September had always been associated with typhoons—for some
strange reason, the stronger monsoons visit the country during this month.
There’s Ondoy, Pepeng, Karen and the usual lashes Habagat gives. Ohohoho. Given
such situation, we thought that our Bangkok trip won’t push thru. Baka biglang
mag- force majeure cheber. We did a little monitoring before the week of our
trip so we’ll know what to expect. RJ read about flashfloods and stuff and was
a bit afraid the trip might be cancelled. Coupled with gut feel and a lot of
prayers, thank God our first out-of-the-country vacation was a success!
DAY 0. “All our bags are packed, we’re ready to go.”
Jhessa, RJ and I still reported for half-day work in our
respective offices on the day of our departure while Kat, Xave and Ate Chael
rested until our 2PM meet-up at PhilTranco Bus Terminal in Pasay. The bus would
then take us to Diosdado Macapagal International Airport at Clark, Pampanga.
note: For backpackers/ travelers in need of an easier and more convenient route
to Clark, I recommend you take the PhilTranco bus. The bus leaves on the dot
plus there are no stopovers so it’s pretty good. You could either ride at
Pasay- Taft or at SM Megamall in Mandaluyong. For PhP450, you'll reach Clark
Airport hassle-free. Check with their main office for the complete ride
Ok, so our ride
from Manila to Clark marks the first leg of our adventure. We arrived at the
airport at around 5PM. After discarding our office attires and changing into
more comfortable clothes, we filled up immigration forms and prepared our
passports. Uyyy, excited. Hahaha. Anyways, we did a bit of roaming around
within the vicinity looking for a quick food fix. We found 7-11 ten blocks away
from the airport. When we got back there's Ministop pala a few blocka beside
the airport. Tsss. Snapshots here and there until finally, 7PM ticked-- ready
for check-in! By 9PM we're on the waiting area. The fun part was the video we
made. Hahaha we're planning to make a vlog about the whole trip but we ended up
goofing around. Syempre si Jhessa ang subject ng asaran since wala si Razelle.
Hahaha. By 10PM we're boarding the plane. As soon as it took off, we also
|Mala-Tabing Ilog daw ang peg. Lol|
Fast forward 12MN.
The plane's ready for landing. By the time the clouds paved, we were kinda
giddy when we saw flickering lights. Sabe ni RJ totoo pala ang ibang bansa.
Hahahaha! When we got off the plane, cameras clicked again. Hahaha siguro
ganito talaga mga Pinoys-- we never fail to capture every moment. Bangkok's
Suvarnabhumi Airport is definitely nice. I loved how their signages are placed
and designed. The foooonts and colors. Hahaha. So there, I took pictures if
them and compiled it all on my photoblog. :) Anyways, we proceeded to the
nearest TMB to exchange our dollars for baht.
|Unang tatak! :D|
PhP1 is equivalent to 0.51Baht or baht is twice the amount is converted to
Philippine peso. When buying, 100B is PhP200. We've got almost the same living
standards but their currency is much appreciated (in terms of exchanges)
compared to ours. Also, it is advisable to change your monies first into dollar
and then to baht just to maximize the exchange. Lol
By the time we
finished our transaction, it's already 1AM. It was already decided that we
spend the remaining hours before daybreak at the airport. From there, we'll
take the MRT to our dorm. As soon as we found comfortable seats decent for
catching powernaps, I dozed off. I thought my friends also snatched some sleep
but no, they spent the wee hours talking and laughing and eating tom yum
noodles from 711. I woke up to their noise and well, slept again. By 3AM, I'm
pretty rested and hungry so I decided to buy something to eat. I was enticed by
the picture of the chicken burger in the menu-- there's gulay and all so that's
what I took. I got a bit disappointed when I saw my burger. Anyhoo, because I'm
hungry I still ate it and wolfed half of Ate Chael's tuna panini.
|Signages inside the airport. Colorful and cute. Hehe|
again: Bangkok time is an hour late. So if it's 6AM in Manila, it's only 5AM in
6AM. The gates
to heaven are now open! Joke. The counters to the MRT opened. We made our way
to it and found ourselves thinking how to use the vending machine. Well, it's
the same as that of our coin machines used in our own electric train system
sans the Thai characters. Good thing, there's an English translation. We also
took city maps as if we can really read them properly. Hahaha.
|Mga sabik. Hahaha|
We boarded the
train and sped our way to the sprawling metropolis. Day 0 ends and we're on our first day. :)
For more Bangkok photos, check my photoblog: www.kyemeruth.jux.com
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