First Time Flyer: Cebu Mini-Adventure

After years and years of thinking, weighing and waiting for the right opportunity, I was finally able to experience it — to fly, that is. It wasn’t exactly how i wished it to be i.e. leisurely, for vacation and all. I was sent on a “business trip” to Cebu. Nonetheless, it was still fun. It was my first flight and I was flying by my lonesome. To say that I was nervous is an understatement. I was terrified, not with flying itself but with the thought of looking stupid and lost at the airport. And, of course, the thought of being left behind by my plane. Good thing it was all just in my imagination. I went to NAIA T2 about two hours before my flight.

After paying the terminal fee, I still had around 1 hour and 45 minutes to kill before boarding. I decided to have hot cafe mocha at the airport coffee shop while writing the invocation for the program. My excitement was building up.

Finally, boarding time came and I was almost running to the boarding gate. While I was inside the plane, it still felt like I was dreaming. I thought, “so this is how the interior of a plane looks like.” Minutes after settling down, I couldn’t wait for the plane to take off. I took an evening flight, by the way, so I guess it added more to the “adventure.”

As the plane taxied down the runway, my heart was racing like crazy. It was really happening! And then, suddenly, we were up. I was finally flying! I could see the bright city lights that looked like sprinkled sparkles on the ground. The feeling was all so surreal.

My flight to Mactan International Airport was two hours. I thought of sleeping but decided not to as I wanted to relish the experience.

When the announcement finally came that we were already at Mactan, I felt jolted once more. It was my first time to travel out of Luzon and I was fortunate that it was in the beautiful island of Cebu. I immediately headed for the airport’s exit and took a cab. I went straight to Waterfront Hotel in Lahug, rested a bit and got down to work. Waterfront Hotel was amazing and beautiful with its high ceilings and big function rooms. Likewise, we were awed by the big coliseum inside. As for the food, we loved the buffet breakfast of Waterfront. As always, bacon was a big hit with us. Also for the first time, we had a taste of the famous Cebu lechon which was indeed very good. The meat was tasty while the skin was crunchy and well-seasoned. The skin was almost like chicharon.

Cebu Waterfront Hotel Lahug
Cebu Waterfront Hotel Lahug
Waterfront Hotel, Lahug, Cebu
Waterfront Hotel, Lahug, Cebu

We didn’t have much time to go out we were there for only two days and two nights. On our last night in Cebu, we went to Asiatown and just had coffee.

Port Restaurant, Waterfront Hotel Lahug
Port Restaurant, Waterfront Hotel Lahug

For our pasalubong, we bought otap and piaya. The flight back to Manila was nothing unusual. We just slept for the entire duration of the return flight. That evening, we were at a colleague’s house for a despedida dinner and videoke.

24 Comments Add yours

  1. Liz Mays says:

    I’m glad you were able to fly for the first time! The Waterfront Hotel you stayed at sounded really nice.

  2. Mai Cochico says:

    It’s always exciting when it’s the first time! I’m glad you had a safe flight going to and from Cebu. It sounds like a lovely place and I’m sure despite this being a trip for work, you also had a great time!

  3. Jessica Ayun says:

    First fly in the plane will always be treasured. I miss Cebu and I am heading there by end of August! Yey!

    1. Ivan Jose says:

      Wow, good for you. I wanna go back to Cebu, too.

  4. Joanna says:

    It’s nice to read about the excitement of people that fly for the first time ever. It’s good you had a good flight. I am terrified of flying and I have to board a plane almost every month. I wish there could be something that would make me sleep before the flight so that I can only wake up at the destination. 🙂

    1. Ivan Jose says:

      Yup, had a great flight. But yeah, up to now, I still get paranoid when I board airplanes.

  5. Dreammerin says:

    It sounds like a very nice place. Yes, the first fly is very exciting!

    1. Ivan Jose says:

      It was a nice place. Hope you would also visit it.

  6. How exciting! Hopefully it is the first of many flying adventures that you will experience.

    1. Ivan Jose says:

      Thank you very much.

  7. Flying for the first time must be such an exciting and scary experience! If I were you, I would not have been able to sleep either!

    1. Ivan Jose says:

      Hahaha. Yeah, I was a bit paranoid.

  8. Anamika Ojha says:

    The first flight is always a memorable experience to cherish for life and the hotel looks amazing! I bet you would had so much fun during your trip!

    1. Ivan Jose says:

      It was fun indeed!

  9. Kerren says:

    to be honest i barely remember the first time ive ever flown,its a love hate relationship for me…love it but to paranoid to enjoy it 100%

    1. Ivan Jose says:

      Hahaha. I agree with you that it’s a love-hate relationship.

  10. There is always a 1st time for everything. Well done and glad you had a safe trip. You also took the plunge and did it on your own. Pretty awesome hotel too 🙂

    1. Ivan Jose says:

      Thank you for dropping by, Tescha.

  11. Ana De Jesus says:

    Congratulations on flying for the first time, I hope there will be more to come. Nice hotel as well.

    1. Ivan Jose says:

      Thank you, Ana.

  12. great job facing your ‘somewhat’ fear for flying… love that you got to experience something new in life and that you had a good time, even if it was for work.

    1. Ivan Jose says:

      Indeed. Thank you very much for dropping by.

  13. Wow congrats on overcoming your fear! And Cebu seems like a really amazing place.

  14. lilytravella says:

    Always remember your first flight lol. Glad you’ve done it. Cebu looks absolutely amazing I’d love to go.

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