“Tatay, I believed we’re gonna experience an airplane? Why are we on a bus?” So went my two-year outdated son as we rode Cebu Pacific Air’s bus throughout the airport tarmac en path to our airplane. It was A’s first time to experience one. And it was additionally his first time to essentially journey—being born simply earlier than the pandemic hit.
|WE’RE FINALLY PACKING OUR BAGS AGAIN!|
This journey has been months within the making. My spouse has been desirous to go and have a visit someplace, wherever, simply to get out of the home—cabin fever has positively struck. However I used to be fairly hesitant, since our son has but to be vaccinated towards Covid19. So, when virus instances lastly leveled down, we shortly booked our flights and lodges, and packed our luggage. We’re lastly going.
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|A, STILL DAZED FROM THE EARLY MORNING TAXI RIDE TO THE AIRPORT|
The break timed with C’s instructing trip, fortunate. Whereas this isn’t gonna be like our common epic two-month summer season backpacking journeys, we tried to make it epic in scale—relative to our son. We’re spending twenty two days in paradise. That mentioned paradise, Boracay Island.
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|AIRPORT FIRST TIMER|
It’s greater than two years since we final stepped inside an airport, however for our son A, it’s a lifetime. We really checked within the night time earlier than to attenuate shut contact with airline personnel and fellow passengers.
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|EASY CHECK-IN AT CEBU PACIFIC AIR’S KIOSKS|
There wasn’t a lot queue at Cebu Pacific Air’s counters, due most likely to their straightforward three-step process for individuals who have checked in on-line—queue on the line, self check-in on the kiosks offered on your boarding passes and baggage tags, then drop your luggage on the bag drop counters. Straightforward peasy, it didn’t take us 5 minutes to finish all the things. And I additionally like the truth that there are automated sanitizers proper beside every check-in kiosks.
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|FIRST TIME TO SEE AIRPLANES THIS CLOSE|
The one hitch we encountered was really throughout our on-line check-in—the seats assigned to all three of us have been scattered everywhere in the airplane. It took a minute for the courteous CebPac workers to type all the things out. We lastly received seats proper subsequent to one another.
|BEFORE ANYTHING ELSE, JOLLIBEE|
We have been on the NAIA Terminal III early so earlier than going to the boarding gates, we checked out the outlets round and handled A to his first ever airport meal, Jollibee! We haven’t been eating out since without end, so this was additionally a deal with for us, lol. Yum!
|CEBU PACIFIC AIR’S REGULAR AND PRIORITY LANES|
It didn’t take lengthy earlier than it was time to board the airplane. And since we’ve got a toddler with us, we got boarding precedence together with the PWD, preggy, and senior peeps.
|A’S FIRST TIME TO BOARD A PLANE|
Contained in the airplane, A buckled his seatbelts like he’s been doing it for the longest time (it was one thing he received from the exhibits he watched on TV) and shortly went for the Passenger Briefing Card. He thought it was a comic book e-book, lol.
|A BOOK TO EASE A INTO THE FLIGHT|
After tiring of it, we shortly introduced out our distraction playing cards—considered one of his favourite Sesame Avenue books—and some toys C particularly purchased for this airplane experience. This was our first time to fly with a toddler, we didn’t need him squirming and turning like a high all through the entire flight.
|“TATAY, WHY IS THERE A MAP BELOW THE WINDOW?”|
|CEBPAC’S AIRBUS A321 HAS THINNER SEATS AND A USB CHARGER|
I seen the seats on our flight are thinner than common and are non-reclinable. It seems we’re driving one of many newer Airbus A321 planes from Cebu Pacific Air. This variant of the A320 appears to have a bit extra legroom—due most likely to the thinner seats, and it has a USB slot for charging your telephones and devices. It positively felt extra snug—sure, even with the non-reclinable seats.
|LANDING AT CATICLAN AIRPORT|
Our flight went with out a hitch—though there have been no inflight video games, which we terribly miss, lol—and we have been quickly touchdown on the Godofredo P. Ramos Airport’s or just Caticlan Airport’s tarmac.
|THE BEACH JUST OUTSIDE CATICLAN AIRPORT|
We pre-booked our switch from the airport to Ferra Lodge Backyard Suites, our Boracay resort, from Klook, so after getting our luggage, we have been shortly whisked to a van that drove to Tabon Port—that is the smaller ferry terminal at Caticlan used throughout Habagat season (as an alternative of the larger and far more environment friendly Caticlan Jetty Port) to keep away from the waves introduced by the southwest monsoon winds.
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|CHAOS AT TABON PORT TERMINAL|
|THE TABON JETTY PORT|
After which, whole chaos. The Tabon Port Terminal was simply too small to accommodate the queues made by the resort and Covid19 verifications. It most likely took us nearly an hour—contemplating it is a weekday—to get our papers checked and we lastly received sit on the ferry en path to Boracay Island.
|FINALLY DOCKING AT TAMBISAAN JETTY PORT IN BORACAY|
And at last, lastly, lastly after some minutes throughout the slim sea that separates Boracay from mainland Aklan, our sandals’ soles lastly stepped foot on its advantageous white sand. A, we’re lastly in Boracay!
~ OUR GRATITUDE GOES OUT TO CEBU PACIFIC AIR FOR MAKING THIS TRIP POSSIBLE