Flying to Manila

My trip starts in Stockholm with Scandinavian Airlines to Copenhagen.

Boarding the plane is an exercise in mismanagement. There is some chaos as people with Business and Economic Plus classes board the plane first. There is no signs or clear indications on how things work. I wait while some confused travelers try to board too soon for their category and jam the boarding queue. Finally we pass the boarding gate.

Rows above 15 have to board from the back of the plane. That means walking in the rain. Again chaos ensures as some travelers try to reach back rows from the front of the plain and others try to reach front rows from the back. Rows 15-20 are a chaotic dance of people and baggage.

Flight attendants do not know if some missing travelers are in the plane or not. So, we need to wait some more time.

Did I say that rows from 1-15 were reserved for Business and Economic plus? SAS has created a very inefficient and chaotic boarding method that delayed the plane. This chaos is created in the hope that people will pay some extra cash to not have to walk in the rain and board a plane 5 minutes earlier (that is going no-where until everybody is on board). Overall, a pretty absurd situation. For me, it does not make a big difference. I have almost 20 more hours to go and I’m on time for my next fly.

Next leg is Copenhagen to Hong Kong. Time flies watching movies, eating some food and taking a nap. After ten hours, we land at the Hong Kong International Airport.

I have been just once in Hong Kong, and it was three months ago. It was harder to imagine at that moment that I will be back to its airport so soon. But, I do not have time to visit the city as my next fly awaits me. At least, I am able to see some parts of Hong Kong from the sky. It is an impressive view.

Hong Kong to Manila Airport is just 2 hours.

Makati is the financial center of the Philippines; it has the highest concentration of multinational and local corporations in the country. Major banks, corporations, department stores as well as foreign embassies are based in Makati. The biggest trading floor of the Philippine Stock Exchange is situated along the city’s Ayala Avenue. Makati is also known for being a major cultural and entertainment hub in Metro Manila. According to the 2015 census, it has a population of 582,602 people making it as the 17th-largest city in the country and ranked as the 41st most densely populated city in the world with 19,336 inhabitants per square kilometer.

Wikipedia contributors. (2019, March 16). Makati. In Wikipedia, The Free Encyclopedia. Retrieved 22:44, March 16, 2019, from https://en.wikipedia.org/w/index.php?title=Makati&oldid=888006129

I am going to Makati city. But, first, I get a SIMM card from Globe, a major telecom operator in the Philiphines. Access to the Internet makes life easier.

As I get out of the airport a security guard leads me to a young guy that helps me to get into a Taxi. The fare is 3,800 Philiphines pesos (₱). That is 5 times more than any reasonable price. So, I politely decline meanwhile some bystanders laught at the scene. The white taxies offer a fixed rate to Makati for 850₱. It is still expensive. Next day I will configure a taxi hailing app. Today, I pay the price.

It has been a log day since I left Stockholm. But, at last, I am at my Hotel room.