[SE Asia] ► Flying from Metro Manila to Kuala Lumpur with Drama in Between

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"I am shaking, quite speechless for outspoken words but the voice within me is speaking too much that it's so hard to handle..."

[SOUTH EAST ASIA] ► I just reached another milestone in life. When I was a kid, I dreamed of traveling outside the Philippines not as a worker but as a leisure traveler or a tourist (though I also want to become an OFW and work as a nurse in Africa and Japan or in a cruise ship). That dream came true today. This travel note happened on 16 February 2016.

NINOY AQUINO INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT TERMINAL 3

[PASAY] ► FILE PHOTO: NAIA TERMINAL 3


I am shaking, quite speechless for outspoken words but the voice within me is speaking too much that it's so hard to handle; speaking so loud and clear that it hits bullets right to the target.

I reached Partas bus terminal in Pasay at around 6 AM. I planned to walk from the station to the airport (around 2-3 km, this isn't a suicide, I even hiked for 3 days and 2 nights with only food, pee and sleep breaks) but I realized it doesn't hurt to spend a little buck for the tricycle since I've been used to paying 300-400 pesos for taxicab from Cubao to NAIA everytime. The bus terminal is way closer now to NAIA compared to Cubao.

Anyway, a tricycle driver approached me and quoted 100 pesos to NAIA Terminal 3. It was very early in the morning and he was even handling this bag of pandesal. He hurriedly swallowed what he was eating when I approached him as I haggled down to 80 pesos. The deal was done.


  • At NAIA Terminal 3

I HAVEN'T TAKEN ANY BREAKFAST yet and my mind was preoccupied with food. I saw Wendy's inside the terminal complex. I don't know but I suddenly became interested having a breakfast here—probably because I saw many people (including foreigners) having their breakfast. For 109 pesos, I got a cup of rice, a regular softdrink and 1 piece of chicken. It was quite expensive for me but what can I do? I got to stick with this choice. I didn't know it will turn out to be like this either.

After the breakfast, I have to wait for the check-in counter to open so I decided to sleep in one of the corners inside the terminal. I was able to sleep in a sitting position. That was amazing! In front of me is a Caucasian backpacker woman who happens to manage a sleep better and longer than me. I saw her, so don't ask me why I said she managed to sleep better and longer.

When I woke up, I saw that the check-in counter is already open. The queue is already long so I rushed down to fall in line. On a side note, the woman (a lady guard) didn't allow me to enter. She asked me for the 'boarding pass' and I can't present any since I still have to check-in. It was weird. So I walked again to the other side. The security guard allowed me here finally. So what's wrong with the lady guard?

In the counter, the pretty lady who just got pissed-off by an Indian national before she attended for me asked if I've paid for the travel tax. I said no so I paid for it. It was 1,600 pesos and I got shocked! What? 1,600 pesos? BIR must be so rich now. Like a freakin' easy rich now!


  • At the Immigration

YES. IT'S MY FIRST TIME to travel abroad so I was scrutinized by the immigration officer if I can really establish a rightful reason why I am leaving the country.

I was asked for my work, my income, my itinerary, passport and many more! I didn't know it could be this stressing. The immigration officer was not convinced that I can fund my travels abroad given that the salary I told her is the minimum provincial rate. I was initially denied so I was told to meet a second-line assessor.

This time I'm getting anxious with many 'what ifs' in mind. I'm now nervous thinking that I might not be allowed to exit the country. I filled up a form then passed it to the second immigration officer.

After about 15 minutes of interview, the officer was convinced this time and she checked the "allow" box! Yehey! I'm allowed to leave the ▼ PHILIPPINES

PHILIPPINES


now!

At first, I thought this hassle in the immigration will cause me to be left by the plane. It was just long and taxing. Thank God anyway. My passport was stamped for the very first time.


  • Arriving at Kuala Lumpur International Airport 2 (KLIA2)

I'VE WANTED A WINDOW SEAT but because I don't want to spend more bucks getting a window seat on the booking website, I chose not to. In the plane, my seat was in the middle of a 3-seater row at the right side of the aisle (a total of 6 seats in a row including the 3 seats, left of the aisle). Surprisingly, no one came to sit beside me so I transferred to the window seat! Whew! Great thing I didn't spend bucks for this. It came for free. It was destiny.

In front of me are two good looking Filipinos and God forgive me for judging but they looked like a gay couple. They were just so sweet. A typical male Filipino buddies don't act this way. At my back are white men.

[MALAYSIA] ► A FIRST GLIMPSE OF MALAYSIA FROM THE AIR


In KLIA2, I was amazed. It was a huge airport with a big terminal with a shopping mall called gateway@klia2, better-looking than NAIA. Dang! Welcome myself to ▼ MALAYSIA

MALAYSIA


!

Where is my next stop? Where shall I exit? Shall this province-grown boy relatively phobic for big cities survive his first backpacking outside his comfort zone? | to be continued... |

[SOUTH EAST ASIA] ► TRAVEL BLOGSERYE 01: CHAPTER 01


STORIES OF TOWN EXPLORATIONS - BLOGSERYE 01: CHAPTER 01
"On the Road Outside My Comfort Zone"


SUMMARY

[Indochina] ► Thailand-Malaysia Backpacking + Motorbike Riding for the First Time Outside PH


TEASER ▬ As a millennial, this is not conforming to the 'trend'—doing it because your friend do it. For me traveling is a form of continuous education. No masteral and doctoral degree could ever teach you the way traveling does.

| EPISODE 01 | EPISODE 02

[SEPANG] ► Travel Drama in Kuala Lumpur International Airport 2 (KLIA2)


TEASER ▬ My anxiety as a first-timer almost escalated to panic level. So there's no such thing as overacting because sticking to reality is the name of the game here.
| EPISODE 03

[MALAYSIA] ► KLIA2 to KL Sentral by Bus: My First Land Travel Outside PH


TEASER ▬ I was showing physical awestruck signs overtly while inside the bus because I was seeing different races. There are Malays, Indians, Chinese, black and white men. This country is so multicultural! This is my first bus ride in Malaysia!

| EPISODE 04

[KUALA LUMPUR] ► Reaching KL Sentral and How I Acted Dumb Stupid


TEASER ▬ You may not believe this but I felt so ignorant about this. There's no train station in our province so encountering a self-service machine like this in actual setting is new to me.

| EPISODE 05

[KUALA LUMPUR] ► KL Sentral to Bukit Bintang: My First Train Ride Outside PH


TEASER ▬ The monorail runs overground. I saw the city of Kuala Lumpur in a general perspective up close—the modern skyline, the lush parks, the mosques, the busy roads and the residential areas. I enjoyed it.

| EPISODE 06

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SERIES TEASER: FIRST TIME TO TRAVEL OUTSIDE MY COUNTRY, THESE ARE STORIES OF FACING THE FEAR OF LEAVING A COMFORT ZONE. WILL THIS MAN RELATIVELY AFRAID OF BIG CITIES SURVIVE HIS FIRST DAY IN THE BIG FOREIGN CITY OF KUALA LUMPUR IN MALAYSIA? JOIN ME IN THIS BLOGSERYE AS I SHARE TO YOU MY STORIES OF TOWN EXPLORATIONS.
► FOOTNOTES, DISCLAIMERS, ACKNOWLEDGMENT, ETC

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