Since Philippines is an archipelago, traveling from one island to another is a big challenge for Filipinos. Foreign tourists have the same constraint. Hence, not all populace of Visayas and Mindanao will have the chance to go to Manila.
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I have been to Manila when I was still a kid, very 'lil kid. I was with my Tatay and Nanay for a convention but the details of the experience are not that vivid anymore. Last 2006, I went back to Manila and I consider that as my 1st official visit as far as my consciousness is concerned. It was a work-related travel.
Also, it was my first ever flight. The very start of my trail.
I kept the first plane booklet ticket of my life (after then, I had e-tickets )
Confession of an Airplane Ignorant:
All of us had our first airplane experience. With this flight, I experienced a lot of first-times. Now, I give you the right to laugh:
1. It was my first time to do the airport check-in procedure. Before getting inside the airport, I was very nervous if I can follow properly the standard protocol.
2. It was my first time to ride an airplane. While boarding, I was very very anxious. What if the window glass will break amidst the clouds? What if there will be an engine malfunction and the plane will crash in the ocean? Oh! To be ready, I have to select now my exit, so on and so forth.
3. To comfort myself, I keenly studied the life-saving procedure stated on that very card infront of me. The SMILE magazine pretty helped me too.
4. I prayed and...prayed.
My first plane experience was with Cebu Pacific. Glad to say, it was a calm and a relax flight. It was a shift from anxiety to excitement.
My first Cebu Pacific souvenir
It was my first time to visit Mall of Asia. Comparing to what we have in Davao City, I find it grand. The globe icon was a cool landmark.
Hahaha! Still young and thin back then. Too way different now.
Having all the infrastructures, indeed Manila is the capital of the country. Upon leaving, I knew it well that I will be back soon. In my upcoming post "Manila: The 2nd Visit", I will be sharing more exciting trails.
The Trail Impact:
After all, I am not ashamed of that once upon a time ignorance. It is not about how expensive your ticket was, how comfortable your airplane was, nor the fear and anxiety you felt. It is all about how you faced your fear and conquered your trail challenge. I did, but it was kinda funny.
What about you? How was your 1st Manila visit? What was your feeling during your first ever plane experience? How did you conquer your fear? Share your trails and drop your comments below!
Dave :)will share it with me. Happy trailing!