It was exactly 10 days after my 10 day Europe vacation (I’m not sure when will I finish this one but at least I started it today, 10th of July). The memories are still fresh and I know it will last a lifetime. First time ko kasing makarating sa Europa. I am happy to be able to visit my family in Belgium and visited the neighbor countries with them. Let me share when and how this “Europe” trip began.
It was December last year when I decided to go there. As you may know, goal ko yun, to have an international and domestic flight once a year. Pero since di naman need mag-airplane para makagala sa 7 emirates ni UAE, inuna ko na ang flight abroad. Nung una, sabi ko sa malapit lang, since sikat ang Armenia kasi nagssnow dun, parang sabi ko, doon muna ako pupunta then naisip ko ay Maldives na lang, tapos sa Morrocco pero sa huli, sa Europe pa rin ako natuloy. I still remember the day I went to VFS office to apply for a Schengen visa. I was wearing a floral green longsleeves and I was the second to arrive there. The application procedure was smooth as long as your documents are complete.
*insert VFS appointment picture na di ko makita kung san ko sinave huhubels*
After 3 days, I received a text message that my visa is ready for release. Ang bilis lang then I waited for 2 days para madeliver sakin. Then here it is, I got my visa and my Europe vacation will finally happen.
Nakakarelate ako sa mga stories na ‘pag maaga pa, dami mong plans, ganito ganyan, search dito, save, screenshot, may checklist ka pa tapos pag malapit na, hindi ka na magkandatuto kung paano aayusin lahat ng gamit mo pati itinerary. A day before your flight, nag-eempake ka pa rin 😛 Ganyan ang nangyari sakin, nakailang “in” and “out” din yung mga gamit ko sa maleta. That’s normal, I guess. 🙂
*insert my ticket, again hindi ko makita :P*
Just before the day of my flight, naisip ko na magcheck in after work. Walking distance lang sa ‘min ung City Airport Terminal para ‘di na ako pumila pa sa airport at yung handcarry ko na lang sana ang dala ko pagpunta dun. Super thankful ko kay Ate Mingming na talagang sinamahan ako para dalin yung luggage ko. Imagine ang init at ang pawis naming dalawa habang hila-hila yung 24kg na maleta. Tagaktak, Bes. May pagtawid pa kaming dalawa at pagbuhat pa kami. Kung mag isa ako, malamang magtaxi pa ako kasi struggle is real 😛 Habang nakapila at may pagpamewang pa ako, napansin ni Ate na parang wala akong hawak na passport, yes, napakagaling ko kasi dala ko yung ticket pero naiwan sa bahay yung passport ko. So balik ulit ako, another liters of pawis na naman. Pagdating ko ulit dun, mahaba pa rin yung pila kaya ang dami naming napag usapan ni Ate. Before our turn, may isang family na hindi chineck in yung baggage, nagulat kami at naawa kasi parang one hour din silang pumila, sabi namin ay baka napaaga ang check in. Eto na, turn ko na. Pag-abot ko nung passport at ticket ko biglang napailing si Brother and said “ Sorry but we are not accepting check ins from KLM, only these airlines (pointing to the small display showing the list of airlines na pweding magcheck in dun). Tapos medyo inabsorb ko muna, then I replied “Are you sure, brother? Why? Why is KLM not included in the list? I thought all airlines departing from Abu Dhabi airport are allowed here. Tapos humabol pa ako, “why is your display so small? You should put a big one there at the entrance.” Medyo uminit ang ulo ko kasi mainit talaga at need ulit naming ibalik ang luggage ko sa bahay. Buti talaga andun si Ate Mingming. Pero ganun talaga, at least ngayon alam na namin na hindi lahat pweding magcheck in dun.
My flight is at 2 AM, Tuesday, June 20 kaya 19 pa lang ng gabi need ko nang makarating nang airport para sa pagcheck in. Dahil ang dami kong dala at parang protocol na pag may aalis, dapat may maghatid, Ate Elyn did it. Sabi nga nya “ako muna maghatid sa’yo kasi wala namang iba…” Tama naman sya, ang galing nya dun. 😛 Decided na akong magtaxi paAirport pero since maaga pa naman, nagbus na lang kami. This is it!
We arrived around 11PM and understood na ‘pag first time mo, mapicture muna, kaya alam na. A big thanks to Ate Elyn for being there 🙂 Then I checked in. Bye for now, UAE!
Feeling ko isang buwan ang bakasyon ko sa dami ng dala ko 😛
Next time, kasama na siya 🙂
My seat was next to a family – there’s Mom, Baby girl and Dad and Me 🙂 KLM airlines was big enough since it’s a 3-4-3 seater aircraft. My first stop would be in Amsterdam because that’s the headquarters of KLM and it will take 7 hours flight from Abu Dhabi. I immediately fell asleep after I took my seat since it’s 2 in the morning and woke up at around 5 AM (UAE time) because of a little girl crying. It was too cold on our side that’s why the baby cried. Another unforgettable scene in the plane was when the flight attendant (man) called me by my name and I was like “seriously, he remembers each passenger’s name?”. Before I decided to ask him, my seatmate did already. He said that “not all”, only few, and I felt special since he remembered mine. Maybe because there were only 3 Filipinos on board. Snacks and breakfast were served and it’s time to land.
I have one hour to wait in Amsterdam before departing for Brussels and I realized that it’s better if there was a longer time since there were lots of travellers and the immigration line was so long. Thank God that I didn’t decide to roam around the airport and take pictures and souvenirs or else, I need to reschedule my flight.
