This is part of my letter to a friend telling her of my trip to the Philippines on 02 April and back to England on 14 April. I know it's late, but 'better late than never'.
"My trip to PI was a disaster. I lost my luggage going there, just came the night of the following day. Tapos coming back here, the system at NAIA was down so the check-in was done manually (buti na lang I checked-in online so I was with the business class line). We were delayed by 2-1/2 hours so I didn't make the connecting flight in Amsterdam which was the last one for the day. Almost everybody at that flight had to line up to get a booking for the next day's connecting flight. Fortunately although it was not KLM's fault, we were provided with a hotel to stay for the night. The next day I didn't check the flight on the board because the gate was already on the boarding card. After walking what seems to be an endless walkway, I sat at the ramp near the gate and waited for it to open. When I glanced at the board showing the destination, it showed London Heathrow. I had to decide whether to go back and check the flights on the board which might take me another 20 to 30 mins or check the destinations at each gate. I chose the latter. Imagine this, the gate on the boarding pass was D53 and I could see that the last one is D57. So, I moved backwards from D57 reading destinations as I walked passed them until D43 which was Birmingham.
It didn't end there. At Schiphol Airport in Amsterdam, their x-ray is at the gate. I thought I was clever because I got infront of the cue. When I passed the x-ray, it beeped. So fine, I thought it will just be the usual search. Well!!! This lady searched me thoroughly that she even put her hand inside the front and back of my undies. Thank goodness she didn't touch THAT!!! Unbelievable! Mukha ba akong terrorist? After that when I gave my boarding pass to the lady at the gate, the beep was unusually loud which worried me a bit. She said, "Oh this seat is non-existent . The plane was changed so I'm giving you a new seat...phewww! I thought what's next??? Thank goodness the flight was fine. So, I'd been telling John everything that was happening to me on the phone, and he said that I got his travel jinx status. When we were going out of the parking lot, what do you know, the ticket got stuck inside the machine and the pole wouldn't go up. He had to call the attendant to let us out. What a trip!!!! ha ha ha."
~how i'm feeling~: