December 11 – Still in a zoned out mode from the flight, I went and picked up my dear sister at the airport (NAIA). She flew from the province the next day of our arrival from the US. It was only an hour flight from Tacloban, Leyte to Manila. That was the very first time she have flown. My sister said it was a great experience though she got a little worried when turbulence occurred. I told her that she will fly with us some more during our vacation.
Going back to the hotel, we took a taxi to Cherry Blossoms. There are yellow taxi cabs marked ‘Airport Taxi’ that you can take but there’s a long waiting line. There are also ones in white with ‘Bayan Ko, Sagot Ko’ on them. Both have fixed rates depending on the destination. And the rates aren’t cheap. Walking towards the highway, we took a metered-taxi and I only paid like $7. I don’t like taxi rides because I am not good in negotiating fares.
We arrived at the hotel very late in the afternoon because of heavy traffic. My husband and daughter were still sound asleep. They woke up about 7 P.M. and everybody’s ready for a big dinner.
December 13 – After visiting the sponsored child in Manila yesterday, my dear sister and I went to the mall for a girls’ day out. I told my husband that today’s our day off so no scheduled meet ups or family visits. Also, the next day’s the trip to Albay to visit the other sponsored child in Tabacco. So we all needed a relaxing day before flying to the Bicol Region.
I promised my sister that I will take her to a facial cleaning. I have been to Let’s Face It before. The attendants are friendly and polite. They’ve been working there for years and their hands are very light when touching your skin. The facial service charge is affordable too. Again, this was my sister’s first facial experience.
After that, we strolled inside the mall and did a little shopping. My sister was very happy.