I finally visited the Philippines after 19 years since I moved to California with my family.
Thank goodness for social media, I wouldn’t be able to keep in touch with everyone.
We flew with Eva Air from San Francisco to Taipei. It took about 13 hours, but it felt like forever. It was a very uncomfortable. Their economy seats were too small. I suggested you to pay extra for bigger seats and bigger spaces for your legs. I am a small person and I was not comfortable at all. I probably slept around 3-4 hours.
You do get your own tv monitor and they have free movies, but very limited. They served us 2 meals. One for dinner 2 hours after take off and one for breakfast 2 hours before landing. Food was surprisingly good. You can also request specific diet after buying the tickets. I selected the diabetic food and my husband selected whatever was available. I actually didn’t select any diet restrictions on our flight back home and I had more choices.
Here are some examples of food they offered during our flights.
We landed in Taipei and had about 2 hours layover. The gates were not far away from each other, but their system was very unorganized. My husband and I had to guessed what to do. They were screaming at people to grab a card, but they didn’t really explain what it was for. We basically just followed the people in front of us on what to do.
We had to go through security again inside the airport for transferring gates. Which I feel like it wasn’t necessary.
They have a lot of stores in the airport and there was the Hello Kitty store. Our gate C3 was where the Hello Kitty store and I was happy to hang around the store while we waited for our plane, but I didn’t know that our gate was underneath. I heard people talking that we still need to walk down further for our gate. My husband and I walked down the stair and found the C3 gate. It was a really odd airport, but I was glad we arrived at our gate on time.
They let people in by their zone number 30 minutes before departure time.
Taipei to Manila was very easy. It was a 2 hour flight. Our seats were actually bigger, but the plane was smaller. We were surprised how comfortable, and they gave us a meal.
We have arrived in Manila!
Manila was hot and sticky! Their “free WiFi” at the airport was not really free. You have to have a Philippine number to be able to use their free WiFi. Ninoy Aquino airport was organized. Everyone spoke English pretty well and everyone was very helpful.
Since I couldn’t use any WiFi. We just followed the signs. We picked up our bags (long wait) but went through the customs pretty easy.
We walked out and just followed the “greeting area”. You take left if your last name starts with A-L and M-Z to the right. Since I couldn’t get a hold of my friends. We just came outside and followed the “O” signs. I didn’t even get to “O” and we found each other!
What a day! I was so happy to be at the hotel. For 19 years everything changed!