It was a Tuesday, and it was Praise & Worship practice night. I walked in the hall and my friends we’re all smiles… some were laughing.
I was wearing a HONG KONG t-shirt.
So what’s funny about that? Just the other day, 8 Chinese nationals died in a hostage situation in the Philippines and the Chinese were raging with anger.
Silly me… good thing I didn’t bump into some Chinese here in Dubai. My shirt could have been ripped off. Hehehe
We ended practice night worshiping the Lord Jesus with all our voices, our hearts and our spirits.
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!
Hi all! I’m back in the Philippines for my 1 month annual vacation.
I’m staying right now at the Mabuhay Manor a few meters away from the airport. It’s a little past 2AM now and here I am still… BLOGGING!!! Anyways, I’ll be travelling by bus later today up north to Pangasinan province to be with my wifey and kids and spend our much needed time together.
Thank God for every favor He’s been showering me every step of the way from Dubai to Hong Kong to the Philippines.
Love You Lord!