Thursday, November 26, 2015

The International Departure Experience

Exploring South East Asia is on the radar but I never expected to be given an opportunity to do one before this year comes to a close.

There's always a first time: traveling outside of the country can be easy, but for newbie like me, I have to learn the loops on how to go about the departing the Philippines.  With the immigration process, paying of travel taxes, etc.

So, it's my first time, I packed my things a week as usual to ensure that nothing well be left behind. I made a checklist and did a lot of research as well. Ignorance of the law excuses no one, and I don't wanna do an amazing race in order to catch my flight. I have learned that departing or check in process for international flight is very similar to domestic in many ways but there are also many differences. To start with, you need to be at the airport at least 3 hours before the scheduled departure time for international flights as opposed to one hour for domestic.  This will give you ample time for additional steps and paperwork that needs to be done before anyone can board.

I took an earlier time off to prep myself and get some rest before this milestone kicks off. It was a Tuesday when I finally said, "I am ready for this next level of adventure"

Came  Wednesday, I woke up early as the flight is scheduled to depart at 12 noon.  Since I am still not fully equipped on how to go about with this type of travel I arrived at the airport 8 in the morning. but still paranoid with the 'laglag-bala' scam, I made sure that my stuff were fully wrapped covering all possible holes (hehehe)

The check in counter is still close when I arrived, I had to wait close to an hour to start the process. Little did I know, that I can actually pay the travel tax in advance. (ting! one lesson learned)

After I checked in, I proceed to the terminal fee counter to pay. Next is clearance and stamp from the immigration office. I filled out an immigration card and line up for the departure stamp. Then the final baggage passage, another dilemma but thank God, nothing bad happened. One happy heart to finally depart the country and off to another level of adventure.

Malaysia - Singapore - Indonesia, here I come!

The flight is just nothing extraordinary, though I should admit,I would have prepared myself more. It's a 4-hour flight and I am starving on board, hehe! Nevertheless, it was a smooth ride. Touch down,  Kuala Lumpur past 5 in the afternoon. WELCOME TO MALAYSIA (Thank God)

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