If there’s one thing we have never done for years that we have been travelling, it would be a web check-in. But for our trip this time, we were compelled to do so as we were quite sure that the Metro Manila traffic would prevent us from arriving early at the airport. A few minutes on the road and we know that we were right. We left the apartment at 12:00 noon, but we reached the Domestic Terminal at half past 1: 00 p.m. The internet connection was spotty and it took two cellphones to make the web check-in successful.
It was only my second time in the domestic terminal, with the last one during our Boracay trup in 2013 (which I did not bother writing about). Our flight was, as expected, delayed but it was okay. As long as we make it to Busuanga in one piece then every thing was good with me.
I love being seated near the window during a day flight because I get to see the terrain below. I almost had a hard attack when I saw the Taal Lake, recalling more than 11 years ago, we were at a clearing in front of that tiny rock in the crater for our Geology 1 trip. I love looking at coastlines as well and taking mental notes of what areas were below so I can check the map after. LOL
The sun was already about to set when we landed in Francisco B. Reyes Airport. While the ground crew were busy whisking the passengers away from the tarmac, we managed to take a couple of photos before finally getting inside. We had only checked-in one luggage for the trip. The airport was quite small. Nothing fancy, but at least it would take a great deal to get lost inside.
The moment we got out, I immediately saw a woman holding a paper with my name on it. The van would be dropping us off to out lodge, which took only about 45 minutes. It was already dark when we arrived in Coron Eco Lodge. It was a very nice place and with the pretty yellow light that makes everybody’s skin glow beautifully. LOL The amazing thing about them is that they obliged to accommodate us the morning of our trip. It was the first thing I did when I woke up. However, I don’t think this is advisable, especially during the summer months and the holiday season.
As I did zero pre-departure research for this trip, I left it to Mon to plan where we would be eating our first dinner. The lodge would also ask you to leave the key (with the giant wooden fob) to them for safekeeping. We ate dinner at Lolo Nonoy’s and it was a bit… underwhelming. It was not how I expected it to be, particularly how pricey the food were (which, mind you, is the case almost everywhere in Coron).
A night’s rest for the following day was in order, and we could not wait to get around the city for our first official day the day after.