Welcome to the Philippines and planes with games
Trip Start Feb 26, 2010
371Trip End Feb 26, 2011
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We got dropped off at Hong Kong Airport and meandered in to find the Cebu Pacific desk. We casually wandered over to the desk and explained we wanted to check the bags through as we had another flight and we were told this was not possible. We were asked for proof of our onward flight out of the Philippines (Steve had obviously warned us to make sure we booked something but we knew better and ignored him). "Unfortunately Sir we are not allowed to check you in without evidence of departure from the country"
Cebu Pacific are not only very cheap but a pretty cool airline for several reasons. They claim to be the only international airline to play games throughout the journey to win prizes. Its a bit like a pub quiz really. So for the one and a half hour flight we did a bit of blogging and a bit of playing. We were also given the luxury of emergency exit seats. What a privilege? Well after sitting down we were approached by the stewardess who confirmed we would be responsible for a number of tasks in an emergency situation, to remove the emergency exit door turn it around and discard it out of the door, we then needed to inflate the emergency exit slide, Erica would slide to the bottom and stabilise the slide while I ensured the remaining passengers removed footware before using the slide
Upon landing we were about 5 minutes late so before the seatbelt signs had gone off I was in the overhead locker trying to fight my way to the front. We got off the plane and sprinted to immigration and passport control. Needless to say whilst breathless we were first to the desks and there was no queue. Straight through and sprint to the baggage hall, after only a couple of minutes the baggage belt started and we were about 5th bag off. We then ran through customs and out of arrivals into departures. I had a baggage trolley that I just threw on an escalator. About half way up it sliped and fell back onto me. We then sprinted to the check in desk where the queue had been blocked off. We pushed our way to the front to see the most laid back attitude. Check in closed 45 minutes before take off. We finally got checked in with about 20 minutes to take off. Sprinted to a desk where we had to pay a departure tax, with no currency we had to run back to a cash machine, “Card not recognised” we then had to run back to another area of the airport to a currency exchange where we threw 40 of our USDollar and probably got stung for I dont know how much
The plane was filled with what appeared to be dry ice (this happened once in India as well), people were trying to waft the stuff away as the plane took off and the cabin filled up, lots of peolpe were also coughing too. After a few more quizes and prize givings and blogging we landed in Cebu to another bumpy and swaying landing. We got off the plane to a baggage claim full of people from outside the airport. We wandered over through the taxi touts and eventually found the meter taxi rank and headed to the Cebu Guest House. We are definitly out of 'the developing world' of China and back into the the real developing world, children begging at the car and dirty streets. Can't wait to get to the island. thankfully the hostel has wifi and the blog is now up to date. After 8 cans of San Miguel for about 25 peso's each (40p'ish) including two Ice strongs a bat flew into the room and attached itself to the smoke alarm. This had definitely not happened at Chez Tunstall. Oh and there are lots and lots of mozzies. Erica alert.
Not a great first impression of the Philippines but we are looking forward to getting to the island of Malapascua tomorrow.