Monday, March 9, 2015

Cebu 2015 Day 3: SM Traveller's Lounge, Cnt Lechon and Van with Driver for Hire

We checked out at 12 noon and headed to SM Cebu because that's closer to the airport and it has a traveler's lounge where we can place our bags the whole afternoon.

We had the whole afternoon left before going back to Manila. If I was with friends, malamang magi-ikot pa kami sa labas pero since I was with my family, dito lang sa SM paikot-ikot at hintay na lang nang nakaupo kasi pagod na. Buti na lang meron din silang Prestige Lounge sa SM Cebu.
We ate here at Sunburst Chicken since I've read reviews that the food here taste good but we were disappointed. I won't get into details but we did not like it here.
Here's the atrium of SM Cebu.
No Cebu trip is complete without trying their lechon but since we have not tried eating one, we just took home a kilo. A branch of CnT is just walking distance from SM.
Fatty goodness.
SM Traveller's Lounge reminded me of Kuala Lumpur's KL Sentral.

This is a great help for travelers since the lounge have a baggage deposit counter, charging stations, shower rooms, and waiting area available for a minimal fee. 
Outside the Traveler's lounge, we were supposed to hire two taxi cabs but a man approached us saying that he can drive us to the airport in a Toyota Grandia van for P 500.00. We haggled and our agreed price was P 400.00. 

When he left, a taxi driver told us, "Okay lang na 'yun? May tiwala kayo agad?"

And we were like, "Oo nga pala. Nakakatakot."

Then a man from behind, "Okay lang po 'yun. Ganyan talaga trabaho niya saka mas okay pag ganyan kasi pag may naiwan kayong gamit, makukuha niyo pa kesa pag sa taxi, wala na. Sigurado po kayo dyan. Kilala 'yan dito."

With his assurance, we felt fine. 

So when we were about to check our luggages in at the airport counter, we noticed that we were missing a bag. I immediately contacted the driver while hoping that it isn't a modus operandi, Iba talaga nagagawa ng lagi na lang negative news naririnig natin, noh? No matter how much we like to trust, hindi nawawala 'yung thinking na, "Ano kayang gagawing masama nito sa'kin?"

 He answered my call and there was it. Our bag was left in the backseat of the van. Hindi napansin probably because it's black at medyo madilim na nun. Then he told us, "Sige po, babalik ako dyan. Medyo matatagalan lang." To my surprise, he was already away from the airport with another set of passengers when he got my call yet drove back uttering no excuses and blames especially since it was our responsibility to make sure we left nothing in the van. Sabi ko tuloy sa sarili ko, ilalagay ko 'to dito. Just in case one of my readers would look for a driver for hire in Cebu, paki-contact naman siya and please thank him again for us. 

It's crazy how travelling makes you more vulnerable to people who would take advantage of you yet despite that probability, you choose to trust. And as far as my experiences are concerned, fortunately I haven't encountered any one who did me harm while travelling. Sa Manila ako na-snatchan ng pera at sa Quezon City naman na-snatchan ng phone at muntik na mabiktima ng dura gang (Sana hindi na maulit! OMG LUNGZ At documented pala sila lahat hahaha!). 

I wasn't paying attention to this before but we're really entrusting our lives to other people more than we realize, noh? Sana in our everyday lives, we will always choose to look for the good in everyone. Haaay. Challenge din 'to para sa'kin.

Our flight back to Manila was more than an hour delayed. Shems. Lahat na lang ba mangyayari?! Travel is a hassle. Travel is not for the weak. Travel is not for those who are easily irritated. Nakakapagod, nakakainis minsan, daming hintay, daming gastos, daming palpak pero despite these inconveniences? I will travel anyway. Totoo nga naman, pag nalampasan mo 'yan lahat, diba magbabago ka? Travelling challenges and changes us. Kaya God-willing, I shall continue to embrace this lifestyle and try to be thankful for all the things that won't go my way and more thankful for all the things that will.
More. More. More <3


Thank you very much to all people who, no matter how difficult life is, choose not to take advantage of others. May God bless you more in all aspects of your life. :)

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