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9/25/2007

Boracay Day 1

Cold turkey, that's what I thought I am... I was already thinking of backing out and thought of forgetting about the trip... Asian Spirit's funny and frightening stories had been on my mind 3 days prior to our Bora trip, gave me sleepless nights... I was also hesitant leaving my 3 month old baby and thought he would miss me for 2 nights...

But I had no choice... My hubby and 5 year old daughter were all excited and ready to go... Plus, my Asian Spirit tickets were non-refundable, non-transferable promo tickets, so I cannot afford to waste that amount of money... Prayers, prayers, prayers... You have no idea how many times I mentioned Jesus all the way from the Manila Domestic to Caticlan Airport...

During the take off, I felt so heavy that the plane was having a hard time getting it up! We were swinging left to right, as if the plane couldn't get through the clouds... Cassie asked me why the wings were swinging, but I didn't have any idea what to tell her... It was our first time riding a plane this small...

The entire plane ride was bumpy... Cassie was surprisingly quiet... When we were near Caticlan, I was praying so hard because there was a storm... We encountered heavy turbulence. I was trying hard not to look frightened. Cassie looked at me and told me this: "Mom, don't be afraid, here mom, hold my hand."

At 10:10 am, we arrived safely... As we were headed to the baggage claim area, a smiling guy approached me, he was wearing Discovery Shores uniform, he asked, Mrs. Barrameda? Impressed, I said, yes? And then he led me to the airport lounge and told me to just seat there and relax, and he will take care of our luggage...

The warm welcome from that guy took all those bumpy ride blues away... I felt so special he called me by my name... I really had no idea how he knew it... Maybe because he does it several times a day, that he mastered his craft...

After 5 minutes, all our baggage were placed inside the Discovery Shores Van, and we were off to the exciting boat ride... We were all excited with this boat ride because it was said to be Japan-made exclusively for Discovery Shores, fully air-conditioned, equipped with plasma TV, plus complimentary drinks and cookies...

But guess what? I received a call from my friend AG, who flew in earlier, that the boat was "out of order" and that we would only be riding the ordinary boat going to the docking area... And yes, she was right... We didn't see the airconditioned boat, the plasma tv, but we had bottled water and cookies... The good side is, the boat was exclusively for us...

We were also informed that we would be docking at a different Island, which is around 20 minutes farther than the usual docking area. It was because of the storm, causing heavy water current and humongous waves...

So again, after that 15 minute ordinary boat ride, feet wet, we were again welcomed by people who will be transferring us to the hotel... At that point, I was getting impatient, it was raining hard, there were too many rides, too many stops, and I was too hungry, too dizzy, too pissed...

At last, we reached the hotel... We were welcomed by Mint Lime drinks...
I admit, they were refreshing, made my boiling head cool down... Then, we were headed by the front desk officer to our room...

As I entered the room, this bottle of Pandan water and a plate of assorted fruits and cookies greeted me... Yummy...


At the small table, I saw an envelope with my name written on it. I opened it, and it was a welcome letter from the General Manager of Discovery Shores, personally signed.


A couple of personalized stationeries with our names printed at the bottom of the page were neatly arranged at the top of the drawer...

The front desk officer asked a couple of questions, got my credit card number, and that was it! Express Check In! Impressed again... He told me to take a rest, and just wait for my foot bath...


Aaaahhhh... That's all I can say...

2 comments:

JCC said...

aaaaaaaaaahhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhh! thats all i can say

pattybee said...

I can totally relate to that awful feeling of being in a small plane. Hate it!