It was a difficult task as I had to figure out which goes to junk, which goes to charity and which goes to our baggage. The kids were a bit of help towards the end; I guess they were in denial about leaving the UAE for good. We ended up sending 3 boxes of stuff via sea cargo; they left a week before we flew out so we calculated that they would arrive while we were still in Manila so we can sort tem out. As it turns out the boxes arrived 6 weeks later! We missed it, but the kids have got everything under control and the best thing is that the flatscreen TV is in one piece!
This was the first time we were going through the new Terminal 3 of the Dubai International Airport, home of Emirates Airlines. As per our usual practice, we do our online check-in and then check-in our baggage at least 12 hours prior to the flight. This makes it easier for us esp when travelling with the kids to get up for flight day and not worry about hauling 7 pieces of baggage when all you really want is hop on the plane and just go.
The terminal is HUGE! There’s a lot of open space up front but very little else. The queue at the early check-in counter was not bad but there was a queue anyway. We were under-baggage so that was a relief. We got back to the airport at 8.30 the following morning along with family who wanted to see the kids off. As per our tradition, we had breakfast at the cafeteria and chatted while we wait for our boarding gate to open.
She has grown up so much in the last few months!
So did these 3! My brother, my cousin and my sister-in-law.
Patrick and me at the boarding gate
Bernie was bored. Can’t you tell?
And get this, when we came out of the terminal in Manila, Viel saw us standing across the road from the parking area so she sprinted out of the gate from the other side and came running…….to her brother and sister! She ran past me and into their waiting arms. If I weren’t tired from the flight I’d have cried my eyes out! She apologised after saying she didn’t see me. I can’t imagine how she’d have missed her size 18 mother! Or did I lose weight during that flight?
Okay, so this is the conclusion of Part 2. Parts 3 and 4 I will be something different, including someone I want to introduce to you. here’s a sneak peek.