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Sexta-feira, 19 de Setembro de 2003
Going back to the Philippines

Flight Details


Date: 19 September 2003
Dep: Madrid Barajas (MAD)
Gate: C31
Boarding Time: 1200
Dep Time: 1230
Load: 100%
Seat: Window
Class: Economy
Aircraft: Boeing 737
Arr: Amsterdam Schiphol (AMS)

Date: 19 September 2003
Dep: Amsterdam Schiphol (AMS)
Gate: F09
Boarding Time: 1845
Dep Time: 1920
Load: 85%
Seat: 33K
Class: Economy
Aircraft: Boeing 747-400
Arr: Kuala Lumpur (KUL)

Date: 20 September 2003
Dep: Kuala Lumpur (KUL)
Load: 30%
Seat: 33k
Class: Economy
Aircraft: Boeing 747-400
Arr: Manila Ninoy Aquino International (MNL)

I have had considered Spain as my second home. I had fun. I have met some nice people and I learned a lot from my experience as a student in a foreign country. Bad moments, good moments I had. But on the other hand, I was excited to return back home to the Philippines and be with my family again. And I have a new education degree to bring home with me.

In fact, my flight back home was nothing to write about, hehehehhehe. I had some few tears when the plane took off in Madrid airport. I flew with KLM so a stop in Amsterdam was mandatory. I took a picture of the B747-400 that would bring me home to Manila but somehow the picture came out blurred. But as bonus, I was able to see the airport in Kuala Lumpur (Malaysia) before heading back to Manila. Nice airport but nothing special. In fact, I did not pay attention to flight details because I did not feel like it. Anyway, back in Manila to start another chapter of my life...professional life...

The first thing I did though was to call, Tommy, the Swedish guy, and say thank you for letting me use his mobile phone back in Sweden. He was surprised when I called him up because he did not expect that I would phone him simply to say thank you...but I did and will always be grateful to such people...small things like these don't go unnoticed, hehehehehe!

publicado por Sadiri Gonzales às 03:22
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Quarta-feira, 17 de Julho de 2002
First vacation in MNL with BA and CX

Flight Details

British Airways

Date: 17 July 2002
Dep: Madrid Barajas Airport (MAD)
Load: 100%
Seat: 15F
Class: Economy
Aircraft: Airbus 319
Weather during take off: Sunny
Arr: London Heathrow Airport (LHR)


The night before we went out with my friends and went bar-hopping. So the following morning, I was kinda lazy to do things. But of course, I would not let my laziness control me on that day because I had to get moving...after all, it was first vacation to the Philippines after spending 10 months in Madrid for my studies!


Days before this, while browsing the BA website and trying to find the convenient flights for the forthcoming vacation to MNL, I was quite surprised to know that pulled out its flights to MNL! So I thought what would happen to my ticket?! I immediately went to the airport and got my ticket validated. Yeah i was right, Cathay Pacific (CX) would do the Hong Kong-Manila segment. nice cos I that would be a chance to fly CX!


My flight from MAD to LHR was ordinary. I was so excited that I did not pay attention to flight details. When we arrived in London it was gray and raining. Oh well, it's always gray in London. I had some 5 hours to spend at the airport. 


British Airways

Date: 17 July 2003
Dep: London Heathrow
Load: 99%
Seat: Aisle
Class: Economy
Aircraft: Boeing 747-400
Weather during take off: Cloudy
Arr: Hong Kong International (HKG)


There's one incident though I would not forget in LHR. Since I had 5-hour layover, I did not know what to do. I used the not-so-user-friendly PC with Internet connection to send e-mails to my friends. And I just stayed there chilling out until time to borad the plane...or so I thought.


One hour before departure, I decided to go to the gate just in time to board the aircraft. I triend to look for the gate but nowhere to be found. I started to feel nervous. Wow, I got less than an hour go board the plane! I had no choice but to ask only to find out that I was on the wrong terminal and going to the correct terminal would mean taking the bus. The airport guy told me: "Go there as fast as you can!"


I started to run literally as fast as I could. With only 10 euros in my pocket, would I survive if I missed my flight?


When I got to the terminal, I heard an announcement that a plane bound for Hong Kong was waiting for 3 motre passengers and if these passengers would not arrive in 5 minutes, they will be left out.  Unfortunately, i was one of those 3 passengers, hehehehehe. I felt I was running out of energy for running. I thought I was about to collapse right there. When I made it to the boarding gate, everybody seemed to have boarded the plane. I shouted: "Hong Kong, Hong Kong!"


When I boarded the plane, the window seat I reserved on the bulhead I was already occupied. I was still offered a window seat thought but I felt I said no because on that row for three passengers, 2 were already occupied and it was way there at the back.  So I choose the aisle right behind the seat I had reserved (bulkhead). There was only a passenger there so it would be more comfortable. He was a Filipino seaman going home to the Philippine for a vacation. He asked me if I was Filipino because he said I spoke English, lol. Of course I was...and still I'm!


We arrived in Hong Kong early evening. My ears were hurting because of the pressure. For the next hours I practically could not hear well. But excited I was though!


Cebu Pacific

Date: 18 July 2002
Load: 100%
Seat: Window
Class: Economy
Aircraft: Airbus 330
Weather during take off: Cloudy
Arr: Manila Ninoy Aquino Airport (MNL)


I walked around the airport and bought some keychains of Hong Kong. It's a nice airport. After 10 months, I was in HGK again.


Time went fast and before I knew it the plane was landing in MNL.


My sister came to meet me at the airport. Happy!

música: Portuguese folk songs by various artists

publicado por Sadiri Gonzales às 00:08
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