – rode a cab from Libis to NAIA Terminal 3
0600 – checked-in my baggage
0615 – boarded plane
0635 – departed from MNL to CEB
0720 – arrived at the Mactan-Cebu International Airport
0800 – munched on Dunkin Donuts’ munchkins
0830 – constantly switched seat positions while playing Cut the Rope
0900 – power napped
0915 – continued switching seat positions while playing Cut the Rope
0930 – browsed Facebook
0950 – started worrying since passengers were still waiting
1000 – worry has escalated, we should be boarded by now
1010 – CebPac announced Siargao’s deteriorating weather and to stand by for updates
1040 – flight cancelled
1100 – waited for my queue for assistance
1230 – was told that they could re-book my flight to Surigao the next day (needed to stay in Mactan at my own expense) or re-book to Siargao two days after (again, needed to stay in Mactan at my own expense) or I could just go back to Manila and have the whole trip rescheduled
1300 – flight re-booked and would go back to Manila
1330 – ate at the expensive and not worth a mention Cafe Wien
1400 – still switching seat positions now browsing and updating Facebook
1430 – needed to pee, couldn’t hold it any longer
1500 – Cebu to Manila passengers were now swarming the boarding area
1530 – rained heavily, thought I’d be stranded
1600 – boarded, finally
1630 – departed from CEB to MNL
1720 – arrived at the NAIA Terminal 3
1730 – waited for the shuttle bus to Baclaran
1800 – bus arrived
1805 – departed NAIA to Baclaran
1845 – Baclaran to Mandaluyong by bus
1945 – Mandaluyong, home-bound
2000 – home, at last
You be the judge. Was it productive at all? I was just an hour away from my dream Siargao and its Cloud 9. Why, oh, why?
[su_quote]Dear Siargao, I’m thinking we’re not meant for each other but I am not giving up on you! I’ll see you soon. Love, MissBackpacker[/su_quote]