the horror of forgetting to book a return trip

(warning: badtrip blog to kaya mahaba.)

kainis…

this post will never give justice to the aspiring (or pretty much ‘feeling’) travel blogger in me. if such basic, fundamental thing as booking a round trip ticket is something i tend to forget, then screw the rest of my travel plans for good (asuuuuus lolz)!!

so how did it happen?

last year, my best friends (yes, both the bride and the groom) got engaged finally after 10 years of being sweethearts. right after the engagement, they already told me the date of the wedding, Sept 10, 2011 : 9-10-11…and a day before the big 9-11 anniversary. my parents were supposed to be ninongs and ninangs to them but i politely declined (ako ang humindi kasi malas daw un pag ang mag ninong or ninang ang humindi) for some personal reasons i cant divulge here (lmao, ayko lang makita ako ng parents ko na wasted…). to cut the story short, i knew every single detail of the whole thing and PLANNING for the whole event was a must for me even months before the big day.

it took me months to book this special trip because i had to wait for seat sale announcements – the stingy in all of us (admit it guys). by May i was able to finally purchase my airline tickets, it was booked and yes, i am attending my best friend’s wedding…yahooo!!! everything was all set….

or so i thought.

then the day came for my departure, i wasnt able to print my ticket so i went to the Cebu Pacific ticketing office at the NAIA 3 to have it printed. when i received the print out, i only saw ‘Manila to Cebu’ WITHOUT a return ‘CEBU to MANILA’ printed anywhere in the ticket, even at the back page. i didnt bother to ask the agent, all i thought was maybe they just printed my ticket for that trip. so off i go…

i arrived in Cebu, spent time (busy time) with family while also being busy preparing for the wedding. traveled to Hilongos, Leyte where the wedding took place, spent 2 nights there for probably the most emotional wedding i have attended, got drunk on those 2 nights etc etc etc. everything went smoothly. i got back to Cebu and spent a day again with family.

the night before my very early morning trip back to Manila, i remembered that i havent printed my return ticket yet. since we dont have a printer at home (ink pala yung wala), i asked my dad if we could print it in his office. we went to his office, checked his laptop, nag facebook pa ako, bumoto pa ako kay shamcey supsup, chineck ko pa schedule ng laban ni Pacquiao, nag twitter pa etc etc…for short i was too confident that i just went there to print my returnt IT. i opened my emai, checked my ‘Airline Tickets’ folder to look for the IT. but lo and behold, umabot ako sa last page ng folder na yun, but there was no email with a September 12, 2011 date of return trip from Cebu – Manila. tried to scavenged my inbox and the other folders in hopes of salvaging the ticket, most probably i just misplaced it there. 30 mins has passed and still there was no ticket/IT in sight. my dad started to ask if i was done. i had no choice but to call the Cebu Pacific hotline to confirm. nagddribble na sa luob ang heart ko, i tried to ask the agent if there were any bookings under my name dated September 12,2011…i asked ‘how about September 13, 2011?’ the agent ansered: ‘sir ung next booked trip nyo is on November pa po sir for Legaspi.’ …

so its confirmed, i dont have a return trip. i am not going back to Manila at all. reality sank in immediately. i didnt have a choice but to book right at that moment my return trip or else i’ll be doomed. the effort in waiting for seat sale announcements and checking the website from time to time was wasted because i had to pay a hefty amount for a 1 way trip. crap.

the whole dilemma just swallowed me that i forgot to think and strategize. i forgot to check PAL since they are now cheaper compared to CEB if non-promo fares, the also have a much later flight at 6am compared to CEB’s 450am. i also forgot to check on Airphil Express because i have this really strong gut feeling that i might have booked a return trip but not on CEB but on Airphil Express. up to now, i didnt bother to call Airphil or even try to search more on my email, there’s no use anyway. hays….buntong hininga.

i just had to do some convincing on myself to look at the brighter side…that this was all for my best buddies and more than anything else no amount of money could compete w/ the satisfation of being w/ family and being home in Cebu etc. etc. well maybe i just have to move on and forget about it. kikitain ko din yung perang nawaldas ko if ever diba…

lesson learned:

if may seat sale and its a MUST trip, never book one way. its only applicable if your not 100% sure of pursuing the trip.

p.s.

already checked if i have tickets for my October and November trips. so far so good. meron naman lolz.

Sinulog 2012 Schedule Of Activities

are you ready for Sinulog 2012?

Sinulog 2012 Schedule of Activities:

Dec 01, 2011 – Jan 31, 2012 Sinulog Street Fair, Osmeña Blvd.
December 2, 2011 bre_ambungan’s adlawng natawhan
December 11, 2011 2nd Sinulog Cup Baseball Tournament
December 15, 2011 Sinulog Photo Exhibits @SM City
December 16, 2011 Sinulog on the Spot Painting Contest
December 17, 2011 Sinulog Poster Making Contest @ Emall
December 18, 2011 Sinulog Best Dance Crew Elimination
Sinulog Musicfest Elimination

January 05, 2012 (Thursday) Opening Salvo: Walk with Jesus
4:00 AM Assembly Time (Area) Fuente Osmeña
4:30 AM Start of Walk-Fuente Osmeña Blvd. – Basilica del Sto. Niño
5:30 AM Installation of Hermano & Hermana Mayores 2012

