We had a great time in Laoag, Vigan and Pagudpud except last Sunday there are some mishaps that really stressed me.
1. After our half day tour, we really don’t know where to go to kill time, we went back to hotel and stayed at the lobby but we were so bored so past 2PM, we decided to go to airport already. We asked first the hotel receptionist if Laoag airport is already open and she said yes. Off we went to the airport and we’re so disappointed because it’s still closed and we’re the first passengers there. For the second time around, early bird na naman kami. We’ve experienced this in our Puerto Princesa trip. (after check out we went to the airport for our past 2PM flight and airport was closed. We waited for almost an hour.)
We asked airport staff what time it will be opened and they said 3PM, so it’s fine with us because it’s less than 30 minutes before 3PM. But it didn’t happen; we waited till 4PM before they start the operation.
2. At the check-in counter, staff was asking for my son’s ID or copy of birth certificate but I don’t have any. That was the first time, for the last 5 trips with my son, they never asked for ID or birth certificate.
3. Day before our flight I received text and email saying,
Your trip to Manila (MNL) is leaving from Laoag (LAO) on Sunday, February 05, 2012 at 05:50 PM. You're flying on Air Philippines flight 388.
` I thought that our flight was moved back to 5:50PM again. Our original flight is 5:50PM but a week before our flight, customer service rep called to inform me that our flight will be delayed for 50 minutes and she sent my new itinerary. So I was really hoping that it was moved because we all want to go home early. But our flight was not moved back, it’s still 6:40PM and unfortunately, flight was delayed, we boarded past 8PM. We’ve been waiting for almost 6 hours and good thing that there’s toddlers play area where my son stayed for 4 hours.
4. I thought that was the last mishap but when we reached the parking lot, ayaw magstart ng car, discharged ang battery. I don’t know kung ano naiwan na nakabukas, My husband left to ask some help and when he went back, may kasama ng gang ng airport janitor, 5 janitors tried to push our car, pero ayaw talaga magstart. I doubt if it will work, 4 days kaming wala. They tried it four times, they pushed our car back and forth, lawit na dila nila kakatulak but nothing happened. Then second option, they called someone for “jump start” but manong is asking for P1,500 so we declined, my husband told him, papadeliver na lang kami sa motolite. But one airport janitor did not left us and he went around asking kung sino willing magpajumpstart. Isang airport taxi driver ang pumayag and he said kami na bahala sa bayad. Thank God, after 1 hour and 30 minutes, nakaalis din kami parking lot. We’re home at exactly 12AM. Whew! What a day!