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So while typing down my thoughts on my trip, I realized that I cannot do it in one post alone. So I decided that I’m going to do a step by step post of my trip, starting from when I left Calgary to when I got here.
On my way to the Philippines, I went through 4 airports— Calgary, Vancouver, Korea, and the Philippines— in a span of 24 hours. I am not an avid traveller, though I would love to be, so I wouldn’t really know the standards of an excellent airport. I assume that an airport should cater to the needs of the traveller (i.e. to get from point A to point B with all of their belongings) while waiting for their next flight. It’s simple enough, I think. So here’s the jist of what I experienced in every airport.
Calgary (YYC): I’ve only been to the Calgary YYC 3 times in my life. The first was when we first arrived in Calgary almost three years ago, which means I didn’t really know our way around, but still, we found what we needed without having to resort to asking the store associates where this and that is located. The second was when I went to New York with my school choir, and that one was a breeze, mainly because our teachers/chaperones were handling all the navigation through the gates, baggage check, and all of the other nuances. The third, was for this trip. This would be the first time I was traveling alone and I was a bit terrified that I’d miss my flight because I couldn’t find my way around. Luckily, it was easier than I expected. There weren’t a lot of people in the airport, even in the arrival section. I don’t know whether that was because there weren’t a lot of flights arriving that morning, or if it was because they had a separate section for people waiting. When I got there, someone immediately approached me and assisted me with getting my baggage checked, and ushering me to the top floor, where I could eat breakfast while I wait for my flight. He also mentioned where I should be headed as soon as I’m ready to board. Even without his directions, I think I would’ve found my way around just fine. There were signs everywhere and available employees to ask directions from.
Vancouver (YVR): Vancouver airport was a similar experience. I’ve been there once before, when we first arrived in Canada, so again, I didn’t really know my way around. The arrival section was a bit confusing because it went around in a circle and there weren’t really any signage visible enough for people to know where to head to next. But there was an information desk with the most adorable old lady who told me where to go and how to get there. I was such a spaz at the end though because she wished me a safe flight and I said “you too” like what the hell Andy, get it together, like damn. haha Anyway, the walk from the arrival section to my next gate was the longest walk of my life ever. I swear, they should’ve at least given people a heads up, like Gate 54 D 500 miles.
Incheon (ICN): This has got to be the most frustrating airport I’ve ever been to. But only because there was literally no one inside it. Once I got off my plane, there was just this long ass hall way and a sign that says Arrival with an arrow pointing forward. After about 5 minutes of walking (and riding the walkalator? haha) the sign said to turn left, then go down the escalators. I followed the signs accordingly and found myself in front of a substation. I freaked out. In my head I was thinking, why am I at a substation, is this headed to the city already? Did I just turn the wrong way? The sad part is, there was no one available for me to ask these questions to. So I defaulted to going back up a floor and walking from one end of the building to the other until I found the Korean Air Information Desk. It turned out that I was in the right place and that the train would take me to baggage claim and take-off section of the airport. After that, everything else went smoothly.
Manila (MNL): First off, when I left the Philippines, the airport looked nice. The drop off section looked somewhat new and clean, and things seemed to work smoothly, and there were a lot of employees available to assist people. So when I got back to the Philippines, I. WAS. BLOWN. AWAY. It was the worst possible scene ever. The tunnel was full of employees who would rather talk to each other than assist the people walking out of the plane. They were also not only more engaged in their conversation with each other, the topic of their convos were the people getting off the plane. It was as if they assumed that none of the people that got off knew exactly what they were saying and they took advantage of that. Out of the tunnel, more and more employees were just standing around, none of which even tried greeting anyone or directing them towards baggage claim. To be honest, when I arrived, I didn’t know where to head to, it was just that there was this lady I met on the plane that knew exactly where to go, and she helped me out. I guess if you look at it from my perspective, all three of the previous airports I’ve been to were maintained and organized, so when I arrived in NAIA, it was complete and utter chaos. No one was waiting inline properly, if they could they’d cut other people. Signage was next to nothing, and the little signs available were not visible at all. When I got out of baggage claim and outside there were hundreds or close to a thousand people just waiting there and blocking everyone else’s way. The people who were supposed to keep traffic flowing and free were letting people just huddle over the road. I don’t even think that most of the people there were actually waiting for anyone in particular to arrive. It was one of the worst experiences I’ve ever had.
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Hey andy :) Can you post your make-up routine? Or the products you use? (e.g. Mascara & for your eyebrows) thank you very much :)
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i live in calgary too! oh please, take me thrift shopping with you!
Andy, where are you staying in the Phil? At Migoy’s?
Currently in Vancouver, BC waiting for my connecting flight to Seoul, Korea
I am super excited to be finally heading back to the Philippines after almost 3 years. This trip is what kept me going in my first year as a Uni student. It’s been a tough year for me, with everything that has been going on, but it has also been amazing. This trip is going to help me relax and just chill for a bit, which I haven’t done since I moved to Canada. It’s just been work and school this entire three years and I’ve gotten so used to the routine.
Anyway, I’m looking forward to finally seeing everyone again! (Mostly, I’m looking forward to the fucking amazing ass food I’ll finally be able to eat again… but seeing everyone it second to that… or maybe sleep before that. haha I kid.) :3
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