Tuesday, April 16, 2013

What Happens in the Endless Road of Travel

My sole partner's most favorite silly shot
Travelling is fun. You will learn lessons that would last for a lifetime, see things you never thought existed, and discover majestic places scattered far and wide. I learned a lot of things in school, but I learned to live my life when I discovered travelling.

Somewhere, some time in my journey(s), I have shared my best, stupidest, funniest, goofiest, and silliest, and scariest stories of my existence and travels with other wandering soles. Now, I would like to share to you my dear readers the experiences I accumulated in the endless road of travel.

Kiss a stranger - a ticket for survival
The sun was shining bright that time though it was already past 4PM. I was inside a crowded bus going back to my transient. I came from a tiring and long ride and my hunger was unbearable. The only food I took that day was the cup noodles I bought from Kota Kinabalu Park which I barely finished eating as it tasted like cockroach. I was standing in the bus aisle when a man from my side offered his seat. That was the start of our lengthy conversation and part of that exchanged of ideas wass him paying all the bills including my DINNER!  

He was so kind that he even accompanied me until I reached my transient in Tanjung Aru. I bid him goodbye with a smack on his cheeks when we parted. It was the least thing I can do to express my gratitude that time. Besides, if a kiss will be enough to save a life, it won’t hurt to give it for free. We never heard about each other since then.

Too Early for the Next Ride
The time of flight says 1900.
We checked out from our hotel at 5AM and took a cab to Cebu airport. We spent 30 minutes in line only to be greeted with “Ma'am, your names are not in the manifesto” by the check-in attendant.

Upset I replied “But our flight back to Manila is scheduled to leave at 1900!”

The ticketing officer retorted back “Yes ma'am, you’re right. Your flights will leave at 1900 and that is 7PM. You are more than 10 hours early.”
After hearing that, I felt my blood rush to my head turning my cheeks to crimson red. I was so embarrassed that I hurriedly walked out from the airport while my 3 friends followed me with annoying grins on their faces. I managed to blurt out a loud laugh when I finally set my feet out of the airport, thinking how stupid I can be. But the unlikely stroke of luck did not end there.
Since we can’t go back to our hotel room, I suggested that we visit Fort San Pedro to while away the time. I told my friends that it is a park so maybe we can stay there while waiting for 6PM and go back to the airport without spending too much. And that was one of the most stupid decision I’ve ever made in the road. Because yes, we spent some time there, but we cannot bear to stay longer than 6 hours as it was so hot and dusty, noisy, and uncomfy. We were sticky and bored and smelled like dried fish an hour after 12NN so we agreed to take a shower but to where?

The option we agreed on is to go to SM Cebu and have a spa since they offer free shower. But man, we spent Php600 each for that! It would have been better if we rented a room instead, aside from the fact that it's way cheaper than the total amount of money we paid on our spa, we were at least able to sleep comfortably.

Never again will I interchange military time and standard time. :P

It happened on May 12, 2012. The dark night has embraced the surrounding, making it difficult to see things beyond 2 meters. The warm breeze coming from the sea is not helping the two souls wandering around looking for a place to stay for the night. That two souls happened to be me and my sole partner, Jim Bryan.
We knocked on one of the dilapidated house (inside the resort) and a lady answered, a little annoyed for waking her up. She told us that there’s no more available room and went back to her sack.
She wasn't helpful at all. So we decided to roam around the resort and saw some cottages. We can stay in one of the cottages but we opted not as mosquitoes in that place were as big as bees! A separated room caught our attention so we tried our luck to open the door and hola! The door was opened in a second! We peeked inside and saw a pile of pillows, blankets, and mattresses. Obviously it was their storage room. We stayed at the door entrance for twenty seconds holding our breath in fear that someone might see us. When we got tired of holding our breath, we tiptoed inside the room and took out two mattresses, two pillows, and two blankets. We then went to one of their air-conditioned rooms and while away the time until morning came.

We left the resort without paying...

Buy One Take Two
I always travel in a limited budget, so whenever there are opportunities that are presented my way which can help in minimizing expenses, I always make sure to grab them.

One time in the beautiful secluded island of Malapascua, me and my travel buddy Dyan were walking by the lengthy white shore waiting for the sun to set from the horizon when a signage of a restaurant caught our attention: “Buffet starts at 7PM, Php400 per person.”

We went back to the said restaurant 30 minutes past 7PM. Dyan took advantage of the buffet while I only ordered bottomless iced tea. We made sure to situate ourselves outside the restaurant at the farthest corner where the light can barely reach our table. And we shared what we ordered- I shared with her buffet dinner and she shared with my iced tea! We had so much that we even took home some food, placing them inside the food container that we brought.

The most awesome in all awesome ideas happened here. Until now, me and my sole partner is doing this practice. Taking advantage of buffet and sharing it! Affordable eh? :)

I am not a suicide bomber!

February 2010 - first time I travelled out of the country.
Destination: Kota Kinabalu, Malaysia (ocular for Mt. Kota Kinabalu Climb)
Attire: Sleeveless blouse and pekpek shorts (whatever you call that very short shorts)

The tale of experience:

I was the person in the middle line waiting for my passport to get the mark when a Malaysian airport official waved his hand commanding me to go near him; I was excited and nervous at the same time. Excited because I thought I will have my special entrance and that I do not have to wait in the long line. Nervous because, what if they bring me somewhere else and start questioning me? I was hesitant at first but I managed to stride my way to the guy; the second thing happened. He brought me inside an office room and started to question me.
Why are you here?
Where are you going?
Where are you staying?
Where is your return ticket?
Why are you travelling alone?
Why are you wearing that?
You are aware that this is a Muslim country?

and the last...

You know stories about terrorism and suicide bombers?

I answered everything but I failed to hide my agitation and weariness. I can feel beads of sweat forming on my forehead and my fingers started to fidget by themselves. I thought they will ask me to remove my clothes just so they will believe that I am no suicide bomber nor a terrorist. Luckily, with heaven intervention I guess, after they ransacked my luggage and flipped my papers over and over again, they told me to go back to the line and present my passport.

I sighed a deep breath after and sent a thank you kiss to the sky hidden by the airport roof.
Geez! That’s scary but I can’t help but laugh whenever I recall that very epic moment in my life.

This is my entry for Pinoy Travel Bloggers' Blog Carnival
for the month of April with the theme
'funniest, silliest, dumbest travel moments'
hosted by Lakbay Diva.

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  1. Tsk, tsk, tsk. Naughty, naughty. But it must have been fun. =)

  2. that nice guys who offered a seat... kudos =)

  3. Cute photo and wonderfully written post, and it's so funny too. Now, I'm smiling. :)


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