January 06, 2012 (Friday) Sinulog 2012 Kick Off
2:00PM Solemn Mass (Basilica del Sto. Niño) sponsored by the Sinulog
Foundation Inc . and Cebu City government
3:00 PM Launching Parade (Basilica del Sto. Niño to Cebu City Sports Center)
7:00 PM Opening and Launching Program, Fuente Osmeña
7:30 PM Ms. Cebu 2012 Presentation
9 :00 PM Sinulog Idol (Fuente Osmeña Circle)
10:00 PM Street Party Bands

January 07, 2012 (Saturday) Sinulog sa Kabataan – Lalawigan
8:00 AM 2nd SINULOG FOOTBALL CUP
1:00 PM Parade of Participants, Capitol Site to Cebu City Sports Center
2:00 PM Sinulog sa Kabataan sa Lalawigan, Cebu City Sports Center
4:30 PM Awarding of Winners
6:30 PM Cultural Show (Fuente Osmeña)
8:00 PM Sinulog Idol (Fuente Osmeña Circle)
9:00 PM Concert @ the Fuente Osmeña , Street Party Bands

January 08, 2012 (Sunday) Sinulog sa Kabataan- Dakbayan
4:00 AM Cebu City 2012 Marathon – http://www.cebumarathon.com
1:00 PM Parade of Participants, Plaza Independencia to Cebu City Sports Center
2:00 PM Sinulog sa Kabataan sa Dakbayan, Cebu City Sports Center
4:30 PM Awarding of Winners
6:30 PM Cultural Show (Fuente Osmeña)
8:00 PM Sinulog Idol (Fuente Osmeña Circle)
9:00 PM Concert @ the Fuente O, Street Party Bands

January 09, 2012 (Monday)
6:30 PM Cultural Show (Fuente Osmeña)
8:00 PM Sinulog Idol (Fuente Osmeña Circle)
9:00 PM Concert @ the Fuente O , Street Party Bands

January 10, 2012 (Tuesday)
6:30 PM Cultural show (Fuente Osmeña)
8:00 PM Sinulog Idol (Fuente Osmeña Circle)
9:00 PM Concert @ the Fuente O , Street Party Bands

January 11, 2012 (Wednesday)
9:00 AM Airport Welcome (Balikbayan Flights)
6:30 PM Cultural Shows (Fuente Osmeña)
7:00 PM Ms. Cebu 2012 Coronation Night, Waterfront Lahug Hotel
8:00 PM Sinulog Idol (Fuente Osmeña Circle)
9:00 PM Concert @ the Fuente O , Street Party Bands

January 12, 2012 (Thursday)
9:00 AM Airport Welcome (Balikbayan Flights)
6:30 PM Cultural Shows (Fuente Osmeña)
6:00 PM Balik Cebu, Welcome Party @ Ayala Center Cebu
8:00 PM Sinulog Idol (Fuente Osmeña Circle)
8:00 PM Handumanan @ Ayala Terraces
9:00 PM Concert @ the Fuente Osmeña , Street Party Bands

January 13, 2012 (Friday) Visual Merchandising Contest(Dept. Stores and Malls)
4:00 AM Walk with Mary (Area) Fuente Osmeña-Sto. Niño
9:00 AM Solidarity Meeting (All Competing Contingent /Floats / Higante / Puppteeters Cebu City Sports Center Gym
5:00 PM Sinulog Best Dance Crew Grand Finals
6:00 PM Sinulog Musicfest Band Competition Grand Finals
6:30 PM Cultural Shows (Fuente Osmeña)
7:30 P.M Cebu Popular Music Festival, Cebu Coliseum
7:30 P.M Sinulog Festival Queen 2012, Cebu City Sports Center
8:00 PM Sinulog Idol (Fuente Osmeña Circle)
9:00 PM Concert @ the Fuente O , Street Party Bands

January 14, 2012 (Saturday)
6:00 AM Fluvial Procession of the Miraculous Image of Sto. Niño
9:00 AM Re-enactment of the Baptism of Queen Juana and Rajah
Humabon Basilica del Sto. Niño
2:00 PM Solemn Procession of the Miraculous Image of Sto. Niño
7:00 PM Sinulog Fireworks Competition @ SM City Cebu
7:00 PM Street party @ Fuente Osmeña and Plaza Independencia
8:00 PM Kasadya Nite Mardi Gras @ Ayala Center Cebu

January 15, 2012 (Sunday) SINULOG GRAND PARADE
4:00 AM Mañanita Mass @Basilica del Sto. Niño
6:00 AM Pontifical mass with His Eminence Ricardo J. Cardinal Vidal
9:00 AM Sinulog Grand Parade Carousel Kick Off
7:00 PM Grand Finale and Fireworks, Cebu City Sports Center
7:30 PM Street Party Bands, Fuente Osmeña

January 16, 2012 (Monday)
1:00 PM Awarding Ceremonies, Cebu City Sports Center

January 20, 2012 (Friday) “HUBO”
4:00 AM “HUBO Mass” Ritual @ Basilica del Sto. Niño

January 28, 2012 (Saturday)
1:00 P.M Screening of Finaslists Short Film/Video Documentary Contest
6:00 P.M Awarding Ceremonies Photo Contest and Video Documentary
Contest @SM City Cebu

January 30 – Feb. 10, 2012 Photo Exhibits “Winning Photos Sinulog ’12 @SM City Cebu