How to survive 22 hours and 10 minutes flight travel time
At the Airport
I made it sure to get only one company airlines to avoid further problems with baggage and other stuffs.
For the record it’s the second longest of all the travel escapades that I’ve done so far, the last one was 2014.
A flight from Paris to Manila and then Manila to Cebu then finally Cebu to Zamboanga however this time, the travel begins from Cebu City to Clark then Clark to Dubai then Dubai to Paris.
At noon time I checked out from the hotel with a friend and drop her off to another hotel that she must check in for that day.
After I’ve got to go straight to the Cebu’s Airport for my flight. scheduled at 5:20 pm scheduled to arrive at 1:10 am in Dubai then DXB 4:10 am to CDG 9:30 am this will be a long haul flight.
Arriving as early as possible at the Airport is my goal.
It doesn’t really matter how much time I still need to wait for the counter to be open for check in, the most essential for me that moment is to arrive at the airport at any cost.
Considering the weight of the road traffic condition in the city we never know what might happen that day.
As expected when I arrived the Emirates counter wasn’t open to serve yet. I had to wait 30 minutes until they started to open for check in luggage.
It was my turn to endorsed by luggage at the counter kinda bit worried cause it weighted 29 kgs when I took the flight from Zamboanga and that day I did some shopping around.
Crossing my fingers that It might not go over than 30 kgs I was totally sudden when it indicates 30.1 kg a huge success.
I didn’t have any problems after that except with the travel tax of 1,620 pesos that I thought. I should pay but after the officer gave me a certificate of exemption so it was a great relief.
Carrying less than 5,000 pesos before leaving the country might let you feel uneasy wondering if its enough for all the fees that you might encounter to pay.
for more information about fees at the airport visit Travel Tax Regulation
Proceeding to another counter for terminal fee I paid 750 pesos, applicable only for international flights except if you are travelling from Manila and Boracay Caticlan terminal fee is included in your flight ticket.
Duty Free Shops
Finally after passing through security control and immigration I can breathe normally, strolling in some duty-free shops around.
I notice something strange prices were really unbelievable, for a 3 packs of Jules Destrooper biscuits it cost 42 dollars already a huge difference of price compare to Europe’s normal price.
Well of course these products are imported so they cost more. I wasn’t enormously attracted by perfumes or creams I went to the supermarkets directly gazing the chocolates and pastries display.
My Ginger Calamasi Juice
Feeling hungry that very moment its time for a little break and relax mode with this Ginger Calmansi Juice from Tubo (sugar cane) kiosk.
Waiting for my flight
The moment where you seat and suppose to be relaxed and just think nothing at all only to be attentive on announcement regarding with your flight, it’s the waiting mode.
It’s funny to think that there were 2 ladies foreigners beside me talking about some hilarious topic in french with their accent from Quebec.
I didn’t control my self but to laugh with them ignoring the fact that I did understood what they were saying.
I just look them back and smiled pretending to browse my phone.
On the plane
Embarking on the plane I was lucky to be one of the first batch to enter.
I got to arrange my small carry on baggage on the designated compartment and I have all the places for me just waiting for the rest of the passenger to board in.
Choosing my movie
My favourite part of the trip has begun, actually the most difficult choice of all.
To choose what movie to watch but then I contain myself and rather check some good country music from Rascal Flatts until we arrived at Clark Airport.
Other passengers started to disembark and the rest who are going to Dubai are still on the plane.
The purpose of this stop is normally to fetch up some passengers from Clark who are going to Dubai as well.
The services team to clean and arrange the other siege on the plane, spraying all over to disinfect the plane.
While waiting for the rest of the passengers to come aboard.
I notice this wonderful image at the ceiling of the plane it was clear like the real sky at night filled with twinkling stars and took some photos.
The fantastic ceiling view
The flight starts
When the plane took off I immediately started my movie marathon. to start with its one of those anime films that I really wanted to watch over and over again “Children who chase lost voices from deep below” from year 2011 by Makoto Shinkai one of my favorite anime directors.
Later at night dinner is serve with beef and rice plus beef salad, red wine, bread, desert, cheese, biscuits and water typical meal.
Few hours had passed and we are now landed at Dubai Airport almost 2:00 am, unfortunately due to the transfer via bus from the landing area to the airport took us 45 minutes.
An enormous lost of time, a supposed to be 3 hours of waiting time evaporated like water at 3:15 am exactly
I arrived at the assigned gate after non stop of walking and waited 10 minutes to pass through control (passport and visa)
Embarking the second plane
Finally embarking the plane for the second time after all the stress and lack of sleep. I finally get to be relaxed, next thing I know I woke up for snack.
I actually slept when the plane haven’t take off yet. The ride from the bus at Dubai gave me an extreme headache luckily after a short sleep I recovered and felt normal again.
My Snack & Meal
Feeling hungry, tuna bread, apple juice and tea were served for a snack. it was not that heavy not that light but enough for my petit appetite, an hour later they serve us breakfast.
I stood up and stretch my legs, arms, hips, head and feet ignoring other passengers perspective.
Charging my phone at the same time starting to watch a movie, its 3 Idiots an Indian film that I chose to be entertained.
The two other passengers beside me are very kind, I think I’m really lucky cause they didn’t annoy me that much. maybe once or twice just to go for toilet and that’s it.
As the film ends my flight has ended also, the time to disembark and prepare for another ride for home. At last I survived this trip alive and kicking. “Welcome Back to Europe” murmuring myself.
My Personal Tips to Survive a Long Flight :
- Deviate your mind – this comply you to be occupied intellectually since the flight will be boring for some long hours. try to make yourself on work like playing games, watching movies, listening to music, reading magazines or book, coloring books, writing.
- Bring your sleeping gears – one way to be able to sleep comfortably is to feel at ease like at home so bring your stuffs. with you earplugs, eye mask, neck pillow, compression socks. 15-19 hours of flight.
- Stretch and Walk around – it helps your blood to regularly circulate to keep your body energize and avoid blood clots.
- Eat and hydrate – regular water intake will keep your skin normal and muscles not becoming stiff and cramping. Eating the meal before landing is very important, it will help your body adjust to the new time zone.
- Drink Tea – I have personally read this from Reader’s Digest that tea can help your body relax, your stomach in great condition, and to be energize.
- Have a conversation – allow you to get to know with your co-passengers and occupied through making conversation with them.
- Sleep – will help you feel at peace and meditate and its a time killer. it can cure jet lags from your previous flight.
Evaluating my experience, it wasn’t bad at all and I’m very pleased arriving at home safe. I would say a 7.5/10
I hope you enjoy the article and join me in my other adventures in the future. if you wish to book an international flight Emirates is one of those airlines that I can recommend visit their site for promotions and sale.