Stranded in Hong Kong

It was the 29th of July and I was on my way back to Dubai. The check-in cue at the Ninoy Aquino International Airport in Manila was like a sleeping anaconda, it wasn’t moving and it was very long. Finally it was my turn, my baggage weight exceeded my limit and I had to unload a few kilos and gave them to my dad. Thanks dad!

We were held at the waiting area for around 1 hour more, they said that the plane is delayed but they will serve snacks in a little while. And so they did.

At the Hong Kong International Airport, we arrived past 11pm and I searched for the Cathay Pacific check-in counter and found it with another long, almost-not-moving cue. I waited and waited and was worried because it’s nearing midnight and the Dubai flight is leaving 30 minutes past 12. People were shouting at the poor Cathay staff. There was a storm with lightnings and thunders inside the airport.

My turn once again came and was attended to. I turned out to be the coordinator for the 9 other Pinoys behind me. We were entertained as a group. Our group was left behind by our flight to Dubai which we paid for a month ago. We were told that they overbooked the flight and it was their fault and that they will solve the problem. And so they did-after 2 hours.

Here was their solution:

1. They booked us on the next flight, which is 16 hours later – on business class.

2. They booked us at the Grand Hyatt Hong Kong while waiting for our flight.

3. They gave us a few HK$ to spend.

What happened next? We became instant tourists! All of us, 10 Pinoys were first-time visitors of Hong Kong outside the HKIA. I got to spend the night at a 5-star hotel; got to walk in busy HK streets and bought some souvenirs, a digital camera and a cool phone; got to experience Cathay’s business class – all for the price of an economy ticket and a lot of cue-lining and plane-waiting.

Reached Dubai safely and with a tummy filled to the brim. Hehehe.

Indeed, God is in control.

I will praise You in the storm!

Thank You Lord!

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