Saturday, August 18, 2012

Just a thought

I wonder why Philippines isn't competing whenever there is an Olympic game. According to what I have read because I am really curious about it, the Philippines first sent athletes for competition was in 1924. That made the first country to compete and won a medal in the Southeast Asia. Since then, they have joined every summer Olympic games and have also competed the winter Olympic games on three different events since 1972 until 1994. The Philippines was the first tropical country to ever participate in the Winter Olympic Games.  It's just so unfortunate we have good athletes and our government couldn't send them. Why ? Luck of funds ? Not so sure about it. I was thinking we are the only airport that pays terminal fee and it costs 550php/person for International flight and 200php/person for domestic flight, that would be a lot of money!  I wonder where it goes ?

According to  MIAA, General Manager Jose Angel Honrado, they will use the fund for the acquisition of sophisticated equipment, including new surveillance cameras, X-ray machines, body scanners, shoe detector machines, explosive detection system, among others. But since I went this April-May vacation back home I haven't seen any progress. When my husband backpack was stolen the police airport said that they will check it from  the surveillance camera CCTV we were confident about it. Yes, there are CCTV but they are not working. Tssk tsk tsk ! Sad to say, this is just one example of corruption.

Contemplating  as I watched the Olympic Games, and saw other Asian countries competed and was able to bag medals in many categories. How I wish Philippines is one of them !

Saturday, August 04, 2012

backpack turns into a nightmare

Fours years is quite long for me before going on a vacation to the Philippines. We normally go to the Philippines every two years because we want our children to adapt the Filipino life and experience their cultural heritage. The last time we went there was 2008. We're supposed to go back 2010 but  I gave birth and the baby was too small to travel so the trip pushed through for 2012. To update you,  we just recently went on a one month trip to the Philippines. One hour flight from Marseilles to Paris went okay. At Paris airport we have waited 2 hours only  before our flight to Beijing. Kids were happy to watch films during that long trip and they were able to sleep as well. Arriving Beijing we stayed 5 hours at the airport before our last destination. Husband was able to take a nap. I was unable to fall asleep over a long period of time... it's always the case anyway. Kids were full of energy so they have played all along at the airport. Beijing airport is clean, huge and comfortable. We have our 2 backpacks and my shoulder strap bag with me with all the important stuffs. Trip was exhausting for everyone. Good thing my little Chiara was so nice during that long trip. She never had tantrums or anything.

Final destination Philippines, home at last and we were all happy! It was 11:30 in the evening and everybody was tired plus we needed to take our luggages in the middle of that many crowd. Always a huge hassle in any kind of trips especially with three kids in tow. We need to get prepared for a crazy walk going out of the airport. Probably after half an hour or more of waiting we got our luggages with two caddies. I don't know but that night it was really strange I have never seen Manila Airport that busy and crowded. It was my 4th time to go back home since 2001 and I feel that arriving Manila airport is always a challenge. We were all exhausted and  weren't paying more attention. It is my country I should have had common sense and go with extreme precaution. I was so careless !

So careless, that one of our backpacks was stolen, I admit it was entirely my fault. I wanted to check on my siblings on the other side of the barrier where families, taxis, services are waiting to pick up the arriving people. I told husband that I will just check if my siblings are there already although he refused that I leave him with 3 kids and with 2 caddies full of luggages. Telling me that he wouldn't be able to look after them plus the caddies full of luggages in that crowded and disorganized airport. I had the backpack with me full of important stuffs, like his wallet (good thing there was no money in it) but with all his personal documents, his computer dive watch, diving lamp and most importantly the new bought underwater proof camera casing which I just put it in one of the airport caddies without telling him. The backpack was just beside my son who was in the caddy but the thief already spotted us big time! I still went away and took my baby with me and left them just like that! It was imprudent of me that I almost forget that Manila airport is the worst and chaotic place to be! It believe it's not only in Manila but everywhere in the world. Airports are the most stressful place to be. I'm so naive, I know that we are a potential PREY like most of the OFW's to the bystanders. Husband  told me that It's like I don't know my country and that I wasn't born there!

I wouldn't go through all the details as this post wouldn't be enough to tell you the whole misfortune of our vacation. Honestly, I was happy and excited to go back to my country and see my family, relatives, friends but because of what happened it's sad to say that our vacation was spoiled in this way. 

To you out there, always be on guard anytime when you check-in and check-out at the airport. Don't look lost when you arrived to any airports. Or don't be too much excited especially in your home port.  Do not take for granted of your belongings when you saunter around the very vigilant ! I hope through this post it could help you to be alarmed at all times. A little preparation is not bad to help us ensure that it's nice to travel but it should not turn into a complete nightmare and spoil the whole vacation.