This is the third instalment of our journey to Boracay Island. We were more tired than we normally would have been since we had crammed so much into these three days. Let us bring you up to speed… It all started with Justin’s birthday, friends coming over to give Justin an awesome gift, and a surprise birthday dinner with friends. After all of that, packing our bags, and only two hours of sleep, we were up and heading to the Qingdao airport where we then flew to Hong Kong and waited for our next flight. Late that evening, after a delayed arrival in Manila, we met up with some friends that we had traveled with in Thailand earlier this year. And then, again with only two hours of sleep, headed to the airport to climb onto our third flight which would take us to Caticlan.
Elijah was fast asleep when we got up and left from the hotel in Manila. It had only been two hours since we lay down to sleep, so he wasn’t even due for a feed. He slept all through our check-in and wait at the airport, and only woke up when we were in the air. This plane was a small one so everything needed to be perfectly balanced. The baggage restrictions were very strict, and we had to pay for “full size” bags, which were only allowed to weigh 10kg each. Our hand-luggage had to be 7kg or less. They seemed to seat most of us at the back of the plane, which we weren’t too bothered about, but unfortunately, right behind us was someone who sounded like they were coughing up a lung. We asked the flight attendant if one of us could move, and therefore didn’t end up sitting together for this flight. Mommy and baby moved a number of rows forward to get away from the germ-infected zone at the back. It was very fortunate that we moved because things got a little messy about an hour later. The flight got really bumpy when we hit a storm that was over the Caticlan area. We couldn’t land because we were too heavy and the runway was too wet. We therefore had to fly in circles burning off some fuel (thereby reducing our overall weight), while simultaneously waiting for the rain to taper off a little. All that circling led to both Elijah and I feeling rather airsick. I can only assume that he was suffering from motion sickness because he was moaning, squirming and starting to cry. Thinking that his ears may be bothering him too, I started to feed him and he temporarily settled down. A few minutes later, he sat up and got really quiet! I thought that he was feeling okay, but all of a sudden, he projectile vomited all over himself, mommy, and the floor next to us. If we were still sitting next to Justin, he would’ve been covered in puke too! There was a girl in the aisle opposite us, and her eyes were huge!! I had no idea what to do because the seatbelt signs were on so the flight attendants were sitting down. I turned around and got Justin’s attention but he couldn’t tell what I was saying. When we had levelled out, Justin called the flight attendant over and she brought me Elijah’s diaper bag. I managed to clean up most of the mess, and Eli looked happy again.
While we waited in the air, we got to see the sun rise and have an awesome view of the Caticlan and Boracay Islands beneath us. Seeing White Beach – the best spot on Boracay – from the air, made us very excited to be so close to our final destination. Ordinarily, we go on long trips covering many countries and cities, but this trip we were taking it easy and only going to one place. The wonderful Boracay Island.
Once we got to the hotel, the rain started to come down again. There were no rooms available and check-in time was only at 2pm. The owner, a very friendly Korean man, made us sit down and get comfortable while he organised us a complimentary breakfast and some coffee. It sure did feel good to relax, but all we really wanted was to shower and take a nap. The owner held Elijah while we ate our food. He could tell that we were tired so he organised for us to relax in one of the deluxe suites since the room that we had booked was not available until 2pm. We were so thankful for how accommodating and kind he was. After having a shower, putting on fresh clothes, and climbing into bed, we were all out cold until the hotel staff woke us just before 2pm so that we could change rooms.
It wasn’t the start that we’d imaged for our vacation, but we were nevertheless extremely happy to be back on Boracay Island. More vacation stories and pictures coming soon!