Thursday, January 18, 2007

the fash packs...

and goes abroad! we've been missing in action because we left for somewhere nearby. chiang mai, thailand lang naman. but getting there was hell for one reason and one reason only: NAIA. we got to the [old] airport a good two and a half hours before our departure time, and apparently, that ain't enough... queueing time to get inside the airport: 15 minutes. to get to the airline counter: 1 hour (sorry, economy lang kami :-(). to pay airport tax: 15 minutes. to get through immigration: enough to almost miss our flight! it was a fucking mess. people were packed like sardines nobody knew where to queue up. and guess what? we were all on the same boat. all our flights were boarding, and we're pretty sure all flights were delayed because the planes had to wait for the rest of us stuck in immigration. and they wonder why tourism is down in this country... but in the end, it was kinda worth all the trouble. we arrived at night and the next morning this is what we woke up to: parang probinsha, 'no? but this is the quiet, peaceful, serene view from our villa at the four seasons resort. what a contrast to the day before! so of course we had our morning coffee staring at the calming, relaxing landscape, wouldn't you? so what did we do in thailand? we visited an orchid farm... and a butterfly farm... met some elephants (aww cuuute!)... watched how they make these umbrellas... toured the royal flora... met more [caged] animals at the night safari... had a LOT of thai food (and if you're not into spicy, don't worry, bottled water there is FREE in restaurants. just say "nam")... had an aromatherapy massage right on this bed at the palm spa village... and of course went shopping!

3 comments:

pinay from bangkok said...

Yeah...NAIA really sucks! and the people at the immigration counters are not friendly. No wonder why Thailand beats Philippines when it comes to tourism.

Ruby Gan said...

you are right! our airport sucks! terrible! terrible! wonder what will happen to the Naia3? it's already rotting away... what a waste of people's money!

Anonymous said...

This is hilarious! Couldn't agree more than this.....and if u'r lucky they (Filipino immigration officers in the counters)will even sell you houses or condo---complete with flyers. Its really time to move on---Thailand is far doing well than us...bleak picture for our future here in Pinas.