Brussels, here I come! I messaged Tito Jon & Tita Anne that I’m already in Amsterdam and tadaaaaa, Lolo Romy and Lola Lucy joined too in the airport with matching flowers from Tita Krystle’s garden. 🙂 #lakasmakaartista We then headed to the “must-have-a-photo” landmark of Belgium, the Atomium.
After 3 months, yey! I’m baaaackkkkk! It’s 10th of October and I feel that I can finish this post since 2 months to go and 2017 is done. So eto na nga, after going to Atomium, Tito Jon decided to drop us at Lolo’s home so I can change clothes and rest since pagod ako sa byahe. Ang bilis kong nagpalit at mas pinili ko na matulog sa sala kaysa sa room ko dun. Hahaha #sanaysasala I woke up upon hearing Tita Sheena’s voice since I know that our Bebe Yanyan is already home. Surprise! Finally nagkita na kami ni Yanyan.
Then in the afternoon, after the kids were all done with school, we decided to visit Grand Place and dine there. I am happy to get to see the whole family in Brussels kahit after 10 years talaga. Matagal pero family is family. No explanation required. Ang daming nangyari nung First day ko but the highlight is our family picture below.
My second day was spent in Veere, Netherlands with Tito Jon’s family. I want to go back there. It was a very relaxing place, there are lots of trees, you can sit on the bench while overlooking the ship deck, looking on the water, touching it, feeling the breeze and simply resting by the bay. I would love to spend my afternoon there. We ate the famous muscles fresh from the sea and walk around and even sat on the yacht. I even told myself, I’m going to have one someday.
Before we go back to Brussels, Tita took a picture of me with their famous “windmill”.
Since Tito Jon’s family will be heading to Philippines, I spent my first 3 days with them so I can also play with their kids. I was happy that Tita Krystle drove me to visit Vianden, Luxembourg and the famous castle there. I got a chance as well to shop for a few pasalubong and finally I got to buy a watch from Fossil. (Gusto ko talagang bumili ng gold watch kasi may silver na ako kaya pinilit ko na maghanap at nakuha ko, ang sayaaaaa!) We met Tito Jon & kids plus Lolo Romy in Hech’s buffet. There I ate a lot of seafood and frog and desserts. #bawalmagdiet This is also the last time (for now) that I will see them since they’re going to PH. I will miss playing with Mathieu, Zoe and Noah. I hope you will remember Ate Kath and please be there on my wedding 😛
My 4th day was spent in helping Lola with preparing food and goods to people who need it. After that, I rest again since we always got home after midnight and it’s true na pag nagtatravel tayo sa bed natin nararamdaman ang pagod at sakit ng paa 😛 It’s a liitle gloomy afternoon with a bit of rain when Tita Anne arrived with the kids, this time we’re going to FRANCE!!! (capslock para intense since it is my childhood dream to be in Paris and see the Eiffel Tower). Dahil super excited ako and we will stay there for 3 days, dinala ko na ang maleta ko, hahaha, para sure tayo na mailalaban ang mga #ootd. And here we go!
I am really grateful to have Tita Anne who gets what I wanted – that is to have a lot of pictures kahit san pa yan, basta may picture sa lugar na pinuntahan namin especially Paris. So ayun na nga, I got a lot of pictures na yung iba medyo buwis buhay since bigla na lang magstop si Tita sa highway so I can take a photo of the boundary, ung may pa welcome sign. 😛
Paris is Paris. Basta may something sa kanya na special. HAHAHA. I got to see Eiffel tower during day and night. We stayed in a nice hotel where we had pool outside our room and you can see the Eiffel from there. Yun siguro ang dahilan kung bakit kahit na ang ganda at komportable ng bed, hindi ako masyado natulog, hahaha. I just wanted to stay near the window, gazing Paris’ environment.
Yes, 3 days is short but it was memorable. After all, I can always go back as long as I have the resources and leave 😛
Super napagod ako sa paglalakad sa Disneyland at sa marami pa naming pinasyalan kaya nagulat na lang ako na ginigising na ako ni Lola kasi aalis na kami ulit. #asanangpahinga #nakalimutankonangmatulog. Syempre bangon ako agad kasi gusto ko na maenjoy bawat araw ko na nasa Europe. So ito na nga, this time, I visited Ate Jasmine and Reidon in Antwerp where the best cuts of diamonds are found. May pa historical tour din sakin si Ate Jasmine while eating vanilla and strawberry ice cream. It was a short trip but I promise to stay with them longer next time with Mommy. Thanks ate Jasmine sa pa-wallet mo and pa-flowers ni Reidon 🙂
I also got a chance to visit Waterloo, where a big battle happened long time ago. Lolo Romy and I went on top with 200+ steps and you can see everything from there. There’s a bit rain and the weather is cold kaya nailaban ko ang mga panlamig na #ootd. I think I lost my yellow scarf there pero oks lang, may souvenir sila sakin 😛
My last two days were spent in Cologne, Germany and Amsterdam. I am so glad to visit five Schengen countries and see new things and meet people with different cultures.
All in all, it was a Superb vacation for me. I got more than I asked and I spent less 😛 Thanks to my family for paying everything kahit na yung iba kong pasalubong sila pa rin ang bumili. Next time, ang need ko lang ay plane ticket at #ootd 😛 I’ll see you guys again, soon!
Sharing some of the photos I can upload easily since they are now stored in my Tera. You can check all others in my Facebook 🙂
I know I didn’t write everything in detail, ganun siguro pag super overwhelmed ka. Who would have thought that I’ll be there at 25? Yes, I have plans to go there but not that soon. And I am so grateful that God has blessed me enough to visit them this soon. After all, His timing is always perfect!
I do hope you got at least some view of Europe and felt the happiness I got from there. ‘Till my next travel! Merci 🙂