Returning home! I’ll miss Zamboanga like I always do, but there is no place like home.
My flight out of Zamboanga was early in the morning, so I packed the night before. My family came with me, but because we didn’t have a driver at the time, we took some tricycles to the airport.
Because I was the only one flying, my family had to pay to get into the airport and after I checked in my luggage, we paid 5 pesos each in order to get into the waiting area which I didn’t have to do last year, but whatever. At least it wasn’t much, but I did think it was odd.
Upstairs was the food court and gift shops. I went upstairs to see if there was some last minute gifts I could purchase.
Then it was time to hug my family goodbye, walk outside towards the airport, and was flying towards Manila.
I had to pick up my luggage at the carousel and waited for the free tram to Terminal 2. It felt like forever before it arrived and I was able to check in at Terminal 2.
While I waited for my plane back to the States, I ate some food and purchased even more last minute gifts. I also bought some water because it’s a long flight and I didn’t want to get dehydrated.
EXCEPT. We had to go through metal detectors again to wait in a roped off area and everyone had to get rid of their water! I was so annoyed. We are literally in the same building, same room, and I have to pretend like I was outside the airport and throw away my water that I just bought in the same room? Urgh.
The flight wasn’t so bad on the way back to the States. Once again, I was in the window seat. Aisle seat, how I miss you.
Arrival in LAX meant that I had to go through customs and, after that, pick up my luggage. Going through customs was pretty quick. The only question I was asked was, “Are you Filipino?” to which I replied, “Yup.”
Then it was walking to the domestic side of LAX to catch the last leg of my flight and return home.
All in all, I enjoyed my trip and I am glad to be home.
Someday, when I have money, I am going to book first class seats for my long travels, like to the Philippines. It’d be completely worth it.
1) Don’t Forget Your Luggage Tag!
2) Flight To Manila
3) 9 Hours at Ninoy Aquino Airport
4) Arrival in Zamboanga City
5) Isle of Santa Cruz
6) Paseo del Mar
7) Fort Pilar
8) Alavar Restaurant
9) City Mall
10) Vista del Mar
11) KCC Mall
12) Returning Home from Zamboanga City