I joined a travel-related contest and I am lucky to have been chosen as one of the four winners of a round-trip plane ticket to any local destination I want. I am afraid of seawater, 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.
Alright, everything (activities, accommodation at Wave Cave, and all) is set but the date. My first schedule was May 27. It was cancelled due to the unavailability of flights and bad weather. Oh-kay. I got no choice but to move it to a later date, from June 17 to June 20.
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
0950 – I started worrying since passengers are still waiting
1000 – worry has escalated; we should be boarding by now
1010 – Cebu Pacific announced Siargao’s deteriorating weather and to stand by for updates
1040 – flight cancelled
1100 – queued for assistance
1230 – I was told that they could rebook my flight to Surigao the next day (I needed to stay in Mactan at my own expense) or re-book to Siargao two days after (again, I 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 rebooked to Manila
1500 – Cebu to Manila passengers are now swarming the boarding area
1530 – raining heavily, I thought I’d be stranded
1600 – boarded, finally
1630 – departed from CEB to MNL
1720 – arrived at the NAIA Terminal 3
2000 – home, at last
I was just an hour away from my dream Siargao and its Cloud 9. Why, oh, why?