Manila to Kalibo

Trip Start Jan 13, 2007
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Trip End Jan 28, 2007


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Flag of Philippines  , Visayas,
Monday, January 15, 2007

So the start of my first full day in the Philippines.  We took at cab to the airport, this time the Manila Domestic Airport, which is about 20 minutes away from the International Airport, and the hotel. 
Driving through the streets I saw some public peeing stations, basically minimally covered buckets, that I guess go to the sewage. 

We got to the airport and got in line outside...no one gets into the building without a ticket. The security was impressed with us being Canadian...Canadians are good, they say.  Once through the initial security - we had to have our luggage xrayed on the way into the building....we were in the check in area.  Very crowded and many many lineups.  The luggage allowance for the domestic flights is less, so we had a pay an
overweight charge.

After getting some local currency at the money changers, we paid for our airport fee, and headed through security.  Shoes off, everything goes on the security xray belt.  Walking through the metal detector, we had to stand on a box, so we could be frisked.  I had my wallet in my shirt pocket, and the guard pulled it out and locked through it...pulling out a Canadian $5.00 bill.  
"Souveneir?" he said? 
Not much I could say to that.  I guess its an extra airport fee for tourists  :)

The waiting area, pictured here is like a huge auditorium,   
with some stores at one end, nothing fancy.  I got a coffee and a donut like thing and we waited for the
plane.  Getting on the plane was up a flight of stairs, and into our seats.  The flight was fun, Cebu Pacific plays some games with the passengers and both Allan and I won prizes

As we neared Kalibo, Allan was excited as we flew right over his town, Lezo.  We started making our   descent...slowly  descending when suddenly the plane accelerated and up again we went.  The plane circled around and started descending again,   and varoooooommm, up in the air again.....It took about 10 minutes  for an announcement that due to a storm over Kalibo the plane could not land.  And back to Manila we went.  

We had about a three hour wait in Manila, at the domesticairport before getting on a plane again and heading back to Kalibo. This time the trip was uneventful, although we did win another prize - I got a nice orange duffle bag. And Calamansi juice!!

We landed in Kalibo- it's a tiny airport, full of people.  They have a very colourful mural at the front of the terminal.   Allan's family and friends all came to pick us up and off to Lezo we went, through Kalibo.  The next blog will start off there.
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