Hi Everyone! We’re now in Boracay. We arrived last Sunday night via Zest Air Kalibo. I just want to put on the record that I didn’t know how tiring it was to travel on this route.. I booked this flight way back last August. Tried to find direct flight to Caticlan airport but everything was booked so I reserved a Kalibo flight thinking it was going to be easy.
Anyway, so after months of waiting we arrived at the airport last Sunday at 12 noon. Our flight was at 2:20 pm but a few days earlier I received an email that it was moved to 1:55. Check in was a breeze. We got in easy except for my SIL who had a small scissor in her bag. The X-ray machine saw it right away so her bag was opened. They took away her scissors and even got suspicious with her baby wipes. They almost took it away but let it go eventually.
We waited at Terminal 4 for the plane to arrive. You know, this terminal is so child and mother friendly. I know they have lots of bad things to say about our local airports but Terminal 4 has a small playground and a breastfeeding station. It was the perfect terminal for me. Yes, I didn’t need anything else. haha!
I was really happy while the kids raided the playground. They were there for two hours playing and having fun. This year we travelled with my husband’s brother’s family and we have four kids in between us so this playground is really heaven sent. In my mind I wondered why terminal 2 didn’t have one.
Then two hours later I found the reason why. Our Zest Air flight got delayed and our estimated departure time was moved by an hour. Oh no, by this time the kids already had enough of the playground. What were we supposed to do? I had to know what was going on so I asked Information what was really happening and where in the world was our plane? They said they didn’t know where it was at the moment (they’re still waiting for advice daw). That wasn’t good enough for me so I prodded more and found out that our plane came from out of the country. It was supposed to land at Kalibo before going to Manila but it didn’t arrive there on time. Out of frustration I asked if this delay happens quite often they said yes. I asked what time the people who had the same flight the day before – what time they were able to leave. She said 4pm!
After hearing that I adjusted my expectations so I wouldn’t have to wait only to be asked to wait again. Now I know why there is a playground at this terminal. haha!
Zack and I went to the breastfeeding station. It was not as comfy but it was enough. He was able to sleep soundly there. I wanted to sleep too but there was a large sign saying, “This is not a sleeping area” which I couldn’t ignore.
Me, Z, Zack, Hubby, my BIL, my nephew Ren, my SIL, and their youngest, Tim (not in the pic and the one who took the shot was my SIL, Yuri)
At around 4pm we finally were able to board. By that time Zack was awake and had lots of energy. I tell you we were the passengers you don’t want sit near the airplane. He refused to sit still and would stand on our laps and touch everything he could get his hands on!
It didn’t help that we were further delayed because of air traffic. The plane can’t take off yet because there were airplanes before it waiting to take off too. Before that it was delayed because Kalibo airport hadn’t given them the signal to depart. Kalibo International Airport can only fit four planes at once so they had to schedule everything like a clock work.
Finally, the plane was able to take off. Zack fell silent as he realized what was going on. He looked out the window for a long time processing the information. I really hope he remembers this trip even though he’s only 2. A few minutes later the crew got their trolley and pushed the refreshments along the alley. I didn’t want to buy something but after waiting for four hours at the airport I was hungry. So we bought a pack of cookies for P80 pesos. Some bought cup noodles and the aroma wafted through the plane. Don’t you just hate it when they do that? haha! It took all my self control to not buy those noodles.
The plane ride was too short (only 45 minutes!) and we landed before 5pm at Kalibo International Airport. We wanted to go to Boracay but this plane ride we didn’t want to end.